Top 10 ideas for a teenager’s bucket list

We often make the mistake of thinking of a bucket list as something that we should put together later in life. The truth is that you are never too young to start a bucker list, especially when you consider that some of the things that might end up on there are things that might only be achieved by someone who is in good physical shape. One thing that you might consider is creating bucket lists for different stages of your life, with some of the more adventurous items saved for your younger years. Heck, you can even start really young and get some bucket list practice in while in your teenage years. These don’t have to be things that are overly dramatic, but which are perfect for a teenager. Here are 10 that might be perfect for a teen:


1. Learn a new language – it is believed that it’s easier to learn a new language when you are younger, which makes teens ripe for picking up a native tongue. This isn’t even something that has to be done through school, with multiple different software programs that can teach you all you need to know, quickly and inexpensively.



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2. Try a foreign exchange program – there is no better way to put your new language skills to the test than traveling to the country where it is spoken. Many schools still have student exchange programs where you can travel to another country to spend a week or two with a family there. Not only is it a great way to test out your language skills, it’s also a great opportunity to see another part of the world.



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3. Throw a huge party – this is not something that should be done without the permission of your parents, but it can be a great time if they allow it to happen. Gather all your friends in one place and party like there is no tomorrow, making sure to follow the rules set down by your parents, as well as the laws of the place you live, which includes respecting the legal drinking age, etc.



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4. Go camping – seeing a new place is often as simple as finding a place in your own backyard. Pack up a tent and some camping gear and head for a campground in your area. To make it even more of an adventure, leave all of the electronics at home and just get back to nature as much as possible.



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5. Learn to play a musical instrument – many kids have a dream of being in a rock band, but that’s hard to do if you can’t play a note. Now is the time to pick up a guitar or tickle the ivories, as learning to do that now might just let you add “start a band” to your next bucket list.



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6. Volunteer – as a teenager, you get used to everything being given to you by your parents. It’s not everyone that can say that same thing, though, and it can actually help you get a better appreciation for what you have if you take the time to help others. Look for places where you can volunteer and give of your time. A bucket list doesn’t have to be all about you, so flip that around a little.



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7. Start a journal – time has a way of moving pretty fast when you are young, and you can end up missing or forgetting things if you don’t take time to stop and see what you have done. A great way to do that is to start a journal that talks about your day and what is going on in your life. Write down your dreams and use those to create new items on your bucket list moving forward.



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8. Put down the phone – we somewhat touched on this earlier, but you don’t really know how much of the world is passing you by because you are facing down looking at your smartphone or tablet. Take 24 hours to go electronics free and see what else the world has to offer.



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9. Take a road trip – there is nothing more exciting that finally getting your driver’s license, so make the most of it and use it to take you different places. It doesn’t have to be a major haul, just a drive across the state line or to a city that you have always wanted to visit.



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10. Set a goal – while that may sound overly simplistic, you are likely just going through life being a regular teenager. Sit down for a minute and think of something you really want to do. Once you decide, set a time that you need to achieve that goal and go for it.




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