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 you 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.
There’s no embarrassment in saying that you’ve always wanted to ride an elephant in Thailand, or sail down the River Nile. 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.
If you want to be an aid worker in central Africa, or learn how to do yoga in Asia or take a cooking adventure in Italy, 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 or 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.
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, walking the Great Wall of China. Another adventure might be pure luxury, staying in 5-star hotels and eating at hatted 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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