203 Unique Bucket List Ideas for Solopreneurs & Digital Nomads

“Oh my god, it’s Chris Martin!” My Sister shouted at the top of her voice. The young guy a few steps in front of me, dressed casually in a blue t-shirt and jeans, certainly from behind a striking resemblance to the Coldplay frontman, and surrounded by an entourage of five or six equally casual-looking young guys, turned laughing.

Briefly, our eyes met and I gasped. It’s not Chris Martin. It’s Mark Zuckerburg!

These days I think I would prefer to meet Chris Martin (sorry Mark), but back then I was in the throes of building a very successful Facebook-based business, so happening to run into Mark Z on the Great Wall of China of all places while on our annual Sisters on Tour trip was mind-blowing!

My sister & I had just been discussing, at length I would add, whether we were going to tackle the fairly steep steps up to Tower One. She wasn’t keen, and I was teetering on the edge (of my decision). I quite fancied the challenge but just as easily could be dissuaded for a shorter route and a cup of hot chocolate.

However, after seeing Mark & his entourage casually half jog past us up the steps towards Tower One, I turned on my heel and started to shoot up the steps.

‘I’m doing it Nat’, I shouted behind me. ‘I’m gonna make it to Tower One. Be back soon!’.

My Sister, looking slightly confused and equally unimpressed, simply shrugged her shoulders and turned to explore some less strenuous parts of the great wall.

I, however, was on a mission! I was determined to catch up to Mark, thank him for giving me the opportunity to build a lifestyle business using his platform, (which incidentally is why I happened to be in the very fortunate position of visiting the Great Wall of China), shake his hand and get a quick piccy.

Side image mark zuckerburg with a guy on the great wall of china

What actually followed should absolutely be re-enacted in a future Will Ferell film. Entitled something like, ‘Extremely unfit middle-aged woman almost passes out trying to chase Mark Zuckerburg up the Great Wall of China.’ Perhaps something a little catchier but you get my drift.

If you’d like to read the full story (and learn more about visiting the Great Wall of China), please do so here – ‘Meeting Mark Z on the Great Wall of China.’

Hasten to add – ‘Visiting the Great Wall of China’ was on my bucket list. ‘Meeting Mark Z’ was not. He was just an added bonus.

What is a Bucket List?

The term itself is from the old saying ‘to kick the bucket’, in other words, ‘don the old wooden overcoat’, ‘push up the daisies’, ‘pop your clogs’ or ‘peg it’. You get where I’m coming from.

It was coined by screenwriter Justin Zackham in his screenplay for the 2007 film ‘The Bucket List’ starring Morgan Freeman & Jack Nicholson.

In the movie Freeman & Nicholson star as two terminally ill men, who make a list of things they want to do before they die (or kick the bucket), hence the term Bucket List. It’s actually a great film & I highly recommend it if you enjoy light-hearted sentimental comedies.

But that’s basically what a bucket list is. A list of things you’d love to do before you die. Or, as that’s a touch morbid, simply a big old list of stuff you’d love to have a go at, places you’d love to visit, dreams you want to explore, people you want to meet, experiences you want to have, etc.

And please take note. This list doesn’t have to be SMART goals set in stone, nor is it a list of things you must achieve to prove your worth or beat yourself over the head when you don’t achieve them.

A man fail on the bike with water on the road in I don't fail meme

A bucket list is what you make it. But my definition means it should be fun. It should be visionary and it should be full of dreams! And if you make sure it’s visible at all times, a great motivator for living your best life!

Why Create a Bucket List?

Do you remember when you were a child, your teacher would suddenly shout really loud, throw a ruler or smack your desk, shocking you out of whatever trance you were in? (Just me?)

You might have been knee-deep in a magical adventure, dreaming of lions and dragons, or princesses and castles. Perhaps you were thinking of a project you were working on with your siblings, dreaming of an upcoming holiday, doodling about ‘that girl, or boy’, or thinking about what you and your friends were going to do when you escaped on your bikes after school.

Whatever you were thinking and wherever you were in your mind, you were daydreaming.

Something that was passionately discouraged in my childhood. And what a shame that was.

If you think about it, the world we live in is built on people’s dreams. Dreams of human flight, dreams of entertainment in every living room, dreams of a home PC in every bedroom, dreams of a global communication network that could connect the world instantly, dreams of space travel, dreams of electric-powered self-driving cars, dreams of decentralized banking, and the list goes on.

Old black and white photograph of the first airplane flying

Dreaming unleashes the creativity in all of us and should be actively encouraged! And it’s the skill of daydreaming which creates the best unique bucket list ideas!

It’s time to revive the child, my friend. It’s time to ignore all the naysayers through life who told you, you couldn’t, can’t, won’t or to ‘keep your feet on the ground and get your head out of the clouds.’

My old Grandmother (God rest her soul) used to ask me ‘When are you going to grow up and stop daydreaming?’ ‘Champagne taste and beer money,’ she would mutter as she walked away.

Never! Thankfully I never stopped daydreaming and it’s those dreams which have allowed me to create financial freedom in my life!

It’s those dreams which have given me the opportunity to travel the world, raise my daughter abroad, experience new cultures, make friends across the globe, and spend my days doing what I love to do!

A bucket list is quite simply a list of dreams or experiences that give us something to go for; something to aspire to and something to look forward to, in a world where very quickly the minutiae of life can shout, throw a ruler, or smack our desk and shock us back to reality a little too fast.

How to Create a Bucket List

So let’s have a look at some fun ways to go about creating your bucket list and then below I have loads of crazy, whacky & wonderful ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Pick the right environment

The chances are you won’t create a full bucket list all in one go. It will be an ever-changing, fluid, movable list, as you grow, change and adapt as a person.

However, as with everything, the first step is the hardest, and so being in the right environment and frame of mind to dream, and envision different experiences will help the process.

For me, it’s always being by the ocean. Whether on a beach, a boat, or a clifftop. The ocean always seems to unlock my frontal cortex and unleash my creativity!

For you, it might be sitting in the garden, curled up on your sofa, or sitting in an outdoor cafe in the middle of a bustling city. You might have a cuppa, a glass of wine, or be listening to a playlist you love.

Whatever works for you. But when you get started don’t just have ‘create my bucket list’ as the 5th ‘to do’ today in a list of 20 things. Be intentional and take a morning or afternoon to go somewhere to start really considering your ultimate unique bucket list ideas.

I know I’m sounding pretty serious about this, but creating a bucket list you’re truly excited about is potentially life-changing. It could be the starter motor for all sorts of amazing journeys in your life, so if you’re a big thinker and want some big things to happen, take the time to dream about it!

Have a Bucket List Brain Dump

How many times might you scroll through Instagram, see an incredible landscape or scene and think ‘I would love to go there/visit that’.

Perhaps a friend talks about an amazing restaurant with a 6-month waiting list they’ve recently visited or you see an activity on TV you’d love to try at some point.

There is a deluge of information coming at us 24/7 and our minds can’t possibly remember everything we experience each day, so carry a bucket list brain-dump with you at all times.

I use Evernote and have a notebook dedicated to my unique bucket list ideas. I add images, links, notes, anything I think I might want to add to my main bucket list at some stage.

Evernote is just one option. You could use the notes app on your phone, create an album and take photos of all the ideas you see, carry a physical notepad with you, start a Pinterest board, whatever works for you.

Create Some Quick Wins

It’s very easy to create your bucket list and then forget about it. To build some momentum early and keep it top of mind, it’s a good idea to include some quick wins.

Try that new class, eat at that fancy restaurant, go paintballing, etc.

When people think of ‘bucket list ideas,’ they usually immediately think of exotic travel, which if that’s your jam can absolutely be part of it. But it might take a while to achieve any exotic travel goals, especially in the current climate.

So create some achievable bucket list ideas that you can do right now as opposed to in the years to come.

As humans, we are wired to feel a dopamine rush when we have a sense of achievement so make it easy to tick off some of your bucket list ideas, by creating yourself some quick wins.

Review Regularly

You will change over time and as such so will your goals and dreams. When I recently looked over my bucket list ideas from my teens & twenties, there were a lot of items that just aren’t important to me anymore (or even relevant) such as;

  • Star in a music video (top of the pops style!)
  • Buy my Dad a Rolls Royce (he sadly passed before I achieved that goal)
  • Get a Guinness world record (in what I don’t know!)
  • Build my own house (absolutely no desire for that anymore)
  • Run the London Marathon (never gonna happen with my cruddy knees)
  • Make a record (a record! Remember them? – yep I’m talking vinyl & showing my age)

There were also a fair few I’d already achieved;

  • Live in an open plan beachfront apartment (have now lived/stayed in many during our travels)
  • Drive a car around a grand prix track (with STIG! My husband’s birthday present to me a few years back)
  • Have a ride in a hot air balloon (Beautiful Bagan, Myanmar)
  • Spend a New Year in Sydney (watched the fireworks from a boat in Sydney harbour)
  • Watch the Epcot fireworks with the man of my dreams (my lovely husband and beautiful daughter – double whammy there, who knew I’d have a daughter when I set that goal!)
  • Go for a trip on the Nile (one of the first romantic trips myself and my hubby took, A cruise down the Nile)
  • Visit the 7 wonders of the world – so, there’s a lot more than 7 as the list has developed over the years and I’m not quite there yet, but definitely heading in the right direction!

The key is, however, don’t cling to old goals. Review your bucket list on a regular basis and update your list of ideas for where you are in your life right now.

Make It Fluid & Fun (Don’t make it a weapon)

I mentioned in the ‘what is a bucket list’ section, not to use it as a list to beat over your head when you don’t achieve some of your goals.

It’s so important to retain your bucket list as an aspirational, movable, fluid list of dreams which changes and grows with you. If it becomes a list of hard goals with absolute deadlines, it won’t be long before you start to ignore it as it will just become a reminder of the things you haven’t done.

As often as you feel is relevant, pull out your bucket list, review your dreams and goals, add to it, take away from it, create some quick wins, add some long-term targets or some goals with friends, family, etc.

Gamify it if you like or create a picture board. Whatever it takes for it to become a source of inspiration and motivation.

Create an Active Bucket List

I found my old bucket list in an obscure folder I must have saved from an old computer in a file I would never have looked at if I hadn’t been actively searching for a list I knew I had created back in my 20’s!

No good there! I hadn’t looked at it for twenty years!

Interestingly I had achieved some of the things on the list. Many were now irrelevant or no longer important and some were a reminder of some things I haven’t achieved in my life.

Hence the importance of creating an ‘active bucket list.’ Make it visible. Make it part of your everyday life. Put it up in the kitchen, create a screensaver, and have it as a note you look at each morning (rather than reading the depressing news or scrolling Insta).

Don’t just have an afternoon of inspiration, write a big list and then file it away never to be seen again. Your time is precious. If you’re going to put the effort into creating your bucket list, be sure to continue your efforts to review, update, and keep dreaming!

Take Massive Action (TR)

Tony Robbins always said ‘never leave the scene of a decision without taking massive action.’ Pick one of your bucket list items and make it happen as soon as is humanly possible

Create some momentum! Kick things off positively and most importantly be sure to tick off your list of ideas as you achieve them with a big fat marker pen!

So without further ado, here’s a big list of bucket list ideas meant to spark some inspiration for your own list. Some of these things I have done, some are on my bucket list and some are just completely random ideas I swiped off the net!

As I said, they’re meant as inspiration to get your own creative juices flowing. I hope they help! 😁

203 Unique Bucket List Ideas

Cultural Unique Bucket List Ideas

1. Get a backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House

I first visited Sydney Opera House back in the early 2000s and just so happened to be working in the theatre/concert world myself at the time and so managed to wangle myself a private backstage tour which was fantastic! These days though you can actually book a backstage tour and if you’re a music lover I highly recommend it!

I Took a photo showing sydney opera house as a background

2. Get some ‘creative’ Taj Mahal pics from the Mehtabh Bagh park

OK so the Taj Mahal might not be such a unique bucket list idea anymore, (although it’s an amazing site to behold, especially once you know the story behind it,) but having a park guard take creative pics of you with it in the background from the nearby park is an experience not to be missed!

The Mehtabh Bagh park (aka Moonlight Garden) is a beautiful square garden conveniently placed opposite the Taj Mahal across the Yamuna River (which is also well worth seeing). Once inside just head towards the river with the breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal and look out for the guard who for just a few rupees, will happily spend 10 minutes guiding you into creative poses and taking your photos!

Image of my sister & I doing hear shape using our hand ties showing the taj mahal in the middle

3. Ride a camel at the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt

This was one of the scariest things I have ever done! Yep even more so than heart stopping upside down roller coaster rides (which I love!) Camels are uncomfortable, unpredictable, and extremely unstable. I may be smiling in this photo but I couldn’t wait to get down. Still, a bucket list idea not to be missed!

riding a camel at the pyramids great bucket list idea

4. Road Trip Italy & Climb The Leaning Tower of Pisa

I’m not going to lie, I was a bit disappointed with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was a lot smaller than I always thought it would be. Italy however is immense and well worth a road trip! Be sure to stop off in Florence and try their gelati. It’s so good, words fail me! Taking a Gondola ride in Venice is still on my bucket list as is visiting the Amalfi Coast, so we will be back Italy!

My picture visiting the leaning tower of pisa with a lot of tourist in the background

5. Take a Self Guided Walking Tour of Rome and visit the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, and all the amazing sights of the City!

While in Italy be sure to visit the iconic city of Rome, take a trip to the Vatican, see the Sistine Chapel and of course take a tour of the Colosseum. Rome is quite possibly one of my favorite cities in the world. Steeped is so much history and so many sights to see. It’s amazing just to walk around it, so get your shoes on and see as much of it as you can by foot!

6. Meet Mark Zuckerburg on the Great Wall of China (Great Wall of China was the bucket list item, MZ just happened to be there!)

The Great Wall is a sight to behold! It’s grandeur, it’s majesty, it’s…. Celebrities??? Not usually unfortunately, I was just in the right place at the right time (or wrong place at the wrong time depending on your views) to literally bump into Mark Z who passed me heading up to Tower 1 with his entourage. However, even with the added celebrity bonus, the best part of the Great Wall is the luge ride down! That is a must add bucket list idea! So much fun!

7. Visit Tiananmen Square

The day we headed to Tiananmen Square, the weather was cold, the skies grey and smoggy and the atmosphere was characteristically oppressive. We hadn’t had a brilliant time in Beijing, the folks we’d met weren’t so friendly and the smog was at an all time high permeating the streets and skies and making everything feel grey and lifeless. It’s a tragic place to visit, but it’s so important to see and feel these sites so we can continue telling the stories and ensure atrocities such as what happened here aren’t repeated.

My picture showing tianenman square in the background

8. Watch Belly dancing on a Nile Cruise

Be prepared if you take your husband or boyfriend ladies! My hubby and I went on a Nile cruise in the very early stages of our relationship and he couldn’t keep his eyes off the belly dancers! The relationship very nearly didn’t get off the ground! (LOL) Seriously though, a Nile cruise is well worth the money, especially if you have an amazing storytelling guide as we did (we love you Sayeed!)

9. Explore The Valley of the Kings

Step back in time as you explore the Valley of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, Egypt. Discover the intricate and beautifully decorated tombs of ancient Egyptian pharaohs, including the famous tomb of Tutankhamun. Marvel at the hieroglyphs, paintings, and sculptures that adorn the walls, offering a glimpse into the fascinating world of ancient Egyptian royalty.

10. Witness a real Voodoo Ceremony in Benin

Immerse yourself in the birthplace of Voodoo by witnessing a real ceremony in Benin, West Africa. Experience the unique blend of African traditional beliefs and Catholicism as you observe music, dance, and offerings to the spirits. Gain a deeper understanding of this often misunderstood religion and its significance in the local culture as participants enter trance-like states, believed to be possessed by the spirits they invoke.

11. Visit the very interesting Penis Park in Korea

Add a lighthearted and humorous experience to your bucket list by visiting Haesindang Park, also known as Penis Park, in Sinnam, South Korea. Explore the park’s 300+ phallic sculptures of various sizes, shapes, and materials, ranging from wooden carvings to large stone statues. Learn about the local folklore behind this unusual attraction, which tells the story of a young woman who drowned before she could consummate her marriage. The phallic sculptures are believed to appease her spirit and bring good luck to fishermen.

12. See the street art in Old Georgetown Penang

Wander through the vibrant streets of Old Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Penang, Malaysia, and discover its incredible street art scene. Admire the array of murals adorning the city’s walls and buildings, ranging from whimsical and humorous to thought-provoking and politically charged. Uncover the stories of Penang’s history, people, and culture as you explore this open-air gallery with surprises around every corner.

13. Witness the Extreme at the Vegetarian Festival in Thailand

The Vegetarian Festival in Thailand is truly a festival to behold, where body piercing and firewalking take center stage. Watch in awe as devotees push skewers and other objects through their cheeks and tongues as a form of spiritual cleansing. Feel the heat as participants walk across burning coals, demonstrating their faith and devotion. This unique and shocking festival offers a glimpse into the deep-rooted traditions and beliefs of Thai culture, leaving you with unforgettable memories of the extreme lengths some will go for their spiritual practices. (and for me nerve damage in my ear after a firecracker went off a bit too close!)

living in thailand - vegetarian festival

14. See The White House, Eiffel Tower, and London Bridge in Shenzhen!

Add a unique twist to your travel bucket list by visiting Window of the World in Shenzhen, China, where you can explore replicas of iconic landmarks from across the globe, all in one place.

15. See the sunrise on the Holy Ganges in Varanasi

Varanasi is one of the most magical places in the world. Unfortunately, I was only there for 2 nights and 1 day, which was not enough and I can’t wait to go back, but I was fortunate enough to see the sunrise and the accompanying ceremony and also the sunset and accompanying ceremony. An absolute must do bucket list item!

Image of the sunrise ceremony in Varanasi

16. Coracle Ride in Hampi

Experience the thrill of riding a coracle, a traditional round boat, in the ancient city of Hampi, India. Navigate the calm waters of the Tungabhadra River, surrounded by the stunning landscape of boulders and ruins. Take in the breathtaking views of the ancient temples and monuments as you float along, immersing yourself in the rich history and natural beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

17. Take a cruise between two continents!

Embark on a unique adventure in Instanbul by taking a cruise that crosses between two continents. Marvel at the stunning landscapes as you sail between Europe and Asia, experiencing the best of both worlds.

18. Climb To the Summit of the Eiffel Tower!

And have a beer! That’s what I did 🙂 Challenge yourself to reach the summit of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Ascend 1,665 steps or take the elevator and reward yourself with a cold beer and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the city of love.

19. Marvel at the Northern Lights in Iceland

Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Northern Lights as they dance across the night sky in Iceland. Venture into the pristine wilderness, far from the city lights, and watch as the vibrant green, purple, and pink hues paint the heavens above.

20. See a Real Viking Ship in Norway!

Step back in time and explore the fascinating world of the Vikings by seeing a real Viking ship in Norway. Visit the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, where you can marvel at the expertly crafted vessels that once carried these legendary seafarers across the oceans. Learn about the rich history and culture of the Vikings, and imagine yourself setting sail on a thrilling adventure like those of old.

21. Hunt Down the Loch Ness Monster:

Embark on a quest to uncover the mystery of the legendary Loch Ness Monster in the Scottish Highlands. Cruise along the deep, dark waters of Loch Ness, keeping your eyes peeled for any signs of the elusive creature. Immerse yourself in the local lore and enjoy the stunning scenery of the surrounding mountains and castles, whether or not you spot “Nessie” herself.

22. Feel The Mist of Niagara Falls

Experience the raw power and beauty of nature as you feel the mist of Niagara Falls on your face. Take a boat ride to the base of the falls on the Maid of the Mist, or walk along the edge of the falls on the Cave of the Winds tour. Let the roar of the water and the cool spray awaken your senses and leave you in awe of this natural wonder.

23. “There She Blows!” See Old Faithful Erupt at Yellowstone

Witness the timeless beauty of Old Faithful, the legendary geyser in Yellowstone National Park. Watch in amazement as a powerful column of steam and hot water erupts from the earth, reaching heights of up to 180 feet.

24. See the Blue & White & Temples & Strange Black House in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand was never on my travel bucket list. But after being invited up by a friend for a weekend we decided to take a day to sightsee. No matter if you’re completely ‘templed out’ the temples in Chiang Rai are worth seeing. They’re unique, beautiful & unusual. While there make sure to take a trip to the top of the massive Goddess of Mercy also! The inside of her head is simply stunning!

Image of the famous white temple chiang rai
Wat Rong Khun – The White Temple

25. Visit the killing fields in Cambodia

Not for the faint hearted, Cambodia’s recent history (just a generation ago) is absolutely tragic & learning its story and meeting the Cambodian people, has had the biggest impact on how I view life, of any country I have visited. Open your eyes & your mind so as to understand this incredible country but be prepared to shed a few tears.

old news paper write up with pictures collage showing killing fields posted in a wall/bulletin board

26. See the Khmer Rouges Circus show Cambodia

Such an important part of their history creatively and contemporarily presented. This unique performance combines traditional Cambodian arts with modern circus techniques, creating a mesmerizing experience. Watch as skilled acrobats, contortionists, and musicians bring Cambodia’s rich history and culture to life through their breathtaking acts. Not to be missed.

27. Attend an Acrobat show in Shanghai

The Chinese equivalent of Cirque Du Soleil, I have never seen people do to their bodies what these performers can do. Experience grace, strength, and precision, talented performers execute seemingly impossible feats of balance, flexibility, and coordination. Quite extraordinary!

28. Try Crocodile & Kangaroo meat on a river trip down the Margaret river

Clearly not for the veggies amongst you! This trip includes kayaking around the mangroves, crawling through tunnels (and losing your bikini top, highly embarrassing moment) and trying the local delicacies prepared and served by your guide!

29. Hot air balloon ride – Bagan Myanmar

One of the highlights of my life! This is an amazing once in a lifetime trip over a magical wonderland of temples & stupas! Follow it up with an electric bike ride around Bagan and you’ve got a bucket list trip made in heaven! (At the time of writing, sadly Myanmar might not be the best place to visit, but keep it somewhere on your own bucket list for a time in the future when things settle down.)

Image of hot air balloons in the sky in bagan myanmar

30. Visit Pearl Harbour then go straight to Hiroshima!

This is a pretty long trip but well worth it to see both historical icons one after the other. While Pearl Harbour is certainly a sobering experience, nothing can prepare you for the horror stories of Hiroshima.

31. Stay up all night on Charles Bridge, Prague

When visiting Prague a few years back, I was told that to stay up all night on the Charles Bridge and watch the sunrise is good luck. Unfortunately I’ve always been a bit of a lightweight where sleep is concerned, so I think I made it to about 3am and packed up. It’s a beautiful part of the world however and definitely worth a spot on your bucket list f you haven’t been.

32. Visit the chocolate hills in Bohol

And get a great guide who will take lots of silly photos with you!

My fun image looks like I was leaning at a chocolate hills in bohol

Take a quad bike and explore over 1,260 cone-shaped hills in Bohol, Philippines, that turn brown during the dry season, resembling giant chocolate kisses.

33. Take the tram up to Victoria Peak Hong Kong

Enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline and harbor from Victoria Peak, the highest hill in Hong Kong.

34. Take a swim in Lake Atitlan surrounded by volcanoes

Dive into the clear, serene waters of Lake Atitlan, a stunning volcanic lake in Guatemala, surrounded by three majestic volcanoes.

35. Take the Trans Siberian Express from Moscow to Mongolia!

Embark on a legendary railway journey from Moscow, Russia, to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, covering over 6,000 kilometers through diverse landscapes and cultures. A good female friend of mine did this solo and stayed with a family in a Mongolian Yurt. She had the time of her life and highly recommends the trip. I’ve certainly added this to my bucket list ideas.

Action & Adventure Unique Bucket List Ideas

36. Do a flyby of Everest in Nepal

Unfortunately, this is weather dependent and you might be unlucky with lots of cloud cover, but on a good day, this trip is stunning! We flew Buddha Air for this 90-minute round trip and were allowed into the cockpit to take photos!

Image of white mountain called flyby everest

37. Helicopter into the Grand Canyon

And have a champagne picnic!

Our family photo in the grand canyon  while eating at the bench table with helicopter on the side

38. Bungee Jump on a Beach in Faliraki, Rhodes

Not sure if they still do bungee jumping in Rhodes, but if not just find another beach to bungee over! Scary but fun.

My image shouting as I jump and try bungee jump in faliraki rhodes
Yep, that’s me!

39. Learn to Ski – Avoriaz

Great place to learn to ski, drink hot chocolate, and eat goat’s cheese salad!

Looking like a white village with snows on top of the roof and on ground you can learn to ski in avoriaz

40. Go to the Grand Prix – Singapore

A live grand prix is an interesting event as you only see the cars for a second at a time as they zoom past you, but the whole event includes a concert, lots of food & drink stalls, and all sorts of things going on. Well worth adding to your bucket list!

41. Take a seaplane over HaLong Bay in Vietnam

This is a must do to add to your unique bucket list ideas list! It was quite by accident that we took a sea plane. We were planning to train & sail to reach our destination but the hotel recommended a far faster route via seaplane and we thought ‘why not’? It was a fantastic decision! What a way to see the amazingly stunning HaLong Bay!

window image of the beach with small island with a seaplane over halong bay
View from the seaplane. It was a bit misty, but gorgeous all the same.

42. Cycle Safari in Hells Gate National Park

Pedal through diverse landscapes, including towering cliffs, gorges, and wildlife-rich areas in Hells Gate National Park, Kenya.

43. Spend a Night with the Maasai Warriors

Immerse yourself in the ancient traditions and daily life of the Maasai Warriors in Kenya, joining their dances and sleeping under the stars in the African savannah.

44. Swim the Devil’s Pool overlooking Victoria Falls (Adrenaline Junkies Only!!!)

Take a thrilling dip in the Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool at the edge of Victoria Falls in Zambia, with stunning views of the thundering waterfall.

45. Never mind Snowboarding… Sandboard the highest dunes in Africa

Experience the thrill of sandboarding down the slopes of some of the highest sand dunes in the world, found in Sossusvlei, Namibia.

50. Go “Tipsy Tubing” in Vang Vien, Laos

Float down the Nam Song River in an inflatable tube, stopping at riverside bars for drinks along the way in Vang Vieng, Laos.

51. Set up camp for a weekend of NASCAR at Talladega Racecourse

Experience the thrill of high-speed racing at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, USA, while camping out with fellow NASCAR enthusiasts.

52. Take a surfing class at Mission Beach San Diego

Learn to catch waves and ride the surf at Mission Beach, one of San Diego’s most popular beaches, with experienced instructors guiding you.

53. Bobsled the Mystic Mountain

Feel the rush of bobsledding down Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, through the lush rainforest on a thrilling ride.

54. Go on an Icebreaker expedition in Antarctica

Join an unforgettable expedition on an icebreaker ship, navigating through the frozen landscapes and encountering the unique wildlife of Antarctica.

55. Jump on a Quad Bike Desert Safari in Abu Dhabi

Explore the vast sand dunes of the Arabian Desert in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on an exhilarating quad bike adventure.

56. Segway around Sentosa Island, Singapore

Sentosa Island Singapore is such an amazing experience, especially if you have kids! Universal Studios, the Luge, Segways, Zip Lining! You name it, it’s got it!

57. Take a Jet Ski Tour around Langkawi

Discover the stunning coastline and hidden beaches of Langkawi, Malaysia, on an exciting jet ski tour around the island.

58. Luge down the tracks of Rotorua, NZ with a peg on your nose

It won’t take you long to get used to the rotten egg sulfur smell of Rotorua! We had an absolute ball and definitely want to go back one day.

59. Zipline somewhere big

Soar through the air on a thrilling zipline adventure, taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, whether it’s a rainforest, mountains, or canyons.

60. Walk the strip in Vegas at 6.30 am

The sights you’ll see as people are still coming out of bars and casinos after drinking and gambling all night! An interesting perspective of Vegas most won’t see!

Image of walk the strip in vegas at 6:30 
AM showing empty street

61. Look for drop bears along the Great Ocean Road

If you’re an Aussie you’ll know exactly what a drop bear is. If not, ask an Aussie friend. My buddies thought it would be a fun idea to introduce me to the concept during my first trip to Oz when I was already freaking out about camping with snakes & spiders! Hasten to add they’re trickery worked and scared the life out of me!

62. Join the mile-high club

Can’t speak from experience on this one – yet!

63. Take some flying lessons

Either a small plane or helicopter, maybe even a seaplane! I had helicopter lessons years ago which was pricey but so much fun! Not sure I’d be brave enough to do it now.

64. Hike a volcano in Guatemala & roast marshmallows on the lava

Trek up the active Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala and experience the unique opportunity to roast marshmallows over the hot lava flows.

65. Hike a volcano at night & staring into the lava abyss – Nicaragua

Embark on a night hike up the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua and witness the mesmerizing glow of the lava lake in the crater.

66. Shark Cage Diving

Come face-to-face with great white sharks from the safety of a cage, experiencing the thrill and awe of being up close to these magnificent predators. (NB: This is not on my bucket list!).

67. Swim with Crocs

Take a dip with crocodiles in a controlled environment, such as the Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Australia, for a heart-pounding wildlife encounter. (Nor this!)

68. Go white water rafting in New Zealand

Tackle the exhilarating rapids of New Zealand’s rivers, such as the Kaituna or Shotover, on a white water rafting adventure.

69. Bungee jump off Stratosphere, Vegas

Take the plunge from the top of the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, for an unforgettable bungee jumping experience.

70. Go Ice Driving in Sweden

Experience the thrill of driving on frozen lakes in Sweden, learning to control your vehicle on the slippery ice under the guidance of expert instructors. This is 100% on my husband’s bucket list!

Gastronomic Unique Bucket List Ideas

71. Eat a Belgian Waffle… In Belgium!!

Indulge in an authentic Belgian waffle in its country of origin, savoring the crispy, fluffy texture and delicious toppings.

72. Eat Buffalo Wings… In Buffalo!

Taste the original Buffalo wings in their birthplace, Buffalo, New York, USA, and discover the flavors that started a worldwide craze.

73. Visit the Hershey factory in Pennsylvania

Explore the world of chocolate at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania, USA, with rides, attractions, and plenty of sweet treats.

74. Eat witchetty grubs – Darwin

Challenge your taste buds by trying witchetty grubs, a traditional Aboriginal bushfood, in Darwin, Australia.

75. Dine at an Ice Restaurant in Lapland

Experience a unique dining adventure in a restaurant made entirely of ice, from the tables to the glasses, in Lapland, Finland.

76. Eat Octopus balls in Japan!

eat octopus balls named Takoyaki in Japan

Not actually Octopus balls! They’re called Takoyaki and my sister & I thought they looked and smelled lovely while walking through Tokyo. How mistaken we were! Not great seafood lovers, we hadn’t realised they contained Octopus.

77. Dine in an Underwater Restaurant – Hurawalhi Island – Maldives

Hurawalhi island – Maldives – Enjoy a meal surrounded by colorful marine life at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, located 16 feet below the surface in the Maldives.

78. Eat Chicken with Mole in Puebla, Mexico

Savor the rich, complex flavors of traditional chicken mole in its birthplace, Puebla, Mexico.

79. Dine in the Dark – Vietnam

Noir restaurant – Ho Chi Minh City is a truly unique experience! When I say dark, I mean pitch black! All the waiters & waitresses are visually impaired and the whole experience is extremely well done. Very deserving of being on your list of unique bucket list ideas.

80. Dine in the Sky on a Gondola at the Top of Queenstown, NZ

Take in stunning views of Queenstown, New Zealand, while enjoying a meal in a gondola suspended high above the city.

81. Dine in a Treepod in Thailand

Experience a unique dining adventure in a treepod at the Soneva Kiri Resort in Thailand, surrounded by the lush jungle canopy.

82. Visit one of Thailand’s most famous rooftop bars

Sip cocktails and take in the breathtaking city views at one of Bangkok’s renowned rooftop bars, such as Lebua at State Tower or Octave Rooftop Bar.

83. Dine in the Sky in one of the most unusual restaurants in the world

Experience a meal like no other at Dinner in the Sky, where you’re suspended 150 feet in the air by a crane, enjoying dishes prepared by world-class chefs.

84. See amazing views of Moscow while enjoying meals cooked by Moscow’s most famous chef

Dine at White Rabbit, one of Moscow’s top restaurants, and savor dishes prepared by renowned chefs while taking in stunning city views.

85. Bask in the view of Mont Blanc in a restaurant only accessible by cable car or gondola

Marvel at the breathtaking views of Mont Blanc while dining at Le Panoramic, a restaurant in Chamonix, France, only accessible by cable car or gondola.

86. Take a dinner cruise in Dubai

Indulge in a luxurious dinner cruise along Dubai Creek, enjoying fine dining and entertainment while taking in the city’s glittering skyline.

87. Visit The Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar

Dine at the unique Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar, Tanzania, perched on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean and only accessible by boat. Literally a restaurant on a rock in the ocean

88. Visit Chok Dee Restaurant here in Phuket!

Only accessible by boat, you have to moor close to the island and either dinghy or swim in! A beautiful little restaurant on a small rock in the middle of the ocean, they even have snorkel kits available for people who want to explore the seas before food! A fabulous experience! (2024 Update – the island is still there, but the restaurant is now closed. However, I’m leaving this here as another little restaurant/cafe could popup at any moment, plus this is just a short distance from the Kai Islands which have similar restaurants and cafes. This whole area is worth sailing/exploring).

Image of restaurant in the island in the middle of the ocean named chok dee restaurant in phuket, thailand

89. Visit the Floating Restaurants here in Phuket

The floating restaurants in Phuket, Thailand are also a must. Set on wooden flatbeds in the sea and only accessible by longboat, the fish are caught and cooked in front of your eyes!

Images of floating restaurants in thailand,

90. The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant, Villa Escudero Resort, San Pablo City, Philippines

Enjoy a meal at the base of a cascading waterfall at the Labassin Waterfall Restaurant in the Villa Escudero Resort, Philippines.

91. Share Breakfast With A Giraffe, Giraffe Manor, Langata, Kenya

Experience the delight of sharing your breakfast with friendly giraffes at the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya, as they peek through the windows to greet you.

92. Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant In Kenya Set In An Ancient Cave And Illuminated Entirely By Candlelight

Dine in the enchanting atmosphere of Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant in Diani Beach, Kenya, set within an ancient cave and lit by countless candles.

93. Get your meal grilled over a volcano, El Diablo, Lanzarote, Spain

Savor a meal cooked using geothermal heat from a volcano at El Diablo Restaurant in Lanzarote, Spain.

94. The World’s Only Hot Air Balloon Restaurant, Culiair, Netherlands

Dine in the world’s only hot air balloon restaurant, Culiair, in the Netherlands, enjoying a gourmet meal while floating above the Dutch landscape.

95. Dine in a cave on a cliff in Italy!

Experience a unique dining setting at Grotta Palazzese, a restaurant built inside a natural cave on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea in Polignano a Mare, Italy.

96. Dine on a Tram in Melbourne

Enjoy a meal while traveling through the streets of Melbourne, Australia, aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.

97. Try a traditional Chinese restaurant in ShangHai

Think you love Chinese food? Perhaps your favorite restaurant does the best crispy beef or pork fried rice? Think again when you’re actually in China! Think ducks necks, pigs testicles, bat wing soup (Covid anyone!) I was distinctly unimpressed by traditional Chinese food, apart from their toffee covered strawberries!

98. Have a mobile BBQ in the sea caves Cyprus

In our early travel days we lived in a beautiful spot called Coral Bay in Cyprus. With an apartment just above the sea caves we would head down to the natural sea pools as the sun was setting with a mobile BBQ & some sausages for a swim and a sausage sizzle! Heaven!

A man doing BBQ and sausage sizzle at the sea caves, paphos
Little girl enjoying the natural pools, sea caves, paphos

Drinkers/Musos/Festival Lovers Unique Bucket List Ideas

99. Have a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel – Singapore

Sip the iconic Singapore Sling cocktail at its birthplace, the historic Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel, Singapore.

100. Oktoberfest in Munich… need I say more?

Raise a stein and join in the lively celebrations of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, enjoying traditional Bavarian music, food, and plenty of beer.

101. Become a Rum Connoisseur In Puerto Rico

Embark on a journey to become a rum connoisseur by visiting distilleries and tasting different varieties of rum in Puerto Rico, the rum capital of the world.

102. Dance in The Carnaval of Rio De Janeiro

Experience the vibrant energy and colorful costumes of the Carnaval celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, dancing to samba music and enjoying the lively street parties.

103. Dress Up for the Burning Man Festival in Nevada

Embrace self-expression and creativity at the iconic Burning Man Festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, USA, where art, music, and community come together in a unique, immersive experience.

104. Get your dancing shoes out for Coachella

Immerse yourself in the ultimate music and arts festival experience at Coachella in Indio, California, USA, with an eclectic lineup of artists across multiple stages.

105. Get covered in tomatoes at La Tomatina!

Join in the fun and messy tomato fight at the La Tomatina festival in Buñol, Spain, where thousands of participants engage in a giant food fight in the streets.

106. Immerse yourself in a ‘Tangled esque’ atmosphere at Yi Peng Lantern Festival (Thailand)

Lanterns flying in the sky during night time in Loy Krathong Thailand

Experience the magic and beauty of the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as thousands of lanterns are released into the night sky, creating a scene reminiscent of the movie “Tangled.”

107. Remember your loved ones at the Dia De Los Muertos Festival – Mexico

Honor and celebrate the memory of loved ones at the colorful and lively Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities in various parts of Mexico.

108. Prepare to get dirty at the Boryeong Mud Festival – South Korea

Embrace the messiness and have fun at the Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea, where participants enjoy mud wrestling, mud slides, and other muddy activities.

109. Hold your breathe at the Florida Keys Underwater Music Festival

Attend the unique Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys, USA, where musicians perform underwater for an audience of snorkelers and divers.

110. Discover the future at the Tomorrowland Edm Festival In Belgium!

Immerse yourself in the world of electronic dance music at the Tomorrowland Festival in Boom, Belgium, known for its incredible stage designs, top DJs, and immersive atmosphere.

111. My kind of festival – Beer Floating Kaljakellunta – Finland

Grab your favorite beer and join the Kaljakellunta (Beer Floating) event in Finland, where participants float down a river in various crafts while enjoying their favorite brews.

112. Get your vitamin C at the Battle Of The Oranges Festival – Italy

Immerse yourself in the lively Battle of the Oranges festival in Ivrea, Italy, where participants engage in a giant orange fight in the streets, inspired by a historical event.

113. Hailed as the best street party in the world, visit the Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago

Experience the vibrant energy and colorful costumes of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, known for its lively soca music, street parties, and elaborate masquerade bands.

114. Immerse yourself in the magical Festival Of Lights (Diwali) – India

Witness the beauty and spiritual significance of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, in India, as homes, streets, and temples are illuminated with colorful lights and fireworks, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil.

Athletic Unique Bucket List Ideas

115. Do a Tough Mudder, Patayya, Thailand

I never thought I’d find myself doing a tough mudder anywhere in the world let alone in Thailand. You’re more likely to find me in a bar than climbing ropes! But I trained hard for a year and took the plunge! 26 obstacles over 7.5km. If I can do it, anyone can so I highly recommend the challenge.

My picture showing I finish tough mudder in patayya

116. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Challenge yourself to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

117. Hike the Kokoda trail – Papua New Guinea

Follow in the footsteps of history by hiking the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, a challenging 96km trek through dense jungle and rugged terrain, significant for its role in World War II. (NB: As I write my Australian born husband is about to do this very trail!)

118. Do an ultramarathon in Durban, South Africa

Test your endurance by participating in an ultramarathon in Durban, South Africa, running along the beautiful coastline of the Indian Ocean.

119. 29029 Everesting

Push your limits by taking on the 29029 Everesting challenge, which involves climbing the equivalent height of Mount Everest (29,029 feet) in a single event. My husband & I would love to do this event but you have to be on the ball as no sooner they open for bookings than it’s sold out every year! If you fancy climbing Everest without actually climbing Everest, this is the event for you!

120. Hiking in the Dolomites

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Dolomites in Italy, with its picturesque mountain ranges, lush valleys, and crystal-clear lakes.

121. Trek Nepal

Embark on a trekking adventure in Nepal, home to some of the world’s most iconic hiking trails, including the famous Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp trek.

122. Do a huge sporting event for charity

I cycled 100 miles across Poland in my 20’s for Great Ormond Street hospital for children, and 600km across Thailand in 2019 for various children’s charities here in Phuket. A great incentive to get fit while helping others!

My picture holding my certificate sitting with greade school students as we do a charity bike ride in phuket

123. Go whale watching in a kayak

A fantastic thing to do in Australia. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any whales on our trip which involved a 7km kayak! But imagine a huge whale surfacing in front of your kayak! How thrilling would that be! Will definitely try again in the future.

124. Hike the waterfalls in Yosemite

One of the most beautiful places in the world! Thankfully I’d just trained and ran a half marathon, so I was quite fit when we went. Thank goodness as the treks up to the waterfalls are not for the faint hearted!

My picture holding walking stick with waterfalls background as I hike yosemite
A beautiful day at Yosemite!

125. Hike Mount Kinabalu Borneo

Just before we left for Kinabalu I had a flu jab and consequently went down with the worst bout of flu I’ve had since I was 15! So I missed this one, but my hubby went and said it was amazing!

126. Try the Swissotel Vertical Marathon, Singapore

Challenge yourself by participating in the Swissotel Vertical Marathon in Singapore, climbing 1,336 steps to the top of the Swissotel The Stamford.

127. Have fun with the Paganello Ultimate Frisbee, Italy

Join the fun at the Paganello Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Rimini, Italy, one of the largest and most popular beach ultimate frisbee events in the world.

128. Get hot & dirty in the Marathon des Sables, Morocco

Test your endurance and resilience by participating in the Marathon des Sables, a grueling 6-day, 154-mile ultramarathon across the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

129. Put on a few pounds while entering Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, New York, USA

Challenge your stomach capacity by participating in Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York, USA, where contestants compete to eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes.

130. Strengthen your relationship (or not) with the Wife Carrying Contest, Finland

Test your strength and teamwork by participating in the Wife Carrying World Championships in Sonkajärvi, Finland, where male contestants carry their female partners through an obstacle course.

131. If you love trampolining and volleyball you’ll love Bossaball!

Try your hand at Bossaball, a unique sport that combines elements of volleyball, soccer, and gymnastics, played on an inflatable court with a trampoline in the center.

132. Enter the World Thumb Wrestling Championships

Compete in the quirky and fun World Thumb Wrestling Championships, held annually in the UK, where participants battle it out using only their thumbs. Seriously, google it!

133. Go Cheese Rolling in Gloucester!

Participate in the annual Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake in Gloucester, England, where brave contestants chase a wheel of cheese down a steep hill, often resulting in tumbles and rolls.

134. Be part of a Human Tower in Spain

Experience the thrill and teamwork of being part of a human tower, or castell, at a festival in Catalonia, Spain, where groups of people work together to build impressive, multi-story towers.

Fun Unique Bucket List Ideas

135. Get married on a beach – Phang Nga

When I say get married on the beach, I mean on the beach! All our friends were encouraged to wear bikinis & board shorts and the entire day was out of this world! Topped off by a spectacular Thai fire show in the evening, lots of fun was had by all! I highly recommend you add this to your list of bucket list ideas!

My husband and I get married on the beach
My husband carrying me down the beach

136. Go on a Reindeer Sleigh Ride at Santas Grotto in Finland

When my daughter was young we took her to Santa’s Village in Rovaniemi for the Christmas trip of a lifetime! She was super poorly throughout the trip and pretty much missed the entire thing. I did however convince my aging Mother to take a trip on a reindeer sleigh with me! What a thrill that was. We’ll be back, Santa’s Village!

137. Visit Hobbiton in New Zealand/Guatemala

We visited the New Zealand version which was rebuilt from the actual film set, however a friend told me there’s also one built by a Hobbit fanatic in Guatemala, so you choose which side of the world you want to go to! Great fun if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan.

My daughter and I take a picture on top is the hobbiton sign as we visit hobbiton in NZ

138. Gamble in Macau

I love gambling in Macau! The Chinese who visit have so much money it’s heart stopping to watch asa guy just casually loses thousands of dollars in one hand. I’m a blackjack girl myself although I can’t calculate my numbers as fast as the croupier can deal em’, hence I’m not that good at it, but it’s just so much fun!

139. Walk the Glass Floor at Mahanakhon Building – Bangkok

The Mahanakhon building first caught my eye from a boat on the river where I could see it’s strange lego-like form in the distance. Officially the tallest building in Bangkok, it’s a great place to view this amazing city and the glass roof is a little unnerving, to say the least!

My husband and I hugging each other as we pose for picture at the glass floor mahanakhon building in bangkok

140. Stay at the Grand Marina Sands & Swim in the Rooftop Pool – Singapore

A must do!

My image at the rooftop pool at the marina bay sands in singapore

141. Stay in an over water hotel room – Maldives

My sister & I stayed at the Oluvelhi Resort in the Maldives for 4 nights and got a cracking deal! Don’t think the Maldives is out of your reach financially as there are deals to be done and it’s absolutely worth visiting and seeing. Unless you’re honeymooning, however, going on a dive trip or looking for the ultimate tranquil relaxation, 3 – 4 days is enough!

My image inside an outdoor bath in maldives

142. Stay in a sleep pod – Sydney (or various airports around the world)

Looking for cheap accommodation for New Year in Sydney we found ‘sleep pods’ (not that cheap on New Year in Sydney by the way). Super comfortable and extremely convenient, as long as you’re not claustrophobic give them a go!

My daughter inside the sleep pod insydney
My daughter in a sleep pod in Sydney

143. Get hurled abuse at Dicks Restaurant in Vegas

My daughter sipping her drinks with a funny saying on her hat at the dicks restaurant in vegas
I chose the cleanest message to add here as a photo! 😂

144. Take a ghost tour of the haunted The Round Schoolhouse in Hokkaido

Explore the eerie Round Schoolhouse in Hokkaido, Japan, on a spooky ghost tour, learning about the haunted history of this unique architectural landmark.

145. Take a bath in Sake, Wine, Green Tea or Broth!

Indulge in a unique bathing experience by soaking in a tub filled with sake, wine, green tea, or broth at a specialty spa or bathhouse.

146. Rollerblade Downtown at Night in Paris!

Experience the magic of Paris at night by rollerblading through the city’s iconic streets and landmarks, taking in the beautiful illuminations and lively atmosphere.

147. Play Chess… In the bath! (Only in Budapest)

Enjoy a game of chess while soaking in the thermal baths at the Széchenyi Baths in Budapest, Hungary, where chessboards are provided for players to enjoy a unique and relaxing experience.

148. Get a tuk-tuk ride in magical Nepal

Image of an old man smiling in camera with his hand thumbs up riding his bike a tuk tuk ride in Nepal

We absolutely loved Nepal. A wonderful, magical place. The TukTuk drivers are stark raving mad though and you take your life in your hands!

149. Have a Massage in Cambodia

In fact, try to have a massage wherever you go in Asia. Most are totally above board and they rock at giving massages!

150. Swim in the Arabian Sea in Kochi

It’s actually one of my bucket list ideas to swim in as many oceans and seas as I can around the world! This was a fabulous experience though, the water was warm, the sun was setting and the people in Southern India are so darn friendly!

151. Take a Big bus tour around Hong Kong

A great way to see any city!

152. Jump on a 2 or 3 day cruise anywhere (preferably warm)

My husband & I are not cruise people really. Too confining for us. However, we wouldn’t have known that if we hadn’t taken a short 4-day cruise up the Australian coast. It was great fun and well worth a try if you haven’t been cruising before.

153. Go to Universal Studios, Japan

Quite possibly the most efficiently run theme park in the world, Universal Japan is awesome! A definite must to add to your bucket list ideas!

154. Experience Fireworks on a boat in Dubai

Beautiful fireworks in Dubai with the famous Burj Arab on the side
New Years Eve 2019/2020

One of the best NYE/fireworks displays I have seen! The whole experience was so much fun and Dubai sure know how to put on a show.

155. Join a Zumba class on the Main Street in Ho Chi Minh City

Get your heart pumping and join a lively Zumba class on the bustling main street of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, dancing alongside locals and travelers alike.

156. Hire an RV & travel down the coast of Australia, America, Europe, anywhere!

Embark on a road trip adventure by renting an RV and exploring the stunning coastlines of your chosen destination, whether it’s Australia, the United States, Europe, or anywhere else in the world.

157. Enjoy hot springs in Costa Rica

Relax and unwind in the natural hot springs of Costa Rica, surrounded by lush rainforests and stunning volcanic landscapes.

Underwater Unique Bucket List Ideas

158. Dive the Great Barrier Reef – Oz

The world’s largest coral reef, I highly recommend you visit this natural wonder before it’s completely bleached and destroyed!

159. Swim with Sharks in Bora Bora

You only need snorkel gear for this thrilling experience. We were surrounded by reef sharks at one point, so much so that it became a little overwhelming and I swam off leaving my husband in the middle of them!

Image of a little sharks under the sea in bora bora

160. Swim With Black Mantas, Bali/Hawaii

One of the most thrilling and beautiful experiences I’ve had. Mantas are graceful and curious and gentle creatures. Being able to swim alongside them is a blessing from nature!

Image of a scuba diver swimming with mantas under the sea in bali

161. Night Dive – Similans / Maldives

I’ve done several night dives around the world now, each one is very different and the activity underwater is abundant with life at night! If you love Scuba diving, a night dive in some of the most beautiful dive spots in the world is well worth the experience.

162. Scuba Dive in the Red Sea

Explore the vibrant coral reefs and underwater wonders of the Red Sea, known for its crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life.

163. Swim With Whale Sharks

Experience the thrill of swimming alongside gentle whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean, in destinations such as Mexico, Australia, or the Philippines.

164. Swim with Stingless Jelly Fish!

Take a dip in the unique Kakaban Lake in Indonesia, where you can swim among thousands of stingless jellyfish in a surreal and unforgettable experience.

165. Get up close & personal with a Trigger fish Koh Tao

Koh Tao is a fantastic place for scuba enthusiasts, however, stay away from the trigger fish! They’ll chase you and give you a nasty nip if you get too close!

166. Spike your foot on a sea anemone in Krabi

Not actually recommended! Krabi is a beautiful spot for snorkelling as there is so much going on, however, don’t put your feet down!

167. Scuba in the Maldives

Discover the breathtaking underwater world of the Maldives, known for its crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and diverse marine life.

168. Swim with turtles in Maui

No wonder it’s a hotspot for shark attacks, Maui is teeming with turtles! Don’t miss the chance to watch them gliding gracefully by, as you snorkel around the rocks.

Turtles swimming under the sea in maui

169. Swim with Stingrays in Grand Cayman

Interact with friendly stingrays in the shallow, turquoise waters of Stingray City in Grand Cayman, where these gentle creatures gather in large numbers.

170. Swim with dolphins in Monkey Mia

Get up close and personal with wild dolphins in their natural habitat at Monkey Mia, a pristine beach in Western Australia known for its friendly dolphin encounters.

171. Touch North America & Europe at the same time!

Stand in two continents simultaneously by visiting the Silfra Fissure in Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet.

172. Try Freediving

Challenge yourself to explore the underwater world without scuba gear by learning the art of freediving, which relies on breath-holding techniques and natural buoyancy.

173. Go Sea Trek Helmet Diving

Experience the wonders of the underwater world without the need for scuba certification by trying Sea Trek helmet diving, which allows you to walk on the ocean floor while wearing a special helmet.

174. Go on a Mini Sub Adventure in Mexico

Embark on a mini-submarine adventure in Cozumel, Mexico, exploring the colorful reefs and diverse marine life from the comfort of your own personal underwater craft.

Nature Loving Unique Bucket List Ideas

175. Miss the Cherry Blossom in – Japan

Ok don’t miss it like we did! Unfortunately, we got the dates wrong and arrived a week too early to see all the beautiful cherry blossoms adorning the trees and streets of Japan! Usually around late March, be sure to keep checking the websites to double check your dates.

176. Go Hippo watching in the Okavango Delta

Witness the majestic hippopotamuses in their natural habitat while exploring the pristine waters and lush landscapes of the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

177. Walk with the gorillas in the Bwindi Forest

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trek through Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for an unforgettable encounter with endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

178. Hot Air Balloon Safari over the Serengeti

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Serengeti from above on a breathtaking hot air balloon safari, witnessing the vast plains and diverse wildlife from a unique perspective.

179. See the Kimono Dragons

Observe the prehistoric Komodo dragons, the world’s largest living lizards, in their natural habitat on the remote islands of Komodo National Park, Indonesia.

180. Go on a Night Safari at Singapore’s World Famous Zoo

Discover the nocturnal wonders of the animal kingdom on a thrilling night safari at Singapore’s renowned zoo, where you can observe a wide variety of creatures in their natural nighttime habitats.

181. Swim with a 5 meter Croc (in a cage of course)

Get your adrenaline pumping by swimming with a massive 5-meter crocodile (safely inside a protective cage) at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Australia.

182. Cuddle a Koala

Experience the joy of cuddling a cute and furry koala at a wildlife sanctuary in Australia, such as the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane.

183. Take the bridge between the Banyan Trees

Cross the iconic living root bridges of Cherrapunji, India, formed by the intertwined roots of ancient banyan trees, creating a unique and stunning natural wonder.

184. Chew on Coca Leaves (don’t worry… NOT cocaine!)

Try chewing on coca leaves, a traditional remedy for altitude sickness and fatigue in the Andean regions of South America, widely used by locals for centuries.

185. Get Fertile in The Temple of the Moon

Visit the enigmatic Temple of the Moon in Bolivia’s Valley of the Moon, known for its unique rock formations and believed to enhance fertility and spiritual energy.

186. Check out an EVERLASTING lighting storm

Witness the awe-inspiring Catatumbo Lightning, an almost continuous lightning storm that occurs over the Catatumbo River in Venezuela, lighting up the night sky for up to 10 hours per day.

187. Get a selfie with a Quokka (better known as the world’s happiest animal!)

Snap a selfie with an adorable quokka, often dubbed the “happiest animal in the world” due to its cute, smiling appearance, on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia.

188. Swim with the pigs in Nassau

Take a dip with the friendly swimming pigs of Big Major Cay in the Bahamas, where these unique inhabitants love to splash around and interact with visitors.

189. Night trek into the Costa Rican jungle

Embark on a thrilling night trek through the lush jungles of Costa Rica, discovering the nocturnal wonders of the rainforest and its diverse array of wildlife.

190. Try the Hanging Bridges at the Monteverde Cloud Forest

Traverse the stunning hanging bridges of the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica, immersing yourself in the beauty of the misty canopy and observing the incredible biodiversity of this unique ecosystem.

191. Swim at the Rio Celeste Blue Lagoon Waterfalls in Costa Rica

Take a refreshing dip in the enchanting turquoise waters of the Rio Celeste Waterfall in Costa Rica’s Tenorio Volcano National Park, surrounded by lush rainforest and stunning natural beauty.

Shoppers Unique Bucket List Ideas

192. Window Shop at Takeshita Dori in Japan

I’m certainly not a teenager and the style & fashion of the Harajuku culture is way out there for me, but walking down this street is amazing!!! So vibrant and colourful. Well worth a visit.

Top shot image of the crowded takeshita street in tokyo

193. Experience the Old Delhi Spice Market – Old Delhi

This was one of the highlights of our India trip. Being driven around on a rickshaw through the tiny streets of Old Delhi, we were dropped off to explore the spice market on foot. You have never seen so many bags of spice in your life, all different colours and smells. Hasten to add we came home with a couple of treats for future home cooked curries! This definitely deserves a place on anyone’s list of bucket list ideas!

Images of dried chili in basket and sack at the spice market in old delhi

194. Wander through the Dubai Gold Souk

I felt extremely safe in Dubai even though it was a little daunting for my long blonde haired teenager who shop owners constantly referred to as ‘Shakira’! But wandering around the souk, there were so many sights to see, including shops dripping with gold which was to be expected. A little less expected were the amount of guys trying to sell knock off iphones just outside the marketplace and looking very shifty indeed!

195. Head to the largest market in Cambodia’s capital – Phsar Thmei

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Phsar Thmei, the largest market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where you can find an array of local goods, souvenirs, and delicious street food.

196. Try the sumptuous food from the Floating Markets – Thailand

An age old tradition in Thailand, you’ll find floating markets all over Thailand wherever there’s a river and a community and lots of fantastic Thai food!

woman inside a small boat with fruits and vegetable she sells known as the  famous floating markets in Thailand

197. Watch the stalls fold away in front of your eyes at the Maeklong Railway Market

The Maeklong Railway Market which you get to from Bangkok, Thailand is a sight to see! As you pull up in the train, all the stall holders fold away their stalls in super fast time to allow the train to pass and then unfold as the train stops at the end of the line! A crazy concept and a must see for your bucket list ideas!

198. Feel the Christmas spirit at the Leidens Floating Christmas Market

Experience the magic of the holiday season at the Leiden Floating Christmas Market in the Netherlands, where festive stalls are set up on boats along the city’s picturesque canals.

199. Experience Art Nouveau at the Central Market of Valencia

Marvel at the stunning Art Nouveau architecture and vibrant atmosphere of the Central Market of Valencia, Spain, where you can find an array of fresh produce, local delicacies, and unique artisanal goods.

200. Feel the atmosphere of the old Silk Road at the Hotan Sunday Market

Step back in time and experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of the ancient Silk Road at the Hotan Sunday Market in Xinjiang, China, where traders gather to sell a wide variety of goods, from spices to textiles.

 201. Live the Christian Nativity Scene all year round at the Via Dei Presepi

Visit the Via dei Presepi in Naples, Italy, where nativity scenes are displayed year-round, offering a unique glimpse into Italian culture and the art of crafting these intricate and meaningful displays.

202. Explore Turkey’s largest market, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

Lose yourself in the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, Turkey, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, featuring over 4,000 shops selling everything from spices and textiles to jewelry and antiques.

203. Pull a Julia Roberts on Rodeo Drive

“Big Mistake. Huge!”

Unique Bucket List Ideas – Summary

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this humongous post of unique bucket list ideas as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it! I’m honestly quite shocked at how many I’ve experienced myself over the years, and with so much more to see!

If you like, you can bookmark this post and check back regularly for new bucket list ideas as I hear about them or discover/experience them myself!

In the meantime, have a ball, enjoy yourself, and make it happen!


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