I don’t know about you but I have so many places that I want to visit – which is why I’ve now created my very own travel bucket list! But the issue with this list, is that it just keeps getting longer and I never seem to go to the places that I want to.
Now I know that with all that is going on in the world, that travel is becoming rather limited, and I do prefer to stay local rather then travel afar during all this uncertainty.
But just because I’m not going to all the places I want to this year, doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the world. In fact, it’s actually the opposite, as it just means that I have loads more time on my hands to plan everything. I am a major planner, as I just love knowing exactly what I am doing, when I’m doing it etc.
I hate missing out on something, and although spontaneity is good when you are out travelling, I’m also wary on missing out on something so I like to do my research on it before. This is something that happened to me when I was younger and went to Rome with my sister. We are both history lovers and we went to explore the Colosseum, but what we didn’t realise, was that if we booked in advance we could get a guided tour and enter the Colosseum on the Arena Floor!
Unfortunately we missed out on this, but it’s a perfect excuse for us to return again in the future! Anyway, that’s only one example that I would like to come back to, but I have hundreds of places that I want to visit. Most are historical places, I have a lot of castles that are on my travel bucket list. But I also have plenty of other locations as well, and my travel bucket list is far from complete.
Anyway, since I have a lot more time on my hands, now is the perfect time to plan how I am going to conquer my bucket list when travel becomes a more normal thing, and I hope that this is something which you will all find useful as well!
So here are five useful tips to help conquer your travel bucket list!
Write it all Down!
If you haven’t already done so, then the first thing that you need to do is make a list of all the places that you want to go and visit. I have a terrible habit of tagging Luke in Facebook posts of places that I want to go and visit, but I then forget what I tagged him in. So the solution to this is to write it all down. This can be in a travelling notebook, a document on your computer or just as notes in your phone (I have a lot of notes in my phone of the places I want to go).
Do whatever you think is best for you. I did think of keeping a notebook of all the places I wanted to go to, and then maybe having a scrapbook and putting all the pictures in it, but I’m a perfectionist and it would bug me if I accidentally made a spelling mistake, or wrote something weirdly – if I’m putting pen to paper it has to be perfect. So for me, it’s easier to make a note on my phone.
Once you make a note of these places, then you will be constantly reminded of them, and you’ll be one step closer to your travel goals. You will of course have your favourites, these are places that you cannot wait to visit, so understandably you will prioritise these places over others. Just remember to enjoy your list though, you will soon travel to everything on your list, you just have to give it time.
Don’t Forget About the Changing Seasons!
The seasons are a really important factor that you should always consider before you book any travel. If you want to really enjoy a destination, then make sure to avoid its peak season, as this will be when it is most in demand. Going in peak season means that it will be a lot more busier and you will have to pay a lot more then you would on a different season.
If avoiding crowds is your thing, and you don’t want to spend too much money, then go when things are less busier. But don’t forget that sometimes the peak season can actually have a positive, there will be more things to do and see, so if you don’t mind crowds then this is actually quite a nice little bonus.
The seasons aren’t just about when places are busy though, obviously the weather comes into play as well. If you aren’t a fan of the cold or rain, then make sure to avoid going away if the weather is known to be bad. For example, in Florida, you might want to avoid going in hurricane season.
If you’re lucky though, and are okay with booking a last minute holiday, then even if you go during the winter season, you might yourself with a week’s heatwave. This can be a great way to get away if you keep checking on what the weather will be like, but of course, this is only something that you can really do for a last minute holiday.
Look Out for Special Dates!
Every place will have a special event going on at some point, so if you are planning on going somewhere, then it’s a good idea to plan your travel to coincide with the unique local events that might be taking place. Of course you can still have an amazing time if you miss out, but if you can plan it, then why not make sure you time your travels perfectly with these special events.
Going on your travels and enjoying a fair or festival in your dream destination can only make things that much better, and the excitement for your holiday.
If you don’t know what to look out for, then check the local calendar for events that are sure to deliver fun eats and lots, of quirky times! It’s a sure way to make your holiday that much more special and you won’t regret taking the time to plan ahead and see what special dates are out there!
Pick Your Accommodation Wisely!
I will always spend hours picking the best accommodation before I actually book it. I double check the reviews, see what they have to offer, where they are situated etc. I just want to make sure that the place is perfect (whilst also being affordable).
I remember I once went to Amsterdam for my friend’s birthday, a group of us went but because she was based in Leiden we got a great AirBnB in Leiden. The house was perfect, but the one thing we realised was that if we wanted to get into the Amsterdam central we would have to spend a fortune on train fare. We didn’t realise this until it was too late, and although it wasn’t the end of the world, it still meant we have to budget for travel.
But we did say the next time we go to the Netherlands, we’ll make sure to stay in Amsterdam (although Leiden was amazing, but it just wasn’t quite right for what we wanted to do and go see).
We did get a really great deal on the accommodation though, and I remember it was because we spent ages looking at all the different places we could stay.
Accommodations vary depending on where you go, and what you want to stay in. If all you care for is a bed then you will easily be able to find a place. But if you are a bit more picky and want to make sure that you have access to all the great restaurants, free WiFi, gyms etc,. then you need to make sure that you do your research before you book anywhere!
Document the Adventure!
Lastly, one of the most important things that you can do is make sure that you document your adventure when you are actually there. Make sure to take as many photos as you can, as this way you can look back at all the great things that you’ve done in your life.
You can even use these photos to create a scrapbook, which is a great memento and can be really fun to make. Of course, if scrapbooking isn’t really your thing, then why not just consider printing them off and making a wall collage at your home.
You could always just print off your favourite photo and hang it up on the wall – this is a great way to capture all the memories that you have created on your adventures.
It’s also really important to document your adventures if you are travelling with your family, you’ll want to make sure you picture as many moments of your children growing up so that you can look back at the photos in the future.
Of course the memory of going on holiday with your family will still be a fantastic thing, but sometimes it’s nice to look back at photos of all the places you’ve been. And besides, there’s something so heartwarming when you get to look back at all the fun you had when you went on a city break with your kids, or a nice relaxing weekend away in the country!
Whatever and wherever you decide to go on holiday, the important thing is to enjoy it. Do what you love, and spend it with your loved. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to appreciate and spend more times with our loved ones.
So there you have it, five great tips to help you conquer your travel bucket list! I hope you find this useful for your future travels.
Let me know in the comments where you are planning on going next and if there is anywhere special that you are going on your next adventure – I’d love to know!