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38 Experiences To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

I recently reflected on some of the amazing travel adventures I’ve experienced thus far it my lifetime in my 46 countries, 46 travel ideas article, so the time feels right to start planning some more. As the clock ticks over to an age that I have long been dreading, I’m celebrating it by adding 38 things to my “travel bucket list” 🙂

Think of it as a little travel inspiration and ideas to help with your next adventure. Along with a bunch of pretty photos and a few links to related HoliDaze posts in case you want more information. Enjoy!


38 things on my travel bucket list

  1. Take time out to explore Australia, the country I left 12 years ago, on my Great Aussie Road Trip
  2. Aerial view of Sydney Harbour, Australia
    Aerial view of Sydney Harbour, Australia
  3. Find a way to earn a living doing something I am passionate about that doesn’t involve the suffocating routine of a 9-to-5 office job
  4. Turn the dream trip of a lifetime into reality and save up for an Antarctica Expedition, sharing the ice with penguins, seals, whales and birdlife (whilst wearing a really warm jacket!)
  5. Head to the opposite pole to search for polar bears in their natural environment
  6. Return to one of my favourite places in the world, Africa, to repeat one of my favourite experiences of all time (wildlife safari) during the annual migration from the Serengeti to an area I didn’t see on my last visit to the country: Maasai Mara, Kenya  
  7. Elephants at Masai Mara 2, Nairobi City, Kenya
    Elephants at Masai Mara 2, Nairobi City, Kenya
  8. Have an article or photograph published
  9. Extend my exploration of South East Asia to one of the few countries in the region I have yet to visit, Indonesia, and enjoy a mojito as the sun is setting on one of its tropical beaches whilst singing Redgum’s “I’ve been to Bali too”
  10. Return to Myanmar, a place that provided one of my most humbling travel experiences of all time, to hopefully learn that the recent change in the political environment has encouraged more travellers to visit the country to create additional income and opportunities for the locals, without leaving the negative aspects of tourism behind when they leave
  11. Sensō-ji Temple in Taitō-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    Sensō-ji Temple in Taitō-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  12. Explore the temples, shrines and gardens of Kyoto during the cherry blossom season in Japan
  13. Force myself to slow down in an ashram or spiritual retreat in Asia, appreciate simply “being” instead of wondering “what next” and learn to meditate
  14. Get up close and personal with the lemurs and other unique wildlife of Madagascar
  15. Return to Iceland in winter to search for the Northern Lights and revisit my favourite location, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, to witness the surreal floating ice in a different season
  16. Beautiful rice terraces of Asia
    Now those are some beautiful rice terraces
  17. Trek the terraced rice fields of Banaue in the Philippines to assess whether the locals’ description of it being the “eighth wonder of the world” is warranted before heading south to chillax on the beaches
  18. Further explore my spiritual side on a journey through Tibet
  19. Get my hands dirty with some organic farming somewhere in the world with a WWOOF holiday
  20. Take advantage of my recent experience at driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and head to Yellowstone in the United States with my camera and hiking boots in search of beers, wolves, bison, moose and other wildlife amidst the waterfalls and geysers of the world’s first national park’s thermal region
  21. Be in a country when they win the football World Cup (and accept that it’s unlikely to be in England)
  22. Mountain gorillas in northern Rwanda
    Mountain gorilla trekking in northern Rwanda ― read about my experience
  23. Contrast my recent experiences in East and Southern Africa with an overland adventure through the Western countries of Ghana, Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Senegal, Nigeria, Niger and Togo
  24. Take off my watch, put on my hiking shoes, pick up my camera and lose myself (not literally) in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
  25. Petra, Jordan
    Petra, Jordan
  26. Stand opposite Petra, Jordan, in the cave that Karl Pilkington described as the “better piece of real estate” due to its view
  27. Embrace the ‘real’ religion of South America with locals at a football match
  28. Pack my bikini, sunglasses, sunscreen, kindle and party shoes for some island-hopping in Greece
  29. Head off the beaten track to explore the geographical diversity of Oman
  30. Travel Different. Travel Offbeat.       Offbeat Travel Guides
    Sunset in the Bahamas
    Sunset in the Bahamas
  31. Treat myself to a spa resort on in the Caribbean Islands and watch a live cricket match in the West Indies
  32. Sip a glass of Pimms at Wimbledon and go punting in Cambridge, two ‘must do’ things in England that I still haven’t done after living in London for 12 years
  33. Embrace my inner David Attenborough, avoid being eaten by a piranha and attempt to co-exist with blood-sucking leeches in the Amazon
  34. Replace the Ethiopian stereotype placed in my mind by Bob Geldof in the 1980’s with a stereotype created from my own visit to the country
  35. The rainbow-colored Caño Cristales River in Colombia
    The rainbow-colored Caño Cristales River in Colombia
  36. Visit Colombia to discover for myself if the positive backpacker recommendations for this country outweigh its negative media perception
  37. Take what I’ve learned from both positive and negative volunteer and NGO experiences and apply it to more volunteering and international aid support in developing countries
  38. Follow up my first European encounter 13 years ago with a photography-focused European escape, including countries I haven’t yet visited such as Croatia, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Slovenia
  39. Party with the locals in Rio, Brazil
  40. Head to the Galapagos Islands to discover if it’s really true that it’s one of the most incredible wildlife locations on earth
  41. Hike through and photograph some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world at Patagonia in Argentina
  42. The road to Mount Cook, New Zealand, should be on your travel bucket list
    The road to Mount Cook, New Zealand
  43. Head south to New Zealand to confirm whether the magical landscapes depicted in Lord of the Rings was reality or just great camera work
  44. Watch re-runs of Northern Exposure and then head to Alaska to see how accurate the depiction of this unique state was
  45. Embrace the cigar, rum, classic car, salsa stereotype of Cuba
  46. Join the Gringo Trail and explore Latin and South America with a flexible itinerary and no deadlines
  47. Leave my accounting career and office job behind to experience a year or two of odd jobs and explore alternate career paths

Have you had any of these experiences?

What is on your own bucket list?

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About Kellie Netherwood

No matter how we travel there is always further to go. The world is full of open doors - new friends to make, different cultures to experience, inspirational images to capture and lessons to learn. As I enjoy life's journey to MY DESTINATION UNKNOWN I am energised by the world we live in and inspired by those paving their own path in life. Through the intersection of my travel, writing and photography passions I share my travel adventures to help inspire you to create your own.

4 thoughts on “38 Experiences To Add To Your Travel Bucket List”

  1. I loved reading your bucket list! Those all sound like some fabulous things to do and I look forward to reading about your adventures as you go out and do them. I absolutely urge you to visit Slovenia. I went there a few years ago, we intended to stay for a couple of days and stayed for almost a week at Lake Bled. It’s the most beautiful little country I’ve ever been to. The capital was gorgeous, and had a real “small town” feel to it – nothing like London!
    Your post inspired me to sit down and write my own bucket list, and I feel much…lighter…for having got all those thoughts out of my head on down onto paper, thank you! And by paper, I mean my blog 🙂
    Good luck with your bucket list!

    • I’m so excited to hear this inspired you to write your own bucket list! I found it such a great way to remind myself that I “work to live” instead of “live to work” and that it’s not difficult to get the balance right when you have things to look forward to!
      Thanks for the Slovenia tip, I look forward to seeing it my myself.
      Good luck with you own bucket list and I look forward to one day reading about how your experiences turned out!


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