Recently, a friend told me how surprised he was that people in their 20s have already created bucket lists, since a bucket list is something that you want to complete before you kick the bucket.
At age 23, do I think it’s too soon to create a travel bucket list? No way! In fact, I started mine at age 16 and have done nothing but add to it ever since.
Want to create your own travel bucket list? Here are some helpful tips for where to start- and how to decide what you want to add to it once you’ve started!
1. Find a place to write your bucket list.
It’s one thing to say “that’s on my bucket list,” but it’s another to ACTUALLY have it on your bucket list. If you want to achieve the dreams on your bucket list, start by writing it down! Making an actual bucket list increases the likelihood that you will eventually cross it off and fulfill your dreams.
2. Start by writing down places you want to go.
Do you want to go to a certain country, city, or state? Have you always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, the Pyramids of Giza, or climb up the Acropolis in Athens, Greece? Write it down!
3. Think about some activities you want to do (and maybe where you can do them).
Do you want to watch sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean? What about walk across a Civil War field? Leaving these broad can make them easier to accomplish and give you a variety of opportunities. After all, you can watch sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean from several different states!
Want something a little more specific, like ziplining in Costa Rica or going to Carnaval in Brazil? Check and make sure that the activity lines up with the place. As long as it does, go ahead and write it down! If it doesn’t, find a new place to do it.
4. If you want, include an annual event you want to attend.
Want to go to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta? Dance in the streets during Carnaval in Brazil? See the Olympics in person? Watch the ball drop on New Year’s in Times Square? Write it down!
5. Include some “reach” options.
Don’t think you’ll ever set foot on all 7 continents, go sledding in Alaska, or walk the streets of Rome? Is it something you want to do? Try putting it on your list! If it never works out, that’s okay- but it’s always there on your list to remind you that you CAN!
6. Get inspired by places you’ve never thought about before.
Check out travel magazines at the grocery store checkout, ask your friends and family about their bucket lists, and spend time on Google and Pinterest. Think about places that are off the beaten path. What about Thailand instead of China? Cinque Terre instead of Rome?
7. Let the list evolve over time.
You don’t have to write your travel bucket list all at once. Write a few ideas now and then come back to it later when you have a new idea. This is a working list, so you can always add to it.
8. Cross off items on your bucket list.
While there might not be a rush in crossing items off your bucket list, don’t put it off until you’re about to kick the bucket. If you’re still in college or don’t have a lot of money, start small and find ways to travel in the United States for cheap. If you’re taking a vacation, go somewhere you haven’t seen before. Don’t have a trip coming up? Start planning NOW and make the opportunity!
Not sure where to start? Here’s my travel bucket list top 10:
1. Set foot in all 48 continental United States before I turn 25- current count: 35 with 1 1/2 years to go
2. Visit Cinque Terre in Italy- check!
3. See La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona – check!
4. Go to Brazil
5. Visit all 1,001 Places to See Before You Die in US and Canada- definitely my reach!
6. Visit New York City
7. Drive Route 66 – check!
8. Go horseback riding on a beach
9. See the Northern Lights
10. Go to Pike Place Market in Seattle
My bucket list currently has almost 100 items on it- and some of them are actually crossed off!
Do you think you can be too young to have a bucket list? What do you have on your travel bucket list? Have you checked anything off of the list yet?