A while ago, I wrote this post talking about the top bucket list activities you should experience before you die. I assume most people have a bucket list of some kind – if not, go make one just now and then come back!
I was thinking back to that post and it made me realise that everything on that list was travel related leading me to the epiphany that the number one thing that should be on your bucket list, is travel itself!
The Foundation of almost any Bucket List
Travel is, perhaps, the foundation of most bucket lists out there. You can’t see the pyramids unless you travel to Egypt. You can’t go scuba diving unless you travel to a place that offers it. Nor can you witness the sunrise from the summit of Mount Fuji unless you travel to Japan and climb it.
You get the idea.
The point is, you can’t do all of these incredible things before you, first, have a passion for travel.
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Tips for getting Started
Too many people think that travel is unrealistic or is an unsustainable lifestyle (more on that here). They’ll come up with excuses to do with their job or how much money they have or their responsibilities at home.
So, the first tip is to scrap the excuses!
Try and reorganise your work life so you can do it remotely. If you’re job doesn’t allow that, find a location independent job. If you don’t think you have enough money, firstly research how to save and make your money go further for travel.
Secondly, consider travelling to a country somewhere in Southeast Asia. Yo will discover that living costs here are considerably cheaper compared to what you’re probably used to. Use this place as a base of sorts, allowing you to save up for the next place.
And then, step two; just commit to it.
With excuses now out the window, you’re just left to pursue travelling the world.
A great way to commit yourself to travelling is to buy an “around the world” ticket. This is a plane ticket that is usually valid for a year, and allows you to fly anywhere in the world.
Getting started is the hardest part, then – especially after a full year of travelling – you’ll be planning your next trip as soon as you get back!
It is said that it’s the things you don’t do in life that you regret, so don’t waste any more time; make your bucket list and get out there and start ticking things off.
Oh, and one more thing…
Do you know why it’s called a “bucket list”?
It’s a list of things you must do before you “kick the bucket” (die, to put it bluntly).