page title icon Top 30+ Experiences For Your 2022 Travel Bucket List

Are you looking for some top experiences for your 2022 travel bucket list? I have put together a list of top 30+ experiences to put on your bucket list.

The world is like a colorful ball, wherever you turn it, something is beautiful and special. But if we were to summarize some 30 TOP places and experiences according to what other travelers tell us, but also to what we have experienced ourselves, the traveler’s “bucket” list of things to experience before death would look something like below. Is there a better way to start 2022?

2022 Travel Bucket List

1. See aurora borealis

Seeing a bluish dance of light in the sky is the first one on our 2022 travel bucket list because such a thing you cannot experience at home. Unless you are lucky enough to be born in remote locations where dancing is held regularly.

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2. Visit the Galapagos Islands

The volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean is considered the best destination to experience wildlife. Charles Darwin also resided there and was inspired by a later theory of evolution. Huge turtles, iguanas and penguins will delight every visitor in love with nature.

3. Trekking on Machu Picchu

The Incas were the natives of Peru for whom Machu Picchu was their last refuge and which was discovered just over 100 years ago, in 1911 to be precise.

About two hundred buildings within Machu Picchu are located on top of three hills, and the famous ‘Inca Road’ that leads from the city of Cusco and is the most famous trekking route in South America leads to it. They travel in groups with a guide, and over 4 days they cover 43 kilometers during which beautiful mountain scenes, stone-paved roads, ruins and tunnels alternate. 

4. See Japan in the spring

Visit Japan at a time when cherries are blooming and Buddha’s birthday is being celebrated. There is never a better time for the Far East than spring.

5. Explore Patagonia

The southernmost part of South America between the Strait of Magellan and the Río Negra, to which the Land of Fire also belongs, is mostly covered with steppes and icy peaks. It is a challenge for any adventurer who wants to see a different, non-touristy part of our planet, but maybe also head to Antarctica from Ushuaia. Patagonia is a country of almost untouched nature, difficult to access and very demanding, but worth every step was taken in its direction. 

6. Visit Amazon

The richest river on Earth and according to some the longest river in the world (there is a doubt between Amazon and the Nile), is located in South America and passes through the largest rainforest in the world. True adventurers adore this river because of its wildness and the richness of the flora and fauna.

7. Explore the temples of Angkor

The largest pre-industrial city in the world is located in Cambodia and is known worldwide for its temples. As many as a thousand of them, of which the most magnificent is Angkor Wat (the largest religious facility in the world) attract over 2 million tourists a year.

8. Watch animal migrations to the Serengeti

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world and stretches between Lake Victoria, Lake Eyasi and the Great Rift Valley. UNESCO has placed it on the World Heritage List precisely because of the annual migration of millions of animals that go in search of water sources, and take with them, predators.

Every year in May and June, 2 million wildebeest, 500,000 gazelles, 250,000 zebras, buffaloes, lions and other animals move west.

9. Watch whales

Watching whales and dolphins in their natural environment is a special experience that you can experience all over the world, from Iceland to the Pacific Ocean.

10. Visit the Taj Mahal

The most magnificent tomb in the world is an architectural monument in the Indian city of Agra which was built by the Mughal ruler Jahan-shah in memory of his late wife Mumtaz Mahal. Thousands of artists and workers have worked for more than a decade on the complex of buildings that make up this gem of Islamic art.

11. See Grand Canyon

The beautiful and huge gorge of extremely steep cliffs, the famous Grand Canyon, leaves everyone breathless with the colors and structures that the Colorado River has shaped over millions of years. In some places, it is 1600 meters deep and approximately 450 km long.

12. Climb the Himalayas

A slightly more difficult undertaking that requires very good preparation, both organizationally and physically, but also financially. Climbing the Himalayas will cost you from $ 500 to $ 10,000, depending on how far you want to get. You can take comfort in trekking or skiing on this mountain, which is also a special experience.

13. Dive on the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world and is located in Australia. For any underwater lover this is the number 1 to visit and deserves to be on our 2022 travel bucket list.

14. Watch the dawn over Bagan

The ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar or Burma is home to over 2,200 temples and pagodas. The Valley of the Temples is the most visited tourist destination in this country, and many consider it as beautiful as Angkor Wat.

15. Step into Antarctica

An expensive and challenging venture is the dream of many adventurers. You can set foot in Antarctica and you can do that quite easily if you have money for transportation. Isn;t this experience great for your 2022 travel bucket list?

16. Go on a road trip around the US

Many want to take Route 66. The road that connected Chicago with Santa Monica since 1926 has been replaced by a new highway, but in Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona there are still parts of that highway history that many dreamers take. Hire a camper van and drive from the east to the west coast of the USA in an unforgettable adventure.

17. Drive along the Great Ocean Road

The approximately 240-kilometer-long road along the southeast coast of Australia between the cities of Torquay and Allansford is a special experience for all who pass it, due to the beautiful view of the ocean. Especially if you drive in a cabriolet. 

18. See Great Wall of China

One of the seven wonders of the world is the most common reason why someone visits China. 6250 kilometers long, the wall is still not visible from the moon, this myth was long ago destroyed by astronauts, although it still lives in popular culture.

19. Visit Easter Island

A remote volcanic island in Polynesia also known as Rapa Nui is most recognizable by its huge stone moai statues. It is one of the most uninhabited islands in the world, and it got its name because it was discovered on Easter 1722 by Dutchman Jakob Roggeveen.

On this small island, you can camp and explore natural resources, on foot or by bike.

20. Visit the Holy Land

The Holy Land is a special place for Jews, Muslims and Christians. The Jews believe that it is the Promised Land that God has given them, it is sacred to the crusaders because Jesus was born and lived there, while the Muslims believe that in Jerusalem Muhammad ascended to heaven.

21. Safari in Namibia

In a relatively young country formed in 1990 in southern Africa and on the Atlantic coast, there is a beautiful Etosha National Park full of giraffes, zebras and antelopes, and besides them, you will also see pink flamingos. Visit the animals in their natural habitat as part of numerous organized safaris.

22. Travel to the Arctic

Fans of cold destinations and special adventurers on their list certainly have a visit to the area around the North Pole of the Earth, which includes parts of Russia and Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, Lapland, Svalbard, as well as the Arctic Ocean. It is not warmer than 10 degrees there in July either, so prepare well.

23. Go to the Silk Road

The Silk Road is the name of a network of caravan routes whose main goal was to connect the Mediterranean with East Asia. Silk was the most important merchandise that passed through the Silk Road to the West and the most important Chinese product. In addition to the exchange of goods, the Silk Road was important for cultural exchange between different people, and in 2013, China launched a project to renovate this road.

24. See the Atacama Desert

The driest desert in the world located along the coast of Chile is not very hot, as one would assume. Temperatures range between 0 ° C and 25 ° C, and it is special in that in some areas of the desert it has not rained for the last 400 years. Excursions from San Pedro are organized into the desert that looks like the surface of Marda, and the spectacle is to see a huge salt valley or the Salar de Atacama salt marsh.

25. Throw tomatoes in Spain

In the small town of Buñol in the middle of Spanish Valencia, the La Tomatina festival is held every year in August – throwing tomatoes in the biggest street food fight in the world. About 45,000 people take part in the tomato fight, shooting at over 125 tons of tomatoes!

26. Visit the New Zealand Hobbiton

If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan or have kids, a visit to Hobbiton in New Zealand will be an even more special experience. The magical world of Matamata on the North Island is where the trilogy was filmed, and tickets can be sold out months in advance.

27. Travel the Mississippi River

Mark Twain’s routes from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico will pass through 10 U.S. states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Sailing the fourth largest river in the world, experience the world of heroes from the youth of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

28. Visit the lost city of Petra

The city in the rock created 300 years before Christ is hidden behind a small canyon and represents an architectural marvel. Half carved into the rocks, half-built, Petra is the most important treasure of Jordan and one of the TOP world tourist destinations.

29. Swim with dolphins

Swimming with dolphins, petting them and kissing them is a unique experience that everyone remembers. You can experience these wonderful animals up close in many locations around the world, such as Florida, the Bahamas, Cuba, Dubai, Mexico, etc. Don’t be afraid, they are really cuddly creatures.

30. Bathe with pigs in the Bahamas

The Bahamas are known for their beautiful sea, sun and swimming pigs. Pig Beach or Big Bajor Cay is an uninhabited island in Exuma where about 10 pigs live who like to bathe with tourists, and if you bring some bread to feed them, they will be especially fond of you.

Did you try any of the experiences from our 2022 bucket list? Let me know if I should add any others to my list. Which experiences do you have on your 2022 travel bucket list?

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