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Bucket Lists For Couples

Updated on August 30, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Chuck and I at the top of Rockefeller Center in New York City, one of the 1st trips on our Bucket List!
Chuck and I at the top of Rockefeller Center in New York City, one of the 1st trips on our Bucket List!


Since the movie, "The Bucket List" came out in 2007, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, many individuals have started making their own bucket lists. A "bucket list" is a list of things people want to do before they die. The main two characters in the movie make bucket lists and help each other accomplish them.

But this article is about bucket lists for couples. If you are wondering why a couple would want to develop a bucket list, think about all the goals and dreams you have for your life together as a couple. What if one of you was to suddenly be diagnosed with incurable cancer, or get killed in a car accident? It will be too late at that point to follow through as a couple on all the plans and dreams you have. And the person left behind may have feelings of regret because they will no longer be able to fulfill those dreams with their partner. So, as the saying goes, "There's no time like the present."

Another nice thing about developing a couple's bucket list is the actual writing down of your goals and dreams for your relationship. It's a lot of fun to sit down with the one you love and write down all the fun things you still want to do together. There have been numerous studies done over the years that have proven that the best way to achieve goals is not only to write down your goals but to be accountable to someone else regarding the progress you are making in reaching those goals. Well, in this endeavor, you have a built in person to be accountable to the other half of your couple. So, my suggestion is to sit down with your significant other and start writing your list.

Ideas for your Bucket List:

There can be a variety of categories for your bucket list, and the number and type of categories are up to you as a couple to determine. The following are examples of categories and ideas to spark your creativity as a couple. (I have also included some pictures of my husband and I as we experienced some of the items on our own bucket list.) Don't be afraid to write down anything you want to do together. Even if you never make all of them, you will have fun trying. And if you don't write this list down, there's a better chance you'll never do these things together. Developing this list as a couple can bring the two of you closer, and gives a warm feeling of togetherness as you cross things off your bucket list once you have done them.

Travel Goals

* Go on a cruise...or get more specific and list all of the places you would like to cruise to as separate items:

- Take a cruise to Alaska

-Take a cruise to or through Europe

-Take a cruise to Hawaii

- Take a cruise to Canada

- Take a Caribbean cruise

- Take a cruise through the Panama Canal

-Take a river cruise in Europe

-Take a river cruise down the Mississippi River

* Go to Paris

* Go to Ireland

* Go to Switzerland

* Go to New York City

* Go to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and learn about the battle that took place there

* Go to the Amish Country and learn about a different way of life

* Go backpacking together in Europe

* Rent a houseboat on Lake Powell in Utah

* Rent an RV and drive cross-country together

* Visit the Rain Forest

* Go on a Safari

* Go to Disney World

* Go to New Mexico

* Go to the Indy 500

* Go to the Kentucky Derby


Part of the fun of a bucket list is crossing things off that you have already done. My husband found a misplaced travel bucket list we started together seven years ago. It was fun crossing things off, but we are only 1/3rd of the way done. It's also fun to dream about where we still want to go together.

More Materialistic Bucket List Goals:

* Build our dream home together

* Put a built-in pool in the backyard

* Install a hot tub in the backyard

* Buy a vacation home in...(insert your own destination)

* Purchase a timeshare

* Build a sauna together

* Put a family room addition on the house

* Add a home theater to the house

* Buy a boat

* Buy an RV

Vocational Goals:

* Start a _____________ business together

* Retire by the year _________ and travel

* Write a novel together

* Retire by _________ and move to a tropical island to buy a restaurant, tour guide business, etc.

Adventurous Goals, Other Than Travel:

* Go scuba diving

* Go snorkeling

* Skydive

* Go hang gliding

* Climb Mount __________

* Take a helicopter ride over a volcano

* Take a ride in a hot air balloon

* Take a plane ride over the Grand Canyon

* Go dog sledding

* Have an evening picnic on the beach

* Take a horseback ride on the beach

* Go to an outdoor classical music concert

* Fly a kite

* Run a 5k race together

* Learn to play tennis

* Learn to golf

* Start a collection of ___________

* Go on a missionary trip

* Go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

* Go to the Museum of Natural History in New York City

* Take a horse and buggy ride in New York City

* Run the New York City Marathon together

* Visit the Smithsonian

Some of the goals in the above category could be accomplished while you are on vacation, and you would be able to cross two things off your bucket list at the same time. For instance, you could travel to New Mexico in October during the time they have the Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, and take a ride in a hot air balloon while you're there. Or take a cruise to the Caribbean and book an excursion to scuba dive, snorkel, or horseback ride on the beach.

Bucket Lists Can Grow With You as a Couple

Whatever you write on your bucket list is personal between you and your spouse or significant other. No one else has to know what's on it. And it doesn't have to be a stagnant, one-time list. You can add to it through your years together. That will keep it fresh and fun. Perhaps you two will go snorkeling together and then decide it was so much fun that you want to go to the next level and try scuba diving. Just add it to your bucket list. But make sure to keep the original list so that as your relationship grows, and time goes by, you can look back at all the fun things you did together, and all the things you accomplished as a couple. As you grow and mature in your relationship, your goals and adventurous things you want to do together may continue to evolve, so things you wanted to accomplish as a younger couple may not include items you want to list later on in life such as in your retirement years. Keeping your bucket list fresh and evolving will keep your relationship fresh and evolving as well!


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This couple is a prime example of crossing off something on their bucket list together

Us, at Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Us, at Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Together exploring Mayan ruins on a cruise excursion in Costa Maya.
Together exploring Mayan ruins on a cruise excursion in Costa Maya.
Old Sturbridge Village trip in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Old Sturbridge Village trip in Sturbridge, Massachusetts | Source
The beginning of our collection of Byer's Choice Christmas Carolers
The beginning of our collection of Byer's Choice Christmas Carolers | Source
The beginning of our collection of the Dept. 56 Village Christmas in the City. Some were given to us as gifts meaning we will have a special way of remembering the gift givers each Christmas.
The beginning of our collection of the Dept. 56 Village Christmas in the City. Some were given to us as gifts meaning we will have a special way of remembering the gift givers each Christmas. | Source

Bucket List for Couples

Do you and your significant other have a bucket list?

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And here's a very recent picture of us in Hawaii at Waimea Canyon...another spot to cross of our list: Hawaii!
And here's a very recent picture of us in Hawaii at Waimea Canyon...another spot to cross of our list: Hawaii! | Source

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      Susan Sullenberger 2 months ago from Lakeland

      We've traveled to Vegas and to Anchorage in the last 2 years for free! My step sons used their frequent flyer miles as gifts for us to visit them. Although we don't have a bucket list, we have a couple things crossed off. God bless, Susieq52

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      Thanks. I like that idea. ;-)

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Melinda,

      Well, go for it. Life's too short to wait on these things! Good luck. And hey, after you write your bucket list, you can always share it with the rest of us through a hub about it.

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 3 years ago from Garland, Texas

      This makes me want to start a bucket list RIGHT NOW. :-) Great hub! Sincerely, Mel

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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      JPSO138,

      Well, I hope you do make a bucket list with your wife. And if you do, you could write a hub about it!

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      They are certainly great ideas . Me and my wife have not created a bucket list yet and reading your hubs inspires me to make one together with my wife.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Dim Flaxenwick,

      Did it do the trick and cheer you up? How are you doing on crossing things off your bucket list? I'm glad you get back to visit friends. The island sounds great and I can see why you would not want to leave.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      I absolutely loved this. We started making our bucket list after we had to move to Britain after 20 years on a wonderful island , just off the North West coast of Africa.

      It was meant to cheer me up since l adored the island and didn't want to leave. I visit at least once a year to keep up with old friends and we are slowly beginning to tick things off our bucket list.

      India and the Taj Mahal were well worth the trip.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      epbooks,

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment. Yes, I love writing things down and checking them off. It's so much fun and makes us feel like we have really accomplished something special.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I absolutely love that movie and every time I watch it, I get reminded to live life to the fullest. I agree about writing down your goals. There's something so gratifying about checking one off of the list...or adding more for that matter!

      I love your pictures and I love the items on your list. Definitely inspiring and motivating. Great hub- voted up!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Pamela99,

      I am so sorry about your husband's stroke. That must have been hard on both of you. But you can still make a list of things the two of you want to do together that he is capable of doing. Just wondering if you have ever been on a cruise? Lots of older people who have trouble walking go on cruises. Some use canes, some electric wheelchairs and they scoot all over the ship fine. My husband and I have been fortunate enough to take a few long cruises in the past year, and those cruises have a lot of older retirees who have lots of time to cruise. We noticed many had trouble walking but did great on the ship. Good luck on your list...I hope you do make one with your husband. Thanks for your comment.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I love the idea of the bucket list and a majority of the things you listed would be on the list. I love to travel but my husband had a stroke at a young age, so he is not able to do some of those things. He can walk with a cane however, so I think a list is a great idea for us anyway. Love your hub. Voted up and awesome!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      mprentice,

      I highly recommend it. It's really fun making out the list together. Someday I hope to surprise my husband with a hot air balloon ride. That's the first thing that went on our list but we haven't done it yet. Right now we are quite busy traveling, which is also fun.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      wvugirl2007,

      Thanks on the caroler display. We have one that looks like my husband, myself, and a few with hair color the same as a few of our grown children ( from previous marriages). We still have a few to go but it's fun picking them out.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      jsr54,

      I am so sorry about the loss of your husband. As youc an see in the pictures, there is an age difference between my husband and I and so I think the awareness of that has helped us put our priorities in order because we don't know how much time we have together. So glad you and your husband experienced Mount Rushmore and the Alaskan cruise before he left you. And you are right, you can savor the memories.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Michelle Widmann,

      You are welcome. It's so much fun to make the list and then cross things off together as you accomplish those goals. We just completed a cruise through the Panama Canal together...and crossed that off our list. Life's too short not to reach your goals together.

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      Michelle Widmann 4 years ago

      This is such a wonderful idea! I'm definitely going to make a bucket list with my fiancé now. You and your husband look like you're tackling your own bucket list - such great inspiration!

      This kind of couples project seems like a great idea to keep your relationship fresh, too. Thanks a lot for this idea!

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      jsr54 4 years ago

      I want to say two things to reinforce your wonderful idea. We had a child late in life and it brought our mortality to the forefront of our lives. We decided to visit Mt. Rushmore the summer our daughter was 10 monhts old because it was something we wanted to see before we died. So happy we did...

      We also went on an Alaskan cruise 5 months before my husand died, something on our travel bucket list. I have many memories to comfort me.

      I can affirm that it is much more lonely after you are not a couple anymore and that you should take Karen's advice and make one now!

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      wvugirl2007 4 years ago from Virginia

      I love your caroler display. My grandmother started the collection for me the year I was born. Now, 30 years later my collection is one of my favorite holiday traditions.

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      Chris 4 years ago from England

      That's really cute to have a bucket list for couple's, think I'll have to figure out our own list to try to follow.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      mercuryservices,

      Yes, I think Waimea Canyon is even more beautiful than the Grand Canyon. I had no idea it existed before going to Hawaii. Thanks for commenting.

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      Alex Munkachy 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Love the photo at Waimea Canyon... a new favorite spot of my own!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      MPG Narratives,

      Glad to be of help and thanks for the pin, and the comment.

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      Marie Giunta 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for some great ideas I can add to our bucket list. Useful and pinned.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      It is fun to acc0mplish things that you both have always wanted to do. We started our bucket list before we were even engaged. One of the first things we put on it was to take a ride in a hot air balloon. We have both always wanted to do that, but haven't found anyone else that wanted to do it with us before we met each other. Unfortunately it is still on our Bucket List, but the point is we put it on there before we were married so you don't need to be married to make a joint bucket list! I hope you give it a try.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a neat idea to have with your significant other! I'm not married to mine, but I'm sure there are some things we would like to do together. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Eddy,

      Thanks so much for both the vote and share. I appreciate them both.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful share and voted up.

      Eddy.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Little Grandmommy,

      Yes, we do. Thanks for your kind comment.When you and your husband write a bucket list, you should write a hub about it!

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      Gail 4 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

      I need to sit down with hubby and start a bucket list. We've seen the movie. You and your husband look like you really enjoy doing things together. Wonderful hub!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      DemiT,

      Aw, please don't feel jealous. But yes, starting a bucket list for you and your husband will be a fun way to have some goals and work on achieving them together. Good luck to you both. Maybe you can write a hub about your experience?!

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      DemiT 4 years ago from Greece

      Karen, I read your hubs and especially this one, and I feel jealous sometimes. I need to start with my husband our own bucket list, and 'copy' some of your ideas! We both love traveling and you gave me some great ideas!

      thanks :)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Charlee Wright,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. We just crossed a big one off our list on Friday, and are soon to embark on a dream come true 28 day cruise to Hawaii/Tahiti, so that's another one. We are committed to our list, and realize that neither of us is getting any younger. And of course, one of us could get hit by a bus tomorrow! It's been really fun to work on our list together and see all that we have accomplished as a team.

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      Charlee 4 years ago from Vancouver, Washington

      I have sadly known many people that were never able to do their one big thing. I think it is wonderful you are encouraging couples to go out and start NOW. Very upbeat and pleasant to read. I hope you get to cross off many more in the near future.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Bug! Glad you liked the article and the pictures. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bug Aaronson 5 years ago

      Grerat article. love the pictures

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading and sharing Debbie. have a list of places we want to cruise to on our bucket list and will be crossing another one off this October. I think we could have a separate bucket list just for cruises because that's how much we love them!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      what a great hub.. and this is a great idea.. I love cruises.. I want to go on another one.. and I loved Gettysburg.. I want to go to Italy.. Spain and Greece are great to visit .. sharing on Facebook..

      Debbie

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Oh Rebecca2904, I sure hope you have a great time just talking about it. That's half the fun of having a bucket list together is the planning and anticipation. Have fun! Thanks for commenting.

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      Rebecca 5 years ago

      This is a really great idea! I think some of the things my boyfriend and I want to do in our lives aren't really compatible (I'm not too fond of vehicles that move too fast, and he's not the biggest fan of heights) so we'll have to keep our own separate bucket lists as well, but having one together sounds like a great idea! I can't wait to show him this article, I'll bet we'll have a great time just talking about it :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I tend to think of bucket lists as something individuals do, but this is an excellent idea to make them as a couple. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you prasetio30. I am happy to have inspired you. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub, Karen. I should put all your ideas into my travel list. I really enjoy the pictures above. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up and awesome!

      Prasetio

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks billybuc!

      Nice to be the source of inspiration. It's really fun to realize these goals together. I have a personal bucket list, but Chuck and I also have one together and it's great fun dreaming of accomplishing these things together. The planning is half the fun!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks teaches12345,

      We have a more limited amount of time than a couple getting married in their twenties, so it means the list is even more important. Hope you can cross that one off this Spring...have fun with it whatever it is!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well you have me thinking now; what would be on mu bucket list if I had one? Bev and I will have to think about that this afternoon. Thanks for giving me something to do on a rainy day in Olympia. Great hub and great bucket list.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You two have had quite an adventure already while checking off you bucket list! Sweet idea and one that couples would greatly benefit from in their relationship. My hubby and I have a mental list and hope to cross one of this spring. Interesting topic and an enjoyable read.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Arline,

      We have personally never gone on a river boat cruise but have friends who are planning a cruise to Europe on a riverboat. I guess you can see things more closely. Personally, I am still having fun on the big ocean cruises, and we have at least 5 more of those type of cruises we want to take. When we accomplish that, we are thinking a riverboat cruise in Europe will be next.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      sunriz,

      Good for you. It's fun isn't it? Was the pool on the bucket list?

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      roxanne459,

      Thanks for the vote and comment. Yes, it is fun making the list as a couple. And then going back to cross things off is fun too because it brings back memories of the activity, and a sense of accomplishment of all we have done together.

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      Arline 5 years ago

      Nice article - thoughtful. I've heard the river boat cruises are great - while a little more costly, but worth it. Cannot give a first hand account though!

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      Sunriz 5 years ago

      Parts of our couples bucket list have been realized, over the years. We still talk about a few, and work towards them, every day.

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Doing it as a couple is a wonderful idea! I bet just the planning can lead to some fun conversations and closeness. Your pictures are awesome! Voted Up and shared. ;)