Travel and bucket lists are very much in the news and there’s never been a better time to explore all the places you’re supposed to see before you die. If you’re getting a head start on your list by doing some travelling before university, then don’t forget about gap year travel insurance.
For most people, the hardest part of the procedure is compiling a bucket list in the first place, so here are some suggestions for some ‘must-see’ destinations.
Sometimes it’s best to start closer to home because those far-flung destinations can seem so inviting that you can almost lose sight of those that are within easy reach. Paris is a city you must visit at least once in your life before your inevitable demise.
Its famous sights are the key to its appeal and they include the Eifel Tower, the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and many more. In terms of iconic buildings, structures and places, only Rome really comes close. If you want to see numerous bucket-list sights in one destination, Paris is the place to be.
There was a time when no self-respecting student would have even contemplated completing their studies at some stage without ‘dropping out’ and seeing India. The hippy era may have gone but the country is still a major draw for any traveller.
There are some incredible sights, of course, including the Taj Mahal (obviously) but the main attraction for those that put India on their bucket list is the incredibly different culture that hits you as soon as you set foot on the country’s soil.
There was a time when New York was the main entry on a bucket list as far as modern cities are concerned but it has been usurped somewhat by Tokyo and other areas of Japan. As a country, Japan is now the futuristic vision that New York once was and therein lies its appeal.
When you’re there, make sure you do all the crazy activities expected of you: get crushed on a bullet train, stay in a tiny capsule hotel that will induce claustrophobia or dice with death with Fugu – sushi that could kill if it isn’t prepared properly.
Any bucket list worthy of the name should contain some more inaccessible locations and that’s certainly the case with the Galapagos Islands. However, there is so much to see and do here that it isn’t just a case of coming here just because you can.
The Galapagos Islands provided the backdrop to Charles Darwin’s greatest work and the animal and plant life here is simply breath-taking. There’s a spectacular landscape too and this will be a trip that you will never forget.
For a real land of contrasts, Australia may be impossible to beat, with the stark expanse of the interior coupled with some of the liveliest cities on earth.
Once again, if you want to say that you’ve seen certain landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House or Ayers Rock then you can, but there is so much more to this incredible country besides.
Australia is the place to come if you have time to spare. If you are lucky enough to have a gap year, you might just about fit everything in that this incredible place has to offer.
Another huge benefit to coming to this country is that there really is something for everyone. While we may all have different bucket-list requirements, Australia has enough space and scope to cover them all.