5 Bucket List Ideas for this Fall


Need some motivation? Read on for five bucket list ideas you need to try this fall.

Have a bucket list? Good! They are important, as we only get to ride once this crazy merry-go-round called life. It’s easy to get bogged down in the monotony of day-to-day schedule and lose your inspiration. If you haven’t written a bucket list, do so now, and refer to it often and always. Autumn is a great time to chip away at it, as we all want to get in as much as we can before we’re trapped indoors with the heat cranked to high.

1. Travel

Stop postponing that trip or trips you’ve wanted to go on for years. Your excuses not to travel will always be there, but the opportunity might not be. Pulling the trigger on this bucket list item will never be a mistake. And fall is a wonderful time to travel; you’ll likely experience nice weather in many places and you’ll get better rates than in the summer. Whether you do it solo or surround yourself with your favorite traveling buddies, traveling is simply good for the soul. Remember to take your journal as well as lots of photos. About that last part, though—don’t take so many pictures that you’re not living in the moment, okay?

2. Land the Job of Your Dreams

So this doesn’t sound like a bucket list item but it is when you’ve been slaving away at a job for years that you don’t enjoy. It might be time to take the leap. Of course, you need to assess the pros vs. the cons, and you obviously don’t want to make a huge life change if you’re the main breadwinner in your family and this decision could affect everyone. If you’re in a position to do it, however, take the chance. Open the wine and cheese shop you’ve envisioned your whole life. Become a personal trainer. Teach yoga! Find your passion and do it. Or if you’ve been longing to take a hiatus and are able to do so, fall is the perfect time to indulge.

3. Dress Up for Halloween

Lost baby porcupine looking for his mommy. #besthalloweencostumeever #cuteoverload #halloween2015

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Have you been that person every year? The one who shows up in “street clothes” when ghosts, ghouls, and goblins abound? Don’t do it. It’s a downer to all who attend Halloween parties. This year, commit to finding Halloween costumes for you and your significant other or your whole family. The Tipsy Elves options are easy and sure to be a conversation starter—you’re not reinventing the Halloween wheel here.

4. Get Active

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We’re not just talking about a jaunt on the elliptical or the hike you’ve done a thousand times. Think about signing up for an adventure race, go bungee jumping and/or zip lining, or climb a mountain. Fall is such a gorgeous time of year, so get out there and take advantage of the crisp air, comfortable temperatures, and changing leaves. Check out Cloud9Living to find some excellent fall adventures in your area.

5. Go Wine Tasting

Fall is an ideal time to go wine tasting, as this is the time of year that many vineyards have their harvest festivals. They often pair up with other vineyards nearby to offer food and wine pairings that will knock your socks off. You might live close enough to do a road trip but, if not, think about traveling to a place like Napa, Sonoma, the Oregon coast, Santa Barbara, or even France! While wine tasting is different at some vineyards, it typically consists of about six to eight pairings of red and white wines. Some places offer nibbles while others have restaurants on site. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to walk around the grounds or get a guided tour, as vineyards are often on land that will take your breath away.

Between the pumpkin spice-ification of all things, the stunning weather, and the opportunity to watch far too much football, fall is really hard to beat. If you’ve been letting your bucket list gather proverbial dust, this is a great time of year to change that.

beauty model reading book

Book bucket list + Pumpkin Spice Latte anyone?



  • Bianca G. says:

    I love your bucket list. I have always wanted to travel too, only I haven’t done so in a long while due to prior commitments. But I don’t want that to be an excuse. I would go and travel one day soon. And that’s a promise.

  • Jennifer CLarenece says:

    Wine tasting sounds like a good idea. I’ve done almost all those I wrote on my bucket list, but wines. I’ve never thought of that. Thanks for this!

  • Dara Parks says:

    So beautiful Heidi!! Thanks for all these wonderful bucket list tips!

  • Helga says:

    I just realized we have the same goals. I mean bucket list. I so wanted to travel around the world and that my priority!

  • Yassmine P. says:

    Getting back to my old pre-pregnant body, that has been my goal and on my bucket list for the past year. I really want to get back in shape.

  • Shauna Hoffman says:

    I am sooo ready for Halloween! My kids and I have already started prepping for our costumes and we couldn’t wait until the party!

  • Leigh Curtis says:

    Wow Heidi, you look great in everything!

  • Felise says:

    I think, that bucket list is feasible and easy enough for me to accomplish this fall, or until winter. I sure would love to explore more lands soon!

  • Lauren says:

    I hope you don’t mind, I’m copying your bucket list!

  • Ella McPhee says:

    I definitely plan on getting fit this fall, in preparation for the holidays!

  • Minerva says:

    Hmmm.. Wine tasting.. Now that’s a great idea. I haven’t sip wine in a long time. This season would be perfect!

  • Bonnie says:

    I wish I knew what’s the perfect job for me… I still haven’t figured out my dream job yet. I have to explore more.

  • Wynona Andrews says:

    Love all these bucket list tips. I’m ready to check off my own list this fall. Bunjee jumping, here I come!

  • Mariztella says:

    Oh, dressing up for Halloween is definitely something I would be able to do. Yes, I can’t wait!

  • Letty says:

    One of my things to do this fall is losing as much weight as I can. I will be going to the gym every single day to shed some pounds.

  • Margaret W. says:

    My bucket list includes riding a horse. I’ve always wanted to try it. Sounds really fun and exciting.

  • Daiy says:

    You know what? I’m dressing up this Halloween! Yes, for the first time in forever, I am going to wear a Halloween costume and I’m so excited! I got inspired by your bucket list and I realized, the last time I did something like this was when I was in grade school.

  • Gabrielle says:

    I’m trying to get in shape this season, and I’m determined to lose weight even more, especially since the holidays are drawing near. Thanks for this inspiring post, Heidi!

  • Pamela S. says:

    Love these bucket list ideas for this season. I wish I could do some of these too!

  • Liza says:

    I’m more inspired to create my Fall Bucket List because of this. Thank you!

  • Brianna Lim says:

    Your bucket list may just be the motivation I need to complete my own list this year! I have always wanted to try bunjee jumping, maybe I could get to do that when I finally go to Dubai next month. Thanks for this post!

  • Crystal Wilde says:

    I want to go to St. Barths too!

  • Noelle K. says:

    I’ve just recently graduated and I want to get a job right away to help with the ‘rents’. Can’t possibly do this without having experience. I do hope I could make this to my bucket list too before the Christmas season arrives.

  • Princess says:

    I’m kind of afraid of heights, but I’ve always wanted to try extreme sports like sky diving and bungee jumping. Maybe I can try with the simplest and easiest first, like zip lining! Yes, that would definitely be on my Bucket List this fall.

  • Victoria M. says:

    I love your list. I hope you don’t mind if I copy them. Or get inspiration from them.

  • Miranda Bradshaw says:

    Oh, thanks for the wine tasting suggestion. You know I’ve always wanted to try that but never got the chance. Hopefully this coming holidays, I’ll get to do that and cross it off on my bucket list.

  • Mercy says:

    Such an inspirational post, I like the push, sometimes we all need it.

  • Trixie Martinez says:

    Love all these to-do lists. Will also have to create mine which I hope to accomplish towards the end of the year. Keep those good vibes and ideas coming, Heidi!

  • Sanjaya says:

    I’ve been planning to loose some weight to become more healthy. I’ve slacked long enough and I think now’s the right time to hit the treadmill and the gym. Thanks for pushing me to the right direction, Heidi

  • Margot Summers says:

    When I first saw this post, I also wanted to dress up in Halloween. Now I can cross this out in my bucket list because I’ve finally done it. I dressed up as Harley Quinn during our Halloween party. Yay!

  • Kourtney Daza says:

    I’ve got a job that pays the bill, but it’s not something that I really enjoy doing. Part of my bucket list has always been landing the job that I really want so I can experience happiness while working. Thanks for reminding me about this.

  • Isabelle G. says:

    Wow, you just gave me an idea for my bucket list. I haven’t really done anything for the past two years since the last time I crossed out something on my list. Thank you for this!

  • Jocelyn Song says:

    I haven’t actually done or created any bucket list before. I thought I’d take each day one day at a time. But seeing this made me realize there are indeed still some goals and dreams I want to achieve before I grow old. Thank you for this pleasant reminder.

  • Mariestella says:

    I can’t say that I have a bucket list, but I do have some things or dreams that I’d love to fulfill before the year ends. Thanks for this great tips, Heidi!

  • Zoe says:

    These are great tips for bucket list! I’m gonna start one for my own too.

  • Kisses Levine says:

    This is a great list. Might as well do it myself too!

  • Madeline Belle says:

    I gotta have my own bucket list too.. There’s still a lot I’ve always wanted to do, hopefully I’ll get to do them really soon.

  • Phoebe says:

    That’s an impressive bucket list. I hope to write my own list anytime soon, there are a lot of things I definitely want to accomplish while I’m still young.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love this post! Definitely inspires me to travel! I’ve postponing it forever!!

  • Suzanne says:

    That’s a great bucket list, Heidi! I sure wish I could do some of the things in my own bucket list!

  • Karylle T. says:

    I would love to cross out those in my bucket list this season. So far, I’ve done mountain climbing, tasted exotic food and donated some toys to charities. Hope to be able to do more!

  • Lizza says:

    I need to create my own bucket list too. Thanks for all these wonderful ideas!

  • Harlene Battison says:

    I did most of the things on my bucket list this year.. Onto the next – paragliding and bunjee jumping.. but with this kind of weather, I seriously doubt I could do these. Love your list by the way!

  • Melissa says:

    You’ve got a great list of things to do this season. I wish I could do mine too!

  • Julia says:

    It’s almost winter but I believe some of these things are still applicable for my bucket list. Like wine tasting. Yes, I would love to try out my palate for new wines this year!

  • Felicia says:

    Those ideas are also part of my bucket list.. hopefully I’ll get to do those soon!

  • Anika Barbara says:

    I am happy to announce that I was able to accomplish 6 out of my 10 things on my bucket list.. Thanks for your motivation Heidi…

  • Emma Jaden says:

    Been doing some holiday bucket lists, too! Thanks for the ideas Heidi!

  • Shauna Wels says:

    I hope you dont mind that I copied two of your things on your bucket list… I actually wore a costume last Halloween, something I never did in my entire life.. And yes, I explored other countries by travelling to some beautiful tourist spots in Asia.. It was an awesome experience.

  • Loren B. says:

    Traveling is also part of my bucket list, something that I wish to accomplish once I finish my graduate studies. I can’t wait to travel the world!

  • Elena says:

    This is a great list… hope I could also do these and then some too..

  • Henrietta says:

    It’s been my dream to attend a fashion show like Fashion Week! I hope I’d get to cross that out on my own bucket list someday.

  • Leigh Curtis says:

    I’m actually planning to travel too, this coming summer vacation. To those places that won’t burn my skin and bum, lol. I love this bucket list ideas, thanks for sharing them!

  • Gabrielle says:

    Wine tasting? Now that would be amazing! I’d been meaning to do that ever since I’ve been in Tuscany with my friends and they had introduced me to wine and stuff.

  • Arianne says:

    Love all these bucket list ideas. I might just incorporate some of them for my own bucket list this summer though 🙂

  • Sofia the Fifth says:

    I gotta do one of these, if not all, in the next few months. I love your bucket list, they’re mostly feasible and easy to do. Maybe I’ll be able to complete my bucket list before the year ends. Wish me luck!

  • Joey Potts says:

    Yes, to all these great bucket list items! Hoping to start mine too, soon!

  • Marjorie says:

    Fall is coming, yes!! I hope to accomplish some on my bucket list too.. Would add wine tasting on my list, that’s for sure..

  • Katerina says:

    Love this bucket list ideas.. Including them on my own list too, hopefully I’ll get to do these before the year ends.

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