I had a friend tell me recently, “I want to go on vacation so long, I forget all of my passwords.” It’s an idyllic thought, isn’t it? Getting away and being able to unwind and disconnect from all of life’s distractions – the way life used to be before social media.
Let’s play a game! If you could go anywhere in the world, for any amount of time, and money were no object, where would you go?
How many places did you just rattle off the top of your head?
Isn’t this fun? Bora Bora, Easter Island, and the Galapagos are at the top of our list right now! When there’s no money involved, no pressure and no time constraints, our minds run wild with ideas and the places we’d go! Right?
Now that your creative mind is active, let’s work on making your travel bucket list dreams obtainable.
1. Choose Your Method
There are a lot of ways to keep a bucket list ranging from a notebook to a digital document, to even a jar full of notes. The important thing is that whatever you choose, you use it. You will want to look at this regularly, so make sure it is something that will be easy for you to access. Digital documents (like Google docs) are great because you can easily add things like images or links. And they are easy to share with your regular travel mate and us, your travel agent. You can even use our The Unknown Road Bucket List Travel Worksheet!
2. Make a List of Where You Have Been
Thinking about past vacations and what you liked (and didn’t like) is a great way to get started. If you’re traveling as a couple, this is even more important. You might want to share previous adventures or agree that exploring completely new things is the way to go. Either way, having this list will further the discussion. If you are a solo traveler, then this will help you determine what means the most when it comes to your travel desires.
3. Next, List Your Destinations
Listing destinations is the fun step. Use your imagination. At this point, don’t hold back due to time or financial concerns; list all the places you have ever dreamed of visiting. Where did you want to go when you were six years old? Or 10, or 16? Or maybe just last week? Of course, you should make sure you include the places that have always been on your wishlist. Remember, this is not the time to hold back. If you need advice, this is a great time to contact your travel agent and ask us what the newly discovered destinations are. You don’t want to miss out.
4. What Do you Want to Experience?
Places are one thing. Activities are another. Have you always wanted to go Northern Lights hunting? Or maybe an African Safari? Is it swimming with dolphins in Mexico that call to you, or diving with sharks in South Africa? Does visiting the Smithsonian in DC call to you? Hot air ballooning over the desert Southwest? Dedicating some time to thoughtful planning is the step where you get to list all the things you’ve wanted to do. As a couple, this can be a fun step of discovery. Just like with destinations, your travel agent can help by letting you know about some of the secrets that only travel insiders know.
5. Put Things in Order
Your list is probably getting a little long at this point. Now is the time to apply some practical thinking. Look through your destinations list and highlight the 4 or 5 places that mean the most to you. It doesn’t mean you won’t ever see the others, but you do need to start somewhere. Then look through your activities list. Are there any that fit one destination more than another? Add them to your list. Lastly, go through your list one more time to make sure you didn’t leave anything out. Once you’ve completed this, you have the foundation of your bucket list! Now to apply some action to it.
6. Establish a Timeline
Now you can begin making things happen. Establishing a timeline is where you start organizing your dreams and creating a plan. Consider the time and money you wish to invest in travel. Yes, travel is an investment – an investment in you and your happiness.
Align your goals with the practical aspects of your budget and available time. You will have a plan of where to go and what to do over the next few years. Share this with us and we will be able to keep a lookout for opportunities and deals that can get you checking these items off your list.
7. Check The Destinations Off Your List
Of course, none of this means very much if you never go. Once you get started, you’ll find that wanderlust builds and builds. The choice is yours! Do you want to be one of the people who tells the stories of what they have discovered? Or, do you want to be the one who listens?
It’s important to remember that this is YOUR travel bucket list. So if life gets in the way, no worries, you are the master of the list, and you can always adjust it.
How excited are you to have your travel bucket list written down? I’m excited for you! Get in touch with us to request a quote and we’ll have you on your way in no time!