If you’re bored with life & you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals. – Lou Holtz
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Now tell me, what is stopping you? I’m sure money will be number one on this list, followed by time, and then by responsibilities, but if you can dream about traveling to your dream destination, you can surely make it a reality (cliche I know). One way of doing this is by creating a travel bucket list, which is a compilation of travel dreams and adventures you plan to accomplish during your lifetime. I know you’re thinking, “how is just making a travel bucket list going to help me,” but I can give you three reasons as to why it is important.
First, it gives you something to look forward to. Think about how excited you will be when you finally make it to Hawaii or to London or to (insert your dream destination here). Reaching that goal is exhilarating and you will be glad you went after it.
Second, having a travel bucket list is important because making lists helps us put things into action which in turn help make them more attainable. When you are able to truly visualize what you want to accomplish, you can then budget, plan and prepare for it. Want to go to Paris? Set up airfare travel alerts, watch out for flash sales and deals, set aside how much money you will need so that you can begin to save and budget properly, set up travel goals for yourself (i.e – one trip a year, taking your new birdwatching binoculars on an adventure to Africa, etc). Traveling isn’t as expensive as one may think with proper planning and preparation.
Thirdly, creating a travel bucket list will help motivate you to reach your travel dreams. It will empower and push you to do the “unthinkable.” Just as you work hard to reach your professional goals, you should also work hard to reach your dreams.
For me, having a travel bucket list is more than just being able to cross something off, but more so the feeling that I get for making my dreams a reality and being able to make lasting memories in the process. Traveling has really become one of my passions and any chance I get to travel is one that I plan to take. Do you have a travel and adventure bucket list? What places do you one day plan to visit?