Everyone should have a travel bucket list — it gets us motivated to get out there and see this beautiful world. Whether you’ve always wanted to go scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef or go on an African safari, nothing is short of achievable — so write it down, make it a plan, and bet on it. Stop calling it a dream, and start calling it a plan.
It’s never too early to start planning your future adventures! If these ten things aren’t on your travel bucket list, you need to add them. You wouldn’t want to miss out on some seriously incredible and life changing adventures.
Experience the Northern Lights in Norway
The Northern Lights are one of those things you have to experience with your own eyes. It’s a treasure unlike anything you’ve ever seen before — and you know it’s going to be good because you’ve probably been impressed by just seeing a photo of it. Imagine what it would be like seeing it in person. And the coolest thing about the Northern Lights — they look different every time — giving every “first time viewer” a unique sight that hasn’t yet been experienced.
Visit the Pyramids in Egypt
The pyramids of Giza are some of the most interesting sights from the Ancient world. In fact, The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only ancient World Wonder still standing. These pyramids not only hold a fascinating history, but also some cultural mysteries that have not yet been solved.
Hike Mount Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania, at an elevation of 19,341 ft above sea level. It is the tallest and most recognizable mountain in Africa and one of the only places where you hike through four seasons in one day and see some dramatic changes in vegetation and wildlife.
Walk across the Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is the largest man-made structure to ever exist. Its stretch is an impressive 4,000 miles across Northern China and is made out of stone, brick, tampered earth, wood, and other various materials.
The architects and engineers who created this world renowned masterpiece certainly deserve the biggest round of applause for creating something that not only has a vibrant history but will continue to be a cultural center of appreciation.
See the Taj Mahal
From the wise words of Bill Clinton, “There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who have seen the Taj Mahal and love it, and those who have not seen the Taj Mahal and love it”. The Taj Mahal is one of those places that everyone loves for it’s remarkable beauty. In all of its glory, this ivory white marble mausoleum is a world treasure worth knowing.
Attend the worlds biggest festivals
Attending festivals around the world is one of the best ways to become immersed in a new culture. Usually, these festivals hold some sort of significance to the past, and can help you learn the stories of the world’s people. Here are a couple popular festivals around the world:
La Tomatina: La Tomatina is the food fight you always dreamed of as a kid — a tomato throwing festival held in the town of Buñol. With more than 100 metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes being thrown around in the streets, there is no doubt you will have a great time and get messy in the process.
Holi: Also known as the “festival of colors,” Holi is a festival celebrated in India marking the beginning of spring. This festival lasts for one day and one night, bringing people together from all walks of life. This festival represents the victory of superior over immoral.
Hike the Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian trail is one of the most difficult and rewarding adventures in the world. It spans 2,200 miles and crosses 14 state lines. Whether you are doing it for the physical challenge or mental clarity, it will be an experience that certainly changes you for the better.
Stay in an overwater bungalow in the French Polynesia
Could you even imagine waking up in the morning, walking outside with a cup of coffee, and standing right over crystal clear ocean water? Staying in an overwater bungalow in the French Polynesia is like living in a fantasy world. You don’t even have to be an ocean lover to enjoy it. Its beauty will take your breath away no matter what.
Swim in Iceland’s hot springs
Although the Blue Lagoon is the most famous of Iceland’s hot springs, Iceland is home to dozens. Take a dip in the natural hot tubs while experiencing the mountainous terrain.
Drive route 66
Route 66 crosses 8 state lines and is a symbol of American history. While driving the backroads of America, you can find ghost towns, diners galore, and you get a real taste of the diversity in America. And make sure to check out some of the many roadside attractions along the way!
Although these ten bucket list items might be a common theme in the travelers community, there is no two people who live the exact same experiences. That’s the beauty of travel. Our eyes, our hearts, and our minds are all different — giving us different perspective and insight into every nation we visit. Even if the same 10 things are on everyone’s travel bucket list — just know that it isn’t about the places or things that you visit, it’s about how you feel and how it changes your story. These experiences are the crucial existence of our beings. They mold our lives and help us to create stories that only we can tell.
So even if you create a travel bucket list, don’t let it be a once and done checklist. Traveling is about experiencing new things, which means you shouldn’t only experience the things that you wrote down ten years ago. Make memories that you will cherish for a whole lifetime, including trying local delicacies and meeting some new local friends. There are so many more things to experience in life than just this set in stone ten. Get out there and do something. Start small — every step counts.