Making a Post-pandemic Bucket List

26.05.2020 by Jim Ker

Has the COVID-19 pandemic given you a chance to take stock of your life and what you’d like to do once the lockdown ends? Whether you’ve been furloughed, you’re self-isolating or you’re a key worker putting in extra hours, there’s no denying that this new way of life has got us all thinking. 

Many of you will have a ‘bucket list’ already. You might have added anything from ‘do a skydive’ to ‘ride a motorbike’, or perhaps something a little less nerve-wracking, like ‘holiday on a desert island’ or ‘learn to play chess’.

While we’re in the throes of lockdown, your bucket list might have altered somewhat. If not, you could tweak it to include some of life’s more simple pleasures and rename it your ‘Post Pandemic Bucket List’.

Here are some ideas to add to your post-lockdown list. Some of them are big, ‘out there’ suggestions and some not so much. Whichever you go for, we bet you’ll have a lot of fun planning them…


Meet friends for tea and cake

With many of our favourite activities now forbidden, something as simple as meeting friends for tea and cake has been replaced by baking said cake, or just buying some from the supermarket and enjoying it with a cuppa.

We don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to the day we can enjoy a cuppa, a slice of something sweet and a good old catch up with an old friend – in an actual café and not over a video call while sitting at our dining room table.


Watch a film on the big screen

Sure, those of us who’ve been furloughed can catch up on as many TV programmes or films as we like on Netflix – but it isn’t the same as watching something great on the big screen, is it?

When social distancing is no more, we’ll relish the chance to head out of the house to watch the latest flick at the cinema.

Don’t forget: if you’ve ever used Compare the Market to save money on your home, car or travel insurance, you’re entitled to two for one cinema tickets and a whole host of other perks, thanks to its ‘Meerkat Movies’ scheme. You just can’t use it yet, of course.


Host a dinner party

Again, video catch-ups and Skype quizzes are great – but there is nothing quite like the chance to see friends and family in the flesh and in the same room.

Once this is all over, we’ll be heading straight to the supermarket for a trolley-load of ingredients to make the most indulgent post-pandemic meal ever. It’ll be great to clink glasses, raise a toast and generally be together again.


Try something dramatic

Fancy a bold new haircut or a change of style? Now’s the time to open up Pinterest and begin pulling together some inspiration. You may decide to try something completely different or you could tweak your current look.


Say no to cooking

If you’re not a huge fan of cooking, you’ll be as keen as us for restaurants to reopen.

Giving you the opportunity to try a new cuisine every week (if you like), your business at cafes, restaurants and bars won’t just give business owners the custom they’ve perhaps been missing, it’ll lighten the load for you, too. No more slaving over a hot stove…and someone else will take care of the washing up, too!

Become tech-savvy

Are you a technophobe? Perhaps you didn’t know you were until you had to get to grips with video calling or remote working.

If you’ve vowed to swot up on all things tech, post-lockdown, YouTube is absolutely brimming with tutorials on everything from how to create a spreadsheet to how to make a video call on WhatsApp.


Research your family history

Have you ever thought about the people that make up your family? We’re not talking about immediate family, but perhaps a great, great, great, great grandmother or grandfather. You may know a little about them or you may want to know much more about the people who could make up your extended family.

Perhaps you could add ‘start family tree’ to your bucket list?  There are plenty of online sites out there to help you do just that.


Do something sentimental

Ready to try something a bit different? Why not find a pen pal, start scrapbooking or even send a message in a bottle and see where it ends up?

You could also spark up a conversation with an old friend you haven’t spoken to for a while or dig out your box of memories and photos and begin putting together a memoir. In this article in The Telegraph, Angela Epstein says now is the perfect time to start writing.


Plan a ‘grown-up’ gap year

Your own offspring may have done it, or maybe your grandchildren are considering it…but how about you try a gap year for yourself? The National Geographic says it’s now more acceptable than it’s ever been to jet off on a gap year; you don’t have to be the usual 20 or 30-year-old backpacker, anymore.

In fact, it’s a growing trend, says the site, which offers a handy ‘grown-up gap year’ checklist for anyone considering it.


Making plans

Perhaps you’re not 100% sure what you’ll do when lockdown ends, but there’s no denying that the chance to conjure up plans for a rainy day will probably be right up there with partaking in the plans you’ve already made.

While you can’t get out your diary and circle any dates just yet, you can certainly map out a loose plan for when social distancing measures aren’t quite as strict.

Perhaps you’d like to loosely organise a jaunt around Europe, or maybe that desert island is calling you. Either way, making plans could well be one of the most exciting things to do post-lockdown. Fingers crossed!


Save for the future

If you’re anything like us, lockdown may have instilled in you some more frugal habits. Perhaps you’ve discovered you can go without a lot of things – that six-weekly trip to the hairdressers, the bunch of flowers you treat yourself to when you do your weekly shop, maybe even the takeaway coffees you get on your way home from the library.

Now’s the time to work out what you might have spent on ‘treats’ like these and put the money you’ve saved to one side. Whether you plan to save for an adult gap year or just put some cash aside to treat a family member to a belated, post-lockdown birthday party, you could begin to make just as many long-term plans as shorter-term ones.

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