Bucket lists have become a common trend for older people, especially since the release of the movie in 2007. Put simply, a bucket list is a list of all the goals you wish to achieve or dreams you wish to fulfil in your life before you die.
Common entries include visiting exotic locations around the world, going to sporting events such as a Formula One race, or getting a tattoo or piercing. That being said, it's quite rare to find any two bucket lists the same.
We feel that having a bucket list can help keep older people active and enthusiastic about life. It gives you a goal to achieve and things to look forward to, which can only be a good thing in the fight against loneliness and boredom.
Your Bucket List
Making a bucket list is simple in itself as it is all about what you want to do, so what are things that you can do to make your own bucket list?
The first step is to think about all the things you want to see, do and accomplish with the rest of your life. Take out a piece of paper or open your computer, choose a nice font and begin with a single idea, type it out - the first one that pops into your head.
What were the things you wanted to accomplish when you were younger? How are other people doing? What are the things that you want? Which places have you been dying to see? So many questions to ask and the answers can all go on that precious list.
Sometimes it's hard to filter the millions of possibilities onto one list, it’s difficult to even imagine half of those possibilities the rest of the time. Thankfully, we are in a modern age where information is at your fingertips! There are books and the internet detailing the best places to see, movies to watch and you can find thousands of other people’s own bucket lists, articles or blogs.
It's very easy to add heavenly places on the other side of the planet, accomplishments that anyone would be proud of, and jaw-dropping activities that would make your bucket list glow in a godlike manner. Realistically, are you really going to abseil inside a volcano? Or try to wrestle a lion? Or trek through an uncharted jungle?
Keep in mind a budget, a time frame, and have points on your bucket list that can challenge you, but not so much to the point where you aren’t able to complete or achieve them - an uncompleted bucket list is not your friend!
We have put together our own idea for a Bucket List, items we would think everyone needs to have on their list:
- Go to Wimbledon
The epitome of British summer, with strawberries, cream and a glass of bubbly watching the greats battle it out on the idyllic lawn centre court or taking in the atmosphere of Henman Hill.
- Have a Weekend in the Lake District
Described as one of Britain’s best places to experience the outdoors with its network of lakes, valleys and woodland. Where better to take a walk and breathe in some fresh air while enjoying picturesque views.
- Experience Edinburgh Festival
A culmination of art, culture and vibrancy what a way to indulge in great music, theatre and artistic talent in an iconic city.
- Get your Affairs in Order
Every bucket list may be a list of dreams but don’t leave your family in trouble once you are gone. Get a will, pay off debts and get a personal alarm- give your family peace of mind!
- Take a Stroll on the Pembrokeshire Coast
Experience true beauty as you take in blue skies, the turquoise coloured ocean and the flourish of flowers.
- See Hadrian’s Wall
Not as ‘visible’ as the Great Wall of China but this Roman wall, built in 122AD to separate the civilised from the barbarians, is a marvel to see with ruins still visible of life from another era.
- Wonder at the Stone Formations of Stonehenge
A British cultural icon and one of the most famous landmarks in the world this mysterious site is a must-see.
- Have a Family Reunion
Family is the most important thing in life and as we get older families can drift apart. Getting everyone together is important so we can spend time and create lasting memories of each other.
- Save a Life
Give blood - many people would not be alive today if it wasn’t for the generosity of donors.
- Have Afternoon Tea at the Ritz
Indulge in one of Britain’s finest traditions within the glitz and the glam of a charming world-famous hotel.
- Do a Road Trip across the US
The famous Route 66 is a popular road trip, taking in sights of Las Vegas, California and San Francisco. Definitely one for the bucket list, whatever your age.
- Go Christmas Shopping in New York
The big apple is a beautiful and famous destination to do a spot of Christmas shopping during the months of November and December. With loads of festivities and sights to see it's the perfect bucket list idea.
- See the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are one of nature's great displays, a free, multicoloured light show that is most commonly seen in the Arctic regions.
- Do some Charity Work
Not only will it make you feel great but you're giving to a great cause and making a difference in some aspect to someone else's life and work.
- Learn Another Language
Something many of us would love to achieve. It's not an easy task, but never too late to learn.
- Have a Makeover
We're often so busy in life that we can forget to pamper ourselves sometimes. Why not make it a bucket list item to have a complete transformation, you never know you might discover a new you.
- Visit Lapland
Lapland is Finland’s northernmost region, and famously the home to Father Christmas and his elves. A magical landscape that you should definitely be one for your list!
- Join the Gym
It's one to try! You never know you might love it. Great for getting a new physique and a healthier body. Many find once they've joined that it can be quite addictive.
- Take up a Sport
It might be football, squash, swimming or golf. There are loads of clubs and societies all over to get involved with. Not only is it a great form of exercise, but it's also good for socialising and meeting new people.
- Look into your Family Tree
It's fascinating what you might find out. You've only got one opportunity to do it, so give it go!
Never loved where you've lived? Make it a task to move one day somewhere you love, whether it's temporary, permanent, abroad or at home.
- Travel on the Orient Express
The famous Orient Express is something made of dreams. Not cheap, but a once in a lifetime experience.
- Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World
Great Pyramid of Giza. Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Temple of Artemis. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Colossus of Rhodes. Lighthouse of Alexandria. These phenomenal structures are definitely worth a visit.
- Take Flying Lessons
Not something for the faint-hearted but one to tick of the list. With plenty of schools around it's not hard to find somewhere to take up lessons.
- Create a World Record and get in the Guinness Book of Records
If you've ever read the Guinness book of records you will have seen some of the weird and wonderful
- Build Something Amazing
A treehouse? A new home? Maybe a shelf or some pottery? Give something a go to be proud of and look back on to remember how hard you worked on it.
- Go Scuba Diving
This popular bucket list idea is something truly amazing and, depending on where you do it, you can see everything from amazing corals, tropical fish and even sharks!
- See the Great Barrier Reef
Closely tied into the above, if you want to go scuba diving then kill two birds with one stone and do it the best scuba diving destination in the world!
- Sleep under the Stars
On a warm summer's night with a clear sky, you'll be amazed at what you'll see. If you're really into stargazing, take a telescope and see even more.
- Go in a Hot Air Balloon
Again not cheap but you'll experience the sky and views over the landscape on a different level. With some packages offering champagne and food, it's an attractive bucket list idea to tick off.
- Go on a Safari
Head out to Africa and see some of the world's most exotic animals, such as lions, zebra and elephants! You'll also reap the benefits of constant sunshine, just think about all of the Vitamin D you'll be getting.
- Apply to be an Extra in a Movie or Television Show
Ever fancied yourself as a TV star? Directors are always on the lookout for extras to help make their latest projects become a reality. Being on TV is bound to go down well with the grandchildren.
- Go Skinny Dipping
A little bit on the risqué side but skinny dipping is commonly found on bucket lists around the globe. We advise doing this activity in a warm climate, at night-time when it's a little quieter!
- Celebrate New Year's Eve in a Major City
The excitement of New Year's Eve heightens in the major cities. Places like Edinburgh and London put on spectacular firework displays, live concerts and food stalls.
- Go to a Masked Ball
An excuse to get all dressed up and dance the night away? Why not...
- Take Dance Classes
Before you hit the dance floor, however, it may be a good idea to take some lessons. Not only is dancing great fun, it's also a great form of exercise for your entire body.
- Treat Someone to Something Amazing
Show your loved ones just how much they mean to you by treating them to something amazing. Perhaps your grandson is a huge football fan, we're sure that he would love tickets to go see his favourite team. Or perhaps your daughter has always wanted to visit London... a trip to The Shard will do nicely.
- Take a Skydive
One for the daredevils out there. Experience adrenaline like never before as you jump out of a plane and parachute back down to earth.
- Make your Own Wine
Everybody likes a nice glass of wine, but it will taste even better knowing that you've made it yourself.
- Dine in a 5-Star Michelin Restaurant
Treat yourself, and your loved one, to a fancy meal in a 5-Star Michelin restaurant. You're guaranteed to taste some of the best food and drinks from around the world.
- Conquer your Greatest Fear
We all have a fear of something and although it's easier said than done, wouldn't it be nice to beat it?
- Write a book
If you have a talent for writing or a story that you'd love to share, grab a pen and paper and make it a reality.
- Take a Ride in a Limousine
Being in a limousine is just a brilliant experience, turning heads as you're chauffeured to your destination.
- Go Sailing
Head out into the water and learn how to sail! Not only is this fun and unique, but it also provides a great workout for your muscles.
- Start a New Hobby
There are plenty of hobbies to choose from, whether it's picking up a new sport, learning how to cook or getting out into the garden. Try something new today.
- Climb a Mountain
If the ocean isn't your thing then the mountains may be for you. Again, this activity provides your body with a workout and will get the heart pumping.
- Do a Track Day
If you've dreamed about owning a Ferrari but just couldn't afford it, a track day is the perfect solution. Head out onto the track and put your driving skills to the test, behind the wheel of a 200mph supercar.
- Adopt a Pet
Pets are a great way of beating loneliness in old age. Not only that, but you're also helping to bring a smile back to their faces after a tough few months/years.
- Give to Charity
There are so many different charities out there which need our help. Pick one that has a special place in your life and donate, you could end up saving someone's life.
- Do a Marathon
A perfect way to stay motivated and healthy is by running a marathon. It's no easy feat, and you'll require months of training, but that feeling of achievement afterwards is worth it.
Start your Bucket List Journey
A bucket list is the perfect way to ensure that you get to do all those things that you have always wanted to do. It is a good distraction from the business of human society that we easily get lost in and controlled by.
Don't forget that if you're simply looking for a new hobby, you can take a look at our Top 10 list for some hints and tips.
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