Putting together your bucket list of travel destinations is often easy when you first think of it, but when you sit down and go to put pen to paper, suddenly you start to question what makes a destination worthy of bucket list status? How do you possibly begin to put together a bucket list of travel destinations that will leave you feeling fulfilled, and as though you’ve seen the best of the best in your books?
There are actually a few criteria you can use that will help you put together your own ultimate list of bucket list destinations that you can slowly work on over your lifetime. Let’s take a look.
Get Engaged and Start Your Research
The first step should be to get engaged and start your own form of travel research. This can include talking to friends who have travelled far and wide, talking to a travel agent, reading blogs such as the popular mrhudsonexplores.com blog, watching travel-based television programs, picking up travel magazines, and brochures.
This is an excellent way to broaden your knowledge and discover countries and destinations that appeal to you. It’s a good idea to take notes as you conduct your research, both on the destinations that appeal to you and those that don’t.
Is It a Life-Changing Experience?
As you pick each of the destinations, the most important question you can ask about each one is whether or not it will be a life-changing experience. Is it an experience you will carry with you the rest of your life? Will it enrich your life, your mind, your spirit in some sort of way? If you can answer yes to each of these questions, then you know you’ve chosen the right destinations.
There are plenty of sample bucket lists out there, but remember your bucket list needs to be a reflection of you. It doesn’t matter what others may consider a bucket list destination, it’s about what would be inspiring and meaningful to you.
Create an Order to Your List
Once you start to shape your list of destinations, you can then begin to order them and prioritize them. You can choose the criteria you order them, here are some common ones:
- From least expensive to most expensive
- From closest to furthest away
- From the shortest trip to the longest
Order them based on season (the ideal season to visit each destination).
By organising your list of destinations it will help you to work through them. For example, maybe the first few years you can only afford to visit the cheaper destinations. At least you can look at your list and instantly know which destinations that includes.
The List Should be a Fluid Thing
It’s also important to keep in mind that your list should be a fluid thing, meaning it shouldn’t be written in stone. Over the years your interests, budget, availability, etc., can change. It’s important to re-evaluate your bucket list every few years and make sure it’s still reflective of the places you really want to see. By keeping an open mind to new and emerging destinations, you’re sure to choose wisely.