Don’t let 2019 pass you by. Go forth and experience all that you can with these bucket list ideas. We’re right behind you!
Here’s a question. How many times have you wished to fulfil your life goals and then you end up putting them off? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, there’s a place you yearn to visit or a hobby you’re desperate to start. Maybe you just want to do something crazy! There’s no better time to start on your bucket list ideas. So what’s stopping you?
If you need some inspiration let LIVING guide you – here’s 10 bucket list ideas to get you started.
1. Learn a musical instrument
Whether you fancy tinkling the ivories on the piano, strumming a guitar or banging the drums like a rock star then there’s never been a better time to try.
There are so many music schools and private instrumental teachers around these days that the choice is endless if you want to sign up for lessons.
Teaching can be tailored for whatever you choose so if you just want to learn to play for fun the teacher will adapt. If you do decide to take it further, however, teachers can guide you through taking exams.
Half-hour one-to-one sessions tend to cost anything between £10 and £15 but group sessions are also available at some centres and usually cost a bit less.
2. Holiday of a lifetime
Whether you dream of going on a world cruise, backpacking around Australia, taking in the Seven Wonders of the World or throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome, 2019 could be the year to do it.
There are so many options and many holiday companies available to help you personalise your own trip, that the hardest thing will be deciding where to go. If you’re not sure, why not stick a pin in a map and go wherever it lands and make 2019 the year that anything can happen.
A road trip could provide all the adventure you need and you don’t necessarily have to head to the USA or Europe to do it as the places on your doorstep offer plenty of excitement. Travelling around Britain, from Land’s End to John O’Groats for example, is a great way to start or why not do as comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon did in TV show The Trip and drive around the Lake District on a gastronomic getaway?
3. Pursue your passion
Always wanted to write that novel? Love crafting? Passionate about animals? Want to do volunteer work? The only thing stopping you is you, as the saying goes.
Making time is probably the hardest thing but even if you can only spare an hour a week to indulge your passion then you’ll feel better for it.
The Mental Health Foundation says doing something you enjoy can boost your self-esteem and help fight stress, which is all good news on the health front too.
4. Start a business
Being your own boss takes a lot of time and hard work, but ultimately can be one of the most rewarding leaps you can take. If you have a sound business idea now could be time to get it going.
In today’s jobs market more and more people are developing side hustles – so they might do a part-time day job and run a secondary business on the side or they might have several different career paths on the go at the same time.
Emma Gannon, a writer, broadcaster, podcast host and lecturer, published a book on the subject earlier this year, called The Multi-Hyphen Method. It looks at how in the digital age people can work from anywhere and it doesn’t matter if you’re a part-time PA with a blog or a nurse who runs an online store in the evenings, you can use your entrepreneurial spirit to live a more fulfilled and financially healthy life.
5. Conquer your biggest fear
We all have them, some of us more than others and many completely irrational, but this could well be the year you finally overcome those long-held fears, whether it’s spiders, flying, public speaking or heights that leave you in a blind panic.
There are many ways to conquer a fear, from simply facing up to it, using hypnosis or taking small steps towards it.
Whatever the approach, getting over something that has always left you terrified could well be the best tonic as it will make you feel great and boost your confidence, which could have a knock-on effect in other aspects of life.
Singing is one of the best things you can do for letting off steam and having fun at the same time.
And if you fancy yourself as the next Beyonce or Bowie you could try joining a choir. There are lots of groups available these days, all offering different types and styles, from classical to rock, and you don’t necessarily have to be the best singer in the world. If you do want to improve your technique why not try lessons with a vocal teacher?
However, if you just simply love to sing and don’t want to be tied to a group you could head to the nearest karaoke bar with your friends and family or invest in a karaoke machine at home and spend as much time as you like belting out the tunes.
7. Be a film extra
If you love film and TV and want to be on a set and earn some cash at the same time, then become a film extra
Some people can even make a living as professional background workers if they build up a reputation and start gaining regular work.
Be warned though, it is long hours for the money and there can be a lot of hanging around for lengthy periods. But it will give you a great insight into film and TV and you and your family and friends will have fun spotting you in the background of a TV show or movie.
8. Take up dancing
If Strictly Come Dancing left you with a desire to waltz your way onto the floor then it’s time to ‘keep dancing’.
Adult dance lessons are available all over the place and you can pretty much try out everything, from ballet and tap to ballroom and salsa. Dancing is also a fantastic way to keep fit so you get to tick off your bucket list and tick the exercise box at the same time.
9. Climb a mountain
It’s tough, it’s a challenge but reaching the summit will literally make you feel on top of the world.
Head to Snowdonia in Wales and take on Snowdon. If the achievement of reaching the top gives you a thirst for more then you don’t need to stop there. In fact, you could make a bucket list of mountains around the world to climb.
10. Learn a new skill
Whether it’s a new language, you want to know how to fashion something out of wood or perfect your photography skills, learning something new is a top bucket list addition.
Lots of colleges and adult education centres offer the opportunities, with many providing free community courses.