47 Amazing Bucket List Ideas & Resources

December 27, 2008

Since the release of the film - The Bucket List many people are looking for ideas and resources, to create their own bucket lists. If you, haven’t seen the film, a bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you die.

The idea is that if we write things down, we’re more likely to achieve our goals. And if that appeals to you, you should check out these amazing bucket list ideas and resources.

47 Amazing Bucket List Ideas

1. How To Create And Manage Your “Bucket List” Before You Kick: 8 Great tips by Tatsuya Nakagawi for creating and managing a meaningful bucket list.

2. The Best Wildlife Experiences: If seeing amazing wildlife, is an important part of your bucket list, World Reviewer shares the top 10 wildlife experiences in the world.

3. Free Resources For Learning A Foreign Language: If learning a foreign language is your idea of fun, Brave New Traveller have put together 8 free resources for learning a foreign language.

4. Unconventional Money Saving Tips: If you need to save money to fund some of the items on your bucket list, JD at Get Rich Slowly offers 10 uncoventional money saving tips and ideas.

5. Get Famous: If achieving fame is going to be a part of your bucket list, check out 10 Ways To Get Famous by Michael Aaron Gallagher, of StayFamous.net.

6. Spiritual Experiences: If Spiritual experiences are important to you, check out International Spiritual experiences for information on spiritual experiences throughout the world.

7. The Most Famous Mountains To Climb Before You Die: If you want to get a few mountains under your belt, before you kick the bucket, choose from the best on Forbes Traveller.

8. The Life List Of The World’s Greatest Goal Achiever: John Goddard made a list of 127 things he wanted to do before he died, when he was only 15. He has now achieved most of them. You can check out his list here, to get some bucket list ideas.

9. The 7 Wonders Of The World: If you want to include visits to some of the Seven Wonders of the World on your bucket list - check out these images on National Geographic. The ancient 7 wonders and the new 7 wonders are included.

10. The Best Museums in The World: Want to include visits to some of the World’s best museums in your bucket list? Then check out the ten best museums in the World.

11. The World’s Best Festivals: If you want to visit one or two great festivals before you die, Rough Guides have put together the top 10 World Festivals. From the Phillipines to Glastonbury, there’s sure to be one that appeals to you.

12. Top Ten Concert Halls: From the Sydney Opera House to Walt Disney’s Concert Hall in Los Angeles, you’re sure to find one that you’d love to visit.

13. Creating A Bucket List - 100 Things To Do Before You Die: The title of this massive Squidoo lens by Marelisa Fabrega is misleading. She is constantly adding Bucket List ideas to her lens and there’s sure to be some to inspire you. Currently, Marelisa has 360 Bucket List Ideas including sporting activities, adventures, travel, learning and hitting the big time.

14. Break A World Record: If breaking a world record is something you’d like to add to your bucket list, browse exisiting world records in the Guinness Book Of World Records and get some ideas on how you can become a record breaker.

15. The Olympic Games:
Is watching, or participating in some of the events at the Olympic Games something you want to do before you kick the bucket? Check out details of the next Olympic Games in Vancouver in just over 400 days time and details of more future Olympic events at the official site.

16. Find A Hobby: If starting a new hobby is something you’d like to add to your bucket list - FindMeAHobby.com has hundreds of great hobby ideas.

17. Become a Spy: If you fancy yourself as a spy, check out how to do it and the benefits and drawback of being a spy, before you add it to your bucket list.

18. The Best Books Ever: If reading some of the best books ever, will be included in your bucket list, check out some of the following lists to help find what you’re looking for: The Big Read - The BBC shares reader nominations of the best books ever. The Lord of the Rings comes out top; The Observer’s 100 Greatest Novels of All Time; 100 Classic Novels; The New Classics 1983 to 2008.

19. American Road Trips 101: If taking a great American Road Trip is going to be included in your bucket list, American Road Trips 101, is a great planning resource.

20. Become An Internet Entrepreneur:
Start your own online business and travel the world as you work.

21. Visit The Top Twenty Islands:
If you have secret dreams of becoming a pirate, visit the top twenty islands in the world. The chosen islands are measured on the following criteria: activities, beaches, cultural sites, lodging, restaurants and scenery.

22. 107 Great Resources To Unleash The Entrepreneur Within You: If becoming a great entrepreneur is going to be included in your bucket list, you need to check out this massive resource, which I put together earlier this year.

23. Budget Travel Guide: If you’re including a lot of travel on your bucket list, this great budget travel guide by HoboTraveler will give you some great ideas for saving money on travel.

24. Top Ten Most Haunted:
If the idea of bumping into a ghost excites you, a tour of the World’s Top Ten Most Haunted places wold be a great addition to your bucket list.

25. Go On A Cruise: If you want to add a dream cruise to your bucket list, Cruise Critic is a massive cruise resource, with cruise reviews and a huge discussion forum.

26. Join A Circus:
If joining a circus is one of your bucket list ideas, check out this guide. It shows you how to pick and perfect a circus talent, go to circus school and get a job.

27. Dreams Of The Big Screen: Do you yearn for a career in Hollywood? Check out these ten tips to help you get your first Hollywood Job.

28. Live In Another Part Of The World: If living in another part of the world is going to be on your bucket list, check out some of these resources: Immigrating: Choosing Where To Go and Is This The Ultimate Entrepreneurial Dream?

29. Become An Amazing Writer: If becoming a great non-fiction writer or novelist is to feature on your bucket list, check out 43 Amazing Resources for Writers. You won’t be disappointed. The article was the most popular article on this blog in 2008.

30. The World’s 50 Best Walks: If you love walking you may want to add some of these great walks to your bucket list. The Times Online have featured the 50 best walks in the world from the UK to Costa Rica - complete with descriptions and difficulty guides.

31. Awesome Winter Sports:
If you’re burning to add some great winter sports to your bucket list, check out the World’s Top Destinations for snow sports.

32. Become A Monk, Or A Nun: If becoming a monk or a nun sounds like a great bucket list idea, check out this great resource, which covers topics such as entering the buddhist path, ordination and how to support yourself.

33. Tour Europe On A Shoestring: Take a few months out and tour Europe without needing to rob a bank. There’s some great tips and ideas in this Lonely Planet forum.

34. Learn About The Stockmarket: If you want to add understanding the stockmarket to your bucket list, you could start with these 10 Stockmarket Investment Tips For Beginners.

35. Volunteer To Help In Other Countries: If you’d like to volunteer to help others and learn about their culture, check out United Planet. They have programs in 50 countries, which last between 1 week and a year.

36. Learn About Astronomy:
If learning about astronomy is going to be an important part of your bucket list, you could begin with Astronomy for beginners, to discover things like the best equipment to use and what is worth seeing.

37. The Best Art Galleries In The World:
If visiting the world’s best art galleries is worthy of a place on your list, make sure you choose the best. The Louvre in Paris and The Hermitage in Saint Petersburg are among the top ten on this list.

38. 99 Experiences Of A Life Well Lived:
For more inspiration for your bucket list, check out Kelly Rigby’s awesome list which includes holding a spider or a snake, or buying a stranger a meal.

39. The Ten Best Rollercoasters On Earth: If you love rollercoasters, you might want to add a ride on the ten best rollercoasters on Earth to your bucket list.

40. Become Enlightened: If becoming enlightened is important to you, you might want to add it to your bucket list and begin with Enlightenment.net or Pathway To Happiness.

41. The Works Of A Classical Composer:
If you’re adding becoming familiar with the complete works of a classical composer or two to your bucket list, check out this resource. It has info on great classical composers and complete lists of their works.

42. Complete The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle:
The world’s largest jigsaw puzzle, Life: The Great Challenge by Royce B McClure has 24000 pieces. If you like puzzles, completing this one could be a great challenge to add to your bucket list. But you’ll need plenty of space to do it, as it’s over 14 foot long.

43. Top 100 Movies: If you love movies, why not add watching the 100 greatest movies of all time, to your bucket list.

44. Become An Explorer: If you’re an explorer at heart, you could add one of the voyages of Christopher Columbus to your list. This resources lists the places he visited on each voyage.

45. Develop Your Psychic Ability: Everyone has the potential to become psychic. If this sounds like something you’d like to develop, check out this excellent guide on how to develop your psychic ability.

46. Grow Prize Winning Giants:
If growing prize winning giant vegetables is something you’d want to add to your bucket list, check out this useful advice.

47. Become A Screenwriter: If you have a burning ambition to write an oscar winning film, discover how to become a screenwriter in ten easy steps.

Do you have your own bucket list, or are you thinking about starting one? Please share some of your bucket list ideas in the comments section.

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17 Responses to “47 Amazing Bucket List Ideas & Resources”

  1. Annie Anderson on December 27th, 2008 5:09 pm

    Cath -

    What a great list! This must have taken you a considerable amount of time to research and put together. I found quite a few I’m going to check out.

    And The Bucket List is a good movie. Lots of subtle little lessons in there in addition to the main story line.

    Hope you had a good holiday!

    ~ Annie

    Annie Anderson’s last blog post..Baking, hay and a snowman

  2. cathlawson on December 27th, 2008 5:42 pm

    Hi Annie - I did thank you. I hope you had a good time too.

    I spent quite a few hours on it yesterday and half of today on it. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I find things like this so addictive to put together.

  3. Annie Anderson on December 27th, 2008 6:33 pm

    Hi Cath,

    Yeah, I get to putting stuff like this together and get so involved in the research and finding cool stuff, that I forget about writing my post! LOL ;-)

    We had a good Christmas. The kids got lots of cool stuff they’re enjoying playing with. And of course, the heaps of snow we had to play in. As much as I really dislike snow, it was fun to have it around for the kids and having a white Christmas was kinda cool.

    Have a safe and happy New Years!

    ~ Annie

    Annie Anderson’s last blog post..Baking, hay and a snowman

  4. Patricia on December 27th, 2008 7:30 pm

    This is a fabulous list and with great links, I can’t even get to writing my post this morning for hanging around here and clicking away! Thank you so much…for all your time and research.

    Do you remember a post where you wrote on my blog about could not eat Ambrosia Creamed Rice because of a TV show when you were eating it…and my IT person a day later sent me an article about a delivery truck that exploded when delivering Ambrosia Creamed Rice? Well, my IT person got us a 1/2 case of Ambrosia Creamed Rice for Christmas…it was way too funny…I put a can of it by my kitchen window so I can laugh at it all the time…:)
    I will be in London July 20th , Scotland for about a week, Wales a couple of days and then through the Lakes toward London fly out on the 9th of August…

    Patricia’s last blog post..Say Who Turned On the Light?

  5. Melissa Donovan on December 27th, 2008 8:02 pm

    This is a pretty awesome bucket list. Lots to do and so little time… thanks for the link Cath :)
    Melissa Donovan’s last blog post..Inside the Writing Community

  6. Davina on December 28th, 2008 4:35 am

    Hi Cath. What a fabulous list. You are a hunter and a gatherer of information.

    The list of haunted places would be fun to explore. Edinburgh Castle in Scotland looks mysterious — I’ve always been drawn to castles. I’ve already met Shirley MacLaine so that’s one item ticked off my list (not that I really have a list). Before I lost my job I was planning on touring Europe. And, if I could get past my fear of heights :-) I’d love to see the Earth from outer space. One more… to build my own log cabin to retire in.

    Davina’s last blog post..New Blog: Loving Pulse Turns Shades Of Crimson

  7. wilhb81 on December 28th, 2008 9:07 am

    WoW, Cath. How could you figured out these 47 awesome bucket list ideas? All of the ideas were excellent and I will forward it to my friends!

    Merry X’mas and happy new year, Cath.

    wilhb81’s last blog post..The Useful Business Tips 12: The 5 Effective Tips To Ensure Your Customers’ Privacy and Policy

  8. Kelly@SHE-POWER on December 28th, 2008 9:26 am

    The Queen of the link post strikes again! Thanks for the link love and there is almost too much reading material here for me to cope with. Very inspirational though. Thanks.

    Hope you had a fabulous Christmas.

    Kelly xxxx

  9. Wesley on December 28th, 2008 10:00 am

    Come on! That was a horrible movie! Yes, I know this post wasn’t really about the movie, but so-called “bucket lists” have been around for hundreds of years. Coming up with a list of things to do before you die is not a new idea, and that movie was boring, predictable, and very cliché.

    Aside from the movie, thanks for the links! Though because I don’t plan to die (I know from previous posts that you’re a fan of eternal living as well, though I don’t know of your personal wishes in regards to this) such a list could never be completed if I made one. I have to put a time frame on every to-do list I make, whether it be a hour, a day, a week, a year, or twenty years. While I still have a few issues with eternal living that I haven’t really heard any good answers for, without a definite end date my list will probably never be completed. If I do make such a list, and I do die, I will most likely never have gotten around to the things on it.

    Wesley’s last blog post..I cleaned out my blogroll!

  10. Cath Lawson on December 28th, 2008 4:30 pm

    Hi again Annie - I know what you mean. I spent a huge chunk of last night exploring some of these resources in depth.

    Hi Patricia - Thank you - I’m glad you like it. I remember that pic you sent with the exploding cans of ambrosia. It was too funny.

    I’m glad you’re getting your wish to come over to the UK also. It would be best to do Wales after the Lakes though, or you’ll wind up driving way more than you need to. I live near the Lakes - if I haven’t emigrated by then, I’ll meet you for lunch.

    Hi Melissa - You’re welcome. I totally agree on the time thing - many of these things would consume a lot of it.

    Hi Davina - Edinburgh Castle is awesome. I have been a few times and I’m guessing it probably is haunted. And you still have plenty of time to tour Europe in the future.

    It sounds like the space thing could become possible - and it’s bound to be less costly after a while. I went in a space simulator and it terrified me - I’m not sure I could cope with the real thing.

    Hi Wilhb - thank you. These lists aren’t to hard to do. If you have plenty of questions the Internet will answer them. I’m in the middle of writing a “how to post”. I’d like to see others benefit from a decent amount of traffic by doing this type of post.

    Hi Kelly - Thank you. It was great. I hope you had plenty of chocolate cake. Your resource was great. I’m definitely going to be trying some of the things on it.

    Hi Wesley - How could you dislike anything with Jack Nicholson in it? He’s a brilliant actor.

    If you are hoping to live forever - I hope you don’t miss the What If? movie. I plan to watch it this week.

    I see your point on timescales. Another problem with that scenario would be only putting down things you wanted to do in the next 20 years. What if you died once you’d completed them all, because you had nothing left on your list?

    Cath Lawson’s last blog post..47 Amazing Bucket List Ideas & Resources

  11. Jannie on December 28th, 2008 10:12 pm

    This is an amazingly-researched post, but then again. I am coming to expect nothing but supreme effort on your blog, Cath.

    Not that you asked, but here are my Personal Top Ten.

    1. To one day have grand-kids who can’t get enought of me, but will leave me alone when I’m tired and / or cranky.
    2. To win an Oscar for a song.
    3. To have Leonard Cohen tell me he thinks my songs (and me,) are awesome.
    4. To live in a nice finished house, doesn’t have to be a mansion. (15 years of constant,) house remodeling has left me a bit tired of it all.
    5. Spend 6 months respectively wandering Australia, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa with my husband and daughter and us never getting on each others’ nerves or having so much as a little tiff. (and allowing about a year in between trips to get a nice breather from traveling)
    6. To help place orphans in loving homes for many happily ever afters.
    7. To live in NY for a while too, up in a big loft apartment and sight see almost every day.
    8. Win a big poetry prize.
    9. Have my hubby get his radio station up and going.
    10. Help end wars and hunger.

    Jannie’s last blog post..Unlucky four-leaf-clover CONTEST!!

  12. Robin on December 29th, 2008 2:19 am

    You know Cath - when people talk of bucket lists and other similar life lists, I have visions of people banging around trying to do all these things “before they die” - would they still want to do them if they weren’t going to die?

    Following intuition in the moment seems to totally go out the window, making it a really unhealthy way of approaching life, and therefore not likely to bring satisfaction, in my view.

    You have a valuable list of resources there, for anyone who wants to do those things! (I shouldn’t rant - I know it’s just a way for people to get in touch with their dreams)

    Robin’s last blog post..Bloggers’ Recording Project Has Arrived!

  13. iWalk on December 29th, 2008 3:17 am

    Great list!

    And thank you for the comment on my site.

    Your daughter has a great plan!

    The Great Wall stretches over approximately 6,700 km (4,160 miles)from Shanhaiguan in the east to JiaYuguan in the west.But only some portions near tourist centers have been preserved, Most Wall is in disrepair.And many wall locate at very dangerous place.

    Many tourists visit BaDaLing at Beijing to see the great wall, But that part of wall was reconstructed. So if she want visit the real original Great Wall, The Best place is JianKou, Which not far from Beijing. We call it “The wild Great wall”. But that’s a tough road. And she need a good guider hike to there.

    iWalk’s last blog post..Relax At GuangDong Country Restaurant

  14. bill on December 29th, 2008 4:14 pm

    Awesome list!

    I’m not up for climbing the world’s mountains, but the reference to free resources for learning another language might be a challenge I could handle.

    And, if I bomb out on that one, there’s always the “Psychic Ability” reference :)
    bill’s last blog post..Ways to save money…10 fresh ideas for 2009.

  15. John Hoff - eVentureBiz on December 29th, 2008 7:35 pm

    Hi Cath. Now that’s a nice list. I clicked on a few to open in a new tab while I scanned through them. I’m into astronomy so I’ll check that one out.

    Also, I like the monk link - think I’ll check that one out, too.

    Hope you’re having a good and safe holidays!

    John Hoff - eVentureBiz’s last blog post..Understanding The Psychology Of Your Website Visitors

  16. Lance on December 29th, 2008 8:47 pm

    Wow, this is quite a comprehensive list Cath! I like it!! It’s giving me some ideas on what I can do - things I hadn’t thought of. Very cool!

    Lance’s last blog post..Sunday Thought For The Day

  17. Marelisa on December 29th, 2008 8:52 pm

    Hi Cath: Thank you for including my squidoo lens. I’ll stop by later and poach some ideas for my lens from these :-)
    Marelisa’s last blog post..35 Creative Ways to Market Your Blog

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