Bucket List Travel Ideas – How to Hack it!

Being a travel enthusiast, one of the most exciting things for me is exploring the internet and discovering new places to add to my bucket list. Though most of the time am not sure how I will travel to some places, it gives me so much joy to see my list growing as this builds up my spirit of adventure.

Sometimes when the list gets so long yet no opportunity has opened up for me to travel, it does get overwhelming to the point I see myself being over-ambitious. It is at this point that I had to improvise a plan to hack my bucket list ideas in good time. I will share some points that have helped me accomplish my travel ideas or gotten me close to fulfilling my travel goals below.

Bucket list travel ideas

List Down Your Travel Ideas

It does not hurt to list down all the places that attract you and would like to visit one day. No matter how impossible it might look at the time, writing down builds up your desire to visit these places. The more you keep seeing your lists, the bigger picture of you being in that location grows and eventually you find yourself planning for that trip.

It becomes more realistic when you write down like a journal of where you want to go and even include activities you would participate in if the opportunity to travel presents itself. I believe that writing down your bucket list ideas makes it more of a commitment on your end hence increasing the urge to fulfil your travel desire.

Bucketlist travel hack

Start with the Easiest ones

Bucket list travel can include going to locations near you that you have never visited before, like the bordering country or can be far places like other continents. There are various factors that come into play when planning to travel e.g. budget, travel visas, travel insurance, the jurisdiction of the place of travel, means of transport among others.

Well, when you put all these into consideration, your travel ideas may end up looking like a far-fetched dream. The best way to keep your travel goals alive is to start with the easy places first. You can consider places that are near and don’t need a lot of planning or documentation to access. If it is in different countries, consider the ones that don’t require travel visas from your country of origin.

Another way I have tried and worked well for me is to find family and friends who can accommodate or offer accommodation at a reasonable price hence saving on high hotel bills. You can also consider day trips where you travel to your destination, schedule all your activities then travel back the same day and consider resting after the long trip.

Research on the cost of travel to different destinations

‘How safe is this place?’ this is the main question that most people ask when making a decision about visiting a certain place. Safety is a very crucial concern for all. As much as there are no 100% safe places in the world, no one wants to go on a trip and end up losing their variables.

The best way to find out about a specific place before visiting is to get reviews from other people who are familiar with the place. Research especially through the internet, word of mouth or through different travel platforms come to play here. Before I consider a certain travel destination, I always search the internet for reviews from people who have visited the place in the recent past. The best place to get real-time reviews or even ask a question in regard to a certain destination, in my opinion, is Trip Advisor.

In case, you intend to stay in a certain facility or hotel, there are various online platforms like booking.com with lots of reviews to check out and also various service delivery ratings to help you make that crucial decision.

Bucketlist travel hack

Devise a way to save up cash for the expensive bucket list destinations

There are some destinations that keep ringing on your mind no matter how you try to evade them. I am forced to save up money and make the trip. Depending on your income, you can decide to save up for at least one bucket list destination per year or one per two years.

Another way to get cash for travels is coming up with ways of making extra income and then dedicating this extra income to travelling to your desired destinations.

Never say never no matter how impossible it may appear.

Sometimes all it takes is a dream, no destination is impossible to achieve if you put your mind into it. It may take a lifetime or less than a year to achieve but if you are determined, you can achieve it. Travelling is one activity that can be achieved with different budgets whether through a luxury trip or as a backpacker, it all depends on your attitude and determination.

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8 Responses

  1. Henry says:

    Hi! Finding intelligent ways to save money for the expensive bucket list destinations has always been in my head. I really appreciate when I find a new way to save money or generate additional income that can be placed in the piggy bank for that next trip.

    I also try to do a lot of research before each trip. And in this regard, I have enjoyed your site very much. I have bookmarked it to continue visiting in the future. Keep up these useful posts!

    • Anita says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read this article, you are right on saving money for the expensive trips it is not good to be caught off guard. Hope to hear from you soon.

  2. Donna Loudon says:

    I like your point that it doesn’t hurt to list places where you would like to travel. It is a proven fact that when we write things down it tends to make them more real to us. Then we can start with the ones that are easiest to accomplish so that we feel we have filled some of our list. Of course, researching is important so we choose the right places to go and then have a money goal as to how much we will need to save for the trip.

    • Anita says:

      You are right Donna, it all starts with listing down your bucket list places then start budgeting, it soon becomes realistic and before you know it you are on your way to your dream destination.

  3. Joey Shockley says:

    For closer-to-home travel goals, there are several places I’d like to visit in the western part of my state. A bigger dream, however, is to take my mom on a cruise. At times I’ve really gotten into researching it, checking out websites, articles, and youtube videos about the cruise line I’ve decided on, the ship I’ve chosen, the destinations, and the excursions. It’s exciting. I just hope I can come up with funds to take her within the next couple of years. Neither of us are getting any younger!

    Best of luck to you for your travels!

    • Anita says:

      Wow, those are very big dreams and good plans Joey, I also dream of taking my parents abroad for a sightseeing trip one of these fine days. They both have different dream destinations, I just have to compile one place they will both enjoy. Hope you get to go on the cruise with your mom one day as you so desire.

  4. Joshi says:

    Hey Anita

    Loved the way you put together all these points to achieve travel dreams. Like you, I also have an ever expanding bucket list (and a list of excuses for not travelling to most). I did go back to revisit some destinations mentally and am all charged up for my next break. 

    Thanks s for the excellent read. 



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