29 Wonderful Travel Experiences to Place on your Travel Bucket List

After 20 years of travel, you forget what it was like starting out.

It got me thinking of what I would put on that list if it was me starting all over again, yet knowing all I had done. I highly recommend these to be on travel bucket list.

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We spent 2 weeks discovering Cape Town, South Africa

1. Live and work in another country at least once, and for at least a year. And live in a house full of travelers.

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2. Travel around Africa and travel independently. It’s rough travel but worth it.

3. Spend a year in Asia – it will chill you out and make you realize what is important in life.

4. Spend time in a war-torn country so you learn that war brings only death and destruction;  there is never a good cause for it.

5. White water raft the Nile River. We share the story in this podcast on Uganda travel + silverback charges and crazy journeys.

6. Take a walking safari and get up close with African wildlife.

7. Hike up a mountain on at least each new continent.

8. Eat off the street carts or in the local restaurants.

Thai Street Food

9. Get around on local transport – some of your best stories will come from doing this.

10. Spend countless evenings swinging in a hammock, at sun down, with a beer, on the beaches of Thailand.

11. Get charged by a silverback in the Bwindi National Forest, Uganda.

12. Party till sunrise (multiple times) with all the cool people  you’ll meet.

13. Spend a summer in Europe, attend all the mad festivals and party hard.

14. Island hop in the Greek Islands and get lost on Ios for at least a week.

Greece Volos and Pelion region european destination on a budget
Greece_Volos and Pelion region © George Tace

15. See the sunset in Zanzibar, San Diego, Koh Lanta, Cape Town, Kruger National Park, and Portugal.

16. See the sunrise over Mt Bromo, Indonesia and the sand dunes of Soussesvlei Namibia.

17. Surf at Nias Island, Sumatra

18. Jungle trek to see orangutans at Bukit Lawang, Sumatra.

19. Horse ride through Bryce Canyon, Utah

20. Spend the night with traditional minority families. I recommend the Masai warriors in Kenya or Hill tribe people in Sapa Vietnam

21. Rock climb at Railey’s Bay, Krabi, Thailand

22. Spend time, lots of it, getting to know people from all walks of life. Learn how they live and what is important to them. Make friends inevery country you go. Visit as many as you can in their hometown.

Hmong Children meet boat northern Laos
Hmong Children meet boat northern Laos

23. Drink rice wine.

24. Sit and talk with a monk in Asia.

25. Learn to speak another language, and learn the basics of each new place you go: Hello. How are you? Thank you. How much is a beer?

26. River tube at Vang Vieng, Laos

27. Go on your own cultural mecca. What place in the world has deep significance for your country and culture? For us it was ANZAC Day in Gallipoli. This was the deepest home connection experience we  could ever have to help us understand the roots of our nation’s identity.

28. Spend every day in total gratitude, awe and joy.

29. Sleep under the stars, and appreciate just how small you really are.

More inspiration

We recorded our story in podcast over 5 episodes. Each episode showcases how we made travel our lifestyle despite many challenges, and not matter what life stage we were in.

Episode 3 is where we dive into the dark times spoken about in this post. All episodes are filled with nuggets to help you see how anything is possible. Pull up a chair and your favorite drink and let us help you keep your dreams alive.

  1. Episode 1: Solo Travel and Working Abroad before we met
  2. Episode 2: Our 5 year honeymoon living and traveling the world
  3. Episode 3: The Dark times and Birth of the girls and travel blog
  4. Episode 4: Embracing Family Travel and our 18 month Australian road trip
  5. Episode 5: Getting a green card and traveling the US (our dream realized)

And more useful nuggets in I want to Know your Secret and You’ve got Time + the end of 22 years of nomadic travel and don’t put these 23 experiences on your bucket list!

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