I’m forever fantasizing about grand ideas for living an incredible life.
I feel a bit like Walter Mitty- the Ben Stiller character who escaped a dullness reality via a steady stream of ever-crazier daydreams.
The trouble is this:
Grand ideas don’t always make great ideas.
Big bucket list thinking can definitely be a welcome distraction from the norm. You can escape the mundance and imagine yourself doing something insane instead. It’s inspiring stuff!
However, they don’t always benefit anyone in practice. Sometimes these ideas are SO big that they become unrealistic.
It’s ironic. You end up doing very little, or nothing, to make them happen.
Which leads me to my point:
Sometimes, less is more! If it means taking action and actually ticking items off a bucket list, then simpler ideas arguably equate to better ideas.
What’s more, you really don’t have to do outlandish things to live an awesome life!
With all that in mind, I wanted to put together a nice long list of super simple bucket list ideas.
I hope it’ll help if you’re looking for easy ways to make life that bit more fulfilling.
Read on for 50 easy bucket list ideas (…and be sure to download and print the extra 25 too!).
50 Simple Bucket List Ideas for Inspiration
Bucket lists don’t have to be full of impossible dreams and ideas.
Sometimes, the best lists are altogether simpler and more feasible. Hopefully, these 75 simple bucket list ideas will help you establish the perfect bucket list for you.
1. Quit Your Job!
Hate your job? Be sure to leave it behind.
Life’s too short!
Sometimes responsibilities and obligations force your hand.
If possible, though, never do a job (for extended periods of time) that doesn’t bring you joy and fulfilment. You should get to Sunday evening and actively look forward to Monday.
2. Find a Job You Love
Everybody deserves to love their work.
Think about what you’re passionate about. What brings you joy? See if there’s a way to work in that field! Most people spend about one third of their lives working (with a standard 8 hour day).
Hating your job effectively means being unhappy for a third of your life!
Check out these 100 life goals ideas for more suggestions on how to make the most of your time.
3. Get a Promotion in the Job Your Love
It’s easier to work hard at a job you love.
Why not try and push for promotion? You’ll get more money, more responsibility, and a greater chance at having an impact in your field.
4. Travel to a New Country Each Year
Growing up, my family holidayed in the same place year after year.
We found a place we liked (Spain) and (almost always) stuck with it. And it was awesome! I’ve got some incredible sun-soaked memories from those times abroad.
I reckon there’s room to mix things up a bit though. The world’s a big place! There’s so much to see and do.
Setting yourself the target of vacationing in a new place every year will help you see it, and keep things interesting at the same time.
5. Go on Vacation Twice a year
One holiday’s good.
But two’s always better, right? You could spend one overseas, and the other at home. Everyone needs free time, away from work (even if you love what you do).
It’s a time to break the routine, de-stress, and let your hair down. Having the chance to do that more than once a year gives you something to look forward to.
6. Go on Vacation with Close Friends
Sharing experiences with close friends is always special.
Life should be about making memories. Going on holiday with your nearest and dearest is sure to create some!
7. Do a Road Trip with Friends
Road trips are a special kind of vacation.
There’s nothing better than packing up the car and hitting the road with your closest friends. With the windows down, and the music playing…It doesn’t get much better.
Thinking about doing this one? Here are some essential tips for travelling by car.
8. Fall in Love!
This isn’t something you necessarily have control over.
But what’s life without a little love in it? Meeting someone and falling in love with them is something everyone should experience.
9. Regularly Do Something that Scares You
Fear gets a bad rep.
It’s natural to want to avoid things and situations that scare you. But facing your fears anyway will help you grow as a person.
I’m pretty sure someone once said that on the other side of fear lies greatness. There’s nothing wrong with being uncomfortable every now and again.
You realise what you’re capable of. Here are some more tips on how to find inspiration in life.
10. Make Your Own Beer/Wine
Rapidly changing direction with this one, but let’s face it:
You can never have too much good beer or wine in your life.
I’d love to know how to make my own one day! I just think there’d be something lovely about drinking your own home-made booze.
11. Make Own Flavoured Spirits
Sticking with the alcohol theme for a second.
You’ve mastered wine and beer…why not move onto spirits?
You can actually make your own flavoured spirits quite easily from pre-made alcohol. You could go one step further and try making it from scratch.
12. Explore a New Part of Your Neighbourhood
How well do you know your area?
Why not make the effort to explore somewhere new? There are almost always hidden gems tucked away in the places you’ve never been.
You never know what you might find until you get out there.
13. Get in Touch with Old Friends
I was recently added on Facebook by a childhood friend of mine.
It made me realise how easy it is to lose touch with people! It must have been 15 years or so since we last saw each other! But it was really cool to see what they’re up to these days.
Why not reach out to the people you’ve lost touch with in your life? You could even organise a massive reunion with old school friends.
14. Learn About Your Family History
Learning your family history is always fun.
It inevitably provides greater insight into who you are; it sheds light on the context of your entire life. There’s something special about looking back at old photographs, learning the names of your ancestors, and hearing about their stories.
Why not decide to start some research into your family tree?
15. Regularly Get Together as a Family
One of the downsides to travelling is how far I am from my family.
Absence always makes the heart grow fonder. It’s definitely made me realize how nice it is to have easy access to them when I’m at home (and how much I take it for granted).
Try and meet up with your nearest and dearest as much as possible.
16. Do One Special Thing Every Weekend
You’ve got to make the most of your spare time- especially if you don’t enjoy your current job.
Do something special whenever your weekend comes around. Meet up with friends, take trips out of town, play for a sports team, go to a museum, take a hike…anything to maximise the time you have.
17. Visit a Nearby Historical Monument
See if there are any historical monuments to go check out! Depending on where you are in the world, there might be castles, old battle fields, historic houses, and so on.
Head out of town if there’s nothing nearby. You could use it as one of your special weekend activities!
18. Hike the Trails in Your Area (or Further Afield)
Hiking is a personal favourite activity of mine.
I love getting outdoors and doing something physical, with beautiful views and landscapes to enjoy along the way. It’s great exercise, and gets you closer to nature too.
For town and city dwellers, being out in the greenery is even more enjoyable.
19. Watch the Sunrise & Sunset in One Day
Sunrise and sunset are two of my favourite times of day.
Never stopped to see them both in the same 24 hour period? This’d make a great addition to your bucket list.
Wake up for first light, and then head somewhere to watch the sun drop over the horizon. It makes a special way to start and end the day.
20. Learn 100 Words of a New Language
I thought about just having ‘learn a language’ as one of these bucket list ideas.
But that’s not quite as simple as you might be looking for. 100%, do it if you want to get fluent in a second language!
Want slightly less of a challenge? Try learning 100 useful words/phrases to put into practice in the country. With 100 words down, you might be tempted to learn some more…
21. Learn 5 Songs on a New Instrument
Same goes for this one: I was going to suggest ‘learning an instrument’ for your bucket list.
Again, though, that isn’t so easy. Mastering a new instrument can take years. Why not take it slightly slower and start with just a few of your favourite songs?
22. Learn to Surf (/Stand Up Once!)
I think it’d be awesome to learn how to surf.
Spending time in the ocean, catching waves, and then chilling out on the beach…Sounds pretty ideal.
Looking for a simpler challenge? Why not commit to standing up just once on the board! That way you can officially say you’ve surfed a wave!
FYI, this one’s on my
23. Learn to Ride a Motorbike
Riding a motorbike is something else that sounds incredibly cool.
A little dangerous, maybe, but it just sounds like ultimate freedom.
Thought about learning to ride in the past? Like the idea of hitting the open road on two wheels? Then pop it on the bucket list and make it happen!
24. Learn an Origami Trick
Everyone needs a party trick!
Learning some origami is something you can learn in an hour (or less) and impress people with for the rest of your life. I reckon it’d make a nice little addition to any bucket list.
25. Learn to Bake
Everybody wants to be friends with a good baker.
They just always have delicious treats on the go! Learning how to bake is just an awesome way of bringing joy to peoples’ lives.
Be sure to make baking a bucket list priority.
26. Learn to Cook a New & Exotic Dish
It’s easy to get caught up in the same cooking routines.
Why not spice things up a bit and learn to cook something you’ve never done before? You could even make an event of it and invite your friends over for a dinner party.
27. Learn How to Light a Fire from Scratch
I think lighting a fire should be a core skill that everybody knows how to do.
I’m talking flint and steel style! No firelighters allowed. Learn the theory, then get out into the great outdoors and give it a shot!
28. Try Vegetarianism for a Week
Giving up meat might seem an impossible task.
It definitely might seem like the last thing in the world you want to do. After all, meat-eating is just a central and unquestioned part of peoples’ lives these days.
However, vegetarianism isn’t as scary as it sounds! It’s also way better for the environment (and the animals…obviously). Give it a shot for a week. You might surprise yourself and even enjoy it!
29. Try Veganism for a Week
Really fancy pushing the boat out?
Try veganism! That means zero animal products. You might laugh out loud at the thought of that.
However, having tried it out for the last few months now, I can tell you that it’s definitely possible. Even better, the food can be genuinely delicious too!
30. Try Fasting at Least Once
Fasting is meant to be amazing for your overall wellbeing.
A period fast, done properly, can have all sorts of positive health effects. It’s like a detox for your body- giving it a rest from digesting food. Why not aim to give it a try at some point?
31. Go Skinny Dipping at Least Once
I reckon everyone should try skinny dipping.
A bit of nudity never hurt anyone! Getting naked and heading for a swim is always a bit of fun.
32. Go Star Gazing
A clear night sky is full of real beauty.
You can’t help but feel small when you’re looking up at the stars, the moon and the constellations above. It puts your earthly troubles in perspective.
33. See a Shooting Star
Shooting stars are another of life’s marvels.
You’re looking up at the night sky and in that exact instant, a meteor flashes past thousands of miles above yours head. What are the chances? You’ve been moving your entire life to that one moment in time, just as that shooting star has.
Then, in an instant, they align. You can see why you’re meant to make a wish. It’s startlingly cool. If you’ve never seen a shooting star, then be sure to make it a priority.
34. Cut Down on Sugar from Your Diet
Sugar is one of the greatest issues in people’s diet these days.
For years we thought it was fat that caused all the trouble. It’s becoming increasingly reported that sugar is the true culprit for all manner of health disorders.
We could all do with eating more healthily. Why not try cutting/reducing the bad, unnatural sugars from your diet?
35. Join a Local Club
Struggling to find things to do in your evenings and weekends?
Check out the local clubs that run nearby. There might be a new sport or activity for you to try out! You’ll meet some lovely people in the process.
36. Sing Karaoke at Least Once
The thought of getting up and singing karaoke terrifies me!
Getting up and singing in front of people is my idea of hell. But some people seem to love it! Like to sing and/or make a fool of yourself in public?
Karaoke seems like a perfect way of killing two birds with one stone.
37. Create Your Own Herb Garden
Fancy getting your fingers a little green?
Why not experiment with growing your own herb garden? I was thinking of the culinary (rather than psychoactive) variety, by the way. But whatever floats your boat…
38. Grow Your Own Vegetables
I think it’d be amazing to grow your own vegetables.
You save money, it’s better for the environment, and you get totally organic produce at the end of it. Moreover, you grow something from scratch and get to eat the end result.
It just sounds incredibly satisfying in every way!
39. Hug a Tree
Why? Well, why not?!
Have you ever hugged a tree before? If not, then put it on the bucket list!
40. Help Out in the Community
There are always worthwhile causes to get involved with in the local community.
You could volunteer your time, or lend your weight to one of them. Giving back is always a great way of finding the all-important meaning and purpose we need in life.
41. Read a New Book Every Month
Love to read?
Why not challenge yourself to read a book every month? Adapt the time-frame in line with your particular reading ability.
Read quickly? Then a book a week may be more of a challenge. Read more slowly? Then one book every 2 or 3 months may be better.
FYI, this is one I have on my own bucket list! Want to see what else is on there? Here’s my personal bucket list.
42. Do a Random Act of Kindness Every Day
Make it a priority to do good for other people.
Commit to doing something every single day for the good of others. It doesn’t have to be much. You could buy a homeless person lunch, help an old lady cross the road, take the bins out without your partner asking first…and so on.
Doing good feels good! It’s a recipe for a happier life.
43. Find Something to Be Grateful For Every Day
Gratitude is another key element of a happy life.
It’s all too easy to focus on the things we lack or struggle with. Make a habit of reminding yourself of the good stuff too. What/who do you appreciate? It could be anything or anyone.
Feeling grateful is a sure-fire way to overcome adversity and negative emotions.
44. Do Something for Charity
This one might coincide with doing something in your local community.
However, getting involved with a charity is another great way to give back. See what opportunities there are near you and what you might be able to do to help.
45. Give a Percentage of Your Paycheque to Charity
Sometimes it’s a choice between giving time or money to charity.
Don’t have enough time spare to help out in person? Consider setting up a monthly donation to a cause that’s important to you. Every charity in the world will be grateful for your financial support.
46. Meditate Every Day
Physical health is important.
But it would be foolish to forget about your mental and emotional health. Meditating on a daily basis will help out in this regard.
It’s about taking time to be present and connect with your inner and outer world. Making it a priority will help enhance overall wellbeing.
47. Start Doing Yoga
I’ve never done yoga, though I definitely see the appeal.
It seems like the ultimate practice for connecting your mind and body. You become stronger and suppler in the process. There’s obviously something to it, as well. Yoga seems to have exploded in popularity in recent years.
Why not jump on the bandwagon and give it a try?
48. Do Something Active Every Day
Most people (myself included, at the moment) spend much of their time sat down in one place.
We sit inside, at our desk, working on the computer.
And it’s not what our bodies or minds are designed for! Evolutionarily speaking, we’re meant to be outside running and jumping and climbing. As part of your bucket list, why not commit to doing something active every single day?
You’ll benefit in all manner of ways if you do.
49. Start (& Complete!) a DIY Project
There’s something fundamentally satisfying about building something from scratch.
You get the joy of taking something from idea to reality. There’s a tangible reward at the end of your efforts. I don’t think it really matters what you decide to make. But why not commit to some sort of large DIY project?
Think about what you need. A garden shed? A new kitchen table? A desk? A desk chair? An easel for your artwork? Settle on an idea and set about learning how to make it!
50. Make Your Own Jewellery
Sticking with the creation-theme.
Love arts and crafts? Why not look into making your own jewellery?
The worst that can happen is that you end up with a bunch of bespoke, hand-made bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings to wear.
You might even discover a new talent. Tonnes of people sell their handmade goods online. Is there a market for the jewellery you design and make? You could think about creating your own little side business.
That’s 50! Not found what you’re looking for? There’s 25 more ideas in this printable PDF! Click here to download it now. 👍
Time to Wrap Up
There you have it: 50 simple bucket list ideas (plus 25 bonus ones!) to help inspire an amazing life.
Grand ideas are all well and good.
But they can quite often seem too farfetched to actually act upon. By contrast, simpler alternatives can seem more realistic and actually inspire the action needed to make them happen. More importantly, though, making your life amazing doesn’t have to mean doing crazy things anyway!
I hope this post provided you with some actionable items to add to your own personal bucket lists.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Did you find any of these suggestions particularly interesting? Which ones do you hope to add to your bucket list and tick off in future?
Let me know in the comments!
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