Did you know that by imagining a trip and planning it in your head you can lower your stress level and increase your happiness? You don't even have to go, it's simply the possibility of it that can make you happier
Right now I'm mentally planning a trip to Peru to hike the Inca Trail summer after next, and at some point in the near future I want to go to Iceland or Norway or Finland to see the northern lights (you can rent a heated glass igloo in Finland). Stonehenge is on my list, as is bungee jumping in Interlaken and throwing tomatoes at La Tomatina in Spain and riding a donkey in the Grand Canyon and visiting Yosemite and going to Petra and Sweden and Japan and Brazil...
I want to learn the guitar and become fluent in Spanish and publish a book and play steel drums.
In fact, my bucket list is almost 3 pages long already, and I keep adding to it.
Will it happen?
Who knows, but it's really not the whole point. Some things on the list are realistic and some not so much (I probably won't ever get my pilot's license, but it's nice to dream!), there are certainly a lot of factors that would get in the way, and a lot can and will change as time goes on.
But it's fun to just imagine the possibilities.
Kelly is an American teacher living in Switzerland and enjoying everything the country has to offer.