21 bucket list items to tick off before you turn 21 (that are actually achievable)

September 27, 2016
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There’s something so satisfying about writing and ticking off items from a bucket list. But it can be a little overwhelming when you're writing down big list items like ‘Go skydiving’ and ‘Visit the Pyramids of Giza’. Ain't no student can afford that. While a life-long bucket list can be good to have, here are some of the more achievable things you should get done before you turn 21. And if you've already hit the age of 21, it's still pretty damn relevant in your 20s.

Date someone just for fun

Embrace dating someone who’s wrong for you while you have the chance. Your 20s and 30s is a time for settling down and finding the right person, but now is your time to just have some fun and enjoy the world of dating and one night stands.

Take a solo trip

It might seem scary, but the experience will make you feel so much more confident in yourself. Whether it’s an overseas trip or even just a short road trip, you’ll discover so much more about yourself when you’re not surrounded by your friends and family.

Pull an all-nighter

Get some friends together for an all-night movie marathon or hit the town with no intention of coming home until the AM. You’ll never have as much free time as you do now to stay up all night and sleep the day away.

Watch the sunrise in a beautiful place

While you’re pulling your all-nighter, you might as well tick off another item and go watch the sunrise. Find somewhere magical to watch it, like on the beach or high above on a hill.

Enter a contest

Ever seen those food challenges where you have to eat a kilo of schnitzel to get it for free or the most hot dogs in a minute? Just go for it. YOLO it. If the idea of that much food makes you queasy, pursue your talents in another way. Enter a poetry slam or a flip cup championship (if such a thing exists) – you’ll feel pretty accomplished if you win.

Learn to master a complicated dish

If the only dishes you’ve made until now are spaghetti bolognaise and microwave ramen, now is your time to step up your cooking game. Get yout #masterchef on and try something a bit complicated. If you fail the first time, try again. You’ll eventually master it and it’ll be a piece of cake.


If you can go overseas and volunteer your time, amazing. If you can’t, there’s plenty of ways to volunteer closer to home. Find out if your local food drive needs extra hands or if there are community groups you can join on a regular basis. It feels good to give back, so give it a go.

Conquer one of your fears

Fear of heights? Fear of flying? Fear of snakes? The time is now to conquer that fear. We’re not suggesting you go bungee jumping right away, but baby steps.

Take a spontaneous road trip with friends

There's nothing more fun than a road trip without a care in the world. Just start driving without a destination in mind and see where it takes you.

Eat something weird

Ever heard of some weird food and thought “I would never eat that?” Sorry fam, you’re eating it. If other people can do it, you can do. Whether that’s haggis, escargot or some kind of edible bug, you’ll feel much more cultured after the experience. Who knows, you might even like it!

Have a social media free week

Hear me out. If you can survive one week without Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat, you can conquer anything. Embrace life without technology and you might find you discover things you wouldn’t have noticed when your nose was buried in your phone. Trust us, the experience will be hard but you’ll be much stronger at the end of it.

Crowd surf

Whether you’re at a festival or a concert, there’s no feeling like it. It might mean you lose a shoe in the process, but it’s totally worth it.

Go overseas

If you haven’t already, take a trip! Overseas trips are exxy, but keep an eye out for cheap student flights and take the plunge. You don’t have to experience the FOMO of seeing everyone you know do a Contiki tour of Europe, you can do it too.

Break a bad habit

If you’re guilty of biting your nails or sleeping in until 2pm, it might be time to change your ways. Curb the habit before you turn 21 and you’ll be better off for it in your 20s.

Set a fitness goal

Whether you’re aiming to run a marathon or just attend a weekly yoga class, you’ll feel happier, healthier and overall just good about yourself.

Teach yourself a new skill

When you have some free time, learn a skill that you can put on your resume or just for the fun of it. Whether it’s knitting, photography or InDesign, you might find a rewarding hobby at the end of it.

Read a book in a day

Instead of feeling guilty about a day spent binge-watching Netflix, get a book you’ve been meaning to read and finish it in a day. It’s a good excuse to get outside in the sunshine, laze in a park and have a chill day for just you.

Donate to charity

Like volunteering, you’ll feel good about it. Most charities have websites and apps that make donating easy as.

Eat at a restaurant by yourself

Don’t be afraid to venture out on your own. Eat a sit down meal at a restaurant or go to the movies by yourself – push through the self-concious feeling and you'll feel ready to tackle anything on your own.

Have a treat yo self day

Ain’t nobody got the money to afford constant pampering, so treat yo self to one day of luxury. Need a massage? Treat yo self. Dying to go on a shopping spree? Treat yo self. Manis, pedis and cocktails? Oh hell yassss.

Write a new bucket list to complete before you turn 25

Once you’ve ticked all these items, time to create the next list!