In “Why you Need to Check off Items on your Bucket List” we emphasized that you need to live your life on your own terms.
You need to make your life MATTER.
You have dreams, just like everyone else.
You know that you want to fulfil your dreams, but where do you even start? Life is busy. Your have responsibilities. There’s the money factor…oh, and time.
Here are some questions to think about:
- What is important to you? What is your WHY?(Have you seen Simon Sinek’s TED Talk – “Start with Why”?)
- What will you lose if you don’t pursue what is in your heart?
- How do you imagine your life once you’ve accomplished all on your list?
Now, here’s what we want you to do to accomplish your travel dreams:
- Write down every place you’ve ever dreamed of going in your life. What was your childhood dream destination? Where do you think about today? List it even if the idea seems clinché, mundane or if it’s something completely off the wall.
- Review it for a week. Look at it, add to it, delete if you must, but you aren’t done yet. This is a living document so don’t worry when changes occur.
- Once you believe you have everything you can think of, prioritize your list. Highlight it, number it, organize it. Your Top 10 should be those things you look at and think: “Yes, I MUST do those”.
- Put your list somewhere you can see it. A spreadsheet, sticky notes, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s handy.
- Plan to make it them a reality. Try these dream tools: Trover, TripAdvisor, Pinterest to help you pinpoint the details of your journey.
- Then ask yourself: Who do you imagine fulfilling your list with? Would you rather do it solo or with someone? Share your list with that person. Help them understand the need for you to fulfil this dream so you can live out your list.
Make budgeting for your first bucket list item a priority.
Whether you’re eating out 2-3 times a week, buying a daily latte, or getting a holiday bonus at the end of the year, put the extra money into a dedicated travel savings account.
Create the time you need to fulfil #1 on your list.
It may be something you can do on a weekend. It may take a week. It may take a year. Whatever it is, make the time restriction be a non-issue. If it’s that important to you, you will find a way.
Adjust your responsibilities around your dream.
I know, it’s not easy, but it doesn’t mean that you have to give up your travel dream for work and family. Look for opportunities to include your partner and/or kids.