This blog wouldn’t be a blog without a love of travel. Clearly, I love to travel and experience new things. I have a hugely long Bucket List because of this, and you can read more about that here. I also have a list that isn’t on my blog because it is so huge. That list is actually divided into experiences, skills, once in a lifetime opportunities and festivals. There is so much I want to see and do, and reading books about travelling the world doesn’t make that list any shorter. Today I’d thought I’d share with you 16 travel experiences that I am yet to do that should be on your Bucket List.
I’ve also included imagery from some incredible travel experiences I have had already!
Egypt is one of those places that is full of so much history and there’s so much to see and do there. The Pyramids of Giza are probably on a lot of travellers lists, due to the fact that they are the last surviving ancient wonder of the world. There is so much to learn and so much history that people head to Egypt purely to experience seeing the Pyramids. You can visit the museums in Cairo and even go to see Tutankhamen’s tomb. The Red Sea and the River Nile are also top of the list of things to see in Egypt.
Staying in Japan is a goal of mine and I’d love to go for a longer period of time. I think with a country like Japan, it would be so different from any country I’ve ever visited before and I’d love a chance to stay a bit longer and really experience everything that Japan has to offer. I’d also love to teach English at the same time so this is something I’m looking at for the future. I love sushi so I’d be sure to sample some of that. For me, when I think of Japan it sounds mystical due to the clash of the modern culture in Tokyo and the traditional heritage of places like Kyoto with the temples and gardens.
The Uyuni Salt flats are the largest salt flats in the world and absolutely every single picture I’ve seen, looks incredible. Effectively you’re looking into the worlds largest mirror and there are a whole lot of tours that take you to the best places over 3-4 days. As you can probably imagine, you’re in the middle of nowhere so the tours look after you but you’d need to be a pretty good packer to make sure you bring everything you need like extra batteries as there won’t be anywhere to buy things there. All the tours sounds incredible and I’d love to visit one day.
(On a lot of people’s Bucket Lists, The Eiffel Tower in Paris)
My family are actually Italian on my grandfathers side and I’ve never been. I’d love to explore Italy and visit the town of Bari which is where my family are originally from. Italy also has huge amounts of history from Venice to Rome and I think it’s the kind of place I could spend a year and not be bored. Pompeii sounds haunting but beautiful and the Amalfi coast just is begging for a road trip. Also I can consume huge amount of pasta and would love to try as many Italian restaurants as possible.
A classic but something I’m yet to see! All my family have seen them apart from me and I would love to go. I know they’re crowded and overdone but it’s still something that looks incredible no matter what. I want to visit from a boat and see it for myself. Also I was completely unaware that the Niagara Falls are actually three different waterfalls, so I think I’d learn a lot!
I’ve read a lot of blogs about visiting Petra and they all say the same thing. You have to visit for a few days to see everything you want at the best times. Petra was discovered in 1812 and since then has always been a popular tourist attraction. I’ve heard that the best time to visit is really early morning so you can catch the sunlight but some prefer the sunset. When visiting, I would dress appropriately and take a lot of pictures!
I know this is an incredible trek so therefore requires that you book early! There are so many trails and treks that include everything from river rafting to zip lining, so it’s very important to make sure you’re on the right one for you. You also have to account for the altitude. It can make people very sick if you’re not careful. It’s also quite pricey but the views you get look so beyond anything you can imagine, I would love to do it. Of course with an experience like this, you have to be physically fit and carry your own pack as well as be insured to make sure everything is safe. I love the idea of spending a long time in South America and visiting all the amazing countries. As this would be the most expensive part of the trip, I’d want to save a lot and do this first!
(Another one for the Bucket List – The Sagrada Familia Barcelona)
I learnt to dive last summer and honestly loved it. There is nothing like it and I would recommend it to anyone who passes the health requirements. Seeing all the underwater wildlife is fascinating and diving in different countries is something that I can’t wait to do. The Maldives alone would make an incredible experience as there are over 1000 islands that make up the Maldives. Diving in the Maldives is meant to be really special due to the different animals you can see. There is clear water and white sand beaches and the sea is full of manta rays, tropical fish, sea turtles and even sharks which sounds like every dive would be so stunning. When I get to the Maldives I want to dive as much as possible!
With so many Islands to see (7000), there is so much to explore in the Philippines. I love the idea of hiking through jungles and swimming in waterfalls. It really does look like paradise on every travel website I’ve ever looked at. The Filipino people also seem like the happiest people ever and I’ve never heard of someone having a bad experience (I’m sure there are some!). I can’t wait to visit somewhere where the people are happy to see you and help you if need be.
A stunning view, Cappadocia is high up on the hit list of places to experience a sunset. Being in Turkey, it’s actually not too far away and somewhere I’d love to spend a long weekend. Cappadocia is known for the shape of the chimneys, their caves and hills and also the structure of the region which is created from a soft stone. There are a lot of valleys to hike as well as stunning views created by the hot air balloons.
You can swim the dead sea from Israel or Jordan but it truly is one of the strangest experiences I want to do. It’s the lowest point on earth at 423 metres below sea level. Because of how salty it is, I think you can only stay 10-15 minutes but it still sounds like an incredible 15 minutes. I’m aware the dead sea is shrinking so hopefully get to experience it before it’s completely gone!
Another American one that is probably always going to be packed with tourists but I still want to go! There are rocks so old that it blows my mind, the oldest being 2 billions years old. I just can’t imagine seeing something so incredible so this one will always be on my list. I know there are lots of parts to it and lots of people see it in different ways, but for me, I want to experience it from a helicopter ride! Having never been in a helicopter before I think it would be a once in a lifetime experience and something I’d never forget. You can also get some really beautiful pictures and I’d love to have some memories of my visit when I go.
The largest living thing on Earth, I’m so sad that the reef isn’t always going to be around. I know this is another one with a time limit and having visited Australia once, I can’t wait to go back again. The reef is 2300km long and has hundreds of different animals living there. Something for all divers to see, I know it’s quite expensive but again, worth it. The fact that divers in 20 years time might not be able to see it like it is now, is really sad.
One of the most expensive climbs you can do, prices start around £20,000 so this one is a little far out of my reach at the moment. However, when I’m a millionaire this will change and I’d love to climb Everest, or maybe to the base camp! Lots more people climb to the Base Camp rather then the summit but it’s still a huge achievement. There are a lot of changes taking place at Everest due to rubbish, the dead bodies and also the queue of people who are trying to reach the summit. It’s interesting to keep an eye on though because more and more people are making it to the summit and prices are getting cheaper.
You can see the Northern Lights from lots of different locations but for me, I’d love to see them from Iceland. I think Iceland sounds so mystical with the lagoons, hot springs and volcanos! I’ve never been before and I know the Northern Lights is meant to be magical.
Last but not least is the Taj Mahal in India. I have a friend who recently went there and she said it was amazing. Made from white marble the Taj Mahal is the “jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.” One worth reading up about, the Taj Mahal has some really interesting architecture.
Quite a few things to add to your Bucket List there but I hope you enjoyed reading. I have a lot more but this post could have 500 things I want to do on so I just picked some of my favourites. Let me know if you’ve done any of them or have plans to!
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