Actually, I have never made a bucket list. And for the next year I would not like to make one either. Not even for travel!
This is why:
Bucket list items will end up be your priority. This means that you might end up holding out for them instead of taking awesome opportunities. An opportunity like a cheap tickets to Mongolia or a chance to go on a bicycle trip with friends to France. It can all end in that you might be missing out on great experiences like this just to check something else off the list.
And say that you actually go to a country for do an activity on your budget list. You are likely to go there with a tunnel vision. Let us say you went to South Africa for do the biggest bungee jump in the world. Would you noticed the giraffe standing by the side of the road? Probably not! Because when you design an entire trip out of crossing off one specific activity, you automatically make that activity the purpose of the trip. Therefore, you are more likely to turn down any little side attraction that is not the trip’s purpose. And at least for me it is these random side adventures that make travel awesome.
Furthermore, I feel that bucket lists make your travel an obligation rather than pleasure. Just because it is on the list, you feel you have to go there. But we people change and our travel goals change as well. Where I wished to go five years ago are maybe not the same places I wish to go today.
I already have enough to do lists. That would say that every day I make a long list of all the things I have to do – that day. Write an email to this person, call that person, write that article, buy this, go there… and so it goes on. However, although to do lists can be helpful, they can also cause a lot of stress if you do not get to do everything that are on the list. But one more list – so far ahead would stress me even more. Thinking that this I have to do – NOW!
A bucket list can easily make regrets. We do not like to admit it, but the truth is that our lives can stop any moment. Imagine how sad it would be to sit on your sickbed or deathbed regretting all the things you did not have a chance to do that were on your bucket list. However, if you take opportunities as they come you will be less likely to have regrets. Then you can also be looking at all the things you have accomplished instead of all the things you did not.
So for the year 2016 – and probably the rest of my life I will do what I always did. Just take the opportunities as it comes. Becaus I would like to go everywhere. So where I end up next year is just yet to see.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?