The Long Bucket List

All travelers have one. Here’s mine. Although it’s far longer than it should be for a 21-year-old who will surely think of many more things to add to the list as life continues to fill me with hunger for new adventures and exciting destinations, it is by no means extensive.

  1. See the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia and take pictures.
  2. Visit Montmartre for beautiful views of the Eiffle Tower and the city (thanks Anemina!!)
  3. Bask in the beauty of the Temples in South Asia
  4. Get in touch with my spirituality in Nepal
  5. Road trip across the US, from Boston to California
  6. See the sites where Martin Luther King protested in Birmingham, Alabama
  7. Go to the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville, Tennessee
  8. See the Pyramids in Egypt
  9. Visit Athens, Greece
  10. Take the Trolley in San, Francisco
  11. Go for a sail in Sydney, Australia
  12. Go to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC
  13. Walk through the Forbidden City in Beijing
  14. Walk on the Great Wall of China
  15. Gamble in a casino
  16. See the Easter Island Heads
  17. Stay in a fishing village in Norway
  18. Go to the Iguazu Waterfalls between Argentina and Brazil
  19. Celebrate Duwali in India
  20. Hike the Grand Canyon in Colorado
  21. Meet animals at the Sarengeti Park in Tanzania
  22. Hike the Victoria Waterfalls in Zimbabwe
  23. Visit the City of Angkor in Cambodia
  24. Sail in the Halong Bay in Vietnam
  25. Walk on the sand dunes in the Sahara
  26. See the fjords from the edge of a cliff in Norway
  27. Hike to base camp at Mount Everest
  28. Feed the penguins in Antarctica
  29. Pray at Mecca
  30. Go inside the Caves of Carlsbad in New Mexico
  31. Ride in a Gondola in Venice
  32. Cappadocia and the Goreme valley in Turkey
  33. Go to the Vatican and St. Peters in Italy
  34. Visit the Dahli Lama at Dhassa
  35. See some Mayan ruins
  36. See the palace at Alahambra
  37. Go inside the Colosseum
  38. Go to the temple of Borobudur in Indonesia
  39. Climb Diamond Head in Honolulu
  40. Look up in the Sistene Chapel
  41. Hassan II Mosque in Morocco
  42. See the Duomo and walk on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence
  43. Take a stroll in the gardens of Versailles
  44. See Big Ben and Westminster Abbey
  45. Visit the places the Beatles wrote about
  46. Mont Saint-Michael in Normandy, France
  47. Visit the Reclining Buddah in Bangkok
  48. Walk along the banks of the Ganges
  49. See the Kremlin in Russia
  50. Go to some castles in Germany
  51. Monolith at Ayers Rock, Australia
  52. Statue of Liberty
  53. Broadway Show
  54. Go inside the Sagrada Familia…and see it from your hotel room every morning!
  55. Land on a glacier in Alaska by helicopter
  56. Party it up in Prague
  57. Look up at the Sequoias in California
  58. See the terracotta army in China
  59. Take a tour of the Kennedy Space Center
  60. Fjordlands National Park in New Zealand
  61. See the Rio De Janeiro
  62. Take a ride on the Okavango Delta in Botswana
  63. Sail to Martha’s Vineyard
  64. See the New Years Eve fireworks at Disney World
  65. Thanksgiving at Sea (ok, not originally on my list, but it is now!)
  66. Drive down the east coast in one day
  67. See the Niagra Falls from a boat
  68. Go to Edinburgh Castle and see the military tattoo
  69. Have pizza in Chicago and go to the top of the John Hancock tower
  70. Visit the Apartheid Museum and Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa (Thanks Zozette!)
  71. Take the tour of Lesedi Cultural Village outside Johannesburg (Thanks again Zozette!)
  72. Ride in a Jeepney in the Phillipines
  73. Go to Demels for afternoon tea in Vienna, Austria (thanks Mark Simms!)
  74. See the Esala Perahera Festival in Sri Lanka (July/August)
  75. Participate in a sweat lodge with the Lakota tribe
  76. Dance at the Berlin Holi Festival of Colors
  77. Scuba Diving in Komodo, Indonesia (thanks to Jeremy Krumsick at for this one!)
  78. Visit Bali and ask the locals what to do and where to go!
  79. Ride on the Loboc River in Bohol, Philippines (thanks to Rommel for this one!)
  80. Scuba Dive in the British Virgin Islands
  81. Sail on the Mississippi River
  82. Stay at Gamirasu Cave Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey
  83. Petra in Jordan (Thanks to Mark Simms for this one!)
  84. Take on the Three Peaks Challenge in Great Britain! (Many thanks to Bucket Dave for this great adventure suggestion!)
  85. See the first sunrise in the US from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park (Thanks Alan!)
  86. Explore the natural beauty of Iceland (Thanks “selfconfessedbookworm”!)
  87. Trek the himalayas
  88. Skating on Lake Louise in Canada
  89. Watch the sunrise in Newfoundland (the most eastward spot in the nation)
  90. Fly a kite on Mt. Royal
  91. Hike in Corsica, France
  92. Shop in an Istanbul bazaar
  93. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  94. See the Sackler Museum and Philips Collection in DC (thanks to Caitlin Kelly from Broadside Blog for numbers 88-94!)
  95. Have a drink at PDT in New York City

So there it is. Just under 100 items and counting. What I want to know is: What am I leaving out? What wonderful adventure should I add to my list? And what’s on yours?

Safe travels!!

41 thoughts on “The Long Bucket List

  1. One thing to add I would say… Scuba Diving in Komodo, Indonesia. You can also see the komodo dragons by tour (but I think it’s a tourist trap). But the scuba diving is just out of this world… It’s like traveling to another planet and hanging out with friendly aliens.

  2. What a lovely blog. I have absolute Wanderlust reading about all the places you have visited!
    I hope you’re able to tick off every single bucket list location.
    I live in number 70. – So I guess I can tick that off! Haha 😉

      • As far as Penniless site-seeing goes – I would visit the Apartheid museum in town and the Nelson Mandela statue at the Nelson Mandela Square. But if you do want to do something a little more substantial – there is a place called the Lesedi Cultural village just outside of Johannesburg. Not too over-priced – they take you on a tour of an authentic old-school Zulu village – complete with traditional food.
        Cape Town has more site-seeing attractions though – and a very picturesque landscape. J-burg is more of a city. 🙂

      • Great suggestions! I will definitely make it a point to see both Johannesburg and Cape Town when I get to South Africa. I’ve added your tips to my bucket list, thanks again =)

  3. Great list Rachel. I would also recommend Petra in Jordan. If/when you get to Vienna, then definitely go to Demel’s for afternoon tea and the most fabulous cakes in the world.

  4. This is such a great idea… you’re inspiring me to make a list too! I love that you have Easter Island there because I’m so determined to one day go myself!

    • Glad you like it! Norway is actually next on my list! I’m proposing a grant to go there next summer through my school..I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Hope you have fun with your family!

  5. One or two thoughts to add.(Not as impressive as most of your list. But, still something to think about). Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine is the 1st place in the USA to see the sunrise each day. You could travel there to be on of the 1st in this country to see the sunrise. Or Visit the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, where the highest Gust of wind was ever recorded at 231 MPR.

    • Thanks Alan! What an excellent addition, I’ve added Cadillac Park to my bucket list. I’ve actually been to the top of Mount Washington, and I completely agree that it’s well worth a spot on the bucket list. Thanks again =)

  6. just to clarify. It’s Acadia National Park with Cadillac Mountain. Also, If you’re ever in the area, feel free to contact me. I live about 30 miles from the Mountain and know the area well. I can give you more tips or even(if my schedule permits) personally give you a tour of the park. You can also look up Cadillac Mountain and Thunder Hole on youtube to get a better idea of what to expect.(Hint.look up Thunder Hole+ Hurricane for best videos)

  7. Taiwan is such an under-rated destination. I am dumbfounded how many people who go to Asia tend to leave Taiwan out; they are missing out greatly. I’ve had the same response from strangers who arranged the trip like one week in Thailand and two days in Taiwan.,,,in the end, they admitted that they wish it was the other way around. Taipei is also great – Snake Alley, Taipei 101, Longshan Temple, Shilin night market, and it’s really easy to go to the ocean from Taipei.

  8. Greetings from Australia,
    That’s quite a huge list. I kind of have a destination in mind and whatever happens along the journey is the unexpected adventure in itself. All the beat on your travels.
    God bless

  9. Hi Rachel, we like your blog. Great bucket list! We have many of the same on our bucket list. Tibet will be very expensive as you have to join an overpriced tour just to be able to get a visa, but it is highly worth it as it was one of the most amazing places we’ve ever been! Seeing Mt. Everest was just out of this world awesome!
    Getting to Mecca. We too have this on our list and have researched and have discovered that all people who do not come from a Muslim country must show a letter from an Imam stating that they are indeed Muslim. We haven’t given up though and have even considered becoming Muslim so we can go. Also, getting into Saudi Arabia in general is difficult as they do not let tourists from many countries in, unless you get a job there – teaching, for example. Let us know if you find another way into Mecca as this would be a highlight for us. Happy Travels and we look forward to your next post. 🙂

    • All great advice!! Thanks for giving me a heads up on some of these things! I will certainly post about it if I figure out any loopholes for some of the blockades you’ve mentioned. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Hi there- I love your blog post, it is such a great idea! I have one suggestion, what about Iceland? There are so many amazing things to see and do there, when I went I saw spectacular waterfalls, the geysers, a volcanic eruption, the northern lights and I went in the blue lagoon (geothermal spa), hiked glaciers and went caving in a lava-tube!

    Happy travelling!

  11. Fun list. I’ve done 11, 20, 21, 33, 35, 36, 40, 42, 44, 52, 53, 54 and 67.

    As a native Canadian, I’m concerned how few of these are in my home country! I’d add skating on Lake Louise or skiing Whistler or canoeing in Algonquin Park or riding the Toronto ferries to the Islands there. You can also see sunrise in Newfoundland (with whales) and be the most eastward of the nation there. Fly a kit off of Mt. Royal in Montreal or take a caleche ride to the top of it.

    France?! Hiking in Corsica is a must-do. Hitting the annual “soldes” (sales) is an aerobic sport in itself.

    Shopping in the Bazaar in Istanbul is a fantastic way to spend a day.

    Mexico is another country with much to see…visiting Frida Kahlo’s home in Coyacan is a powerful experience if you know anything about her and Diego Rivera.

    Have you yet walked across the Brooklyn Bridge? Well worth doing.

    In D.C., the Sackler Museum (Asian) is our favorite. The Philips Collection, too.

    In London, Sir John Soane’s House is little known and well worth it — an 18th century home filled with art and antiquities.

    So much to see and do!!

    • You’ve done so many! I’m surprised I overlooked so many Canadian adventures–it’s one of my favorite countries! I have actually been on the slopes of Whistler during the summer time, but I’ll certainly be adding a few of your suggestions to my list! Thanks for the tips =)

      And I’m traveling to DC in about a month so the museum and collection you’ve suggested are totally do-able!

  12. Going to the top of the Eiffel tower isn’t really worth it. Better go to the Tour Montparnasse or Montmartre – that way, you’ll have a beautiful view over the city WITH the Eiffel Tower. Plus you don’t have to queue. But visiting German castles is definitely worth it! I really like your list.

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