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The Ultimate Travel Bucket List & Why Everyone Should Have One

Have you seen the movie “The Bucket List”?  Such a good movie if you haven’t seen it.

I think we all need to have a bucket list, especially a travel bucket list of all the places we want to visit.

After being in Thailand and Vietnam for 2 weeks, I just wanted to pack up my bags and move to Asia.  My friends think I am crazy.  While 2 weeks was way too short, it was enough to give me a taste of what I’ve been missing.


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It made me realize that I haven’t really traveled much and I’ve always delayed it for the right time.  But when is the right time?

When I took that trip to Thailand and Vietnam back in December of 2016, it was not an ideal time.  The tickets were booked with a very short notice, barely able to get time off of work, but it happened and I had fun.  Sometimes we just have to do it.

After I came back, I decided that I needed to travel more and needed to create a bucket list.

Why everybody should have a travel bucket list?

1. Life is too short

Life really is too short.  All week we count down the days for Friday only to have a short weekend, and then repeat the whole process all over again.

When you sit down and create a list, you will realize how much you haven’t done, how you haven’t really lived.

How many of you have said that you will do something or go somewhere and then it never happens?  That is why having a travel bucket list is important.  In a way, it forces you to just take action and just do it.  There are countless excuses as to why we can’t travel.  Not enough time.  Not enough money.  Always something.  But having a list and being able to cross it off will give you a sense of accomplishment.

2. Adventure

Are you tired of the 9-5 and then go home to do more chores, only to repeat again the next day?  Time to forget that alarm clock in the morning and the 9-5.  Time to forget about meetings, deadlines and all the office politics.  It’s time to bring adventure back into your life (at least for a short while anyway).

3. Memories

You don’t want life to pass you by and then one day regret the things you wish you did, but never did.  You often hear people regret not doing something.  I regret not taking advantage of all the time I had available at my last job.  I regret working too much and not enjoying life.  And most importantly, I regret that it took me this long to realize.  You don’t want life to pass you by and all you have is regrets and not memories.  I just can’t wait to create more new and memorable memories to share with the people in my life.

4. Get Out of the Comfort Zone

Part of the reason why I never really traveled much when I worked 7 days and had 7 days off was that I didn’t have anyone to go with.  I was afraid to go by myself.  I was afraid of being out of my comfort zone.  You just have to get out of your comfort zone and just do it to see how far you can push yourself.

5. Meet new people

When I was on my trip to Thailand, I met so many interesting people with different backgrounds on the same tour bus.  While in Vietnam, I interacted with the locals.  The culture, the way they live their lives.  Everything was just so interesting.

Places That I Have Been That Are Worth Visiting

  1. New York City
  2. Orlando, Florida
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Chicago
  5. Houston
  6. Las Vegas
  7. Atlanta
  8. Dallas
  9. Houston
  10. Toronto, Canada
  11. Jamaica
  12. Thailand
  13. Vietnam

My 3o places I want to visit for my 30’s

  1. Grand Canyon
  2. San Francisco, California (11/26/17)
  3. Seattle (4/21/17)
  4. Singapore
  5. Malaysia
  6. Japan
  7. South Korea
  8. Taiwan
  9. Cambodia
  10. Laos
  11. Chiang Mai, Thailand (7/1/2018)
  12. Myanmar (Burma)
  13. Philippines
  14. Hong Kong (6/24/2018)
  15. Bali, Indonesia
  16. Spain
  17. Portugal
  18. Italy
  19. UK
  20. Germany
  21. France
  22. Australia
  23. Brazil
  24. Chile
  25. Argentina
  26. Costa Rica
  27. Mexico Cruise
  28. Hawaii
  29. Switzerland
  30. Belgium

As you can see, I haven’t done much based on my bucket list.  But I am hoping to knock most of them out, if not all in the near future.  Maybe I’ll make some blogging friends from those places and I’ll go visit you guys 🙂

Do you have a travel bucket list? What are some of your favorite places to visit?

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