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Now that Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, it’s the unofficial start of summer!
Well, in the United States anyway. Summertime in your twenties is one of the best seasons because you’re old enough to explore a world of opportunities that you didn’t necessarily have access to in your teens. There’s always a million activities and events that allow you to let loose, spend quality time with family and friends, and create memories that’ll last you a lifetime. If you’re searching for some ideas to spark your creativity this summer, keep reading to DIY your own summer bucket list!
Friends, it’s freakin summer! The weather is prime and there are literally so many different activities for you to get involved in. The last thing we should be doing is spending all our free time binging Netflix…that’s so winter. Take advantage of the longer days and the warm nights by creating your own summer bucket list.
If you’re super clueless and need an idea boost, here are 20 ideas to add to your summer bucket list, and make this summer the best one yet.
20 Summer Bucket List Items for Twenty-Somethings:
Explore a New Place.
If you’re going to spend your hard-earned cash, your best bet is spending it on travel like a vacation or weekend getaway in a totally new place.
Ask yourself where you have always wanted to travel, and how much money you have to splurge. If it’s not a lot (again, feel ya sistas) spend your pennies on a weekend trip instead of a weeklong excursion. You’ll also save work vacation time this way!
If you’re trying to fly, discount airlines like Allegiant and Frontier offer super cheap flights if you book your trip ahead of time. Or, stay closer to home and take a roadtrip. You’ll be surprised what cities and spots near you have to offer.
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Since I’m still a California newb, I’m planning a weekend getaway at a lake just a few hours drive away (still TBD). Summer nights by the lake hold some of my BEST memories.
Get Ice Cream.
There’s nothing like a warm summer evening and getting ice cream at a local spot. Nothing puts you more in summer mode than indulging in a sweet treat on a beautiful evening—ideally just as the suns about to set!
Summer Bar Night / Bar Crawl.
Get together with your friends one Friday or Saturday night and create your own mini bar crawl. Have a few drinks and create memories (blurry memories that is) with your BFFs. If you’re about it, consider staying overnight at a hotel nearby and carry the fun over into the morning with bottomless brunch.
Watch a Drive-In Movie.
Omg, nothing has summer vibes like a drive-in movie theater. Do they even exist anymore?
WELL, if they do, you’ve gotta add this to the top of your summer bucket list! Pick a night where you know it’ll be warm, a good movie will be played, and enjoy.
Make S’mores by the Campfire.
Okay, I’m actually drooling right now thinking about this.
I love getting together with my family and lighting up a good campfire. Grab some brews, friends and enjoy each other’s company by the fire and make yummy s’mores.
Side note: if you set the marshmallow on fire you’re a crazy person lol.
Take a Hike!
Take advantage of the warm weather and get outdoors!
Seriously guys, take advantage of the season and explore mother nature as intended. You’ll be surprised by the number of little spots in the woods that catch your eye, or the various flora and fauna of your geographic location. Bring a camera, friends and agua (hello hydration), and you’ll be sure to have a good time.
*Bonus Points* You’ll also be getting your steps in. HELL YEAH TO EXERCISE!
Summer = farmers markets for DAYS.
Farmers markets are filled with amazingly good vibes, and some yummy produce. Support your local farmers, and shop at a farmer’s market by you. Challenge yourself and try to create a meal with only the ingredients you bought from the market—kind of like a self-game of ‘Chopped.’
Go to a Concert.
Preferably at an outdoor venue! Some of my favorite summer memories are from going to an amazing concert. I’ve seen Zac Brown Band, The Backstreet Boys, OAR and more, and I had a great time at every single one! You also get to pick out a cute concert outfit and that’s always fun.
Want something more budget friendly? Local parks are known for their summer concert series. Grab some chairs and set up a blanket and enjoy your friends while taking advantage of free concerts nearby.
Wine Taste at A Vineyard.
My LADIESSSS, I love wine and I love wine tasting. It’s the perfect summer bucket list activity for you and your friends. Vineyards are always poppin’ during summer months, and often have things planned like live music and other entertainment.
Pick a date and set up a little evening potluck. If you’ve got a bunch of vineyards in one location, consider setting up a whole tour…just make sure you’ve got a DD or driver set up. #crucial.
Let’s Go to The Beach, Beach.
Salty hair, don’t even care. This is pretty much a given on any summer bucket list let’s be honest.
If you live close enough to the beach you must get there at least once this summer!
Go to a Carnival, Festival or Fair.
Get out and go to a festival or fair one evening. You’ll be sure to have a kick-ass time stuffing your face with funnel cake and playing carnival games with some of your best frands.
Attend a Baseball Game.
Something about that baseball atmosphere just puts you in a summer mood. Grab some friends or family and go to a major (or minor) league game. I swear there’s not much better than sippin’ on a beer watching your team…
…P.S. BAT DOGS are a thing now, and they’re so DAMN cute.
Try a New Water Activity.
You don’t have to be near the beach to enjoy the water. Find a spot near you where you can canoe or kayak for a few hours. One thing I definitely want to do this summer is paddle board! Maybe I’ll even search for a paddleboard yoga class!
Have Fun at an Amusement Park.
Can anyone say DISNEY?! Pick your poison and spend the day at an amusement park, or water park!
Summer heat waves are the perfect opportunity for a night swim! Find a friend or family member with a pool and when the sun goes down, start swimming.
If you’re feeling extra ballsy, skinny dipping can always be a good time. 😉
Go See Some Fireworks.
Or light some little ones on your own!
Fireworks are the best in the summer and are always happening around the Fourth of July. Set up some chairs or a blanket and watch them light up the night sky.
Read a Book.
We’re all guilty of being sucked into our technology and phones, so set a goal for yourself to read a good book this summer.
If you’re looking for awesome beach reads, check out this BuzzFeed list.
Learn Something Totally New.
Idk about you all, but I’ve got a million things I’ve wanted to do, but I’ve never taken the steps to actually make those things a reality.
This summer take a step out of your comfort zone and try something totally new. Ask yourself what’s on your list of things you want to do in your lifetime. Do you want to learn a new skill or language? Maybe you want to start a blog. This is your chance to make your goals a reality!
Find a Way to Give Back.
Volunteering is directly linked to happiness. Cultivate a sense of personal fulfillment, and not only cross off things on your own summer bucket list but help others out along the way.
Try donating your time to your local animal shelter or run a charity 5k. You’ll be totally psyched knowing you’re not only doing things for you, but for others as well…and that’s always amazing.
Document Your Epic Summer.
Journal or take photos along the way to commemorate your ultimate summer bucket list.
Write it all out in a blog or personal journal. If you aren’t about the writer’s lifestyle, scrapbook your memories, to reminisce on in future years.
The unfortunate truth is that as we all get older our summers are spent more at “the office,” and less with the people who matter most.
It totally sucks. I get it. I feel you.
But that’s the beauty of creating a summer bucket list. When you create a list of summer objectives and goals, you give yourself the push you need to start checking off those little boxes.
My advice to you all: Write out your summer bucket list.
Seriously, I won’t be offended if you hate all these ideas lol. But when you do think of ideas that fit your lifestyle and your vibes– WRITE THEM DOWN. You’re way more likely to actually do the things instead of saying you’ll do them but never getting around to it.
Have you ever made a summer bucket list? What was on it?! Comment in the comment section below!