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“Every man dies – Not every man really lives” (William Ross). This quote inspired me to write a travel bucket list and write down all the amazing places I still would love to visit!

What is a Bucket List?
If you have not heard about the term “bucket list”, it is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfil and life experiences you desire to experience before you die.

I created an ultimate travel bucket list with 150 travel related goals and experiences I would like to achieve or fulfil. I crossed the ones, I already did. I hope this list will inspire you to visit one of these amazing places! Enjoy wandering!

Visit the Grand Canyon National Park – United States
Take a great American road trip – North-America
Swim with manatees – Florida
Visit Tikal National Park – Guatemala
Visit Semuc Champey – Guatemala
Go white water rafting – Colorado
Watch the Golden Gate Bridge – United States
Visit the Canadian Rockies – Canada
Jump of the Royal Gorge Bridge ( highest Bungee location on earth) – United States
Visit the Wells Gray Provincial Park – Canada
Visit the Icefield parkway – Canada
Visit Time Square – United States
Stand on the glass balcony of the Willis Tower – United States
Watch the wild jaguar – Belize
Drive an expensive car in Miami – United States
Hike the John Muir Trail — United States
Watch the White House – United States
Drive down route 66 – United States
Watch the White Sands National Monument – Mexico

Visit the Galapagos Islands – Ecuador
Trek to Machu Picchu – Peru
Visit the Amazon -Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana or Suriname
Visit Easter Island – Chile
Visit Torres del Paine – Chile
Watch the Iguazú Falls – Brazil or Argentine
Dance the tango – Argentine
Visit Patagonia – Argentine
Drive over Salar de Uyuni (salt lake) – Bolivia
Watch Christ the Redeemer – Brazil
Experience the carnival in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Walk the Inca Trail – from Chillca to Machu Picchu
Drive the ‘La Paz’ most dangerous road of the world – Bolivia
Ride the Latacunga volcano cycling road – Ecuador
Walk the jungle hike Santa Marta – Colombia
See the Milkyway over Lake Titicaca – Peru
Watch the Santuario de las Lajas – Colombia
Visit the River of Five Colours – Colombia
Swing at the End of the World in Banos – Ecuador

See the Northern lights – Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, Norway, Greenland or Denmark
Walk the Camino de Santiago – Spain
Visit the coliseum of Rome – Italy
✔ Ride a gondola in Venice – Italy
Visit Alhambra – Spain
Watch the Aya Sofya mosque – Turkey
Visit the Keukenhof – The Netherlands
Go Island hopping via sailboat – Greece
Stay in an over-the-water huts – Bora Bora (French)
✔ Visit Copenhagen – Denmark
Go hiking – Scotland
Visit the white city Santorini – Greece
✔ See the London Eye and Big Ben – England
Visit the next big Balkan destination – Macedonia
✔ Visit Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Fly in a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia – Turkey
✔ Visit Berlin – Germany
See the Mona Lisa in Louvre- France
Visit Disneyland Paris – France
Visit Moscow and St. Petersburg – Russia
Visit the most gorgeous caste of the world: Castle Howard Yorkshire – England
Visit castle Hohenschwanga – Germany
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany
Visit Château de Chambord – France
✔ Visit the tallest dune in Europe: Dune du Pyla – France
Visit Porto Zante – Greece
Watch the highest waterfall of Europe: Krimml Waterfalls – Austria
✔ Visit old town square Prague – Czech Republic
Visit Besalú – Spain
Enjoy the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa – Iceland
Slide the waterfall ocean slide of hotel Citta Del Mare – Italy
Visit Zakynthos Island – Greece
Watch the big six (wolf, wolverine, brown bear, lynx, musk ox, and moose) – Sweden
Walk the Calenzana hike – France
Make a roundtrip in Tuscany – Italy
Visit Muiderslot – The Netherlands
Hike the Cinque Terre — Italy
✔ Visit the Eiffel Tower – France
Dog sledding – Norway
Visit Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 – England
Experience La Tomatina festival – Spain

Explore the temples of Angkor Wat – Cambodia
Marvel at the Taj Mahal – India
✔ Trek through the Himalayas – Nepal
See the sun rise over Bagan – Myanmar
Go backpacking through Laos
Tour the temples and gardens of Kyoto – Japan
Walk the Great Wall of China – China
Stay in a capsule hotel – Japan
Stay in a robot hotel – Japan
✔ Witness Elephant bath time – Nepal
Visit the Holy Land – Jerusalem
Overnight in a beach hut – Maldives
Island hopping – The Philippines
Visit the Jeita Grotto -Lebanon
✔ Watch Prambanan – Indonesia
✔ Watch Borobudur – Indonesia
✔ Visit a rice paddy field – Indonesia
✔ Swim with sea turtles – Indonesia
See cherry blossoms – Japan
Backpacking – Thailand
Watch the orang utans on Sumatra – Indonesia
Visit a sky lounge in Bangkok – Thailand
Overnight in the Marina Bay Sands – Singapore
Watch the Shanghai tower – China
Visit Tokyo & Kyoto – Japan
Watch the Terracotta army – China

Spot the big five – Somewhere in Africa
Sleep beneath the stars – Sahara desert
Watch the Victoria Falls (Devils Pool) – Zambia or Zimbabwe
Visit the Pyramids – Egypt
Visit the largest mud mosque: Djenne – Mali
Watch the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda – Rwanda
Go swimming with seals in Cape town – South-Africa
✔ Visit Marrakesh – Morocco
✔ Climb the Atlas Mountains – Morocco
Canoeing the Lower Zambezi river – Africa
Visit the Lalibela – Ethipia
Watch the Penguins of Simon’s Town – South Africa
See Table Mountain in Cape Town – South Africa
Visit the Cango Caves – South Africa
Go on safari and see Mountain Kilimanjaro – Tanzania

Dive the Great Barrier Reef –  Australia
Climb the Sydney Harbor bridge – Australia
Do crocodile diving in Darwin –  Australia
Swim with Whale Sharks – Australia
Hike the Queen Charlotte Track — New Zealand
Be a Hobbit in Matamata – New Zealand
Go zorbing – New Zealand
See Mount Cook – New Zealand

Other travel related goals
Go whale watching – Somewhere where whales are
Set foot on Antarctica – Antarctica
See a polar beer in its natural habitat – Antartica
Hike the Laugavegurinn Trail — Iceland
✔ Sleep wild – somewhere
Take the trans-Mongolian express – Moscow to Beijing
Go volcano boarding -somewhere
Do a yoga retreat – Hawaii
Go horseback riding on the beach – somewhere
✔ Hike a volcano during sunrise – Indonesia
✔ Paragliding – Nepal
✔ Climb a mountain – Sweden
✔ Do volunteer work – South-Africa and Sweden
Pack your bags and set off for a random location with no itinerary – somewhere
✔ Live in a different country for at least 6 months
✔ Live in a country with 4 seasons through the year
Fly first class
✔ Go surfing in a tropical destination – somewhere
Eat a scary local Asian culinary like snake or scorpion
Overnight in a tree-house – somewhere
✔ Ride a camel – Turkey
Go on a cruise vacation

I hope this list inspired you to visit one of these amazing places!

Author: Daphne

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10 Replies to “My ultimate travel bucket list with 150 things to do before I die”

  1. Love your list and how organised it is. I was checking off the things I’ve done too. Its great that you have experiences as well as places on the list.

  2. I used to have a really elaborate list of goals, but I stopped paying so much attention somewhere along the way. I’ve done most of your NA list and a good portion of Europe, but I really have some work to do with the other continents!

  3. Great list! I think having a travel life list is very important for giving a sense of accomplishment. I’ve done some of these–sleeping under the stars in the Sahara, seeing cherry blossoms in Japan, Cristo Redentor in Brazil, for example–and they are amazing. But as a native New Yorker, I do suggest picking the Brooklyn Bridge or seeing a Broadway show over Times Square. Times Square is every New Yorker’s least favorite place!

  4. What a great list! I have not created an official bucket list, but I’m always dreaming of places I want to go. Besides traveling, it’s my favorite pastime!

  5. This is quite the list! I’ve managed to cross off a lot of these, and I’m hoping to cross another for the list in three weeks – see the Northern Lights in Iceland! Safe travels! Cheers!

  6. Great bucket list, I specially like the African part. Penguins are so fun in Boulders Beach at the time I was there, we were swimming in the lagoon, not sure if its still allowed to do that but its one of my nicest memories of SA.

  7. Great list! I’ve managed to do quite a few of these and you’ll love them! There’s nothing cooler than seeing the Northern Lights and hiking Cinque Terre is breathtaking as well. I hope you make it to all of your dream places!

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