The ancient Greek historian Herodotus is often credited with making the first travel “bucket list” when he wrote about the “theamata,” a Greek title that translates roughly to “things to be seen.” His list eventually became known as the Seven Wonders of the World, and it was kind of an early tourist guide for people looking to explore the known world at that time. There were other people who created lists of incredible places, but the accounts recorded by Herodotus in the 5th century BC are considered to be among the earliest and most detailed reports. The locations he chose were based on stories by ancient travelers—some of the world’s first tourists.
We like to think of Herodotus as the Godfather of tourism, and it’s with that as inspiration that we created our own travel bucket list based on places we’ve read about, heard about, seen on TV, or discovered in movies. We hope this provides inspiration if you are looking for new and exciting travel destinations!
NOTE: The items below are linked to either Wikipedia or our own Road Unraveled blog posts. Click the titles to learn more!
Travel Bucket List
This is our list (in no particular order) of places we would like to see, things we would like to do, and travel goals we would like to accomplish.
Completed Bucket List Items
Salar de Uyuni (salt flats), Bolivia
Visit all seven continents (we visited all seven in twelve months!)
Ushuaia (southernmost city in the world) on the December solstice (midnight sun)
Additional Bucket List Items
These are places that Stephanie has visited but Adam has not. We hope to cross these off his travel bucket list someday!
◯ The Great Wall of China
◯ Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
◯ Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
◯ Angkor Wat, Cambodia
◯ Taj Mahal, India