What have you always wanted to do, but work, kids, money… life in general has got in the way so it’s been put back to the back of your mind?
Just think about what you would do if tomorrow you suddenly had unlimited money and time to do whatever you wish… what have you always wanted to do or where have you wished you could visit?
This doesn’t have to be something daring or expensive; sometimes your bucket list might just be about travelling or personal development. Think about when a friend or family member has told you of an experience they’ve had and you have found yourself wishing you could so the same.
We had a natter around the office and asked our friends what they all thought… so here is the ultimate bucket list of things to do before you turn 50 🙂
- Learn how to ballroom dance
Who hasn’t watched Strictly on a Saturday night and imagined themselves sweeping across a room with their best frock or suit on? Dance Near You and Are You Dancing are great websites for finding your next local dance event or class.
- Climb a Mountain
- Do a skydive
So we know this is a daring one, but this must be one of the most adrenaline filled experiences you can participate in with the added bonus of raising money for a charity of your choice.
- Attend a six nations rugby match
An absolute must for any diehard rugby fan!
- See the Northern Lights
We’re pretty sure this stunning natural light show can be found on most bucket lists. The UK itself boasts over 100 Dark Sky Discovery Sites for star gazing and the Aurora Watch website has a really useful page on hot spots for sightings.
- Do a 5km mud run
With hundreds of events taking place across the UK, the Mud Run Directory will list your local adventure run or obstacle race – get training!
- Ride in a hot balloon
Gently floating among the clouds and rounding off your flight with a celebratory glass of bubbly. Prices start from just £80pp, why not check out Balloons Over Britain or Virgin Balloon Flights for your nearest launch site.
- Attend a festival in Europe
There’s such a diverse choice of film and music festivals, carnivals and cultural events you’ll be spoilt for choice, and often buying a full pass to include on site accommodation isn’t as pricey as you’d think.
- Get back in touch with an old friend
With so many options now available and the internet/Facebook having made this so much easier, there’s no excuse for not tracking down an old friend or neighbour for a catch up.
- Attend a cricket match at Lord’s
The home of cricket, why not treat yourself to an afternoon tea in the iconic Long Room?
- Sleep in a castle
A wonderfully atmospheric and memorable experience. Either sneak away as a couple and book a cosy apartment in a stately home for a romantic break or make an occasion of it and get your family or a group of friends rounded up for a special get together.
- Sign up to perform in the local panto
So this requires a bit of bravery as well as vocal fitness! If you fancy a go, why not visit this fab article on the Spotlight website for a few tips: How to audition and perform for pantomime.
- Have tea at the Ritz
This is an old favourite, whether you choose the traditional afternoon tea or one of their seasonal specials we’re pretty sure it will be the most stylish cuppa you’ve ever had. The Ritz London – afternoon tea lists the sittings and menus… why not combine this with no.33 of our list 🙂
- Sign up to a life drawing class
A very therapeutic and tranquil task, plus you get to meet loads of new people and improve your art skills. Love Life Drawing is a very useful website to help you find your local classes.
- Drive a sports car
OK so this may be one for the dads but even if driving isn’t your passion, you can bet everyone has their dream wheels they would like to take for a spin. Whether it’s the latest sports car or an old classic, a driving experience day or a day on the tracks is a fun and affordable gift you could just buy for yourself!
- Go on a submarine
We weren’t too sure this was even possible unless you were James Bond, or in the Navy but actually there are loads of tourist operators which offer these excursions!! Often a diver will also accompany the submarine with food to entice the marine life out for you.
- Ride in a limousine
This isn’t just for proms and weddings… cruising through a glittering city at night feeling like a film star is something everyone should treat themselves to at least once. If you have a special meal or event organised for your 50th why not treat yourself and a few pals by arriving in style…
- Book tickets to Wimbledon
Experience a tour of the Centre Court, impressive museum collections and even get to see behind the scenes in the Broadcast Centre.
- Go to the top of the Eiffel tower
Breath-taking views, a huge choice of buffets, souvenir shops and various exhibitions…don’t forget the mini champagne bar!
- Go on a girls only ‘Pump & Pamper’ weekend
A service of beauty treatments and fitness training to get you all looking your best for a wedding, birthday party or holiday. Why not tie in with no.39 and have the pampering come to you.
- See the Egyptian pyramids
There are around 80 pyramids three of which are at Giza, also it’s worth spending at least 2 or 3 days exploring the City of Luxor. Other popular visitor attractions include the Great Sphinx and Alexandria, so you’ll certainly have a packed itinerary for this once in a lifetime trip!
- Stay in an ice hotel
There are a variety of Ice Hotel packages to choose from in Norway or Sweden; many have skiing and husky sledging opportunities on site… or spa facilities for those seeking a more relaxed break.
- Visit Disneyland
An amazing resort guaranteed to tick all the boxes for children – young and old! Meet all your favourite characters and enjoy the numerous entertainment venues and themed rides.
- Book a dune buggy excursion
A fun and exhilarating experience… remember to fold a head scarf or bandana across your face to avoid having a mouth full of sand!
- Take part in a Marathon
A challenging and rewarding venture, Marathon Runners Diary has a really handy calendar of events so you can check dates for your next local run.
- Go pot-holing in Wales
- Be a day skipper on a tall-ship
The website Classic Sailing is a great place to look at sailing holidays and skipper courses.
- Learn a language
A handy tool for travelling, research has also found that learning a second language improves your abilities to interact and develop general communication skills.
- Cycle from John O’Groats – Lands’ End
This is a toughie but just think of all the people you will meet and experiences along the way plus the beautiful British countryside you’ll travel through. The Lands’ End to John O’Groats On-line Cycling Guide provides all the little details you perhaps may not have thought of.
- Have a ride in a by-plane or helicopter
An affordable and fun way of sightseeing, Into the Blue offer coastal, football stadium and city tours!
- Spend New Year’s eve in Times Square
With over a million people attending you can be sure this will be the biggest NY party you’ve ever been to! The evening festivities are kicked off with a pop star performance and descent of the famous New Year’s Eve Ball.
- Learn to surf
Head to the home of surfing in the UK, Fistral Beach in Cornwall has board hire available and a surf school for beginners.
- Visit a West End show in London
Whether you choose a comedy or a musical there are loads of ticket deals and special offers available; West End Theatre and the Visit London are both handy websites to visit for listings and ticket sales.
- Book a meditation or yoga retreat
An amazing way to de-stress and ‘un plug’ yourself from the everyday hustle and bustle.
- Swim with dolphins
This may not be wholly original but in our opinion no wish list is complete without this one. An amazing experience that is popular in the USA, Dubai, Turkey and Egypt, or if you just fancy seeing them in the wild then head to Cardigan Bay in Wales which is home to the UKs largest pod of dolphins.
- Be an extra in a movie
You get to dress up, get the chance of spotting some celebrities, see the fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ of production and no past acting experience needed (Perhaps best of all, you get to show off to your friends afterwards)
- Attend a masquerade ball
An evening of entertainment, live music and cocktails so what’s not to love!
- Conquer one of your greatest fears
It’s a huge feat to overcome a certain fear or anxiety and a massive confidence boost.
- Rent a large holiday house for the 50th celebrations!
So we may be a little biased in suggesting this one, but what could be better than inviting all your close friends and family together to see in the birthday bash! Book catering, activities or entertainment and tailor your holiday to exactly what you want.
- Try a new sport
So much more fun than joining your local gym… why not try dodgeball, paddle boarding, judo or archery….
- Drive the North Coast 500 route
If you ever fancied a road trip then the Scottish Highlands are surely the place to go?
- Walk the South West coast path
One of the best long distance footpaths in England, start planning your trip via the South West Coast Path website.
- Rent a train carriage & have a party
An affordable way to have a unique celebration, to pull out all the stops why not have it decorated, book live music and on board catering.
- Cook with a celebrity chef
Virgin Experience Days offer a range of fantastic cookery lessons and tasting master classes.
- Learn to make one cocktail really well
Make your perfect signature tipple to impress your friends at the next dinner party!
- Perform a random act of kindness for a stranger
Check out this list on Bored Panda for inspiration. If anything like us you’ll be weeping buckets within minutes!
- Volunteer for a day
Support a cause that you really care about whilst making new friends and learning new skills.
- Go on a blind date
Be brave and go for it, you might just meet your soul mate, or if there aren’t any sparks then you don’t have to see each other again!
- Grab a selfie with a celebrity
FYI this doesn’t have to necessarily be a cheek to cheek selfie, you could just get a friend to snap you lurking in the background 🙂
- Throw a surprise party
Here at Scotts we’ve helped plan so many surprise parties and holidays, you’d be amazed (even with a big group) how many are kept secret right up until they literally drive up to the door! We’ve had all sorts of requests, from only calling within a given time frame of the day, to arranging secret pre-holiday viewings and sending holiday paperwork in blank envelopes – we’ve got you covered!