The Dalai Lama famously said, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before”. We say, why limit yourself to once a year!

These world bucket list tips will help you to make the most of your vacation time and hopefully give you inspiration for future travel.

World Bucket List Ideas and Events
World Bucket List Ideas

WORLD BUCKET LIST IDEAS

The following are some ideas for your bucket list, ranging from famous man-made landmarks to beautiful waterfalls, picturesque Alpine villages, white sand beaches and incredible tree top paths.

  • Amalfi Coast, Italy
  • Andaman Coast, Thailand
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
  • Big Sur, California, USA
  • Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France
  • Chichen Itza, Mexico
  • Christmas Markets in Europe
  • Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Easter Island
  • Golden Bridge, Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Grand Canyon, Nevada, USA
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Great Wall of China
  • Ha Long Bay, Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam
  • Luxury Cruise Vacation
  • Luxury Train Journey
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Mount Fuji, Japan
  • Niagara Falls, Canada
  • Palawan Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Philippines
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Saint Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy
  • Salar de Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • Skiing in luxurious resorts worldwide
  • Stonehenge, UK
  • Swimming with Pigs at Exuma Cays, Bahamas
  • Sydney Opera House, Australia
  • Temples of Bagan, Myanmar
  • The Acropolis, Athens, Greece
  • The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
  • The Dead Sea salt lake
  • The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
  • The Great Blue Hole, Belize
  • The Northern Lights, Iceland
  • The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  • The Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  • Tower Bridge and Tower of London, UK.

WORLD BUCKET LIST EVENTS

Bear in mind that due to ongoing travel restrictions and social distancing, some of these world famous events are temporarily cancelled or rescheduled. Always check on the organizer’s website before booking.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – the largest hot air balloon festival in the world takes place in New Mexico at the beginning of October.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Burning Man – crowds flock to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada from end of August to beginning of September for this alternative festival.

Cannes Film Festival – if you can score a ticket, this is a great event in the South of France for film buffs.

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The biggest festival in the world with 2 million participants!

Cherry Blossom Festival – a spectacular sight in Kyoto, Japan each Spring.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – a hip festival held in the Colorado Desert.

Day of the Dead – Día de los Muertos commemorates those who have passed away in Mexico.

The Day of the Dead in Mexico City
The Day of the Dead in Mexico City

Diwali, Festival of Lights – a five day celebration of the victory of light over darkness in India.

Groundhog Day – an unforgettable (ha ha) annual event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, USA.

Holi Festival of Colors – this vibrant Spring festival is observed in India and Nepal.

Kentucky Derby – this popular horse race in Louisville takes place at the beginning of May.

La Tomatina – a fun annual tomato fight in Valencia, Spain.

London Marathon – it’s hard to get a place to run in this annual road race, but easy to find a spot to watch it!

Mardi Gras Festival – held over two weeks in Springtime in New Orleans, USA.

New Year’s Eve – watch the famous time ball drop in Times Square, New York, USA.

Oktoberfest – a 16 day celebration of beer held in October in Munich, Germany.

Running of the Bulls – an infamous event where you try to outrun bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

The Running of the Bulls - San Fermin Festival
The Running of the Bulls – San Fermin Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival – this 7 day event in Japan features incredible ice sculptures.

St Patrick’s Day – celebrate the patron of Ireland and enjoy live music in Dublin on March 17. Dublin is one of the best Gothic cities in the world.

Tour de France – if you like bikes, don’t miss this annual French cycling tournament.

Trooping the Colour – a royal ceremony usually held at Horse Guard’s Parade in London, UK in June.

Venice Carnival – famous for its intricate masks, this Italian festival takes place from mid February to beginning of March.

Wimbledon – the iconic tennis tournament takes place in South West London at the end of June and beginning of July.

Yi Peng Lantern Festival – this event in Chiang Mai is celebrated on the full moon of the twelfth lunar month each year in Thailand.

Setting a lantern aloft at the Festival of Light
Setting a lantern aloft at the Festival of Light

ROMANTIC BUCKET LIST IDEAS

Whether you’re looking to get married abroad, go on honeymoon or simply searching for romantic places to visit with your partner, we have lots of recommendations for you. Here’s a selection of romantic places around the world.

UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY

Whether you’re a fan of luxurious hotels, quirky accommodation or glamping sites, you’ll find plenty of suggestions on this luxury lifestyle site. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Unique places to stay in the Caribbean and around the world
Unique places to stay for your world bucket list

WORLDWIDE VIDEOS

FOOD AND DRINK AROUND THE WORLD

From casual eateries to food markets, Michelin star restaurants and swanky cocktail bars, there are lots of great places to eat in the world. We’ve also included information about the best foods and drinks, including tea, coffee shops and wine. Fans of candies will enjoy our list of the top chocolatiers in the world too.

Check our articles on the best foodie cities and the most luxurious restaurants worldwide if you’re celebrating a special occasion. There’s even an underwater restaurant for something a bit different!

If you have any questions about where to visit around the world, let us know!

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