Things that really should be on your bucket list

Make your bucket list better than your mate's with our top 17 alternative ideas. Thinking outside the box comes better to us than a chain-cladded, straightjacket wearing Houdini - sink your teeth into these amazing goals.

1

FIND OUT WHO YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR IS

How many years have you lived next to so-and-so and never once said hello? We think it's high time that you strike up a conversation with them. And if he turns out to be a collector of garden gnomes and spatulas, so be it. Lesson learnt. Maybe try your other neighbour next time.

2

Travel somewhere new

There's no question that Paris, Berlin and London are beautiful, brilliant places, but why not make your goal to venture off the beaten track? Take a map and pick a destination just because you like the sound of it - Riomaggiore, Isle of Skye, Ha Long Bay, you choose.

3

Try something you hated at school

If the face of your maths teacher haunts you in your sleep, or the idea of running 1500m brings you out in a cold sweat, take a trip down memory lane and see how the subjects you hated at school treat you in later life. Now you're a little older and a little wiser, you're better prepared for the challenges you despised as a youngster - this time grade free.

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4

Make a YouTube video

Ladies and gentlemen, if you aren't on YouTube already, you're missing out. Some vloggers as young as 18 are making millions from YouTube vids, and you could be the next best thing. Forget setting up your own business. Makeup tutorials from your bedroom are what it's all about. It could be your calling.

5

Go spelunking dressed like Batman

Christian Bale swears by it in the Dark Knight so it must be fine.

6

Travel through books

Make novels your new travel guide. Hit Route 66 like Sal Paradise in On The Road, or follow in Richard's footsteps and search for your own utopia across the golden sands of Thailand (like The Beach).

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7

Pick up a spider

Bucket lists tend to be pretty incredible, but the little victories can make you feel proud too. Choose your biggest fear and confront it head on. If you'd rather move house than pick up an eight-legged critter, you know what you gotta do.

8

See a band you've never heard of

Where's the fun in sticking to what you know? Rather than listing all the amazing bands you'd love to see, just go out and see, well, anyone. Fluffy pop fans, experiment with heavy metal, funky house or jazz. You never know, Metallica might have your new morning song.

9

Enter a talent contest

Forget 'learning an instrument' or 'learning how to sing' - if you're really going to dedicate yourself to a new skill, proof is in the performance. Give us a song then.

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10

Quit your job, fabulously

If you hate your job with a passion and you'd do anything to get out of it - escape while you still can and quit fabulously. If you can safely find future employment and won't get arrested, tell your now 'ex' boss exactly what you think of them. Throw paperwork in the air and arrange your entourage to whoop and holler as you strut magnificently out the door. Nothing beats a good exit.

11

Join the circus

If you're tired of life as it is, run away with the circus. There are so many underrated talents you can pick up at circus school - juggling, unicycle riding, acrobats, stilt walking. All very fun, entertaining, and a great workout. Or when all else fails, be the bearded lady.

12

Eat cheese on the moon

Is the moon made of cheese? Who knows, but if there's potential for a taste test, take along your favourite cheddar just in case. King of trains and planes, Sir Richard Branson is working on getting us there; granted, it's in its early stages, but maybe one day...

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13

Adopt an animal and love it

If you're a real animal lover and want to show the world how much you care, adopt an animal. Sure having your photo taken with a rare snake or cute koala bear is impressive. But saving a dog from a shelter or donating money to protect a panda's habitat is far more rewarding. They'll appreciate it, we promise.

14

Live like a celeb for a day

Money aside, why not try emulating 'a day in the life' of your favourite celeb. Their world looks so dreamy - just imagine if you could live like that, even for 24hrs? Take the day off work, find some makeshift paparazzi and mirror every last pouty Instagram pic. Oh how the other half live.

15

Pay for the car behind at a drive-thru

What’s a trip to McDonalds without a gaggle of screaming kids wreaking havoc in the car behind you? All hell breaks loose and the parents are wide-eyed with terror; only chicken nuggets can calm the little darlings down. Rather than snatching your Happy Meal and speeding off faster than you can say ‘I’m lovin’ it,’ do the kind thing and say ‘you know what, this one’s on me.’

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16

Invent a new cocktail

Cancel this weekend's booze-fuelled frivolities, there's science to be done. Conical flasks and flares at the ready, prepare for billowing smoke and explosive tastes as you perfect, what will be, the cocktail of the century - a drink that will echo across bars for years to come. Bye bye boring Martinis, so long snoozy Cosmos; there's a new drink in town.

17

List all the cool things you've already done

Bucket lists are great because they're driven by a change and your desire to grow as a person. But don't forget all the amazing achievements you've ticked off already. Shout about all your goals, no matter how weird and wonderful, on my50 - we'd love to hear your story. So how do you get started?

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