What's on your bucket list? It's a common question people ask as they begin to look at their lives and want to make sure they can feel that they've accomplished something by checking it off their list. What's on your travel bucket however, isn't so much about going somewhere to cross it off a list, it's more about the experience and adventure.
One of my favorite questions to ask is where in the world would you want to go? I've heard people say they wanted to: dive in the Great Barrier Reef, run with the bulls, climb to the Mount Everest base camp, walk the Great Wall of China or at least part of it, sail down the Nile, visit the top of the Eiffel Tower, ski the Swiss Alps.
There's a fantastic article in Fast Company by Jay Cassano that scientifically supports why a bucket list should be about experiences and not just things. Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University says " Our experinces are bigger part of ourselves than our material goods." He also adds "You can even think part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain seperate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences." Wonder what experience is on his bucket list?
As for myself, I want to trek the Great Inca Trail in Peru and visit Machu Picchu, followed by a week in the jungle with a shaman and just to round it off a few days surfing Chicama, one of the longest waves in the world. All and all an epic adventure to Peru is in the making very soon!
So if the travel bucket list is all about doing, then get busy living!
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