As the new year approaches, we find ourselves reflecting on the one that has gone before and perhaps revisiting those resolutions that were never kept.
Amongst them, quitting smoking, losing weight or saving money are some of the most popular – and some of the most likely to see us fail.
And while you don’t have to wait until the new year to do these things, equally there’s no reason your new year’s resolutions should be restricted to these goals.
With that in mind, these are just three unusual bucket list ideas for 2022.
1. Learn a new language
If you’ve ever been a Brit abroad, you’ll know that across the world many people speak English as a second or other language
But in the UK, there’s a real lack of enthusiasm for learning other languages. Perhaps it’s the expectation that we’ll always be able to find another English speaker whilst travelling, or simply laziness
There are many benefits to learning a second language – aside from the practical applications, it keeps the mind active and can even increase your earning potential and open up career opportunities.
You may also find that after learning one language, you’ll find it easier to learn additional ones too, and Rosetta Stone is a great tool for autodidactic polyglots.
After two years of restrictions, would-be travellers are hoping for a little more adventure in 2022.
And after so long without travel, your first trip abroad should be one to remember.
That’s why a travel experience out of the ordinary with the likes of Conservation Travel Africa is such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They run volunteer-led programmes working alongside expert conservationists to protect wildlife, the environment and local communities, and offer a breath-taking experience for those who want to see the world and make a difference.
3. Write a novel
Say to a room full of people that you enjoy writing, and they will tell you that they too like to write, or would like to write, if only they had the time.
While many of us aspire to be writers, very few of us find the time to put our ideas to paper.
This isn’t to say that only those who have been published or completed manuscripts can call themselves writers – indeed, the only prerequisite to be a writer is, well, to write – but finding the time is difficult, and requires motivation to persevere.
But 2022 could be the year you finally write your novel. Discipline is the key, and setting yourself a writing schedule is a great first step to protecting your precious creative time. Even if it’s just a couple of days a week where you set aside an hour to write, or a commitment to use your notebook rather than your phone on your daily commute, these first steps
A new year doesn’t have to mean a new you, but it can be a chance to tick a few entries off your bucket list – we hope this article has given you a few ideas.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2022? Let us know in the comments below.