18 Awesome Bucket List Activities That Will Make Your 2018 Spectacular

18 Awesome Bucket List Activities That Will Make Your 2018 Spectacular

Life is too short to live comfortably. It's 2018, the time to break your box and explore.

If 2017 has taught us anything, it's that life flies fast before us. Here we are in 2018, once again starting a new year with a fresh attitude about our life and what's to come ahead of our next 365 days of journey. With such limited time, we have to make sure that we are spending every month, every day, every moment living our life to the fullest, enjoying ourselves and not letting life's obstacles block the path to success — whether that's finally owning a dream item or reaching that level of self confidence within yourself. Before 2018 flies past alike last year, here are 18 activities to make this year your year.

1. Visit an animal sanctuary.

Zoos are often very crowded, both for the visiting families and for the animals. Inside their cages, they are gawked at within all hours of the day, trapped and sometimes abused. One instance is SeaWorld's tanks being too small for their housed Orca whales, that are forced to swim around in circles to compensate for the hundreds of miles a day they would swim in the wild. In sanctuaries, you are able to be within the animal's habitats —walking, feeding and playing with the animals and with trainers that care for and protect them.

2. Travel internationally!

Whether it's through using your extra vacation days or deciding to study abroad in college, getting to see the world this year is one of the most beneficial activities to open your mind, experience new cultures and nudge the boundaries of your comfort box. Make use of your spare time and spare change to save up for a great vacation to somewhere foreign, and begin to fill the stamp page of your passport.

3. Go open-ocean scuba diving.

The next time you visit a beach, find a nearby scuba diving service that will take you into the ocean to find what's under its deep blue waves. The ocean is only barely discovered, millions of found and unknown species to man still existing. Seeing all of them interact together and swimming within its depths is a new experience and a great activity to do with best friends and family.

4. Redecorate your living space.

Sometimes, a little change can make a great difference in your life and one being a change in where you live. A change could be anything as great as moving homes to something as little as moving around furniture. By sparking your internal creative light, you can make your home more personalized with activities such as painting your walls yourself or adding items meaningful to you. A change of scenery can go a long way.

5. Ride in a hot air balloon!

It's a great date for friends and significant others and an activity for vacationing. It's perfect if you want to see the world from a new angle. Some services even offer meals in the air, and it's necessary to watch either the sunrise or sunset within the clouds.

6. Hike a nature trail.

Besides the feeling of accomplishment from finishing a long hike or trail, you are also left with mind-blowing sights of nature's beauty and the reward of the hike's destination: a lake with a massive waterfall, a great mountain or perhaps a canyon. Great for families with kids of all ages and an activity to clear your mind or relieve stress.

7. Get a tattoo.

Life is one giant roller coaster, always traveling too fast and twisting and turning before you can anticipate it. A sense of permanence, a hold, can be placed within a tattoo. It can be big and bold or simply small and minimalistic and still be able to make a big impact. Whether it stands for something important or not, it is on your body, and it is a choice that was made by you. It's now your identity; therefore, it's unintentionally great.

8. Learn to roller skate.

Learning to do this with friends is a great bonding experience that will produce a night filled with laughs and (a lot of) falling, but it's a meaningful experience overall. For the exercise fanatics, it's also a great way to mix up your normal routine, as it challenges many of the body's muscles and helps you find internal and external balance.

9. Learn how to ice skate.

This activity tests the body's limit just as rollerskating does, but it can be done within any frozen rink or a solid frozen lake. You learn to think quickly and adapt quickly, and being able to move upon the slick surface of smooth ice is a rush that can't be equaled.

10. Take part in a mission trip.

This 2018, if you're looking to find your religious self, a great activity to do this is by taking a mission trip to a third world country. Using yourself as a way to find God by helping others, you are able to experience living in foreign destinations while also becoming closer with your religious beliefs through promoting it, helping the less fortunate and volunteering to better their lives through simply donating to building large projects, such as water wells and schools.

11. See your favorite singer at a concert!

Instead of waiting impatiently for your favorite singer's new album to come out, experience the new feeling of listening to them in person. Being around your motivator, it can help you experience a new type of happiness and make new memories from being around people with a similar taste as you.

12. Take an aerial silk class.

Instead of the normal yoga class, you can channel your inner self by switching to an aerial silk class, where yoga is performed through the strength and flexibility of your body tied in silk. It's a great mind clearer and pastime activity that can be done with a friend or a sibling.

13. Try a Soul Cycle class.

A great problem these days is the common theme of insecurity and self-hatred running within our generations. Negative body image is especially rampant, as society promotes such skinny, hard-to-achieve images to teenagers and young adults who are learning to fit in. Soul Cycle is a modern cycling class that promotes internal strength, self happiness and encouragement. Not only will you feel achieved for finishing a tough workout, but you will feel achieved within yourself.

14. Dye your hair a cool color.

The great thing about hair is its ability to be dyed any color of the rainbow, be in any style that we want and be any length, since it can be grown back. Changing yourself to hold a new look is a great way to give mixture to your normal routine and fashion style and emphasize your personality. Finding a color that promotes you can be difficult, but rocking it becomes simple.

15. Go skydiving!

Finally, for the adventurers, to break boundaries and seek adventure, go skydiving. Feeling the euphoria of seeing the world's curve thousands of feet within the air (or perhaps accomplishing a fear) becomes a great memory and accomplishment in the moment and for life. Amazing pictures come out from it, and it's a great bonding experience as well as an excellent way to make your 2018 dreams come true.

16. Try a virtual reality video game.

Technology's advancement is a force that continues to grow more powerful and advanced as time goes on. The invention of being able to experience video games within a three dimensional setting is an experience one must have in order to truly know and realize the extent of mankind's achievements.

17. Participate in a color run.

As a fun activity for families and friends, Color Runs are great ways to change your routine cardio exercises to something more fun and out-of-the-box. In these runs, you're able to run great trails with running enthusiasts around you and take part in their mission statement: to spread happiness and promote a healthier earth.

18. Re-watch the ball drop in NYC.

Finally, to close out 2017, there's nothing like finishing an entire year of treasured moments and meaningful memories than with a significant other or best friend in Times Square, counting down until 2018. Celebrate the ending of 2018 and the beginning of a new year correctly by participating in this worldwide party with your favorite people and celebrities. And if you couldn't be there for it... relive the moment through the video!

At the end of the day, it's our life and our memories. What we choose to do with our moments is a choice dedicated to only ourselves. It's up to us to make the most of it.

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11 Inexpensive Road Trip Destinations For College Students

Because adventure.

College is a time to make memories. It is a time to set out and explore the world. The only problem is that it can be difficult to travel when you're flat-out broke. Many college students are discovering that while the cost of textbooks and tuition increases, their travel funds sadly decrease. Since jet-setting to Paris or Rome may be out of reach at the moment, many students are resorting to road trips within the United States to fix their case of wanderlust. Not only are road trips much more affordable, but they also allow for more spontaneity and exploration. There are countless of hidden gems just waiting to be explored, so grab some friends, put on your favorite Spotify road trip playlist, hit the road and make memories at these 11 incredible places.

1. Havasu Falls, Arizona

It is hard to believe that such a breathtaking waterfall can exist in the middle of the desert. Thankfully, Havasu Falls is no mirage. The falls are located in a remote region of the Grand Canyon and can only be accessed through a 10-mile hike. The entry fee to the park is relatively low and the overnight camping fee is even lower, making it a great destination for college students on a budget.

2. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Instead of spending a semester's worth of tuition on an expensive snowboarding trip, students can try a cheaper alternative - sandboarding. Located in Southern Colorado, Great Sand Dunes National Park is a unique destination that offers a variety of activities. Businesses right outside the park offer the rental of boards, sleds and even skis all specially made for the sand. This means that the rental and entrance fees are the only costs for a fun-filled day of surfing the dunes.

3. South Padre Island, Texas

Whether you head to South Padre for an exciting, fun-filled spring break or for a relaxing weekend getaway, renting a condo is the way to go. The cost of renting a condo can be very low if you split it among several people, which means you can enjoy a tropical beach vacation without breaking the bank.

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas can either be a very expensive destination or a very inexpensive destination. That's why it is important to play your cards right - and I'm not just talking about gambling. Skip staying the night at the high-end hotels and enjoy their free attractions instead. If you decide to hit the casinos, make sure to keep track of your money - those textbooks don't pay for themselves.

5. Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

In the fall, college campuses across America celebrate the chilly weather with football games, bonfires, and pumpkin-spiced everything. For those who want to switch things up, pack your bags and head to the Smoky Mountains. These beautiful mountains are a must-see in the fall due to the stunning scenery and fall foliage. Try renting a cheap cabin or camping at Smoky Bear Campgrounds to save money.

6. Austin's Sixth Street, Texas

Sixth Street is an iconic and historic street in the heart of Austin. From the exciting nightlife and multitude of bars to the live music and unique art galleries, Sixth Street offers a little something for everyone. For a truly unique Austin experience, stay at the affordable Firehouse Hostel, just minutes from Sixth Street.

7. Daytona Beach, Florida

Located about and hour and half south of Jacksonville, Daytona Beach is notoriously known as a wild spring break destination for college students. While exploring all the concerts, bars and clubs that Daytona has to offer, students can take advantage of the free party bus for easy and affordable transit.

8. Albuquerque, New Mexico

For the low price of only $10 per person, you can experience Albuquerque's annual Balloon Fiesta. A photographer's dream, the Balloon Fiesta offers tons of unique sights, shopping opportunities, and delicious food. If you can't make it to Albuquerque in October, when the Balloon Fiesta takes place, there are plenty of other affordable places to explore. From Sandia Peak to Old Town, Albuquerque offers something for everyone.

9. Rainbow Springs State Park, Florida

For water lovers, this Florida gem has it all. Kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and tubing are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy in the crystal clear water of the Rainbow River. Since this destination is off the beaten path, it is an affordable alternative to Florida's Discovery Cove.

10. New Orleans, Louisiana

Two words: Bourbon Street. Full of iconic bars, local jazz musicians and interesting cuisine, there is never a dull moment on Bourbon Street. As if this famous street wasn't crazy enough, in February thousands of college students flock there to celebrate Mardi Gras. Though the prices of drinks can be high during this time, students can save money by booking their hotel ahead of time. For under $100 per night, Astor Crowne Plaza offers guests a luxurious stay on a budget.

11. Pacific Coast Highway, California

Though this one is not quite a destination per se, it should definitely be high up on your bucket list. This coastal highway, also known as Highway 1, hits many of California's major cities such as San Fransisco and Santa Monica. As if a trip to these cities is not exciting enough, the drive itself is extremely scenic. To save money on this trip, try booking cheap hotels or even stay for free at hostels. Of course, with this trip and all of these trips, you are bound to spend some money. But the memories that you will make on these trips will be worth every penny.

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My Future Is Unpredictable And That's Totally Alright

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations.


For six months, I had plans to study abroad in the Dominican Republic during the fall semester of junior year. Filling out what seemed like endless applications and paperwork, searching for travel ideas on Pinterest, and writing a class research paper on the DR's relationship with its neighboring island, Haiti, I was prepared to live and learn about Dominican culture hands-on.

Then on the Thursday before Finals Week last spring, I read my email. My study abroad program in the DR had gotten canceled. In the span of 30 seconds, my future had taken a new course. Less than a week later, I was submitting papers to study abroad in a new country where another adventure awaited: Ecuador.

If there's anything I've learned in the past year, it's that life is unpredictable and we can't control it. The future is unknown. But-

Who wants to know exactly what's going to happen in the next few years? I mean, I believe it's good to have a direction, but you don't have to have the entire journey pinpointed straight to the core. You meet people, you get inspired, you see things, you have experiences. And you go from there. (Though, I totally respect people who have clear ambitions and stick with them their entire lives.)

Where I was a year ago was a completely different path than where I find myself today. Last summer, I worked four different internships/jobs in the span of three months. A year ago, I would never have guessed my following summer unfolding with an immersion trip to India, a solo adventure to Taiwan & Hong Kong, and becoming a certified yoga instructor. A year ago, I hadn't met half of my best friends. A year ago, I hadn't seen poverty in a third-world country. A year ago, I wasn't even sure I wanted to major in Environmental Studies.

Just because I don't know what the future holds doesn't mean I can't set goals. I have a destination, an idea of where I'm headed and where I want to go. While abroad in Ecuador, I want to learn about sustainable development and coffee production as well as enhance my Spanish skills.

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations. I know the format of the program. I'll be taking classes and living with a host family and then doing an internship at a farm. Otherwise, I have no idea what's going to happen. And that's what I'm looking forward to the most. The spontaneity. The unexpected. As one of my good friends would say whenever he doesn't have formal weekend plans, "I'm improvising." And you know the one rule of improv: Always say yes.

¡Hasta pronto, Ecuador!

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