6 Ultimate Travel Bucket List Ideas
Whether it’s exploring The Land of Mordor oops, I mean Tongariro National Park in New Zealand (the gorgeous place in which The Lord of the Rings was shot), waking up on a Boat House in Kerala or simply exchanging a romantic kiss with the person of your dreams at the Eiffel Tower, there’s nothing quite like travelling.
But sometimes, picking where exactly to travel to and what activities to do can be a challenging task. After all, the world is vast and we’re spoilt for choice. No worries, though! I’ve compiled a list of unique experiences and locations that everyone should add to their travel bucket list!
1. Climb to the Peak of Sigiriya Rock (Sri Lanka)
If you love long hikes and nature walks then climbing to the peak of Sigiriya Rock is something you must do before you die. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress built thousands and thousands of years ago. It is said that the rock located in the northern Matale District of Sri Lanka was handpicked by King Kashyapa (477 CE) to be his new capital.
What awaits you at the top is a sight, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The king built a large palace atop the rock and beautified it with lush green gardens and vibrant designs. He even built a majestic gateway in the form of an enormous lion — hence the name of this place Sigiriya (Lion) Rock. Today, Sigiriya is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.
2. Rock out at Tomorrowland (Belgium)
Tomorrowland truly is a surreal music festival. That it has non-stop eargasmic, heart-pounding music from some of the world’s best electronic musicians is a given. However, accompanying the music are extravagant sets — giant trees, magical story books (trust me, it doesn’t even make sense when you see it), man made volcanoes that erupt, you name it — and dizzying lights displays.
Tomorrowland is also not the kind of musical event in which you go for the night and then head home after midnight. These days, the event stretches out across two weekends and attendees usually stay in tents and lodges in a mystical land called ‘Dreamville,’ where friendships are forged and relationships are built.
3. Surfing in G-Land (Indonesia)
Apart from Hawaii, G-Land is a must-visit for those of us who want to feel the electric rush of sea waves. G-Land whose real name is Plengkung Beach is a popular surf spot among enthusiasts across the globe. It’s situated on the Grajagan Bay, Alas Purwo National Park and is half an hour away by road from the popular tourist destinations of Bali. However, most people prefer to charter a speedboat there from Bali. The beach features 6-8 metre high swells and is widely considered to have the second-best surfing swells in the world, only losing out to Hawaii.
4. Experience the Theatre of Violence at Wrestlemania (USA)
On top of being a glorious and spectacular theatre of violence, Wrestlemania is brimming with grand entrances, phenomenal fireworks displays and musical performances.
Seriously, in 2016, Snoop Dogg rapped in front of the live crowd of 80 000 rabid fans as Sasha Banks made her way to the ring. Have you ever seen a larger than life character make his presence felt by appearing in an ARMY TANK before getting into a fight? No? Well, that happened at Wrestlemania too.
Wrestlemania is a weekend-long magnificent celebration of one of the most unique art forms in the world.
*exact location (i.e. stadiums or arenas) varies year to year
5. Warner Bros Studio (England)
The WB studio in London offers a transportive experience that will make you believe that you’re actually in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. The studio has it all, from the Great Hall and Platform 9 ¾, to a fully functional fire-breathing Hungarian Horntail, the aggressive tree, Whomping Willow, and even the Chamber of Secrets door. On top of that, you’ll also get to take a stroll down Diagon Alley and cool off with a delicious cup of Butterbeer. And you’ll do all of this while being accompanied by John Williams’ iconic, spine-tingling Harry Potter musical score.
6. Underwater exploration at the Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
No travel bucket list will be complete without dipping your feet — or in this case, your whole body — in the great blue sea. Sitting just off the coast of Queensland, Australia, The Great Barrier Reef consists of over 2000 kilometres of coral reef ecosystem. It’s one of God’s finest gifts to earth. There are a number of exciting things to do over there. The most obvious is to actually explore the underwater terrains by scuba diving or snorkelling. Seeing as how The Great Barrier Reef is home to a plethora of living creatures, don’t be surprised to find whales, dolphins, sea turtles and even dugongs swimming around your vicinity. It’s surreal when it happens!
So, what are you waiting for! Book a flight today and start checking these off your bucket list.
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