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Create a Bucket List

Pausing once in a while to do the things we enjoy can re-energize us and keep us from burning out. A vacation to your favorite destination, Jamaica, Greece or Hawaii, can afford you the much-needed reprieve from everyday life. With the recent, ever-changing travel restrictions and requirements, most vacations have had to be postponed. Everyone is looking forward to traveling safely and without restrictions again. While we wait, we can use this downtime to prepare for our next travel experience by opening a vacation savings account and creating a bucket list of MUST-see destinations. Your local bank can help with a vacation savings account. We can provide bucket list suggestions.

Making a bucket list of places to visit can be a springboard to awaking your childlike imagination and becoming in tune with what really makes you excited. Knowing what excites us and what we really, really, really enjoy, can prompt us to prioritize our time and resources to invite more excitement and enjoyment into our lives. Who doesn’t want that? Now is the perfect time to put pen to paper and list your must-see destinations. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Egypt: Egypt offers a rich cultural experience with some of the most iconic landmarks in the world such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings and Luxor temple. Besides it’s unique historic background, Egypt is one of the top diving destinations in Africa -who knew. Culture, heritage, ancient monuments, and world-famous coral reefs are reasons Egypt is on many bucket lists. The best time to visit Egypt is between October and April, when temperatures are cooler. However, although its summer season (May to September) is hot, the dry air, air conditioning and fewer visitors make the summer a viable time to visit Egypt as well.

Tanzania: A visual masterpiece, Tanzania, is a bucket list destination because it has some of the “best” of what a destination can offer. It’s Zanzibar and Pemba beaches are among the best in the WORLD. Tanzania’s dazzling white beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean

are home to world-class scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. Serengeti National Park is considered the best safari destination in Africa due to its mass wildebeest and zebra migrations. The best time to visit Tanzania is from July to October when the country is at its driest.

Santorini, Greece: It’s said that there is no other place even remotely like Santorini in the entire universe. It is filled with multi-colored cliffs, acres of sun-toasted sand and delectable cuisine. It’s iconic pearly white, blue-domed buildings surrounded by colorful blooms are second only to the romantic sunsets over the Aegean Sea. Surrounded by rich culture, vibrant colors, and beautiful architecture, a vacation to Santorini will never disappoint and will always be remembered as one of the best places you have ever visited. The best time to visit Santorini is from September to October and April to May when the weather is warm and the crowds are scarce.

Maldives: Imagine waking up on a private island, surrounded by swaying palm trees, crystalline waters with beautiful shades of blue and pristine, soft white sand every day --well, for as long as your vacation lasts. Made up of 26 atolls and over 1,000 coral islands, the Maldives offers excellent opportunities for diving and snorkeling. Each resort is a private enclave perched on an individual island that provides exclusive tranquility perfect for relaxing and spending quality time with family and friends. Although the Maldives has good weather most of the year, the best time to visit is from November to May, when the weather is cool and dry. The weather in June through October is wetter and hotter due to the monsoon season.

Fiji: Fiji’s stunning waterfalls, pristine waters, vibrant sea life, fresh pineapple, mangoes and papaya will for sure awaken your senses. With less than a third of its 322 islands inhabited, Fiji is heaven on earth. There is something for everyone on this true bucket-list destination -delicious food, peaceful luxury, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, and more. So, when is the best time to experience this gem of a destination? Whenever you have the chance. The temperature remains pretty constant in the 80’s; however, from November to April, you might have to contend with some tropical storms.

Bali: Bali has virtually every kind of natural beauty -from scenic lakes and breathtaking waterfalls to flower gardens and mountainous areas with rich, plush greenery. But that’s not all -neighborhoods are lined with galleries with traditional art products and murals on every corner. Bali’s sea temples overlooking the ocean and its grand temple complex on the mountain, are simply amazing and peaceful. It’s both a visual and spiritual paradise! Among 17,000 islands, Bali tops as one of Indonesian’s must-see islands. The best time to visit Bali is in its dry season (between April and October).

Prior to the pandemic, a many people felt they had lots of time to take that dream vacation. We told ourselves that we will take that well-planned, much deserved vacation to Greece next year (i.e., 2020) ….well, we know what happened to “next year”. Creating a bucket list now of the places you will vacation can keep you in touch with the joy of travel. Create your bucket list, read about and cut out pictures of your destinations and begin imagining yourself experiencing the culture of your bucket-list destinations. Go ahead, make your list! -the beautiful Maldives, Tahiti, Paris, Hawaii, Fiji, Belize, Egypt, Tanzania -ahh, I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I cannnn’tttt wait!

Peacock Travel Agency

January 2021


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