Welcome to Part Two of the Ultimate “Bucket List” List.
I love bucket lists. Always have, always will. I’m drawn to movies like Bucket List with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson and books such as Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski. My list wasn’t called a bucket list but something more like the ultimate goal list. Then the movie came out and changed a lot of people’s thoughts about travel list making. Through various books and websites, I learned to be specific with my items like “See polar bears in the wild in Alaska” versus only go to Bali. Being specific with your list and sometimes putting more of a timeline on it causes you to attempt achievement of goals a little quicker. Make your list come true.
10 travelers and travel bloggers have joined me today to share their top 5 Bucket List items.
You can find Part One list here.
Aileen @ I Am Aileen
- Do a road trip around the Faroe Islands
- Explore the top spots in Japan via train
- Relive my love for LOTR by going on a trip to New Zealand
- Catch the Aurora Borealis somewhere in the Arctic Circle
- Go on an expedition in Antarctica
Teanna @ Sidle’s Adventures
- Stand in the underground stair case, Sintra, Portugal (going this month! 🙂 )
- Eat at the Hofbrau house in Munich, Germany
- Drink smoked beer at the Bamberg Brewery Tour
- Go on a Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik, Croatia
- Harry Potter Tour in London
Jewel @ Jewel Abroad
- Book a spontaneous flight somewhere out-of-state for a weekend trip
- Escape for a few weeks and see Europe by train
- Travel to India for the Holi Festival & get covered in colored rice flour!
- Ride a gondola in Venice
- See the Running of the Bulls in Spain
Christine @ The Backpacking Executive
- Go to Moher Cliff in Ireland and sing “My Love” lol. I first learned about the place and fell in love with it when I saw the music video of Westlife on MTV. I promised one day I would go there and sing the same song.
- Camping and stargazing in Atacama Desert in Chile. I want to be in a place where it’s just me and the stars
- Witness the midnight sun and bask on its magic. I have done it in Lapland in Finland after meeting Santa Claus in person!
- Take a snap of Stari Most which I fell in love with at first sight on the picture. I did not only take a picture of that historical bridge but also danced on it at midnight under the moon! (done in Bosnia and Herzegovina)
- Have my meals in one day in different countries. Just because. 🙂 Which I did for a couple of times now. I once had my breakfast in Chiang Mai, Thailand, had an amazing lunch with a local I met in Hong Kong, and ate dinner and partied with friends later in Philippines. I also had my breakfast in Bosnia and Herzegovina, lunch in Croatia, snack and sunset watching in Slovenia and dinner in Austria. My breakfast the next day was in Hungary 🙂
- Route 66 Road trip
It is the most iconic road in the Unites states of America. It is 2,448 miles long highway that connects urban and rural America from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through eight countries and three time zones. This road passes trough the heart of a United States. Road inspired many films, so if you are looking for scenes from the film, such as a large neon signs, dusty stops, petrol station in the middle of nowhere this is an adventure for you.
2. Step on the Preikestolen rock in Norway
Rock Preikestolen, the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, it stands an impressive 604 meters above the Lysefjord. In order to get to it, it takes about 3 hours of hiking and is worth of it for because of the magnificent view that rocks offers. Walking is not recommended in winter and spring time when there is snow and ice, the trail can be slippery. The best season for this tour is from April to October.
3. To go on a Safari
Safari (the Swahili word for journey) is a term that means a tourism campaign across the territory of Africa with a tour of nature. Sometimes safari mainly related to the hunting of large animals and other wild animals. However, today this name is used for a tour of nature and animals in their natural environment with photography. Safari is prevalent in countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Uganda, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe. There are various types of safaris, such as: mobile safari, safari tours, flying safari, horseback safari or an elephant, river safari, eco-safaris and others.
4. To go to scuba diving
Lately, scuba diving has become one of the most popular water activities, considering how many people decide on this way of recreation. As beginners in this you need to contact a qualified technician in order to get the right information and safe experience in this adventure. The best places for beginners are British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Thailand, Florida, Maui, Grand Cayman etc. But one of the best places for scuba divers is definitely Great Barrier Rief in Australia.
5. To see Aurora Borealis
As a lover of celestial phenomena Aurora definitely takes the number one on all my lists. It is named after a Roman god of a dawn and occurs when highly- charged electrons from the solar wind collide with different atmospheric elements in the ring surrounding the North Pole. The best places to see it in winter 2015./2016. are:
Jonathan and Kach @ Two Monkeys Travel
- Skiing in Georgia – Kach has always wanted to ski and I have always wanted to visit Georgia, so our trip to Turkey next month is the perfect chance. I’m not going to be teaching her though, I don’t think I could handle that!
- Desert Camping Safari in Morocco – The desert by day, I can take it or leave it, but at night it’s a different story. Deserts are the clearest, most peaceful and serene places in the world at night and I can’t wait to camp under the stars each night.
- USA to Central America motorbike trip – Kach and I first met when I invited to go for a day trip on my motorbike in northern Laos, then we travelled for a week through the mountains of north Vietnam. This bike trip will be like going back to where it all began for us before we get married in December.
- Caribbean Cruise – Kach raves about cruises, but I’ve never been on one and to be honest I need to see what all the fuss is about. So we’ll be having a pre-wedding pictorial cruise (the pictorials are very important for Filipinos) and if all goes to plan we’ll be having a destination cruise wedding as well!
- Going Home – I grew up in Africa and it’s been my goal to go back for more than ten years, but it’s always been put off for some reason. Now we’re going back to Africa and I’ll get to show Kach why I’m so passionate about it.
Chel @ Hey It’s Chel
- Visit places in the Philippines that I have never been to. With 7,107 islands, there are so much to see in my home country and I would love to see every bits of it.
- Travel from North to South of Indonesia in a scooter/motorbike. This country has so much more to offer not just Bali and if I can drive myself to places that will be really awesome!
- Put my TEFL certificate into practice by teaching in another country.
- Apply for a tourist visa for Europe and US and get approved! It’s time to see a different side of the world.
- Experience living in a foreign country. It’s not just about freedom and independence, by immersing myself to a different culture, I can learn a different language and meet diverse people.
Laura @ Grass Roots Nomad
- Kayak with orca: Ideally this will happen in Antarctica surrounded by Emperor Penguins and seals,but I will settle for Canada.
- Swim with turtles in Costa Rica: Last time I swam with sea turtles I was slapped in the face with a flipper. Seriously. I want to try again and come out unscathed
- Learn Spanish in Central America: I’m sick of always being the foreign traveller – just once I want to be able to blend in!
- Sleep under the Northern Lights: I can’t imagine anything more magical or awe-inspiring that lying in the snow watching the sky dance with beautiful colours
- Figure out the appeal of Disneyland: I don’t get it. Disneyland is for kids, right? My boyfriend has been saying for years how good it is and this year I am getting the chance to see for myself. If you see me wearing Minnie Mouse ears then I have crossed to the dark side.
Stephen @ Monk Bought Lunch
- Camel Trekking in Wadi Rum – I visited Jordan last year and had an amazing trip, but the one thing I didn’t really get to do is explore the Wadi Rum area. It looks like I might be back in the country in October, and if so I really want to spend a few days on the back of a camel in the empty deserts that cover southern Jordan. Camping, adventure, and foolhardy ideas are three of my favorites!
- Tracking snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan – I’ve done a bit of photojournalism work on snow leopard conservation in the country, but thus far haven’t been able to get the dates to line up to join in on field research. I have this dream of cresting a mountain pass and coming face to face with one of these cats – hopefully 2016 is finally the year?
- Photography in Cuba – The allure of the forbidden, and all that. I really should be visiting this year, before it really opens to US mass tourism, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to make time for it. Hopefully soon.
- Backpacking Iran – Even more than the last point, Iran is really appealing to me but it’s nearly impossible to get a visa to visit independently as a US passport holder. If this changes at some point, I’ll be there as quick as I can manage.
- Island hopping in Comoros – Somehow this little country in between Madagascar and mainland Africa has really lodged in my mind. It’s out of the way, hard to get to, hard to travel, and probably quite uncomfortable; which coincidentally sounds like some of my best travel experiences. I really want to get here, but have no idea when I’ll make it work!
Amber @ The World Beneath My Feet
1. Visit all 7 continents
2. Go on an African Safari and go on a Gorilla Trek
3. Volunteer at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand and witness the lantern festival
4. Go on a road trip around Scotland
5. Visit Petra in Jordan