If you’re unsure of the experiences you want to have as you go through life, a bucket list can help. Typically, the list is a detailed catalog of things you want to accomplish. Most people add game drives, historical attractions, thrilling adventures, and intensive activities to their bucket lists to track progress. Regardless of how you create your bucket list, it can guide and motivate you to achieve your life-long goals. The following list includes some thrilling attractions and adventures from around the world to add to your bucket list.

1. Visit Homer in Alaska for some real Wilderness 

Nestled amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of Alaska’s wilderness, Homer offers a paradise for adventure enthusiasts seeking an adrenaline rush. Start your escapade by embarking on a thrilling fishing excursion in the world-famous waters of Kachemak Bay. Reel in the catch of a lifetime as you test your skills against the legendary halibut and salmon that populate these bountiful seas.

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a first-time fisherman, the exhilaration of battling these mighty creatures will leave you with lasting memories. As you navigate through the stunning coastal landscapes, keep an eye out for majestic marine wildlife, including whales, sea otters, and seals, adding an extra layer of excitement to your fishing expedition.

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For an unforgettable experience, gear up for a breathtaking wilderness exploration in the heart of Homer. Strap on your hiking boots and venture into the rugged Kenai Mountains, immersing yourself in the untamed beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Follow scenic trails that wind through pristine forests, leading you to captivating viewpoints overlooking glaciers, fjords, and snow-capped peaks.

As you hike, keep your senses alert for encounters with wildlife such as black bears and moose, which roam freely in these unspoiled habitats. For the ultimate adventure, embark on a thrilling helicopter tour, soaring above the vast Alaskan wilderness and landing on remote glaciers where you can engage in activities like dog sledding or ice climbing. Unleash your inner adventurer and let Homer’s captivating natural wonders take your breath away.

2. Tour the Giza Pyramids Complex in Egypt

If you want to gain insight into ancient history and mysteries, Egypt is home to breathtaking marvels. The Pyramid of Giza is among the oldest monuments in Giza, just outside Cairo.  The Giza pyramid complex comprises three pyramids that give a spectacular sight. Egyptian pharaohs believed in the afterlife, so they built pyramids to assist them in navigating the afterlife. They used a complex mummification process in tombs filled with treasures and jewelry. Also, there’s an ancient full-sized boat preserved in the Khufu Museum.

The Great Pyramid of Giza was once the world’s tallest building for almost four centuries. Looking closely at the engineering makes you realize that all the boulders fit perfectly with barely visible joints. But how the ancient builders moved and built the structures with such precision is mind-boggling.

Thrilling Adventures and Attractions to Add to Your Bucket List
The famous Pyramids. Photo by Ben White

3. Chase the Northern Lights in Iceland

Visiting Iceland during the winter gives you a chance to see the Northern Lights. The natural astronomical phenomenon is an interesting attraction, and Iceland is among the perfect places to experience the Northern lights.  

The Northern Lights are caused by solar debris colliding with magnetic fields in our atmosphere, leading to the unique nighttime show. The Aurora Borealis gives off green patterns that glow and dance in the night sky. 

Ancient Norsemen believe the Aurora Borealis is a reflection of shields and armor forming a Bifrost bridge guiding Vikings to Valhalla. A wilderness night tour in the countryside gives you a perfect chance to chase the Northern lights, but patience is essential. Regardless, the trip is worth it, and you will love the marvelous experience.

Watch this video to understand what you’ll be chasing:


4. Hike the Inca Trail in Peru

The Machu Picchu is found in Andes Mountains, Peru, and is an iconic experience. The Inca Trail has stunning high passes with exquisite sights of archeological sites and elaborate views of the lost city of the Incas.

Wading through the ancient pilgrimage routes leads to the town in the clouds towering above surrounding sceneries and snow-capped mountains. The Dead Woman’s Pass is one of the conspicuous attractions in the high-altitude area.

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5. Swim With Sea Turtles in Ecuador

Sea turtles are among the endangered animals dwelling in the sea, and many snorkelers seek opportunities to swim alongside the beautiful creatures. The Galápagos Islands consist of multiple archipelago islands in the Pacific Ocean in Ecuador, and it’s a living museum showcasing evolution and hosts vast endemic species.

The Galapagos green sea turtle nests in Ecuador only –providing visitors with a unique experience. The turtles’ nesting season starts in December through March, so you should plan your itinerary around these months for a rich adventure. Wildlife species in the area outnumber human populations, making it an ideal destination to experience a variety of endemic wildlife. The marine reserve is home to unique birds, reptiles, mammals, marine species, and plants.

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6. Visit the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon River and rainforest ecosystem is teeming with unique flora and fauna. The river traverses through different parts of South America, and each area has unique attractions.

You can start your trip in Peru and explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. Amazon hosts thousands of species, and others are yet to be discovered. While the wildlife is intriguing and complex, others are extremely dangerous, but the experienced guides ensure your safety.

Watch this video to get a better understanding of this amazing place:


Typically, there’s so much to see in the Rainforest, and some parts are impenetrable on land. If you want to explore the deep forest with thick cover, an aerial tour would be perfect, but you won’t experience the wildlife up close. Regardless, you’ll have a lifetime experience.

7. Explore the Ocean in a Submarine

If you’re interested in marine life, you can explore the depths of the oceans without getting wet. While the experience may not be as thrilling as this list of Epcot rides, the Caribbean submarine expeditions let you experience the underwater world.

The submarine descends about 130 feet below the water’s surface, where you can marvel at various attractions like corals, shipwrecks, marine life, and gigantic fish species. The underwater tours are child-friendly, so you can introduce your little ones to the wonderful marine life.

Watch this video to see if this is something for you or not:


Alternatively, you can have a hybrid experience in a semi-submarine expedition where you can view the reefs and get some sunshine and fresh air on the upper deck. You can tour eastern Crete in the Mediterranean and experience the pristine underwater landscape with various fish species. 


It’s difficult to enjoy life to the fullest, especially when unsure of what to prioritize. That’s why people create a bucket list of experiences and adventures they plan on taking. It provides direction and satisfaction as they accomplish goals that seem out of reach. As far as your travel bucket list is concerned, don’t be afraid to include more items. A well-curated list can ensure a rich experience as you cross off the items.