The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

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How are you guys? I know, it’s been a while :/ I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in ages – I’ve had exams and bad wi-fi connection over the past few weeks, which really aren’t the best combination for blogging. But excuses aside, I am now off school for the next few months which means I can at last focus on my blog again! I’ve got tons of exciting posts planned for you guys this summer, and I’m kicking things off with the ultimate holiday bucket list!

I don’t know about you, but every year I have so many amazing plans for the holidays and then before I know it, summer’s over and all I’ve accomplished is spending three months binge watching Netflix. But this year, I’m determined to be productive, try new things and visit new places (ok, and maybe binge watch Netflix just a little). Let me know in the comments below what plans you have for the holidays and if you have an recommendations for a good TV series I can get addicted to over the summer. Now, without further ado, here’s 20 ways to have the best summer ever 🙂

1. Have a Campfire/BBQ

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Nothing screams ‘summertime’ more than having a barbecue with your neighbours (I’m pretty sure they only do that in movies, but who knows) or roasting smores over a campfire. Just make sure you don’t burn your house down!

2. Have a picnic on the beach

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I’m pretty sure it’s an unspoken law that you have to go the beach at least once during the summer – or if you don’t live near the coast, a pool or lake or something. Either way, having a picnic by the sea with some friends and family is an inexpensive outing that is always fun and memorable!

3. Travel the world!vw-camper-336606_640

Whether you’re flying abroad or going on a roadtrip with some friends, discovering new places is an essential part of summer time. This year, I  saved up to go with some friends on a trip to Germany, Italy and Slovenia – I can’t wait!

4. Embrace your inner bookworm

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I’m not saying that everyone loves reading, I’m just saying that if you don’t you need to reevaluate your life choices. I used to be an avid reader, but recently I’ve noticed I haven’t been reading enough. This summer, I plan to raid the library and get back into the joys of literature!

5. Bake some cookies

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Well, not necessarily cookies – any food will do (though if you are a cookie fan, make sure to check out my super easy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe 😉 ). If you guys like cooking/baking as much as I do, I’m sure you also have a few recipes that you’ve always wanted to try out, but have never been brave enough to! Well, let’s make this the summer where we face our culinary fears and attempt to cook those complicated recipes.

6. Go to a concert

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Concerts and music festivals are always something I want to do over the summer, but never get around to attending (usually because I’m broke). But for the first time, this year my friend and I are going to see Beyoncé perform live up in Dublin on July 9th, which will no doubt be amazing!

7. Get crafty! 

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You guys know I “get crafty” all year long, but in my mind three months of holidays is just an excuse to spend even more time diy-ing! I got this tie dye kit for Christmas (like two years ago) and I’m definitely going to be trying it out this summer.

8. Learn a new skill

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Summer is the perfect time to learn new skills, whether that’s trying out a new sport for all you strange athletic people, learning how to drive or taking up an unusual hobby. Personally, I’m going to look into taking part in a photography course this year.

9. Eat ice cream

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Forget Romeo and Juliet‘s love story. A few years ago I went on holidays to Florence, Italy and tried gelatos. I have loved ice cream ever since.

10. Dye your hair

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Admit it – you’ve always secretly wanted to dye your hair some crazy colour. Well, I think this is the year that you should woman up and do it (just ask your parents first). I tried getting a purple ombré look last year, though instead of the vibrant, violet locks I’d hoped for I was left with was half of my hair having a barely noticeable maroon-y tint. This year, I think I might just go for some highlights. If you don’t want to damage your hair, colourful extensions are a good alternative too.

11. Make a smoothie

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Or get someone else to make you a smoothie. Either way, summer is the perfect time for cold, fruity drinks and smoothies are way healthier than a can of coke.

12. Have a movie night

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Instead of spending money on overpriced popcorn and tickets at the cinema, invite a couple of your girls over to spend the night. Just open up Netflix, grab some snacks and let the movie marathon begin!

13. Celebrate an obscure holiday 

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Everyday of the year is dedicated to a different, unusual holiday and most of them you’ve never even heard of! So this summer, why not research a few ‘obscure’ holidays , choose one (preferably the most bizarre) to celebrate and go all out. Personally, I love any excuse to celebrate, so I’m definitely going to be trying this out. I mean, when something as wonderful as ‘corn on the cob day’ exists, how could you not celebrate it?

14. Take photos

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Now I’m not saying act like one of those infuriating tourists who just take pictures of everything, but I do think its really nice to take few photos to keep as souvenirs. At the end of the summer, you can even put together a little scrap book.

15. Learn Origami

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Cause I mean, why not? It’s such an underrated art these days.

16. Have a henna tattoo party

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A fun way to spend an afternoon is to invite a few friends over and give eachother henna tattoos. For those of you who don’t know, henna is a plant-based dye that is used in various Cultures (notably in India) as a sort of temporary body tattoo. Now, it’s starting to become a trend around the world! You guys can check out my step by step Henna Tutorial to learn the basics.

17. Play a board game

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As a kid, I used to play board games all the time with my brothers and things would get pretty competitive! This summer, I think I’ll spend a little time reminding my family that I’m still the undisputed Champion of All Board Games ;).

18. Focus on a project

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During the rest of the year, there’s so much going on that sometimes we tend to avoid getting involved in big projects. Summer’s the perfect time to really focus on a larger task that’s a bit time consuming. As I said, this year I want to dedicate a lot of time to blogging and also to working on my portfolio for art college (by the way, if any of you are making/ have made a porfolio, please leave any tips in the comments below! They’d be much appreciated).

19. Be Spontaneous

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When I’m at school, my life tends to become a routine and the weekdays all start to blur into one. Even though it can be nice to have a plan, it’s also fun to just be a little spontaneous once in awhile, like randomly going out to lunch with your friends or suddenly deciding to visit somewhere new!

20. Watch a sunset/sunrise

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Even a cynic like me can appreciate a beautiful sunset or sunrise. Hopefully I’ll see one this summer (if I manage to wake up early enough) and maybe even take some nice photographs!

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49 comments

  1. SoSaysSunny · December 8

    My friends and I combined a bunch of your bucket list items into a Bollywood Girls’ Night. We watched a movie (#12) that had musical dance numbers (#6), learned how to wear a sari (#8), applied bindi jewels and henna tattoos (#7/16), and tried new food (#5) in a virtual immersion trip to India (#3). It was a blast!

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    • maya · December 10

      Sounds like an awesome girl’s night! I just might have to try it myself 🙂

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  2. theseasonalchild · August 4

    Some grew ideas. Very inspirational. Thank you

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    • maya · August 6

      Glad you like it!

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  3. Jo Smith · July 5, 2016

    Best summer bucket list ever!

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    • maya · July 5, 2016

      Thanks!

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  4. martatoscano · July 1, 2016

    I looooooved this summer list, gonna make it my own and start making this summer the best one 🙂

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  5. whiskeyandpeonies · June 26, 2016

    Love this! I should make a bucket list too…

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  6. Peony Grace · June 25, 2016

    All of these are great suggestions and have prompted me to do something to get out of my ‘funk’. I think I’ll start with ‘Eat Ice Cream’ (as I have some in the freezer…)

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  7. Worlds4Sale · June 25, 2016

    I love this! And now I can check off a few of those items, too–streaked my hair bright red, working on a short story collection, have traveled…
    If you haven’t seen the new show Scream, I recommend it! I’m watching Person of Interest right now, with plans for catching up on Orphan Black after that.
    Happy summer!

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    • maya · June 26, 2016

      Thanks for the suggestions! You sound like you’re having a brilliant summer 🙂

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  8. fitsoccergirl · June 17, 2016

    This is such a great list! You made me wanna just go out and do things right now, even though it’s 10:30 pm. Thank you for the inspiration 👍

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    • maya · June 19, 2016

      No problem, glad you liked it 🙂

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  9. guidigiulia · June 15, 2016

    I really hope you will enjoy your trip to Italy, Germany, and Slovenia. That sounds like a wonderful and adventurous summer plan! 🙂 I really liked this post, and this year I have already been embracing my inner bookworm. Baking is next, I think!

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    • maya · June 15, 2016

      Glad you liked it! What books have you been reading? I could use some suggestions 🙂

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  10. sharonholly · June 14, 2016

    Love your bucket list! Whenever I make one it tends to be ridiculously overwhelming. I might steal a few of yours, especially celebrating random, bizarre holidays!

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    • maya · June 14, 2016

      Hahaha please do! I’m glad you like it 🙂

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  11. Laura_Wamby · June 13, 2016

    Always wanted to dye my hair. Never had the guts.

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  12. Aphiwe · June 11, 2016

    These are amazing bucket list things, might add some to my own bucket list. 🙂

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  13. freedomnights · June 10, 2016

    This is everythingg!!! Love it

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  14. thetckdiaires · June 9, 2016

    This is so cute! You have definitely inspired me to create a summer bucket list of my own! I hope you keep us updated on how the list goes:)

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  15. Fearfully Wonderfully Me · June 8, 2016

    Your list sounds so exciting! I wish I could afford to travel more, but I’m looking forward to exploring more of my beautiful state. Also, I’m doing a craft show this August, so I’m super excited to do note crafting!

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    • maya · June 9, 2016

      That sounds like a lot of fun! Travelling abroad is amazing, but honestly I think exploring your local area can be just as nice 🙂

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  16. dez | the fun in reading books · June 8, 2016

    It’s a great list but too bad summer just officially ended here in our country. 😦

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    • maya · June 9, 2016

      Aw I’m sorry… but hey, it’s never too early to start planning for next year 😉

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      • dez | the fun in reading books · June 9, 2016

        Of course! And I’m totally planning to try most, if not everything, of the things listed!

        Hope you have an awesome summer! 🙂

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  17. kerdishastlouis · June 7, 2016

    Great post I’ll be at work but I do have a few vacation days so a beach day is def on my agenda ❤️❤️

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  18. Em · June 6, 2016

    I love it!!

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    • maya · June 6, 2016

      Thanks!

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  19. Allure Of a Girl · June 6, 2016

    I want to do so many of these as-well! I hope you achieve them all! Amy xo

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  20. TrainOfThought · June 6, 2016

    Ooops, I meant plans not plants! But I am growing afew sunflowers this summer!

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  21. TrainOfThought · June 6, 2016

    Such great ideas, I need to do these. To be honest, before the summer holidays, I have quite a few plants, and then when the time comes, I’m just eating popcorn! I’m definitely going to try these out, thanks for sharing!

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    • maya · June 6, 2016

      Hahaha, don’t worry – I’m usually in the same boat, but hopefully having a bucket list will make my summer a little more productive 😉

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  22. Inspired Teen · June 6, 2016

    I absolutely love this post! Everything you’ve put in here is so relatable and inspiring!! I usually just stick to a life bucket list but after reading this post I might make my own summer bucket list! Especially as at the end of the summer I’m going to become a semi-adult… 🙂

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    • maya · June 6, 2016

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! You should definitely make a list of your own – it’s loads of fun, and stops you from getting board over the summer 🙂

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      • Inspired Teen · June 6, 2016

        You’re welcome! I can imagine it being loads of fun and I think my best friend’s done one recently so we could kind of complete them together/have a competition of who can completely the most things (I know you’re supposed to complete them all but who does that really? haha!). I also really love your ideas so might steal a few of those! 🙂

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  23. Jo · June 6, 2016

    Love this list because it’s so doable. Hope you can get something checked off right away. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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  24. the happiest pixel · June 6, 2016

    That’s a lovely list, my happy pixel!! I’m going to make my own!!
    Love, thp

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  25. Tiffany Belle Harper · June 6, 2016

    Exceptional post. I have a blog on here where I share others posts on here and on Twitter. Could you add the reblog button to any of your blogs and let me know so I can share a few of them. I really enjoy your theme of things. Very creative. Well Done. X

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  26. TravelDevoted · June 6, 2016

    What a fun list! Speaking of obscure holidays, we will be celebrating Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong this Thursday, so we are super excited!

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    • maya · June 6, 2016

      That’s sounds amazing! What kind of festivities are involved in the Dragon Boat Festival?

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  27. nayardt · June 6, 2016

    Lovely ideas!

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  28. audreywritesabroad · June 6, 2016

    Wow! Great summer list 🙂 I hope you get to do all of it! Most numbers are on my list too, hihi. I also want to try hang-gliding 😀

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    • maya · June 6, 2016

      I wish I was brave enough to go hand-gliding, it sounds amazing!

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