553 Bucket List Ideas to Do Before You Die [New for 2020!]
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A bucket list is something everyone should have.
This is a series of tasks that you would like to complete before “kicking the bucket” and dying.
These ideas aren't mean to be morbid. Instead, it's a collection of inspirational goals that you'd like to accomplish in your life.
A good bucket list is balanced. There should be items on the list that are easy to accomplish as you grow from a child to an adult. Such as getting a full-time job and paying your own rent.
These simple bucket list ideas might be followed by more difficult versions of the same tasks, such as, “have a job that pays a minimum of 100K a year” and “own your own home”.
Then finally there are the tougher ideas that you hope to someday accomplish such as, “reach one million dollars in savings, assets and investments” or “own a beach house”.
Now, there are thousands of bucket list items. So it would be hard to list them all here. Instead, we have broken some of the more inspiring goals and turned them into a list of 553 ideas — broken down into different categories.
As you go through this list, be sure to write down the items that resonate with your “personal why.” Then add the ideas that sound like a great challenge. Then the stuff that's fun. Then the ideas that you can share with your significant other. And finally, the ideas that will help with your self-improvement efforts.
Okay, let's dive into the 553 bucket list items…
What You Will Learn
- 84 Travel Bucket List Items
- 59 New Skills to Learn Before Dying
- 37 Life Milestones to Include in Your Bucket List
- 71 Outdoor Bucket List Ideas
- 35 Charity Bucket List Ideas
- 40 Entertainment and Sports Events to Add to a Bucket List
- 48 Bucket List Ideas of Personal and Professional Goals.
- 33 Food and Drink Bucket List Ideas
- 34 Summer Bucket List Ideas
- 46 Cool Bucket List Ideas
- 22 Funny Bucket List Ideas
- 25 Sex Bucket List Ideas
- 19 Bucket List Ideas For Couples
- Cool “Bucket List” Gift Idea: 100 Bucket List Scratch-off Poster
- One Final Thought on Bucket Lists
84 Travel Bucket List Items
Traveling is usually the focal point of many bucket lists. In fact, it's often the main thing that comes to mind when writing down what you'd like to accomplish before dying.
Travel is awesome, but something that is unfortunately often delayed until we have, “time” and “money” to enjoy travel. Which many people equate to be retirement. (That's why I recommend checking out some of the 16 money-saving apps can help you with these goals.)
If the opportunity can be made. Try to get travel bucket list items off your list before that elusive “some time” comes around. Being able to enjoy some of these items while still young and energetic is priceless.
Travel Destination Bucket List Ideas
59 New Skills to Learn Before Dying
In this day and age, it is essential to learn and keep learning. The days of going to school until you graduate college and then “stopping” learning are past. To keep up with your competition you need a good education, and then you need to keep learning new things related to your field to stay competitive.
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Learn New Skills Bucket List Ideas
37 Life Milestones to Include in Your Bucket List
We all have life milestones we will remember forever. The first kiss. The first child. The first car. First home.
A few of these special moments are listed here and they all should absolutely be part of your bucket list ideas. Not only that but the basic list of life experiences should easily make you think about dozens of more.
Experience Life Milestones Bucket List Ideas
71 Outdoor Bucket List Ideas
I love outdoor activities. That is why coming up with so many bucket list ideas for this section was so easy -for me there are so many outdoor activities I want to try someday. The 71 bucket list ideas below are just a small sampling of what is out there for you to visit or experience in the great wide world.
If you'd like to find a method for saving for these fun ideas, then the Digit app can help.
Unique Outdoor Activities Bucket List Ideas
35 Charity Bucket List Ideas
Life is not just about you. It is not just about me. An important, and far to often overlooked, aspect of life is what we can do for others.
Ultimately these tasks are NOT here because I want us to “save the world” together, by using the ideas on this bucket list. The fact is that being charitable feels good. It may even feel good that you get more out of it than the people you are supposed to be helping.
Charity Bucket List Ideas
40 Entertainment and Sports Events to Add to a Bucket List
If you are a sports guy (or gal). Finding ideas for attending cool sporting events should be easy. They may even be fun things you participate in if you happen to be unusually skilled in a cool sport like, ‘cup stacking’. Below are just a few ideas.
48 Bucket List Ideas of Personal and Professional Goals.
Goals are important for all aspects of your life — personal, professional and goals you share with your family. Some goals make you “better” in some small ways. Others can be fun “experiments” you do while young. And other goals can help you advance in your career.
And if you'd like to discover additional information on this topic, then I suggest you check out the following articles:
- The Difference Between Process and Outcome Goals
- 27 Examples of Short-Term Goals
- 25 Examples of Long-Term Goals
- 30 Affirmations for Achieving Goals
- A TED Talk by Tim Ferriss on Why “Fear Setting” is More Important Than Goal Setting
If you'd like to become a goal-oriented person, then here is a list of 48 ideas to get you started…
33 Food and Drink Bucket List Ideas
Food and drink. We need them to survive, but there are also so many varieties of food. Trying many different dishes from many different cultures allows you to experiences some great foods. Mixing in travel and trying the best dishes in the places they are known for makes an exciting twist on the idea of food and bucket lists.
Food and Drink Bucket List Ideas
34 Summer Bucket List Ideas
46 Cool Bucket List Ideas
22 Funny Bucket List Ideas
25 Sex Bucket List Ideas
19 Bucket List Ideas For Couples
Cool “Bucket List” Gift Idea: 100 Bucket List Scratch-off Poster
If you are going to pursue a bucket list why not make it a bit more fun with this cool poster featuring 100 bucket list ideas where you can “scratch off” the ideas as you accomplish them. This is a fun idea makes a great gift idea for anyone from teen to a retiree.
100 Things to Do Bucket List Scratch Poster
One Final Thought on Bucket Lists
Here is a secret. Bucket lists are never meant to be completed. Who wants to be 50 and reach the end of their bucket list. What are you supposed to do then? Just stop enjoying life?
Keep most items on your bucket list achievable, but make the number of items and the amount of “tough” completions difficult enough that finishing “everything” would be very tough. Then if you get close. Add more things to do.
There are “normal” bucket list ideas. And ones that are extra tough. For completing big milestones, you might also want to think of some ways to reward yourself.
The one main obstacle to achieving many of the items on your bucket list is being to afford these ideas and/or learn how to implement them.
So if you want three great resources, then I'd suggest checking out:
- The “Stack Your Savings” Book
- 16 Money-Saving Apps and Websites
- Skillshare to get access to thousands of courses.
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