Dream big with this Ultimate Bucket List, which includes a Must See or Do activity for every country in the world. This list is split into three parts and is organized alphabetically. Think you know a Must See or Do that trumps the one on the list? Share it in the comments!
Whitsunday Island, perfect for seeing the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Visit the Ka Faroshi bird market
Luxuriate in the Albanian Riviera
Visit an oasis village and stay in a ksar
Visit the natural hotsprings after a day of skiing in Escaldes-Engordany
Visit the Kissama Animal Refuge Park and Kwanza River to scope the wildlife of the area, including the Goliath Heron.
- Antigua and Barbuda
Ride horse-back on the pink tinged beaches of Barbuda
Hike the Andes up to its highest peak, Cerro Aconcagua. (Or party it up in Bueno Aires)
Visit the world’s last standing Pagan Temple, Garni Temple.
Visit the Whitsunday Islands for sailing and snorkeling to enjoy some of the best parts of the Great Barrier Reef
Go ice caving in “the world of ice giants”, Eisriesnwelt.
See the ancient (14 millennia BC) carvings in the rocks of Gobustan, that provide a time line that stretches to the time of the vikings.
A tiger in Bangladesh’s mangrove forest ( Source )
Visit Blue Lagoon Island, once a popular stop for pirates, to snorkel and see dolphins.
Visit the Tree of Life, the ancient mesquite tree in the desert of Jebel Dukhan.
Go tiger spoting in the largest mangrove forest in the world, Sundarbans
Attend the party carnival, Crop Over, and join in on the Calypso competition!
Visit the worlds oldest wildlife reserve in Europe, Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park, and see the European Bison and explore the dozens of lakes and rivers scattered throughout.
Indulge in Belgium’s specialities, beer and chocolate, in a Bruges cafe.
Visit Mayan Shaman, Jovencio Canto, who can conduct a two hour traditional session that can be dedicated your health, prosperity, even relationships.
Attend Benin’s annual Voodoo Festival!
Visit the Himalayan Buddhist monsastery built into the mountain side, Paro Taktsang (more commonly known as the Tiger’s Nest)
Visit the Salar de Uyuni: salt flats that allow you to “walk on water” that is so vividly clear the distinction between sky and earth is blurred.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Visit the chilling Sarajevo War Tunnels
Visit the Louvre of the Desert, Tsodilo Hills, home to over 4,500 ancient San Bushmen paintings.
See Lençóis De Maranho for a truly surreal desert experience.
Visit Brunei’s mangrove jungle to see the proboscis monkeys, famous for their comically large noses, that can only be found here!
This is a split! Attend the Rose Festival in Kazanlak and snag some rose oil while you’re at it, or go to the Gypsy Bridal Market.
- Burkina Faso
Visit the Sindou Peaks when they are their most magnificient: sunset
See the annual migration of rare birds to the Rwihinda Bird Lake
( The Longmen Grottoes in China: Source )
- Cabo Verde
Shark spot from shore on the islands Rifes de Para
See the Angkor Wat ruins at sunrise, be sure to feed the monkeys behind the temple!
Visit the volcanic island of Sao Miguel and try the cozido which is cooked in water by the heat of the volcano.
Hike the Canadian Rockies
- Central African Republic
Go wildlife spotting in the Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park to see hippos, lions, antelopes, and savannah buffaloes.
Enjoy a more traditional African shopping experience by trying to bargain with the best of them in the Gran March market.
Go star gazing in Northern Chile, where you can enjoy some of the clearest skies in the world.
Visit the Longmen Grottoes
Have a cup of Colombian Coffee before saddling up to enjoy a ride on horse back in the Valle de Cocora to get a true sense of Colmbia’s natural beauty.
Hike up Karthala volcano, one of the most active in the world, for a two day trek you’ll never forget.
- Republic of the Congo
Visit De Brazza’s, an Italian explorer, Mausoleum, believed by many Conolese to be the center of kindoki, a type of black magic.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
Gillet Botanical Gardens, to see the extremely rare orchids in bloom.
- Costa Rica
Visit the San Lucas Island Prison, where some of the most violent and vicious criminals of Costa Rica were held, to see the graffiti scrawled by the inmates. Some done in human blood.
- Cote d’Ivoire
Visit Dipi Crocodile Farm in Assinie
Visit the blue ocean cave of Opcina Komiza for a truly unique natural wonder.
Visit Old Havana
Visit the Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas of the Cats. The cats were initally brought to help kill snakes that haunted the monastery. Hundreds of years later, there are still at least 70 cats pulling guard duty.
- Czech Republic
Visit the Devil Heads while hiking by the village of Zelizy.
(Los Tres Ojo in the Dominican Republic: Source )
Visit the ultra-modern Superkilen Park.
See the Great Green Wall of Africa, the ambitious project of an several African countries to keep back the creeping Sahara with 4,750 miles of trees.
See the Rock at Pagua, which the local Kalinago people say houses a powerful spirit. Anyone who finds the white flower that blooms once a year by this rock, and rubs it on their palm, will be able to control a person of their choice.
- Dominican Republic
Visit the Three Eyes (los tres ojos), three prehistoric sinkholes, that host a diverse array of life unlike anywhere else.