Bucket list ideas: 15 amazing adventures you need to experience before you die

Curated by BuffaloTripSeptember 16, 2015 Viewed: 725

1. Discover a whole spectrum of colors in the corals of Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

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The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on earth and one of the best managed marine areas in the world. At 348 000 square kilometres, the reef is one of the richest and most diverse natural ecosystems on Earth.

One area the Great Barrier Reef reaches is the Whitsunday islands, a popular spot for diving vacations. The 74 islands that make up Whitsunday are surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef Australia, making it the perfect spot to try your hand at diving the Great Barrier Reef.

You can keep your distance with a glass-bottomed boat, or strap on your snorkel gear to get up close and personal.

2. Gape at the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, Vietnam.

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Halong Bay is located in the northeastern part of Vietnam. It has been twice recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Halong Bay was chosen as one of New 7 Wonders. There are 3000 islets and limestone and islands. It has tens thousands years of pre-historical. Halong Bay Vietnam is one of greatest world natural site with famous attractions of Bai Tu Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay, Cat Ba island…It is said that:  “Halong Bay is the heaven on the earth”. Today, there are millions of travelers join Halong Bay tours and overnight with Halong Bay Cruises.

The clusters of limestone islands loom over crystal blue water, and none look exactly the same.

3. Hike to Iguazú Falls, on the borders of Argentina and Brazil.

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Iguazu falls (also referred to as Iguassu or Iguacu) are waterfalls of the Iguazu River located on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Victoria Falls may be the largest waterfall in the world, and Niagara the most famous. But Iguazu is equally impressive.

Look specifically for Garganta del Diablo (aka Devil’s Throat) — at 82 meters, it is the highest of the falls.

4. Dive at Ko Phi Phi, Thailand.

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Actually 2 main islands - Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh - these awesome sisters languish in the sea like a pair of emerald jewels studding the aquamarine waters of Phang Nga Bay. It's one of the most picturesque islands in the world. You'll marvel at the stunning movie-set desert-island scenery both above and below the waterline.

Scuba diving in Phi Phi ranks amongst the top 5 dive destinations in Thailand. Limestone cliffs rise dramatically out of the sea and plunge straight back down underwater, forming the colourful soft coral walls for which the islands are famous.

There are more than 15 different dive sites at Koh Phi Phi with many rugged walls, interesting caves and cavern penetrations. Swim-through entrances are often obscured by dazzling clouds of glassfish and gorgonians. Sea fans harbour pipefish, seahorses and shrimpfish, keeping even the most experienced divers entertained for days.

Scuba divers and snorkelers can check out plenty of coral, or go deeper to explore the sunken King Cruiser.

5. Re-enact iconic scenes throughout New York City.

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You’ve got plenty to choose from: the Seinfeld deli, Carrie Bradshaw’s brownstone, Holly Golightly’s Tiffany’s, and many more.

6. Make a ~connection~ in the romantic capital: Paris.

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Walk along the Seine, make eyes at the top of the Eiffel Tower, or linger at the Louvre.

7. Bask in the majesty of the Taj Mahal, India.

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India’s white marble mausoleum is one of the world’s modern wonders, and considered “synonymous to love and romance”.

8. Chill out at Burning Man.

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The weeklong festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, is filled with hippies, art, dancing, debauchery, and, of course, a burning wicker man.

9. Look for wildlife on the Galapagos Islands.

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The Galapagos Islands have a low biodiversity (that is, few species), because the islands are 600 miles from the nearest land and this huge expanse of inhospitable ocean in-between makes it very difficult for new kinds of plants and animals to reach the islands. Marine organisms, such as green sea turtles and corals, probably came on their own, swimming, or as floating larvae. Sea birds are all strong flyers that frequently make long journeys across the open sea. But most of the Galapagos life forms reached the islands by accident, and all had a long sea voyage. During that trip, both plants and animals were exposed to saltwater, drying winds, and intense sunlight. They had no fresh water or food. Galapagos reptiles are also more likely than land birds or mammals to be able to survive under these conditions. As a result, animals of the Galapagos Islands are species whose ancestors were already well suited for its harsh environments. Compared to elsewhere in the tropics there are few birds or Galapagos mammals, and many important groups are missing.

This Ecuadorian archipelago seems almost lost in time, inhabited by giant tortoises, colorful iguanas, and breeds of birds (like the blue-footed boobies) unique to the islands.

10. Take a camel ride to the pyramids of Giza, Egypt.

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Giza has Egypt’s largest pyramids, and what better way to visit them?

11. Scale Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Rising from the savannah of East Africa to the staggering height of 5895m, not only is Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa but it is also the tallest free-standing mountain on earth. Conquering its unmistakable snow capped peak has been the dream of keen trekkers as well as seasoned mountaineers for decades.

And rightly so, as Mount Kilimanjaro showcases some truly unique features. Its lower slopes are dense with lush forest yet the mountain is surrounded by vast expanses of dry savannah; its caldera is covered with ice yet this dormant volcano is situated near the Equator. There is no doubt that the views from its top are the greatest reward of all: from Kilimanjaro’s summit it is possible to observe the curvature of the planet and on a clear day the views stretch as far as the plains of the Masai Mara.

Africa’s highest mountain (and the tallest freestanding mountain on the planet) is waiting for you — just make sure you have a trusty guide.

12. Hike the scenic Tiger Leaping Gorge in China.

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Tiger Leaping Gorge is on the way from Lijiang to Shangri-La in Southwest China's Yunnan Province. Drive about three hours from Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge Town, go along the foot of Haba Snow Mountain, and you will enter the gorge. The river flowing through Tiger Leaping Gorge is between two mountains: Yulong Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain. There is a huge stone in the center of the river, and a tiger once leaped from Yulong Snow Mountain to Haba Snow Mountain by jumping on it, which contributes to the name of Tiger Leaping Gorge.

It’s a rough trek through one of the deepest gorges in the world — at Haba mountain’s peak, it’s 3,900 meters down to the Jinsha River — but the breathtaking views make it worth every step.

13. Take in some history at the Acropolis.

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Rising to a height of between 60 and 70 meters above the city, the rocky flat-topped hill of the Acropolis is 300 meters from east to west and 150 meters from north to south.

Its first fortifications were constructed by the Myceneans in the 13th century BC, and some of these survived until 510 BC when the tyrant Hippias was overthrown and they were torn down to prevent a return to tyranny.

When the Acropolis was ransacked by the Persians in 580 BC, the Athenians vowed never to rebuild on it. But thirty-three years later, the great statesmen Pericles persuaded the popular assembly to rebuild on it as a lasting testament to the glory of democratic Athens and its empire.

Most of the buildings remaining on the Acropolis today were built as part of Perciles' massive building program in the middle of the 5th century BC. However, many were not finished until after his death in 429 BC. Further embellishments were added by the Romans when they conquered Greece in 146 BC.

Also known as the “sacred rock,” this ancient tribute has stood for thousands of years in honor of the Greek gods, and the iconic structures — the Parthenon, Athena’s statue — are a sin to miss.

14. Climb to the top of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

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There are two great complexes of ancient temples in Southeast Asia, one at Bagan in Burma, the other at Angkor in Cambodia. The temples of Angkor, built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, represent one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. From Angkor the Khmer kings ruled over a vast domain that reached from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal. The structures one sees at Angkor today, more than 100 stone temples in all, are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings - palaces, public buildings, and houses - were built of wood and have long since decayed and disappeared.

The cluster of temples — originally Hindu and dedicated to Vishnu, but eventually converted into a Buddhist site — make up one of the world’s largest religious monuments. From the top, you can see evidence of history laid out over the nearly 500 acres it encompasses.

15. Go mule trekking in the Grand Canyon.

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You’ll be safe riding down on the back of a sure-footed mule, and the views from within the world’s biggest canyon are somehow more magnificent than from the rim.

 

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