We are sharing our official 50 bucket list places to visit. But we aren’t stopping there. We are also going to tell you how to make a travel bucket list of your own!
To start out, let’s go over what the heck a travel bucket list is:
Travel Bucket List
noun – A list of adventures, sights, and experiences a person wishes to see during their lifetime. AKA before they ‘kick the bucket’…
Now let’s talk about why you should have a travel bucket list. When you have a bucket list, you can make plans.
For instance, let’s say you want to take a week long trip in December. Where should you go? Well, you pull out your handy dandy travel bucket list and start from there. You go down your list and do the following:
- Research the best time of year to visit each place
- Set-up flight notifications at top places to get the best prices
- Choose which place to go to based on time of year and price
- Plan for the adventure of your lifetime!
We know you’re not kicking the bucket any time soon, but that’s no excuse to not have a bucket list. Even just the act of creating your bucket list places to visit can help get your butt in gear and plan a trip.
On top of that, creating a travel bucket list is fun! We had a BLAST creating ours, imagining how and when we will be able to see all of these amazing things the world has to offer!
We will put a by items we have been able to do!
So, without further ado, here is Ruhls of the Road’s official travel bucket list places to visit. We will start at 50 and count down all the way to 1! By sharing our list we hope to inspire you to create your own personal travel bucket list and hopefully give you some ideas of wonderful places to put on it. If you would like to skip ahead in the article to where we talk about How To Make a Travel Bucket List, click here.
Bucket List Places to Visit
50. Go Whale Watching in Alaska
Everything about whale watching looks and sounds absolutely EPIC! Seeing an animal that is bigger than a school bus?? Something that puts elephants to shame?! There’s a ‘your mom’ joke in there somewhere…
It is a life goal to see a whale breach the water like this one. It looks just like Zach flailing into bed after a long day hiking…
49. See the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
What does everyone think of when they think of Barcelona?? Sagrada Familia of course! Maybe you didn’t know that’s what it was called, but I bet you knew what it looks like.
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This church, which stands tall over the rest on Barcelona, Spain, is actually still unfinished. Construction began in 1882 and they are STILL NOT DONE. Regardless, this gem is absolutely firmly on our top 50 best bucket list ideas.
48. Go Camping in Yosemite
Growing up we would always hear about family road trips out to Yosemite for camping, but we never got the chance to do it ourselves. What better time than now!
Yosemite is full of sheer cliffs, big skies, and more animals than Julie has shoes. Sign us up!
More from RVC Outdoors:
The park has five waterfalls of 1,000 feet or more. They are at their best in late spring when the waterfalls are carrying snow melt from the mountains. Some are an easy walk to visit and some are a more challenging hike. Yosemite Falls is a good choice to see, and there are different trails to different views of the falls.
Yosemite is famous for starry skies. During the summer months, there are guided astronomy walks, and even night time bike tours.
Update: We were able to complete this one! We went to Yosemite in October of 2019 and had the time of our lives camping and hiking all over the park!
47. See the Petronas Towers in Malaysia
These skyscrapers stand TALL over Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. How tall? They were the tallest buildings in the WORLD from 1998 to 2004 when Taipei 101 was built in China.
Another reason these are on our bucket list? We’ve always wanted to go to Malaysia! There is so much in Southeast Asia that we still want to see and do, and the Petronas Towers are an absolute MUST.
46. See a Concert at Red Rocks
We are concert folks. Zach has road-tripped to Tennessee for Bonnaroo and camped in the mud to see Tom Petty and Paul McCartney perform. Didn’t hurt that Of Monsters and Men and The Lumineers were performing too, two of his favorites.
We actually really hit it off at a Chvrches concert at the famous First Ave in downtown Minneapolis. That’s when Zach busted out some of his killer dance moves and Julie’s jaw was literally on the floor the entire night.
Going to a Red Rocks show is the holy grail of concerts. The natural amphitheater surrounded by the Colorado landscape looks INSANE! We absolutely will see a show here before we kick the bucket.
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You’ll probably never see an amphitheater as breathtaking as the one at Red Rocks Park. The open air venue seats almost 10,000 people and is bordered by massive and majestic red sandstone walls of rock rising 300 feet into the air. A short 15 miles from the city of Denver, you can easily get there by car or via the Red Rocks Shuttle, which picks up downtown as well as the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Grateful Dead have all testified to the glorious experience of playing at Red Rocks.
45. Live on a Sailboat in Mexico (for at least a week)
Waking up every day and being 3 steps from the salty surf. Watching every sunrise and sunset with an uninterrupted view of the horizon. Having the freedom to decide where exactly you want to go, and the means to get you there. Living on a sailboat is living the dream my friend!
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Maybe one of the hard parts? No wifi… Julie might die without wifi. But it’s only a week! Grab a book, rub some sun tan lotion on, and enjoy the wide open sea.
More Advice from Sailing Kittiwake:
Living on a sailboat means spending a lot of time outdoors. Most of this time will be spent by the sea, where you’ll see amazing things – dolphins, whales, jumping tuna, sunfish, basking sharks, … Some of this time will be spent inside the boat, seeking shelter from the cold and rain, and a smaller portion of it will be spent on shore, either resupplying, or exploring.
Our preferred destination to live on a sailboat would be Cozumel. The island itself looks incredible, and we have heard that there are a ton of amazing things to do in Cozumel! From snorkeling to ATV tours, we would love to visit this island paradise off of Mexico!
44. Hike to Kelingking Beach in Bali
If you go to Bali and don’t get a picture of the dinosaur head at Kelingking Beach, did you even go to Bali?? It’s no wonder why people love it, the view is as good as any in the world.
White sandy beaches? Check. Beautiful blue waters? Check. Tropical paradise? Check. Cliffs that form the head of a dinosaur? Check! What does this place not have??
43. Go Skydiving
Skydiving should be on everyone’s bucket list! Crapping your pants as you jump OUT OF A PLANE! Does it get any better? Yes it does, because it is all captured forever on video. You’ll have blackmail on anyone you go skydiving with for the rest of your life!
We can’t lie, we are wimps about height. At least Zach is. He won’t be caught within 10 feet of a cliff as we’re hiking, and when the trail narrows he will literally close whichever eye that is closest to the cliff. Not very smart is he..? And STILL he is all on board for jumping out of a speeding jet, and you should be too!
A Story from Adventure in You:
Your heart is thumping and your mind is racing as a million and one thoughts go through your head. Your palms are sweaty, your vision tunnels, and all you can hear is the loud sound of the propellers along with that tiny voice in your head screaming holy sh*t as you creep towards the plane door. Then, in one graceful swoop, you are free falling 13,000 feet from the ground in one giant leap of faith, adrenaline, and excitement.
There is nothing as liberating and exciting as throwing yourself off a moving plane. NOTHING. It is definitely one of those go big or go home moments where the feeling of anticipation and waiting for the jump is building up. Just the thought of jumping makes your heart beat faster than a little school boy who is in love.
42. Walk Along Lake Bled in Slovenia
2 years ago, we couldn’t find Slovenia on a map. If you’re being honest with yourself, you couldn’t either, right? But this place is ROCKETING up our travel bucket list!
Just look at this picture from above Lake Bled, that is one of the most picturesque islands on earth. A bell tower on an island surrounded by turquoise waters and snow-capped mountains in the distance?
Is this place made up in a fairy tale. Odds are there is a princess in that tower and a monster lurking in the lake awaiting any challengers…
41. Stay in a Treetop Hotel in Saint Lucia Island
We were about ten minutes away from making Saint Lucia our honeymoon destination, but we changed course last minute. Flights were just too expensive at the time, and we travel on a budget!
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However, as flight prices get better we will absolutely be heading your way Saint Lucia! There are literally treetop hotels (cabins? treehouses?) that you can stay in!
Monkeys hang out at your doorstep, the sun rises high in the sky, and you will be sipping cocktails out of coconuts! And OH LORD the hiking on this island looks to be about as good as any on earth.
40. Oktoberfest in Munich
If you’ve ever met us, odds are at least one of us has had a beer in their hands. Julie loves Porters and wheat beers. Zach opts for a local IPA or a good ol fashioned Coors Light.
Both of us would love to order beer (or bier) by the liter, and want to head to Munich in the fall to do it! Drinking out of a shoe (like some people do at Oktoberfest) might not be your thing, but Lederhosen and Dirndls sure as hell better be.
If you’re not getting down with the Bavarian culture when you’re putting back beer and pretzels, then you my friend are NOT doing it right. Make sure Oktoberfest is firmly on your best bucket list ideas, it sure as heck is on ours.
39. Snowboard in the Alps & Visit Dolomites
Zach tried to teach Julie to snowboard in 2016 and it was NOT pretty. Julie’s butt took a beating on the ice, and the day ended with Zach falling down the stairs outside the chalet, throwing his coffee straight up into the clear blue sky in the process. Like I said, NOT pretty.
If you think Julie is insane to go from not being able to make it down a blue square, all the way to the ITALIAN ALPS, then you’re right! But an Alice in Wonderland quote comes to mind: ‘You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.’
If we fall down a rabbit hole in Northern Italy, don’t come looking for us, we’ll be kicking it with Alice having a grand ol time! After shredding the Alps we’re going to hop on over to the Dolomites for some UNBELIEVABLE views.
This place looks like it was plucked from the dreams of someone who ate one too many magic mushrooms before bed. Once we saw it we knew it would be firmly planted on our best bucket list places to visit.
38. Do Yoga in India and Visit Dharavi, Mumbai (Slums of India)
Downward Dog in Buddha’s backyard! We have a love affair with Yoga that started when we both began classes in college. Julie went for the yoga, Zach went for the girls in yoga pants.
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Thankfully he struck out 100% of the time at the studio and met Julie a few years later, and as a bonus the yoga ended up giving him his killer dance moves.
After yoga we will be taking a trip to Dharavi in Mumbai. This place is known as the slums of India, it is the largest slum in all of Asia. We believe it’s important to experience the culture in every country we visit. Seeing the living and working conditions of the people here will give us a brand new outlook on life.
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We were greeted by smiles!! Smiles and welcoming faces. Faces that didn’t look at you as a rich subject that they could hopefully scam money from. But more of a thankful look. Grateful that we’d come all the way from a western country to take time to visit their underprivileged country. You could see the happiness in their eyes and without realising it, we’d soon become the attraction of the area!
Kids dropped their balls and ran over from the playground, mothers came thrusting their babies upon us and questions were being thrown from all directions. Hey, the questions we didn’t mind…at least they weren’t throwing rocks like some of the kids in Jodhpur. Most of the kids just giggled at our answers and of course there were a few cheeky boys trying to teach us swear words but we were amazed at how much English they spoke. All the build up and anticipation had been for nothing! The rumours and stories we’d heard couldn’t have been further from the truth and it was clear that the poorest of people we’d met in India were ironically the friendliest.
37. Trek the Australian Outback
G’day mate! Let’s put another shrimp on the barbie! Australia slides into the top 40 of our list, as a mecca for trekkers the world over. We want nothing more than to head into the outback in a camper van and cruise the desert in search of wildlife and good times.
Advice on the top 5 must-dos in the Outback from TravelOutbackAustralia:
Alice Springs is the heart and soul of the Outback. The number one destination in Outback Australia. Make Alice Springs your base for exploring the Outback! It’s located central to everywhere else.. not just in the Outback but in Australia!
Ayers Rock/Uluru – Australia’s best known tourist attraction. Visit the most famous destination in Australia. Learn about Aboriginal culture and Dreaming. Want to save money visiting Ayers Rock? Let us share our local knowledge with you.
Alice Springs Desert Park. The Desert Park is one of the Outback’s best tourist attractions. The Desert Park reveals the Outback to you -its Aboriginal culture, its environment (you get to walk through every single desert habitat), its plants and animals. Make it your first stop in Alice Springs.
Kings Canyon/Watarrka. Located 350km from Alice Springs and about 300km from Ayers Rock, Watarrka is another top Outback destination. Some people say it’s even BETTER than Uluru! Make sure you visit to find out why.
Lake Eyre – Australia’s largest lake. I rate seeing Lake Eyre full second only to going to Mount Everest in terms of travel experiences. We’ve got a whole section of the site devoted to getting you out there!
36. Walk Beneath the California Redwoods
Of course California has to be on here. California has many places that shouldn’t just be on a USA bucket list travel post, but a worldwide bucket list travel post! And you can’t talk about traveling California without mentioning the Redwoods.
We have never been to Northern California, so the giant redwoods don’t even seem real to us. This pictures look photoshopped, trees don’t get that big… do they?
Update: we completed this one! We went to see Redwoods National Park on our tour of the USA in October of 2019! The trees are so inspiring and powerful, we could have stayed for days just looking up at each one.
35. See the Egyptian Pyramids
Everyone who watched Prince of Egypt as a kid, or as an adult, has always wanted to travel to Egypt to see the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Seriously, how on EARTH did these get built in the ancient times, with hand tools and rope. Unbelievable.
34. See Cataratas Del Iguacu (Iguazu Falls)
Have you ever heard of this one? We thought we might be able to sneak one in! To be honest we hadn’t heard of Iguazu Falls in Argentina until recently. GOODNESS ME WILL YOU TAKE A LOOK AT IT?!
Have you ever seen so many waterfalls in one picture? Seriously, have you? If you have, please tell us where, so we can put that place on our best bucket list ideas…
33. Walk Along the Great Wall of China
There is literally a structure that exists in the world that is 13,000 miles long. Think about that for a second. Think about how hard it is to run a mile, and how long that feels. Now think about 10 miles. We’re tired just writing that. This is THIRTEEN THOUSAND MILES! Almost 500 MARATHONS long!
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My brain hurts just thinking about how ridiculous this sucker must have been to build. The least we can do is make the voyage to China and pay our respects! And of course race each other up and down the winding curves. Julie will win of course, because girls are better than boys.
32. Nighttime Walk at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
If we can ever afford Singapore, by golly we are going to go! The light show at the Gardens by the Bay looks like a Dr. Seuss book come to life.
In the background of this light explosion is the world famous Marina Bay Sands hotel, as well. Maybe if we can afford Singapore we’ll be able to book a night at that bad boy and see what all the fuss is about.
Advice from SwedishNomad:
Locals and tourists gather every night around 7 pm to see the light show. It’s a free attraction, and you just go down to the ground floor at the Supertree Grove. There’s a large grass field where people bring picnic baskets and blankets to sit on while watching the light show!
The first light show starts at 7:45 PM and the second one starts at 8:45 PM. So if you miss the first one you get a second chance an hour later. But make sure to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier at least to get a good spot.
31. Dive in the Great Blue Hole in Belize
This place looks like God just forgot to fill in this part of the world. Just a GIGANTIC hole off the islands outside Belize. The diving here looks pretty unbelievable, just have to watch out for sharks…
30. Hike Banff National Park
We first discovered Banff in a friend’s wedding photo shoot, and ever since then we’ve been trying to make it to Banff! Lake Louise and Moraine Lake specifically look as cool as the other side of the pillow.
What do we love to do everywhere we go? Hiking of course! And Banff has some of the best on earth. We want to take at least a week or two and camp in the Canadian countryside outside Calgary, hiking every inch of this tundra masterpiece.
More from banfflakelouise.com:
Banff National Park. For many, these words conjure up images of breathtaking scenery, turquoise-blue lakes, and a panoramic sea of peaks, of wildflowers dancing in the breeze, and wildlife minding their young next to flowing creeks. For many more that same scene includes endless trails just beckoning hikers to engross themselves in the landscape to gain those lofty views on their own two feet.
With over 1,600 kilometres (994 miles) of trails, Banff National Park offers adventurers some of the best hiking on the planet, whether it’s an easy hike to incredible vistas or a more strenuous trek deep in the backcountry.
Update: we made it to Banff! In July 2019 we hiked all over Banff National Park for 4 straight days. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we will never forget.
29. See the Galapagos Islands Wildlife
The Galapagos is where Charles Darwin theorized evolution, and it is where we want to test our own theory. Our theory is that penguins, sea lions, and giant tortoises will make better travel buddies than people. What do you think?
The Galapagos is home to the only penguins north of the Equator. That basically makes them the hottest penguins in the world, once the Miss Universe Penguin Pageant comes out these babies are sure to take home the crown.
28. Hike to Patagonia
Not the apparel. We do love some good Patagonia threads, but we are talking about the southern tip of South America (which the clothing company was named after).
Patagonia is the unicorn for a number of hikers and climbers out there, and we don’t want to miss out on all the fun. This is firmly in the top 30 of our best bucket list ideas!
27. Danube River Cruise
The Danube River came rushing into our lives on a past trip to Budapest in Hungary. While soaking in the sights and sounds of Budapest, we noticed a few river cruises floating down the Danube, stopping at the docks.
After seeing 5 or 6 boats, Julie ran up in a huff to one of the passengers coming off the boat. She was somehow able to stop the passenger from calling the police on her, and even got some information on the cruise!
These Danube River Cruises cut straight through the heart of Europe, from the Black Sea all the way through Germany. They stop off at many amazing cities along the way, and even have free bikes that you can take to explore each new city! We believe the best way to explore any new city is on two wheels.
26. Sled Dog Rides in Sweden
Julie loves dogs more than she loves Zach, and it’s not even close. So it is natural that she wants to spend as much time with them as she possibly can.
Read the start of this story by WildJunket and tell me you don’t want to book a dogsledding trip ASAP:
“Yap yap, kom igen!” Come on, shouted Lina. The cacophony of howling and barking suddenly ceased and we were instantly engulfed in silence as our troop of huskies took to their heels. All morning, this was what they had been waiting for: running with all their might, with their tongues wagging, saliva dripping in all directions.
And off we went, swooshing through the thick snow into the pine tree forests on sleighs led by our trusty canine hosts. With Abisko National Park as our destination, we headed high up into the slopes, leaving the stunning Lake Torneträsk behind us. We zipped through snow-covered bridges, over frozen water channels and slippery ice chunks. Towering mountains surrounded us at all times, with the Aurora Sky Station perched high up on Mount Nuolja at the edge of the fjord.
25. Drive on Salar de Uyuni – Salt Flats in Bolivia
The largest salt flat in the world! At a certain time of the year nearby lakes overflow and leave a thin layer of water on top of the salt flats causing a spectacular reflection of everything in the area.
Do a handstand and you will have no idea which way is up, at least until you come crashing down… During the dry season the endless horizon allows a photographer to play with depth of field and optical illusions. There’s literally never a bad time to visit the Salt Flats in Bolivia.
24. Camel Ride through a Desert
What can spit 10 feet, has hair all over its body, and can go days without peeing? Zach! And camels… We think he might have been a camel in a past life, to be honest it would explain a lot.
Riding a camel through the desert sounds straight up biblical, we’ll absolutely be blasting tunes from Prince of Egypt (our second Prince of Egypt reference…) on the ride. We’re thinking the best destinations are Jordan, Morocco, and Dubai, but as long as the ride is ‘bumpy’ we’re on board!
23. Hike the Na Pali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii
We love Moana. When How Far I’ll Go comes on we are both screaming along at the top of our lungs. We also love Jurassic Park. The scene where the helicopter first lands on the island is a real place. It is the Na Pali Coast in Kauai!
The Na Pali Coast is where Moana meets Jurassic Park. This island is the most wild of Hawaii’s islands, and has the most to offer in terms of hiking and camping.
On top of that, you can go to a luau in Hawaii! Ancient dances! Food! Face and body paint! More food! Native costumes! Dessert! Luaus sound absolutely epic, and you will want to see one where they were born: Hawaii.
Update: we were able to go to Kauai in September of 2019! We hiked all over the Na Pali Coast and did an incredible excursion with Capt Andy’s to the Na Pali Coast beaches.
22. Breakfast at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya
Yes, this place exists, and these are real pictures. Giraffe Manor is a cross between a safari, a zoo, a wildlife refuge, and a hotel. The giraffes roam the grounds and LITERALLY HAVE BREAKFAST WITH YOU! WE ARE NOT PULLING YOUR LEG. Google it. We’ll wait.
What did you find? The giraffes literally have breakfast with the guests? That’s what we thought. Do we even have to say anything more? Breakfast with Melmon from Madagascar is all the convincing I need to make Giraffe Manor number 22 on our travel bucket list.
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Giraffe Manor really is a place of dreams. In the morning over breakfast the herd of Rothschild giraffes that roam the grounds of Giraffe Manor will stick their elegant long necks through the window looking to share a nibble with the guests.
21. Explore Lake Powell & Horseshoe Bend
Lake Powell is a man-made lake that is more like a river. There is lots of shoreline for hiking and lots of water for cruising. Can you imagine whipping around these bends on two skis? Sounds like one heck of a hairpin turn!
If Julie’s water skiing skills are anything like her snow skiing skills we are in for some wicked wipe-outs. Once we’re waterlogged we’d love to camp on the canyon, rest our feet, wake up to these breathtaking views and do it all again.
20. One Week at the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is on the ‘shin’ of Italy’s boot, coming in right above the ankle, and at number 20 on our bucket list. Why? You tell me. Is it the breathtaking coastline? Unbeatable Italian dining? Fine sandy beaches? All of the above.
The Amalfi Coast is also a HUGE producer of lemons and Limoncello for Italy and the world. You know what they say, when life give you lemons, bring them to the Amalfi Coast so they can turn those lemons into booze.
19. Petra, Dead Sea and Ma’an Governorate
The Dead Sea is 10 TIMES SALTIER THAN THE OCEAN! You will literally float just by plopping your butt in the salty goodness, no life vest needed.
As a bonus, the muddy black bottom is supposed to be FULL of nutrients that are amazing for your skin. You’ll be floating in the water with mud all over your face, basically a deluxe spa treatment if you ask us!
After a spa day in the Dead Sea, we want to head to Ma’an Governorate. This seems like somewhere you have to see to believe. The buildings are literally carved into the edge of a cliff. Seems like a perfect place to ride a camel up to…
18. Eat Fresh Sushi in Japan
Sushi is one of those foods where authentic is SO much better than knock-offs. Where do you get the most authentic sushi on earth? Japan of course!
Our second date was to a sushi restaurant (the first was to a brewery of course). Naturally, we want to make the trip to the birthplace of sushi and try the best on earth!
Advice from Hopper on how to make the most of your sushi adventure in Japan:
Forget everything you know about sushi. The tradition began as simple street food using fish freshly caught from the Tokyo Bay in the 18th century when the city was still called Edo, wrapped in dried seaweed (also called Nori) or on a bed of vinegared rice. It was optimal on the go, because it could be prepared easily and eaten with the hands. Now it’s an international phenomenon and an art form, simultaneously grabbed from a grocery store counter by New Yorkers on their way back from the gym and meticulously prepared by skilled shokunin in internationally acclaimed restaurants. In the upper echelon of sushi masters, the California roll does not exist, additional soy sauce is a faux-pas, eating with one’s hands is entirely accepted, and the price tag is always worth it in the presence of an artisan who has spent their entire life in the pursuit of perfect sushi.
Hungry Japanophiles on their way to Tokyo need only keep in mind a few things before they sit down for the most sumptuous meal of their lives: 1) many of the best sushi restaurants max out their capacity at 10 to 15 seats, so reserve months in advance – do it through the hotel if you can’t speak Japanese, 2) Non-Japanese speakers might have a harder time fitting in, as these chefs prefer to explain their offerings comfortably, 3) Make sure you understand what you’re about to eat, and 4) Eat quickly, because the temperature of the rice and fish are part of the process of enjoyment.
17. See Christ the Redeemer in Rio
Christ the Redeemer stands tall over Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, as one of the most iconic monuments on earth. I mean, just look at it. It is such a powerful image looking over the 3rd largest city in South America.
16. Wine Tour Through South of France
Who doesn’t want to travel through some of the most beautiful rolling hills on earth while sipping some of the best wine ever tasted? We know you’d have the time of your life, and so would we. That’s why a winery tour through the South of France comes in at number 16 on our countdown of the best bucket list places to visit.
Advice from Ken’s Wine Guide:
You picture yourself driving through picturesque vineyards, discovering wonderful unknown pinots or sipping fabled grand crus, chatting with the winemaker and zipping from one aristocratic address to another. You’re just not sure how you go about it.
The good news is that wine tasting in France has never been more accessible or more welcoming to the visitor. In every wine-producing region, tourist offices, local wine boards, wine schools, vineyards, producers and knowledgeable guides are available to help you make the most of your trip. Wine roads are designated through the vineyards by cheerful signs and maps.
…it’s a good idea to pick a region or perhaps a couple of neighboring regions and concentrate on enjoying them in depth. You could base this either on your wine preferences – a passion for Pinot Noir (Burgundy) or Cabernet Sauvignon (Bordeaux), or on a different passion – for Loire Valley chateaux or the picturesque villages of Provence. Either way, there will be more to see and taste than you imagined, and plenty to choose from. And of course, you’ll want to sample other local specialties and see the sights along the way.
15. Stay in a Maldives Overwater Bungalow
We want to get bungaHIGH in a Maldives overwater bungaLOW! This looks to be as close to paradise as you can get. Waking up to some strong coffee and strolling out on the porch to a crystal blue ocean sunrise ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
As an extra bonus, some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world is in the Maldives. Zach sucks at both, but maybe in the Maldives he will be able to get a bit better!
14. Hike Zhangjiajie National Park in China
We’re going to bet that you’ve never heard of this. We hadn’t either until a friend showed us and HOLY CRIPES! Zhangjiajie looks right up there with the best National Parks in the world! And apparently the world of Avatar was based on this bad boy…
13. Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride
Are we the only ones who didn’t believe that Turkey was a country back in elementary school? Definitely thought the teacher was playing a prank on us… Turkey and Chad. Whenever a country has a corresponding English noun (or was the name of a kid in your class) it just sounded funny as a kid.
Turkey is very much real, and the hot air balloon flights over Cappadocia look like the trip of a lifetime. Good enough for lucky 13 on our official best bucket list ideas countdown!
12. Road Trip through Ireland
Zach wants to sip Guinness in an authentic Irish pub. Julie wants to stick her head out of the sunroof as we cruise past castles and cliffs. How do we compromise? A road trip through Ireland!
We have so much we want to see in Ireland, a road trip is the only way to do it. Galway, Kilkenny Castle, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Cork, Blarney Castle, Dublin, and so much more! Might have to take more than a month to see it all…
11. Climb Mt Kilimanjaro
The tallest free standing mountain in the world, standing 19,341 feet above sea level… Sign us up! Kilimanjaro takes about a week of climbing to reach the top. If there are views like this on the way up, then we are absolutely golden!
10. Explore the Scottish Highlands
Ever since Zach watched William Wallace trounce King Edward in Braveheart, he’s wanted to trek through the Scottish Highlands. Just watch this video and tell us you don’t want to tag along.
9. Visit the Taj Mahal
Almost 400 years old and this bad boy is still b-e-a-utiful! A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Taj Mahal belongs on everyone’s bucket list.
Nestled in Northern India, a marble mausoleum monstrosity rising over the surrounding countryside, we can’t wait to see the Taj Mahal. Morning yoga and coffee followed by a stunning sunrise? Sign us up.
8. Island Hop the Philippines
To be honest this probably looks like the most fun of any of our bucket list items. The Philippines look absolutely unbelievable! Island hopping through a tropical wonderland, sipping pina coladas with sandy butt cheeks.
If that doesn’t get you excited about taking a trip to the Philippines, then check out this drone video over the Filipino islands. Unreal!
7. New Zealand South Island – Camp at Milford Sound
Why is Milford Sound on our list? Number one, it is an absolute stunner. Perfect 10. The views look life changing.
Number two, Milford is supposed to have some of the hardest hiking in the Southern Hemisphere. We like a good challenge, and love a good hike. At the South Island of New Zealand, we are going to get both of them in a big way.
6. See Mt Bromo at Sunrise
Massive Mt Bromo is an active volcano located on the southern side of Indonesia. I repeat, an active volcano. This son of a gun has erupted FOUR TIMES in the last 15 years.
Seems a little bit like Julie to be honest… Looks damn good in a picture, but do not, DO NOT, piss her off.
To be honest it reminds us a little bit of Mount Wannahockaloogie. Hopefully no one makes us swim through the ring of fire!
5. Take the Train in Sri Lanka – 9 Arch Bridge
The most beautiful train ride in the world lies in the heart of Sri Lanka, from Kandy to Ella. Along the way, you pass over the 9 Arch Bridge, whose local names means 9 skies, named for the 9 separate skies you see as you look up through the arches from below.
The bridge is only accessible by train or on foot, and we’ve heard it is QUITE a hike. What else? On this train you’re allowed to stick your arms and head out as you ride, and you may even be able to hang out on the side of the train if you’ve got the cojones…
4. Go on an African Safari
MAAAAA SEVVENYAAAA MAMA LEETSY MAMAAA GIVAAA HOWAYYY
When Lion King comes on we turn it up to 11! And we’d give just about anything to experience the Savannah in Africa for ourselves. Julie’s favorite animal is the elephant. Zach’s favorite is the zebra. Sounds like a win win to jump on an African Safari!
3. See the Northern Lights in Norway’s Fjords
Norway = Epic. We think Norway is WAY TOO UNDERRATED for people choosing their travel destinations. Maybe because they think it is too far North? Maybe because they dominate all the skiing events at the Winter Olympics? Whatever the reason, wake up people!
Norway is home to some of the most magnificent lakes, waterways, and cliffs on earth, and the fjords are to die for! Now sprinkle on some Northern Lights and what do you have? A cocktail worth traveling across the Atlantic for!
2. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Ever since Zach read Turn Right at Machu Picchu, he can’t stop talking about hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The hike takes the better part of a week through the mountains and valleys of Peru, past Incan ruins and breathtaking sites.
What is better than hiking through the South American jungle past ancient monuments on your way to perhaps the most amazing structure of all time?? Well, in our opinion, only one thing:
1. Live the Van Life for 1 year National Parks Around the USA
Van Life is something we’ve always wanted to do. Set up your 4-wheeled home and hit the road for an ENTIRE YEAR! See the wide open countryside, go where the road takes you, fight with your spouse about not being lost, let your dog pee in all 50 states!
What is there to do while you’re road tripping through the entire United States of America? See all the National Parks of course! There are 58 in all, and we plan on seeing every single one of them in our lifetimes before we kick the bucket!
Update: We were able to accomplish this one! We lived in a van for all of 2019 and traveled all around the country. We explored National Park after National Park, hiking every awesome trail we could find! To read more about our Van Life and hiking adventures, check out these pages:
There you have our 50 best bucket list places to visit! We loved the exercise of putting our bucket list ideas together, and we truly think you will too. Let’s talk about some hints on how to make a travel bucket list!
Tips on How to Make a Travel Bucket List
Making a travel bucket list is an incredibly fun experience. But in some ways it can feel a bit overwhelming. After all, there is a whole world out there to experience! How will you ever get out there to see it all?
Well, to start let’s revisit our definition of a bucket list:
Travel Bucket List
noun – A list of adventures, sights, and experiences a person wishes to see during their lifetime. AKA before they ‘kick the bucket’…
Let’s zero in on a few different words in the definition. First off, the word ‘wishes’. Just because you have something on your bucket list doesn’t necessarily mean you have to see it. It means you wish to see it.
Your bucket list should act as a guide for your future experiences! Not just as a list you want to ‘check off’ just for the sake of checking it off.
Second, let’s look at the words ‘during their lifetime’. You have a LOT of TIME to see all of these things and experience these adventures! Don’t plan to do all of them in one year, or even five years.
At best, you should be doing a handful of these items each year. If you are able to do all 50 in 2 years, then maybe dream a bit bigger! Okay, now we have some expectations set, let’s get into our tips on how to make a travel bucket list.
Make Your Travel Bucket List Action Oriented
Many bucket lists people make are just location-oriented. For instance, the list might look something like this:
- Egyptian Pyramids
- Australian Outback
- Kauai, Hawaii
- Southeast Asia
- Yosemite National Park
This looks like a great list. 5 awesome adventures without a doubt. However, we recommend one change: add actions to each of your travel bucket list ideas. Instead of the above list, make it look something like this:
- Walk around the Eqyptian Pyramids
- Take a Trek in the Austrailian Outback
- Hike the Na Pali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii
- Take a Mud Bath with Elephants in Thailand
- Camp in Yosemite National Park
Now your list has actual actions associated with each of the locations. This will help each item crystallize in your mind and will get you further down the road when planning each of these awesome actions.
Get Inspiration on the Internet
What do Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Facebook have in common? Well, they are all social media apps. They all probably take up some portion of your day. They are pretty addicting.
They can also be GREAT tools for finding new places to travel! For us, they were awesome in helping get inspiration for our travel bucket list ideas!
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When you use them correctly, these apps make for INCREDIBLE tools. On Pinterest, you can search for awesome travel destinations. On Instagram, you can find the most beautiful views in places around the world.
On Facebook there are groups where people share tips and tricks on different destinations. And YouTube has incredible videos showing all of the adventures you can have around the world.
Now, you can absolutely fall down rabbit holes on these apps, and easily lose half a day. Remember your goal as you are using them, and do your best to limit your time on each one.
Talk to Friends & Family
Your friends and family know you very well. They can be an invaluable resource in getting bucket list ideas and learning about new places.
In all likelihood, some of your friends and family have been to places you’ve never been. And since they know you, they will have a good idea of whether you may like those places as well!
Strike up a conversation about bucket lists with your loved ones and see what they have to say! They may even have some ideas that you have never even heard of. Speaking of which…
Research Places You’ve Never Heard Of
Our FAVORITE bucket list ideas for us were the ones we had never heard of before we started researching. Now, there is one question that must be answered on this topic: How do you find places you’ve never heard of?
That is a great question. If you don’t know about something, how on earth are you supposed to research about it?? Well, there are a couple different way!
The easiest option is to use social media. Use the Instagram search page. Scroll Pinterest’s travel boards, ask people on Facebook, etc. If you hear about something that you haven’t heard of, check that place out!
For us, before we started researching we had never heard of the following places, and now they are on our bucket list!
- Hike to Kelingking Beach in Bali
- Visit Dharavi, Mumbai
- Cataratas del Iguazu (Iguazu Falls)
- Dive the Great Blue Hole in Belize
- See Mt Bromo at Sunrise
Okay, on to our next tip for how to make a travel bucket list. Write things down!
Write Things Down
Studies show that writing things down helps people take action. Writing a to-do list helps you achieve every item on that to-do list. The same goes with travel bucket lists.
We suggest making a document on your computer with your bucket list, that way you can constantly update the list as you achieve them and you can have it no matter where you go. You may want to opt for something cuter than a Google doc, so in that case maybe you’ll want a journal or even an actual bucket!
Once you complete your bucket list, then the TRULY fun part comes! You can start planning for one of your adventures!
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There you have it. All 50 of our bucket list ideas and our secrets on how to make a travel bucket list! We hoped you loved reading this as much as we loved making it.
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