Summer is here! Well, almost… if you ignore the freak snowfall last week. The last few days have been gloriously sunny at least and it’s got me thinking about my summer plans. I don’t have any trips until September, and while that doesn’t mean I won’t end up on a train to Paris or a flight to Ireland for a long weekend, I also know there’s plenty I want to see in the UK.
I read a great post the other day about dealing with wanderlust when you’re not travelling. That combined with a couple of bucket lists on Pinterest inspired me to create my own summer bucket list for a staycation in the UK. I plan to make the most of every weekend with decent weather while it lasts, but this short list of ten things to do and see should make me focus on making the most of the summer even more! I’ll be aiming to tick everything off the list before I head to Bali in September, which gives me 4 months.
So without further ado…
My summer bucket list 2017
1. Go in the sea
Summer means beaches! Of course in the UK that doesn’t necessarily mean pleasant water to swim in. I’m a total wuss when it comes to cold water – but I will at least paddle in the sea once. And maybe build a sandcastle while I’m at it.
2. Explore a castle
Speaking of sandcastles… aren’t castles the best? The ramparts, the cannons, the tiny windows, the mini museums – I love it all. One of the great things about living in the UK is that there are castles everywhere so I’m spoilt for choice!
3. Host a barbecue
My downfall when it comes to various attempts at vegetarianism. I don’t think there’s any better way to cook than over smoking coals while the sun shines. I didn’t use my barbecue nearly enough last year, must do better this summer!
The best view of the Milky Way I’ve ever got was in the Sahara in Morocco. A remote village in Nicaragua was pretty damn good too. I won’t get close to that here, but I’ll be keeping an eye out for clear nights to drive away from the lights of my suburb to spend some quiet time staring up at the galaxy.
5. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site
World Heritage sites have been listed by the UN as a place of special cultural or physical significance – and there are 26 in the UK to choose between. I’ve already visited Stonehenge, Bath and several in London but that leaves plenty of scope for more! Blenheim Palace is close, or I could go further afield to Canterbury Cathedral or the castles of Gwynedd.
6. Skate outdoors
I skate for a roller derby team and love it, but during the summer it’s somewhat disheartening to be stuck inside a sports hall on skates when it’s such good weather outside. Solution: skate outdoors more! Had I started this bucket list last week I would already have ticked this one off, as I skated 15 miles from Bath to Bristol last weekend (my legs have just about recovered). Now there’s a 17 mile tarmac coastal path in Devon that I have my eye on…
7. Have a picnic
This could be combined with a lot of the above ideas. If it’s warm out you don’t want to be stuck inside eating – so at some point this summer I shall pack up some yummy foods to wander somewhere for a picnic in the sunshine.
8. Hike up a hill for sunrise
All credit to Faraway Lucy from the post I linked above for this idea. Getting up early enough to see the sunrise is something I only ever do when travelling, in the Sahara or up a mountain. But I’m surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Costwolds so who says I can’t do it here as well? This one might take a while to work up the motivation to get out of bed early enough…
9. Visit a museum
It’s a tough call for me, choosing between castles and museums – so I didn’t, and put both in the list. #historynerd. There’s local museums in my city I’ve never been to like the National Waterways Museum, or I’d like to return to the British Museum in London. It’s a good option for a rainy day too (because there will definitely be rainy days…)
10. Go on a road trip somewhere new
Road trips are fun! Often I don’t have the flexibility of being able to drive myself around when travelling but it’s incredibly useful being able to explore at your own pace and stop wherever you fancy along the way. I might have a particular location in mind (there’s plenty on my UK pinterest board)… or I might just wing it. To be decided.
More summer bucket list ideas
So that’s it! My summer bucket list 2017, to make sure I actually get out and make the most of my weekends. If you want to make your own list, here’s some more summer bucket list ideas:
- Go kayaking
- Climb a tree
- Go to an outdoor cinema
- Swim in a lake
- Learn an instrument (that you can practice outside)
- Try geo-caching
- Draw or paint a landscape
- Explore some ruins
- Grow your own vegetables
- Hike the closest mountain to you
- Go to a festival
- Read 5 books
- Build an enormous sandcastle
- Don’t touch technology for 24 hours
- Go camping
- Watch a sunset
- Try a new sport
What would be on your summer bucket list?