“One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.” – Richard Burton
Ultimate Travel Bucket List
We all know how important it is to travel, and before I start, let me tell you that it was really hard to restrict this list. The world’s a beautiful place and every tiny nook and corner of it is worth exploring. Unfortunately, not all of us can give up our jobs or our ‘regular’ lives to trot the globe like some of the other brave souls.
So while I rant about how life is so unfair, you can go ahead with this awesome list of ultimate travel experiences, you absolutely must have in this lifetime.
Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru
2,430 meters above the sea-level, in the middle of a tropical rain forest, lies one of UNESCO’s most beautiful world heritage sites and the prehistoric Inca Empire’s most amazing creation till date. Trekking the epic Inca trail or ‘Camino den Inca’ that leads to the ruins of Machu Picchu should be on every traveller’s bucket list.
You can also explore 10 Must-Visit Destinations for Adventure Lovers
Stargaze in the Atacama desert, Chile
Being one of the driest places on earth (it receives only a millimetre of rain every year), Chile’s Atacama Desert is a cloudless landscape. Add to that an altitude of 8,200 feet and what do you get? One of Earth’s best places to stargaze from!
You could also read more on Top 10 stellar places to stargaze around the world
Release a Sky Lantern during the Yi Peng Festival in Thailand
Celebrated in Thailand’s Chiang Mai City, the Yi Peng Festival is a religious ceremony where Thai people release lighted lanterns into the sky while making a wish, as a way of paying homage to Buddha.
A wildlife safari in Kenya
Wait and behold one of nature’s most spectacular events, where almost 1.5 million wildebeest, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles, migrate through Serengeti, Tanzania, towards Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.
Also check out our blog on 5 of The Planet’s Most Magnificent Wildlife Migrations
Try an authentic sushi in Tokyo
“Some days, just occasionally, when I've had just one too many chickpeas, drizzles of olive oil or chunks of feta, I crave a return to the sushi-filled joints of Tokyo.” - Yotam Ottolenghi said when asked of Tokyo, and who can really argue with a world-renowned chef?
Go whale watching in Australia
They say you never really forget that first whale you see. The impact it makes upon you is huge and life is never quite the same again. Now we wouldn’t want to let go of that experience, would we?
Take a hot-air balloon ride in Turkey
Also known as “fairy chimneys”, Cappadocia’s twisted rock formations—the artisanship of about 2,000 years of erosion—has given Cappadocia an ethereal look that should be best cherished from above.
If not Turkey, here are World’s other best places for an incredible Hot Air Balloon adventure!
Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
A man-made lagoon fed by geothermal seawater at a temperature of 100°F, all amidst Iceland’s blue mountains. Need I say more?
See the Northern Lights in the Arctic region
The lure of Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, is timeless. In the Arctic Circle, above 60 degrees latitude, the most outlandishly vibrant sunset, in the most inhospitable place on the planet, is created as space particles get sucked into the earth’s magnetic field.
Nobody should miss out on this experience. Here’s our list on Top 10 Places to Chase the Mysterious Northern Lights!
Helicopter ride over a volcano in Hawaii
Visit Hawaii’s Volcano National Park for an awe-inspiring day where you explore the area around the active volcano with a guide and a helicopter. Don’t believe us? Look at the above image and see for yourself!
Skydive over the Palm Dubai
Of course you’ve heard of sky-diving! The thrill of being thrown out of an aeroplane, with nothing but a parachute for rescue…is an experience nothing can compete with, but let’s make it a little more scenic by treating your eyes with views of Dubai’s gorgeous Palm Jumeirah archipelago.
For further inspiration – our list on 10 extreme thrill seeking adventures to do around the world is for you.
Attend an opera in Sydney Opera House
Not only does the palatial Sydney Opera House give you an excellent selfie backdrop for your memoirs on Australia’s ‘Harbour City’, it also happens to be a modern architectural marvel that houses some of world’s best operas.
And here’s our checklist for Australia’s must-see natural UNESCO sites