Ultimate Travel Bucket List: 20 Incredible Experiences

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If you like to travel, you probably have a bucket list of places you want to hit throughout your lifetime. I spend a good majority of my day thinking about mine. It’s so hard to restrict a bucket list to just a few experiences and there’s new additions almost daily, but I’ve tried my best. Here’s 20 things to see and do at least once in your life (…or maybe even a few more).

Hot Air Balloons, Cappadocia, Turkey

1. Go on a Hot-Air Balloon Ride in Turkey

This experience has been at the top of my bucket list for some time now. Every picture looks breathtaking and I can only imagine how surreal it would feel taking flight during sunrise along with all the other hundreds of hot air balloons. You will drift over the fairy chimneys, valleys scattered with pigeon houses, over archads and vineyards.

Northern Lights

2. See the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle

Few people are lucky enough to see the Northern Lights which paint a breathtaking colour backdrop across the wilderness of the Arctic circle. A remarkable sight.

African Safari

3. Go on Safari in Africa

Whether you go deep bush in northern Kruger or follow the big cats in the Maasai Mara, a trip into the wilderness will be life-changing.

Skydive over Swiss Alps

4. Skydive over the Swiss Alps

I’m not particularly fond of heights but I’ve told everyone that if I was to ever travel to Switzerland, I wouldn’t miss the chance to skydive over the Alps.

Dead Sea, Israel

5. Float in the Dead Sea in Israel

The Dead Sea (Yam Hamelakh — “The Salt Sea”) is the lowest place on earth, roughly 1,300 feet below sea level. Visitors can float effortlessly on the waters of the Dead Sea due to its concentration of minerals, which is the highest in the world.

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6. Visit Neuschwanstein, a fairy-tale castle in Germany

Neuschwanstein is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace that inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom, in particular, Cinderella. It was built on a rugged hill against a backdrop of the most picturesque mountain scenery, especially magical during Winter. Talk about the perfect White Christmas!

Galápagos Islands in Ecuador

7. Explore the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador

The Galápagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago of islands in the Pacific Ocean. These 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Its geographical location and ongoing seismic and volcanic activity, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual plant and animal life – such as marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, giant tortoises, huge cacti, endemic trees and the many different subspecies of mockingbirds and finches.

taj-mahal

8. View the Taj Mahal at sunrise in India

The Taj Mahal at Agra, India, is one of the wonders of the world, and also known as “crown of Palaces’. It’s 171 metres (561 feet) in height and it took 17 years to complete!

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia

9. Hike in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile’s Patagonia region, is known for its soaring mountains, electric-blue icebergs that cleave from glaciers and golden pampas (lowlands) that shelter rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos.

Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

10. Sail Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

Amazing beaches and sunshine are the star attractions here, while medieval towns and charming fishing hamlets provide a gorgeous coastal backdrop. A very popular venture among young people, but one I would encourage everyone to experience once in their life. The Yacht Week was the craziest most incredible week of my life and I would recommend it to anyone!

P.s. 10 reasons you need to visit Croatia’s Dalmatian coast

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

11. Take a cruise in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Hạ Long Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Junk boat tours and sea kayak expeditions take visitors past islands named for their shapes, including Stone Dog and Teapot islands.

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, New Zealand

12. Visit the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

New Zealand’s most colourful geothermal attraction, located on the North Island with unique features including the world famous Champagne Pool naturally coloured springs, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations.

Devils Pool, Africa

13. Swim in Devil’s Pool in Africa

Only a slippery, submerged lip of rock stands between these bathers and a 100m drop over the world’s largest waterfall. There’s a reason it’s called the most dangerous swimming pool in the world. Definitely one for the thrill-seekers.

Machu Picchu in Peru

14. Hike Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments, and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.

Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, Burma

15. Admire the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, Burma

The 325ft zedi , adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf and thousands of diamonds and other gems, is believed to enshrine eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha as well as relics of three former buddhas.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

16. Walk on water in Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

Introducing the world’s largest salt flat. It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desertlike, 11,000-sq.-km. landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands. Though wildlife is rare in this unique ecosystem, it does harbor many pink flamingos!

Related: 10 Most Surreal Destinations in the World

Yi Peng Festival in Thailand

17. Release a candle at Yi Peng Festival in Thailand

The Festival of Lights is celebrated all around Thailand with Loi Krathongs (lotus-shaped receptacles) released on water to bring luck and fulfill wishes. Did anyone else immediately think of Tangled? (if you didn’t, you MUST watch that movie!).

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

18. Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

In a magnificent black-lava field, the milky-teal spa is fed water from the futuristic Svartsengi geothermal plant. The superheated water (70% sea water, 30% fresh water, at a perfect 38°C) is rich in blue-green algae, mineral salts and fine silica mud, which condition and exfoliate the skin.

Volcano Sliding, Nicaragua

19. Board down an active volcano in Nicaragua

People are hiking up an active volcano in Nicaragua, and sliding down, sitting or standing, on a thin plywood or metal board at 60mph. I mean honestly, who wouldn’t want to tick ‘slid down an active volcano’ off their bucket list?

Cherry Blossoms, Japan

20. Visit Japan during Cherry Blossom season

Springtime in Japan is nothing less than magical. From late March to mid April/May, the country’s iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) capture the attention of visitors and locals as their beautiful pink flowers blanket the country in soft, colourful splendor.

I’d love to know – what’s at the top of your travel bucket list?

  • Laura Mareno

    Awesome post! I had to add some of these to my list! I really want to go on a safari in Africa! kisses:D

    http://laurasavenue.blogspot.com.es/

    • pat.

      beautiful pictures of beautiful vistas. I travel mostly the United States and the Aurora Borealis is my #1 bucket list choice.

  • Great places. Love the post!

    Kisses from http://poshnessary.com

  • I experienced the hot air balloon this year! I can recommend it! It’s such a great adventure!

  • That’s so inspiring! What a lovely post.

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  • I absolutely, positively, definitely would love to see the Northern Lights. It’s such a wonder of the world. :]

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  • So many of these are on my bucket list too! I was in Vietnam for a month and Ha Long Bay was my FAVORITE place. It’s one of those places that doesn’t just live up to the pictures, but exceeds it. I’d recommend it to anyone!

    http://www.kelseymarie.co

  • Trang Do

    Wow! Amazing pictures! Looks stunning!
    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • All of these look beautiful, but I would especially love to go on a hot air balloon over Turkey!

    Kelly xx
    http://www.anneinthedollhouse.com/

  • Would like to join you very much on all 20! http://www.travelsito.com

  • Torunn Bjøreid

    Wonderful pictures and bucket list. But photo 7 is not from Galapagos. It is from Geiranger fjord in Norway http://www.delhidailynews.com/news/Stunning-Fjords-of-Norway-soak-up-CO2-from-atmosphere–finds-study-1430830964/

    • I should have picked that! Thank you for letting me know, it has been updated.

  • Such an inspiring post :) Visiting the Scandanavian region is right on top of my travel bucket list. Alongside Machu Picchu and Eastern Europe.

    Real Life Nerd // http://www.vivienekok.com

  • I’m lucky enough to have been to a few of these places…I’d add visiting Croatia’s Plitvice National Park to my wishlist, looks amazing!

    – Lubna | The Digital Review

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I’ve done a few of these, including seeing the Northern Lights! xx, adaatude.com

  • Travel bug is back thanks to this post. :) Such great action items!

  • Aside from #13, I’d add up all the rest on my bucketlist. Wow, so many things to do, places to see, and little time!

    Love, Richel. | Richel Goes Places

  • Absolutely loved this post! I always get sick of the usual ‘normal’ destinations such as New York and London (which are great don’t get me wrong) but I loved how unique this post was and how it opened my eyes to a whole bunch of other stuff to do in the world!

    xo Anisha | http://empoweredinternetwomen.blogspot.com.au/

  • Pam Scalfi

    ive been to the dead sea and the water was so oily and weird, not nice haha
    but the other places i too would love to visit!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  • I’ve already fulfilled the Blue Lagoon one! It was amazing! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to catch the northern lights :(

    Thank you for the rest of the recommendations tho! I didn’t think that the Hot Air Balloon Ride actually existed in Turkey :O

    Sofea
    http://www.thesofeablog.blogspot.com

  • Amazing bucket list! I love every single spot mentioned here – sadly, I haven’t had a chance to visit all of them, except for Halong Bay in Vietnam, which was magnificent!

  • This is a GREAT bucket list!! Many of these I haven’t even heard of but would love to check out!! I need to do all of these!

    Shannon Sage

  • Ah, I need to update my bucket list. Great site!

  • Michèle

    oh YES these are such amazing travel destinations! So dreamy. Travel mood is definitely on right now

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  • kenza dwn

    This is the great list !! I’d like to kick it out from mine as well :) Great article.

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.com/

  • I love this post! So many of these are on my bucket list too. I would love to do a hot air balloon ride in Turkey. I wanted to make the trip from Istanbul when I was there last month, but there just wasn’t enough time!
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  • Great post, it’s giving me a serious wonderlust case. On the top of my bucket list would be visiting Japan during cherry-blossom season, taking a road trip on the Amalfi Coast in Italy and visiting the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia!

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  • Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia is at the top of my list too!

  • Stefanie Meier

    lovely bucket list x
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