The Ultimate Travel Bucket List Challenge
The British Tourist Ultimate Travel Bucket List Challenge is a collection of ten locations around the world that are truly unmissable destinations. The aim of the challenge is to create a truly unique set of experiences that are completely different from the next, each with their own corner of the globe to take on and explore. If you’ve already completely some of the list, fantastic, why not tick them all off! We encourage you to let us know how many destinations you’ve completed by tagging us on Instagram @britishtourist! Stay safe and travel well!
10. Luxor, Egypt
As one of the oldest remaining sites of ancient civilisations in the world, the Egyptian city of Luxor is a fantastic visit for anyone looking for a city break with a difference. You’ll get a taste for the historical significance of the Luxor Temple and the nearby archaeological sites, as well as great insight into the everyday life and culture of the people of Egypt. You’ll have a great selection of local activities too, such as exploring the souks (marketplaces) and many dining options, as well as excursions into the desert with guides. Luxor is a destination that is a must-see, but it’s not a very expensive place to visit. You’ll have a great selection of accommodation and transport options to and from, and we highly recommend visiting by booking a package with a travel agent or tour operator.
9. Bora Bora
Whether it be for a honeymoon or a relaxing getaway, the tiny island of Bora Bora is a beautifully scenic and serene destination that offers unforgettable experiences for all. We have never met anyone who disliked their stay and experiences in Bora Bora, but it’s no surprise to us, as the picturesque destination is a truly unique and relaxing environment. Mixing the beauty of French Polynesia with the luxuries of inclusive vacations, the vacation resorts on the island are some of the most luxurious and welcoming in the world. You cannot step onto the white beaches or into the ocean without feeling like you’ve been transported to another dimension. It’s truly unforgettable and extremely magical.
The landscape of the United States of America doesn’t get more extreme and towering than in Yellowstone National Park. The park is so large that it spans over three states, although it resides mostly in Wyoming, and is home to one of the largest supervolcanoes in the entire world. The soaring peaks of the park are home to a wide array of fauna and flora that call the area home, including the iconic heard of bison that, often regarded as the oldest and largest in America. If you’re looking for a wilderness retreat, lodge stay or ranch vacation, Yellowstone is one of the best places to do so in the world. You’ll meet loads of friendly people and have a great time exploring the wilderness.
Singapore offers one of the most unique city experiences to residents and visitors from all around the world. Singapore is a country, but it’s not very large, so the experience is more comparable to a city break than anything else. The nation is incredibly forward-thinking, with the future in everything they do, enhancing your experience to something that feels out of this world. The location is full of amazing people, accommodation, dining, entertainment and exciting things-to-do, but by far the most iconic part of Singapore is it’s truly unique and jaw-dropping skyline. You won’t find architecture or stylings like this anywhere else in the world.
Wait, what? Two futuristic and forward-thinking locations in a row? You got that right! While Dubai may be a futuristic and jaw-dropping city, it’s still a very unique setting in its own right. Resting on the edge of a vast desert and offering the utmost luxurious stays anywhere in the world, you’ll be forgiven for never wanting to leave your hotel, but you definitely should. Unique doesn’t begin to explain to the experiences, shopping, dining and excursions that are available in Dubai, with everything from skydiving over manmade islands to visiting the world’s largest mall all within a days adventure. It’s definitely not a cheap place to visit, especially if you stay in a luxury 5-star hotel or villa, but it’s by far one of the best environments to do so in.
The city of love and home to some of the best cuisine in the world, we sure you’d be shouting at us if we left Paris off this list… so it’s here! The city streets are filled with amazing history and culture, topped by some fantastic marvels and traits of modern day France to mix it all together. Whether you’re ticking off the touristy hotspots like the Eiffel Tower, or taking in the beautiful art of the Louvre Museum, Paris is an unforgettable city experience that’s perfect for couples, families and even solo travellers. There’s few cities in the world that have as much on offer as Paris does, but none are so easily accessible from the United Kingdom, making it a perfect place to tick off your bucket list.
If beautiful destinations were becoming a habit on this list, you can sign us up for another one, because Phuket is a truly stunning place. The city sits right on Thailand’s fantastic coast and offers both the city-life experience and the beachfront getaways. Whether you’re staying in a luxury resort or an inner-city hotel, you’ll be spoilt for choice on excursions and experiences in and around the city to fill your days with. We don’t know what you’ll want to do specifically, but we know that as soon as you see the crystal clear waters on the coast, you’ll be dying to jump on in and have a swim. This destination can be expensive, but it can also be done very easily on a budget, so it can be tailored with ease to all.
3. Grand Canyon
Looking for the perfect road-trip destination? Drive up to the beautiful natural wonder that is the Grand Canyon! With the stunning states of Arizona, Utah and Nevada all within close reach, you’ll find it easy to map a route for your adventures. If you’re feeling extra adventurous and don’t mind spending an extra pound or two, why not experience the Grand Canyon from the skies with a helicopter tour. These guided tours offer a unique perspective of the canyon, as well as an on-ground stop so you can soak in the atmosphere. The Grand Canyon isn’t far off Route 66 either, so you can guarantee a fantastic route no matter what.
2. Angkor Wat
When you look at Ancient World landmarks, you’ll struggle to find one that’s quite as remarkable as Angkor Wat for various reasons. It’s not the oldest in the world by a long way, at around only 900 years old, but the fact that the temple is still in use to this day by Buddhists, and it’s unique architecture typical of the Khmer Empire, it holds a fairly unique experience all round. The temple started life dedicated to Hinduism, however it was converted to a Buddhist temple around 700 years ago to match Cambodia’s shift to Buddhism as a nation, so you’ll often see Buddhist monks in the temple on a visit here. The nearby heavy-resort area of Siem Reap is a beautiful location too, with a great insight into Cambodian culture and day-to-day life.
We have no doubt that you will have seen the beautiful archaeological sites of Petra at some point in your life, but nothing matches seeing the area in person. The world-renowned carved tombs and temples in the pink sandstone cliffs are truly the most mesmerising part of Petra, with the Al-Khazneh (iconic carved structure) being voted as one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World”. The location was also made very popular by the Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade film, in which Indy visits the site on the search for the Holy Grail. The area is mostly accommodated to tourists now, with various accommodation and excursion options a very easy thing to find; however we strongly recommend booking with a travel agent or tour operator.
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