Tips for creating your family travel bucket list, including choosing bucket list vacations and how to make a bucket list.
Eighteen summers. You’ve probably heard that before – we have eighteen summers with our children before they go off to college. In reality, we probably even have less than that. It’s difficult to travel with a tiny baby, and you’ll want your kids to be a bit older before visiting more historical and educational locations. With a limited amount of time and money, you’ll need to maximize your travel. Do you want to experience the joy of watching your kids meet their favorite characters? The fun of a white water rafting trip, with the water whipping in your face? The awe of experiencing a wonder of the world with them? The world is full of places to travel with kids. But, to maximize your time, you should create a travel bucket list, filled with bucket list vacations that you want to take with your family. Having a list of bucket list trips will make planning so much easier.
Putting Together Your Family Travel Bucket List
Everywhere you turn, you’ll find articles about where to travel with kids. They often have titles like “20 Places You must Visit With Your Kids”, and are a great way to get ideas for family vacations. However, when you are creating a list of where you want to travel, I’d recommend coming together as a family and creating your own list of bucket list vacations.
To put together your family travel bucket list, first check out blogs (like this one!) and magazines for inspiration. You probably also have some ideas of where you’ll want to go based upon where you’ve visited in the past and friends’ recommendations. Ask your kids where they want to go. I’m always impressed to hear my kids talk about their ideal vacation destinations – they learn a lot from talking to their friends and from learning in school. For instance, my son loved learning about Greece in school, and was constantly asking to go. This summer, he loved visiting Greece and it was the perfect timing based on the kids’ ages and what they were learning in school.
When creating your travel bucket list, put together a list of everyone’s ideas, and then prioritize them. It’s also a good idea to categorize them a few ways – for instance by season, by distance (is it a plane trip or a road trip?), and by ideal age of your kids when visiting. Don’t be afraid to add to your list when the kids get other ideas
Once you’ve got your list, put it somewhere where you can easily reference it. Choose the first trip you want to take, schedule it, and start planning!
For inspiration, check out our family travel bucket list.
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