In the news this week has been Stephen’s story, which tracks a remarkable young cancer patient who refuses to define his life with his illness. Since starting a 46 long bucket-list online, he has raised millions for cancer charities nationwide. His list included some of the usual suspects on a travel bucket list, such as a visit to Machu Picchu in Peru. Without further adieu here are our own top five places to tick off the bucket list.
The Taj Mahal
“[The Taj Mahal’s] white marble exterior provides a beautiful contrast to the exotic and bright colours India is renowned for”
As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal is a frequent addition to any bucket list. Its white marble exterior provides a beautiful contrast to the exotic and bright colours India is renowned for. The Taj Mahal is considered to be the most important piece of architecture both globally and within the Islamic culture. Behind its beautiful aesthetics lies a deep cultural history. Built by the Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is steeped in history. The Taj Mahal was a symbol of the adoration the emperor felt for his wife, a symbol which has now transcended to a global admiration of this beloved building, situated in Agra in the northern Indian state of Utter Pradesh. Organised and guided tours are available in order to full appreciate the beautiful architectural and cultural experience that is created by a visit to the Taj Mahal.
The Northern Lights
Many countries in the Northern Hemisphere host the opportunity to view the transcendent Northern Lights display. If you are running low on money, places as close as Scotland offer the chance to see the lights. Finnish Lapland is considered to be one of the most beautiful locations to experience the lights. Throughout the Finnish winter, between November all the way to April, the lights are visible. The further away from any built up areas you can get, the more beautiful and brighter the Lights will be. Needless to say, you’ll need to wrap up warm for this experience which usually takes place between 5pm and 2am!
Pulling a pint of Guinness in Dublin
A visit to the heart of Ireland to taste the infamous Irish beverage Guinness is a must for every bucket list. Dublin’s Guinness Store House offers to teach visitors how to pour your own pint of Guinness and drinking it overlooking Dublin in the Gravity Bar is truly an amazing experience. You are taken on a tour of how to make Guinness from its raw ingredients to the final product, whilst being taught how to truly appreciate the richness of its flavour in tasting sessions. Other attractions in Dublin include visiting Trinity College or the Dublin Writer’s Museum, but the first thing to do when in Dublin is to have taste the Irish culture by having a taste of true Guinness.
The Great Wall of China
If you happen to find yourself in Beijing, a visit to the Great Wall of China is a must. Whether it’s the popular stretch at Badaling or the breathtaking scenic views in Mutianyu, this is a must see attraction. Its history runs as long as the wall itself, originally designed to protect intruders.
The Great Barrier Reef
Travelling half way across the world to the Great Barrier Reef offers the chance to experience an entire other world underwater. Scuba diving in Australia is unlike anywhere else, with some of the most beautiful and clear waters suited to both first timers and experienced scuba divers. With 2,300km of marine life stretched across the reef to explore and its ever changing landscape ensures that there will always be plenty to see and explore here.
With technology widening the parameters of where travelers can go to, this list only touches the surface of what could be on a bucket list. Definitely the first thing to check off is to write a bucket list. It helps order and organize your dreams to ensure they become a reality.