I’m a firm believer that bucket list trips shouldn’t be put off. And I’m just as sure that while planning a trip of a lifetime is fun, it’s really about a lifetime of extraordinary trips. Life has a funny way of sneaking up on us and before you can say “put it on my Amex,” another year has passed.

I’ve spent so much of my life planning and investigating my next trip, so I feel as though I have a handle on these awe-inspiring and life-changing experiences. But I still have many more boxes to check and many more memories to be made. Read on for my recommendations for enriching and meaningful trips every boomer should put on their short-list.

1. Charter a barge with friends. Think of it as your own floating villa with a private chef, world-class wines, lots of laughs, and maybe a late-night dance party or two.

South Africa Safari trips

My daughter Ty, in South Africa on Safari

Why not lay out a bucket list plan for the next few years?

2. Go on Safari with your family. This is one your kids will always remember and for which they always be grateful. The lessons learned in the bush without Wi-Fi carry over into so many aspects of life.

3. Take an active trip that is centered around biking, hiking, trekking, or walking. There are innumerable options for every fitness level, even those with negative fitness levels!

Haifa Israel -one of may wonderful trips we have taked

A family trip to Israel is something we will never forget

4. Your bucket list trip, whatever that is. Maybe it’s exploring ancient Israel or sailing through the BVIs with family. Maybe it’s horseback riding in Montana! Whatever, however, or how far is immaterial – making the commitment to fulfill that dream is what is important.

5. Travel to see a major sporting event. Tennis, Baseball, Soccer, Football? The world is your oyster.

6. Follow in your family’s footsteps with a heritage trip. Visiting the villages or towns of your family’s origins, where a family member was stationed in the military, or even where you studied abroad is an incredibly powerful thing to share with your loved ones.

7. Take a spiritual journey. For some that may be a faith-based trip to the Holy Land. For others, it could be an exploration of the practices and traditions of Hinduism in India or Buddhism in Southeast Asia.

8. Travel with three or more generations. The industry term is “multi-gen” travel, but that’s a sterile description for one of the most life-enriching experiences available. Bringing generations of travelers together to discover a new destination and/or culture is meaningful in a way that’s difficult to describe, but impossible to forget.

9. Rent a fully-staffed villa. There are a few destinations in the world where the villas are not only equipped with creature comforts, they are also fully stocked with a warm staff to make your feel relaxed and stress-free.

10. Around the World by Private Jet. Sounds expensive, right? It’s definitely not for penny-pinchers, but there is a surprisingly great deal of value in seeing EVERYTHING on your bucket list while minimizing the time and hassle of commercial air travel. For animal lovers, this is truly one not to be missed.

Edinburgh Scotland-one of my all-time favorite trips

My sister, mom and I making the most of our trip to Scotland!

Be willing to do something fun or even silly to make great memories.

If you’re ready to get serious about tackling your bucket list, consider a proactive approach to travel planning for the next few years. What could be better than knowing you have bucket list trips planned for years?

If you have a specific question, feel free to drop me a note at toni@beyondboutiquetravel.com I’m happy to help! Toni McClelland is a member of Virtuoso.

Founder & Luxury Travel Advisor at Beyond Boutique. Learn more about how Toni creates exceptional travel experiences and sign up for the newsletter at beyondboutiquetravel.com

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