Summer is just around the corner. The days are getting longer, the nights shorter, and soon, you’ll be wiping infinite trickles of sweat down your forehead. What better time to start planning new adventures and checking items off your bucket list?
Here are 21 summer bucket list ideas that will make this the summer of your lifetime.
1. Fly to Thailand to taste some crittersNowhere in the world can you make your nibbles more interesting. In Thailand, you can enjoy a wide variety of delicacies right on the street. If you’re not the squeamish type, you can have your grasshoppers fried, scorpions roasted, tarantulas sauteed, or better yet, mole crickets in sweet and spicy sauce. Not only that, you can have a can of mixed insects for takeout – that’s definitely a meal you’ll never forget.
2. Dive to the Titanic’s wreck siteIf you loved the movie so much, summer is the best time to relive the moments of Jack and Rose by diving to the wreck site and marveling at its fascinating history.
Of course, it will cost you upwards of $60,000 for a 2 week cruise and 12 hour dive to the murky depths of Titanic’s final resting place, but it would certainly be an experience that will last you a lifetime.
3. Go bungee jumpingIt doesn’t matter where you are as there are endless choices all over the world. All you need are a strong, empty gut and a durable cord, and you’re good to go!
4. Trek the Great Wall of ChinaWith the heat on and 5,500 miles ahead of you, this could be a very tedious and challenging task. So aside from getting the right shoes on, plan your trip way ahead. Traversing the Sleeping Giant’s great wonder is one fulfilling journey you wouldn’t want to miss in your lifetime.
5. Visit the Great Pyramids of EgyptWhat could be more meaningful than having to do this under the sweltering, middle-eastern sun? Ride a camel, if you must. Heck, you could even climb to the Russian photographers who took the incredible photo above – but don’t get caught or you might be spending some time in an Egyptian prison.
6. Get Ellen or Oprah to interview youYou could be the next YouTube sensation. Start recording your music/dance/parody video and state your claim to fame.
If artistic talent isn’t your thing, you could always just burn your hair off with a curling iron, like this 13 year old girl did:
7. Get on a road trip on Route 66 – the Main Street of AmericaYou don’t have to travel halfway around the world to make lifelong memories. Explore the heart of America via route 66. Make sure your automobile of choice is in prime condition and be in the company of the most exciting people you know. Don’t forget to get keep that gas tank filled and a spare tire in the trunk.
Note: Don’t drink and drive. Don’t drive and sleep.
8. Visit the Island of the Dolls.Are you up for some spooky adventure? Then visit the Island of the Dolls in the Xochimilco Borough in Mexico. This creepy island was home to hermit Don Julian Santana, who lived their alone for 50 years before dying in 2001. The Island of the Dolls was Santana’s shrine to a dead girl who supposedly haunted him. In order to ward off her restless spirit, he collected dolls from the canals and hung them around the island. Don’t wear any mask to make sure you ward off all the bad spirits inhabiting the island.
9. See what’s left of the Kremlin Wall in Red SquareYou don’t have to be a fan of Adolf Hitler or Vladimir Putin to be fascinated by Russian History. The Kremlin Wall is considered one of the most symbolic icons of Russia and was a defensive fortress centuries ago.
10. Sip some rum and smoke a Cuban cigar in HavanaIf Americans have their whiskey and Mexicans their tequila, Cubans have their Havana rum. Experience the rum from the best rum country in the world, with a Cuban cigar to match. Plus, learning how to hand-roll the cigars can make your experience more worthwhile.
11. Run with the bulls in Pamplona, SpainIf you are up for the ultimate adrenaline rush of running for your life, the 7-day festival in honor of Pamplona’s San Fermin is another summer destination. However, you have to be older than 18 to be able to run free from a dozen bulls-on-the-loose.
12. Go canoeing through the untamed Amazon RiverNavigate your way through one of the most iconic rivers of the world. Never mind the heat and humidity. With its abundant rainforests and fauna, you get to meet and greet the natives and learn about their remote lifestyle. This is even better than a stint in the Amazing Race.
13. Nitpick with the gorillas in RwandaBut not too much as to taunt them. Safari adventures are popular in Africa and offer a memorable close encounter with wildlife, especially our common ancestor – the primates.
14. See Machu Picchu in PeruThe grandeur that is Machu Picchu holds the breathtaking ruins of the Inca civilization. Hike the Inca Trail and stumble upon cloud forests of the Andes mountain range. With the cool alpine tundra, this journey tenders a sweet escape from the summer heat.
15. Attend Burning Man in the Nevada DesertBut before you block off the last Monday of August up to the first Monday of September, place your bookings as early as May or June. The last gathering was already sold-out by mid-July.
16. Drive the length of India in a rickshaw.With a 7-horsepower, 3-wheeled rickshaw designed to simply transport passengers to nearby places and not for traversing the whole country, you can finally turn that surreal, insane adventure into a reality. See how far these machines can take you, and with their average speed of about 25 miles an hour, make sure you don’t fall asleep on the road!
17. Ride in a hot air balloonGo up, up, and away! Enjoy the magical flight as you soar above spectacular landscapes. Most of us have dreamt of this adventure as kids. Try the balloon rides at Cappadocia, Turkey. They are one of the best in the world.
18. Wrestle with the polar bears in the ArcticIf you abhor the scorching heat of summer and would like to do something ridiculously cool – the Arctic Circle is the place to be! The Arctic region is actually a popular destination during summers. It is when the extremely cold climate becomes bearable (with the appropriate clothing, of course). One can go sightseeing, dog sledding, watching the Aurora Borealis, igloo building, or getting in touch with the local culture.
Disclaimer: No one at Opishposh.com is suggesting that you actually try wrestling polar bears. In fact, we highly advise that you do not attempt it, unless you mind being bear food.
19. Audition for a reality showBecause summer is the time when the general population watches TV the least, some high-budget shows may have to take the backseat or start production for the next season. You might as well audition for an upcoming reality show, or any show, for that matter. It’s about time you tap into that hidden talent. Whatever it is, it might be your ticket to stardom.
20. Go “head-counting” in Easter Island, ChileHave fun as you head-count the man-made statues known as Moai. Being able to tell the difference from one face to another would make it more enjoyable! Their tribal culture is an interesting one as well.
21. Drift and enjoy a mud bath in the Dead Sea.If you’re tired of clinging on to inflatables just to keep you afloat, struggle no more. There’s a unique body of water sprawled between Jordan and Israel that can keep you floating effortlessly– the Dead Sea. If drifting in the sea isn’t enough to strike your fancy, treat yourself to a soothing mud bath!