Summer Bucket List + Journal your Journey

Summer Bucket List + Journal your Journey

My favourite season is upon us which means late nights in the pleasant warm air and the irresistible smell of BBQ filling every block in town.

It’s the time of year where everyone and everything comes to life and I’m feeling a pep in my step.

I always enjoy compiling a list of activities I want to accomplish by the end of summer, as well as setting short term goals to achieve by the time Autumn arrives.

My sunny season plans usually look the same every year so I also decided to share with you my New York bucket list to get excited for my first summer living in the big city.

 

Anyway, just things I wanna do…

  • Beaches, beaches, beaches. And lots of volleyball.
  • Concerts and music festivals
  • Camping
  • Water Parks
  • Take a salsa class
  • Plan and book an Italy trip (already in the process, yayyyy!!)
  • Roller skating outdoors
  • Yard sales
  • Learn how to make a dress
  • Hiking/Running

 

Things I wanna do in New York…

  • The Hamptons/Montauk/Fire Island
  • Try AS MANY food spots as possible
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Canoe ride in Central Park
  • Brunch on a rooftop, pool on a rooftop, movies on a rooftop…everything on a rooftop
  • Outdoor movie at Bryant Park
  • Attend a baseball game

 

Make it last a lifetime. Here are some creative ideas to document your summer plans coming to life.

 

Scrapbook

This is your chance to use your imagination and make something you can physically flick through when your future self is reminiscing summer 2019. Collect anything and everything that can be glued into your own personal scrapbook; movie stubs, concert tickets, museum visitor maps, train/flight tickets and even candy wrappers that left you sweet summer memories. Of course combine this with your regular photos from the day. The best part is that you can be as messy and disorderly as you want and just go with the flow.

Blog

For those of you contemplating starting a blog, what better way than to document your summer months than on your own web space. You can practice taking more put together photos and enhance your writing abilities as you know you’ll be showcasing this project to the world.

Travel Video Diary

If writing isn’t your thing, have a go at filming each day. You could go vlog style or just make a compilation of your favourite photos and videos to the background of your summer playlist. This doesn’t have to be a clean-cut montage of a perfect summer in your dream vacation spot. No matter if you’re staying in your own city and doing regular activities, every year is different and new memories are made. It’s the videos that are caught in the natural moment that always hold the most amusing recollections.

Memory Jar

If you’re not interested in starting a project but still want to recall the little moments of your summer, have a go at making a memory jar. Each day write something/anything. Whether it’s an activity you did, an interesting conversation you had or your positive mood that day. Write it all down on a strip of paper; keeping it short and sweet. As summer draws to an end you should have a jar over spilling with all sorts of happy reminders that you would have soon forgotten.

 

What’s on your summer bucket list? Leave your plans in the comments below!

 

Laters,

Leah XO

 

 

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New York Bucket List- A Beginner’s Guide

New York Bucket List- A Beginner’s Guide

For a crazy wild place like New York it’s no wonder that planning a trip to NY can become a little overwhelming. To make it a little easier, I’ve created a bucket list for first timers. 

  1. Greenwich Village

Located in Lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village is made up of pretty apartments and cutesy cafés. If looking to take a break, my friend and I stopped at a little Mexican restaurant- La Contenta Oeste which I would totally recommend for their welcoming service. For those fans of f•r•i•e•n•d•s, you may want to check out the apartment located at the corner of Grove Street.

 

  1. World Trade Centre and 9/11 Memorial

Also located in Lower Manhattan, the World Trade Centre is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. It’s a location with much history and is definitely deserving of a place on the bucket list. 

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  1. The Statue of Liberty

For close up views of this monument, take a ferry ride around the coast. You can also capture some astonishing views of Manhattan’s skyline! 

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  1. Museums

The American Museum of Natural History is free to visit but donations are accepted. Once you arrive and get your tickets you can decide how much you would like to pay. You may also want to check out The Met and MoMA. 

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  1. Upper East Side

I cannot deny the fact that my obsession with Gossip Girl sparked my attraction to the glamour and dazzle of the Upper East Side. It’s the perfect location to stop for a stylish photoshoot and then wander through Central Park. 

 

  1. Times Square

Positioned in Midtown Manhattan, Times Square needs to be seen in both day and night. After stepping outside from watching a broadway show, I thought it was still light outside from the immensity of bright flashing lights. With New York being the home to broadway, a trip to the Big Apple just wouldn’t be the same without watching a show. I bought tickets for Aladdin at The New Amsterdam Theatre and  could honestly rave about it all! The costumes, singing and dancing all added to a magical performance.

 

  1. The Empire State Building

For outstanding views of NYC, a visit to the worlds most famous observation deck is the place to be. Once you reach the top, make sure to just stop and take in the beautiful sight. 

 

  1. Coney Island

Travelling around NYC can be super tiring especially when you’re playing tourist non-stop. For a more chilled out day yet still exciting, take a trip down to Coney Island in Brooklyn which features arcades, street performers and the Luna Park. Take a walk down the pier at night and unwind from the liveliness of the day. Oh and RIDE THE CYCLONE!!! That’s all I’m going to say. 

 

  1. Soho

A classic scene of elegance and fashion. Shop till you drop in endless trendy boutiques and upscale stores. (Or like me you could just observe the stylish streets and save those dollars!) Soho screams FANCY and its creative energy is what pulls me to wander in. 

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  1. Brooklyn Bridge

An iconic New York setting which has to be walked across! No question about it. 

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What would you like to see in New York? Comment down below!

Ciao, Leah x