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Top 15 Bucket List Ideas
If you’re ready to check some of your bucket list destinations, we’ve pulled together our top bucket list ideas for you.
1. The Maldives
With their crystal blue seas, overwater bungalows and white-sand beaches, the Maldives is an island paradise that tops our bucket list. These beautiful islands are the perfect destination for weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways.
Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives consists of nearly 1,200 islands and is home to more than 150 resorts, many on their own private islands.
Visiting these beautiful islands is an experience you’ll never forget. There are many amazing places to stay, but here are our picks for the top resorts in the Maldives or these top island luxury resorts.
For those adventurers, add scuba diving in the Maldives to your list. Many resorts have world-class reefs right offshore.
2. Hawaii (USA)
Travelers searching for an exotic destination don’t have to leave the United States. Gorgeous beaches, sand and surf, romantic sunsets, and endless activities make Hawaii the perfect tropical destination for all ages.
Couples choose Kauai for its beauty, solitude, and adventures, creating romance at every turn.
And the Big Island of Hawaii is also a big must-visit for all ages. It’s home to five national parks, volcanoes and so much more.
Visit Italy and you’ll discover its beauty, history, culture, and cuisine. With its long Mediterranean coastline and long history, Italy has had a powerful impact on the world.
Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican, Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain, as well as other landmark art and ancient ruins.
The charming country of France tops many travelers’ bucket lists. A unique mix of quaint towns and contemporary cultures makes it easy to fall in love with France. From its delightful French cuisine, historical landmarks and stunning vineyards from the Bordeaux region to the Loire Valley, it’s easy to see why France has become one of the most-visited countries in the world.
A top bucket-list destination, Paris (also known as the City of Light) is the most popular destination in France and is home to iconic landmarks such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Notre Dame, and Normandy. Don’t miss: Top 20 Things to Do in Paris
While Paris is a great start, some of the most popular tourist destinations and vacation spots in France for the French/Parisians are Nice, Côte d’Azur, Marseille, and Cannes, bordering the country of Monaco.
Southern France offers hidden gems including the Rhône wine region and Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, Normandy. And of course, there is that spectacular scenery. We suggest beginning your research with our France Travel Guide.
Ireland still tops my list as the perfect world travel destination. Did you know that Ireland is the third-largest island in Europe? My favorite memory is discovering the magic of the Wild Atlantic Way from the beautiful beaches in Donegal to the stunning West Cork coastline.
This Atlantic country is known worldwide for Guinness beer, pubs, Celtic music, and Riverdance. And of course, Ireland is known all over the world for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, novels, toe-tapping traditional Irish dancing and music, the best whiskey — and their pubs!
Not sure where to start exploring Ireland? Get inspired to visit with these top 10 things to do in Ireland.
Then, start planning the help of our Ireland Travel Guide.
Journey to Japan for a rewarding, rich experience.
An island country east of the Asian mainland, Japan extends 1,864 miles (3,000 kilometers), from north to south, and is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Its five large islands stretch from north to south Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Okinawa.
The most popular start for travelers is its capital city, Tokyo, with its famous tourist districts like Shibuya, Asakusa, and Shinjuku.
If your Japan travels occur in spring, don’t miss the colorful cherry blossoms, an annual occurrence attracting a large number of tourists.
Get ready for your visit with our Japan travel guide.
As a fan of the books and movies Outlander and Harry Potter, Scotland tops my list of U.K. places to visit.
With its blaring bagpipes, tartan-kilts, haggis, the Loch Ness monster, St. Andrews, whisky distilleries, and so many castles, travelers will discover plenty of experiences to write home about in Scotland.
Find some inspiration for your journey to Scotland with these top things to do in Scotland.
With its dramatic landscape, glaciers and stunning national parks, Iceland is a must-see destination for any bucket list.
Many know Iceland as the Land of Ice and Fire, and when you drive its Golden Circle Road, you’ll understand why. If you’re up for some relaxation, take a steamy soak in the Blue Lagoon before venturing off to visit Iceland’s many waterfalls.
I remember, even as a young child, dreaming of visiting England, especially London because as little girls do, I wanted to be a princess. And isn’t that where all princesses, princes, queens, kings, lived?
While that may have been short-sighted (but hey, I was only 9!), London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is what tops many travelers’ lists. (Although driving in England may have unexpected twists.)
At its center, and perhaps the most well known, is its imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic Big Ben clock tower, and Westminster Abbey.
And no matter your age, doesn’t everyone want to visit Buckingham Palace and witness the changing of the guard?
For panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex and (really) the entire city), cross the Thames River and ride the London Eye observation wheel.
Read more at Top 10 things to do in London.
10. Colorado (USA)
Clear blue skies, wide-open spaces and the beautiful Rocky Mountains. What’s not to like in Colorado? This four-season bucket list destination draws travelers from around the world. To get started, check out our Colorado Travel Guide and then our 10 top things to do in Colorado. (It’s our home state, and we love sharing it with you!)
If you like being outdoors, then head into the high country where Colorado’s mountain towns offer yet more bucket list-worthy getaways. Winter in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains features world-class skiing, snowboarding, and other snowy-themed activities. Our favorite winter destinations are Vail, Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, and Telluride.
But don’t exclude summer getaways to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. From hiking and biking to fishing, Colorado offers many ways to get outdoors.
If you like dining out, concerts and fun festivals, our small towns, and cities are well worth exploring, from the hip capital of Denver to Colorado Springs, home to American’s Mountain, Pikes Peak. Another hotspot is Glenwood Springs, popular for its hot springs.
For those wanting an “Old West” adventure, pack your bags for a year-round Colorado Dude ranch vacation.
Canada is a diverse land in the northern part of North America — and we love visiting Canada. As the world’s second-largest country by total area, its 10 provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean.
Covering millions of miles (9.98 million square kilometers), that’s a vast amount of bucket list ideas in one country!
Want the feel of a European escape without leaving North America? Here are the top 10 things to do in Québec City.
For a glimpse of the cultural diversity in Canada, travel to Toronto, with many neighborhoods like: Little Italy, Chinatown, Greektown, Little India, Koreatown. Visiting this city in the Canadian province of Ontario is like taking a trip around the world.
Mexico is filled with bucket-list destinations, especially if you like warm sun and sea.
While travel to Mexico is different this year, visitors have already begun to return to top Mexican destinations.
Known for its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, visit Cancun and Playa del Carmen for fun in the sun. Along with miles of beaches, endless nightclubs, and upscale shopping, it has fascinating archaeological sites, 13 top-rated golf courses, sumptuous spas and accommodations for every price range and taste.
Travel to Puerto Vallarta for its 1.5-mile, 12-block Malecón and hotel-lined large beach, tasty seafood.
Cabo San Lucas, a resort city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, is known for its beaches, water-based activities and nightlife. Include a visit to Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach) and El Arco, the iconic arch-shaped rock formation in the sea cliffs.
For those who love travel in Europe, Germany is at the top of the bucket list. Although it’s best known for its fairy tale castles, Bavarian Alps and world-class cities, there are even German islands to explore.
Many travelers plan their German vacations to coincide with annual events such as Oktoberfest and Christmas markets.
Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. And its capital city, Berlin, dates back to the 13th century, known for its turbulent past, but also a symbol of reunification. The city offers so much to see and do that you might want to start with 3 days in Berlin.
Visiting Australia is a travel bucket list dream for many, and it’s not hard to see why. This vast country offers everything from vibrant cities and endless stretches of golden beaches to rugged outback bushland and imposing mountain ranges.
Inspiring Australian adventures include Outback Oz: Exploring the Heart of Australia; Snorkeling Australia’s Great Barrier Reef; Escape to Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia; Kangaroo Island; Family Friendly Sydney; Byron Bay; or travel to Perth.
If there’s ever a destination that should be added to your world travel bucket list, it is the southeast Asian nation of Cambodia. Its temples are awe-inspiring, and it’s fascinating to explore its low-lying plains, the Mekong River (which crosses the country from North to South), majestic mountains, and the Gulf of Thailand coastline.
In the northwest, travelers should explore the ruins of Angkor Wat, the country’s massive stone temple complex. As the seventh Wonder of the World, this primeval site of Angkor Wat should definitely be added to your bucket list.
For a truly unique local treat, ride the Jungle Express, Cambodia’s Bamboo Train. Locals call it the Norry Train, and travelers happily pay the $2 fare, while locals pay in trade — anything from a pig, for a month’s worth of riding, to a chicken, for several rides. The tracks run for about 200 miles (320 km) through the heart of the country,
Plan Your Own Bucket List Adventure
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What travel destinations are on your world travel bucket list? Share with us in the comments below.