How To Create Your Bucket List

Imagine having your very own personalised roadmap, leading you to a life brimming with unforgettable adventures, enriching experiences, and transformative challenges for personal growth.

The first question to ask ourselves is:

What do I REALLY want to accomplish and experience in life and who do I want to become?

It’s time to unearth those concealed aspirations and embark on a thrilling journey of exploration and self-discovery.

To help with this exciting quest, I’ve created 8 broad categories where our mission is to select at least one experience from each.

Furthermore, I’ve included a final suggestion that I believe will help make this process easier, and more rewarding.

We’re talking about venturing beyond our comfort zones, embracing every opportunity, and crafting awe-inspiring memories along this remarkable expedition.

Please join me for this live recording (20 mins) where I explain in detail how it all works.

Or for a brief outline, read on…

Travel destination

Travelling takes us beyond the ordinary and into diverse cultures, mind-blowing landscapes, and exciting adventures. It provides an opportunity to meet amazing people, gain new perspectives, and learn about ourselves and the world around us.

Here are some suggestions for your bucket list:

  • Visit all seven continents: From the icy landscapes of Antarctica to the vibrant cultures of Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania.
  • Explore the 7 wonders of the world: Make it a goal to visit all of the New Seven Wonders of the World, including the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Petra, the Colosseum, Christ the Redeemer, Chichen Itza, and the Taj Mahal.
  • Road Trip: Plan a road trip across a country or a specific region, discovering hidden gems along the way, and enjoying the freedom of exploring at your own pace. The Great Ocean Road, U.S Route 66, The Ring Road Iceland, Great St Bernard Pass Italy, The North Coast 500 Scotland.
  • Go on a safari adventure: Embark on an unforgettable wildlife safari in destinations like the Serengeti in Tanzania, Kruger National Park in South Africa, or the Pantanal in Brazil to witness incredible animals in their natural habitats.
  • Island-hopping in paradise: Discover the beauty of different islands by embarking on an island-hopping adventure, whether it’s exploring the Greek Islands, the islands of Hawaii, or the Maldives.
  • Visit ancient historical sites: Immerse yourself in history by exploring ancient archaeological sites such as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Acropolis in Greece, the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, or the ruins of Pompeii in Italy.
  • Trek to iconic natural wonders: Challenge yourself with a memorable trek to extraordinary natural wonders like the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Grand Canyon in the United States, or the Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
  • Cruise through stunning landscapes: Embark on a cruise to experience breathtaking scenery, whether it’s sailing through the Norwegian fjords, the Alaskan glaciers, or the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean.
  • Backpacking Adventure: Embark on a backpacking trip, immersing yourself in the local culture, staying in budget accommodations, and exploring off-the-beaten-path gems. Eg. Unawatuna Sri Lanka, Kathmandu Valley Nepal, Koh Lanta Thailand, Cambodia or right here on the East coast of Australia!
  • Spiritual Retreats: Visit destinations known for their spiritual significance, participating in retreats, or engaging in meditation practices. Eg. Vana – Uttarakhand, India. Isha – McMinnville, Tennessee. Song Saa – Cambodia. Kalani – Hawaii .

Leave a legacy

We all have a desire to be remembered and to leave a mark on the world that lasts beyond our time. Leaving a legacy is about impacting others meaningfully and creating a lasting imprint.

Here are some suggestions for your bucket list:

  • Start a foundation or organisation dedicated to a cause you’re passionate about.
  • Write and publish a book: Share your wisdom, experiences, or creative works with the world by writing and publishing a book that can inspire, educate, or entertain others.
  • Mentor someone: Become a mentor to someone who could benefit from your knowledge, guidance, and support. Help shape their future and leave a positive impact on their life.
  • Plant a tree or start a garden: Contribute to the environment and leave a lasting legacy of beauty and sustainability by planting trees or creating a flourishing garden for future generations to enjoy.
  • Create a community art piece: Eg. Community library, song on YouTube, seek council approval for a mural in a community space eg. schools, parks.
  • Bury a time capsule: This may contain things like: A bio of yourself and your history, a newspaper clipping or USB containing a document of current events, currency, photographs. Think of what you’d like to discover in a time capsule and include that.
  • Preserve family history and stories: Collect and document your family’s history, stories, and traditions to pass down to future generations. This may also include a vide or audio recording.

Face your fear

Bravery is not the absence of fear, but the courage to face it head-on.

Here are some suggestions for your bucket list:

  • Skydiving or bungee jumping: Conquer your fear of heights by taking a leap of faith and experiencing the exhilaration of skydiving or bungee jumping.
  • Diving with sharks or crocodiles: This extraordinary experience offers a chance to witness these apex predators up close, observing their natural behaviour and grace in their own environment.
  • Public speaking or performing: Overcome stage fright by pushing yourself to speak in front of an audience or perform on stage, whether it’s through storytelling, stand-up comedy, or music.
  • Conquer a physical challenge: Push your physical limits by participating in an obstacle course race eg. Tough Mudder or Spartan Race,
  • Take a solo trip: Confront the fear of being alone and step outside your comfort zone by embarking on a solo travel adventure, immersing yourself in new environments and embracing independence.
  • Face a specific phobia: Identify a specific phobia that has held you back and work with a professional to undergo exposure therapy or gradual desensitisation to overcome it.
  • Try an adventure sport: Engage in activities like rock climbing, caving, zip-lining, or whitewater rafting to conquer fears of heights, speed, or water, and experience the thrill of pushing your limits.

Volunteer for a meaningful cause

Volunteering for a meaningful cause can bring immense fulfilment and make a significant difference in the lives of others. Choose a cause that resonates with your values and interests, and dedicate your time and skills to create positive change in the world.

Here are some suggestions for your bucket list:

  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food bank: Help to serve meals or sort and distribute food to those in need.
  • Assist in animal shelters or wildlife conservation projects: Dedicate your time to caring for animals in need by volunteering at an animal shelter or participating in wildlife conservation initiatives.
  • Support literacy programs: Get involved with organisations that promote literacy, such as volunteering at a local library, tutoring children or adults in reading and writing, or donating books to underprivileged communities.
  • Volunteer in healthcare settings: Provide companionship to patients, assist medical staff, or support with administrative tasks.
  • Participate in environmental clean-up initiatives: Contribute to environmental sustainability by volunteering in clean-up events at local parks, beaches, or nature reserves, helping to preserve and protect our natural surroundings.
  • Mentor or tutor disadvantaged youth: Provide support academically, emotionally or helping them build valuable life skills.
  • Volunteer in disaster relief efforts: Support communities affected by natural disasters or humanitarian crises by volunteering with organisations involved in disaster response and recovery.
  • Support initiatives for the elderly: Volunteer at senior centres or retirement homes, engaging in activities that promote social interaction, companionship, and the well-being of older adults.

Attend a major event – sporting, music, cultural etc.

Attending major events allows you to immerse yourself in unique cultural experiences, witness extraordinary performances, and create unforgettable memories.

Here are some suggestions for your bucket list:

  • Olympic Games: Experience the excitement of watching the world’s greatest athletes come together to compete on a global stage.
  • Wimbledon: Wimbledon’s rich history, traditional setting, and world-class tennis action make it a true spectacle and a highlight of the sporting calendar each year.
  • FIFA World Cup: Immerse yourself in the passion and energy of the FIFA World Cup, the most widely viewed and celebrated soccer tournament in the world.
  • Coachella Music and Arts Festival: Indulge in the ultimate music and arts experience featuring top-notch performances, captivating art installations, and a vibrant atmosphere.
  • Cannes Film Festival: Be part of the glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival, where international cinema takes centre stage with premieres, red-carpet events, and opportunities to mingle with renowned filmmakers and actors.
  • Carnival in Rio de Janeiro: A spectacular celebration of music, dance, and Brazilian culture that brings the city alive with colourful parades and electrifying samba performances.
  • Comic-Con International: Immerse yourself in the world of pop culture by attending Comic-Con International, a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention that showcases the latest in movies, TV shows, comics, and more.
  • New Year’s Eve in Times Square: Ring in the New Year amidst the iconic lights and energy of Times Square in New York City, joining millions of revellers for the famous ball drop and a night filled with celebration.
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Join the vibrant and festive atmosphere of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, where you can indulge in parades, live music, vibrant costumes, and the lively spirit of this iconic celebration.

Organise a big event with loved ones

Here are some suggestions for your bucket list:

  • Family reunion: Plan a grand family reunion, bringing together relatives from near and far to reconnect, celebrate shared memories, and strengthen family bonds.
  • Milestone birthday celebration: Organise a memorable birthday bash to commemorate a significant milestone, whether it’s a surprise party, a themed gathering, or a destination celebration.
  • Wedding anniversary vow renewal: Renew your wedding vows and celebrate a milestone anniversary by organising a special ceremony, surrounded by family and close friends.
  • Retirement celebration: Arrange a retirement celebration for yourself or to honour someone’s career accomplishments and mark the beginning of a new chapter.
  • Friend reunion: Organise a special reunion with long-lost friends or a group of close friends, bringing everyone together to reminisce, create new memories, and strengthen friendships.
  • Dream holiday with loved ones: This dream holiday could be a respite from the busy world, a chance to cherish the presence of loved ones, and a reminder of the importance of love, laughter, and togetherness in our lives.

Learn something new

Embrace the joy of being a lifelong learner and open yourself up to new experiences and knowledge.

Here are some suggestions for your bucket list:

  • Learn to play a musical instrument.
  • Master a foreign language.
  • Take up photography.
  • Learn to cook a signature dish.
  • Study a martial art.
  • Learn a new style of dance.
  • Develop coding or programming skills.
  • Discover the art of writing poetry.
  • Learn an extreme sport.
  • Learn to touch type, calligraphy.
  • Start a YouTube channel.
  • Start a business.
  • Learn how to invest on the stock market.
  • Study philosophy.

Adventure & Adrenaline Rush

This category is all about embracing excitement, pushing your limits, and experiencing thrilling adventures. It’s about stepping out of your comfort zone and discovering your inner daredevil.

Here are some suggestions for your bucket list:

  • Skydiving or bungee jumping.
  • Zip-lining through a scenic landscape.
  • Rock climbing and abseiling.
  • White-water rafting or kayaking.
  • Paragliding or hang gliding.
  • Scuba diving or snorkelling in exotic locations.
  • Hiking to challenging summits.
  • Off-roading or dune bashing.
  • Extreme sports.

Write your own eulogy

Even if you don’t intend on having this as your official eulogy, it’s a great exercise in thinking about what you want to do with your life and how you want to be remembered.

If you do want to use this as your official eulogy, it can be your final parting gift to those who loved you most.

Here are some pointers:

  • Eulogies are typically 5-10 mins long.
  • Write in your usual speaking voice so as to give authenticity.
  • You could video or audio record yourself reading your eulogy.
  • Think about what message you’d like to leave and what you’ve learned in life that may help your loved ones.
  • Make sure you don’t leave anyone out.
  • Make it optimistic! This will help ease the burden on your family and friends.

Do you want to tick some of those items off your Bucket List right now?

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