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How to Build a Bucket List for Your Life

Although it can sometimes seem as if our actions drive our life stories, really it is the other way around: the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, where we’re going and what we want out of life are what ultimately shape our actions. Like all travelers, I have always been a seeker and find that the mere act of casting my thoughts to a distant destination changes my inner narrative and, from there, my mindset and my actions. Our stories create our lives. For that reason, I curate and tend to my travel wish list like a garden, always adding and adjusting. During this period of Covid, even though some destinations are off-limits, I find myself thinking about them with an even greater sense of longing.

At Indagare, we specialize in creating travel bucket lists and in turning the dreams they embody into practical, long-term plans. Some of our members like to spread their bucket lists over years. We help them with information about optimum times to travel and how early they need to book (a year in advance for safari, for example). Others like to cover a lot of ground at once, with, say, a trip around Southeast Asia. For a few families, we have created round-the-world journeys and sabbaticals, with dozens of stops over several months. After all, there is no better way to educate our children and ourselves than with exposure to other cultures through personal interactions during a cooking class, a bike ride or a school visit.

Contact Indagare or your Trip Designer to help map your travel future and customize your bucket list for when you’re ready to head out into the world again, or to learn more about coronavirus travel safety, including the destinations that are open to travel and new COVID-19 hotel policies.

There is an art to creating a great bucket list. Like a great meal, it has rhythm and pacing, variety and balance: country and city, yin and yang. In the early days of Indagare, one of our members explained his preferences to me by saying: “I love works of God, but my wife prefers works of man.” This has since become a popular expression in our office for distinguishing two types of experiences. Here are our favorite bucket list trip ideas, from hiking experiences in the wilderness or guided tours through the world’s greatest museums to foraging for truffles and sunbathing on the finest white sands. We hope they will inspire your future travels.

Related: Rediscovering the Meaning of Travel During Covid

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– Eliza Harris on January 12, 2021

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My eyes already touch the sunny hill/going far beyond the road I have begun/So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp/it has an inner light, even from a distance/and changes us, even if we do not reach it.
~ "A Walk” by Rainer Maria Rilke

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