Bucket Listing Travels – 52 Locations to Go to in Your Lifetime


As we plan our travels for all times after COVID don’t you assume it’s time to do one thing epic? Nicely, now we have put collectively the last word journey bucket listing to spark your creativeness.

Dave and I made a dream listing of our journey bucket listing travels manner again in 2006. And we fulfilled each journey journey we ever dreamed of. Now we wish to assist your goals come true and share one of the best bucket listing travels that we’ve ever finished. These are 52 locations that it’s good to do not less than as soon as in your lifetime. We’ve bought one concept for each week of the 12 months!

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So, let’s take a look at probably the most mind-blowing lovely locations on the planet. Oh, by the way in which, these are bucket listing travels that we’ve finished ourselves. It’s not a Google search like so many issues on the web as of late.

Iguazu Falls

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Iguazu Falls Viewpoint

There was one thing magical about staying proper within the coronary heart of Iguazú Nationwide Park on the Belmont Lodge Das Cataratas. Having this pure marvel all to ourselves within the early morning was like a fairytale. We walked from our lodge to the lengthy platform resulting in the middle of the huge cascade surrounded by thundering waters.

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This Platform goes to the middle of Iguazu Falls

For a bucket listing expertise, this was spectacular. Be sure you take a helicopter tour over the falls and hop on a jet boat to get soaked. They severely put the boat proper beneath the waterall. If there’s one merchandise in your journey bucket listing. This needs to be it!

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Amalfi Coast

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Amalfi City on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

We thought we had seen the fantastic thing about Italy when visiting the Cinque Terre, however the Amalfi Coast is the Cinque Terre on steroids. The gorgeous coastal cities alongside the Gulf of Salerno took our breath away at each flip. Hire a automotive and drive this well-known freeway that adheres to the aspect of sea cliffs. There may be nothing extra romantic than driving the cities of Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, and Sorrento. Be certain to splurge on a room overlooking the terraced buildings of Positano and its seaside.

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Over the Water Bungalows within the Maldives

Staying in an over the water bungalow in Bora Bora or Tahiti is on everybody’s journey bucket listing. However we did this in The Maldives and I can not consider a spot that’s extra lovely on the planet. The turquoise waters surrounded our bungalow full with a glass ground so we may watch the fish swim by was surperb. I don’t assume I’ve seen such white sand seashores anyplace on earth.

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Petra Jordan

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Petra Monastery

By the point we made it to Petra Jordan, we had seen lots of well-known historic cities with our personal eyes. We anticipated to love it, however we didn’t count on to be wowed by it. Boy have been we unsuitable! Petra is in a league unto itself. The hidden metropolis of Petra is positioned inside a 1.2 km rock passage reaching 80 meters into the air. When you arrive at The Petra Treasury you’re handled to an awe-inspiring scene. An enormous constructing full with columns is carved into the stone.

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African Safari

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a male lion chasing a feminine on the Serengeti in Africa

There may be nothing extra magical than an African Safari. We’ve been fortunate to go on Safari in Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, and Botswana. And belief me, it by no means will get outdated. Seeing the majestic lion stalk its prey and watching a herd of elephants strolling by the African savanna is a scene that’s eternally etched into our brains. There’s something particular about visiting Africa. Because the saying goes “I left my coronary heart in Africa” and each time we go away the continent we really feel the identical manner.

Churchill Polar Bears

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Polar Bears in Churchill

Talking of safaris, have you ever ever considered a safari in Canada? I don’t assume there was something extra awe-inspiring than seeing polar bears within the wild. It’s much more of a bucket listing ticket to have the ability to stroll with polar bears. Going as much as the arctic tundra in summer season shouldn’t be solely distinctive, however additionally it is an opportunity to see polar bears in a distinct surroundings than in snow. We visited the Polar Bears twice with Churchill Wild. As soon as within the winter and as soon as in the summertime.

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Santorini Greece

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We had seen Santorini within the yogurt advertisements for years and dreamed of someday visiting. As soon as we arrived, we understood why it has been featured in so many commercials. Once we appeared over the cliffs of the caldera, the views didn’t appear actual. Whitewashed buildings with blue domes lined the excessive cliffs of the caldera. Staying in a cave lodge overlooking the Aegean Sea was the last word dream.

Kayak and Camp in Antarctica

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In the event you haven’t seen on our weblog, lots of our bucket listing adventures have been in chilly areas. And Antarctica actually tops the listing. We have been fortunate sufficient to go to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions the place we fulfilled each journey dream. From tenting on Antarctica to kayaking round icebergs, Antarctica was an journey lover’s journey dream.

Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp

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Dave and Deb at Everest Base Camp

Staying within the chilly climate for a second, the last word bucket listing journey is to trek to Everest Base Camp. Once we can all journey once more, that is one thing anybody can do no matter climbing expertise Observe the footsteps of Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa to see the Khumbu Ice Fall, Everest Base Camp, The Tengboche Monastery and Mighty Mount Everest herself. Safe the last word bragging rights amongst your folks and trek to Everest. Our buddy Dipendra at SimRik Actual Nepal Treks is ready for you.

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cappadocia turkey hot air baloons over fairy chimneys

Practically everyone seems to be aware of the well-known scene of balloons hovering by the air above fairy chimneys. Turkey’s Cappadocia actually does really feel like a fairytale. This had been our bucket listing since seeing dozens of balloons within the air on Instagram almost a decade in the past. A morning sizzling air balloon journey fulfills the last word journey dream listing.

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Himalayas of Bhutan

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Bhutan is the happiest nation on the planet and you’ll’t assist however fall in love with the folks and panorama while you go to this bucket listing vacation spot. Trekking by the Himalayas is an unimaginable journey however mountaineering to Tiger’s Nest Monastery within the Paro Valley is what attracts folks to the nation. This iconic scene doesn’t disappoint.

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Nice Wall of China

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We now have visited the Nice Wall of China twice. And it lives as much as every little thing we ever anticipated. this marvel of engineering actually did encourage marvel and awe. No marvel it’s listed as one of many New 7 Wonders of the World. We cherished visiting each the Mutianyu and Badaling Nice Wall, they have been equally lovely but very completely different experiences.

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Machu Picchu

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Talking of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is one other lovely vacation spot so as to add to your bucket lists. Mountaineering the Inca Path is on many individuals’s journey bucket listing, however even seeing this extraordinary Inca Metropolis will take your breath away. Actually. Positioned within the Andes Mountains at 2,430 meters/7,972 toes in elevations, it’s a marvel to see.

Nice Barrier Reef

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The UNESCO World Heritage Web site off the coast of Australia is the biggest coral reef on the planet. It tops many a traveler’s bucket listing. Even when scuba diving or snorkeling isn’t your factor, it’s a should go to. There are various methods to see the Nice Barrier Reef. You’ll be able to take a helicopter journey over the reef and even take a ship out to a platform in the midst of the ocean to allow you to swim, snorkel and sunbathe in the midst of this lovely piece of ocean.

Pyramids of Giza

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We had at all times needed to see the Nice Pyramids of Giza with our personal eyes. We didn’t know what to anticipate, however once we first noticed them they appeared surreal. They minimize by the haze of Cairo standing the desert trying like a mirage. We now have had the privilege of visiting them twice and may say that for a enjoyable technique to discover them, rent a camel to take you thru the pyramid advanced to really feel like a real Bedouin.

Gobi Desert of Mongolia

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We’re at all times fascinated by deserts, however there was one thing actually distinctive and spectacular about Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. It’s crammed with life. From the herds of Bactrian camels (two-humped camels) to the nomadic folks of Mongolia shifting their Ghers from camp to camp that was at all times one thing to see. It was a as soon as in a lifetime expertise.

Galapagos Islands

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The Galapagos Islands are a bunch of islands off the coast of Ecuador which have their very personal ecosystem. This UNESCO World Heritage Web site is probably the most biodiverse of locations on earth. AND 97% of the Galapagos is a nationwide park. The highest draw to the Galapagos is to see its endemic species which might be distinctive to the islands. From the Galapagos large tortoise, marine iguanas, and the Galapagos penguin, the wildlife experiences.

Mount Kilimanjaro

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If there’s one mountain to climb in your lifetime it’s Mount Kilimanjaro, The Roof of Africa. Kilimanjaro Nationwide park is a UNESCO World Heritage Web site housing the very best level in Africa. The six to seven-day climb is a part of the seven summits and is a spectacular bucket listing trip. So don’t wait to start out planning your climp up the very best freestanding mountain on earth.


bagan myanmar

A go to to Myanmar is a visit we’ll always remember. Bagan was the spotlight of our travels by the nation. Taking an early morning ferry alongside the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay, we emerged on the most extraordinary advanced of temples we had ever seen. Constructed-in 1057 and protecting 16 sq. miles Bagan homes 2200 pagodas. It seems like an enormous forest of temples that you have to see with your personal eyes.

See the Northern Lights

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Have you ever ever needed to witness the dazzling show of the Aurora Borealis? When you see the Northern Lights dancing within the evening sky, it doesn’t appear actual at first. Are your eyes taking part in tips on you? Iceland is likely one of the greatest locations on the planet to see the Northern Lights. We didn’t have good luck there however have witnessed them a number of occasions in Canada and in Greenland.

Mexico Cenotes

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For scuba divers’ the Cenotes of Mexico are a high bucket listing diving journey. However you may tour many cenotes with out diving. The Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico has a number of adventures the place you may rappel, snorkel, and paddle by Cenotes. But it surely was the Rio Secreto Cenote that was actually extraordinary.

Rome’s Colloseum

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The town of Rome is like no different. It’s full of historic ruins and none as well-known because the Colloseum. We had the great fortune of staying immediately throughout the road from the Colloseum with a view of the amphitheatre from our room. You assume that you recognize every little thing in regards to the Colloseum, however nothing can put together you for seeing it for the primary time.

Christ the Redeemer

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Rio de Janeiro is likely one of the most lovely cities on earth and Christ the Redeemer stands proudly over the town preserving watch. Seeing “Christo Redentor” standing with arms outstretched on the high of Corcovado Mountain is on many bucket listing vacationers listing. You’ll be able to see it by mountaineering up the mountain, taking the practice, or a scenic bus journey however nothing compares to flying round it by helicopter.

Ha Lengthy Bay

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The fantastic Halong Bay, Unesco world heritage in Vietnam

Vietnam’s Ha Lengthy Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Web site that must be seen to really be appreciated. 1600 towering limestone islands attain up from the emerald waters of Halong Bay. What makes the bay much more picturesque are the junk boats that take vacationers to discover the various islands and caves.

Have Champagne on the Eiffel Tower

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Paris is the town of affection and we by no means tire of seeing the Eiffel Tower. Seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle within the metropolis of lights is such a romantic scene, however you have to go up the Eiffel Tower. And do you know you may have a glass of champagne? Have fun a milestone, get engaged or simply take pleasure in a toast as you’re taking within the Parisian skyline.

Helicopter Tour of Victoria Falls

overhead view of Victoria Falls

We occur to dwell one hour away from Niagara Falls in Canada and we do love that metropolis and the enduring Canadian cascade. However, Victoria Falls in Zambia is really out of this world. The Falls That Thunder is positioned within the heart of Mosi Oa Tunya Nationwide Park and is the biggest waterfall on the planet. The setting is totally completely different than Niagara Falls as it’s surrounded by jungle. At a Whopping 1.7 km extensive (1 mile) it’s huge, and the way in which to absorb the scope of Victoria Falls is to stand up within the air.

Soak within the Blue Lagoon

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Certain, the Blue Lagoon of Iceland is overcrowded as of late, however no journey to “The Land of Hearth and Ice” can be full with out stopping to soak in its therapeutic waters. It tops many a traveler’s bucket listing, particularly after Nationwide Geographic named it one of many high 25 Pure Wonders of the World.

Discover the Canals of Venice

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We actually fell in love with Venice. Staying within the metropolis for 4 days allowed us to get off the overwhelmed path to discover extra of the quiet corners of the floating metropolis. Not bucket-list travels can be full with out including Venice to your listing. Whereas a gondola tops many bucket lists, it was the non-public taxi tour that we discovered to be way more romantic. Driving by the Grand Canal in model viewing surroundings made us really feel like film stars.

Spy the Solar Stream at Antelope Canyon

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It is likely one of the most recognizable caves on the planet. However the place is it? Antelope Canyon in Web page Arizona and as soon as a day a stunning waterfall of sunshine seeps by tiny openings lighting up the layers of sandstone on this well-known slot canyon.

Hike By means of Meteora

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Santorini often is the luxurious escape of Greece, however the Monasteries of Meteora are the wonders of Greece. Sitting on the high of huge rock monoliths reaching as much as 500 meters (1500 toes) from the valley ground, historic monasteries dot the panorama. Courting again to the ninth century, the Meteora Monasteries might be visited as we speak by mountaineering to the highest, strolling throughout bridges, or just taking within the view from one of many many lookouts.

Big’s Causeway

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A go to to the Big’s Causeway in Eire will make you consider in giants. This UNESCO World Heritage Web site is Northern Eire’s most well-known points of interest and tops many a journey bucket listing. To see the superbly organized basalt pillars main out to sea makes you consider {that a} large constructed a causeway to Scotland slightly than a volcanic eruption some 60 million years in the past.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

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We didn’t know if we’d be in awe of the well-known Leaning Tower of Pisa, however seeing it in individual did certainly dwell as much as the hype. Pisa alone is price visiting. This picturesque metropolis positioned on the Arno River is crammed with historical past relationship again to the 14th century.

Stand within the Heart of Instances Sq.

Standing within the heart of Instances Sq. in New York fills you with power and pleasure. New York is definitely one of the vital thrilling cities on the planet, and whereas Instances Sq. is crammed with vacationers, its with good motive. You are feeling as in case you are within the heart of the universe as huge LED screens encompass your complete sq..

Go to the Prime of the Burj Khalifa

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It’s the tallest constructing on the planet sitting amongst a number of different huge skyscrapers. Dubai is out of this world. With every spectacular construction constructed, there are 4 extra within the works. Going to the highest of the Burj Khalifa to see probably the most spectacular skyline on earth is the definitive bucket listing merchandise.

Go Sandboarding in Huacachina

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I by no means anticipated sand dunes in Peru to be so huge. Once we booked a bus ticket to Huacachina in Peru, we thought we’d be sitting in a tiny oasis, however as a substitute, we have been surrounded by the biggest sand dunes we’ve ever seen. The best way to discover them is to take a dune buggy tour or to hop on a sand board and glide down them. You’ll be coated in sand, however what a hoot and it’s one thing you have to strive not less than as soon as in your life.

Cross Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo

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Till you’ve seen Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo with your personal eyes, it’s troublesome to understand the quantity of those that take this crossing each couple of minutes every day. 1 / 4 million folks cross this intersection every day. The easiest way to see this bucket listing merchandise is to go to the highest of Magnet’s Magazine 7 from the glassed in viewing space.

Golden Temple

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The Taj Mahal might high everybody’s bucket listing, however we discovered the Golden Temple of Amritsar to be a extra athentic expertise. Don’t get me unsuitable, the Taj Mahal is a marvel to see, however the Golden Temple is a stupendous show that’s nonetheless a working temple. Be a part of 100 thousand pilgrims every day as they pay their respects to Sikkhism’s most holy web site.

Street journey to the Grand Canyon

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I need to admit I wasn’t anticipating a lot from the Grand Canyon, however throughout our street journey by California and Arizona we popped into the Grand Canyon and I used to be shocked by its magnificence and sheer measurement. The Grand Canyon is on everybody’s American journey bucket listing and it’s spectacular. The Colorado River cuts by the 466 km lengthy (277 mile) canyon of the Colorado Plateau and let me let you know, a pop in received’t do it justice. you have to get out and discover the fantastic thing about America’s pure marvel.

Amazon River

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The mighty Amazon River is the biggest river by water quantity on the planet and it’s the land of legends. It nonetheless feels as if a lot of the Amazon River Basin has but to be explored. While you set out on a river cruise by the Amazon, you may virtually really feel what it was wish to be an early exploring slicing their manner by the biggest jungle on earth.

Marvel on the Glaciers of Greenland

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Glaciers are melting quick on this planet and nowhere on earth is it extra prevalent than in Greenland. Go to the world’s most energetic calving glacier in Illulisat and sail by a see of floating skyscrapers of ice. Icebergs dwarfed our ship as we explored the west coast of Greenland on this actually magnificent bucket listing journey.

Swim with Whale Sharks

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There’s something actually magical about swimming with whale sharks. Whereas it may be a frenzy of vacationers beaming with pleasure under is calm and quiet. To see these light giants glide effortlessly by the ocean is the last word bucket listing journey expertise.

Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls

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Okay, we can not neglect to incorporate going into the centre of Horseshoe Falls in Niagara, Ontario. We now have at all times taken this bucket listing journey without any consideration as a result of we dwell so near Niagara Falls, however while you go on the Maid of the Mist, it actually is a spectacular scene. Really feel the facility of one of many world’s largest waterfalls as you sit on the backside of the plunging waters. It’s so highly effective that everybody will get a rain poncho to put on on the boat. In the event you make your technique to Canada, don’t miss seeing Niagara Falls.

And these are our most wonderful bucket listing travels on earth. We’ve been fortunate to have the ability to see and do all of those bucket listing adventures in our lifetime. As I went by this listing, I can not consider that now we have skilled every and everybody of those. It began by making a dream listing a decade in the past, and now now we have acheived travels past our wildest creativeness. We will’t wait so as to add extra once we can journey once more. So begin planning now, as a result of there’s lots of dwelling to do after COVID.

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