Making a travel list is not only inspiring...it creates a goal that is fun to achieve. I promise...once you get started on your list, you'll find that wanderlust builds and builds. So get ready to become someone that has the experiences, tells the stories and shares the amazing pictures with others by following these steps to create your personal Travel Wish List.
1. Choose a Method: There are a lot of ways to keep a "bucket" list ranging from a notebook, to a digital document, to even a jar full of notes. The important thing is that whatever you choose, you use. Digital documents (like Trello are great because you can easily add notes, images, and links. They are also easy to share with your regular travel mates and your travel agent.
2. List Past Vacations: Include what you liked (and didn’t like). This is a great way to get started. You might want to share previous adventures with fellow travelers, or agree that exploring things that are completely new are the way to go. Either way, having this list will further the discussion. This can also help you determine what you find really meaningful when it comes to your travel desires.
3. List Your Destinations: This is the fun step! Use your imagination. At this point, don’t hold back due to time or financial concerns...just list all the places you have ever dreamed of. Where did you want to go when you were 6 years old? Or 10, or 20? Or maybe just last week? Remember, this is not the time to hold back. If you need advice, this is a great time to contact me to brainstorm up and coming destinations that you do not want to miss out on.
4. List Dream Experiences: Places are one thing...activities are another. Have you always wanted to go Northern Lights hunting? Or maybe an African Safari? Diving with sharks in Hawai'i or South Africa? Does hiking in Patagonia call to you, or maybe hot air ballooning over Tuscan vineyards? This is the step where you get to list all the things you’ve wanted to do. And just like with destinations, I can help by letting you know about exclusive experiences that only travel advisors have access to.
5. Time to Organize: Your list is probably getting a little long at this point. Now is the time to apply some practical thinking. Look through your destinations list and highlight the 4 or 5 places that mean the most to you, like visiting your ancestral homeland, or staying in a romantic overwater bungalow. It doesn’t mean you won’t ever see the others. Lastly, go through your list one more time to make sure you didn’t leave anything out. Once this is done, you have your basic list finished.
Now you can send your list to me to see if there are any places or experiences that I can recommend you add to your list, or you can call me to start making your dreams happen! Don't forget, it is impolite to keep a vacation waiting =)
You can take a look at my constantly changing Living List here.