Travel Bucket List Ideas
As Covid restrictions ease and countries open up again, many of us are starting to think about our next trip away. After the imposed lockdowns of the past 2 years, we all want to make our next trip extra memorable. So if you’re looking for travel bucket list ideas, look no further. We’ve got 100 incredible bucket list ideas, featuring amazing places, activities and experiences. From established favourites to exciting new ideas, there’s a bucket list idea for everyone in our top 100.
1. Visit the lost city of Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is Peru’s premier tourist attraction and one of the 7 wonders of the world. Dating back to the 15th century, this ancient Incan City was abandoned and lost to the world for hundreds of years. Rediscovered in 1911, it’s attracted explorers, adventurers and visitors ever since. Whether you hike the Inca Trail or use the road and rail connection, a visit here is a once in a lifetime experience.
One of the 7 wonders of the world, the lost city of Machu Picchu is one of Peru’s highlights
2. Swim with whale sharks in Donsol
The coastal town of Donsol in southern Luzon in the Philippines is an amazing under the radar destination. From November to May each year, Donsol Bay is home to one of the largest school of migrating whale sharks in the world. These gentle giants can measure up to 10 metres in length and weigh almost 20 tonnes. In Donsol you can live out one of the worlds great nature experiences and snorkel with these marvellous creatures.
Donsol Bay in the Philippines is home to hundreds of migratory whale sharks each year.
3. Enjoy an open air hot spa at the Blue Lagoon
Iceland ranks highly on many people’s bucket lists. This small but beautiful country packs in a huge amount of natural beauty within a small area. Undoubtedly one of the finest attractions and experiences in Iceland is swimming in the wonderful Blue Lagoon. This vast geothermal spring is great to swim in any time of the year, but especially during winter. The turquoise warm waters range from 37°C and 40°C in temperature and combined with the surrounding black volcanic rock, make this is a stunningly beautiful place to swim.
The Blue Lagoon is deservedly one of Iceland’s top attractions and well worth a visit
4. Sleep next to the Pyramids of Meroe
Sudan’s rich history is often over shadowed by the achievements of the neighbouring Egyptians. However Sudan is a land dotted with fine ancient ruins of its own from various ancient civilisations. One of the finest sites are the Pyramids of Meroe, from the Kushite empire era. Located in the desert, a mile from the nearest road, it’s possible to bush camp in the desert and wake up next to the pyramids at sunrise. One of the most extraordinary experiences you’ll ever have, it’s likely you’ll have the whole site all to yourself.
The little known but beautiful Pyramids of Meroe in Sudan
5. Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada
The Alhambra Palace and Fortress in Granada is one of the finest and best preserved Islamic sites in the world. Dating back to 1238, the building is UNESCO world heritage listed and one of Spain’s big attractions. This stunning building takes 4 to 5 hours to explore in full and a guided tour is recommended to get the Palace’s full history. The Alhambra Palace is a fascinating and unique place to visit.
The ancient Arabic fortress of Alhambra set a top a hill in Granada
6. Hike the Camino de Santiago
The Camino de Santiago is one of the worlds great hikes. Encompassing 7 different trails across Spain, France and Portugal, this hike is as spiritual as it is beautiful. Hikers are referred to as pilgrims, a reference which dates back to the pilgrimages of medieval times. The full trail takes around 30 days in total to complete and culminates at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, believed to be the resting place of Apostle Saint James the Great. This is a challenging but uplifting and spiritual experience.
The Camino de Santiago runs across rural France, Spain and Portugal.
7. Take a sky dive over Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the worlds greatest and most beautiful cities. What better way to see it’s spectacular setting and the magnificent Table Mountain than by sky diving above it from 14,000 feet? A sky dive alone is a truly memorable experience but when it’s done over a destination as spectacular as Cape Town in South Africa, it’s even more memorable.
The perfect setting – Table Mountain dominates the city of Cape Town in South Africa
8. See the Big 5 in the Ngorongoro Crater
If you’re going to go on safari, you should do it in style. The amazing Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is THE place to go on safari. The rich and fertile soils of the volcanic crater ensure a higher density of wildlife, making it the finest place to go on safari. Home to the Big 5 – buffalo, elephants, lions, rhinos and leopards, you won’t find a finer place to see these wonderful animals.
The volcanic and fertile earth of the Ngorongoro crater attracts vast numbers of animals to the National Park.
9. Swim in the Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is one of the worlds unique natural attractions. Situated in the Middle East between Israel and Jordan, the sea is accessible from both sides. What you’ll find when you visit is a body of water so salty, that the normal rules of buoyancy don’t apply. Instead of sinking like a stone, you’ll find that you float completely unaided, providing a surreal and memorable experience. With water temperatures above 20°C throughout the year, this is a year round bucket list destination.
The dead sea sits between Israel and Jordan and is one of the most unique places on the planet.
10. Climb Mount Fuji
The spectacular Mount Fuji is located 100 kilometres to the south east of Tokyo in Japan. It vies with Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for the title of the most attractive mountain in the world. Standing at 3,776 meters, it dominates the surrounding countryside and is understandably considered by the Japanese to be a sacred mountain. Climbing Mount Fuji has been considered a pilgrimage for hundreds of years and once you reach the top and take in the view, you’ll feel like you’re standing with the gods.
During Sakura season, Mount Fuji is arguably the most beautiful mountain in the world.
11. See the Northern Lights in Iceland
Another of Iceland’s amazing natural attractions is the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. Best seen during the winter months from October to March, this natural phenomenon is a breath-taking experience. Caused by the collision of particles in earths atmosphere with solar particles, the result is a spectacular light show of the highest order. Anyone that has seen the Northern Lights will attest that this is most definitely a bucket list experience.
The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is top of many people’s bucketlists
12. Try volcano boarding in Nicaragua
You might have tried snowboarding, you might even have tried sandboarding but very few people have tried volcano boarding. This amazing experience can only be undertaken in a few places in the world and Leon in Nicaragua is undoubtedly the best. You’ll be boarding down Cerro Negro, a young and active volcano. Dressed head to toe in protective gear, the combination of the thrill, views and extraordinary surroundings makes this an unforgettable experience.
The bizarre and unique sport of volcano boarding is an unforgettable experience.
13. Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway – the worlds longest railway
The Trans-Siberian Railway is THE ultimate railway adventure. Stretching from Moscow to Beijing or Vladivostok (depending on on your route), it’s a truly memorable experience. The journey takes 6 days in total without any stops, but you’re definitely going to want to stop. Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia is the gateway to the great Mongolian steppe, while Ekaterina, Novosibirsk and Lake Baikal in Russia are also sensational places to stop and visit. This is an amazing way to see a part of the world that few ever experience.
Riding the Trans-Siberian Railway is a unique and unforgettable experience.
14. Bungee Jump at Victoria Falls
The spectacular Victoria Falls is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Situated on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, it’s a truly breath-taking sight. However the location isn’t famous just for the views, it’s also an excellent adventure centre. From canyon swings to white water rafting there’s plenty of thrills to be had. However, one thrill stands out above the rest and that’s a bungee jump over the River Zambezi. Located on the bridge immediately after the falls, the bungee jump measures in at 111 meters. It’s arguably the most spectacular setting for any bungee jump in the world, so if you’re going to do one, you must do it here.
The awesome site of Victoria Falls in Zambia at sunrise
15. Climb Mount Etna
Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily is a spectacular, active volcano. Covering an area of almost 600 square miles, the volcano has 4 summit craters, which are all easily accessible via the various hiking trails. As one of the most active volcano’s in Europe it regularly belches out smoke and ash in spectacular fashion. A hike up this historic and fascinating volcano allows you to take in lava fields, summit craters and dozens of cinder and lava cones.
Mount Etna’s summit craters are a spectacular site to visit.
16. Go cage diving with great white sharks
The coastal town of Hermanus in South Africa is the destination to visit if you want to see great white sharks in the wild. Attracted to the area by the huge seal colony at Geyser Rock, which lies several miles offshore, you’re virtually guaranteed to see these magnificent creatures at this location. Entering the water in a small cage with just a snorkel and a mask is an adrenaline inducing experience. It’s also an unforgettable experience with the sharks often so close, you could reach out and touch them.
Cage diving with great white sharks is an intense experience.
17. See mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
One of the most spectacular animals in the world is undoubtedly the mountain gorilla. These fearsome yet gentle animals are on the verge of extinction with only around 1,000 remaining. They’re understandably very difficult to find in the wild, but it is possible to hike through the jungle to see them. They can now only be seen in just a few locations in Africa – Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. If you get the chance to do this, you’ll discover a close up meeting with mountain gorillas is a truly unique experience.
Only 1,000 mountain gorillas remain in the wild and eco-tourism gives them a fighting chance of survival.
18. Try super fresh sushi at the Tsukiji fish market
The Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo is renowned for having the freshest and best sushi in the world. Each morning the fresh catch is landed at the wholesale Toyosu fish market and transferred to the numerous restaurants and shops that populate the area. Open from 5am, a sushi breakfast, brunch or lunch is a an exquisite experience for anyone with even a passing taste for sushi.
The best and freshest sushi in the world can be found at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.
19. Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise
The Taj Mahal in Agra is the greatest monument to love in the world and one of the 7 wonders of the world. Built in 1643 by Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor, it honours his favourite wife. The perfect, symmetrical and intricate marble structure has been described as one of the finest buildings in the world. While any visit to the Taj Mahal is unforgettable, a visit at sunrise is undeniably the best. Amazing light, fewer people and cooler temperatures all ensure the perfect setting for this wonderful sight.
The Taj Mahal is considered the greatest monument to love in the world
20. Explore the Jurassic Coast
Stretching 95 miles from Exmouth in Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, the Jurassic Coast is a unique area of geological wonder. This incredible stretch of coastline in the United Kingdom is home to 190 million years of geology, featuring rocks from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods. The richness of its geology has been recognised by UNESCO with world heritage status. The geology prevalent here has in turn created some outstanding and beautiful sights, ranging from the arch at Durdle Door to the perfectly circular Lulworth Cove. The Jurassic Coast and surrounding area is a perfect place for a Dorset weekend break.
Durdle Door is Dorset’s most iconic attraction and a must-see of any visit.
21. Fly in a hot air balloon over Cappadocia
Cappadocia in Central Turkey is a truly unique destination. Known for it’s ‘fairy chimneys’, there is only one way to see this spectacular landscape, by hot air balloon! Flying at 3,000 feet above the ground, you’ll be treated to far reaching views across the dramatic landscape. Each morning over 100 balloons fly over Cappadocia, making the views in the sky as spectacular as those on the ground.
The unique and surreal rock landscape of Cappadocia in Central Turkey
22. See the worlds highest sand dunes at Sossusvlei
The towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei are one of the most iconic images of Namibia. These vast sand dunes surrounding a large salt pan exceed 200 meters in height with the largest, affectionately named Big Daddy, exceeding 300 meters in height. While climbing the dunes is hard work, the views from the top are worth the effort. A nearby camping spot allows you to access the dunes early in the morning before the sunrise, allowing you to get in and see the colour explosion as the sun begins to come up.
Namibia is home to some of the largest sand dunes in the world
23. Swim in the Marina Bay Sands infinite pool
It’s a relatively new addition to the bucket list, but swimming in the infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore is a great addition. This enormous infinity pool stretches across the top of 3 large hotel blocks, 191 meters above the ground. Providing spectacular views across the entire city, it’s an amazing experience, which is best enjoyed with a Singapore Sling cocktail in hand.
The infinity pool on the roof of the Marina Bay sands hotel provide panoramic views across the city
24. See the Pyramids in Cairo
The only remaining member of the 7 ancient wonders of the world, the Pyramids in Egypt are an essential bucket list item. Dating back 4,500 years these incredible structures remain in amazingly good condition. Despite the vast amount of research and investigation undertaken over the past 100 years, so much remains unanswered about the Pyramids. It’s this mystery and the majesty of the buildings that makes it such a special and enthralling sight.
The 6 Pyramids at Giza in Cairo, Egypt
25. Stay in a water bungalow over the ocean in the Maldives
The Maldives is a long term bucket list destination. These picture perfect islands nestled in the Indian Ocean have everything you could ever want from luxury island living. However, this list is about unique experiences and destinations and there’s many fine tropical islands about. Where the Maldives distinguishes itself against many of these rivals is with their incredible water bungalows. Situated above the ocean along wooden gangways, these rooms provide the ultimate in luxury living and relaxation. Staying in a water bungalow will make it difficult for you to return to land living at the end of your trip.
The Maldives is famous for it’s water bungalows, stretching out over the ocean.
26. Go white water rafting down the Zambezi River
Not content with just one mention on this list in the form of bungee jumping at Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River returns again. Following the dramatic waterfalls, the river enters a narrow, deep canyon. The torrent of water from Victoria Falls creates unparalleled white water rafting conditions. Boasting countless class 3 to class 5 rapids, a white water rafting trip is an absolute must for any thrill seeker. Undoubtedly one of the more high octane but terrifying bucket list experiences.
The waters of the Zambezi River after Victoria Falls are perfect for rafting.
27. Explore the Okavango Delta by canoe
Botswana’s swampy Okavango Delta is a hugely underrated safari park. The areas large grassy plains flood annually creating the perfect conditions to safari by canoe. Navigating through the myriad channels, you’ll encounter elephants, hippo’s and numerous crocodiles. On land, there’s lions, rhinos and many other animals to see. A visit to this park provides a completely different and unique type of safari that you’ll be talking about for years to come.
The Okavango Delta’s unique habitat makes for a unique safari experience.
28. See the ancient city of Pompeii
In 79 AD the world as they knew it ended for the people of Pompeii. The eruption of the nearby Mount Vesuvius entombed the people and their city beneath 15 foot of volcanic ash and pumice. Fast forward nearly 2,000 years and you can now see this world following decades of extensive excavations. Pompeii gives an unbelievably detailed insight into the lives of the people that lived here nearly 2 millennia ago. This is easily one of the greatest archaeological sites on the planet.
The amazingly well preserved ruins of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in close attendance.
29. Scuba dive the Blue Hole
The Blue Hole off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea is one of the most dramatic dive spots in the world. A giant marine sinkhole, it measures 318 meters across and over 120 meters in depth. The deep blue of the sinkhole contrasts brilliantly with the coral reef and shallow waters of the surrounding areas. When diving in this location, the crystal clear waters provide amazing views of the structure and resident marine life.
The Blue Hole in Belize is a spectacular dive site from both above and below the water.
30. Sail to Antarctica
Antarctica is far and away the least visited continent on the planet. Regarded by many as the last frontier, this wonderful cold continent is slowly opening up to tourists. While flying to Antarctica remains prohibitively expensive, boat travel from Ushuaia, the southern most city of South America is a possibility. It takes 48 hours to sail the 1000 km to King George Island through the Drake Passage. It’s an unforgettable journey and the end destination justifies the journey. You’ll experience icebergs, penguins and unlimited dramatic scenery aboard your cruise to Antarctica.
King George Island in Antarctica is the main base for visitors arriving by plane or boat.
31. See unique wildlife in the Galapagos
The inspiration for Charles Darwin’s classic book, On the Origin of Species, the Galapagos Islands are a special destination. Situated 600 miles off the west coast of Ecuador, they are home to unique landscapes, unique plants and unique animals. This endemic flora and fauna is the reason to visit, so whether it’s scuba diving, whale watching or hiking across the islands, you’re going to see nature at its very best. A visit here for 5 to 7 days will leave an indelible mark on your life.
A visit to the Galapagos Islands is the highlight of any visit to Ecuador
32. Hike the Appalachian trail
Quite possibly the greatest hiking trail in the world, the Appalachian Trail is a 2,190 mile long trail starting in the state of Georgia and ending in Maine. Covering numerous U.S. national parks including Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountain and Blue Ridge Mountains, the trail traverses through 14 states. Over 3 million people annually hike along it’s various sections, but only very few make the hike from start to finish. Known as through-hikers, it takes between 4 to 6 months to hike this mammoth trail. Attempting this hike, let alone finishing it is a huge bucket list item.
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is named after it’s smoke-like morning mist.
33. Bathe in the travertine pools at Pamukkale
The exquisite travertine pools of Pamukkale are next up on the bucket list. It’s one of the best things to do in the Izmir area and Turkey as a whole. Created by the mineral rich thermal springs in the area, it has been a a bathing site dating back to Roman times. Perhaps the most evocative of all the pools is the Antique Pool, named after the submerged Roman columns that reside in it. The waters here are a toasty 35°C, so the water is warm enough to bathe in all year round. This is a truly beautiful and memorable location to take a dip in.
Calcite rich thermal springs at Pamukkale create a unique landscape and experience.
34. Visit Petra one of the wonders of the world
The ancient and incredible Nabatean city of Petra is one of the finest ancient civilisations in the world. Carved into the rock face in central Jordan, its both UNESCO world heritage listed and one of the 7 wonders of the world. You’re first glimpse of the treasury building as you exit through the kilometre long canyon approaching the site is an experience you will never forget. However what makes Petra so special is the size and the scale of the site. You’ll need at least 2 days to explore and take in everything there is to see.
The unique monastery building in Petra
35. See snake charmers in Jemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakesh
The central square in Marrakesh is like something from a movie. Known as Jemaa el-Fnaa, it’s home to snake charmers, souks, carpet salesman and restaurants with billowing smoke. To say that that it’s an assault on your senses is an understatement. Yet despite all the mass of bodies and the various sights and smells, there’s something very familiar and welcoming about Marrakesh. This is the essence of the city and why it’s such a popular bucket list destination.
The main square in Marrakesh known as Jemaa el-Fnaa is a fascinating and captivating destination
36. Share a meal with thousands at Amritsar’s Golden Temple
The Golden Temple in Amritsar in Punjab is an amazing spectacle. The most important spiritual sight for Sikh’s, its wonderful Golden Temple and blue pools create a beautiful and serene setting. What makes this experience so truly unique though is not the amazing architecture or setting, its the welcoming nature and sense of community. Each day the temple feeds 100,000 people through the temples enormous kitchen. Running 24 hours a day, it’s maintained by volunteers and everyone mucks in to cook, distribute and share food before eventually cleaning up. It’s an incredible sight and experience to eat in the langar with thousands of other people. This is a true bucket list experience.
The iconic Golden Temple in Amritsar surrounded by the turquoise waters.
37. Wine taste your way around Stellenbosch
New vine, old vine, red grape, white grape, whatever your preference, the vineyards of Stellenbosch can satisfy your palate. This incredibly beautiful area just to the north of Cape Town is home to 150 vineyards. Offering some of the finest wines in South Africa and the world at some of the lowest prices, what isn’t to like? Each of the vineyards open their doors to tasting and tours, meaning you could easily spend a week or more here and only scratch the surface.
The vineyards of Stellenbosch occupy a picturesque and stunning location just outside Cape Town.
38. Watch a boxing match at Madison Square Garden in NYC
The mecca of the boxing world, Madison Square Garden has witnessed all of the greats of boxing. From Ali and Fraser to Lewis and Holyfield, this hallowed building has seen it all. A visit to ‘the Garden’ is a must for any weekend visit to New York City. While the venue also hosts NBA on a regular basis, it’s the boxing matches that really stir the emotions and bring this old venue to life.
The home of boxing, nothing beats attending a big fight night at Madison Square Garden.
39. Drive the Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia is one of the worlds great road trips. The 243 kilometre long route is full of spectacular scenery and breath-taking views. Best known for it’s Twelve Apostles, a set of limestone stacks, the route is littered with small coves, waterfalls and great places to stop. One of the few places in Australasia to make the top 100 list, its presence is well deserved.
The 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road are a highlight of this road trip.
40. Sleep in the desert under the stars in Wadi Rum
Any visit to Jordan isn’t complete without a visit to Wadi Rum. Made famous by Laurence Olivier’s 1962 classic film, Lawrence of Arabia, the national park is second to none in Jordan. It’s home to some spectacular and surprisingly colourful desert scenery and an overnight stay here is a must. Both the sunset and sunrise are spectacular, while staying in a Bedouin camp in the desert, under the bright night sky is an unforgettable experience.
The sand dunes, rock formations and colours of Wadi Rum make this a spectacular location
41. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of two iconic structures that dominate the Sydney skyline. However, unlike the Sydney Opera House, you can actually climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the views are certainly worth the effort. Once you’ve ascended the crest of the bridge, you’re provided with incredible panoramic 360° views across the city. With the wind blowing in your hair and the sun beating down, this really is the best way to experience Australia’s finest city.
The iconic Sydney harbour Bridge dominates the Sydney skyline.
42. Hire a speed boat on Lake Como
Lake Como in northern Italy is the countries 3rd largest lake but easily the most spectacular. Set in the foothills of the Italian Alps, it’s surrounded by stunning scenery and quaint towns and villages. The lake is also surrounded by villas and mansions of the rich and famous, most notably George Clooney. The best way to see the lake is by hiring a classic Italian speedboat. This allows you to explore the lake at your leisure and also makes you feel like a millionaire movie star, even if it’s only for a few hours.
Lake Como combines spectacular scenery with magnificent architecture.
43. Cross the equator in Quito
The equator holds a curious interest for many people. The idea of a notional line dividing the world into the northern and southern hemisphere, both intrigues and fascinates. If you’re keen to experience having a foot in both hemispheres at the same time, then head to Quito in Ecuador. The equator lies just 9 miles north of the city and is clearly marked on the way out of town. Not only is this area a great place to experience crossing the equator but you can also visit Quito, one of South America’s finest cities.
Just 9 miles north of Quito lies the equator
44. See Giant Panda’s in Chengdu
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China is an exceptional place. The authoritative destination on Giant Panda’s, it acts as a research facility, conservation centre and tourist destination. Established to protected the iconic but endangered species, it’s been successful at breeding these notoriously non-promiscuous creatures. It now has a captive population approaching 100 and offers fantastic tours of the facilities and panda enclosures. There’s also the possibility of volunteering and working with the pandas. If you want to see these wonderful creatures, this is the place to do it.
Chengdu is the centre for Panda research and breeding programs which hope to protect this endangered species.
45. Ride a gondola down Venice’s Grand Canal
It might be a little cliché but a gondola ride down Venice’s Grand Canal still passes the test of time. This time honoured tradition is a spectacular way to see the best of Venice along its main thoroughfare. While times have changed, very little of this part of Venice has, which is part of the cities enduring charm.
Venice’s Grand Canal is a spectacular waterway and home to many prestigious buildings
46. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches for 469 miles across Virginia and North Carolina. This scenic road route links 2 of the finest national parks in the U.S. – Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Taking a road trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway allows you to take in the beauty of the great outdoors from your car with plenty of great spots to jump out if you’re so inclined. A visit in the fall is especially magical and definitely falls into the bucket list category.
Natural Bridge is a spectacular section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
47. Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the finest sights in the whole of the U.S. and is recognised as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. This stunning canyon is the largest in the world and stretches out for miles beyond the horizon. To truly appreciate the Grand Canyon’s scale you need to see it from above and there’s only one way to do this properly – by helicopter. The views from above are simply breath-taking and ones that will be etched in your memory for the rest of your days.
The Grand Canyon is over 277 miles in length and averages over 10 miles in width
48. Watch the sun rise at Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo is located on the Indonesian Island of Java and is one of the most spectacular volcano’s in the world. From the vantage point to the west of the caldera you get an incredible view when visiting at sunrise. Framed by smoke from the caldera, a volcano in the foreground and another in the background, this is one of the most spectacular vistas you will ever see. The intense Indonesian sunrise colours add to the drama of the setting and elevate this to bucket list territory.
The dramatic sunrise at Mount Bromo in Java, Indonesia
49. Watch a Pacific sunset in Bora Bora
The Pacific Ocean is renowned for having some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world. One of the finest places to witness these sunsets is the tropical paradise of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. The views from Matira Beach when the sun is setting are simply out of this world. The vivid colours of the sunset over the ocean are a memory to treasure for years and years to come.
Sunsets in the Pacific Islands are dramatic and colourful affairs.
50. Enjoy a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant in Paris
The beautiful city of Paris is both the capital of France and the gastronomical capital of the world. Home to no less than 10 3-Star Michelin restaurants, it is the place to visit if you want to sample the finest cuisine that money can buy. While it’s understandably not cheap and getting a reservation can be challenging, tasting the exquisite food on offer is a unique experience. It’s one that everyone should try at least once.
Many of Paris’s Michelin Star restaurants are housed in ornate historic buildings.
51. Explore ancient temples on bicycle in Bagan
The temples of Bagan are one of the most underrated and least visited of Asia’s ancient sites. Home to a staggering 2,229 temples, the Bagan area is a truly inspirational area to visit. Located in central Myanmar, the best way to navigate the sprawling site is by bicycle. Cycling through the luscious green fields from temple to temple is a dream experience. The pinnacle of any visit is the magical sunset over the temples and Irrawaddy River at the end of the day, so be sure to find a suitable vantage point.
The incredible sight of Bagan at sunset
52. Travel the Karokoram Highway
The Karakorum Highway in Pakistan is one of the most famous travel routes in the world. Stretching out over 800 miles, it extends from close to Islamabad in Pakistan, all the way to the Chinese border. Famous for its stunning scenery and mountain passes, it’s also one of the highest paved roads in the world, peaking at over 4,700 meters at Khunjerab Pass. A road trip or even a bus journey down this incredible road are true bucket list material.
The Karakorum Highway is home to spectacular mountain passes and scenery.
53. See Komodo Dragons on Rinca Island
The twin islands of Rinca and Komodo are the only place in the world where you can see wild Komodo Dragons. These enormous reptiles are protected by an island wide national park, which allows them to roam and live freely. A visit to these islands is an intriguing experience as you hike through the barren centre of the island in search of these sometimes elusive creatures. If you’ve ever wanted to see a dinosaur in the flesh, this is the closest you’re ever going to come.
Huge Komodo Dragons can now only be found on the islands of Komodo and Rinca in Indonesia.
54. Sleep in a Mongolian yurt in the Gobi Desert
Anyone who is a fan of great open spaces will simply adore Mongolia. This wonderful land locked nation is one of the least densely populated places on the planet. It’s population largely lead a traditional life, living off of the land. Many other traditions in Mongolia are still prevalent, including horse riding and living yurts. Over 50% of the population still live in yurts and a stay in one of these wonderful tents is a truly memorable experience. A stay in a yurt in the spectacular Gobi desert is simply the cherry on the cake.
Staying in a Mongolian Yurt is the ultimate glamping experience.
55. Take in Kho Phangan’s Full Moon Party
The island of Koh Phangan in Thailand has created indelible memories for several generations of backpackers. Ever since 1988, the Haad Rin beach on the south-eastern tip of the island has hosted monthly full moon parties. Over the years these parties have become increasingly large and spectacular. Attracting up to 30,000 people, the parties have become a right of passage for backpackers in south east Asia. Visiting one is an incredible bucket list experience, but probably one best reserved for the young.
The Full Moon Parties on Koh Phangan have become increasingly popular and elaborate.
56. Hike through the jungle to Colombia’s Ciudad Perdida
Colombia’s Ciudad Perdida literally translates into lost city, which is a pretty good description of this historic site. Believed to date back to around 800 AD, it was only rediscovered in 1972. Set deep inside the Colombian jungle on sacred indigenous land, the only way to visit this spectacular site is by foot. A hike into the and out of Ciudad Perdida requires a 30 mile round trip through humid, mosquito infested jungle. Not for the faint hearted, this bucket list trip certainly rewards the intrepid traveller.
Located in remote jungle, Colombia lost city can only be reached on foot.
57. Experience Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
The city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is an electric place. Home to Christ the Redeemer, one of the 7 wonders of the world and Rio de Janeiro Harbor, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, this place doesn’t need any more curb appeal. However each year during late February or March the city gets it. During this time the city comes alive to the beat of the annual Carnival. Widely regarded as the biggest and best carnival in the world, it’s a hugely memorable experience. Whether you like Samba or not, this is something you simply must see.
Statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro
58. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak
Standing at a height of 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is comfortably Africa’s highest peak. Rising up above the surrounding savannah, this huge mountain is the highest free standing mountain in the world and possibly the most ascetically pleasing. Hiking up this mountain is a big bucket list item for many and rightly so. Taking anywhere between 5 to 9 days, it’s an intense but memorable experience. The views from the top are spectacular as is the sunrise ascent to the peak.
At 5895 metres high, Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the surrounding savannah in Tanzania.
59. Swim with dolphins in the Florida Keys
Ask anyone their top 10 bucket list items and swimming with dolphins is nearly always included. One of the finest places to undertake this fabulous experience is in the Florida Keys and the Theatre of the Sea on Windley Key is the place to fulfil this dream. Combining wonderful surrounding with a focus on animal welfare, the long established centre is the place to complete this bucket list activity. It’s an incredible experience, especially for children which dolphins seem to be naturally drawn to.
Swimming with dolphins is a popular bucket list activity and can be done in Key West.
60. Sail through the Whitsunday’s
The Whitsunday Islands off of Queensland’s east coast are some of the dreamiest islands you’re ever likely to see. Nearly totally uninhabited, these 74 islands boast some of the finest beaches anywhere in the world. Sailing through these wonderful islands aboard one of the many liveaboard yachts, which traverse the area is an undeniably unforgettable experience. Island hopping, snorkelling, sunset watching and partying all lay ahead on this bucket list activity.
The Whitsundays in Australia are home to some of the finest white sand beaches in the world.
61. Take a jeep safari on Fraser Island
Fraser Island is a real microcosm of Australia – amazing natural beauty and attractions, surrounded by deadly animals. While this might not sound very bucket list to you, the highs most definitely outweigh the lows! This unique island features huge beaches, rainforests, over 100 lakes, shipwrecks and much more. Getting around requires a jeep and it’s quite an experience navigating the island yourself. This is one of those destinations that is quite unlike anywhere else in the world.
The exceptional natural attractions of Fraser Island are best explored by 4 x 4.
62. See glow worms in Waitomo Caves
The Waitomo Caves are located on New Zealand‘s North Island. Home to an endemic species of glow worm, you can travel along the Waitomo streamway system to see this awesome spectacle. Thousands of glow worms light up the grotto, giving it an ethereal feeling. As well as the glow worms you’ll be able to see stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations as well as the extensive network of caves as you sail through. This is a very calm and tranquil bucket list experience.
The magical site of hundreds of glow worm illuminating the Waitomo Caves.
63. Walk Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls
The city of Dubrovnik is easily one of the most spectacular cities in the world. The walled city is hemmed in by the Mediterranean on one side and the Dinaric Alps on the other. This formerly sleepy city is now the playground of the rich and famous after finding fame in the Game of Thrones TV show. The white washed city with its iconic red roofs is best viewed from the top of the aforementioned city walls. Of course once you’ve walked the city walls you’ll need to sample the cities fine restaurants and bars.
The walled old town of Dubrovnik in Croatia featured in Game of Thrones
64. Enjoy a Thai massage on Railay Beach
Another contender for the finest beach in the world is Railay Beach, close to the town of Krabi in Thailand. It’s powder white sands are complimented by the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. What makes visiting this beach such a unique experience above other world class beaches is the spectacular Thai massages on offer on the beach. If you can imagine a more perfect setting for a 2 hour full body massage for $10 then let us know!
Railay Beach, just outside of Krabi with its iconic limestone outcrops
65. Drive Route 66
The famous Route 66 is an iconic U.S. road trip. Stretching some 2,448 miles from Chicago in Illinois to Santa Monica in California, it gives you a wonderful insight into small town America. Passing through numerous towns and cities, the route is dotted with countless oddities and throwbacks to the age of the automobile. Whether you travel a section or the entire route, you can’t help but fall in love with this road and the memories it holds of yesteryear. You can include Route 66 as part of a road trip from Vegas to Phoenix.
The iconic and historic Route 66 has plenty of reminders of its glorious past.
66. Cruise Kerala’s backwaters
The Kerala backwaters are a spectacular set of canals, lagoons and rivers, which are situated around the city of Kochi in Kerala. These waters were made for cruising and there’s a host of options available to explore the area by small or larger boats. Once on the water you’ll be able to look for nature, explore local villages and visit remote islands. The area is a sea of tranquillity in an otherwise intense and bustling nation.
The Kerala Backwaters provide a sea of tranquillity in an otherwise bustling nation.
67. Walk on the Great Wall of China
Another of the 7 wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China is a sprawling and mesmerising destination. Stretching from the eastern coast to the west of the country, the wall is one of the few man made structures visible from space. A visit to the Great Wall is an incredible and atmospheric experience, especially when hiking along a section of the wall. Seeing the numerous hills and rugged terrain that it covers makes the structure all the more impressive.
The Great Wall of China traverses some dramatic and challenging landscapes
68. See traditional fishermen on Lake Inle
A close second behind the awe inspiring Bagan in Myanmar’s list of attractions is Lake Inle. This shallow lake is both a beautiful and cultural centre of Myanmar. The home of the Intha people, one of the chief attractions in the area is to watch these people catch fish with their unique leg-rowing technique. It’s not just us that’s been blown away by this destination, UNESCO have seen fit to designate the area as a world heritage site.
The fishermen of Lake Inle in Myanmar have a unique fishing technique.
69. Scale Jodhpur’s fortress for views over the Blue City
India and Rajasthan in particular are awash with spectacular hillforts. While 6 of these are UNESCO world heritage sites, we’ve opted for something a little bit different. Our choice is the Mehrangarh Fort in Johpur and it makes our bucket list. Situated on a hilltop above the ‘Blue City’, this fort which dates back to the 15th century, is spectacular in its own right. Combine that with its splendid setting in Johpur, one India’s most underrated cities and you’re on to an absolute winner.
The imposing Jodhpur Fortress sits atop a hill overlooking the blue city below.
70. Marvel at the history of Perseplois
Iran features sparingly on many people’s list of must visit destinations, but perhaps if more people knew about Persepolis that would change. The ancient city of Persepolis is a true treasure to behold. Dating back to the 6th century BC and the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, it remains in incredible condition for its age. Columns, statues, arches and carvings remain in immaculate condition despite the age of the site. If you love archaeological sites, then this is one that you must visit.
The ancient city of Persepolis in Iran is a little visited but spectacular site.
71. Hunt for vampires in Transylvania
The region of Transylvania in Romania is an historic and fascinating one. It’s famous for it’s fictional vampires on account of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. The main draw in Transylvania is of course Bran Castle near Brasov, which is characterised as the home of Dracula. In fact it was actually the home of Vlad the Impaler, someone who shares more than a few common characteristics with Dracula. If you love vampires or horror movies, then a visit to Transylvania and Bran Castle should be on your bucket list.
The splendid Bran Castle in Transylvania is often referred to as the ‘Dracula Castle’.
72. Enter the wild in the Gates of the Arctic National Park
One of America’s frontier national parks, the Gates of the Arctic makes our bucket list for its pure rugged and untouched nature. While there’s more beautiful and more diverse national parks around, the Gates of the Arctic has it’s own unique allure. The park has no designated paths or trails and truly is off the beaten track. In a world of over population and connectivity, this park is a wonderful throwback to a different time and way of living.
With no roads or trails, hiking or flying is the only way to access this wild park.
73. Discover the secrets of Easter Islands statues
The statues of Easter Island, known as Moai statues are one of the great mysteries of our time. Debate rages around their age, purpose and and design. What is generally agreed on is that they were built somewhere between 400 AD and 1500 AD. Their unique design with large heads, face away from the sea, perhaps to look over the villages and protect them. Regardless of their purpose, they’re a stunning and spectacular sight to see. There’s currently 887 Moai statues on the island, although ongoing excavations hope to recover more.
The history and purpose of the Moai statues on Easter Island have long confused historians
74. Descend into a Pharoah’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings close to Luxor in Egypt is the last resting place of many of ancient Egypt’s most famous Pharaoh’s. Tutankhamun, Ramses II and many others were buried here in grandiose ornamental tombs. While many of the tombs were sacked by treasure hunters, there still remains incredible wall art, sarcophaguses, carvings and hieroglyphics. Many of the tombs date back more than 3,000 years and you can feel the history as you enter.
Tutankhamun’s Tomb, located in the Valley of the Kings
75. See nature at its finest in Torres del Paine
The wonderful national park of Torres del Paine in Chile is one of the finest in the whole continent of South America. It’s home to spectacular turquoise lakes, numerous glaciers and some spectacular mountains. You need to time your visit right to get the most of out of this park, but visit during the peak summer months and you’ll struggle to find a better alpine hiking location anywhere in the world.
Torres del Paine in Chile is an area of outstanding beauty with lakes, mountains and glaciers
76. Experience the hyper reality of Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas is like nowhere else on the planet and one of the most amazing places in the world to visit. While it’s not everyone’s favourite destination, it is one place that everyone should visit at least once in their life. The ‘strip’ as it’s known, is home to various famous monuments from around the world, including Venice, the Eiffel Tower and the Pyramids. Alongside these monuments are decadent casino’s, hotels, shows, bars and nightclubs – it’s a full on assault on your senses. It’s really is true that you have to see Vegas to believe it.
The world famous Las Vegas sign that greets you as you enter the city
77. Experience the best of the Silk Road in Bukhara
The Silk Road city of Bukhara in Uzbekistan is one of the finest along this fabled route. Dating back over 2,000 years the city grew as trade increased along the Silk Road. The legacy left behind by this trade route is a significant one with wonderfully preserved buildings, including mosques, mausoleums and fortresses. The iconic Mir-i-Arab Madrasa is the finest of all the buildings and one of the most sacred Islamic schools. This destination is a real bucket list item for history buffs and intrepid travellers.
The ancient Silk Road city of Bukhara in Uzbekistan features magnificent architecture.
78. Discover your own desert island in the San Blas Islands
The San Blas Islands in Panama are home to some of the finest beaches anywhere in the world. Located in the Caribbean Sea, the waters are calm, clear and warm making it the perfect place to sail through. Of the 365 islands in the San Blas archipelago, only 49 of them are inhabited, giving you plenty of scope to fulfil your Robinson Crusoe fantasies.
The San Blas Islands are home to azure waters and fabulous beaches
79. Spend the summer solstice at Stonehenge
Much like the Moai statues on Easter Island, very few definitive answers exist to explain the creation and purpose of Stonehenge. The site is believed to have been constructed around 5,000 years ago, however the creators left no written record. What is indisputable though is that the site has been configured to align perfectly with the position of the sun during both the summer and winter solstice. Visiting during the summer solstice is a great opportunity to see this magical sight at its best, at both sunrise and at sunset. The normally rigid opening hours of 9 to 5 are relaxed for this special occasion and there’s a jubilant atmosphere with plenty of open minded people in attendance.
The mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge is one of the UK’s top attractions
80. Party at Oktoberfest in Munich
What isn’t to like about Oktoberfest? Beer (and lots of it), sausages, music and funfair rides fill a huge 42 acre site in the Bavarian capital of Munich each October. Attracting 6 million visitors each year, it’s a massive festival with global appeal. While consuming the various Bavarian beers on offer is the main pastime, it’s also an import folk festival for the people of Bavaria and dates all the way back to 1810. In terms of bucket lists, you probably need to be a beer drinker to really enjoy this one.
The huge beer halls of Oktoberfest attract millions of visitors from around the world.
81.See the Parthenon in Athens
When you think of the great buildings of the ancient world, the Parthenon of Athens in Greece is one that is always close to the top of the list. Dating back to the 4th century BC, the building is approaching 2,500 years in age. Thanks to a huge investment in conserving the site, it remains in good condition and is being slowly rebuilt using the original materials. A visit to the Parthenon is a common bucket list item and one that you’ll enjoy immensely after making the ascent up the sometime steep track. As you reach the top the epic structure comes into view, which surprises many with its intricate details.
The Parthenon has dominated the Athens skyline for nearly 2500 years.
82. Hike the Annapurna Circuit
The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is another long time favourite on the bucket list. Widely recognised as the best beginner/intermediate hike in Nepal, it takes you from the foothills of the Himalayas up to the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters. The route takes between 10 to 14 days to complete and the circuit is 100 to 145 miles in distance, depending on the route taken. It’s a truly wonderful and spectacular hike that not only gets you in touch with nature, but builds your fitness and mental health. If you’re in need of a recharge, this should be at the very top of your bucket list.
The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is one of the great Himalayan trekking circuits.
83. Immerse yourself in Cartagena’s old town
The old town of Cartagena in Colombia is another UNESCO listed world heritage site on our list and a highlight of any visit to South America. The old town in Cartagena dates back to 1533 and is famous for it’s unique Spanish colonial architecture. A wander around this area is a hugely rewarding experience with numerous shops, restaurants and street vendors. The vibrant colours and quaintness of the old town contrast brilliantly with the brash, drab skyline of the modern city, which lies in the distance. The old town offers great nightlife, plus amazing beaches as well, making Cartagena a destination you have to visit.
The old town of Cartagena contrasts with the modern city skyline of the city
84. Dive the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef off of Australia’s east coast is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Stretching out over a distance of 2,700 kilometres it encompasses over 2,900 individual reefs as well as over 900 islands. This amazing ecosystem is home to some of the finest diving sites in the world which makes it a bucket list contender for snorkellers and divers alike. The shipwreck of the SS Yongala is considered to be one of the best wreck dives in the world, while the Cod Hole dive site near Cairns allows you to dive with giant Potato Cod. Whichever of the numerous dive sites you visit, you’re guaranteed to see plenty of marine life and spectacular coral.
The Great barrier Reef stretches along the coast of Queensland, Australia for over 2,700 km
85. Hike or cruise around Milford Sound
Milford Sound in New Zealand’s South Island is the countries top attraction. This stunningly beautiful fjord is surrounded by towering mountain peaks along with rainforests, waterfalls and plenty of wildlife. It’s part of a wider conservation area known as Te Wahipounamu, which is UNESCO world heritage listed. There’s no best way to see this amazing area but you need to experience it on both land and water to truly appreciate the beauty. We’d personally go with kayaking on the fjord and one or more hike. In the end it’s not important how you see this amazing destination, just that you do. This is another sensational bucket list destination.
Milford sound is a fjord surrounded by mountains and rainforest, making it one of New Zealand’s most beautiful spots
86. Marvel at the Iguazu Waterfalls
The spectacular Iguazu Waterfalls sit along the border between Brazil and Argentina in South America. Recognised as the widest waterfalls in the world, the cumulative width of it’s 275 waterfalls is a stunning 2.7 kilometres. Even if you’ve been to Victoria Falls, Niagra Falls or even Angel Falls, this is a sight that you simply must see.
The Iguaza Falls are the largest waterfall system in the world
87. See Mount Kelimutu’s multi-coloured volcanic lakes
Mount Kelimutu on the Indonesian island of Flores is an incredible but somewhat under the radar destination. This spectacular volcano has 3 volcanic crater lakes on its summit, which all vary in colour and change from time to time. Believed to be caused by fumaroles or volcanic vents, the lakes are influenced by the release of gases from below the surface. When you see these amazing lakes in person, you’re immediately struck by the intensity of the colours, the likes of which you’ll rarely if ever see elsewhere.
The three volcanic craters on Mount Kelimutu feature intense colours.
88. Take in Krakow’s historic architecture
The city of Krakow in Poland is one of the outstanding European cities to visit. Famous for it’s immaculately preserved medieval town centre, a visit here is like walking through an open air museum. At the centre of town is the Rynek Glówny or market square, arguably the finest example in any European city. Elsewhere in Krakow you’ll find a host of intriguing museums, a fine Jewish quarter and a Gothic cathedral dating back to the 14th century. It makes Krakow the best city to visit in Poland.
Krakow’s cathedral and market square are two of the finest in Europe.
89. Have your breath taken away by the Sagrada Família
The Sagrada Família is quite possibly the greatest unfinished building in the world. Designed and initially built by the legendary Catalan architect, Gaudi, it remains unfinished to this day. This is not something that immediately strikes you as it’s ornate exterior and stunning interior overwhelm your senses. Recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site, this stunning building must be seen to be believed.
The Sagrada Familia remains a work in progress and is scheduled to be completed in 2027.
90. See Michelangelo’s finest work in the Sistine Chapel
The fabulous country of Italy is synonymous with so many things, but one that really stands out is the countries amazing renaissance artists. From Da Vinci, to Raphael to Michelangelo the list is a long and distinguished one. However one work of renaissance art stands out head and shoulders above the rest and that’s Michelangelo’s painting in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican. This amazing piece of art covers the ceiling of the chapel and took 4 years to complete. The exquisite frescoes on the ceiling are captivating for art lovers and casual observers alike. If you haven’t already been persuaded to visit Rome by its other attractions, this incredible piece of art should surely sway your decision.
The incredible Sistine Chapel is one of the finest artworks in the world.
91. Visit the Potala Palace in Lhasa
Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa is an amazing place to visit. Once one of the most remote places in the world, it’s now linked to the rest of China by a high speed rail line. Despite this significant shift in the cities connectivity, the city remains largely unchanged. This is especially true of the Potala Palace, which has overlooked the city from it’s hilltop location since 1649. While it’s no longer the residence of the Dalai Lama, it’s wonderful design and architecture has been impeccably preserved. Visiting the Potala Palace and Lhasa is a real bucket list item for many intrepid travellers and one that’s becoming increasingly accessible.
The Potala Palace in Lhasa was for many years the home of the Dalai Lama.
92. Visit the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque
Listed as a twin bucket list item, these 2 stunning UNESCO listed mosques are separated by a matter of a few hundred meters. Located in the Sultanahmet neighbourhood of Istanbul in Turkey, you can see both as part of a weekend trip to Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia is the older of the 2 buildings and is almost 1500 years old. Formerly a church and mosque, it’s now a museum. The Blue Mosque is much younger having been built in the early 17th century, however its no less impressive. A visit to these twin sights along with the other treasures of Istanbul will leave you awe struck.
The majestic dome and interior of the Hagia Sophia
93. Be awe struck by the geysers of Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park is another popular bucket list destination. This hydrothermal park is home to many unique and spectacular features. Possibly the greatest of all are it’s 500 geysers, including the exceptional ‘Old Faithful’. Renowned for it’s consistency and predictability, this enormous geyser erupts 20 times each day. Such is the force of the eruption that water is thrown up to 180 feet in the air. Experiencing an eruption gives you a new respect for the force and power of mother nature.
The volcanic landscape at Yellowstone National Park give it an other worldly feel
94. Hike through the Antelope Canyon
The incredible Antelope Canyon in Nevada, USA is the most spectacular slot canyon you’re ever going to see. Shaped by millions of years of erosion caused by the wind and rain, the result is a spectacular series of curving canyons. The pastel coloured curved rock lends itself to spectacular photographs, particularly in the midday sun when beams of light shine in. This really is the place to take your Instagram account to the next level.
95. Watch the sunset in Santorini
Santorini is probably the best known of Greece’s many spectacular islands. It’s famous for the beautiful white washed town of Thira, which sits atop the vast caldera that was was formed following an eruption in 1613 BC. The town is home to many hillside boutique hotels and restaurants, which have the most sensational views out over the ocean. The deep crater formed by the eruption gives the sea a deep blue colour, making sunsets over the caldera an out of this world experience.
Santorini’s sunsets over the vast caldera are simply breath taking.
96. See the Great Mosque of Djenne
Outside of North Africa’s architectural gems, most people struggle to name many historical buildings in Africa. However scratch below the surface and you’ll find a few gems. One such gem is the Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali. Built in the Sudano-Sahelian style, the structure is entirely built out of mud bricks using material from the local Bani River. This amazing structure is all the more compelling when you contrast it with the low level urban dwellings that surround it. This is certainly one of the most unique structures in the world.
The unique mud mosque at Djenne in Mali is the largest mud structure in the world.
97. Marvel at Chichen Itza’s pyramids
Chichen Itza is another of the worlds great historical sights. Located in Mexico it’s an easy destination to visit as part of a Yucatan Peninsula trip. Believed to date back over 1500 years, the site has a rich and torturous history. It’s this fascinating history and the well preserved Mayan ruins which have seen the site recognised as one of the 7 wonders of the world. A visit here is a memorable and magical experience.
Chichen Itza in the Yuctan region is one of the 7 New Wonders of the World and dates back to 400 AD
98. Temple hop in Kyoto
Japan is recognised and revered around the world for it’s unique architecture and culture. The embodiment of this is the city of Kyoto, the former capital city of Japan. Now recognised as the cultural capital of Japan, Kyoto is home to over 1600 temples. An incredible 17 of these have been designated UNESCO world heritage sites reflecting the areas incredibly rich heritage. A visit to the city to hop between the countless temples is a true bucket list experience, particularly during Sakura, the cherry blossom season.
Old Town Kyoto is an evocative destination to explore, no more so than during sakura season
99. Hike the rainbow coloured Vinicunca Mountain
A new addition to many bucket lists is the fascinating Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountain in Peru. At a height of 5200 meters, the mountain was previously covered in snow, however in 2015 the snow melted away and revealed this incredible landscape. A day hike in the area is a brilliant experience. Located just a short distance from the city of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, it’s another certain bucket list addition for the area.
Vinicunca or Rainbow Mountain, is a beautiful rainbow striped mountain at an altitude of 5200 metres
100. Ascend the Eiffel Tower
To finish off our list we’ve gone with an old favourite, the iconic and beautiful Eiffel Tower. Built in 1887, this wonderful building has captivated visitors for years. At 330 meters in height, it was the tallest building in the world when it was constructed. If you can draw yourself away from marvelling at the tower, you can ascend to either the first, second or third floor. The highest of these stands at a vertigo inducing 276 meters and provides stunning views across Paris. It’s possible to climb all the way to the top via the stairs but most people choose to ride the express lift.
The Eiffel Tower viewed from the River Seine in Paris, France
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71 bucket list ideas to change your life
This is your first step in creating your bucket list.
The idea of the bucket list — the experiences we want to have before we “kick the bucket” — has captured our collective imagination for years.
It might seem a bit sad to think about, but we all dream of things we want to do before our time is up. It isn’t always about “before we die,” but it creates a sense of urgency.
Creating and updating a list of what you hope to see or do keeps us in touch with what we find moving and inspiring. The list keeps us dreaming, motivated , and w orking hard. It helps us stay excited about life and connected with what might fulfill our sense of purpose.
Bucket list ideas can be as grand or as simple as you like. But they should align with who you are and what you care about. They’re rooted in your interests, purpose, and passions — the things that get you up in the morning.
The idea is simple: dream it up, write it down, and do it. In practice, though, you might find it difficult. After all, self-reflection takes time — an asset that comes at a premium these days.
Thankfully, we’re here to help you get started. Here are some of our best bucket list ideas to inspire you.
What’s a bucket list?
A bucket list is a list of experiences someone wants to have at some point in their life. They’re a fun method of life-planning that can include professional and personal goals or anything else you can imagine.
Your list will undoubtedly differ from your mom’s, friend’s, or coworker’s — and that’s okay. A bucket list should reflect what you value and desire.
Should I have a bucket list?
Having a bucket list isn’t for everyone — it depends on you and how you find fulfillment. But it helps motivate you in your everyday life . It can’t hurt to dream big, so here are some things to consider if you’re going to write one.
1. It’s a measurable form of progress
Your bucket list acts as a roadmap that you can follow. It’ll help you stay on track, prioritize, and budget for your dreams. Having a life plan is smart, but does your 5-year-plan only include professional milestones? You deserve to have a dream plan, too.
2. It gives you things to look forward to
Hope is powerful, and making a bucket list gives people a reason to nurture that spark and anticipate what’s to come when the days feel long. These goals are also great extrinsic motivators — something you should include in your personal reward system .
3. It makes life more meaningful
Bucket lists help us look past the monotonous or daily grind to bigger and better things. Life exists beyond our self-improvement books and office cubicles. A bucket list encourages you to seek out these new experiences. You have the opportunity to engage with the world, and yourself, outside of your everyday life.
4. It helps you avoid languishing
If you’re feeling unmotivated, inspired, and kind of “blah” overall, you might be languishing . If you’re in this middle state , stress can affect you more, and your mental health might suffer. Having a bucket list — and something to look forward to — will keep you excited about life and ready to take on tomorrow.
1. The fulfillment is only temporary
Unfortunately, most of the experiences people have on their lists are temporary. The experience might be fantastic at the moment, but the moment will pass. It quickly becomes a memory.
2. It only works for those who find meaning in reaching benchmarks
Spending more time with family and having a stable job is enough for many people. But many other people are daydreamers with additional goals. This kind of imagination is especially important for young adults. They have a whole life ahead of them, and setting goals will help them find their own type of fulfillment.
3. You may feel like you’re failing
If you haven’t crossed off something on your list or didn’t experience something by a particular age, it might lead to self-doubt or feelings of failure . Leaving dreams unfulfilled damages our self-esteem.
4. It can be superficial and performative
Some people like to share and talk about their bucket lists. That can create a sense of competition and one-up-manship. It can make us focus on big Instagrammable experiences rather than deeper, quieter everyday experiences that create life satisfaction and meaning.
How to create a bucket list
Include anything you like on your bucket list. List career goals , travel destinations, health, finance, or relationship goals. It can be as long or as short as you want. Really, if you can dream it, you can do it.
Creating your list can feel overwhelming. It takes Inner Work® and self-reflection to create a list that aligns with your values. There are many ways you can approach this. But, if you need a hand, BetterUp is here. Our coaches can help you figure out what matters to you and thrive.
The different kinds of bucket lists
Your list might be very long if you try to put everything down at once. If you’re overwhelmed by all you want to do, try breaking it down into categories. Here are some examples of divided bucket lists:
- Travel destinations
- Career goals
- Foods you want to try
- Skills or hobbies you’d like to learn
- Bands you’d like to see
- Life goals
- Fears to overcome
Each list can contain experiences related to your interests. Think about your current career, passions, and hobbies, and turn those into cool bucket list ideas.
71 ideas to put on a bucket list
We asked some of our friends and colleagues for ideas from their bucket lists. Here are 71 possible bucket list examples to get you thinking:
- Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, like Grand Canyon National Park — the type of “awe” inspired by the vastness of nature has a powerful effect on our well-being
- Try the street food in Mexico (or any other country where the street scene seems exotic relative to your day-to-day)
- Go bungee jumping
- Road trip across Canada on the Alaskan Highway
- Take a multi-day railroad trip in a sleeper car
- Drink beer at Oktoberfest
- See the Northern Lights
- Visit New York City for an iconic event (Thanksgiving Day Parade or New Year’s Eve)
- Try skinny dipping
- Eat shark in Iceland
- Visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras
- Hike to Machu Picchu in Peru
- Visit the sand beaches of Hawaii, Galapagos, Indonesia, or the Dead Sea
- Go horseback riding
- Try kayaking down rapids
- Ride a gondola in Venice, Italy
- Find a job you love
- Retire early
- Visit Tokyo, Japan
- Have children
- Go snorkeling or scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia
- See elephants in Thailand
- Go vegetarian for a month
- Walk on the Great Wall of China
- Learn how to play guitar (or any other instrument)
- Make a meal with food entirely grown in your garden
- Set up a college fund for your children
- Become debt-free
- Earn a second college degree
- Touch six out of the seven continents
- Learn a new language
- Become a manager
- Adopt a pet
- Go skydiving
- Write a book
- Be a background cast member in a movie
- Fill a room with completed puzzles
- Become a homeowner
- Volunteer for your local school board
- Live in a foreign country
- Swim in all four oceans
- Perform at a local open-mic night
- Ride in a hot air balloon
- Learn to snowboard
- Attend the Olympics
- Explore the Amazon in Brazil
- Eat pho in Halong Bay, Vietnam
- Try a zipline
- Take a picture in front of the White House
- Mentor a young professional in your industry
- Go camping in the desert
- Drive along the entire coast of California
- Complete your master’s degree or Ph.D
- See a concert at the Hollywood Bowl
- Hike up a mountain in Chile
- Run a marathon
- Record a music album
- Read all the books by your favorite author
- Go white water rafting
- Own a sports car or motorcycle
- Start a scholarship fund in your name
- Volunteer on a board of directors
- Write a screenplay
- Learn a complicated recipe and cook it for your friends
- Sleep at an ice hotel
- See a show on broadway
- Try a crazy hairstyle
- Treat yourself to a spa day
- Take your family to Disney World
- Coach a kids soccer team
- Visit major cultural landmarks like the Eiffel Tower in France, the Taj Mahal in India, the pyramids of Egypt, Petra in Jordan, the Colosseum in Greece, Stonehenge in England, or Christ the Redeemer in Brazil
These are just a few of our best bucket list items. Yours will look different, and that’s the point. The possibilities are endless.
Time to make it real
Ready to make your bucket list a reality? The first step is to write it down. Listing your goals in a journal can make them feel more real. There are no rules for how to journal, so you can organize your notebook however you want. But if you’re looking for a place to start, consider these journaling techniques:
- : Whether you want to hike in New Zealand or be an ocean scientist in Maine, you must open yourself up to the possibilities. Use future-minded thinking to make your bucket list a reality. : Keep a place to reflect on the special things you’ve done so far. This will be a great motivator to keep working on your list!
- Ideas journal: A dumping ground for all of your wildest dreams and ideas. Try not to filter yourself — the sky’s the limit! You can come back to them to see if they work as true bucket list items or if they were just fleeting ideas.
- Daily journal: Use your notebook to set daily goals , reflect on your experiences, and document your adventures. This will help you discover what activities are most meaningful to you.
- Vision journal: Instead of writing down your bucket list, why not visualize it? Create a vision board or scrapbook of everything you want to do.
If pen-and-paper isn’t your sty le, you can create your list in a computer document or spreadsheet. Better yet, create a profile on bucketlist.org or bucklist.net. Signing up will grant you access to customizable lists and goal-tracking tools. Plus, you can connect with other bucket listers online and be inspired by their achievements.
“One day, you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”
Best-selling author Paulo Coelho had it right.
According to a 2018 study, the average employee will spend 25% of their lives working. But what we do with the other 75% of our lives is up to us. It’s important to carve out time to enjoy what the world offers, make new friends, create new family traditions, and build memories.
Having and following through on your bucket list ideas is a form of self-care. Whether you want to create a travel bucket list to go to Spain or prioritize your family and career, it’s never too late to start chasing your dreams and prioritize your emotional well-being. The world can be an overwhelming, even scary place, but you’re capable of anything you set your mind to.
Now that you’ve made your list of things, it’s time to go out and start making those ambitions a reality — even if it’s outside your comfort zone . That’s where you’ll grow.
25 Top Rated Travel Bucket List Ideas
People tend to ask others, what is on your bucket list? It is that list of places you have been to or have a list of places you want to go. These items must be done before you “kick the bucket” or pass away. For instance, your number one bucket list place might be Antarctica.
You can be young or even older trying to accomplish these things. Whatever your period may be, you have items to check off. There can be plenty of bucket list ideas to help you create the right one. Know that these are not just regular vacations like a cruise around some islands; at the end of the trip, you feel fulfilled that you checked another item off that bucket list.
These can be places like hiking the Inca Trail in Peru to see Machu Picchu or going to Egypt to see the Pyramids of Giza. Any of these items can be bucket list ideas. All you have to do is make that list and start traveling to see those items.
Need help figuring out where to go or what to see? Come along and start adventuring. We have created a fantastic list of bucket list ideas.
Bucket List Ideas
There are so many places to see and visit, but if we had to list some of the top sites, here is just a short list of bucket list ideas to help you figure out your next adventure.
1. Great Pyramids of Giza
The Great Pyramids of Giza are on everyone’s bucket list. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it boasts many great Pyramids and the Sphinx. It is an archaeological phenomenon that was built over 5000 years ago. It is the pinnacle of the Ancient Egyptian world.
Be amazed as this last Ancient Wonder of the World that stands today still puzzles many on how they were created. It is another item to add to that bucket list.
2. Machu Picchu
Situated in the Andes mountains, this 15th-16th century-old lost city of the Inca Empire brings tourists from all over to marvel at the walls and architecture of the town. It is the most visited site in Peru, bringing tourism to a beautiful country full of wonder.
Most people come to Machu Picchu via a train from Cusco, and others can trek the Inca trail and enter the entrance early in the morning before the crowds overtake the city.
3. Walk Along the Great Wall of China
Hailed as one of the largest man-made structures in the world, the Great Wall of China is something that amazes so many people. The Great Wall has stood time after time through centuries of building walls, fortifications, and bridges.
If traveling through China, stop to see the Great Wall. It is not just one wall but many walls spread across China’s northern border. The most accessible sections stem from Beijing. The Great Wall of China usually tops most people’s bucket list ideas.
4. The Colosseum, Rome Italy
Before you die, you must see one of the largest amphitheaters ever built. The Colosseum was built to hold up to 80,000 spectators.
Sitting in the middle of Rome, the Colosseum is an iconic site where they cheer and watch many events such as fighting, races, and other things. It is a gorgeous region of Italy.
5. Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal is a symbol of India and one of the most recognized mausoleums ever built. This enormous white marble mausoleum was built between 1631-1648 for the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Janan. It is considered one of the most beautiful art pieces of the Muslim world and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
6. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Considered the world’s largest religious monument, Angkor Wat boasts 400 square kilometers of temples. Designated as a UNESCO site in 1992, Angkor Wat, located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, has hundreds of temples and ruins to admire as you visit this fantastic site. You may have heard many things about this site, but it is more impressive than you will ever see.
7. Chichen Itza, Mexico
Chichen Itza is a new one that many people have yet to hear of. Yet, it is the most extensive Pre-Columbian Mayan Civilization Archaeological discovery in the Yucatan. In the center of this archaeological city sits a colossal pyramid, El Castillo.
Looking for something different, travel to Mexico to see these Mayan ruins. It is another item to add to your travel bucket list.
8. Explore Petra, Jordan
The Middle East has much to offer, but Petra, Jordan, offers much more than you would expect. Sitting between the Dead Sea and the Arabian desert is Petra, which is surrounded by sandstone mountains. Many archaeological discoveries will be chiseled in these sandstone mountains, such as tombs, temples, and more.
You must visit Petra if you are visiting the Middle East and want to stop by Jordan. Rose-colored sandstone mountains give Petra the name “The Rose City.” It is something you cannot miss to see.
9. Sail in Halong Bay, Vietnam
Near Hanoi, Vietnam, is Halong Bay. Halong Bay is known for its emerald waters, rainforest-covered islands, and beauty, known on some lists as one of the world’s top natural wonders. If you are in Vietnam or want to visit, Halong Bay is a must-stop place to explore. The beauty of the site is breathtaking.
10. Visit the Acropolis of Athens
Visiting one of the most ancient cities in the world, the Acropolis of Athens, should be on your bucket list. The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel situated on top of a hill that overlooks Athens. It is full of ancient ruins, buildings such as the Parthenon, and even the temple of Athena.
Not only is the Acropolis a UNESCO site, but it is a symbol of Greek history, culture, and architecture, and it should be on everyone’s bucket list to go and see.
11. See the Stunning Rocky Mountains
The Canadian Rockies are a sight to be seen, and there’s no better place to see them than Banff National Park. Stay at the historic Fairmont Banff Hotel, take a stroll downtown Banff, and visit the iconic Lake Louise while surrounded by the Rocky Mountains.
12. Make a Trip to Easter Island
The remote island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island as most people call it, sits just 2300 miles off the coast of Chile. Who wouldn’t want to travel to see a mysterious island with massive heads sticking out of it? Come and see the volcano cones, old stone villages, and enormous Moai stone figures on this little adventure. The island offers other attractions for learning about the indigenous peoples of this island.
13. Go Diving in the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Australia in Queensland. It is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, boasting its most extensive reef system.
The natural beauty of this reef has attracted tourists from far and wide to dive, snorkel and explore this beautiful place. No wonder it is considered one of the World’s Natural Wonders.
14. Vacation in the Maldives
One of the most romantic archipelagos in the world is the Maldives. Boasting over 1000 different islands set off the coast of Sri Lanka and is named a top honeymoon destination for couples with turquoise waters, snow-white sandy beaches, and luxurious resorts to make the mood just right. Come and vacation in the marvelous Maldives.
15. Take an African Safari
Africa is full of beauty and unique animals to see. In Kenya, you can see the “Big Five” (lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffalo, and Rhinos). Take a visit to South Africa and see Kruger National Park. Going on an African Safari could be one of the best bucket list items if you go to Africa.
You can visit many places for an African Safari with all the animal reserves you have to book a trip and enjoy. There are also luxury camping options if you are not all about roughing it.
16. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Have you ever seen the show Game of Thrones? The Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia, is where many of the scenes from Kings Landing have been filmed. It is an old Medieval walled city with narrow streets, fabulous restaurants, the Adriatic sea glimmer, and beautifying Baroque buildings. What is not to like?
You can enjoy the city for a day and venture off to more of the Dalmatian coast, but Dubrovnik has so much to offer and explore. The city walls can keep you occupied for hours as you walk along.
Take a trip to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik.
17. Take a Boat Ride in Venice, Italy
Italy is full of beautiful places and delicious food. It is easier to visit Italy by eating pizza or having gelato for dessert. One place you cannot miss is Venice, Italy. What is not to like about Venice? It is compact and full of history, and the canals can make it a wonderful romantic getaway for you and a loved one.
Venice is often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is created by connecting 118 islands by bridges. The narrow canals and Gothic and Renaissance architecture add to the beauty.
If you want things to add to your travel bucket list, add Venice, Italy.
18. Hike Through the Grand Canyon
The U.S. is famous for many natural attractions, but one attraction beats them all. That is the Grand Canyon. It is the largest canyon in the world, etched out by the Colorado River over many years.
A picture can show its beauty but does not do it justice for the sight of this fantastic natural beauty. It is no wonder tourists from all over flock to Arizona to take a look at this natural wonder.
19. Iguazu Falls
Are you looking for incredible natural waterfalls? Most people think of Niagra or even Victoria Falls as impressive falls, but Iguazu Falls is one of the largest networks of waterfalls in the world. As you walk across bridges to gaze up at the water falling, the crashing water blocks all other noises.
Located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, you can visit the falls from either side. It is another beautiful place to add to your travel bucket list.
20. Paris, France
With cities and places worldwide, you may need to remember that one of the most popular cities people should see is Paris. The city of love boasts beauty, coffee, wine, and French cuisine.
Paris is also the host of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, a short drive from Versailles Palace. There is so much to see and do, you will not be bored on this trip to the city of a famous capital city like Paris.
21. Santorini, Greece
One of the most beautiful islands in Greece is Santorini, which is full of photogenic blue dome churches, beautiful beaches, and unforgettable sunsets. This volcanic island sits in the Cyclades.
Wine is plentiful and a significant industry in Santorini, and one fantastic fact is that those blue-domed churches outnumber the number of houses on the island.
Come visit Santorini and take in the sights of pearl-white and blue-domed buildings as you gaze upon the beautiful sands of the beaches. The adventure is waiting, and Santorini will be ready for you.
22. Cinque Terre, Italy
The Italian Riviera is full of beautiful villages and towns as they wrap around the coastline, but nothing compares to the five villages that make up Cinque Terre. These tiny villages are full of colorful houses that will drive you to continue to take photo after photo.
Travelers from far and wide have started to flock to this little area on the Ligurian coast, and it is not just for Italian food. Cinque Terre is ranked as one of the most beautiful areas in Europe.
If you are looking for a place to add to your travel bucket list, then Cinque Terre should be added. You will not regret this decision.
23. Salar de Uyuni, Salt Flats of Bolivia
The Salt Flats of Bolivia is the largest in the world, being the size of Jamaica and giving everyone a sense of adventure. These salt flats offer not only beauty but many other photographic beauties. Just picture you seeing nothing but salt for miles and miles.
You can make optical illusions by using your camera phone and taking photos of people fighting off dinosaurs or even creating great photographs with massive reflections of the deep expanse of the sky.
Get lost in the world of salt, venturing to the Salt Flats of Bolivia. The world may seem small, but with these Salt Flats, anything is possible with your camera.
24. Cruise Down to Antarctica
Antarctica is an adventure in itself. People come from all over Ushuaia, Argentina, to cruise across the Drake passage to set foot on this mysterious land. The last continent on most of everyone’s bucket list.
The waters are full of life, with pods of whales appearing out of nowhere, seals playing or even sleeping on the ice, and cute penguins living life on the shores. If you are adventurous enough, you can dive into the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean and know that you have survived the Antarctic polar plunge.
25. Viva Las Vegas
There is a reason why Las Vegas is known as “sin city.” Las Vegas never sleeps, and there are endless attractions on and off the strip to enjoy. The city is known for its lavish hotels, incredible restaurant buffets, gambling, shows, and desert heat. It is one city where you can explore Paris, New York, Egyptian pyramids and Venice all in one day. You haven’t ticked off all your bucket list ideas until you have been to Las Vegas.
Bucket List Ideas
Traveling and seeing the world is something that you will never forget. Adventures and experiences are some of the best things that money can buy. Traveling can be affordable. You can travel the world much cheaper through travel hacking and using points from travel rewards cards.
As you make your travel bucket list, make sure to put things you would be interested in. May it be adventurous, or to see beaches and cities, make your list your own and enjoy the journey. These 23 travel bucket list ideas are here to help you to create the best list possible.