What do you want to do before you die?
In Bonnie Ware's 2012 Book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, after spending years caring for the terminally ill, she found that the most common regret was this:
"I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me."1
Half-filled dreams and unfulfilled hopes: this was the absolute biggest regret expressed by those staring death in the face.
As Bonnie Ware put it: "Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to the choices they had made, or not made."1
What's On Your Bucket List?
You only have one lifetime to experience this world, yet so many of us go through life just killing time as we watch the sands of time slowly drain out of the hourglass.
Its easy to forget that the world is a truly amazing place, filled with breathtaking locales, once in a lifetime experiences, beautiful friendships, exotic food, and vibrant cultures that you can't experience by browsing your friend's vacation photos on Facebook.
Whatever your budget, schedule, or preferences are, it’s always possible to have incredible bucket list experiences for yourself - sometimes all you need is some inspiration!
So I asked 56 Travel Bloggers this question: "If you could only have 3 items on your bucket list, what would they be?"
Collectively, these inspiring people have seen virtually every corner of the world, making them a gold mine of amazing bucket list ideas.
120+ Epic Bucket List Ideas From 56 Inspirational Travel Bloggers
You can either skip to your favourite travel blogger using these quick links or grab a coffee, get comfortable and commence scrolling!
- Dave & Deb - ThePlanetD
- Kate McCulley - AdventurousKate
- Nellie Huang - WildJunket
- Earl Baron
- Michael Hodson
- Dan & Audrey
- Cez Krol
- Erica & Shaun
- Michael Turtle
- Anthony - The Travel Tart
- Cailin O'Neil
- Carla King
- Jessica Festa
- Raphael Alexander
- Margherita & Nick
- Zoë Dawes
- Cam & Nicole
- Diane Valenti
- Susan Shain
- Tiffany Wüest
- Michele Peterson
- Heidi Siefkas
- Shannon Entin
- JP Chartier
- Jennifer & Tim
- Caz & Craig - YTravelBlog
- Christine Gilbert - AlmostFearless
- Stephanie Yoder
- Chris Christensen
- Agness Walewinder
- Amanda Williams
- Keith Jenkins
- Colleen Lanin
- Nick & Dariece
- Chris Richardson
- Kristin Addis
- Justin Carmack
- Dr. Cacinda Maloney
- Megan _ Mike (Mapping Megan)
- Becki Enright
- Matt Gibson
- Andrea MacEachern
- Jayne Gorman
- Christy & Scott
- Ashley Hubbard
- Dan & Linda
- Robert Reid
- Roni Weiss
- Robin Esrock
- Ryan Barry
- Melissa McKinley
We've been really fortunate to have checked off many things on our bucket list. But that simply allows for us to add even more! They've evolved over the years. At one point I was thrilled to finally take a yoga class and was happy that Dave got the chance to learn to snowboard. We've come a long way baby and that's why we believe in making life lists. You keep making goals and dreaming and eventually you fulfill those dreams and move on to bigger and better things. Baby steps will eventually lead to you living your dreams.
If we had to choose three things right now for our bucket list, I would say...
- Travel - Trek to see the Gorillas. We've wanted to do that for quite sometime, but timing has never worked out. We even met Ian Redmond in India. It was a totally random moment but it solidified our dream that we want to see these creatures with our own eyes in their natural habitat one day.
- Family - Take my parents on a round the world trip. I'd love for our families to see more of the world and my parents have given Dave and I so much that it would be wonderful to give them something back in return, like an around the world trip in style.
- Business - Be able to start a foundation that is sustainable and will truly makes a difference. If we were to do that, we'd like to do it right and follow in the footsteps of Bill Gates. I think he and his wife Melinda are doing great work. In the meantime we're happy to spread the word and support charities and causes that we already believe in, but it would be so amazing to have the means to start our own one day.
- Hike to Machu Picchu
- Climb Mt Kilimanjaro
- Visit the Maldives
If I were limited to completing only three more items on my bucket list, here is what they would be:
- Camp on Antarctica. I grew up camping -- I even took my first steps in a tent! My ultimate dream is to camp in the inhospitable environment of the seventh continent underneath the midnight sun, even if it's just for one night. I feel like my camping family would be so proud of me.
- Walk the Camino de Santiago route. For years I've dreamed of walking across the top of Spain in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims. As an avid solo traveler, introvert, and dreamer whose head is permanently in the clouds, the Camino seems like my idea of bliss -- weeks of walking on my own, surrounded by such natural beauty, each day so simple, learning more about myself and the world every day.
- Buy a home in New York City. Surprised not to see a travel item on this list? Well, I am, too! Buying an apartment in New York has been a dream of mine for the past year. After more than four years of full-time travel, I'm beginning to crave a base again -- somewhere I can decorate, cook, have friends over, store my belongings. And New York is the ultimate international city! If I'm able to pull this off, I'll probably be in shape to complete the rest of the travel-related items on my bucket list.
Well this is a tough one! I guess I would do all the things I haven't been able to do while my kids are very little.
I mean, I only get three, so let's make them big! Once my kids are a little older, we'll likely tackle these challenges together, but for now, my two year old is happy to eat baklava with me in Turkey as we meander across the country via bus and train.
- Hike the Himalayas
- Sail around the world
- Travel overland across Africa.
I've been very lucky to tick off several items from my bucket list in the past few years, such as expedition cruising in Antarctica, traveling the Silk Road overland, camping with nomads in Mongolia, seeing the Northern Lights in Lapland and walking the Camino de Santiago.
If I were only allowed to complete 3 more items on my bucket list, they would be:
- Doing the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal
- Following the voodoo trail in West Africa
- Going on a kayak expedition in Greenland
I actually don't have a bucket list (I wrote an article about it here, so that's a tough question to answer.
I guess if I could only achieve three major achievements the rest of my life, they would be:
- Write a book
- Eat my way through italy
- Hug a panda
Guess I have some work to do!
- Walk the Appalachian Trail
- Spend 6 months bouncing around the South Pacific Islands
- Learn to play the banjo
- Go skydiving...again! (The first time was scary but amazing and I'd love to try it again)
- Visit Brazil for Carnival
- USA West Coast roadtrip
- Antarctica — I really want to go, finish off my last continent, and take some great photos. Scuba diving… almost anywhere. I haven’t been in over a year and a half and its getting insane that I haven’t been underwater that long.
- Let’s pick Mozambique as the destination for my second bucket list check mark.
- Lastly and most importantly, get my 360-degree, virtual reality business up and running strong. It is all I’m working on right now and as a bucket list item, it would be the “find my life’s work and make it work for me” mark.
- Israel - As both a Christian and a fan of history it seems like some place I need to go.
- Denmark - I am half Danish but have never been there
- Ethiopia - To see the stone churches
- Trekking the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal
- Walking the full Camino de Santiago route
- Traveling through Papua New Guinea
- Weekend at Machu Picchu in Peru
- A trans-syberian railway ride
- Diving with sharks
Completing only one item from my bucket list would be sufficient - cycling through ALL the countries on earth. Only last year I was planning to cycle from China to Poland, but I had an accident, which most likely will stop me from ever pursuing this dream again. I would love to be allowed to fulfill just this item from my bucket list.
- Cage diving with great white sharks (because I just love them),
- Living abroad as an expat (preferably in New Zealand),
- Taking my Mom to the UK so she can live out her Beatles fangirl fantasies. I'm actually doing this on summer. I can't wait to finally introduce my mom to one of my favorite parts of the world.
- Participate in the Mongol Rally
- Explore Patagonia
- Set foot on all continents
- visit Antarctica
- See Mt. Everest (not climb it!)
- Fly in Etihad Airways Residence suite
- Go to Bardia National Park in Nepal and see royal Bengal Tigers. It's meant to be a much better place than Chitwan National Park and I'd like to go there and see for myself!
- Find something to make people stay more than 1 night in Brunei. So many people go to Brunei and say there's nothing worth seeing or doing there. I'd like to go and prove them wrong. I know there's something worth staying for in Brunei!
- Track the Knights Templar to their final destination in Portugal. It's a quest I started 10 years ago from Spain to Morocco and Portugal that's just itching to be completed. Historical legends are something I enjoy tracking in the countries I visit.
I love setting goals and dreaming of new places to travel, but really, the world is full of fascinating places near and far. I’d hate to narrow the world down to three places to visit because I’m open to whatever the universe has in store for me.
I looked back through my official bucket list and I realize that my wishes seem so superficial. Yes, travel is fun, exciting, and educational but it’s not what’s really most important to me. What’s most important to me is family. I suppose, my three biggest bucket list wishes involve my children and getting to see them grow into happy, responsible adults.
So here they are:
- I’d like to see both of my kids graduate from college,
- Attend their weddings when they find life partners,
- Become a grandmother someday.
I understand if that’s not the answer you’re looking for, but it’s the truth!
If I could only do three things, I would go to the extremes. I would make my experiences so different from each other and so special, that it would feel like I had seen the whole world just through them.
- I would go to Antarctica and spend some time really seeing the landscapes and animals properly,
- I would travel through sub-Saharan Africa to see the incredible animals , and their rich culture,
- And I would trek the Himalayas so that I can look down on the world and marvel at its beauty from up high.
- Driving across our home country of Canada. From the west coast to the east coast, to the very northern reaches. We would love to have a van and take as long as we need to complete the journey.
- We really want to do the Mongol Rally. Although we've been to Mongolia and some of the neighboring countries, we haven't seen much of Europe. I think this would be a wild and crazy ride, one we wouldn't want to miss.
- Trekking the Camino de Santiago trough France and Spain. This would be an amazing walk through some incredible landscapes.
- Go on a trip to Antarctica. I don't care how I get there, as long as a set foot on the place!
- Try every beer produced by every country in the world
- Hike up to Everest base camp without dying!
I’ve never really been one for bucket lists, tending to do as much as I can with the time I’ve got. But if I had to pick just 3 things to do, they would be:
- Take a road trip around Europe so I can spend time getting to see all the little out of the way places.
- Visit Canada as it was part of my original travel plans when I first set off many years ago and I’ve never made it there. Something about it with all the wide open spaces reminds me of home in Australia.
- Lastly, just once I’d like to fly return first class between Europe and Australia. Having made the long flight so many times it would be nice to enjoy the experience and finally be able to sleep on a plane.
I don't really have a bucket list written down anywhere, possibly because there are so many things that I want to do.
Often when I do certain things I realize, "Wow, that was a bucket list item."
If I was only allowed to do 3 more epic travels for the rest of my life, I think they would be...
- Visiting Machu Picchu (this would also be my first time to South America),
- Visiting Antarctica and seeing penguins, kayaking amongst glaciers and whale watching
- Lastly I would probably say eating sushi in Japan. But, ask me tomorrow and my answer could be totally different. haha
My answer might surprise you. Of course I'd love to go to Antarctica or see the northern lights, but these days the bucket list items that seem most out of reach are finding stability, peace, and a place to belong. Those are the bucket list items I'd seek.
My bucket list changes a lot, and I act on so many of them that they're done even before they go in the bucket. Happy problem, huh? Right now I live part time in San Diego and in Baja California Sud, near Mulege on Bahia Conception in the Sea of Cortez.
Here are my next goals:
- Explore the volcanic islands of the Azores on a live-aboard trawler with a small motorbike, kayaks and touring SUPs.
- Explore the Red Sea area by boat and motorcycle, and scuba dive the Dahlak Archipelago.
- Live in a house with a beautiful garden on the Mediterranean.
- Learn some languages
- Travel every country
- Dive all over the South Pacific.
I think those would be the coolest things to cross off.
- Biking across the US. As my regular readers know, I'm an avid cyclist -- I even have a bike tattoo on my wrist -- and I just love being able to feel the beat of the city through biking. I'd love to be able to experience my home country this way.
- The next item would be getting very involved with a responsible volunteer project. Epicure & Culture, my online magazine, is focused on ethical tourism, and I'm the founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, so traveling (and living) in a more conscious fashion is a passion of mine. I'd love to work on a project helping communities in need become more self sufficient. One I've written about and love is Project Hello World, where they teach communities to build and learn from their own "Hello Hubs" computers, which are accessible to all and are helping to put education in the community's hands.
- Lastly, I'd love to take a very, very, very slow around the world trip, living in different cities for 3+ months at a time and really getting to know each place and culture. This one would also really help me savor my limited bucket list allowance!
#114 Go to Provence, France
#67 Go to Lake Como, Italy and see George Clooney’s house
#98 Take my son Diego to Africa for an African safari
I have done a lot of great things in my life traveling, but those would be the top 3 to accomplish in 2015!
- Swim and wrestle with sharks without getting a bite
- Save an endangered species from extinction
- Take a travel selfie in every single country of the world
Antarctica is the #1 item currently on my bucket-list, and if I was only allowed to complete 1 item for the rest of my life, this would be it. Antarctica is supposed to be unlike any other destination on earth, and just the combination of the stunning landscapes and scenery coupled with the phenomenal opportunity for wildlife encounters would truly be a life-time highlight!
#2 would be making it on a flight to the moon. I'm dead set on becoming the first travel blogger to reach outer space, and blog back with photos from the earth's curvature. I just have to find a way to convince Richard Branson to include me when Virgin heads to the moon!
#3 Witness the pyramids in Egypt...and do so while watching the sunset...while riding a camel!
I've never been a great fan of bucket lists, I'm very spontaneous in my travel planning and just go for what takes my fancy.
Having said that, I do have three destinations I'm dying to get to, and I hope I will sometime in my life.
- The first one is Antarctica. The issue with it? It's just too damn expensive. A trip for two of us would cost a minimum of $10,000, which would cover for up to a year of travel in other places, so for now it's up there, in the 'dream material' category.
- The second place is Afghanistan. My grandpa visited in the seventies and fell in love with the stunning mountains and deserts, the hospitality of the people and wonderful culture. I've been to Iran recently and loved it, but Afghanistan... I don't think I'm brave enough to go there just yet.
- The third 'bucket list' item is a trip to far eastern Russia. First, I would take the BAM railway, one of the remotest and most desolate railway journeys in the world, then move up to Kamchatka to explore volcanoes and see bears and other wildlife. Again, the problem is the cost here. Not as steep as Antarctica, but still very expensive. But sooner or later, I'm sure I'll get to all three!
I'm not a massive believer in bucket lists but my 3 things would be:
- To go on an expedition in the Antarctic
- Traverse every country in South and Central America
- Overcome my regret of not going to Syria, when I once could, in the hope it restores and reopened again
The three items on my bucket list I would really still love to do are:
- Peru – Machu Picchu, Cusco and Llama racing. Wanted to go since I first read about MP in a book about mythology and ancient religions when I was a child.
- New York – still not been and so want to see the Big Apple. Ideally I’d like to arrive on Cunard’s Queen Mary, the only genuine liner in the world. Then do all the usual touristy things – Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Time Square and take in a show on Broadway.
- India – everywhere! Ideally take at least 3 months to travel round, starting with Golden Triangle (Taj Mahal of course) then exploring as much of this fascinating country as possible, including a luxury train journey to experience it in style!
- Heli-skiing in Revelstoke, BC
- Traveling from island to island through the Philippines in a traditional outrigger canoe
- Following Heinrich Harrer’s route from China into Tibet
My top 3 would be:
- Meet a penguin in Antarctica
- Visit every continent (tactical, is that cheating!!!) (Editor's note: Yes it is, but I'll allow it!)
- Visit Bhutan
You ask a really hard question because there are so many things I want to see and do, but here are the ones I've narrowed it down to:
- Train trip across Canada (with many stops along the way) - Yes, I know I am from Canada and I could go anywhere in the world outside my own country BUT Canada is so big, I still have not seen most of it! I think I owe it to myself and my country to see it in its entirety. Canada is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world!
- A walkabout in the Australian Outback
- Swimming with whale sharks off the Caribbean Coast of Mexico
Runners up? Hot air Balloon ride over Cappadocia Turkey, The Galapagos Islands, Easter Island, Trekking in Tibet and the Egyptian Pyramids!
- Trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
- Scuba diving in the Maldives
- Go to a safari in South Africa
If I had to pick just 3 (with much difficulty) I would say:
- I'd like to do a 2 to 3 week tour of Japan - I can't wait to get lost in the craziness of Tokyo, find peace in an onsen (bath houses or hot springs), and see the cherry blossom of Osaka and Kyoto.
- Go somewhere in the States I hadn't been to before, like Texas. I'd love to meet a real cowboy!
- And finally Antarctica - to see that vast and beautiful continent and tick number 7 off my list.
- I would really like to go to Baja California in Mexico to see the whale migration. I've heard that you can actually pet the baby whales.
- I would like to see the Northern Lights, maybe while dog sledding somewhere...well north.
- I would like to go to Cuba before it gets commercialized.
- Visit each country in Africa - This isn't what I have on my bucket list, but I figured visiting every country in the world would be cheating. Africa is a place I hold very deeply in my heart, but I have explored so little of it. Since it's a continent that is so diverse in culture, history, and landscape, I want to experience each aspect of it. I would love to volunteer and help where I am needed, and also learn about the countries through the people who live there.
- Hike all of the high points in the United States - I have only successfully made it to the top of five of the fifty high points in the USA. Those experiences have given me such gratitude for nature, while also challenging me to face my fears and improve myself. Since I've only visited twenty-five states, this goal would allow me to revisit twenty of them and add the other twenty-five to my list. Visiting every state is on my bucket list, so this goal allows me to do so, but in a unique way.
- Visit India to practice yoga and meditation at an ashram - India has always been a place I've longed to visit because I feel a great spiritual connection to the country, which is why I couldn't create a bucket list without it. I would love to practice yoga and become a certified yoga teacher, while also deepening my meditation practice. I can't think of a better place to do this than India.
- Trekking in Nepal
- Cruising through Antarctica
- Diving in the Galapagos.
I don't necessarily have a bucket list, but I definitely have a list of my dream destinations. If I could only visit 3 places for the rest of my life, I would grab Scott and we would go on:
- A safari in Africa
- A cruise in Antarctica
- Hike around Patagonia.
Here are my bucket list ideas, ordered from most awesome to still pretty darn great. I love impressive, vast and empty landscapes and thus, all my bucket list items are not about specific experiences, but about destinations.
- I love extreme, off the beaten path and cold destinations. My big number one item on my bucket list is photographing Antarctica. I know you asked about three bucket list items, but I could probably die happy if for the rest of my life, I could do one more trip to capture the colossal, towering icebergs, see whales, seals and colonies of penguins and explore the peninsula as much as possible. I've heard other travellers and photographers talk about this destination, and it seems that every other place in the world pales in comparison to Antarctica. Sign me up for smelly penguins, a very bumpy ride through the Strait of Magellan and freezing my butt off.
- Galapagos Islands- I love photographing wildlife and those islands offer the chance to see animals found nowhere else on the planet. The fragile ecosystem is already in danger due to human influence, the introduction of foreign animals such as rats, dogs and goats and the El Nino phenomenon, so I'd definitely like to see this national park while I still have the chance.
- Number three is Greenland. Why? Because let's be honest, it sounds pretty awesome, despite or maybe because of the lack of a road system. At this point I should probably mention that I hate boats. Really hate them. Every time I'm forced to take one I get incredibly seasick. Despite that, my top three bucket list items all involve a lot of boat rides. I want to see and photograph all these places bad enough, that I'm prepared to be pretty miserable while doing it.
Now it's probably time to go and rethink my life choices, because it's starting to look an awful lot like I'm destined to become a seafaring pirate.
Narrowing down my bucket list to three items is incredibly hard to do considering how long it is, but I will give it a try. If there were only three bucket list items I could complete for the rest of my life they would be :
- Hike the Triple Crown (the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide).
- Overland travel the length of Africa from Cape Town to Cairo.
- Travel the Viking route - exploring all the places the Vikings did in the order they did.
- I would definitely visit the Galapagos, it's been on my list for a long time but have yet to visit. Obviously it's a pretty fascinating place that has evolved with many unique species that you can only find on the islands.
- I'd love to take part in the Rickshaw run driving tuk-tuk across India, it looks like great fun and hopefully I'd raise a bit of cash for charity at the same time.
- I originally planned to take the Trans-Siberian railway to China at the start of my 2 year stint of travel but it never happened. I'd love to plan an overground trip from the UK to Asia on that route. There would be so much to see along the way, it'd be quite an adventure and I've always wanted to photograph the Mongolian landscapes too.
- Visit all the countries in the Middle East, beginning with Iraq and Iran. Our son Jimmy fought in Kurdistan so we want to see the places where he fought, and Iranians are incredibly hospitable people. Besides, Linda wants to see if they can understand her Farsi.
- Take a multi-country African safari during the Great Migration, and photograph hundreds of animals and see cheetahs in their natural environment.
- Finish seeing the United States. We may have been around the world twice, yet there are still about 10 states in the US that we haven’t seen, including Hawaii and Alaska. It would be fun to do a road trip through the Northwest … maybe we will even drive all the way up to Alaska so we can see a bit of Canada, too. Vancouver sounds amazing.
- To return to Greece, go island-hopping and then spend a few months on one of the Greek Islands drinking strong coffee, eating honey-soaked pastries and sipping ouzo
- Rent a villa on Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, and watch the littlest ones swim in the ocean for the first time. The waters are so clear, gentle and warm, anyone, including me, can swim there. If a starfish or JoJo the bottlenose dolphin happened by, all the better.
- Go herding by horseback in Mongolia. I'm not sure why this is on my list... as the last time I went horseback riding I took my purse, which made me look ridiculous. But I think I've watched two many movies about Genghis Khan and Marco Polo so it's firmly on my bucket list. But I won't be drinking any Mongolian mare's milk.
I'm not a bucket list guy, really. Maybe because the term came from a bad Jack Nicholson movie, or that it makes me think unpleasantly of my temping days as a data entry clerk for an insurance company in Tulsa, and I just don't keep a list to check off. But, certainly, there are a few things I really hope to see or do.
- Most important is getting to a new place every year. Exactly where isn't that important. I would love to see as much of Africa as I can manage. Much more Mexico. But I've also never been to Idaho, just east of my newish home in Oregon. A couple days in, say, Boise would be fun too.
- One destination-specific answer, however, is Little Big Horn, in Montana. As a kid, I was captivated with the story of Crazy Horse and "Custer's Last Stand." But I've not been yet. Last year, I was within an hour of the battlefield, and during a Crow Indian pow-wow on the site no less, but simply didn't have the time to drive up. I will be back.
- I must make time for another coast-to-coast, slow-going, meaty roadtrip across the USA. Nothing in travel is really better. I've driven across the country a few times, and taken many more multi-day trips across timezone lines. But I want more of that. I'd particularly like to take it slow through the south, make it to South Carolina where the Reids once lived (and I've never been). Visit prime-time destinations and see-what-happens stop-offs, a mix of interstates and two-laners. Yes, definitely that.
If I only had the opportunity to complete three items from my bucket list, I would choose:
- See my inspirational memoir, When All Balls Drop, on screen
- Publish its sequel, With New Eyes, which shares how I feel travel gives us all a needed dose of perspective
- Return to Patagonia with my PIC (Partner In Crime) for a long-term trip through South America
- Egypt. I am obsessed with postcard-style selfies. What better one to get than the only remaining representative from the original Seven Wonders of the World? I also would love to see the country beyond the photo opp, as it's been the home of civilizations for thousands of years.
- The remaining 50 States. I've been to every state except: Michigan, the Carolinas, Oklahoma, Maine, and West Virginia. I also should go back to Iowa, as my visit was a bit cheat-y.
- Iran. There's a huge disconnect between the Iran we see on the news and what the people and life are really like. I'd love to be able to experience it first-hand.
If I could only complete three items from my bucket list, they would be:
- Take a one-month South Pacific cruise. Holland America has one that goes from California to Hawaii, Tahiti, Marqueses and back!
- Road trip though Europe and explore its rich history.
- Live a ski bum lifestyle in Lake Tahoe. This is my dream for my retirement years!
- Trek in Nepal
- Cross the Silk Road
- Wingsuit jump in Svalbard, Norway
- I would travel the world with only a backpack
- I would visit New Zealand for an extended stay
- I would build a treehouse in the Smoky Mountains and live in it for the rest of my life
- Hike the Auyan-tepui Mounatain:
This is a table-top mountain located in the Venezuela highlands that stands just over 8000 feet. What makes it so spectacular is that very few people have ever been to the top and the world's highest waterfall "Angel Falls" plunges over its edge. To get to the base of the falls is a 3-5 day journey up river and through the jungle with the help of local guides. To get to the top however is 3 week expedition by foot, the only possible way unless dropped in by helicopter - the ultimate adventure if you ask me.
- Live in the Lauterbrunnen Valley for a year:
It's hard to imagine a place as beautiful and quaint as this Swiss valley. Could you imagine waking up in the morning, shadows cast over the valley by towering mountain peaks, tumbling waterfalls that drop down into the village, providing a surreal backdrop, the sound of cow bells as the farmers bring their cattle up and down the mountain sides? There's virtually no traffic, as many of the villages in the valley are only accessible by train, cable car or by foot. Not to mention this place is a mecca for adventure sports including, base jumping, canyoning, rafting, paragliding and skiing. Where do I signup?
- Cross the Scottish Highlands:
Given I am a second generation Scot, this is always been high on my list. Growing up hearing stories from both my grandmother and father about their home country only fueled my desire to hike in the "Old Country." This may very well be checked off the list in the next couple years. I am planning to cross the highlands with nothing but a backpack and a few essentials; staying in bothies (old stone shelters in the back-country) or camping in a tent. The ultimate goal would be to hike from tip to tip, South to North and then east to West, covering most of the country, tracing the history of my ancestors and exploring the highlands and the mysteries that they hold.
If we had to pick just three things from our bucket list that we could do in our lifetime, they would be:
- Hang out with penguins in Antarctica. It's just one of those places we are dying to go and who doesn't love penguins? Actually, this is such a big bucket list item that I (Jennifer) am applying at the Antarctic Heritage Trust for the Penguin Post Office position. If I were selected, I'd spend five months living and working in Antarctica.
- See polar bears in the wild. We're wildlife lovers and all animals are amazing, but we've been particularly taken with polar bears. It's our dream to see them do their thing in the wild. We did visit Svalbard in 2012, but we weren't lucky enough to spot any polar bears. Maybe a tundra buggy in Churchill is in our future...
- Mongol Rally. We're ready to take on the challenge! Navigating unpaved roads across two continents and over 20 countries is the ultimate adventure.
If I could only complete three more items for the rest of my life-- off my travel bucket list that I have not done yet-- they would have to be:
- Visit New Zealand's north and south islands,
- Visit the southern most tip of Argentina and Chile- best known as the Patagonia region
- My last choice is a toss up between Turkey, Thailand or Iceland.
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Your Turn: Which Bucket List Ideas Did You Like?
You never know what tomorrow might bring, so use this list to start putting together your own list of amazing bucket list ideas (or add to your existing list) and make sure that you live your life to the fullest.
Which bucket list ideas would you like to try yourself? Tell me in the comments!
Or, if you can’t pick anything from this list, create your own bucket list!
Just start by asking yourself the question, "what are 3 activities you'd like to experience, achievements you'd like to accomplish, or places you’d like to visit before you die?"
Don’t worry if it’s not feasible at the moment. A bucket list isn't supposed to be a collection of things you can do right now, it's a collection of awe-inspiring dreams that you can make happen.
Now go make your bucket list ideas a reality!