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What's on Your Bucket List? – Things to do Before You Die

Updated on September 27, 2014
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Bucket List Ideas

A good bucket list consists of a variety of things one wishes to do before they die.

They're fun to make and can work as an inspiration in life in trying to achieve some goals you might otherwise not try to achieve.

Here's a look at places to go, foods to try, things to learn, hobbies to try, kindness to share and even some silly things to do that are normally outside of most people's everyday lives. Ready to start writing your list?

Nile River Cruise

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Travel Bucket List

Do you have a location you've always had a desire to travel to? If so, that would make a great beginning of your list. I love to travel and have been fortunate to do some, but there are still so many places around the world I'd like to visit or to return to. Think about how exciting it would be to do one of the following.

  • Take a cruise down the Nile.
  • Sip champagne in Paris.
  • Go on a safari in South Africa.
  • Visit all the Disney theme parks around the world.
  • Ride the Bullet Train in Japan.
  • Bask on a beach in the Philippines.
  • Take in all the history at the Acropolis in Greece.
  • Participate in a parade in Rio Carnival in Brazil.
  • Go on a walkabout in Australia
  • Take a ride on a real space shuttle.

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Food Bucket List

We all have our favorite foods. For myself, I love steak. Start me with a shrimp cocktail, a Caesar salad, cup of soup and baked potato. End with chocolate melting cake and I'm in food heaven.

If you could eat anything you wanted, diet aside, what would you try? Here are some foods you might be tempted by. Some are outrageously expensive, while other can pretty easily be prepared at home.

  • Japanese Wagyu steak
  • European white truffles
  • Lobster Frittata
  • Beluga caviar
  • Crepes Suzette
  • Matsutake mushrooms
  • Hungarian ghoulash
  • Escargot Bourguignonne
  • Black watermelon
  • Chateabriand

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Cool Talents to Learn

I believe that we all have hidden talents. Sometimes we're lucky enough to be able to explore them, while other times they remain dormant.

Why not take the chance to pursue your personal talent dream. It doesn't matter if you're good at it or not. What's important is that you take the time to try to have fun doing it. You might consider one of the following.

  • Write a poem.
  • Learn a musical instrument.
  • Go to a karaoke bar and sing.
  • Take a photography class.
  • Audition for a community theater group.
  • Draw a self portrait.
  • Take a dance lesson.
  • Write your memoirs
  • Learn gourmet cooking.
  • Take up a sport.

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New Hobbies

Learn to relax and enjoy life by taking up a new hobby. Is there something you've always wanted to learn? How about starting a collection of something you like? I love Disney so one of my hobbies is collecting Disney snow globes.

When I was younger, I used to collect keychains. I also enjoyed making my own jewelry. There are still many more hobbies I would like the chance to take up. Anything here sound good to you?

  • Learn how to crochet.
  • Take up wood working.
  • Start a coin collection.
  • Learn another language.
  • Take up gardening.
  • Learn how to read palms
  • Feng Shui you home.
  • Join a chess club.
  • Create photo collages, then display them.
  • Learn origami.

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Funny Bucket List Ideas

Life is often serious and for many, life is full of responsibilities. Sometimes it's fun to just cast all of that aside and have some good, clean fun.

Make a list of some of the silly things you've wanted to do, then go ahead and do some of them. Is there a safe practical joke you've always wanted to play?

How about a funny voice you've wanted to learn. Maybe it's to do something you used to do as a kid and loved, but haven't done it since then.

  • Go skinny dipping.
  • Place a realistic looking spider in a drawer at work and watch people's reactions.
  • Hide and squirt people with a squirt gun as they walk by.
  • Glue a quarter to the ground and see how many people try to pick it up.
  • Dress up in a costume for a day when it isn't Halloween.
  • Stand on a street corner and sing "What Does the Fox Say?"
  • Stand outside a grocery store and ask people for their ticket to go in.
  • Pretend you are Harry Potter. Get a broom stick and ride it through the neighborhood. (Quidditch reference.)
  • Teepee someone's house.
  • Tell people you've lost your invisible friend and ask them to help you find him.

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How to Pamper Yourself

Between having kids, pets, housework and working, I don't have a lot of time to pamper myself. Perhaps you're like me?

When life slows down, I do want to pamper myself more. How about you? Do you always have the extra time, (and/or money,) to do some of those special things to help you relax? See of these are appealing to you.

  • Learn to meditate.
  • Have an hour long back massage.
  • Get a pedicure.
  • Spend a day going wine tasting.
  • Take a hot air balloon ride.
  • Have a make-over.
  • Stay overnight at a bed and breakfast.
  • Get a facial.
  • Buy a hot tub.
  • Get a hammock to relax in outdoors on nice days.


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Creating a Bucket List

When making a bucket list, for the most part, it should be fun. However, it's also a great opportunity to take a quick serious look at your life and see if there is anything you can do to make a difference.

We all have regrets in life and we can't go back and change the past, but we can do something not only to make ourselves feel better, but to do something nice for someone else.

  • Talk to a deceased loved one out loud. If there is something you couldn't tell this person while he/she was still alive, take the time to do it now.
  • Prepare a meal and surprise your neighbor with it.
  • Forgive someone you weren't able to forgive in the past.
  • Send a letter to a soldier overseas.
  • Foster an animal until it get adopted into its forever home.
  • Visit some people at a residential home. If you play an instrument, entertain them some with your music.
  • Go through your things and donate some of the items you don't use to charity.
  • Pay the bridge toll for the person behind you.
  • Call someone from your past and let the person know the impact knowing this person has had on your life.
  • Surprise a child with a gift for no reason and enjoy the reaction you get.


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My Bucket List

Many of the things listed here are on my own bucket list, although not all. I wanted to give as much variety as possible.

When making your own list, take your time and think it through. Be sure to put some things on the list that you know you will be able to do, along with things you wish you could do. Remember, you can change it anytime you want.

Bucket lists are made by people of all ages. In some cases, couples like writing one together. Just remember to be sure to have fun when you make it.

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What's on your bucket list?

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      What a great read and your obvious hard work has certainly paid off here.

      Great work and one to vote up and share.

      Eddy.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      This is a wonderful bucket list! I have gotten to do most of the things I wanted to when I was younger. As I age, now I just want to enjoy my grandchildren as long as possible!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Very motivating and some very creative options I never would have thought of! I like how you divided them into topic areas. I'm going to start writing my bucket list down.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Having a bucket list is a cool idea, as you never know what life will throw at you! Plus you can start working on it early to make sure all the things get done in time. Voted useful!

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      Long list and short life - better to get up and go in action:)

      Well, I have already learned to tango, so one item is already checked...

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      My husband was going over his bucket list yesterday. I hope he gets to do the few things he has on his list. Voted up on your hub.

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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      I would like to travel more to faraway lands, if I'm ever in a position to, this is what I would do.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Lots of interesting ideas here, but I have to say I'm pretty busy just trying to survive from one day to the next like millions of other people who will probably never recover from the Great Bank Heist of 2008. I try to help those people who need it along the way . . .

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Eiddwen, Thank you very much.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Deborah-Diane I hope you have lots of fun with your grandchildren.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      FlourishAnyway I hope you have fun writing out your list.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Suzanne, I appreciate the vote up.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Tolovaj You're off to a good start!

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      moonlake8 I hope both you and your husband get to do things off of your list.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Dave I love to travel. I wish I was rich si I could travel all around the world.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Au fait How kind of you to help others.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love this idea of bucket list! But I think my list is so long that I have to have 9 lives like a cat ;-)

      I love your suggestions! I already did some of the one you suggest. At one point I even learned bobbin lace... and I hope I can go back to it when I will have more time!

      Thanks for sharing! Very interesting!

      Have a nice evening!

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      Sarah Forester 3 years ago from Australia

      My bucket list focuses on experiences more so than anything. When I questioned a few of my friends on this topic I got responses like "own a nice car" or "have a large house". I don' think any of these are bucket worthy.

      Love the Hub!

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      kidscrafts, nothing wrong with a long list. It gives you more opportunities to do some of the things you really want to do.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      ilikegames, You have a different approach to bucket lists. I think everyone's list should be taylored to them and it looks like you are doing this.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A bucket list allows one to fulfill their needs and your ideas are so helpful especially before one kicks the bucket a very helpful hub indeed.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      DDE, I'm delighted you visited and found this to be helpful.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, WriterJanis,

      Nice work! Great read. I love it. Voted up and all of the choices.

      The few things I am learning at my age now are learning guitar, building birdhouses--I plan to donate one to our local nursing home. My main Bucket List item was to own my own radio station and do my own talk show, or either work at a station where I can do that kind of work.

      But HP keeps me busy so I cannot complain.

      Anyway. Keep this work going. Do not quit for anyone or any reason. I cordially-invite you to check a hub or two of mine and then be one of my followers. I would love it.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

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      CJ Baker 2 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Congrats on the well deserved rising star nom! Many interesting ideas and it serves as a timely reminder to make the most out of the life we have.

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      Artois52 2 years ago from England

      I love the bucket idea and your too old to have a few buckets left!

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Kenneth, I hope you are able to achieve your goal to have your own talk show. What fun that would be.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      spartucusjones, I had no idea I was nominated. Thanks for taking the time to read this and for letting me know.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Artois52 The bucket idea can be quite fun.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago

      WriterJanis,

      Yes, this was a great idea. Thank you for the wish-enforcement that I get my own radio talk show. I would love it.

      Talk to you soon, but keep up the great work.

      Kenneth

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Kenneth,

      Why not start trying with some of your local stations?

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love your bucket list ideas. No doubt these will make great goals as well, and I like how you relate the two!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago

      WriterJanis,

      I am hoping that a Christian radio station, contemporary and established Gospel song format, where I have three great friends, will allow me this dream of mine, but although I wanted to have a "no holds barred" but no wack-o's cursing and using ugly language, degrading women and etc., I do not think they will because of the potential danger if a call-in would jump the fence, so to speak, but with a 7 second delay feature my show would work.

      And in my home county, there are two stations. One I worked at 14 years ago and was promised I could have this type of show, but the general manager set me up knowing that I was not that familiar with radio engineering said it would cost too much.

      Well, my friend David, whom she hired as Operations Mgr., and I talked about this show and he pushed ONE button on the soundboard and he said this is all you do. I felt so betrayed and used for this station didn't value talents of employees outside the sales arena, just money.

      And the other one is a strictly family-owned part country and the other part classic rock, but the owner is down in his health.

      He has turned down offers years ago and could be living good now, but WriterJanis, it is sad now for no one wants it.

      Thanks for your ideas. I will do more scouting.

      Kenneth

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wonderful bucket list ideas here. I love how you separated them into different categories. I have done at least one or two from each category, except for the very first one here. I would love to travel the world and go on mission trips.

      Up and more and away

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      Interesting collection of bucket list items. I personally like the one about going outdoors and singing "what does the fox say." I'm a true Ylvis fan.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Love bucket lists! Thanks for sharing!! ;-)

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      lovetherain 2 years ago from Untited States

      The Nile river cruise would be cool!

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Rebecca,

      I'm glad you like how I related them.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Kenneth,

      You really don't have many choices open to you and I can understand why you're so upset. Have you considered any alternatives? I was wondering if you would be able to do podcasts?

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Faith,

      I think traveling the world would be so fun and educational and it would be great to try all of the different foods.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      grand old lady,

      I just love that song.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Dr Bill Thank or stopping by and reading it.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      lovetherain,

      I'll join you.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago

      WriterJanis,

      No. I do not have any options. Thanks, dear heart, for understanding. I would love a Podcast. Do you know how they work?

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      Cassandra Mantis 2 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      I would say there are people who haven't even started some of these.

      Take a cruise down the Nile

      Sip champagne in Paris, aah yes. But there is more to France that just Paris.

      Go on a safari in South Africa, I went to Kenya and had a blast. (Not a gun blast, I hate guns...)

      Visit all the Disney theme parks around the world. Orlando, Paris and Asia, yes.

      Ride the Bullet Train in Japan, did and it was good.

      Bask on a beach in the Philippines, did this in Boracay. I know there are even more amazing beaches to see there.

      Take in all the history at the Acropolis in Greece. I went there a few years ago, before it went bankrupt. Beautiful.

      Participate in a parade in Rio Carnival in Brazil, I did and made a spectacle of myself.

      Go on a walkabout in Australia, not yet.

      Take a ride on a real space shuttle. Er, I need to add that to my bucket list. LOL.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Kenneth,

      Unfortunately, I do not.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Cheeky Girl,

      It looks like you have done many exciting things in your life.

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      Bernadyn 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      These are good items to include in a bucket list, I like how you broke it down for things like travel, food, resolving regrets and even funny ones. I have a bucket list in my head but just never wrote a physical one down. I have wanted to so thanks for the reminder! I think writing it with someone is a good idea especially if they will be sharing some of those experiences with you. The pampering items are more on my immediate list like the back massage since I do have young kids who I need a break from.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Have have never thought of even starting a bucket list, because I would only be able to put a handful of things on it. That is unless I won the lottery, but I do not by tickets, so...

      This was a lot to read, but very much fun to learn what all you have thought of, Janis. Oh, my!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      My bucket list is this:

      To be able to get out of bed each day.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      That is first on my list, as well, Ken!! ;-)

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've done most of the hobbies and some of the talents, but ate none of the foods, chances are I never will. Great bucket list ideas!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting hub, so many things on this list I would like to do, but so little time to do them. Some of them are memories I have dreamed about but still not done it. Thanks.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Interesting and fun ideas! "Learn to Tango" and some of your other ideas tempt me to put them on my list. Good reading!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      DrBill-WmL-Smith,

      LOL. My next item on my Bucket List: To walk to my kitchen and snag a cup of black coffee.

      Happy Labor Day.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      BNadyn,

      I understand about needing some pampering when you have young kids.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      colorfulone,

      I'll never do everything on that list, but it's fun to think about.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Kenneth,

      LOL on your bucket list.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Dr. Bill,

      I'm glad you stopped by.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Sunshine,

      Some of the food I would never try, either.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      WriterJanis,

      Excuse me. I was not finished with my Bucket List item.

      After getting a cup of hot, black coffee, to turn and walk back to my comfy bed where I can dream of hot, black coffee.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Elsie,

      It's always good to dream.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      MsDora,

      Feel free to add any of my items onto your list.

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      Janis 2 years ago from California

      Kenneth,

      Be sure you don't overexert yourself!

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