The average person in the US and Europe lives just 27,475 days. Or, around 75 years. That might sound like a very long time, but when you think about how much you want to achieve, see and do, it’s not.
The goal with these 140+ crazy bucket list ideas is to help you make each of those days truly count.
Pick the ones that inspire you the most and give you that all important heart-fluttering sensation, also known as adventure.
Whether you’re wild at heart, or are looking to step outside your comfort zone, I’ve made sure to include a mix of both extreme bucket list ideas as well as some more traditionally wacky ones.
Don’t let that fool you though, these are all adventures worth experiencing at least once in your life. Let’s go.
140 CRAZY BUCKET LIST IDEAS FOR YOUR INSPIRATION
1. GO CLEAR WATER KAYAKING
Clear kayaks are a total game changer! If you love exploring caves and shallow coral reefs, you need to hire one of these bad boys. On a clear day when the water’s not too choppy, you can see everything from multi-colored fish to octopi to unusual seashells sitting on the shelf bed.
They’re fairly common in most tourist destinations and can be rented for as little as $5 an hour!
2. GO STARGAZING
Stargazing experiences are usually run by experienced astronomers who offer professional and enthusiastic narration of the views you’ll see through the telescope.
There are even star bathing retreats and farms you can book, complete with no wifi, no signal and wildlife that comes into your lodge. You can absolutely go it alone too!
3. TRY GLASS BLOWING
Flex those lungs and make something beautiful in the process. Glass blowing is one of those experiences many people want to try, but never get around to.
4. GO BUNGEE JUMPING
Dive head first into open space, before free falling to a soft bounce, often over some breathtaking scenery. It goes against all of your natural instincts, so really gets the adrenaline going.
5. DO A UNIQUE MARATHON RUN
Marathon runs on their own can seem fairly bog standard; that is until you discover these totally fun marathons worth training for: the Disney Marathon in Florida, the Jungfrau Marathon in Switzerland, the Honolulu run in Hawaii, Cayman Islands Marathon, Marathon du Madoc in France, amongst many more.
Colors, costumes and stunning scenery can really make those achy legs run (*drag*) just a little faster.
6. SLEEP IN A TEEPEE
Teepee tents are bursting with character, and depending when and where you stay, can be cheaper than booking a hotel room. Fancy a more upscale camping experience? Try a teepee lodge! They’re so homely, you might never want to actually go home!
7. TRY ONE NEW RECIPE FOR 6 MONTHS
I once had a belief that I couldn’t cook or bake, purely because I had tried a few recipes out of a cookbook, only for them to taste a) vile and b) look bad. So, during the time the world went quiet, I dabbled in cooking and baking again only to find I wasn’t all that bad at it.
In fact, I was pleasantly surprised at how well my cookies and healthy blueberry muffins came out. Try 1 new recipe a week for 6 months and you’ll soon have 24 recipes stocked in your culinary arsenal.
8. SCALE ONE OF THE TALLEST MOUNTAINS IN THE WORLD
There is an endless list of beautiful mountains to explore; whether you tackle something as wild as Kilimanjaro or a beast closer to home, there’s nothing more satisfying than ticking this experience off your list.
9. WORK A SEASON ABROAD
Working a season abroad can expand the mind, body and soul; testing your limits on what you really thought was possible.
If you’ve been wanting to give this a go, but feel too scared to take the plunge – why not try a season in a country that speaks your language first, before taking the big leap!
10. SAIL ACROSS THE OCEAN
Don your captain’s hat and take to the seas. Whether you dip your toes in the water and charter someone else’s boat for the day, or go full out and sail across the seven seas, this is one crazy bucket list idea you’ll never forget.
11. HIKE A GLACIER
Hiking a glacier is unlike anything else you will have experienced. The constant creaking and groaning of ice beneath your feet, witnessing awe-inspiring sculptures and formations made by melting ice and wind, plus the danger element, means that glaciers are truly a playground reserved exclusively for the adventurous at heart.
12. GO SKINNY DIPPING
Ooh la la. Need I say anymore? Just don’t get caught.
13. GO DEEP SEA DIVING
Deep diving is anything deeper than 18-30ft according to PADI. At this depth, you’ll not only spot corals, plenty of colorful fish and molluscs, but you might spot some interesting shipwrecks too. Just make sure to take a certified course e.g. advanced open water PADI before attempting to dive to these depths.
14. SPEND A NIGHT ON A DESERTED ISLAND
Spending a night on a deserted island isn’t for the faint of heart – if you’re easily spooked by weird noises and despise a lack of amenities, this probably isn’t for you.
But, if you’re up for venturing outside your comfort zone, this is a one way ticket to what feels like the closest thing to freedom on Earth. You bet it’s already on my bucket list (even if I’m not sure how I will do it…yet).
15. PET A SHARK
Despite what many believe (thanks Jaws!), not all species of shark pose a threat to humans. Whales, nurses, angels, are all types of shark you can get up close and personal with, though I don’t recommend purposefully getting in their way. Tigers, bulls and great whites however, are another story…
16. KEEP A CARNIVOROUS PLANT
Unique, mysterious and potentially a little out of your comfort zone. If you’re a plant lover and have only ever chosen ‘traditional’ houseplants, why not spice up your collection with a venus flytrap, pitcher plant or even a beautiful butterwort?
17. GO ON A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
Take to the skies and enjoy a hot air balloon ride. There’s penguins, owls, lions and bees to spot – and that’s just the balloon shapes! One that’s on my every growing bucket list for sure.
18. FEED LIONS ON A WILD SAFARI
Feeding lions, or any other wildlife for that matter, quickly turns a normal family friendly safari into a trip of a lifetime.
Whether you go on safari solo with an international travel group or take your partner and family, feeding wildlife with a backdrop of stunning views is a true bucket list topper. Just make sure you’re not *the food* in question.
19. ABSEIL DOWN A TALL BUILDING OR MOUNTAIN
Get over your fear of heights and tackle a tall abseil. How does plunging (sorry, gently bobbing) down the UK’s 560ft Spinnaker Tower sound or rappelling down South Africa’s Tabletop Mountain?
One of the world’s top 10 abseiling locations is just a 4 hour drive from me (Snowdonia, Wales – you should check it out!) – I’m definitely going to do it (now to conquer my fear of heights!).
20. DONATE CRAZY LONG HAIR TO THE PRINCESS FOUNDATION
If you have long locks, consider growing them out just a little longer than you normally would before going for a cut. Charities such as the Princess Foundation are desperate more than ever for long hair donations. Can you help make a little girl’s wish come true?
21. JUMP INTO A WATERFALL POOL
Waterfall Jumping: it’s the gleeful, childlike version of cliff-diving! The freefall combined with the cold water and rush of bubbles makes for a great experience. Some of the best jumping spots in the world include: Costa Rica, Mexico, Indonesia, Puerto Rico as well as Jamaica and Oregon.
22. SLEEP UNDER THE STARS
A billion star hotel. Grab a tent and head somewhere with little to no light pollution for a gorgeous view of our universe and Milky Way. If you head further North e.g. Iceland at the right time of the year, you might even witness the breath-taking Aurora Borealis.
23. SWIM IN A BIOLUMINESCENT BAY
Bioluminescent bays are teeming with sea creatures that give off light as part of their body’s chemical reactions. Spotted only in the dark, together millions of them produce some of the most bedazzling displays ever seen on the planet. For a better glimpse, head to one of many biolum bays around the world during a new moon.
24. CLIMB TO MOUNT EVEREST’S BASE CAMP
After learning about Mount Everest in school, this quickly became one of my bucket list items. Hiking to the one of two basecamps is possible for tourists, although you’ll still have to be fit and well-adjusted to cope in altitudes of 16,000-17,000 ft!
Climbing to the higher camps, you’ll need permits, extreme training, and an understanding that after camp 4, you’ll enter the ‘death zone’ – you, and only you, can get yourself back down.
25. VISIT ALL CONTINENTS OF THE WORLD
North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australasia, Asia and Antarctica. Do it!!
26. LET A DART DECIDE YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE
Seeking to add a little spontaneity to your life? Let a dart decide where you jet off to next. Hoist a map onto a wall, throw a dart and wherever it lands, go! Rule out any warzones, and just make sure where you’re going is safe.
Double check the advice your country’s government gives on travel to that area to prevent any unwanted surprises.
27. DRIVE A SUPER CAR
Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bugattis even. Now you can drive one without the huge price tag that comes with owning one. Experience days are perfect for any high speed super fan.
28. RIDE A FAST ROLLER COASTER
Some of the fastest roller coasters in the world include: Formula Rossa, UAE (149mph), Kingda Ka, USA (128mph), Steel Dragon, Japan (95mph) and Millenium Force, USA (93mph).
29. SLEEP IN AN UNDERWATER HOTEL
One of my bucket list items! If you’ve followed me and my journey for some time you’ll know that I’m a water baby through and through, so naturally I’m dying to fall asleep counting fish for once, instead of sheep. Underwater hotel rooms are covered with reinforced glass so you can see all sorts of wonderful creatures floating above you.
30. GO SKYDIVING
Experience the thrill of skydiving from 7000 feet, 12000 feet & sometimes even 15000 feet with up to 60 seconds in freefall! Make it more special and jump during a sunset!
31. DANCE IN THE RAIN
You’ll be surprised at just how alive you feel after doing this.
32. BE IN 2 COUNTRIES AT ONCE (BORDER HOPPING)
With some careful planning, you can literally be in two places at once. Cue the obligatory selfies and goofy grins pointing at dirt lines.
33. JOIN A FLASHMOB
Get your groove on and join a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform for a brief time, then quickly disperse, aka a flashmob.
34. SPONSOR A CHILD’S WISH
A real feel-good bucket list moment. Make both yours and a child’s day by sponsoring their one last wish on trusted charity sites such as Make a Wish.
Whether you can donate the full amount needed or just a few dollars (pounds), it all helps. Read through some of the incredible stories, and see which child (children) you’d like to help.
35. GAMBLE SOME MONEY IN LAS VEGAS SLOTS
Cha-ching. If you’ve always wanted to play some slots in Las Vegas and feel like a millionaire tycoon, head to LV’s one of many casinos or even the mini ones at the airport and gamble some money. You absolutely don’t need to go crazy or spend hundreds – whatever you can afford.
36. DRIVE ROUTE 66
A classic bucket list idea. Sadly, this is one of the ones that hardly ever gets ticked off. Take it and commit to it, because life is too short not to experience magical moments like these.
37. GO ON A 2 DAY SURVIVAL TRIP
Alternatively, build up your survival skill set on a weekend away in the woods, mountains or other remote location. Channel your inner Bear Grylls and see just how well, and long, you’d survive in the extreme wilderness. Best done with buddies!
38. START YOUR OWN BUSINESS
Nothing can seem more crazy than starting your own business, especially when you have a job already (I know, because I did it!). I know you’ve probably had an idea for many, many years.
Why not make that dream a reality, even if you only start small at first. What if everything worked out 10x better than you could have imagined? One life. No regrets.
39. MAKE PASSIVE INCOME EVERY DAY
Many people dream of making passive income every day, and despite what many tell you, there are ample ways to do this that don’t involve dropshipping, selling other people’s items or scams.
Do some research and then set yourself mini milestones to achieve this goal.
40. GO SHARK CAGE DIVING
Take diving to a whole new level – this is one attraction you’ll definitely want to keep all limbs firmly inside the cage. It’s incredible to see these majestic beasts so close up!
41. HEAD TO THE BURNING MAN FESTIVAL
In true mad max style, take part in a festival dedicated to radical self-inclusion, self-love and creativity. Held in a temporarily built city just outside of Reno, you’ll see crazy art structures, wild costumes as well as enormous statues. Let loose and have fun!
42. SIP COCKTAILS OVER AN INFINITY POOL
Infinity pools like this luxurious one in Jade Mountain, St Lucia, or this tropical one in Ubud Hanging Gardens, Indonesia are just two of the many choices available to you.
43. GO ZORBING
Climb inside a giant bouncy ball that’s padded to the hilt, strap yourself in and do 360 tumbles down a hill.
44. GIVE ICE CLIMBING A TRY
Ever wanted to channel your inner Lara Croft? Not only is ice climbing truly exhilarating, it’s an extreme sport that’s sure to get your adrenaline pumping. On guided tours or specialist expeditions, you can climb anything from frozen waterfalls and cliffs to pure icefalls and glaciers!
45. LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE
One I’m currently crossing off my to do list! Whether you just opt for the mainstream open water PADI qualification or scale your skills and dive your way to becoming a fully fledged divemaster, learning to scuba dive will change your life for the better. Corals, fish, shipwrecks. So much to see!
46. GO INDOOR SKYDIVING
The only time you’ll probably ever experience what anti-gravity feels like – strap on a wing suit and get your body floating over a mega-powerful wind tunnel.
47. GIVE AERIAL YOGA A GO
If you’re looking to take your yoga practice to new heights, or just want to try a new experience, add aerial yoga to your to-do list. Not only will flexibility be your middle name when you’re finished, but it’s been proven to boost blood circulation and be a natural stress reliever.
P.S No-one cares what you look like doing it – everyone else in the class is too worried about what they look like to notice you.
48. SEND A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
Write an inspirational note, a poem or even your life story and send it away in a glass bottle for a complete stranger to find. You never know where it might end up, or who might end up reading it.
49. GO DOG SLEDDING
Dog sledding is a real experience – there is nothing like the sensation of being in control of your own dog sled and husky team, putting your trust in your dogs and earning their friendship in return. Huskies are good-natured, full of energy and born to run! You’ll have lots of fun in the process too.
50. SURF A WAVE
Whether you’re a grand master and want to catch the huge waves sighted in Portugal, Hawaii or Australia, or a complete beginner looking to tackle your first white waves, this is a bucket list idea suitable for everyone.
51. DO A SPONSORED SKYDIVE
But, if you’re feeling brave, go for the real life thing instead. Why not do it with a group of friends and raise money for a good cause at the same time?
52. GIVE BLOBBING A GO
Blobbing – the act of bouncing someone off an inflatable across a large lake. You’ve likely seen this one on TV. One person lies on the edge of a water trampoline whilst another jumps off a ledge to fling the first person into the air and across a lake. So much fun.
53. RIDE THE WORLD’S LONGEST ZIPLINE
It’s easy to see why zip line rides are on most people’s bucket lists: high speeds, gorgeous sceneries, and death defying drops over rainforest canopies, beaches and mountains. What’s not to love?
54. GO SCAD DIVING
SCAD diving is the ultimate of all trust tests. Similar to bungee jumping, but unlike bungee jumping, there is no cord or parachute. Instead of bouncing back up, you’ll freefall into a net below!
55. INVEST IN A TOTAL CULTURAL IMMERSION EXPERIENCE
If you’ve ever wanted to experience life in a country like a local, a total cultural immersion is the way to go. There are programmes you can join if you want to do it with others, or if you’re looking for a truly authentic experience, go it alone and explore the culture and language yourself.
56. SEE A VOLCANO SPILLING LAVA
Seeing a dormant volcano spurt thousands of gallons of scorching molten lava is a magical experience that sometimes only happens once every couple hundred years, depending on the volcano. Not to mention you’ll truly feel like you’re in one of Tolkien’s books!
57. HIKE THROUGH THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
Much of the mighty Amazon remains a mystery, even in 2021. And despite advances in technology, one of the best ways to unravel the secrets of the Amazon is on foot.
Hike one of the many trails and you’re sure to see the abundant and unusual wildlife, gorgeous and rare flora as well as many fascinating reptiles, trees and birds.
58. HIKE THE INCA TRAIL
The classic inca trail is a 4 day, 3 night hike that starts in Cusco and finishes at the grand UNESCO heritage site of Machu Picchu. It’s made up of 3 trails in total: Mollepata, Classic and One Day, all of which provide breath-taking views of the South American forests and valleys. It’s on my bucket list for sure! I’ve always wanted to see Machu Picchu.
59. GO SANDBOARDING
Strap on some safety pads and ride across or down a sand dune while attempting to stand on a board. You can even do this activity as part of a bachelor or bachelorette party.
60. DO INNER SHADOW WORK
If you know what a spiritual awakening is, you’ll likely have heard of doing ‘inner shadow work’. The inner shadow is believed to be the part of us that we bury through traumatic experiences over time.
Shadow work such as journaling is said to help heal and release negative emotions trapped within us. It’s a great way to explore and overcome your limitations!
61. GO SNOWSHOEING
Strap on a pair of snowshoes in your favorite snow-capped destination and experience that lovely fresh snow sound crunching under your feet. It’s also a very good workout.
62. TRAVEL SOLO (EVEN IF ONLY ONCE)
It might seem daunting but you’ll learn a lot about yourself along the way. It’s one of the greatest personal growth and development journeys you can embark on.
63. GO VOLCANO SURFING
I didn’t even know this was a thing until I saw a picture of a guy with a ‘sandboard’ surfing down a volcanic mountain of ash and debris, complete with a crazy-smile on his face. That’s when you know it’s got to be added to a crazy bucket list!
64. LEARN HOW TO PUBLIC SPEAK
One of the world’s most valued skills, and one of the ones most people are afraid of. Sign up to a class or course so you can rock a presentation or speech wherever you go (and potentially bag that next big promotion).
65. HOLD A TARANTULA
Doesn’t seem so scary anymore huh? They’re big softies really.
66. SWIM WITH PIRANHAS
These however, aren’t big softies. If you like an element of danger when you’re swimming, this is one crazy bucket idea for you. *Most* piranhas won’t attack humans, but to be on the safe side, don’t go into the water with any fresh cuts.
67. LIVE IN A TINY HOUSE
Declutter and minimise. Sometimes what we think we want in life isn’t always what’s best for us, and that goes with the fancy cars and houses too.
If you’re looking to downgrade and live a very simple life, consider purchasing a tiny house, or building your own. They’re cost effective, and you can make them look as luxurious or rustic as you like.
68. RIDE A SKYSCRAPER GLASS SLIDE
(EDIT: It’s now permanently closed) If you’re feeling brave enough, add LA’s Skyslide at OUE Skyscrape to your bucket list. You’ll need to specifically head to Los Angeles to do it though, as it’s the first of its kind in the world.
The Skyslide is 45 feet long and made entirely with 1.25-inch glass, and whilst that doesn’t seem like a long ride, you’re 1,000ft in the air!
69. TAKE A POLAR BEAR PLUNGE
Crazy in all the meanings of the word: if your heart and health is in good shape, you could add the polar bear plunge to your bucket list. Organized annually around the world, this event aids charities in raising money and awareness of debilitating illnesses such as ALS. If you’re feeling super brave, give a polar bear swim a go on New Year’s Day!
70. BUILD YOUR OWN HOME
Whether it’s a lifelong dream or ambition, building your own home is a once in a life milestone to be celebrated.
71. MAKE A GINORMOUS DISNEY SCAVENGER HUNT
Forget the plain ol’ scavenger hunts, it’s time to go big! Create and design a scavenger hunt for you and a group of friends to embark on whilst at one of the world’s most magical places.
72. BREAK A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
Or at least attempt to.
73. MAKE YOUR OWN HALLOWEEN COSTUME
Test your DIY skills and make the most amazing Hallowwen costume you’ve ever worn! There’s something magical about saying, ‘I made that!’. Worse case scenario: you end up buying one. Give it a go!
74. SPLURGE ON A LUXURY CHAMPAGNE
Treat yourself, and for once make that luxury, more expensive champagne bottle on the menu yours.
75. JUMP OFF A CLIFF INTO THE OCEAN
Channel your inner child and freely jump into the cooling ocean water beneath. Extremely liberating experience! Just make sure there’s no rocks in the area you want to take the plunge.
76. EMBARK ON A GEOCACHING ADVENTURE
Geocaching is truly the world’s biggest scavenger hunt! There are millions of geocaches hidden around the world, buried or hidden amongst cities, forests, mountains and lakes.
When you find one, make sure to note the date you found it on the box’s record log, and put it back for others to find. Download the app, grab some buddies and go hunting!
77. HAVE DINNER IN THE SKY
There are restaurants around the world that let you take your traditional dinner reservation into the sky. And, surprisingly, these dinners are fairly affordable with a two course meal for 2 people costing around $45.
78. SEE MONUMENT VALLEY
A true sight to behold, this famous landmark on the Arizona-Utah border has been featured in many Westerns and cowboy films. I’ve got a picture of me somewhere with a sandstone pillar that’s called, ‘Mitchell Butte’. I couldn’t help myself.
79. WATCH A BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE
Not much in life is certain, but getting to watch a beautiful sunrise every morning is guaranteed. Would you believe there are health benefits to watching a sunrise?
80. MASTER A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Words flowing from the tip of your tongue instead of pointing with an awkward grin – how nice that’d be, for both you and the other person. Plus, learning another language is the key to exploring some of the non-touristy, off-beat locations in many parts of the world.
81. RECREATE A FAVORITE RESTAURANT DISH AT HOME
There’s nothing more satisfying than mastering a restaurant style dish at home. After a couple of tries, I managed to get my take-away style egg fried rice down to a T (and it tastes so good, even without heaps of salt or additives!).
82. WRITE A BOOK
There’s a famous saying, ‘there’s a story in everyone just waiting to be told’, and I completely agree! Whether you’ve dreamed of 4 or 5 figure book deals or just simply want to write a book for your own personal records, this is something everyone should attempt at least once. After all, some of the most famous authors didn’t intend to become authors.
83. MAKE SOMETHING THAT WILL OUTLAST YOU
Whether you make something as traditional as a family photo album or as wacky as a wildlife refuge, there’s something magical about being able to leave something you built or created behind.
84. LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE
Master a skill that not only helps you communicate better with the hard of hearing, but will make you an all-rounder, more expressive person.
85. BE FEATURED ON NATIONAL TV
An aspiration of many, add this idea to your bucket list for when it comes true.
86. HAVE AN ARTICLE WRITTEN ABOUT YOU
It’s always nice to be recognised for your work!
87. LEARN TO RIDE A MOTORBIKE
With a little time, patience and money, a motorbike licence could be yours. You could be zipping around the roads, anywhere in the world, in no time.
88. LEARN TO RIDE A BOAT
One of my top bucket list ventures! Learning to take a small boat out to sea and dock it again seems like such an amazing experience, and something not everyone can do either! One day I would love to lead a remote expedition on a boat.
89. HIT AT LEAST 10 NATIONAL PARKS IN THE US
And record them. Make sure to grab your National Parks Passport, a program that was designed to preserve memories of visits to some of America’s great national parks.
You’ll get a stamp each time you visit complete with date and time, as well as a sticker or two showing the famous monuments or sights. Collecting all those stamps and stickers will make you feel like a kid again!
90. ATTEND A RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Go back in time with an authentic period themed Renaissance Festival. Dress up, enjoy a banquet fit for a queen, or a bucket full of ‘slosh’ for a ‘peasant, and experience everything the 1300’s-1700’s had to offer.
Most festivals are brimming with theatrical acts, arts and crafts as well wineries, to keep the whole family entertained.
91. SLEEP IN A CASTLE
Channel your inner prince or princess and book a night or two at a lodging castle. Medieval tapestries, antiques, and artwork adorn the rooms and halls, especially if you opt for a stay at Chateau de la Caze in France, a 15th century castle built for a noblewoman.
92. VISIT A TRUE GHOST TOWN
Take this literally and you might end up with more than you bargained for: aka ghosties. Take this how many would and you’ll wind up in a location with abandoned houses, derelict buildings and an eerie feeling rattling through your spine. Or, bag the best of both worlds and head to a supposed haunted ghost town.
93. MAKE A DOCUMENTARY
Film, camera, action! Pick a topic you enjoy and start filming.
94. INVESTIGATE AN URBAN LEGEND
I really, really love this one. I’ve always wanted to be a documenter of some sort, and investigating an urban legend ticks all those boxes. There’s something thrilling about digging into archives, conspiracy theories and eye witness statements. You never know what you’ll discover.
95. ‘SLEEP’ IN A HAUNTED HOUSE OR HOTEL (A REAL ONE)
If you’re a fan of Buzzfeed Unsolved, then you’ll likely already know a few of the most haunted houses or hotels in the world, along with their creepy and tainted backstories. Here are some to name a few: Cecil Hotel, Roosevelt Hotel, St. Osyth’s Cage and many more.
96. WRITE A LETTER TO A COMPANY YOU LOVE
Have a small business you’d love to thank? Write them a letter and show them just how much you love their products, customer service or ethos.
97. SWING ON AN OPEN SWING
Made famous by Instagram reels, you’ll have seen these long, almost death-defying swings in action over mountains and sheer drops in places such as Thailand and Indonesia.
98. ATTEND ‘LA TOMATINA’
A crazy tomato throwing festival in Spain, where the Spanish combined with thousands of tourists splatter each other in rotten tomatoes.
99. CLEAR YOUR DEBTS
‘You’re Crazy! I’ll never clear my debts off’. Well, who says you can’t? There are so many success stories of people paying off humongous amounts of debt ($100,000+) without having a high-paying job. You might even qualify for debt write-off in some cases.
100. RETRAIN TO MOVE INTO YOUR CHOSEN CAREER FIELD
Retraining could be one of the best things you’ve ever done for your career; whether you’re topping off an existing qualification or embarking on a brand new one, there’s one thing that certain; when you’re older, you’ll be glad you tried something different.
101. LIVE INDEPENDENTLY
This might seem like a no-brainer to some, but you’d be surprised just how many people, both teens and adults, are worried about living on their own for the first time.
Whether you are moving out of your parents or leaving college, living independently is one of those milestones you should experience at least once in your life (even if you do head back eventually!). Remember, you can change your mind at any time!
102. BUY SOMEONE’S GROCERIES
You’ll be in this person’s good books forever. Whether you pay for a stranger’s groceries or even a friends, it all counts!
103. BECOME A BLOOD OR BONE MARROW DONOR
Someone I met in college became a bone marrow donor, and his story inspired me so much that I decided to add it to this list. The reason it’s a crazy idea? The bone marrow register is very, very small, so you’d be doing something unique, and could just save a life in the process.
104. SUPPORT A LOCAL FOOD BANK
Volunteer or give food, local food banks are in more need now than ever before.
105. TAKE A PHOTO OF YOURSELF FOR A YEAR
Have you ever seen those montages of people who’ve taken a selfie for a year? This is the concept behind this idea. Take a photo of something you love everyday or of yourself for at least a year! It’ll make a cool memento in 10 years time.
106. RECREATE A DISNEY RECIPE
From Disney princess cocktails to Disney’s signature oreo Mickey ears funnel cakes, why not try to cook one dish or recipe up at home? I really fancy creating a Chesire cat tail or Stitch’s Ohana Colada, a mango rum infused cocktail.
107. ENTER YOUR RECIPE INTO A FOOD COMPETITION
If you’re a good cook, or at least that’s what everyone tells you, why not enter one of your yummy dishes in a local, national or even magazine competition. You never know what recipe could just bag you that prized spot. And…if you don’t win – well, that’s life, and it’s the taking part that counts, right?
108. DRINK AT AN ICE BAR
Cool, chilled and oh so festive! Wrap up warm and head to one of the many ice bars dotted around the globe. You won’t need to head too far to scratch this ‘cool’ experience off your list. I’m planning to head to this Magic Bar in Reykjavik, Iceland, whilst also attempting to spot the glorious Aurora Lights!
109. DYE HAIR AN UNUSUAL COLOUR
Spruce up your hair color and add something a little different, be that neon pink, cool blue or anything in between. Worst case scenario, you use a dye stripper or cut your hair if you’re not overly fond of the results.
110. LEAVE AN UNSATISFYING JOB
There’s nothing quite like saying, ‘thanks, but I’m outta here!’. I’ve done this twice, even when I didn’t have a back-up plan. It can be real scary, but sometimes you’ve got to take a chance on yourself. You’ll only ever reach your potential when you give yourself an opportunity to do it.
111. EMBARK ON A RV ROAD TRIP
Seeing the hilarious ‘RV’ with Robin Williams opened my eyes to the world of RVing. The long open roads, destination planning and total and complete freedom? What more can anyone ask for?
112. GO DUNE BUGGYING
Crawl the sands of deserts and take an exciting guided drive across the dunes in off-road dune buggies.
113. GO PARASAILING
Parasailing is an incredible once in a lifetime experience where you can take to the skies and have a 360-degree view of the world beneath your feet. Plus, unlike many other extreme sports, you don’t need to do anything to control the parachute – just sit back and relax!
114. FIND YOUR WAY OUT OF A CORN MAZE
Corn mazes are so much fun! I found one in the UK, and it was so big! I visited with my mum and dad at the time, and we eventually found our way out without having to wave the white flag of surrender.
If you’re really looking for something crazy, go to a corn maze for Halloween – you’ll be in the dark with a corn maze full of ghouls and goblins: your mission: to escape before they catch you. It’s a scream-fest for sure!
115. GO FOR AN INTUITIVE FACIAL
This really is a unique facial – intuitive facials are designed to detect how stress in your everyday life is coming out in your skin.
Surprisingly, this isn’t one of those ‘hippy-dippy’ trends – intuitive facials have been shown to get to the root cause of the skin problem and treat your skin holistically, rather than in isolation to the rest of your body. Who’d have guessed it?
116. COMPLETE A COLOUR RUN
Don your best (or worst) marathon training gear and head to one of the world’s color runs! Held in over 25 different locations around the world, this is a marathon with a difference. You’ll be splattered and splodged with heaps of powder coloring, so you’ll finish the race looking like a multi-colored rainbow. How cute.
117. BREW YOUR OWN BEER
This might sound like a non-starter, especially if you don’t have all the brewery equipment on hand, but there’s these fun microbrewery kits on Amazon where you can brew up to 40 craft beers at home (without taking up lots of space). Or, why not take a beer making class at a local brewery to really get a taste of authentic crafting?
118. ‘SPY’ ON AREA 51
Okay, so not technically ‘spying’. Get as close as you can to the area without, you know, getting yourself in trouble with the military. Finish the trip with a feast of alien themed cocktails, burgers and ice-creams at local area 51 diners!
119. CATCH A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET
At least once in your lifetime. Also, don’t forget to take a peek at sunsets when you’re travelling around the world – you’ll be amazed at how different they look!
120. CRUISE IN A CLASSIC CAR
Ooh Havana, you’re stealing my heart! Whether you take a cruise in a pink Cadillac around the old town of Havana or take it up a notch and buy your own, you’ll be glad you gave this experience a shot. P.S I’m dying to see a 1957 Alfa Romeo Spider with chrome spoke wheels?!
121. FACE A LONG TIME FEAR
There’s never been a better time than now to face a longtime fear. Heights? Spiders? Flying? Go conquer them! You’ll be so proud you did.
122. LAUNCH A PERSONAL BRAND
Launching a personal brand might seem daunting, but it can come with a heap of benefits. If you’ve dreamed of seeing your name up in lights or on your own products, give it a try! You never know just how successful you might be.
123. BECOME A QUALIFIED FIRST AIDER
A life-saving skill that could come in very handy, especially if you’re ticking off some more of the extreme ideas on this list. Book a course with the American or British Red Cross to become a qualified first aid responder.
124. BUILD A TREEHOUSE
A (big) child’s dream. Get those treehouse plans and get to work my fellow tree lover.
125. CHASE A STORM
Give the film ‘Twister’ a watch to see why this is classed as a crazy thing to do. Whether you chase a tornado or a heavy rain storm, as always, please be careful and use your common sense when doing so.
126. SLEEP IN AN IGLOO
A totally unique experience. If not, a freezing cold one. Read this article on how to sleep in an igloo (and live to tell about it).
127. WATCH A LUNAR OR SOLAR ECLIPSE (SAFELY)
Head to somewhere with no light pollution to marvel at a stunning lunar eclipse. They happen everytime the moon is going to be a ‘full moon’. Or, if you’re looking for something rarer to behold, slap on some solstice glasses and briefly snag a look at a stunning solar eclipse.
128. TRY OUT FOR A REALITY TV SHOW
Not everyone’s cup of tea, but if the idea of being on TV rocks your boat, why not enter yourself into a reality tv show audition. It could be for a ‘scripted’ reality (sorry), an animal show or even a jaw-dropping drama like Catfish.
129. WALK ACROSS A SUSPENSON BRIDGE
Here’s something you’ll want to tick off your travel bucket list: a walk across the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the US.
The SkyBridge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, stretches an insane 680 feet across a valley in the Great Smoky Mountains. I’ve got at least 3 suspension bridges in mind that I’m dying to visit!
130. WALK ON A BLACK SAND BEACH
There are a slew of volcanic black sand beaches scattered across the islands of Hawaii, Tenerife, Iceland as well as Georgia and New Zealand. Kaimu, Hawaii has the deepest jet black sand I’ve ever seen – possibly because it’s less than 20 years old!
131. SPOT A PINK LAKE
Know what makes a lake pink? Me neither. Let’s go find one. On my bucket list.
132. RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY TREE
You can find heaps of crazy stuff out about your ancestors by digging into your family tree. I did this, and let’s just say, there are a few skeletons lurking in my family’s proverbial closet. (Nothing bad, just odd). Unravel what secrets your ancestors might have taken to their grave!
133. GO TO A ROLLER DERBY
Get your skates on go crash into as many people you can find. I’m joking (not really).
134. DO A PAST LIFE REGRESSION
Ever wondered what you were in a past life? A psychic? A teacher? An exotic dancer? Whether you believe in past lives or not, this could be a seriously fun experience to try, if not a little mysterious.
135. CREATE A TIME CAPSULE
‘Make something that will outlast you’ – perfect. Just make sure you actually leave something behind that tells people you created a time capsule (and where to find it)…otherwise, your stuff might go unfound for a really, really long time. I’d hate for it to be destroyed with the next *dino* extinction.
136. BREAK EVERYTHING IN A BREAK ROOM
Got rage? Need to de-stress? Go break stuff. Preferably within the confines of a break room. Break rooms are becoming increasingly popular, with most major cities now having one.
137. WRITE INSPIRATIONAL NOTES AND LEAVE THEM IN BOOKS
I’ve never found one of these which is why it inspired me to add this idea to both this list as well as my own bucket list.
Even though you’ll never get to see the reaction when someone finds it, it’s just a heart-warming thing to know someone will, at some point, get some joy out of reading it. You never know you might even find one of your notes on Twitter, doing the ‘who wrote this’ rounds.
138. JUMP INTO A POOL FULLY CLOTHED
From a young age you’ve probably been told to not do this, hence why it’s on the list.
139. GET A PAINTING OF YOURSELF DONE
You know how people say these things are self-conceited? Well, you only live once and who cares what other people think anyway? In my eyes, it’s a form of self-love. And crazy cool to see what you look like from someone else’s point of view.
140. DRIVE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD
Ah. The whole ‘let’s not try to bump and crash into other vehicles’. It’s a cool experience, if not a little unnerving at first, but it really challenges your brain to focus and think.
1 thought on “140 Crazy Unique Bucket List Ideas You Won’t Regret”
A SERIOUS, pie fight would be great on a bucket list!