How To Create The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Bucket List

Do you have the ultimate bucket list of places that you want to go to or things that you want to do before you die? I have two bucket lists, one for experiences that I want to have, even if they might even be almost ridiculous and may never happen. And then I have another bucket list for our family’s yearly adventures. Both of them are always evolving and changing and involve the outdoors and travel, but those are the only thing that my lists have in common. The process and thoughts behind each list are completely different from each other.

I created my personal bucket list just for me. It is all of the crazy and insane adventures that I would love to go on. It started a few years ago when I started thinking “what do I want to do before I die or after my kids are grown?”. I hope to accomplish all of them someday, but who knows? It is all about what I would do in my wildest dreams if I had all of the time and the money in the world. I do believe I will accomplish some of these, but I didn’t want to have any limits at all to what I hope to achieve and experience, even though it just might be a dream. But I always dream big, and I have already accomplished so much, that I know the adventures on this list are attainable.

And what better time to create or update your bucket list like the present, when you can’t travel at all? I know so many people that have canceled trips of a lifetime because of Covid-19. It is so sad and I hope that people can reschedule or have other amazing opportunities instead. So if you can’t do it, at least you can dream and plan instead. A bucket list is basically experiences and adventures that you want to have, even if they might be sometimes unrealistic and even unachievable. I would love to start on this list at age 40, which isn’t too far away.

How do I get inspired? In this day and age, the world is literally at anyone’s fingertips by what is around us. I have been inspired by movies, books, and many, many websites. Some of the websites that have inspired me are:

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Some books and movies that have inspired me are:

Competing on the TV Show “Survivor”– This would be the ultimate extreme, outdoor adventure. Can you imagine living on an island and having to use all the outdoor survival skills in your arsenal? Ever since it started airing back in 2000, this has been a dream of mine. It’s pretty easy to apply, but almost impossible to get cast. However, it’s a fun idea and you can apply here. If you don’t try, how will you ever know? It’s like buying a lottery ticket, you cant say never unless you do it.

Trek to Base Camp on Everest– I have been obsessed with Everest for years, but not necessarily to climb it. I admire the people that do because those people are risking life and limb literally. I just want to see the mountain and experience a glimpse of mountaineering life. I recently met two young kids that trekked part of the way. If they could do it, so can I.

Visit Antarctica: This would be the most extreme adventure of all. I can handle cold and ice, but oh my gosh the cost!!! I like to dream big and this is dreaming big. I can just imagine how amazing it would be.

Hiking the Entire Continental Divide– If I am going to through-hike, I want it to be epic. I have driven parts of the Continental Divide Trail (like Chief Joseph Pass), but ultimately I would love to backpack it. This trail is different than some of the other through-hiking trails because much of it isn’t groomed and a lot of it is hiking alongside roads. About 200 people complete it every year.

Climb a Volcano- This is still in the baby stage. I mean, do I check out volcanos in Iceland, Hawaii or Japan? Too many choices and I really need to narrow it down.

Through-hiking the Israel National Trail– I have done lots of little parts on this trip as a high schooler and in the military, but I would love to do all of it at once. It takes about 6-8 weeks and is 636.9 miles long. From lush mountains to desert landscapes, and from the banks of the Sea of Galilee to the Mediterranean coast, this is my kind of adventure. I would love to explore it during the early Spring.

Fishing in Alaska– There is something about fishing and Alaska that is magical. I dream of fishing in Sitka and enjoying the wild and primitive landscape.

There are so many other things that I am thinking of adding like a trip to Patagonia or checking out the Northern Lights somewhere up North. Do you have the ultimate outdoor bucket list? What would be your ultimate outdoor adventure? Do you have a vision board or a notebook that you write all over your ideas in? I find that the first step towards any goal is to write it down. So whether you’re updating an old list or creating a new one or finally making a poster or scrapbook of your adventure wish list, enjoy dreaming or planning your next outdoor adventure.

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Comments

  • jen

    1 year agoReply

    I think this is a great list of resources. I’m a big fan of Atlas Obscura. So many great ideas

    • admin

      1 year agoReply

      Is it weird that I own all their books and I’m a subscriber to their email list?

  • Casandra

    1 year agoReply

    What a great list! Antartica is on my list too!

  • Debbie

    1 year agoReply

    Nice! This is a great time to create a travel bucket list!

  • Jill DeMasi

    1 year agoReply

    Wow, that is some bucket list! You are so adventurous! I have always wanted to travel to and explore Alaska.

  • Hillari

    1 year agoReply

    I think I realized from looking at your post that I am NOT adventurous at all, haha! Some of the things you listed SCARE me! But I really love the idea of making an outdoor bucket list. This could be so much fun to create with my husband and kids!

  • Cindy

    1 year agoReply

    I love your list. We hiked Mt Vesuvius which is a volcano…just a thought. We are scheduled to do Antarctica next March…and yes expensive is the word here.

    • admin

      1 year agoReply

      I wanna go!!! Pick me, pick me!!!

  • Tricia Snow

    1 year agoReply

    What great tips! I am going to make a bucket list soon from this. Thanks!

  • Tiffany

    1 year agoReply

    So many adventures to choose from! Would love to try just one!

  • Jordan

    1 year agoReply

    I have a travel bucket list, which includes outdoor things, but never thought to make a separate outdoor bucket list. Doing this right now!

  • Tara Hallie

    1 year agoReply

    Our dreams have run wild since we are at home instead of traveling right now. Dreaming is free & safe and how fun to have a great big bucket list to choose from when this is over! Cheers!

  • Junell DuBois

    1 year agoReply

    Wow! Now is the perfect time to be planning that next amazing adventure

  • Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life

    1 year agoReply

    YES! Visit the most beautiful beaches worldwide, bonus if they are secluded and undiscovered by the masses 🙂

  • April Key C. Rode

    1 year agoReply

    Thanks for sharing your bucket lists and all of them are interesting outdoor travel. I hope you can start crossing off one of them very soon. Happy travels!

  • Charlotte Boehms

    1 year agoReply

    Great ideas! What a fun bucketlist!

  • Diane Kurzava

    1 year agoReply

    You are way more adventurous than I am! My husband and I love traveling and seeing new places, but most of our adventures are in the backyard trying to get the tomatoes to grow!

  • Kimberly

    1 year agoReply

    Great ideas! I need to go brush up my bucket list now!

  • Denise

    1 year agoReply

    This is a great idea and I’ve already been using it lol which is awesome to know! Thinking, planning and dreaming of when I”ll (if) I’ll be able to go see these places.. Thanks for sharing 👍

  • judean

    1 year agoReply

    I have only heard of Google Earth – none of the other ones. Thank you for mentioning them. While we are staying home, this is great to prepare.

  • Cathy

    1 year agoReply

    Great ideas! I like making a “crazy” list that might or might not be achievable…but it’s really fun to dream big!

  • Sandi

    1 year agoReply

    That’s quite a list. We are actually going fishing in Alaska this fall and visiting Denali and Fairbanks. Sitka would be fun.

  • Jason Gowin

    1 year agoReply

    It would be very envious and amazing if you get even just one of those things accomplished, you are an inspiration!

  • Stephanie

    1 year agoReply

    I am definitely going to take your advice on a bucket list. I am in the PNW and I have so many trails that I have been wanting to do but just never made the time for them. I grew up outdoors and definitely need to take it back especially after this isolation period.

  • Cindy

    1 year agoReply

    Wow that’s an amazing g bucket list! My list is all places I want to travel to and explore.

  • Laura Lee

    1 year agoReply

    I have some adventurers I want to take although I don’t know if I’d say they’re on my bucket list. They’re more of a personal challenge – to see if I can do it. Or, more accurately prove that I can do it. Like the LAVS and the new HOTS – with race director Lazarus Lake.

  • Tricia Snow

    1 year agoReply

    I miss being outdoors! What a great bucket list! Thanks!

  • KIrsten

    1 year agoReply

    Thanks for these ideas and for sharing! I am now inspired to create a bucket list of my own.

  • Eva Keller

    1 year agoReply

    So adventurous! These are some great achievements to strive for and some great resources for others to feel inspired too!

  • Carrie Cochran

    1 year agoReply

    What a fun list! And thanks for including the resources. I keep my bucketlist in a spreadsheet so I can highlight them once they’re done. 🙂 Top of the list is a castle tour of Ireland!

  • Lisa Manderino

    1 year agoReply

    These are some awesome adventurous ideas! I want to hike the volcano on Big Island.

  • Holly

    1 year agoReply

    Such an amazing post…inspiring me to start on my list and do some exploring and research ! Thank you

  • Kendra

    1 year agoReply

    I got to visit Sitka, Alaska but didn’t get to fish there. I totally wish I could have, but I couldn’t afford it on top of the trip at the time. That is definitely something I want to do! i hope you get to as well!

  • Santana

    1 year agoReply

    I don’t have a bucket list, but I should really make one. I always thought Alaska will be a great place to go.

  • Shirley

    1 year agoReply

    Great post. You got me thinking. I do need a bucket list for adventures. You have a pretty amazing list. So ambitious! I hope you get to do them all!!

  • Charlene

    1 year agoReply

    You have great things on your bucket list! I can’t wait to start traveling again.

  • Lee Anne

    1 year agoReply

    Great bucket list ideas! Mine always includes as much outdoors as possible! It’s a great way to see the world! 🙂

  • Maria Gustafsson

    1 year agoReply

    Great list! Antarctica is on my list too, but via an expedition cruise, where you know, I get to see it, and experience it at the fringes, while eating gourmet food prepared by a world class chef!

  • Sandi

    1 year agoReply

    I think I have a mental bucket list, but I have never actually written it down.

  • Jen

    1 year agoReply

    You’ve got some pretty big adventures on your list! I had a friend on Survivor a few years ago. I can imagine there are lots of applicants!

  • Lisa

    1 year agoReply

    Great ideas! Working on my bucket list this week…so many places I want to get to.

  • Abbie

    1 year agoReply

    What a great idea! This is totally up my alley. I would love to do an epic hike through trip as well.

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