New and Improved Bucket Lists

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The ongoing coronavirus situation has affected just about every facet of modern life. It’s made things that were commonplace unthinkable, and things that were unthinkable commonplace – and it’s done so in a matter of months.

One of the casualties of this period of change is the concept of a bucket-list. What fun is there in composing a list of things that you’re not going to be allowed to do for months?

Travel restrictions have brought the global tourism industry to a standstill. But the change probably runs deeper than that: we’ve all been given time to reflect on what’s important in life and what isn’t, and the likelihood is that this will effect our travel decisions long after the situation has cleared up, and some semblance of normality has reasserted itself.

So how might the bucket lists of the future look different?

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Domestic Travel

The gradual easing of the lockdown restrictions will come in many stages – and some countries will doubtless progress faster than others. It’s certain that we’ll be free to move within the country before we’re able to move outside of it, and thus the next holiday you go on will almost certainly be a domestic break. This shouldn’t be viewed as a drawback: the United Kingdom is packed with gorgeous tourist attractions. You might visit a Cornish beach in August, or go on a hike through the Highlands of Scotland.

Any bucket list should account for what’s local and available – after all, you can pack in dozens of domestic trips for the same cost of one that takes you to the other side of the planet.

Environmental Concerns

A related issue is the environmental cost of long-haul flights. The lapse in global travel has caused a huge drop in global emissions – which many of us will be unwilling to contribute toward reversing.

One-off holidaymakers aren’t, on the scale of things, the worst producers of carbon emissions: most air miles are actually racked up by a minority of frequent fliers, and so we shouldn’t beat ourselves up too much over our flying habits. With that said, any step you can take to reduce your personal environmental impact is surely going to be a worthwhile one. A train from Brighton to Portsmouth Harbour will allow you to see just as much as a plane to somewhere more exotic – and at a fraction of the environmental cost!

 

Bucket List Additions You Need To Consider

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Everyone has a bucket list. That list of places that they dream of going to one day, and slowly ticking them off one by one – that’s the bucket list. Your bucket list has to be filled with dream destinations and experiences that will ensure that you make those wanderlust-filled daydreams turn into real memories you make with others. 

The thing is, expanding what you have on your bucket list isn’t always easy to do. Despite the entire world of places to see and things to do, it’s hard to choose which you should do first. So, let’s take a look at some of the additions that you should be considering to ensure that your bucket list is the best in the world!

 

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  • The Grand Canyon, Arizona

You need to have the Grand Canyon on your bucket list. Yes, it’s a giant cracking gorge in the ground, and yes, it looks like a squiggle on a map. However, the Canyon is rare and rocky, and a river carved it! Okay, so it took two billion years to carve it out, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive to look at. You could take a chopper over the gorge and really see how far it goes out. Seeing the Canyon from the water level allows you to appreciate the black, red, purple and orange strata that makeup one of the biggest natural wonders of the world.

 

  • The Sistine Chapel, Italy

Authentic art, crowds of people, a ceiling painted by Michelangelo – what’s not to love? The Vatican Museum sees the footfall of around 25,000 people every day, and the photographs of the iconic ceiling are prohibited. The Last Judgement can also be found here, and it’s one impressive painting! 

 

  • Everest, Nepal

You do not have to get to the top of Everest to experience Everest. Most of the mountain is a graveyard for those who tried to make it to the top and didn’t. However, you can still trek to Everest Base Camp. It takes around fourteen days to get there, and the views are amazing with most treks requiring specific permission to be at the camp for the night. Still, it’s one to add to the bucket list!

 

  • Seeing The Northern Lights

Seeing the Aurora Borealis is a classic bucket list item for a lot of people, and there’s a good reason. The lights are beautiful, naturally found in places like Iceland, and they offer a mysterious and mystical look into the universe. Of course, it’s all about light refraction, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be magical, too.

 

  • Head to Namibia

While the Aurora Borealis is a good one to add, the clearest place to see some celestial sites is Namibia. You can see stars everywhere when you leave the city, but if you go somewhere dark and clear, you’ll see what feels like the entire universe looking back at you. The Nature Reserve in Namibia is one place that has been gold-certified as a Dark Sky Reserve. There aren’t any cities or towns that could drown out the sky with light pollution. You’ll see the magic of the undiscoverable – and it’s worthy of being on the list.

 

  • The Turtles At Ningaloo, Western Australia

Whether you want to see nature in all its glory, or you want to head to Oz at least once make sure you go to Ningaloo in Western Australia. The Reef isn’t as big as the Great Barrier Reef, but it’s big enough that you’ll see over 500 species of fish as well as the marine turtles. There are seven species of marine turtle in the world, and near Ningaloo, you’ll see three of them nesting on the beaches.

 

  • Head To Scotland

Did you know that you can sleep on a private isle? Head to Scotland and stay on one of the many Summer Isles. You don’t have to be Branson-rich, but you do have to know where you can visit. Tanera Beag is the place to go as the second biggest of the almost twenty Summer Isles. You can kayak on the sea from the mainland, and you can look for seals in the lagoon, climb the 83m high hills for the views and you can pitch your tent to enjoy the dark night sky.

 

The right bucket list items are going to make your life so much more interesting. You need to add these items to the list today and start making plans for overtime at work – you need the cash to make your dreams come true!

 

Our Stay at Park Plaza Hotel London

Last month, we spent a few nights at Park Plaza Hotel London. It was my first time staying at the hotel. I have heard quite a lot about it so I was eager to experience it all. The reception was very beautiful. It was the Christmas season, so all the Christmas decorations were out and it was a lovely sight. The reception was quite busy with many people checking in when we got there. It was finally our turn after about 20 minutes but then the check-in process itself was really quick. The concierge helped us with our luggage and then we went off to our room.

 

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The room was so beautiful. I fell in love with the decor, it was sleek and modern. The artwork on the walls were such a beautiful sight. I have never seen anything like it. All the amenities were spot on and in good working conditions. I loved every part of the room. It was a perfect relaxing environment.

The location of the hotel is also perfect for anyone who wants to stay in central London and explore all what the buzzing city has to offer. We didn’t explore as it was more of a relaxing holiday for us, but the hotel was filled up with tourists and it really gets busy.

 

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The attention to detail in Park Plaza Hotel London is really good. I love the fact that there were many spots to charge our devices. Many hotels these days only leave a few sockets for some weird reason. We didn’t have this problem at this hotel at all. The cleaning was also properly done every time. The toiletries were replaced everyday and we had more than enough towels.

Another thing I really liked was the setting of the room. The kids had their own section and there was a mini kitchen in between which was so handy. I love being able to store things in a fridge, boil water in a kettle, warm food up in a microwave and wash plates in a sink, when staying in a hotel. I could do all these and more at Park Plaza Hotel London.

 

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The WIFI was also amazing. I had no issues at all with it and it was free! We had a lovely time at Park Plaza Hotel London and we are looking forward to visiting again.

What do you think of this hotel? You can read up my last hotel review here.

 

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