The Ultimate Travel Bucket List Part One: Life Changing, Adventure, Food and Drink

ultimate_bucket_listThis ultimate bucket list has been created from submissions made by world travellers.

We have broken down these travellers goals into a categories that are posted in 2 parts due to the volume. (See The Ultimate Travel Bucket List Part 2: Places to See and Celebrations to Attend)
We hope this will help others trying to create a bucket list of their own. To read more see about creating your own Travel Bucket List check out Looking for Direction?. OR to submit your own bucket list, please email

A special thanks and awesome high five to the following people who have helped make this list as ‘ultimate’ as possible!
Jeremy Hogg & Friends
Deborah Schultz
Joel Ward from Freedonia Post
Jessica Speziale from News and Reviews in My Shoes
Caz Makepeace from yTravelBlog
Connie Hum from Connvoyage
Jenny Leonard from WhereIsJenny
Jayne Gorman from 40before30

And without further adieu….


Cultural and Life Changing

  • Obtain a greater knowledge of a countries culture and history through direct contact with it
  • Volunteer (at an orphanage, school, ecology program etc)
  • Learn a foreign language in the country where it is spoken
  • Learn yoga (in India or Asia)
  • Become a citizen of another country and get a 2nd passport
  • Live and work in another country
  • Live in a house abroad full of travellers
  • Stay at a foreign university instead of hostel or hotel
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Learn from monks in Asia
  • Visit someone you met abroad in their own country
  • Spend at least one night with a local family (home-stay)
  • Be an inspiration to those who want to break out of the 9-5 life

Adventure and Extreme Sports

  • Learn to surf
  • Get PADI Open Water SCUBA certification
  • Sky dive
  • Bungee jump off a natural escarpment
  • Go Puenting (like bungee jumping except swinging in a pendulum motion instead of bouncing)
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Ride an elephant
  • See whale sharks migrating
  • Ride a jetski in the ocean
  • Kayak in the ocean or white water
  • Climb a volcano
  • Roast marshmallows on volcanic lava (ex, Guatemala)
  • Swim in waterfalls
  • Glacier hiking
  • Ride an ostrich
  • Cave diving
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Sail around the world
  • Dive the Great Barrier Reef
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • See shetland ponies in their natural environment
  • Motorbike from one country to another
  • Mountain bike Death Road in Bolivia
  • Trek the Inca trail (Peru)
  • Go on an African safari
  • Learn to tango or salsa in South America
  • Road trip Trans-Canada highway
  • Cage dive with Great White sharks (South Africa, Australia etc)
  • Ride a camel in the dessert (Moroccan desert )
  • Go Jogging on the Great Wall of China
  • Bath in Icelandic hot springs
  • Climb a mountain (The Andes, Mount Everest, Denali etc)
  • Trek through the Amazon (South America)
  • Go white water rafting (Canada, New Zealand, Africa etc)
  • Go dog sledding (Alaska, Antarctica etc)
  • Zorbing in New Zealand (awesome! “google” it)
  • Island hop (Greek Islands, Fiji etc)
  • Swim in a natural body of water in the Arctic

Food & Drink

  • Take a cooking class abroad
  • Eat chicken fried steak in Albuquerque
  • Eat at Whitecastle
  • Make wine (Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina etc)
  • Eat moose in Canada
  • Have sushi on the docks of Japan
  • Drink sake in Japan
  • Have hot pot in Vietnam
  • Eat fried bugs in Bangkok
  • Drink ice wine
  • Drink lao lao
  • Have an authentic Korean BBQ
  • Try as many crazy foods as possible (snake, llama, guinea pig etc)
  • Eat off local street cars (India, South America, Asia)
  • Catch your own dinner, fishing or hunting
  • Taste natural sugar cane
  • Eat empanadas in Argentina (also known for their giant, delicious steak)
  • Drink Absinthe in Europe
  • Drink pisco in Peru
  • Try kangaroo in Australia
  • Drink beer in the original brewery it was made
Written by Ross French