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How to Create Your Travel Bucket List

Have you ever wondered how to create a travel bucket list? Most people think of a bucket list as a collection of things to accomplish before you die, but this couldn't be further from the truth!

Right now, you can create as many bucket lists as you want. In fact, creating a travel bucket list is a fun way to stay motivated to pursue your dreams, especially if traveling is something you want to do.

No doubt you've always dreamt of visiting a few places like taking tours in Iceland, but you've just never gotten around to it, or you think it's outside your reach. Creating a travel bucket list helps to set a plan in motion to complete your goals. When written down, goals are reinforced and more likely to be completed. So, by creating a physical travel bucket list, you are one step closer to your dream destination.

There's a right way to make a bucket list, and a wrong way. Well, maybe not wrong, but there are definitely things you can do to help your bucket list better drive you towards your goals.

Want to know the secret?

Put these easy tips for creating your travel bucket list into practice, and you'll be asking all the right questions to compile a practical yet inspiring list you can't wait to complete.


What kind of adventures do you like?

Take a look at the places you've visited in the past and consider what kind of places you'd like to go to next. Do you enjoy hiking in the alpine mountains? Trekking through a tropical jungle? Relaxing on a quiet sandy beach? The destinations you want to visit revolve around the adventures you want to experience.

What's your reason to go somewhere?

This goes hand in hand with the previous point. Why do you want to visit the places on your list? Is there a certain food or experience you want to try? Do you want to volunteer? Are you trying to learn more about a hobby, or do you want to try something completely new? Thinking about your purpose in going to a destination may provide inspiration for more places to visit and things to do. For example, if you want to learn how to learn to scuba dive, you may consider visiting Vietnam, Thailand or Indonesia.

Tropical fish off the coast of Nusa Lembongan, near Bali, Indonesia

Where can you find inspiration?

If you're looking for once-in-a-lifetime places and activities to add to your bucket list, the resources available are limitless. The internet is full of ideas if you know the right places to look. Great places to find bucket list inspiration include:

Creating Your Travel Bucket List

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Once you've finished brainstorming ideas, it's time to create your list. You'll need to decide what type of travel bucket list you want to make. Here are some examples:

Which of your bucket lists will the Leaning Tower of Pisa be in?

How should you organize your bucket list?


When choosing destinations and activities, it's important to prioritize and organize destinations based on both your desire and realistic ability to go. You should dream big for your bucket list, but the reality is that some places will require you to save up a little more money.

Does that mean you should leave out the more expensive activities and destinations? Absolutely not!

Find clever ways you can save money and draft a timeline of how long you think it will take you to save enough funds. Then, you can work on the easier items on your travel bucket list while saving up for the harder ones.

So how do you actually create your bucket list?

When you are ready to physically create your travel bucket list, think about how you want to keep track of it. Most people would just grab a piece of paper and start writing things down, but a scrap of paper is easy to lose or forget about.

There are so many creative ways to keep a bucket list, but here are a few of my favorites:

Scratch off the destinations you most want to visit

Are you ready to start checking off items on your bucket list? There's no time like the present. Keep these tips handy while you create your ultimate travel bucket list.

Now go book that flight, take that trip, and start living your dreams!

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