Every year when summer hits, everyone says they’re going to make the best summer bucket list. It’s tough to follow through with a list without planning and booking ahead of time; least of all if you don’t have ideas ahead of time!
We curated some unique summer bucket list ideas for all those unforgettable experiences under the sun!
Attend a film festival
Enjoying a movie that everyone has been raving about in theaters is always fun and a nice two-hour break from the real world, but what could be better than experiencing a bunch of films all at once along with like-minded individuals? This summer, rub shoulders with notable filmmakers, award-winning writers, above par actors, and stunning artists from all over the world. Experience the art of filmmaking as you devour highly anticipated critically acclaimed, and thought-provoking films of the year! Get in touch with our experts for recommendations on the best festivals in the world.
Visit a touristy spot in your own town
As summer arrives, everyone wants to take a break from work and go on a breezy vacation. A beautiful tropical vacation may sound blissful, but how many of us have thoroughly explored the home turfs.
Ever wondered what tourists do in your city? Take out a map, mark out the spots, and explore them all. You can make a trip to your town or a neighboring town. Whatever you do, just relax and play the role of a tourist while checking off a summer bucket list experience. Visit that new exhibit, book a table at the world-renowned restaurant you’ve been putting off, catch that ongoing festival, and explore the little nooks and crannies that you’ve never been to but most people recommend to visitors.
Do a wine, liquor, or beer tasting.
There’s no better way to cool off on a summer day than to whet your appetite with delicious local concoctions; especially one that includes alcohol. You can either plan your vacation around the location that has the tasting you want to experience, or you can find one on the go. However, steer away from your favored brands and go local. You might find a new favorite!
Find a famous restaurant that you’ve never visited. Travel and eat there.
Everyone has one dish or cuisine that they are always trying at every restaurant to see if they can find someplace that can make it better. Chase your favorite cuisine around the world as you eat your way through your summer bucket list. Nonetheless, the smallest hole in the wall restaurants, in far-flung places, can being the ones with the best food and service.
Travel somewhere spontaneously with no prior planning.
Most people are advised to plan a trip ahead of time for the best rates, book the best experiences, and stays.
However, do you lack a sense of wonder when you actually visit the destination of which you have seen a hundred pictures?
Overthinking and over planning can impede an authentic experience and unadulterated surprise that travelers should experience when they see a new jaw-dropping destination. The shock of witnessing the enormity of the Statue of Liberty is missing when you know what to expect.
Sometimes having no agenda means you have a world of possibilities to pick and choose from. You can journey around the town stopping to look at whatever intrigues you. Ask a local for an insider guide to the city you intend to explore and get an authentic taste of the city.
Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Always wanted to visit the Seven Wonders of the World? The most iconic places that you HAVE to travel to before you die? Why not take that challenge up? Look at the iconic list, pick one, and plan a trip around the destination. No matter which places you pick to see, you are bound to see breathtaking views and maybe even uncover amazing off-the-beaten-path destinations.
Go on vacation with a group of friends or family.
Away from the stresses of mundane routine, reconnect with your loved ones as you explore a new destination together. Bond with your family and friends as you take fun pictures at the leaning tower of Pisa or eat your way through little streets of Bangkok. Whatever you pick, get ready for guaranteed fun with an added benefit of cutting costs through group bookings. Create lasting memories that keep you going through the routine until you take another vacation together.
Plan your dream vacation and go on it.
Everyone has a dream vacation that they have always wanted to go on, but never do because it is too expensive, or they don’t know how to plan it. This summer is the time you will stop saying ‘what if’ and actually make your dream vacation come true. Set up a separate bank account just for the vacation and put a little bit of money from your paycheck in that account each week. Research the best things to do there, how much it will cost and the best time to do it. By the time next summer comes along, you will have it all planned out.
Start writing a journal and taking pictures every day.
There’s no better way to collect your memories than to start writing them in a journal. You can write about what you do during the day or write about the adventures that you went on while on vacation. Your pictures will mean so much more if there is a story behind them with extra details. If you are feeling excited to share your experiences with the world, then you should try starting a blog. You could share your pictures and your stories for all your friends and family to view, and you will have an electronic backup. Better yet, use journals and pictures to document your summer bucket list!
Try out a new activity.
With summer comes warmer weather and even longer days, which gives you more time to try new things. This summer you should try out a new activity that you have been dying to try, but have never had the time to do. Go it alone or grab a friend and bring them along. Maybe you will both fall in love with your new pastime, and get to spend more time together doing it. If you don’t live near a place that has a particular activity, for instance, paddle boarding or surfing, plan a trip to go try out something new. A new location or hobby can take you places you have never imagined! You never know until you try.