Creating your travel bucket list

Part of my 2018 personal strategy when it comes to traveling is to ensure that I’m highlighting one place across the globe that I have not been to yet, and then book it. Over the past ten years of my life, I’ve been pretty stuck in the New England region and feel that it is time to move on from these rolling hills and travel outside of my normal comfort zones. As someone who loves travel, and writes a travel blog, this should be an absolute breeze, right?

So you’d think.


A few nights ago, I took out a map and looked at everywhere I haven’t been. Well, that’s quite a lot of places. I mean, I still have oceans I haven’t crossed yet. I have yet to have a beer in Ireland or wine in Italy. I have been to Canada, but does that really count? I was like sixteen and we walked into a Walmart, which I could have done right down the street but they spoke French at this Walmart!


So, if one were to create a bucket list of all the places they want to visit, how does one even start? The world seems so big!

Well, perhaps I should define the places I really want to see first and then work my way down from there. The places that I’ve been putting off for years and I can easily access. I already started the process by venturing to Las Vegas, Death Valley, and Lake Tahoe. Scratched those off the bucket list! There’s still plenty more to go, however, and I’m just getting started.

Let me show you what I’ve been up to.

  • Define one adventure per month that should include some place that has not been crossed off of the bucket list yet. This can include day trips! Bonus points to spontaneous road trip in the process by knocking out other destinations along the way to stated location.
  • Write down a list of ten locations you really want to see this year. Be bold about this. Don’t define a location a random bar in a city that you’ve already been to.
  • Of those ten locations, can you tackle any one of those over the course in a weekend? If the answer to this question is yes, plan it earlier in the year and not around your planned vacations. If the answer is no, plan these trips into your vacation times.
  • Break down what you will need for stated trips. Financial as well as necessities. I’m not talking a new pair of shoes here. Do you need a passport? Do you need to freshen up on a new language? How much money will you need? Break it down per trip, not as a whole.
  • Involve friends if possible. Solo travel is sometimes the best. I absolutely love traveling solo as I have no agendas to follow and am on my own time. If a friend or two wants to join in, the more the merrier. Plan these trips with them early on.

As you can see, I’ve been pretty busy highlighting what I want to accomplish and just how I’m going to go about doing it. Travel is never easy and theres always complications. The key is to stay ahead of whatever may happen along the way.



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