137+ CRAZY Bucket List Ideas to Inspire You!

written by local expert Anna Faustino

Anna is a co-founder of Adventure in You and has been traveling the world for the last 9 years. She has spent time living in Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia, and Spain and is our local expert in these areas. Her expertise on travel, gear, and building businesses have been featured on Foundr, Business Insider, Yahoo Travel, and more.

In this article, I am going to walk you through 137 crazy bucket list ideas.

Now before I begin, let me first ask you. Have you ever had a crazy idea then thought to yourself…

“No, I can’t do that…that’s too darn crazy!”

The thing is folks, life is short. 

Nothing is certain and if you live your life always heeding to caution, making calculated moves, you might end up missing out on some of life’s crazy, unexpected experiences.

Coming from someone who has been traveling and has been on the road for 7 years now, there is more to life than sticking to a routine, doing the same thing, day in and day out.

Even if you work a 9-5 job, every once in a while, I hope you refer to this list for inspiration. 

Literally close your eyes, point randomly to a number, and work towards making it happen-no matter how crazy you think the idea is!

So without further ado, here’s a compilation of crazy bucket list ideas to inspire you.

Crazy Bucket List Ideas Related to Travel

Since this is a travel blog, let’s start with a few crazy bucket list ideas that are travel related. From traveling from one continent to another, or just adventuring in your own backyard, you’re bound to find something to get you excited!

  1. Quit your job and go traveling (man, if this isn’t crazy enough…I don’t know what is!)
  2. Eat 3 meals in 3 different countries (We did 5 meals in 5 countries when we were train hopping in Europe and it was awesome!)
  3. Go volcano boarding
  4. Hike up to  Everest Basecamp (seriously one of the best things we’ve ever done!)
  5. See lava erupt/flow from a volcano
  6. Watch the sunrise from the mountains
  7. Sail around the world
  8. Join the Running with the Bulls Festival in Spain
  9. Attend the Holi Festival of Colors in India Holi festival of color
  10. Drive cross-country in a road trip around the Balkans
  11. Join in on the largest water fight in the world in the Thai festival, Songkran 
  12. Go to space!!! How crazy is it that we have this opportunity now!
  13. Drive Route 66
  14. Drive the Northcoast 500 in Scotland
  15. Do the plank walk in the Sky on Mt. Huashan (nicknamed as the most dangerous trail)
  16. Witness the Loi Krathong lantern festival in Thailand
  17. Visit all the National Parks in the West Coast
  18. Hike to Machu Picchu in Peru
  19. Go backpacking in Europe
  20. Visit all the National Parks in the East Coast
  21. Visit all 7 continents
  22. Snorkel between two continents in Silfra
  23. Visit all the 7 wonders of the world
  24. Travel to all the countries in the world
  25. Drive 200kph down the German autobahn highway
  26. Do the three peaks challenge in Wales
  27. Visit Galapagos Islands
  28. See the Northern Lights Northern lights
  29. Drive a campervan across Iceland (one of our best experiences ever!!)
  30. Sleep in a glass igloo
  31. Cycle Death Road in Bolivia
  32. Go trekking in the Amazon Rainforest
  33. Walk around Ankor Wat in Cambodia

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Wild Bucket List Ideas Involving Wildlife

Before I share my list, it is important to note that whenever you are signing up for a tour/activity which involves animals, always make sure you do your research. 

Do not do anything that is unethical, forcing the animal to do unnatural things (ie. riding an elephant and swimming with dolphins is NOT okay!) With that being said, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy animal encounters. Lastly, make sure you book tours with companies that have a good track record!

  1. Go on a safari and spot the Big 5.
  2. Go cage diving with Great White Sharks (this has seriously been on my bucket list for soooo long!)
  3. See a tiger or a leopard in the wild
  4. See elephants in the wild
  5. Enroll in a survival class
  6. Go snorkeling and spot a sea turtle
  7. Swim with manta rays
  8. Swim with dolphins (in the wild!)
  9. Trek with Gorillas in Rwanda (or Uganda)
  10. Trek with Orangutans in Indonesia (this was one of the best things to do in Sumatra)
  11. Go dog sledding in Finland Dog sled
  12. Ride a camel through the Sahara desert
  13. Learn how to ride a horse bareback
  14. Swim with whale sharks
  15. Go scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands
  16. Go scuba diving in Komodo National Parks (and visit the Komodo dragons while you’re at it!)
  17. Go crocodile cage diving (hard pass on this one for me!)
  18. See penguins up close and personal in Antarctica

Insane Bucket List Ideas Involving Food

Although I run a travel blog, food is something I am obsessed with so coming up with crazy bucket list ideas involving food was super fun! If you love food just like me, this list is perfect for you!

  1. Take a cooking class in a foreign country (this cooking class in Bologna was fun!)
  2. Cook over an open fire
  3. Book a dine in the dark dinner
  4. Dine in a Michelin star restaurant
  5. Make it your quest to find THE PERFECT BURGER (So far, our top contender for this is the 24k burger from Slater 50/50 in Las Vegas!)
  6. Master cooking 1 signature meal
  7. Join a food eating contest just for fun! Food eating contest
  8. Cook a 3 course dinner for friends
  9. Make fresh pasta in Italy
  10. Go on the Napa Valley wine train
  11. Book a foraging course and learn how to hunt/cook what you catch
  12. Dine and meet with a celebrity chef
  13. Book the chef’s table in a restaurant
  14. Organize and cook a themed dinner for friends
  15. Have dinner in the largest underwater restaurant in the Maldives
  16. Eat at the French Laundry which has been consecutively named the best restaurant in the world
  17. Visit a vineyard and taste wine directly from a barrel
  18. Create your own signature cocktail combination
  19. Hunt for truffles
  20. Fly to Japan and go on a sushi and ramen binge
  21. Eat something that you normally would NEVER order Insect sandwhich
  22. Start a herb garden
  23. Try out a new recipe from a cuisine you’ve never made before
  24. Brew your own beer
  25. Create a compile a family recipe book
  26. Plan a trip to the country where your favorite food is from
  27. Pick your own fruits and make a pie afterward

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Extreme Bucket List Ideas

The common misconception that a lot of people have is that all bucket lists have to be extreme and crazy. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be. If you’re not a self-proclaimed daredevil, that is absolutely fine! There are a ton of other things on this list that you can do.

However, for those of you who love adrenaline and adventure, this insane list of bucket list ideas is definitely NOT for the faint hearted.

  1. Go skydiving
  2. Book a paragliding experience (I did this over an exploding volcano and it was EPIC!)
  3. Go bungee jumping
  4. Try heli-skiing
  5. Go base jumping
  6. Go cliff jumping Cliff jumping
  7. Go free soloing (rock climbing without any equipment!)
  8. Go cave diving
  9. Go glacier hiking
  10. Try cave spelunking
  11. Go canyoneering in Wales
  12. Go scuba diving in some of the best dive destinations in the world
  13. Try your luck at big wave surfing 
  14. Go on a wingsuit flight
  15. Go whitewater rafting and go over a waterfall
  16. Sign up for a triathlon
  17. Train and sign up for an iron man

Crazy Bucket List Ideas for Couples

They say that experiences are better when they are shared with someone so in case you and your significant other are feeling in the mood to tick off some crazy ideas, here’s some inspiration for you.

  1. Go on a spontaneous trip (no planning ahead!) together
  2. Go skinny dipping together
  3. Play flight roulette and travel to a random country together
  4. Ride in a hot air balloon over sunrise
  5. Have a stay-in-bed weekend
  6. Write a love letter to each other Love letter
  7. Go camping and sleep under the stars
  8. Go on an epic cross country road trip together
  9. Book first class tickets on a long haul flight
  10. Go on a month-long vacation
  11. Go on a year-long honeymoon
  12. Book a romantic hotel staycation
  13. Watch the sunrise over the Grand Canyon
  14. Kiss inside Antelope Canyon
  15. Attend a festival together and dance all night long
  16. Stay in an overwater bungalow in a tropical destination
  17. Go on a helicopter ride over your favorite city
  18. Sign up for a marathon / spartan race together
  19. Run away and elope together
  20. Learn a new language together
  21. Attend a silent retreat
  22. Book a session in a float tank
  23. Get married in Las Vegas

Crazy Bucket List Ideas with Friends

Want to do something crazy with your bff? Here’s my list of suggestions in crazy things to do with your favorite partner in crime.

  1. Set each other up on a blind date
  2. Get matching tattoos
  3. Write future letters to each other to be opened 5 years later
  4. Create a time capsule
  5. Go on a double date Double date
  6. Go on a karaoke all nighter
  7. Join a themed race (zombie 5k)
  8. Go backpacking together
  9. Sign up for a self-defense class

Extreme Bucket List Ideas Involving Nature

Let’s dive into the world of insane ideas for those of you who love spending time with nature! Coming from someone who has been traveling with my better half for almost 7 years, we’ve had our fair share of experiences in nature!

  1. Go winter swimming (Wim Hof style!)
  2. Hop in a car and go chase a lightning storm (although, we don’t recommend doing this if you’re not with anyone who knows what they are doing) 
  3. Go on a weeklong camping trip by yourself (with the aim to live off the land)
  4. See the bioluminescent planktons glow bioluminescent planktons glow
  5. Walkthrough an ice cave
  6. Witness a solar eclipse
  7. Witness a lunar eclipse
  8. Go sandboarding down sand dunes
  9. Hike half dome in Yosemite
  10. Do the U or O Trek in Patagonia
  11. See the redwoods in California
  12. Visit all the National Parks in the USA
  13. Go camping on a deserted island

There you have it, folks! Hopefully, you enjoyed this epic list of crazy bucket list ideas. While I know that not everything on this list is possible / something you would actually want to do, I hope it still gives you a few ideas on how to shake things up and do something out of the ordinary once in a while!

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