Let's face it: most of our bucket lists center around an inflated bank account and clear schedule. And, as a college student, I don't have the time or finances to fly to Hawaii and kiss a dolphin, or head over to Thailand and ride an elephant (which is inhumane, by the way).
So, to help out fellow college students who still want to be able to check off some boxes from their list, while still saving time and money, I made the following list. It's organized by price, with the most expensive activities at the bottom. Enjoy!
1. Learn to Use Chopsticks- FREE
2. Learn Another Language- FREE
Most colleges offer a variety of language courses, and at least a year of a language is usually a requirement. So why not continue with it? I'm currently learning French, and it's the greatest feeling to be able to hear phrases in French and be able to understand them without thinking twice.
3. Become An Ordained Minister- FREE
All it takes is an email address and a couple minutes of your time, and you're good to go! Sure, this is completely illegitimate and really doesn't mean anything, but it's a great conversation starter.
4. Write Something In Wet Cement- FREE
Leave your eternal mark-- or, like Michael Scott, your eternal face-print.
5. Dive Off the High Dive- FREE
Head over to your local/university pool and take a leap from the high dive! Think of it as cliff diving, but with chlorine.
6. Go on a Picnic- $5
Picnics are a fun way to spice up your lunch, and can be a cute date idea as well! Going on a picnic can as simple as taking your lunch outside, or you can go the extra step and pack a lunch in a cute little basket.
7. Pick Berries- $5
I would highly recommend finding any nearby fruit-picking establishments, and taking a trip to them pronto! I went cherry-picking with my mom and it was a really relaxing, fun day. The fruit tastes ten times better when you've picked it yourself, and it's ten times cheaper too!
8. Go Zorbing- $7
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a hamster?
9. Take a Yoga Class- $9
A lot of people are under the presumption that all you do in yoga is sit and stretch, but yoga is actually ridiculously hard. I took a class in Bulgaria, which made it a thousand times worse because not only did I have to contort my body into strange shapes, but I also had very little idea what the instructor was saying.
10. Watch a Drive-In Movie- $9
I have always wanted to do this, and just recently discovered that there's one only twenty minutes from my university. I would recommend everybody catch a drive-in movie before they're totally extinct!
11. Do a Ghost Tour- $10
I somehow manage to be very easily frightened, yet incredibly intrigued by most scary movies, so if you're like me and can't resist a good horror flick that you know you'll regret later, I'd recommend doing a ghost tour! I did a ghost tour in Cape May and it was really interesting. My imagination was working overtime to convince myself that yes, I did see a flash of blonde hair in that abandoned hotel.
12. Bake a Dessert You've Always Been Intimidated By- $15
Baking in general is always fun, but baking something you're mildly afraid of? Even better! I tried to make macarons with my roommate and THEY ACTUALLY TASTED FANTASTIC. So, moral of the story, don't let complicated recipes scare you off!
13. Go Grape Stomping- $20
I wonder how grapes feel under your toes. And who would even want grapes that had people's feet in them? But hey, it seems like it would be fun, and certainly an interesting sensation!
14. Learn to Play the Ukulele- $20
Ukuleles are really cheap online, and they only have four chords. I taught myself to play in a matter of weeks! Whenever I felt stressed out, I'd grab my uke and play a couple songs, and instantly feel better and more focused. I left my ukulele in storage for the summer, and I actually really miss it! So pick yourself up a ukulele from Amazon, and start strumming!
15. Go Kayaking- $20
I've gone a couple times at the Georgetown Waterfront in Washington D.C., and I love it everytime! Not only is kayaking a great workout, but the feeling of being surrounded by water is incredibly tranquil. I love letting my boat float, then skimming my hand across the water.
16. Go Horseback Riding- $25
RIDING A HORSE IS REALLY HARD IT BOUNCES YOU UP AND DOWN AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE GOING TO FALL AND THEY'RE A LOT HIGHER UP THAN YOU THINK BUT IT'S VERY FUN and if you live in a beach town you can go the extra step, and ride a horse on the shore!
17. Get a Fish Pedicure- $30
Now, before you say anything, yes, I know that in Victorious when they got a fish pedicure they all got Myeloradiculitis. BUT Trina got them from a really shady van, and I heard the real fish pedicures make your feet incredibly soft. People say they're like receiving tiny fish kisses!
18. Go Paintballing- $30
If you want to see a bunch of grown men in leafy camouflage shoots, get pelted by a ton of tiny hard paintballs, and, for the first time in your life, feel true fear in your heart, paintballing is for you!
19. Chop Off All Your Hair (And Donate It!)- $45
The last time I chopped off all my hair, I got it done at a cheap Supercuts-esque place, and they made it shorter in the back and longer in the front. My hair kept flipping out in the back, and in the front. Unfortunately, this was the day before my senior picture. But, sometimes cutting your hair can be a great fresh start, and it can completely renew your hair strands! Plus, if you have enough hair you can donate it to Locks of Love and help others.
20. Dye Your Hair Blonde- $150
This is quite a price leap from the other bucket list items, but this one's mostly for me. I've just always wanted to see what I looked like as a blonde.