Presenting: My Travel Bucket List

Want to high five a red panda? Sail across the world? Eat crazy foods?

Well, here is a list of the top 130 things I would like to see and do around the world–my travel bucket list of sorts. So see what makes the cut. 130 is pretty ambitious, but I’m an ambitious person and it’s good to have dreams right? For now it is in no particular order of importance, and one day it will probably begin to grow even longer. Let’s just call it a work in progress.

I will be crossing things off my list as I achieve them– you might even see some things appearing in other posts!


1. See a glacier

2. Bathe with monkeys in the hot springs

3. Visit the Grand Canyon

4. See the Redwood Forest

5. Visit Yellowstone National Park

6. Visit Yosemite National Park

7. Ride the New York City subway

8. Go up the Statue of Liberty

9. See the Las Vegas strip at night

10. Explore National Mall in Washington DC

11. Go to the top of the Seattle Space Needle

12. Go to the top of the St. Louis Gateway Arch


13. Photograph “The Bean” in Chicago

14. Go to the top of the “Sears” tower

15. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

16. Visit Alcatraz

17. See cherry blossoms in Japan

18. Visit Holland during tulip season

19. Swim with manatees

20. Go inside a castle

21. See Mount Rushmore

22. Visit Pearl Harbor

23. See the Stonehenge in England

24. Walk Abbey Road in England

25. See the Colosseum in Rome


26. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

27. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy

28. Visit Auschwitz, Poland

29. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower

30. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre

31. See an original Toulouse-Lautrec painting in France

32. Visit Notre Dame

33. See the Moulin Rouge and Montmartre

34. Explore Angkor Wat, Cambodia

35. See the Taj Mahal

36. Survive Bangkok

37. Ride on a dog sled

38. See the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

39. Visit Easter Island

40. See the Great Barrier Reef


41. Explore the Outback

42. See the northern lights or an aurora

43. See glowing phytoplankton

44. Drink wine in Napa Valley

45. See Niagara Falls

46. See Swiss Alps

47. Visit the Alamo

48. Swim in a waterfall

49. Go anywhere in Maldives

50. Study abroad

51. Go in a glowworm cave in New Zealand

52. Visit Dubai and the Burj

53. Party in Ibiza

54. Sing “The Sound of Music” songs in Salzburg, Austria


55. Visit Morocco

56. See pandas

57. Hold a red panda

58. Hold a koala

59. Stay in an overwater hut

60. See the Times Square Ball Drop

61. Have a family host me (Japan 2011)

62. Swim with dolphins and/or sharks

63. Swim with manta rays (Bahamas 2003)

64. Go whale watching

65. Become fluent in at least one other language

66. Live abroad for at least one year

67. Fill my passport


68. Take my mom on her dream vacation

69. Host an exchange student

70. Teach English abroad (Hong Kong 2012)

71. Have a photo of mine published

72. Have an article of mine published

73. Help write a travel guide

74. Climb outside an observation tower

75. Ride the shinkansen in Japan (spring 2013)

76. Throw a dart at a map and travel there

77. Ride in a hot air balloon

78. Go white water rafting (Tennessee 2010)

79. Ride in a helicopter

80. Release a lantern in Asia


81. Visit Bora Bora

82. Relax in an onsen hot spring (Japan 2011)

83. See an active volcano

84. Visit somewhere with white sand beaches and diamond blue water (Bahamas 2003)

85. Visit Chernobyl

86. Visit Fiji

87. See the Petronas Towers

88. Eat seafood at tsukiji market Japan

89. See another country’s national sport, ie. sumo in Japan, muay thai in Thailand

90. Climb Mount Fuji

91. Drive in a country where they drive on the opposite side of the road

92. Go to the Olympics (Atlanta 1994)


93. Go to a country where I don’t know any words in the language (Thailand 2012)

94. See fireworks in Hong Kong (summer 2012)

95. Take part in a weird cultural tradition

96. Eat something abnormal

97. Be in two states and/or countries at once (Tennessee and North Carolina 2010)

98. See momiji red autumn leaves in Japan (fall 2011)

99. Take a US road trip

100. Visit all 50 states

101. Visit all 7 continents

102. See a Broadway play on Broadway

103. Ride a cable car in San Francisco

104. Find the “Full House” house


105. Visit all Disney theme parks

106. Play with a penguin (Shedd Aquarium 2011)

107. Go on a Disney cruise

108. Party at Mardi Gras in New Orleans

109. Ride in a tuk tuk

110. Sleep in Cinderella’s Castle

111. Climb the Great Wall of China

112. See coral while diving

113. See the Terracotta Warriors

114. Ride in a gondola

115. Visit St. Basil Cathedral


116. Ride a camel in Egypt

117. See the Pyramids of Giza

118. Ride an elephant in Thailand

119. Celebrate Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

120. Drive on the Autobahn

121. Go on a “Lord of the Rings” tour in New Zealand

122. Go on safari

123. Go on a cruise (Bahamas 2003)

124. See the infinity pool on top Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

125. Travel alone


126. Visit a rainforest

127. Climb Machu Picchu

128. Experience Carnival in Brazil

129. Go island hopping

130. Shop at Mall of America

So there you have it, my insanely long travel bucket list. I hope to one day be able to cross a good portion of these off. If anyone ever has any tips or ways to help achieve any of these things on my list, let me know!

What places on my list have YOU been to? What places did I miss that are on your own bucket list?

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