Having a bucket list is a start, but it’s only the beginning. Unfortunately, too many people have a physical or mental list which they cram with activities. And, that’s right – they are still on there waiting to get discovered. Not to preach, but there is no point in developing a list if the person is not going to tick things off it once in awhile. Come on – live a little!
For the people who want turn pipe dreams into reality, here’s what to consider. These are the tips which help hone the art of bucket listing.
One vacation every summer is not enough. Sure, it’s a nice getaway and helps the whole family recharge their batteries. But, and not to judge, is a beach holiday on the list? Of course it isn’t, because it’s an experience an average person can have on a regular basis. To ensure there is ample opportunity to tick dreams off, it is vital to go on as many holidays as possible. That way, it’s a straightforward task to mix adrenaline filled experiences with lying on the sand sipping piña coladas. At least two to three a year should do the job.
Of course, to go on three holidays a year, a family needs a big budget. After all, flights and accommodation for five people aren’t cheap. Plus, the activities which are once in a lifetime cost a pretty penny, too. It goes without saying that money makes a bucket list spin, but how does one save enough? It’s simple really: put the holiday first. Things at home always get in the way, from a renovation to a new car. By placing a vacation first, it makes the family put aside cash every month. The kids can get involved as well.
The Science Element
Just because science isn’t an enjoyable subject doesn’t mean it won’t come in handy. If it is preferable, it is okay to call it logistics instead of science. The pertinent things to remember are the small details. For example, the Aurora Borealis is top five in the majority of peoples’ bucket lists. But, trekking into the Arctic Circle in the middle of summer is a sure-fire way to waste money. The science of the Northern Lights means hunters have to go in late autumn to early spring every year. Any earlier and the constant daylight will scupper the plan.
Risk It For A Biscuit
Finally, it doesn’t matter how much money and planning goes into a bucket list. If there isn’t an element of risk taking, the list will stay full forever. Let’s face it – doing the same thing every year is easy. Not only is it simple, but it’s comfortable and cozy. Trekking through the snow in the Arctic Circle is cold, strenuous, and not guaranteed to get results. But, when it pays off, there is no better feeling in the world. The key is to accept it’s a gamble and go anyway. After all, the majority of activities on a bucket list are once in a lifetime.
This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!