One of my best friends, Loraine, is a traveller. (She’s also an accountant, which is really helpful when it’s time to do budgeting and accounting before, during, and after a trip.) Like a lot of people, she has a bucket list–most of it being places to travel to–but, unlike a lot of people, she’s actually plowing through her list at an impressive pace. When I asked her how she’s able to do this, she said:
Protect the integrity of your bucket list.
The thing about bucket lists is that people usually put a lot of stuff there just to put stuff there. Just because. YOLO and whatever. It’s all up to you, really, but Loraine says that if you want to actually do the stuff in your bucket list, make sure you know WHY you’re listing down what you’re listing down.
Want to backpack every single province in the Philippines? Want to visit every single country in South East Asia? Want to set foot in every continent in the world?
First ask the question: WHY? Bakit?
(I, for one, travel to eat, because I love food.)
There should be a good reason–or reasons–why you’re putting things in your bucket list. That reason should make sense to you, and it should be important to you. If you protect the Bakit, the why, of your Bucket List, then you’re all set and good to go.
Loraine can say a lot about planning, financing, surviving, and enjoying a trip. Read more in her (mostly) travel blog, Adventure Accounting.