10 Bucket List Ideas For A Traveller

I’ve travelled a lot in my life, almost every month these last 14 years. So with much of the world covered it can be quite difficult to come up with bucket list ideas for a traveller such as myself.

It is maybe not too surprising that I was challenged to come up with a set of bucket list ideas of where I want to go to. I would like to thank Sofie Couwenbergh of Wonderful Wanderings for this challenge. (Although please accept my apologies Sofie, you set this challenge a long time ago and I’ve been hopelessly slow at completing it.)

Yet before we start, to obtain bucket list ideas you might well ask what is a bucket list?

Well, it is not something you take when you go shopping in a hardware store that is for sure. That would just pail into insignificance with the real thing (sorry pun and spelling intended).

Bucket List Ideas


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A bucket list is a list of things to do before you die. It is a wish list, a set of aspirations, personal goals.

So thanks to Sofie I’ve put my thinking cap on.

I’ve thought of some of the places I’ve yet to see and this is my personal set of bucket list ideas:-

  1. The Antarctic –

    I’ve visited 6 of the 7 continents (please don’t begin the debate as to whether there are 5 or 7 continents, I was taught 7 at school and it is what I go by) so surely ticking off the last one is a must. I also totally adore penguins, don’t you? I’ve seen penguins in the wild at Philip Island and St Kilda Beach in Australia but I’d love to see them on ice.

Seeing Penguin At The South Pole is one of my bucket list ideas

Penguin At St Kilda

I could also join Jonny Blair‘s exclusive club of travel bloggers who’ve been to all 7 continents.

  1. New Zealand –

    I’ll be honest with you, back in 2000 when I moved to Saudi Arabia and world travel became enviously accessible there was one place at the very top of my list. That was Australia. The place certainly didn’t disappoint and I love the place with a passion. I’ve now been numerous times, little wonder I could live there. However circumstances and travel commitments once I’m there mean that I haven’t gone further. I really need to take that next flight and go to the islands east of NSW and Queensland. I see and hear how beautiful, colourful, natural and unspoilt NZ is. All the Kiwis (people) I meet from there are fabulous characters too. Many people say they prefer New Zealand to Australia. Well for me that is setting the bar very high. I want to go and find out for myself if it is true.

  1. Croatia –



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In the 1980s I honestly knew very little about this Mediterranean region. Then in 1991 war in Yugoslavia saw a population divided. A country was split and modern day Croatia came to be. Whilst this raised the profile of the place it never crossed my mind to consider it as a destination. Then over time it grew in popularity and my perception is that it is a truly safe and historic place to see. Once I began seeing pictures of the coastal towns and the wonderful buildings I just knew I have to go there. Adding Croatia to my bucket list ideas is very easy for me.

  1. Maldives/Mauritius

Okay I’m split on this next one. I won’t be greedy, either one will do 😉 Seriously when I see pictures of these places they truly look like heaven on earth. For now my greatest beach holiday memories come from Langkawi. I think these places would knock the socks off Langkawi for beauty. If I had to choose between the two I’d probably go for The Maldives, just so I can stay in one of those huts over the water. The only problem now is paying for it, I get the impression it is not cheap.

  1. The Grand Canyon

    If you look at almost any set of bucket list ideas or natural wonders of the world then The Grand Canyon often seems to be close to the top. The rave reviews from people who have been there must have something to them. To be honest I’ve kind of seen The Grand Canyon, but not really. I saw some of it from the window of a flight to Las Vegas I took a few years ago. Maybe a revisit to Vegas with an excursion to The Grand Canyon is in order? What do you think?

  1. Easter Island

Easter Island - Bucket List Ideas

Easter Island

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This place seems to be growing more and more in popularity. With great publicity and pictures of the 887 monumental statues of heads just beckoning me in to come and see them. The history and mythical tales of the place would have me captivated and yearning for more.

  1. Chichen Itza

Yet another place growing in popularity and full of mythical tales. Built by the Maya people in modern day Mexico this place has real historical value. Since I’ve seen the pyramids of Giza, why not go and see this place? Plus seeing the visit of Karl Pilkington on An Idiot Abroad just makes me want to dance around here whilst listening to my iPod. I just can’t get enough.

  1. Machu Picchu

Continuing the trail around South America for my bucket list ideas this place in Peru is also full of magic and mystery. The Lost City of the Incas was only re-discovered recently, relatively speaking. Seeing how steep some of the steps are and how inaccessible the place is makes me wonder why it was such a good place to live in the 1400s.

  1. Northern Lights

    There is little doubt that this natural phenomena is a true way to take your breathe away. Stunning night time colours and patterns in the sky would beat anything I’d see on a cinema screen. There is nothing more wonderful than nature and this would convince me even further of this.

  1. Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

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When it comes to nature this place is just beyond words for amazement. Every picture I see leaves me in awe. The reds, the browns, the shapes, the patterns, everything created over time by nature. Human kind couldn’t create anything this amazing nor should they try. Let us preserve such wonders for generations to come.

A little extra one.

Yes I know I titled this as 10 Bucket List Ideas for a Traveller but my site, my rules :-) Here is an extra one for you. During my lifetime I’d really like to go on a cruise. A proper cruise ship, whether it be around the Caribbean, Mediterranean or the fjords of Scandinavia I don’t really mind. I love travelling by boat and the thought of being pampered as well as access to the chance of doing absolutely nothing as we sail along just seems like bliss.

So, once again thanks Sofie for setting me this little challenge. It was a joy to write and allowed me to assess what I have not yet achieved on my travels.

Please let me know what you think of my choices. What are your bucket list ideas?

Photo credits:-

  1. Bucket by Rob Witcher


  2. Dubrovnik by Dennis Jarvis


  3. Easter Island by Frank Kehren


  4. Antelope Canyon by Loic Lagarde



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  1. says

    Hi Guy, it’s my 1st comment here but I’ve been enjoying your blog for a while now. I like your bucket list, it’s a great mix of adventure, luxury and culture! I admit I don’t really have a list per se but the Galapagos has been on my mind for a long long time now :)

    • says

      Hi Jean 😉 Many thanks for reading and now commenting. I’ve looked at your blog and wow, you have some great travel moments. I’d love to visit some of the wonderful places you’ve been to.

      As for The Galapagos, nice choice they would be great to visit. Funny you should mention it since they were marked as a place which exceeded expectations for a fellow blogger in an article I’ve just contributed to. You can find it here: http://globeguide.ca/2014/06/travel-talk-the-most-surprising-destinations/

    • says

      Hi Lynda, so you want to go back there :-) Ah ha, maybe you can give me tips on things to see once I finally make it there? 😉

  2. says

    Great list, the only one of these I’ve seen is Machu Picchu, which is absolutely incredible. The Grand Canyon is one that has been on my bucket list since I can remember. Many people don’t seem to understand how I’m American, yet I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon! I don’t think I understand why either!

    • says

      It would be great if you can make it there soon Hannah. I can forgive you for not making it there yet, the US is a massive country with so many things to see.

  3. says

    I imagine it was hard to narrow it down to only 10 (loved that you slipped an extra in there). I’m constantly adding new destinations to my mental list. Croatia is pretty far up there for me too!

    • says

      Hi Katie, yes cutting it down to 10 was pretty difficult. I do feel fortunate that I travel so much since 15 years ago this list would have been very different.

      Have you been able to narrow down and publish your own list?

  4. says

    Well done on visiting 6 out of 7 continents! I’ve not been to the Antarctic either and it’s been on my bucket list since I don’t even know when. A fellow travel blogger – Jonny of Don’t Stop Living has been there. He was saving the money for months to spend 2 weeks there (as far as I remember), but he was blown away by the landscape, its flora and fauna. Hope you can make it there soon! Fingers crossed!

    • says

      Hi Agness, yes I know Jonny pretty well. He seemed to have had an amazing time out there and I love the picture of him sat on the ice making snow angel like movements :-)

      His reports of the place are very inspiring, not that I didn’t want to go there anyway!

      Hope you are able to get there soon too. I think we need to do an extensive shop for thermal clothing before planning any trip down there.

  5. says

    Impressive bucket list. I have seen 2 of your 10 (chichen itza & grand canyon). have to read back some of your posts since i am new here.

    • says

      Thank you very much :-) I hope you enjoy exploring my site and find other articles of interest. I’m not a dedicated photo blogger but I keep practising.

  6. says

    Great list. Noticed a few overlapping locations with my bucket list (Antarctica, Easter Island) and a few others that I’ve already seen, such as the Grand Canyon — be sure to do the Skywalk in Arizona or, if you’re really up for it, go hang-gliding :) Have fun checking them off!

    • says

      Many thanks for the tips Derek, hang-gliding sounds like a fantastic idea. I’ve sky dived once so this seems like a natural next step :-)

      Who knows, we may bump into each other on that all important cruise to the Antarctic to tick off our list! :-)

  7. says

    Good stuff!
    There’s a lot on here that I want to do as well, but at the moment I’m highly curious about Croatia. So many people are raving about it.

  8. says

    Hahaha! Your explanation of “bucket list” is so much humorous. Surprisingly, all your bucket list destinations are high on my bucketlist as well. Though I feel I can never make it to Antarctica. Hope you begin to check all the destinations one by one. Happy Travelling.

    • says

      Thank you Tiaraa, that bucket list thing was just so confusing with those double meanings. I just felt it needed explaining :-) :-) :-)

  9. says

    I’ve been to four, with Chichen Itza coming up in August. I love An Idiot Abroad! Nice post! I’d have to add the Galapagos though, and maybe safari in Tanzania too, and Rio Carnaval. Perhaps I should write my own list!! :)

    • says

      Absolutely, I think you should write a list. Galapagos was definitely a contender. Whilst I’ve been fortunate to go to so many places it is amazing how many there are still left to see which are of interest.

  10. says

    This is such an interesting list! Definitely with you on Antarctica and Easter Island. Hopefully I can make it there sooooon!

    • says

      Thanks Silvia :-) great to hear you found it useful. Yes Antarctica and Easter Island seem to be ambitions for a lot of us. Clearly I can understand why too :-)

  11. says

    Nice list! I can only say I’ve checked one off your bucket list: New Zealand, where I’m currently at on a working holiday. I think you won’t be disappointed because it definitely lives up to its hype.

    And man, do I love a bit of Karl Pilkington!

    • says

      That is great Jamie that you are having a working holiday in NZ. Where abouts are you currently based?

      Are yes, Karl Pilkington, bringing a new meaning to the modern day globe trotter!

  12. says

    It’s absolutely great to put Antarctica on that list as well. We tend to forget about that continent!
    Machu Picchu, Thailand, the Canary Islands and Brazil would certainly make it into my top 10. But I’m also aching for Andalucia, Australia…
    My bucket list would be very long…

    • says

      Sounds like you’d have a very enviable list. As for Australia, even though I’ve often visited I could maybe come up with a top 50 for that country. Such an amazing place.

  13. says

    NZ is beautiful- the scenery is much more lush than the centre of Australia. Croatia- also awesome, as is the Grand Canyon- definitely worth a visit. I went to Chichen Itza when I was a toddler and as an adult so it is a special place for me. Mexico is still one of the best travel distinations I have been to. Macchu Picu and the Northern Lights are definitely on my list too! Who will get there first? :)

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