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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!

 

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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!

 

6 Ways to Make Your Flight Smoother

Traveling is fun. There’s nothing as awesome as walking on exotic beaches, going sightseeing with members of the family and enjoying the ambiance of rich culture and history. But before you get enough of the thrill of travel you have to face the hassles of getting to your destination by plane.

The long queues, the non-stop security checks and the tense atmosphere at the airport can rob you off the joy and excitement of traveling. However there’s a way around it all. What if I told you that you could have a smooth stress-free flight?

 

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Here are 6 ways you can make that happen.

 

  1. Scout for credit cards that give better seats at affordable rates (or even for free)

There are a lot of credit cards that provide exclusive freebies for their customers. If you’re the type who travels often, getting the right credit card will help open you to a lot of opportunities. One of such opportunities is better seats on the airplane.

Based on your spending on the credit card, you’re given points at every purchase. These points could help secure for you amazing discounts and even offer you a seat for free. Make sure you check what travel benefits your credit card can offer you.

 

  1. Bypass the long queue at security checks

The wait at security checks can be a nightmare where you’re asked to take off your shoes and belts and remove your laptop and liquids from your carry-on bag.  The process is long, slow and cumbersome.

However there’s a security programme that allows for quick checks. When you apply for Global Entry, you’re receive PreCheck which will help speed up the whole process of security checks at the airport. So instead of taking off your shoes and waiting in a queue, you’ll have your fingerprints and passport scanned. And you’re done!

 

  1. Keep the kids occupied

Unlike adults who can patiently bear delays, kids may not be as tolerant. Running after your kids while you take care of your travel arrangements can be quite a handful. The best way to deal with such a situation is to get your kids occupied.

Arm yourself with a tablet with videos, books and games your child can occupy themselves with. You don’t have to invest in an expensive tablet like the iPad, but you can opt for Leapfrog which is a cheaper alternative. It is also more educational. You should also have picture books, colouring books and crayons at the ready.

 

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  1. Order airport meals in advance

If you’re feeling a little peckish and you dread waiting for your order, then there’s a simple solution to the problem. Some airlines have apps that allow you to order your meal in advance so that you don’t have to stand in the queue to get your order. Once your order is ready, all you have to do is pick it up.

 

  1. Make sure that you’ve got trip delay coverage

Delays are inevitable when traveling. And you can never predict when you may be delayed. Thanks to some really nifty credit cards that provide trip delay coverage, you’re compensated for the delays. The credit card reimburses you for hotel rooms, missing luggage and even meals.

 

  1. Enjoy lounge access

There are a lot of places to lounge while you’re waiting for your flight. But oftentimes those spots are crowed and the customer service is not all that great. Some credit cards provide you with access to lounges that are more comfortable with better customer service and you won’t have to pay the annual membership fee to enjoy what the lounge has to offer.

 

How do you make sure your flight goes smoothly?

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