Travel bucket list
Whether it’s seeing the Grand Canyon from a helicopter, spotting the Big Five in Africa, riding the Rocky Mountaineer, or sailing along Halong Bay – with a world full of diverse cultures and unforgettable opportunities, it’s easy to rack up a long bucket list full of travel experiences.
But where to start? Our list of destinations, travel ideas and tours below are the perfect way to get some inspiration and create your very own ultimate bucket list. And once you’re done, you can call up our travel experts to start ticking off your dream holiday moments.
Wildlife enthusiasts will fall in love with Africa’s stunning natural beauty, and the wonderful animals that proudly roam the landscapes. A game drive through national parks and conservancies is life changing in itself, but there’s plenty more ‘pinch me’ moments to be had, from coming face to face with a gorilla on a trek through a jungle, to soaring up to Table Mountain in a cable car. Africa is a continent full of exciting adventures, so get ready to journey into the wild.
Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain
Cape Town is a city full of natural splendour, and Table Mountain is certainly one of the main attractions. Soaring high into the blue skies, this rugged attraction is an unforgettable landmark, and a trip on board the cable car will grace you with views beyond your wildest dreams.
Explore Kruger National Park in search of the Big Five
Magnificent lion, robust rhino, elegant giraffe, gruff buffalo and majestic elephant – the Big Five tops every safari goers list, and for good reason. Kruger National Park is one of our favourite places to spot these beautiful creatures.
Two iconic African experiences not to be missed
There are some moments in life that need to be seen to be believed. For us, the annual wildebeest migration and a gorilla trek through Bwindi National Park are two memories that will certainly last a lifetime, and help to create the ultimate safari.
Unique safari experiences with Sanctuary Retreats
Sleeping under the stars, seeing Africa from a new height on a hot air balloon safari…Sanctuary Retreats really knows how to add even more pizzazz to an already incredible safari. Here are some of our favourites.
Cape Town & Blue Train Safari Self-Drive
Combining the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, the luxury of travelling on the lavish Blue Train and the excitement of a game drive in Kruger National Park makes this one hell of an unforgettable Africa getaway.
Luxury Migration Flying Safari
Grab a front row seat to the astounding annual wildebeest migration and stay in wonderfully authentic safari camps along the way on this once-in-a-lifetime flying safari.
As soon as you come face to face with a wild gorilla, time stands still. Close enough to see their emotion spread across their face, this is a moment that will stay etched in your mind forever.
The long journey to Australia is a regular on travellers’ bucket lists – and for good reason. Australia is the epitome of a once-in-a-lifetime trip, from the awe-inspiring landscapes ranging from soaring mountains, golden coasts, barren desert and luscious rainforest, to the cool cities and heart-pumping activities.
Australian Icons Tour
Australia is full of incredible bucket list moments, so why not combine them all into one ultimate Australian escape? The Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Melbourne and Sydney are included.
Best of Australia Tour
Iconic landmarks are regularly featured on travellers’ lists of things to see, and our Best of Australia tour will help you tick those off. From the beautiful Kangaroo Island, to the scenic Great Ocean Road, this self-drive tour is certainly eye-opening.
Split into two beautiful islands, New Zealand is perfect for those hoping to create a bucket list full of natural beauty and phenomenal sights. Sipping wine, soaking up the sun on the coast, trekking up mountains and sailing past glaciers - what's not to love?
Grand New Zealand Self-Drive Tour
North Island or South Island – which should be on your list? When it comes to bucket lists, the sky is the limit, so why not enjoy a one-of-a-kind self-drive through both. Starting with Rotorua and Wellington in the North Island, you can catch a ferry to the South Island’s wineries, mountains and glaciers.
Length and Breadth of New Zealand Self-Drive Tour
A whole month exploring the beauty of New Zealand is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. This 30-day self-drive tour takes in all of the best sights, including Bay of Islands and Queenstown.
It’s not a trip to Canada without exploring the cascading Niagara Falls – but how about seeing it from a new angle? Flying over the dramatic waterfall via helicopter will soon be on your list of things to do, or perhaps you’ll wish to hop on the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic ride through the natural beauty of Western Canada. No matter what you decide, your Canadian bucket list will be sure to thrill you.
Take a helicopter ride over the Niagara Falls
The Niagara Falls is an amazing sight from any angle, but we reckon you just can’t beat seeing this iconic attraction from the comfort of a helicopter.
Experiencing the Calgary Stampede
It’s time to don your cowboy boots. Known as ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’, this rowdy rodeo has plenty of historical charm and entertainment. It’s an event that consumes the city and turns it into a destination full of fun, music and food.
Five reasons why you must experience a Rocky Mountaineer rail journey
Sometimes you just want to travel in style. A trip on board the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer is one of our favourite ways to experience the stunning beauty of Western Canada – what could be better than whizzing past snow-capped peaks whilst tucking into gourmet cuisine in a glass carriage?
Northern Light & dark sky adventures in Alberta
Of course, the Northern Lights are most likely on top of everyone’s bucket lists – but have you considered seeing them in Canada? Alberta’s dark skies are ideal for seeing this natural phenomenon.
Spot Orca's in Vancouver
Nothing quite beats seeing animals in their natural habitat. Vancouver’s waters are home to hundreds of majestic orcas, who like to put on quite the show – seeing them emerge from the water for the first time will make your heart skip a beat.
Western Explorer & Alaskan Cruise
Canada's Rocky Mountains will certainly take your breath away. Seeing the likes of Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise will introduce you to the natural beauty of western Canada, whilst the Alaskan cruise is a wonderful way to discover the splendour of the Inside Passage. You'll even have two days on board the Rocky Mountaineer.
Trans Canada by Rail
What could be simpler than sitting on a luxury train, sipping refreshing drinks and meeting new people as you marvel at Canada's incredible scenery? This brilliant tour hops from the east to the west, including Toronto, Manitoba, Alberta, Vancouver, and the Canadian Rockies.
The USA is one of the world’s biggest playgrounds, so of course we have an abundance of exhilarating excursions on our USA bucket list. Reach the top of the world on the Grand Canyon Skywalk and scale the Rockefeller Center, or join in the party at New Orlean’s Mardi Gras and take a unique road trip through the vibrant Florida Keys with a Key Lime pie in hand. Every State has its own reason to be added to your list, so take a look through our ideas and take your pick – it’ll be hard to choose just one. Below are a few of our favourites.
Top 10 outdoor experiences in Utah
This burnt orange oasis is the perfect outdoor playground for adventurous travellers. From stargazing in Dark Sky Parks to hiking up temples, check out our favourite things to do in Utah.
Make your own wine in Napa Valley
What could be better than a chilled glass of wine? Knowing you’ve made it yourself. Discover Napa Valley’s wonderful sweeping vineyards, and impress everyone you know by making your own bottle.
Discover the quirkiest kicks on Route 66
Ah, Route 66 – a road trip that is most likely on your bucket list already. Let us introduce you to the kookiest attractions you should aim to find should you make your way along this iconic self-drive route.
Self-Drive Classic New England Tour
Phenomenal fall foliage, charming coasts adorned with picturesque towns and lighthouses, decadent lobster plucked straight from the sea, towns teeming with history...this 16-day self-drive through New England is one of our favourite, quintessential trips.
Self-Drive Tour of the West
A drive through western USA is a must for anyone hoping to visit some of the country's most talked about cities, driving along beautiful coastal roads and enjoying fantastic adventures along the way. San Francisco, LA, Las Vegas and Palm Springs are just a few of the places you'll see.
The soaring Andes mountain range, thick and luscious forest home to a myriad of tropical wildlife, ancient colonial towns and Incan ruins, vibrant festivals, and pristine sand beaches...South America needs to be seen to be believed. This vast continent is one of our more stimulating bucket list choices, ideal for those who wish to see a world injected with colour and life.
Absolute Peru Tour
The atmospheric landscapes in Peru are utterly enchanting, marrying ancient history and natural beauty together to create an unforgettable destination. This unforgettable 21-day tour is a hiking lover's dream, with journeys through the Amazon jungle, the Inca Trail, and the Sacred Valley.
Galapagos - Northern & Central Islands Tour
If you're hoping to add a few unique trips onto your bucket list, we'd recommend nothing more than this incredible cruise that sails along the stunning archipelago of Galapagos. This is your chance to discover towering volcanoes, sugary white sands, and wonderful birdlife and iguana.
Far East & Asia
One of the greatest treasures of travelling to Asia is being immersed in its rich culture and history - which is why our collection of ideas really hones in on the vibrancy and diversity of this colourful region. Delve into Asia’s religious philosophies with a trip to Angkor Wat, or journey across the wonderful Great Wall of China. Maybe you fancy taking traditional transport, too? It’s all about the authentic experiences in our Far East and Asia bucket list.
Explore Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Our favourite way to immerse ourselves in Cambodia’s ancient history? Exploring the impressive archaeological site of Angkor Wat. Nothing quite compares to this fascinating complex.
Explore the Great Wall of China
Of course, we had to include this iconic bucket list experience. Run, walk, crawl…no matter how you get across, experience the Great Wall of China is a must.
Explore Bangkok by Tuk Tuk
One of the best ways to delve into a new culture, is to get around like a local. Hop on a colourful Tuk Tuk and career your way through the busy streets, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of the city along the way.
Exploring the River Kwai, Thailand
Exploring Thailand off the beaten track is our speciality. Cruising along the River Kwai is a wonderful opportunity we’re certain you won’t want to miss – there’s history, natural beauty and charm aplenty along the way.
Cruise the Mekong Delta in Vietnam
Discover Vietnam’s local lifestyle all the while exploring one of the world’s most captivating waterways. Sailing past colourful floating markets and villages, cruising has never been so enthralling.
Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure Tour
Combining India and Nepal, this is a wonderful 15-day tour that will immerse you in the vibrancy of these two destinations. With the likes of the Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Varanasi and Kathmandu included, you’ll be ticking off some amazing attractions on your adventure through these fascinating places.
Essential Vietnam and Cambodia Tour
Vietnam and Cambodia are popular choices for backpackers hoping to discover an entirely new culture. It’s time to find out why these destinations are so utterly charming on this fantastic 17-day tour, taking you through the Mekong Delta, Halong Bay, Vietnam’s bustling cities, and fascinating Siem Reap.
Golden Triangle of China Yangtze River Tour
Walking the Great Wall of China is just one of the amazing experiences you’ll be treated to on this ultimate bucket list tour. Taking you to Peking, Xian, and along the Yangtze River, this is your chance to really get to know this destination full of heritage and tradition.
The Indian Ocean's striking mix of powdery white beaches, verdant rainforest, towering palms and turquoise waters spark passion, making this the perfect destination to tick off a few bucket list moments with a loved one. Dining under the stars, strolling along the beach as the sun sets, snorkelling together alongside colourful marine life...these are all memorable experiences that appear when people dream of an idyllic romantic getaway. And where better to do so than this island paradise?
Praslin, Bird & Cerf Island Beach Stay
Up on everyone's bucket list should be to stay on a private island barely touched by tourism, feeling like the last people on earth. This magical tour combines two of the Seychelles' most unspoilt islands - Bird and Cerf - as well as the luscious Praslin, giving you ample time to soak up the sunshine.
Sri Lanka & Maldives Tour
Of course, a trip to the jaw-dropping Indian Ocean doesn't mean skimping on culture or adventure. This eclectic trip to Sri Lanka and the Maldives combines unwinding on the beach with trips to the impressive UNESCO Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Temple and Ramboda Falls.
When you need a break from basking in the sun and sipping fruity cocktails on the white-sand Caribbean beaches, there are a plethora of activities to excite you. That’s right – it’s not just the beautiful Caribbean sunsets that will make your heart beat faster. Take to the waters and scuba dive in Tobago, looking out for tropical wildlife swimming beside you, or there are plenty of other excursions to add to your list, too. Paradise just got even more exciting.
The best dives sites in Tobago
On land, Tobago is a stunning scene of golden, sweeping beaches and swaying palms. But dive under the sea and you’ll find a colourful world full of amazing marine life and bright coral lighting up the reef floor.
Turtle watching in Tobago
Whether you swim alongside them in the reef, or watch as tiny babies make their journey from land to sea, Tobago’s turtles are fascinating creatures. We could never get bored of seeing them in the Caribbean.
Think of a bucket list, and you may think of unique activities fuelled with adrenaline. But, sometimes, all you truly desire is a week in paradise. The Sandpiper is certainly the perfect package when it comes from escaping every day life, with a gorgeous beach front location, island-style decor, and beautiful Tree Top Suites.
A trip to paradise is made even better with the accompaniment of sensational cuisine and wine. Curtain Bluff's restaurants should be near the top of every foodie's bucket list - the indulgent and divine seafood dishes are paired beautifully with the finest of wines and incredible views of the ocean.
Sometimes all you need is to escape to a tropical oasis - and St Lucia is one of our favourite islands to run away to. Combine the island's stunning landscape with the wonderful VIP treatment at Cap Maison, and you'll be in for a real treat. From the oceanfront pool, to The Cliff restaurant serving up sumptuous cuisine - Cap Maison is one of our favourite places to indulge.