103 Bucket List Ideas For Ambitious People

103 Bucket List Ideas For Ambitious People

If you want to live a life of no regrets, a bucket list is a great tool to use. Instead of leaving your life experiences and accomplishments to chance, your bucket list helps you pick the things you’d like to do in your lifetime. Better still, it can help you create work-life harmony too by guiding you to proactively choose list items that will enrich specific areas of your life.

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With a list to work from, you’ll never be left wondering how best to use your time. Instead, you can make your way through your list. While it’s good to be spontaneous, it’s also good to get things scheduled and planned in. Your bucket list will empower you to do that.

For now and for your life.

Remember, your Bucket List isn’t just a list of things to do before you die! Giving yourself such an open time window makes it easy to procrastinate and put things off for later.

Sure, it’s a smart idea to put together a master bucket list that contains everything you’d like to do in your lifetime, but also create shorter lists with closer deadlines. For example:

- Create a six-month Bucket List using the template inside your BestSelf Planner or Self Journal.
- Make a list of things to do before your next milestone birthday.
- List out targets you’ll hit within the next five or ten years.

Take this spilt-up approach, and there’s a good chance you’ll do even more incredible things over the course of your life.

And if you’re looking for ideas to get you excited, we’ve got covered. Check out the list below. It’s packed with 103 bucket list ideas split across seven different life categories.

Imagine how full, fulfilling, and rewarding your life would be if you checked off all of these!


   1. Learn to dive off the top board

   2. Run a marathon

   3. Enter a triathlon

   4. Go open water swimming

   5. Attend a global sporting event

   6. Do a Color Run

   7. Complete a Tough Mudder

   8. Ride on a tandem

   9. Grow your own food


   10. Launch a side hustle or a business

   11. Publish a book

   12. Have your 15 minutes of fame :)

   13. Be a keynote speaker

   14. Do a TED [or TEDx] Talk

   15. Win an award

   16. Attend a personal development seminar

   17. Learn to touch-type

   18. Start a podcast


   19. Host a murder mystery party

   20. Perfect your signature drink

   21. Perfect your signature dish

   22. Master a party trick

   23. Raise money for charity

   24. Give blood

   25. Learn a foreign language

   26. Reconnect with a person from your past

   27. Have the conversation you’ve been putting off

   28. Go on a police ride-along

   29. Throw someone a surprise party

  30. Do a random act of kindness

   31. Kiss in the rain

   32. Write a love song for someone special


   33. Learn how to meditate

   34. Attend a silent retreat

   35. Learn Qigong, yoga, or taichi 

   36. Write a letter to your younger self

   37. Have a full body massage

   38. Start a journaling practice for 90 consecutive days

   39. Attend a class to learn something new

   40. Start a vlog and record your feelings to the camera

   41. Choose a pet plant and keep it near your desk

   42. Make a scrapbook of your favorite memories

   43. Eat a meal in silence to take in the sounds and sights

   44. Make a list of things you love about yourself

   45. Watch a sunrise/sunset

   46. Forgive someone or yourself for something

   47. Go outside for a walk with no technology, just listen to nature

   48. Read a book a month

   49. Have a playdate with shelter animals

   50. Learn how to meditate

   51. Learn to use a pottery wheel


   52. Become debt-free

   53. Create a passive income stream

   54. Make your will

   55. Build a rainy day fund

   56. Set up a monthly savings plan for a long-term asset and acquire it!

   57. Audit all your expenses and remove what’s not necessary

   58. Make a down payment on your first home

   59. Negotiate for a raise

   60. Create a scholarship

   61. Make a large purchase with cash

   62. Go a month without spending money (excluding mandatory payments)

   63. Pay cash for a car

   64. Pay off your credit card


   65. Create a family tree

   66. Take a vacation with all the generations of your family

   67. Go on a road trip together

   68. Own your dream home

   69. Capture your parents’ life story in a book

   70. Visit the place where your parents or grandparents were born

   71. Create a family bucket list with your children and tick things off

   72. Find out the story of how your parents and grandparents met

   73. Take a family bike ride

   74. Create a new family tradition

   75. Adopt a dog or cat

   76. Share your favorite recipes with others

   77. Give your kids a “yes” day


   78. Do a parachute jump

   79. Swim with dolphins

   80. Go on a cruise

   81. Sleep under the stars

   82. Climb a mountain

   83. Dive the Great Barrier Reef

   84. Eat at a Michelin Star restaurant

   85. See the Pyramids

   86. Trek the Inca Trail

   87. Practice yoga in India

   88. Go white-water rafting

   89. Travel somewhere solo

   90. Swim naked

   91. See your favorite band live

   92. Learn to juggle

   93. Ride across the desert on a camel

   94. Go on a safari

   95. Ride a jet ski

   96. Visit the Great Wall of China

   97. Test drive a fast car

   98. Learn a musical instrument

   99. Go wild camping

   100. Take a train to a new city

   101. Learn to surf

   102. Go whale watching

   103. Visit all 50 states

Create your bucket list today

What have you already checked off from the list above?

What Bucket List items would you add to this collection?

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