My Ultimate Travel Bucket List

This is going to be the ultimate list. A place where we can keep track of what we want to do, but also see what we have already done.

Ultimate Travel Bucket List

“El mundo necesita ser descubierto”

If you’ve stumbled across my little spot on the internet, that must mean you’re interested in My Ultimate Travel Bucket List, go us!

That must mean you’re also into travel and experiences, which means you’ve come to the right place!

The world needs to be discovered. I like to travel. I like to see new places. Experience new things. There is something liberating about boarding a plane and not knowing what you’re going to find. There are always those little quirks. It’s always so exciting knowing that you’re going to discover something new. 

But, I also love to know that we’re going to finally see something we’ve been waiting so long to see. I like to plan. I like to write lists. I like to have something to look forward to. When we book a trip, I list all of the things that we would like to see whilst we’re there. A simple Google Search of what we’d like to see saves us so much time. But this is going to be the ultimate list. The big experiences. A place where we can keep track of what we want to do, but also see what we have already done.

You’re going to have to stick with me on this, it’s going to get pretty longI’m hoping that in our lifetime – all of these things get ticked off – or near enough all.

*Checks pockets and finds a hair bobble and 10 cents*

My Ultimate Travel Bucket List

New York

I’ve put New York at the very top of my Travel Bucket List for so many reasons. It’s that American City that I’ve been desperate to visit for quite some time. I’d love to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve in New York, see the Statue of Liberty, watch a Broadway show, skate at Rockefeller Center, see Times Square and live out my Rachel Green dreams. Yes, that does mean finding a coffee to shop to hang out at and take a walk through Central Park with my other half.


I have this obsession with wanting to go to Scandinavia. I’m not talking about just heading over to Tromso for a couple of nights or a quick visit to Iceland. I’m talking Scandinavia. The whole lot. Ok, maybe not quite the whole lot. But, I’d love to spend some time in Scandinavia, maybe driving through. Whilst I’m there, I’d love to spend a night in an Igloo, soak in the hot springs of Reykjavik, relax in a real Finnish sauna and of course, see the Northern Lights. 


I couldn’t have my Ultimate Travel Bucket List without incorporating Disney, could I? I absolutely love the whole euphoria of Disney. The fireworks, the atmosphere, the whole experience is one you never forget, no matter how many times you go. So, along with dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside the Castle, having Mickey Waffles, having a character breakfast, I also want to visit every Disney Park in the World. Also, on my bucket list, is to go on a Disney Cruise. 


My favourite animals. The huge gentle giants. Near the top of my bucket list is the chance to see elephants in the wild. I would also love to wash and bathe an elephant, preferably a baby one!


The whole idea of Venice is completely different to anywhere you can ever imagine in Europe. Fewer cars, canals after canals, amazing Italian food. It ticks all of my boxes. In Venice, we had an amazing time riding a gondola along the Grand Canal, taking a boat to San Giorgio, seeing Piazzo San Marco, Doge’s Palace, San Marco’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge. 


girl learning forward admiring view of colosseum in rome

Remember in Lizzie McGuire movie where she tosses a coin into the Trevi Fountain? Well, that’s at the very top of my to-do list in Rome, throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish. I would also love to see the Colosseum. I would also love to walk to Vatican City, send a postcard from Vatican City and enter the Sistine Chapel.


For being so close to England, I’ve never ventured into Scotland. I’d love to explore Edinburgh and Glasgow. But, at the top of my Scotland experience bucket list is visiting the Fairy Pools in the Isle of Skye.


There are so many beautiful things I’d love to do should I visit Asia. I’d love to walk the Great Wall of China, eat in the underwater restaurant in the Maldives, relax in a rooftop pool in Singapore and Snorkel in the Flores.


America is so vast, yet I want to see it all. I really want to visit all 50 states. Amongst all of the amazing things to do in America, I’d love to drive down Route 66, snorkel in Hawaii, fly in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, see the Niagra Falls, visit the John Hancock building in Chicago, see the Space Needle of Seattle and Visit Mount Rushmore. I’m also desperate to try an in-and-out burger. I have already ridden a cable car in San Francisco, visited Alcatraz, seen the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hollywood sign and visited the San Diego Zoo.


Canada always looks so gorgeous from the views of Toronto to the stunning Banff National Park. I would love to try pancakes and maple syrup in Canada, kayak at Banff National Park and visit Jasper National Park.


no tourist photo of girl dancing on louvre

There are a few things in Paris that I’m still yet to see. I’ve already been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, the top of Tour Montparnasse, seen the parade on New Year’s Day along the Champs-Élysées and had macarons in Ladurée. The next visit to Paris, I’d love to have an afternoon tea in Ladurée and see the Mona Lisa.


Lady Pilar of Zaragoza

I have seen and done so much in Spain it’s hardly believable that I’m still able to incorporate Spain to my Travel Bucket List. Yet, here I am! We’ve already seen the Sagrada Familia, visited Park Guell, entered the Royal Palace of Madrid, seen Mount Teide in Tenerife, visited the Pink Waters of Torrevieja, seen Lady Pilar in Zaragoza, visited La Concha beach in San Sebastian, seen the water show of Montjuic, been inside the Mezquita in Cordoba, entered the Alcazar de Sevilla, seen the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao and visited Pamplona, that’s without listing it all! The only things remaining on my Spain Experience Bucket List is to:

  •  Go inside The Alhambra.
  • Go inside the Oceanographic Museum of Valencia.
  • See the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.
  • Visit Safari Aitana.
  • Road Trip around Galicia. 


I love most things about Italy, having already covered Rome and Venice. But, there’s so many other beautiful spots and things to do in Italy that I would love to do. I definitely want to take a road trip around Italy. I feel like this would be the best way to see all of the different things. It’s such a great way to see so many sights. In Italy, I need to make sure I:

  • Visit Cinque Terre.
  • Road Trip around Italy.
  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • See the ruins of Pompeii.
  • Enter the Florence Cathedral.
  • See Lake Garda and Lake Como.
  • Visit the Amalfi Coast.
  • Go to Bari.
  • Take a boat trip to Sicily.

Other interesting experiences

Some of the things just belong in an ‘other‘ purely because I could write for days and days about all of the wonderful experiences, which is kind of what I do, but let’s not get carried away and put it all in one post now, shall we. So, other interesting experiences on my bucket list are:

  • Swim the largest pool in the world.
  • Go on Safari in Zambia.
  • Celebrate Dia de Muertos in Mexico.
  • See the carnival in Brazil.
  • Stay in a bungalow in Bora Bora.
  • Visit the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
  • Visit Stonehenge.
  • Go to the Notting Hill Market on Portobello Road.
  • Watch the sunset in Santorini.
  • Sail around the Galapagos.
  • Visit Riga.
  • Release baby turtles into the sea.
  • Explore the Acropolis.
  • See the Victoria Falls.
  • Visit Hobbiton in New Zealand
  • Ski in the Swiss Alps.
  • Climb Machu Picchu.
  • Go to the Opera House in Sydney.
  • Feed a koala.
  • Visit Surfer’s Paradise in Queensland.
  • See the Berlin Wall.
  • Eat Belgian Chocolate in Belgium.
  • Take part in the Holi Festival.
  • Ride in a Hot Air Balloon.
  • Visit Poland.
  • Visit Prague.
  • Visit Vienna.

Bucket List Experiences I’ve Already Completed

I thought it’d be a good idea to list some of the most iconic bucket list experiences that I’ve done. Just because I’ve completed them, I didn’t think it was right to not mention them, just in case you want to note them down for your list! Some, ok most, have been pretty amazing.

I love exploring the world. Here’s to ticking them off, together. Do you write bucket lists? If so, what’s at the top of your bucket list?

Hasta luego,



the ultimate


Author: Diary of a Spanglish Girl

Hola, I'm Lauren! Living on the Costa Blanca with my boyfriend, Alex and our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Rio. Always planning our next adventure.

99 thoughts on “My Ultimate Travel Bucket List”

  1. Such an amazingly comprehensive bucket list! I’ve done a few of these myself – a broadway in New York, visiting Stonehenge, the Alhambra – and quite a few others but one thing I’d really love to do is play Elephant Polo in Sri Lanka!

    C x

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  2. First of all, I LOVE this! It is so wonderful to not only have a bucket list, in which you can actively cross things off as you go, but to have the insatiable desire to travel.

    I just saw the Northern Lights in Sweden, and they were unbelievably breathtaking. Having the ability to travel, is something you should never take advantage of, so keep dreaming and keep seeing the world, girl!

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    1. I bet that was amazing! I’m desperate to see the northern lights 😍 I can’t wait to keep adding on and crossing off – eventually I want hyperlinks so I can add our experience in each place and give a more detail post! I hope to keep travelling and seeing the world 💛


  3. Lovely list, I need to do one like that so I can tick off the places I’ve been and also have a reminder of the places I need to visite 🙂


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  4. What a great bucket list!! Some of these are also things that I would love to do in the future. I especially would love to visit the hot springs in Iceland. It’s always lovely to see someone ticking off from there bucket list 🙂

    Charlotte |

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  5. I really enjoyed reading this! I have some similar things on my own bucket list. I’m actually from New Zealand and I haven’t visited Hobbiton before. That’s definitely something I should probably do though! It’s one of our biggest tourist attractions. I think I’ll definitely have to add some more things to my bucket list tonight!

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  6. I think I absolutely love your bucket list! I am getting a major case of wanderlust lately, but I can’t travel that much because I’m chronically ill and something called money. But you have some AMAZING things on your bucket list! I hope you get to do everything on your list ❤

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  7. I couldn’t agree more. I love to travel and want to visit as many places as possible. I’d love to do so many of the things on your list. At the moment I’ve only done five but slow and steady right! Definitely want to go to that restaurant in the maldives for sure! X

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  8. This list is brilliant, there are so many things on here that I want to do too and some things I’ve already done! I think travelling is so important in creating yourself as a person and finding out your real loves and interests and seeing different cultures, trying new foods etc. It’s all just so exciting!
    Alice Xx

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  9. These all sound like amazing things you do and explore. I really enjoyed reading this blog post babe, it made me want to go pack a bag and book a flight to explore a new place LOL. Thank you for sharing 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x |

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  10. I love this post so much, such a great idea to put all these things down! It´s one of my biggest dreams to see The Phantom of the Opera (In London, I assume? Not entirely sure if they show it in New York haha) ever since I sectretly watched the movie as a kid. And I love Sea Turtles!
    Definitely staying to read more!
    xx, Antonia

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  11. Wow this is one amazing bucket list! Other than visiting all the Disney parks in the world, at the top of my bucket list is to swim with dolphins! But there are so many amazing places I want to visit as well!

    Jess xx

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      1. I’ve only been to DLP but we’re going again in December I wonder if we’ll be there at the same time? I’m desperate to do WDW first cause I can swim with dolphins and do Disney in one holiday!xx

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  12. I love how you have this on your blog and you ‘check’ it off with photos! I think that’s amazing!! Good luck with completing more of the list throughout 2018!!

    Ellyn x | Life Of A Beauty Nerd

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  13. This post just inspires me to do every single one of these things! I went to see a broadway in New York and ended up falling asleep cause it was a super hot day and we’d been walking around non-stop. So I’d love to go back and see either Anastsia: The Musical or Wicked. Seeing the Northern Lights sounds incredible, the pics other people take make me want to pack my bags and go straight away haha! Hopefully, I become rich one day and can just travel everywhere! Loved reading this!
    Luce xo

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    1. Oh no!! I’d love to see wicked 😍 I’ve never seen the musical, I feel like I’m saving myself for Broadway! If you’re gonna do it, do it right! Haha. I’ve seen a lot of shows in London and I love it! The northern lights look so stunning, I’m so desperate to see them too! My mum saw them in Canada! Hahaha yessss me too!!! Haha xxx


  14. Wow!! What an amazing list! This just reminds me that there is so much of the world I want to see! 😍 I have only done a few things on your list – Santorini, Thailand & windmills in Holland. This is such a brilliant post, I hope you have fun ticking these off your bucket list. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures on your blog ☺️💕 xx

    Bexa |

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  15. I love this idea! I haven’t been able to travel as much I want (being a broke college student and all) but this has influenced me to get to writing my travel bucket list! FIve countries down for me, so many to go! Good Luck on your journey!

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  16. Great list! I hope you get to check them all off and add new ones to it too!
    Definitely wanderlusting now…think I need to write my own list!

    Aimsy xoxo

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  17. I am in love with this post! I can’t wait to see al the photos when you complete this! It’s such a long list but such a good one! A musical in New York on Broadway is deffo one of my dreams!

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  18. That’s an excellent bucket list for travelling. I love exploring new places & hope you’re able to tick a few off the list over the years.

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  19. Blooming love this post!!! You have some fabulous places/things to do on your list some of them are things that’s also on my list too 🙂 I’m hoping to go to Venice this year as you can get to it from where we are staying in Croatia. I hope you get to achieve some of the things on your list! ❤ xx

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  20. I would do ANYTHING to soak in the Hot Springs in Iceland! How amazing would that be! I’m getting wanderlust just reading this list, I love! I’m going to Santorini next year and will be sure to catch all the sunsets I can! Best of luck girl, I hope you get them all ticked off!

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