Having a bucket list to help you see different places and experience different cultures is one thing many of us will have in common. Whether there are just a few destinations on the list or endless places you want to experience the fact of the matter is there is either a physical or a mental note made for these things. But what about other things that could be once in a lifetime things? What about other experiences that can be just as amazing as seeing somewhere new? Here are some of the other bucket list ideas that you could consider to help enhance yours.
Eat in the best places
Food can be such a big important aspects of lives, and some of us may even consider calling ourselves foodies. The lover of all fine things in life, food and drink included. So why wouldn’t you want to eat in all of the fine restaurants and establishments this world has to offer? It might include looking online for the world’s best restaurants. Or maybe knowing where you are travelling to, making it a point to actually go to the top restaurants in that place. Food can spark enjoyment and emotion, so make it part of your bucket list and experience some of the best this world has to offer.
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Live like a rock star
Maybe you like the idea of a rock star lifestyle, so why shouldn’t this intention be on your bucket list? To live the rock and roll dream there could be many things that you can add to your list. It could be that you want to set foot on the most iconic private jet and live the life. Maybe it’s just that you want to drink fine champagne in France. Or perhaps, it is just that you want to stand on a stage in front of thousands of people and feel the atmosphere. What would you define as the rock and roll lifestyle? If you have ideas then why not put some of them down on your bucket list and make them happen?
Relocate to a different country
If you want to something really different with your life, then perhaps relocating to a different country is something you need to add to your bucket list. Relocating to a different country could give you the experience of working in a different country, learning something new, and even experiencing a new culture and living somewhere new. It can be a great thing to do in your life, and that can definitely be something to add to your bucket list.
Change your career
Finally, maybe your bucket list includes some practical things such as a change in your career. It may sound like something boring to add to your list, but it can actually be a great thing to consider, because having it on your list might encourage you to do it, rather than it staying as something you might do. The change may include studying for new qualifications, or maybe it just involves you starting at the bottom and working your way up again.
Let’s hope this has given you some inspiration for your bucket list. Of course there are no right or wrong ideas you can should ever consider adding to your bucket list. It is just a matter of thinking outside the box and discovering new once in a life time bucket list ideas! So what other random bucket list ideas do you have on your own personal bucket list? Let us know in the comments below!
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I am sure we can all agree that it is often better to give than to receive. In fact, a study from the Harvard Business School shows that finding ways to help others can improve both our mental health and physical self. But with so many problems in the world today, how can we really make a difference? How do we actually tackle difficult situations affecting those in need? How do we find ways to tackle The Helping Others Bucket List?
Well, what if I told you that there are simple ways to help others that anyone can do?
Here’s the deal. With a little creativity and a lot of desire you can easily tackle any of the 9 simple ways to help others we are sharing below!
With a little creativity & a lot of desire anyone can easily tackle any of the 9 simple ways to help others shared by The Bucket List Project! #HelpingOthers #GiveBack #SimpleWaysToHelpOthers Click To Tweet 1) Give Your Money
Perhaps one of the simplest ways to help others is just to give your money. However, I find that people are often leery to just hand a check over or even give loose change to beggars on the street. I mean I get it. You work hard for your money and often you may feel stressed by your own financial challenges. But you don’t have to be a wealthy person donating millions of dollars to make a difference. Sometimes the cost of a McDonald’s combo meal can make a real difference to someone who is struggling.
A young woman, stressed out by her really bad day at work and starving, stopped by her local McDonald’s to grab dinner. But after ordering, she realized that she forgot her wallet at the office. Talk about having a bad day! So when she pulled up to the pay window, she had to admit that she forgot her money and needed to cancel her order. However, without blinking an eye, the worker, Jeremiah, replied, “it’s okay ma’am, I got you” and then paid for her meal with the cash from his own wallet! (Zeigler, A (2019, March 31). McDonald’s Employee’s 6 Little Words Leave Tired Mom Stunned At Drive-Thru).
I can’t imagine this fast food worker is wealthy. He just saw another person whom needed a little financial assistance and was willing to help!
So how can you give money to help others?
Give money at your local church
Donate to people’s online fundraising efforts
Pay for the person behind you at a toll both
Buy candy, cookies, or lemonade from kid’s fundraising efforts
Give money to a local charity supporting a cause you care about
2) Give Your Friend’s Money
There is something fun about the idea that Robin Hood would rob from the rich and give to the poor. But we strongly don’t recommend you gather a bunch of Merry Men and start sticking up stage coaches in the forest!
With that said, collecting cash donations from your friends can be a fun and simple way to help others. There are many different activities you can participate in to benefit your favorite charity or cause.
So how can you give your friend’s money to help others?
Sign up to Run an organized race on behalf of a cause you care about: A good friend of ours, Jason, recently signed up, raised funds, and walked the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in honor of his wife, Bev! He asked all of his friends to donate any amount and ended up raising several thousands of dollars for cancer research! Bev is doing it again next year & is already raising funds toward her $3,000 goal. If you would like to help her reach that goal you can visit her official Susan G. Komen 3-day fund raising page at www.the3day.org/goto/bevhippler
Create a GoFundMe fundraiser on behalf of your favorite Charity: GoFundMe is a great platform to collect funds on behalf of a charity or person whom you feel needs financial help! Darcee & I were able to create a GoFundMe for our Rickshaw Run several years ago. We were able to collect over $5,500 in donations for both Angels’ Place and Cool Earth. But currently, for example, my friend Andrew hiking the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) this Spring and Summer. The CDT is a roughly 3,000 mile trail that extends through Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. He decided to do this for personal growth but also to raise awareness for Men’s Mental Health especially in cases of Military Veterans. Mental health care especially in a clinical setting is not cheap and it often times not covered by insurance. So Andrew will take the majority of funds raised and put it toward a grant for a former Marine (like himself) in need of mental health treatment. You can help Andrew and his cause at https://www.gofundme.com/continental-divide-trail-hike.
3) Give Of Your Physical Self
Helping others doesn’t necessarily have to cost you an “Arm and a Leg” but you can definitely find simple ways to donate of your physical self. We often hear stories of people fighting injuries or disease who are in desperate need of blood or a stem cell match. It is really easy to help if you are willing to volunteer your time.
So how can you give of your physical self to help others?
Donate Blood: There are countless benefits to yourself and others when you donate blood! By taking an hour of your time giving blood, you can save the life of 3 PEOPLE! Plus, donating blood reduces stress, possibly lowers the risk of heart disease or cancer, and can improve your overall emotional well being!
Sign up for Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Registries: CANCER SUCKS! But what is tragic is that often people with certain life threatening blood cancers, could be cured if they could find a life-saving bone marrow match. That is why enrolling in BeTheMatch.org is a simple way to help others.
Be an Organ Donor: According to OrganDonor.gov, as of January 2019, there are over 113,000 men, women, and children on a transplant waiting list and 20 people a day die waiting for a transplant! That is why signing up at your state’s registry could possibly safe a life someday!
4) Give Your Stuff
Donating your stuff may be the most simple way to help others. We all have clothes, toys, books, or things around the house that we just don’t use anymore. So why do we keep it? Perhaps it is for sentimental reasons or “just in case.” But in reality, these unused items sit around collecting dust and benefitting no one. And as we all know from Toy Story 3, toys are meant to be played with and enjoyed!
So how can you give your stuff to help others?
The Hanger Method: When it comes to clothes, I discovered a unique method to know what clothes I need to donate! I take everything in my closet and put the hangers backwards! Then I give myself 6 months. If during those 6 months, I actually wear a shirt, pants, or something in my closet, I return the hanger to the regular direction. At the 6 month mark, anything that is still hanging backwards is something I never really wear, so I donate it!
Donate on Birthdays or Holidays: One of the best things my Aunt did is when her kids received new toys for their birthday or holidays, they had to donate an old one they didn’t use anymore. It is essentially a 1 for 1 trade that also teaches them generosity.
Find a Little Library or Real Library: There is nothing like discovering a new book or listening to a new musician! But what happens to those old books when you finish reading them? They collect dust under your bed or on a book shelf. However, books are meant to be read & music is meant to be heard. So why not donate your books or music to those amazing Little Library Boxes or your local Public Library for others to enjoy for Free?
5) Give Your Food
It is sort of amazing to think that anyone is hungry in this day and age. But according to Feeding America, back in 2016 there were nearly 42 MILLION people suffering from hunger in America alone! In a world where we toss out so much food it just baffles me. However, giving food is so simple and can help so many. Plus you don’t have to be a chef or have crazy skills in the kitchen to offer relief to the hungry.
So how can you give your food to help others?
Donate to your local Food Bank: With sites like FeedingAmerica.org it is easy to find a food bank in your local area where you can donate canned goods and less perishable items to help the hungry in your own community.
Cook for your elderly or sick neighbors: You never know who in your own neighborhood is struggling to afford a good hot meal. So check on your neighbors and bring them extra food that you made or even better, invite them over to eat with your family.
Make Snack Packs for the beggars: One of the coolest ideas I have seen recently actually came from an organization within our parish church. They created snack packs of granola bars, fruit, a bottle of water, and other items to hand out to those homeless who stand at the red light corners asking for help. Rather than tossing them random loose change or worse rolling up your window, you can just hand them a snack pack to give them a little nourishment.
Work in a Soup Kitchen: Just because you can’t cook doesn’t mean you cant give food to help others. Local soup kitchens, also known as Food Pantries, can be found at FoodPantries.org and are always looking for volunteers as long as you can work with their schedule. So, roll up your sleeves, grab a hair net, and dish out some warm meals.
If you’ve got a travel bucket list you’re keen to work through, there’s every chance that your budget may throw a spanner in the works. It costs money to explore the world and indulge in wanderlust, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your dreams if funds are low. There are myriad ways to save money on travel. If you’re looking to see more for less, here are some savvy tips for your travel bucket list to take on board.
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Flights often account for a significant proportion of your total spend when you book a vacation. While some destinations are more expensive than others, there are almost always ways to save on airfares.
Dates and flexibility
One of the most significant factors is your date of travel. If you absolutely have to travel on a set day, search for fares on the specified date, but if you’re not overly fussed about time and date, it’s worth looking at weekly and monthly fare calendars. If you can be flexible, you could save a fortune by adjusting your preferred date by 24 or 48 hours. Take your time to search the Internet for the best prices. Typically, public and school holidays and weekends tend to be most expensive, but there are sometimes flash sales and offers that are available within peak periods. Sign up for discount websites, and use comparison sites to look at different airlines and flexible dates.
Many of us love the idea of turning up at the airport and booking the next available flight on a whim, but this simply isn’t practical for most scenarios. We tend to favor booking in advance, which is often a cheaper option. However, if you can hold your nerve, and you’re a spontaneous person, it is worth checking flights at the last minute. You run the risk of missing out and finding that the plane is full, but if there are seats, they may be available at a reduced rate.
Sometimes, if you’re taking a long-haul flight, there’s an option to fly direct or to stop en route. Direct flights are quicker and shorter, but they’re also more expensive. If you don’t mind taking your time to get to your destination, consider stopping along the way. You might find that this is a cheaper option, and you could even explore the possibility of arranging an overnight stay in a location you’d like to visit. If you’re flying to New York, for example, why not stop off in Reykjavik en route?
Sales and offers
Competition in the travel industry is fierce, and airlines are desperate to entice customers. With this in mind, keep your eyes peeled for flash sales and discounts if you’re looking to book a flight. Subscribe to mailing lists, look for special offers and promotions on websites and social media platforms, and check your inbox. You might find that there’s a 20% off European flights or that an airline is hosting an Easter or a Christmas extravaganza, for example.
Cut out the middle-man
Sometimes, you can save money by booking a package holiday or flights and a hotel together, but it’s worth searching around to see if you can get a lower price direct from the airline, rather than booking through a travel agency or tour operator.
If you’re a frequent traveler, you’re probably familiar with the cost of packing too much. Before you travel, whether you’re going away for a romantic weekend, or you’re taking an extended break to travel around the world with a backpack, check the luggage restrictions. Measure your cabin bag to ensure that it meets the criteria, and weigh your case if you’re taking hold luggage. If you do want to take a bag with you, and you’ve only got hand luggage, it’s best to book in advance online. This will be cheaper than doing it at the airport. If you’ve paid for luggage, but you’re over the weight limit, take full advantage of your hand luggage allowance and take anything out that you won’t need. Excess baggage charges tend to be extortionate, so it’s best to leave non-essentials at home.
Parking and getting to and from the airport
There’s nothing more frustrating than getting to the airport and finding that the parking is more expensive than your flight. If you want to park your car at the airport, there are multiple ways to save. Use sites like Airport Parking Helper to source deals and offers, and book your parking in advance. Reserving a spot online is usually significantly cheaper than turning up and finding a bay on the day. If you’re staying over before you fly, it’s worth seeing if the hotel offers discounted parking for guests, and it’s also a good idea to check if there are private parking lots close to the airport. Sometimes, you can find secure car parks within walking distance of the airport that charge less than those located on-site. Another option to consider if you don’t want to fork out for parking is booking a transfer or using public transport. If you live in the city, you may find that you can catch a train or a shuttle bus. If you’re traveling with friends or relatives, you could also get quotes for a taxi and split the bill.
You’ve booked flights, you know where and when you’re going, and now you need to find somewhere to sleep. There’s a vast array of accommodation options available to travelers today, and you’ll probably find that you have a choice no matter where you go.
If you have a specific hotel in mind, use the Internet to compare prices. You might find that booking directly with the hotel saves you money, or it may be cheaper to reserve a room online through an accommodation provider or a comparison site. Some websites allow you to book rooms and then pay for your hotel when you get there. This can help you lock in low prices and it gives you more time to save the money you need before you go. When you’re booking hotels, always read the small print, and make sure you know exactly what is included in the room rate. Sometimes, there will be resort or city taxes to pay. Some sites include these in the total, while others will just give you the room fee. It’s also worth researching whether breakfast is included and whether you have to pay extra for services like air conditioning or a safe.
Choosing a location
Location can play a crucial role when it comes to the cost of accommodation. If you’ve booked a city break in Rome, Paris, London, or Barcelona, for example, you’ll find that city center hotels and accommodation near tourist hot spots are more expensive than those situated in the suburbs. Consider the location carefully before you book, and think about practicalities, as well as price. If you save money on a hotel that is out of the city, you may end up paying the same price overall once you’ve factored in public transport and getting around. Weigh up the pros and cons, and make a decision based on your preferences. Often, with city breaks, it’s best to stay central so that you can walk to the main tourist attractions and save time on getting from A to B. In some cities, however, for example, London, the public transport network makes it easy to travel around quickly and you can save huge sums by avoiding the most popular tourist areas.
Exploring different options
Many of us automatically start searching for hotels when we have a vacation destination in mind, but there’s a diverse range of options on offer in this day and age. For travelers on a budget, it’s worth exploring options like hostels, camping and glamping and home stays. Sites like Airbnb have revolutionized the way we travel, and if you’re willing to rent a room in somebody’s home or hire out their apartment or villa for the week, you may find that this is a much cheaper option than booking a hotel room. Renting flats, country houses and villas is also a great idea for groups, as you can split the cost between the party. This is usually much less expensive than reserving multiple hotel rooms, and you can spend quality time together as a family or a group of friends.
Trips and excursions
If you’ve got a bucket list to work through, it pays to do some research and see if there are any special offers or deals you can take advantage of while you’re away. If you have a list of museums, historic sites, theme parks or national treasures you have to see on your vacation, look for online booking discounts, sightseeing bundles that cover multiple attractions, and offers like buy 1 get one free or free child places.
Many of us would travel more if we had the financial means. If you are a globetrotter with a bucket list to complete, don’t let a lack of funds hold you back. Take these tips on board to enable you to see more of the world for less.
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There are definitely some wild sides to America. It’s such a big country, that it would be hard not to find something wild about it, whatever your version of that might be. So, many people are heading there at this very moment, just to experience something wild that they can’t get in their own country.
Of course, if wild is anything but what you want, there are the serene, beautiful, parts of the US that would tickle your fancy. But for those of you who are looking for a little bit of adventure, and something a little different to do, then you definitely will be able to find it with the US.
Whether you’re looking to go to one state, or whether you’re looking to travel around, you can still cram just as much into your holiday. But as well as doing something a little more adventurous, we would definitely advise you to take some time to relax, and to truly take in the beauty of the US at the same time. So, let’s go on with the article, and show you some of the wild sides of America that you might not have thought about before.
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Tennessee is one of the states that just isn’t on many people’s hit list. It’s not common for people to chose it as a location, simply because there are so many areas surrounding it that take the limelight. But Tennessee is good for so many different things, whether you’re looking for a bit of adventure or not. If you’re looking for something a little different and away from the norm of what people would usually do when visiting Tennessee, you should have a look at the most popular activities to do in Pigeon Forge. From farms to rodeos, it has it all! But then you should also be thinking about visiting the Jack Daniels distillery. It’s one of the most popular drinks in the state, and for good reason. They makes versions of this world famous whiskey that aren’t sold in any other state, or in any other part of the world, so get yourself down there and explore it! There’s also the really beautiful sides to Tennessee, so get yourself out amongst the landscape, and go for a lovely walk to take it all in!
Loving Life In LA
LA is something you will definitely fall in love with. You know when you go to those places and you just feel that certain vibe that you’ve never felt before? Well LA is one of those places that will do that for you. There’s just so much going on, it feels like the sun is always shining, and the people are always happy. You’ve got the likes of the Hollywood walk of fame, and Hollywood itself that helps to bring people in. But on the other hand, you’ve got the Griffith observatory that’s so cool to go and visit. So you really could fill every single day with things to do if you go to LA, but we would definitely take some time to relax and take in the vibe of LA. There’s a great drinking and dining scene the explore here as well, so make sure you take plenty of pennies to do so!
We Loved Yellowstone and it’s somewhere you definitely have on your Bucket List. In fact, we would recommend visiting it sooner rather than later, because this is an dormant volcano that could come back to life at any minute. When it does burst back to life, it threatens to end all civilization, that’s how big this volcano is. But for the minute, it’s a dormant beauty that attracts the attention of so many each year. You’d never be able to explore it all, but there are some key areas where outdoor activities, and guided walks happen. We know this isn’t a state as such, but this natural beauty is so big that it might as well be.
Crazy Las Vegas
Everyone knows the reputation that Las Vegas had, and we didn’t think it would be right to do a post about the wild sides of America, without talking about the wildest part of it. If you go there, we would recommend only going for a couple of nights, simply because it can be overwhelming. It’s always “go, go, go” with this place, and the money you spend can be tremendous. But once you’ve explored some of the many wonders that Las Vegas has to offer, you should definitely try and order a helicopter tour of the area, focusing on the natural wonder that is the Grand Canyon!
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Part of adventuring is going to places that are less traveled that are a little different from our own culture. So what better location to choose for such an adventure than the United Arab Emirates (UAE)? In fact, there are so many reasons to make the UAE the destination for your next break, and you can read about some of the best ones below.
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First off, before you go to some of the most famous sites in the UAE, why not go to a location that provides a more authentic vibe? Of course, I’m talking about the area of Ras Al Khaimah at the north of the country, which is also right on the cost, making it a fanatic choice for a little rest and relaxation.
In fact, with the gorgeous mountains and coastline here, is no surprise that the ruler of the area, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi himself is one of its most outspoken proponents. In fact, he often encourages travelers and tourists from around the world to experience the joy of nature tourism and the true UAE hospitality available there.
Next, when visiting the UAE, you absolutely cannot miss seeing glorious Abu Dhabi. In fact, for many people, this is the highlight of their entire tour. The reason for this being that there is so much to do here!
One place in particular that any petrol head will not want to miss is Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Of course, you can find out a fair bit about the famous sports car brand here, but it’s not just a museum. In fact, it’s an entire theme park with rides for all ages and one of the faster roller coats in the world!
There is plenty of the little ones as well including the junior GT and Bell Italia where your kids can drive around a mini Italy, making an excellent location for adrenaline junkies and families alike.
Then there is the fantastic art museum the Louvre Abu Dhabi! A place where you can either tour the facility and gaze upon some of the most unique work of art in the world or take a workshop and improve your own drawing, skating or painting skills. Something that makes it a must-see location on any arty adventurers list.
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Of course, you will want to take the time check out some of the most important structures in this famous city including the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, and the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah which the hotel set out to sea made famous by the mission impossible movies.
Then if it’s spending a little money you’re after why not head to the Dubai Gold Souk or the Mall of the Emirates? You can even experience skiing on real snow in the Ski Dubai attraction despite the often 40-degree temperature outside. Now, that would certainly be an adventure, right?
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When it comes to choosing a vacation spot for the whole family, getting the right balance of a restful break and family fun is a top priority. Whether you decide to holiday at home or abroad, making sure you have the right mix for everyone helps to make your time away run as smoothly as possible and allow you to enjoy your time together. For many families, vacations also have to be affordable and excellent value for money, plus if you can throw in some sightseeing and attractions along the way, this creates a great time for all. If you are stuck for choice on where to go this summer, check out some of the best family-friendly locations to pick the best spot for your next adventure.
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The Dominican Republic always welcomes families with open arms in their beautiful country. There is a unique mixture of glorious beaches, rainforest, savannah and mountains – perfect for those who are looking to relax and those who want a little more adventure on their vacation.
The kids would love a day in the exciting Ocean World theme park where you can see a range of creatures up close including stingrays, sharks, sea lions and dolphins. If cities are more your thing, you’ll love Santiago de Los Caballeros. This modern city is bursting with charm and romance. Visit Lifestyle Holidays Vacations to book your holiday on this beautiful island.
This beautiful country in the UK is a captivating mix of mountainous regions, coastal resorts and bustling cities. In Scotland you’ll definitely feel spoiled by with the amount of family-friendly activities to choose. If you love the great outdoors, you can experience a range of areas by foot, plus if you’re feeling energetic, you could take the kids on a hike up Ben Nevis. There are plenty of quiet spots too such as enjoying a picnic overlooking the numerous lochs, and if you’re lucky, the kids might even spot the infamous monster lurking in the depths of Loch Ness.
This sunny country in Europe has been a favorite tourist spot for decades and offers a haven of glorious sunshine, luscious green scenery, and azure waters. There are a host of places that are perfect for both kids and adults, and you can enjoy a tranquil stay in country spots or coastal locations. The kids will love activities such as horse riding, water sports, and hiking, plus if you just feel like a day at the beach, there’s plenty of spots to build a sandcastle.
This affordable tropical destination is great for both adults and children alike. You’ll find everything from Xel Ha, a beautiful aquarium, and waterpark, which is nestled within jungle surroundings to captivating Mayan ruins that offer a slice of Mexican history. The white sandy shores are also perfect for watersports and kids activities while the adults enjoy some quality time soaking up the sunshine.
These are just some of the top family-friendly spots across the globe for beautiful surroundings and fantastic family fun.
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The Dominican Republic is part of the Caribbean nation, and is a set on an island of which it shares with Haiti. The Dominican half of the island is the one that gets all of the attention, and for good reason. It’s split into two tourist parts, one being Punta Cana, and the other being La Romana. The most popular is Punta Cana, but we definitely would recommend checking out both to find your favorite! You’ll find it somewhere between Venezuela and America, yet such a tiny island between two massive countries stands out so much. It’s still not as mainstream as other parts of the world, with the popularity still remaining at a lovely level, meaning that in high seasons, you wouldn’t find the crowds to be as large as if you would if you went to Mexico, for example. But to be honest, we’re not sure why it’s not one of the most visited parts of the world, because it’s outstanding landscape, weather, locals, and vibe is definitely one of the best in the world. You’ll often find a lot of Americans fly over for their summer break, but it is also becoming more popular with the UK and other parts of the world. It’s the reasons behind this growing popularity that we want to explore, because we know that if you head to the Dominican republic, you really will have a dream like holiday. So sit back, sip a nice cold drink, and let us take you on the Dominican dream journey!
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Ok, so we know that the flight time differs from country to country, but as a rule, you’re never really going to be bothered about the travelling, when you know you have such a luxurious island that you’re heading to. So, if you’re travelling from Florida for example, your flight time would only be 2 hours and 21 minutes. However, if you’re flying from the UK, you can expect to be in the air for around 9 hours or longer. But even on a long haul flight, by the time you’ve had your meal and watched a film or too, you’ll have only a short time to try and get some shut eye before you’ll be landing. And what’s better, the prices of a two week all inclusive break here are just so cheap compared to other European break, or anywhere else for that matter. So if you’re looking for a cheap holiday, easy travelling, and one of the best holidays in the world, you should definitely take a look at some prices now!
The Dominican Vibe
The Dominican vibe is very Caribbean, and that’s something that we totally love about this place. It’s relaxed, it’s laid back, and it is full of cocktails. Pretty much everyone you meet is going to be full of life and happiness, and the joy that brings you whilst being in such a beautiful place is just too much! Even if you can’t feel the vibe of the country, you should still be able to find your place of peace, whilst lying on a beach cabana, sipping whatever cocktail you please. Surrounding you will be the whitest of sand, the warmest of suns, and water so blue that it looks like something out of a picture. The beaches or the hotels are where you’ll find most of the action, with the hotels being more like little villages… which we’ll come onto explain in the next section. But on both sides of the coin, you should find beautiful places to relax and truly enjoy yourself!
The Crazy Hotels
There definitely are some crazy hotels in the Dominican, in fact, pretty much every single hotel is the same, and if you ever find yourself bored, then you definitely aren’t making the most of it. Some of them are so big, that buggies are going around all of the time to transport guests from one side of the hotel to the other. But they’re never really stacked up huge hotels, so you won’t feel like you’re in one big block surrounded by everyone. You will however, find some of the best dining and drinking scene ever. Most hotels have four restaurants with many having double or more. Bars are always found in abundance, so you’ll never be bored of things to do. All inclusive really does meal all inclusive here, so you should have a variety of food options each night. Pretty much all have a beach front location as well, offer activities such as snorkeling, kayaking amongst many others.
The Wild Things You Can Do
The best thing about the Dominican, is that you really can have the best of both worlds. You can either have the relaxation of the beach, or you can go and do some of the crazy things the Dominican has to offer. From nature adventure parks, to swimming with dolphins, to buggies in Punta Cana. So if you need to, you definitely can get out and about and do something that will give you a thrill. But we highly recommend that you spread your time equally, making the most of the amazing adventures the island offers, but don’t forget to truly take some time to enjoy this islands beauty by relaxing on the beaches! There’s also a Coco Bongos that’s a big hit with guests, and all inclusive packages are not too badly priced!
The Things To Watch Out For
This infectious island will have you hooked, and we know that you’ll want to come back at some point in your life. But like with all countries, there are still some things to be careful of. Crime is relatively low in the Dominican, but it does happen. So try to stick to your hotel, the beaches, and any organized trips. It doesn’t mean you won’t be able to explore the island, but this way is just safer!
The weather is simply amazing, but the sun in the Dominican is so strong, yet the breeze might make you feel otherwise. So make sure you’re stocking up on high factor sun cream to give you a golden tan, rather than turning you red raw for a few days! The heat obviously means humidity, which can really hydrate you if you’re not important. Take advantage of the beautiful smoothies, tropical drinks, coconuts, and fresh water that you’ll find everywhere in the Dominican Republic!
So with it’s outstanding landscape, weather, locals, & laid back vibe, it’s easy to see why you will want to add a Dominican Dream Journey to your Bucket List! Have you ever been to the Dominican Republic before? Did you explore the beaches? Let us know all about it in the comments below!
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On the evening of the full moon of the 12th month (November) of the Thai lunar calendar, the city of Chiang Mai celebrates The Thailand Lantern Festivals of Loy Krathong and Yi Peng. It is an experience that should be on everyone’s Bucket List. Hopefully the Bucket List Guide to the Thailand Lantern Festival will inspire you to attend this amazing festival of lights.
The Bucket List Guide to the Thailand Lantern Festival: Loy Krathong and Yi Peng When is it?
The city of Chiang Mai celebrates both Loy Krathong and Yi Peng festivals simultaneously over several days during the week of the full moon in November. Actual dates in November fluctuate each year depending on the cycle of the moon. The festivities are said to be over the course of a week but essentially the entire festival takes place over three days. Dates for the next few years are as follows:
Loy Krathong date in 2018 was on November 23, 2018
Loy Krathong date in 2019 will be on November 13, 2019
Loy Krathong date in 2020 will be on November 1, 2020
Loy Krathong date in 2021 will be on November 20, 2021
Loy Krathong date in 2022 will be on November 9, 2022
Enjoying the Celebration
When in Chiang Mai, we recommend you find a list of events for Loy Krathong/Yi Peng as they seem to shuffle around each year. But for the most part, the days were filled with Food, Bazaars, Parades, Pageants, and of course lights!
Hot Tip: The Historic Center of Chiang Mai is a very safe place to walk around. But as in any place you travel please use common sense and stay to main areas while exploring. Also sometimes major festival like the Thailand Lantern Festivals of Yi Peng & Loy Krathong can be a wee bit overwhelming. So another great option to consider is taking a private guided 1 day city tour with Viator. They can help orient you with the best sights and temples to see from the comfort of a local Tuk Tuk! Then afterwards, Viator provides you with the opportunity to release both of your floating lantern or sky lantern with other locals also celebrating Yi Peng and Loy Krathong! If an organized 1 day intro tour is what you are looking for then click here to check out the Thailand Lantern Festival 1 Day Tour by Viator!
During the 3 days of the festival, the city of Chiang Mai is covered in lights. Interestingly, the city still uses candles to light the majority of the lanterns used in the celebration. To begin the festival, university students will light candles along the rivers surrounding the old town. The entire Ping River area and bridges around the old city are lit up with hundreds and hundreds of small candles.
Much of the surrounding old wall in the original city is dilapidated, however the university students use these ruins to set up dedication sites, where visitors can leave a candle as a devotion to someone not able to be there or whatever they wish.
The tea lights are handed out for free, so feel free to ask some of the students for a candle and always be respectful of others who may be praying as they leave their devotional.
The Pageants and Activities
During the 3 days of celebration there are many activities to enjoy. They have Handmade Krathong Contests, Yi Peng Kids contests, Boat Races, and small Aot Air Balloon Contests. The majority of these events can be seen near the Office of Chiang Mai Municipality.
The Thapae Gate, and entrance to the old city, is also a hot spot for many activities. Here you can witness the Miss Yi Peng Pageants. Though not unlike typical beauty pageants, what is interesting is the traditional costumes, head pieces, and dance routines.
The Loy Krathong parade is a beautiful spectacle for all ages. Starting around sunset, many groups line up in traditional costumes with bands of flutes and drums blasting away fun and entertaining music. Gorgeous floats are made to look like Krathongs floating on the Ping river with unbelievable details and thousands of lights.
The parade starts at the Thapae Gate and rolls through a street route to the Office of Chiang Mai Municipality.
Loy Krathong Floating Lantern Launch
On one of the days there will be an official start of Loy Krathong. Throughout the day there will be plenty of activities going on. However, an official launch starts at Nawarat bridge & Office of Chiang Mai Municipality at about sunset along the Ping River.
You can easily find people selling Krathongs or “decorative floats” around the city through the day for around $5 USD. Each one is made uniquely of a banana tree base and covered with banana leaves, decorations, incense sticks, and a candle. Once you find one that you like, make your way down along the banks of the Ping River. Be careful as it can be slippery on the mud and rocks along the Ping.
When at the river, light the candle, take a moment to reflect. The modern history of Loy Krathong is that the lights that are floated down the rivers are meant to symbolize the drifting away of bad luck and misfortune. However, for many Thai people it is also an opportunity to honor the goddess of water. So please remember to be respectful of the many others that will line the banks of the river with you.
Yi Peng Sky Lantern Releases
You have a couple of options when dealing with the Yi Peng Sky Lantern Release. First, you can participate in the tourist only lantern release held at Mae Jo University in Chiang Mai that requires you to book tickets from $100 USD per person. It is by far the biggest release around with often 500+ people participating.
Another option is to participate in the melee of people releasing from around the Nawarat bridge. You can find vendors selling the paper hot air balloons around the city for about $5-$10 USD. They are essentially paper cylinders held together with light metal wiring. At the bottom there will be a metal ring of cotton that is soaked in kerosene. At 9pm you are allowed to open up and then light your sky lanterns. It tends to take about two people to manage the balloon. When you feel that your balloon is filled with enough hot air and can float away, let go. You are supposed to make a wish for the new year while asking for forgiveness for the faults of the last year.
Warnings: It is illegal to fly lanterns before the city has stopped air traffic for the night. Also, please note that these balloons are highly flammable, therefore it is recommended to be far away from tree lines, electrical areas, or other flammable sources.
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Thai food is arguably some of the best food in the world and Chiang Mai is no exception! Whether its during the festival or not you will always find a great assortment of street food available for cheap.
What is unique is that these Thai chefs bring out their own little tables and set them up next to their booths so that you can join them for dinner. Just walk up to the booth, tell them what you want, sit down, and wait to be fed!
Around the main entrance to the city (during the festival) you will find countless booths selling skewers of meat, dumplings, mixed stir fry noodles and yes even sushi. You will also find a a small assortment of desserts like ice cream, sweet sticky rice, fried bananas, and small sweet cakes
If at all possible we highly recommend you find and try Traditional Khao Soi. It’s an egg noodle mixed with chicken where you can add crunchy pickled veggies, sliced shallots and a lime in a spicy curry Broth. One of the interesting things is to watch them make and cut the rice noodles from scratch.
HOT TIP: During Loy Krathong or the Sky Lantern Festival of Yi Peng there is a ton of amazing street food. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a unique bucket list experience taking a cooking class! There are a ton of fun and unique classes all around Chiang Mai that you can join. So whether you want to learn how to make normal Thai favorites, from pad thai to tom yum soup, or try some of the regional specialties, such as the khao soi soup, you will be in food heaven. For a great list of some 20+ cooking classes in Chiang Mai CLICK..
When the majority of us go away, we book up in luxury hotels or Airbnbs which provide home comforts. The more appliances on offer, the more appealing an accommodation option might seem. That’s no surprise considering that many of us go away to chill out. For some, even the idea of doing laundry during that luxury week is too much.
Sadly, easy trips like these don’t always make it onto the bucket list. They’re nice, for sure, but they don’t exactly create lifelong memories. When you look back in fifty years, the chances are that the majority of your hotel trips will blur into one. But, that’s never going to happen if you introduce activity to your bucket list with a wilderness trip.
A whole host of locations across the world offer wilderness opportunities even Bear Grylls would be jealous of. Whether you want to hike in the Scottish highlands or opt for outdoor adventures in Turkey, you can bet these are the kinds of trips you’ll remember until your dying day.
Of course, if you’re used to kicking back on the beach, this can come as a bit of a shock. Instead of leaving you relaxed, a wilderness trip can be tough. But, they do say that few things worth having come easy. Though there will be plenty of physical and emotional effort involved, you can be sure it’ll be worth it. At least, it will if you put these preparations in place before you go all Ray Mears.
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You should never go wild without a survival kit. Bear Grylls may get by on little more than his own urine, but you don’t want to end up doing the same. This is still supposed to be a fun trip, after all… Remember, too, that a heavy pack is the last thing you want if you’re trekking tough terrain. As such, you need to keep this simple while also making sure that you have everything you need. For one, pack at least one spare set of clothes. That way, you can wash your others in lakes and rivers and leave them to dry without worry. You should also make sure to take along maps and compasses. There won’t be any Sat-Nav where you’re going! Survival knives like these Spyderco knives for sale from KnivesShipFree are also essential. These are easy to carry and ensure you can cut branches, and prepare food. In the modern survival kit, it’s even worth packing fire sources and firelighters. You may fancy the idea of making fire from scratch, but you can’t risk not having a heat source when night falls.
Get necessary permissions
Getting permissions for your trip can seem incredibly un-adventure related, but it’s something you need to do. You can’t set up camp anywhere and do your thing. While necessary permissions vary, you need to make sure that you do your research. It may be that you merely need to inform the authorities of your presence. This ensures you don’t get a rude awakening when someone spots your fire and phones the police. You may also find that you need to apply for permits to pass through certain sections of your journey. In some cases, these may come complete with a small fee, or even a license which can take a while to get approved. As such, you want to take care of this aspect of your planning as early as possible to ensure nothing holds you back as the time draws near.
Plan your itinerary to the T
As you can probably guess, planning your itinerary for a trip like this is a whole different beast. For hotel vacations, you’ve always been pretty loose, right? It might be that you’ve always had a rough idea of what you’d like to do, but no concept of when or how. With a trip into the wilderness, that’s never going to work. To ensure that things like food rations and water sources never run out, you need to stick to a strict schedule. Even finding yourself one day past your plan could lead to going without water for extended periods. When you’re exerting yourself, that could be fatal. Instead of leaving this to chance, then, you need to plan every aspect of your trip. Again, it may not seem like the wilderness survival stuff of your dreams, but it’s crucial. Fail to do this, and you’ll never make a success of your trip. You would end up having to get off course all the time to stock up. Before you know, that will take up the entirety of your time. Don’t let it happen. Plan exactly where your stocking up points should be, and how many miles you need to travel each day to reach them. Then, make sure you keep that itinerary in your pack so that there’s no risk of your forgetting it before you leave!
Talk someone else through your plans
No wilderness exploration comes without risk, especially if you’re going it alone. That’s why the last part of your plan should be to tell someone about your trip in detail. It may even be worth giving them a copy of your itinerary so that they always know how you’re getting on. By arranging to phone them at set stops along the way, you make sure that they know you’re safe at all times. If you’re as little as a day late phoning, they can then contact the authorities in the area you’re in at the time. That ensures you’re never left in a dangerous situation for long. If you fall or otherwise hurt yourself, that person will come to the rescue sharpish.
There’s no denying that a trip like this is different from what you’re used to. Reading this, you may even start thinking that it’s not for you. But, once the laborious task of planning is out of the way, we guarantee that you’ll enjoy going wild for a while.
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Travelling is one of those things that many people aspire to do at some stage of their lives. It might be that you have just finished a long stint of education at college and university and now want to take a break before starting your new career and working life. It might be that you have worked for a while and feel like a career break is on the cards. It may even be something you decide to do with your partner in later life, once the career is done, you’ve had a family and want to embrace a new chapter in your life.
Many people have a bucket list, and often long term travel or seeing different parts of the world from part of that list. Dreaming it is one thing, it is an amazing thing to aspire to and work and save your money for, but it is quite another thing to actually take the plunge, book a one way ticket and just go for it. You may be wondering how to plan the trip, the things to consider etc. So here are some of the things you might want to think about if you are planning any travelling excursions in the future.
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One of the first things you will want to do is plan your trip. You might want to take time thinking about the difference destinations, how and when you might travel. You may even want to consider who you are travelling with. If you are planning to travel with a companion, a group of friends or family, then ensure that you do consult them with any plan making activities. This is so you can bounce ideas off each other for the trip you want to take. Here are some of the things to think about when planning.
Flights and making savings
A lot of the time people choose to travel to destinations far and wide, and so flights are going to from a big part of it. Flying can be expensive, so avoid the high peak periods if you can which tends to be the height of summer, and during holidays in which children have from school. Travelling off peak can save you a fortune, as well as traveling at unpopular times like during the night or first thing in the morning. Make savings by considering alternative airlines or opting to not fly directly, this could enable you to fly to your destination at a fraction of the price without it causing too much havoc to your plans.
Deciding on the route and where to go
One of the most exciting things to plan is, of course, where you are going to go and what you are going to experience. Some of this can depend on exactly how long you have to spend travelling. Whether you are doing it for a month, six months, a year or longer. Think about where you want to go but also explore surrounding countries and cities that you may want to tag on to your trip. For example, heading to Australia may seem far away, so don’t forget the beauty New Zealand could offer you as well as other places like Indonesia, Fiji and other Pacific destinations you may not have ordinarily considered before hand.
Where will you stay?
Of course, like any holiday or travelling excursion, you will need a place to stay. This is when you also need to think about your budget and how much you have towards accommodation. Many people who travel consider staying hostels, but if that isn’t your thing then websites like AirBnB could prove useful offering great accommodation with facilities to cook and maybe even wash clothes while away.
Packing for your trip
Traveling for any long period of time means that you are going to need a fair bit of clothing and footwear to see you through. Especially if you are traveling to different places that may not always have similar weather patterns. You may not have the benefit of being able to take a huge case away with you, or multiple bags, so you may want to think strategically when it comes to packing. Here are a few suggestions to consider, but there will be some great advice online as well.
A capsule wardrobe can be a great way to pack for long term traveling excursions. This is where you think about key pieces that work together and enable you to create different outfits by mix matching the items of clothing. Think about different colors, textures of the clothes and materials, as well as adding different accessory options. There is some great advice online on how you can create the perfect capsule wardrobe for your travels.
Easy to wear clothes and shoes
You may also want to think about clothing that packs well, doesn’t crease and also is easy to wear. Most of the time, you will want comfort, especially when travelling within cities and countries going from one place to the next. You might also want to think about shoes and what you might want on your feet a lot. This is going to be important if you plan on doing a lot of walking around, hiking or site seeing looking for things that might be off the beaten track.
While you are travelling
You may be thinking about what to do when you are actually on your travels. Apart from being excited about the things you are about to experience, and the places you are going to see, you also have top be a practical about certain elements of travelling, especially if you are travelling alone. Here are some of the things to consider for while you are on your epic journey.
Keeping in touch with friends and family
While you are away, you are bound to want to keep in touch with friends and family about your adventures and to also assure them that you are safe and well. Normally, you might avoid using your phone unless you are in an area that offers WiFi but now with international calling plans you should be able to keep in touch with your family and friends as often as you like. This helps them to be involved and also gives you an outlet to share your fantastic experiences with the people you love the most.
Helping people stay aware of your travels
You may not always be able to give your friends and family a call, and that’s understandable, so there are other ways you may want to help people stay connected with you. For your trip, you may want to consider starting an online blog. This means you can keep people up to date without worrying about the time difference or disturbing them with a call. It will also give you an outlet to write and share your experience, and who knows, people who have written travel blogs have gone on to continue it in the future as apart of a job or career change. There is also social media that you can use to keep people aware of what you are up to. Post to Facebook or Instagram regularly so that you can keep people up to date.
How long should you go away for?
Finally, the last thing to think about might be exactly how long you plan on traveling for. This will vary for different people. Traditionally, the words gap year come to mind whenever you mention long term travel, and so ironically twelve months seems to be a popular way and time frame to aim for. However, you may want to think about a month or six weeks, or something in the middle like a three or six month trip.
Short term travels
Short term travel might be a little easier to plan. It could be seen as an extended holiday, and so you may want to treat it in a similar way. Perhaps staying in hotels and exploring the destinations exactly like a tourist would. It could be an easy way to start seeing different places, and to explore new options. As well as being a cheaper alternative to travelling for longer.
Long term travels
However, long term travels, so anything beyond three months, might enable you to experience not just the place, but the culture and a different way of life. If you are considering this, then you may want to look at accommodation for longer periods such as renting an apartment or room share. It could be that you end up getting a job, depending on whether you have a visa that permits that, and actually live a different way of life. It is the perfect way to explore and enjoy your travels, without doing the normal backpacker thing. Of course, backpacking will always be hugely popular and enables you to see some amazing places.
Let’s hope this has given you an insight on what to consider if you want to go travelling in the future. What are some key factors you always consider when you are planning a trip? Are there crucial things you always make sure to handle when travel planning? Let us know in the comments below!
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