In case you’ve been living without effectuating for your goal, plans or even dreams, it is certain that you are spending most of your life merely existing.
Once I realized that I’ve been leading a plain and dull life, I decided to have my own bucket list. A bucket list opens up to the concept of living. Creating a bucket list was an incredibly insightful experience into myself.
Why Is a Bucket List Called So?
With my newly created bucket list, I’m sure that you must have also tried your hand in making your own bucket list. But hey! Why is it called a bucket list?
The term is derived from the phrase, ‘kick the bucket’, a figure of speech which literally means ‘to die’.
A bucket list packs a collection of goals, dreams, and aspirations that one would like to accomplish within their lifetime before they bid adieu. The list may feature not only long term goals but also a few short ones as well.
Why you need a bucket list ASAP
Having a bucket list seems to be a great idea rather than just existing in this oblate spheroid planet (Sorry flat earthers). To exist is to do things that you love doing/experiencing.
With an efficient bucket list, you can note down all your dreams and wishes to keep track of how much you’ve accomplished so far.
Having goals defined can be useful. But the bucket list seems to encourage a strange blend of highly individualized behavior and conformity, a situation in which everyone is hurtling, alone, towards similar goals.
A bucket list helps to get into perspective the goals you strive for and also it gets your brain thinking about the things that really matter to you in life. After all, life passes by quickly, and we have to make the most of it.
Check out these reasons below that might help you decide about making your bucket list.
1. Direction and Reason
Having a bucket list gives you a sense of direction about what you are doing in your life. For the people trapped in the conundrums of the corporate rat race, this gives another reason to live and love life. Most importantly, it reminds us of our individuality that we are not part of some machine. That we are still human.
2. Utilizing your time better
A bucket list allows us to focus on something during our free time. If you don’t know what to do in your free time, this is a great activity, to begin with. The list gives you something to work your way down.
3. Accomplishments and making memories
Finishing something always conceives a sense of accomplishment inside us. And if we are achieving something that we like, then the satisfaction we get is even more. There is a high probability of completing things that we love if we don’t set a time limit for it. The reason being that it gives us the feeling of not being bothered to finish something.
Life is all about making memories. A bucket list gives you a plethora of opportunities to make some memorable ones. It also makes for a great story that we can share with family and friends!
4. Expanding the horizons of your mind
With a bucket list comes the opportunity to learn new things. It may be a new skill, a new language or a new way of life. Exploring new places and meeting new people helps us understand different cultures and makes our own life better in a way that is not possible otherwise.
5. Life always goes on
Life does get hard at times. And if you are stuck in a rut, then a bucket list can provide you with something to cheer about. Bucket list mostly has to be something that is never-ending. Every time you come close to finishing it, you must add some more to it and keep the list going.
So without further ado, let’s start discussing bucket list ideas that you need to take a cue from.
Bucket List Ideas
Like we said earlier, bucket list ideas are never-ending. Ultimately, it all comes down to the kind of person you are. Now let’s explore some interesting categories of bucket list ideas.
Travel Bucket List Ideas
This is undeniably one of the most popular types of bucket list ideas.
1. Get Awed By The Pyramids Of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza are possibly the oldest structures built by mankind. It is the largest pyramid ever built, and it’s been over 5000 years since it was constructed. The fact that it has survived for so long is in itself a testament to the incredible engineering and construction skills of this ancient civilization.
2. Explore the Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest surviving rainforest in the world. It serves host to an incredible range of biodiversity that is not seen anywhere else in the world. It is also the world’s largest producer of Oxygen. Experiencing life in the Amazon is indeed an eye-opening experience and a rediscovery of the living Earth.
3. Hike on the Rainbow Mountain
The Rainbow mountain is also known as Vinicunca mountain, is an overload of colors that blast at your face straight out of a fairy tale. It is about 3 hours from Cusco and stands at an altitude of 6000 meters. Its coat of many colors is due to the unique combination of its sedimentary layers and environmental conditions. However, hiking through the mountain is tough due to the high altitude and weather conditions.
4. Discover The Magnificent Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is the largest temple complex in the world. Located in Cambodia, it was forgotten and lost for centuries until rediscovered by archaeologists. It is filled with incredible sculptures all through the monument, and the scale of it is awe inspiring.
5. Dive In The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, located on the southern coast of Queensland in Australia, is renowned for being the world’s most extensive coral reef system. Due to its natural beauty, the Great Barrier Reef is a great spot to enjoy activities like Scuba diving. Considered as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it is also Australia’s most impressive natural feature.
6. Admire the Northern Lights in Norway
Every traveler’s bucket list must include experiencing the Aurora Borealis in Norway. The Northern Lights are a display of natural light in the sky which occurs in the arctic circle. Norway with its clear skies and almost non-existent light pollution is the best place to view the most impressive light show in the world.
7. Trek to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is an Inca citadel located on top of a mountain in Peru at an altitude of 2430 meters above sea level. It can be reached by a hike on mountain trails or by a train trip through the valley of the Urubamba river. Being the lost city of the Incas, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America.
8. Bath In The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is an inland salt lake located in the Negev desert. At an altitude of 431 meters below sea level, it is the lowest point on the surface of Earth. Its name comes from the incredibly salty water of the sea in which no fish can survive. But the high amounts of salt give the Dead Sea some unusual properties like its famous health and healing properties and making people float naturally on the water.
9. Walk On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame has the stars embedded in the sidewalks of Los Angeles at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine St. in Hollywood. On each star-shaped tile is the name of a celebrity in the fields of television, music, drama, radio, and film who have influenced the entertainment industry.
10. Hike To Trolltunga
Trolltunga is one of the most breathtaking and scenic cliffs in the world. Located at 1100 meters above the sea level, the cliff itself hangs precariously above the Ringedalsvatnet lake at a height of 700 meters. The hike itself takes 10 – 12 hours, and it ends at troll’s tongue, where it opens up to a breathtaking view over lakes and snow-capped mountains.
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Bucket List Ideas For Couples
There is nothing more bonding than doing something together as a couple. Going on wild and crazy adventures, chasing dreams and creating unforgettable moments along the way is a sure shot way to understand your beloved in a way that is impossible to recreate. Here are ten of the best ideas to make sure you don’t get stuck in the monotony of everyday life and start bonding over exciting adventures.
1. Sleep Under The Stars
Go to a place surrounded by nature and camp the night with your partner. This is a perfect chance to revel in life and each other’s company under a roof of stars.
2. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
Riding a hot air balloon is one of those unique experiences that you absolutely need to do as a couple. You can enjoy the fantastic aerial views while drifting with the clouds and enjoy being alone with each other while being seen by everyone at the same time!
3. To A Tropical Paradise
Going to a tropical paradise on vacation is the dream that most couples have, but sadly only a few get to experience it. Nevertheless, it is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable experiences that you can have as a couple.
4. Horseback Ride On The Beach
Horseback riding on the beach is ideal during sunsets. But, a ride in the morning or noon is beautiful in its own way. Feel the sun on your face, the mild sea breeze behind you and the sound of waves crashing into the sand, all while you sitting on top of a horse together.
5. Take A Tandem Bike Ride
Communication, Cooperation, and Teamwork are all critical aspects that determine the success of doing a Tandem bike ride. Conversely, they are all important facets of any relationship. A tandem bike ride is undoubtedly more than doing an exercise together. It will test the strengths of your relationship and can potentially change your marriage.
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6. Go Camping Together
Camping in nature can be an incredible healing experience to you as a person as well as a couple. Facing the difficulties of living in the wild with almost no support from other people is bound to teach some valuable life lessons that will strengthen our relationship as a couple.
7. Go Scuba Diving
Scuba Diving at a picturesque location is one of those cliche activities for couples. It is a life-changing experience and doing it together makes it all the more pleasurable.
8. Groove At A Dance Music Festival
Dancing all night with your loved one when surrounded by hordes of happy people is a soul-filling experience. Beyond any doubt, it will give you memories that you can cherish your entire life.
9. See A Sunrise From The Top Of A Mountain
Waking up in the wee hours and hiking up the mountain before the sunrise might not be that romantic. However, the experience of watching a sunrise together is one of the most romantic things to do.
10. On A Road Trip Together
A road trip is something every couple needs to include in their bucket list. There is something thrilling about being on the open road, the wind blowing your hair and your dear one by your side.
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Bucket List Ideas For Best Friends
You and your best friend do almost everything together. There is little that we won’t do when we are with our bestie. But do you have a bucket list that embodies all the things to do with your best friend?
1. Go To A Music Festival
Chance are, you and your best friend share similar tastes in music. If you are looking for epic things to do with your best friend, whatever may be your budget, music or location, music festivals are a must. Spend as much time there as you want, a day, a weekend or a whole week!
2. Laugh Until Your Stomach Hurts
Rolling on the floor laughing is somehow not difficult at all when you are with your best friend. Do epic pranks. Tell stupid jokes. Do whatever it takes to get both of you laughing so hard that you can’t speak for the next 10 minutes without breaking into unstoppable laughter again.
3. Spend A Vacation Travelling Together
Traveling together is one of those things that brings people to connect with each other on a different level. If you think you know everything you need to know about your bestie, then travel together. It will undeniably show you another dimension of their personality that you were never aware of.
4. Plan A Surprise Party
Throwing a surprise party for your best friend is without a doubt the best gift you can give. You can decide to arrange it on their birthday or anniversary like ordinary people. But, if you want to really surprise them, then throw a party just for the sake of it, and they will never guess!
5. Do A Bungee Jump Or Skydive
Being with your best friend gives you the license to do crazy things even if it scares the life out of each other. Bungee jumping and skydiving is bound to give you the jitters, but once you finish it, you will get an unbelievable sense of accomplishment and also a story to tell for a lifetime.
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Bucket List Ideas For Teenagers
Being a teen is hard. You are in between being a child and a fully grown adult. As a teen, you are trying to come into your own in life. On the other hand, it is a time when you are filled with energy and have an abundance of time to spare. So, let’s take a look at the ideal bucket list for teens to utilize their time and energy fully.
1. Invent Something
Teenagers are in a phase of life when their minds are highly creative, and ideas and questions will come to their minds all the time. What if you can invent something that is quite useful? You can sell either your idea or product in the market and get some extra cash. This will encourage our creativity while teaching some valuable lessons that will surely help you later on in life.
2. Spend A Night In A Tree House
Building a treehouse in our own backyard and spending some nights in it will teach you a lot of life skills. It will help you practice being responsible for yourselves while still being in the eyesight of parents.
3. Make A Collage Of All Your Dreams And Goals
As a teenager, you are not yet bound by the responsibilities of being an adult. This is why it is highly recommended to include in your bucket list, all your dreams and goals in the form of a college. After some years, when you look back, it will remind you of the things that you truly want out of life.
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4. Play Pranks On People
You could team up with friends and pull out pranks on random strangers. Better yet, you could film them and share it with others. This could be a fun activity that you can always look back to and laugh as hard as the time you did it.
5. Master A New Sport
Now is the time to learn that sport you loved watching and always wanted to learn, but somehow never got to try it out. Learning a new sport can be fun, and you can show it off to your friends once you have mastered it.
You may find it hard in finishing some of the targets you mention in your bucket list. Most of the time this happens because the goals you have set are significant and can be achieved only in the long term.
If you already have a bucket list, identify the steps or smaller objectives that you need to complete for accomplishing the dreams or ambitions and add it in your bucket list. And if you don’t have a bucket list yet, start thinking about the goals you want to complete in the short term, so that you can reach your end objective.
Keep most of the things in your bucket list as achievable, but mix it up with some really tough ones also. The readily achievable ones will give you confidence and motivation to do the tough ones. However, bucket lists are meant to be never fully completed. Keep adding new ones if your list is getting short. You will be surprised by how much you accomplish by following this method!