I'm pretty open about the importance of travel in my life. I value my travel experiences above my material belongings, and I feel most like myself when I'm planning and executing trips to places I love — or hope to love. I truly believe it nourishes my soul.
Why you need a travel bucket list
I know that it can be tough to convince yourself travel should be a part of your life if you're not used to doing it regularly. Affording vacations means budgeting in other areas and planning can seem overwhelming if you're starting from scratch. One of the things that helps is building a travel bucket list, so you always have at least a few ideas about places you'd like to visit.
Consider your travel style
When you're building a travel bucket list, one of the things you want to think about is the type of travel that interests you. Think about weather. Evaluate the amount of activity you want to do compared to how much time you'd like to relax or simply wander around a new city. If being surrounded by a language you don't yet understand feels invigorating, you can expand your list, while wanting to visit a place where you speak the native language will limit your options.
Make a dream travel list
If you're starting from scratch, let your mind wander. Think about movies you've seen, books you've read, or photos you've admired on social media. When you're creating a travel bucket list, you don't need to be completely practical. You never know when an opportunity will arise that gets you to a destination that previously seemed out of reach.
Set travel alerts and be open to traveling during off season and non-peak times. Flexibility can be the difference between booking a vacation and staying home another year.
Make a practical travel list
You might think my travel bucket list only contains big, dream destinations. But you can't only fill your bucket with destinations at all corners of the world. Some of the most life-changing travel can be closer to home. Discover the artisans in the American Southwest or explore the historical buildings peppering the East Coast.
Make sure some of the places on your list can be reached during a quick road trip. After all, some weekends just beg to be filled with something new. During one of those times, you'll be thrilled to pull out that bucket list and immerse yourself in something new.