My Travel Bucket List

Cover photo for My Travel Bucket List post where Jeff is in front of the Taj Mahal in India

I’ll always remember the first time I set off on my first backpacking adventure all those years ago. Back then all I wanted to do was experience the Full Moon Party in Koh Pha Ngan and see the famous Sydney Harbour in real life. As I cross off the things on my travel bucket list I noticed a real problem that most of us will have had – the list just gets longer and longer!

Everyone has a bucket list. Whether you’ve physically written it down or have it somewhere in your head. Isn’t there somewhere you’ve always wanted to go or something you’ve always wanted to do? Well, that’s exactly what should be on your list before you ‘kick the bucket’ as they say!

The only tiny flaw with bucket lists is that the more you tick off, the more you’ll add on! That’s because you meet fellow travellers who will tell you that you absolutely have to visit country X. Or maybe certain shows about thrones and dragons will inspire you to visit those locations. That’s absolutely fine because the world is a big place with many amazing things to be experienced.

Why Create A Travel Bucket List?

Jeff and Zuzi kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Writing your dreams and aspirations down will undoubtedly make you more determined to achieve your goals. If you’ve got it on your bucket list then what’s stopping you from going? Only yourself, that’s what!

I’m talking specifically about a travel bucket list here! Making a million dollars, owning a house, or buying an expensive car or yacht doesn’t really interest me at the moment (the million dollars would help with my travel goals though!)

I’ve listed my dream destinations which includes seeing spectacular sights and natural wonders as well as other things. Take a look and see if you can be inspired to create your own.

My Travel Bucket List

World Wonders

  1. Explore the lost city of Petra, Jordan
  2. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru – the only way to see Machu Picchu.
  3. Pretend to be a gladiator at the Colosseum, Rome
  4. Visit Christ the Redeemer In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  5. Marvel at the Taj Mahal, India – it’s more beautiful than you think.
  6. Explore the ancient temples of Bagan, Myanmar
  7. Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  8. Walk along the Great Wall Of China
  9. Climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
  10. Marvel at the Giza Pyramids, Egypt
  11. Travel back in time at the Acropolis, Greece
  12. See Gaudi’s unfinished Sagrada Familia in Barcelona – to be completed in 2026!
  13. Do a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey
  14. Wander through the souks of Marrakech, Morrocco – wander means ‘get lost’.
  15. See the Moai heads on Easter Island
  16. Watch the sunset in Oia, Santorini
  17. Play the game of thrones in Dubrovnik, Croatia
  18. See the colourful villages of Cinque Terra, Italy
  19. Be confused at the mystery of Stonehenge, England
  20. See the Hagia Sophia, Turkey
  21. Lean up against the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
  22. Be in awe of The Terracotta Army, China
  23. Wander the blue streets of Chefchaouen, Morocco
  24. Learn about the ancient Mayans at Chichen Itza, Mexico
  25. Take a gondola ride in Venice, Italy
  26. Hike to the Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan
  27. Imagine a scene from Disney at Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
  28. Explore the incredible Alhambra, Spain
  29. See Sydney Harbour’s famous opera house and bridge, Australia
  30. Climb to the top of Sigiriya Fortress, Sri Lanka
  31. See the many stairs of Chand Baori, India
  32. Climb the giant pyramids of Teotihuacan, Mexico
  33. Look up at the Leshan Giant Buddha, China
  34. See the Tetris building at Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Russia
  35. See the old bridge at Rhonda, Spain
  36. Watch the mirror reflections of the Devil’s Bridge, Germany
  37. Ride the London Eye, England – I can’t believe I haven’t done this yet!
  38. Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, Rome – now I’ve guaranteed my return to Rome.
  39. Visit North Korea – why not!?

Natural Wonders

Jeff and Zuzi are in the middle of the Avenue of the Baobabs and attempt a jumping photo striking funny poses
  1. Visit Antarctica – my last continent.
  2. See the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia
  3. Swim in the multi-layer waterfall of Kuang Si Falls, Laos
  4. Marvel at the beauty of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
  5. Hunt for the Aurora Borealis – saw them in Iceland but I’d love to find them again!!
  6. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  7. Enter the Gates of Hell, Turkmenistan
  8. See the desert meet the ocean at the Skeleton Coast, Namibia
  9. Gaze at the mountain forests of Zhangjiajie, China – the inspiration for the Avatar floating mountains.
  10. Discover legendary tales at the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
  11. See the white sands and clear waters of Maldives – who wants to pay for my overwater bungalow?
  12. Lay on the most perfect white sand at Whitehaven Beach, Australia
  13. Be the king of my cotton castle in Pamukkale, Turkey
  14. Recreate my own Toblerone advert at the Matterhorn, Switzerland
  15. Look for Yogi Bear at Yellowstone National Park – I know it’s not Jellystone!
  16. Follow in Dr Livingtone’s footsteps at Victoria Falls, Zambia
  17. Arrive in time for the cherry blossom in Japan
  18. Go hiking and rafting at the Grand Canyon, USA
  19. Get lost in the Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan
  20. Be amazed at the multi-tiered Iguazu Falls, Brazil
  21. See what the fuss is all about on Jeju Island, South Korea
  22. Gaze at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland – maybe try to pronounce them properly too.
  23. Have my breath taken away by Angel Falls, Venezuela
  24. Walk down the Avenue Of The Baobabs, Madagascar
  25. See the world’s biggest single rock monolith at Uluru, Australia
  26. Stand on top of Table Mountain, South Africa
  27. Witness ice calving at Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
  28. Swim in the beautiful cenotes of Yucatan, Mexico
  29. Watch the smoke ooze from Mount Bromo, Indonesia – Ijen too whilst I’m at it!
  30. Explore The Amazon Rainforest while I still can, Brazil

Adventure List

Life Of Y creator, Jeff Yip, is free falling on a tandem skydive in Namibia
  1. Sit on the edge of Trolltunga, Norway
  2. Go for a swim at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland – sorry but I couldn’t put this under Natural Wonders!
  3. Do a skydive – did this in Namibia and it was incredible.
  4. Ride a motorbike through the mountain roads of Sapa, Vietnam
  5. Drive a tuk-tuk around India or Sri Lanka
  6. Learn to surf on Australia’s east coast – but I couldn’t stand for more than 3 seconds.
  7. Sandboard down the dunes at Huacachina, Peru
  8. Drive along the Great Ocean Road, Australia
  9. Hike the Caminito Del Rey in Spain – I know it’s not dangerous now but I still want to do it.
  10. Test my endurance by trekking Everest Base Camp
  11. Hike through the spectacular Torres Del Paine, Patagonia
  12. Float in the Dead Sea, Jordan/Israel
  13. Stand on a suspended rock Kjeragbolten, Norway
  14. Go tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos – this is now pretty free of drunk backpackers… sweet!
  15. Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  16. Go white water rafting on the Zambezi River, Zambia
  17. Hike the Stairway To Heaven, Hawaii – or maybe not? (It’s illegal!)
  18. Trek the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
  19. Experience a live volcano – from a safe distance!
  20. Drive across The Nullabor, Australia
  21. See a tornado – from far, far away!
  22. Ride down the world’s most dangerous road, Bolivia

Animal Encounters

Jeff, from Life Of Y, kisses a giraffe at a giraffe sanctuary in Kenya
  1. Chill with the flamingos in Aruba
  2. Meet King Julian and his friends in Madagascar
  3. Ride a camel through the Sahara Desert
  4. Witness the great wildebeest migration, Africa
  5. Hand-feed wild hyenas in Ethiopia – yep. That’s what I want to do!
  6. Watch evolution in progress on the Galapagos Islands – and them blue-footed boobies!
  7. Search for polar bears in Svalbard, Norway
  8. Spot the big 5 on an African safari
  9. Watch the Snow Monkeys have a spa day in Japan
  10. Release baby turtles back into the wild – I don’t care where! I just want to do this so badly.
  11. Share a kiss with a giraffe
  12. Meet the mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda
  13. Listen to the sounds of a humpback whale
  14. Swim alongside the giant whale shark
  15. Come face to face with Komodo Dragons
  16. See our cousins, the orangutans in Indonesia
  17. Swim with dolphins in the wild
  18. Be stuck in a cage on a great white shark cage dive – only by an ethical operator
  19. Witness the majestic blue whale in the ocean
  20. Cuddle a baby panda in Cheng Du, China
  21. Kayak with orcas – assuming that this is safe to do so.
  22. Witness the Great Sardine Run in South Africa
  23. See the cuddle marsupials of Australia
  24. Not ride elephants in Thailand – I didn’t mistype that!

Cultural Experiences

Jeff is on Princess street during New Year's Eve and waving a small Scotland flag with Edinburgh castle in the background
  1. Gaze at Renaissance masterpieces at the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
  2. Stay in a Ger (yurt) in Mongolia
  3. Sample delicious street food in Southeast Asia
  4. Take a cooking class
  5. Have a beer at Oktoberfest – not sure if I can handle the size though.
  6. Be part of an Indian wedding – I have been promised an invite so we’ll see!
  7. See The Mona Lisa at the L’Ouvre
  8. Attend a yoga retreat
  9. Get blessed by a Buddhist monk in Asia
  10. Enjoy a pint of Guinness in Dublin
  11. Drink Mezcal in Oaxaca
  12. Celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh – twice! And it was awesome!
  13. Visit the cafes in Amsterdam – you know, for coffee!
  14. Watch the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  15. Learn the Tango in Argentina
  16. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in another country – Australia, Germany and Malaysia so far.
  17. ‘Play Holi’ at the Holi Festival in India
  18. See the world-famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy
  19. Be intimidated by the Hakka in New Zealand
  20. Attend a Japanese tea ceremony
  21. Be scrubbed down in a Hammam in Turkey
  22. See a musical at London’s West End – saw The Lion King and I highly recommend it!
  23. Witness life on the Ganges at Varanasi, India
  24. Learn about religion in Jerusalem
  25. Get dressed up for Day Of The Dead in Mexico
  26. Get pelted by rotten tomatoes at La Tomatino
  27. Party all night at the Full Moon Party in Thailand
  28. Get drenched in a water fight to celebrate Songkran in Thailand

Personal Goals

  1. Fly business class – the one luxury I want to try.
  2. Visit 100 countries – currently on 49.
  3. Start a travel blog
  4. Learn a new language
  5. Get a working holiday visa in Australia
  6. Backpack around Southeast Asia
  7. Visit every continent – only 1 to go.
  8. Celebrate a birthday abroad – very lucky to have done this many times.
  9. Travel solo
  10. Get my full motorbike license – for my own safety when riding around SE Asia!
  11. Get PADI Certified
  12. Be in a newspaper – in the UK, Indonesia, Nigeria and Mexico.

Ready To Start Your Own Travel Bucket List?

If you haven’t already started your own list then what are you waiting for?

Listen, travel isn’t about checking the boxes but having a bucket list can certainly motivate you. Rather than wishing that I could travel to my dream destination, I have things on my list that I can plan for instead. Your travel bucket list is something that can and will change because, as you travel more often, you’ll change too!

Remember, this is my travel bucket list and I’ve only listed everything on here to hopefully inspire you to either create your own list or start ticking some items off it! Set your own goals and do whatever you can to achieve them! I plan to do the same.

So that’s my travel bucket list guys! How many have you seen or done? If you want to share yours then you can always get in contact with me and I’ll see if I can help. Or just let me know in the comments below.

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