The HostelBookers Travel Bucket List

– – – Written by Victoria Philpott

There are only two certainties in life, we’re born and we die, but it’s what’s in between that makes us. There’s so much to do in this world it can be quite overwhelming. So we’ve come up with 50 of the top travelling experiences, as nominated by our favourite bloggers, by us, and by me, too.

Let us know how many you’ve done at the end, and if you’ve got any good ones we’ve missed.

HostelBookit (ha) list

Top of the bloggers

1. Witness the four Grand Slam tournaments – US Open, WimbledonFrench Open and Australian Open.
– Lois and ChiChi from

2. See a giraffe (my favourite animal) in its natural habitat
– Kristy Macintyre from

3. Spend time in a war-torn country so you learn that war brings only death and destruction; there is never a good cause for it
– Caz + Craig from

4. Sleep in an igloo
– Steffy from

5. Go on an African Safari
– Andi from My Beautiful Adventures

6. Ride a Vespa in Italy
– Carrie from

7. Take a traditional American road trip – Cadillac, top down, shades on, full cliche required
– Jayne Gorman from

8. A completely debaucherous weekend in Las Vegas – buffets, gambling, spas, shows, the works
– Melanie from

9. Island hopping in the Phillippines
– Paul from

10. Take a dip in the healing geo-thermal waters of The Blue Lagoon in Grindavik, Iceland
– Cheryl Howard from

11. Learn how to surf in wherever I can – maybe California, Australia or even in Taiwan.
– Juno from

12. Embrace St. Petersburg – The Hermitage is there – 3 million pieces of artwork. Plus, I think Russian architecture is spectacular. I don’t mind the cold, and I can live with a little vodka.
– Rachel from

13. Witness grizzly bears fishing for salmon in Alaska
– Colleen from

14. Get my PADI license somewhere in the Pacific
– Nicole from

15. Bottle feed a wild baby animal
– Christina from

16. Take an evening cruise around Oslo Fjord during midsummer – the sunset goes on for hours and you sail past huge cliffs covered in pine forests and lots of little islands with just one or two colourful houses on them. Plus there are rows of boathouses on stilts in the water, mostly populated by people having parties on them! For a Londoner like me it’s great for having a nosy at a different way of living
– Isabel from

17. Join the Mile High Club
– Chris from

18. SCUBA dive an underwater volcano (Halmahera, Indonesia)
– Jenny from

19. See the Egyptian Pyramids/Sphinx/Valley of the Kings
– Dan from

20. Go 4x4ing through Morocco’s Atlas mountains & stay in a Berber village
– Kim from


Foreign language HostelBookers bloggers

21. Visit the Northern Lights
– Gotje Vollert from

22. See all 7 of the Modern Wonders of the World
– Gabrielle Narcy from

23. Go to Tokyo and stay in the hotel featured in Lost in Translation
– Rodrigo dos Santos from

24. Go to Australia and scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef
– Mireia Carulla from

25. Sleep in a luxury house in the Maldives where you can just jump in the emerald sea from your porch.
– Luca Verginella from

Most popular

26. Go to Antarctica

27. Learn another language

28. Sky dive or bungee jump

29. Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, Thailand

30. Volunteer either with animals or people

31. Spend New Year’s Eve in foreign city – preferably New York, Times Square to be precise

32. Go on a RTW trip

33. Travel solo

34. Tattoo and/or piercing in another country

35. Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Cuzco, Peru

My suggestions

36. Go to a camping music festival – Glastonbury in the UK is the best!

37. Go on a week’s holiday with a group of friends

38. Set yourself up a charity challenge abroad. I cycled 300 miles across France and raised £1000 for Cancer Research UK

39. Work in another country for a few months. Working on kid’s summer camps is a good way to do it, or learn to teach English as a foreign language

40. Travel with your loved one for a long period of time

41. Take a road trip across Australia’s Northern Territory

42. Hop on the train 4,158 m (13,642 ft) up Jungfrau in Switzerland

43. Visit Italy and eat, loads, all the time. You need to visit the different regions to fully appreciate the cuisine though

44. Visit a natural wonder like Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon

45. Party hard in Ibiza or Berlin

A few more from the HostelBookers Office

46. Stay at least one night sleeping in an Indian’s “oca” in the middle of the Amazon forest, in Brazil

47. Go camel or horse riding in Petra, Jordan

48. Eat at the Djemaa el-Fna Market in Marrakesh

49. Visit somewhere insanely rich, like the Palm Islands in Dubai or the Pearl in Qatar

50. Go to Lapland and ride a sledge pulled by huskies.

How many have you done? Let us know in the comments box below…

Thanks to Sarah_Ackermanmnapoleon, longhorndavetimo_w2sPhilip LarsonDr. Warner,  bobosh_tRosino and big-ashb for the excellent images from Flickr! Please note, all images were suitable for use at the time of publication according to the Creative Commons License.

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34 Responses to “The HostelBookers Travel Bucket List”

  1. Cheryl Howard Reply

    Thanks for including me on your list! I really hope to make it to the Blue Lagoon someday. 🙂

  2. 7 – but I’m working on it! Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro/other continent’s highest mountain? (will be doing so this time next year!)

  3. Lois & Chichi Reply

    Thanks for including us on this list of awesome world travelers. We hope to accomplish our wanderlist very very soon!

  4. Lois & Chichi Reply

    Oh wow! So many places to see and things to do. We’re still working on our #1. Thanks for the mention!

  5. Runaway Brit Reply

    I have done 11 and 2 halves (I have been to Tokyo but didn’t visit the Lost in Translation hotel and I have been to Lapland but didn’t go on a husky sledge).

    Looking forward to doing a few more in South America next month!

  6. Annette | Bucket List Journey Reply

    Geez…as if I don’t have enough goals on my bucket list. Now, you gave me a dozen more to add 😉

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  7. I’ve done 8 so far, but I feel like some of these are far too specific for a bucket list for me. I’ve been to Tokyo but did not stay at the hotel from Lost in Translation.. so I cannot count that.

  8. 14, including Niagara falls AND Grand Canyon (will that count as two?)
    I’ve also hiked up that sand dune in Namibia that’s pictured, and I’m sitting on a bus to montreal as I type.

  9. Only done 4 so far but we are planning to eat AND ride a vespa in Italy this fall and do a proper road trip across America… But we’re doing it Harley style instead of top down- we think that’s the REAL way to do it! Love your blog!!

  10. I’ve done 1 – visit niagara falls…and that’s because I live an hour away. Oh how lame do I feel.

    I intend to change that – this summer I’m going traveling alone to Europe – hopefully work somewhere there as well. That should give me some time to knock some off this list 😉

  11. JeffZ of Reply

    Wow! have done 1 or 2 in the list above and way a lot more to come! been wanting to skydive, though I’ve fear or heights! yikes!

  12. “Join the Mile High Club”….Haha. That always makes me laugh when I see that on anyone’s bucketlist because I used to work for an airline and one of my many jobs included cleaning the airplane lavatories and let me tell you, 99 percent of the time people never cleaned them…we just sprayed a little air freshener in their and emptied the trash.

    I suggest wiping the bathroom down before and after your mile high club experience. 😉

  13. 11 down….39 to go. My goal in life is to experience at least half this list if not more. I can’t imagine life without traveling, this list just gives me more excuses and motivation to keep doing it!

  14. Seeing the northern lights is really the top of my list! I’m glad I’m not the only one who wish to see it before we all die! 🙂

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