“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” – Stephen King

Mount Katahdin

Recently I was inspired by another travel blogger who wrote a post detailing their travel bucket list, or the start of one. Because the thing about bucket lists is they have a tendency to continue to grow and you learn of new and wonderous places to see, hikes to do, and foods you just have to try. This happens to me almost every day as I read other blogger’s posts and Ooo and Ahhhh over fellow hiker’s photos where I am practically jumping out of my skin I want to see these places so badly!

So, I wanted to share with you my beginners bucket list. I call it my beginners bucket list because I already know that I will need to add to it as time goes on.

Angel's Landing

This is not to say that I don’t want to learn other things that will help expand my travel list, though not directly related to travel, such as becoming scuba certified, learning Spanish and French fluently, becoming a better snowboarder, etc. Those things are on a list all their own and I am working on them as I also work to achieve the goals of my travel bucket list.

Ok, so here we go! No holding back and leaving no stone unturned, this is my list.

  1. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  2. Hike the Camino
  3. Hike the Appalachian Trail
  4. Hike Hadrian’s Wall, UK
  5. Thru hike Jordan
  6. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
  7. Hike to Everest Basecamp (I am starting to see a pattern developing…)
  8. Visit all National Parks
  9. Visit every UNESCO world heritage sites
  10. See the pyramids in Egypt
  11. Visit Pompeii and wonder at Mount Vesuvius
  12. Visit the home of Shakespeare
  13. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  14. Visit Komodo Island
  15. Walk along the Great Wall of China
  16. Island hop in Thailand
  17. Visit the Galapagos
  18. Visit every country at least once
  19. Hike the Great Italian Trail
  20. Hike the Kumano Kodo Trail, Japan
  21. Visit Cambodia
  22. Do a yoga retreat in Napal
  23. Visit Bali
  24. Hike Rainbow Mountain, Peru
  25. See the Northern Lights, Iceland
  26. Try out Glamping
  27. Stay in an igloo
  28. Visit Jerusalem
  29. Hike to Mount Nyiragongo
  30. Be awe inspired at Stonehenge
  31. Live in another country for a year (other than the U.S., since I am currently a Canadian living in the U.S this could technically count as living in another country but I’m thinking more along the lines of a European country)
  32. Visit the Amazon Rainforest
  33. Visit the Amalfi Coast, Italy
  34. Do a U.S. West Coast Road Trip, stopping at various parks for some hiking along the way
  35. Island hop in Greece
  36. Hike to Troll’s Tongue
  37. Visit the Gate to Hell, Turkmenistan
  38. See the Lantern Festival, China
  39. Visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras
  40. Visit Angel Falls, Venezuela
  41. Volunteer with Vets Without Borders
  42. Volunteer with Wooffing
  43. Volunteer as a vet abroad studying wildlife
  44. Go to Wimbeldon

I know there are more and as they come to me I will certainly add them but here are a couple that would have been on my list had I not already done them:

  1. Hike the Mighty 5, Utah
  2. Go on safari in Africa
  3. Visit the Colosseum, Rome
  4. Marvel at the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, Florence
  5. Visit Maui, Hawai’i
  6. Hike Mount Katahdin, Maine
  7. See Yellowstone National Park

What is on your travel bucket list? Where are the top 10 places you just have to see or adventures you just have to do before you die?

Haleakala, Maui

I hope this post provides you with some inspiration and if you still need more check out “1000 places to see before you die.”

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