Having a travel bucket list is a great way to decide where you’re planning on ticking off for your next trip. Some people like to organize their bucket list by country or destination. Another way of doing it is by experience. Some experiences can be ticked off in several places, whereas others will be unique to one spot – you might even be able to tick a few things off your list in one place. If you haven’t got an experience-based travel bucket list, here are five things you must add.
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Go on a safari
A safari should be on everyone’s bucket list! How else are you going to be able to see a lion hunting its prey, or a giraffe grazing from the bushes or a cheetah getting ready for a kill? There are so many different ways to enjoy a safari. For example, you could stay in a basic tent, eat by a campfire and sleep beneath the stars, or pay more and enjoy a luxury lodge with 5* cooking and a private pool. You can take a walking safari to explore the whole ecosystem, or hop on a boat trip to get up close and personal with the elephants and hippos.
Kenya and Tanzania are particularly great for safaris because they are the destinations for Great Migration, which is when millions of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra go from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya. In fact, South Africa is also great for safaris. Basically, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to this bucket list experience.
See some real history
Reading about something is very different from exploring the place itself, and this is especially true when it comes to historical sites. The pyramids of Egypt, for example, are over 3,000 years old and need to be seen to be believed. Stonehenge in Salisbury, UK is another mysterious site worth a visit, and while you’re in Europe, head to Rome to see the Colosseum where gladiators battled to the death. In every country you go to there will be some sort of historical area and, even if you don’t fancy yourself as a history buff, they can still be incredibly interesting.
Bathe in a public bath
There is no need to be shy; bathing in public was very common in years gone by and there are some amazing public baths to enjoy. One prime example is the Hammams in Morocco, which serve as a spiritual purification of one’s body and mind. The ritual involves dry heat to open your pores, a steam room, a body scrub, and rinsing. Over in Europe, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest was built in 1913, and is still very popular with tourists and locals alike – especially the naturally heated outdoor baths, which are said to have healing properties! The icy blue thermal pool in Iceland is another buckletlist worthy spot to relax after some adventures.
Explore beneath the sea
There is a whole other world beneath the surface of the water – one full of color and unusual plants and animals, plus a whole host of weird and wonderful predators! Scuba diving is a fantastic bucket list experience, especially somewhere like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which is the largest reef in the world. Whether you’re a novice diver or something of an expert, there is so much to see under the sea. Sometime just walking along the beach where there are crystal clear waters like Bora Bora or Maldives, you can be lucky and spot some marine life like reef sharks and stingrays .
Watch a sunset
Wherever you end up visiting, you should make it a tradition to watch a sunset and a sunrise in each place. Although the concept is the same, the view will be different every time. For example, watching the sunset over the Botswana bush or Etosha National Park in Namibia will be equally as stunning as seeing it set over the beach in Santorini or Rialto Bridge in Venice, just in a different way. Build up a mental picture bank of different, stunning sunset locations.
The world is so full of amazing places and incredible experiences, and we owe it to ourselves to at least try and see some of them. Life is too short to just stay in one place, so step out of your comfort zone and see what adventures await you.
Since life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better. – Simon Raven
You can see our experiential bucket list here. What’s on your travel bucket list? Let us know in the comments!