Places To See Before I Kick The Bucket (According to the Internet)

I read about this post via Travels with Adam and decided to give it a go. It’s actually available on the HomeAway website where all you need to do is key in your details such as name, age, gender, and the type of travel activities that you’re interested in. I keyed in romantic, nature, shopping, activity, beach, cultural, gastro and unusual and the results said that I will travel until I’m 76 years old! Based on that, the website found 10 places that I must see before I kick the bucket as below. It’s pretty interesting to read through the recommended places and it gives me an idea of where I can go to next as I get older. Honestly, I’d like to hit all these places before 50 years old but it all depends on fate. Check out my list and try it out for yourself to see travels recommended for you.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia in 2018

It’s the largest reef in the world, and boasts the most magnificent beaches on the globe to boot. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a true natural wonder, and one you should whether your interests lie in outdoor adventures or kicking back on the beach have the pleasure of experiencing in every bit of its breathtaking beauty.

I agree on this totally and I have been meaning to get my divers’ license since forever so this would be a good opportunity for me to do so. I think this is one of the most beautiful places on earth which is still taken care of and I’d like to see it before it gets too commercialized.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia - Photo via HomeAway.co.uk

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia – Photo via HomeAway.co.uk

 

Uluru, Australia in 2023

Uluru, or Ayers Rock as it’s more commonly known, is possibly Australia’s greatest natural landmark. It’s also one of its most iconic, towering some 1,150 feet in the baking heat of Australia’s red heart, and extending for several miles underground. Having formed over some 600 million years, now is the time to finally uncover the majesty of Uluru.

I did put Uluru in one of my must visit places to go to so this is pretty spot on. It seems Australia is close to the heart as this is the second spot recommended for the same country. With its outback and incredible nature surrounding, I can see why it’s one of the incredible places to visit on earth.

Masai Mara, Kenya (2028)

Known simply as “The Mara” to the locals, Masai Mara National Reserve is the unequivocal jewel in Kenya’s crown. Located in Narok County, it’s famed for its lions, cheetahs, wildebeest and zebra, who roam its sprawling and untouched plains. Looking for the perfect mix of sightseeing and safari? The destination’s got to be Masai Mara National Reserve.

I recently missed out on two opportunities to South Africa and this could be the next redemption trip. Imagine going onto the jeep with the Park Ranger, scouting the animals all day in anticipation of a great photo of them in their natural environment. Also the culture of the Masai tribe is one of the things to look out for during this trip.

Safari in Masai Mara,Kenya - photo by HomeAway.co.uk

Safari in Masai Mara,Kenya – photo by HomeAway.co.uk

 

Rotterdam, Holland (2033)

A young and dynamic destination, Rotterdam’s far flung from the small fishing port it once was. Situated in the west of the Netherlands, it’s now the second largest city in Holland, and its port is the largest in Europe. Famed as a city of incredible architecture, it’s continually altering its already impressive skyline.

I had visited Holland a few years ago while my mum was on her working trip and we managed to take the bus down to Amsterdam, stopping midway in Rotterdam. However, as it was a packed schedule, we didn’t really get to visit much of the place except passing through some iconic architecture buildings such as ING which looks like a huge ship. When I do head back, I’ll also track back to Amsterdam, The Hague and nearby places to maximize the trip.

Borneo, Indonesia (2038)

Borneo’s an incredible destination. Split into three parts, governed by Indonesia, Malaysia and the independent Sultanate of Brunei, it’s not only the third largest island in the world, but home to biodiversity like nowhere else. Inhabited by a huge number of endangered species, including the Bornean orangutan, it’s a once in a lifetime holiday spot. 

This is a nice surprise because it is located near our Sabah and Sarawak states but often looked over. Actually I never really took this into consideration and possibly taking its’ beautiful biodiversity for granted. Since it’s nearby, I think I can make this happen earlier than 2038.

Moscow, Russia (2043)

Capital of Russia and former capital of the Soviet Union, Moscow’s a fascinating city; romantic and cultural in equal measure. With some 800 years of history to its name, it’s a sprawling metropolis where the modern and imperial sit by side; a centre where the colourful onion domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral tower above the beautiful Metro system below. 

I’ve always been fascinated by the colorful domes of the Kremlin and watched enough movie to know that this country is known for spies and espionage (according to the movies that is).  This also means that Moscow is filled with mysterious lanes, alleys and places with a rich history going that they’ve managed to preserve throughout the years. That alone makes it worthwhile to visit this authentic country soon enough.

Moscow, Russia - photo by HomeAway.co.uk

Moscow, Russia – photo by HomeAway.co.uk

Hawaaii, USA (2046)

An incredible archipelago floating in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii’s long been held as one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. From its capital of Honolulu to its famously pristine beaches, this is one state absolutely brimming with unmissable sights. So embrace the laid-back lifestyle with coconut cocktail in hand, and say “Aloha” to heavenly Hawaii.

It was either this or Auckland for our #JetStarAroundTheWorld contest prize and in the end we decided on the latter because due to distance. Hawaii tops the list with beautiful beaches and surfing schools making it one of my top places to visit whether in 20146 or earlier. I’ve always had a big love for the ocean and I can’t wait to go here to be with the sea again.

Halong Bay, Vietnam (2049)

Sitting in picturesque northern Vietnam, Halong Bay is one of the country’s most scenic spots. Famed as one of the greatest natural wonders in the world, it’s home to some 2,000 islands which rise out of its emerald waters, standing majestically amidst the area’s lush and verdant landscapes.

Having visited Saigon recently, I fell in love with the locals charm, food and hospitality. Although crossing the streets proved to be one big challenge but otherwise the trip turned out to be a good experience as there was also a clash of culture (French) seen from its’ architecture and local businesses. Halong Bay is one of the UNESCO sites which I have yet to visit and I am looking forward to spending more time here to soak in its’ laid back atmosphere.

Terracotta Army, China (2052)

An incredible and even terrifying group of life-size sculptures, the Terracotta Army was made to represent the armies of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang. An unusual and infinitely impressive form of funerary art, it’s no wonder this pride of China is one of Asia’s most visited UNESCO World Heritage sites.

One of my friends had reminded me to bring him along for this trip as he and I have similar interests for historical landmarks and icons. However I’m not sure if he’s willing to wait until 2052 for it to happen! Neither can I. It would be an amazing experience to walk through this group of army and marvel at the artistic features of each soldier.

Terracotta Army, China - Photo by HomeAway.co.uk

Terracotta Army, China – Photo by HomeAway.co.uk

Rotthenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany (2055)

Situated on the aptly named Romantic Road of Bavaria, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is as pretty as a picture. Its medieval town centre is awash with wooden beam-laden buildings, taking you back to the Germany of the 14th century. One of the country’s most popular tourist towns, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a fantastic destination for the romantics amongst you.

Honestly I’ve never heard of this place until it came out on this list but I am liking the colourful architectural buildings that appear in this picture (below). Medieval times reminds me of knights in shining armour and princesses in despair. In this modern times though, I doubt this still happens but it would be interesting to learn more about the history and its past when I get to visit this place.

Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany - Photo by HomeAway.co.uk

Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany – Photo by HomeAway.co.uk

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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