Do you have a travel bucket list? If you’re anything like us, then yours is probably never ending and packed with all kinds of amazing experiences you would love to try at least once in your lifetime. Trafalgar has released the 13 ultimate bucket list experiences that should be on everyone’s list, start dreaming!
1. A Safari in Africa
There are few travel experiences that are more iconic than an African safari, so we can see why this one made the list. This incredible continent is famous for its unique safari experiences that are filled with pinch-me moments. From seeing spectacular pink flamingos in Lake Nakuru in Kenya, to spotting the Big 5 in Kruger National Park, the safaris are filled with adventures you can’t get anywhere else in the world. Along the way, immerse yourself in iconic landscapes, luscious jungles, snowy mountains and vast deserts.
2. The Northern Lights
Witnessing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is one of the most magical travel experiences of all time. It’s also one of the certified natural wonders of the world. As you lock eyes on the vibrant green, blue and purple lights dancing across the sky, your jaw is sure to drop. This natural phenomenon only occurs in the Northern Hemisphere in the winter season when the Arctic sky is dark enough for the lights to be visible. This is definitely one to see!
3. Manitoba, Canada
Explore the unique culture and breathtaking natural beauty of this central Canadian province, famously home to polar bears and beluga whales. Manitoba’s 110,000 lakes and waterways, abundant wildlife, and diverse arts and cultural experiences are for those looking for the ultimate off-the-beaten-path adventure. Polar bear season is generally from July to November of each year, when visitors can have the best views – this is one of the most memorable bucket list experiences you can have.
4. Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
The Great Pyramid of Giza defines bucket list goals. Built over 4500 years ago, it’s the oldest and the largest of the pyramids, plus it’s the last structure of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to have survived. It is a marvel of human engineering and construction and a defining symbol of the Egyptian world.
5. Lago Maggiore, Italy
If Europe is one of your most loved destinations, then Lago Maggiore is one to add to the bucket list. Located in Northern Italy, the lake stretches 65km, holds the three beautiful Borromean Islands, and is surrounded by subtropical trees and splendid private open gardens. Prepare to have your breath taken away when you set your eyes on this glorious natural beauty.
6. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
You can’t go to Southeast Asia without visiting one of Thailand’s most spectacular holiday destinations, the Phi Phi Islands – made famous by their incredible natural scenery with crystal clear beaches and sheer limestone cliffs that surround the sea. Surprisingly affordable, it’s the perfect destination to relax in the lavishly beautiful scenery.
7. Cornwall, England
This spectacular English region is famed for its gorgeous beaches, charming villages, and ancient ruins, but it’s also home to a slice of paradise at the Eden Project. Once an abandoned clay mine, the crater has been transformed into a stunning garden covering 30 acres. There are enormous Biomes where you can trek through the world’s largest indoor rainforest. You’ll also find Mediterranean-styled hillsides and outdoor gardens filled with artworks, performances, and all kinds of plants and flowers. It’s a jaw-dropping feat of engineering and a wonderful way to learn about sustainability.
8. Machu Picchu, Peru
There is no doubt that Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the ultimate bucket list experiences of all time. Exploring this mystical Incan citadel from the 15th century, the ‘Lost City in the Clouds’ is an awe-inspiring adventure you’ll not regret. From the ancient engineering marvels to the gorgeous mountain-top location, this is an icon that’s truly worth the hype.
9. Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a must for the bucket list! It’s an astonishing relic of China’s history and is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Identified as one of the most important symbols of China, it consists of numerous walls and fortifications, many running parallels to each other for a measure of 8,850 km. A walk along the Great Wall of China offers panoramic views of the Chinese countryside to look out upon as you wonder in amazement how these ancient man-made fortifications were built and rebuilt from the 5th Century B.C to the 16th Century.
10. Alaska, United States
Alaska is a place that stirs the soul. Home to the tallest mountain in North America, Denali (aka Mount McKinlay, elevation 6,190m) is just the beginning of this scenic land. Whether you want to see whales and glaciers at the Kenai Fjords and Prince William Sound, spot moose and bears, or visit an Athabascan village on a riverboat, Alaska is unforgettable.
11. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Wildlife experiences don’t get more inspiring than in the Galápagos Islands, 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador. These ancient volcanic islands are brimming with diverse plant and animal life you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. From giant tortoises and iguanas to adorable sea lions and penguins, this is one of those travel experiences that will stay with you for years to come.
12. Capri, Italy
Sailing across the sparkling turquoise waters surrounding Capri, it’s easy to see why this island has inspired countless artists and writers to the resort since the time of the Roman Republic. From the magical blue grottoes and beach coves to the glamorous beach clubs, vibrant squares, and the ancient Roman palace, Capri is simply the place to be.
13. Orkney Islands, Scotland
If you’re planning a trip to Scotland, add the Orkney Islands to your list. Ringed by rugged cliffs and beaches, these enchanting islands are home to amazing wildlife like puffins and penguins. Here, you’ll also find history dating back 5,000 years, see ancient ruins and Viking carvings and the UNESCO Heart of Neolithic Orkney. Whether you choose hiking, stargazing, or tucking into the delicious local produce, Orkney is a truly remarkable experience.