Bucket List Ideas for Teenagers

I’m sure you’ve heard people say “Man, I’ve always wanted to learn to play the guitar” or “How cool would it be to go bungee jumping?”

These are a few things that might appear on someone’s bucket list. A bucket list is defined as a list of things you aspire to do and experience in your lifetime. This will vary from person to person because everyone’s wants and desires are different.

Your teenage years are a great time to start thinking about and completing your bucket list. You have the most freedom with what you do in your life and flexibility in your schedule.

In case you are struggling to come up with ideas, we’ve conducted an interview to see what current college students have on their bucket lists. These are solely suggestions, and what you decided to place on your bucket list is completely up to you!

4 Categories of Bucket List Ideas for Teenagers

Adventurous Endeavors

It is common for people to have some outrageous things on their bucket lists. As long as safety precautions are involved, going on some adventures in your lifetime can often be great experiences.

While talking to friends on my South Africa study abroad trip, Catherine DeBrock who is a senior at the University of Illinois said,

“I really would like to shark cage dive! It’s only offered two places in the world and it is something only a few people can say they have done.”

Unfortunately Catherine was unable to shark cage dive while we were in South Africa due to weather conditions, however she is eager to go back!

Rachel Hazen, a junior at the university, also has quite a few of adventurous activities that she wants to complete. She said,

“I’ve always wanted to drive a race car and go sky diving”.

Besides these, some other common bucket list ideas for teenagers in this category include:

  • bungee jumping
  • zip lining
  • white water rafting
  • scuba diving
  • climbing a mountain
  • flying a plane
  • parasailing

It is important to remember to take caution while participating in these activities. There are rules for a reason and failure to comply to these will have consequences.

Seeing the World

While interviewing my college student friends, one of the most common answers I received when I asked “What’s on your bucket list?” was the desire to travel.

College is a great time to see the world, because you still have summers off, and there are many opportunities to study abroad. Going to other countries and observing other cultures is a life changing experience that will enhance your life in more ways than one.

Where you go and how long you stay depends on personal preference, but everyone should have at least one other country listed on their bucket list.

Christina Young and Danielle Downey, both sophomores, have traveling on the top of their lists. Christina would love to backpack around Europe, while Danielle has the goal to make it to each continent at least once.

Traveling will change your perspective and open up so many doors that could change your life. Not only that, but you will make lifelong friends as well.

Personal Goals

Like I mentioned earlier, each bucket list is catered to the individual and usually includes personal goals that vary from person to person.

When talking to Rachel Kikos, a sophomore at Illinois State University, she has a goal to graduate college in four years and with a high GPA.

Some other personal or professional bucket list ideas for teenagers include:

  • Learning a second language
  • Working for a specific company
  • Starting a new hobby
  • Moving to a specific location
  • Reading a series of books
  • Trying a certain type of food
  • Meeting your favorite celebrity

These goals listed on your bucket list might overlap with the other categories, however it always feels good to accomplish a personal goal or something you’ve been wanting to do for a long time.

Spontaneous Moments

This category usually takes up the majority of one’s bucket list. These are often the little things in life that can make someone’s day.

Colleen Roth, a sophomore at the University of Illinois, has a long bucket list of things like this. When talking she said,

“I have a list of over 100 things that I want to do, including send a message in a bottle, be a part of a flash mob, and buy a winning lotto ticket.”

This can be as simple as finding a four leaf clover to building a snowman during the first snow on campus. Having a bucket list can be a fun way to appreciate what life has to offer especially during your college years. I hope you found these bucket list ideas for teenagers helpful.

Related Posts

The following two tabs change content below.
Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism. She is involved with the student newspaper, new student programing, and greek life on campus. She has a passion for travel, loves animals, and is always up for an adventure. Shannon also enjoys movies, music and fashion.