Go to another country, become a pop star, shake hands with the president — some bucket list items are tough to scratch off. But dreaming about everything you want to do in life is part of the fun in coming up with your own bucket list. Still, you shouldn't neglect easier-to-accomplish and more affordable ideas. Check out these fun and cheap experiences you can try for $10 or less.
Act in a Film
If you've ever wanted to play the starring role in a feature film, here's the next best thing: Be an extra. Call up local casting agencies and ask if there are any opportunities to be an extra in an upcoming project. You might need to submit a headshot, fill out paperwork and pay a small fee, according to EntertainmentCareers.net. You can also look for casting calls on Craigslist for student projects.
Hike the Trails of a State Park
If you've never ventured onto hiking trails at sunset or explored state parks in your area, make this the year you do it — and cross one more thing off your bucket list.
Learn a Magic Trick
Maybe you're a self-proclaimed Gryffindor or enjoy watching magic tricks from Penn and Teller, and have always dreamed of being a magician. Now is a good time as any to learn how to become one. For the simplest tricks, all you need is a deck of cards, some practice and a willing audience. If you don't want to Google magic tricks you can learn, Amazon has low-cost starter kits for $10 or less.
Be a Wine Connoisseur
Whether you love cozying up on the couch with your favorite merlot or enjoy the occasional glass of wine at your favorite steakhouse, you can learn a lot about wine without spending a lot of money.
Follow wineries in your area on social media to learn about free winery tours and tastings of your favorite varieties. Many wineries host special events and open houses with free admission. These will give you the chance to learn about the winery, the wine-making process and help you build your pallet.
Sign Up for a Police Ride Along
Some city police departments offer citizen ride-along programs that let you ride with officers to learn about what they do on the job. If you do apply for a ride-along, you might need
Learn a New Language
Play Tourist on a Staycation
A self-guided walking tour of the historic district in your city or a car ride to major attractions near home can give you the sense that you're exploring a new city. Best of all, a staycation is an affordable way to enjoy time off.
Before embarking on your "trip," do some online research to map out a route. Check your chamber of commerce or tourist bureau for free downloadable maps and tickets.
Feed the Hungry
Give the hungry and homeless a chance to enjoy a good meal with a donation of $10. Donate just $10 to Haiti Under God (HUG) to
Get Your Dream Body
If you dream about having a better body, get a free complimentary session from a personal trainer at your gym. During your session, you can learn new workouts and ask for recommendations on routines. Then, apply what you learned. You can also find fitness books on Amazon and deals on personal training and classes on Groupon to vary up your routine and keep you motivated.
Become an Author
Whether you've dreamed of penning the next best-selling novel or want to publish an autobiography, there are few barriers to entry in the self-publishing world.
Go on a Ghost Hunt
Visit haunted houses and graveyards for a fun — albeit frightful — night. Reach out to local ghost hunt organizations and ask to join in on their next adventure. Just make sure that, wherever you go, you're not trespassing.
Start Your Own Blog
If you're passionate about a hobby, want to share your political views with the masses or just want to test the waters on a budding idea for a fiction series, start a blog for free or at very little cost. Use websites like Wordpress or Wix to get your idea off the ground.
Have ideas for a blog but no desire to write? Share your world with a video blog on YouTube.
Try a New Restaurant — Alone
Some of the best bucket list ideas are tasty. Drive off to a neighboring town to enjoy lunch somewhere you've never been before. Sit at the bar, talk to strangers and learn about the venue from the owners. It's a fun — and cheap — way to play traveler for the day and try new foods. If you're on a tight budget, you could always vow to taste test every value menu item at your favorite fast food joint.
Camp Out on the Beach
If you live a short distance from the beach, find out which public beaches have campsites available.
Learn to Knit
If you want to develop a new creative skill, knitting is a low-cost hobby that can help you fill your free time. You can
Drive Your Dream Car
If it's going to be a while before you can buy your dream car, don't deny yourself the chance to get behind the wheel sooner. Head to a dealership to pick out your dream machine and ask for a test drive. You'll get the inside scoop on the car and the chance to drive around the parking lot or a few blocks.
Read a Lot of Books
Go on a Helicopter Ride
Learn to Cook
Learn how to cook like a chef — or close to it — by signing up for a free or low-cost cooking class. Many chefs and pros host cooking classes at
Help the Environment