The world is a wonderful place, full of amazing destinations which make fantastic potential travel bucket list ideas! Whether you are looking for ancient ruins, an epic road trip, or even just the best white sandy beaches, then you have come to the right place!
Over the last 11 years we’ve traveled to only 30+ countries, just scratching the surface of what’s out there, but in that time have managed to squeeze in some unbelievable sights! From meeting Mark Zuckerburg on the Great Wall of China, to hot air ballooning over the temples of Bagan to swimming with sharks in Bora, Bora and snorkelling with Giant Manta’s in Hawai’i!
Right now is probably the best time to start exploring the world as tourism begins to recover and there are less people at the various destinations.
Check out my top 101 Travel Bucket List Ideas for 2023 and plan your next trip.
An oldie but a goodie, this is well worth a trip to India. The Taj Mahal is an epic travel bucket list destination for both its beauty and its history. This spectacular mausoleum was built in Agra in memory of the emperor’s wife and named Taj Mahal (meaning crown of palaces) appropriately. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, this is an unforgettable site to visit.
Top tip; get there early morning to avoid the crowds!
As the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the best adventure travel bucket list ideas for scuba divers or even avid snorkelers. The natural wonders of the deep are located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, and many of the coastal towns in the area offer gorgeous beaches for those who prefer to keep their heads above water!
As one of my original bucket list ideas from my 20’s, we visited the reef on my 40th birthday (some 10 years ago) and I did a scuba discovery dive, which led to my passion for scuba diving!
Unfortunately climate change has led to mass bleaching over time which is devastating the area, so it’s a bucket list item you’ll want to do sooner rather than later!
Another of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall, is an unbelievable feat of engineering. Stretching some 21.196km, you’re not expected to walk the whole thing! But the views once up there are simply breathtaking, as are some of the climbs!
I just happened to bump into Mark Zuckerburg while exploring this wonder and wrote a post on my experience which you can read here. A classic travel bucket list destination! (with or without MZ)
Hot tip! The highlight of the experience was the luge ride down! Wheeee!
Close to the top of my travel bucket list are these incredible mountains which inspired the movie Avatar (one of my favourite movies!) If you listen to any traveler who has been here, they’ll tell you that Tianmen Mountain is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the entire world. There are plenty of activities to do here, including cliff walks, guided tours and the 4700 foot clear skywalk .
In the Northern Cambodian province of Siem Reap lies the largest temple complex in the world. The UNESCO world heritage site Angkor Wat offers travelers a spectacular array of pagodas and temples from the Khmer period.
Best seen at sunrise as the reflection of the temple hits the lake in front, this was one of the highlights of my travels to date.
Angkor Wat, and indeed a trip to thought provoking Cambodia itself, without a doubt, should be a travel bucket list must!
This UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Bagan, Myanmar, is an incredible temple complex with over 2000 pagodas spanning over 40 square miles. A fab way to see the temples is by taking a magnificent hot air balloon ride to look out over the countryside vista as well as the entire complex of Bagan.
Then grab a couple of electric bikes and zip around the temples and stupas to your heart’s content. It’s one of the most magical places I’ve ever experienced.
The world’s largest salt flats are one of nature’s miracles and are truly a sight to behold. Stretching more than 4000 square miles, they’re the result of a prehistoric lake gone dry. Although considered a fairly inhospitable area, bird lovers will be enthralled by the amazing flocks of pink flamingos!
8. Take an Icebreaker Tour and see a Snow Castle!
Head to Lapland and cruise over the frozen gulf of Bothnia in a 74metre icebreaker! Float around the ice in special survival suits and walk about the ship on top of the frozen waters! Many of the tours include a visit to the snow castle in Kemi. Rebuilt every Winter completely from snow and ice, this is your chance to dance and sing “Let it Go’ for real!
Hoping to visit just this last Winter our plans got slightly thwarted by the Omicron outbreak, but this is most definitely on our travel bucket list and even though it’s super cold (which I dislike intensely), it’s an experience I don’t want to miss!
The incredible lost city of the Inca dates back to the 15th Century and is an essential travel bucket list destination. Situated in Peru, South America, almost 8000ft above Sea Level, Machu Picchu is more easily accessible these days, with many locals offering tours on foot and by bus. Fun fact: Most of the local residents chew on coca leaves (don’t worry, not quite the same as actual cocaine) to alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness!
I haven’t been yet, (a good friend of mine has and you can check out her journey here) but it’s on my own travel bucket list!
Photo by Agnieszka Mordaunt on Unsplash
There are few places in the world that can be compared to the incredible desert landscape of The Sahara. This amazing destination is HUGE. It spans over 10 countries and covers 3.6 million square miles. The easiest access points are via Morocco or Egypt and both will lead you to ancient ruins, camel treks, villages, and the most incredible sunsets over the sandy horizon. Head to the Siwa Oasis and take a bath in Cleopatra’s pool.
Christ the Redeemer is possibly the most iconic statue in the world. The monument stands over 90ft tall and overlooks what is apparently one of the world’s most vibrant cities, Rio De Janeiro. (Can’t wait to go to the Carnival either!)
This seaside city is an incredible location, and after a hike up to see Christ the Redeemer, you can visit one of the gorgeous white sandy beaches along the coastline for a dip in the turquoise waters! Most definitely on my bucket list!
Quite possibly one of my favourite cities in the world! Take a walk through the winding streets of Rome and discover another of the new Seven Wonders of the World, The Colosseum. This great gladiatorial arena is one of the most exciting of the city’s ancient sights.
I dare you not to get inside and start reciting “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
As yet another of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, (there are a lot more than seven these days), and one of the ultimate bucket list ideas, the Grand Canyon is truly spectacular. We took a helicopter from Vegas, over the hoover dam, and had a picnic right in the center! However, you can also hike, or for the night owls, camp out, and witness the beautiful night skies.
I can’t wait to go on a Safari. It’s been on my travel bucket list for years! Whether we head to Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya, who knows! But the opportunity to see African wildlife up close and personal is so exciting. Plus the whole experience of sleeping under the stars, or hot air ballooning over the savanna, as we witness breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Romantic much!?
Officially a territory of Chile, Easter Island lies deep in the Pacific halfway to Tahiti! With its volcanic craters, Moai giant stone statues, beaches, and stone villages, it’s a travel bucket list must! A little off the beaten track, the mysterious ruins on this isolated island are among the most unique destinations in the world.
Getting there is a bit of a challenge however, with the only flights being from Santiago in Chile or once a week from Tahiti (which is equally challenging to get too!) Makes the journey even more exciting!
Built in honor of the 100th anniversary of the French revolution. The Eiffel Tower is considered an architectural wonder of the world and is actually incredibly beautiful in it’s majesty. A trip up to the viewing areas and cafes is a must and you can even have a pint while surveying the views below! Often thought of as a romantic adventure, the Eiffel Tower is great for anyone’s travel bucket list ideas.
The Giza Plateau in Egypt is quite simply spectacular. This is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is home to the Great Pyramid, the Sphinx, and other fabulous pyramid complexes. Despite the Burger King & Pizza Hut restaurants within a stone’s throw of the Sphinx, it still has an incredibly mystical atmosphere and is a top ten cultural travel bucket list destination for any traveler.
Get a camel ride while there to enhance the experience (although it frightened the life out of me) and be sure to explore inside the pyramids.
The Acropolis in Athens was a military barracks and fortress due to its elevated position and expansive view of the sea and the surrounding lands. Now it’s one of the most impressive ancient monuments in all Europe and gives travelers an insight into the ancient world of Greece.
I first visited the Acropolis as a child, on holiday in Greece with my parents, but I’d love to go again now to explore with my ‘travelers eyes’!
Referred to as “The Smoke That Thunders,” the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River bordering both Zambia & Zimbabwe, is considered one of the largest falls in the world. With a width of 1700 metres and a height of over 100 metres, it is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and can be viewed in a variety of ways. Whether you cross the heart stopping knife edge bridge (be prepared to get wet), head down to the boiling pot whirlpool at the base, white water raft or take a swim in the devil’s pool, I would categorize this as a ‘not to be missed’ experience for your bucket list ideas.
Most famous for the frescoes of Michaelangelo and also being the official residence of the Pope, The Sistine Chapel really is the gem of the Vatican city. Although it is known primarily for its decoration, the chapel is also famous for being the Temple in which popes are selected and crowned.
I visited with my dear old Mum on a fantastic trip to Rome and if you love art, history or just a bit of good old culture, this should be close to the top of your travel bucket list ideas.
I love Barcelona! Wandering down La Ramblas, eating Tapas at the Plaza Catalunya, drinking wine at one of the many bars/cafes, shopping, site seeing and of course the extravagant and modernist architecture! One of Barcelona’s most impressive sights is the Sagrad Familia. Although this amazing piece of architecture by Gaudi has yet to be fully completed, it is still one of the world’s most prized architectural marvels.
One of the lesser explored bucket list ideas is The Summer Palace in Beijing. This vast complex of lakes, gardens, and palaces is an awe-inspiring insight into Chinese culture and history.
It’s also a beautiful walk and all the houses and temples and rooms, etc, have exotic names such as ‘The Hall of Benevolence and Longevity’ or ‘The Pavilion of Precious Clouds’. Albeit we got a little lost trying to find our driver after a few hours walking around (it’s pretty big), it’s well worth a visit if you happen to find yourself in Beijing.
An exhilarating adventure to add to your bucket list ideas. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and more than 20,000 people climb it per year. Don’t worry though, this is not only for climbers who have completed the Mount Everest Base Camp challenge! It is a great travel option for anyone from ages 10 and up! All you need is enthusiasm, and the great locals will help with the rest (apparently).
Thankfully, I had just trained and ran a half marathon before our trip to Yosemite! Talk about challenging hikes. What a stunningly beautiful place to experience. We went in March, which meant the waterfalls were abundant, there was fresh snow on the mountains (it even snowed while we were there) and the scenery and views were breathtaking. Also the hot chocolate in the main campsite restaurant was the best I’ve ever had.
Hot tip: Be careful going to the toilet at night time. Bears roam the campsite looking for food!
Originally this green goddess was a gift from the people of France to the USA and is a symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty sits on Liberty Island and looks out across New York Harbor, New York City, to offer incoming visitors a glimpse of “The American Dream.” Although a little smaller than I thought it was going to be, it’s one of those iconic bucket list items that you can’t possibly not see!
Jerusalem is most definitely on my travel bucket list with the wailing wall being something I’d love to see. Erected initially as part of the development of the second Jewish Temple begun by Herod the Great, The Wailing Wall is one of the holiest sites in the world. The Western Wall is a surviving portion of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which was destroyed by the Romans. For travelers, this is a spiritual and cultural insight into a beautiful and ancient past.
Being from the UK, Australia was always a dream destination for me growing up. I remember feeling incredibly worldly-wise as I sat at a cafe in between the Harbour Bridge & Sydney Opera House back in the early 2000’s. At the time I was a concert theatre manager and on visiting the Opera House talked my way into a detailed and enthralling backstage tour, which you can now officially book via a tour agency.
Little did I know I’d end up marrying an Aussie and it would become my second home! We even went for the spectacular NYE fireworks display a couple of years back.
Whether you simply wander through Circular Quay, take a boat tour or take a peek inside, this is a top bucket list destination.
Puerto Princesa National Park is on the beautiful Island of Palawan in the Philippines. As one of the ‘cleanest & greenest’ cities in the Philippines, the National Park has been named as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
With an underground river, massive cave systems, huge limestone karsts, and an abundance of flora and fauna, this is a great destination for those seeking unbelievable natural beauty.
Unfortunately we flew over it on route to El Nido (which is also worth a visit, particularly for scuba divers), but we’ll definitely be back to explore further!
Italy’s largest and most spectacular Basilica. Located in Vatican City, it is an awe-inspiring piece of architecture from inside and out. Most visitors enjoy the renaissance artwork as well as the beautiful tombs of Popes in history. If you’re feeling energetic, you can climb to the top and get spectacular views of Vatican City and Rome itself.
Every traveler’s bucket list should include the Northern Lights, including mine! A few years back as a family, we trotted off to Rovaniemi in Finland to take my young daughter to ‘the North Pole’ for Christmas!
Unfortunately she developed pneumonia and ended up in hospital so our skidoo trip to see the Northern Lights never happened. Hence it remains on my bucket list! However, this unique experience is often accompanied by other great travel activities such as winter fishing, hiking, skiing, and dog sledding, or depending where you go in the world, joining a whale or wildlife safari.
There are multiple countries where you can experience the Northern Lights, including Finland, Norway, Sweden, Canada, Alaska, even Scotland. So take your pick, wrap up warm and go exploring!
Situated in one of England’s historic neighborhoods of Aylesbury, U.K., this famous landmark is one of those mysterious places where you can get a feel for our neolithic ancestors. I actually have a scar on my left hand from when we were children and I fell against some barbed wire at Stonehenge and needed stitches! It’s my Stonehenge claim to fame!
A definite item on my travel bucket list is the Mayan City of Chichen Itza. For starters I have not yet been to Mexico, so will definitely be heading that way soon! However, there’s nothing like wandering around mysterious ancient ruins and imagining what went on there! If this one’s not yet on your bucket list ideas, I’ll be sure to add photos to my IG when I visit!
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of Los Angeles’s most famous tourist attractions, attracting over 10 million visitors each year (pre-pandemic). Celebrating some of the most successful people in the entertainment industry it’s fun to play a game of ‘name that movie/song’ as you wander over their stars!
Hot tip! Tag on a tour of the stars’ homes, for the full cheesy bucket list experience, going via the Pretty Woman hotel! It’s the best!
This immense collection of waterfalls in South America will take your breath away. Situated between Argentina and Brazil, they are apparently considered some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world! Another 7th wonder of nature, there is one point you can stand and be surrounded on all sides by waterfalls! It’s definitely on my bucket list!
Described in detail in the Bill Bryson book Down Under, jump on the famous Indian Pacific to travel from Sydney to Perth via the Nullarbor Plain or take the Ghan to go from Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs stopping off at the awe inspiring Ayres Rock as you pass. A fabulous and comfortable way to experience the vastness of this great country.
If you have ever dreamed of witnessing whales up close, then Vancouver Island ranks as one of the best spots in the world. Head to the Johnstone Strait to enjoy unparalleled scenery and landscapes, view the killer whales from the beach or kayak amongst them, and if you’re lucky bump into a humpback whale or two!
Spanning India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Tibet, the immense Himalaya is the world’s most extensive mountain range, containing nine of the world’s ten highest peaks. For the more athletic amongst us there are an array of activities available including trekking, skiing, mountain biking, rafting, cable cars, etc. However, I highly recommend heading to Kathmandhu in Nepal, which is a magical city by the way and well worth a visit (who doesn’t love a country whose please, thank you and general greeting is ‘Namaste’) and booking a flyby on Buddha Air!
There’s nothing more thrilling than breaking through the clouds to witness the most breathtaking mountain range of all time!
Experience the healing qualities of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater pools at this lavish outdoor Spa! With hotels, restaurants, massages, skin care packages and everything you could want for a relaxing, detoxifying and refreshing break!
Have you ever wanted the chance to scuba dive in aquarium style crystal clear waters and see marine life up close? Then the Great Blue Hole is a bucket list must! A giant sinkhole off the coast of Belize, this natural wonder is most definitely on my list!
I first visited Australia in 2000 to meet up with a great friend of mine who I’d shared a flat with in London. As part of my Australian adventure we took a road trip along the Great Ocean Road and jumped on a helicopter ride around the 12 apostles. A collection of limestone stacks that were formed by the constant erosion of mainland limestone cliffs, they are absolutely beautiful and well worth adding to your bucket list!
Six million cubic feet of water per minute flow over these spectacular natural formations in the City of Niagara Falls, New York. Made up of three distinct waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Veil Falls, not only are Niagara Falls an impressive natural display, but they also provide power to the surrounding areas.
The Geysir Hot Spring Area is one of the most popular tourist stops in Iceland. With boiling mud pits, exploding geysers and the highly active Strokkur which spouts water 100ft into the air every few minutes, you’ll get a chance to boil some eggs outside in a hot spring or taste test rye bread which has been baking underground for 24 hours.
A beautiful snow-capped mountain rising from the earth, Mount Fuji is the highest of Japan’s mountains. Although incredibly beautiful from a distance, the mountain offers spectacular views to climbers, and should you attempt the ascent on a clear day, it is an experience you will not forget.
The Korean demilitarised zone is a border barrier between the countries of North & South Korea. One of the most tense fronts in the cold war, for history buffs this is a bucket list dream. Both half and full day tours are available from the South Korean capital of Seoul and although security is rigorous you’re able to view North Korea from the peace observatory. A great opportunity to learn more about the Korean War and Korean history and culture. This is definitely on my travel bucket list!
The Louvre is the world’s most-visited museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. It is the home of some of the best-known works of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. A great cultural bucket list idea.
Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay is quite simply magnificent. We took a seaplane from Noi Bai airport in Hanoi and flew over the incredible towering islands, lagoons and sea cliffs, spotting Kong Island along the way! We then jumped on a private boat and sailed around the bay, enjoying a 3 course buffet! It was an incredible experience and a dream trip!
Having been named as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ha Long Bay should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
The Galapagos Islands are famous for being the source of inspiration behind Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution’. Not only are they stunningly beautiful they house a massive number of endemic wildlife both on and off land! West of Ecuador in the Pacific, they were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
With 13 big islands, 6 small islands and more than 40 islets, the Galapagos are best explored by boat. Staying overnight on land in one of the many hotels on the main islands, there are plenty of activities including biking, kayaking & hiking. For the more adventurous, book a scuba trip and experience an array of hammerhead sharks and manta rays. Most definitely on my travel bucket list!
This amazing set of ancient Roman ruins is famous for being destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Archeologists have learned copious amounts about the civilization at the time due to the city being perfectly preserved in volcanic ash. A great spot for those interested in ancient history and the Roman empire.
Apparently one of the world’s most romantic destinations, Venice is somewhere I have yet to explore. Whether you take an expensive Gondola ride, jump on a vaporetto, a traghetto or hail a water taxi, riding through the canals of Venice is definitely on my travel bucket list ideas.
Antelope Canyon in Arizona is one of the most famous slot canyon formations in the world! A beautiful travel destination for those with an adventurous spirit, the impressive caves, the spiral rock arches, and the stunning colors make the caves otherworldly. As a part of the Navajo National Park System, this is a protected beauty that will impress any bucket list adventurer.
Overlooking the City of Cape Town, this flat topped peak forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, flanked by ‘Devils Peak’ and ‘Lions Head’. Hike or use the Cableway to ascend 1000 metres to the summit and take in the spectacular views!
Varanasi, in Northern India is a magical city! We only spent a day there and wish we could have stayed longer. As one of the holiest sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism, many Hindus believe that death at Varanasi gives the deceased salvation. The ceremony of Ganga Aarti, which takes place on the banks of the River Ganges, is an incredible experience and a bucket list must!
The Golden Gate Bridge stretches over two miles across the Golden Gate river and on it’s completion in 1937 was the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world, setting a precedent for suspension bridge design the world over! One of San Francisco’s most incredible landmarks, you can cycle across and have a cold beer in the little town of Sausalito just North of the bridge.
This national park is famous for its giant Sequoia trees, which are guaranteed to make you feel small! Located in California, this beautiful park also offers visitors swimming holes, camping, and stargazing!
Las Vegas! Although historically this gambling hub had a reputation for mobsters and debauchery, these days, it’s a much more family-friendly destination and offers everything from magic, cabaret, musicals, and comedy to fine dining, casinos, and a vibrant nightlife. It even hosts a number of world class museums! Take in a Cirque Du Soleil Show, get abused at Dick’s Last Resort restaurant, have a flutter at blackjack or just take a long walk along the strip. Whatever you fancy there’s something for everyone here and we loved it!
I must admit I’m a sucker for underground caves and this one will surely not disappoint! Made up of two separate but interconnected karstic limestone caves, they host the most amazing displays of limestone stalactites and stalagmites. The glittering Jeita Grotto is located in Lebanon and is a glorious celebration of natural beauty.
Ho Chi Minh (formally Saigon) is steeped in history. Named after communist leader & former President of Vietnam ‘Ho Chi Minh’, these days it is the primary economic centre of Vietnam & a popular tourist destination.
Split into districts it’s well worth walking or taking a cycle taxi around the city to explore the culture, visit the temples & markets & take in the atmosphere of the buzzing Nguyen Hue walking street. While there, be sure to visit the War Remnants Museum for an emotional & shocking crash course into the Vietnam War.
Stay at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya and have breakfast with these gentle giants. Peering in through the large windows you’ll get to feed the giraffes with dried grass pellets which is apparently what they’re more interested in rather than your bacon and eggs! With a host of other activities available including a visit to Nairobi National Park, this is a trip that’s most definitely on my bucket list.
Following a trip to Pearl Harbour, we headed to Hiroshima in Japan. As you can imagine a pretty weighty trip, but as someone interested in the history & culture of countries, two must see sights.
The Peace Memorial Park which houses the museum & the Atom Bomb Dome, which was the epicentre of the bomb, while tragic and very emotional, is absolutely beautiful. The Flame of Peace has burned there since 1964 and will remain until all nuclear bombs on the planet are destroyed.
One of the key architectural features of the cold war, the Berlin Wall, was a divide both ideologically and physically between east and west Germany. However, after the iconic fall of the wall in 1989, it has now become a major tourist attraction and a fantastic place to visit and experience some of the history associated with it.
Just off the Kailua Kona coast this sunset snorkel is an experience not to be missed. Taken by boat to a spot not far from the island, neon lights are shone into the water attracting plankton which the mantas love to feast on! Wearing life jackets & snorkel kits, you enter the water as a group and hold on to floating bars, looking downwards as the HUGE rays start swimming and somersaulting so close they graze past your face & body! Unfortunately I didn’t have an underwater camera at the time so didn’t get any footage, but here’s a gratuitous image of a manta ray!
The most perfectly preserved and largest palace complex in the world is the Forbidden City Beijing. This palace hosted two Chinese dynasties and can give you an insight into the history of China.
A somewhat unique holiday destination, the Black Forest gets its name from its dark canopy of evergreens. Located in Southwest Germany, the Black Forest is an enchanting and super picturesque travel bucket list destination.
This extraordinary heritage site sits on a rocky islet in the middle of vast sandbanks between Normandy and Brittany. Topped by a ‘gravity defying abbey’, this is a picturesque island filled with history and beautiful architecture.
If you’re a Brad Pitt fan, you’re totally with me on that title! This amazing bucket list destination is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. If you want a spiritual experience, this is the right place for you. Here you can have open discussions with the monks, experience the mysterious atmosphere of Lhasa as well as learn about the fascinating Tibetan Culture.
One of the islands in the Republic of Indonesia, Komodo Island is a beautiful place with unique plant life and unparalleled scenery. Also known as “Dragon’s Island” since the world’s biggest lizard lives here.
Have you ever thought of trying to sandboard? Or maybe take a trip in a dune buggy? Then this bucket list location is for you! The natural oasis of Huacachina is a desert paradise with a dreamy lagoon, surrounded by palm trees.
Lençóis Maranhenses in Portuguese means “bedsheets of Maranhão,” which is a perfect description for the glorious white sand dunes rolling through this Brazilian National Park. They surround brilliant blue lakes and whether you join a 4×4 tour, hire horses or jump on a quad bike are definitely an essential for your bucket list!
The most famous symbol of American power and tradition. Over 70,000 people visit the White House each month, and it is a must visit for wanderlusters.
Accessible via a 400meter climb or a trail hike with ziplines the Skylodge Suites in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru are a travel adventurer’s dream! Sleep in a completely transparent hanging bedroom overlooking the magnificent views of the plunging valley below!
This Square in Midtown Manhattan is a fabulously vibrant travel bucket list entry. Just off of Times Square are an array of eateries, art galleries, and entertainment venues to suit all palettes. Big, bright, unforgettable and one of the best hotdogs I’ve ever had!
Big Major Cay is one of 365 islands in Exuma, a district of the Bahamas. The island, also known as ‘pig island’ is completely uninhabited by humans! This means you’ll need to stay at nearby Fowl Cay Resort and take a boat over to the island. Sounds like fun to me!
Steeped in legends and myths, this iconic fairytale church dominates the Red Square in Moscow. Built on the order of Ivan the Terrible and epitomizing Russian Architecture, this is a travel bucket list must! My husband was lucky enough to experience it while in Russia for the World Cup in 2018. However, it’s still on my bucket list.
Without a doubt, this lush rainforest is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world. Famous for its biodiversity and a vast selection of wildlife, this sounds like an incredible travel bucket list destination. Whether you stay in a remote jungle lodge or take a cruise down the Amazon River, I’m pretty sure this would be an unforgettable experience.
The city of Dubai is a beautiful place filled with amazing sights; however, the greatest source of pride for Dubai is in having the world’s tallest building. Burj Khalifa stands almost 830meters tall, and from the 124th floor, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the city.
Hot Tip: Don’t go at night time. The queues are horrendous and it will take longer to get to the top than you actually get in the viewing area. Plus the viewing area is small and crowded and although pretty you honestly can’t see much apart from lots of lights.
Located in the historic Italian City of Pisa, The Leaning Tower of Pisa is known worldwide for its unintended tilt, which is due to many generations of architects continually delaying construction. This magnificent piece of architecture has become a priority must see on bucket list ideas for many travelers today.
Be warned though. It’s nowhere near as big as you think it’s going to be!
The Mahanakon Building is the tallest skyscraper in Bangkok. Looking a bit like a lego building it stands at 314 meters and has a glass skywalk at the top giving panoramic views of the heart of the City. With Iconsiam to one side and Central World to the other, the views of the fireworks from these iconic shopping centres are unparalleled! Plus it’s a great night out!
Indonesia’s Kawah Ijen Volcano, on Java’s Island in the Indian Ocean, sounds both scary and beautiful at the same time! Firstly it’s active. (Nuff said right?) Secondly it emits flammable sulfurous gases which burn with blue flames, almost impossible to see during the day, but which light up the landscape at night. And lastly it has the largest most acidic crater lake in the world. Which, while a beautiful turquoise colour and definitely one for the travel photographers, isn’t something I’d want to get too close to! (Dante’s Peak anyone!)
If you take a three hour drive from Cusco in Peru, you can find a natural sensation in the form of the Rainbow Mountain, otherwise known as Vinicunca Mountain. This incredible geological masterpiece gets its name from the multicolored layers of rock and sediment that stripe across its facade. Be warned, it can be a difficult climb due to weather conditions and high altitude.
The Giant’s Causeway is a beautiful rock formation in the spectacular northeastern region of Ireland. This iconic landmark is steeped in Irish mythology, and legend says that the causeway was built by giants. The setting is spectacular, you can jump from rock to rock, and is a great addition to your travel bucket list.
81. Howth Cliff Walk
Talking a cliff walk across Howth, a peninsular village and outer suburb of Dublin gives you a gorgeous view of the Martello Tower, the Baily Lighthouse, and the tiny island known as Ireland’s Eye. It’s a recommended outdoor activity for anyone visiting Dublin in Ireland. Howth being a bustling city hub along with having beautiful scenic views and stunning mountain ranges gives you an experience that is best of both worlds.
Undoubtedly one of the U.K.’s most famous landmarks, Buckingham Palace is more than just the home of the Queen; it’s one of the most visited tourist spots in the city. As well as the Changing of the Guard, a tradition and major event that happens daily in front of the palace, you can take an audio tour inside the palace followed by a very British Afternoon Tea.
Bora Bora was on my bucket list for years! So when we got the chance to sail around French Polynesia with some friends on their Catamaran we jumped at it! A beautiful island with crystal clear turquoise waters, it’s a haven for sea life including turtles, stingrays and reef sharks. If you’re lucky the sharks will swim about you while you’re exploring the seabed. Sounds frightening, but it’s actually glorious.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of America’s most famous landmarks where you can admire their most prominent U.S. presidents: Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington. Surrounded by the gorgeous Black Hills of South Dakota, this impressive monument is a great one to add to your travel bucket list ideas (and mine!)
This region in Turkey is home to incredible landscapes made up of forests, petrified waterfalls, and a series of terraced basins. Also called “Cotton Palace,” at the end of the 2nd Century, it was selected as the thermal spa of Hierapolis. You can’t beat a thermal spa and I definitely fancy enjoying the restorative effects of the waters, so it’s on my bucket list. Is it on yours?
As Canada’s oldest National Park, Banff is a great destination for those travelers who love to Ski or just enjoy beautiful Alpine Landscapes. Situated in Alberta, Banff offers some amazing dining options but make sure you check on the Season. It can be colder than the Arctic Circle if you arrive during winter!
Another great city that should absolutely be on your travel bucket list! Singapore offers everything from the lush rainforest of Lumina to the buzzing nightlife of Clarke Quay. My favorite, however is Sentosa Island, home of Universal Studios and loads of other theme park style activities. You may even want to try your luck in the Casino at the legendary Marina Bay Sands!
Mount Vesuvius sits in the Gulf of Naples and is famous for being the only active volcano in all of Europe. It’s best known because of the eruption that destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and is the emblem of the city of Naples.
This River runs for 1,447 miles and is a spectacular sight! The River has carved out red rock canyons which tower above visitors taking boat or rafting tours down this beast!
90. Float Around in the Dead Sea
Located on the lowest elevation on the face of the earth, the Dead Sea (431 m below sea level) is an amazing natural beauty surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Negev Desert. It is named “The Dead Sea” because no fish can survive in the salty waters. Despite this, salty water has its benefits! Not only can you float in the natural buoyancy with zero effort, but the salt also has great healing and restorative powers!
One of the biggest Shinto shrines in Tokyo, this impressive shrine is surrounded by a vast forest and is one of the most visited religious sites in Japan.
A famous Mongolian saying is, “a Mongol without a horse is like a bird without the wings.” Take the Trans Siberian Express from Russia to Mongolia and stay in a Mongolian village for a night or two. Immerse yourself in the Mongolian nomad’s way of life and ride through the vast plains of Mongolia with enormous herds of wild horses!
Not only is Quito the first Unesco World Heritage City, but the capital of Ecuador is also a perfectly maintained colonial center and is the largest in Latin America. Another awesome bucket list activity when visiting Quito is “The Middle Of The World,” where the equator lands, so you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere of the world!
Sensoji Temple is the oldest and most revered Temple in Tokyo. Many people believe that the Temple brings good fortune, wellbeing and makes all wishes come true. In front of the main hall of the Temple, you will see many people covering themselves with smoke which is believed to have restorative power.
Located in the heart of Bangkok, the Grand Palace served as the official residence of the Kings of Siam from 1782. The architecture, attention to detail, and cultural heritage all make this a must see bucket list destination. (Plus Bangkok is an awesome City and should most definitely be on your bucket list of cities to see and explore)
Trolltunga is a spectacular rock formation located in Norway about 1000 meters above sea level and suspended 800 meters above lake Ringedalsvatnet. Take care; the hike to the top takes 10-12 hours but is totally worth it! The view from the summit is unparalleled.
It’s party time, and there ain’t no party like a New Orleans Party! If you’re looking for a street with lots of people, bars, and live bands (and no speed limit), you are in the right place. Bourbon Street in the famous French Quarter of New Orleans is a must, especially for those travelers who love their music! There are musicians playing and singing on every corner!
Roughly a two hour drive from Antigua, Guatemala, the Pacaya Volcano is one of the most lively Volcanoes in the region. Spewing only small amounts of ash, the rocks are hot enough to roast marshmallows, but you’ll unlikely see streams of red lava. The hike up is accompanied by food stands along the way and takes about 2 hours to get to the top, which by the way is 8373ft up!
Stretching from Southern California on the Mexican border to the Canadian border on the edge of Manning Park in British Columbia, the PCT is 2563 miles long! Taking an average of 5 months to complete, you may choose to only hike a portion of the trail much like author Cheryl Strayed in her book ‘Wild’. Either way, if you love to hike, this is a trail not to be missed!
100. Go Wine Tasting in Napa Valley
Whether you’re a connoisseur or a beginner, when it comes to wine, Napa is the place to be. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and relax on an expertly led wine tasting tour in the heart of this beautiful countryside.
One of the best-known beaches on the entire planet. Located on one of the most well-known Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, this gorgeous 2 mile stretch of paradise offers everything and more for avid surfers, beginners, or those just looking to grab a bite whilst overlooking paradise. Albeit a bit of a tourist destination it’s got a great atmosphere and I highly recommend grabbing a table at Duke’s Bar and taking in the scenery, music and vibrant life with a cold one and a plate of Nachos!
Have you ever wanted to see one of the planet’s biggest mammals in person? Then head to the Similan Islands in Thailand around February or March, one of the best times to get on a boat and meet these majestic whale sharks. I actually learned to scuba dive in the Similans and it’s one of the most beautiful scuba destinations on earth in my opinion!
There really is nothing more inspiring than traveling, experiencing new cultures, and meeting amazing people.
Having only 101 destinations on our Bucket Travel List Ideas doesn’t do the subject justice! There are so many more sights to see, cities to explore, and countries to traverse.
It might be that travel has become more challenging in the current climate but it’s not impossible and I’d even argue that now is the best time to see the world! With some thought and preparation, so many of these natural wonders can now be seen with fewer tourists and visitors cluttering up the scenery!
I hope you are ready to satisfy your travel wishlist and that this post has helped give you some ideas to start your travel adventure!