New Experience Bucket List
A lot of the new experiences in this Bucket List are about wild, out-there, wacky things like experiencing zero-gravity and jumping out of airplanes. Some are about learning new things, like going crabbing or growing your own bonsai tree. There are plenty about experiencing the world around you through travel – visiting different places and seeing them with your own eyes, immersing yourself in different cultures etc. However, the one thing they all have in common is that you have to get out of your comfort zone and embrace whatever is going to come your way.
Putting yourself out there and experiencing all that this great wide world has to offer is the only true way to live your life to the fullest, and this list has been curated to give you a start towards doing that.
Some of the list items are simple, some will take some planning or practice, but all of them will be worth ticking off when the day comes. And take our word for it, every one of the items on this list will give you a story worth telling, whether it’s at a dinner party or to your grandkids.
Experience zero gravity
With the wonders of modern technology, these days you don’t have to go all the way into space to float around like an astronaut. Specially designed airplanes can recreate zero gravity by performing parabolic arcs, leaving you completely weightless. Sure it’s a bit pricey, but you’ve been a slave to gravity literally your entire life – and it’s definitely cheaper than actually going to space.
Get a photo with someone famous
Have a water balloon fight
Nothing says ‘carefree Summer fun’ like running around a backyard throwing water balloons at someone. The exhilaration of getting someone when they least expect it, the tense moment when you get hit but the balloon doesn’t break so you get a freebie to throw back… We do recommend keeping it to the backyard though.
Live in another country for at least 3 months
Roll around in a pile of money
Stand on the equator
Toast marshmallows over a campfire
One of life’s most simple pleasures. Campfires have been mesmerising people since caveman days, and marshmallows are, well, delicious. Combine the two with friends or a loved one for a rustic, easy, and intimate evening.
Visit a glow worm cave
Drive a Lamborghini
Dye my hair pink
At least once in your life, be the person who turns heads when they walk into a room. Dying your hair pink will make people approach you and start conversations – be prepared for more smiles and compliments from strangers. And if you absolutely hate it, all you have to do is dye it back!
Experience the midnight sun
Crush grapes with my feet in a vineyard
Dress up for halloween
Experience a white Christmas
Feed a Baby thats not my own with a bottle
Be a passenger on a private jet
Get in a taxi & yell "Follow that car!"
Go behind a waterfall
Ever wondered what lies beyond that watery veil? A cave with hidden treasure, or a secret tunnel perhaps? It could also be nothing, but either way, getting up close with the awesome power of a waterfall is a great reminder of how beautiful and formidable nature can be.
Go shopping in Milan
Get stuck on a Velcro Wall
Read 100 books to my child
Go swimming in the rain
Go to a live taping of a TV show
Get a straight razor shave
Shave like your great-grandpa used to and get yourself a straight razor. Lying down in the barber’s chair and trusting them with a razor-sharp blade at your throat will have you mentally checking off all the things you want to do before you die, but you’ll strut out of there with the smoothest shave you’ve ever had (and some more hairs on your chest).
Fingerpaint like a toddler
Go ghost hunting
Get myself a leather jacket
Get my makeup done by a professional makeup artist
Dance the Flamenco in Spain
Do greek dancing while in Greece
Drive a monster truck
Unleash the beast by driving a truck tailor-made to crush other cars into the dirt. With an incredible 1500-horsepower, they are designed to be able to leap up to 60ft in the air and accelerate at insane speeds – there’s a reason audiences flock to watch them rampage through the arena.
Experience Christmas in summer weather
Explore an abandoned amusement park
There are few things creepier than a once-lively theme park fallen into disrepair and left to nature. The hollow silence where there was once the laughter of children is incredibly eerie, as are the stories behind why each one has been deserted. Accidents, natural disasters, and economic downturns have left dozens of amusement parks abandoned around the world – just be very careful when you go exploring, as they can be quite dangerous.
Get my palms read
Find my doppelganger
Drive over Brooklyn Bridge
Belly dance with a belly dancer
Go inside an igloo
Bathe in milk
Be followed on Twitter by a celebrity
Be picked up by a limo
For the most bang for your buck, get it to pick you up outside a cool club or fancy restaurant. You don’t even need to have been at the restaurant, really. You just need the audience, because only Very Important People get picked up by limos. Be ready to sign some autographs from people who’ll assume you’re famous.
Be in a Jacuzzi in the snow
Become a grandparent
Enter a Food Eating Contest
Abandon all pretence of what is “socially acceptable” or a “healthy” amount of food to eat, in the name of competition! It’s always good to know what your body’s limit is when it comes to quantity of hot dogs, after all.
Do a full split
Experience a sunrise in the desert
Get a meaningful tattoo
Explore a creepy abandoned mental asylum
Go to a drive-in movie
Grow an avocado tree
Try a fish pedicure
Dunk your tired hoofs in a tub of warm water and let dozens of tiny toothless fish nibble all the dead skin away, leaving your feet fresh and ready for sandal season.
Have drinks at a swim up pool bar
Go to Roswell and check for aliens
Go on a whale watching tour
Lay in a field of wild flowers
Make a time capsule
See a movie in IMAX
Try square dancing
Watch the sunset from the top of a mountain
See a meteor shower
Own an antique typewriter
Write people old-timey letters, and actually send them! Or finally crunch out that novel you’ve been sitting on for years. The weight of the keys makes tapping away at an old typewriter oddly cathartic. And even if you don’t want to use it, they look really cool.
Embrace Minimalism and own only 300 things
Make love under the stars
Put my hand print into wet concrete
Spend the summer solstice at Stonehenge
Take part in an archaeological excavation
Find something valuable on the beach with a metal detector
Give free hugs on the Street
In these lonely, mixed-up times, people are becoming ever more isolated from their fellow man. Make a connection with a stranger and give them a hug – it might be exactly what they need today.
Drink fresh water from a stream
Drink champagne in a jacuzzi in the snow
Cross Abbey road crosswalk in London
Dance with an African tribe
There are more than 3,000 tribes in Africa, and they speak 2,000 different languages, so every tribal dance is different. While we don’t recommend you head out into the desert in search of a tribe to join, an opportunity to learn a traditional dance is an amazing experience and privilege.
Wear contact lenses with a weird color or design
Help deliver a baby
Be nude on a nude beach
Be on a row boat in fog covered lake
Be part of a food fight
Be master of ceremonies at a wedding
Be part of a world record attempt
Scuba dive at least 5 famous sites
Build a beach bonfire
Ask someone to a dance
Be on a TV gameshow
Watch top 100 best comedy movies of all time
Make my own man-cave
Make my own woman-cave
Ask out a Hollywood actress
Ask out a Hollywood actor
Bathe in chocolate
Appear in a music video
Break dishes against a wall in a Greek resaurant
Buy a Mickey Mouse balloon at Disneyland
Crowd surf at a rock concert
Dance in the rain without shoes
When was the last time you felt the wet ground on the soles of your feet? If you’re most people, it’s probably been a while. Go feel the wet grass, the cool concrete, the scratchy gravel – your feet have so many nerve endings and we’re always stuffing them inside shoes. And dance! Go wild! There are so many different ways to connect with the world around us, every day can be an adventure.
Do a cartwheel
Ride in a fire truck
Drive a vespa in Italy
Experience a sonic boom
Experience a very mild earthquake
Gaze at the stars through a telescope
Get my face painted
If you didn’t get to do this as a kid, that doesn’t mean that you lost your chance! Do it as part of a costume, or just paint some nice flowers or something – either way, it feels really nice and tickly.
Explore a ghost town
Ride in a submarine
Go blind for a day
Get out of a car and dance when the light is red
Dance like nobody is watching in a packed club
Drive a Hummer
Go barefoot in a grocery store
Grow my own coffee beans
Get breakfast in bed
Hunt for wild truffles
Head to Umbria for some of the most beautiful truffles in the world. Learn how to pick up the scent (or get some trained dogs to do that for you) and snuffle through the wilderness for some delicious and valuable truffles. You can make truffle oil, mix it through pastas, dips, and cheeses. It’s an earthy flavour which can lend itself to many different dishes, so it’s well worth the effort.
Go on a horse drawn carriage ride
Give a piggyback ride to a stranger
Get a tarot card reading
Go on an early morning forest walk
Go banana boating
Grow my own vegetables
Live in a different place for at least a month every year
Make a video diary
Ride on a double decker bus
Visit a wax museum
Memorize 10 Star Constellations
Own a Pinball machine
Get a book signed by the author
Have someone draw me
Grow a moustache
Grow a bonsai tree
Learn to walk a slackline
Walking a slackline is basically just practice. Of course some people naturally have better balance than others, but that’s not at all to say that you can’t hone your balancing skills with time. Listen to your body, stay focused, and you’ll be skipping along that rope in no time.
Go swimming in the dead sea
Swimming in the Dead Sea is unlike swimming anywhere else on Earth. Its hypersaline water means you can’t sink, so floating is easy. The salinity also means that nothing can live in it, hence the name. Head to Jordan for best access to swimming spots and surrounding resorts and historic sites.
Learn to ride a monocycle
Own an electric guitar
Photo bomb a stranger
Be asked to prom
Bathe in Lourdes water
Be a jury member
Be a foreign exchange student
Awake to the sounds of the rain forest
Appear as an extra in a TV series or movie
Bash a piñata in Mexico
Be on stage in front of thousands of people
Dance on a bar table
Do a pirouette on ice-skates
Build a blanket fort
Drive a convertible
Feel the wind in your hair and sun on your skin as you speed along a coastal road with the top down. Just make sure it’s a sunny day.
Dig for gold
Dance salsa in Rio Di Janeiro
Drive a hovercraft
Dye my hair purple
Fast for 3 Days (have only water or green tea)
Drink a beer in a hot tub somewhere random
Meet a person born on the same day as me
Witness a full solar eclipse
Make a snow angel
Wait for a good dumping of fresh snow then dive right in there and start thrashing about.
Stay overnight in a haunted building
Audition for a reality TV show
Have a backyard campout
Bathe in a natural hot spring
Mineral-rich hot springs have been used for centuries for their healing powers – a dip can soothe your aches and pains, open up the pores, and even speed up your metabolism. Come out feeling completely rejuvenated.
Take part in a flashmob
Be an invited dinner guest at the White house
Be at the roof of a house and watch the sun rise
Be called 'Auntie'
Be greeted with a lei in Hawaii
Be in a nerf war
Be in the middle of a mosh pit
Be part of a orchestra
Be someone's secret santa
Breathe in helium and speak
Compliment a complete stranger
The thing about giving a stranger a compliment is not that they’re not expecting it, though they probably aren’t. It’s that it comes completely without an agenda or expectation. You’ll never see them again, you don’t know whether they’re having a good or bad day, you just want them to know that those shoes are amazing. It’ll make their day, trust me.
Attach a lock to Lovers Bridge in France
Cross over a swinging suspension bridge
Dance around a campfire
Dance at a nightclub in Ibiza
Dance Naked in the rain
Dance with my Dad at my Wedding
Do clay pigeon shooting
Do everything with my left hand for a whole day
Do the Jack the Ripper walking tour in London, England
Drive a Segway
You’ve definitely seen one of these self-balancing scooters gliding around town, usually carrying either a dorky-looking business man or a flock of tourists. While the press surrounding Segways has been fairly negative since the company CEO rolled off a cliff in 2011 (and wasn’t helped when one ran over Usain Bolt in 2015) that doesn’t mean they’re not a good time. Even if they’re maybe not the replacement for walking we’d all been led to believe.
Drive a tank
Drive a tractor
Drive a train
Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
Dye a streak of my hair a different color
Experience ten different modes of transportation
Experience a sunset snuggled in a hammock
Get hair extensions
Try ice fishing
Try ice skating on an outdoor rink
Outdoor ice skating rinks are often set up in city centres over the Christmas period, as they feel quite festive. Why not hire some skates next time and see how you go? You might find you’re quite good at it! And if not, it’s still a good time sliding around on the ice.
Go on a blind date
Go on a ghost tour
Go shopping on Fifth Avenue New York
Grow a beard
Have a luxury holiday with white sand and cocktails
Not all holidays have to be culturally adventurous. Treat yourself to a holiday of pure relaxation by the beach, and switch off completely. Sometimes, you really just need a reset.
Pierce my ears
Plant a tree
Ring a church bell
Stay in an Underwater Hotel
Take a walk in the woods on a snowy night
Like the Robert Frost poem, walking through the woods in the dark and snow can be a meditative experience. The deep silence of the woods, broken only by the crunch of your boots through the ice, feels like you’re entering a dreamworld where your stresses and responsibilities can’t follow.
Walk on hot coals
Win a poker tournament
Shave my head
Try a bidet
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