Are Bucket Lists Worth It?

I never really thought I had a bucket list, it was always more of a case of seeing something and thinking “Oh I’d like to do that” or “I’d like to go there”.

But more I travel, the more I realise that crossing stuff off a list is actually a good idea.

Bucket Lists are really just an extreme version of a ‘to do list’. You write stuff down (or pin it to your Bucket List Pinterest board) and think that you will get around to it one day. Sure some of the things seem a little far-fetched like arriving at the airport with no ticket or plan & jumping on the first flight.. I mean who does that!?!?!

My planner’s brain is having aΒ conniption just thinking about it BUT it is on my bucket list.


Some other things on my Pinterest bucket list include:

  • stop biting my nails (still working on that)
  • go to the moon (it could happen!)
  • snorkel (might be a bit hard since I’m not a fan of water)
  • meet Robbie Williams (I’ve met pretty much everyone else but Robert Peter Williams still alludes me)
  • sing karaoke (not sure if the world is ready for my singing)
  • drive a red convertible in Hawaii on my 40th birthday (this is never gonna happen since my 40th is long gone.. I could change that to my 50th though!Β πŸ€” )

Then there is my ‘Travel’ Bucket List, which I actually am crossing things off. Of course I am adding to it all the time too, but that’s kind of the fun of it.

Here are just some of thing that I have actually crossed off my travel bucket list:

Thanksgiving in NYC - 2012
Thanksgiving in America – ok so it might not have turned out like I had original envisioned (I didn’t even get any pumpkin pie!) BUT I can officially say that I was in America for Thanksgiving AND I even saw some of the Thanksgiving Parade
Christchurch, UK
Visit Christchurch in the UK. Ever since I found out there was a Christchurch in the UK I’ve wanted to go there. Back in 2010 I did just that.
Thanks to the very violent movie In Bruges with Colin Farrell, I wanted to visit Bruges. I can now cross that off my list
Edinburgh Tattoo
I’ve said it before and I will say it again (over and over and over again!) but I LOVE BAGPIPES!!! Going to the Edinburgh Tattoo was a childhood dream and then in 2015 I found myself there.. actually there!
Houses of Parliament
London is the source of so much on my bucket list and seeing the city from above was another thing I crossed off in 2015
Aoraki/Mount Cook
Drive around NZ – This is one is a work in progress. I am getting there slowly, very, very slowly.. some things you just can’t rush

So do I think Bucket List’s are worth it?

Yes I do.

Some of the places I have been to, I probably wouldn’t have gone if they hadn’t been on a list of some short. I get inspired by other travellers and the photos they post or the places they blog about. If something really catches my eye, then I will add it to my list.

Sure it might take me awhile to get through it and there are some things I might never do but not having a goal to aim for means you are forever stuck in one place.

And that just isn’t for me.

via Daily Prompt: Crossing


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