Everyone has a dream of going somewhere and doing something in their lifetime. Everyone has travel goals. Making a bucket list is a great motivation. It gives a person something to look forward to and motivates them to act and do something to achieve it. If you haven’t thought about making a bucket list yet, now is the best time to make one. Here are the 100 places to see in your lifetime to help you get started.
Getting Started With A Travel Bucket List
Before we show you the 100 places to see in your lifetime, let us help you take the first step in creating your bucket list. Here are the steps you can take as a guide on how to get started.
1. Get yourself a travel journal.
Have a travel notebook or journal where you can write your bucket list. You may want to personalize the journal and create a design that would motivate you to write. If you are not the type who wants to write and more comfortable typing it down, that works too. You can use apps such as Evernote or OneNote as your travel journal. There are more downloadable apps or free sites you can find online to do this nowadays.
2. Take note of the places you have traveled.
Thinking of numerous beautiful destinations can be overwhelming even in just one country alone. Ticking of the places you have been to will help you figure out what type of places you would like to include in your list or go to next. Like for example, most of your travel experiences are in Asian countries. Maybe in your bucket list, you want to focus on completing your traveling experience to all Asian countries. Or maybe you would want to explore at least five countries per continent, so listing down the places you have traveled will let you know how many places in a specific continent you would need for your list.
3. Organize your journal.
Organize by creating sections, for example. Create a section or a page per country and list down the sites or spots you would like to visit and the activities or experiences you want to do. The point of doing this is to have your list in order and not to mix the destinations. You will also have an easy time once you start the research part.
4. Jot down destinations you want to go to.
Now to the fun part. It’s time for us to list down the locations or destinations you would like to go to. Would you like to visit London? How about the city that never sleeps, New York? Would you like to see the Pyramids of Giza? List down all the spots and attractions that you would like to see in a specific country. You could also search on the internet for suggestions on countries to visit.
5. Include activities.
Listing down your dream destination isn’t where it ends. Research and list down activities you would like to do in a specific location. Experience is what makes travel more fun. Would you like to go on hiking? Island hopping or skydiving? Or maybe go on tour around the city and maybe do souvenir shopping and experience local food? List it all down.
This part is where it somehow gets real. Do immense research and get estimates on routes and flights. Check if the sites you want to visit in one country are in one location or you need to take a separate flight. Check out also where to stay and the rates of accommodations. Do your research on restaurants and food recommendations of locals and other travelers. Doing this will give you an idea of the things you need to prepare or the location’s pros and cons. Maybe you have something on your list that most travelers won’t recommend due to safety reasons. This step will also estimate how much you would need to save for your dream destination.
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7. Prioritize and Set a feasible deadline.
Now you have the data, it’s time to take a look at your list again and set priority. Check which one you think is faster to achieve at a reasonable timeline.
United Kingdom Bucket List Destinations
The United Kingdom is consisting of the countries England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. It is where you can find beautiful castles and excellent teas. A state that’s home to more than 8 million people speaking 300 different languages.
Known as the home of the Royal family and the Beatles. It comes with a lot of iconic locations. Make sure to book your flight in advance to any city in England sometime around March to June and September to November to save on ticket price. For accommodation, the best lodging price range would be around 80USD to 160USD for two. It’s easy to commute in England due to the abundance of buses, trains, and taxis. You could also just book sightseeing passes and experience riding an open-top bus. When you visit Liverpool, don’t miss out on The Beatles experience and if you are a Potterhead, join the Warner Bros. Tour that features the making of Harry Potter in London.
- Stonehenge in Wiltshire
- Tower of London, London
- The Big Ben, London
- Jurassic Coast, Southern England
- Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury
- Roman Baths, Somerset
Staying in Scotland on a budget is not impossible as there are a lot of budget accommodations you can choose from. The country is rich in history, culture, and architecture. Join historical and cultural tours. Also, don’t forget to try a whisky and the Scottish national dish, haggis. You can find them in any restaurant around Scotland.
- Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
- Royal Mile, Edinburgh
- Ben Nevis, Inverness-shire
- Loch Lomond, Southern Scotland
- Loch Ness, Inverness
- National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
The country of Wales is known for its breathtaking hills and mountains. So when you get to visit, explore the Snowdonia. You can hike and go fishing there as well. For as low as 70USD, you can join tours that include Snowdonia and other remarkable places in Wales. Immerse yourself to the Welsh culture and try out local restaurants that serve local dishes such as cawl, laverbread, Glamorgan sausage, and many more.
- Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd
- Conwy Castle, North Wales
- National Trust – Bodnant Garden, Conwy
- Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff
- Cardiff Castle, Cardiff
- The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
Asia Bucket List Destinations
The Philippines is one of the affordable tropical countries to visit. With 7,000 islands to explore, tourists crave to visit the spectacular beaches and marine life Philippine shore offers. The best time to book your flight is during the summer season, around March-May. Before heading to your beach destination, don’t forget to learn about Philippine history by visiting the Intramuros and Fort Santiago in the country’s capital city, Manila. The Philippines also has a lot of festivals in its different cities. Experience the local staple food such as Adobo, Sisig, and Chicken Inasal. Also, try their exotic street food called balut.
- National Museum
- Chocolate Hills, Bohol
- El Nido, Palawan
- White Beach, Boracay
- Mayon Volcano, Bicol
- Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan
Indonesia has several metropolitan areas and small towns. But without a doubt, that Bali is the most visited due to its beaches, landscape, and laid-back vibe. Explore Seminyak beaches and drink Bintang, their local beer. Head to Ubud and take an Instagrammable picture in their famous terraces and Tegenungan Waterfalls. Visit Luwak Coffee Bali Plantation and try the famous Kape Luwak. Also, try some of their local food, Satay, and Nasi Goreng, in various restaurants in the country.
- Tanah Lot, Bali
- Uluwatu Temple, Bali
- Gili Islands, Bali
- Museum Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta
- Dunia Fantasi, Jakarta
- Taman Sari, Yogyakarta
- The Palace of Yogyakarta
Home of the famous Merlion. Singapore is also known as the fine city due to strict rules and regulations implemented and will cost you a big amount of fine if you violate it. When you visit Singapore, take your pick on various hotels around the city. Don’t miss out on the famous Night Safari and experience the rides at Universal Studios. Take a tour around the city center and shop until you drop in Orchard Road.
- Marina Bay Sands Singapore
- Gardens by the Bay
- Sentosa Island
- Universal Studios
- Singapore Zoo
- Singapore Botanic Gardens
Africa Bucket List Destinations
Africa is the second-largest continent and is famous for its diverse ethnicity. It’s also known for the wildlife inhabiting the continent’s forest and reserves. So if you want to see the variety and interact with wildlife, head to Africa for a full experience. It’s also where you can find the dessert known worldwide, the Sahara Desert.
South Africa offers not just wildlife but as well as striking landscapes, mountains, and coastal area. If you travel to South Africa on a budget, you can find hostels and inns on average 50USD a night. And if you visit this country for its beautiful nature and wildlife experience, then booking a tour would be more hassle-free. Also, don’t miss dining in African restaurants such as Mzansi in Cape Town Central or Okapi A La Carté Restaurant for authentic African cuisines.
- Kruger National Park
- Maclear’s Beacon, Cape Town
- Cape of Good Hope, Cape Peninsula
- Madikwe Game Reserve, Northwest Province
- St George’s Cathedral, Guyana
- Cango Caves, Western Cape Province
- Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town
Visit Nigeria during their dry season, which falls from November to January. Besides Lagos, also explore other cities of the country if you can, such as Abuja, where you can find Jabi Lake and the famous Zuma Rock. You can also try visiting some Mosques in your visit. Try out their popular food such as Jollof Rice and Garri.
- Erin Ijesha Waterfall, Osun State
- Nike Art Center, Lagos
- Zuma Rock, Abuja
- Idanre Hill Peak, Ondo
- Victoria Island, Lagos
- Tarkwa Bay Beach, near Lagos Harbour
- Millennium Park, Abuja
Morocco is known to be safe and peaceful, and its people are just naturally hospitable and warm. Morocco is famous because of the Sahara Desert. But desert tours and camel trek are not just all there is. Visit the stunning ruins and beaches. Experience the nightlife and go on a shopping spree in flea and street markets.
- Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech
- Bahia Palace, Marrakesh
- Legzira Beach
- Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca
- Ouzoud Falls, Azilal
- Toubkal National Park
Middle East Bucket List Destinations
The Middle East is a pot of rich culture, tradition, and modern innovation. It is both a budget and luxurious destination, depending on where you plan to go. Learning about the culture and history of the place will surely make a trip to this region worthwhile.
Dubai, the land of extremes and luxury. This is where you can find the world’s biggest mall, Dubai Mall, and the tallest human-made structure, Burj Khalifa. Visit Dubai Frame to have a view of the Old and New Dubai. Level up your desert experience by exploring Dubai’s Red Dunes. Go on a hike, sandboarding, camel ride, and many more.
- Burj Al Arab
- Wild Wadi Waterpark
- Palm Jumeirah
- Al Mamzar Beach Park
- Antique Museum
- Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk
- Dubai Miracle Garden
When we think of Egypt, we think of pyramids, Sphinx, Cleopatra, and probably even mummies. Book your flight to Egypt depending on the season you want. But most travelers visit during the spring and fall seasons. Other than sightseeing on pyramids in Egypt’s ancient ruins, some outdoor activities tourists enjoy are hot air balloon rides, camel rides, and quad bikes in the desert.
- The Egyptian Museum
- Valley of the Kings
- Giza Necropolis
- Abu Simbel Temples
- Ras Mohamed Nature Reserve
- Colored Canyon
- Giza Zoo
Just like any other country, Turkey has its own beauty & rich culture. April to May is the spring season, and mid-September through mid-November is the autumn. These are the months considered are the best time to visit. Tourists who come don’t miss to visit the Dolmabahce Palace, the historic Kaleici in Antalya, the coastal side of Marmaris and Alanya.
- The Blue Mosque, Istanbul
- Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul
- Istanbul Aquarium
- Basilica Cistern, Istanbul
- Gülhane Park
Americas Bucket List Destinations
The American continent is consisting of North America, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. It’s a continent of great diversity and tons of bucket list destinations.
The United States of America is the most famous country in the world. Everyone seems to have this on their bucket list. It has numerous dream destinations the 50 states have to offer. And let’s not forget that it is the home of Hollywood. If you get to visit New York, check out the iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Top of the Rock. If you go to LA, California, don’t miss the Hollywood tour and take a picture of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. If you are after luxury entertainment, head to The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, for luxury hotels, parties, casinos, and clubs
- Yosemite National Park, California
- Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
- Central Park, New York
- Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York
- Beaches in Hawaii
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado
Canada, it’s where you can eat as many donuts as you can. Canada, as the second-largest country in the world, gets to have the best scenery and a whole lot of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. Go on an adventure in Toronto Island Park, check out some of the museums in Vancouver, or go sightseeing Montreal’s architectural site and Victorian castles in Victoria.
- The Butchart Gardens, British Columbia
- Jasper National Park of Canada, Alberta
- Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec
- Niagara Falls, Ontario
- Banff, Alberta
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Lake Louise Ski Resort
Brazil is one of the great countries to visit, especially if you want a vacation on a budget. If you are after the summer season and the Carnival festival, so the best time to go to Brazil would be between December to March. But if you are on a budget and want discounts and avail low prices, the less touristy months are from September to October. You can book hotels at around 20USD to 50USD. Backpackers lodge could cost as low as 10USD a night. If you like art, don’t miss to visit Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo to view some great artworks and paintings. You can also take a late afternoon walk and sightseeing at Parque Ibirapuera. If you are in Sao Paulo and want to go on a shopping spree, check out Vale Sul Shopping.
- Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
- Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro
- Escadaria Selarón, Rio de Janeiro
- Praía do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha
- Iguaçu National Park, Parana
- Beach Park, Fortaleza
To Wrap It Up
There go 100 places to see in your lifetime. Don’t limit yourself on this list. The world is a big playground, and there are just so many places waiting for you to explore.
The destination list we provided isn’t even a quarter of the world’s beautiful places. Check out more of the 100 places to see in your lifetime here!