How to Actually Visit Destinations on Your Bucket List

Jennifer MeyerBudget Travel, Travel Tips2 Comments

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What Is a Bucket List?

You've probably heard of a bucket list. You might even have a mental one! Or maybe you've gone the extra mile and written it down.

But, how many things have you actually completed on your bucket list?

While a bucket list is a list of places to go and things to do, it should also be goal oriented. After all, you don't want just a list of things you'd like to do and see. You actually want to go do them and see them! Right?

So, your travel bucket list should be more than just a list. You need specific travel goals! Not just a bucket list.

Most importantly though, you should also include the steps you need to take in order to reach your goal! I know this sounds intimidating but don't stress! We'll talk more about it later.

Why Is Creating Travel Goals So Important?

1. You should always have concrete goals

Having concrete goals is the difference between wanting to visit a destination and actually going to visit the location.

You should create specific goals with deadlines. This is important for achieving anything in life, and travel is no exception.

Not only does it give you something to work towards, it will actually help you work harder to achieve your travel goals! Having your goals in front of you everyday is important. You need to be able to remember what exactly you're working towards.

Perhaps most importantly though, it will help make sure that you are actively working to achieve your travel goals.

2. You must make a plan in order to achieve your goals

Goals are great. But having a goal that you end up not reaching is disappointing. And totally useless.

Set yourself up for success. Make a comprehensive set of steps that you need to take in order to achieve you goal. It sounds scary, but it is 100% worth the time and effort!

Plus, I made it super easy for you guys! If you sign up for my newsletter, I will send you a FREE workbook so that you can create a goal oriented travel bucket list. I have also included questions to help you figure out what you need to do in order to achieve your goals (see all the places on your bucket list)!

3. You feel accomplished when you cross something off

Not only do you visit one of the destinations you've been dreaming about, you will feel like you accomplished something great when you cross it off your bucket list.

And, when you cross a place off your bucket list, I'm pretty sure you get to add one more! 😉

How to Create Travel Goals

If you truly want to achieve you're travel goals, I recommend getting my FREE Travel Goals Workbook! In the workbook, I walk you through creating a short bucket list and creating a plan to visit the destinations on your list.

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Create a Goal Oriented Bucket List

The first important step is to create a concise bucket list. This will allow you to easily prioritize your goals.

When creating a bucket list, you want to do three things:

1. Choose destinations carefully

You shouldn't just make a list of 100 places you'd love to visit. While that might be a fun afternoon activity, it's tough to set achievable goals for 100 different destinations.

I recommend including 5 destinations max. It doesn't seem like a lot, but trust me, having a focused bucket list is key to actually visiting all of the destinations. Besides, (yes, I am going to repeat myself) when you finally visit one, you can cross it off your list and add another!

2. Be specific

Vague bucket lists make me cringe. But honestly, we've all made them.

For your travel bucket list, you should be as specific as possible. If you want to visit a certain destination, there are probably reasons you would like to visit it. For example, I would love to visit Rome, Italy because I want to see the Collesseum! So instead of writing a list like

  1. Rome, Italy
  2. Paris, France
  3. Amsterdam, Netherlands

I want to write a list more like this:

  • Rome, Italy
    • Visit the Colesseum
    • Toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain
    • See the Sistine Chapel
    • Eat gelato
  • Paris, France
    • Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
    • See the Notre Dame Cathedral
    • Visit the Louvre Museum
    • Get a picture by the Arc de Triomphe
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Cruise down the canal
    • Try raw herring
    • Visit the Anne Frank house
    • See an original Van Gogh painting

Which list do you think looks better?

Which one do you think has more purpose and direction?

I think that the second list is way better! Not only do you know where you want to go, but know what you want to do while you're there!

Feel free to do plenty of research on what to do in each destination. Pick your top 3 activities. You can consider these your nonnegotiable activities. This will ensure that when you go, you find time and money to complete them!

3. Use dates to set goals

Look at both of the above lists. They look pretty good. But what could make them better?

An achievable goal deadline! Take a look:

  • Rome, Italy - January 2019
    • Visit the Colesseum
    • Toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain
    • See the Sistine Chapel
    • Eat gelato
  • Paris, France - July 2019
    • Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
    • See the Notre Dame Cathedral
    • Visit the Louvre Museum
    • Get a picture by the Arc de Triomphe
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands - January 2020
    • Cruise down the canal
    • Try raw herring
    • Visit the Anne Frank house
    • See an original Van Gogh painting

Now, that I have added deadlines, I can actually make a plan to save money so that I can take these awesome trips! Plus, I can save vacation time at work for them.

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If a Caribbean Cruise made it onto your bucket list, you will love this post: Everything You Need to Pack for the Perfect Caribbean Cruise!

If you need inspiration for your bucket list, I have three city guides to help you out: Ultimate Guide to St. Augustine, Florida; Unique Guide to Key West, Florida; and A Smart Guide to Sanibel, Florida!

Plus, check out the 5 Vacation Destinations in Florida You Must Visit!

Until next time,

2 Comments on “How to Actually Visit Destinations on Your Bucket List”

  1. How do you manage to choose just five destinations? I feel like that’s impossible for me. I know that you have to limit yourself to actually get anything done at all, but it’s so hard! Especially since there are so many amazing places in the world.

    I feel like having a long list with places I want to visit and then moving five over to my list of ‘places I am going to visit soon’ works best for me. And I totally agree with your advise on being specific! A list of cool things to do in each destination looks so much better than just the name of a place.

    But also, I have found that many great and unexpected things happen to me on the road. So I used to have a ‘list of things I’ve done that I didn’t know were on my bucket list’, to keep track of all those fun things.

    My next big goal on my bucket list is ‘travel West Africa’, by the way. Very unspecific, I know, but there’s an overlanding trip with Oasis Overland I want to do. And since I still have two years until then, I feel like I have time to get more specific.

    1. First of all, you make some excellent points!
      You’re right; choosing only 5 destinations is super difficult! The best part is that once you visit a destination on your list you can cross it off and add a new one! 😊
      Absolutely! Maintaining a large bucket list and then moving over your top 5 favorites is a great idea!
      It’s definitely important to know what you want to see while you’re in a destination. Otherwise, you might not make time for them. But, you’re totally right! You definitely have to schedule in some time where you can just explore and do whatever sparks you!
      Wow, that sounds like an awesome goal! I haven’t had the opportunity to visit Africa yet, so I’m super jealous! 😂 After you visit, you’ll have to let me know your favorite places in West Africa!

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