Most folks have a bucket list. Whether it’s a tangible hard copy or one your carry around in your head, at some point I bet you have thought ‘I’m going to get that done before I die’. More often than not, visiting an idyllic far away place that is just a bit more exotic than where you call home will feature. As a travel addict, my own travel bucket list is a mile long. This planet we call home is incredibly diverse and my insatiable thirst for adventure means I’m keen to explore every corner of it. If money were no object, I would be a citizen of the world, nomadically roaming from one inspiring location to another, but sadly my bank balance cannot keep pace with my wanderlust. When I am in home base I am constantly researching, planning and dreaming of my next trip, so I thought it would be fun to share a couple of the places high up on my travel bucket list and ask a few of my favourite travel bloggers to do the same. Read on for the details …
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My Top Two Travel Bucket List Destinations
I love South East Asia and over the last few years I have visited Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia (see my posts on Asia here) but I have yet to make it to Vietnam, mostly because despite employing all my tips to getting a bargain airfare, I’ve been unsuccessful to date and you know I NEVER pay full fare! My interest in Vietnam was piqued when a work colleague invited me to volunteer at an orphanage she founded. Listening to her talk about her heritage and the beauty of the country she has visited many times got me hook, line and sinker. While I was not able to join her that time, Vietnam is now at the top of my travel bucket list. I can’t wait to cruise through the magnificent rock formations of Halong Bay, dice with mopeds in Ho Chi Minh City and relax on the sands of Hoi An. Of course I’ll be visiting a tailor (or two!) for some custom made clothes priced at a fraction of the cost I would pay at home.
The Maldives have been on my radar for a while and I could have visited a few times but I’m saving this one for when I can afford to do it in style. I want the whole 5 star overwater blungalow experience at Coco Bodu Hathi, where each of the 100 villas have private plunge pools and 66 are located over water. More than two thirds of the world’s 5,000 odd overwater bungalows are in the Maldives, sprinkled across more than 80 private islands. I am looking forward to a week of true relaxation, doing nothing more demanding that lolling around in warm azure waters, relaxing on a sun bed with a trashy novel and dining on local delicacies. At around $850 per night, I suspect this one will be on my travel bucket list for a while longer.
And now over to my fellow bloggers. The locations are as diverse as the people themselves and some of them may just surprise and inspire you …
Ashlyn – The Lost Girl’s Guide To Finding The World – Easter Island, Chile
Easter Island which is off the west coast of Chile and is famous for its monumental statues of moai built centuries ago has been on my travel bucket list for years. Rapa Nui, as it is also known as, is a World Heritage Site and one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, which furthers my drive to fly from mainland Chile to visit. Happily, the island is connected by regular flights from several countries so it won’t be too difficult to get to on my next visit to South America. Follow Ashlyn on Instagram or Facebook.
April – April Klasen Author – Okinawa, Japan
Before all other places on my travel bucket list, Okinawa in Japan must be visited first. Forget Paris, New York and Berlin; the people of these small tropical islands have discovered the secrets of longevity (just ask any of the numerous 100+ year old residents who have never heard of nursing homes). Their way of prolonging life is the closest to immortality you can get, it’s just a bonus that the islands have beautiful scenery. I want to start my bucket list journey next year; all I have to do is save up enough cash! Follow April on Patreon.
Cynthia – Every Footstep An Adventure – Trolltunga, Norway
Hiking to the top of Trolltunga is the number one item on my bucket list. In fact, I’ve made it one of my 2016 travel goals to hike up to this beautiful vantage point in Norway. Trolltunga, or Troll’s Tongue in English, is a narrow ledge of rock that projects out from the mountainside, 700 m above Lake Ringdalsvatnet. After some research, it turns out that it’s an 8-10 hour hike up to Trolltunga and back. I can imagine it’s going to be quite tiring, but the thought of it excites me so much. I love going on long hikes and being close to nature, and I cannot wait to explore the awe-inspiring fjords of Norway! Follow Cynthia on Facebook, or Instagram.
Vicki – Make Time To See The World – Myanmar
I’ve wanted to go to Myanmar since the borders were opened in 2012. As a lover of South East Asia, it seems like a natural progression to visit a country who’s biggest draw is that it is predominately untouched by the Western World. Although I acknowledge that an influx of tourists will drive development and (hopefully) increase the prosperity of the population, many of whom have struggled under harsh communist rule for so many years, I have romanticized in my head that a visit to Myanmar will be a stripped back and more authentic experience. Like visiting Thailand before it became the travel mecca it is today. From the street food in Yangon to the giant empty highways of Naypyidaw and the beauty of Inle Lake – I want to see, experience and eat it all! And of course, to watch the hot air balloons over Bagan is something that sits right at the top of the Myanmar Bucket List! Follow Vicki on Instagram or Twitter.
Sharmistha – That Girl’s Life Stories – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
A place, which features very high in my bucket list is The Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately, I couldn’t explore it during my recent trip to Australia (although Sydney and Melbourne made up for it). The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is said to be the largest living eco-system on Earth, and is even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises of thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It’s home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles and dolphins. It also has a UNESCO World Heritage Status to it! It’s my dream to go scuba diving there one day. Follow Sharmistha on Facebook or Instagram.
Andrea – Andi On Adventure – Bhutan
Infamous for its government’s focus on “Gross National Happiness”, Bhutan has been on my Bucket List for many years. I’ve always been drawn to the peacefulness of the Buddhist people and the incredible scenery of the Himalayas. Despite being devoutly Buddhist, they also have a strange fascination with phallus symbols and celebrate this during interesting cultural festivals. Unfortunately, in order to preserve the tranquility of the country and avoid being overrun by tourists, the government has strict tourism restrictions requiring visitors to spend a lot of money, a minimum of $200USD/day during low season. That’s why I haven’t been there … yet! Follow Andrea on Facebook or Twitter.
Alex – Lost With Purpose – Afghanistan
We see so much about Afghanistan on the news, but it’s always negative; bombings here, kidnappings there etc. Because of this, the country is probably in last place for most people’s bucket lists, but it’s for this same reason that it’s high on mine. I want to experience the country for myself and come to my own conclusions. I refuse to let the news dictate how I perceive a country and its people. Now, to figure out how to avoid the regular violence and suicide bombings that seem to plague the country … Follow Alex on Facebook and/or Instagram.
Bianca – It’s All Bee – Iguazu Falls, Argentina & Brazil
My travel bucket list is endless right now, but I have Iguazu Falls on my ‘want right now’ list. Why? Well, I’m an adventure and adrenaline junkie at heart and coming from Zambia where we have the world’s largest sheet of falling water (Victoria Falls – where I was crazy enough to dive off the 100m drop into the Devil’s Pool), I want to see the other waterfall that is said to rival our natural wonder. I have never been to South America and what better way to see these beautiful falls than to sit on the border of Argentina and Brazil and knock two countries of my bucket lick at once! Follow Bianca on Instagram and/or Twitter.
Carol – Way Faring Views – Cuba
Sometimes you long for what you cannot have. As an American, I have longed for a forbidden visit to Cuba. Until recently, the only way for Americans to visit required signing onto an expensive heavily packaged “people to people” tour. I’m more of a DIY traveler and the package deal felt to me like a very restricted way to visit the country. Now that the restrictions are easing, I look forward to visiting the country with my own special itinerary consisting of strolling downtown Havana, visiting the countryside, staying in Casa Particulars and snorkeling some of their unspoiled reef. Follow Carol on Facebook and/or Pinterest.
Vicky – Vicky Blue Eyes – Taiwan
One destination I would love to venture to and is on my bucket list is Taiwan, which I believe will be a completely different experience to any other country in Asia I have been to. I met a lovely Taiwanese lady on a tourist boat in Udaipur in India and she convinced me to give her home country a visit. She began to tell me the similarities between Hong Kong and Taiwan, both gaining independence, both incredibly clean (not Singapore clean but clean in comparison to the rest of Asia) and immediately I was hooked to visit a country which not many tourists venture to. I wouldn’t mind combining my love for extreme sports and Asian food, by trying to cycle around Taiwan, stopping only to surf (or trying to surf in my case) and following every incredible aroma, snacking at unique food stands on the way (which I am sure will be a few due to its gourmet reputation). Click to see Vicky’s full bucket list or follow her on Facebook and/or Twitter.
Kevin – Wandering Wagars – Machu Picchu, Peru
Our dream destination for some time has been to get to the top of Machu Picchu in beautiful Peru. We’ve debated at what point our kids will be ready for the experience, but at 2 and 5 years old, we’ve finally got our chance and will be heading there at the end of the summer. We can’t wait for the opportunity to visit a smiling Alpaca over the lush green mountain landscape while the clouds brush the nearby mountain tops. This will be a great learning opportunity about the Inca culture for our boys and a tremendous opportunity to knock a huge item off our travel bucket list! Follow Kevin on Facebook and/or Instagram.
Keshia – My Wanderful Blog – New Zealand
One place that’s on my travel bucket list is New Zealand, in particular Queenstown and/or Auckland. Up until last year, I had never considered New Zealand a place I would want to visit, but after meeting a ‘Kiwi’ I started to do some research about this country and what I found amazed me! I’m very much into culture (due to my anthropology background), and the history of the New Zealand culture is beyond interesting and not only that; the amazing variety of landscapes you can find is absolutely crazy: Amazing beaches, crazy views of volcano’s and even glaciation! If you’re into movies, you’ll know that ‘the Lord of the Rings’ series was filmed there. This mystic scenery is just part of the country. So maybe, if a miracle happens, I’ll try to visit New Zealand after my Bali trip in May! Follow Keshia on Instagram.
Emma – Non Existent Bucket List – Tokyo, Japan
Is there anywhere in the world that appears more like ‘Tomorrowland’ than Tokyo? Robot and Ninja restaurants are more than just ‘themed’. You can expect to find actual ninjas serving your dinner, or take a dance battle in one of the robot costumes. And yet within a city of sky scrapers, digital gadgets and a million people, Japanese culture is still visible and relevant. You can visit traditional parks with their uniquely styled trees, see the city change colour in cherry blossom season and visit Harajuku for a unique glimpse at Japanese Youth Fashion. And when you’re done with Tokyo (which, let’s be honest, could take a few weeks) you can jump on a train for a couple of hours and end up in Mt Fuji and/or Kyoto for more adventures ahead. Follow Emma on Facebook and/or Instagram.
Travel Link Up!
To give you even more inspiration for your travel bucket list, I’m running a very special link up! Travel bloggers feel free to add your posts featuring bucket list worthy destinations below. You can link as many as you like, just make you are linking to a specific post and not your home page 🙂
So tell me … What’s on your travel bucket list and why?
Until Next Time …