My 2018 Summer Bucketlist

My friends, today I am bringing you a tale of hope and of redemption. About overcoming adversity and . . . um, having fun? Yeah, let’s just skip to this intro to a post I wrote last week:

I’ve already accepted my fate, that fate being nothing is going to beat last summer. 18 was the best year of my life by far and I had the summer of a lifetime. The kind of summer so good that this year being sub-par is okay because I can just kind of disappear into my head and think . . . “It’s fine because I already did that”.

(“That” being a kick-ass festival with Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Weeknd and Stormzy in Spain; Mauritius; seeing Guns’N’Roses in Lisbon; going on my first friend holidays; a metal festival that allowed me to realise that Heaven really is on earth . . . and a bunch of other things. Look, I’m not exaggerating here – my 2017 summer was fucking amazing.)

Why am I sharing this with you? Well, a large reason is because I went to the effort of writing the intro, but ended up scrapping the post and I didn’t want to waste said intro. But the “blogging facade” reason is that I overcame this mindset. I discovered hope.

Namely, I realised I was being a big fucking baby and that summer hasn’t even started yet – if I go in thinking “yeah, this is not going to live up to last year”, it’s definitely not going to.

And then, because I’m mildly obsessive, I decided to plan my fun. Because wanting to enjoy life isn’t enough to motivate me to have fun, I actually need to have a checklist of things to tick off. So without further ado, I present to you my summer bucketlist.

(If any of you want to do these things, hit me up: I love meeting up with bloggers and doing shit, blogging friends are awesome.)

1. Go to Australia

This one I’m actually in the process of planning! So call me suicidal, but I love meeting and adventuring with new people. Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends . . . but there’s something so exciting about just adopting a new buddy and saying “fuck it, trial by fire – let’s get to know enough in this wildly too-intimate-for-our-relationship-level setting!”. You know? I already know I get along with my friends, they’re my friends – I want to try something new.

So I had an idea: a holiday with a bunch of people I’d never met before. I was considering a blogger meetup holiday (which, I’m sorry, sounds fucking epic), but realised that would quite literally be impossible to organise. But the idea still stuck. (Or more . . . the content ideas stuck.)

Long story short, I stumbled across a girl who’s my age and looking to go backpacking in Australia, but who had nobody to go with and wanted travel buddies. Now, I’ve actually been wanting to go to Australia for ages. I have a friend (or cult leader, depending on the day and haircut) who lives over there that it would be nice to see and some blogging friends out there. So it was wildly convenient for me.

I hit her up, we’re meeting next week and my plans to reach Australia are now in full swing. Fuck. Yeah. (Priya, girl, I’m coming to see ya!)

2. Go on a roadtrip

Again, this is a plan that’s in full swing!

Two of my best friends and I are planning a roadtrip down to Devon. My best friend Josh is recovering from Leukemia which means he isn’t cleared to leave the country yet, so we thought it would be a fun ‘lil holiday that he could actually take part in.

Plus, guys . . . think of the playlists.

3. Stay in a gypsy caravan

Okay, so this is something I discovered the other day and instantly like 10 people in my contact book got a screenshot with “we’re going here!” in it. You can stay in these supremely fucking gorgeous gypsy caravans . . . um, sign me up?

Guys, guys, guys. I don’t care how I get here, but I am getting here. Honestly, I’d love to take some pens, some paint, some sketchbooks and just go for a couple of days, enjoy nature and let the creativity flow. My bohemian heart cannot take the prettiness.

(And imagine the photos.)

Gypsy Caravans Somerset

4. Go glamping

So this appeals to literally none of my friends (jeez, guys, see why I’m so eager to replace you all? Kidding, but also . . . not), but I love being in nature. Now, I also love to be comfortable, so I’m not really that eager for camping . . . glamping however? Sign me up. (Especially if it were glamping in say France. I love France.)

There are loads of unique ways that you can choose to glamp (like the aforementioned caravans, literal caravans or the next thing in my bucket list) but I would love to glamp in a big old tent. Complete with the obligatory campfires and smores, thank you.

5. Stay in a treehouse

Does this need explaining? I think not. But, in case you were curious, I really want to stay in a treehouse. Look, guys, let’s just face the truth: I am disappointed that I was not born into a fairytale and this whole bucketlist is compensating.

Now, you may think “why Mia how on earth would you ever find a treehouse to stay in?” and I would be more than happy to tell you. You can actually find treehouse hotel things pretty easily with the power of Google. See? The UK doesn’t totally suck, we have some pretty cool hotels.

(Just not the weather to enjoy them in…)

6. Outdoor cinema

They’re fun!

7. See Panic! At The Disco live

Don’t think I need to explain this one, to be honest.

8. See Nothing But Thieves live

Okay, so I literally don’t know why I fell so in love with this band so quickly, but I was tempted to buy tickets to Germany to watch them play?

9. (Basically, go to Reading festival)

Because both P!ATD and Nothing But Thieves are playing this year. So that would be wildly convenient.

10. Actually go to any festival

Again, this one is in the works! I love live music, no summer is complete without it. I’d also like to actually get to La Tomatina this year actually . . .

11. Go to the beach!

Because it’s summer . . . of course a trip to the beach is necessary!

12. Tarot card reading

And that, my friends, is my main summer bucketlist . . . done! If you want some more bucketlist inspo, feel free to follow my bucketlist board on Pinterest.

I hope you enjoyed my summer bucketlist ideas – which ones were your faves? Do you have a bucketlist for this summer? If you’re in the UK like myself, you’ve got until June 22nd before summer technically starts . . . so more than enough time to start plotting! Are you going to add any of my ideas to your list? Let me know your thoughts down below!


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90 thoughts on “My 2018 Summer Bucketlist”

  1. I absolutely adore these pages in your journal! It’s like the pages of hope and happiness <3 We share quite a lot of the same summer bucket list points, like I'm dying to have a glamping, sleeping in a treehouse and go to a festival xx Ones again – great post Mia

    1. Thank you girly! I really wanted them to be positive and inspiring because IT’S SUMMER AND SUMMER IS A HAPPY TIME <3 I hope you get to do all the things you want to do this summer xxx

    2. You added such cool and one of a kind items to your summer bucket list! πŸ˜€ I have been to an outdoor cinema and a tarot card reading session. Australia sounds like a dream <3 Keep us updated please as I am super curious about this potential trip! I also totally feel like making a one of a kind summer bucket list now. Have a lovely weekend girl <3

      1. Thank you lovely lady! And oooh sounds good πŸ™‚ I know right – I definitely need to get there! Don’t worry, I’ll document the whole thing as I think it’s gonna be really fun! If you do make one, let me know what’s on it, I’m always looking to add new things πŸ˜‰ <3

    3. GIRL IM SCREAMING GET HERE QUICK OMG!!! This list is phenom I’m so keen on this and the fact it’s being planned makes me so much more keen-er I’m in love and omg glamping and treehouse trips, they’ve been on my list for a little while (not just for the pictures, but 60% for the pictures). I love the tarot reading, I’ve had one in India and I’m so keen to get my palm read because I absolutely love this stuff. I can’t wait for the posts that are gonna be going up about all this stuff but omg seeya in Melbourne my dude!!! Also, please send some of this goddess infused journaling my way, ya girl could use some help xx

      1. I’M ACTUALLY SO EXCITED MAN I CAN’T WAIT, THE ONLY THING IS THE FLIPPING WEATHER, WE’RE COMING AT THE COMPLETE WRONG TIME OF YEAR ;-; And GIRL YES – I mean, I’m all about having fun but having it planned out makes it even better tbh it basically FORCES me to have fun! And yes yes yes, i’m still convinced my soulmate is going to be some lumberjack dude who lives in some nice big ass house in the middle of nowhere with acres of land because I love spending my days in nature… sigh… And ooooh do it (and post about it!) It’s honestly SO FREAKING CONVENIENT that you’re in melbourne that’s where one of my other friends is! Girl, it’s all in the stickers and washi tape LOL xxx

        1. Omg when are you planning on coming girl??? There’ll definitely be something to do don’t even worry I’m making it my life mission to help you have the best time omg!!! Oooh get yourself that lumberjack mia xx

      2. Coyote from Orion

        Probably easier to find a dingo in Australia than a coyote. Watching the Hunger Games… I am not hungry enough to eat a baby though.
        There are some good options for getting around this continent by land.
        If I still drank I could show you how to get around Melbourne by foot always having a beer… where there were accessible garage fridges the whole year round.
        I believe train surfing is making a comeback amongst the young folk too. Being dumb in Australia hasn’t completely been stamped out either yet thank Bunjil.

          1. Coyote from Orion

            I know it… every fucking day. Aka… Deliverance.
            Stay away… though that usually encourages them.

          2. Coyote from Orion

            To be honest… a lot of people in Australia don’t know that they live in Australia… despite the fact that that is about the only piece of information you will get from their north and south.
            Blessed be Sister

        1. OMG you should totally get tarot card reading done – it’s always cool to get it read by someone who doesn’t know you existed until the moment you sit across her and pick out the cards haha! I’ve been making tarot card reading a thing whenever I visit Korea, and it’s pretty amusing to listen to what the readers have to say!


        2. Omg – tarot! I love reading my tarot. I usually use or watch a general reading on YouTube. It’s so fun! Are you planning on buying a tarot deck?

        3. These are all amazing and I absolutely hate you for going to Aus πŸ™ it’s been my dream ever since I was little and my life goal is to eventually move out there fully one day (hopefully sooner rather than later) I know I belong there and I know it’s my home, I’m just itching to get there. The only problem is I don’t have anyone to travel with – you’ve no idea how lucky you are!! This was such a great list xx

          1. Awesome post! I live in Australia, and it’s pretty cool! The time you’ll be coming tho…. freezing. Melbourne = cold, like the whole beanie-scarf-jumper-layers cold. Yeah. Have fun with your list though! Rhi xx

          2. Oh my god, I love you for doing this. I need to make a list of my own – there’s so much I always want to do but then summer comes along and I’m behind on planning everything and end up not going. And I can’t wait to see pictures from your trip to Australia! If you and Priya do meet up you HAVE to take lots of pictures and share them with meee (two of my favourite bloggers together? Heck yes.) xxx

            1. THANK YOU FIONA!! <3 I definitely recommend giving it a go, I'm just like you and I ALWAYS forget to do the things I want to *sigh* Don't you worry, I'll take LOADS of photos! xxx

          3. That caravan looks so amazing! The tree house too and I’ve been thinking about card readings lately. Literally everything you listed is on my to do list except the caravan. Let’s hope we check off everything this summer! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

          4. Wow you are going to have a really busy summer!! Oh my goodness those gypsy caravans are possibly the best thing I’ve seen all week 😊 I really want to stay in one now xx

            1. Ahh I love this post, I was thinking of creating my own summer bucketlist soon! I love Aus so so much, ever since I left there in 2016 after being there for months I’ve wanted to go back. I was trying to arrange to go back this summer actually but the plans fell through with the friend I was trying to plan it with πŸ™ The blogger travel meet up idea is so epic, there needs to be an app for that! Honestly wish I was going to Aus this summer too haha, you’re gonna have an amazing time! xx

              1. I’ve been meaning to write my own bucket-list for a while now but keep putting it off and this has inspired me to write my own. I am totally down to go glamping or stay in a treehouse with you! xx

                1. Girl, definitely do! It’s a great way to get some ideas down and then when your friends do the whole inevitable “what should we do this weekend” you can whip out your bucketlist! And LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN! xx

                2. You and l are just the sameπŸ™Œ! I wish I could do all these too – well we are on the verge of entering Winter here in South Africa so all I can do is fantasize until Summer or Spring πŸ˜…. Achieve your bucketlist sis, enjoy on my behalf too πŸ’–

                3. Happy to hear you’re planning on coming to Australia! I can tell you that you can definitely combine some of your plans if you come here. Glamping is getting really big here and so are outdoor cinemas. If you want I can tell you more about it πŸ™‚ Also, feel free to check out my blog for day trip ideas in Australia. I’d be happy to show you around as well!

                4. Lots of amazing stuff! Australia sounds like it’ll be amazing, experiencing that with someone completely new to you!
                  Gypsy caravan, glamping and staying in a tree house are all so completely up my alley. I’ve been dying to do all of these! Have you ever seen the glass igloo hotels? Or mountain side hotels.. or bubble hotels!? They are all so dreamy to me!

                  1. Thank you lovely! I’m really excited for Australia to be honest πŸ™‚ And oooooh girl DO IT! Now’s the time πŸ™‚ I’ve seen a few of the glass igloos in Switzerland and I AM DYING TO STAY IN ONE! I haven’t heard of bubble hotels *runs to google* xx

                5. Oh my, this whole list makes me so happy! I’ve always wanted to go glamping and stay in a treehouse 😍 I hope you have the best (or at least second best) summer ever! ✨

                6. Omg all these things are amazing! 😍 I can’t wait to share my list. I always make a Summer bucket list ❀️I loved your list so much! I also wanna go to Australia once. It must be so beautiful. I want to stay in a three house, glamping and in a gypsy caravan too because I’ve never done that. My hippie heart would love that πŸ˜‚πŸ˜˜

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