Here are the top Bucket List goals of 2015

2015 was the best year yet for the 300,000 (!!!!!) plus members of the Bucketlist community! The ten goals below are just scratching the surface of all the cool stuff you’re going to do in the years to come.

Next week we’re going to be sharing some of my favorite success stories, and I mean there’s some outrageous stuff on that list. But to kick off the year end review, take a look at the Top 10 Most Popular Goals of 2015!

*Just click on the goal to add it directly to your bucket list*

Top 10 Most Popular Goals of 2015

1. Swim with dolphins

Dolphins are extremely majestic creatures said to be some of the most intelligent animals in the sea. A tad controversial goal at the moment, however there are cruelty free ways to make this goal a reality!  It’s no wonder that this goal is a consistent champion at the top of so many people’s bucket lists. I mean just listen to what some of our members have to say about the experience:

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Did you know that over 26,100 people have swim with dolphins on their bucket list and that just 3,909 have achieved that goal? That means that this goal has a 14.9% success rate.

2. See the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) 

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are a natural light display caused by the collision of the solar wind and magnetosphere-charged particles with the high altitude atmosphere.

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See the sky like never before by accomplishing this goal. 19,000 members want to witness the spectacle in their lifetime, however just 4% of our community have achieved it. Andy Collier was one of them:

3. Learn a new language

Learning a new language should be on your bucket list because, especially in North America, we tend to only know English, so there’s a huge drawback when traveling and a language barrier is present. Learning a second – or third language – is key in better communication when abroad and to understand the world around us a little more. Just check out Naomi who’s killing it by learning both Portuguese and Spanish:

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Although challenging, learning a language is a doable skill to obtain. in fact over 3,000 Bucketlist members have succeeded in completing this goal.

4. Bungee Jump

A list of bucket lists would not be complete without a little extreme peppered in. And bungee jumping is a strong contender in being one of the most extreme activities on the list – well bungee jumping and skydiving. Not convinced? Check out Wendy’s exceptional experience at Whistler Bungee Jumping:
“I FINALLY DID IT! After a few days of pestering my friends to go along with me, a total of 7 of us took a 2 hours drive from Vancouver to Whistler Bungee for this big thing. The staffs were really friendly and professional, and the jump went on really fast and smooth. The adrenaline rush was crazy – scary indeed during the free fall but hanging in the air looking through the beautiful scenery surrounding? AMAZING. You’ll never regret, trust me!”

14,676 Bucketlist members have added this goal to their list, 1268 have achieved it, meaning this goal has about an 8% success rate.

5. Go skydiving

Doesn’t skydiving just epitomize the meaning of bucket lists? It takes some sort of courage to jump out of a plane with just a parachute and a person strapped to your back. However, it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the closest thing us mortals with get to the feeling of flying. See the world like never before. Not surprisingly, 16,000+ people want to go skydiving in their lifetime and 1.8k have already achieve that goal.

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6. Visit every continent in the world

This is essentially one of the most difficult bucket list goals out there. To accomplish this, you’ll basically just have to start travelling… and saving. I personally, would love to be able to say that I have achieved this goal, however it still lingers on the  ‘to-do’ side of my bucket list.

So instead of taking my word for it, check out Vicky’s exceptional journey:

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By the way, 10150 people want to achieve this goal but only 38 have marked it as done. That’s a 0.3% success rate… Well I better get traveling.

7. Ride a hot air balloon

Hot air balloons are the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology…So pretty much from the beginning of flight, has this majestic form of transport been on people’s bucket lists. The balloon allows you to slowly float, rather than flying quickly like in a plane, and view the world around you from up high.

Thankfully it’s a totally reachable goal to achieve with nearly 1000 successful flights on the site.

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8. Visit a Volcano

Volcanoes are some of the most destructive natural phenomenon on earth. They are a rupture on the earth’s crust that allows hot lava, volcanic ash, and gases to escape from below the earth’s surface. Volcanoes are found where tectonic plates meet and where there is a stretching and thinning of the crust. All over earth, both on land and on the sea floor, there are active and extinct volcanoes. The most active volcanoes on earth are Kïlauea in Hawaii, Mount Etna and Stromboli in the Mediterranean, and Mount Yasuar on the South Pacific Island of Vanatu.

This is one of my favorite bucket list ideas because it really connects man with nature, and the extreme destructive – and – it’s achievable. In fact it’s one of our highest achieving goals with a 21% success rate!

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9. “Unplug” for 48 hours

Unplugging for 48 hours is definitely a new bucket list item – but is it any wonder why it’s so popular in 2015?. Because we are so connected to our phones, computers, and television, we can sometimes get lost in all of the technology. This item is relatively easy, as you just have to not do something – but you’d be surprised at how challenging it can be. You can’t be on your phone, computer, listen to music, watch TV, or really be around any sort of technology for 48 hours.

10. 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.

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And there we have it, the top 10 Bucketlist goals of 2015!

Agree with me, disagree… Let me know which goals you think should have been on the list in the comments below!

Sara Ruthnum

Sara is the marketing and community outreach coordinator for Bucketlist.org. 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 sara@bucketlist.org or linkedin.com/in/sararuthnum. Check out Sara's bucket list here http://bucketlist.org/list/sara.ruthnum/