Top bucket list ideas

With 2021 around the corner, many of us set ourselves goals to kickstart the new year with. December is the perfect time to start making your list as you say goodbye to the year you’ve had. A bucket list is the best way of organising your resolutions and ambitions. Allow us to help get you started with a few ideas…

A bucket list can be as short or as long as you want. Many people have goals and new things they’d like to try during the following year, but a bucket list is things you’d like to achieve in your lifetime. A good way to keep these organised is by categorising them by activity. 


Travel is almost always the biggest ambition, something that nearly all of us aspire to do throughout our life. The world is huge, and with 195 countries to explore, you’ve got plenty of planning to do. Some of the top destinations on people’s lists include:

  • Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in Norway
  • Great Wall of China in China
  • Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada 
  • Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA
  • Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA
  • Great Barrier Reef in Australia 
  • Statue of Liberty in New York, USA
  • The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
  • Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
  • Colosseum in Rome, Italy 
  • Taj Mahal in India

The list is practically endless. You could buy a map of the world and colour-code or tac the places you’ve visited. Instead of picking specific places, you could also just make it a mission to visit all 7 continents, Antarctica included!

Check out our list of travel apps you can download on your smartphone to help with booking your holiday. Speaking of phones, you’ll need to know how to use yours abroad.


Whether you’re into extreme sports, or more musically inclined, there’s an activity for everyone to add to their bucket list. 

Bungee jumping

If you’re a daredevil with a thrill for heights, bungee jumping would definitely be on your list. Propelling yourself off a cliff while attached to a rope isn’t for the faint of heart. Here are some of the best places to dive off of:

Navajo Bridge, Arizona, United States

  • 141.5 metres
  • 4 second free-fall into the Colorado Rivers
  • Spectacular view of the Grand Canyon

Macau Tower, China

  • 233 metres
  • Highest bungee jumping spot in the world

Kawarau Bridge, New Zealand

  • 43 metres
  • First commercial bungee jumping spot in the world


Skydiving is another extreme sports activity that tends to be quite prominent on people’s to-do list. While jumping from an airplane with only a parachute on your back may seem like a no-go for some, many people love the thrill of leaping from over 10,000 feet in the air. 

Blue Hole, Belize, Caribbean 

  • 10,000 feet
  • Skydiving into clear tropical waters

Santa Barbara, California

  • 18,000 feet
  • Panoramic views of the California coast line, near the Pacific Ocean

Interlaken, Switzerland

  • Stunning views of the Swiss Alps

Other physical activities

Some slightly less extreme fitness activities could also include hiking through the Himalayas, diving in the Great Barrier Reef, or swimming with pigs in the Bahamas. 

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Learn to play an instrument - guitar, piano, drums, bass, cello, oboe, harp, etc. 

Find the wackiest instrument you can and learn how to play that. 

Learning an instrument can take a few years, and mastering one can take even longer, so this goal is definitely a long-term commitment.


There are many things you can learn throughout your life to enrich it and expand your hobbies and abilities outside of what you’ve learned in education. 

  • Learn a new language - with Duolingo. If you practiced this new language for 5 hours every day, it could take up to half a year to become semi-fluent
  • Learn martial arts
  • Use Udemy to learn a new course, like Animal Management, Criminal Psychology, Graphic Design, or Accounting
  • Learn sign language, BSL or ASL depending on where you live


If your life goal is to dedicate yourself to others, get involved with charitable causes. Raise and donate money to them, or travel to countries in need to offer your aid. Some companies you could get involved in:

For people

  • Marie Curie
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Christian Aid
  • British Heart Foundation
  • World Vision UK
  • Islamic Relief Worldwide
  • Barnardo’s 
  • Help for Heroes
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Blind Veterans

For animals

  • Dogs Trust
  • Blue Cross
  • WWF
  • The World Society for the Protection of Animals
  • PETA
  • Together for Animals
  • The Donkey Sanctuary
  • The Wildlife Aid Foundation
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • Rainforest Concern
  • Guide Dogs

For preservation

  • National Trust
  • English Heritage
  • The Royal National Theatre
  • BFI
  • The National Foundation for Youth Music
  • Ancient Monuments Society
  • British Institute of Organ Studies
  • Black Environment Network

This is not an exhaustive list, and many people may prefer to dedicate their time and money to more local charities that aren’t as well-known in the media. 

Other bucket list ideas

There are also many other things you can add to your bucket list:

  • Ride horses on the beach
  • Run a marathon
  • Swim with sharks
  • Set a Guinness world record
  • Ride a hot air balloon
  • Attend the Olympics
  • Adopt an animal from a shelter
  • Swim under waterfall
  • Learn how to code
  • Go vegan
  • Be completely environmentally sustainable 
  • Live in a van or tiny home
  • Get a PhD
  • Become a millionaire

And much more.

Whatever your goals, persevere, indulge in your adventurous side, and make memories. 

Best bucket list apps

If you’re looking for an easy way to keep track of what’s on your bucket list, you should look no farther than the app store! Here are some of the most popular bucket list apps on the market:

  • Best overall - Buckist
  • Easiest to use - Simple Bucket List
  • Most flexible for day-to-day use - Tasks

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