Ever since I remember, I knew I wanted to travel. With that in mind, I’ve always had endless lists of places, epic adventures, and experiences I had a desire to encounter. I’ll admit, over the years, while reading and daydreaming about far-flung places, I’ve gathered a startling amount of amazing things to do around the world (pretty much something in every single country!)
Due to the recent outbreak, the option of getting on the plane has gone and we have no idea when it will return or in what format. Are we even gonna be able to walk the streets of our town to enjoy its many features? The cities will change and be pushed into survivor battle, some of our favourite shops and restaurants might disappear; replaced by ‘to let’ and ‘store closing’ signs, collecting dust and waiting for new owners.
Today has been busy with work and house chores but capturing summer flowers, going for short walks, writing about our past trips, while listening to chirping birds are a few things that pull me out of the harsh reality and let me escape for just a little while.
I know that days leading to more freedom will be a gradual process and that’s why living in isolation seemed like a perfect reason to jump at a chance to comb through our previous trips around the globe and write out new dream adventures. I know we are not the only ones realising that there were many things we took for granted.
Why make a bucket list?
Listing all the things you want to do once this is over, either your desire is to see your friends or travel around the world, gives you something to look forward to.
“What’s at the top of your post-quarantine bucket list?” is a question I’ve heard – and asked myself – too many times to count. The responses from my family and coworkers were often heartfelt: going to the library, hanging out with friends, and getting back to sports practice.
Either you love or hate bucket lists, and whether you actually write one and stick it to a notice board at the beginning of the year or at your Birthday, we all have them in one form or another.
I have noticed that many people have some sort of love/hate relationship with bucket lists. Let me tell you one thing. I believe it’s mostly because after a few weeks into a New Year we seem to have different priorities; we get caught up in everyday chores, we give up on our dreams, or just forget them. Not crossing off things on the to-do list is what actually makes us feel like we failed.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned while being trapped at home for weeks on end – someday isn’t an actual day of the week. Start by asking yourself a couple of questions. What drives you? What is yours why? Don’t hesitate to take a few days to answer them. Stop and think about where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you want to go. Forget about money, promotion, and power; these things cannot define you, they are only skin deep.
If needed, go back to your childhood and think about the things you wanted to do when you were a kid. Did you want to cross the desert on a camel or take a journey through the jungles? Translate them to ‘visiting Morocco’ and ‘exploring Costa Rica’. Don’t forget about the overall experiences, because it’s not just visiting the Sahara desert. It’s experiencing the vast and unfamiliar place and meeting people from different cultures.
You don’t always have to write everything down, store it in your head so you can mentally replace and reorder things. See it as more of a melting pot of your desires and ideas.
It takes patience and persistence to get to the finish line, and that’s why I believe in taking baby steps. If you wish to finally make it to your dream destination, pick one place that’s close to your heart, make it happen, and feel the whole spectrum of it.
Are you overwhelmed by the sheer number of things to choose from and don’t even know where to start and how to make the most of it?
With this blog post, we would like to encourage you to leave your fears behind, believe in yourself, and move forward better life. Give your mind a chance to think clear and creative thoughts.
Don’t wait until everything is perfect, we are on an incredible journey called life with the good, the bad and everything in between. You don’t have to be rich or young or beautiful to make your dreams come true, trust your ability to create the life you want.
It’s OK to feel overwhelmed, but because nothing happens overnight, instead of dreaming you have to create a system that slowly chips away at what you actually want. You have to create a system with multiple positive outcomes.
You can flip through the pages of travel magazines, read adventure books and talk to other people to find inspiration.
Start by exploring your own country
What is your travel-related dream for when we are allowed to travel again? Do you dream about a yoga retreat in Costa Rica, wish to strike out solo, or have your heart set on hiking through the Dolomites?
Once the restrictions are lifted and you rush out the door, it’s also vital to make every trip count. If you have your heart set on a certain place, go for it. But what about exploring your own country? Have you ever thought about shaking off the limitations of mass tourism and plunging into your backyard?
Say no to cheap travel deals abroad and be a tourist in your home town. We are so preoccupied with far-flung destinations that often forget to open our eyes to the beauty of our country. Remember, tourists come to your homeland for a reason, and in times like these, it’s important to show love to local tourism.
Concentrate on personal growth
We all know travel is so much more than getting from point A to point B and so much more than just visiting new countries and cities, all while frantically ticking off boxes. Travel breaks the chains that keep you from moving forward, it makes you a better person, teaches you the difference between the price and value and much much more.
That’s why personal growth comes before seeing the most famous tourist attractions, otherwise, why travel!
- Learn to see the beauty in the little things
- Fight for your dreams and make plans to achieve them
- Seek more to engage than to escape
- Be more open to trying new things
Our wish list
Beyond the obvious things such as seeing our family and friends, organizing Birthday parties, going back to school, and hopefully going back to our homeland Latvia, there are a couple of things on our wish list.
Entering a new phase of the world and knowing that tourism will never be the same we are in the middle of the transformational process. Reevaluating our dreams, daily habits, and examining the mentality of consumption that we have towards everything, travelling including.
Let’s go back to tourism with a purpose. Instead of competing to see how many countries each of us have visited, let’s give value to our travel dreams. Let’s travel and develop habits that are useful for the world and local communities. Let’s go back to learning about ourselves and gaining tools for conscious actions.
Exploring Ireland | The world is vast and meant for wandering but exploring Ireland and supporting the local economy is on top of our list.
Learning to surf | Stepping out of my comfort zone and finally learning to surf, is something I’ve been looking towards for a long time. Choosing to do activities I’ve done hundreds of times before prevents me from growing and developing new skills. I just have to wait for the shops to open so I can buy all the equipment that’s needed.
Visiting Scotland | Visiting Scotland with a camper van has been on our ‘go-to’ list ever since Ericeira was born. While I’ve been to Edinburgh countless times, exploring-lesser known towns and coastal villages are something we desired to experience as a family. As our dream trip was cancelled due to the pandemic, we are hoping to visit Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye next year.
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Now, over to you!
What’s on your travel wish list? Let us know in the comments!
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