If the first item on your bucket list is to create a bucket list then use these sites, apps, books, and services to jump-start your adventures.
Day Zero Project
Stay motivated by sharing your accomplishments and to-do lists with other goal-orientated people with the Day Zero Project. Known for their “101 Things in 1001 Days” campaign, this site lets you keep track of your goals, offers up great ideas to add to your list, and lets you see what others are accomplishing. Plus, if “Downloading an App” is on your bucket list, well, go ahead and check that adventure off, Indiana Jones.
We all get defeated sometimes, but the iWish App not only helps you keep track of your bucket list, but it spits out helpful inspirational quotes every day to keep you on track and positive. The app also lets you create digital vision boards, which are less embarrassing and easier to manage than the giant bulletin board you keep in your cubicle.
Get Out On The Highway
If you dreamed of riding cross country on a motorcycle this Bucket List collection of maps and DVDs will guide you to all the best roads, highways, and byways in the country. You get 21 maps -- 16 road maps, and 5 back country maps...for the more adventurous -- so gas up, pack some beef jerky, and don’t forget to send us a postcard once you’ve discovered America.
Bucket List Travel Box
You could spend $11 on this lovely box that stores your bucket list ideas, or make your own from an Altoids tin and some notecards. The important thing here is to keep it simple, low-fi, and quite adorable. Carry it with you at all times because you never know when you’ll come up with an idea or accomplish a goal.
Time is of the essence, so don’t waste any by writing your own bucket list. Let “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” guide you to the, um, 1,000 places you need to see before you die. And then you’re just one extremely well-planned trip around the word away from finishing your list.
A List Can Be A Scrapbook
Because a good bucket list will take you places without electricity and Wi-Fi, it’s a good idea to keep a hardcopy of your list in an easy to organize journal simply titled “My Bucket List Journal.” If you complete all of your goals, this book of notes and ideas will be a wonderful heirloom for your grandchildren. And if you don’t, go ahead and sell this journal at a yard sale for $2 and never speak of it again.
Some bucket list goals are lofty (climbing a mountain, marrying a Hemsworth brother) and thus easy to remember, but what if your goals are to see a new movie when it comes out, or try a new restaurant when it opens? Soon: The Everyday Bucket List app helps you organize the upcoming movies, shows, music, restaurant openings, events, etc., that you want to check out before you check out.
One Stop Shop
Bucket List Events makes it easy to find and arrange trips to all the places and happenings that most people put on their bucket list. Here you can plan a trip to the Running of the Bulls, the Super Bowl or even Comic-Con. Find the event you’d like to attend and Bucket List Events will send you a price quote. (Warning: The Super Bowl will be disappointing and costly, so maybe think of something else such as visiting every National Park or going to Universal’s Harry Potter World.)
Anyone can travel to the Grand Canyon, but it takes real guts, and help from the guides at Quark Expeditions, to venture to the very ends of the earth -- the North and South Poles. Quark specializes in treks to the Arctic and Antarctic, so if you’ve ever wanted to stand at the top or bottom of the world, these guys will help get you there. Bring a jacket.