Planning your next big adventure? Get inspired with our ultimate travel bucket-list. Here’s 25 unforgettable travel destinations & experiences from all over the world. In no particular order…
1. Gaze at the Perito Moreno Glacier (Argentina)
The Perito Moreno Glacier is Patagonia’s most famous attraction and a truly unique, breath-taking spectacle of nature that you cannot miss on your vacation in Argentina!
The glacier itself is HUGE: Covering a total of 100 square miles, it is 3 miles wide and rises 78 meters above the lake Lago Argentino, with its deepest point stretching to approximately 700 meters.
The best part… Certain tour operators provide the chance to trek on the Glacier!! Now, that’s one for the bucket list!
2. Watch the Great Migration At Serengeti National Park (Tanzania/Kenya)
The Great Wildebeest Migration refers to the huge annual movement (the largest on land animal migration) of vast numbers of wildebeest accompanied by large numbers of zebras and gazelles searching for food and water between Tanzania and Kenya.
The Great Migration sees over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,00 zebra and a host of other antelope travelling cross country.
One of the most amazing spectacles you will ever see!
3. Canoe Moraine Lake in Banff National Park (Canada)
Moraine Lake is only half the size of its nearby neighbour Lake Louise, but perhaps even more scenic. It’s situated in the beautiful Valley Of The Ten Peaks in Banff National Park. This glacier-fed lake becomes the most intense and vivid shade of turquoise blue. The setting of the surrounding magestic mountain peaks makes the scene almost surreal.
I know you’ve definitely seen pictures of this place on Instagram!
4. Check out the View From the World’s Tallest Building – The Burj Khalifa (UAE)
World’s tallest building. A living wonder. Stunning work of art. Incomparable feat of engineering. Burj Khalifa is all that. In concept and execution, Burj Khalifa has no peer. At over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories it really does feel like you’re stood at the top of the world!
Trust me, the view from the top is breathtaking!
5. Drive Route 66 (America)
In 1938, Route 66 became the first completely paved highway in the United States. Known as the ‘Mother Road’, it stretched from the Great Lakes to the shores of California’s Pacific Coast. The Historic Route 66 takes you on an unforgettable self-drive journey filled with captivating Americana and the history of the old west. You’ll pass through Chicago and St Louis, experience the highlights of Las Vegas and Los Angeles and discover the captivating beauty of the Grand Canyon and the vast lands of the Texas Panhandle.
6. Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Peru)
South America’s number one trek and one of the most popular treks in the world. Offering 4 days of trekking along original paved Inca pathways, a variety of fascinating Inca sites and the beautiful scenery of the Machu Picchu national park, the Inca Trail is one of those things that everyone should do once in their life!
7. Snorkel in The Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches.Because of its natural beauty, the Great Barrier Reef has become one of the worlds most sought after tourist destinations!
8. Spot Wild Grizzly Bears in Yellowstone National Park (America)
Yellowstone National Park is home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the U.S. Visitors are likely to see a number of animals in Yellowstone freely roaming the landscape, from Yellowstone’s two types of bears – grizzlies and black bears – to gray wolves (which were once almost extinct in the area), bison (one of the most prevalent species in the park), eagles, trumpeter swans and many more. It’s not just animals you can see in Yellowstone – The National park is the largest active geyser field in the world and is home to the most famous geyser, Old Faithful. There are also hundreds of colorful hot springs and pools such as the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, pictured above, which is larger than a football field and the third largest spring in the world.
If you’re planning a trip to Yellowstone check out our post on what to do, where to stay and what to see in this beautiful part of the US here
9. Cross the Border at Iguazu Falls (Brazil & Argentina)
The beautiful Iguazu falls, some label this the most picturesque waterfall(s) in the world! The falls spans 1.7 miles in width and features 275 individual waterfalls with heights ranging from 196-270 feet!
There are three borders in the Iguazú area which separate Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. The good news is that you can cross all the borders between them at any time of day or night, because the immigration border opening hours are 24hrs a day!
10. Go Gorilla Trekking (Rwanda/Uganda)
Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is often described as “life changing” and with good reason. With only an estimated 880 Gorillas left in the world, to see these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is a truly unique moment.
Although this can be an expensive trip to take, it will be life changing, worth the money, and a once in a lifetime experience!
11. Take the most Beautiful Train Journey in the World from Kandy to Ella (Sri Lanka)
Kandy to Ella train trip is considered one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. During the journey the train passes by lush greenish tea estates, many tunnels, farming fields, villages, various types of forests, waterfalls and much more, so grab a window seat, get out the camera and enjoy the views on this journey you won’t forget!
Honestly, go on Instagram now and search #kandytoella
12. Visit the Inspiration For Avatar at Zhangjiajie National Park (China)
Zhangjiajie is in the northwestern part of Hunan Province in central China. The main draw is the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain and Suoxiyu Nature Reserve. Here, traveling through countless cloud-kissing mountains, clear streams and leafy trees, you may easily blend with nature around.
They also have a 300 metre high GLASS bridge if your’e feeling brave!!
13. Climb Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
Thousands of trekkers flock to Kilimanjaro every year with the sole aspiration to stand on the Roof of Africa. A number of factors have led to Kilimanjaro’s popularity; not least that it is the highest mountain on the African continent and one of the Seven Summits that requires no technical climbing skills…
No technical climbing skills doesn’t mean it’ll be easy mind you, you will still need very good preparation and be fit due to the altitude levels but this is something that if you put your mind to, you can definitely achieve… and what an accomplishment it would be!
14. Swim in Devils Pool at the top of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Have you ever thought about hanging off the edge of one of the world’s tallest waterfalls? Nah, didn’t think so!
Devil’s Pool is adjacent to the famous Livingstone Island situated on the edge of the Victoria Falls. You can choose to enjoy an exhilarating swim to the edge of the falls during their Livingstone Island visit. The Pool is usually open between mid August and mid January – depending on Zambezi water levels.
Victoria falls is beautiful in itself and even without swimming in ‘Devils pool’ it will still make an unforgettable memory visiting it but for any thrill seeker out there this has to be high on your bucket list!
Check out the stunning picture Ella captured on her trip to the falls in February!
15. Take a Cruise Through the Geirangerfjord Fjord (Norway)
The iconic Geirangerfjord is considered one of the most beautiful fjords in the world, and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list together with the Nærøyfjord.
The Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most popular natural attractions. The fjord is 260 metres deep while the surrounding mountains are 1600-1700 metres high. The fjord is also known for its spectacular waterfalls and deserted fjord farms high up on the steep cliffsides. The idyllic nature and the dramatic mountains will impress any visitor in the area.
16. Walk Through Indonesia’s Tegalalang Rice Terraces (Bali)
The stunning Tegalalang Rice Terrace, part of the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprises cascading emerald-green fields worked by local rice farmers. Just outside Ubud, it has become a destination for travelers making their way between Bali’s sandy beaches, towering mountains, and steaming volcanoes.
17. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Cappadocia (Turkey)
Unless you have millions of pounds or a space rocket handy this is probably the closest you will ever get to visiting another planet, well, that’s how it feels once you are there! Cappadocia is the land of fairy tales, mysterious and enchanting. Just some of the incredible sights waiting to be discovered here are the fairy chimneys and the underground cities but the best thing to do here is hop in a hot air balloon and discover this amazing landscape from above!
18. Gaze at the Breath Taking Northern Lights (Iceland)
It’s surely on everyone’s bucket list and to be honest, it wouldn’t be a travel bucket list if the Northern lights wasn’t on it!
This spectacular solar phenomenon is truly one of nature’s greatest wonders, creating ethereal lights in a range of colours that dance and swirl across the night sky. These apparitions have only recently been understood by modern science, though have long been of inherent fascination to those who have seen them. As such, witnessing the aurora borealis tops the bucket list of many travellers to Iceland, inspired by the incredible photographs and footage of others!
19. Cruise Through Ha Long Bay (Vietnam)
The ethereal beauty, Ha Long Bay is located in the area of the Gulf of Tangkia, in the north of Vietnam. Frequently included in lists of natural wonders of the world, Halong Bay is famous for its scenic ocean karst topography and its crystal waters.
Some where to definitely sit back, relax and simply forget reality!
Heading to Vietnam? Why not check out our epic two week: North to South itinerary here
20. See Your Reflection at Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)
The unique setting of endless salt flat at Salar de Uyuni make all kinds of crazy perspective photography possible so grab your camera, get snapping and in no time you’ll be racking up the likes on Insta!
The Bolivian salt flats are the largest in the world and cover 10,582 sq km. They definitely need to be discovered to be believed.
21. Visit The Elephants of Chiang Mai Jungle Sanctuary (Thailand)
A must do for any animal lover!
Throughout a visit to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, you will feed, bath and even PLAY with the elephants. You’ll also learn as much as possible about the elephants and why it is important to protect them. With the money the sanctuary raises from visits and donations, they can contribute to elephant welfare, by rescuing them, feeding them and provide veterinary care as well as land and infrastructure for them to live on.
A visit here is not only an unforgettable experience but one which is contributing to the lives of these amazing animals!
22. Walk Along the Great Wall of China (China)
Everyone knows about the Great Wall Of China but not many can say they have walked it!
Identified as one of the most important symbols of China, it consists of numerous walls and fortification, many running parallels to each other for a measure of 8,850 km. It’s so big, you can apparently see it from space!
23. Watch Over Rio De Janeiro With Christ The Redeemer (Brazil)
As the city’s most iconic monument and the statue that represents Brazil throughout the world, a trip to see the Christ the Redeemer is a must-do for anyone’s travel list. Overlooking the city from the summit of the 2,330-foot (720-metre) high Corcovado mountain, Christ the Redeemer is the largest Art Deco statue in the world and provides astonishing panoramic views across Rio. It is the symbol of the city and, beyond that, of the whole Brazil. It is also a symbol of Christianity among the most important of the World.
Try to get there as early as possible though to avoid the crowds and potentially have one of the seven wonders of the world all to yourself!
24. Discover The Wildlife of The Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
The Galapagos Islands remains one of the world’s most pristine and unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with a remarkable array of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and bird species to be seen.
Animals ONLY found in the Galapagos Islands are Flightless Cormorant, Galapagos Flamingo, Galapagos Penguins, Darwin’s Finches, Marine Iguanas, and more so if any of these are on your ‘Animals to see’ bucket list – you know where you have to head!
Something truly incredible about the Galapagos Islands is that the wildlife there has evolved with comparatively little human contact or major predators for hundreds of years. And, a healthy fear of humans have never developed, meaning you can observe these beautiful creatures from surprisingly close range in their natural habitat… Amazing!
25. Swim With Pigs at Pig Beach (The Bahamas)
You’ve heard of the saying ‘pigs fly’ but did you know they could swim!?
In the middle of paradise, with billionaires and celebrities for neighbors, is an island populated only by swimming pigs!
On Big Major Cay, an uninhabited island in the Exumas, that is what you’ll find. A group of wild but adorable pigs swim freely through the waters, wander the island and rush out to meet boats bringing tourists and snacks! Definitely something different for the list!
So there you have it! Here’s 25 places you have to add onto your ultimate travel bucket-list. The question is: how many of these have you been to so far? And which one will be next?!