101 Adventurous + Romantic Bucket List Ideas for Couples

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There’s nothing so bonding as reaching your goals as a couple. Setting goals together, planning dreams, and creating bucket lists: these are all incredible and meaningful. So we’re bringing you 101 bucket list ideas for couples, designed to help you dream big and find adventure!

Sharing and pursuing your dreams, going on wild and crazy journeys, and creating an endless treasure chest of experiences…hopefully laughing and smiling all the while!

This is the ultimate bucket list for couples, one that includes not just romantic, sweet relationship to-do’s, but incorporates a hefty dose of adventure & travel. Embrace the adventure couple inside you!

After all, we believe that all couples should travel together (at least once!) as it’s been one of our favorite life experiences, and it is definitely a relationship-builder.

There are lots of cool bucket list ideas below for you to choose from. And while we could stop at the top 100 things couples should do together, we’ve gone just a step further, researching and chosen 101 items that we think would create a beautiful, romantic, and well-rounded experience. You’ll discover more adventure in your life and more adventure in your relationship.

This could be a married couples bucket list, an engaged couples bucket list, or a list for duos at any stage of their relationships. And though the majority of these are meant to be shared, there are certainly many things you can do solo, too.

As a couples travel bucket list, we included some of the world’s most famous sites, plus specific places we’ve been that we think were truly amazing. We tried to include a travel experience on every continent.

Of course, these are all just suggestions, and we encourage you to adapt the list and add your own wishes and aspirations. The sky’s the limit!

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101 Romantic + Adventurous Ideas for Your Couples Bucket List

1. Sleep under the stars

Camp somewhere with spectacular views of the night sky and revel in the mystery of nature. If you’re not interested in tent camping, you could consider the more luxurious glamping.

2. Swim with wildlife

Dolphins, manta rays, whale sharks, take your pick. Swimming or snorkeling with wildlife is an unbelievable experience.

3. Stay overnight in a castle

Go back in time and feel like royalty with a stay in a castle. There are a bunch of these castle hotels, especially all over Europe. 

4. Jump in a pile of fresh fall leaves together 

What is it that’s so romantic about the fall season? One thing you definitely need to add to your fall bucket list is playing in a pile of freshly fallen leaves. We recommend New England as the perfect destination for this. You can check some items off of our New England bucket list while you’re there!

When Halloween comes around, consider choosing a couples costume

5. Ride in a hot air balloon

For us, this is such a huge bucket list item! We still haven’t gone, but it’s definitely on our future itinerary. There are so many incredible places to go hot air ballooning and see gorgeous sites, including the iconic Cappadocia, Turkey.

Staying stateside? You could check out the hot air balloon festival held annually in New Mexico, or go ballooning in a few of our favorite scenic mountain towns, Stowe, Vermont or Asheville, North Carolina.

6. Walk the Great Wall of China

One of the world’s ancient and fascinating wonders. If you’re really intrepid, you could sign up for (and train for) the Great Wall Marathon together. Talk about some serious physical challenges for couples to tackle together!

7. Play the slot machines in Las Vegas

On many couple bucket lists is surely a trip to world-famous Las Vegas. It’s like a rite of passage, isn’t it? And who knows…maybe you’ll get lucky! 

8. Stay in a super luxurious hotel

You MUST have the experience of a totally luxe hotel stay when traveling with your partner. Maybe this will be for your honeymoon, but don’t wait to get married: find an epic hotel and book it. 

Our favorite epic hotel stays so far have been:

9. Go on a romantic picnic

Dining outdoors is lovely, especially when you’re with your darling. We suggest grabbing some wine, cheese, crackers, and fresh fruit and finding a beautiful spot to dine al fresco. Definitely add this idea to your couples summer bucket list!

10. Go to a tropical paradise together

This should be a fairly easy one to check off your travel bucket list. Who doesn’t love a beachy paradise?

Some of our favorite ideas for a romantic tropical escape:

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11. Ride in a helicopter

Such a thrill! If you can find an exciting destination for your couples helicopter ride, even better. Hawaii seems to be a great spot for this activity. 

12. Fly in a private jet

Another of your airborne couples adventures! You might need to save your pennies for this, but a ride in your own private jet could be a once-in-a-lifetime must-do. Take it one step further and plan this as secret surprise for your partner.

13. Go scuba diving

Head deep underwater to discover a brand new world below the surface. You’ll love learning how to dive together and tackling new challenges together is something that is always great for your relationship

14. Go snorkeling

You don’t have to go far under the water for an epic experience. You can also see brilliant colors and abundant wildlife in the shallower parts of the sea. Snorkeling is so much fun, and anyone can do it. We loved snorkeling off the coast of Australia, but some other great suggestions are found here and here.

15. Eat sushi in Japan

There’s nothing quite as cool as eating authentic local cuisine in its country of origin. If not in Japan, dine locally in the country of your choice. 

16. Watch each other’s favorite movie

…even if you’re not that interested. Your partner will love you for it! This is a simple solution when you need an idea for your next date night. 

More date night ideas? We got ’em!

17. Run a 5k, marathon, or participate in another physical challenge together

Smash those goals side by side. Then enjoy celebratory beers/cocktails afterward.

18. Kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower

 

 

You have to plan a romantic Paris trip at least once. You just have to! And then kiss in front of the most iconic symbol. Nothing says romantic couple activities like smooching in the most romantic city on Earth. The classic City of Love beckons all lovers to visit.

19. Ride in a gondola in Venice

Another iconic place to take the love of your life: Venice, Italy. Hop onto a gondola for a delightful ride through its canals.

20. Paddle a rowboat around a lake

If you’re extra romantic, you’ll sing while you row. An essential addition to your relationship bucket list.

21. House sit for friends (or while you travel!)

Especially before you’re married, “playing house” while house-sitting for friends is so adorable! Animal lovers should definitely jump on this, as taking care of pets is a fun and bonding experience.

22. Do something crazy & scary – skydiving, bungee jumping, etc

Pick your brand of scary! Skydiving isn’t for everyone… The key is to choose something that excites you both (and freaks you out slightly) and just go for it! How about volcano boarding in Nicaragua? Or swimming in Angel’s Pool in Zambia? These are great options for unique and fun things for couples to do.

23. Learn a new language together

Not only is this beneficial for your travels, but it will also expand your minds.

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24. Watch a stand-up comedy performance

Oh, the laughter! See one of your favorite comedians live onstage for an extremely fun and memorable date night. If you’re looking for some daring couple challenges, consider trying your own hand at stand-up or performing during an open mic night!

25. See where your sweetie grew up: visit one another’s hometowns

That’s where I went to high school! That’s the house I grew up in! Share your memories with your S.O.

On the trip, you can ask each other some of these great conversation starter questions for couples.

26. Attend a massive New Year’s Eve celebration

Fireworks, champagne ‘a-flowing, revelry. Ring in the New Year in a huge crowd and don’t forget to kiss at midnight. This is one of my personal favorite couples bucket list ideas.

27. Feed kangaroos together in Australia

cute things couples do - two drifters petting a kangaroo

One of our favorite things to do as a couple is to see wildlife. Petting kangaroos (in an animal sanctuary) was definitely one of the best things we ever did. Head down under to find Australia’s iconic animal. 

28. Party in Ibiza

Do this while you’re in your 20s or 30s….oh hell, do it whenever you please! Ibiza is the epicenter of European party life. Go dancing until dawn and then lay on the beach all day. 

29. Take a boat down the Amazon River

One of the most captivating journeys, surely, and another opportunity to see incredible wildlife. 

30. Stay at a quaint bed & breakfast–even if it’s in your own town

B&B’s are a totally different experience—and one worth having. Relax and enjoy one another’s company in these classic, charming accommodations. A couple of options for romantic B&Bs in New England are on this list. 

31. Go white-water rafting

Work together & with your group to battle your way down the rapids. We haven’t done this yet, but it seems like the peak of adventurous things to do with your girlfriend or boyfriend. 

32. Do something completely unselfish for the other person

Teenage couple looking at the phone while sitting on a longboard.

What you do is completely up to you, but do this thing without expecting anything in return. It will make you a better person and strengthen your relationship times 1000.

33. Rock out at a music festival side by side

Music brings people together. Attend a multi-day festival for the full experience, especially because you can listen to a variety of artists you love. 

34. Admire some of the world’s finest art in Florence

Head to Florence, Italy, or another of the world’s best art destinations to take in the masterpieces. Discuss their meaning with one another—even if you understand exactly nothing about art!

35. Visit an epic waterfall

If possible, bathe in it. Probably not recommended for the powerful waterfall pictured! 

36. Go on a truly unforgettable road trip

Oh, what is better than an epic couples road trip? It’s one of the coolest ways to experience a country or region and it brings with it its own relationship-boosting challenges. We’ve road-tripped around the USA, but also in other amazing parts of the world. 

Some suggested itineraries: 

37. Rent an RV 

Speaking of road trips, you should absolutely go on an RV road trip at some point together. If you really want to boost your relationship through some challenges, this can provide! 

38. Kiss in the rain

Just do it. It’s a requirement. Dancing is also highly suggested.

39. Catch a sunset in Santorini

The most romantic sunsets on earth just might be found in this Greek city. Need some inspiration for other romantic cities to visit? We’ve got you, babes. 

40. Visit an ancient city

Fancy yourselves intrepid explorers and travel to one of the world’s oldest cities or civilizations. 

41. Act like total tourists in New York City

The Empire State Building, hot dogs, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty: do it ALL. There’s something liberating about acting like the perfect tacky tourist. The two of you will laugh very hard about this day. Also be sure to make time for some of the most romantic things to do in NYC.

42. Stay in an ice hotel

Seriously cold, but also seriously cool. There are a number of ice hotels that pop up every year. PS: You can hold each other for warmth!

43. Explore a rainforest

So many amazing creatures and lush vegetation. We definitely recommend traveling to one of the Earth’s most amazing ecosystems. 

44. Swing at “the end of the world”

In Ecuador, you can swing at the end of the world. Beautiful views and a bit of a thrill. Add this to all of your couple bucket lists!

45. Learn to sail

A great challenge for the mind and body, plus tons of fun. If you’re not ready to go it alone, you can help out the crew on an overnight sailing trip off the coast of Maine. 

46. Hug a koala, panda, or sloth

If you have a bucket list for travel, perhaps snuggling one of these precious animals is on it. Find a responsible wildlife provider and let your dreams come true. Searching for sweet things to do for your girlfriend? Book her a date with her favorite animal. 

47. Drive on the other side of the road

Do you trust your partner? Put their driving skills to the test in a place that drives on the opposite side of the road. We can say from experience that this is an eye-opening (or eye-closing!) experience. 

48. Eat tapas in Barcelona

Barcelona is a gorgeous and delicious city that all couples should explore. If you’re looking for fun anniversary ideas, consider this a hint and book a trip to surprise your SO.

49. Charter a yacht

Luxury living for a week! Charter a private yacht somewhere glorious.

50. See the sunrise from the top of a mountain

At some point in your relationship, climb a mountain together before dawn so you can share a spectacular sunrise. This is one of the ultimate adventures for couples and it offers plenty of romance. 

51. Get a couples massage

On your couple list, there should absolutely be some pampering and luxury. Why not get a couples massage? True pleasure is an epic full body massage for two! It’s so lovely to lie side by side while you experience an utterly relaxing treatment. 

52. Go on a cruise

Cruises can offer some fantastic destinations. It’s a different way to travel than you might be used to, but it’s one every couple should experience together. Climb on board!

53. Head to Munich for Oktoberfest

A massive festival of beer, food, and fun, Oktoberfest is a travelers’ bucket list item you won’t want to miss. Do it together, wearing a dirndl and lederhosen of course.

54. Go bowling

A little friendly competition never hurt anyone. and challenging each other is one of those cute things couples do. Who’s the better bowler of you two? Better find out! 

55. Go on a safari in Africa

A dream trip, for sure. A safari in Africa is sure to be endlessly thrilling with plenty of romance as well. 

Explore more of Africa: Romantic Things to Do in Cape Town 

56. Make dinner for each other

As part of your relationship bucket list, take turns cooking for each other. Even if you’re not much of a cook and your meal turns out terrible, you’ll make a hilarious memory in the process. Here are some romantic recipes to get you started.

57. Experience a total eclipse

One of the most phenomenal experiences for us in 2017 was the total solar eclipse that crossed the USA in August. We were honestly utterly in awe at this miracle of nature. You should absolutely plan to witness an eclipse with your sweetheart if possible. Here’s a list of all the upcoming eclipses.

 

58. Have a stay-in-bed-all-day weekend

Some of the most fun things for couples to do involves not even leaving the house. In fact, for this date bucket list item, don’t even leave your covers. PJs optional. If you want a stay-in-bed weekend away from home, you might like one of these 21 super romantic Airbnbs around the world. 

59. See the pyramids in Egypt

An epic site that all people should try to travel to at some point. This is another world wonder that you will want to set your eyes on. We know we do! 

60. Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Ah, romantic Rome! Toss a coin over your shoulder into Rome’s most iconic fountain and legend says you will someday return. 

Pro tip: Go early in the morning or late at night to avoid the crowds at this popular spot. 

61. Ride horses along the beach

Isn’t this one of the top cute things to do as a couple? Riding horses side by side sounds incredible. A pretty breathless experience, to be sure. Pick an insanely beautiful beach. Ride an insanely beautiful horse.

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62. Go to a museum and discuss the exhibits

Be hoity-toity and talk about the merits of each piece of art. Bonus points if you don’t know the first thing about art. This could be a good date idea early on in a relationship, as it may reveal a lot about your new partner and demonstrate your compatibility (or lack thereof).

63. Climb a tall mountain

Push your boundaries and touch an impressive peak. Everest would be good, but any mountain will do!

64. Stay in a tree house

As a child you no doubt wanted to live in a tree house. Now you can….at least for a few days! (Vermont is full of amazing tree houses and cabins. Here are some of our favorites to choose from!)

65. Visit Machu Picchu

This is definitely one of the Two Drifters’ personal couples bucket list items. Cute llamas, towering green mountains, insane gorgeousness…what more do you need?

66. Go ice skating

In the winter time, one of the most romantic activities for couples is ice skating, especially if it’s on a natural pond or lake! Who knows, this might become one of your annual holiday traditions together. 

67. Binge watch a TV show together

Most of these bucket list ideas for couples have you getting out and about, but for this one, it’s all about staying in for the day/night and bingeing an entire series (or at least a season). You can even do this if you’re in a long distance relationship.

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68. Volunteer together

Do something meaningful for your community together. 

69. Visit Disneyland

Bucket list travel ideas: visit Disneyland or Disney World! It’s the happiest place on Earth, and you two will make it even happier!

70. Fly first class

Hot towels, free drinks. Everyone should travel this way at least once.

71. Find out how the other takes his coffee.

It’s sweet and intimate, and it makes ordering at Starbucks so much easier.

72. Find your special song.

Need some inspiration? We’ve got a list of some of the most romantic love songs of all time.  It’s really special to find the song that makes you think of the other person, or think of your love story. Our song is our wedding song “Wilder” by Brandi Carlile.

Finding your song is definitely an item that tops a list of “cute bucket list ideas with boyfriend.”

73. Take a cooking class together

Crafting a delicious meal together is a terrific way to laugh, learn, and eat…plus it will give you meal prep skills for the future.

74. Go deep-sea fishing

Reel in a big one! This is perfect for romantic things to do with your boyfriend, husband, or literally anyone who gets a thrill from catching huge fish!

75. Be on a game show together

If you can make it happen, nothing would be more memorable than this! Teamwork makes the dream work….and maybe wins you some $$! 

76. Visit a seriously cheesy tourist trap…like the world’s largest ball of twine in Kansas, USA

One of the most memorable things couples can do together is to see a lame tourist icon, and laugh about it together. Don’t forget to take a couples selfie!

77. Ride camels across the Sahara (or another desert)

Nathan has already done this…and I am very jealous. This is truly a couples travel experience that will be a once in a lifetime. 

78. Attend a wine tasting

Sip all the varietals and pick out your favorite to take home.

79. Dance til dawn

Looking for romantic things to do with your girlfriend? Take her dancing! Dancing is great exercise, of course, but is also undeniably romantic. Stay out all night as you sway to the rhythm of the music.

80. Go apple picking or berry picking

Getting out in nature and picking fruit is great in all seasons.

81. Bake together

After picking apples (or berries) head home and spend some time in the kitchen.

82. Have a couples book club, and read a book at the same time

Pick a great book and take turns reading it loud to one another. Or, check out multiple copies from the library and then discuss a chapter each day.

83. Build a blanket fort

On a rainy day, stay inside and bring back your childhood by building a blanket and pillow fort in your living room.

84. Go backpacking in Southeast Asia

Backpacking is a classic travel bucket list item, and SE Asia is an outstanding place to do it. It’s budget friendly, warm, full of good food, beautiful beaches, and rich culture. You could also consider backpacking through Europe or another part of the world.

85. Attend a sports game together

Grab your honey and go and cheer on your favorite pro sports team.

86. Go on a Ferris wheel together

Whether you’re 15 or 50, this is a classic couples bucket list item. Kiss when you get to the top, but don’t forget to take in the views! 

87. Eat dinner on a balcony with a stunning view

Dinner is all about the company…and the view. There are some amazing restaurants out there, and some luxury hotels with fab views. Room service, anyone?

88. Write love poems to one another

Go ahead, be sappy. There’s something seriously sweet and genuine about writing poetry for one another. If you need writing inspiration, check out these posts:

89. Get “snowed-in” in a cozy cabin

Let it snow! Let it snow! Rent a cabin in the mountains and pray for a blizzard!

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90. Go to a county fair

A county fair is so laid back and full of sights, sounds, and smells! Ride the rides and eat a gigantic funnel cake.

91. Visit Rio during Carnival

One of the world’s most famous events, Carnival, is a great bucket list choice for couples.

92. Host a couples game night

More team fun! Invite over a few couple friends and play your favorite board games.

93. Stay in an overwater bungalow

Any bucket list ideas for lovers should include experiencing romance and adventure in a place that is stunningly beautiful.

Have you seen those gorgeous overwater bungalows in tropical places? What a dream! Being only steps away from the sea is utter paradise. 

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94. Go sledding

When the snow has freshly fallen, grab a sled and fly in tandem down a hill.

95. Have sex outside

Even the most special bucket lists for couples may not include this item, but it’s an exciting must for you and the one you love. Always be safe and be courteous! A private outdoor space is definitely recommended!

96. Drink whisky, eat haggis, and explore the highlands in Scotland

Scotland is intrinsically romantic. In fact, it’s where we Two Drifters first met! Travel the mystical highlands together, indulge in whisky, and fall deeper in love.

More on Scotland:

97. Meet each other’s parents

This relationship rite of passage is a big one. Meeting the parents is often an indication that things are getting serious. In a lasting relationship, this is definitely something very important to check off of your couple to do list.

98. Soak in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Iceland is a hot destination, and the Blue Lagoon is one of the most romantic spots of all. Go soak with your partner and reap the benefits of the healing, soothing hot springs.

99. Help one another through a sickness (not fun, but extremely bonding!)

At one time or another in your relationship, one of you will get sick. Taking care of your significant other is an act of love that will bring you closer than ever before.

100. Stand in awe at the Grand Canyon

Together, you must stand in awe of one of the most spectacular places on earth.

101. Share your true feelings

No matter what adventures you take with your partner, be sure to pursue the most amazing adventure of all: love.

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