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Things to do before you die: 10 bucket list ideas

April 11, 2024

Bucket lists detail all the goals, dreams and life experiences you want to fulfil before you die. They offer a unique chance to make unforgettable memories, providing purpose and excitement as you navigate life’s journey.

Bucket list ideas needn’t be scuba dives, bungee jumps and whitewater rafting – they can be as exciting or meaningful as you want them to be. The key is to tick off memorable life experiences that relate to you, rather than what you feel you have to add to your list.

Here are some of our top 10 bucket list ideas to inspire you to make your own.

1. Paint a picture

You don’t have to be good at painting to reap its benefits. Painting can help strengthen memory, improve cognitive function and relieve stress, providing a wealth of benefits – especially to those who are old or unwell.

The wonderful thing about painting is that you can pass your artwork on to your loved ones, giving them something to remember you by once you’re gone.

2. Watch the sunrise or sunset

Watching the sun rise or set is one of life’s most remarkable experiences. You might need to get up or stay up a little later than you’re used to, but taking a few extra hours out of your day is well worth the experience. Head to your nearest beach or find a grassy hill to sit on as you enjoy nature’s special show.

3. Learn a musical instrument

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument, what better time than now? There are plenty of free tutorials on YouTube, or you could enlist the help of a local instructor to show you the ropes.

4. Visit a botanical garden

Visiting a botanical garden is a lovely idea to check off your bucket list. Being surrounded by lush greenery, vibrant blooms and serene landscapes is the perfect way to find a sense of peace and tranquillity as you learn about the wonders of the natural world.

There are several in the UK, including the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Ventnor Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

5. Volunteer for a cause

Make a meaningful impact in your community by lending a helping hand to those in need. Whether it’s serving meals to the homeless, caring for shelter animals or planting a tree, giving back can help you find perspective on your own life as you positively affect the world. If you’re not sure where to start or want to find local causes, head to the Get Volunteering website to search for volunteering opportunities near you.

6. Write a letter to your future self

Penning a letter to your future self is a memorable – and simple – bucket list idea. Take time to reflect on your life journey before sharing your hopes, dreams and any words of wisdom you may have the older you. It’s easy to forget about the decisions and promises we make when we’re younger, but having a letter to look back on can help you remember what was important to you at the time you wrote the letter.

 7. Stargaze in a remote location

Escape the noise and distractions of everyday life and find solace stargazing beneath the canopy of stars. Wrap up warm, venture to a secluded spot and take some time to marvel at the infinite beauty of the universe above you. Many people find comfort in knowing they are part of something greater than themselves, making this a profound bucket list experience.

8. See a live show

Nothing beats the thrill of watching a live show. Whether it’s a play, musical or your favourite band, seeing a live performance boosts those feel-good endorphins and produces memories that last long after the curtain falls.

9. Take a scenic train journey

Why not embark on a leisurely train journey through some of the UK’s most stunning landscapes? Many train rides offer tea, cake, fine wines and gourmet cuisine, allowing you to enjoy the excitement of travel alongside a luxury dining experience.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Snowdon Mountain Railway and the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train (aka the Hogwarts Express) offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences through some of the most iconic train journeys in the UK, giving you a bucket list experience to remember.

10. Write down your funeral wishes

This is more of a functional bucket list idea, but it’s one of the most important. Very few people talk about their wishes before they die, but thinking ahead ensures you get the send-off you deserve. It will also alleviate the burden on your loved ones, giving your family peace of mind to know they’re carrying out your wishes.

Planning for death can feel overwhelming, but thinking about how you want to be remembered can help both you and those close to you prepare. Our funeral planning blog has helpful advice on things you might want to consider before you die. You can also find out more about the advantages of thinking ahead here.

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