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Travelling as a family, with your partner or alone is such an exciting thing. I have been doing some research for a long time now and I have come up with a list of the most amazing bucket list ideas for you to add to yours. I have included places I’ve been to and places I want to go to.
With lockdown going now, now is the perfect time to have a little look at all the amazing places you could plan to go to once this is over!
(Please note most of this is based on research and not my actual experience)
Bali is a now a very popular tourist destination and is high on my list of places I want to go to. There are so many interesting things to do including surfing, visiting Ubud, going to the beaches, seeing the lakes, having a look at the volcanoes and rice terraces, visiting the Bali temples and going on the Bali swing. You can even get a boat to see the Gili islands from Bali.
I have found that June to August is the best time to go, when it’s not raining. As many of the activities are outside so you would not want them being cancelled by the rain.
New York, USA
Having been to New York myself I can safely say it lived up to my expectations and more. There are hundreds of things you can do in New York it is impossible to try everything in one day so if you were only there for a short time, I would advise planning ahead.
New York is a must to place on your bucket list ideas.
My top 5 things to do would be: visit the statue of liberty
- Go to the top of the Empire State Building
- visit the 9/11 museum
- See Times Square, there are so many things you can do whilst in Times Square, you can watch a Broadway show or visit the Rockefeller centre and go ice skating
- Central park – this was my favourite thing i did. I definitely recommend hiring a bike and doing a lap of the park. It takes about 1 hour to get all the way around.
- Walk the high line.
You can check out my post about Top favourite things to do in New York and see all the things I did!
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Caves in Algarve, Portugal
The coast of Portugal is known for its cave formations. The most popular cave is the Benagil Cave which is right next to Benagil beach. You have to access it by boat, but it is possible to swim to it.
You can get some amazing pictures around the caves.
I have been to Albufeira in Portugal which is just a half an hour bus ride from the Benagil Caves. Being on the Albufeira beach, you can walk onto of all the rock formations but you have to watch out for the tide coming in.
I will link the Algarve Cave website where they go through in more detail about all the different caves.
Navagio Bay, Greece
Navagio bay is also known as Shipwreck beach or smugglers cove. It is not possible to walk down to the beach as it is surrounded by vertical cliffs. You can access it by boat. The water is super clear and very blue.
I visited the beach in 2018 and I have to say it was the most amazing little beach. I have never seen the sea to be that colour ever before. We took a little boat ride to get there. I have to say we did not have the best luck with the weather, it was leading onto a storm. So the waters started to get really choppy and in the end, we had to pull over and switch to a coach to take us back. I have to say it was a little scary.
We still managed to see the beach and the coves on the way so it was all okay in the end. So I’d have to say it was definitely worth it.
Navigo Beach website gives you all the ins and outs about the beach and about the story behind it.
Amsterdam is a typical cheap weekend away. I still cannot believe I haven’t been yet! I have heard amazing things about Amsterdam, so I have been doing a lot of research and I’ve found the best places too go to if you are only there for the weekend:
- Anne Frank House – museum
- Cycle around and take a typical photo of one of the bridges
- A’ dam Lookout
- Heineken experience
I will leave the Iamsterdam website link so that you ca have a browse around all the possible opportunities and activities you can do.
Preacher’s Pulpit Preikestolen, Norway
Next for my bucket list ideas is Norway. If you are more into going for walks rather than lying on beaches, then visiting the Pulpit rock is an amazing experience. It is a 6km hike starting from the mountain lodge and it takes an average of 4 hours to get to the top of the rock. It is possible to do the hike all year round.
If you are in Stavanger then there are a couple bus companies that can get you to the hiking trail.
What’s recommended is starting the hike at night-time as it will be less busy and you will get to see the sunrise in the morning.
The Visit Norway website gives you a great guide on how you can hike the rock.
Santorini is famous for its views and its sunsets from the town. It is actually the remains of a volcanic crater. The Greek island is twice as expensive as Athens. Tourists stay in Oia or Fira.
Fira is the capital where you can find the white and blue houses and take amazing pictures down the alleys. You can enjoy the nightlife in Fira with the best bars and restaurants.
Oia is known for its sunsets. Most of the restaurants and bars ask for a minimum order amount per person.
There are many tourist activites that they put on such as:
- A free hike from Fira to Oia – which is highly recommended as you can see more of the island without paying – it will take about 2 hours
- Take a jet ski to tour the volcano
- visit the beaches, the Kamari Beach and Red Beach are free
- Amoudi Bay is a small fishing village, you can get there for Oia
- Winery tours
- Boat trip around Santorini
- Open-air cinema
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is a spa in Iceland which is open all year round. Imagine being able to swim in the Blue Lagoon! This is something I want to do so bad. The water is rich with minerals so it is good for your skin. You can choose to visit in the day or even at night. I’ve been told if you want to go at night you have to book early.
The official Blue Lagoon website offers day visits, accommodations and dinning information.
Budapest is next on my list. It is famous for being one of the most photogenic places in Europe. It is said you need at least 2 days to be able to see the whole city and do all the tourist activities.
The most common things to do include:
- Visiting Heros square
- Taking a walk across the Szechenyi Chain Bridge
- Going to the great market
- Riding the Buda Castle Hill Funicular
- Visiting the outdoor spas – one of the things I most want to do!
The Budapest website gives you all the information on the things you can do including walking and boat tours.
Lastly, for my bucket list ideas, is the Grand Canyon. The south rim of the park is open all year round. The north rim closes for the winter. You don’t have to take a tour when you enter the park, the south rim is a “do it yourself route”. If you want to drive to the grand canyon and park your car is it $30 per vehicle for a permit.
The most popular things to see at the Grand Canyon is:
- Grand Canyon Village – a free neighbourhood area
- Grand Canyon Skywalk
- Havasupai Falls – free, to get there you have to hike about 10 miles but you will see the blue waters
- Bright Angel Trail – a free steep trail where you can get great views of the river
- Helicopter tours – $199 on average per person
- Desert View Drive
- North Rim – less crowded than the south
The Grand Canyon Tours are a company who can sell you some tours and can help with visitors guides.
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