If you have a travel bucket list or traveling features on your list, does it include activities like going on safari in Africa, visiting Niagara Falls, climbing up the Eiffel Tower, or seeing the legendary Taj Mahal? These are, understandably, the kinds of iconic places most people would like to visit, and there are many more along these lines. The adventurous traveler might put climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, or walking the Great Wall of China, or you might have a list of cities to visit, such as Rome, Johannesburg, or Sydney.
We are not saying that the places cited above aren’t extraordinary and amazing places to see, but there are also many exceptional experiences to be had in less obvious places. Here are just three examples of different ways to think about what you put on your bucket list:
Follow your passions
If you have a particular interest in life, then why not explore the possibilities of pursuing that passion in a unique location?
For example, if you have a passion for surfing, are there specific beaches with legendary waves that you would love to ride?
Perhaps you’re a horse-riding enthusiast, in which case beach riding has got to be top of your list – and think of all the stunning beaches around the world you could ride on.
Get off the beaten track
As well as their most famous attractions, every country has other, less known places you could explore.
For example, everyone’s heard of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA, and indeed it’s probably on a great many bucket lists. But what about the stunning Bryce Canyon in Utah?
You can take in the fascinating rocky structures and admire the breathtaking views in peaceful meditation, or get out and about with the adrenaline-filled Bryce Canyon ATV Tours.
If you love books, or even films and TV, there are bound to be locations that hold a special place in your heart. For example, if you’re a Stephen King fan, then visiting Maine, where so many of his stories are located, would be a magical, moving experience.
There are plenty of authors and stories that are intrinsically linked to real locations, or alternatively how about the locations where filming took place for your favorite shows or movies?
Remember, your list is going to be most meaningful if you have places and activities on there that mean something special to you. Including all the most famous tourist spots just because everyone else has isn’t going to give you joy and fulfillment, but finding a place that has a special resonance in your heart and mind will be tremendously rewarding.
Now, do you want to have a rethink about your travel bucket list?