Bucketlist’s 2015 Ultimate Summer Bucket List

Summer is here! It’s time to pull out those shorts, shake off the cobwebs and enjoy the summer weather – at least here in the northern hemisphere. For some of you, summer means freedom (i.e. from school) and your chance to do what you’ve wanted all year.

But if you want a little more help in planning these few short – oh so beautiful – months, here is Bucketlist‘s top 10 favorite ideas for your summer 2015 ultimate summer bucket list.

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1. City wide scavenger hunt

(or an internet based one) Do you remember way back when, when a treasure hunt was possibly the coolest thing ever? This is like the older version of that. Your city is full of gems waiting to be discovered…or re-discovered! Assign one person to be the clue-master in charge of creating clues and experiences. It’s a commitment, but you’ll also hold all the power. This article from Matador network has some great suggestions in establishing your own hunt. If no one is quite ready to take the lead, there are a few amazing race style competitions pre-organized for your enjoyment, like City Chase in Vancouver.

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2. Have a paint fight

Not for the neat freaks among us, having a paint fight takes commitment. As long as you’re up for a little mess, a paint fight can be one of the most memorable experiences of your bucket list summer. Try filling up water balloons with 1 part paint (preferrably the non-toxic stuff) and pick out a place to get messy!

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3. Attend a music festival

Maybe I’m just a little sentimental since this year I will most likely not be attending one, but if you can go to some sort of outdoor concert. They really encompass everything summer stands for- the ultimate freedom. In case you need some inspiration on which fests to go to, here is a list of the top 7 music festivals to add to your bucket list.

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4. Go to a drive in movie

Just an hour and a half away from where I grew up there was a drive in movie theater. And although I spent 18 years in Regina, Saskatchewan I never made it to a single movie. I have experienced outdoor movies in the park, which are equally special, however never the full drive in experience.  The nostalgia of it all must make it a night to remember.

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5. Go on the road trip of your dreams 

A la Taylor Swift / Karlie Kloss. If you are not a world renowned pop idol or one of the world’s top models, you can still recreate an instagrammers dream road trip – documenting the open road and your best friend. Drive through the timeless redwood trees that cascade over Big Sur. Or take a trip over the flatland prairies and planes of middle america. It’s captivating to not have any plans or expectations. Just you and your travel companions and the road ahead. No matter where you are, there are incredible road trips to be explored, tiny towns welcoming you with fresh baked bread and an even more refreshingly friendly attitude.

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6. Create something for someone you love

Working with your hands is a powerful expression of creativity – not only sharing a talent with a friend, but essentially the memory as well. Think about it, when you’re baking someone a treat or making a friendship bracelet, how much thought goes into it? A lot more that just buying a present.

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7. Slide the city

Have you heard of slide the city? It’s only the most epic slip and slide in the world. They set up a a 1000 foot slide throughout North America.

Summer time is upon us, and we are bringing 1000 feet of slick vinyl to brighten your city streets. Come dressed to impress because it’s not every day you can strut through town with your hot bod, cool dance moves and slick slides. Did we mention 1000 feet? Yeah, that’s over 3 football fields. More info here.

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8. Read a book a day/week/month

If there’s one thing I can’t stress enough, it’s the power of knowledge. You don’t have to be an expert in one field, but always absorbing information and growing your brain will help you exponentially in all areas of your life. Set a benchmark for yourself like reading one book a month. Or spend ten minutes less watching tv, and open that book you’ve been dying to finish.

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9. Do something that scares you

What’s summer if it doesn’t have a little adventure? Skydiving isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but maybe push your boundaries and try zip-lining. It doesn’t even need to be as adventurous. Maybe it’s as simple as tasting something new and – potentially – nasty, but you’ll literally never know unless you try.

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10. Give back 

Finally, it’s so important to give back. It’s something that I’m really passionate about – passing along happiness in life. With a little effort and time you can have the most powerful effect on the people around you and ultimately the world!

Feel inspired? Check out Bucketlist’s ideas page!

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Sara Ruthnum

Sara is the marketing and community outreach coordinator for Bucketlist.org. She is passionate about all things travel, culture and sports, and is excited to start knocking off some of her bucket list dreams in the near future. Connect with Sara by emailing sara@bucketlist.org or linkedin.com/in/sararuthnum.

Check out Sara’s bucket list here http://bucketlist.org/list/sara.ruthnum/