The Bucketlist App Kickstarter Update

Can you believe it, ten short days ago, the Bucketlist App Kickstarter Campaign launched. And after some incredibly overwhelming support we are so happy to announce that we hit our $12,500 goal! That means we can finally fund the development of the much needed app!

We still have 22 days left to raise as much funds as possible to help us make the best app, with the best features.

As the pledges go up, so do our options so please help keep the momentum rolling and share with your fellow fun friends! Are you ready to join the Bucketlist Movement?

Here’s a look at some of the awesome rewards which has helped propel our campaign to the top:

  1. Do Epic Sh*t – we literally wrote the book on living an awesome life! And for just $8 you can too!
  2. The Bucketlist Tikker Watch – $50 usually sells for $79.99
  3. Exclusive Bucket List Coaching from the guys who live the Bucket list mentality

Check them out here:

From the bottom of our hearts thank you! As you know, we LOVE to set goals and we for sure get a rush from crossing them off our lists.

PS – We’re setting some pretty awesome stretch goals to help out our community!

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  • $15,000 – The Bucketlist team will donate blood to the Canadian Blood Bank
  • $17,500 – Bucketlist will plant 1000 trees

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The Bucketlist App Kickstarter is Live!

Bucketlist are so happy to announce the launch of their kickstarter campaign to raise the fund for the much needed Bucketlist App! We are so humbled by the support and successes of our community. Take a look at what some people have to say:

We know that there is one major part of the bucket list experience missing, a mobile app. So we’re turning to the fantastic Bucketlist community to ask for your help to develop the app – we’ve launched the Bucketlist App Kickstarter Campaign! Check out our kickstarter here!

But what’s a kickstarter without some awesome rewards? We created this handy infographic so you can see what you’ll get by supporting our project.

rewards-info-gFor more information check out the full campaign here!

Anything helps, and I want to personally thank you in advance for all your support and helping Bucketlist become what it is!

The Bucketlist App Kickstarter Campaign 


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The Most Epic Road Trip – A Bucket List Story


We all must dream and we all must

Bucket List idea – Go on an Epic Road Trip [check]

*Note – We are please to publish a recent bucket list success story from Preston Clymer. If you have an epic story to tell, email sara(at)bucketlist(dot)org

The beauty about adventure is that sometimes you never know what you’re getting yourself into. You head out on your own, one item at a time, next thing you know, you found three or four things that should have been on the list in the first place. Bucket list growth or the bucket list effect is all natural, in fact it must be the adventure pheromones just attracting other adventures!

These bucket list adventures that lead to other unexpected excitement are by far my favorite! For example a surf adventure can lead to surfing, but also camping, shmores, running on the beach, putting a message in a bottle, or even shaving your buddies head! The most memorable adventures are always spontaneous and these are things that when you look back you will be so, oh so glad you did them before kicking the bucket.

For me the largest bucket list effect call to arms was a road trip with some good buddies. With university behind us we set out to shake off the cobwebs of the library by embracing sunshine, lollipops and zero F***s to give! My friends and I conquered the west this way.

We drove down from Vancouver, British Columbia  down the coast to Los Angeles and looped back up through Las Vegas.

After our first long drive we had a proper stay for a two nights in Portland. I separated from the buds and headed to an awesome little café to finish up that last final paper I had due. I know lame… but wherever I went, I did not miss out on what Portland truly perfected, food trucks, hipsters and beer! But what ever you do, don’t forget to get your picture with the elephant bum!

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Then off to the campsites along the coast with warm weather, good tunes, good buds, and a dedicated driver eager to get to the campsite to crack a frosty. I highly recommend camping along the coast. It leads to some classic, must go onto your bucket list stuff. Such as seeing the entirety of this beautiful coast, my professional meadow frolicking moments, but more importantly driving through a tree!




From there on out it was big cities San Francisco, Los Angeles and then Vegas. Each deserves a blurb of its own and each has a story between the destinations.

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In the end, the things that you take away are very important! Like don’t spend more than a weekend in Vegas, Drakes Bay has the best oysters, always use the washroom when there is a chance, and don’t stare at a mermaids tail or an elephants bum for too long – it’s rude. These cheesy lessons and tourist moments combined with the big, awesome wonders of the world are truly what make a fantastic bucket list road trip.

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Three critical steps to achieving your life goals

Many people have things they want to achieve in life before they ‘kick the bucket,’ from losing weight, running a marathon, or even falling love. What’s interesting is that some people are able to consistently achieve their goals while many of struggle to stay on track. But why is that?

There’s loads of information online telling people how to set goals, but surprisingly, very little in the way of scientific research describing best practices. That is until Gail Mathews came along. Gail, from California’s Dominican University, conducted a fascinating study on goal achievement. The study took a group of 267 people and broke them into several groups.

The results of the study gives us good insight on how to set and achieve our goals.


Here’s how the groups were broken up:

  1.  Group one: some individuals were asked to think about their goals (but not write them down)
  2. Group two: was asked to identify and write down their goals
  3. Group three: was asked to write down goals and actionable commitments
  4. Group four: had to write goals, action items and share with a friend
  5. Group five: do all the above and provide a weekly status update to a friend

At the end of the study, the individuals in Group 1 only accomplished 43 percent of their stated goals. Those in Group 4 accomplished 64 percent of their stated goals, while those in Group 5 were the most successful, with an average 76 percent of their goals accomplished.

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Matthews shows that people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent weekly updates to that friend were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated goals. Reference

  • Write your goals down: those with written goals achieve more than those who did not write them down.
  •  Share them with friends: by making your goals public you’re creating accountability.
  •  Check in regularly: doing weekly updates is a powerful way to keep goals top of mind and to ensure that we stay on track.


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It’s tulip time! – A Bucket List Story

*Editors Note* we are pleased to share this story from Laura Vanderkam

A few years ago, I put “visit the Netherlands during tulip time” on my List of 100 Dreams. I am thrilled to say that I can now cross that off.

We spent the past week in the Netherlands, staying in a farm house about an hour outside of Amsterdam, and exploring the whole country. Traveling with small kids (6,4,2) is always challenging, let alone traveling internationally, but we had a good time. Some memories, day by day:

Sun April 13: We arrived in Amsterdam after the overnight flight from Newark. Some of us slept more than others. My husband slept, which is good, since he was driving (neither “L” — nanny, who came with us — or I can drive stick, which is what the van Hertz had to special order for us was. I allegedly learned, but couldn’t start the car at a busy intersection years ago and was so traumatized from the experience that I haven’t tried since). We flew on my husband’s frequent flier miles — 6 free-ish tickets on Delta! — so I guess all that traveling was good for something. The long list of Disney movies made the flight a lot more bearable than it would have been, as did the 1-to-1 adult-to-kid ratio.

We landed and drove to the Artis Royal Zoo, and took in the elephants, lions, butterflies, etc. The kids were most taken with the playground, playing amidst all the blond children while the adults pounded coffee. We lost intensity halfway through the zoo when the jet-lagged 6-year-old started falling asleep on benches. No one can carry him, so we had to leave. We drove to our lovely house (rented online) out in the country, and after a short nap, headed to Hoge Veluwe national park, where we biked with the 3 kids on the backs of our bikes Dutch style — no helmets. No one wears them there, but it is a flat country built for cycling, and everyone cycles, which means that drivers expect to see bikes flying through every intersection. I’m wagering that the Dutch also aren’t that litigious, given the playgrounds we visited. We ate at a little roadside place that had a playground outside with a zip line. They took credit cards, but the line was broken, and since we were short on euros, my husband wound up driving 5 miles to another tiny little Dutch village to find an ATM. The playground came in handy during that wait!

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Mon April 14– The kids slept surprisingly well (only I was up at 4 a.m.) We threw the kids a bone with a visit to Efteling, the Dutch Disneyland. An article in the Wall Street Journal several months ago claimed this was extremely kid friendly and worth a visit. The fairy tale forest of animatronic type scenes was all in Dutch, but the kids still liked looking at Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, etc. We rode several rides, and despite it being horribly cold and intermittently rainy, the kids had a good time, especially the 4-year-old who got to ride a roller coaster. We had trouble finding a restaurant open on Monday night, but eventually stumbled into an empty bar that served us amazing savory pancakes (and Heinekens). Sometimes you get lucky.

Tues April 15 — back to Amsterdam for the day. We went to the Rijksmuseum, splitting into groups of 1 kid per 1 adult, though unfortunately, all 3 kids managed to be pills in their own way. I thought I had lucked out, drawing the 6-year-old, but he got so obsessed with the multimedia touchscreen tour guide that he didn’t want to look at the art and he walked straight into people. I started putting him on the benches in the middle of the rooms while I checked out the Rembrandts. L had the 2-year-old and eventually just took her out, figuring that running around the entrance area beat running through exhibits. My husband reported that the 4-year-old started lying on the floor whenever he stopped carrying him. Good times! We recovered after a late lunch and went to Vondelpark, the Amsterdam version of Central Park (think Central Park with way more obvious pot smoking). The kids played on a playground with another zip line, then we drove home on an alternate route that took us through some bulb fields — beautiful tulip fields where the colors alternate every few rows. The stripes are striking. My husband and I went out for dinner in Harderwijk, a village on the water, enjoying a lovely 4-course dinner with beverage accompaniment for me (he was driving!) It was a walled city with those picturesque tiny roads you see in old cities in Europe. These are not cities built for cars, so it’s always humorous maneuvering a 7-passenger van down the streets.

wind mill bucket listWed April 16 — A relatively low-key day at Hoge Veluwe National Park again. We started at the park’s Kroller Muller museum, which — like the Rijksmuseum — offered my children a chance to be at their best. Ha ha! At least no one actually touched the Van Goghs. We wound up not going to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam precisely because we were so traumatized by our museum experiences. We biked around afterwards, ate ice cream by a lake, and played on another Dutch playground. This featured an even bigger zip line! The kids loved it. We went back to Harderwijk en masse for dinner, and ate in an Italian restaurant that served pizza for the kiddos. I eat everything enthusiastically, which makes international travel fine for me. Even if I can’t read the menu, I’m willing to eat whatever it is. My kids don’t seem to feel this way. They ate bread and cheese much of the trip. Pizza was a nice break. We walked along the water, drove home and played on our house’s swingset. After we put the kids to bed, my husband took off for Brussels for a 24-hour trip.

Thurs April 17 — A home day for L and me and kids, as my husband took the car, not that either of us could drive it if he hadn’t. We traded off taking our runs into the local village of Uddel and playing with the kids. I got a few hours of work done. When I couldn’t figure out the Dutch washing machine, I washed our clothes by hand — communing with my Dutch farmwife ancestors, I suppose. The kids liked running around the fields and were alternately good, playing beautifully with each other in the spring sunshine, and awful. There was biting. Ugh. Hubby came home at 11 pm.

Fri April 18 — We traveled north to Houwerzijl, where my grandfather was born. It’s about half an hour outside Groningen, but it is really in the middle of nowhere. We were driving on one-lane roads through the open fields and past windmills to get there. The little village was charming, and the old church is now a nice tea and sandwich shop with a clean (and free) WC. Alas, they did not take our version of credit card, and we were short on cash again, so my husband had to make another 5 mile drive to a neighboring village’s ATM. We explored a little book store, and an old cemetery, where I found a Van Der Kamp, but no Van der Kams (and my mom tells me it wasn’t just a matter of dropping the “p” on American arrival). Oh well. We drove on to Bourtange, a fortified city (and massive tourist trap) near the border, then briefly crossed into Germany to drive — with no speed limit! — part of the way home.

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Sat April 19 — It is tulip time in Holland, and we drove to Keukenhof, the big flower show. It was crowded but dazzling, with thousands of tulips blooming amid azaleas, cherry trees, daffodils, lilacs, etc. We went crazy with the camera, taking our Christmas card photos, then we went into Amsterdam to a place that supposedly had awesome mussels. Upon arriving, we were told that it was not mussel season, so no one was serving them. We had cheese fondue instead, and walked around old Amsterdam, then drove home and had a picnic dinner in our lovely yard before packing up and getting ready to leave on…

Sun April 20 — iIt’s a long haul back to the US, but the 1-to-1 adult-to-kid ratio helped, and so did the movies. I know the parts of the trip my kids liked the best — the amusement parks, the playgrounds, etc. — could obviously have been done at home, too. But I’m not willing to put off traveling until they’re older, and there were enough good parts to make up for the challenges. I saw lovely Van Goghs and Rembrandts, I biked through a gorgeous forest, I saw where my grandfather is from, I enjoyed the tulips. I’m happy to have crossed this one off the bucket list.

About Laura

Laura Vanderkam is a nationally recognized writer, journalist and author who questions the status quo and helps her readers rediscover their true passions and beliefs in pursuit of more meaningful lives.READ MORE »

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What I Learnt from Richard Branson: Part One

I’ve been a fan of Richard Branson for a long time. I first heard about Branson at a young age but it wasn’t until I had started my first business that I really learned more about him.

As a young entrepreneur I was working hard on growing my company and always looking to learn from other smart people. I remember buying Branson’s autobiography, Losing My Virginity – it was a massively inspiring book.

There was one section that was really stuck out for me. Branson describes how he was eventually forced to sell Virgin Music to allow him to grow Virgin Airlines along with hundreds of other businesses.

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It was after reading this that my friend and business partner Bart and I decided to sell off one of our two companies. It ended up being one of the best decisions we ever made – and allowed us to rapidly grow our business Advisor Websites. The sale also allowed us to acquire and grow

Ever since reading the biography I’ve been pretty interested in meeting Richard and, as fate would have it, I got my chance.

I’m a part of a business organization called EO (Entrepreneurs Organization). It’s an amazing organization filled with some very cool people. It was through EO that myself along with 30 other entrepreneurs had a chance to visit Richard at his home on Necker Island.



Visiting Necker was a very cool experience – the Island is a tropical paradise with some amazing history. There are too many stories to share in one blog post but some highlights that stood out were going sailing with Richard, exploring Necker Island and surrounding area, and meeting with the amazing people who were on the trip with us. Richard was a very cool guy, he was very interactive playing tennis with guests, kite boarding, and joining us for many dinners.


What were my key takeaways?

  • Have fun and success will follow: Richard was constantly on the go and having fun playing tennis, kite boarding, sailing and taking time to get to know everyone on the island. But he didn’t just play the sports he was very playful. When it came to kite boarding he was happy to piggy back guests on his back. I had a chance to sail with him and had a blast tossing people into the ocean. I believe this playful attitude translates well in the work place as well. Richard wrote on article on LinkedIn which discusses this topic in more detail:

“[In Business] If you aren’t having fun, you are doing it wrong. If you feel like getting up in the morning to work on your business is a chore, then it’s time to try something else. If you are having a good time, there is a far greater chance a positive, innovative atmosphere will be nurtured and your business will flourish.”Five top tips to starting a successful business


  • Write down what you want to achieve in life: Visiting a place like Necker Island and being surrounded by so many inspirational people is one of the best environments to get new ideas but it’s important to write those ideas down and execute on them. There’s a study by Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the California’s Dominican University which proves that writing down goals, sharing them with friends and reviewing them frequently significantly increases your chances of achieving what you want.
  • Work with amazing people and treat them like gold: I’m not the first person to say this, but doing great things requires great people. Once you’re surrounded by these individuals empower them like crazy so that they can achieve great things. Branson wrote a great article in called People Power — The Engine of Any Business in which he states:

    “Good people are crucial to business success. Finding them, managing them, inspiring them and then holding onto them are among the most important challenges a good business leader faces. How you deal with these matters often determines the long- term success and growth of your business.”

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Would I recommend this experience to others? Absolutely. It was frigging amazing. To learn more about Necker Island go here, to learn more about EO go here.

Related goals to add to your bucket list

Visit Necker Island

Meet Richard Branson

Start a business

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Bucket List Idea #6 – Go Surfing

There are few things in this world where you really feel a true and deep connection to mother nature. Or at least I find it a difficult task when Facebook, twitter and generally just my phone is a major distraction. But surfing was one of those things that is able to take you back to the beginnings and something I will never forget. Surfing is really just the perfect bucket list idea to add to your list.

My story starts at the beginning of my final year of collage at UBC in Vancouver, Canada. Tofino is a surfers paradise and just happens to be a short ferry trip, and a few hours drive away. As a adventurous group of friends we went on the Annual UBC surf trip. And my life was forever changed.



For those of you that don’t know, Tofino is located in the Pacific North West. It’s not polar vortex cold, but it ain’t no tropical beach. It was chilly, but we were excited, so we suited up, carried our boards out to the beach and prepared to be the next Kelly Slaters in no time. There was one slight problem, the extent of our training was (and I quote) just paddle, paddle, paddle, and when you feel it, just up throw a shaka and ride it out.We rented our gear from an awesome local surf shop called Relec Surf Shop in Ucluelet (they are seriously the best) and set off to crush one of my top bucket list items.

Not the greatest instructions, but I had watched Blue Crush enough times to know what I was doing… I didn’t. The best way I can describe how my muscles felt the next day was (excuse my language) it felt like getting bitch slapped by mother nature. The ocean deserves our outmost respect.

But aside from that, the feeling when you finally figure things out (a little) riding a wave is incredible! What made this weekend truly memorable was achieving something that I wanted to do for so long with some of my closest friends.

If you’re near an ocean, or are ready to go on one heck of an adventure try surfing!

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Bucket List Idea #5- Scuba Diving with Sharks

When you go scuba diving in shark-infested waters, your dive instructor will give you this advice: Keep your hands close to you and stay at a safe distance. But if the sharks want a piece of you, there’s really nothing you can do about it.

That warning didn’t deter one family from suiting up, plunging in, and getting up close and personal with dozens of silky sharks and Caribbean reef sharks off the coast of Cuba. Brothers Ron and Gabe and their mother, Elena, took up an invitation from a family friend to spend a week in one of the world’s Meccas for scuba diving, Jardines de la Reina (The Queen’s Gardens), an archipelago off the southern coast of Cuba that contains some of the last undisturbed coral reefs that divers can access.

The family flew into Havana and spent a day exploring the city’s architecture, which dates all the way back to the 1600s, and getting to know the locals, who were friendly and warm. Then they took a six-hour bus ride to the southern end of the island and boarded a boat to the Jardines, where they were lucky enough to have permits for a well-kept secret of a diving spot.


Ron said diving with sharks was “very scary at first. At first you see only one or two sharks pass by, but in certain areas there were several more. And when the guides brought out food, several dozen sharks appeared.” But after a while the divers eased into it—comforted by the fact that their guides had never had a serious incident in eighteen years of excursions—and enjoyed the wonder of swimming with sharks.

The most amazing part, Ron said, was that silky sharks’ spinal column is configured in a way that allows divers to grab them by the tail. “At that point the sharks temporarily enter this limbo sleeping state, and you can HOLD THEM LIKE A PRIZE!” It was unbelievable, he continued. “One of the coolest moments in my life.”

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The group spent six days aboard the boat, diving every day, exploring the white-sand beaches, and enjoying fresh-caught fish.

“It really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” exclaimed Ron. “I had little to know idea what Cuba, of all countries, would be like—but the high spirits of the people quickly raised my spirits. By far, though, the highlight was the intimacy with the sharks.”

When the family got home, they took their footage and photos to the video editing pros at VideoTov. They uploaded their files to the online platform and gave the editor instructions on how they wanted the video to look.

The editor, Anthony Gourdine, said that the goal of the video was “to give the family and the viewer a chance to relive their vacation in Cuba while trying to keep the mood fun and energetic.”

Working together, they created an amazing, professional video to share with friends—and now they’re sharing it with you. Check it out:

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New Goal Suggestion Feature on Your Profile

Bucketlisters, exciting news! This week we’ve added a new feature to your profile… GOAL SUGGESTION!

Do you sometimes find it difficult to think of awesome things to add to your bucket list? Well you’re in luck. In three superquick (is that a word) steps, you could be growing your list in no time! Inspiration is after all the first step to success!

1. Log in to your profile and click edit like John Doe below…

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2. Add your interests, like traveling, adventure, skills, being awesome… 😉

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3. Hit save et voila mon amie! Your suggested goals will be shown in the right bar of your profile! I think John and I would get along… kudos on the Harry Potter suggestions.

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Try it out for yourself today, by logging into your account! Not yet a member, well we can fix that! Create your list for free to track and achieve your life goals!


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