YBT’s Travel Bucket List

Writing this was actually one of my goals for 2018. (Publishing this has also helps with my other goal of publishing at least one blog post a week). It’ll now form one of You Bloody Tourist’s FIVE Projects. This ‘travel bucket list’ is intended to never be complete and always be extended. Every time I have another thought, crazy idea or inspiration, I’ll add it to this list. This isn’t about simply crossing things off a list, it’s about turning a bunch of half-thought out goals into realities and keeping a record of having done so. It might even inspire someone to do the same. 

Planning this list the way I am means it should be completely nonrestrictive. After all, that’s what I hate about most bucket lists – the rigidity. The idea that someone knows what they want and that doesn’t change. If I’d have written a bucket list 5 years ago, it wouldn’t have most of the things I’ve actually done on it. But alas, as a lover of lists, I’ve got to give it a go. In no particular order…

My Travel Bucket List:

  1. Climb the highest peak in at least 50 countries
  2. See the northern lights
  3. Cycle across Europe (London-Istanbul or Norway-Spain) and beyond
  4. Visit the Galapagos Islands
  5. Visit the Door to Hell, TKM
  6. Island hop in Greece, including Mykonos and Santorini
  7. Trek to Machu Picchu
  8. Live some ‘van life’ anywhere in the world
  9. Kayak/Cycle/Hike in Patagonia
  10. Visit Angkor Wat
  11. Explore Cape Town and climb Table Mountain, SA
  12. See the Tulip Fields at Lisse, NED
  13. Hike the Milford track, New Zealand
  14. Take a long American road trip
  15. Get the perfect photo in Cinque Terre, ITA
  16. Safari in East Africa
  17. Run/Cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats, UK
  18. Visit Havana, Cuba
  19. Waste away the night in Tremé, New Orleans
  20. Visit North Korea
  21. Visit every UNESCO World Heritage Site
  22. Walk the Mount Huashan plank walk, CHN
  23. Swim in the Blue Lagoon, ISL
  24. Walk along the Great Wall of China
  25. Take in the view from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE
  26. Hike in the Himalayas
  27. See the Taj Mahal, IND
  28. Admire the worlds highest waterfall – Angel Falls, Venezuela
  29. Island hop in the South Pacific
  30. Bag all of the Munros, UK
  31. Visit the Forbidden City, CHN
  32. Get “that photo” at the Salt Lakes, Bolivia
  33. Motorbike through Africa
  34. Take in the view from The Shard, UK
  35. Visit the 6 European mini states
  36. Swim in the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls
  37. Visit Yosemite National Park, USA
  38. Speculate at Stonehenge, UK
  39. Travel the Golden Circle (and beyond) in Iceland
  40. Stare down into Niagara Falls, CAN/USA
  41. Hike Striding Edge, Lake District, UK
  42. Take the Trans-Siberian Railway
  43. Visit the Acropolis, GRE
  44. Visit every English Heritage Site
  45. Hike some of the Trans Canada trail
  46. Visit Petra, Jordan
  47. Visit the temples/gardens in Kyoto, JPN
  48. Hike along one of India’s 7 Holy Rivers
  49. Cycle/Walk Coast to Coast, UK
  50. Take part in La Tomatina in Buñol, ESP
  51. Visit Pompeii, ITA
  52. Hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, USA
  53. Visit Easter Island
  54. Cycle (or drive) the 6 Peaks, UK and IRL
  55. Skydive in Fox Glacier, NZ
  56. Live in another country for at least a year
  57. Hike or raft the Grand Canyon, USA
  58. Cycle the Silk Road
  59. Visit Hong Kong (photograph the skyline), CHN
  60. Complete 3 Hikes in Norway: Priekestolen, Trolltunga, Lofoten Islands
  61. See the Giza Pyramids, EGP
  62. Attend the Olympics (somewhere)
  63. Climb Leukerbad via Ferrata, CHE
  64. Climb the Statue of Liberty, USA
  65. Visit every country in the world

Things that would be on the list, if I hadn’t already done them:
  1. Visit The Great Barrier Reef
  2. Volunteer abroad (Morocco)
  3. Road Trip across Australia
  4. Exploring all the Baltic States (EST, LVA, LTU)
  5. Drive the Great Ocean Road, AUS
  6. Listen to Big Ben ring out, UK
  7. Swim in Natural Hot Springs, AUS/NZ
  8. Wonder if it’s worth it at the Sagrada Familia, ESP
  9. Hike around the base of Uluru, AUS
  10. Explore the South Island, NZ
  11. Straighten up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, ITA
  12. Celebrate New Year’s in Sydney, AUS
  13. Visit Chefchaouen, Morocco
  14. Visited the Tower of London, UK
  15. Marvel at the Eiffel Tower, FRA
  16. Walk around the walls of Dubrovnik, CRO
  17. Explore Tasmania, AUS
  18. Get amazed (creeped out) at the Hill of Crosses, LTU
  19. Visit all the former Yugoslavian Countries (SVN, SRB, CRO, BIH, MKD, MNE)
  20. See penguins in the wild, NZ/AUS
  21. Spend a night sleeping in the Sahara, Morocco
  22. Jump along the Giant’s Causeway, NI
  23. Be entirely underwhelmed by the Mona Lisa (Louvre Museum), FRA
  24. Sail the Milford Sound, NZ
  25. Visit the Gardens by the Bay, SGP
  26. Wander the waterways in Venice, ITA
  27. Visit the Plitvic Lakes National Park, CRO
  28. Hike on a glacier (Fox Glacier, NZ)

I guess that’s not a bad place to start. I think it’s a good mix of locations, activities and adventures. I’ve kept the very general things (visit every country, etc.) off the list for now – just assume that’s something I would love to achieve. I’ve also tried to keep this as travel-focused as possible, so goals such as learn a language, get diving qualified, etc. do not feature on here either.

Like I say, this list is always going to be evolving – there will be things I lose any desire to do and other things that I become obsessed with. There will also be hundreds of destinations, activities and adventures that don’t/won’t feature on this list at all – that doesn’t make them any less awesome.

This is a list that I expect to grow and that I never (in my lifetime) expect to complete. But, I’ll make sure I have some damn fun trying. It’s time to climb the goddamn mountain.


One Comment on “YBT’s Travel Bucket List

  1. Honestly I love your list. The combination of long distance hiking/biking is wicked – and while I’ve been lucky enough to do some of the things on your list, the rest is sweet inspiration! Something to add to your list that I highly recommend to get deep into the culture: cycle the length of Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh.


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