Interested in taking the trip of a lifetime?
How about several trips?
No matter how old you are or your level of travel experience, it’s never too early or too late to start planning potential bucket list travel ideas.
Ready to get started?
In this post, we’ll tell you all about seven of the very best — and most unexpected — bucket list adventures that you need to add to your list.
Whether you can’t get enough of thrill-seeking activities, or if you just want to experience the world’s stunning landscapes in a new way, this post will help you to have some of the biggest adventures possible.
Read on to learn how you can start exploring the world in a new way.
1. Go Ice Climbing in Iceland
Iceland has recently become an incredibly popular tourist destination. And while the famous Icelandic spas in the open air are certainly not to be missed, if you’re looking for an even more breathtaking adventure, we suggest you try ice climbing.
It’s not hard to see why this experience ranks number one on our spot of the most unique bucket list ideas.
Going ice climbing gives you the chance to scale enormous glaciers overlooking the country’s iconic and seriously stunning fjords. You’ll be able to use axes, your upper body strength, ropes, crampons, and much more to cross deep chasms and experience active glaciers.
You’ll even be able to experience stunning waterfalls. Best of all? You can actually go deep into a volcano that last erupted over 4,000 years ago, in Thrihnukagigur.
If you’re a beginner, don’t worry — there are plenty of professional guides and easier ice hiking trails that you can try out.
2. Take a Road Trip Across America
Whether you think of yourself as a modern-day Jack Kerouac, or if you just love the thrill of the open road, make sure that you add a road trip across America to your bucket list adventures.
You can choose to go by car, rent a van or a trailer with a few of your friends, or even experience the country by motorcycle.
While going from the east to the west coast is certainly a popular choice, not all of us can afford to take a few weeks off of work. If you don’t have that kind of time, you can invent your own miniature road trip.
For example, you can see the stunning Salvation Mountain in California, which took 30 years for an artist to completely cover a hill in 100,000 gallons of paint.
Or, you could check out even weirder destinations, like the world’s largest brick, frying pan, or even the world’s biggest ball of yarn. We say the weirder, the better!
3. Swim With the Pigs
If you’re looking for unexpected bucket list travel ideas, then we strongly suggest that you try pig swimming.
Yes, you read that correctly. Swimming with whales and dolphins makes for an incredible photo opportunity. But swimming with the pigs will ensure that you have an experience that few other people you know were even aware existed at all!
Head to the Exumas in the Bahamas, Big Major Cay. This small island is home to countless wild pigs — and some seriously stunning beaches, too. The pigs are used to tourists and often hop into the water to swim with them. You can also hire a guide to give you a great experience.
The island is just 50 miles from George Town, so it’s easy to tack onto your Bahamas trip.
4. See Natural Fairy Chimneys in Turkey
Though perhaps you’re too old to believe in fairies, you may change your mind when you travel to the small town of Cappadocia, Turkey.
The area is packed with naturally-formed “fairy chimneys” that look like small sand castles. They’ve been around for millions of years, and look just as enchanting now as they did back then.
Plus, you can take a hot air balloon ride among the chimneys to experience them from a different angle. Then, check out the countless caves dotting the landscape. Some of them have even been painted to act as churches and other religious sites.
You should also make it a point to visit the small village of Soganli in Cappadocia, where you’ll be able to try delicious Turkish homemade pancakes cooked on enormous outdoor circular ovens by locals.
You can even get your coffee grounds read to see what your future holds.
5. Take in an Ancient City
Of course, visiting an ancient city is one of the biggest adventures that anyone can have.
It’s not only a wonderful way to think about how far we’ve come, but also a unique history lesson that will certainly cause you to appreciate modern conveniences like electricity and indoor plumbing!
The good news?
There are far more options for finding the perfect ancient city than committing yourself to Roman ruins or ancient Athens.
In fact, many people completely overlook the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Especially if you’re interested in getting away from crowds of tourists and want to experience ancient life outside of Europe, this is the perfect bucket list destination for you.
You’ll love taking in the stunning rose and golden cliffs which the city has been carved out of. Though it’s home to irrigation systems, temples, markets, and many more aspects of ancient life, experts believe we’ve only actually discovered less than 1/4 of the ancient city.
Plus, many people don’t know that it was actually the set for an Indiana Jones movie! So, if you’re a fan of the franchise (or just of Harrison Ford) you should absolutely check it out.
6. Go Snorkeling in Australia
Another one of our top bucket list adventures?
Make sure that you go snorkeling in Australia.
Snorkeling is the perfect alternative for those who are frightening of scuba diving, have health conditions that make it tough to scuba, or who have families with young children.
Start with Heron Island, located within the Great Barrier Reef.
You’ll be able to see amazing creatures like sea turtles, manta rays, and much more. We also suggest that you check out the under-rated Ninepin Point Marine Nature Reserve.
It’s in Tasmania, which means that you’ll be able to see a different kind of reef than in the north of Australia. You can spot sea gardens, fairy penguins, and much more!
We suggest picking up a full face snorkel mask with a foldable design that makes packing easier than ever. Plus, the mask is so large that you can easily clip a waterproof camera on top of it. This means you’ll be able to take incredible photos while you explore the world underneath the water.
7. Sleep in an Igloo
The final entry on our list of the best bucket list adventures includes one of the most important parts of traveling — catching a few Z’s along the way!
But why sleep in a hotel or hostel when you could rest your head in an igloo?
You’ll be warm, as the snow used to build the igloo actually serves as insulation. Believe it or not, you don’t need to travel to Antarctica to sleep like an Eskimo.
Igloo hotels and camping spots are located all throughout Europe, as well.
You can find igloos in France, Finland, and even Austria. One of our favorite places to sleep in an igloo is located in the Bavarian forest in Germany.
Especially if you’re a fan of hiking or snow-shoeing, you can’t afford to miss out on this epic destination. You’ll especially enjoy the wonderful wildlife. Plus, there are even igloos equipped with spas.
So, for travelers who like a little luxury, there’s no need to rough it! You can enjoy a sauna, a massage, and even gourmet meals brought to you in your igloo!
Looking for Even More Bucket List Adventures?
Whether you want to sleep like the Eskimos or swim with friendly pigs in the Bahamas, we hope that this post has inspired you to start creating your own set of potential bucket list adventures.
Whether you want to travel solo or with a few of your closest friends, there’s no time like the present to start widening your horizons and exploring our incredible world.
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