Traveling is one of the most amazing things in the world. Like Hans Christian Andersen said: “To travel is to live”. The problem is – there is so much to see in the world. So many beautiful places that I would love to visit. But to be very honest with you…I don’t take enough time to travel. I let life run me and make other things a priority. I do want to change this so to get myself started I made The Ultimate Travel Bucket List.
Come see which places you should really visit!
#1 Dog Sledding on the Norwegian Arctic
Dog Sledding is one of the most intense things you can do in the northern part of Europe. Norway, Sweden and Finland have beautiful areas where, in the wintertime, Dog Sledding is a big part of day to day life. With the huge amounts of snow falling the best way to travel is on a Sled.
On this vacation you will go in a group with probably Alaskan Huskies and travel to gorgeous snow-cover highlands and with some luck you can see the Northern Lights.
#2 The Incan Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru
Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan village in Peru and is both a destination as a journey to go to. De village is a 15th century Inca citadel (used to be a royal estate) and is located between the mountains. To travel there you take a journey on foot for anything between 2 and 5 days.
#3 The Great Wall of China
One of the few things that are visible on earth from outer space. That is sure to be an amazing thing to look at up close. The Great Wall is 5,5 miles long and means literally “The Long Wall”. It is the longest man-made structure and a symbol of an ancient sophisticated civilization.
The wall was originally built at a few point which would have a strategic advantage but didn’t quite do its job. Later on it was rebuild and the watchtowers were built with regular spacing in between.
There are multiple point where you can visit the wall and walk on it so just see where in your journey it will be the most convenient.
#4 Cairo and The Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
Cairo – the capitol of Egypte – and The Great Pyramids are quite close to each other. The Great Pyramids are three pyramids close to the city Giza and is the oldest of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It took between 10 to 20 years to built the tomb and was done in 2560 BC.
Cairo is one of the largest cities in Africa and has a rich history. A few points to visit are the Tahrir Square, the Egyptian Museum (extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities) and Islamic Cairo (there are a lot of historical monuments of Islamic architecture like mosques, mansions and mausoleums).
#5 Tokyo in Japan
As the capital of Japan and the most populous metropolitan area in the word it is an absolute must visit place. Tokyo is a city with many things to do: cultural trips, shopping, entertainment and of course amazing dining. The history of the city can be seen in one of the many museums, historic temples and gardens (like the Koishikawa Korakuan, a landscape garden next to the Tokyo Dome).
Of course the Imperial Palace, the main residence of the Imperial Family is an amazing place to visit. You can not actually enter the palace (only in January 2 and december 23th. There are however tours of the palace grounds. The inner grounds of the palace (East Gardens) are also open for visits.
The local cuisine is something you have to try. With so many beautiful restaurants to choose from you will find something to your liking.
#6 Rome in Italy
Rome, once the center of the European world, is a city with incredible beauty and history. It has a warm climate, beautiful old buildings and food that is to die for. Surely a city that will make you very, very happy.
The main things most people will go for is the Colosseum. It was completed around 80 A.D. – this Roman amphitheatre was once the centre of entertainment where Gladiators would fight to the death.
Another thing to do is throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain. It is said to bring good fortune. The coin you toss in will be picked up by the city and used to fund feeding for the city’s poorest citizens.
With so many more places to visit in Rome (which will take way to long to write about) I will just say – enjoy the food!
#7 Sydney in Australia
Sydney with its iconic Opera House couldn’t be left off from this list. The Opera House is probably the most famous building in this city because of its spectacular architecture. There are over 40 performances each week to see! There is also a backstage tour if you are interested in the off-stage. Quite close is the Harbour Bridge which dates back to 1932. You can just walk across the bridge which is already an experience but if you want to make it really memorable you can climb it and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
Close to the city you can enjoy the beauty of the Blue Mountains along with some cute hotels and villages. There are forests, cliffs and waterfalls to explore. It all depends on how much time you have to spend in this amazingly cultured city.
#8 Grand Canyon in USA
The Grand Canyon is the result of millions of years of geological history. It is 277 miles long, over a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide. The Colorado River makes its way through the Grand Canyon Park. It is powerful and breathtaking and it can make you feel really small. The landscape is intricate and amazingly colorful.
You can just go look or take one of the many tours. There is so much the see and it has so much to offer. Whatever you decide to do there – it is truly a life changing experience.
#9 Beijing in China
Another great Asian city on this list and with a lot of things to do, see and experience. Beijing is a city with a rich history which dates back to almost 2000 years ago. Must sees include the Tiananmen Square which is the largest public square in the world. It is surrounded by grand buildings like the Great Hall of the People and the Museum of Chinese History. Another place to visit is the Forbidden City. The most important palace in the city and shows the culture of China.
With way more beautiful things to visit I can just say – go visit Beijing. There are over a 100 museums, beautiful palaces and temples. And the food is great – maybe a little out of you comfort zone but still absolute worth trying.
#10 Safari in Kruger National Park in Southern Africa
The last place on this list is taking a safari in the Kruger National Park in Southern Arica. In this Park you can see the essence of Africa with all its beauty and wildlife. With this safari you will have the opportunity to drive in an open car to see all the 147 different species – for most people the highlight is seeing the Big 5 (Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and of course the Lion). Also you can take a walk and a beautiful sunset drive.
It is an experience like no other in this overwhelmingly gorgeous country.