Bucket List Ideas

101+ Bucket List Ideas You Absolutely Need To Experience Before You Die

As travel buffs, we know how important it is to dream about all of the places you will go on your adventures. We scour the internet constantly looking for new and exciting places to stay, things to do, and food to eat. Here you’ll find a list of bucket items we are itching to cross off. So, if you need some inspiration to book that ticket, look no further.


1. Swim with whale sharks in Belize

2. Skydive over Rottnest Island in Australia

3. Take a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey


4. Visit the Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China

5. Experience magic at The Salt Flats in Bolivia

6. Look down at the Tianzi Mountains in China

7. Take in the beauty of Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan

8. Walk through the Sagano Bamboo Forest In Kyoto, Japan

9. Take in the historic views of Halong Bay in Vietnam

10. Take a thermal bath in Pamukkale, Turkey


11. Visit the pink lagoon in Mexico called the Las Coloradas

12. Trek the GR20 trail in Europe

13. Walk through the ancient Batu Caves in Malaysia

14. Take in the eerily quiet scenery of Gásadalur on the Faroe Islands

15. Hike through the dreamy Antelope Canyon in the United States

16. Snowboard down a volcano in Nicaragua

17. Hike the Salcantay trail to Machu Picchu

18. Sit on top of the world after hiking Mount Kilimanjaro

19. Swim in Mexico’s Yucatán cenotes


20. Hike the Mendenhall glacier in Alaska


21. Face your fears and bungee jump in New Zealand

22. Do the Mt. Huashan plank walk in China


23. Swim in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

24. Find the hidden blue grotto of Capri

25. Hike and camp along the Na Pali Coast

26. Dare to do the Chomolhari Trek and the Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan

27. Sleep on a remote island in the Philippines

28. Rock climb Crazy Horse Buttress in Chiang Mai

29. Visit one of the famous night markets in Chiang Mai

30. Become a certified diver in Ko Thao

31. Swim in the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe

32. Sail through Croatia on a Yacht

33. Explore the beauty of the Amalfi Coast

34. Go on a safari in Kenya

35. Travel to Finland to see the Northern Lights

36. Sail through the Galapagos


37. Sleep in a jungle treehouse in Bali

38. Bathe and get to know rescued elephants in Chiang Mai


39. Go on an overnight hike of Mt. Batur

40. Surf the sand dunes in the Sahara

41. Visit the Sistine Chapel in Italy

42. Do the Everest base camp trek in Nepal


43. Swim with turtles in Ningaloo, Western Australia

44. Descend into a volcano in Iceland

45. Drive the Road To Hana in Maui


46. Ride through Wadi Rum in Jordan

47. Hike through the Columbia River Gorge

48. Take in the beauty that is Whistler Backcomb at night

49. Defy the odds and hike the Pali Notches in Hawaii

50. ATV through “Jurassic Park” on the island of Oahu

Food & Drink

51. Have a coffee at Les Deux Magots in Paris, France

52. Search for the famous $3 Fa Hua Dumplings in Shanghai

53. Visit Kappacasein in London for the world’s best grilled cheese

54. Eat the critically acclaimed hummus at Abu Hassan (if you can get there before they run out for the day)

55. Go on a tapas crawl in Barcelona

56. Eat a bagel from the Montreal staple, St-Viateur Bagel

57. Taste the “best damn sloppy joe on Earth” at Town Hall Deli in New Jersey

58. Lick your fingers after feasting at Daddy D’z’ BBQ Joynt in Atlanta

59. Try the “greatest burger on the planet” at Shiso Burger in Germany

60. Try an authentic, non touristy, Italian meal at Osteria Barberini in Rome

61. Eat Swedish meatballs at Riche in Stockholm (they’re NYT approved)

62. Find out why so many celebrities eat at Abou El Sid in Cairo, Egypt

63. Rowboat to a delicious seafood meal at The Saltry in Alaska

64. Experience the true art of sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo

65. Let the owner of Opal decide what you eat for dinner at Opal Thai in Oahu

66. Try the tasting menu at The French Laundry — the “best restaurant in the world”

67. Indulge in high tea at The Ritz, London

68. Eat a famous slice at Roberta’s pizza in NYC

69. Refuel with a latte at the famous Cafe Kitsune in Paris

70. Eat a papaya bowl at the Sunrise Shack in Hawaii

71. Dine in an actual cave at the Ristorante Grotta Palazzese in Italy

72. Share breakfast with a giraffe at Giraffe Manor in Kenya

73. Dine 5 metres below the surface at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the

74. Let the LOTR fan in you come out at the famous Green Dragon Pub in New Zealand

75. Dine in an actual snow castle at the Snow Castle of Kemi in Finland

76. Have dinner in the middle of a waterfall at the Labassin Waterfall Restaurant in the Philippines


77. Have your food cooked for you over an active volcano at El Diablo in Spain

78. Hang off a cliff while eating your dinner at Fangweng Restaurant in China

79. Eat high above the trees at The Treepod in Thailand

80. Have a drink at Please Don’t Tell — the speakeasy that is hidden inside of a hotdog stop

81. Take in the sights, and the cocktails, at Aer in Mumbai

82. Get boujee and drink at Chandelier Bar in Las Vegas

83. Try a world famous cocktail at Artesian in London, the “world’s best bar”

84. Soak up the sunset, and the cocktails, at Potato Head Beach Club in Bali


85. Make like Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, and Truman Capote and have a drink at Harry’s Bar in Venice


86. Soak up Santorini with your own private cave pool at the Katikies Hotel

87. Rest your head inside a palace in the middle of the lake at Taj Lake Palace in India


88. Bathe in paradise at the Kawaguchiko Onsen Konanso in Tokyo


89. Go off-grid and glamp in the beautiful bubble tents at Camp Katur in England


90. Sleep deep within the African plains at Madikwe Hills

91. Stay at COMO Maldives — the most secluded, and luxurious, resort in the Maldives

92. Wake up surrounded by glaciers in Patagonia at Explora Hotel Salto Chico

93. Wake up beside the Eiffel Tower at the Plaza Athenee


94. Sleep in a geo-dome and ski the alps at Whitepod in Switzerland


95. Step into a real life fairytale at Magic Mountain Lodge in Chile

96. Experience our luxury at Amangiri Resort in Utah

97. Sleep under the stars at Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland

98. Live on the edge with a stay at the Äscher Cliff Hotel in Switzerland

99. Sleep in a spherical treehouse in British Columbia

100. Become one with nature at the Tinyeleti Treehouse, Lion Sands, in South Africa


101. Go to Burning Man and experience Black Rock City

102. Celebrate colour at Holi Festival in India


103. Drink all of the beer at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

104. Get your dance on at Carnival in Brazil

105. Party until the early hours of the morning celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans


106. Run with the bulls in Spain (or just watch)


107. Set yourself free at a Lantern Festival in Thailand

Personal Goals

108. Learn how to ask for what you want

109. Actually learn how to budget and have a healthy relationship with money

110. Do a 30 day healthy eating challenge

111. Walk away from any and all toxic relationships in your life

112. Truly learn how to be alone

113. Learn another language

114. Master the art of letting go

115. Take a class in something you’ve always been interested in but haven’t pursued

116. Forgive someone who hurt you

117. Thank someone who is always there for you; let them know you appreciate them.

118. Learn how to say no

119. Learn how to say yes when your fear is holding you back from doing so

120. Learn how to separate love and fear

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January Nelson is a writer, editor, and dreamer. She writes about astrology, games, love, relationships, and entertainment. January graduated with an English and Literature degree from Columbia University.