The Overdone, Overzealous Travel Bucket List – and Why You Should Make One

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What’s a travel blogger without a bucket list?

I think the internet may be tired of bucket lists, especially related to travel. You want to see Machu Picchu! Go to Paris! Swim with dolphins! We get it already.

But there’s something cathartic to writing a travel bucket list—the more overzealous, the better. It gives you something to dream about, to save up for, to keep going through the daily grind for. There’s a difference between saying you’ll go to the Great Wall of China someday and making the plan by writing it down.

A travel bucket list is a personal promise to yourself, which are really the most sacred kind of promise you can make. It’s a goal that one day, whether that’s tomorrow or next week or next year, you are going to do these things and make your life truly worthwhile.

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Yes, travel bucket lists have become overdone. Yes, they’re always overambitious. But isn’t that the point? What’s the point of making a list of regular things that you could do without any planning? Beyond just a pledge to yourself, it’s also a fantastic way to keep your future itinerary focused on what’s most important to you.

I myself have made a travel bucket list that I’ve decided to share with you all. It is by no means comprehensive, final or at all complete, but I hope that by sharing my list I can inspire the rest of you to start planning for your dreams!

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My personal travel bucket list:

  1. See the Seven Wonders of the World (even though that’s not really a set list)
  2. Learn to scuba dive
  3. See the Great Barrier Reef (before it’s gone 😢)
  4. Visit a glowworm cave in Waitomo, New Zealand
  5. Eat street food in Southeast Asia
  6. Go to Qish, Iran
  7. See theZhangjiajie andZhangye National Parks in China
  8. Pay my respects to the victims of the Holocaust
  9. Tour every single Smithsonian Museum
  10. Visit Yosemite National Park
  11. Snorkel in the Silfra Fissure in Iceland
  12. Hike ice caves in Iceland
  13. Soak in hot springs in Iceland
  14. Basically do everything in Iceland
  15. Backpack around Europe
  16. Zipline over Thai jungles
  17. Spend Halloween in Romania with Dracula
  18. Do a solo trip around the world
  19. Float in the Dead Sea
  20. Hike/swim/dive/do whatever in Hawaii
  21. Catch ahot air balloon in Cappadocia
  22. Kayak to the marble caves in Chile
  23. Scuba Dive the Big Blue Hole in Belize
  24. Roadtrip around Scotland and Ireland
  25. Visit every US state
  26. Hike up to the Grand Canyon on New Years
  27. Climb a 14er
  28. Window shop Christmas markets around Europe
  29. Watch the northern lights for hours
  30. See as many beautiful sights as possible

Am I going to make it to all of them? I have absolutely no idea, but I don’t think that’s the point. I write these down and share them with you as inspiration, for you and for myself. These are the things that keep you going in life and give you something to look forward to.

There’s no way to know where I’ll go in my life, but I hope to use this list as a roadmap. I encourage you all to sit down and write your own, and I wish you the best at scratching each of them off!

What’s on your travel bucket list? Let me know in the comments!

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