Advice to Create the Best Bucket List

by Apr 6, 2019

Start early

  • You will collect so many ideas over time that you should start ASAP. I’m sure you’ve had many conversations where you remember a cool destination you saw on a Facebook video but couldn’t find the video again. When you have a bucket list you have all of your cool travel ideas consolidated in one place. This also gives you great inspiration to travel in the future. I make it a rule that I have to cross off at least one item per year. 

Eat breakfast at Giraffe Manor in Kenya

Store it in the cloud

  • Yes, you can write your bucket list with good old fashioned pen and paper but why? This is something that is a living document. It continues to grow and change. You need a document that can grow and change with it. I highly recommend putting your bucket list in the cloud because you need access to it all over the world. Having it on your desktop is only useful if you are near your computer.

Toboggan down a mountain in the Swiss Alps

Organize it

  • A bucket list can get lengthy! There are so many cool things you can do and see in the world. My bucket list is 14 pages so yes it can get REALLY lengthy. It can also get really confusing. For example, let’s say you are going on a trip to travel through France. If you have 100 items on your list you have to search through all of them to find anything that may be in the cities you will visit. That’s going to take a long time. 
  • This is the structure of my bucket list. When your list is organized this way you only have to check through unspecified location and the continent you’re traveling to.
    • Complete items
    • In progress items
      • Ex. I want to visit all 50 states but I’m only at 35. It’s easier to list them up top rather than scroll through to find them
    • Incomplete Items
      • Unspecified location
        • Ex. Items like riding a camel, be on a game show or skinny dipping that can be done in multiple places
      • Africa
      • Asia
      • Europe
      • North America
      • South America
      • Oceania
      • Antartica

Mont-Saint-Michel during low tide

Mont-Saint-Michel during high tide

Add the date when you complete an item

  • If I know the exact date (I normally don’t) I will write it but for the most part, I only write the month and year. This is a great way to look back at what you were doing at certain ages in your life. Dates also help you anchor other events. I’ve used my bucket list dates as a way to win multiple arguments with family and friends haha.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves


  • It’s perfectly ok to change your mind about how much you may want to complete that item but I always advocate keeping it on the list just in case. We can change our mind today and then change it back the next day, the next year or even the next decade. As I said a bucket list is a living document it grows with you. It’s fun to see what desires you had at one point in your life even if that isn’t a priority anymore.

Need some inspiration? Download my Bucket List Starter Template. I even added a few items to get you started 😉


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