A bucket list is a list of everything that you want to be, do, have, and experience in life.
I’m a list fanatic; in particular, I’m a lover of bucket lists. If you want to live a life filled with achievement, success, fun, and adventure, you need to dream big. And, the first step to dreaming big, is to create a bucket list.
1. Visit the Grand Canyon. Visit the Grand Canyon in the state of Arizona in the US. Carved by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is over a mile deep.
In order to really experience the Grand Canyon, drive to the North Rim, 45 miles south of Jacob Lake. Then, hike the ten miles to the South Rim near Tusayan. This is called the Rim to Rim hike.
2. Visit Machu Picchu. Visit Machu Picchu located in the Cusco Region of Peru. Machu Picchu is a citadel of stone built by the Incas more than 500 years ago, nearly 8,000 feet up in the Andes.
The complex of palaces and plazas, temples and homes may have been built as a ceremonial site, a military stronghold, or a retreat for the ruling elite.
3. Visit the Louvre. Visit the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. It occupies over 650,000 square feet in the center of Paris. The Louvre houses one of the world’s greatest art collections.
The collection spans over 6,000 years and is divided into 8 departments: Oriental Antiquities, Islamic Art, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities and, for the modern period, Paintings, Sculptures, Art items, Prints and Drawings until 1848. Perhaps the most famous work of art in the Louvre is Leonardo da Vinci’s the Mona Lisa.
4. Visit St. Mark’s Basilica. St. Mark’s Cathedral is the most famous church in Venice, Italy, and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It’s located at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace.
The basilica was built in 1063, a time during which Venice had become a powerful maritime republic. St. Mark’s was built as a symbol of Venice’s wealth and power. Golden Byzantine mosaics adorn the church’s main portal, as well as the inside of each of the basilica’s five domes. In addition, St. Mark’s houses the relics of its namesake, the apostle Saint Mark.
5. Go to Brazilian Carnival. Each year, right before Lent, people from all over the world descend upon Rio de Janeiro for festivities lasting four days and four nights. The Brazilian Carnival started as street festivities with groups of people parading down the streets playing music and dancing.
These parades then turned into a competition between the different Escolas De Samba–the samba schools–of which there are currently fourteen. The samba schools are community-based organizations that create the music, dances, costumes and world-renowned floats of the Carnival parade.
6. Go to La Tomatina. La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the town of Buñol in Valencia, Spain, in which participants—about 40,000 of them—pelt each other with tomatoes. It’s held each year on the last Wednesday of August. This festival began in 1945; theories of how it got started include anti-Franco protestors, a fight between friends that escalated, and rough-play that erupted during a parade. Everyone ends up covered from head to foot in red mush.
7. Stay at the Ice Hotel. Stay at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. Jukkasjärvi is a tiny town 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The walls, fixtures, and fittings of this temporary hotel are made entirely of ice. It has to be rebuilt every winter.
Activities you can try while staying at the Ice Hotel include ice sculpting, ice fishing, husky sleighing, moose watching and going on a snowmobile safari.
8. Visit Dubrovnik, Croatia. Visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, which was described by Lord Byron as “The Pearl of the Adriatic”.
Dubrovnik is famous for its city walls, and the medieval Old Town Dubrovnik is a UNESCO heritage site. Also, climb to the summit of Mount Srdj to get gorgeous views (it’s an easy two-hour climb).
9. Visit the Pyramids of Giza. Visit the Giza Necropolis on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. This complex of ancient monuments includes the three pyramid complexes known as the Great Pyramids and the massive sculpture known as the Great Sphinx.
10. Go Snorkeling in Los Roques Archipelago. Go snorkeling in Los Roques Archipelago in Venezuela. The entire atoll, 80 miles north of Caracas, is a national park. Most of the islands of the archipelago–there are about 300 islands in total–are uninhabited, and are only accessible by boat from Gran Roque, the big island. The coral at Los Roques shelters plenty of flora and fauna, making it a premier snorkeling and diving location.