2018, a year full of promise and adventure. We are all familiar with New Year’s resolutions, these are the things that you want to achieve and change for the New Year, some wanted to lose weight, some promised to eat healthy foods and some hoped to travel more. Your list of resolution for the year is somehow the same with your travel bucket list, it keeps you on the right track and it lets you focus on your goal. Creating your travel bucket list is the start of another travel adventure for you. The beginning of the year is the best time to list down all the destinations that you want to visit and explore.
Here are some tips that can guide you on how to create your travel bucket list:
Know your status
Before planning anything, be sure to know your current status. Are you working on a full-time job that requires you to be at work 5 days a week? Can you ask for a vacation leave? How often can you request for a holiday vacation from work? Can you afford the travel expenses? How often are you going to travel?
These are only few of the questions that you need to ask yourself. Do not plan for a lavish travel if you know in the end that the plan is not realizable.
Pinpoint what you want to achieve
Before you go ahead and create your travel bucket list, ask yourself first: “what do I want to achieve this year?” If you have been to a lot of beaches last year, maybe this year, you can plan on visiting different cities. Be specific on what you want to do, knowing what your heart wants makes the whole planning process easier.
List down what you have conquered so far
It will be helpful to know where you have already been. It lets you see the bigger picture. List down all the places that you already visited last year, although there are some destinations that you can’t really get enough of and every visit to the place is like the first time. It is never wrong to go back to where you have been before; every place is a gem, it has more to offer. Visiting the same destination means discovering more about that place.
Know your geography
Sometimes when we are busy looking far away, we miss what is in front of us. Creating a travel bucket list involves a lot of geographies. Look around your city and list down the destinations around your area that you haven’t visited yet. After so, you can plan on conquering the nearby cities and beaches. Installing a map application on your mobile phone can be really helpful for this task. There are more to discover around you, you just have to keep looking.
You can create a monthly list for you, you can plan on exploring destination A for the month of January, and then you can schedule to visit destination B for the next month, and so on. After you’re done exploring the destinations around you, you can start planning for a long distance travel or even an out of the country travel.
Know what to prioritize
After listing down the destinations that you want to visit for the whole year, you can divide them into two groups. The first group consists of the destinations that are near to where you are, location-wise and traveling to those places doesn’t require you to take a break from work for a couple of days. Basically, these are the locations that you can reach and explore in a day or two. Having a full-time job is not a hindrance to travel more; you just have to be smart with your travel planning.
The second group consists of the destinations that are far from where you are. Traveling to these destinations requires a lot of planning for your travel time duration and expenses. You might also have to be on a vacation leave for a couple of days when you visit these places in order for you to explore those locations thoroughly. Spending your vacation days wisely is the key.
Tag your travel buddy
Planning who is going to be your travel buddy is also important when creating a travel budget list, not unless you are a lone wolf at heart. You can list down a number of possible travel buddy prospects that you can bring with you when you fulfill your travel bucket list.
There you have it; those are some tips on how to create a travel bucket list. Remember, creating your travel bucket list is just the first step towards your 2018 adventure. Another year, another travel journey. Spread your wings and don’t be afraid to fulfill your travel bucket list starting today!