18 Incredible Bucket List Vacations To Add To Your Checklist

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Bite the dust. Buy the farm. Cash in one’s chips. Kick the bucket.

No matter how it’s said, it’s true we only have a finite time left on this planet. And the catch is we don’t know how long that time is, how much we have left for bucket list vacations.

It can seem as though a lifetime is more than enough, but somehow the clock speeds up the older you get and life takes over with responsibilities and distractions.

Before you know it you are on your deathbed – like Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in the 2006 movie ‘The Bucket List’  – coming to terms with who you’ve become, the legacy you will leave, and realizing there’s still so much you want to do before you die.

Ever since these two unlikely friends set out on their adventure, the term “Bucket List” has become part of our modern vernacular.

And as a company who encourages people to #BurnYourCouch 😜, we love the idea of bucket lists because they keep your dreams front of mind and help you do more with the time you have.

So as fuel for your own to-do-before-I-die list, we’ve compiled 18 bucket list worthy travel experiences from globe-wandering bucket listers for you to drool over and get inspired by.

Here they are… enjoy!

1. Go swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines

wale sharks Philippines

Swim with the largest known fish in the sea!

2. Throw tomatoes at La Tomatina in Spain

La Tomatina

This colossal tomato fight is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain.

3. Be mesmerized by the tulip fields in the Netherlands

tulip fields
@shutterstock contributor ‘ER_09’

The best time to see the flower fields of the Netherlands is early April.

4. Skydive over Dubai

Skydive over Dubai

Get the best view of the Palm Islands, Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali, as you freefall at over 120 miles per hour!

5. Kiss an elephant in Thailand


Sign up for an ethical elephant adventure and get up close with these cuties.

6. Wander through Japans Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto’s top sights for good reason.

7. Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia


The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, offering some of the most spectacular scuba diving experiences.

8. See the Northern Lights in Alaska

northern lights Alaska

One of mother natures most breathtaking shows.

9. Go for a hot air balloon ride in Albuquerque

hot air balloon Albuquerque

The largest ballooning event on earth happens in Albuquerque during the International Balloon Fiesta.

10. Kiss your honey in the Tunnel of Love in Klevan, Ukraine

Klevan, Ukraine

The Tunnel of Love is a section of industrial railway located near Klevan, Ukraine, surrounded by stunning green arches.

11. Mud wrestle at South Korea’s Mud Festival

South Korea’s Mud Festival

Get a mineral-rich mud bath in ’Mud Experience Land’ during the annual Boryeong Mud Festival.

12. Jump off a cliff in France


Jumping off a cliff should be on everyone’s bucket list – no?

13. Eat a bagel in New York City


As a New York virgin, this would be my very first task in the big apple.

14. Swing at the end of the world in Banos, Ecuador

Swing at the end of the world

Higher, higher!

15. Explore the ‘Cotton Castle” in Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey

Looks like snow but these fluffy clouds are actually travertine, a carbonate mineral left by flowing hot springs water.

16. Pour a glass of snake wine in Vietnam

snake wine

Oh, just some snake infused wine! This unique drink goes way back in history and believed to be a powerful curative.

17. Treck to Antarctica


What better adventure to step foot in the virtually uninhabited ice covered wonderland of Antarctica?

18. Wander through the Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, New Zealand

Glowworm Caves

Arachnocampa luminosa, is a glowworm species found exclusively in New Zealand.

Not a bad line-up huh? Have you crossed any of these off your list? Comment below and let us know!

And seriously if you haven’t already, take some time and write your bucket list down…

Don’t wait until its too late to live your best life! We have a little something that can help you along the way, it has been invaluable to us knocking off our own goals one by one. It’s called LifeListr and we think you’re gonna like it 🙂

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