Everyone has a bucket list. Some people may have a bucket list filled with random items, like going skydiving or eating a whole packet of Oreos on one sitting. Others may have their bucket lists broken up into themes, like going to every baseball park in the country.
No matter what your bucket list looks like, chances are you have some travel specific bucket list items. Some vacations might require extensive planning and being super specific while others may be as open as “take a road trip” or “buy a random plane ticket”.
If you’re lacking on the travel part of your bucket list or are just looking at adding a few more items to your agenda, take a look at the list below.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef runs along Australia’s eastern coastline and is the longest barrier reef in the entire world. To get there, you’ll need to fly into Cairns airport or one of the smaller, regional airports.
Once you’re there, there are no shortage of activities or excursions. You can take a cruise, go snorkeling, sailing trek along the inland and hang out on the beach. There are plenty of resorts in the area if you’re looking to have a longer stay as well.
Sadly, the Great Barrier Reef is disappearing and has diminished greatly over the last three decades. If you end up going, please look at eco-tourism options so we can better preserve one of the great natural wonders.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is another natural beauty where pictures can never do it justice. Formed over millions and millions of years, the Grand Canyon offers visitors more than just amazing views.
There are plenty of hiking paths and bike paths to walk around. You can hike down deep into the canyon and even go rafting on different parts of the Colorado River. When you’re planning your trip, make sure you look at where you’re entering as Grand Canyon National Park has multiple entrances on the two sides.
Inside the park are various restaurants and stores for all guests. A bus system takes you to different parts of the canyon while you can reserve helicopter and buggy rides before coming in.
If you’re looking for a bit of fun after, Las Vegas is only about four hours away by car. Sin City has a lot to offer and makes for an unforgettable experience as well. Just make sure you don’t lose all your money.
The Great Wall
Are you sensing a theme here yet? The Great Wall, the only man-made object that can be seen from space (in perfect conditions) is a sight you have to see to believe. Built thousands of years ago to keep invaders out, the Great Wall serves as China’s main landmark and one of the most important structures in the world.
Most travelers need a tourist visa to enter China and not having a tourist visa only grants you three days access to the country. If you’re going to be there for only a short time, there are companies that will take you from the airport to the Wall and back in about 36 hours.
The Great Pyramids
The Great Pyramids have withstood the test of time and are still here for millions of visitors to see every year. With Egypt’s political climate having calmed down within the last half decade, Egypt is once again becoming a tourist destination.
While you’re there, you’ll be able to see the Sphinx as well. Make sure and have other tours lined up that can take you around the desert where you can visit other historical sites and maybe even see a mummy.
The Taj Mahal
Finally, one item on the least that doesn’t start with great! The Taj Mahal, which you can find in Uttar Pradesh, India is almost too perfect too believe. Every picture looks like something designed for a postcard instead of an actual place.
Built over 500 years ago, the Taj Mahal attracts almost three million visitors every year. Many people opt to visit the Taj Mahal on a day trip from Delhi by using the train as it’s only about 120 miles away.