Starting your bucket list is the first step towards achieving your travel and adventure goals for the future, but many people simply don’t know where to start. Having a solid strategy and the motivation to complete the targets set by yourself is a good place to begin.
So whatever your end goal is, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks on how to create a strategy to accomplish your adventures, so you stay confident and achieve your goals!
Create SMART goals
Before you do anything, it’s important to develop goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound (SMART). We all struggle to reach our goals from time to time, as life can get in the way or plans can change, but you need to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for failure.
Ensuring your goals are structured realistically and efficiently will help you stay on track. It’s also vital you stay flexible, as over time your plans will need to be revised and changed in order to remain achievable.
Write down your goals
Studies have shown that the simple act of writing down your goals means you’re 42% more likely to achieve them. Try writing them down in a journal instead of just a scrap piece of paper, so you don’t lose your list and can come back to see your progress throughout the year!
Share your goals
When you’re creating your bucket list, let your family and friends know what your goals are so they can remind you and motivate you regularly. You could even join a travel website so you can share your passion with others online and create an account full of your ideas and aspirations that could even inspire others.
It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey… kind of
I know this can seem a silly thing to say when it comes to bucket-list planning, but it’s important to keep this in mind. Enjoying the process of achieving your dreams keeps you motivated and creates a positive mindset which in turn makes you more resilient to any setbacks.
Furthermore, take your time with it and don’t feel discouraged if you’re slightly behind on your timeline, you’ll get there eventually!
Step out your comfort zone
Although you still want to have realistic goals, having the ambition to go somewhere that’s slightly out your usual choice of places will expand your horizon and help you have a deeper understanding of the places you’re visiting.
If you usually hit the best festivals or music events around the globe, try visiting a vineyard, learn about the country’s culture or join a scuba diving course to explore the beautiful wildlife they have in their area. Remember – you always regret the things you didn’t do, more than the ones you did!
Start your bucket list
So if you’re looking for an online ‘one-stop-shop’ for all your travel planning, then create an account with BookitList! We are a global community with the aim of creating comprehensive bucket lists and sharing our unique travel experiences.