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5 top countries you should visit at least one time in your lifetime!

Do you dream of exotic and interesting far off places? Why spend your vacation at a resort in the USA when there are incredible places all around the world where you can experience a totally alien but fascinating culture. There are many countries that could vie for a place on your bucket list but here are five of the best.


The Land Down Under is a place like no other. From huge vibrant cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to the dry red center and the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands, Australia is a land of contrasts. It is a laid-back country with a great sense of fun but also a legacy of sporting prowess. From trying your hand at panning for gold to diving with sharks there’s an amazing array of adventures to have. There are incredible landmarks including Uluru, Sydney Opera House and Harbor, the “Big” things and its many rocky outcrops and mountains. If there’s one place it worth considering getting a travel loan to visit, it’s Oz.



If there is one over-riding image of Vietnam popular in the media, it is the number of motorcyclists in the major cities. Motorcycle travel across the whole country is popular and roads are surprisingly good. Vietnam Motorbike Tours are a terrific way to see the best sights and attractions. You can easily visit the top cities like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Dalat, Da Nang and the stunning Hội An, the picture-postcard perfect Ha Long Bay as well as the incredible beauty of jaw-dropping Hai Van Pass. With a long and rich history and one of the most fragrant cuisines in Asia, Vietnam deserves a spot on your bucket list.


South Africa

Known as the Great Mother or the Rainbow Nation, South Africa pulls in visitors like a moth drawn to a flame. A country of stunning contrasts, South Africa is a melting pot of cultures. From the two amazing coastal cities of Cape Town and Durban to the bustle of Johannesburg to outback towns where pre-apartheid life seems stuck in time, urban life is very different to the countryside of the Garden Route and the wine growing regions like Stellenbosch. Of course, the great attraction is the national parks. You couldn’t pay a visit to South Africa without a safari trip to see the big five game animals.



Thailand has topped the list of Asian destinations for many years now but don’t overlook Indonesia. This highly populous nation of more than 17000 islands, 300 languages and many varied cultures is a diversity lover’s dream. It is simply filled with a myriad of adventures. Have some tropical R&R in beautiful Bali, go volcano trekking in Sumatra, or go shopping in a cool, glitzy mall in the capital, Jakarta. Wildlife is beguiling with orangutans lazing in trees and Komodo dragons menacing those who dare come too close. There’s adventure around every corner.



Being one of Europe’s top tourist hotspots shouldn’t put you in mind of overcrowded beaches lined by high rise hotels. Greece is an absolute charm whether you choose the magnificent mainland or one of its idyllic islands. The capital, Athens, is one of the most historical destinations on the planet and the marvels of the ancient civilization will leave you in awe. The country boasts 6,000 sitting in the beautiful Aegean Sea, each with its own character. Some have huge party resorts while others might only be inhabited by a goatherd and his family and their animals. Island hopping by boat is a fabulous way to immerse yourself in the beauty of Greece. The food’s not half bad either!

Which is going on your list of must-visit places?

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UPDATE: Following our controversial “Why I want to tear up your Bucket List” post, we decided to change the title to “Dream List”. We don’t want to be guided by a list of things we need to do before we literally kick the bucket.

Instead we have come up with a list that we will add to from time to time, about dream places, or activities we want to do. Offer us some suggestions too on Facebook!

Some of these have been in the back of my mind for years, and that’s why I have added them. Even if they have been completed, while others in the list continue to evolve. 

Some are just reminders and/or tips to ourselves to make sure we get the best out of every trip. I also don’t think that you should have a set number of items in your bucket dream list. It should continue to grow as you learn about new experiences that you want to see or do, and get the desire to try new travel adventures. 

Fingers crossed we see them all and having a list will help us plan our next couples adventure travel trip.

  1. Swim with whale sharks
  2. Visit the Taj Mahal
  3. Teach English somewhere in Asia
  4. Cycle the Euro Velo 6 route
  5. Climb the Eiffel Tower – Done – Can read about that here
  6. Visit 10 Greek Islands
  7. Drive across the United States of America – Done – Can read about that here
  8. Surf in every continent
  9. Volunteer work with turtles
  10. Travel to AND enjoy 100 countries
  11. Dine on the delicacies of the worlds cuisine
  12. Sail around the Whitsundays
  13. Travel the width of China
  14. Hike to Machu Picchu
  15. Start travel writing/blogging Done – you are reading about it (thanks)!
  16. Become a successful travel writer
  17. Earn money travel writing so we can explore the world! – Read Why we Quit our Jobs.
  18. Snowboard in waist-deep powder – Snowboarding at Marmot Basin (sort of).
  19. Whitewater raft a class 5 river
  20. Mountain bike in Utah
  21. Live in back to back summers
  22. Live in back to back winters
  23. Travel the width of Russia
  24. Visit Alaska
  25. Visit the Grand Canyon – Done
  26. Ski Lake Tahoe
  27. See Polar Bears
  28. Visit the 50 states of America
  29. Speak another language fluently
  30. Make lifelong buddies throughout the world – Working on it.
  31. Try the local beer or drink of choice in every Country we visit
  32. Never stop experiencing new cultures
  33. Take timeout for me to explore. Or just chillax
  34. Slow down when visiting places (everyone, including us, has a nasty habit of running around like a headless chicken not really “seeing” the sites)
  35. Scooter the length of Vietnam
  36. Snorkel the most beautiful reef in the world
  37. Dive World War 2 wrecks in the Pacific
  38. Whitewater raft the Grand Canyon
  39. Attend Oktoberfest – Nailed it. Check out our experience here.
  40. Full moon party in Koh Phangan
  41. See the Big 5 in Africa
  42. Walk the Fjords in Norway
  43. Kayak tour along a coast/group of IslandsKayaking in Naples.
  44. Go to the site of the Chernobyl disaster


Explore our own backyard (this will stay at the bottom of the list as a constant reminder that it is important that everyone always forgets to do it)

As requested, if you had to limit your list to a top 5 what would they be?  (Add more than 5 if you want!)



  1. bronwen burmester

    September 23, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Great bucket list. I have some too…..

    * Swim the English Channel (too late for this now I think!)
    * Stay in a lighthouse
    * Be in Time Square for a New Year’s Eve
    * Dive in The Maldives
    * Go back to Greece and discover more about this fabulous country and people.

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      September 24, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      Thanks Mum!
      Never too late to do your bucket list while you are still alive! I will support you 🙂 Lighthouse one and Times Square would be easy. And love to meet you guys in the Maldives too. And still waiting for you to visit us here so we can go to Greece.

      • bronwen burmester

        September 25, 2011 at 10:10 PM

        Ok!! We will do sometime………………….

  2. Sophie

    September 25, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    That’s quite an impressive bucket list! Best of luck with your travels 🙂

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      September 26, 2011 at 7:47 AM

      Thanks Sophie. It’s really a bit of a wish list more than anything. But I guess that’s what bucket lists are for!

  3. Kate

    October 3, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    This is tough cause there’s a lot to do out there, but I’d say my bucket list off the top of my head is (in no particular order):

    -explore all 50 states in the US
    -visit every American Civil War battlefield
    -sail to Hawaii from California
    -visit New Zealand (done!, but I’m definitely going back for longer sometime)
    -go skydiving
    -go bungee jumping (done!)
    -backpack through Central and South America, especially wanting to see Angel Falls, the Amazon River Basin, and Machu Picchu
    -live in a Latin American country long enough to become fairly fluent in Spanish
    -spend a significant amount of time in the UK and Ireland
    -view the Norwegian fjords firsthand
    -visit Russia, especially Moscow, St. Petersburg and Siberia

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      October 3, 2011 at 9:55 AM

      Thanks for your ideas Kate. The 50 states in US would be very cool as well as sailing between Hawaii and California. I would love to spend a few weeks / months sailing across the sea hopping between islands. You are a bit more adventurous than me though as I am not sure I can willingly throw myself off a bridge to go bungee jumping!

  4. Julian

    November 1, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    1) Be in the water with a great white, ideally one will just show up while I’m diving, if not I’ll fork out for a cage dive.

    2) Ski Alaska

    3) Live in Japan for a year

    4) Travel the silk road

    5) Architecture travel…too many buildings to list

    Nice blog mate, J

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      November 2, 2011 at 9:22 AM

      Cheers mate. We are going to hit up Japan probably at the end of next year – the snow there looks EPIC!
      Definitely want to visit Alaska as well, some pretty heavy mountains up there though.
      I would settle for the cage diving or going with Whale Sharks, not so keen on just a close encounter with Jaws when we are free-diving.

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