If you’re like me you love creating travel lists. Every time when I see a beautiful place online that I would like to visit one day I immediately add it to the specialised list of that country on my phone. And while all of my lists keep getting longer and longer, there are 10 ultimate travel bucket list experiences that I always recommend when asked about my top travel trip ideas. To quench your wanderlust, I decided to share with you that list and my all-time-favorite 10 bucket list trip ideas that everybody should take at least once in their lifetime. Keep reading so you get inspired to create your own similar travel bucket list and start exploring our world.
1. Be a Tourist in Your Own Country
Traveling in your native land is a possible bucket list option for everyone. It begins as a journey of self-discovery and ends with great love and appreciation for your own country.
There is no hustle of getting a passport or visa, which makes it affordable for everyone. That way you can make connections and meet new people that you can easily stay in touch with and plan more adventures together for the future.
Because, let’s be honest, most of the time we take the things closest to us for granted. You will be amazed at how many wonderful places there are in your country that you haven’t explored yet. So, my advice is : try to be a tourist in your homeland and you’ll be amazed that adventure has been there all along.
2. Take a Solo Trip
Traveling alone is either a dream trip or a scary adventure for most people. By learning to tackle all issues by yourself, you become more confident, independent and you learn to rely only on your own strength.
There is nothing like taking a solo trip and going somewhere where you haven’t been before. My favorite adventure till this day was the one when I grabbed only my backpack and went to travel around South East Asia solo for 2 months.
Traveling solo is definitely the best way to create those epic memories that you’ll remember your whole life. The list of benefits of traveling solo is so huge that I created a separate blog post about it. You can read it here!
3. Go on a Wildlife Safari Tour
A safari trip is one of the best adventurous holidays that you might plan. No matter if it’s a solo, group or couple trip, there are many options to choose from.
It is the only travel bucket experience that allows you to see the rare and mysterious species of the spectacular wildlife that you would otherwise watch only on National Geographic. It will leave you with amazing memories of the largest animals including the big five.
4. See the Northern Lights
You must have seen the magical pictures of the Northern Lights on Instagram. Those glorious dancing lights at night sky are visible in winter, in the countries closer to the Arctic Circle.
They are one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a fantastic addition to your top 10 travel bucket list. Iceland is one of the most popular places to see them. However, you can also see them in New Zealand, Antarctica and even Tasmania. Appreciate the surreal natural light show, which is an absolute inspiration for creativity.
5. Experience Volunteer Vacations
There is nothing better than a volunteer travel opportunity. You get to serve a community while enjoying your trip. You get to know the unique culture of a country from the inside. It is the best way to experience a different lifestyle.
There are many different volunteering options available out there. You can work with kids or with animals or it can be a teaching and educational trip. You can even travel to volunteer at certain big events like the Paralympic Games for example.
6. Get on a trip around Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is hands down the best region to explore for every type of traveler. You can travel on a very tight budget or splurge and stay in luxury resorts. That’s why it became so popular among the backpackers. There are so many ways to plan a trip to South East Asia on a budget.
Money saving tips for traveling in South East Asia.
The remarkable diversity of landscape, luxurious beaches on one side, and dense jungles on the other side, will make you feel like you’re in a movie . The legendary hospitality of the locals will never fail to amaze you. The delicious Southeast Asian cuisines are another reason to add it to your travel bucket list.
7. Attend an International Festival
Another amazing reason to travel is to go on an International festival. No matter if it’s a big music festival like Tomorrowland or Coachella, a cultural one like Lantern festival in China or Oktoberfest in Munich, you are guaranteed to have a good time. It’s a great way to meet more people as well and create memories for a lifetime.
Read more: Best Festivals around the World
8. Take a Language Learning Trip
Learning a new language changes you as a person. It helps you discover a new part of the world in a much greater way. However, learning a new language can be quite hard. That’s why taking a language study program is the best way to do it. Plan and organize the combination of vacation and learning to make it more enjoyable and fun.
When you speak the language of the country that you’re visiting, it will help you connect on a deeper level with the locals and explore new cultures better.
I went on a language learning trip twice and it was one of the best experience in my life. I met so many amazing people and created a lot of precious memories. Great bonus is that those trips also helped me improve my English.
9. Explore the 7 Wonders of the World
Visiting all of those places is very high up on my bucket list. It includes some of the most amazing and impressive places in this world. The Great Wall of China, ancient city of Petra in Jordan, the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, the colossal statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, Chichen Itza in Mexico, Taj Mahal in India and Machu Picchu in Peru.
Or you can put your own list of natural wonders of this world that you would like to visit and make it your main motivation to go travel.
10. Travel to Antarctica
If you’re looking for a cool, calm, refreshing, and wild place, with not a lot of people around, you have to visit Antarctica! Exploring this wild continent is a once in a lifetime experience.
Amidst the ice rocks, the depths of the Antarctic Ocean carry a whole, unparalleled universe, exploring which is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.