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).
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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:-
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.
I could also join Jonny Blair‘s exclusive club of travel bloggers who’ve been to all 7 continents.
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.
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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.
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.
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?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
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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?
Bucket by Rob Witcher
Dubrovnik by Dennis Jarvis
Easter Island by Frank Kehren
Antelope Canyon by Loic Lagarde