51 epic travel experiences to put on your bucket list right now

Jul 20 2018, 8:38 pm

We’re all about setting goals, challenging ourselves, striving for greatness. Because setting goals ideally leads to achieving them, and that leads to feeling like a total badass.

Basically, we’re all about feeling like a badass.

Goal setting can apply to our careers, fitness routines, relationships, or (personal fave) globetrotting.

If you don’t have a bucket list, today’s the day to start building one. This can mean anything from visiting a location you’ve been wanderlusting after, to getting your adrenaline rushing with an outdoor activity, to snapping a selfie with a landmark that you’ve only seen on a postcard. No matter how big or small, you will feel like a boss when you get to check those items off the list.

We are diving into this big beautiful world and giving you 51 pieces of bucket list inspo, just to help get you started.

1. Go gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, or the Congo

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Mountain gorillas in Uganda. (Shutterstock)

2. Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef

Scuba diving Great Barrier Reef

Scuba diving Great Barrier Reef. (Shutterstock)

3. Hike Machu Picchu

4. See orangutans in the wild

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Orangutan in Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia. (Shutterstock)

5. Go shark diving

6. Explore the ancient ruins of Petra in Jordan

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Petra, Jordan. (Shutterstock)

7. Ride in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia, Turkey. (Shutterstock)

8. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

9. Zipline through a jungle

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Ziplining in Costa Rica. (Shutterstock)

10. Participate in the Holi Festival in India

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Holi Festival in Nandgaon, India. (Shutterstock)

11. Ride a camel through the desert

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Camel riding in the Sahara Desert, Morocco. (Shutterstock)

12. Party at the Full Moon in Thailand

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Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan, Thailand. (Shutterstock)

13. Road trip through the Rocky Mountains

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Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta. (Shutterstock)

14. Set foot in all seven continents

15. Go on an African safari

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African safari. (Shutterstock)

16. Party at Mardi Gras in New Orleans

17. Experience the wildlife of the Galápagos Islands

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Mola mola at Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. (Shutterstock)

18. Go skydiving

19. Visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia. (Shutterstock)

20. Climb Mount Everest

21. Hike the Camino de Santiago de Compostela trail in Spain

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Camino de Santiago. (Shutterstock)

22. Go kayaking in Antartica

23. Cruise the Amazon River

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Boat on the Amazon River. (Shutterstock)

24. Walk the Great Wall of China

25. Visit the Salt Flats in Bolivia

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Salt flats in Bolivia. (Shutterstock)

26. Go up the tallest building in the world in Dubai

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Burj Khalifa towering over Dubai. (Shutterstock)

27. Take a gondola ride through the canals of Venice

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Gondola ride in Venice. (Shutterstock)

28. Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

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The Blue Lagoon, Iceland. (Shutterstock)

29. Witness an active volcano

30. Run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain

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Running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. (Shutterstock)

31. Raise your glass and “Prost” at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

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Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. (Shutterstock)

32. Witness the northern lights

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Aurora Borealis, Norway. (Shutterstock)

33. Check out the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt

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Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. (Shutterstock)

34. Visit 30 countries by age 30 (or insert your own numbers!)

35. Marvel at the Hong Kong skyline

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Hong Kong skyline. (Shutterstock)

36. Release a wish lantern into the sky

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Sky Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (Shutterstock)

37. Go skiing in the Alps

38. Trek through rice fields in Vietnam, Indonesia or the Philippines

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Rice terraces in Banaue, The Philippines. (Shutterstock)

39. Fall in love in Paris

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Lovers in Paris. (Shutterstock)

40. Gamble in Las Vegas

41. Spend a night in an overwater bungalow

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Overwater villas in Bora Bora, French Polynesia. (Shutterstock)

42. Island hop in Greece

43. Party at Carnival in Brazil

Brazilian women dancing samba music at Carnival party. (Shutterstock)

44. Dive the Great Blue Hole in Belize

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Great Blue Hole in Belize. (Shutterstock)

45. See a Broadway show in New York City

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Broadway shows Times Square New York. (Shutterstock)

46. Cruise through Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. (Kellie Paxian / Daily Hive)

47. Attend a luau in Hawaii

48. Encounter a Komodo Dragon at Komodo National Park

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Komodo Dragon on Rinca Island, Indonesia. (Shutterstock)

49. Go wine tasting in Napa, Tuscany, Cape Town, or wherever your thirsty taste buds take you

50. Go trekking in Patagonia

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Hiking boots in Patagonia, Chile. (Shutterstock)

51. Catch a sunset in Oia, Santorini

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Sunset over Oia, Santorini. (Shutterstock)

Those are just a few of our faves, but we want to hear from you! What are the top items on your bucket list? Leave us a comment and share the wanderlust!

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