Travel Bucket List for Every Country in the World

My life goal is to visit every country in the world! Here is my bucket list of everything I want to accomplish as I make my way through the countries of the globe. The stats:

  • 16/197 countries
  • 31/1073 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 12/59 United States National Parks
  • 8/47 Canadian National Parks

How to read the list:

I have categorized everything by continent, then by country. If I have been to a country, there's a picture which you can click on to read all the blog posts about that country. Each bolded item has been completed; you can click on them to read more!

Europe

Åland Island
  • attend a Maypole Midsummer's Eve Festival
  • explore the medieval Franciscan monastery ruins of Kokar
  • go biking through the Archipelago
  • visit the capital, Mariehamn
  • explore Kastelholm Castle in Sund
  • go swimming off the Geta beaches
  • visit the Bomarsund Fortress
Albania
  • go on a boat trip of Lake Koman
  • explore the ancient ruins of Apollonia
  • visit the Blue Eye natural springs pool
  • take in the view from Gjirokastër Fortress
  • stop in at the Zvernec Monastery in Vlore
  • explore the Petrela Castle in Tirana
  • cross Gorica Bridge
  • hang out in the Albanian Riviera
  • drive through the picturesque Llogara Pass
  • explore the Amphitheatre of Durrës
  • wander through Butrint, a UNESCO site preserving a prehistoric Greek city
Andorra
  • travel by dog sledge at Vallnord
  • go hiking through the valleys
Armenia
  • 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
Austria
  • take the Sound of Music tour
  • visit the idyllic Hallstatt
  • spend a day at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna
  • wander along Vienna's Ringstrasse
  • hear a symphony in Vienna
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Belarus
  • visit the UNESCO 15th century Mir Castle
Belgium
  • 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
Bulgaria
  • explore the Seven Rila Lakes
  • visit the Rhodope Mountains
  • experience the history of Bulgarian Communism at the Buzludzha
Croatia
  • 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
England
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Estonia
  • 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
  • explore the village of Gasadalur
Finland
  • see the Northern Lights
  • visit Father Christmas in Lapland
  • have a picnic on Suomenlinna Island
  • explore the frozen Lapland in Enontekio
  • go swimming in Lake Saimaa
Georgia
  • drink Georgian wine
Germany
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Gibraltar
  • see Africa from Europa Point
  • climb to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar
Greece
  • 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
  • island-hop the Cyclades
  • explore the monasteries of Meteora
Greenland
  • visit Illulissat Icefjord
  • explore Nuuk
Guernsey
  • walk the perimeter of Herm Island
Hungary
  • swim in the Széchenyi thermal baths
Iceland
  • swim in the Blue Lagoon
  • explore Skaftafell Ice Cave
  • roadtrip the Ring Road
  • see the waterfalls at Gullfoss, Skogafoss, and Seljalandsfoss
  • spot the Northern Lights
Ireland
  • 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
Italy
  • 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
  • take in the view of Mount Etna from Taormina in Sicily
  • explore the hilltop town of Assisi in Umbria
  • experience Renaissance Florence
Jersey
  • walk over the causeway at Elizabeth Castle
Kosovo
  • explore the Mirusha Waterfalls
Latvia
  • explore old city Riga
Liechtenstein
  • visit Vaduz Castle
Lithuania
  • visit the geographic centre of Europe in Purnuskes
  • visit old Lithuania in Trakai
Macedonia
  • 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
  • feel small in Matka Canyon
  • cross the Stone Bridge
  • explore the Old Bazaar built in the 12th century
Malta
  • visit the temple ruins of Hagar Qim
  • swim through the Blue Grotto
  • visit the famous Calypso Cave on Gozo and Comino Islands
Moldova
  • explore the archaeological complex of Orheiul Vechi
Montenegro
  • 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
Netherlands
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Norway
  • 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
  • explore the Lofoten Islands
  • meet the Sami reindeer
Poland
  • visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum
Portugal
  • 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
  • see dolphins in the Azores
Romania
  • visit Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula's Castle
Russia
  • 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
Scotland
  • 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 ancient archipegalo of Orkney
  • visit the wild Isle of Jura
Serbia
  • explore the fortress of Petrovardin
Shetland Islands
  • attend the viking festival Up Helly Aa in Lerwick
Slovakia
  • explore Devin Castle
  • walk through St. Elizabeth's Church with the beautiful blue walls
  • walk under Michael's Gate
  • hike through Tatras National Park
Slovenia
  • take a boat across Lake Bled to Bled Castle
  • appreciate the murals of Hrastovlje
  • look down into Vintgar Gorge
  • explore the caves of Postojna
Spain
  • 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
  • explore the dreamy Mallorca
  • awe at the Sagrada Familia
  • learn to flamenco dance in Seville
  • walk the Camino de Santiago
  • visit the windmills of Castille-la-Mancha
Svalbard
  • see the northern lights
  • experience midnight daylight
  • visit the coal-mining town of Longyearbyen
  • enjoy a husky-dog sled ride
  • go skiing in the most unique place in the world
Sweden
  • wander through the Djurgarden
  • stay in the world's largest ice hotel
  • visit the art studios of Visby
  • celebrate Midsummer Eve in Stockholm
  • go island-hopping in the Stockholm Archipegalo
Switzerland
  • 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 sky-diving in Lauterbrunnen
Turkey
  • 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
  • cruise in a gulet along the Turquoise Coast
  • visit the ruins of Ephesus
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Ukraine
  • hike the Carpathian Mountains
  • explore the beaches of Yalta
  • cross the Ai-Petri bridge in Crimea
  • visit the stunning castle of Swallow's Nest
  • walk through the railway Tunnel of Love
  • explore the castle of Kamianets-Podilskyi
Vatican City
  • visit St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest
  • see Michelangelo's work at the Sistine Chapel
  • spot La Pieta
  • walk through the Raphael Rooms
  • explore the underground Necropolis
Wales
  • 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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NORTH AMERICA

Alabama, USA
  • take a night hike at Dismals Canyon Conservatory
  • visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville
  • drive around the rim of Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • watch the sunset on Dauphin Island
Alaska, USA
  • chase the Aurora Borealis
  • go hiking through Chugach State Park
  • visit the Portage Glacier
  • hike to Flattop Mountain
  • explore Kenai Fjords National Park
  • ride the Mount Roberts Tramway
  • take a boat tour of Tracy Arm
  • ride the train through White Pass on the Yukon Route
  • visit the Mendenhall Ice Caves
  • wander the trails of Denali National Park
  • spot the glaciers at Glacier Bay
  • take in the stunning views of Gates of the Arctic
Alberta, Canada
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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
Arctic
  • go on an expedition to the North Pole
Arizona, USA
  • look down into the Grand Canyon
  • sit at Horseshoe Bend
  • walk through Antelope Canyon
  • jump into Havasu Falls
  • drive the Apache Trail
  • hike Camelback Mountain
  • take a photo in the Hole in the Rock
  • go hiking through Saguaro National Park
  • take a tram through Sabino Canyon
  • take in the view from Chapel of the Holy Cross
  • hike Table Top Mountain
  • trek the historic hiking trail of Munds Wagon
  • watch sunset at Watson Lake
Arkansas, USA
  • visit the historic bathhouse at Hot Springs National Park
  • mine for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds
  • hike Pinnacle Mountain
California, USA
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Colorado, USA
  • 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
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Connecticut, USA
  • visit Buttermilk Falls
  • hike Mattabesset Trail for views of the state
  • see cider being made at B. F. Cidermill
Delaware, USA
  • Grab a doughnut at the Fractured Prune
  • explore the Victorian-esque Cape May
Florida, USA
  • visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando
  • hunt for seashells on Sanibel Island
  • visit Kennedy Space Centre
Georgia, USA
  • explore Stone Mountain Park
  • visit the World of Coca Cola
Guam
  • climb Mount Lamlam, technically the tallest mountain in the world
Idaho, USA
  • swim in Pend Oreille, one of North America's deepest lakes
  • float down Snake River in Hell's Canyon, USA's deepest river canyon
  • view the gushing water of Shoshone Falls
  • explore Coeur d'Alene
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Illinois, USA
  • stand under the Chicago Bean
Indiana, USA
  • wander along the Indiana Dunes
  • visit the Jackson Home in Gary
Iowa, USA
  • explore the Capitol Building in Des Moines
Kansas, USA
  • hike through Arikaree Breaks
  • spot Monument Rocks National Landmark
  • stop in at the Oz Museum
Kentucky, USA
  • attend the Kentucky Derby
Louisiana, USA
  • attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Maine, USA
  • explore Acadia National Park
  • take in the views from Cadillac Mountain
  • hike Mount Katahdin
  • wander Baxter State Park
  • drive the scenic Park Loop Road
Manitoba, Canada
  • spot wildlife in Riding Mountain National Park
  • go swimming in the man made Kinsmen Lake
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Maryland, USA
  • explore the isolated Smith Island
Massachusetts, USA
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Michigan, USA
  • swim in the Great Lakes
  • visit the Pictured Rocks Cliffs
Minnesota, USA
  • go shopping at the Mall of America
Mississippi, USA
  • see Elvis Presely's birthplace
  • learn about the American Civil War history of Ship Island
Missouri, USA
  • visit the Gateway Arch National Park, the start point of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
Montana, USA
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Nebraska, USA
  • explore the Agate Fossil Beds
Nevada, USA
  • walk the Las Vegas strip
New Brunswick, Canada
  • explore Hopewell Rocks
  • go hiking through Fundy National Park
  • canoe on the lagoons of Kouchibouguac National Park
Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
  • drive through Iceberg Alley
  • take in the views of Gros Morne National Park
  • visit the historical site of L'Anse aux Meadows
New Hampshire, USA
  • hike Mount Washington
  • explore Franconia Notch
  • visit some of the islands of Lake Winnipesaukee
  • see the vibrant autumnal colours on Route 112
New Jersey, USA
  • wander along the famous Jersey Shore
  • spot the Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park
  • cross George Washington Bridge
New Mexico, USA
  • stand at 4 Corners
  • hike the La Luz Trail
  • explore Los Alamos and its world famous chilies
  • view the petroglyphs of Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • feel tiny in the White Sands National Monument
  • visit the adobes of Taos Pueblo
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New York, USA
  • spend Christmas and New Year's in NYC
  • watch the sunrise from the top of the Empire State Building
  • go ice skating in Central Park
  • cross the Brooklyn Bridge
North Carolina, USA
  • explore the historic Biltmore Estate
  • summit Clingmans Dome
  • explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Mingus Mill
North Dakota, USA
  • explore Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Northern Mariana Islands
  • snorkel the World War II shipwrecks
Northwest Territories, Canada
  • see the Northern Lights in Yellowknife
  • visit the beautiful Nahanni National Park Reserve
Nova Scotia, Canada
  • check out the 300-million-year-old fossils at Joggins
  • explore the historic town of Lunenburg
Nunavut, Canada
  • go hiking through the arctic glaciers of Auyuittuq National Park
  • spot Munt Thor
  • see polar bears on Beechey Island
Ohio, USA
  • go hiking in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Oklahoma, USA
  • swim in Turner Falls
Ontario, Canada
  • cross the Rainbow Bridge over Niagara Falls
  • lean off the CN Tower Edgewalk
  • go skating on Rideau Canal
Pennsylvania, USA
  • hear Liberty Bell ring
  • explore Independence Hall, the adoption site of US Constitution
  • eat chocolate at Hersheypark
Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • re-live Anne of Green Gables
  • cross Confederation Bridge
Puerto Rico
  • take an eco-excursion through the Camuy Caves
Quebec, Canada
  • walk around Old Quebec City
  • go whale-watching in Côte-Nord
  • go canoeing on the lakes of La Mauricie National Park
  • explore Miguasha National Park
Rhode Island, USA
  • walk the Historic Cliff Walk
  • visit colonial mansions of Providence
Saskatchewan, Canada
  • explore Prince Albert National Park
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • visit the brightly coloured houses of Saint Pierre
South Carolina, USA
  • explore Congaree National Park
  • hike Table Rock
South Dakota, USA
  • see Mount Rushmore
Tennessee, USA
  • hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • listen to live country music in Nashville
  • check out the underground waterfall Ruby Falls
Texas, USA
  • swim in Jacobs Well
  • attend a rodeo
  • view the stars at McDonald Observatory
US Virgin Islands
  • explore Virgin Islands National Park
  • hike to Reef Bay Sugar Mill ruins
  • go swimming in Magens Bay
  • snorkel at Trunk Bay
  • dance on the white sands of Cinnamon Bay
  • hike to Drake's Seat
  • swing on the tire swing at Gibney Beach
  • spot colourful fish at Hawksnest Beach
Utah, USA
  • explore Arches National Park
  • explore Zion National Park
  • explore the rock spires of Monument Valley
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Vermont, USA
  • go skiing in Killington
  • hike Mount Mansfield
  • visit the Ben & Jerry's factory
Virginia, USA
  • go hiking in Shenandoah National Park
  • begin the Appalachian Trail through 14 states
  • drive the Skyline Drive
  • visit Arlington National Cemetery
Washington DC, USA
  • visit the White House
  • say hello to Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial
  • walk down the National Mall
West Virginia, USA
  • go kayaking on the New River Gorge
  • have a spa day at the iconic Greenbrier
Wisconsin, USA
  • visit the coast of Apostle Islands
  • explore Devil's Lake
Wyoming, USA
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Yukon, Canada
  • head for the hills on the Klondike Highway

SOUTH and CENTRAL AMERICA

Argentina
  • explore Iguazu Falls on the border with Brazil
  • trek all through Patagonia (also in Chile)
  • learn to tango in Buenos Aires
  • hike through the Andes - especially Cerro Aconcagua
  • explore Glaciar Perito Moreno
  • take a glimpse of the mysterious Tierra del Fuego
  • go hiking in Los Glaciares National Park
  • take in the beauty of the architecture in Córdoba
  • spot the lake of Nahuel Huapi National Park
  • take the cable car up Cerro Otto
  • visit Casa Rosada
  • see the iridescent Marble Caves on General Carrera Lake
  • explore the ruins of Jesuit Missions of Guaranis
  • check out the cave art of Cueva de las Manos
  • wave to the sea lions of the Península Valdés
  • wander through the otherworldly Ischigualasto Park
  • photograph the coloured hills of the Quebrada de Humahuaca
  • travel along part of the Qhapaq Ñan Andean Road System
Belize
  • scuba dive the Great Blue Hole
  • jump into Butterfly Falls
  • explore Xunantanich ruins
  • spend the day on Caye Caulker
Bolivia
  • bike down Death Road
  • hang out on Isla Incahuasi
  • explore Valle de la Luna
  • visit Salar de Uyuni
Brazil
  • 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
Chile
  • 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
Colombia
  • 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
  • experience Bogota's music scene
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
  • meet the sloths of Parque Nacional Corcovado
Ecuador
  • 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
  • go bird-watching in Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve
  • hike Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island
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
Guatemala
  • visit the famous market at Chichicastenago
  • wander the cobblestoned streets of Antigua
  • hike up the Pacaya Volcano
  • take in the views of Lake Atitlan
  • view sunrise in Tikal
Guyana
  • spot the stunning Kaieteur Falls
  • visit the cathedrals of Georgetown
Honduras
  • scuba dive the Great Mayan Reef
  • visit the Little French Key island
  • swim in the turquoise waters of West Bay
Mexico
  • bike around the Isla Mujeres
  • explore Chichen Itza
  • swim in Cenotes
  • visit Frida and Diego's Mexico City
  • dance with the butterflies at Monarch Biosphere Reserve in Michoacan
  • attend Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City
Nicaragua
  • 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
  • escape to the Corn Islands
Panama
  • take a boat on the Panama Canal
  • wander along the Avenida Balboa
  • bike the Amador Causeway
Paraguay
  • visit La Santisima Trinidad de Parana historical site
Peru
  • 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
Suriname
  • visit the Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral in Paramaribo
Uruguay
  • walk through the Barrio Historico in Sacramento
  • visit La Calle de los Suspiros
  • hang out in Montevideo's Plaza Independencia
Venezuela
  • visit Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall
  • conquer the summit of Mount Roirama
  • swim at Cayo de Agua
  • experience lightning in Lake Maracaibo

AUSTRALIA and OCEANIA

Antarctica
  • see wild penguins
  • visit the South Pole
Australia
  • 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
  • wander the rainforests of Daintree National Park
  • go surfing at Noosa
  • visit Kangaroo Island
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
Fiji
  • 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
Kiribati
  • explore the ecological beauty of Christmas Island
Marshall Islands
  • relax on the beaches of Amo Atoll
Micronesia
  • explore the ruins of Nan Madol
Nauru
  • 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
  • kayak the Bay of Islands and see Waewaetorea Island
  • hike Milford Track
  • go camping in Piha
Niue
  • swim with humpback whales
Norfolk Island
  • go snorkeling at Emily Bay
  • explore Phillip Island
  • visit Norfolk Island National Park
Palau
  • swim in Jellyfish Lake
  • go sailing in the Rock Islands
Papua New Guinea
  • hike Mount Trafalgar
  • meet the tribes of the highlands
  • hike the Kokoda Track across the Owen Stanley Range
Pitcairn Islands
  • hike through the ecologically diverse UNESCO Henderson Island
  • camp out on Oeno Island
Samoa
  • 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
Tokelau
  • swim in the largest lagoon on Nukunonu
Tonga
  • 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
Tuvalu
  • explore Funafuti by motorcycle
  • snorkel and scuba dive the stunning reefs and lagoons of Funafuti atoll
Vanuatu
  • 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

AFRICA

Algeria
  • wander the gardens at Jardin d'Essai du Hamma
  • visit the grand Notre-Dame d'Afrique
  • hike Mount Tahat
  • explore the ruins of Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania
  • head to the mountaintop Fort of Santa Cruz
  • go hiking in Djurdjura National Park
  • explore the coastal Gouraya National Park
  • learn about the Madghacen Mausoleum
  • tour the 10 national parks of this northern country
Angola
  • hike up to Kalandula Falls, the second largest waterfall in Africa
Benin
  • visit the Royal Palaces of Abomey
  • spot elephants in W National Park
  • walk through the Door of No Return
Botswana
  • go on safari in Okavango Delta
  • spot elephants in Chobe National Park
  • explore Kubu Island
  • check out the rock art at Tsodilo
  • go hiking in the Tswapong Hills
Burkina Faso
  • spot swimming hippos in Lake Tengrela
Burundi
  • go on a walking tour of Kabira National Park and see chimpanzees up close
Cabo Verde
  • go swimming in the Pedra de Lume salt lake
  • spot turtles in Boa Vista
  • explore the clifftop fortress of Forte Real de Sao Felipe
Cameroon
  • go hiking on Mount Cameroon
  • spot wild giraffes in Waza National Park
  • see the volcanic lake of Mount Manengouba
Central African Republic
  • admire the architecture in Bangui
Chad
  • see wild lions in Zakouma National Park
  • visit the most famous guelta in the Sahara, Guelta d'Archei
Comoros
  • go hiking on the active volcano Mount Karthala
Congo
  • see the active volcano Mount Nyiragongo
Côte d'Ivoire
  • have a stroll in Jardin botanique de Bingerville
  • stop in at Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, large enough to hold 18,000
Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • go on safari in Africa's oldest national Park at Virguna, home to a quarter of the world's mountain gorillas
Djibouti
  • swim in Lake Assal
  • go snorkeling on Moucha Island
  • wander the sand flats of Grand Bara
Egypt
  • 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
  • learn the history of the Royal Library of Alexandria
Equatorial Guinea
  • watch turtles hatch on southern Ureca Beach
Eritrea
  • go snorkeling in the Dahlak Archipegalo
Ethiopia
  • watch the Blue Nile Falls thunder down into the Blue Nile River
  • swim in the hot springs of Dallol
  • visit the observatory at the top of Mount Entoto
  • explore the rock-cut churches of Lalibela
Gabon
  • explore the Fernan Vaz Lagoon and its church, the Mission Saint Anne
Gambia
  • wave to a crocodile in the Kachikally Sacred Crocodile Pool
  • experience a Moroccan Hammam at the Coco Spa
Ghana
  • visit the museum at Cape Coast Castle
  • explore the dutch Fort Batenstein
Guinea
  • explore the highland region of Fouta Djallon
Guinea-Bissau
  • watch the sea turtles of Joao Vieira
Kenya
  • spot flamingos in Lake Nakuru
  • go on safari in Nairobi National Park
  • explore Hell''s Gate National Park
  • visit Mount Kenya National Park
Lesotho
  • feel the spray of the 192-metre Maletsunyane Falls
  • hike Thabana Ntlenyana
  • explore the Kome Cave Dwellings
  • drive the Sani Pass
Liberia
  • wander the savannah reserve of Mount Nimba
Libya
  • admire the stunning Gurgi Mosque
  • explore the capital of Tripoli
Madagascar
  • walk down the Avenue of the Baobabs
  • go hiking in the unique landscapes
Malawi
  • explore the Shire Highlands
Mali
  • explore the legendary city of Timbuktu
Mauritania
  • visit the 'Eye of Africa' or Richat Structure in the Sahara
  • explore the oasis of Terjit
  • spot the world's third largest monolith Ben Amera
Mauritius
  • walk through the inland sugarcane fields
  • take in the views of Chamarel
Mayotte
  • hike Mont Choungui
Morocco
  • stroll through the Blue Streets of Chefchaouen
  • spend the night in the Sahara Desert
  • wander through the Marrakech Markets
  • Visit the Vallee des Roses
Mozambique
  • explore the old Portuguese trading counter, the Island of Mozambique
  • go island-hopping through the Bazaruto Archipelago
  • go diving with whale sharks
Namibia
  • wander the iconic red dunes in Sossusvlei
  • cross the dead marsh Dead Vlei
  • experience the incredible Wind Cathedral
Niger
  • visit the Agadez Mosque made of clay
  • explore the Grand Mosque of Niamey
Nigeria
  • spot the face in Zuma Rock
  • swim in Erin-Ijesha Waterfalls
  • visit the Abuja National Mosque
Réunion
  • hike the active volcano Pitn de la Fournaise
  • take in the views from Maïdo
  • trek the mountain pass of Pas de Bellecombe
  • gasp at the waterfalls of Troue de Fer
Rwanda
  • visit the golden monkeys of Volcanoes National Park
  • wander the treetop walkway of Nyungwe Forest
Saint Helena
  • walk up Jacob's Ladder
São Tomé and Príncipe
  • swim off the island of Ilhéu das Rolas
  • hike Pico de São Tomé
  • explore the island of Ilhéu Bom Bom
Senegal
  • swim in Lake Retba that appears bright pink due to high salt content
Seychelles
  • go snorkeling at Anse Lazio
  • visit the giant tortoises of Curieuse Island
  • wander the palms of Vallée de Mai
  • stay on Ste. Anne Island
  • explore the idyllic North Island
Sierra Leone
  • dive the offshore shipwrecks of Banana Island
Somalia
  • see wild zebras in Lag Badana National Park
  • hike Mount Shimbiris
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
  • explore the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens of Cape Town
  • drive through the Namaqualand Flower Route
  • hike through Jonkershoe Nature Reserve
South Sudan
  • hike the Imatong Mountains
  • explore Juba
Sudan
  • visit the mountain of Jebel Barkal
  • head to Tuti Island where the White Nile and Blue Nile merge to form the Nile River
  • explore the archaeological site of Tombos
Swaziland
  • climb Sibebe Rock, the 2nd largest exposed granite dome in the world
  • witness traditional song and dance in the Shewula Mountain Camp
  • explore Mantenga Cultural Village
Tanzania
  • climb Mount Kilimanjaro
  • spot wildlife in Ngorongoro Crater
  • visit the chimps in Gombe Stream National Park
  • view the annual migration in Serengeti
  • experience the red waters of Lake Natron
Togo
  • explore the UNESCO site of Koutammakou
Tunisia
  • visit the incredible Great Mosque of Kairouan
  • explore the ruins of Byrsa
  • appreciate the architecture of Ribat of Monastir
  • wander around the Lake of Tunis
Uganda
  • visit the source of the Nile in the town of Jinja
Zambia
  • see Victoria Falls, the world's largest waterfall
Zanzibar
  • visit the House of Wonders
  • explore the Old Fort of Zanzibar
Zimbabwe
  • swim in Devil's Pool above Victoria Falls

ASIA and MIDDLE EAST

Afghanistan
  • visit the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
  • swim in the lake of the Band-e-Amir National Park
Azerbaijan
  • swim in the Caspian Sea
Bahrain
  • explore the ruins of Qal'at al-Bahrain
  • visit the Bahrain National Museum
  • wander the 15-century Arad Fort
Bangladesh
  • spend a day on St. Martin's Island
  • explore the ancient Lalbagh Fort
  • visit the bright pink Ahsan Manzil palace
Brunei
  • visit the grand Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
  • stay in the eco-friendly resort of Ulu Ulu National Park
Bhutan
  • visit the Paro Takstang Monastery on the cliffside of Paro Valley
  • visit Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • view the archer masters in Thimphu
Cambodia
  • walk around Angkor Wat
China
  • walk along the Great Wall
  • visit Tiananmen Square
  • explore Lama Temple in Beijing
  • explore the peaceful Zhongdian
  • learn Tai Chi in Beijing
East Timor
  • sleep in a beachside hut on Atauro Island
Hong Kong
  • wander down Temple Street Night Market
India
  • visit the Taj Mahal
  • watch the sunrise over the Ganges
  • attend the Holi Festival
  • visit the Begnal Tiger refuge Ranthambore National Park
  • take the Shivalik Express Train
  • explore the Khajuraho Temples of Madhya Pradesh
  • spot the Ganges River in the foothills of the Himalayas in Rishikesh
  • feel the spirit of Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya
  • visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar
  • explore Jaisalmer fort
  • visit the sacred Varanasi
Indonesia
  • visit the rice-fields in Bali
  • swim in Lake Toba, the world's largest crater lake
  • watch turtles hatch at Sukamade Beach
Iraq
  • visit the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Iran
  • explore the lavish Chehel Sotoun palace
  • visit Golestan Palace
  • spot the colossal royal tombs of Naqsh-e Rustam
  • wander the Fin Garden
  • catch the reflection of Si-o-se-pol Bridge over the Zayandeh River
  • take in the view from the top of Iran's tallest tower, Milad
  • spend time at Shah Mosque
Israel
  • visit the Old City of Jerusalem
Japan
  • visit Mount Fuji
  • walk through the Wisteria Flower Tunnel
  • spot the coral of Iriomote-Jima
  • spot the cherry blossoms
  • experience energetic Shinjuku
  • go hiking in Kumano Kodo
  • visit Kyoto to learn calligraphy
Jordan
  • float in the Dead Sea
  • wander around the old city of Petra
Kazakhstan
  • go skiing at Shymbulak
  • take the cable car at Kok Tobe
  • go hiking through the alpine meadows of Ile-Alatau National Park
  • explore the red rocks of Charyn National Park
Kuwait
  • go to the top of the glittering blue Kuwait Towers
  • tour the Grand Mosque
Kyrgyzstan
  • travel along the ancient Silk Road
Laos
  • visit the temples of Vientiane
Lebanon
  • see the rare Lebanese cedar trees in Cedars of God Forest
  • explore the Temple of Bacchus, god of wine
  • hang out in Beirut
  • go hiking through the gorges of the Kadisha Valley
Macau
  • bungee jump the highest jump in the world
Malaysia
  • visit the orangutans of Borneo
  • spot the iconic Peronas Towers
  • hike Mount Kinabalu
  • go snorkleing in the Perhentian Islands
  • visit the Batu Caves
Maldives
  • see the glowing blue tide at the Vaadhoo Island Sea of Stars
Mongolia
  • travel on the Trans-Mongolian Highway
  • ride a camel at Khongoryn Els
Myanmar
  • cross the U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world
  • visit the Intha people of Inle Lake
  • see the stupas at Inthein
  • visit Bagan
Nepal
  • reach Mount Everest Base Camp
  • visit Lumbini, Buddha's birthplace
  • explore the temples of Patan
  • visit Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu
North Korea
  • take a tour of this fascinating and secretive country
Oman
  • visit the sand dunes of the Empty Quarter
  • explore Wadi Ghul
Pakistan
  • visit Fairy Meadows at the base of Nanga Parbat
Palestine
  • visit the stunning desert palace of Hisham's Palace
  • explore the Monastery of the Temptation
  • wander the Garden of Gethsemane
Philippines
  • take a boat trip down the Puerto Princesa Sunterranean River
  • swim in the waters of Borocay
  • explore El Nido
  • visit Malapscua Island in Cebu
Qatar
  • shop in the ancient outdoor market Souq Waqif
  • explore the Villaggio Mall
  • walk the Corniche
  • check out the artificial islands
Saudi Arabia
  • visit Mecca
Singapore
  • explore Sentosa
  • check out the super trees of Gardens by the Bay
  • swim in the infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands
South Korea
  • tour Gyeongbokgung palace
  • wander the bustling shopping street of Myeong-dong
  • walk through the Bukchon Hanok 14th century village
Syria
  • explore Umayyad Mosque
  • visit Krak des Chevaliers
  • check out the ruins of Temple of Bel
Taiwan
  • attend the Taiwan Lantern Festival
Tajikistan
  • climb Lenin Peak
  • go hiking in the Fann Mountains
  • photograph the beautiful Sarez Lake
  • drive the Ak-Baital Pass
Thailand
  • explore Phang Nga Bay by longtail boat
  • look around the Amphawa Floating Market
  • explore Chiang Mai
Tibet
  • join a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash
  • go hiking in the Tibetan Plateau
Turkmenistan
  • see the Darvaza gas crater or the 'Gates of Hell' burning in Derweze
  • explore the archaeological site at Gonur Tepe
United Arab Emirates
  • go to the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai
  • visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Uzbekistan
  • travel along the Silk Road
  • visit Samarkand, one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia
Vietnam
  • 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
Yemen
  • visit Dar al-Hajar palace
  • explore the Sira Fortress
  • see the massive Cisterns of Tawila

CARIBBEAN

Anguilla
  • spot dolphins at Shoal Bay
  • go snorkeling off the Prickly Pear Cays
Antigua & Barbuda
  • hike up to Shirley Heights
  • summit Mount Obama National Park
  • swim with the stingrays
Aruba
  • swim at Eagle Beach
  • explore Arikok National Park's caves
  • explore the California Lighthouse
  • go snorkeling at Arashi Beach
  • watch sunset at Malmok Beach
  • snorkel the SS Antilla
  • swim in the Natural Pool
  • hike Hooiberg
  • climb to the island's highest point at Mount Jamanota
Bahamas
  • hang out with the swimming pigs at Pig Island
Barbados
  • swim with turtles
Bonaire
  • go snorkeling in the reefs of Klein Bonaire
  • explore Washington Slagbaai National Park
  • try windsurfing at Sorobon Beach
  • hang out with the flamingos at Flamingo Sanctuary
British Virgin Islands
  • swim in the Virgin Gorda Baths
Cayman Islands
  • swim with sting rays at Sting Ray City
Cuba
  • wander through Old Havana
  • visit the UNESCO Parque de Vinales
  • explore the iconic San Pedro de la Roca Castle
Curaçao
  • go diving off Klein Curaçao
  • cross the Queen Emma Bridge
  • doze under the palms of Blue Bay
  • go swimming at Kleine Knip
Dominica
  • swim in the Emerald Pool
Dominican Republic
  • descend the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua
Grenada
  • hike Grand Etang Lake
  • wander the pink sands of Pink Gin Beach
  • explore the cocoa plantations of Belmont Estate
  • hang out on Magazine Beach
  • swim in Annandale Falls
Guadeloupe
  • take photos of the darling Îles des Saintes
  • hike La Grande Soufrière
  • go for a walk along Pointe des Châteaux
  • visit Carbet Falls
  • hang out with iguanas on Petite Terre Islands
Haiti
  • visit the historic fortress of Citadelle Laferriere
  • swim in Bassin Bleu
  • hike Pic la Selle
  • explore Pic Macaya National Park
Jamaica
  • 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
Martinique
  • hike Mount Pelée
  • go swimming at Anse Dufour
Montserrat
  • view the volcano-destroyed villages surrounding Soufrière Hills
Saba
  • check out Mount Scenery
  • go scuba diving in Saba National Marine Park
  • climb the steps at Ladder Bay
Saint Barthélemy
  • hang out on Grand Cul-de-Sac beach
  • explore Anse des Cayes
  • wander Lorient
  • go snorkeling at Île Fourchue
Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • hike Mount Liamuiga
  • learn about the sugar plantation history of Romney Manor
  • find shells at Cockleshell Bay
  • go snorkeling at Turtle Beach
Saint Lucia
  • have a Sulphur Springs Mud Bath
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • visit Waillilabou Bay where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed
Sint Eustatius
  • hike The Quill
Sint Maarten - Saint Martin
  • watch planes fly close overhead over Maho Beach
  • catch sunrise from Dawn Beach
  • hike to Pic Paradis
Trinidad and Tobago
  • go swimming in Maracas Bay
  • hike El Cerro del Aripo
  • walk along Mayaro Bay
  • spot marine wildlife in Bon Accord Lagoon
  • climb the steps down to Pirate's Bay
  • go snorkeling off Goat Island