A travel bucket list (in case you didn’t know) is a list of places you’d like to see/ visit before you kick the bucket. Rather than tell you where you should go, here are some tips to help you in planning your travel bucket list:
Everyone has a list of places they’ve always wanted to visit in retirement. Write those destinations down and start to imagine yourself there, going on adventures that you’ve always dreamed of. I’ve always dreamed of going to the Greek Isles… especially to Santorini! Where have you always dreamed of visiting? Start thinking about it, and make that list, starting with your number 1 destination.
There’s no embarrassment in saying that you’ve always wanted to ride an elephant in Thailand or do a pizza cooking class in Italy. It’s great to live out those childhood/ youthful dreams. But they’ll probably need some tweaking depending on how efficiently your body still works. And where do you start with planning? Check out the world-renowned attractions with the iVenture card. It’s an all-in-one pre-paid adventure and sightseeing pass, with huge savings on offer.
If you want to be an aid worker in central Africa, experience the Melbourne international comedy festival, or go on a San Francisco bay cruise, just do it! Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and do something different on your holidays.
Why do you want to go to that specific destination? Make sure that you’ve worked out the experiences that you want to have before you venture off. For example, you don’t want to travel to Adelaide and not experience swimming with/ feeding the dolphins in Glenelg, or visiting the Adelaide Hills where so much beautiful Australian wine gets produced. Planning always makes holidays more adventurous.
Although your travel wish list is probably extensive, and you know that you won’t be able to do everything on it, make sure you prioritise. Put your greatest wishes at the top and go down the list from there. And always factor in the costs of experiences and whether they’re affordable for you. For example, doing a Rocky Mountain tour in Canada might be out of your budget. But, travelling around Thailand could be much more affordable.
Many of us are on strict budgets and are searching for the cheapest travel and accommodation options. Fortunately, there’s a lot of competition around, and you can find some great accommodation deals. Booking.com is a great first point for searching your accommodation options. eDreams.com.au also has an extensive range of accommodations and discounted flights to choose from.
If a luxury holiday is on your bucket list, Etihad Airways has several extras to choose from to make flying with them even more comfortable and convenient. A luxury holiday, packed with an upgraded flight, fancy accommodation, and eating out at nice restaurants will be expensive, but you can plan ahead, find great deals, and make it well worth your while.
Whether it’s family or friends that you’re travelling with, you know that you can’t have it all your own way. Ask them what they’d like to do and where they’d like to go, and what attractions they’d like to see and experience. That way you can make allowances and they might actually have some great suggestions.
All of your holiday adventures don’t have to be the same. It’s a great idea to mix it up and enjoy different experiences wherever you go. One adventure could be very physical, such as walking the Great Wall of China. Another adventure might be pure luxury, staying in 5-star hotels and eating at world-class restaurants. Dare to be different.
You can store your bucket list somewhere safe and go back to it at any time. Everybody’s interests and budgets change as they go along. Keep an open mind. By staying flexible, you’ll ensure that your adventures are packed with all of the joy that you’ve always wished for. Take your time, and do your research. It will be well worth it!
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