How to save for your bucket list adventures – Travel Edition

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”
 Paul Theroux

Here’s the truth, travelling is going to cost you money, but the good thing is, it’s not as scary – or expensive – as you think if you’re smart about your savings and your spending before, during and after the trip. It’s all about priorities and if you’re really ready to commit to travel. In this section, discover how world travelers fund their adventures before the adventure. (more…)

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Hang Gliding: Fly Like Superman

Hang gliding is the perfect bucket list goal for those who’ve always wished for the super power to fly.

A hang glider is a triangular sail with an aluminum frame. This is different from a paraglider, which is more of a parachute. In a hang glider, you’re facing down and forward – like you’re flying – while in a paraglider, you’re in more of a seated position. The two are often confused, with paragliding showing up on more bucket lists, but I’d like you to consider hang gliding too.
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Mike Horst – A Bucketlist Hero on top of the world

Climbing Everest encompasses everything Bucketlist stands for. It’s challenging, extreme, adventurous and above all, rewarding when you’re able to stand on top of the world – literally. We’re launching a new program focusing on the extraordinary people in our new series, Bucketlist Heroes. Our first featured member, Mike Horst, has not only conquered the beast that is Everest but is the first person in the world to reach the summit of two 8,000 meter peaks in 24 hours – more about that later. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Mike to talk about
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Top 5 Bucket List Ideas Inspired by Mother Nature

The power of nature is seen every day. From a beautiful sunset, to a frighteningly spectacular lightning storm, there really is no show like a Mother Nature show… In fact over at bucketlist.org 5 of our top 25 goals of the site are bucket list ideas involving mother nature!

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Top 5 Bucket List Ideas Inspired by Mother Nature

1. See the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

The Aurora Borealis comes out as the most added goal on bucketlist.org. 14,121 people have “To see the Northern Lights” on their bucket list. And why wouldn’t they? The Aurora Borealis, “is a natural light display in the sky, especially in the high latitude regions, caused by the collision of solar wind and magnetospheric charged particles with the high altitude atmosphere” (source). Literally the nights sky is electrified! Interested in adding one of the most popular bucket list ideas to your list? Click here to add to your list.

2. Visit a Volcano

One word, magma! Seeing the earth’s melted crust must be a pretty spectacular site to see. And apparently I’m not the only person who thinks so – intact 12,869 people have “visit a volcano” on their bucket list.

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3. Visit Niagara Falls

Bordering Canada and the USA, Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular sites to see before you die! 11941 people have added Niagara Falls to their bucket lists already. Did you know that:

  • The 3 waterfalls combine to produce the highest flow rate of any waterfall on earth.
  • The largest vertical drop is over 165 feet (50 metres).
  • The Niagara Falls were created by glacier activity around 10000 years ago (source)

Add “Visit Niagara Falls” to your bucket list.  

4. Walk Behind a Waterfall

Speaking of waterfalls…. Did you know that over 8450 people want to walk behind a waterfall in their lifetime? Take a walk through natures shower. And bonus this goal is fairly easy to accomplish. Do you have, “walk behind a waterfall” on your bucket list?

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5. Swim The Great Barrier Reef

Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without an ocean. Not just any goal but a fabulous bucket list dream of mine, swim the great barrier reef! The home of Nemo and Dore, scuba the reef to see some of the most exotic fish and aquatic species known to mankind! There is no description I could give that would be as effective as these photos:

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Join the 6231 people who have “Swim the Great Barrier Reef” on their bucket list.

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The Irish Bucket List

Mackenzie-GuinnessIreland is many people’s favorite place in Europe. The accent, the food, the history, and the pubs, all make it a really fun place to visit.  You could spend all of your time in a pub, just hanging out, talking to locals, or enjoying the green-ness of everything and feel totally fulfilled with your visit. I know many people who have done just that! But if you want to cross a few things off your bucket list while you’re there I have some ideas for you.

5 Bucket List Ideas for Ireland

1. Drink Guinness

You can find Guinness everywhere in Ireland. I recommend drinking it whenever you can, but I’m just in love with the black stuff.  You can visit the Storehouse in Dublin where you learn how it’s made and have two free drinks. Worth a visit just for that.

2. Visit the Aran Islands

Off the coast of western Ireland near the Cliffs of Moher are three islands that make up the Aran Islands. These islands have nice beaches to dip your toes in cool water, plenty of restaurants and pubs, and horse-drawn carts for sightseeing.  These islands are a departure from typical Ireland and deserve a visit.Mackenzie-Blarney2

 3. Kiss the Blarney Stone

Everyone’s heard of the Blarney Stone.  Near Cork, Blarney Castle is a massive attraction for people who just want to kiss the stone.  There is also a small complex or gardens and forest around the castle ruins. But up at the top of the castle, you can wait in line for your turn at the Blarney Stone.

Lay on your back, lean over a scary ledge while you’re held by a lovely Irish man giving you instructions, and pucker up.  Just remember the sanitizer after…

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On the west coast of Ireland, south of Galway, the Cliffs are spectacular.  Viewed from either land or sea, you will be impressed by their size. Walk along the path near the edge to get as much out of the cliffs as possible.

5. Giant’s Causeway

Though this is in Northern Ireland I’m including it because it’s a must-see if you’re on the island.  You can visit the Causeway by car or tour but alone with seeing a natural wonder you’ll visit a slightly different culture in the north.  There’s also a museum near the Causeway where you can learn about the formation of the rocks.

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Bucket List Idea #6 – Go Surfing

There are few things in this world where you really feel a true and deep connection to mother nature. Or at least I find it a difficult task when Facebook, twitter and generally just my phone is a major distraction. But surfing was one of those things that is able to take you back to the beginnings and something I will never forget. Surfing is really just the perfect bucket list idea to add to your list.

My story starts at the beginning of my final year of collage at UBC in Vancouver, Canada. Tofino is a surfers paradise and just happens to be a short ferry trip, and a few hours drive away. As a adventurous group of friends we went on the Annual UBC surf trip. And my life was forever changed.

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For those of you that don’t know, Tofino is located in the Pacific North West. It’s not polar vortex cold, but it ain’t no tropical beach. It was chilly, but we were excited, so we suited up, carried our boards out to the beach and prepared to be the next Kelly Slaters in no time. There was one slight problem, the extent of our training was (and I quote) just paddle, paddle, paddle, and when you feel it, just up throw a shaka and ride it out.We rented our gear from an awesome local surf shop called Relec Surf Shop in Ucluelet (they are seriously the best) and set off to crush one of my top bucket list items.

Not the greatest instructions, but I had watched Blue Crush enough times to know what I was doing… I didn’t. The best way I can describe how my muscles felt the next day was (excuse my language) it felt like getting bitch slapped by mother nature. The ocean deserves our outmost respect.

But aside from that, the feeling when you finally figure things out (a little) riding a wave is incredible! What made this weekend truly memorable was achieving something that I wanted to do for so long with some of my closest friends.

If you’re near an ocean, or are ready to go on one heck of an adventure try surfing!

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Bucket List Idea #5- Scuba Diving with Sharks

When you go scuba diving in shark-infested waters, your dive instructor will give you this advice: Keep your hands close to you and stay at a safe distance. But if the sharks want a piece of you, there’s really nothing you can do about it.

That warning didn’t deter one family from suiting up, plunging in, and getting up close and personal with dozens of silky sharks and Caribbean reef sharks off the coast of Cuba. Brothers Ron and Gabe and their mother, Elena, took up an invitation from a family friend to spend a week in one of the world’s Meccas for scuba diving, Jardines de la Reina (The Queen’s Gardens), an archipelago off the southern coast of Cuba that contains some of the last undisturbed coral reefs that divers can access.

The family flew into Havana and spent a day exploring the city’s architecture, which dates all the way back to the 1600s, and getting to know the locals, who were friendly and warm. Then they took a six-hour bus ride to the southern end of the island and boarded a boat to the Jardines, where they were lucky enough to have permits for a well-kept secret of a diving spot.

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Ron said diving with sharks was “very scary at first. At first you see only one or two sharks pass by, but in certain areas there were several more. And when the guides brought out food, several dozen sharks appeared.” But after a while the divers eased into it—comforted by the fact that their guides had never had a serious incident in eighteen years of excursions—and enjoyed the wonder of swimming with sharks.

The most amazing part, Ron said, was that silky sharks’ spinal column is configured in a way that allows divers to grab them by the tail. “At that point the sharks temporarily enter this limbo sleeping state, and you can HOLD THEM LIKE A PRIZE!” It was unbelievable, he continued. “One of the coolest moments in my life.”

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The group spent six days aboard the boat, diving every day, exploring the white-sand beaches, and enjoying fresh-caught fish.

“It really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” exclaimed Ron. “I had little to know idea what Cuba, of all countries, would be like—but the high spirits of the people quickly raised my spirits. By far, though, the highlight was the intimacy with the sharks.”

When the family got home, they took their footage and photos to the video editing pros at VideoTov. They uploaded their files to the online platform and gave the editor instructions on how they wanted the video to look.

The editor, Anthony Gourdine, said that the goal of the video was “to give the family and the viewer a chance to relive their vacation in Cuba while trying to keep the mood fun and energetic.”

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Bucket List Idea #4 – Road Trip

Pack your bags, gas up the car, it’s time for a road trip! Whether your going cross country, or a couple hours away, here’s why taking a road trip is one of the best bucket list ideas ever! Let me paint a picture for you – you’re cruisin’ down the highway, windows open, your favourite song playing on the radio, not a care in the world. That is the beauty of a road trip. Here at bucketlist.org we believe that it’s all about the journey, not just the destination so why not plan out a mini bucket list to hit in the process!

The Ultimate Road Trip Bucket List

1. Choose a soundtrack for your adventure

There is nothing like having the most perfect song come on the radio on your road trip. A singalong is a road trip right of passage! It’s a great way to create memories. I can’t tell you how many songs that are tied to these mini vacations. Making the perfect playlist is the first step in having the perfect trip.

2. Stop at a small town nobodies heard of before

I come from Saskatchewan, a province in Canada thats surrounded with hundreds of unexplored towns. Making a quick pit stop always turned into something more exciting. From discovering the best old fashioned ice cream to seeing the world largest easter egg, small town are full of gems to be discovered.

3. Make a food passport

I love food. So this idea appealed to me a lot! A food passport is simply documenting all the exciting, noteworthy or classic meals that you want to try when your on your road trip! Its an awesome souvenir as well, and a good way to keep track of the best (or sometimes worst) meals of your life.

4. Camp under the stars

Driving through the country gives you the opportunity that most of us city dwellers just don’t have, the chance to see the stars. And not just the north star that shines so bright, but a beautiful sky. Camping is cost effective and a sweet way to connect with nature. If your lucky enough to living in a warm environment, camping under the stars can be one of the most memorable and freeing experiences, thats totally instagram worthy, but you’ll be too in shock of the beauty to take photos.

5. Keep a photo diary

Road trips are meant for the spontaneous. Document your journey from taking a group shot in front of your vehicle to all of the adventures you’ll take. It’s also a great gift to compile the photos from your trip and give it to your travelling companion. Something they’ll treasure for a very long time!

 

 

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Bucket List Idea #2 – Go Paragliding

It takes a certain kind of spirit to willingly jump off of a mountain. Not just jump, but run full speed at what should be impending doom. But instead of plummeting to the rocks below, you take flight and gracefully glide through the air, getting a perspective on the world, previously reserved only for birds. That’s why this weeks bucket list idea is paragliding!

Paragliding is an experience unlike any other, embracing both the dare-devil and poet that lives inside each and every one of us!

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Here’s why paragliding is the perfect bucket list idea!

1. Hike and Enjoy Nature

This may be obvious, but in order to reach these summits (to jump from) you often have to hike up with your equipment. Now I’m not going to lie, it will be a grind, but what could be a greater way to get down the mountain (than perhaps sledding) than to literally fly down the face of the hill!

2. Conquer a Fear

Paragliding is a great medium extreme sport for people just getting a taste for adrenalin! Not quite as scary as jumping out of an airplane, but it’s still going to get your heart pumping! An added bonus is having an expert guide to all of the grunt work for you. All you need to do is sit back in the harness, trust that everything is going to be okay, and enjoy the once in a lifetime experience that will make a lot of your friends jealous.

3. Your Flying

There are few times in life when you can truly feel like you’re flying free. The first is when you reach that pivotal moment on the swings in grade school, and you were certain that you may never come back down. A second time may be if you are brave enough to take the leap out of an airplane. The third, and a solid medium between the former is paragliding.

Check out some other sweet ideas over at bucketlist.org!

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