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If you are lucky enough to have found that special someone to share your life with… you’re probably counting your blessings.
You are also probably starting to daydream about the future… the things you’d like to see and do, the places you’d like to go.
It’s only natural.
Be it a long-term partner, fiance or spouse… chances are, you’ve started a couples bucket list. Or at least thought about it.
If you haven’t started one yet, don’t worry. I will help things along with my list of 69 fun activities you can do together to add a little spice and adventure to your life!
Whether you have no kids, young kids or are empty nesters… you will be sure to find something on this list that speaks to you now… and later!
I’ve even broken them up into categories.
Before we proceed, fair warning: a couples bucket list should be driven by a genuine desire to enhance the relationship, create shared experiences, and foster growth as a couple, not as a response to the fear of missing out.
So, if you feel like you frequently feel jealous because it seems like everyone else is living an exciting, adventurous life, watch this video to learn how to reduce the fears about not having all of the experiences that other people have.
Now, without further adieu… let's get to the list!
Travel is a great way to get lost for a while and escape the everyday stresses and distractions in life.
It’s also the perfect opportunity to reconnect and remember why you fell in love in the first place.
- Play pin the tack on the map
This one’s just what it sounds like. Blindfold your partner and spin them around 3 times before having them place a thumbtack on the wall map. Then it’s your turn. And, voila! Those are the trips you need to start planning!
- Go on an African safari
There are safari tours all across Africa. Based on what you are hoping to see, you can determine which region you visit. There are luxury safaris, rugged safaris… even hunting safaris. If you want to see the “Big Five”, Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is at the top of the list.
- Take a cruise around the world
Extensive trips can run anywhere from 100 – 240 days, offering extended and overnight stays in some locations. For recommendations, check out this article from Travel and Leisure with 10 Around the World Cruises you can book for the trip of a lifetime!
- Backpack through Europe
Stay in a hostel, hotel, airbnb, look up old friends and relatives… or consider a house exchange with a few European families.
- Stay in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives
Few things in life seem better than waking up and stepping into the calm, crystal clear sea water from your front porch. Check out this article for some of the best overwater bungalows experiences in the Maldives!
- Cage dive with great white sharks off Guadalupe Island, Mexico
If you want to feel terrified, exhilarated and small all at once… this is the trip for you. Some even call the experience “haunting”. While there are other locations, like South Africa, known for cage diving with great whites… Guadalupe Island also plays host to other amazing sea creatures you’ll want to check out. And it’s quite accessible from the States.
- Take a dip in a natural hot spring
You’ll find these marvels in both the United States and abroad. Guided trips are usually required. For a sneak peak at 15 of the top hot spring destinations in the world, check out this article from Conde Nast Traveler.
- Ride a camel at the Pyramids of Giza
If you want to see the pyramids in Egypt, I can’t think of a better way to do it. Think, “What would Indiana Jones Do?”. Read this review from a blogger for earthtrekkers.com for a first hand account on her camel ride to Giza.
- Camp out under the Northern Lights
Tents, hotels… even igloos are available for rent to watch nature in all her majesty! Some of the best places to view the lights around the world can be found in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Greenland.
- Take a road trip across the United States
Whether you prefer hotel life or elect to rent an RV, this is one thing that should be on every couples bucket list. Just be sure to research your “must stops” before you go.
- Attend a World Cup
Soccer has seemingly exploded in popularity across the United States over the last few years… thanks to world renowned superstars like Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Lewandowski, Ibrahimović and De Bruyne.
The World Cup takes place every four years and is the ultimate honor to play in. It’s a great excuse to visit a new country and see some amazing players in action.
- Take in an aerial view of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Recently voted worthy of one of the new seven wonders of the world, this is a humbling experience you’ll not soon forget. Want a sneak peek? Google Earth provides a really cool view.
- Walk the Great Wall of China
There are independent and guided tours available.
- Fly over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter
The Grand Canyon is a must see… plus, it’s close to Las Vegas, which is an experience in itself! Whether you choose to stand by a railing, ride a donkey down, or rent a helicopter… we promise it will take your breath away.
- Visit the Taj Mahal
It’s a must see if a trip to India strikes your fancy. Two Wandering Souls offers some good information and tips for the journey.
- Have a religious experience in The Holy Land
Four faiths will find holiness and history here. Regardless of how spiritual you are, a trip to the Holy Land is sure to have an impact on your soul.
- Visit the United States’ most famous National Parks
There are trails to suit every skill and fitness level at all of the top parks… there are even handicap accessible ones. For details on the country’s top 25 National parks, check out this article.
- Fly inside a volcano in Hawaii
Volcanoes are cool. Scary, but cool. But looking at one from the outside vs. one from the inside are two very different experiences. I recommend the latter.
- Drive a car through the giant redwoods in California
- Sign up for a Geocaching tour
If you’ve never heard of the term before, you’re welcome! Geocaching is basically treasure hunting with the help of GPS. Talk about past meets present. For information on some really cool tours, check out this site.
- Go see the Running of the Bulls in Spain
This multi-day event takes place annually for one week in July in Pamplona, Spain. You can actually run with the bulls… or be a spectator.
- Sign up for a cooking tour in Italy
If you love cooking, Italian food… and gorgeous countryside, this is the couples bucket list item for you! Cooking tours usually include time for sightseeing as well!
- Go for a hot air balloon ride
Sunrise or sunset… breathtaking views and picnic baskets filled with good food and wine await adventurous couples who want their love to soar.
- Visit the Galapagos Islands
On my personal bucket list, the Galapagos Islands are filled with some of the world’s most unique creatures. Whether you choose to visit by land or by sea, you will likely be within arm’s length of Darwin’s main characters.
- Take a ride on the Maid of the Mist beneath Niagara Falls
Niagara falls is cool… but riding alongside the rushing falls in a boat is cooler! Visit the official website for operating hours and details.
- Book a ticket on the Orient Express
While the original train no longer exists, a new experience between London and Venice promises not to disappoint… complete with all the swag and romance of yesteryear.
- Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway
Rent a convertible and take a casual drive along the California Coast, from San Diego to San Francisco. Be careful, you may leave your heart there!
- Visit the six Trappist breweries in Belgium
I’ve done this with my husband and it’s a MUST DO couples bucket list item for beer lovers. Trust me. The monks make some tasty beers… and the grounds these breweries are built upon make for lovely walks and picnic lunches.
Plus, Bruges is an amazing stone city that offers horse and carriage rides throughout the cobblestone streets. Oh, and windmills.
- Take a guided tour of Tibet
If Brad Pitt’s character could spend seven years there, I’m betting couples could manage a week or so.
Set beneath the shadow of Mt. Everest, breathtaking views and easy access to other cities throughout the country, make this the perfect stop.
- Climb Machu Picchu
Difficulty level on this ranges from 3-5, because of some steep steps. But there are some lower spots still worth checking out if you can’t swing it.
- Live abroad for two years
Deciding to live abroad for a while is not as difficult as it sounds. There are companies that will assist you in the transition, from helping you rent your current home to finding a long-term rental. They will even assist you in finding work, if you haven’t saved enough to do it without.
And with technology today, you’ll be able to keep in touch with family and friends easily via apps like Zoom, FaceTime, WhatApps and Google Meet.
- See a live rocket launch to space
Kennedy Space Center has regular launches throughout the year… just be prepared that some happen very early in the morning. If you’re in the area, launch or no, there are plenty of cool things for space lovers to do.
- Float in the Dead Sea
This is supposed to be a very calming and trippy experience. Let the salt do all the work and discover one of nature’s coolest marvels. If you don’t know much about the dead sea, resurrect your knowledge by checking out the official site.
- Go dog sledding in Alaska
Alaska is host to amazing wildlife and long summer days, with over 80 days of uninterrupted sunlight.
Aside from that, you can go dog sledding, which will make for a really great story… especially if you’re a fan of The Call of the Wild.
- Go for a sunset sail in the Caribbean
The Caribbean is among the most beautiful bluish green and crystal clear waters you will find… not to mention very calm, which makes for the perfect opportunity to take a sunset sail with your honey.
- Sign up for a whale watching expedition
Seeing a whale in an aquarium or theme park is one thing… but actually being up close and personal on a boat is a very different and awesome experience. Check out 16 of the best whale watching spots, according to Trip Advisor.
- Book a wine tour in France
Pick your favorite wine, pick your favorite region and be prepared to soak in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.
- Go skydiving
Cliché, but true… skydiving is one of the ultimate thrills one can experience. And since your first time is tandem, strapped to a certified instructor, you don’t need to do much other than soak it all in!
- Whitewater rafting in the Colorado River
Whitewater rafting = cool. Doing it in the Colorado River = epic!
- Bungee jumping
You can do it from a bridge. You can do it from a building. You can do it from a dam. You can do it from a cable car. Basically, if it’s high enough, you can bungee.
- Take a Smokey Mountain zipline tour
Ziplining has become quite the sought after adventure among young and old alike… flying over trees, water, rainforests, valleys. If you ever wanted to know what Superman felt like, this couples bucket list item will put you in his shoes… or, in this case, his cape! Companies like Climb Works help you pick your dream destination.
- Repel down a waterfall
Been there, done that… in Puerto Rico. And it was awesome! Pair it with a spelunking tour through some natural caves and you’ve got yourself quite the trip!
- Go scuba diving
As long as you’re not claustrophobic, or suffer from sinus problems, scuba diving is one thing you should definitely give a try. Snorkeling is wonderful, but being able to remain deep beneath the surface while exploring the quiet around you, is an entirely different experience.
You can often find certification classes at your local YMCA, as all training begins in a pool… before ending with your open water dive.
You can also get certified in a few days while on vacation.
- Swim with dolphins, turtles and rays
These magnificent and gentle creatures are worth getting up close and personal with. Some people have even said that swimming beneath the magnificent manta ray is almost like an “alien” encounter.
- Climb a glacier
Glaciers are rather magnificent, extending deep below the surface of the sea… or high above. They can be trekked, they can be climbed. And some of the best glacier hikes for beginners exist right here in the United States.
- Go rock climbing
Rock climbing is not only great exercise, but the end result of all the hard work is beautiful vistas! Figure out the best spot for you on this list of Top 10 climbs for beginners.
- Cliff jumping
Cliff jumping is one of the most exhilarating things you’ll ever do. My husband and I did it with our oldest son in Majorca, Spain and never felt so alive!
No ropes. No sails. No safety net.
Just grab your partner’s hand and leap… sort of like you did when you decided to commit to one another.
Apparently, this is a thing.
Slacklining is defined as the act of walking or balancing on webbing, tensioned between two anchors. The tension mixed with slack between the anchors allows the line to stretch and bounce.
Sounds scary to you? Probably.
Does that mean it should be on your couples bucket list? Likely!
Think of hang gliding… but from a parachute.
You’re driven out to a spot with perfect wind conditions and launched from the top of a cliff or mountain, left to soar through the sky like a bird. There are amazing places to see in this world, especially from an aerial view like this.
Kiteboarding combines aspects of paragliding, surfing, windsurfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and wakeboarding all in one.
It takes some upper body strength, so be sure to eat your spinach beforehand!
- Go skinny dipping
If you’re feeling particularly naughty, try it in the daytime… when the thought of getting caught adds to the thrill.
- Invite another couple into the bedroom
It can be a couple you know… or complete strangers. Whatever you are most comfortable with.
Doing something like this together can be exciting and isn’t technically cheating… since you’re both involved. Just be sure you’re both “up” for it!
- Have sex in a public place
Some ideas just off the top of my head… cable car, ferris wheel, log flume, park, museum, movie theater, golf course.
- Experiment with sex toys
Sex toys come in all shapes and sizes… and fit in places you may have never thought about putting them.
Try it out once… you may feel as if you’re 17 again!
- Visit the Hedonism Resort
Adult only resorts have existed for years… but did you know about the “clothing optional” ones? The ones that actually promote fulfilling your deepest sexual fantasies and desires?
Swinging, threesomes, bi-sexual experimentation. Nothing is taboo at Hedonism.
- Orgasm at the same time
If you’re been with your partner for a while now, it’s likely you’re not always both satisfied every time you have sex.
And when was the last time you orgasmed together?
If you can’t remember… it’s time this was added to your couples bucket list.
- Join the “Mile High” club
An oldie, but goodie.
The thought of meeting your partner for a sexual rendezvous in the airplane bathroom still holds up on the “hot and heavy” scale.
- Take an erotic dancing class for couples
Pole dancing. Strip teasing.
There are clubs and even personal instructors that will give couples lessons on the art of seducing one another.
- Sign up for a cooking class
If you enjoy cooking, why not make memories in the kitchen together by enrolling in a local or online cooking class.
Once you’ve mastered a few recipes, invite other couples over for a tasting party!
- Learn a foreign language
Speaking a foreign language is not only useful, but is actually proven to improve brain function and mental clarity.
Whether you’re planning a trip somewhere, or are just curious, you can sign up for a class at your local language school or college.
There are also apps that work really well, such as Duolingo and Babbel.
- Take a couples massage class
Sure, scheduling a couples massage at a dayspa can be an amazing way to relax… but learning to give each other massages can be amazing foreplay.
- Ballroom dancing lessons
Ballroom dancing is sexy and fun… not to mention great exercise! Find a local class and sweep your lover off their feet once again!
- Hot yoga
Hot yoga will get you hot… literally. Bending, stretching, massaging, breathing. This is one thing you’ve got to try with your partner.
- Take an art class
Art is a great way to express yourself and your feelings. It can be a time of self discovery and vulnerability.
Taking an art class with your partner is one of those couple’s hobbies worth exploring after so many years together… as you just may learn new things about one another. And, that in turn, could open new doors!
- Write a book
After spending years with a person, you get to know each other pretty well. And the more time that goes by… the more you start to sync up. Your thoughts, actions and words often become one.
You have a lifetime of stories to tell… and likely some advice to give.
Writing a book together, whether it gets published or not, can be a wonderful experience to add to your couples bucket list.
Memoir, fiction, a children's book, travel stories. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.
Giving back to the community is an excellent way to not only feel good about yourself… but to appreciate and show gratitude for what you have.
There are so many charities and organizations in need of help… and opportunities are vast. Pick what interests you and do a quick search for the perfect match.
- Foster a Child
You may be at a point in your life where you’re not sure if you want children. Or perhaps your children are grown and you’re empty nesters.
Fostering a child can be a rewarding way to test the waters… and possibly fill a void.
Impacting a child’s life this way is a couples bucket list item that will change your life as much as theirs.
- Host a foreign exchange student
Imagine if you had been given the chance as a teen or young adult to live in another country for a few weeks, months or a year. How different might your life have been?
Giving that opportunity to another young person may be offering them the chance of a lifetime… while introducing them to a new world they may one day impact and be an integral part of.
- Go back to college
If you saw the movie, “Back to School” starring Rodney Dangerfield, you may think going back to school isn’t so scary. In fact, you may think it looks pretty amazing!
While you and your partner may not have quite the same experience returning to college, it’s never too late to further your education and find out “what if” or “what’s next?”.
You may want to advance your career or just try something new. Whatever your motivation, pick up a course catalog and dig in!
On campus and online courses are available, so whatever fits your schedule.
We’ve covered a lot of ground here… with 69 examples of couples bucket list items, offering something for everyone.
If a particular item didn’t quite hit a chord with you, maybe it’s inspired you to think up one of your own?
Machu Picchu or Mt. Everest?
It’s your call. Your bucket list.
Travel. Be adventurous. Be spontaneous. Be humbled.
Life is about the journey… and the people you choose to take along with you.
Finally, if you want to increase your happiness and life satisfaction, then watch this free video that details the 7-minute habit for planning your day to focus on what's important.