Bucket lists don’t have to be non-stop adventure and excitement. That takes time–and a lot of money. Here are 10 simple bucket list ideas that are easy to achieve and won’t break the bank.
1. Learn to Knit
This craft is relaxing–almost meditative–and the basics surprisingly easy to master. Buy some inexpensive yarn and needles, and fire up a YouTube video. You’ll be knitting your very first scarf in no time!
2. Volunteer at a Community Center
Not everything on your list needs to be all about you. Try volunteering your time and talents at a community organization. If you’re not sure where to start, ask your friends and family if they volunteer and offer to tag along!
3. Adopt a Shelter Pet
If you’ve been thinking about adopting a pet from your local animal shelter, why wait? Most shelters are overwhelmed with dogs and cats in need of loving homes. You and your pet will both get a friend for life!
4. Explore Your Hometown
We tend to think of tourism as something that only happens in places far from home. Pretend that you’re a tourist and learn about your hometown, visit local attractions and museums, and try a regional delicacy.
5. Start Learning a New Language
Thanks to modern technology, you can learn a new language for free on your phone. That’s incredible, isn’t it? Download an app like Duolingo and give it a shot!
6. Have an At-Home Spa Day
Spending the day getting pampered at an actual spa is an expensive indulgence. Instead, invite over a few friends and whip up some DIY beauty recipes.
7. Cook a Gourmet Meal
Even if you’re not currently a great cook, challenge yourself to make a favorite meal at home. You can find a recipe online for pretty much anything you’d like to make, often with videos, step-by-step instructions, and helpful hints.
8. Start Writing a Book
Writing a book isn’t easy–or fast–but it is free. The sooner you start, the sooner you can cross off “write a novel” from your bucket list!
9. Get in Touch with Nature
No matter where you live, you can find some kind of green space. If you’re lucky enough to live near a park, go visit it! Turn off your phone, breathe deeply, and drink in the beauty of nature.
10. Try a 5k Run
Is “Be more active” somewhere on your bucket list? Then get moving today! Join a couch-to-5k program or sign up for a race to keep yourself motivated.