Bucket List- Noun, Informal. “A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.”
Since my first major travel experience when I was 17 I have had some sort of travel bucket list in my head, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that I wrote it down. And that’s my first piece of advice; if you are serious about wanting to travel, prioritise it in your life and write down your list, because actually having it in front of you makes you want to keep ticking off the places. Pinterest is also a great tool to use for planning and inspiration, have a look at my Travel Bucket list here.
Start off with a manageable amount; maybe pick 5-10 places you want to visit. Remember that not all items have to be far away adventures, I live near London but I have never been to Paris (France many times but not Paris) so this item on my list is very achievable and does not need long term saving or planning.
But also don’t be put off adding an item to your list with thoughts that you will never be able to do it or that you will never have the money. If it is somewhere you dream of travelling, if it pulls on your heart strings then make sure it is included, there is always a way if you want it enough.
Don’t include things that you don’t actually intend on doing, just because they sound good or you think you should. Pick what you actually want to do, some of your choices may seem ordinary but if it is something you want to do get it on your list. People are passionate about different things so it must be personal to you, as one person's dream destination or activity does nothing for someone else.
Also if you are like me and you’ve had a list in your head for years when you actually go to write it down I would include any items that you have completed already. It’s inspiring to see what you’ve achieved so far.
Finally, don’t just limit your travel to ticking off your bucket list, travel should be flexible and you will find amazing experiences in unexpected places. I went to Croatia this summer, it wasn’t on my bucket list, but I had a brilliant holiday, we went to some amazing places and I would highly recommend going. I plan to go back myself to visit some of the places I didn’t get to this time, and that’s the point, it would be a mistake to only travel your bucket list because you close yourself off to experiences you could be having.
Travel really does make you richer, it broadens your mind and feeds your soul. It reminds us that sometimes the toughest journeys are the most memorable ones.
I think every traveler should have a Travel Bucket List so what are you waiting for?
Meg has recently launched “Mapping Megan”, an up and coming travel blog which aims to give you the best tips and advice on travelling, volunteering, living, working and holidaying abroad. She hasn’t been everywhere, but it’s on her list!
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Bucket List Item: Summiting Mt Kilimanjaro!
Climbing to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro (August of 2010) was by far the hardest thing on my bucket list! The climb was the most physically and emotionally challenging venture I have ever undertaken. While I wanted to jump off the mountain and die during the more difficult parts of the climb, it was the most worthwhile experience I have had in my life, and by far my greatest travel accomplishment.
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world! At 5,895 metres (or 19,341 feet) above sea level it was one hell of a climb! It wasn't always on my bucket list, however it became a high priority after I was told it wasn't something I could achieve!
Travelling in a group of 7, only 4 of us made it to the top. I found that once we started our summit climb on that last day it wasn’t physical fitness which got me to the top, it was will power. It was will power to keep putting one foot in front of the other, even though we were extremely deprived of oxygen and energy! But as they say, the hardest journeys are the most worthwhile! Watching the sun rise over the whole of Africa, and camping out above cloud level are some of the most spectacular sights I have seen in my life. I wouldn’t do it again, but I’m so incredibly proud of that I was able to cross it off my bucket list!
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Bucket List: #27 Live Abroad!
Before Marina and I left it all behind in Los Angeles and jumped on a plane to Thailand, we were living 80 miles apart and working jobs we couldn't see ourselves doing for much longer. It didn't take much for us to decide and take the leap! We sold all of our belongings and bought two tickets to Phuket, Thailand where we have been living for the last 8 months.
Both of us dreamed of living abroad at least once in our lives and we finally decided to roll the dice before we could think of reasons not to. We have loved our time in Thailand and are excited to move on from Thailand to Europe sometime in 2014 - we are just getting started!
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Bucket List Item: Mount Kilimanjaro
My bucket list item was Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. It was 2009. As soon as I decided to travel, I wanted to add in a real adventure element, and I knew Kili was it. I was ill with altitude sickness, but I made it to the top after 6 long days of trekking. I've never felt such happiness and relief to reach a destination. What a challenge.
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Bucket List Item: Climbing Mt. Baker
My bucket list is mostly inspired by experiences or "feats of strength" challenges that I have accomplished. My favorite bucket list adventure was climbing Mt. Baker in Washington State. I have always had a goal of climbing a mountain, so when my brother Troy asked me if I wanted to join him and some friends to climb Mt. Baker, I jumped at the opportunity. I trained, I bought an ice axe and I learned how to self belay. I bought all the gear and I splurged on new hiking boots. I knew there was a big chance we would not be able to reach the summit due to weather, but I was ready to try. And the experience proved to be amazing! We hiked to base camp the first day, did mountain training and then went to bed early. At midnight, we woke up and started hiking. The skies were clear and it was the perfect day to ascent. With four people on each line, we marched our way up the mountain and over crevasses. To reach the summit, you have to climb a tall set of snow stairs. When we arrived, the view was awesome and you could see forever. The Canadian Rockies danced over the horizon and the crisp air tickled my lungs. The summit of Mt. Baker is on the smaller side at 10,781 feet, but it is my mountain.
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Bucket list accomplishment: Experience Iceland
I’m a photographer by tradition, it’s in my blood and travel can feel a bit stale to me without a few wonderful captures. There’s not many (if any) places in the world that compare to the natural and raw beauty of that like Iceland. The island is known as ‘the Land of Ice and Fire’ for a reason,– touring around the island, you will find a new and exciting landscape every few miles, from volcanos and geothermal regions to snowy, blizzard-like mountain conditions.
I’ve always dreamed of visiting Iceland, it’s been at the top of my bucket list for years and finally a few weeks ago I decided to wing it and book a flight from London to Reykjavik. I hopped in a hired car and took off on a ten day adventure around the island, –first I drove north around the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which was the most amazing part of my trip, and then drove around the northern coast, all of the way around. It’s winter in Iceland right now and to be honest, I had just as many great days, as truly awful days. There were a few near impossible travel days, because of the massive amount of snow and the dramatically strong winds (of 100+ MPG), but a few of the highlights were Reykir near Dragney, Mývatn, Jökulsárlón, and Vík.
All in all, I was blown away (quite literally actually) by the amazing landscapes and the absolutely breathtaking photos that I was blessed to be able to capture while I was there. I missed a lot of the areas that I wished to visit, but I will be back again, to conquer everything that I had missed. Perhaps next time, I’ll do the more adventurous part of my bucket list, where I think it would be an interesting, yet challenging experience to hike across the massive Vatnajökull glacier.