Summer Bucket List 2016

For the last two years, I’ve made a summer bucket list with 25 things on it. Both years, I left many items undone. Last year, I counted the days in summer (95 days) and thought that it would be plenty of time to get 25 things done (average of one every 3-4 days), but I realized I’m not willing to eliminate all other summer activities just to do the things on this list by a certain time (too much pressure!). This year, I’m making a more realistic list of 15 items. Since there are 13 weeks (plus 3 days) this summer, I can do an average of just about one each week.

I tried to focus the majority of list items around free or very affordable activities, because I’m saving up for my road trip at the end of the summer. Same with last year, I’ve picked some items from my existing list and added some new items just for the summer, and I don’t include things I already know I’ll do. I’m also using the same key as the full list: bold = completed; linked = link to the post about it; * = in progress; (hidden) = well, you get it.

Summer Bucket List 2016

  1. Volunteer for a non-profit organization
  2. Go geocaching
  3. Look out the window of a room in the top floor of a downtown skyscraper
  4. Release a floating lantern (update – I probably won’t be able to do it, it’s illegal in most states)
  5. (hidden)
  6. Eat rabbit
  7. Participate in a flash mob
  8. Enter a recipe contest
  9. Help a local small business with a project
  10. (hidden)*
  11. Learn to do a magic trick
  12. Have someone buy a piece of artwork of mine
  13. (hidden)
  14. Write a letter to a stranger
  15. Write an article for publication

What’s on your summer bucket list?
Comment and let me know. Let’s do this together!


4 thoughts on “Summer Bucket List 2016

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  2. Susan

    I love your list! It all looks so fun and I’m sure it will make for an excellent summer. Will you release a lantern on your own, or will it be an event/festival? And geocaching?!? I’ve wanted to do that forever! My cousin used to do it all the time. The envy was strong.

    You make me feel like I should also create a summer bucket list to make sure I get out and about when we are travelling Europe. I’m going to have to give this some serious thought!

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    1. Shelly Najjar Post author

      I have several lanterns that my future sister-in-law gave me so I may just look up the rules around releasing them and do it myself, but I also know that last year there was a festival somewhere nearby so that could be an option if it’s here while that’s going on.

      Geocaching is like my white whale. I’ve tried twice now, and haven’t found the cache, so I’m hoping this year to borrow a better GPS/smartphone and find it for real! It seems super fun. I love scavenger hunts and it’s similar.

      I’d love to read your Europe bucket list!! Feel free to come back and leave a link if you’re going to post about it.

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    2. Shelly Najjar Post author

      Update: Looks like it’s illegal to release floating sky lanterns in WA and several other states and countries, so I won’t be doing this one this summer.



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