My Ultimate Travel Bucket List

This is my travel bucket list – Things to do before I die!

I’m continuously updating my travel bucket list and I can’t wait to check off more items soon!

1. Visiting every country in Europe

2. Backpacking through South America

√ Check – after my semester abroad in Mexico. I traveled through South America for around 4 months; from Colombia down south through Ecuador, Peru,  Bolivia, the northern parts of Chile and Argentina and finally further into Brazil

3. Travelling Asia

√ Check – Asia is probably my favorite continent to travel and I explored many Asian countries during several trips in the last years

4. Doing a road trip around Australia

With my friends at Oktoberfest, one item on my travel bucket list
Travel bucket list #5: Partying at Oktoberfest

5. Partying at the Oktoberfest in Munich

√ Check – so much fun! Prost!

6. Skydiving

√ Check – it was epic! I did my skydive in Oahu, Hawaii and had a fantastic view of the whole island – the jungle, the beach, the coast. Absolutely breathtaking and one of the best experiences I ever had

Skydiving in Oahu, Hawaii
Travel bucket list #6: Skydiving

7. Bungee Jumping

√ Check – this one was so scary! I did my jump in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.

My Bungee Jumping in Chiang Mai
Bungee Jumping in Thailand

8. Hiking in the Himalaya in India

9. Getting my scuba diving license

√ Check – during my first trip to Asia, at Koh Tao in Thailand

10. Visiting Fiji Island

11. Island hopping in the Caribbean

12. Traveling with the Trans-Siberian Railway

√ Check – I traveled from Latvia all the way to Mongolia via Russia and Kazakhstan in summer 2016

A picture of the landscape on Lake Baikal, Russia. This one was high on my travel bucket list!
Traveling with the Trans-Siberian Railway

13. Going into the Amazon Jungle

√ Check – in Ecuador, I did a 4-day journey into the rainforest. Amazing experience, but the huge spiders and snakes very so scary!

In the Amazon rainforest, one of the highlights on my bucket list
Travel bucket list #13: Going into the Amazon Jungle

14. Sleeping under the stars

√ Check – in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Epic sky!

15. Hiking down the Grand Canyon

√ Check – during my first trip to California, when I was only 16 years old 

16. Seeing Northern lights

17. Riding in a hot air balloon

18. Eating crazy/disgusting stuff which is a cultural delicacy

√ Check – living octopus, sheep head, fried crickets – YUM!

19. Trekking to the Mount Everest base camp

20. Celebrating Carnival in Brazil

21. Spending a night in a glass igloo

22. Scuba diving at Great Barriers Reef

Hiking on the Great Wall in China
Travel bucket list #25: Hiking at the Great Wall in China

23. Visiting Antarctica

24. Visiting Easter Island

25. Hiking at the Great Wall in China

√ Check – during my 1-months trip to China in summer 2015

26. Seeing the Egyptian Pyramids

27. Hiking to an active volcano

√ Check – standing on top of Mt. Bromo in Java, Indonesia was epic!

28. Standing on Machu Picchu

√ Check – during my South America journey in summer 2017

Machu Picchu - obviously can't skip this on a bucket list!
Standing on Machu Picchu

29. Visiting the Taj Mahal

√ Check – during my India backpacking trip in winter 2016

Standing in front of the Taj Mahal in India
Travel bucket list #29: Visiting the Taj Mahal

30. Hiking Kilimanjaro

31. Riding an elephant

√ Check – but I wish I didn’t! I went for a ride during my first Southeast Asia trip when I was young, naïve and without any clue about the horrible treatment of elephants in Asia for tourism purposes. The elephant I was sitting on didn’t really want to walk, so he was beaten with a pick hammer! No one should support this, so please skip this bucket-list item. Absolutely nothing to be proud of!

 32. Backpacking all by myself

√ Check – first time in Morocco (just one week), but soon after for my first big solo trip around Asia, with many trips to follow

33. Appearing on television

√ Check – I got interviewed for a TV production in Japan which was broadcasted on national television a few weeks later

 34. Backpacking India

√ Check – and still one of my favorite destinations!

35. Celebrating Holi Festival of Colours in India

36. Traveling Iran

37. Visiting Petra in Jordana

38. Seeing cherry blossoms in Japan

39. Seeing Mt. Fuji

√ Check – during my trip to Japan. Truly magic!

In front of Mount Fuji in Japan
Travel bucket list #39: Seeing Mt. Fuji

40. Flying in a Helicopter

√ Check – to see the stunning Iguazu Falls in Brazil

41. Backpacking Central America

42. Flying first class

43. Riding a jet ski

44. Partying in Las Vegas

√ Check – one of the best party nights ever. I even crashed a wedding!

45. Going on a luxurious cruise

46. Living on every continent of the world for some time

Sitting on a camel in the sahara desert, Morocco
Riding on a camel in the desert

47. Swimming in the Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool Singapore

48. Doing a road trip through the USA (from one coast to the other)

49. Traveling Central Asia (the –stan countries)

50. Seeing whales

√ Check – in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

51. Riding on a camel in the desert

√ Check – in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, in the Thar desert in India and in the Gobi desert in Mongolia

52. Dog Sledging in Scandinavia

53. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

54. Seeing the sunrise at Bagan, Myanmar

55. Doing a temple stay

√ Check – during the time I lived in South Korea. Great experience!

Temple stay in South Korea, me sitting on the floor meditating
Travel bucket list #55: Doing a temple stay

56. Making over $1000 for a charity

57. Visiting North Korea

58. Seeing Stonehenge

59. Trekking in Nepal

The tall Burg al Khalifa, the highest building in the world in Dubai
Travel bucket list #63: Standing on top of the Burj Khalifa

60. Celebrating day of the dead in Mexico

61. Floating in the dead sea in Israel

62. Celebrating Chinese’ New Year in Asia

63. Standing on top of the Burj Khalifa, the highest building of the world

√ Check – during my long transfer in Dubai on the way back from India

64. Seeing a Tango performance in Argentina

65. Doing a gondola ride in Venice

66. Witnessing the great migration in East Africa

67. Hitchhiking across several countries

68. Seeing the “door to hell”, Turkmenistan

69. Going on a safari in Africa

√ Check – in the Maasai Mara national park in Kenya. Absolutely incredible!

Safari in Africa, a elephant in a beautiful landscape
Travel bucket list #69: Going on a safari in Africa

70. Swimming in the Devil’s pools at Victoria Falls

71. Going to the opera in Sydney

72. Swinging on the edge of the world in Ecuador

√ Check – during my South America trip in 2017

73. Visiting every country in the world! (55/197)

… to be continued!

What’s on your travel bucket list? Let me know in the comments!

MerkenMerken

MerkenMerken

Comments

  1. Iza Bella

    Hey Patrick,we have a very similar bocket list….Im going to Brasil for the carnival in Feb next year. Next November Im going to Base Camp of Everest …would like join us…? I realy joy your blog ,if you planing to visit Florida let me know …Iza Bella

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      Patrick - German Backpacker

      Hi Iza, Thanks for your comment, I’m glad you like it!
      Brazil and Mt. Everest sound awesome! Enjoy your travels 🙂
      Cheers, Patrick

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  2. Tim

    Great bucket list. Looks like you have done quite a few things. And I agree on Asia being a great place to explore.

    Thanks for sharing!

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