366 Truly Unique Destinations & Activities

Good Luck Accomplishing This List Anytime Soon

In my ongoing efforts to inspire world travel, I have compiled a list of the most random, obscure, ambitious, downright extreme and unknown sights and adventures, all in the hopes of opening people's eyes. To encourage them to travel and experience all the cultural differences across this great planet. Think of it like an extreme travel-fanatics-only bucket list, with things and places on there that many people have never even heard of.

Visit the Taj Mahal. Take a selfie with one of the monoliths on Easter Island. Walk into an airport and buy a plane ticket to the first flight you see. Yeah, it's been done before -- and is really quite a fun game that always has a surprise ending -- but you won't find any of those stereotypical bucket list ideas or tourist hotspots here. Nope, I like to think outside the box. I like to challenge myself (to doing this without dropping my beer).

My old bucket list had problems.

Namely the "everything has been done" problem. I know, now that's a #FirstWorldProblem if I've ever heard one. Guilty as charged. Anyway, some of the items I have already accomplished -- errr...am guilty of -- include the following:

 

So when compiling a new brand grandmaster bucket list, I had to dream bigger. My goal to come up with one that was so expansive and so hopelessly scattered across the globe that it could never possibly be completed in a year or two or even five. No, this list should take a good decade to accomplish, at a minimum. Depends on how much time and money you have at your fingertips, I suppose. And just how brave you are, because some of the items are a little out there. And a couple are flat-out illegal.

In honor of the 2012 leap year I decided to settle upon a grand total of 366 items.

Yes, this is a truly epic bucket list, one perfectly fit for a lifelong vagabond or sufferer of wanderlust. If you have any comments or additions, feel free to post them below!

At the time of this list's original publication none of these items had been completed. Yet these are all things that I hope to accomplish during my lifetime. As the years pass I will continue to update this post to reflect each item accomplished, including a photo and link if I should write about it.

 

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1 Camel wrestling, one of the most obscure sports in the world, can only be found in Turkey. Obscure Turkey
2 The Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea is tallest building you've never heard of. It began construction in 1987 but new reports indicate that the Hotel Of Doom may partially open in mid-2013. Let's see the capital city of Pyongyang from the 105th story skydeck. Future North Korea (DPRK)
3 Run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. 200-300 minor injuries each year, but only 16 deaths since 1910. Sign me up! Adventure Spain
4 Camp out underneath and photograph BOTH the aurora borealis (northern lights) and aurora australis (southern lights). Photography Multiple
5 Visit the Coral Castle in Florida. Secretly assembled only at night by a single man frail old man who "discovered secret of the pyramids," Coral Castle defies modern explanation despite being a modern structure -- it is less than 100 years old! Coral Castle, Florida One-Of-A-Kind United States
6 Truly experience Alaska by staying with an Inuit family to learn / experience the soon-to-be-extinct Eskimo way of life. Igloos woo-hoo! Culture United States
7 See Hell's Door before it burns out or is closed up. Located near the small village of Darvaza, in the middle of the Karakum desert, Hell's Door is a methane gas release that has been burning for over four decades straight! Geology Turkmenistan
8 Swim in the lake that kills people...on land! Lake Nyos gained infamy in 1986 when an unexpected outgassing of CO2 killed nearly 2,000 local residents in small neighboring villages. Nature Cameroon
9 Eat at the first ever totally dark restaurant, Nocti Vagus in Berlin, which is staffed entirely by blind individuals. And yes, they will help escort you to/from your seat, the toilet, and the exit. Food Germany
10 Wander and then spend a night under the stars in the beautiful White Desert. The area offers one of the best examples of wind erosion visible anywhere. Nature Egypt
11 Bribe my way into seeing the Cave of the Giant Crystals (Cueva de los Cristales), otherwise known as the Naica Mine in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. This one may be a little tough. Good Luck Mexico
12 Watch a space shuttle launch at Cape Canav...errrr I mean Baikonur Cosmodrome. This is where the Russians launch from and since America killed its space program and is now forced to piggyback along with... Technology Kazakhstan
13 Visit l'Ossuaire Municipal, otherwise known as the catacombs of Paris. One of the underground highlights includes an underground ossuary which holds the reamins of over six million people. It is because of these underground caves that there are very few tall buildings in Paris, as there is no room for the foundation. History France
14 Explore the underground cave cities of Cappadocia, which have become popular recently with ancient astronaut theorists. Carved out of solid rock, these structures provided living quarters for up to 20,000 people and even included massive rolling doors only workable from the inside, thousands of tall chimneys for ventilation, animal pens, churches, even wine distilleries! All that and not a single tool or clue as to how/why these quarters were constructed, nor have historians firmly agreed upon who actually first constructed these caves. Mysterious Turkey
15 Ascend Mount Roraima, the tabletop mountain at the border points of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana that is now recognized as one of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating back over two billion years ago to the Precambrian Period. Nature Venezuela
16 Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji is Japan's -- and quite possibly the world's -- most popular place to commit suicide. Signs in Japanese and English posted at the entrance urge visitors to seek help instead of committing suicide, and every year large groups of local volunteers and government officials scour the forest to hunt for and remove that year's bodies. Haunted Japan
17 Attempt to steal one of the road signs from the small village of Fucking. It wasn't until 1945 that locals learned of the Anglo-Saxon translation, when Allied soldiers first arrived in the region. Due to the signs repeatedly disappearing supposedly they are theft-proof now...but nothing is truly theft-proof ;) Fucking, Austria Good Luck Austria
18 Climb the pink rabbit that can be seen from space. Located on Colletto Fava in the Italian Alps, this stuffed animal tourist attraction will probably not last past 2025. Tourist Spot Italy
19 Make a visit to Sealand, this bizarre anti-aircraft platform off the coast of Britain that is now an independent "country." Seeing it is easy -- gaining access is the hard part. (Note: UN does not recognize the Principality of Sealand as a sovereign nation...yet). Good Luck -
20 Photograph the Wave Of The Desert, a sandstorm rock formation near the border of Arizona and Utah. To help protect and maintain the natural beauty, there are no trails leading to the wave and photographers frequently have a hard time finding it. Photography United States
21 The world's first underwater restaurant, the Red Sea Star, is located in the Red Sea off the coast of Israel and offers a truly unique dining experience. Although reviews of the food differ substantially, all agree the the entrees are not cheap. Food Israel
22 Baltoro Glacier is one of the longest in the world -- better see it before climate change gets there first! Geology Pakistan
23 Enter a country -- any country -- illegally. Good Luck -
24 Experience the yearly Lluvia de Peces, or Rain of Fish, in Honduras. Witnesses of this phenomenon state that it begins with a dark cloud in the sky followed by lightning, thunder, strong winds and heavy rain for two to three hours. Once the rain has stopped, hundreds of living fish are found on the ground. People take the fish home to cook and eat them. National Geographic sent a team of professionals out there but they raised only more questions, rather than being able to provide any answers. Mysterious Honduras
25 Visit the cloud forests of Central America to experience some new flora and fauna. Nature Costa Rica
26 Apparently anyone who has stayed out past sunset at Bhangarh Fort, the most haunted place in India, has never returned alive. As such, the Indian government has now made it illegal to stay in the area after sundown. Hmmmm, that sounds like a challenge. Haunted India
27 See the Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province, China, as soon as possible. Pollution from nearby expansion combined with tourists are damaging the structure at an increased rate. Historical China
28 The first offshore oil platform in the world, Neft Daşları (aka Oily Rocks) is now also a tourist attraction, despite the fact that parts of it have started slipping back into the ocean. Check it out before the rest of it does, maybe take a few photographs.. Technology Azerbaijan
29 Witness firsthand the amazing 250° view of Iguazu Falls at the Brazil / Argentina Border. Nature Brazil, Argentia
30 Visit the Boat City of Aberdeen Harbor, Hong Kong, eat at one of the many floating restaurants, and make friends with a family of "boat people" for an inside tour of their home -- err, boat. Experience China
31 Go skiing inside at Ski Dubai, part of the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. The mall itself is actually one of the largest shopping malls in the world, you could almost count this as two items ;) (maybe if I'm stumped by 366..) Adventure United Arab Emirates
32 Ride the AquaDom in Berlin, a transparent elevator that built inside of a gigantic 82-foot tall aquarium. Almost a hundred different species, including blow fish, silver moonfish, and humphead wrasse, are represented in the tank, which holds over a million liters of water and is the largest cylindrical tank aquarium in the world. The experience is quite leisurely — perfect for reveling in the sensation of floating in an underwater wonderland. Technology Germany
33 Experience Brazil's Carnival twice, to see both distinct styles. The first and most famous is the grand processions and floats organized by the samba schools of the southern cities Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo; those are designed to be watched on TV, even by locals. The second style encourages public viewing and interaction in the streets and is carried on throughout the northern cities of Salvador, Porto Seguro, and Recife. Culture Brazil
34 Visit the "Friendly Alien," officially known as the Kunsthaus Graz art museum in Graz. This blob-like building definitely deviates from the typical minimalist style of modern art museums and at night, when it is lit up, it looks unlike anything else in the world. Tourist Spot Austria
35 Get a glimpse of Stockholm from above by riding in the unique SkyView, a set of two glass globe gondolas that take you on a journey along the outside of the Ericsson Globe. One-Of-A-Kind Sweden
36 Go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef off the northeast coast of Australia, which I'm sure you know is the world's largest reef system. Nature Australia
37 Spend time with the Uros people of Peru. They craft their own man-made islands made out of dried reeds and still live on them to this day on the Lake Titicaca. However due to water rotting the reeds at the bottom, new layers are continually applied to the top. Even so, most islands only last around thirty years at most. Culture Peru
38 Ride on at least five of the ten fastest trains / railways scattered around the world, almost all of which are in Spain, France, Germany, China, Japan, and South Korea. Technology Multiple (Europe/Asia)
39 Travel the majestic Skardu Valley, once an integral part of the Silk Road. Nature Pakistan
40 Catch a truly unique sight during the brief period in between the wet and dry seasons. At that time the algae on the rocks of the Caño Cristales river in the Serrania de la Macarena Mountains turns a rainbow of colors -- and thanks to the clear river visitors can get a perfect view! Unfortunately, this river is so remote it does not even have any fish and you can only get there after a long trek via foot or donkey. Fun fun. Cano Cristales River One-Of-A-Kind Colombia
41 Meditate with Taoists in the mists of Sanqingshan. Good Luck China
42 Visit Guimarães in northern Portugal this year, as it has been dubbed the European Capital of Culture for 2012 Culture Portugal
43 Bungee jump from the Macau Tower. The trip covers 1,109 feet in five seconds at speeds of up to 140mph.   Adventure China
44 Swim in the supposedly sacred underground lake at Macan Ché, on the Yukatan Peninsula. The Mayans considered it a gift from the Gods. Nature Mexico
45 Stand atop Kjeragbolten. What, don't know what that is? It's that famous rock only a few feet across that is stuck in between the two cliffs of Kjerag, in Norway. The drop is only 3,228 feet, but the climb up to it takes about three hours each way. Adventure Norway
46 Trek through the now abandoned Mirny Diamond Mine in Siberia for a firsthand look. Adventure Russia
47 Explore the Edinburgh Vaults, which have a rather long and sordid history. Originally housing tradesmen and taverns, before long conditions had deteriorated so badly that the businesses left and the destitute moved in. Now they are most famous for their role in the human cadaver trade in the early 1800s. Nature United States
48 Visit the abandoned submarine base and docks of Balaklava, now part of the city of Sevastopol but once in USSR. After the Soviet Union collapsed and the Russian army left, it lay abandoned for a couple years before being partially converted into a museum. Technology Ukraine
49 Attend the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan. This monthly event is not for the faint-of-heart -- don't say I didn't warn you. Nightlife Thailand
50 View the geometric village of Naarden from a plane ride above, in order to truly appreciate it. Located about 15km east of Amsterdam, this city is a fort that was exquisitely shaped like a five-pointed star then fortified with walls and a moat. Geology England
51 Go trekking through Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and admire the mountains and the famed three towers, which throne towards the sky with the ice blue lake below where glacier water accumulates. The South, North and Central Towers, as they are called, are approximately 2200-2500 meters high (7200-8200 feet), made of granite and created by glacial ice. There are fairly good hiking trails in the area, while the last path to the towers is somewhat more impassable. But the view from there is really worth it! Nature Chile
52 Explore the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji. Totaling 20 in all, they offer miles of snow white sand and turquoise waters. - Fiji
53 180 million years old but only first used by humans 1,200 years ago, the Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, Guangxi was lost to history until it was re-discovered during World War II by local refugees fleeing Japanese troops. Now it is spectacularly illuminated with multicolored lighting and has become a popular tourist destination Reed Flute Cave Geology China
54 Visit the hot springs and man-made pools of Pamukkale, which have been used for healing for thousands of years. History Turkey
55 Take a ride into space on the new Virgin Galactic spaceship. Okay, little pricey and not yet ready, yeah yeah yeah...But they are still offers tours of the Spaceport America complex. That will have to do for now. Technology United States
56 Visit Liuyang, the world's capital of fireworks. Over 60% of China's fireworks are produced in this one town which is home to over 1,000 fireworks factories. Culture China
57 It does not matter whether in Vietnam, Thailand, or China, just try some of the fresh snake wine -- the kind where they kill the cobra in front of you and the wine / blood mixture is drank in shot form. Not that fermented snake wine, that is for scaredy-cats ;) Adventure Multiple (Asia)
58 Celebrate the end of the Mayan long count calendar (and the possible end of the world) on December 21st, 2012 in Belize, which is hosting several events leading up to the main show at the ruins of Xunantunich and numerous other Mayan historic sites. One-Of-A-Kind Belize
59 Hike and camp along the Inca Trail, all the way up to Machu Picchu. Do it like the Inca did. History Peru
60 Known as "Drunkards Alley," Nonbeiyokocho lies a mere few feet from Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan. It is comprised of two parallel alleys that are home to between 4-5 dozen "mini" bars, each no bigger than 10 feet by ten feet. Spend a few nights (or three months) getting one drink from each of the mini-bars. Nonbeiyokocho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan Nightlife Japan
61 Spend the day at a nude beach on every continent except Antarctica -- unless there happens to be a nudist beach there. Adventure -
62 Swim with the sharks...in one of those metal cages though, obviously. We want to live through all 366 if we can. Adventure Multiple
63 Visit all five of the world's top balanced rocks: 5) Balanced Rock, Colorado, USA; 4) Chiremba Balancing Rocks, Zimbabwe; 3) Balancing Rock, Digby, Nova Scotia; 2) Mexican Hat, Utah, USA; 1) Idol Rock at Birmingham Rocks in North Yorkshire, England. Geology Multiple
64 Execute a flawless but illegal base jump off a skyscraper or really tall bridge and do it without getting arrested or fined. Double points if you make it on the news though. And triple if you do both ;) Good Luck Multiple
65 Take the ferry out of Tolu to Santa Cruz del Islote, the most densely populated island on Earth. Despite being only .012 km² in size, it boasts a population of over 1,200! Random Columbia
66 Travel the Ho Chi Minh trail. Adventure Vietnam
67 Solve the mystery of the Sailing Stones of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, California...or at least check it out firsthand and take some photographs. Mysterious United States
68 Go hang-gliding through the Grand Canyon. Attach video camera to hang glider and publish vid to YouTube. Adventure United States
69 It is true that the architecture in Yemen can be quite stunning, not to mention much of the geographic topography can be breathtaking as well. But when you manage to combine the two it really becomes otherworldly. The hilltop village of Kawkaban is like this. Only a short distance from the capital, San'a, Kawkaban could be done as a day trip...but then you will miss the sunrise and sunset that add further to the magic. Half of the town's buildings seem to teeter over the edge of the cliffs, fighting for amazing views over the valley floor below. To top it all off, the typical Yemeni hospitality make this place truly memorable. Kawkaban, Yemen Culture Yemen
70 Walk through the world's largest man-made excavation just to feel insignificant -- Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah. Geology United States
71 Experience the world's largest and most well-known double-cascading waterfall firsthand. Known as "the Golden Falls," Gullfoss Waterfall has become a wonderful tourist destination because of the panorama it creates in summer days. Nature Iceland
72 Become a practicing Buddha just long enough to gain access to the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan. Off-limits to ordinary tourists (hence the practicing Buddha prerequisite), this monastery is precariously on the edge of a 3,000-feet-high cliff in Paro Valley and is one of the holiest places in Bhutan. Religious Bhutan
73 Explore SK Telecom's T.um, more commonly known as Seoul's mind-blowing future technology museum. Very cool indeed. Technology South Korea
74 View the almost completely unknown Fly Ranch Geyser near Gerlach, Nevada (population 499). Technically the geyser is on private property but it can be seen from the nearby road or you can scale the fence and get a much closer look ;) Just don't get spotted, the owner does not take kindly to strangers on his property. Neat but nothing spectacular. Fly Geyser, Nevada Obscure United States
75 Check out Glass Beach in northern California. It is a section of coastline in MacKerricher State Park that was used as a public dumping ground from the late 1940s to late 1960s. Local officials put an end to the practice at that time, then all it took was 40+ years for the waves to have worn down all the glass shards into nice smooth stones. Pretty cool, huh? Glass Beach, California One-Of-A-Kind United States
76 Fan of the macabre? The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo (otherwise known as Catacombe dei Cappuccini) are burial catacombs in Sicily that have now open to the public. Mysterious Italy
77 Take a ski trip to the Swiss Alps. Must buy Swiss chalet style cuckoo clock while there. Adventure Switzerland
78 Check out the Winchester Mansion, the infamous home built by the widow of a rifle maker who was convinced that she would be tormented by the ghosts of everyone killed by Winchester rifles unless she constructed a house and never stopped building. This seven-story behemoth was reduced to four after San Francisco's' 1906 earthquake Haunted United States
79 Translated 'Valley Of The Moon,' Vale Da Lua has been carved out by the San Miguel River to form terrain that looks like the surface of the moon, hence the name. Some of the rock formations date back 1.8 billion years. Nature Brazil
80 Mined since 3,000 BC for gold, silver, and copper, the Rio Tinto actually flows an orangish-reddish hue thanks to high iron content. See it firsthand. Nature Spain
81 Work as a trimmer or farm-hand in northern California during the autumn in order to experience marijuana lifestyle. Culture United States
82 Go bear / cougar hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the last unspoiled tracts of temperate rainforest left in the world. Oh, no, not literal hunting -- with a camera. Animals Canada
83 Spend an extended period in Tibet and learn more about the Tibetan culture. Culture Tibet
84 Witness firsthand the majesty of the Chamarel Falls and the Colored Earth in Mauritius. The country used to only be famous for its waterfalls until the 1960s when the colored earth was discovered. The colored sand was created from clay made of lava cooling off at different times, which effectively caused seven different colors of sand to form: red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow. But here is what is really crazy: if you take all the colors and mix them together, they will naturally separate and rejoin the correct color grouping that they belong to! Scientists who have studied this are still mystified, not only by that but also by the fact that the sand experiences no erosion despite the heavy rainfall season. The 7-colored sands of Chamarel One-Of-A-Kind Mauritius
85 Visit Roswell, New Mexico, and learn the truth about aliens. (They really do exist!) Mysterious United States
86 Heard of Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai? I'm guessing probably not. It is a pretty unique structure too. very ornate and entirely white with mosaic mirrors in just the right places to make the whole thing shine! Initially completed in eleven years (1997-2008), it is now back under construction with another eight buildings. Some experts have predicted this phase of construction could last 80-90 years. Regardless, visitors nowadays will still be amazed not only by the architecture but also by some of the modern images found inside (you may find a few superheroes and even Leo fresh from the Matrix...) Wat Rong Khun, Thailand - Thailand
87 The world's most crowded beach is Huiqan Bathing Beach, located in Qingdao, Shandong Province, and thanks to climate change and China's urban migration, more and more people keep coming every year. Visit it firsthand but don't go swimming, just get some good pictures of the crowds. Tourist Spot China
88 Pretend to be a mime on a street corner of New York City for a day. End up making more than $100? Do it again the next day -- different street. Random United States
89 The Plain Of Jars is a megalithic archaeological landmass and maybe seeing it firsthand would help determine how and why it was made. Or maybe not. But at least this way it can be checked off the list. Mysterious Laos
90 Stay a night at a 13th century fortress turned Scotland's finest luxury hotel. Yes, that is the Dalhousie Castle Hotel. You can even dine in what used to be the dungeon, how fun! - Scotland
91 Attend a live Daft Paft show, preferably somewhere in Asia where the duo has a tendency really goes balls-to-the-wall. Exoerience Multiple (Asia)
92 Take out a boat out two miles off the coast off Dubai to see The World, the failed man made island project that is now slowly sinking back into the sea. You can thank the 2008 financial crisis and your bank for that. One-Of-A-Kind United Arab Emirates
93 Say hello to the fine folks of McMurdo Station, home primarily to researchers but also Antarctica's only two ATMs, a bar, and even a bowling alley. Experience Antarctica
94 Go swimming at Hamilton Pool in Austin, Texas (my hometown!) and relish in its natural beauty. It was created when the dome of an underground cave collapsed, revealing a stunning natural pool. Nature United States
95 Find out more about Robin Hood on his own turf: the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire. Nature England
96 In Boston Harbor amongst all the other little islands stands one in particular. The 39-acre George's Island is home to an abandoned Civil War fort turned semi-unknown tourist attraction. History United States
97 Go shopping at Souq Waqif, the old market place at Doha. The souq and the area around it are in the final phase of a makeover to make it all look like an iconic old Arabian souq. At first it can feel a bit disappointing when a closer look reveals that the adobe buildings are made of cement and home to chain coffee shops, among others. But when you start exploring the souq, you will happily realise that it is a real souq - not just a tarted up tourist market. Locals do come to buy tools, nuts, spices, perfumes and the latest fashion in abayas (the black cloak for women), and old porters will push their way through the narrow lanes with their wheelbarrow full of cargo. The pet and bird corner is surprisingly well-stocked, where you might catch a glimpse of some falcon chicks. The main street is lined with coffee shops, restaurants and tea houses where you can take it all in while puffing a shisha (waterpipe). Souq Waqif market, Qatar Culture Qatar
98 The Painted Skulls Ossuary, located in the little Austrian village of Halstatt, is one of the most bizarre tourist attractions in the world. The village is famous of its own accord thanks to archaelogical findings dating back past 5000BC, making it the oldest known continuous human settlement. But tourists come to see the crypt full of skulls. The tradition of painting them with flowers and other adornments started in 1790, because there was no grave site to lavish such attention upon. Mysterious Austria
99 Part of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico is the deepest in the continental United States at over 1,600 feet. It is also the fifth longest cave in the world, stretching for a grand total of 120 miles! Check it out firsthand. Geology United States
100 Edinburgh Castle has no shortage of ghosts stories. Let's see if it's possible to verify one of them by taking a day-trip there. Haunted Scotland

 

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