Are you looking for some travel inspiration? If so, you’ve come to the right place!
In this article, I’ll be sharing my personal travel bucket list for the next 10 years. These are some amazing and relatively unknown destinations that I hope to visit in the near future. So if you’re looking for some travel ideas, be sure to read on!
Visiting the Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical forest and one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. It covers 6.9 million square kilometers (2.72 million square miles), stretching across nine countries.
The Amazon is home to an incredible diversity of plant and animal life, including an estimated 16,000 tree species and 390 billion individual trees, 2.5 million kinds of insects, and over 400 types of mammals.
Visitors can explore the Amazon by boat, foot, or even by plane, and there are a number of tour operators that offer trips into the rainforest.
Whether you’re interested in wildlife watching, birding, or just taking in the sights, a trip to the Amazon is sure to be an unforgettable adventure.
Whether you want to go on a safari-style tour or stay in an eco-lodge deep in the jungle, there’s sure to be a holiday that suits you.
Explore Easter Island
Easter Island, one of the most remote inhabited islands on earth, is a fascinating travel destination. With its unique history, culture, and landscape, Easter Island is a truly unique place to explore. Although it is best known for its huge stone statues, Easter Island has much more to offer visitors. From its breathtaking volcanic cliffs to its verdant rainforests, Easter Island is a place of natural beauty.
The Island is best known for its 887 monumental statues, called moai, created by the island’s early inhabitants. The moai are large stone heads that weigh up to 86 tons with the tallest one called Paro standing 33 feet tall. These monolithic sculptures were carved by the Rapa Nui people from volcanic rock between 1200 and 1500 AD.
History of the Island
The history of Easter Island is shrouded in mystery. The first inhabitants, the Lapita people, arrived on the island around 1200 BCE. They were followed by the Rapa Nui people in the 4th century CE. It is believed that the Rapa Nui carved the first moai sometime between 1250 and 1500 CE.
The Rapa Nui people continued to carve moai until 1680 when they stopped for unknown reasons. By this time, there were an estimated 887 moai on the island. Europeans first arrived on the island in 1722. In 1995, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.
And with a rich history dating back to the 13th century, there is plenty to learn about the island’s past. There are several places to stay on the island but visits are limited to 30 days. Whether you’re interested in exploring Easter Island’s ancient culture or soaking up its natural beauty, this remote island is sure to enchant you.
See the Taj Mahal in India
India is a country full of culture, history, and natural beauty. From the snow-capped mountains of the north to the tropical beaches of the south, there is something for everyone to enjoy about this diverse country.
And, no trip to India would be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal. Built in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan as a monument to his late wife, the Taj Mahal is one of the most iconic buildings in the world.
The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is more than a stunning piece of architecture. It is also a symbol of love and loss, and a reminder of the rich history and culture of India.
Every year, millions of people travel to India to see this remarkable structure for themselves. If you’re thinking about traveling to Asia then be sure to add the Taj Mahal to your list of places to see.
Visit Machu Picchu in Peru
Machu Picchu is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Every year, thousands of people flock to Peru to see this ancient Incan city. Nestled in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is an amazing site to behold.
The city was built in the 15th century and was later abandoned. It was rediscovered in 1911 by the American archaeology student Hiram Bingham. A local farmer discovered the ruins and Bingham traveled to Peru to see for himself. He then spent 3 years documenting and excavating the ruins.
Today, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If you’re looking for an unforgettable travel experience, consider adding Machu Picchu to your list!
Tour the Ancient City of Petra in Jordan
Petra is one of the most famous ancient cities in the world, and it is definitely a travel bucket list item. Located in Jordan, Petra was founded around 300 BC by the Nabataean people. The city was carved into the sandstone cliffs and featured a complex system of irrigation that allowed the Nabataeans to thrive in this desert environment.
In 106 BC, Petra became part of the Roman Empire, and many new structures were built during this time. It stayed in the Roman Empire for approx. 300 years. Today, Petra is a popular tourist destination, and visitors can tour the ancient city and see its many well-preserved buildings and monuments.
Swim with Dolphins in Hawaii
Looking for an unforgettable travel destination? Then look no further than Hawaii, where you can swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is perfect for animal lovers and thrill-seekers alike. As you swim alongside these friendly creatures, you’ll be able to observe them up close and learn about their fascinating habits and behaviors.
In addition to swimming with dolphins, Hawaii is also world-renowned for warm welcomes and its surfing. So whether you’re a surfing beginner or a seasoned pro, you’ll be sure to find the perfect wave to ride.
The best times of the year to visit are April, May, September, and October. They usually offer the most favorable weather conditions. Showers and surf swells increase along with the tradewinds during the winter, especially on the north and northeast (windward) coastlines of each island.
Island hopping is also fun as is exploration. You can bike around the main island or even hike. Dining is not a problem as there are a number of great local restaurants. The better-known ones include; Alan Wong’s, Mama’s Fish House (5* experience), Lahaina Grill, Roy’s, Beach House, etc.
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, and for good reason. Located in Tanzania, this towering peak offers stunning views and an incredible sense of accomplishment for those who make it to the top.
About the Mountain
However, Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 meters high) is more than just a pretty face; it’s also one of the most challenging climbs you can undertake. Due to its high altitude, the air is thin and oxygen levels are low. This can make the climb very difficult, even for experienced hikers.
But if you’re looking for an adventure that will really test your limits, Mount Kilimanjaro is definitely worth adding to your travel bucket list.
Some interesting facts
- Mount Kilimanjaro is actually a volcano.
- Climbing the mountain subjects you to extremes of temperature from very hot to freezing.
- Less than 50% of climbers reach the summit.
- There are wolves on the mountain. They are called Painted Wolves.
- The flower Kilimanjaro impatiens is a perennial that only grows in the jungle that surrounds the lower parts of Kilimanjaro.
Three local hotels worth considering.
- The Marangu Hotel. This hotel (4.5* reviews on Trip Advisor) is located in the town of Marangu, which is about an hour’s drive from Mount Kilimanjaro. The Marangu Hotel offers comfortable rooms and suites, as well as a restaurant, bar, and swimming pool.
- The Kibo Palace Hotel. This 4* hotel is located in the town of Moshi, which is about 30 minutes from Mount Kilimanjaro. The Kibo Palace Hotel offers spacious rooms and suites, as well as a restaurant, bar, and fitness center.
- White House Hotel. Simple design but is close to the mountain. All the usual facilities.
Go on an African Safari
An African safari is a chance to see some of the world’s most majestic animals up close. including elephants, lions, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. While there are many different safari experiences to choose from, they all offer the opportunity to see Africa’s stunning scenery and wildlife.
A safari can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it’s important to choose the right one for you. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide where to go and what to do.
In the past African safari meant seeking out animals to hunt and kill. A whole industry was created and this led to many larger game animals being hunted to near extinction. Gladly times have changed and most safari’s are all about getting amazing close-up photos of the wildlife. There are even opportunities to connect with the animals under expert guidance.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your African safari.
- First, consider what type of safari you want to experience. Are you interested in seeing a specific animal or bird? Do you want to stay in a luxury lodge or camp under the stars?
- Think about where you want to go. There are many different countries in Africa, each with its own unique landscape and wildlife.
- Research the different tour operators and choose one that offers a safe and reputable experience.
By keeping these things in mind, you can ensure that your African safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll never forget.
Visit the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt
The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the most iconic ancient monuments in the world. Located on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt, the pyramid was built around 2560 BC as a tomb for Pharaoh Khufu.
Today, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Egypt, and visitors can take a Nile cruise. Then take a journey through the desert to see the pyramid up close. Visitors can also explore the nearby pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure, as well as the Great Sphinx of Giza.
For those interested in archaeology, a visit to the Giza pyramids really is a must.
Some interesting facts
- Today, the pyramid is a popular tourist destination and has been extensively excavated by archaeologists.
- Visitors to the site can explore the interior of the pyramid, which includes a series of tunnels and chambers.
- The Great Pyramid is also surrounded by other smaller pyramids and tombs, making it an important archaeological site.
- If you’re interested in learning more about ancient Egyptian culture, a visit to the Great Pyramid of Giza is a must!
- Visit the Caro Museum. A truly amazing view of the pyramid’s artifacts.
See the Northern Lights in Iceland or Norway.
The Northern Lights are one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world. Every year, thousands of people travel to Iceland and Norway in the hopes of seeing this amazing light show. While there is no guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights on any given night, there are a few things that can increase your chances.
- It’s best to travel during the winter months when the nights are the longest.
- To get a good view it is important to find a spot away from city lights, as artificial light can obscure the view.
- Watch the weather forecasts as it is advisable to choose a location with clear skies and good weather conditions.
While there is no guaranteed way to see the Northern Lights, following these tips will give you the best chance of experiencing this truly unforgettable sight.
Go Dog Sledding in Alaska
For all canine lovers and seekers of adventure, this choice is truly unique. Why not plan a trip to go dog sledding in Alaska and experience something very unique?
Dog sledding requires strength, endurance, and teamwork, making it an excellent activity for those who are looking for a physical challenge. However, it is also a great way to bond with your furry friends and enjoy the scenery at a slower pace. No matter how you choose to experience it, dog sledding is sure to be an unforgettable adventure.
This challenging activity is the perfect way to explore the frozen tundra and get a taste of the traditional lifestyle of the Alaskan people.
An excellent way to meet Alaskan people is to join in on one of the many cultural festivals that take place throughout the state. From music and dance festivals to art fairs and food festivals, there’s something for everyone. Another great way is to get involved in other outdoor activities that they also love like hiking, fishing, camping, and kayaking.
One footnote is to say that you can participate in dog sledding in the US and it can be cost effective too. The cheapest state is Minnesota though there are a few opportunities in Maine too.
Take a Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
There’s something very special about hot air ballooning. It’s an adventure, a thrill and it gives you a real sense of freedom. You can choose where to go and when to land, subject to the weather conditions, of course. And all this while floating peacefully through the air, enjoying the stunning bird’s eye views. It is the ultimate way to relax and take in the world around you.
Tips for your adventure
First, choose a good day to go hot air ballooning. The weather plays a big role in how enjoyable your experience will be. You’ll want to avoid days when it’s too windy or too cold.
Second, wear comfortable clothing. You’ll be spending a lot of time sitting down, so dress accordingly.
Third, don’t forget your camera! Hot air ballooning is one of those experiences that you’ll want to remember forever.
For many people, hot-air ballooning is the ultimate adventure. There’s something about floating high above the ground in a basket, with only the elements to keep you company, that is both exhilarating and calming at the same time.
A Shortlist of Great Ballooning Locations
- Cappadocia, Turkey.
- Luxor, Egypt.
- Serengeti, Tanzania.
- Maasai Mara, Kenya
- Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Teotihuacan, Mexico
- Queenstown, New Zealand.
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
- Chiang Rai, Thailand
If you’ve never been hot air ballooning before, then you’re missing out on a truly magical experience. Why not give it a try?
Stay in an Overwater Bungalow in Bora Bora
An overwater bungalow in Bora Bora should be on every travel lover’s bucket list. After all, where else can you wake up to the sound of gentle waves lapping at your doorstep? And what could be more romantic than floating in your own private infinity pool, with a stunning view of the crystal-clear lagoon below?
But it’s not just the luxury and the beauty of Bora Bora that makes it so special – it’s also the sense of peace and relaxation that you’ll find here. So if you’re looking for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, don’t miss out on the opportunity to stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora.
See the Eiffel Tower in Paris
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, and a visit to Paris would be incomplete without seeing it. There are a number of ways to see the tower, but one of the best is to take a Seine cruise. This way, you can get up close to the tower and see it from different angles.
Another must-see while in Paris is the Palace of Versailles. This massive palace was once the seat of power for the French kings, and it’s now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
If you’re interested in art, be sure to also visit the Louvre. This world-famous museum houses some of the most iconic paintings in history, including the Mona Lisa. No matter what your interests are, there’s something for everyone in Paris.
Visit the Christmas Markets in Germany or Austria
The Christmas markets in Germany and Austria offer an exceptional shopping experience for those who love unique and handmade gifts. Traveling to these markets is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and find presents that your loved ones will cherish for years to come.
The markets are typically open from the end of November until Christmas Eve, so you can take your time browsing through the stalls and enjoying all that these festive markets have to offer. From traditional wooden toys to gingerbread cookies and mulled wine, there is something for everyone at the German and Austrian Christmas markets.
So if you’re looking for a truly memorable holiday experience, be sure to add these markets to your travel itinerary.
Go on a World Cruise
A world cruise is the ultimate travel experience, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world in all its glory. From the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean to the ancient ruins of Rome, a world cruise offers an unparalleled chance to explore some of the most amazing destinations on earth.
With over 100 ports of call, a world cruise is also one of the most convenient ways to travel, allowing you to unpack once and enjoy a relaxing journey with all the amenities of a luxury hotel.
Whether you’re looking to tick items off your travel bucket list or simply want to sit back and relax in style, a world cruise is a perfect choice.
The luxury and sophistication of a cruise ship deserve recognition. The gaming areas excel, the workspaces come well-equipped, and the overall experience exudes calm and relaxation.
But what really makes a cruise ship amazing is the staff. From the moment you step on board, you’re greeted with a smile and a friendly attitude. The cabin stewards are always happy to help, the waitstaff goes out of their way to make sure you’re comfortable, and the captain and crew are always available to answer any questions you might have.
It’s that personal touch that really makes a cruise ship amazing.
Go Skiing or Snowboarding in the Alps
The Alps are one of the top travel destinations in the world for skiing and snowboarding. With their towering peaks, beautiful scenery, and abundant snowfall, the Alps offer an unbeatable experience for winter sports enthusiasts.
In addition to the great conditions for skiing and boarding, the Alps also boast a rich history and culture. From the traditional Alpine villages to the world-famous resorts of Chamonix and Zermatt, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Alps.
Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled vacation or a relaxing getaway, the Alps are sure to have something to offer.
Visit the Oktoberfest in Munich
One of the most popular travel destinations in the fall is Munich, Germany, for its world-famous Oktoberfest celebration. The city comes alive with music, dancing, and of course, beer! Oktoberfest is the perfect opportunity to try a variety of traditional German dishes and beers and to enjoy some lively entertainment.
If you’re feeling brave, you can even join in the festivities and lederhosen! Just be sure to book your travel and accommodation in advance, as Oktoberfest is one of the busiest times of year for Munich.
Take a Cooking Class in Italy
For foodies, a cooking class in Italy is the perfect way to learn about authentic Italian cuisine. Italy is home to some of the world’s most renowned chefs, and a cooking class will allow you to learn from the best. You’ll be able to prepare traditional dishes using fresh, local ingredients, and you’ll also get a chance to tour food markets and learn about different regional specialties.
In addition, a cooking class in Italy is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. You’ll be able to share your love of food with other like-minded individuals, and you may even pick up some tips and tricks that you can use in your own kitchen.
So whether you’re a foodie or just looking for a unique travel experience, a cooking class in Italy is sure to delight you.
Learn to Surf in Australia or Hawaii
Australia and Hawaii are two popular travel destinations for those looking to learn how to surf. Both locations offer a variety of surf schools that can cater to beginners as well as experienced surfers. In addition, both Australia and Hawaii offer beautiful beaches and waves that are perfect for surfing.
Australia is home to some of the world’s most famous surfing spots, such as Bondi Beach and Byron Bay. Hawaii, on the other hand, is known for its big waves and offers a more challenging surfing experience.
Ultimately, whether you choose to learn to surf in Australia or Hawaii will come down to personal preference.
Scuba Diving or Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. Stretching for over 2,000 kilometers along the coast of northeastern Australia, it is the world’s largest coral reef system.
The reef is home to an incredible diversity of marine life, including over 1,500 species of fish, 400 types of coral, and countless other invertebrates. Exploring the reef by scuba diving or snorkeling is an unforgettable experience.
Not only will you get to see this amazing ecology up close, but you’ll also have the chance to encounter some of the reef’s most iconic residents, such as turtles, sharks, and rays. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a first-time snorkeler, a trip to the Great Barrier Reef is sure to be a highlight of your travels.
See the Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Every year, millions of people travel to Japan to see the cherry blossoms. The cherry blossom holds deep roots in Japanese culture, and it has symbolized the country for centuries. In recent years, cherry blossoms have also emerged as a favored tourist attraction, adorning the landscapes of numerous major cities across Japan.
The best time to see the cherry blossoms is typically from late March to early April. However, the exact date varies depending on the region. For example, in Tokyo, the blossoms typically bloom from late March to mid-April. In Osaka, they typically bloom from early to mid-April.
So if you’re planning a trip to see the cherry blossoms, be sure to check the forecast for your specific location.
Visit the Temples in Bangkok, Thailand
A trip to Bangkok is not complete without a visit to the temples. The most famous temple is Wat Pho, home to the giant reclining Buddha. Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, is another must-see with its towering spire that’s illuminated at night. Then there’s Wat Traimit, known for its massive golden Buddha statue.
But Bangkok has more to offer than just temples. The city is a foodie paradise, with street stalls serving up delicious Thai cuisine. Shopaholics will also enjoy exploring the city’s many markets, where they can bargain for everything from souvenirs to clothing.
With its stunning temples, delicious food, and vibrant markets, Bangkok is definitely a travel destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Visit the Statue of Liberty in New York City
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic symbols of the United States. standing at 305 feet tall, it is a recognizable sight for anyone who visits New York City. The statue was a gift from France and was completed in 1886.
It stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, and visitors can take a ferry to the island to get up close to the statue. There is also a museum on the island that tells the story of the statue and its history. For anyone interested in American history or iconic landmarks, a visit to the Statue of Liberty is a must.
Ride a Gondola in Venice, Italy
A ride in a gondola is a must-do while visiting Venice, Italy. Gondolas have been used as the main mode of transportation in the city for centuries, and are still in use today. Riding in a gondola is a unique experience, and offers visitors a glimpse into the Venetian lifestyle.
You can catch sight of many of the city’s most famous landmarks from the water, including the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica. Gondolas also boast intricate decorations of Venetian glass, rendering them a genuinely beautiful spectacle.
So whether you’re looking for a unique way to see the city, or simply want to relax and enjoy the ride, be sure to add a gondola ride to your Venice itinerary.
Go Wine Tasting in Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, and for good reason. The area’s mild climate and fertile soils create perfect conditions for growing grapes, and the region’s winemakers have perfected the art of producing high-quality wines.
If you’re a fan of wine, then a trip to Napa Valley is a must. There are hundreds of wineries to choose from, each with its own unique culture and style. Whether you’re looking for a big, bold red or a delicate white, you’re sure to find something to your taste in Napa Valley.
And what could be more romantic than spending a day sipping fine wines while taking in the stunning scenery of this beautiful region?
See the Ruins of Pompeii in Italy
For anyone with a travel bucket list, visiting the ruins of Pompeii is a must. Located in southern Italy, Pompeii was a thriving city until 79 AD, when it was destroyed by a massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Today, the site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. Although the city was largely destroyed, the eruption also preserved many of its features, providing an incredible glimpse into life in the ancient world.
From the iconic amphitheater to the house of Julius Polybius, there is much to see and explore in Pompeii. And with new discoveries being made all the time, there is always something new to learn about this remarkable city.
Visit Stonehenge in England
For centuries, Stonehenge has been shrouded in mystery. This ancient pagan site is located in the English countryside and consists of a series of standing stones arranged in a circle.
For years, historians have speculated about the purpose of Stonehenge, and many theories abound. Some believe that it was used as a burial site, while others believe that it was a place of worship or ritual. No one knows for sure, but the mysterious aura of Stonehenge continues to attract visitors from all over the world.
If you find yourself in England, a visit to Stonehenge is a must. Even if you’re not particularly interested in history or mystery, the sheer size and scale of the stones are impressive. And who knows? Maybe you’ll be able to unlock the secrets of this ancient site.
See the Tulips in Holland
Traveling to see the tulips in Holland is an unforgettable experience. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people travel to the Netherlands to see the colorful displays of tulips in bloom. The fields of flowers stretch for miles, and the vibrant colors are truly breathtaking.
Visitors can also take boat tours of the flower fields, getting an up-close look at the beautiful blooms. In addition to the tulips, Holland is also home to many other attractions, including historic windmills and museums dedicated to Dutch Impressionism.
Whether you’re a travel enthusiast or a flower lover, a trip to Holland is sure to be a memorable one.
Take a Walk on the Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Spanning over 13,000 miles, it is an awe-inspiring feat of engineering. The wall was first built over 2,000 years ago to protect the Chinese Empire from invaders.
Over the centuries, it has been added to and maintained by different dynasties. Today, it is a popular tourist destination, drawing visitors from all over the globe. A walk along the Great Wall is a unique opportunity to experience Chinese history firsthand. As you stroll along the ancient ramparts, you can imagine what life was like for the soldiers who once guarded this mighty fortification.
You can also ponder the legacy of Genghis Khan, whose armies breached the wall in 1215. Whether you view it as a wonder of the world or a symbol of human achievement, a visit to the Great Wall is sure to leave a lasting impression.
The world comprises a vast and wondrous expanse, teeming with incredible destinations eager for exploration. Whether you gravitate towards the ancient enigmas of Pompeii, the unspoiled splendor of the Great Barrier Reef, or the cultural opulence of Bangkok’s temples, each destination offers something unique to every traveler.
Our travel bucket list has taken us on a journey across continents, from the lush Amazon Rainforest to the historic wonders of Stonehenge. We’ve marveled at the majesty of Mount Kilimanjaro, soaked in the serenity of Venice’s gondolas, and reveled in the romance of overwater bungalows in Bora Bora.
But this list is just the beginning. The world is brimming with even more enchanting places, each with its own unique charm and allure. So, whether you’re embarking on a world cruise, chasing the Northern Lights, or learning to surf in Australia, remember that the beauty of travel lies in the endless possibilities it offers.
Travel isn’t just about seeing new places; it’s about broadening horizons, creating lasting memories, and forging connections with people and cultures from around the globe. It’s about stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing the unknown.
So, pack your bags, gather your bucket list, and start checking off those dream destinations. The world is waiting, and your next adventure is just around the corner. Happy travels, fellow explorers, and may your journeys be filled with wonder, discovery, and unforgettable experiences.