Bucket Bunny List Of The Top 100 Travel Adventures Worldwide
I want a life of endless travel and adventure. (Yep, I’m a millennial). So I guess it was only a matter of time before I made a ridiculously over-ambitious Bucket List. Bring on my mission to experience not only the top 100 travel adventures in the world (listed below) but also the top 25 travel adventures in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania. Erm, I’m exhausted already. But this is for reals. Although it may take some time, like… a lifetime, to complete.
Don’t worry, I’m not in a hurry. Each experience below is, in my humble opinion, an experience of a lifetime and to be savored, like it’s the last day on Earth because you never know… it could be! Yes I understand I can’t do all of these epic travel adventures myself, I’m not THAT greedy and I don’t have 3 lifetimes, only 1, so that’s why completing the Bunny Bucket List will be a collaborative effort. If we – Jetset Bunnies around the globe – can tick off a handful of these travel adventures a year… life couldn’t get more awesome.
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Top 100 Travel Adventures Worldwide
Top 100 travel adventures in the world in no particular order;
Purple = Completed | Orange = Scheduled
1) Gorilla Trekking – We share 98 percent of our DNA with mountain gorillas and I’ve been told a few times that I’m a bit bananas. I want to meet my relatives even if it requires trekking through dense tropical forests to do so.
2) Great White Shark Cage Diving – Get up close to one of the ocean’s top predators and punch it in the face – only joking, I value having both arms (and respect sharks).
4) India’s Holi Festival – Holi is a Hindu spring festival also known as the “festival of colors” and “festival of love”. You dance about and splash each other with multi-colored powder, it’s wild and wacky and must be experienced!
5) Cruise Antarctica – Sail to the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting historical sites to see penguins, albatrosses, seals, dolphins and whales up close.
6) Wadi Rum’s Red Rocks, Jordan – One of the world’s best desert landscapes, stay a few days and explore the dunes and rocks on foot, horseback, camel or in a 4WD.
7) Jelly Fish Lake Scuba Diving – Take a speed boat to Lake Kakaban in Indonesia to experience the peace and tranquility of being surrounded by thousands of non-stinging Jelly Fish for as far as the eye can see. A very trippy travel adventure.
8) Float In the Dead Sea – The Dead Sea sits nearly 1,400 feet below sea level, making it the lowest place on Earth. Scientific evidence proves that the Dead Sea’s salt and minerals can help treat joint pain, arthritis, skin and heart problems, so grab a magazine and go float!
9) Climb Mount Kilimanjaro – At 19,341 feet, Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. Climbing this dormant volcano and summiting the Roof of Africa is going to be no easy task which is why it’s on the Bucket List.
10) Swim In Devil’s Pool – Africa’s famous Victoria Falls is twice the height of Niagara Falls and so swimming on the edge of this ultimate infinity pool and one of the world’s largest waterfalls should be an amazing experience (and rather refreshing).
12) Cotopaxi Horse Trekking, Ecuador – Experience Ecuador’s different landscapes, mountains, forests and indigenous communities found near the Cotopaxi National Park while on horseback.
13) Meet Komodo Dragons – But don’t get too close! The Komodo National Park in East Nusatenggara, Indonesia, is the only place on earth where you can have a close encounter with the legendary Komodo Dragons.
14) Watch the Great Russian Reindeer Migration – This annual reindeer migration sees thousands of reindeer and the Nenet people who herd them, traveling up to 1000 km along the Yamal Peninsula to the Kara Sea in Siberia.
15) Amur Leopard Expedition Russia – The Amur leopard is the rarest cat species in the world and is classified as Critically Endangered by IUCN since 1996. There are about 40-50 species of the Amur leopard left in the wild.
16) Death Road Mountain Biking – Death road in La Paz, Bolivia, is known as the World’s Most Dangerous Road and hundreds have died here since it opened (just adrenaline junkies ticking off Bucket Lists – you’ll be fine!). There’s extreme drop-offs of at least 1,800 ft on curves, the road is only slightly wider than a single-lane and you have occasional on coming buses to watch out for, all while feeling the wind in your hair! Prepare a will.
17) Meet The Yolngu in East Arnhem Land – The Yolngu or Yolŋu are indigenous Australian people inhabiting north-eastern Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. Yolngu means “person” in the Yolŋu languages.
18) Silk Road Overland Tour – The Silk Road, or “Silk Route”, was an ancient trade route that linked China with the West, passing goods and ideas between the two great civilizations of Rome and China. Traveling the Silk Route on a slow nomadic overland trip would be an epic travel adventure.
19) Swim with Giant Sea Turtles – Located at the “Coral Triangle”, the Philippines is known as the center of global marine biodiversity. Giant Sea Turtles are some of the most exciting animals to see during a dive. Read more about this completed Top 100 Travel Adventure here.
20) Orangutan Jungle Trek – See orangutans, one of the most endangered species in the world, in their natural habitat in Bukit Lawang also know as “gateway to the mountain” in Sumatra, Indonesia.
21) Horse Trek The Caucasus – The ideal antidote to urban life, Georgia has some of the world’s most spectacular mountains and some very fine horses to ride too.
22) Snow Leopard Trekking – A winter trek in the Ladakh region of India, hiking the snow-clad Himalayas and navigating the frozen pathways to spot rare and beautiful Snow Leopards in their natural habitat.
23) Experience nomadic Kyrgyz culture (and spend a night in a yurt) – Rugged Kyrgyzstan is an adventure traveler’s dream, being over eighty percent mountainous and with some of the highest altitudes and the second largest mountain lake in the world. The Kyrgyz people descend from ancient Turkic tribes and have been nomadic cattle breeders for centuries.
24) Las Coloradas Pink Lakes, Mexico – This one almost didn’t make it onto the Bucket List. You can’t swim in the lake anymore, there’s nothing much else to do nearby and although travel bloggers love to post pretty pink flamingo instagrams of it, it’s actually not that amazing. So why is it on the list of Top 100 Travel Adventures in the world? Because pinks my favorite color. You can throw things at me virtually.
25) Camp at the Gates Of Hell – A giant fire pit (pictured below) in the heart of Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert where the Darvaza Gas Crater burns ferociously. I’d like to make myself at home by camping next to the Gates of Hell. Considering my last trip to Vegas – just kick me in already.
26) Climb Mount Kinabalu – Fast becoming a Borneo bucket list favorite for all discerning adventure travelers, Mt Kinabalu is the 20th most prominent mountain in the World & has UNESCO World Heritage status.
27) Tiger’s Nest Monastery – Also known as ‘Paro Taktsang’, is a famous Himalayan Buddhist sacred site. Hike to this stunning temple, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. Read more about this completed Top 100 Travel Adventure here.
28) Camp In Wahiba Sands, Oman – The sand dunes of Wahiba Sands, also called the Sharqiyah Sands, stretch over 180 km from North to South. There’s no permanent settlements here, only bedouin temporary camps. Certainly a unique travel adventure to be experienced once in a lifetime (maybe twice if you love desert solitude).
29) Hike Phou Louey, Laos – Hike “Forever Mountain” and conquer the highest accessible peak in Laos while discovering endangered wildlife, remote villages, and some of the country’s most beautiful scenery on the way.
30) Cruise Halong Bay – Hạ Long Bay, in northeast Vietnam, has thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Boat tours and sea kayaking expeditions take adventurous travelers past islands named for their shapes like Stone Dog and Teapot.
31) Cruise Down The Yangtze River, China – The Yangtze River is 6,380 km long making it the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world.
32) Trek Petra Through The Back Door – Petra’s “back door route” can be done as part of a two-day hike from Little Petra to Petra or for the more adventurous hikers you can do a 7 day trek from Dana to Petra, which is rated by National Geographic as one of the finest hikes in the world.
33) Trans-Siberian Railway Russia – Take a journey on the longest railway line in the world, the Trans-Siberian Railway is an epic network of railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East.
34) Stay at IceHotel – A hotel made of ice and snow in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. Founded in 1989, it’s reborn in a new guise every winter.
35) Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Hear the deafening roar of Victoria Falls, or the “Smoke that thunders” in the local Tonga language. Victoria Falls is the largest single curtain of falling water in the world.
36) Luxury Train Tour India – Tours on luxury trains in India are an excellent way to explore the country without having to compromise on comfort. I loved traveling on regular trains in India so to get onboard an ultra luxury train and tour India in style would be a truly amazing adventure.
37) Iguazu Falls, Brazil– Feel the spray of the waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. Together, they make up the largest waterfall system in the world. Read more about this completed top 100 travel adventure here.
38) Transfagarasan Highway, Romania – A stunning scenic drive, also called the “the road to the clouds” and “the best driving road in the world”.
39) Pyramids Of Giza – The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex in Egypt. It’s the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain mostly intact.
40) Rhino Tracking, Namibia – As part of a conservation project, go tracking with the Save the Rhino Trust in the Kunene Region of Namibia.
41) Great Barrier Reef Scuba Diving – Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has some of the best ocean life in the world and is a once in a lifetime destination to scuba dive and snorkel.
42) Pharaoh Tombs in Sudan – Sudan has over twice the number of pyramids that you’ll find in Egypt so the best way to do this will be on a four-wheel-drive expedition.
43) Walking Safari Zimbabwe – See lions, leopards, rhinos and elephants in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, Africa.
44) Masai Mara Great Migration – Watch the Great Migration on the plains of Masai Mara in East Africa. Not a day to forget your camera.
45) Meet the Rendille Tribe, Kenya – Visually vibrant Kargi is a remote settlement in eastern Kenya and home to the semi-nomadic Rendille people. The women are covered in ornamental beads and colorful “shuka’s” (traditional robes), and their gatherings are a sea of color.
46) Full Moon Party, Thailand – The famous all-night beach party at Hat Rin beach on the island of Ko Pha-ngan still goes on today. It may not be particularly sophisticated, but it’s worth experiencing anyway.
47) Angkor Wat – Visiting Cambodia’s World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat, is high on the Bucket List of most adventure travelers around the world.
48) Blue Lagoon, Iceland – National Geographic’s “25 Wonders of the World,” in 2012, the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a place where the powers of geothermal seawater create transformational spas (and instagram accounts).
49) Machu Picchu, Peru – Hike the Inca Trail over high passes with unforgettable views, through cloud forests, and into subtropical vegetation before arriving at Machu Picchu. Read more about this completed Top 100 Travel Adventure here.
50) Camping at the Grand Canyon, USA – This would be spectacular, so it’s on the Bucket List!
51) USA Road Trip, Route 66 – Route 66 and its 2,500 miles is known as “The Mother Road.” From Chicago through the heart land of America and down to Los Angeles, ending at the Santa Monica Pier, it’s the perfect road for an epic road trip.
52) Churchill Polar Bear Expedition, Canada – A once-in-a-lifetime Churchill wildlife adventure in the Canadian Arctic Tundra.
53) Ciudad Perdida Colombia – An amazing travel adventure in Colombia, the Ciudad Perdida hike to the Lost City would be an unforgettable experience.
54) Amazon River Cruise, Brazil – The Amazon River is the longest river in the world and a life force to 9 different countries. A cruise on the Amazon would be a river cruise like no other on Earth.
55) Trek the W in Torres del Paine, Chile – The visually stunning W Trek highlights the best of Torres del Paine such as the Grey Glacier, French Valley and the base of the Towers – a Bucket List must.
56) The Northern Lights – Iceland’s Northern Lights are one of the most spectacular natural shows on earth and can be seen from September through March on clear and crisp nights.
57) Mekong River Cruise – Mekong River cruises in Cambodia and Vietnam explore the arts, cultures and ecologies of the Mekong River Delta.
58) Rio de Janeiro Carnival – Held every year before Lent and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day parading and partying on the streets of Rio, Brazil.
59) Mongolia Horse Trekking Expedition – Get off the beaten path and explore the Mongolian wilderness and nomadic culture while on horseback.
60) Chichen-Itza Mexico – The fusion of Mayan construction techniques with new elements from central Mexico make Chichen-Itza one of the most important examples of the Mayan-Toltec civilization in Yucatán and it’s super pretty at night.
61) Dubai Skydiving – One of the world’s premier skydiving locations where you can look down on the huge skyscrapers instead of staring up at them.
62) White Water Rafting, Costa Rica – Take the plunge on a fun-filled, whitewater rafting excursion between Arenal and San Jose in Costa Rica.
63) The Fairy Chimneys Of Cappadocia – These stunning rock formations are due to a geological process that began millions of years ago and have made Cappadocia one of the most beautiful adventure travel destinations in Turkey.
64) Hot Air Balloon Ride, Bagan – Take a Balloon over Bagan for an exhilarating and unique ballooning travel adventure in Myanmar, a once in a lifetime experience.
65) Taj Mahal – The Taj Mahal is the most famous building in India and an expression of love. Sitting on the south bank of the Yamuna river in Agra, it was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favorite wife.
66) Camp on the Bolivia Salt Flats – Bolivia is home to the world’s largest salt flats which are one of the top bucket list destinations in South America. As an added bonus, the pink flamingos look fabulous against the vast salty white backdrop.
67) Macaw Research Expedition, Peru – The Tambopata Macaw Project is a long term research project on the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in south-east Peru.
68) Raft the Upper Navua River, Fiji – Explore the Upper Navua Gorge on an inflatable raft and admire the black volcanic walls, thrilling rapids, waterfalls and lush forests of Fiji.
69) Bush Camping Fraser Island, Australia – Recognized as the world’s largest sand island, enjoy nature and experience this beautiful natural heritage site at it’s best by camping all around the island.
70) Great American-West Van Life – Travel around the USA in a Campervan, admiring the endless natural beauty and ever-changing landscapes while embracing life as a 21st century minimalist and “location independent” nomad.
71) Larapinta Trail Trek, Australia – The 223 km long Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences.
72) Milford Trek, New Zealand – The most famous walk in New Zealand, the Milford Track has been a haven for happy hikers for over 150 years. Admire the pristine lakes, sky-scraping mountain peaks and deep valley views.
73) Hike The Great Wall Of China– One of the greatest sights – and the longest wall – in the world. The Great Wall Of China is an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture where many battles have been fought. Let’s embark on our own “blister” battle by hiking one of the world’s most famous landmarks. Read more about this completed top 100 travel adventure here.
74) Trek Malaysia’s Taman Negara Rainforest – At 130 million years old, the Taman Negara rainforest is the oldest in the world. Experience walking on the world’s longest canopy walkway, visiting the aborigine village, caving, fishing, camping and the epic wildlife.
75) Husky Safari Finland – Sled with huskies through spectacular Finnish scenery.
76) Dragons Breath Zipline – The longest zipline in the world over water in Labadee, Haiti, Dragon’s Breath Flight Line will take you 500 feet above the beaches of Labadee and then send you down a zip line that is longer than 2,600 feet.
77) Swim To-Sua Ocean Trench – A huge swim hole that’s considered the best swimming pool in the world in Upolu island, Samoa.
78) Day of the Dead Festival – Despite the sombre theme, death, “Dia De Los Muertes” is over two days and an explosion of color, fun costumes and joyful celebrations to show love and respect for deceased family members.
79) Philippines Kayak Sea Safari – A snorkeling sea safari that takes you through the islands west of Coron Town to explore reefs and shipwrecks, and paddle through mangroves.
80) Trek Annapurna Circuit Nepal – The Annapurna Circuit is a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal and is known for having the best circuit food!
81) Havana, Cuba – Hang out in Havana with a bottle of rum and a cigar! Havana, Cuba’s capital, is a vibrant and colorful destination that intrigues travelers from all over the world.
82) Tour Japan – Geisha, kyoto, karaoke, ramen, sake and Hello Kitty, need I say more?
83) Cruise the Northwest Passage, Canada – Follow the paths of legendary early Arctic explorers and see the stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline and Greenland’s incredible icebergs.
84) Purcell Mountains Canada – Explore the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia on a Heli-Hiking adventure.
85) Yosemite National Park USA – In California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National Park is famed for its ancient sequoia trees, Tunnel View, the iconic vista of Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.
86) Niagara Falls USA – From stunning views to the roar of the rapids, since its formation 12,000 years ago, Niagara Falls has been a destination for world explorers and adventurers alike.
87) Mont Blanc Trekking – Experience the fresh air of Europe while trekking the Alps from France to Italy to Switzerland along the Tour du Mont Blanc.
88) Polar Bear Expedition, Norway – Named The King of the Arctic and one of the largest carnivores in the world, there’s about 3000 Polar Bears in Svalbard archipelago and Barents Sea. You can spot them (if you’re lucky) on a Polar Bear Expedition.
89) Kayaking Expedition In Croatia – Croatia is the next top kayaking destination! Croatia sea kayaking tours of the hidden Dalmatian Coast explore the rarely visited Kornati archipelago by kayak and visit three UNESCO world heritage sites
90) The Colosseum, Rome – Explore the bloody history of the Colosseum, one of Rome’s most famous and impressive structures.
91) Road Trip The North Coast 500 Scotland – Also known as the NC500, this is a 516-mile scenic drive around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle.
92) Island Hopping Thailand – There’s over 300 gorgeous islands in Thailand, so take your pick and get hopping! Krabi, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi are great islands to start on.
93) Trekking and Camping Picos De Europa, Spain – The Picos de Europa are a stunning mountain range extending for about 20 km, forming part of the Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain.
94) Trolltunga Expedition Norway – Trolltunga is one of the most awe-inspiring cliffs in Norway, about 1,100 meters above sea level. The hike to Trolltunga, “the troll’s tongue”, in Skjeggedal is 23-27 kilometres long, with an ascent of about 900 m. It takes about 10 hours and along the way you’ll see the Ringedal dam and mountain potholes.
95) Serengeti Safari, Tanzania – Africa’s famous Serengeti National Park is renowned for its incredible concentration of predators and the Great Serengeti Migration of two million wildebeest. A Serengeti Safari is undoubtedly one of the ultimate travel adventures in the world. Read more about this completed Top 100 Travel Adventure here.
96) Riverboat Cruise in Yasuni National Park – Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots deep in the Amazon rainforest.
97) Volunteer at an elephant sanctuary.
98) River Nile Cruise – Take a cruise on a Felucca (a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat thats been around for centuries) along River Nile in Egypt. Watch out for crocs!
99) Hike the Camino de Santiago – Spain’s most popular hiking route, the Camino de Santiago is a path marked with yellow arrows from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France across to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
100) The Burj Al Arab 7* Hotel – Who said adventures can’t be glamorous? After all of the self-inflicted pain from this Bucket List, there could be no better (and more deserved) final travel adventure than a stay in the world’s most luxurious 7 star hotel. A very different kind of adventure, but an adventure none-the-less.