Before I get into the bucket list, this needs to be said.
Travel is a privilege. There are places some of us think twice about visiting because certain gender identities, sexual orientations, nationalities, skin colors, religious followings and special needs bodies are not welcomed or served there. Finances are also a huge issue.
The fear that comes with that is very real.
But I also want to encourage people to not let who they are hold them back from ever taking a trip somewhere. Seek out people who have traveled while black, traveled while being a woman, traveled while being LGBT for wisdom on those experiences. For those who need budgeting tips, I wrote this piece on travel hacks earlier this year.
Also, there are different travel personalities. But you have a lifetime to try new things, so why don’t you? You always go to a resort. But you never do much outside of the beach life. You’re always out on an adventure, but maybe you need to take a seat, relax and think about your life.
To help combat complacency in your travel routine, here are some ideas for a lifetime travel bucket list. These can be combined, if you’re creative. Also, you might have done more than you realize!
1) Cultural Immersion: When you go to a new place make time for:
- historical sites
- food tours,
- wine tours,
- newer wonders,
- restaurant hopping,
- walking tours,
- talking to natives,
- staying outside of the tourist area,
- visiting and supporting local small businesses and not chains.
2) The Turn Up: Think beach resort or cruise. I did this for the first time in a couple of years this past June and I really underestimated how necessary this kind of trip is. Make the most of this time by going all-inclusive and unplugging as much as possible.
3) Social Travel: This is travel with the purpose of being around the energy of an annual special fun event:
- Music festivals,
- Sporting Events,
- Food festivals,
- Walks, 5Ks and Marathons.
4) The Level Up: Career-focused travel. Being in new places to learn and meet new people will open you up in ways you couldn’t imagine. You can also combine this with no. 1.
- writer retreats,
- work retreats.
5) Turn Down: If you’re looking for restoration during your time off this may for you. Fast Company recently wrote about the rise in wellness tourism because Americans are burnt out. But many religious institutions and leaders have offered these retreats for years.
- wellness retreats,
- spiritual retreats,
- religious retreats,
- yoga and meditation-focused,
- various physical restorative activities.
6) Explore Nature: Getaway from the city and spend time in rural environments doing various activities:
- rock climbing,
- wine tours,
- orchards/farm tours,
- long walking tours.
7) Staycation: You don’t have to go far to feel like you’re in a different world. Learn more about where you live:
- try out a new restaurant,
- see a show at a new venue,
- walk down a different street,
- shop in a new area.
- go to local events you always make excuses not to go to.
8) Open-ended/Nomadic: There are circumstances in which people travel for an open-ended period of time: retired with money to blow, remote work opportunity comes up, or laid off or quit job and in need of a getaway. There are no rules here. This can be done for as short as a weekend or as long as several years. It’s totally up to you. Go where the wind blows and where the flight deal sends you. The end date is decided once you feel like settling somewhere again.
9) Solo trip: Start local then go international. It’s a great lesson in trusting and empowering yourself. Read up on what I learned on my first solo adventure.
10) Family trip: As an adult life gets in the way and I don’t get to spend quality time with my parents, siblings and extended family as much as I’d like to. So I appreciate having had the opportunity to do this with them.
11) Friends/Group Trip: Traveling tests all relationships, so clarifying expectations for a trip can help alleviate any disagreements about itinerary upon arrival. I’ve been through my share of tensions in planning and while on group trips. Also, you can’t take every travel adventure with every friend. So you may have to make new friends just for traveling.
12) Companion Trips: Traveling with your significant other is #relationshipgoals, but it’s also another stepping stone in a relationship. The above applies here as well.
My last trip was a combo of 3 and 9; my Homecoming. My next trip is a combination of 3 and 9; a wedding out-of-town which will also double as a friends trip as well!
What was your last trip and what kind of trip are you planning next? Tell me in the comments below.
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