Bored, Stuck, or Feeling Adventurous? 50 Randoms Things To Do

If you find yourself staring at a wall or otherwise fending off boredom, it helps to have a list of activities to reference. I’ve given you a head start below with 50 random activities and challenges to expand your mind, meet new people, and possibly alienate your friends.

Some are easy, like go karaoking (#25). Others are a bit harder and more time intensive, like buying and operating a hot dog cart (#18). All are fun.

Report back on your progress (with photos, please).

#22 – make molten lava cake. mmmm.

My List of 50 Potential Things To Do If I’m Bored

1. Go out for dinner alone (the best place to meet interesting people is at the bar of a nice restaurant)

2. Date an artist (or, if you’re an artist, date an accountant or something)

3. Grow a beard (only if you’re a man, please)

4. Get a straight razor shave

5. Ask a stranger to coffee

6. Read a self-help book

7. Ask if you can join someone sitting alone at a restaurant

8. Move to a new city

9. Shoot a gun (at a shooting range)

10. Go skydiving

11. Learn another language

12. Date a foreigner

13. Visit a local tourist attraction (I grew up 45 minutes away from the Statue of Liberty and never went)

14. Watch a foreign film

15. Stay in a hostel (even if…no, ESPECIALLY IF you’re inappropriately old to be staying there)

16. Go to a hibachi restaurant

17. Go swimming in an inappropriate place (public fountain, large puddle, whatever)

18. Own and operate a hot dog cart (am I the only person who wants to do this?)

19. Drive cross country

20. Find a fast Go Kart track

21. Take a wine tasting class

22. Make chocolate lava cake (actually, it’s pretty easy and very impressive)

23. Host a cocktail party (or, just go to a cocktail party. Cocktail parties get mentioned all the time, but how often do we actually have them? Never.)

24. Send a postcard

25. Karaoke (personal favorite)

26. Audit a class at a local college

27. Go to a planetarium

28. See live standup comedy

29. Now, go and do live standup comedy

30. Walk across an impressive bridge

31. Join a Crossfit gym

32. Start a blog

33. Host a poker night

34. Same as above, but strip poker

35. See a classical music concert

36. Do a citywide scavenger hunt with friends

37. Learn to bartend

38. Eat an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert in three different restaurants in the same night (I do this for my birthday sometimes, because yes, I’m that difficult)

39. Get a group together to go to a city that’s 2+ hours away for a night

40. Do the Tough Mudder

41. Write me an email ([email protected])

42. Ask the next attractive person that you see on a date (no excuses)

43. Go tubing down a river (it’s amazing how much thinking you’ll do on a 5-hour tube ride with no phone and no computer)

44. Take a city bus tour, even if it’s in your own city

45. Read this book (you’ll instantly become a much better writer)

46. Buy an outfit that is completely different from your normal style

47. Crash a black tie event

48. Make up a fake poll and go ask random people on the street to answer it

49. Get professional photos taken of yourself (this is actually really fun, and a huge ego boost)

50. Share this post on Facebook.