Bucket List Trip Ideas

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Bucket List Trip Ideas:

1. Take a round-the-world trip

Whether it’s a wild hop around the world in 2-3 weeks, or a multi-month exploration, taking a round-the-world trip is one thing that should be on every bucket list.

2. Take an “empty suitcase” trip

Decide to go to one of the shopping capitals of the world (take your pick! Sydney, Australia; Paris, France; Milan, Italy; and NYC, USA all come to mind as great options), and take just the clothes on your back. Decide to purchase everything you need while you’re over there – and over course, build up a fun new wardrobe to go home with!

3. Get lost with no itinerary

Give yourself truly free and open time to explore and discover by taking a trip with no itinerary and no real plan. Figure it all out when you get there! Take a road trip, and stop everywhere that looks interesting (this is an especially great idea in New Zealand). Or, take a city weekend and simply wander.

4. Everyone should do a truly solo trip at least once

Solo travel is definitely having a day, and for good reason. A truly solo trip gives you the opportunity to learn and discover on your own. And really, any trip is a great candidate for a solo trip. There’s nothing like a long weekend at an all-inclusive to do absolutely whatever you want, whenever you want. Or, go explore a new country or city.

5. Drive on the “wrong” side of the road.

This one is scary but worth it! If you’re a confident driver, try a trip where you have to drive on the other side of the road from what you’re used to. It’s disorienting but weirdly easy after about the first hour!

6. See something truly remarkable in nature.

Your pick – whether it’s the Northern Lights, Everest Base Camp, Iguazu Falls, the Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon Rainforest, or any other number of the natural wonders of the world, make sure to have at least one bucket list trip focused on celebrating the wonders of our natural world.

7. Stand in awe of the ancients.

There are certain places around the world that are simply incredible feats of ancient human engineering – and they’re worth appreciating. Choose from Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza, Easter Island, the Pyramids and more – but appreciating the craftsmanship of our ancient ancestors is worth doing.

8. See the stars as clear as you can get.

There are a few dark sky preserves throughout the world, as well as areas where the stars simply shine differently. Wadi Rum, Lake Tekapo, or anywhere truly remote are options here. There’s something about seeing all the stars without the interference of light that reminds you just how small you and your problems are.

9. Appreciate a remarkable architect of at least a few hundred years ago.

The craftsmanship of certain structures is just beyond anything we’re building today. The Taj Mahal, the Duomo in Florence, the cathedral in Siena, Notre Dame, the Blue Mosque are all next-level in terms of architecture and building. Yet all of them are hundreds of years old. It’s worth it to go and realize what was possible, even without the use of modern technology.

10. Do something you never thought you could do.

This one is vague but worth it. We all have limitations we believe we have – and then we have opportunities in this life to break through them. Whether it’s trekking the Inca Trail; hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro; making it to Everest Base Camp; jumping off a mountain to hang glide in Rio, or bungee jumping in New Zealand – challenge yourself to do something you thought you couldn’t or wouldn’t ever do.

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