Create a bucket list to make the most of your summer break

Summer break is just around the corner and it’s time to make your bucket list of must-do adventures. Instead of the usual summer reading, make this one crazy summer that you’ll never forget. Let’s take a look at a few ideas of what you need to do before the fall semester begins.

Taking a road trip with friends is an excellent bucket list item.

Taking a road trip with friends is an excellent bucket list item.

Why make a bucket list

A bucket list is a list of things that you want to do before you die. If you haven’t made one, then it’s time to put one together. After all, you’re more likely to get something done if you’ve written it down.

In his November 22, 2013, post for, “Reasons Why You Should Create a Bucket List,” Igor Ovsyannykov explained the idea behind the bucket list.

Once you make a list of all the dreams and goals that you’d like to realize, you can find ways to plan how you’re going to accomplish them.

Even if you don’t check off everything on your list, it’s still worth the trouble. “Even achieving a small short-term goal will give you a sense of satisfaction. That feeling alone is your initial reward for your achievement,” Ovsyannykov said.

Bucket list items

What should you put on your bucket list? Laura Vanderkam offered several suggestions in her March 11, 2011, post for, “Why You Should Make a Bucket List.”

According to Vanderkam, your list could include:

  • places you’d like to visit
  • financial goals
  • restaurants you want to try
  • fun activities with family and friends

Vanderkam explained, “I actually think it’s a great productivity tool. As you start putting things into your life that bring you great joy, you’ll naturally be more focused at work, because you’ll have a compelling personal life that will make you want to leave the office on time.“

Your summer break list

In the few weeks that comprise summer break, you can cram in lots of bucket list adventures if you plan ahead. Check out Kendall Konrade’s Summer Break Bucket List on Pinterest for more ideas.

Konrade’s board includes:

  • going on a road trip with friends
  • tubing down the river
  • learning to play the piano
  • going skinny dipping
  • catching a jar of fireflies

Get out your calendar and outline what you’ll do each week of vacation. Think about assigning days when you’ll just wing it and see what happens.

More ideas

If you’re still looking for inspiration, take a look at The Summer To Do List on where you’ll find ideas that include:

  • spa day
  • spend the whole day in pajamas
  • watch the sunrise
  • Frisbee golf
  • gain a good habit
  • take a cooking class

A bucket list isn’t just for summer. Once the fall semester begins, continue to add to your list and check off items that you accomplish.

How to track your list

You can keep track of your list by using the free tool at Once you sign up you can share your goals with friends, connect with other goal seekers and see how others have achieved their goals.

Recent goals added by members of include:

  • swim in a hot spring
  • visit San Francisco
  • ziplining
  • beach bonfire

In an April 13, 2014, post for the blog, “10 Things to Add to Your Summer Bucket List,” Sara Ruthnum added more suggestions for your list.

Ruthnum’s list includes:

  • a summer music festival
  • camp on the beach
  • learn to surf/boogie board/wakeboard/skimboard

To get the summer off to a good start, Ruthnum suggested a summer solstice party. “Why not kick off the start of summer with a bang! Since June 21 is the official start of summer, and the shortest night of the year, things just sort of make sense,” Ruthnum explained.

What’s on your summer bucket list? Tell us in the comments.

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