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Travel Inspiration: Destinations for your Bucket List

Posted on April 29, 2019 by Gretta Schifano
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What’s on your ultimate travel bucket list? Is there a destination which you’ve always wanted to visit, or an experience which you’d love to take part in?

Here’s some inspiration for some outstanding holiday destinations and unique experiences to add to your bucket list.


There are cruise itineraries to suit everyone, from European river cruises to trips around the Caribbean.
There are also cruises which take you to explore less visited destinations, such as the Antarctic, the River Amazon and China’s Three Gorges. Wherever you go on a cruise, you’re sure to have spectacular views from the ship and a wealth of activities to take part in on board – should you wish to do so.

The Cruise Critic website is a great resource for everything to do with cruising.

Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Stretching for more than 1,400 miles along the coast of Queensland, the marine park is a unique ecosystem and a host to a vast array of living creatures, from coral and fish, to sea turtles and whales. The Great Barrier Reef has more than 900 islands and is close to the coast, so there are plenty of places to stay there.

This blog post by Jayne Gorman (aka Girl Tweets World) shows how accessible the reef is: 3 Incredible Ways To Experience The Great Barrier Reef

Northern Lights

People travel from around the world in the hope of witnessing the aurora borealis light show, also known as the Northern Lights.

This spectacular display of coloured, dancing lights is the result of the interaction between the solar wind and the earth’s atmosphere around the North Pole. It’s hard to know when the lights will be visible, but Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Canada are good places to go for a holiday in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights.

This helpful blog post by Jennifer Dombrowski is a must-read if you’re planning a Northern Lights trip: 10 Things No One Ever Tells You About the Northern Lights


An African safari is a unique opportunity to observe wild animals in their natural habitats, and is a real adventure.

Travelling over land through spectacular landscapes with local guides, you may see lions, leopards, elephants and rhinos as well as many other wild animals and birds. Most safari guests stay in lodges or tents, and the best safari destinations are Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia.

This blog post by Jurga of Full Suitcase is very helpful if you’re thinking about this type of trip: All You Need to Know Before Going on Safari in Africa

USA road trip

The USA is such a vast place that long road trips are a necessity if you want to travel between cities independently.

Hire a car and the whole country is open to you, you just need to choose your route. For example, you could travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast, or you could drive the 600-mile length of California’s Pacific Coast Highway.

The official Visit the USA website has some great road trip ideas here.

Covering your bucket list holiday plans

When you’ve spent potentially thousands on your bucket list holiday, you’ll want to make sure you’re covered for cancellations.

Start by working out how much your holiday will cost per person to find out what cancellation cover you’ll need on your travel insurance.

If you’re going on a cruise, you’ll need cruise cover and a comprehensive travel insurance policy.

If you’re planning any special activities, such as a safari, it’s best to check that they are included with your policy.

Gretta Schifano

Gretta Schifano

by Gretta Schifano

Gretta Schifano is an award-winning travel blogger and journalist. Gretta writes about luxury, cultural and active family travel with teenagers, and 50+ travel, on her blog Mums do travel. She travels regularly to Europe, the USA and beyond and lives with her husband and kids in the Surrey countryside, near to London. Gretta previously worked as a BBC radio producer, has lived and worked in Italy and Spain and loves chocolate, kindness and exploring new places.