The ULTIMATE Travelling The World Solo Bucket List


Lately I have been referring a lot to the whole concept of the ‘bucket list’, and it occurred to me that I had never actually sat down and written down a comprehensive bucket list! Given how much ‘bucket list travel’ I have done this year, it only seemed fitting that I finally bite the bullet and do so!

This is a fairly comprehensive list, but I know there are things I will have forgotten and things I don’t even know that I want to do yet; so as this list changes, grows and as I ‘cross things off’, I will come back here and update it – linking blog posts about the experiences for your reading pleasure – just click on the photos!

So without further ado, here is the ULTIMATE Travelling The World Solo bucket list.

Swim with Humpback Whales


Swim with Orcas in Norway

Throw tomatoes at La Tomatina

Marvel at the rock structures of Lalibela

Go on a luxury safari

Go on a budget safari

Dogsled through Finnish lapland

See the Northern Lights

Visit all seven continents


Eat a meal with a giraffe

Feed a hyena with my mouth in Ethiopia

Do the worlds highest bungee jump

Watch the sun set over Uluru

Go gorilla watching in DR Congo

Visit the Pyramids of Giza


Explore the ocean trenches of Samoa

Take a dip in the Bimmah Sinkhole

Skydive over Dubai

Swim in the worlds largest swimming pool

Take a penguin selfie in Antarctica


See Komodo Dragons (from a safe distance)

Pretend to be Indiana Jones at The Lost City of Petra

How to hike the 'Secret Trail' to above the Treasury in Petra

Swim with Whale Sharks

Get messy at Holi Festival

Do an Antarctic polar plunge

Swim with Manta Rays

Freedive with sharks in Costa Rica

Float in the Dead Sea


See evolution in the Galapagos

Do a multi day kayaking expedition in Greenland

See a polar bear in Spitsbergen

Take a Quokka selfie on Rottnest Island

Explore the ancient temples of Bagan


Go zorbing in New Zealand

Play a game of Quidditch in England

See Wicked on Broadway

Visit the tribes of PNG

Swim in the Marina Bay Sands infinity pool

Spend a summer on the Amalfi Coast

See the sun rise over Angkor Wat


Embrace my inner nerd at Hobbiton

Eat my way through Vietnam

Go on an Amazing Race style treasure hunt

Go snorkelling at Raj Ampat

Spend a full and consecutive 12 months in the Arctic

Laze away a summer in Portugal

Sleep over the water in the Maldives

Do the Gibbon Experience in Laos

See the snow monkeys in Northern Japan

Trek to Everest Base Camp

Eat my way through Hong Kong

Go yurt hopping in Mongolia

Trek through the mountains of Pakistan

See the Coliseum

Hike the Arctic Circle Trail

Drive the Ring Road in Iceland

Hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan

Explore Sri Lanka by train

Go hot air ballooning


Bungee jump out of a hot air balloon

Get into the hustle and bustle of Seoul

Travel on the Trans Siberian Railway

Visit the Gateway to Hell in Turkmenistan

Photograph the Red Square in Moscow by sunrise

Catch bullet trains through Japan

Experience tourism and communism combined in North Korea

Visit the Lofoten Islands

Spend a summer hiking through Norway

Visit Greenland in winter


See Mt. Fuji

Drink, sail and eat my way through the Greek Islands

Explore the pyramids in Sudan

Visit Bunny Island

Hike the Jatbula Trail

Experience the wildlife in Madagascar

Step foot inside Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

See the sun set from Cable Beach

Feel the rhythm in Cape Verde

Backpack through Iran


Soak in a Japanese onsen

Go island hopping in the Philippines

Come face to face with a leopard seal


Visit Iguazu Falls

Go for a splash in the Devils Pool

Experience the crazy nightlife of Tokyo

Learn to scuba dive

Increase my blood alcohol content in Mendoza

Sleep in an Ice Hotel

Swim with basking sharks in Scotland

Explore the Amazon

Trek the W in Chilean Patagonia

Visit Fingals Cave

Work with MSF

Spend a month in Colombia

Explore the colour of Cape Town

Visit Machu Picchu

Spend 12 months backpacking through Central America

Visit Kruger National Park

Actually go inside a volcano

Move my home base to Edinburgh

Visit Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival

Experience Hogmanay in Edinburgh

Go to Iceland Airwaves

Visit the Isle of Skye

Travel through the Namib Desert

Get spooky on Easter Island

Go on a Man VS Food style trip through the Southern US states

Get fat(ter) in Italy

Do the whole Bolivian salt flats thing

Visit Harry Potter Studios in London

Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando

Hike Table Mountain

Go hiking through Utah

Cage dive with Great White Sharks

Visit Robben Island

Sleep in an igloo

Explore Banff in Alberta

Spend an autumn in the Pacific Northwest

Explore the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Experience the colours of Cuba

Walk through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Go to a Disneyworld

Experience the magic of the Pink Mosque in Shiraz


Fly in a private jet (a gal can dream)

Plunge into the Blue Lagoon

Learn another language (preferably Swedish)

See icebergs up close

Camp on a glacier

Go to a full moon party

Experience the polar night

Experience the midnight sun

Party properly in Budapest

Go ice climbing

See a glacial moulin up close

Swim between two continental plates

See a glacier calve

Go caving

Take a ride in a helicopter

Go on a helicopter pub crawl

Thank you for reading my wonderful solo travel lovers!

If you have done anything on this list, or if you have an idea for a travel experience that I should add to this list, please let me know in the comments, and as always, happy solo travelling xx

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20-something year old Australian backpacker writing her way around the world.

34 thoughts on “The ULTIMATE Travelling The World Solo Bucket List

  1. This is an awesome list! I’ve never sat down and written a bucket list either. After my first time bungee jumping the instructor said, “Now you can cross it off your bucket list!” and I was like, huh… maybe I should write one of those! But I never did, maybe now is a good time 🙂

  2. indeed a very and comprehensive list. Wish you will strike them off soon. I envy you as well proud of your accomplishments until now. Hope I get that kick after reading this post:)

  3. Ooh Ellen, that’s some list…and I thought we had nothing to offer you…nothing. But then I see the Quidditch thing. Is that all we have? Strangely I do know that my University of Bangor (North Wales) now has a student Quidditch team so a lot of it must go on here and there. I shall contact our tourist board to inform them that THAT is all people are interested in now. First Brexit, now this.

    But then I see you want to move to Edinburgh so it isn’t all bad for us.

    I would like to do the festival too, but imagine it can be very expensive, and leave you with the feeling that you’ve missed out somewhere. Something else I want to do there is go see Nils Olav (now promoted to Brigadier Sir Nils Olav) who’s Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian King’s Guard. He does ceremonial walk arounds so the public can go and say hello. He also lives in Edinburgh Zoo and is a King Penguin.

  4. Really like how you organized this with links to past blog entries. I found some more to read that were fascinating. I loved Skye also. But even in April it was quite cold!! Had a very good bowl of Cullen skink in a hotel restaurant on Skye.

  5. Wow, that’s an extensive list but you can’t Zorb in Queenstown I’m afraid. The only place you can do it in New Zealand is Rotorua which is on the other island.
    I’ll be so jealous if you get to Antarctica before me. That is my sole goal in life.
    I did the highest bungee jump after uni: what a rush. Uluru was a magical place for me. I highly recommend it when you’re home in Oz. The Galapagos was another magical place for me. I volunteered there and learned more about life there than the average tourist. Eye opening. Taking a selfie with a quokka is actually very difficult. They love to come up to you but you need patience and a self-timer to get a good one. I only succeeded in chopping off half of me or half of it! Iceland’s Ring Road under the midnight sun is beautiful and Edinburgh during the Fringe is chaotic fun. Macchu Picchu is stunning but unfortunately overcrowded these days and taking a train through Sri Lanka’s tea country is beautiful (even though I was ill at the time). I also second the comment above to visit Jasper in Alberta: Banff’s quieter but still beautiful cousin.
    Happy travels!

  6. That sure is a long list…enough for more than one lifetime perhaps? I suspect a bit of prioritisation might be required…🙂. Do you know if the list will fit inside a bucket?

  7. I am glad you haven’t saturated your travels yet, which means you will be recording a lot more of these. I can see these places through your posts even if I can’t travel 🙂

  8. Wow this is an awesome list! Some of them are things that I really want to do as well. I have done just a few from the list: Get messy at Holi Festival because Holi is a local festival in Nepal where I am from hehe, polar bear spotting at spitsbergen: I saw a baby and mama bear from the boat but they were really far away, explore Sri Lanka by train: I have explored some coastal towns in Sri Lanka by train, learn scuba diving: got certified this year and I’ve done island hopping in El Nido, Philippines. But there’s so much more to do and your list is very encouraging!

  9. Good thing you’re young.

    Suggest traveling the Karakorum Highway, seeing Samarkand’s Registan at night, riding the Darjeeling Himalaya Railway and visiting the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. (Have done the first three, alas not the last.)

  10. Wow, inspiring list! I’m so pleased to see a few of my list items on there, hoping you get round to writing about them first, as I have used your blogs as a manual to a lot of my trips, namely Greenland, Iceland, South Africa and Jordan.

    I know you’re all about travelling solo, but if you begin hiking the arctic circle trail then hit me up, we can call it a solo travellers colaboration!

    Thank you for your inspiration!

      1. 35, of your 135?! Highlights being Northern lights, midnight sun, Scuba diving and taking the Trans Siberian through Russia and Mongolia! It seems like you have a fair few from your home country which is cool! When you see it on a list like that it makes you appreciate how incredible travel is, and inspires you to do more! Very intrigued by Norway, hope you get out there soon!

  11. Banff is lovely and is the park that started the national park system but there are also five other parks all around it that are equally stunning and have less tourist traffic. You can’t go wrong in the Rockies that’s for sure.

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