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Finding the Best Bucket List Ideas for a Legacy of Love and Laughter

Not all of your best bucket list ideas will be doable, but that's OK. Focus on activities that create memories and meaningful conversations.

End of life discussions are often full of plans. If you want to leave positive memories from this time for your loved ones, you might consider planning experiences that offer a mix of inspiration and comfort. Before you begin, consider some of these best bucket list ideas to assure you get the most out of your moments.

How to Decide What to Do

Consider what activities you and your companions would most enjoy doing together. It might be taking in beautiful art at museums, reading on the beach or perfecting a regional recipe. Narrow it down to two to four things to accomplish. If you’re simply looking for time together, make that the number one goal of a trip or event so you can plan the perfect location for your time together. Heading to the mountains, taking a cooking class, swimming with sea turtles or visiting a childhood home are lovely ideas that encourage quality time with one another and with nature.

It’s best to write down what you would love to do during your time away and then review the list to see if you need to swap out some activities or plan for adaptations. If you’re looking for ideas, try thinking about something you have always been afraid to do or something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t. Consider activities that are centered on making memories, sharing experiences or creating conversations. It’s during these moments that you will create a legacy for those you leave behind.

Accommodations to Consider

If your best bucket list ideas are full of once-in-a-lifetime ideas, keep a few things in mind. First, be realistic about your budgetary restrictions. Splurge a bit but keep your budget on task so you and your companions are enjoying time together without the shadow of credit card payments.

To save some money, consider staying in a less expensive hotel or traveling during off-season times to get discounted rates. Only pay for the activities you’re sure your body can successfully handle, and consider starting a GoFundMe account to help pay for some expenses. You might be surprised at how many people are willing to pitch in a few extra dollars to make your dreams a reality. Just remember to share some photos with the people who helped you out!

Plan for Comfort

Before your book your dream trip to Europe or other far-off destinations, talk to your doctor to determine what you might need regarding medical concerns. Sometimes, a transatlantic flight can lead to complications; your main goal is to enjoy your time, not to spend it exhausted or wearier than when you’re at home. Be sure to check out recommendations on how to make travel more comfortable and enjoyable. Additionally, if your life goal is to get a tattoo or involves interacting with foreign objects or nonhuman species, talk to your treatment team about safety.

After you pick your destination or a few must-do activities, take some moments to pack special items. Include a camera, journals, sketchpads, special gifts and a list of things you want to say to your loved ones. Your time together is special, and knowing you have planned for extraordinary moments will give you peace.

Your treatment team wants you to be as comfortable and happy as possible after your diagnosis.

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Haley Burress
Haley Burress