Updated: Aug 19, 2020
No, it's not a misspelling. I did mean to write "bookit" list. People create bucket lists of all kinds - many times the things on the list don't become a reality and it just becomes a wish list. With travel, there is a sure-fire way for the destinations to become a reality - BOOK THE TRAVEL.
While we can't do much traveling right now, it IS the perfect time to work on your travel BookIt list - remember, it's only a dream until you put down your first deposit! This list you create isn't just for your next booking, it's for a lifetime of travel.
“Work is the time we wait between vacations” – Anon.
CHOOSE YOUR METHOD
There are a lot of ways to keep a BookIt (bucket) list, ranging from a notebook, to a digital document, to even a jar full of notes. The important thing is that whatever you choose, you use. You will want to look at this on a regular basis so make sure it is something that will be easy for you to access. Digital documents (like Google Docs) are great because you can easily add things like images or links - they are easy to share with your regular travel mate and your travel advisor.
MAKE A LIST OF WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN
Thinking about past vacations and what you liked (and didn’t like) is a great way to get started. If you're traveling as a couple this is even more important. You might want to share previous adventures with each other, or agree that exploring things that are completely new are the way to go. Either way, having this list will further the discussion. If you are a solo traveler, then this will help you determine what is really meaningful when it comes to your travel desires.
NEXT, LIST YOUR DESTINATIONS
This is the fun step. Use your imagination. At this point, don’t hold back due to time or financial concerns, just list all the places you have ever dreamed of or dreamed of going. Where did you want to go when you were 6 years old? Or 10, or 16? Or maybe just last week? Of course, you should make sure you include the places that have always been on your wish list. Remember, this is not the time to hold back. If you need advice, this is a great time to contact your travel advisor and ask him/her what the newly discovered destinations are. You don’t want to miss out.