Stop making Bucket lists
I recently answered a question about which are the must visit places to add to a bucket list, but before I answered the question I want to make it clear I am NOT a huge fan of bucket lists. The reason is simple – they aren’t SMART goals. How do you know when you are going to die, it’s easy to keep putting things off for years because you always have “next year”. I want to travel and explore the world while I am still young and fit enough to enjoy it, not when I am 80 and struggling to get around.
We are a huge fan of exploring new places, we just think you should have smarter goals around your travel plans.
I turned 30 in April of this year and for about 6 months before this, I planned out where I want to visit by the time I am 35. Not a bucket list that I can keep putting off, but a 5-year time window when I must visit all 5 places.
The key is they also need to be realistic – New Zealand is probably the one country in the world I really want to visit and explore, but I have a very young family and it would be a very long flight for them all so not really possible in the next 5 years. Also, another realistic element is the number of countries, 5 is realistic – it’s potentially 1 year if I plan it right.
I want to share with the 5 countries and why I picked them.
A Balkan country
A Balkan country and yes this does sound vague, but earlier this year I went to Bulgaria and loved the country, the climate, just about everything with the country and I wanted more. Plus these are very cheap countries to visit at the moment, for a family of four who partially ate every meal out and didn’t worry about a thing, we only spent £750 on food, experiences, trip etc. This was added very late to my list I had already had the other four places to visit locked down but I really want to go back to the region, so took off my 5th for here.
I haven’t specifically picked a country as I need to do more research, but I definitely want to go back to the region. I am thinking of going back to Bulgaria as well but would like to visit another country as well in the region.
I married my wonderful wife 4 years ago and due to financial and children, we never took a honeymoon. I have always wanted to go to the Maldives on my honeymoon and I plan on treating us in the next 5 years.
It’s actually looking quite likely and looking at Feb 2019, it’s only in the last couple of weeks that it becomes more concrete. I added it to my list so started to make things happen. The biggest reason is I want to travel business class, I do a lot of flying and normally don’t mind where I sit, the plane gets you to the location at the same time, but for this once in a lifetime trip I really want to treat my wife, but going business class and wanting an overwater beach Villa means it’s likely to cost around £8,000 – but I don’t really care. Yes, it’s a lot of money and money I could spend elsewhere probably more wisely, but I want a head full of memories rather than a house full of things.
I don’t know if it’s the great food, the great culture, the history or just the stories I have been told from other people but Italy is really a place I want to visit. Again I think this one might be another trip just for me and wife, I will leave the kids at home and get a romantic weekend away.
Like I said I made this list towards the back end of last year and Canada is a country which has always fascinated me and wanted to visit. I go to Seattle every year for a conference and this year I decided to extend my stay and head up to Canada for a few days before flying home.
It was a wonderful experience, you can read about it here – but so glad I managed to see some of Canada. I would love to go back and visit other parts, the more remote sections, maybe a bit of skiing, bit of hiking and exploring the wilderness, but this won’t be in the next 5 years, as the list is already pretty tight, with Maldives and Italy.
5 US states
While this isn’t a specific country I do really wanna explore America, visiting all 50 states while doable isn’t realistic in the next 5 years.
Prior to this year, I had visited two states, Florida back in 2005 and then for the last couple of years Washington State, as I attend a conference every year in Seattle, however when making arrangements this year I decided I would head to Oregon first and visit Portland. I then meet a mate and got the train up, one of the best train rides ever.
That will make 2 more I need to visit. I think Nevada might be one of them and possibly New York the other but we will see. Got another 4 and half years to sort it out.
So where are you heading? Remember, forget bucket lists and make a list of destinations you want to visit in the next 5 years and get booking your next adventure. Tell us in the comments where your planning on going?