The 5 most difficult bucket list items to accomplish

Working for Bucketlist, has given me some pretty neat insights into people’s goals and ambitions. Not only the incredibly inspirational successes, but also some interesting tidbits on life. And although not impossible, these next 5 goals seem to be the most challenging to achieve – for some reason or another.

* We calculated this list by dividing the number of people who included this goal on their list (doing) by the number of people who have completed it (done) to get the percentage of completion – based on over 245,000 members.

1. Seeing all 7 wonders of the world

Out of over 5,000 who want to achieve this bucket list goal, just 0.1289% have achieved this! However, that’s not really surprising when you think of all the travel required to cross off this goal. There are a few ‘7 wonders of the world’ including the ancient, man made, and natural world. The one we see on most bucket lists are the man-made world.

In case you were wondering the most prominent 7 wonders – according to wikipedia –  are:

  1. Great Wall of China Since 7th century BC China
  2. Petra c. 100 BC Jordan
  3. Christ the Redeemer Opened October 12, 1931 Brazil
  4. Machu Picchu c. AD 1450 Peru
  5. Chichen Itza c. AD 600 Mexico
  6. Colosseum Completed AD 80 Italy
  7. Taj Mahal Completed c. AD 1648 India
    And honorarily:  
  8. Great Pyramid of Giza


2. Walk through Japan’s tunnel of lights

Every holiday season Japan’s Nabana no Sato hosts the most spectacular light show in the country. Thousands of fairy light blanket the entire botanical gardens making it a romantic paradise for lovebirds and a must see if you’re in the region. Unfortunately thousands are captivated by the beauty – from a far – because just  0.1889% of the members on Bucketlist were able to achieve this goal. But the few who did were surely astounded by it’s wonder.

As usual, photo’s really do more justice than my words. Check out the tunnel of lights, and – hopefully – soon, check it off your bucket list.


tumblr_md0tz0luVf1rvpol0o6_r1_1280FYI here’s what it looks like it the summertime… Equally breathtakingly beautiful.


3. Buy a plane ticket for the first flight out, and go wherever it takes me

Well I guess spontaneity is admired more than accomplished because this is one of the most difficult bucket list goals to achieve. And let’s be honest, it’s an amazingly romantic idea, but I think the practicalities of it all really hold me back. What if the next plane out is to an awful destination? Or costs thousands of dollars?

Although the idea personally gives me heaps and heaps of anxiety, amazingly 3 brave – brave –  souls have taken the plunge and achieved this goal.

They are definitely the minority because only 0.2923% of the people who have added this goal to their bucket list have actually managed to complete it!


4. Complete the heavenly stairs trek 

It’s been called China’s deadliest hike, the trek up Mt. Hua Shan is an adventure from start to decent. The stairs are just the beginning of this horrific/exhilarating trail. At the base of the mountain, stairs are carved in ascending so high you can’t see where they end. Next comes the absolutely terrifying part, where all that’s between you and near death is planks and a chain attached to the wall. If you continue climbing there’s a gondola to take you further up the mountain to continue your death defying climb. Finally if your wits hold out, you’ll surprisingly reach a tea house. Take a look at this article with a step by step frightening reenactment of the mountain





Oh yeah, only 0.3% of people have completed it.

5. Stay at an underwater hotel

Finally, have you ever wanted to swim with the fishes? Well, apparently nearly 2000 want to stay in an underwater hotel and 0.1% of members have achieved this goal. That could be because there really aren’t that many hotels under whatever. But the one’s that took the plunge… are amazing! Here a a few of my favorites.

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubaimaxresdefault Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Rangali Island, Maldives



Poseidon Undersea Resorts, Fiji


What do you think of our list? Are you itching to check out millions of other bucket list ideas?


Sara Ruthnum

Sara is the marketing and community outreach coordinator for She is passionate about all things travel, culture and sports, and is excited to start knocking off some of her bucket list dreams in the near future. Connect with Sara by emailing or Check out Sara's bucket list here