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How To Create A Bucket List – The Ultimate Guide

Aug 25, 2021 | Popular Reads, Travel Tips

When it comes to making your bucket list, it can be pretty overwhelming. Do you want to swim with sharks, climb up Mount Everest or stay in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives? If you are wondering how to create a bucket list, then we have you covered! Putting together a list of things you want to accomplish before you die can be difficult, especially when there are so many places we all want to visit. However, it’s crucial when it comes to putting your plans into action.


One of the most important things when it comes to making a bucket list is to dream big. These are things you want to achieve or do whilst you are still able to, so make them worth it! Don’t wait for the “perfect time” to start, get dreaming up some ideas now. In this blog post, we are going to focus solely on creating a travel bucket list, because of course, we are a travel tour company. Without further ado, let’s get started! 


Where to find bucket list inspiration:

There are plenty of great ways to find inspiration for your bucket list. Here are some of the most popular ones! 



Pinterest is a great place to start when it comes to finding bucket list inspiration. So many amazing travel articles are shared daily on Pinterest, so it’s a guarantee that you will find places to add to your list. 



Reading travel books is a great way to find inspiration for destinations that you want to visit. Lonely planet has incredible guides for each country, and they offer plenty of generic travel books too. They have lots of books that are focused solely on travel photography and these will give you some brilliant ideas.


Blogs & Vlogs

Reading through travel blogs and watching travel vlogs are great ways to get an idea of where you want to visit. Travel bloggers and vloggers visit beautiful destinations, and some are places that you might never have thought to visit.


Talk to friends and family

Talking to family and friends is another great way to find places and activities for your bucket list. This way, you can listen to their past travel stories, favourite destinations and their recommendations. Listening to people’s travel experiences first hand is a great way to decide where you want to visit and what you want on your bucket list. 



Scrolling through Instagram is a daily activity for the majority of people and is something we often do without even thinking about. However, it is a great place to search for beautiful destinations and places for your bucket list. Make sure to follow travel photographers you like, popular travel profiles and of course travel bloggers. This way you will have a list of amazing destinations in no time. Just to get you started here are some amazing travel profiles to follow!

  • @speechlessplaces 
  • @beautifuldestinations
  • @bestvacations
  • @condenasttraveller
  • @lonelyplanet
woman looking at travel photographs on her phone

How to separate your travel bucket list

Without separating your bucket list, you are going to have pages and pages of destinations and activities if you are anything like us. The best way to get around this is to split your bucket list into categories. Here are some examples!

  • Wildlife experiences
  • Cities to visit
  • Countries to visit
  • Road trips
  • Hikes
  • Activities

Where to keep your bucket list

There are so many awesome places to keep your bucket list, so you don’t have to memorise all the amazing destinations you want to visit. 

Create or purchase a map

Drawing your own map or purchasing a map from online is a great way to document all the places you want to go. If you have a pin map, you can use two different colours to show the places you’ve already been and the places that you are desperate to visit! 

Use websites such as Bucketlist.org and Bucketlist.net

These websites give you the ability to create your own bucket list and share it with other bucket listers. This way you get to look at other people’s profiles and even get some inspiration for your own adventure list. 


Creating a scrapbook for your bucket list is super fun and a creative way to document future adventures. Save a page for each place or activity that is on your list, and then once you’ve visited the destination you can add photographs and other keepsakes from your visit. 

 a world map

Looking for some inspiration?

If you are struggling to come up with some ideas, then we’ve got some fabulous experiences for you that should be on your list! 

  • Go on an elephant safari in Sri Lanka
  • Visit the majestic Taj Mahal
  • Go island hopping in the Philippines
  • Wander around the city of Tokyo
  • Climb up Mount Bromo for sunrise

These are just some of the awesome experiences that we can show you on our tours here at One Life Adventures. We’ve also compiled our own Philippines bucket list, Japan bucket list and Sri Lanka bucket list on our website to help you with your very own dream trip. 

woman on a safari in sri lanka

How to put your bucket list in motion

Once you’ve put together your own dream list, it’s time to put things into motion. It’s time to decide whether you need to save up for that tropical destination, pass your driving test so you can do a road trip through Australia or apply for that job so you can work abroad. Work out the next steps you need to take to work on those aspirations, and start moving forward.

Now, here are some questions to get you started in creating your very own bucket list! 

  • Where would you like to visit in the world?
  • What cuisine would you like to try?
  • If you won the lottery tomorrow, where would you go?
  • What is your biggest dream?
  • Which activities have you always wanted to do?

These are just some questions to prompt you when it comes to creating your ultimate bucket list. We hope you’ve learnt how to create a bucket list and have a good idea of where you want to visit, and the activities you want to do! The world is wide and life is short, so get saving and start dreaming. We know you can accomplish anything you desire when you put your mind to it, so start creating that list!

Feeling inspired about your next adventure? Check out our other trips here and use the code ONELIFE15 at checkout to get an enormous 15% off all our trips, for a limited time only! 

Written By: Abbie Bevan