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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Bucket List Idea – Go to the World Cup

Every four years for a month, the world stops and the beautiful game starts. For so many people attending the world cup is a dream – one that I share – but if you need a little convincing, here are our top 5 reasons to add “Go to the World Cup” to your bucket list. Plus some bonus tips on how you can start planning your trip to the cup.

1. Watch world class players

If there’s only one real reason you should take in the World Cup, it would be to watch the best players on earth in one location. Just this year alone, has debuted some of the best soccer (or football) I’ve ever seen. Just take the Spain vs. Netherlands game. Although my heart was crushed as my beloved Spain was conquered by the Dutch, the sheer brilliance of Van Persie’s goal almost made up for my devastation. It also made Van Persie into a meme.

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2. Experience a new culture

Not only would you be watching the greatest sport in history, but more likely than not, you would be doing so in a pretty cool, and exotic location. Brazil boasts some of the greatest beaches and cities – and from what I’ve heard, some of the most electrifying energy!

3. Cheer on your country – decked out in your nations colours

This is your one true opportunity to deck yourself out in your countries swag. I’m talking shirts, face paint, wigs and hats, the more outrageous, the better! Show your true patriotism! Where else would you be able to scream on your country with half of the stadium supporting you?

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4. Soak in the once in a lifetime atmosphere

The World Cup is really the pinnacle of sport and excitement. Sadly I’ve never actually been able to attend a world cup yet, but even just cheering on my favourite teams here in Canada, it’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement. I can only imagine the vibrancy and anticipation actually being in the stadium waiting for the first whistle to blow.

5. Meet people from all over the world

Finally, isn’t the world cup just a bucket list’s travellers dream? Not only do you get to go to a pretty cool destination, but you also get to experience people from all over the world in one location.

3 Tips to Plan Your World Cup Adventure

1. Budget

Here’s the thing I think we all were thinking while reading the post – the world cup is expensive. From this point of the World Cup on tickets will average over $1000 (source). The games aren’t cheap. But lucky for us all, we have four years to save up for this trip. Start by figuring out your budge for the vacation, and start putting away money now! This is a once in a lifetime event. Use sites like mint.com to graph out your funds.

2. Go to a group stage game – skip the final

Tickets for the earlier games are much, much, cheaper than the quarter finals onwards. Put your name into the ticket draw around 1-2 years before the actual event. I know it seems early, but these tickets are hot commodities. Also watching the final outside the stadiums or in local squares is just as fun as being in the stadium – it’s all about the atmosphere.

3. Think about joining a tour group

A tour group is a great option to have your accommodation and transportation arranged for you, most likely by locals.

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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…

 Mackenzie-cliffs24. Cliffs of Moher

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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Top 5 Travel Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List

The world is your oyster, and you are it’s shining pearl. There are so many fabulous places to see in this beautiful world, that it was nearly impossible for me to narrow down this list to just 5 places. But I am fortunate enough to have access to one of the world biggest bucket list sources of inspiration.

Ever wonder where people just have to see before they, you know, kick the bucket? Well wonder no more my friends. Because I’m here to share with you the top 5 travel spots that you just have to add to your Bucket List.

5 Most Popular Bucket List Destinations

1. France

Vive le France, or at least Paris. It seems the city of lights, and specifically the Eiffel Tower is at the top of the travel destination bucket list.

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What to do in France:

Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower

– Walk over to Mont Saint-Michel

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2. Italy 

Anyone who’s witnessed the beauty of Tuscany know just how appealing Italy is to the average tourist. So it is no surprise that cities such as Rome, Venice and Milan pop up on so many people’s Bucket Lists.

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What to do in Italy

See the Colosseum

Visit Cinque Terres 

Make a wish at the Fontana di Trevi

3. Bora Bora

So nice you say it twice, the beautiful island of French Polynesia is surrounded by crystal clear water, and pristine beaches.

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What to do in Bora Bora

Stay in a bungalow on the beach

Scuba dive with Manta Rays

4. UK 

Great Britain, oh she is go great. The history, the scenery, the people, the accents, all work together to make the United Kingdom an amazing place to visit. Tally ho, and check out some of the top things to do in her majesty’s kingdom.

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What to do in the United Kingdome 

Visit a castle

Ride the London Eye

Go whisky tasting in Scotland

5. Egypt 

Finally, this (short) list wouldn’t be complete without one of the great wonders of the world, the pyramids of Egypt. It seems the bucket list community is as mystified as ever as how these great wonders came to be, but Egypt has a lot more bucket list worthy activities to offer.

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What to do in Egypt

– Visit the pyramids

The Egyprian Antiquities Museum

Ride a Camel

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Bucket List Destination Idea – Tanzania

I’m not sure if many of you can tell from some of the older blog articles… but I kind of really want to go on an African Safari. In fact it’s one of my top travel bucket list destinations that I want to do before the time I hit 30.

There is just so much to be discovered in the beautiful country that just draws me in…. and I think you’ll be just as enamoured with Tanzania. So here’s why I think Tanzania is the puuurrrfect bucket list destination.

But first, a little background info is in order. Tanzania is borders the Indian ocean, and has long been acclaimed as one of the best places you have to see before you die. Here’s a little fun fact about the country, did you know Tanzania has both the highest and lowest points of Africa?

4 Reasons Tanzania is the Perfect Bucket List Destination

1. You can go on a safari

Well, the intro pretty much summed it up, I think safaris are the best. Seeing an abundance of animals in the wild, animals I’d only previously seen in the Lion King, would probably be one of the best moments of my young life so far. I know my chances of seeing Pumbaa, Timon, and Simba all happily playing together on the savannah are pretty slim, but let me hold on to that 1% chance that they might all break out into Hakuna Matata.

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2. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa (fun fact), and one of the most sought after peaks to climb in the world. Here’s a story from our own founding partner, Jason, on his experience hiking to the peak,

“My wife and I climbed Kilimanjaro as a part of our honeymoon. It was an amazing experience. My wife, was wonderful and booked the whole trip with our travel agent. We used a guide company called Wild Safari. We hiked Rongai route which took us five nights. The route was surprisingly mellow (and flat for the first few days). You could’ve ridden a bike up the trail if it wasn’t so dusty and sandy. Although we were scheduled to go on a group hike it turned out that it was just my wife and I supported by approximately 5-6 guides and porters. We were totally spoiled, when we arrived at camp each day dinner would be cooked and our tent was already set up. My dad, who’s an avid climber/hiker says this isn’t really hiking but I had a great time. As we approached the summit, the elevation became very noticeable. I was in decent shape having just come off triathlon training and was comfortable running long distances but on summit day I was totally winded. I’m going to keep adding to this post over time.”

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digitalphotography.net3. Visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Tanzania borders the Indian Ocean and boasts some of the worlds finest beaches in the world. Safaris, meet tropics, meet beaches, sounds like paradise to me.

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4. Experience Maasai Culture

The Maasai culture is distinctive in customs and dress, traditional and nomadic to the land. I’m sure I’m not doing the Maasai people any justice by trying to tell you about them, so as they say, a picture says a thousand words.

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The Ultimate Las Vegas Bucket List – Part 1

Recently I had the pleasure of going to Las Vegas for my 23rd birthday. With my best friend in tow, we set out to have the best time ever in the city where anything can happen. With a little bit of research (hey, someone has to do it) we set off to create the Ultimate Las Vegas Bucket List. Because we had such a great time, I’ve decided to split this post into two. But without further a due, here are 5 things you have to add to your Las Vegas Bucket List.

1. The Strip

I know, I know, what a cliche first suggestion to have on your Las Vegas bucket list, but you have to go there. Not only is it truly awe inspiring to think that all of these attractions were completely man made and constructed, but you can start in Egypt and travel to the canals in Venice, all in an afternoon.

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2. The Grand Canyon

If you really want to up the adventure side of things, try taking a short plane ride or helicopter ride to the wonder. The vast canyon is indescribable. Nature at its finest. The glass bridge isn’t for those of the faint of heart, look straight down into the canyon. I truly recommend going to the grand canyon, it’s a welcome break to the hustle of Las Vegas. If you head to the Grand Canyon by car, no doubt you’ll stop by the Hoover Damn an American jewel and man made amazement.

3. Old Vegas

The sites you see in the tv and movies depicting Las Vegas is usually Old Vegas. Specifically Fremont Street. Covered in a blanket of lights, Fremont street is not only reminiscent of an older time in Las Vegas, but also a lot cheaper. Want a meal for under $5? Fremont Street is probably your best bet.

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4. XS

XS is the best club in the world. No really, XS was named the best night club in the entire world. With house dj’s like Avicii, and David Gueta, get there early or prepare to wait in line. But once inside, prepare to be amazed. Where else in the world is there a swimming pool in the middle of the club? The inside is plated with real gold status and fittings. And not to sound like a small town kid (I’m a small town kid) the bathrooms were amazing. Probably the nicest ones I have ever seen.

5. The Chippendales

Finally, we’ve come to the end of the first half of my ultimate Las Vegas bucket list, but we’re going to finish strong. The Chippendales are a Las Vegas institution. For those of you who don’t know. the Chippendales are ‘male dancers’ similar to Magic Mike, but impeccable. Whether you’re into the more traditional fireman dance, or a more specific 90’s R&B performance, the Chippendales have something for you.

Although at first I was a little nervous (to say the least) ladies, don’t worry these men are pros! If you’re interested in having one of the best nights of your lives, check out their site here. PS get your photo taken with the Chippendales after the show…it’s the only Vegas souvenir you’ll ever need.558996_10153851704090012_138151699_n

Vegas was just so much fun! If you’re over 21 I 100% recommend going. Check out Vegas.com if you’re thinking of going. It had some really great deals. Have you been to Las Vegas? Let me know if there’s anything you’d suggest to do. I know I will be back soon.

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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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