All about Bucket List Items in Summer
Summer is a carefree time, but it can also be the perfect time to take on an extra challenge. Try these bucket list items to take your summer from plain to extraordinary.
Start a Business
Summer is a great time to follow your passions. If one of your passions could also be turned into a profitable business, summer is the time to give it a try. Starting your own business could lead to doing what you want for a living and loving it.
Travel the Globe
It’s true that traveling hasn’t been easy the last year. However, if circumstances allow then summer is a perfect time to travel the globe.
Challenge yourself to visit a certain number of continents or to visit places you’ve wanted to see since you were a child. You can travel solo or with friends. Just make sure to do your research and be prepared before heading to another country.
You don’t have to go across the world to see great things. Plan a hiking or camping trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go.
If that’s not your style try a beach day or a nice walk in your neighborhood. Being outside will also benefit your mental and physical health. You will mark something off your bucket list and likely return home feeling amazing.
Write a Book
Though you can work on creative endeavors any time of year, working on a book during a particular season gives you a definite start and end date.
Summer is perfect. You can spend a certain amount of time each day creating characters and designing a plot then lounge by the pool to reward yourself.
If you finish the rough draft of your book by the end of summer, you can then spend fall working on revisions. This could allow you to have a completely finished piece of work by the end of the year.
Setting financial goals and keeping track of if you meet them offers accountability when you are trying to save money.
At the beginning of summer, decide how much you hope to save. Then figure out how you are going to do it. By the end of summer, see if you have managed to hit your goal.
You can look for extra part-time work or find other creative ways to earn extra cash. You can also simply stop spending on extra items throughout the summer and put that money into savings.
Most of us want to volunteer so we can bring meaning to someone outside of ourselves. Summer is a good time to get started. With kids out of school, many food banks need help providing lunches to students who get them for free when school is in session.
You can volunteer at summer camps or an animal shelter. Make sure to choose an opportunity you are interested in before you start. This will keep you motivated and enthusiastic throughout your experience.
Start a Ritual
We often think of the fall and winter holidays as those full of traditions. You can change that by making your own rituals to practice throughout the summer.
It can be as simple as watching the sunrise or set each day. You can plan outdoor dinner parties or barbeques with friends weekly.
You can also dedicate the summer to rituals of recollection. Practice making a favorite meal from childhood each week. Re-read one book a month that you loved as a kid. Simply create a practice and stick to it.
Conquer Your Fear
Is there something you avoid due to fear? Spend the summer learning how to conquer it. This doesn’t mean you have to jump out of an airplane if you are petrified of heights.
Simply identify your fear and take small, manageable steps to conquer it. The extra summer sun can give you just the boost you need to keep trying until you master your nemesis.
Most of us feel like we have to be on call all the time. That’s why it can be a challenge to pick a week or a month to go completely offline. Summer is a perfect time to try since there will be plenty of other outdoor fun to distract you.
Adopt a Pet
Have you always wanted a dog or cat? Adopt one! Summer will give you time to get outside with your pet and introduce him to the world.
It will also allow you good weather to teach him tricks and training in an open space. Your pet will still be there to snuggle with you like the colder days of fall arrive.
Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Summer is the season to take on your bucket list items.