The World’s Top 10 Bucket List Travel Experiences
— Updated on 23 September 2021

The World’s Top 10 Bucket List Travel Experiences

— Updated on 23 September 2021
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

The appetite for international travel has only grown exponentially since global leaders put the kibosh on open borders. The specifics, however, is something luxury travel operator Unforgettable Travel have sought out to determine. Partnering with digital marketing agency SEO Travel, the entities compiled 135 of the world’s most popular travel destinations, leveraged the power of software in order to sift through all that data, and revealed the highest-ranking bucket list travel experiences – according to you, the people.

“There were a few experiences in the Top 10 alone that we thought would feature lower down despite being great experiences,” says Luke Harvey, Marketing Manager at Unforgettable Travel

“This includes the #1: Burj Khalifa in Dubai… But the fact Dubai has remained open to visitors for the vast majority of time during the pandemic will have aided its position.”

“Trekking to Mount Everest base camp is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, yet not something we thought would beat the likes of the Rome Colosseum.”

Check out the world’s Top 10 bucket list travel experiences by global monthly search volume below.

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The World’s Top 10 Bucket List Travel Experiences


  1. Visiting the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (monthly searches: 10,000)
  2. Sailing around the Statue of Liberty (monthly searches: 9,300)
  3. Hiking to the Mount Everest (monthly searches: 9,000)
  4. Cruising the Nile in Egypt (monthly searches: 7,900)
  5. Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower (monthly searches: 7,900)
  6. Seeing the Las Vegas Strip (monthly searches: 7,400)
  7. Crossing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge (monthly searches: 7,400)
  8. Seeing New York City from the top of the Empire State Building (monthly searches: 6,500)
  9. Touring the Louvre in Paris (monthly searches: 6,400)
  10. Exploring the Colosseum in Rome (monthly searches: 6,400)

And for anyone that’s a little curious about more granular geographic breakdowns, here are the most prominent searches in certain corners of the world.


  1. Visiting the Burj Khalifa in Dubai
  2. Hiking to the Mount Everest base camp in Nepal
  3. Touring the Taj Mahal
  4. Traveling to Japan during cherry blossom season
  5. Seeing China’s Forbidden City
  6. Diving at Indonesia’s Raja Ampat islands
  7. Watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat
  8. Swimming in the Dead Sea
  9. Touring the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
  10. Seeing the sunrise at the temple of Borobudur


  1. Cruising down the Nile
  2. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
  3. Hiking to the top of Cape Town’s Table Mountain
  4. Seeing Chefchaouen, the “Blue City” of Morocco
  5. Hiking Mount Kenya
  6. Bungee jumping off Victoria Falls Bridge
  7. Trekking to see gorillas in Uganda
  8. Seeing the Sahara desert
  9. Going on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater
  10. Visiting the medina (old city) of Marrakesh


  1. Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  2. Touring the Louvre in Paris
  3. Exploring Rome’s Colosseum
  4. Going to the Glastonbury Festival
  5. Partying in Ibiza
  6. Riding the Orient Express
  7. Seeing La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  8. Visiting Buckingham Palace in London
  9. Cruising the Norwegian fjords
  10. Running the London Marathon
The World's Top 10 Bucket List Travel Experiences By Global Monthly Searches - Cruising the Norwegian fjords

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North America

  1. Visiting the Statue of Liberty
  2. Seeing the Las Vegas Strip
  3. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge
  4. Going to the top of the Empire State Building
  5. Taking a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon
  6. Road-tripping down Route 66
  7. Attending Coachella
  8. Seeing Niagara Falls at the U.S.-Canada border
  9. Camping in Canada’s Banff National Park
  10. Seeing Mount Rushmore

South America

  1. Hiking to Machu Picchu
  2. Seeing the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands
  3. Experiencing the biodiversity of Costa Rica
  4. Walking on Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni (salt flats)
  5. Visiting the Iguazu Falls where Argentina, Brazil, & Paraguay meet
  6. Seeing the Moai statues of Easter Island
  7. Visiting San Pedro de Atacama desert
  8. Exploring Patagonia
  9. Sandboarding in Huacachina in Peru
  10. Seeing the Amazon rainforest 
The World's Top 10 Bucket List Travel Experiences By Global Monthly Searches - Hiking to Machu Picchu

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  1. Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef
  2. Watching a show at the Sydney Opera House
  3. Seeing New Zealand’s Hobbiton
  4. Visiting the monolith of Uluru
  5. Staying in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora
  6. Touring New Zealand’s Waitomo Glowworm Caves


  1. Visiting Antarctica

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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