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13 Bucket List Adventures for the next decade

Have you got a bucket list? You probably have, even if you haven’t taken the time to write it down on paper. Everyone has at least a few things they want to do or places they want to see during their lifetime. These lists can vary in size and content, some want the simple pleasures like eating a real Italian pizza in Naples, while others want the ultimate adrenaline rush of skydiving or swimming with great white sharks in Australia. Whatever you dream of, your bucket list will change over time as you discover new adventures and tick off those you’ve finally achieved. 

Why are we talking about bucket lists? Because with all the uncertainties due to the Covid-19 pandemic no one really knows when travel for pleasure can re-start and whether it will ever be the same again. For this reason we thought that why not come up with the ultimate list of travel experiences we do not want to miss out on in the coming years.

So here it is, to inspire the traveller in you we’ve pulled together 13 of the world’s most bucket-list-worthy adventures for you to strive for during the 2020s. 

Go for a hike: 

If you love walking, hiking and generally spending your time exploring the great outdoors there are several world-famous hikes that you absolutely need to add to your bucket list. 

1. Sit on top of the world after hiking Mount Kilimanjaro

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Are you looking for a truly incredible adventure? If you’re feeling brave (and physically fit) enough then book yourself on to a trusted tour and hike up to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Once you get there just take a minute to sit and take it all in – you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. 

2. Hike to the Upper Yosemite Falls

Hike your way to the top of North America’s tallest waterfall on the Yosemite Falls Trail. You’ll get close up views of the waterfall, as well as enjoying panoramic views of the Sierra Mountains in the distance.

3. Trek the Great Wall of China

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This landmark is hugely popular with selfie-taking tourists, but what you might not know is that different sections of the wall offer different experiences. You can take on challenging hikes or find quiet spots to take photos. There are even tour operators that allow you to camp in the watchtowers overnight. 

Take a swim:

Where there’s water, there’s always fun to be had. If you love the sea, marine life or going for a dip in crystal clear pools, there are plenty of captivating, water-based adventures to be had. 

4. Swim in Yucatán cenotes

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is home to a number of beautiful cenotes. These are essentially natural sinkholes full of deep blue water, you can enjoy a swim or even go diving in the attached underground cave systems. 

5. Explore the hidden blue grotto of Capri

Capri is well-known for its magical blue grotto and for good reason. The enchanting blue water of the hidden cave will leave you feeling like you’ve just emerged from a fairytale. 

6. Swim with turtles in Ningaloo, Western Australia

Who hasn’t dreamed about swimming with sea turtles? And you can come face-to-face with some of the world’s most endangered species of turtle, as well as over 500 other species of marine life in the Ningaloo reef. 

Soar through the air: 

These adventures aren’t for the faint-hearted, but if you’re an adrenaline junkie or you love taking to the skies, here are some of the world’s most magical experiences – and wouldn’t it be great to say you’d done them. 

7. Cliff jump off of the South Point Cliffs in Hawaii

When the conditions are right, South Point Cliffs, Hawaii is every thrill seekers dream. You’ll leap 40 foot in the air over the cliff edge and into the sparkling blue sea below. Ladders connected to old boat hoists mean you can easily get in and out of the water and repeat the jump as many times as you like. 

8. Zipline over Niagara Falls

The MistRider zipline takes you from the top of the Niagara Gorge and can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. The line is 2,200 foot in length and there are four parallel runs so you can enjoy the experience alongside your friends. 

9. Bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand

Do you fancy falling 140 foot, upside down over a bridge? You got it! Kawarau Bridge Bungy opened back in 1988 and has been a hugely popular destination for adrenaline junkies ever since. 

10. Hot air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey

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You’ve probably seen the icon photos of hot air balloons floating over the ‘fairy chimneys’ (tall, cone-shaped rock formations), in Turkey – so why not get in on the action! You’ll be blown away by the stunning 360-degree views over central turkey as you float through the air. 

Sleep under the stars:

Finally, if you’re looking for an adventure that culminates in a night under the stars, consider adding these trips to your bucket list.  

11. Sleep under the stars in NamibRand

NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia is a very rare gold-certified dark sky reserve and you’ll never experience a night sky quite like it. You can join a walking group and camp out under the stars, or if you want something bit more luxurious why not stay at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge and watch the sky from the observatory. 

12. Camp out in the Sahara Desert

After a long day trekking the desert by camel, you can spend a night or two camping in the tranquillity of the Sahara Desert. Get up early to watch the sunrise as it casts mesmerising shadows over the sand dunes. 

13. Relax under Northern lights in Finland

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Good news for those who don’t really want to ‘rough it’, there are several options for luxury accommodation in Finland, from glass igloos and lodges, to canvas domes and bubble sledges, so you can spend a cosy night gazing up at the Northern Lights.

We hope we have managed to inspire your bucket list, share your ideas in the comments with us.

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