Top 5 Bucket-List Items

Do you find yourself revising your bucket list multiple times per year? Don’t feel bad, because most adults do the same thing. Few can create a finalized version that suits their long-term lifestyle goals. Maybe the value in such lists lies in simply having one, even if it’s not static or carved in stone. If you need yet another reason to make seasonal bucket-list revisions, consider the following items that show up most often when people discuss the subject on social media.

Taking an Exotic Vacation

This seems to be one of the top items of all time, probably because it encompasses so many smaller goals, like viewing the famous Northern Lights, going on a real safari in the interior of Africa, donning a snorkel to explore the Australian barrier reef, or spending a few days in Antarctica.

Getting a College Diploma

For many who never had the chance to earn a college diploma when they were younger, attending school in their late twenties, thirties, or forties can become a highly desirable aim. Unlike a vacation or a trip up Mt. Everest, a four-year degree can actually pay for itself over the course of a career. For students of all ages, the most efficient way to cover the full cost of an education is to take out an education loan from a private lender. Not only are private loans the smartest way to fund your college education, but they offer competitive interest rates, realistic terms, and can be tailor-made to suit your financial situation.

Jumping Out of a Plane

Also known as skydiving, jumping out of planes is a popular activity for many otherwise level-headed adults. There’s a unique thrill to exiting the door of a small aircraft when it’s not parked on the surface of the earth. As bucket list items go, this is one of the least pricey, but expect to pay for a full day of training, chute rental, and the cost of the flight. If you get hooked on the sport, consider joining a club and purchasing multiple jumps to bring costs down.

Taking Music Lessons

Ask many middle-aged people what one thing they wish they had done when they were younger, and many will say they wish they knew how to play the piano, guitar, or violin. Fortunately, it’s never too late to take music lessons, and the price is not nearly as high as a trip to a faraway continent. Be careful not to fall for the myth that older folks can’t learn to play the piano or guitar, or any instrument. While those past the age of 40 require more time to master an instrument, they typically compensate with more diligent, regular practice sessions. Not to mention that in general music can help you enjoy your hobbies at home. Simple joys like cooking, scrapbooking, or sewing can all be enhanced with music playing in the background, perhaps the sounds of the instrument you have decided to learn how to play. 

Learning Ballroom Dance

There’s a very good reason those dancing TV shows are such huge hits. Millions of adults harbor dreams of taking ballroom lessons but never got the chance because they were busy raising kids and tending to careers. That’s why so many classes are packed with people over the age of 60 alongside a college-age crowd of learners.