Oh my gosh. We created our very first travel bucket list and I could not be more excited to share it! Something I learned a very long time ago when I was in sales was to physically write down my goals, or make something like a dream board that was placed in an area where I could see it every day. The act of writing them down makes them more concrete and if the list is put in a more visible area- like a bathroom mirror- where they can’t possibly be missed, the theory is simply that one would work harder to attain the goal/s. Interesting thought process, and in reality, it works.
As a very tired mother of two Bigs aged 15 and 18; and two Littles aged 7 and 9, I am always looking for a way to have dialogues that include everyone- and you guessed it- it is often more difficult than not, unfortunately. We decided to do a bucket list that only involves places we want to visit (certainly not gonna happen within a year’s time hellllo I’m poor haha), and I found it to be very exciting, simply because it totally opened up communications that were pleasant between us all and everyone was able to contribute something to our conversation. Our family does a ‘regular’ bucket list every year. I typically stuff us all in the same room at the same time so we can get ‘er done in the first few days of January, consisting of things we’d like to do together during the upcoming 12 months as a family. We have yet to have a year that everything gets checked off, but it also helps planning when I have a little extra money to throw at something that we’re not arguing or disagreeing about what to do because we already have it written down. We do try to be fair about not doing all of one person’s suggestions and no one else’s. I really loved doing this with the gang, and I truly loved hearing my Littles tell me why they chose Costa Rica. Naturally their reasoning involves spiders and other creepy things that live there… which I would very happily take a pass on. Here is our little family’s travel bucket list (subject to change, of course):
My top places on our list are: Iceland for the Aurora Borealis and geothermal pools; Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas just because it will be a completely different experience; Antartica BECAUSE UHHH IT’S ANTARTICA; Grand Canyon; all the Europe spots… Who am I kidding?! I want to go to all these places 🙂 🙂 🙂
Also as a very tired mother, I am always on the lookout for places to take kids. I mean seriously, I’m usually feeling and looking like the Pied Piper at the grocery store- they follow me everywhere. Anyway, they don’t necessarily have to be fun places to go (although fun places to go trump boring places to go any day). They can be educational, they can be historical. I definitely want- and need- there to be some fun or unusual things to do. I like to learn new things about each place I visit, whether I’m with the kids or not.
Do you have a travel bucket list yet? If you do, share it with us! We’d love to read yours. I can’t wait until we check some places off of our list and add new ones!
Safe travels! xo