30 Amazing Trips To Put On Your Bucket List

30 Bucket List Trips You MUST Take Before You Kick The Bucket

Write these down, because you're going to want to remember them.

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I absolutely love to travel, and constantly think up incredible trips I hope to take in the future. I'm lucky to have already visited places like Iceland and Tunisia in my lifetime, but there's still so much more I hope to see around the world. I read a variety of travel blogs, and from them comprised a list of 30 bucket list trips to take before you die.

1. Iceland Road Trip

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Iceland is known for its breathtaking natural beauty with volcanos and waterfalls, and is also home to the Blue Lagoon, quaint cities like Reykjavik, and views of the northern lights.

2. A Tour Through Italy

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Italy is full of history, and is home to must-see cities like Venice, Milan, Rome, and Florence. Not to mention the beautiful Amalfi Coast and coastal towns like Cinque Terre.

3. Australia and New Zealand

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There's so much to see in these countries that it might be better to split it up into multiple trips! New Zealand is known for its awe-inspiring nature, and Sydney is full of beautiful beaches and delicious food. The Great Ocean Road and the Great Barrier Reef are also a must.

4. California Coast Road Trip

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From Southern California beaches to spots like Big Sur and San Francisco, a road trip up the coast would allow you to take in all of California's beauty and interesting cities.

5. Backpack Through Europe

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There's so much to see in Europe that backpacking to take in as many sites and countries as possible is a great option. From Greece to the Netherlands to Switzerland, you can travel through Europe while still staying on a budget.

6. Sites of Central Africa

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Another area that may require multiple trips! From Victoria Falls to Serengeti National Park to gorilla trekking in Rwanda, there's so much to do.

7. Cape Town and a Safari

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Cape Town is known for breathtaking beaches and incredible hiking, and Kruger National Park is home to a variety of wildlife.

8. London and Paris

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It's easy to travel from London to Paris via Chunnel, and both cities are two of the world's most famous, known for their history and culture.

9. India

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A trip to India is something everyone should take at least once in their life. The Taj Mahal is an obvious must, as well as trips to the country's various temples and beaches.

10. China

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From the Great Wall to the Terracotta Army to the Forbidden City, China is full of history and has incredible food and cities.

11. A Visit to New York and Boston

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These two major East Coast cities are around 4 hours apart and contain plenty of sightseeing, delicious food, and unique architecture.

12. Alaska

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Alaska is known for its natural beauty and is full of national parks, incredible hiking, wildlife, and a chance to see the northern lights during winter months.

13. Dubai

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Dubai is full of beauty and is almost futuristic, containing large-scale waterparks, hotels, aquariums, and the world's tallest building.

14. Japan

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Japan is home to the bright and bustling Tokyo, as well as Mount Fuji, peaceful shrines and temples, and delicious food.

15. A Tour of Southeast Asia


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Countries like Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam are home to some of the world's most beautiful temples and natural sites like Ha Long Bay.

16. Brazil

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Brazil is home to Rio de Janeiro, as well as world-famous beaches, wildlife, and sites like Christ the Redeemer.

17. Peru

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With exciting cities like Cusco and Lima, history in Inca ruins, and natural beauty in sites like the Rainbow mountains, Peru is a must-see destination.

18. A Trip Up the Na Pali Coast

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Kauai's northwest shore is full of beautiful cliffs, hiking trails, beaches, and waterfalls, and is a must when visiting the Hawaiian islands.

19. Israel and Jordan

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Both Israel and Jordan have deep historical significance, especially for those interested in religion. Jordan's Petra and Israel's Sea of Galilee and sites in Jerusalem are definitely bucket list locations.

20. Costa Rica

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With wildlife, volcanos, beaches, and plenty of national parks, Costa Rica is full of natural beauty and incredible sites.

21. Bora Bora

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This small island in Tahiti is home to crystal clear waters, beautiful hikes, and, of course, the water bungalows.

22. Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia

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These three South American nations have undeniable natural beauty, including the massive salt flats, Iguazu Falls, and breathtaking beaches. Not to mention Buenos Aires.

23. Canada

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Seeing all Canada has to offer would take many, many trips, but parks like Jasper and Banff are must-sees, along with cities like Vancouver and Montreal.

24. Caribbean Island Hopping

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From swimming with pigs in Exuma to experiencing the clear waters and white sands of Turks and Caicos, there's much to see and take in within the islands of the Caribbean.

25. Spain, Portugal, and Morocco

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Spain is home to cultural hubs like Madrid and Barcelona, as well as beaches and food. Plus, Morocco is only an hour ferry ride away!

26. Egypt

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Egypt is full of bucket list locations, the Great Pyramids being only one of many. The Valley of Kings and Abu Simbel temples, as well as other historical sites, are must-sees.

27. Ecuador and the Galapagos

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Ecuador is home to volcanos, incredible hiking, and the famous Galapagos Islands, known for their unique wildlife and natural beauty.

28. Ireland/Scotland Road Trip

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Dublin, the cliffs of Moher, Edinburgh- the list goes on. Beautiful landscapes, castles, and quaint towns await on this journey.

29. Scandinavia

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Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark are all fairly easy to navigate and are known to be beautiful, as well as full of culture in cities like Copenhagen and Stockholm. Russia and Estonia are also close by!

30. Mexico

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Taking in all Mexico has to offer would require many trips, but Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta are must-sees, as well as the nation's beaches and temples.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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Visiting A Long-Distance Friend in Edinburgh

It was a short but sweet trip and we packed in lots of fun activities.

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I lugged my heavy suitcase off the train onto the busy Edinburgh train station platform. Before I could get my bearings, I felt a hand on my shoulder. I quickly turned around to see my closest and oldest friend, Sasha, with the warmest smile on her face. After a big hug and quick catch up, we braved the bustling tourist streets of Edinburgh in June.

I spent my first week of summer vacation in the United Kingdom. I visited family, met my baby cousin, spent time with my godfather, and enjoyed my favorite city. All in all, it was such a wonderful way to start my summer break. One of the highlights of the trip was going to see my best friend in Edinburgh.

Sasha and I have been friends since we were eight years old. She and I quickly bonded and formed a close friendship that despite the distance, we have maintained for almost 12 years. We don't talk constantly but when we do it is like nothing has changed. I am complete, 100% myself around her and I couldn't ask for a better friend.

Prior to this trip, it had been a little over two years since I'd seen her, which in our opinion was far too long. So knowing I was going to be in the UK for ten days, I scheduled 3 of them to be in Edinburgh with Sash. It was a short but sweet trip and we packed in lots of fun activities.

Day 1.

I arrived on Friday afternoon. We dropped my suitcase at Sasha's apartment, which is a scenic fifteen-minute walk from the station past the infamous Edinburgh castle. Sash then took a walking tour of the city through Princes Street Gardens and the Royal Mile. We stopped for a drink at a pub on the GrassMarket. We talked and talked and caught each other up on the highs and lows of the past two years.

Grace Bellman

There is something about an old friend that makes you feel so comfortable. Sash has been my friend through it all. She didn't walk away when my life didn't look so pretty and she always makes an effort to prioritize our friendship.

Sasha made a healthy vegan potato curry with naan bread for dinner before we set off on a hike up Arthur's Seat. The crazy thing about Edinburgh is that one minute you are walking through a busy city street with buses and cars and tourists and general organized chaos, and the next minute you are walking up an extinct volcano, looking down on the city at sunset. It takes your breath away (from beauty and exhaustion).


Grace Bellman

Day 2.

I forced Sash to be a morning person and started our day relatively early. Our first stop: The National Gallery of Scotland. Neither Sash nor I feel the need to spend too long in museums so we whipped around the exhibits quickly and found a trendy coffee shop to get a pick-me-up. We took our coffees up Calton Hill, a less vigorous but still beautiful walk than Arthur's Seat. I think this may have been my favorite spot of the trip. We attempted (and succeeded) in climbing the National Monument and laughed so hard while trying to take pictures in the classic Scottish windy, slightly damp weather.

All this walking and climbing made us quite hungry so Sasha took the opportunity to show me part of her university. We ate black bean burgers and chips at the Student Union Library Bar before proceeding to hop between thrift stores, book stores, and art galleries for the next few hours.

Later that afternoon, we visited the National Museum of Scotland, which is home to a series of exhibits about animals, music, and technological advances. For someone who is usually not the biggest museum fan, it was fascinating and very enjoyable.

Physically tired but still high in spirit, we discussed what to do with our evening. We spontaneously decided to attend a local comedy show in the basement of a theatre. Both Sash and I hate to be called out in an audience but we muscled through and ended up really enjoying the new experience.

Grace Bellman

Day 3.

My last morning in Edinburgh was wonderful. We, of course, had to check out the famous castle on a hill before stopping at a lovely cafe for some coffee. We then explored the Writer's Museum. It was in a small building that seemed to be a house in its previous life. It had old memorabilia from Robert Burns, Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. From photographs to old shoes and even locks of hair, the museum seemed to have covered each of these men's lives in detail.

My final meal in Scotland was definitely indulgent, to say the least. Sasha took me to a new restaurant, Cold Town Beer, with a rooftop view of the castle and a really yummy vegetarian full breakfast. We were both full to the brim with food and with post-meal sugar highs.

Sadly, I only had about half an hour before I had to get to the station so we marched back to her flat, packed my bag, and ended the trip in the way we started: dodging tourists with my heavy bag on the hilly streets of Edinburgh.

It was such a special trip that made me realize how much I am missing by not living closer to one of my closest friends. It was a funny feeling waving goodbye to her from the train knowing it would be at least a year, if not more until I would see her again. But I guess that phrase is really true: "How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard" - A.A.Milne.

Sasha Milne

Sash, thank you for having me and for being a friend through everything. We survived our separation at thirteen, high school, and the first two years of college apart. There is no way we can't get through another year. Have an amazing time studying in Spain and Italy. I'll see you soon.

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