Wanderlust is a very serious condition! Start with a list on where you want to travel to.
It’s one thing to have a vague idea of things you’d like to see and places you’d like to go—but have you taken the time to actually write down your travel bucket list? We encourage our past, present, and future travelers to make a real, physical list that serves as a visual representation of goals to accomplish.
Being able to see those destinations written out is a powerful motivator, and it helps a traveler better understand their values, interests, and curious mind. And whether the list is long or short, it serves as a jumping off place to plan for the future.
Today we’ve come up with five reasons to write a travel bucket list sooner rather than later.
1. To remind yourself of your goals
We all get wrapped up in our everyday lives; from time to time, it becomes easy to forget how expansive our world really is. Making a travel bucket list and putting it on display serves as a constant reminder that there are many, many cultures to explore and learn about.
2. To better understand your interests
As a young adult, it’s hard to know what you want to do for the rest of your life. Everyone is always asking, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” A travel bucket list is a good way to find out where your interests lie, what you’d like to accomplish in life, and to get a better understanding of what makes your mind tick.
3. To inspire a well-rounded education
Classroom learning, reading, tests—these hallmarks of traditional learning are great for expanding your mind during the school year. But planning for travel during breaks from school means you value hands-on experiences and a well-rounded education (outside the classroom.)
4. To target new skills
Making a travel bucket list will help you identify which skills you want to learn. Maybe it’s SCUBA diving or wilderness skills. Maybe it’s endurance (try a mountain trek) or animal care. The commonalities you find in your travel goals will help you grasp where you’d like to attain som new abilities.
5. To prioritize
Sometimes it’s tough to know where to begin with your travel aspirations. Assigning a number to each destination will help you prioritize your travel goals and get a better idea of which places you want to visit first.
Making a travel bucket list is more than just an exercise in organization and planning—it’s a way to really examine what drives your interests, educational goals, and cultural understanding. It’s a reminder. It’s a road map.
Take a moment today to write down your top five travel goals and post it where you’ll be able to see it throughout the day. Your bucket list might change and grow over time as destinations are crossed off and added, but it will serve as a constant reminder to always keep exploring.
Need ideas on where to start? Get some ideas from our summer travel programs.