Unleash the inner adventurer in you and make a travel bucket list that matters. Forget the cliche places such as Paris and Rome, and seek out new and exotic locations that you wouldn’t normally dream of visiting. To help you decide where to go for your first adventure, here is our list of top 50 places we highly recommend you should explore.

Norway

If you’re a fan of breathtaking landscape, thrilling hikes, and arctic wildlife, you need to take a trip here to witness the magnificent experiences Norway holds.

Norway - Lofoten Islands

Machu Picchu, Peru

Spend four days hiking the Inca Trail through lush forests and ancient ruins before reaching the mesmerizing Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu - Peru

Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

Hike the Mendenhall Glacier and take in spectacular views of the surrounding area including giant icebergs and beautiful wildlife. Or explore the amazingly blue ice caves.

Mendenhall Glacier Caves, Alaska

Mt Huashan Death Trail, China

Add a sense of danger to your hike by walking across the 'Death Trail' to reach the summit of Mt Huashan in China. The trail is made up of wooden planks and carved rock faces, so try not to look down as your cross it.

Mount Huashan

 Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Take a dip in the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon, and enjoy a unique spa experience.

Blue Lagoon - Iceland

 

Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park

The thrilling Angel’s Landing hike is located in Zion National Park, Utah. It is a 1,488-foot (454 m) tall rock formation which provides gorgeous views of Zion Canyon at the top.

Angels Landing

Leukerbad Via Ferrata, Switzerland

Try climbing the longest via ferrata in Switzerland! The mountain route requires a lot of stamina, but the panoramic views of the Valais Alps are worth it.

Leukerbad Via Ferrata

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Blue Grotto, Capri

Swim in the Blue Grotto, and watch as the sunlight shines through the seawater and creates a beautiful blue reflection.

Blue Grotto, Capri

Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales

Try your hand at coasteering, and climb, dive, swim, scramble and rock hop around the Pembrokeshire coastline.

Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales

Apostle Island Winter Sea Caves, Wisconsin

Wrap up warm and take a trip to the Apostle Island Winter Sea Caves by trekking across frozen Lake Superior.

Apostle Island Winter Sea Caves, Wisconsin

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

See the world’s most beautiful waterfalls in all their glory by visiting the Iguazu National Park.

Iguazu Falls, South America

 

Trift Bridge, Swiss Alps

Not for the faint hearted, the Trift Bridge is the longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge in the Swiss Alps.

#2 Trift Bridge, Swiss Alps

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Explore the Great Barrier Reef by diving, snorkeling, swimming or sailing across it and discover the amazing coral and marine life it holds.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

 Namib Desert, South Africa

Visit one of the oldest and largest deserts in the world. Namib Desert stretches across a staggering 2,000 kilometers and provides beautiful views at sunrise and sunset.

Namib Desert, South Africa

Ranthambore National Park, India

Ranthambore National Park is based in Northern India and is one of the best locations to see tigers in their natural habitat.

Ranthambore National Park, India

Appalachian Trail, United States

The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking footpath in the world. The entire length of the trail is estimated to be a staggering 2,190 miles, so it’s no surprise that not many people complete it.

Appalachian Trail, United States

Everest Base Camp, Nepal

The 14 day trek to Everest Base Camp is tiring, but the magnificient views at the end are worth it.

Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Milford Track, New Zealand

Spend four days hiking the Milford Track in New Zealand and witness waterfalls, fields, forest and ice fields.

Milford Track, New Zealand

Upper Yosemite Falls, California

Hike to the Upper Yosemite Falls in California and be rewarded with spectacular views of the mountainside waterfalls.

Upper Yosemite Falls, California

Route 66

Explore Route 66 and drive the 2,400 mile stretch from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California.

Route 66

Hyalite Canyon, Montana

Set yourself a challenge and attempt ice climbing at Hyalite Canyon in Montana. There are 140 routes to choose from including Cleopatra’s Needle and Mummy Cooler.

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Arenal Rainforest, Costa Rica

Take a skywalk across the Arenal Rainforest and explore a side of the forest that not many people get to witness.

Arenal Rainforest, Costa Rica

Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Ningaloo Reef isn’t as big as the Great Barrier Reef but it still comprises 250 types of coral and attracts 500 species of fish.

Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Amazon, Ecuador

Explore the world's largest tropical rainforest with its lush green tones and large variety of wildlife. You might even be able to catch a glimpse of one of the tribes that live there.

Amazon, Ecuador

Hemis National Park, India

Visit the Hemis National Park in Ladakh region for the opportunity to witness a rare snow leopard.

Hemis National Park, India

St Helena, South Atlantic

Sail to one of the most remotest islands in the world and discover deep gullies, gulches and volcanic after-effects.

St Helena, South Atlantic

Maldives

Swimming with dolphins is one of the most common bucket list items, so switch it up and swim with sharks in the Maldives.

Maldives

Zanskar River Valley, India

Experience walking across a frozen river and admire breathtaking views of hanging icicles and ice peaks.

Zanskar River Valley, India

The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

The Giza’s Great Pyramid was built around 2560 BC. It is the only surviving member of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, so it should definitely be on your bucket list.

Pyramids of Giza

Lapland, Finland

Journey to Lapland and enjoy incredible sights such as the midnight sun and northern lights.

Lapland, Finland

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Rent out a raft and view the Grand Canyon from an often unseen perspective, by getting a close up of the geology at water level.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in England which was built 5,000 years ago, yet mystery still surrounds the history behind it.

Stonehenge, England

British Columbia, Canada

Witness a variety of wildlife in British Columbia including grey wolves, cougars and the rare spirit bears.

British Columbia, Canada

Denali National Park, Alaska

Ski in style by visiting the gorgeous Denali National Park, featuring six million acres of Alaska’s interior wilderness.

Denali National Park, Alaska

Zambezi River, Zambia

Raft through the Zambezi River, one of the world’s most iconic waterways, which plunges over Victoria Walls.

Zambezi River, Zambia

Hueco Tanks State Park, Texas

Hike or rock climb the Hueco Tanks and witness the rock imagery that was created thousands of years ago.

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Kakum National Park, Ghana

Use the canopy walkway to access the forest and see endangered species including the giant bongo antelope and African elephant.

Kakum National Park, Ghana

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

Get the best panoramic view of the city by climbing up to the 440 foot summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

Volcan Pacaya, Guatemala

Travel to Volcan Pacaya in Guatemala and marvel at a real life active volcano.

Volcan Pacaya, Guatemala

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Test your limits and climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Once you reach the summit, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

The Great Wall of China

No bucket list is complete without ticking off the Great Wall of China. It’s one of the world’s greatest wonders and over 20,000 kilometers!

The Great Wall of China

Erawan Waterfalls, Thailand

Take a swim in the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls and watch as the water gorgeously runs off the limestone cliffs.

Erawan Waterfalls, Thailand

The Lake District, England

Hike across the Lake District National Park which encompasses glacial ribbon lakes and rugged fell mountains.

The Lake District, England

Galapagos Islands

If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, the Galapagos Islands are a must visit. This is a great way to get up close to iguanas, giant tortoises and sea lions.

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Ride a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and admire the views across the bay and city sky line.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Maasai Mara, Kenya

Travel to Maasai Mara between June and November and witness the migration of zebras, gazelles, elephants and wildebeests.

Maasai Mara - Kenya

Pic du Midi, France

Travel to the summit of Pic du Midi by cable car and admire the whole of the French Pyrenees.

Pic du Midi, France

Caddo Lake, Texas

Kayak along Caddo Lake in Texas and view beautiful scenery and wildlife that is not accessible by large motor boats.

Caddo Lake, Texas

Black Hole of White Canyon, Utah

Swim through the black hole of the White Canyon and experience one of the deepest, darkest, coldest and longest swims of your life.

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Salmon River, Idaho

Kayak, canoe or raft across one of the most dramatic rivers in America which also provides magnificent views of Idaho.

Salmon River, Idaho