Travel Bucket List for Every Country in the World

My life goal is to visit every country in the world! Here is my wacky and wild bucket list of everything I want to accomplish as I make my way through the countries of the globe. So far, I've been to 16/196 countries, and 26/1073 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

How to read the list:

I have categorized everything by continent, and then by country. If I've been to a country, you can click through on the image to read all the blog posts associated with that country. Bold items be clicked on to read all about each individual adventure.


Aland Island

- attend a Maypole Midsummer's Eve Festival
- explore the medieval Franciscan monastery ruins of Kokar
- go biking through the Archipelago


- go on a boat trip of Lake Koman
- explore the ancient ruins of Apollonia
- visit the Blue Eye natural springs pool


- travel by dog sledge at Vallnord
- go hiking through the valleys


- explore the monastery of Tatev
- take in the views from the Haghpat Monastery bell tower
- wander through the epic spires of Goris
- attend a Mozart dinner concert at the Siftskeller St. Peter
- take in the view of Innsbruck from the top of the Hafelekar
- hike through the Karwendel region


- take the Sound of Music tour
- visit the idyllic Hallstatt
- spend a day at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna
- wander along Vienna's Ringstrasse

vienna ringstrasse at night, austria

- visit the UNESCO 15th century Mir Castle


- wander through the Grand Place flower carpet in Brussels
- walk through the UNESCO historic centre of Bruges
- take part in the Ghent Celebrations in July in Ghent
- visit the world's first casino in Spa, built in 1763
- hang out in the waterfalls of the Grotto of Dinant

Bosnia Herzegovina

- cross over Old Bridge Mostar
- visit the world's only city-waterfall, the Jajce Waterfall of the Pliva River
- explore Europe's largest spring at Buna
- swim in the Kravice Waterfalls
- cross the Sokolovic Bridge, completed by the Ottomans in 1577


- explore the Seven Rila Lakes
- visit the Rhodope Mountains
- experience the history of Bulgarian Communism at the Buzludzha


- visit Plitvice Lakes National Park
- wander through the historic port of Hvar
- explore the ancient Dioceltian Palace
- go island hopping through some of Croatia's over 1000 islands
- visit Dubrovnik, the filming location of King's Landing in Game of Thrones

Czech Republic

- visit Prague Castle, the world's largest castle
- cross Prague's Charles Bridge built in 1357
- experience the authentic spas of Karlovy Vary established in 1358
- visit three of Europe's oldest libraries all located in Prague
- hike through UNESCO's Bohemian Paradise


- ride the London Eye
- visit the ancient Roman Baths
- experience the world of Harry Potter at London's studio tour
- take in the views of Stonehenge
- stand on the Greenwich Meridian Line, the centre of time
- wander through the halls of Oxford
- go camping on the Scilly Isles
- visit the gorgeous St. Michael's Mount
- wander through the Cotswolds
- explore Cambridge's university town

jana meerman london

- explore the Christmas markets in old town Tallinn
- take in the views of Tallinn from Toompea Hill
- explore Toolse Order Castle
- hike the Panga Cliff
- explore the Toolse Order Castle

Faroe Islands

- take in the view at Eggjarnar


- see the Northern Lights
- visit Father Christmas in Lapland
- have a picnic on Suomenlinna Island


- explore the Christmas markets
- experience Germany's largest Oktoberfest in Munich
- visit the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle
- go island-hopping off the coast
- walk along the Berlin Wall

jana meerman berlin germany

- see Africa from Europa Point
- climb to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar


- watch the sunset over the white buildings in Santorini
- walk down the Epidaurus Theater steps
- visit the Acropolis of Athens
- see the Parthenon
- hike from Fira to Oia


walk the perimeter of Herm Island


- swim in the Széchenyi thermal baths


- swim in the Blue Lagoon
- explore Skaftafell Ice Cave
- roadtrip the Ring Road
- see the waterfalls at Gullfoss, Skogafoss, and Seljalandsfoss


- spend St. Patrick's Day in Dublin
- go on a road trip around Killarney National Park
- feel the wind at the Cliffs of Moher
- visit Giant's Causeway
- roadtrip the Ring of Kerry
- explore the beauty of Kylemore Abbey
- visit Europe's highest cliffs at Slieve League
- kayak at sunrise on Lake Killarney

Isle of Man

- bike around the island
- visit Laxey Wheel, the world's largest working waterwheel


- take a gondola ride in Venice
- attend Carnival of Venice
- eat pizza in Naples
- eat gelato in Cinque Terre
- visit the Colosseum in Rome
- take an optical illusion photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- hike between the five towns of Cinque Terre
- make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
- visit St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest
- see Michelangelo's work at the Sistine Chapel


- walk over the causeway at Elizabeth Castle


- explore the Mirusha Waterfalls


explore old city Riga


- visit Vaduz Castle


- visit the geographic centre of Europe in Purnuskes
- visit old Lithuania in Trakai


- explore Ohrid Old Town and Lake
- visit the Monastery of St. Naum on the springs of the Drim River
- visit the most distinguished Macedonian cathedral at the Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski


- visit the temple ruins of Hagar Qim
- swim through the Blue Grotto
- visit the famous Calypso Cave on Gozo and Comino Islands


- explore the archaeological complex of Orheiul Vechi


- climb the 1500 steps up Kotor Fortress
- take in the view over all of Montenegro from the top of Njegos Mausoleum
- swim at Sveti Stefan


- ride the Oslo-Bergen rail line
- perch 800 meters above Lysefjord on Pulpit Rock
- hike up to Trolltunga
- stand on Kjeragbolten, a glacial deposit between a Kjerag mountain crevasse
- feel the spray from the Latefossen Waterfall


- visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum


- visit the starting point of Vasco da Gama's world voyage at Belem
- climb Serra de Sintra by the colourful National Palace of Pena
- watch the sunset at Costa Vincentina National Park
- ride the tram in Alfama
- swim through Ponta da Piedade
- look down into the Boca do Inferno or the Mouth of Hell


- visit Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula's Castle


- travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway
- walk across the world's longest pedestrian bridge in Sochi
- explore the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg
- visit the Moscow Kremlin
- watch a ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre
- stand in the Red Square in Moscow, home to Lenin's Mausoleum
- see the lights on the Cathedral of Christ the Savior

San Marino

- take a picture with the Guard of the Rock
- climb Monte Titano adorned with Three Towers to take in the view


- ride the Hogwarts Express over the Glenfinnan Viaduct
- walk part of Hadrian's Wall
- look for the Loch Ness Monster in the Highlands
- swim in the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye
- visit Fingal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa
- hike Ben Nevis
- drive the North Coast 500 Road through the Highlands
- drive the Wester Ross Coastal Trail


explore the fortress of Petrovardin


- explore Devin Castle
- walk through St. Elizabeth's Church with the beautiful blue walls
- walk under Michael's Gate
- hike through Tatras National Park


- take a boat across Lake Bled to Bled Castle
- appreciate the murals of Hrastovlje
- look down into Vintgar Gorge
- explore the caves of Postojna


- attend the tomato fight La Tomatina in Bunol
- swim in the Balearic Islands
- wander through the Alhambra
- visit the futuristic city of Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
- walk through the Mezquita de Cordoba
- visit the historic city of Toledo
- see the famous river gorge at the Ciudad de Ronda
- take in the views of the Picos de Europa
- hang out in the Canary Islands
- visit the old Moorish fort of Alcazar
- eat at the oldest restaurant in the world: Sobrino de Botin


- see the northern lights


- wander through the Djurgarden
- stay in the world's largest ice hotel
- visit the art studios of Visby


- visit the Zermatt Matterhorn
- sing the Sound of Music in the Alps
- watch the sunset at the Chateau de Chillon on the edge of Lake Geneva
- hike through the Jungfrau-Aletsch Protected Area
- appreciate the beauty of Lake Luzern
- take a train on the Rhaetian Railway in the Albula Bernina Landscapes
- hike Piz Bernina
- visit Europe's largest waterfall at the Rhine Falls
- trek Mont Blanc


- go on a hot-air balloon ride over Cappadocia at sunrise
- visit Aya Sofia in Istanbul
- swim in the Pamukkale Thermal Pools
- explore the ruins of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
- watch the sun go down over Kyrenia Harbour

jana meerman kyrenia harbour turkey

- hike the Carpathian Mountains
- explore the beaches of Yalta


- visit the Fairy Glen at Conwy
- explore Castell Coch
- explore Cardiff Castle
- greet the puffins of Skomer Island
- learn about the history of slate at Dinorwic Quarry
- walk through Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire
- hear the sea at South Stack Lighthouse
- swim in the Blue Lagoon of Pembrokeshire
- take in the views from Mount Snowdon

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chase the Aurora Borealis


- go on an expedition to the North Pole


- look down into the Grand Canyon
- sit at Horseshoe Bend
- walk through Antelope Canyon
- jump into Havasu Falls
- drive the Apache Trail


- camp under the stars in Death Valley
- visit Lake Tahoe
- go hiking in Yosemite National Park
- roadtrip Highway 1 down to Big Sur
- hug a Redwood Tree
- walk through the outdoor lamps at LA County Museum of Art
- hike to view the Hollywood sign
- ride a cable car in San Francisco
- explore Calico Ghost Town
- bike across the Golden Gate Bridge
- find Salvation Mountain
- visit the world's largest tree at Sequoia National Park
- drive through the USA's deepest canyon in Kings Canyon National Park

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- ride up the highest summit on the Cog Railway to Pikes Peak
- walk the Garden of the Gods Trail
- explore the ancient ruins of Mesa Verde
- trek through North America's tallest sand dunes in the San Luis Valley

jana meerman colorado usa

- visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando


- visit Illulissat Icefjord
- explore Nuuk


- swim in Pend Oreille, one of North America's deepest lakes
- float down Snake River in Hell's Canyon, USA's deepest river canyon


- stand under the Chicago Bean


- attend the Kentucky Derby


- attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans


- explore Harvard University

jana meerman harvard

- walk the Las Vegas strip

New Mexico

- stand at 4 Corners
- hike the La Luz Trail
- explore Los Alamos and its world famous chilies

jana meerman new mexico
New York

- spend Christmas and New Year's in NYC
- watch the sunrise from the top of the Empire State Building

Northwest Territories

- see the Northern Lights in Yellowknife


- cross the Rainbow Bridge over Niagara Falls
- lean off the CN Tower Edgewalk


- visit Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach
- take in the beauty of Multnomah Falls

Prince Edward Island

- re-live Anne of Green Gables
- cross Confederation Bridge


- walk around Old Quebec City

South Dakota

see Mount Rushmore


- swim in Jacobs Well
- attend a rodeo


explore Arches National Park
- explore Zion National Park

jana meerman arches national park utah

- visit the first Starbucks in Seattle
- see the gum wall at Pikes Place Market
- hike the Pacific Crest Trail through to Oregon and California
- drive to Artist Point in Mount Baker National Forest
- explore the San Juan Islands

jana meerman orcas washington
Washington DC

- visit the White House
- say hello to Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial
- walk down the National Mall

West Virginia

- hike the Appalachian Trail


- see geysers erupt at Yellowstone National Park
- explore the old barns at Grand Teton National Park

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American Samoa

- hike the Tuafanua Trail of the Eastern District
- take in the view of Pola Island from the Pola Island Trail
- enjoy the views over the tropical rain forests from the top of Tumu Mountain


- see wild penguins
- visit the South Pole


- climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- watch an opera at Sydney Opera House
- scuba dive the Great Barrier Reer
- learn to surf at Bondi Beach
- watch the sunrise at Uluru
- watch the sunrise at Byron Bay
- ride the world's steepest railway in the Blue Mountains
- sail the Whitsunday Islands
- see the pink waters of Lake Hillier
- watch the sunset at Loch Ard Gorge
- roadtrip the Great Ocean Road and see the 12 Apostles

Cook Islands

- snorkel the Aitutaki Lagoon
- swim at One Foot Island
- hike up Mount Maungapu with views of the surrounding lagoons and islands
- conquer the Te Rua Manga Needle hike


- go sand-boarding
- take a nap in a hammock

French Polynesia

- swim with sting rays in Bora Bora
- watch the Tiarei Araho Blow Hole in Tahiti
- swim in the Bora Bora Lagoon


- climb Mount Lamlam, technically the tallest mountain in the world


- explore the ecological beauty of Christmas Island

Marshall Islands

- relax on the beaches of Amo Atoll


take in the view of the entire country from the top of Command Ridge

New Caledonia

dive the underwater structures of Aiguille de Prony
- hike through Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue

New Zealand

- explore the hobbit holes
- explore the Glowworm Caves in Waitomo
- take in the beauty of Milford Sound
- roadtrip from North to South
- hike Ben Lomond
- dance through the lupines


swim with humpback whales

Northern Mariana Islands

- snorkel the World War II shipwrecks


- swim in Jellyfish Lake

Pitcairn Islands

- hike through the ecologically diverse UNESCO Henderson Island
- camp out on Oeno Island


- swim in the To Sua Ocean Trench swimming hole
- take in the views of the Sopoaga Waterfall
- sit on the cliffs high above Fuipisia Falls
- hang out in the swimming holes of the Togitogiga Waterfall
- experience the massive jets of water propelled from the Alofaaga Blowholes

Solomon Islands

- climb the cone-shaped Kolombangara Volcano and camp overnight in the rainforest
- explore the boulders of Mataniko Falls


- swim in the largest lagoon on Nukunonu


- explore the Mapu'a a Vaea blowholes, known to the locals as the Chief's Whistles
- hike up Mount Talau for stunning island views
- go snorkeling and swimming with whales


explore Funafuti by motorcycle
- snorkel and scuba dive the stunning reefs and lagoons of Funafuti atoll


- swim in the cascades of Mele

Wallis and Futunua

- take in the view of the perfectly circular natural Lake Lalolalo
- swim in the crater Lake Lanutavake



- explore Iguazu Falls on the border with Brazil
- trek all through Patagonia (also in Chile)
- try out the tango
- hike through the Andes - especially Cerro Aconcagua
- explore Glaciar Perito Moreno
- take a glimpse of the mysterious Tierra del Fuego


- scuba dive the Great Blue Hole
- jump into Butterfly Falls
- explore Xunantanich ruins
- spend the day on Caye Caulker


- bike down Death Road
- hang out on Isla Incahuasi
- explore Valle de la Luna
- visit Salar de Uyuni


- attend Carnival in Rio
- get a selfie with Christ the Redeemer
- head up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain
- explore Iguacu National Park
- visit Baia do Sancho
- hike the Morro da Urca


- explore Easter Island
- watch the sunset in the Atacama Desert
- hike the full circuit of Torres del Paine
- take in the views of Santiago from Sky Costanera
- watch the Geyser del Tatio


- spot a pink dolphin in the Amazon River
- trek to the Lost City of Teyuna
- explore the walled city of Cartagena
- visit Laguna de Guatape

Costa Rica

- go zip-lining through the forest canopies
- hang out in Tabacon Hot Springs, fed by volcanoes
- explore the bridges of Monteverde Cloud Forest


- go snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands
- stand on the equator at Mitad del Mundo
- visit the Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus in Quito
- explore El Cajas National Park
- wander through Quito Old Town
- hike up to Laguna Quilotoa
- take a swing in Banos

El Salvador

- zipline over the Apaneca coffee plantations
- hike through the Parque Nacional El Boqueron
- visit the Santa Ana Volcano
- explore the gorgeous Lake Coatepeque

Falkland Islands

visit the penguins of Bluff Cove Lagoon

French Guiana

- explore Devil's Island


- visit the famous market at Chichicastenago
- wander the cobblestoned streets of Antigua
- hike up the Pacaya Volcano
- take in the views of Lake Atitlan


- spot the stunning Kaieteur Falls
- visit the cathedrals of Georgetown


- scuba dive the Great Mayan Reef
- visit the Little French Key island
- swim in the turquoise waters of West Bay


- bike around the Isla Mujeres
- explore Chichen Itza
- swim in Cenotes


- go volcano boarding on Cerro Negro
- hang out on Ometepe Island
- go cliff jumping at Somoto Canyon
- see bubbling lava at Masaya
- swim in the volcanic lake Laguna de Apoyo


- take a boat on the Panama Canal
- wander along the Avenida Balboa
- bike the Amador Causeway


- visit La Santisima Trinidad de Parana historical site


- take a boat trip down the Amazon River
- trek the Inca Trail
- watch sunrise at Machu Picchu
- visit the historic centre of Cusco
- take in the view from Huayna Picchu
- explore the Sacsayhuaman ruins
- visit the Monasterio de Santa Catalina
- explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- hike through Huascaran National Park

South Georgia & Sandwich Islands

- hang out with the king penguins


- visit the Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral in Paramaribo


- walk through the Barrio Historico in Sacramento
- visit La Calle de los Suspiros
- hang out in Montevideo's Plaza Independencia


- visit Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall
- conquer the summit of Mount Roirama
- swim at Cayo de Agua



hike up to Kalandula Falls, the second largest waterfall in Africa


- go on a walking tour of Kabira National Park and see chimpanzees up close


- watch the sunrise at the Pyramids of Giza
- camp under the stars in the White Desert
- explore the Sultan Qalawun Mosque in Old Cairo
- wave to the Great Sphinx of Giza
- enter the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens
- explore the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
- visit the Cairo Citadel


- wave to a crocodile in the Kachikally Sacred Crocodile Pool
- experience a Moroccan Hammam at the Coco Spa


- walk down the Avenue of the Baobabs


- explore the legendary city of Timbuktu


walk through the inland sugarcane fields


- stroll through the Blue Streets of Chefchaouen
- spend the night in the Sahara Desert
- wander through the Marrakech Markets


- explore the old Portuguese trading counter, the Island of Mozambique


- wander the iconic red dunes in Sossusvlei

Saint Helena

- walk up Jacob's Ladder


- swim in Pink Lake that appears bright pink due to high salt content

South Africa

- go on a safari in the Kruger National Park to see the Big 5
- go sky-diving
- visit Robben Island, the site of Mandela's imprisonment
- take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain
- hike Lion's Head


- climb Sibebe Rock, the 2nd largest exposed granite dome in the world
- witness traditional song and dance in the Shewula Mountain Camp


- climb Mount Kilimanjaro


- visit the source of the Nile in the town of Jinja


- see Victoria Falls, the world's largest waterfall


- swim in Devil's Pool above Victoria Falls



- visit the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
- swim in the lake of the Band-e-Amir National Park


- swim in the Caspian Sea


visit the Paro Takstang Monastery on the cliffside of Paro Valley


- walk around Angkor Wat


- walk along the Great Wall
- visit Tiananmen Square

East Timor

- sleep in a beachside hut on Atauro Island

Hong Kong

- wander down Temple Street Night Market


- visit the Taj Mahal
- watch the sunrise over the Ganges
- attend the Holi Festival


- visit the rice-fields in Bali
- swim in Lake Toba, the world's largest crater lake


- visit the Hanging Gardens of Babylon


- visit the Old City of Jerusalem


- visit Mount Fuji
- walk through the Wisteria Flower Tunnel


- float in the Dead Sea
- wander around the old city of Petra


- travel along the ancient Silk Road


- bungee jump the highest jump in the world


- see the glowing blue tide at the Vaadhoo Island Sea of Stars


- travel on the Trans-Mongolian Highway
- ride a camel at Khongoryn Els


- cross the U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world


- reach Mount Everest Base Camp
- visit Lumbini, Buddha's birthplace


- camp in Fairy Meadows at the base of Nanga Parbat

Papua New Guinea

- hike Mount Trafalgar
- trek the Kokoda Track


- take a boat trip down the Puerto Princesa Sunterranean River
- swim in the waters of Borocay
- explore El Nido

Saudi Arabia

- visit Mecca


- attend the Taiwan Lantern Festival


- explore Phang Nga Bay by longtail boat
- look around the Amphawa Floating Market

United Arab Emirates

- go to the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai
- visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque


- explore Ho Chi Minh by scooter
- swim in Halong Bay
- hike through the Sapa hills
- climb to the top of Chiang Mai's Doi Suthep Temple



hang out with the swimming pigs at Pig Island


- swim with turtles

British Virgin Islands

- swim in the Virgin Gorda Baths

Cayman Islands

swim with sting rays at Sting Ray City


- wander through Old Havana
- visit the UNESCO Parque de Vinales
- explore the iconic San Pedro de la Roca Castle


- swim in the Emerald Pool

Dominican Republic

- descend the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua


- climb 600 feet up through Dunn River Falls
- swing on the beach at Frenchman's Cove
- raft down the Rio Grande
- explore the caves at Reach Falls

Puerto Rico

- take an eco-excursion through the Camuy Caves

Saint Lucia

- have a Sulphur Springs Mud Bath

St Vincent and the Grenadines

- visit Waillilabou Bay where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed