Nims’ Bucket List – 20 Destinations To Go To Before I Die

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NIMS’ BUCKET LIST – 20 DESTINATIONS TO GO TO BEFORE I DIE

If anyone asks me what my spirit animal is, I’d calmly tell them I was a Golden Pheasant with the brightest of wings and surest of flights, travelling round the world and seeing all, setting my webbed feet on every solid corner of the earth.

Alas, I am but a girl and the only way I am flying round the world is with the help of an airplane which is exactly why I’m grateful for the invention of that humongous machine.  I shall travel. Explore. Experience diverse cultures, allow my taste buds to flirt with exotic food and maybe fall in love an Eskimo.

In line with my plan, I have drawn up 20 places/things I definitely must do before I kick the good old bucket. I hope you gasp at the pictures as I did and I hope one day you will meet me there, alone or with a man so tall I have to tiptoe to kiss.

 

1. Walk on the Salt Falt, the Salar de Uyuni in Southwest Bolivia

Southwest Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is not only the world’s largest salt flat – it can also be referred to as the largest mirror in the world. The incredible 6,575 square mile flat is home to many shallow lakes that reflect the gorgeous skies, clouds and animals that abound in Bolivia.

Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia 2

 

2. Explore the beautiful grounds of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain

The Calat Alhamra palace in GranadaSpain is Europe’s most impressive and awe-inspiring heritage destination.

Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

Alhambra in Granada, Spain.3

Alhambra in Granada, Spain.2

 

3. Marvel at the beauty of the Buddhist Shwedagon Pagoda in Burma.

No visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda as it is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, and is believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas of the present kalpa.

Buddhist pagoda in Burma, the Shwedagon Pagoda

Buddhist pagoda in Burma, the Shwedagon Pagoda 2

Buddhist pagoda in Burma, the Shwedagon Pagoda 3

 

4Go volcano boarding in Cerro Negro, an active volcano outside León, Nicaragua.

Cerro Negro is an active volcano that is located just outside of Leon, Nicaragua. Adventurous people can rent snowboards and ride the ash down the side of the mountain.

Cerro Negro, an active volcano outside León, Nicaragua

an active volcano outside León, Nicaragua

 

5. Send a lantern into the sky at Chiang Mai, Thailand during the Yi Peng Festival.

Make a wish with the people of Chiang Mai and release thousand of lighted lanterns in the sky. Yi Peng refers to the full moon day in the second month according to the Lanna lunar calendar (the twelfth month according to the Thai lunar calendar).

Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Yi Peng Festival

Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Yi Peng Festival 2

Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Yi Peng Festival 1

 

6. Sail in the clear blue waters of the Hạ Long Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam

View the breathtaking sight of 2000 plus islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and kiss a random stranger.

Hạ Long Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam

Hạ Long Bay, Vietnam 2

 

7. View the fairy highlands through a hot-air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over one of the most magical places on earth.

hot-air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey

hot-air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey 2

 

8. Enjoy the serene atmosphere at Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

waterfalls at Plitvicka Jezera National Park

 

9 Experience the incredible wildlife migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara.

Between June and November, the most incredible wildlife migration takes place in Kenya. The animals arrive in the Masai Mara as early as July, but they normally arrive between August and September. They stay in the Masai Mara in October and November before gradually migrating back to the Serengeti in December and January.

Kenya's Masai Mara between June and November

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safari migration

 

10. Walk on The Great Wall of China

I mean you can attempt it and stop when you get tired and just stare at the incredible views an the incredible feat of manpower that is the wall itself.

Walk the Great Wall of China

great wall of china

 

11. Experience the grandiosity of the Grand Canyon

Arizona’s Grand Canyon is a natural formation distinguished by its layered bands of red rock and its vast scale

Grand Canyon

Skywalk

 

12. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Maybe find Nemo…

Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Great Barrier Reef in Australia 2

 

13. Stare at the Himalayas and weep at the sheer beauty

The Himalayas, or Himalaya, is a mountain range in South Asia which separates the Indo-Gangetic Plain from the Tibetan Plateau. This range is home to nine of the ten highest peaks on Earth, including the highest, Mount Everest.

Himalayas

Himalayas 2

 

14. Behold the Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments, and panoramic views.

machu picchu

machu-picchu-wider-view

 

15. Make love in a glass Igloo in Finnish Lapland

An igloo, also known as snow house or snow hut, is a type of shelter built of snow, traditionally built by the Inuit.

Northern Lights from a glass igloo in Finnish Lapland

glass igloo in Finnish Lapland

 

16. Breathe in the beauty of the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra and is a testament to love built by a Raj for his beloved wife.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal 2

 

17. Find God in the temple and gardens of Kyoto

The temple and its beautiful gardens are listed as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

temples and gardens of Kyoto

Ginkaku-ji-Temple-in-Kyoto

 

18. Dine with sharks in the underwater world in Maldives

One has to take some risks in life, right?

maldives-underwater-restaurant

Conrad-Maldives-Underwater-Suite

 

19. Go vertical caving in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

vertical caving in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.2

Jomblang-Cave-Yogyakarta

vertical caving in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

 

20. Say Yes to love on the Golden Bridge of San Francisco

What better place to remember a golden moment?

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GoldenGateBridgeSanFrancisco1

 

 

Sources – wikipedia, telegraph.co.uk

Images – ghirardellisquare.com, travel.aol.co.uk, www.telegraph.co.uk, www.mydomaine.com

 

 

10 COMMENTS

  1. number 12 would have u killed…everything kills in australia…spent too much time on Nat Goe wild to know to stay off the continent,….awesome list except we all might never even get to visit even 4 and the fact there aint no nigerian spot mikes me pinch my left balls…then again…not like my opinion count

  2. Absolutely beautiful….I think I’m going to got for no 7. first…then 6, then 18, 5…ok, now I’m indecisive – lol…

  3. I def wantto make love and make baby no 3, 4 n who knows 5 at the igloo in lapland…. lol!… niceeeeee…. miss me with the volcano and sailing. Thank u. Nims

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