2016 top 50 bucket list activities

Flamingos on Bolivian Altiplano (number 46)

So, what is a bucket list?

Oxford dictionary definition: “A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime”

Having a bucket list is a good way of starting to plan a round-the-world trip. There are many handy websites which contain all manner of bucket lists which provide ideas and inspiration.

Our top 50 bucket list experiences as completed throughout our 2016 global travels:

  1. Take a trip around the world
  2. See migrating whales (Hawaii)
  3. Drive Hawaii’s ‘Road to Hana‘ in a jeep
  4. Island hop around French Polynesia
  5. Snorkel with sharks (Bora Bora and Belize)
  6. Road trip around New Zealand and visit Milford Sound
  7. Stand on Sydney Harbour Bridge
  8. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  9. See a koala in Australia
  10. Visit Borobudur in Indonesia
  11. Pummel rice in the Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines
  12. Lay in bed and watch the sun rise over the sea (Philippines)
  13. Kayak to a tiny island (Philippines)
  14. Visit the night markets of Thailand
  15. Visit the Grand Palace of Bangkok
  16. Cross the Bridge over the River Kwai by foot (Thailand)
  17. Eat deep fried insects in Thailand
  18. Hill Tribe trekking in Thailand
  19. See a tarantula in its nest in the wild (Thailand)
  20. Paddle a wooden raft (Thailand)
  21. Mini cruise around Halong Bay, Vietnam
  22. Participate in an Oriental cooking class (Vietnam)
  23. Visit Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  24. Admire the Hong Kong skyline
  25. Visit the world’s largest casino (The Venetian, Macau)
  26. Ride the bullet train in Japan
  27. Participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in Japan
  28. Take a train through the scenic tea plantations of Sri Lanka
  29. Observe elephants in their natural habitat (Sri Lanka)
  30. Experience the legendary sunsets of Santorini
  31. Make a musical recording (Santorini)
  32. Climb a volcano (Santorini)
  33. European road trip: drive through 6 countries from Calais to Prague (and back)
  34. Sleep in a German castle
  35. Drive (legally) at over 100 mph on a motorway (Germany)
  36. Visit Tulum Mayan ruins in Mexico
  37. Swim fully clothed across a river and wade through neck deep water at the ATM caves in Belize
  38. Visit Tikal Mayan ruins in Guatemala
  39. Relax in natural hot springs (Copan, Honduras)
  40. See parrots flying in the wild (Honduras)
  41. Tour through all 7 Central American countries
  42. Look down into the crater at the bubbling lava of an active volcano (Granada, Nicaragua)
  43. See a sloth in a tree (Costa Rica)
  44. Take a night bus (Philippines, Bolivia, Argentina)
  45. Short Inca trek to Machu Picchu
  46. Bolivia Salt Flats adventure
  47. Wine tasting at an Argentinian winery
  48. Ocean cruise of South America
  49. Visit Iguazu Falls
  50. Stand under Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

Please leave a comment and let us have some more bucket list ideas 🙂


  1. Wow. This list fantastic. I do love it. I love this one:

    34. Drive (legally) at over 100 mph on a motorway (Germany).

    I have driven there with my car at the speed of 242km / 150.37mi. Feeling was fantastic! I have photo from it in About-me-page.

    You could add this experience to Your list:

    Reindeer race.

    This is the town of Oulu, in Finland in February. Awesome! At the same time, You could visit to the:

    World’s Biggest Snow Castle and

    Arctic Circle in winter.

    Three winter experience in Finland. Think. If time, there is possibility to see Northern lights more in the north (Saariselkä),

    Happy and safe travels!


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