5 Epic Bucket List Destinations

My Jordan Journey

From the vast, timeless sands of Wadi Rum, Jordan to 12,000 feet above Nadi, Fiji, where the sky and water blur the lines of reality, these five epic bucket list journeys should be on everyone’s list. I’ve visited each of the five and recommend them as some of the best bucket list destinations in the world. Which ones have you experienced?

1. Wadi Rum – Jordan

Wadi-Rum, Jordan

This is a stupendous, timeless place. Here, it is the weather and winds that have carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers of sand and stone. Ride a camel like Lawrence of Arabia or hire a four-wheel drive and arrive at a Bedouin Camp for a night under the stars.

2. Estosha National Park, Namibia

Zebra in Etosha National Park, Namibia

With a salt pan so large that it can be seen from space, this national park is abundant in wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. Etosha National Park is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa.

3. Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck Alps, Austria

Three times host to the Winter Olympics, this region boasts nine ski areas for alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. Their winter sports menu also includes tobogganing, ice skating, alpine-style curling, and even a ride in an Olympic bobsleigh. In no other place in the world is the dividing line between an urban area and rugged mountain terrain so thin. The Nordkettenbahnen transports visitors directly from the city center of Innsbruck to high mountain terrain in just twenty minutes.

4. Nadi, Fiji

Skydive Fiji

This bustling, multi-cultural town is the main hub for international travelers to Fiji. Skydiving, dune buggy driving, scuba diving, snorkeling, open-water shark diving, rafting, hiking, waterfall jumping, and golf  can all be found within driving distance of the Nadi international airport. It is here that the lines between water and sky become blurred and having the blues is a good thing.

5. Southern California, USA

Biplane Fun, Southern California

Similarly to Nadi, Southern California is a hub for adventure and extreme. Do you want to fly a fighter jet, a biplane, a helicopter, or an airplane? You can do them all in SoCal. Maybe you’d prefer skydiving, dirt bike racing, or bungee jumping? Check, check, and check. Where else can you surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon? Southern California is an adventure seekers Paradise.

What’s on the top of your travel bucket list? 

27 thoughts on “5 Epic Bucket List Destinations

  1. I’ve been to Innsbruck and SoCal :). Taking the family to England and Scotland in June and big bucket list items are a family trip to New Zealand and mom and dad only trip to Maldives 🙂


  2. Hmm Namibia at the top of my list! The list changes all the time – Sailing in the Whitsundays, Croatia & Greece and Scandinavian winter – Igloo ice hotel just to name a few, ..


  3. I have surfed in the morning and then gone snow skiing in the afternoon…14,000 ft. Mauna Kea on the island of Hawai’i (The Big Island). It probably wasn’t that much of an adventure as I lived there for 40 years, I’ve never really traveled much, but I’ve raced horses, raced motorcycles, raced sailboats, sailed from SoCal to Hawai’i. I certainly have enjoyed seeing the world vicariously through your eyes. Mahalo for sharing.

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  4. Top of my list is to finish visiting all 16 national parks in South Korea (will finish on Sunday!!) then bike across Korea (April 2015) and then one month trekking in Nepal (May 2015). After that? Central and/or South America, trekking in Peru or Patagonia fall 2015. After that I think we will need a new list! 🙂 Thanks for this post and question – always good to get the travel wheels and excitement going!


  5. Bucket lists are personal. SoCal? Oh. I grew up there. The US Army taught me to fly and you can’t fly a fighter jet unless it is surplus with all weapons removed and privately owned… surf and ski? New Zealand, Morocco, Hawaii and Northern California.


  6. ChengDu to Lhasa by train , then through the Himalaya to Nepal. Also Trans-Siberian railway and continuing by rail into Belarus, Poland, etc. Not extreme stuff, but train travel in Asia comes with it’s own challenges.


  7. Sadly, I have never been to any of these places…well, SoCal, but that hardly counts, since I live in California, Hahaha! But I will tell you this- you inspire the shit out of me, and I am going to start doing whatever it is that one must do to get a passport, because, and you can hold me to this- I am going to go to Ireland WITH my kids. I have always wanted to do this, and I think it is high time. So THANK YOU, you make adventure seem like the obvious next choice, and I appreciate that. 🙂


    • These are just destinations that I’ve already experienced, and they are more on the adventure side. While Bali is high on my list, I haven’t been there yet and it’s more on the relaxing, beach side of travel. Do you think?


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