Your Ultimate Travel Bucket List For 2019

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Bucket lists, by definition, are a collection of achievements or experiences that a person wants to accomplish before they die. And while some people have activities like bungee jumping or parasailing, which can be done in a variety of countries, some are more specific and include going to the most amazing sites in the world.

If you’re someone who knows they want to travel, but you’re not sure where to start, we have the only bucket list that you need to see on the internet. There’s everything from the Greek Isles to the Sahara Desert and the cruising through Alaska to seeing the streets of Paris. If you want to get in on the traveling action and want to make a bucket list of your own, this is where you need to start.

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25. Eat Your Heart Out in Rome

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Everyone knows that no one makes food like the Italians. For crying out loud, these are the people who invented pizza. We can also thank them for spaghetti, gelato, risotto and lasagna. And we think you should go to Rome and gorge yourself on all these and more in the place that makes it the best.

And if you want to work some of those calories off, you can go walk through Rome’s cobbled streets, just to see if you can spot the famed Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum and St. Peter’s Basilica.

24. Gaze Upon the Taj Mahal

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The fact that the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum does nothing to diminish its beauty. In fact, it adds to the romance of the place: an emperor loved his wife so much that he had such a wonder built for his (favorite) wife. Made of white marble, the design features the perfect mix of Persian, Indian and Turkish architectural styles.

It is located in Agra and can be visited by train or bus. But there are a few things you should know beforehand:  this location is always crowded and we’ve heard that the lines can get quite long. So you’ll have to prepare for quite a wait if you’d like to see the inside. But who wouldn’t jump at the chance to see one of the new seven wonders of the world?

23. Sample the Grapes of Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is known for its wine, in fact, it’s the number one wine producer in France. With tens of thousands of vineyards, finding one to visit won’t be a problem. It’s trying not to put on too much weight that’ll get you in trouble. You see, not only does Bordeaux have a wide array of grapes and wines to taste and sample, but it also has the most delicious food and unbeatable views to go with it.

Tours can be easily set up whether you’re staying at a hotel or hostel; they start at about $80 per person and go up depending on what experience you’d like to have. Some vineyards even have deals with hotels which allow you to use facilities like their spas after a day of wine-tasting. If you want to indulge your every wine-themed dream, desire or fantasy, this is the place to be.

22. Order and Overwater Villa in Fiji

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There’s no place on earth that looks anything like Fiji and its waters. It has beautiful white sands and what appears to be the clearest waters in the world. And the best place to experience that is by getting yourself a bungalow that is literally over the water.

Each of them is like a standalone villa, and they all have steps that lead directly into the sea. It may be a bit pricey, but you will never experience anything like this in your life, guaranteed.

21. Party Your Way Through the Greek Isles

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There’s something incredibly fun about the culture of the Greek Isles. Whether it’s because the people are so friendly, they like to live it up, or they know how to have a good time, this is the place to be if you’re a bit of a party animal. Mykonos, Rhodes and Zakynthos, in particular, are known for their nightlife scene, which caters to all age groups.

And of course, you can don’t have to party if you don’t want to. You can do other things like swim in Mykonos’ clear waters, take pictures of Santorini’s iconic blue and white houses or go hiking through Crete’s national parks. The options are almost endless on these tiny pieces of land.

20. Fly In the Turkish Skies of Cappadocia

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Chances are that if you’ve ever seen a picturesque background peppered with what seems like hundreds of hot air balloons, that you’ve been looking at what happens every day in Cappadocia, Turkey. With prices starting around $140 per person, per hour, the ride will take you into the air and over the beautiful rock formations and underground cities, which were formed by thousands of years of rain.

Because the location is almost 200 miles away from Turkey’s capital, Ankara, you’d have to fly into one of the closer international airports, both of which are about an hour away from the location. This relatively short trip is more than worth it, especially if you book a sunset or sunrise tour. Sights straight out of an artist’s sketchbook will come alive before your eyes when you visit Cappadocia.

19. Witness the Icelandic Northern Lights

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The Northern Lights are a sight that humans have been marveling at since they were first seen. And with the way travel has evolved over the years, it’s easier to see them now and the best place to witness it is in Iceland. The dancing colors will mesmerize you and you’ll get to see one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful creations, first hand.

While you can see it from other places like Finland, Sweden and Norway, we recommend Iceland, because, well, how many people can say they’ve been to Iceland?

18. Go On A Tanzanian Safari

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Getting the chance to surround oneself with some of the most beautiful animals on the continent is not something that many people can say they’ve done. And those who have done have spoken about how amazing and life-changing the experience can be. So it’s a definite must when constructing any kind of bucket list.

It is recommended to go during the Christmas season because the crowds aren’t too crazy, but the weather is still good. Honestly speaking, the most difficult thing you’ll have to face is choosing which safari to go on.

17. Soak Up The Salt Flats in Bolivia

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The salt flats of Bolivia was once an ancient lake that dried up thousands of years ago according to experts. So, it’s not like you can actually soak it up because there is no water, but you will be mesmerized by the seemingly-endless reflective surface that makes up the flats.

But it’s not always reflective, so you’ll need to go when it’s rainy. And there are a variety of trips that you can choose from; some last as short as a day, while others go for four. It is advised to do many days so that you can see flats during sunset. Also, the longer tours go deeper into the flats where you’ll be able to see the flamingos and experience the change in oxygen.

16. Get Lost In The Parisian Streets

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If you’re one of the many people who think that the only things that draw people to Paris are the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, we urge you to think again. There’s also the Cathedrale Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Palace of Versailles and a bunch of other places that you MUST see when you visit.

Another major draw of the city is its food, and if you think you’ll leave Paris without gaining five pounds (at least), then you’re sadly mistaken. So, take an entire day and roam the streets and eat a croissant or two while you do it.

15. Gaze Upon the Pyramids of Giza

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The Pyramids of Giza represent so much and not just to the people in its country. The world has wondered about the structure’s magic and all the history being held within its walls, and for good reason: It’s one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

But beyond all the history, which is pretty impressive, you can take some really cool shots while you’re there, some, even including camels.  It’s about nine or ten miles away from the country’s capital, Cairo, and you can easily take a shuttle or taxi to get there.

14. Take a Walk To Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu is one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Today, it stands as a reminder of how Incans lived in the 15th century. Once you’re there, you’ll get to see the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana Stone and much more.

Once you get to Peru, your destination is only a train ride away to Cusco (where you should stay a day or two to get used to the altitude). You can book a tour guide in advance, which is advisable since the tickets sell out relatively quickly. So, if it’s something you want to do, preparation is key.

13. Happen Upon Historic Havana

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Havana looks like a city that has been preserved and not affected at all by time or the modern advancements of man. People who love architecture will not know where to looks when they see Havana’s colorful arches. Did we mention the vintage cars and famous Cuban cigars?

There’s just so much to do and see on this island and it’s all just a taxi away. You can enter the country through the Jose Marti International Airport, which offers direct flights to every major international airport. Once you’re there, fun and adventure await you.

12. Wander Down The Great Wall

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The Great Wall is a five-thousand-mile long wonder whose home is in China. It winds its way through the Mutianyu region of China and stretches farther than the eye can see. Not only will you marvel at the length, but you’ll also wonder just how people constructed it so long ago and with no technology.

It’s a trip that’ll take an entire day, so prepare to be out in the sun and walking for quite a while. But it’ll be quite a sight to see because many people don’t get to experience China this way.

11. Swim in the Cenotes of Mexico

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Cenotes are deep sinkholes that occur when the tops of underground caverns collapse. Because they occur naturally, a lot of them have aquatic life that includes but aren’t limited to turtles, fish and tiny crocs that are too small to hurt humans.

In Mexico, there are over 6,000 of them (although some say the number is closer to 30, 000) that are just waiting for you to jump into. The best thing is that these clear, cool-watered pools are sprinkled all over the country, so almost any spot you choose will have a few hundred or so that you can visit.

One of the best is Cenote Calavera, located in Tulum. It’s deep enough that you can jump into, has a ladder so you can climb in, if you’re not a fan of heights and also has a swing that you can lounge in when you’re tired of swimming.

10. See the Stars of the Sahara

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Sleeping in the Saharan desert is just as beautiful and mystical as it sounds. Your trip will begin with a camel ride to your destination and making yourself at home in a tent of your choosing right then and there. All this will happen before sunset, which is when you’ll prepare to see one of the most beautiful sights known to mankind. Without much light in the desert, you’ll be able to gaze upon the stars in a new way.

To get there, fly yourself to Marrakesh, the capital of Morocco. The tours will allow you to stay at a guesthouse for one night on your way to the Sahara, then it’s a camel ride to the tents. It’s something that not man get to experience, but all should.

9. Light Up Your Life In Tokyo

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Tokyo is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world, something you’ll be able to see in the city as soon as the sun goes down. During the day, you can experience the more traditional aspects of this place, but at night, it literally lights up and becomes something you’ve never seen before.

Getting there is easy enough, whether it’s from an airport or your hotel room. And even if there may be language barriers, finding your way around won’t be difficult. So take the leap and go find your light in the night, in Tokyo.

8. Go See Alaska’s Glaciers

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For some reason, not many people think to add seeing Alaska’s glaciers to their bucket lists, but we’re here to tell you that it is a must! It is the least populated state in the US, which means tons of open country just waiting to be explored. And one of the best Alaska has to offer are the amazing ice formations of Glacier Bay.

To start your journey, you’ll need to fly into Juneau International Airport. A taxi or a shuttle will be all it takes for you to get to the cruise and onto one of the most rewarding adventures you’ll ever have.

7. Bask In The Big City Feel of NYC

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You’ve probably heard about New York being the city that never sleeps and truer words have never been spoken. It’s an exciting place that has a pulse unlike any other American city, or any other in the world. It’s fast-past, exciting and there’s so much to see and do that you may get overwhelmed by the variety alone.

There’s Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the list goes on. If you haven’t already, it’s time to take a big chunk out of the Big Apple.

6. Indulge Your Every Beer Fantasy at Oktoberfest

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If you’ve never heard about Oktoberfest, and you’re a big fan of beer, then this is a treat you MUST indulge in before you die, because it’s the biggest beer party you’ll ever go to in your life. But drinking is not all you’ll do, because German culture will be on full display, just waiting for you to dive in.

From the foods to the songs, and of course, the beer, Oktoberfest is a must if you’re into food festivals and traveling. It happens between the last week of September and the first in October- so get yourself a ticket today!

5. Swim With the Whale Sharks

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Swimming with a shark? Yes! And maybe multiple sharks too! The whale sharks you’ll be swimming with, if you choose to add this to your bucket list, are gigantic, but also very gentle, so you’ll have virtually nothing to worry about as you swim alongside some of the most majestic creatures still in existence.

If you’re wondering where you can experience whale sharks, you can do it in the Philippines or Mexico. And really, both are amazing destinations, so we’ll leave it up to you.

4. Dance At Rio’s Carnival

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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro may just be the largest costumed celebration in the world. It’s one gigantic cultural party that has dancing, parades, music, drinking and tons of fun. If you choose to go, you’ll be joined by two million other people who are just as excited as you are to see what this festival is all about.

By day, you can have fun with the locals at the street parties you’ll find at almost every corner. And when the sun goes down, it’ll be time to watch the Sambadrome Marques de Sapucai. You are guaranteed to be dazzled by the floats and elaborate costumes that have been worked on for the entire year. It’s a bucket list must, especially if you love experiencing new cultures.

3. Sleep In An Ice Hotel

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How many people do you know ever stayed in an ice hotel before? This trip of accommodation is so different that it’s a must, no matter what kind of traveler you are. Yes, the hotels are mostly cool, but they do provide parkas and snow boots that’ll keep you warm. In addition to that, you’ll get to sleep in a warm, cold-tested sleeping bag that’s more comfortable than it sounds.

You can find these types of hotels all over the world, including countries like Canada and Sweden. It’s a once in a lifetime trip that you can brag about for the rest of your life.

2. Swim in the Dead Sea

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Most people don’t know much about the Dead Sea, but to make things simple, it is the saltiest body of water on this planet. What that means is that floating is that much easier here than in any other sea or ocean in the world. That, in addition to its natural springs, are the reasons why people from all over the world travel to this special spot.

It’s bordered by Palestine, Jordan and Israel and is almost 1000 feet at its deepest. The water is rich in minerals which are supposed to have healing properties. All you’ll need to do to get there is fly into the international airport in Tel Aviv and drive for about two hours. It’s a trip that travelers never forget and we doubt you will too.

1. Walk Through Hawaii’s Volcanoes

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Volcanoes are one of the most devastating natural disasters in existence. And what could be more thrilling than walking right next to an active one? Hawaii has a total of five volcanoes that total 150 miles of hiking trails. Those trails wind in and out of the volcanic craters and areas that have been burnt by lava. You’ll also get to see lava tubes and watch the ultra hot liquid flow.

It’s a thrilling experience that thousands of people do every year. And we think it’d be a great bucket list addition for all the explorers out there. So if you’re one of them, it’s time to make plans to see an active volcano firsthand.

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