By Melanie Walker
I don’t know about you, but so far 2016 has been phenomenal for me. And now that we’re into June and summer is just getting started, there’s even more opportunities to make memories.
I give to you: The Ultimate 2016 Summer Bucketlist
You can choose to do three, ten, or maybe all 30 of them! Let me help you make this a summer to remember.
1. Go camping
Take your squad or your fam.
2. Read five books
1st book: A book you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t had the time to.
2nd book: A classic
3rd book: A book a family member recommends to you
4th book: A book you can read in a day
5th book: A book you’ve already read
3. Take a hike
Discover your inner earth goddess and plan a hike every week!
4. Float a river
Check local auto shops--they’ll often sell old tires for sturdy tubes for only 15$!
5. Take a weekend road trip somewhere in your state
Roadtrip with your mom, your BFF, or even yourself.
6. Write five poems
Anyone can write poetry. Give it a go!
7. Fly a kite with someone you love
Need I say more?
8. Discover a new music artist
Have some new beats to take with you in the fall.
9. Plan, organize, and execute a service project
Those girl/boy scouts have the right idea. Give back to your community or to someone you think needs it.
10. Go to IHOP at 2am
Pancakes taste better at 2am.
11. Stargaze in the back of a pickup truck
I can’t think of a better date or activity with a group of people. Get those pillows and blankets and cozy up!
12. Visit a drive-in
When’s the last time you saw a double feature at a drive-in? Revisit your childhood and enjoy those warm summer nights.
13. Find a community event to attend
Whether it’s a concert, auto show, art walk, or, whatever! Attend something in your community. Usually you can find events pretty inexpensive or even free!
14. Organize your closet or living space
Give yourself a project and be productive on the days you need a little break from the sun.
15. Try a new haircut or hair color
Summer’s the perfect time to experiment. Find a fresh new look to make those sunny days a little brighter.
16. Pull an all-nighter
And this time, we mean a fun all-nighter. Make up the endless nights you spent studying by staying up all night with your friend, adventuring, or even hanging out by yourself reading or watching Netflix.
17. Visit an out of town friend
Whether he/she is in the next city or in another state, schedule a few days out of your summer and make those memories.
18. Make a date with your mom or dad
You’re never too old to hang with your parents.
19. Buy the brightest lipstick you can and experiment
Find a bright lipstick to match that vibrant summer hue. Buy a lipstick out of your normal color scheme. I usually like the 2$ lipsticks from WetnWild to experiment with my style.
20. Visit an amusement park
Six Flags, anyone?
21. Wear out your swimsuit
Swim and adventure so much this summer that your swimsuit has a little wear-n-tear.
22. Write a letter to yourself to open in 10 years
Write about where you are in life, who is in your life, what your strengths and weaknesses are. It’ll be fun to see how far you’ve come when you’re in your 30’s.
23. Go to the theater
Whether it’s an outside Elizabethan production or a musical, experience the fun culture that comes from attending plays.
24. Spend a day at the zoo
Whether you’re a kid-at-heart or have kids, the zoo is for everyone.
25. Play kickball
Or softball or ultimate frisbee. Do some sort of sport and get active!
26. Start a budget
Find a budget that works for you. It will help balance out the young and reckless spirit with your responsible adult side.
27. Meditate at the beach
Take a trip to the ocean and gain a little perspective.
28. Deep clean your apartment
Time to pull out the old toothbrush and take a few hours to clean up your space.
29. Wake up early to catch the sunrise
Summers are for late nights and sleeping in, but take a few days to wake up early and breathe in the crisp air.
30. Fall in love
Whether it’s with someone or yourself or something, find what you love and fall madly, ardently in love.
Follow this bucket list and I promise you the most unforgettable summer ever. Get on it!