Herodotus, one of the world's first tourists and the author of the 7 Wonders of the World- the first tourist guide!
Herodotus was one of the world’s first tourists.
He also wrote the first tourist guide!
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.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Taktsang Palphug Monastery (the Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan

Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, Namibia

Visit Bavaria during Oktoberfest

The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni, Malta

The Pyramid of North Dakota, USA

Hanami Cherry Blossoms, Japan

Double New Year’s Eve: Samoa and American Samoa on back-to-back days

Kukeri Festival, Bulgaria

Terracotta Army, China

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Caral, Peru – the oldest city in the Americas

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Tian Tan Buddha Statue, Hong Kong

Skellig Michael, Ireland

See a Live Sumo Match in Japan

Guaita Fortress, San Marino

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Attend the Summer Olympic Games

Knossos, Crete

The rock of Gibraltar

Ride The Ghan through the Australian outback

Attend all four Tennis Grand Slam tournaments (we’ve been to two)

Lascaux Caves, France

Ronda, Spain

Sydney, Australia for New Years Eve

Kailasa temple and the Ellora Caves, India

Trans-Siberian Railway


Troy, Anatolia Turkey

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

See the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis)

Khao Phing Kan, Thailand (James Bond Island)

Moraine Lake and Banff National Park, Canada

Ayers Rock/Uluru, Australia

Alaska on the summer solstice (midnight sun)

Sloth Sanctuary, Costa Rica

Mano del Desierto (Hand of the Desert) Atacama Desert Chile

Lamanai Mayan Ruins, Belize

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Andorra la Vella, Andorra

Hluboka Castle, Czech Republic

Preikestolen, Norway

Leshan Giant Buddha, China

The Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

The Thermal Pools of Pamukkale, Turkey

Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

Teotihuacan and the Pyramid of the Sun, Mexico


Nazca Lines, Peru

Tikal, Guatemala

Meteora, Greece

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Plain of Jars, Laos

Lake Baikal, Russia

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The Twelve Apostles, Australia

Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, Mongolia

The Temples of Bagan, Myanmar

Delphi, Greece

Mont Saint-Michel, France

The Painted Hills, Oregon

Asunción, Paraguay

Ggantija Temples, Malta

Rebild Festival, Denmark for 4th of July

Tianmen Mountain (Gateway to Heaven), China

Santorini, Greece

Airboat in the Florida Everglades

Helicopter ride over the Great Blue Hole in Belize

Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia

See the Pico Cão Grande (Mordor), São Tomé and Príncipe

Visit the Quokkas on Rottnest Island, Australia

The Flower Carpet in Brussels, Belgium

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Wales

Loch Ness, Scotland

Tour Bordeaux Wine Country in France

Old Quebec, Canada

Mount Fanjing, China

Hampi, India

Las Falles Festival in Valencia, Spain

Star Wars filming locations in Tunisia

Republic of Molossia

Hadrian’s Wall, UK


Completed Bucket List Items


Watch the sunset on Easter Island

Machu Picchu, Peru

Bran Castle, Romania (Castle Dracula)

Visit the Snow Monkeys of Nagano, Japan

The Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

The Quitsato Sundial. Located exactly at the Equator in Ecuador

Borobudur, Indonesia


Monument Valley, Arizona

The Pyramids and the Sphinx, Egypt

Port Wine in the Douro Valley of Portugal

Mesa Verde, Colorado

Petra, Jordan

Table Mountain, South Africa

Jerusalem, Israel, and the Holy Land

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Cruise through the Panama Canal: Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean

Watch the sunrise over the Sahara Desert

Camp overnight on the ice in Antarctica

Salar de Uyuni (salt flats), Bolivia

See the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

Buzludzha, Bulgaria

Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

Visit all seven continents (we visited all seven in twelve months!)

Visit all 50 states in the U.S.

Sydney Opera House, Australia

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Climb the stones of Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Ushuaia (southernmost city in the world) on the December solstice (midnight sun)

Pumapunku and Tiwanaku, Bolivia

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Take a gondola ride through the canals of Venice, Italy

The Medina and Souks of Marrakesh, Morocco

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Antelope Slot Canyon, Arizona

See the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland

The Grand Canyon, Arizona

Luxor, Egypt and the Valley of the Kings

Cinque Terre, Italy

Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic

Stand on the edge of the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley, Peru

Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

Devils Tower, Wyoming

Walk the shores of Lake Titicaca

Watch the sunrise over the volcanoes of Central Java, Indonesia

Ride camels through the Sahara Desert

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Watch the sunset over the Nile

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Groundhog Day

Float in the Dead Sea

Batu Caves, Malaysia


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