The Ultimate Travel List Challenge: 100 Things to Do Around the World Before You Die

As much as I hate bucket lists, I actually really like bucket lists. I have a whole Excel spreadsheet of the things I want to do before I kick it. Some things are related to becoming a better person, such as learning a new language or becoming a wine snob, but most are centered around my favorite hobby.


From some of my very favorite experiences, I decided to come up with the ultimate bucket list. It will probably grow and change, and I’m always adding some new adventures. Just in case you aren’t sure what you should do on your next trip, here are 100 of my favorite activities I’ve crossed off my list while traveling the past few years by region. Hopefully this inspires you to make your own travel list challenge.

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  1. Visit Robot Restaurant and watch a woman get eaten by a t-rex in Tokyo
  2. Fly over the Himalayas in a helicopter
  3. Rent a scooter in Bali for temple hopping
  4. Float down the Mekong Delta
  5. Visit the DMZ
  6. Explore the temples at Yogyakarta
  7. Enjoy a night at a monastery in Seoul
  8. Hike to the bottom of Mt. Everest
  9. Spend a day with elephants in Chiang Mai
  10. Get a history lesson at the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh
  11. Eat a live octopus at the food markets in Seoul
  12. Ride a bike through the busy streets in Hanoi
  13. Explore the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur
  14. Visit the snow monkeys in Kyoto
  15. Take a Bollywood dance class in India
  16. Swim with whale sharks in the Philippines
  17. Try some of the fantastic food in Vietnam
  18. Check out some of Thailand’s national parks
  19. Have a photo shoot at the Taj Mahal
  20. Get a tattoo at an underground tattoo parlor in Seoul
  21. Stare up at the Buddha faces at Angkor Thom
  22. Eat at a Michelin-rated food cart in Singapore
  23. Enjoy the sunrise at Angkor Wat
  24. Attend a ceremony on the Ganges in Varanasi
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The Americas

  1. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  2. Take a salsa class in Nicaragua
  3. Taste some fresh fruit in Mexico
  4. Snap some photos of the mountains in Banff National Park
  5. Search for the perfect pizza in New York City
  6. Journey up to Mt. Fuego in Guatemala
  7. Count how long Old Faithful erupts in Yellowstone National Park
  8. Go on a bear safari in Alaska
  9. Try guinea pig in Cusco
  10. Get kooky on Venice Beach, California
  11. Stare in awe at the Grand Canyon
  12. Order in French in Montreal
  13. Climb the temples in Tikal National Park
  14. Go to the top of the Space Needle in Seattle
  15. Touch snow on the mountains at Glacier National Park
  16. Rescue sea turtles in Mexico


  1. Learn how to make the perfect pasta in Italy
  2. Climb up to the Sacre Coeur Church in Paris
  3. Take a row boat across Lake Bled
  4. Visit the Blue Grotto in Capri
  5. Spend Carnevale in Venice
  6. Soak in the Turkish baths in Budapest
  7. Attend a flamenco show in Granada
  8. Go for a walk in the rain in Wales
  9. Chase waterfalls outside of Reykjavik
  10. Walk across the Charles Bridge in Prague
  11. Take time for tea in the English countryside
  12. Count how many steps it takes to climb up the Spanish Steps
  13. Visit Mozart’s home in Vienna
  14. Relax on the stone beach in Nice
  15. Walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain
  16. Chase the Northern Lights in Iceland
  17. Take a bike ride among the windmills outside Amsterdam
  18. Have a crepe under the Eiffel Tower
  19. Sample some delicious Belgian chocolate and beer
  20. Watch a horse race in Siena, Italy
  21. Go on a pub crawl in Dublin
  22. Bet 10 Euro in Monaco
  23. Visit the museums in Florence
  24. Island hop in the Aegean Sea
  25. Go wine tasting in Tuscany
  26. Flag down a trolley in Lisbon
  27. Take a tour of Shakespeare’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon
  28. Throw a coin and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
  29. Marvel at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  30. Hike through Cinque Terre
  31. Allow yourself a fondue treat in Switzerland
  32. Get freaked out at the catacombs in Paris
  33. See a perfect view of Athens from the Acropolis
  34. Meet the Pope at the Vatican
  35. Take a silly picture with Big Ben
  36. See the center of the world at the Great Atlantic Rift in Iceland
  37. Take a stroll through Oslo’s downtown
  38. Snap a picture of tourists taking pictures at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  39. Wonder at the Alhambra
  40. Sample tapas in Madrid
  41. Smell the tulips in the Netherlands


  1. Take a bike ride around Uluru
  2. Go bungee jumping in Cairns
  3. Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef
  4. Search for graffiti art in Melbourne
  5. Sing a line from an opera at the Sydney Opera House
  6. Try to play a digeridoo
  7. Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains
  8. Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge


  1. Ride a horse to the Great Pyramids
  2. Out-dance a belly dancer in Morocco
  3. See the Big 5 safari animals
  4. Get over food poisoning in the Sahara Desert
  5. Ride a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings
  6. Learn how to make tajine in Rabat
  7. Take a cruise down the Nile

The Middle East

  1. Go for a float in the Dead Sea
  2. Climb up to the monastery at Petra
  3. Wander around the Roman ruins in Jerash
  4. Hike up Masada at sunrise

What is on your travel list challenge? Any of these?

Keep wandering,

Alex Signature Wander

6 thoughts on “The Ultimate Travel List Challenge: 100 Things to Do Around the World Before You Die

  1. Ben Reeve says:

    Now here’s a serious list! Heading off to Australia in a month or so, might have to start ticking these off!


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