Unleash the inner adventurer in you and make a travel bucket list that matters. Forget the cliche places such as Paris and Rome, and seek out new and exotic locations that you wouldn’t normally dream of visiting. To help you decide where to go for your first adventure, here is our list of top 50 places we highly recommend you should explore.
1. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Explore the Great Barrier Reef by diving, snorkeling, swimming or sailing across it and discover the amazing coral and marine life it holds.
2. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
The Giza’s Great Pyramid was built around 2560 BC. It is the only surviving member of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, so it should definitely be on your bucket list.
3. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Test your limits and climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Once you reach the summit, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.
4. Machu Picchu, Peru
Spend four days hiking the Inca Trail through lush forests and ancient ruins before reaching the mesmerizing Machu Picchu.
5. Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska
Hike the Mendenhall Glacier and take in spectacular views of the surrounding area including giant icebergs and beautiful wildlife.
6. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Take a dip in the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon, and enjoy a unique spa experience.
7. Leukerbad Via Ferrata, Switzerland
Try climbing the longest via ferrata in Switzerland! The mountain route requires a lot of stamina, but the panoramic views of the Valais Alps are worth it.
If you’re a fan of Arctic Wildlife, you need to take a trip here to witness the magnificent animals it holds, including polar bears.
9. Maasai Mara, Kenya
Travel to Maasai Mara between June and November and witness the migration of zebras, gazelles, elephants and wildebeests.
10. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Ride a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and admire the views across the bay and city sky line.
11. Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park
The thrilling Angel’s Landing hike is located in Zion National Park, Utah. It is a 1,488-foot (454 m) tall rock formation which provides gorgeous views of Zion Canyon at the top.
12. Namib Desert, South Africa
Visit one of the oldest and largest deserts in the world. Namib Desert stretches across a staggering 2,000 kilometers and provides beautiful views at sunrise and sunset.
13. Hyalite Canyon, Montana
Set yourself a challenge and attempt ice climbing at Hyalite Canyon in Montana. There are 140 routes to choose from including Cleopatra’s Needle and Mummy Cooler.
14. Zanskar River Valley, India
Experience walking across a frozen river and admire breathtaking views of hanging icicles and ice peaks.
15. Ranthambore National Park, India
Ranthambore National Park is based in Northern India and is one of the best locations to see tigers in their natural habitat.
16. Appalachian Trail, United States
The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking footpath in the world. The entire length of the trail is estimated to be a staggering 2,190 miles, so it’s no surprise that not many people complete it.
17. Everest Base Camp, Nepal
The 14 day trek to Everest Base Camp is tiring, but the magnificient views at the end are worth it.
18. Milford Track, New Zealand
Spend four days hiking the Milford Track in New Zealand and witness waterfalls, fields, forest and ice fields.
19. Upper Yosemite Falls, California
Hike to the Upper Yosemite Falls in California and be rewarded with spectacular views of the mountainside waterfalls.
20. Route 66
Explore Route 66 and drive the 2,400 mile stretch from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California.
21. Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales
Try your hand at coasteering, and climb, dive, swim, scramble and rock hop around the Pembrokeshire coastline.
22. Arenal Rainforest, Costa Rica
Take a skywalk across the Arenal Rainforest and explore a side of the forest that not many people get to witness.
23. Ningaloo Reef, Australia
Ningaloo Reef isn’t as big as the Great Barrier Reef but it still comprises 250 types of coral and attracts 500 species of fish.
24. Amazon, Ecuador
Explore the world's largest tropical rainforest with its lush green tones and large variety of wildlife. You might even be able to catch a glimpse of one of the tribes that live there.
25. Hemis National Park, India
Visit the Hemis National Park in Ladakh region for the opportunity to witness a rare snow leopard.
26. St Helena, South Atlantic
Sail to one of the most remotest islands in the world and discover deep gullies, gulches and volcanic after-effects.
Swimming with dolphins is one of the most common bucket list items, so switch it up and swim with sharks in the Maldives.
28. Trift Bridge, Swiss Alps
Not for the faint hearted, the Trift Bridge is the longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge in the Swiss Alps.
29. Mt Huashan Death Trail, China
Add a sense of danger to your hike by walking across the 'Death Trail' to reach the summit of Mt Huashan in China. The trail is made up of wooden planks and carved rock faces, so try not to look down as your cross it.
30. Lapland, Finland
Journey to Lapland and enjoy incredible sights such as the midnight sun and northern lights.
31. Grand Canyon, Arizona
Rent out a raft and view the Grand Canyon from an often unseen perspective, by getting a close up of the geology at water level.
32. Stonehenge, England
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in England which was built 5,000 years ago, yet mystery still surrounds the history behind it.
33. British Columbia, Canada
Witness a variety of wildlife in British Columbia including grey wolves, cougars and the rare spirit bears.
34. Denali National Park, Alaska
Ski in style by visiting the gorgeous Denali National Park, featuring six million acres of Alaska’s interior wilderness.
35. Zambezi River, Zambia
Raft through the Zambezi River, one of the world’s most iconic waterways, which plunges over Victoria Walls.
36. Hueco Tanks State Park, Texas
Hike or rock climb the Hueco Tanks and witness the rock imagery that was created thousands of years ago.
37. Kakum National Park, Ghana
Use the canopy walkway to access the forest and see endangered species including the giant bongo antelope and African elephant.
38. Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia
Get the best panoramic view of the city by climbing up to the 440 foot summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
39. Volcan Pacaya, Guatemala
Travel to Volcan Pacaya in Guatemala and marvel at a real life active volcano.
40. Apostle Island Winter Sea Caves, Wisconsin
Wrap up warm and take a trip to the Apostle Island Winter Sea Caves by trekking across frozen Lake Superior.
41. The Great Wall of China
No bucket list is complete without ticking off the Great Wall of China. It’s one of the world’s greatest wonders and over 20,000 kilometers!
42. Erawan Waterfalls, Thailand
Take a swim in the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls and watch as the water gorgeously runs off the limestone cliffs.
43. The Lake District, England
Hike across the Lake District National Park which encompasses glacial ribbon lakes and rugged fell mountains.
44. Galapagos Islands
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, the Galapagos Islands are a must visit. This is a great way to get up close to iguanas, giant tortoises and sea lions.
45. Blue Grotto, Capri
Swim in the Blue Grotto, and watch as the sunlight shines through the seawater and creates a beautiful blue reflection.
46. Iguazu National Park, Argentina
See the world’s most beautiful waterfalls in all their glory by visiting the Iguazu National Park.
47. Pic du Midi, France
Travel to the summit of Pic du Midi by cable car and admire the whole of the French Pyrenees.
48. Caddo Lake, Texas
Kayak along Caddo Lake in Texas and view beautiful scenery and wildlife that is not accessible by large motor boats.
49. Black Hole of White Canyon, Utah
Swim through the black hole of the White Canyon and experience one of the deepest, darkest, coldest and longest swims of your life.
50. Salmon River, Idaho
Kayak, canoe or raft across one of the most dramatic rivers in America which also provides magnificent views of Idaho.