Create Your Bucket List in 5 Steps
Design Your Bucket List in 5 Steps
For some people, a dream vacation pops easily into mind: they know exactly where they would go, precisely what they would do in a heartbeat if there were no obstacles in their way. These people have a list, a bucket list, whether actually written down or just imbedded in their mind of all the things they want to do in their life before they die. Do you have one of these lists? Or are you like the other group of people… the group of people who find the idea a bit more daunting? This group of people has somewhat of an idea of where and what but might not be entirely certain where they’d have their passport stamped if the opportunity came up tomorrow. If you find yourself in this second group of people today’s article is written specifically for you.
We all know that the best way to make something happen is to start intentionally giving it shape — something to look at, imagine, talk about, and most importantly plan for. With that in mind, I have come up with five questions that I want you to really dive into this week. Don’t just read this and forget about it, come back to it as many times as necessary throughout this week until you’ve answered all the questions I’m about to ask. Each one of us owe it to ourselves to make it a priority to live out our lifelong dreams, and these questions are here to help put that type of mindset into motion.
1. What’s your “happy place” when you have bad days?
Do you imagine the lazy perfection of pristine beaches? The untamed beauty of majestic mountains? The rush and sensory feast of busy marketplaces? The excitement of trying new restaurants?
Now, make a quick list: List out the 10 things that come to mind for the most fun, free, relaxed, no-obligations, open day you can imagine.
2. What do you crave?
Think of what you say you wish you had more of — free time, adventure, romance, time to learn a new skill, sunshine, purpose. What are you truly, deep down, just plain hungry for? What do you long for? When you imagine being your best self — what are you doing? And who is with you?
On that same piece of paper, now jot down 10 things you are longing for in your life right now.
3. What season suits you best?
Do you love to soak in the sweltering heat in your swimsuit? Or do you love the crisp crunch of autumn leaves under your feet? Or is it the intense blue quiet of a mountain snowfall that just does something good for your soul? Your dream bucket list vacation doesn’t have to be the most popular, it’s your perfect vacation, remember? So, if you would love nothing more than a season of rainy days and gloomy skies so you can sit curled up reading a book all day that is perfect.
Take a minute to do more than just write down your favorite season – Dive deep into that season and jot down exactly what it is that you love about that time of year so much.
4. What’s one crazy luxurious thing you secretly wish for?
This can really be a fun one to think about. For some people, it’s as simple as a pile of books and no emails to answer for three weeks. For others, it’s endless room service or all-day spa treatments or king-size feather beds and huge whirlpool tubs. No matter how big or small — go for it.
Write down five luxuries that would make you feel like you’d won the lottery if someone handed them to you right now.
5. When you scan through magazines, which images grab your attention?
What colors catch your eye? Spicy and exotic? Cool and laid back? Misty and mysterious? For this one, you’ve got to get out of the house! Go to a bookstore, and pick up four or five travel magazines — and just notice which images you keep going back to, the ones that make your heart skip a little. You might be surprised. Some people assume that their “dream” trip is in an all-inclusive resort. But if you keep coming back to the pictures of a bike tour through Tuscany — well, that’s worth paying attention to. That experience might feed something in you that an all-you-can-eat buffet might not even begin to touch. If so intrigued, go ahead and buy a couple of your favorite magazines, the ones with the most pictures that held your attention the longest. Then go home and cut out the images that speak to you the most and look for common themes.
When you’ve had time to assemble your thoughts — and if you’re working on this with your partner or friends or family members — look for overlaps, recurring themes, those quiet nudges you can’t seem to shake. Listen to your gut. And start to dream big.
You can set a goal, start saving if you need to, and start giving shape to your plan. Put your images and any accompanying words or phrases up on a cork board, or glue them to a big piece of tag board, or make a digital collage that can be your screen saver on your computer at work — anyplace where you’ll see it multiple times a day — and let those images inspire you as you get closer and closer to making your bucket list trip a reality.
The best part? I can help you design this trip down to the last customized detail. And in fact, if you find yourself stuck on any of these questions just reach out to me. I’m here to help guide you in determining what is going to be the most amazing trip for you! All you have to do is hit reply on this email or pick up the phone and give me a call – I’m here to help.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as I take a deep dive into some bucket list worthy vacations you may have not even known were on your radar.