Stress-free planning for a bucket list trip

Updated on April 28, 2020

Taking trips is one of the great luxuries of retirement! There’s never been a better time to plan the trip of a lifetime, than the present moment. We need to seize the day as much as possible, and so why wait to take your bucket list trip when you could be making memories?

With that said, planning a bucket list trip can be stressful, especially if you’re not a natural planner, so that’s why it can be a good idea to seek out a helping hand. Luckily for you, we’ve done the hard work for you and created this list of everything you need to know to plan a stress-free bucket list trip.

Stress-free planning for a bucket list trip

1.       Get it done as early as possible

This might be a little obvious, but it’s a good idea to get your planning out of the way as early as possible so that you don’t have it hanging over you like a to-do list item that you haven’t ticked off. There are some things that you might need to wait for (after all, there’s no point packing your bags months before you leave), but as a general rule, the more you can get done in advance, the better.

2.       Set up price alerts

Using an app like Skyscanner will allow you to set up price alerts for flights, hotels, and other travel essentials so that you can be notified whenever prices drop or special offers are released. This is another reason why you might not want to get everything done as early as possible – just as much as you can.

3.       Make an itinerary

Making an itinerary before you leave can help you to make sure that you see everything you want to see and that you don’t miss out on something because it slipped your mind or because you forgot to book in advance. Making an itinerary will also help you to better budget and can be useful to share with any other people that you plan to travel with. It’s also important to share your itinerary with loved ones who aren’t taking the trip with you that way if any emergencies come up they will know how to get a hold of you.

4.       Learn the lingo

Learning a new language is can be a challenge, but it’s made even more fun if you know you’re learning because you plan to go travelling. You don’t need to become fluent in every language for every country that you visit, but it can be worth learning a few key phrases for each one. Then you can look back on those languages and be reminded of your time abroad.

5.       End on a cruise

One of the best and most memorable ways for you to finish out your bucket list is to end it on a cruise. There are plenty of different destinations to choose from, with one of our favorites being a cruise to Singapore, an out-of-this-world experience that can’t be found anywhere else. Plus, the journey is just as enjoyable as the destination. Cruises have plenty of amenities for seniors and are a great way to relax and have fun on your trip. Consider booking a massage or a cruise led excursion.


Now that we’ve shared our tips for stress-free planning of your bucket list vacation, it’s in your hands to make sure that it actually happens. A plan is only good when you take action on it and turn it into a reality.

The good news is that it’s usually the tougher half, and now that you’ve read this guide you’ll be able to make this first stage as stress-free as possible. And better still, it’ll all be worth it when you head off on that bucket list vacation. Happy travels!


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