Creating a Travel Bucket List

Bucket list: Santorini
Santorini, one of our favorites

When we first got married and started traveling together, we had a general bucket list of places we wanted to visit. We planned our first big international trip together after our honeymoon to try to start checking off those places. As we continued traveling and checking off our list, we realized that it was not getting any shorter. The more we traveled, the more places we found to add to our bucket list. 

As we traveled, places we had never heard of before came up or places we had no interest in seeing before became more interesting. We try to meet and talk to other travelers along our way, listening to their experiences and adding destinations they recommend to our list. Dubai was somewhere I had never planned to visit. However, our plans to visit Egypt as a layover to get to Kenya and Tanzania fell through, and someone suggested that we spend time in Dubai instead as our long layover. Despite the heat, we were glad we listened.

Bucket list: See a black sand beach (in New Zealand)
A black sand beach in New Zealand

Other times, a picture comes up online and makes us start looking into the destination more. As we research it and see more pictures, we decide to add that place to our list as well. For example, I first saw pictures of the Maldives on social media. Now we have stayed in an over-the-water bungalow there. All it took to convince my husband was to show him the first page of a search on Google Images. We first heard about Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania from a travel show on TV and ended up adding it on as an extension to our safari.

At this point, I have decided that our bucket list is endless. Bucket lists should be flexible. Do not be afraid to add new destinations, to go back to explore places you have already been in more depth, or to go back to catch something you missed. We may not be able to check off all of the destinations on our list, but we sure are having fun trying!

If you’re trying to check off destinations on your own bucket list, check out these travel apps that will help you plan your dream trip, this post on how we find cheap flights and see if a Groupon Getaway or Living Social Escape may be a good fit for you!

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