Everyone’s travel bucket list is different of course. For adrenaline junkies, it may be climbing Everest, for foodies, visiting Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, or for the more romantic, a gondola ride in Venice. So below is a variety of bucket list destinations and experiences, with something for everyone to add to their list.
Delight in Aurora Borealis. Otherwise known as the northern lights, this beautiful and magical phenomenon can be seen from countries including Finland, Iceland and Norway.
Trek the Inca Trail. Yes, it may seem a given for a travel bucket list, but this iconic trail to Machu Picchu needs to be seen (well, walked) to be believed.
Be in awe at Angkor Wat. This jaw-dropping Cambodian temple is surrounded by as many as 200 other impressive temples, making up about 1,000 square kilometres of grandeur to lose yourself in.
Stay in an over-water bungalow. Just because you deserve it. Be it in Bora Bora, the Maldives or a sunny spot in the South Pacific, everyone should experience a tropical paradise, even if for just one night.
Head north to another planet. Australia’s very own Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is the largest living structure on earth. This under-the-sea wonderland abounds with approximately 1,500 fish species, 30 species of whales and dolphins, and six species of sea turtles. Whether you’re an experienced diver or a first-time snorkeler, the Great Barrier Reef is a must-do.
Climb a glacier. A visit to neighbouring New Zealand offers you loads of bucket list adventures. Hit the ice and explore the Franz Josef Glacier, and reward your weary bones afterward in the glacier hot pools.
Catch a game. Maybe it’s the Ashes at Lord’s, centre court at Wimbledon, the Monaco Grand Prix or a home game for the Knicks or the Yankees, if you like sport, there’s plenty to fill your bucket list.
Ponder the Pyramids. The Great Pyramid of Giza, built around 2560BC, is one of most famous attractions in the world. As the only surviving Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, it’s certainly bucket list worthy.
Trip down Route 66. Cross 8 states and cruise around 3,940 kilometres from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. Bonus points (and enjoyment) when done in a Mustang!
Meet the Flintstones. Well, kind of. Visit the strange but enchanting Cappadocia in Turkey, where cave houses and fairy chimneys cover the valley. A hot air balloon ride is the perfect way to take in this wondrous landscape.
Live life in the fast lane. Hold onto your hat as you board the world’s fastest roller coaster. The Formula Rossa, at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, boasts speeds of up to 240km per hour!
Climb every mountain. If Everest is not your thing, perhaps Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is. At a height of 5,895m, it’s the world’s highest free-standing mountain, offering unsurpassed views of Africa.
Lose yourself. Wander your way through the charming streets and alleys of Venice, where something special waits for you around every corner. Maybe it’s a town square, an art gallery or a quaint trattoria serving up the best of Italy on a plate.
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