If you haven’t updated your bucket list recently, it’s high time to buff it up! Here are a few bucket list ideas that will get you off the beaten track and on to some unforgettable adventures:
Burn some effigies at Las Fallas.
In case you’ve never heard of it, Las Fallas is a festival in Valencia, Spain during the month of March. It’s sort of like the 4th of July combined with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Throw in some trees catching on fire and a way better party, and you’ve got the idea of what Las Fallas looks like.
Countless social clubs—or casals—in Valencia spend the entire year designing and constructing massive, elaborate papier-maché monuments. Towering upwards of 60+ feet tall, these fallas are paraded through the streets and then dramatically burned to the ground all at once. It’s just as awesome as it sounds.
Snorkel the shipwrecks at Moreton Island.
Moreton Island is just off the coast of southeastern Queensland, about an hour ferry ride away from Brisbane. It’s made famous by nightly visits from friendly wild dolphins and the Tangalooma Shipwrecks.
The Tangalooma wrecks include 15 total ships, all sunk during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. They’re surrounded by gorgeous teal water and have also become a haven for coral and tropical fish, creating a gorgeous and surreal snorkeling experience that easily makes Moreton worthy of a visit.
World Cup match.
Even if you’re not a soccer fan, I think a World Cup game is one of the most worth-it events out there. Almost everyone has put in a monumental effort to be there, so it’s sort of like stuffing the 50,000 most passionate people that you know into one stadium. The energy is incredible, and I’ve heard even soccer skeptics say that a World Cup game is the best sporting event they’ve ever attended.
Tickets for the World Cup Final can certainly get pricey ($1,000+), but you can get tickets to other World Cup games for shockingly cheap–$50 or less. On top of that, host countries usually try and make it as cheap and easy as possible to come, easing visa processes for World Cup guests.
Although not necessarily expensive, getting tickets does require some planning about a year in advance. The next World Cup is in Qatar during 2022, so if you want to go, you’ll want to start poking around for tickets during the summer of 2021.
Bean bag cinema.
A few years ago, it seemed like beanbag cinemas were having their moment of popularity. These days, you may have to dig a little harder to check this one off.
A company in England called Cult Screens does outdoor showings during the summer. You can get a double bean bag that includes complimentary drinks and snacks for about $60. Nobody to cuddle up with? No problem. As Cult Screens’ website says: “The bean bag is for two people so you can cuddle up with your loved one, friend or even a total stranger if you want and enjoy a night of cinema under the stars.”
Australia also has several open-air cinema options that involve bean bags, and I’ve heard a rumor that there is an indoor bean bag theater in Berkeley, California.
Say ‘yes’ to everything for a day.
You may not end up helicoptering to Greenland or road tripping to Mexico with your newfound soulmate. But saying yes to everything for a day will be an exercise in mindfulness as you start paying attention to when (and how) you aren’t saying yes in life. And whether it’s a poetry slam you never otherwise would have attended or petsitting a friend’s pet ferret, saying ‘yes’ to everything is bound to turn the day into something memorable.
Did you know that you can start checking off your bucket list without leaving your resume to die? We’re teaching students all over the world high-paying skills that let them work from anywhere. Check out our Remote Courses page for more information.