Post Pandemic Bucket Lists

With a seemingly diminishing Covid 19, Post-Pandemic seems to have arrived. Tourists have burst from their gates, heading to one of the many countries having swung their doors wide open in hopeful anticipation. 

From Spring Breakers to the resuming of nixed plans, the masses are heading out of their local domains: Often for the first time in two years. 

In these last two years, we’ve learned that every second counts. While most healthy adults recovered, some did not. Unsurprisingly, stress and depression have increased worldwide. And travel – for so many; is literally and figuratively a breath of fresh air – now more than ever.

And so, this first vacation takes on epic proportions of significance. An inflection point, signifying the start of change from the pandemic standards endured to something new and hopeful. 

With a new appreciation that life can change in a moment, bucket lists are being scrutinized. Possibly tossed and started anew, as past criteria are no longer valid. Yes, a Bucket List may be cliche; call it what you will – it’s the list of places you want to go and things you want to do before you can’t, in an absolute way. 

“You will find only what you bring in.” – Yoda

You’ve only got one life – live it to the fullest. Be purposeful. Believe in yourself. You can do this!

Ways to add to your list:

-Feeling short on ideas and dreams yet known? Check the internet. Particularly Pinterest boards for Bucket Lists and Travel. 

-Brainstorming ideas off the top of your head. You might surprise yourself with a couple of ideas that stick the landing.

 -Go through old photos and videos. Are there stories by your grandparents that talk of faraway places that beacon to you? Or places you went to as a child that you want to go to as an adult?

– Are there any stories you’ve read or movies you’ve watched that have created a yearning to go to a significant location, experience a culture, or dive deep into a history of a place or people? You might peruse your library of books, Kindle, etc., to ignite forgotten desires that could be added to your list.

Once compiled, pull a handful that you can research. Try to find places in your one, five, and ten-year timelines that they might fit into. 

Sometimes priorities change, as can the Bucket List item itself. Reassess your list periodically. 

Research. Research. Research. The more you know about every bullet point on your list, the easier it’ll be to insert it into your future and ultimately do. Each item will become more tangible this way too. As you plan, you’ll begin to see yourself within these scenarios, adding incentive and hopefully the motivation to make it a reality.

Here is a limited list of some Bucket List items that I’ve seen on folks’ wish lists:

Straight up travel:

  • Experience the Northern lights in Norway, Sweden, Iceland, or The Yukon
  • Top National Parks – Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Arches, and Yosemite (to begin with) in an RV
  • Visit Great Wonders of the World – Colosseum, Petra, Machu Pichu, Taj Mahal, Chichen Itza, Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer, 
  • Visit Ancient Great Wonders of the World Great Pyramid of Giza, Lighthouse of Alexandria, Temple of Artemis, Colossus of Rhodes, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Statue of Zeus

Adventurous ideas to do while traveling can be done anywhere they’re available and generally safe. Remember that done in conjunction with your dream trip makes the activity distinctly meaningful:

  • Skydive 
  • Bungee jumps
  • Paragliding

Adventure ideas that require previous knowledge or training but can also be folded into a Bucket List destination:

  • Surfing (water and sand)
  • Scuba diving
  • Extreme hiking 
  • Flyboarding
  • Base jumping
  • Free climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Heli-skiing
  • Long-distance cycling 
  • Remote camping

Some adventure ideas are best done with a professional, or at the very least, having consulted with a professional.

  • Riding a bull in a rodeo
  • Riding a camel or elephant
  • Going on a safari
  • Snorkeling with whales, dolphins, turtles, or sharks
  • Seeing penguins, orangutans, and other wild animals in their own environments
  • Caving
  • Sailing
  • Dog sledding 
  • Storm chasing
  • Mountain climbing
  • Rappelling

There is no age limit on some of these activities, only your fitness level and want of doing. This is why taking the time to assess your list and note if any trips and activities are relevant to, for instance; your aging, thereby time-sensitive, or require training, which would be added to the time needed before the trip and activity itself. Planning helps bring out details that could hinder your plans if not considered early on. 

Lastly, consider a trip led by a tour company or tour guides for specific activities. DIY is fine. Particularly when the internet is prolific in information on even remote locations and activities. Social media is fast to jump on the new and exciting. However, subtleties are commonly lost between stringing together travel and activities that a tour guide would otherwise be able to cohesively blend. You’ll find that tours exist with specific objectives, activities, and age groups. They range from mainstream touristy to off-the-beaten-path to the esoteric. Find one that fits your goal and your travel style. 

Build that list, make plans, and execute as many as life allows! 

“The years go by. The time flies. Every single second is a moment in time that passes. And it seems like nothing – but when you’re looking back … well, it amounts to everything.”

– Ray Bradbury.