Who hasn’t made a bucket list once? Making a bucket list was an annual activity, most of the time around my birthday, on which I did set the marks for the upcoming year. What do I want to do? Where do I want to go, and who do I want me to join? As I have my yearly bucket list, lots of you will have a travel bucket list as well. A long list of places you want to visit, all around the world, to be able to colour that world map and pin the places you’ve visited. But is working through the bucket list ‘fulfilling’? Isn’t it more about experiencing new adventures, more than checking the boxes? Something I asked myself a lot before booking my next holiday..
Ofcourse I have in mind which places I definitely would like to visit; think about places like Machu Pichu in Peru, the Northern light in Scandinavia and on top of the list Lhasa, the Holey City in Tibet. But most of all I would like to create new experiences by connecting with (new) people, both travelers and locals. Sharing thoughts, stories and the ins and outs of their culture. And I want to make memories with my friends. Those memories last forever. That is why I’m not in a hurry checking off the boxes, and will jump on that plane to Aruba for the third (!) time. Because my German friend will be there, and the memories will be forever. And ofcourse: who can complain about a trip to the Carribean? 😀
So, does this mean that I will ditch my bucket list? Not at all. I still want to hike through the jungle of Costa Rica and dance the Tango in Argentina, but I’m not in a hurry. Furthermore, if the time is there, and I will visit that places, I will do some extra effort in connecting with that local ranger who will show me the most beautiful places in that green forest and will search for a local ‘Amigo’ to teach me how to dance. Because connecting with those people, will make that item on my bucket list even more special.