2023 Bucket List Ideas For Your Best Year Yet

Charli Moore Dec 22, 2021

Do you have a 2023 bucket list? Writing down your hopes and dreams for the year can help you take steps toward achieving your goals. And, in a year that feels freer and more filled with possibilities than ever, making plans for 2023 and beyond is a great way to get going on some of those must-do activities.

From journaling to taking up a new hobby, here’s a little inspiration for things to do in 2023 to help you get started…


Start a Journal

And, commit to writing in it daily. One of the best ways to plan for the future is to reflect on your past experiences, so consider journaling your thoughts at the end of each day as part of your 2023 self-care routine. Whether it’s just one sentence a day or an essay, make that space in your day for a little reflection, and you’ll notice a difference.


Take a Road Trip

Pack a travel duffel, grab a road map, load in your friends, escape your hometown, and hit the road in search of adventure. If you don’t want to do a weekend trip, you don’t have to go far to make new memories, consider using your house as a base and take consecutive daytrips to keep costs under control.



Pay it forward to people who need a bit of extra support in your local area. The last couple of years have been tough for everyone but some people have been hit harder than others. Give your time when you can to help make a difference, and volunteer to your favorite organizations, whether in-person or virtually.


Go To a Music Festival  

A rite of passage for every student, going to a music or dance festival is a must. If you haven’t already experienced festival culture add this to your 2023 bucket list ideas and start planning your festival outfits now. And, don’t forget to add a waist pack to your packing list, they’re ideal for keeping valuables close at hand when you’re dancing. 


Sign Up For International Work Experience

Whether you’re about to graduate or have a few more years of school ahead of you, making plans to gain some valuable work experience in a foreign country is a great way to boost your CV and stand out from the crowd when you come to apply for jobs.


Set Yourself a Physical Challenge

Climb a mountain, paddle 100km, skydive from 16,000ft. Taking on a grueling physical challenge can build your strength of character and boost your confidence. It will also help you to focus on your health and fitness in 2023 and beyond.


Camp Pit

A truly epic way to bond with your ride-or-dies that you maybe haven’t been able to see much of in recent months is to camp out under the stars together. Set up your tents in a scenic spot, build a campfire, and catch up over an endless supply of s’mores. 


Tourist in Your Own City

You don’t need a big budget to plan a trip in 2023 or 2024 for that matter. If you’re looking for a low cost and sustainable way to travel, look at booking a staycation close to home.


Take a Photograph Every Day

Capture a single moment every day for a year and use the images to make a video montage or photo album that you can reflect on in the years to come.


Help a Friend Realize Their Dreams

Supporting a friend and helping them to achieve something they’ve long dreamed of will cement your friendship and bring you closer together.


Run a Marathon—or Half

It might sound unachievable to you now, but imagine if by the end of 2023 or into 2024, you could say that you have run a marathon, or even a half marathon? Crossing the finish line with one of your best friends would be the icing on the cake.


Movie Extras

While becoming an A-lister may be a lofty goal, you don’t need to be a trained actor to appear in a Hollywood blockbuster. Sign up with a casting agency and you could find yourself in the background as an A-List actor plays to the camera. 


Build a Treehouse

Treehouses aren’t just for kids. If you’ve got the space, some time, and are willing to get to grips with some basic DIY (maybe draft some family and friends into help), you could spend 2023 building a Pinterest-worthy hideaway in your garden.


Throw a Dart on a Map

And plan a trip to where it lands. If you’ve got a seriously strong sense of wanderlust, let fate take control of where you travel to in 2023.


Start an Etsy Store

Creative types should consider starting an Etsy store. Whether you design logos, paint landscapes, or knit baby booties, selling online can be a great way to fund your studies.


Get a Pen Pal

Resolve to spend less time on social media in 2023 and instead, take up letter writing with friends both near and far. It’s pretty retro, but you’ll find letter writing teaches you to organize your thoughts and construct better sentences.


Go to the Opera

Opera is theatrical storytelling at its most vivid and it’s well worth watching at least once. The vocal range and expression in the singers’ voices make opera the art form that comes closest to conveying pure emotion. If you’re less of an opera fan, try the ballet or a classical music concert. Seeing a different side of the arts will bring new perspectives and inspiration.


Plant a Tree

What better way to mark a fresh start to a year than planting a tree? Give mother earth a helping hand and rewild any areas of outside space you might have with saplings and wildflowers.


Learn to Roller Skate

We’d all love to cruise down Ocean Drive in Miami on roller skates, so take a step closer to realizing this dream by learning to skate in 2023. Master backward skating and changing direction with style and impress your mates when you hit the streets.


Be Part of a Parade

Whether you join a float in your local town parade or head to an event like NYC Pride, being part of a vibrant parade float is a memorable experience that can’t be matched by watching from the sidewalk.


Live a More Sustainable Life

Resolve to make positive changes to your lifestyle that benefit the planet and reduce your impact on the environment


Read a Classic Novel

Expand your understanding of classic literature by reading one that had a profound effect on modern society. Take a look at titles like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and George Orwell’s 1984.


Try Something New

Push yourself out of your comfort zone this year and try something totally new you’ve never done before. It could be baking and icing an elaborate cake or cooking a three-course meal, learning to play an instrument or a new language, or something even more daring like taking up aerial yoga. Challenge yourself and you never know what will come from—you may discover hidden talents you never knew you had. 


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