So many people travel, but so few people who travel ever actually stop to see the world. It’s one thing to visit the great cities of the world, and it’s another thing entirely to see what actually makes those cities tick. It’s one thing to visit the most beautiful countries of the world, and it’s another thing entirely to see what makes those countries as beautiful as they are.
If you’re a traveler who wants to be more worldly, to really peel back the onion layers of this planet and see what it has to offer, then you’ve come to the right place. On this list, we’re going to share the 20 bucket list items that should be on every single traveler’s bucket list.
From a place where you can experience what it’s like to walk on the sky, to another destination where you can stare into the abyss, these bucket list items are nothing short of awesome. So, if you’re ready for a vacation that’s going to change your life, strap in and take a seat. Let’s take a look at 20 bucket list items that are perfect for the worldly traveler.
1. Get Drunk and Soaked at La Batalla del Vino
What happens when you fill a field with squirt guns filled with red wine? You can find out in Rioja, Spain, on June 29th when La Batalla del Vino takes place.
2. Drink the Beer of Brussels
If you love beer (and who doesn’t?) then you owe it to yourself to taste the brews that come from the place where brews were born.
3. Walk the Great Wall of China
As one of the few man-made structures that can actually be seen from outer space, the Great Wall of China is much greater than you think it is.
4. Eat Texas Barbecue
Some people have some preconceived notions about the state of Texas. All is forgotten once you’ve had the chance to sample the barbecue there.
5. Walk Through Machu Picchu
If this one has already made it onto your travel bucket list, then what are you waiting for? It’s much better than advertised.
6. Visit the Taj Mahal
There are some things that aren’t as good as they’re promised (the Hollywood Walk of Fame); there are other things, like the Taj Majal, that are so much more!
7. Cozy Up to Hadrian’s Wall
You know “The Wall” on Game of Thrones? Turns out it’s actually based on this real-life wall that separates England and Scotland… And it was built by the Romans.
8. Test Your Fear of Heights at Troll Tunga
With a name that literally translates to “the troll’s tongue”, you’ll have to test your mettle if you step out onto the precipice of this natural wonder.
9. Sample the Scotch of Scotland
Some people drink scotch their entire lives without having the fine stuff; don’t be one of those people!
10. Walk the Sky at Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni, which is in Bolivia, is a giant salt plain. That might not seem like much, but visit after it rains and you’ll have an unforgettable experience.
11. Attend the Venice Carnival
Millions of tourists visit Venice every year; few get to see how magical the city really is, because they’re never there for Carnevale.
12. See the Tulip Fields of Holland
Almost all of the world’s tulips come from Holland; can you even imagine what it looks like when they’re in full bloom? (PRO TIP: You can’t…)
13. Get Up Close and Personal with the Great Barrier Reef
As one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet and also one of the most beautiful, the Great Barrier Reef is practically a no-brainer.
14. Sail the Whitsunday Islands
While you’re at the Great Barrier Reef, be sure to sail around these islands, and make extra time to bask in the sun on their gorgeous beaches.
15. Visit the Galapagos Islands
How better to understand the foundations of modern biological science than to visit the place that inspired Charles Darwin?
16. Stay in an Igloo in the Tundra
Igloos aren’t just the stuff of fantasy; they’re real. Wouldn’t you like to see what it’s like to stay in one?
17. See the Cherry Blossoms of Japan
When spring comes to Japan, the cherry blossoms open up and bathe the landscape in beauty. The show is particularly beautiful in Osaka.
18. Cruise the Sunset Strip
Many dream of becoming a celebrity; you can get a taste by renting a convertible and cruising Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip. (Extend your rental and drive to Vegas for a real treat.)
19. See the Luminescent Waters of Vaadhoo Island
We could tell you the science behind what makes these waters literally glow at night, but wouldn’t that spoil the fun?
20. The Northern Lights
You think you know how the world and universe work, and then you see the Northern Lights. There’s not a thing in the world that compares to this natural spectacle.