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We’ve all heard the old adage of “ticking that one off the bucket list.” Whether it’s skydiving, visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa, swimming with sharks or something simpler like having a baby or getting married – the concept of a bucket list has been spurring us on and encouraging us to get out there and live life for generations.
Another way of thinking about a bucket list is a list of things that you’d like to experience before you “kick the bucket” (as they say). Bucket lists have evolved over time, starting out as simple lists of more homegrown efforts, perhaps encompassing things like learning how to fish, learn how to ski’, own my own home or get a university degree.
However, accessibility to travel has come alongside technological development and travelling the world has now been “opened up” to so many different types of people. The sky is now the limit with bucket lists, meaning they usually encompass more daring feats and experiences. Perhaps along the lines of visiting the Pyramids of Giza, skydiving over the Grand Canyon, or seeing the Great Wall of China.
So why not start creating a travel bucket list to encourage your curiosity, inquisitiveness, self-development and, ultimately, happiness?
How do Australians use bucket lists to keep traveling?
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Bucket lists are a great tool for encouraging us to keep traveling. The key to a successful bucket list is to constantly be updating and amending it when you discover new places and experiences that you want to include so that your list remains relevant to your interests.
For example, your bucket list may not be the same when you’re 40 as it was when you were 25, so remember to keep editing (and crossing off the things you’ve done, of course!)
Making lists (whether they be in the Notes app of your phone, in a notebook or a giant pinboard whiteboard in your living room) is a good habit when it comes to keeping yourself accountable for your life.
After all, you’re the one who’s in control and you’re the only one who can make things happen! Bucket lists serve as a reminder of this and encourage us to make concrete plans for travel (rather than keeping the list as just a stale breakdown of things we want to achieve that we’ll probably never get around to).
Bucket lists also help groups of people bond, whether that be couples, groups of friends or even families. Creating an individual bucket list and then sharing it as a group can be a great way to get to know each other, and keep track of what kinds of adventures we all want to be having!
In a recent survey, TravelOnline found that 44% of Australian travellers do not have a bucket list and that we experience negative symptoms when we don’t travel enough. In contrast, however, 56% of travelers did have a bucket list, and of these respondents, 35% of them stated that it constantly motivates them to travel and see more of the world. So what have you got to lose?
Smart ways to get started with your very own bucket list
1. Dreamstorm and remove all limits!
Take out your computer or a piece of paper and give yourself 15 minutes to really let your brain run wild with ideas. The key to dreamstorming is to really remove all boundaries – including financial, mental, physical, and emotional.
Envision the things that would make you happiest, the amazing places you want to see, and the things that will make you look back on your life feeling satisfied that you lived it to the fullest.
2. Do some research for inspiration
If you’ve run out of ideas off the top of your head, do some research online. The world is your oyster! Here are some ideas for solo travellers.
- Whale watching in Iceland
- Sushi making in Tokyo
- A jeep tour in the Grand Canyon
- Visiting the Louvre in Paris
- Wildlife safari in Kenya
- Kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland
- Cruising the Mekong River in Cambodia
3. Break up your list
This can be a helpful way to turn those dreams into reality. You don’t want your bucket list to feel too long or overwhelming, so section it off into eras or locations. You could have one bucket list for summer and one for winter.
One for the Northern Hemisphere and one for the Southern Hemisphere. You could do it by decade, e.g. your 20s, 30s, and 40s. Or even by year – one for 2025, one for 2030 and one for 2035.
4. Choose your top three and get planning!
Once you’ve made your bucket list (or lists), it’s time to choose your top three locations or experiences and get planning.
Figure out the time you’d like to go, who you’d like to go with and how you’re going to afford to get there. Start doing some research online to find cheap deals for the experience and you’ll be there before you know it!
Bucket lists can provide a lot of motivation when it comes to taking the leap and booking travel experiences. They remind us that time is finite, and that while money can always be earned back, amazing memories are valuable things that will last a lifetime.
Creating bucket lists forces us to stop and think about exactly what it is that we want to achieve or experience in our lifetime, reminding us that life is short and that every day is one to be seized.