So my 30th birthday is fast approaching and as an ode to a new era I thought I’d reflect on the last decade and all the amazing places I’ve visited. Now I haven’t been everywhere yet, and there’s probably a list of 100 places I want to see in my 30’s coming soon lol. But, of the places I have been, I’ve managed to narrow it down to these 30 places to experience in your lifetime.
My main aim with this blog has always been to inspire people to travel. Be it through sharing the amazing places I’ve visited. Or teaching you how to build a business so you can create time and location freedom. So I hope this list inspires you to get out and visit even one of these amazing places.
30 Places To Experience In Your Lifetime
In no particular order here’s my list of 30 places to experience in your lifetime. Ok I lie, it’s probably going to be in alphabetical order because that’s how it’s listed in my photos lol.
Ahhh Amsterdam, this gorgeous city definitely stole my heart. By day it’s a bustling centre filled with bikes and beautiful sights. At night the city comes alive and a visit to the weird and wonderful red light district is a total must. Don’t forget to visit the surrounding Dutch countryside as well – think windmills, clogs and all the cheeeese.
My oh my what can I say about Bali? The first time I went there I absolutely hated it and vowed never to go back. Thankfully I decided to give it another shot as it’s now become my home away from home. Once I discovered there’s a lot more to Bali than Kuta, I came to love it for everything it is. Wellness, Nature, Spirituality, Luxury. It’s an all round hub of good vibes and the perfect place for digital nomads.
For some of the top things to do in Bali refer to these posts:
Bali’s best Waterfalls: https://aussieadventuress.com/2018/03/17/balis-best-waterfalls/
Tegallalalang Rice Terraces: https://aussieadventuress.com/2018/03/20/tegallalang-rice-terraces-bali/
Mount Batur Sunrise Trek: https://aussieadventuress.com/2016/08/13/mount-batur-sunrise-trek/
This bustling city is full of goodness. Great food (OMG Spanish tapas anyone?!), lively beaches, exciting culture, beautiful landmarks and a vibrant nightlife. This city has it all!
Bavaria covers the southeastern part of Germany and is home to many wonderful things. Sausages, beer, lederhosen, Christmas markets, castles, and beautiful scenery. Munich is the capital of this state and is home to what I like to think of as Disney for adults – Oktoberfest. Seriously this is one of the happiest places on earth. When you want to take a break from all the beer and festivities you can take a drive to the castles district where it’s like you’ve stepped into a scene from an actual Disney fairytale, plus you’ll find the castle that inspired Disney. Yeah in case you didn’t know by now, I love Disney lol! For all the WWII history buffs this is also a great place for you – with Nuremberg, Eagles Nest and many more iconic locations.
Another one for the history buffs – if you love history this city has you covered. But it’s also got one of the best nightclub scenes I’ve ever experienced. You need to know people to be able to get into most of them, but once you’re in you’ll be in for a super treat.
Ok so I didn’t quite love it at the time… but looking back, Bolivia is one of those places everyone must see. It is a bit scary but if you can get past that then there’s a lot of great stuff. In La Paz you need to visit Chacaltaya and the Moon Valley. And then take a tour out to Uyuni to see the salt flats, weird cactus island and a super cool train cemetery.
To learn more about my Un-Boliviable experience read here: https://aussieadventuress.com/2015/11/27/my-un-boliviable-experience/
Let’s just say my tune has changed a little since writing that post. I guess that’s what time does lol. Maybe it’s also because of what I do now, and if you love Instagram then this is definitely a place to get some super Insta worthy shots!
7. Boracay Island
This island is seriously home to one of the whitest sand beaches I’ve seen and some of the bluest water (literally the only place that compares are parts of Australia). Throw in Filipino hospitality, all day happy hour, island hopping, delicious food and a very fun nightlife and you’ve got yourself one serious island. Ooh and for all the whimsical, fantasy lovers like me, you can even dress like a mermaid!
To learn more about this beautiful island read my post here: https://aussieadventuress.com/2016/02/04/kicking-the-bucket-list-23-83/
Eastern Europe is just one of those places with incredible charm. And this city is another one with beautiful sights, foodie delights, history, and beer bikes!
9. Cinque Terre
Ohh where do I begin with this beautiful little pocket of Italy. First, it’s in Italy so you can’t go wrong. I’m probably slightly biased because of my heritage, but I’m an absolute lover of all things Italy and there’s no way I could write a list of places to experience in your lifetime without the Cinque Terre getting a mention. But every now and then there’s a place that really stands out above the rest and that was Cinque Terre for me. 5 beautiful little seaside towns, each more vibrant than the next. You can hike between them (which we couldn’t do because there had been some landslides), or catch the ferry between (our option) which means you get the best of both worlds. Views of the cities from afar, then also experience them up close. Swim in the crystal clear water, dine at the huge selection of restaurants (seafood is a specialty here), browse the cute little shops, and wander the colourful streets. There’s something for everyone here for sure.
Even before Game of Thrones made this walled city so popular, I was a fan. What’s not to love? It has character, beautiful beaches, lots of history, great architecture, wonderful food, fun nightlife, pirate cruises. And they still have their own currency so prices aren’t dictated by the Euro.
Initially I just wanted to go to Ireland because I love the accents lol. But Dublin was one of those cities I instantly fell in love with. It’s just so cute and full of character. Aside from it being full of Irish there’s many other reasons to love Dublin – the food, super cute bars, the Irish dancing and folk music, colourful doorways everywhere, lots of history, Guinness (not the nicest drink but the factory is worth a visit). We did a super fun night walking tour about the dark and interesting past. And if you get a chance take a day trip out to the Wicklow Valley for gorgeous Irish scenery.
So my reason for going to Scotland was kind of the same as Ireland. I looove the accents, plus when you’re in Europe it’s always nice to break your adventures up by visiting some English speaking countries. I’d seen many wonderful things about Scotland and I was not disappointed. Edinburgh is another city rich with history, great food, beautiful architecture, great people, and amazing sights and scenery. We even did a hot air balloon ride here so that will always be etched in my memory as a truly wonderful experience. Oh and a trip to the Scottish highlands and Loch Ness is a must.
13. Grand Canyon & Horseshoe Bend
If you’re a lover of scenery and nature then these are two places to experience in your lifetime. I put them together because both are in Arizona, and most people go for the Grand Canyon but don’t realise this other amazing spot is not so far away. If you’re always looking for those Insta-worthy spots then no trip to the Grand Canyon should be completed without stopping at Horseshoe Bend along the way. Make sure you get to see at least one of them at sunrise and/or sunset for epic lighting.
This ones for the music and party lovers. Life really isn’t complete until you’ve experienced a week long (or longer) party session in Ibiza. There’s not really much else to say about this party hot spot, except go!
As would be expected, I don’t really have a lot of photos from here lol.
15. Iguazu Falls
My oh my. If you’re one of those people that loves to check out the wonders of the world then this one definitely needs to be on your list of places to experience in your lifetime. The falls span over so much ground that they can be seen from two countries – Brazil & Argentina. Do it right and experience it from both sides as you get different experiences. From Brazil we flew over the falls in a helicopter getting amazing views from above. In Argentina we took a speed boat head on into the falls. This was definitely one of the most exhilarating and incredible things I’ve done. There’s also plenty of chances to get up close and personal with nature.
16. The Inca Trail & Machu Picchu
Of all my amazing travel experiences this one will always stand out as one of the best. And if it’s not on your bucket list this is definitely one of the places to experience in your lifetime. I remember learning about the ancient Incan civilisation back in primary school and I was always fascinated by their history. So getting to experience the remnants of this beautiful culture first hand was an amazing experience. If you’re wanting to go, you have to do the full hike. Machu Picchu is incredible, but there’s so many other amazing Incan sites to visit along the trail and to really grasp the rich history you need to experience the walk for yourself. And it’s all the more rewarding when you walk through the Sun Gate on that final day and see the amazing ancient city before you.
I haven’t actually written a post about this experience but it’s something I’ve been meaning to do so once I do I’ll link it here too. In the meantime if you want any tips just ask in the comments 🙂
I’ve always been fascinated by Switzerland. Ever since watching Heidi as a kid, I wanted to have a little house on a mountain too. Now I’ve realised I love the ocean too much and would never live in the mountains. But if cute little mountain villages are what you like then you can’t go past Lauterbrunnen. I love Switzerland but this little village definitely takes the cake as one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever stayed. We camped right amongst the mountains and it was absolutely stunning. Be sure to take the train ride up to the Jungfrau Mountain where you are literally at the top of Europe.
I’m not usually a huge fan of big cities. Take me somewhere with beautiful scenery and that’s much more my style, but London is just one of those places to experience in your lifetime. It literally has something for everyone. Shops, nightlife, theatre, food, culture, history, architecture, castles and royalty, plus if you do want the scenery all you need to do is take a day trip out to the country. If you like eery and interesting history don’t forget to visit Stonehenge while you’re there as well. Oh and don’t forget about Harry Potter!
I love the south of France, and Monaco is just one of those places that makes you feel like you can accomplish anything. Hang around the rich and the famous long enough and you start to think and act like them. So why not head to Monaco and really soak up the lifestyle for yourself?!
Ok so I think all the Greek Isles need to be visited but so far I’ve only been to Mykonos so this is the only one I can recommend. But if you love the beach and relaxing this is the ultimate place to be. And once you’re done with all that relaxing jump on a quad bike and explore the old town, admire the windmills and beautiful blue and white architecture, then stop for some moussaka or giros, before hitting up the clubs. This is another pumping place for all the party lovers.
21. New York City
This is the same deal as London for me. Whilst I’m not into big cities and this isn’t a place I’d keep rushing back to, I still do think it’s a place everyone needs to see. Plus it’s nice to go and experience all the cool Sex & The City and Gossip Girl vibes. And if you’re really wanting to experience it’s wonder go at Christmas. Whilst I was hoping for a White Christmas and didn’t get it, it was still magical, albeit super cold. And if it hadn’t been Christmas I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it at that time. So if you’re like me and not so much a fan of the cold go in summer, it’s definitely a much different experience. But either way, NYC has something for everyone. Shopping, nightlife, hip bars, amazing restaurants, Broadway, cool sights, Brooklyn, and if you really want to escape the hustle and bustle just do some day trips out to the more scenic places.
Now I know I’ve said I don’t like big cities, but Paris is one of the ultimate exceptions. I mean what’s not to love?! It’s got culture, arts, amazing accents and one of the most beautiful spoken languages. Food is to die for and even though it’s a city it’s got lots of beautiful landscapes and sights. The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame, Moulin Rouge, Disney. It’s one of the most romanticised cities and for good reason. This city is one of those places everyone needs to experience for themselves.
My oh my, I know I don’t like the cold but this is a true exception. Seriously, this is a magical magical icy wonderland. We visited the Argentinian side and it was just stunning. There’s various different glaciers you can visit and you can hike, take a boat, or simply just drive and take a look. Every inch of Patagonia and the surrounding town where you can stay (El Calafate) is absolutely stunning. One of the most picturesque and scenic places I’ve been. The colours of the glaciers is something else. It’s literally like a scene out of Frozen everywhere you look. And watching the glaciers break off and smash into the ocean is such an incredible experience.
This quirky city is one of my faves! It’s filled with beautiful architecture and old town charm. The first time I visited was with one of my Slovakian friends (an exchange student that stayed with me many moons ago). I stayed with her family in their home just outside of Bratislava, which by the way should also be on this list but I’ve run out of spots haha. And on our way to their home we stopped in Prague. I remember walking the cobbled streets and being in absolute awe of the place, it was just beautiful, then I saw the Astronomical clock and I was in love. We stopped for a delicious hearty meal at a pub and then we checked into our hotel ready for our long drive the following morning. That was back when I was 17 and the first time I fell in love with Prague. The second time I returned for a much different experience, the green fair Euro Trip kind. But aside from their incredible night life, Prague has a lot to offer and it’s a city I will return to many times I’m sure.
Back to my Italian heritage with Rome, the eternal city. Where do I even begin… amazing history, amazing culture, delicious food, beautiful architecture, cobbled streets, beautiful parks and scenery, dreamy Italians. Seriously, if you haven’t been to Rome, you need to get there ASAP.
I haven’t been to many parts of New Zealand so I can’t speak for the rest of the country, but I did love Rotorua and definitely think it’s one of those places to experience in your lifetime. If you can get past the rotten egg smell due to the sulphur in the air there’s a lot of great stuff to experience. It’s rich in Maori culture and experiences, has lots of natural beauty, and heaps of activities for the dare devils as well.
To find out all about my experience read more here: https://aussieadventuress.com/2015/12/19/rotorua-wow/
This ones for the Sound of Music tragics. I’ve been obsessed with this film since I was a kid and it was amazing to go to Austria and visit all the spots I’d watched on my screen many times. For those not so obsessed with SOM it’s still a gorgeous city to visit with lots of beautiful lakes and other lovely sights.
I recommend visiting Colonia (the oldest city in Uruguay) and Montevideo. Both cities are filled with wonderful character and charm and home to some of the happiest people I’ve seen. Probably because most of them spend all day drinking their herbal ‘mate’ tea. It’s also home to many colourful doorways which I’m always drawn to, and lots of other quirky aspects.
I know, I know, another Italian city. But seriously you can’t write a list like this and not mention Venice. A truly romantic and charming place. lIt’s one of those cities that you could just wander around for hours and never get bored. I’ve been there many times and don’t even think I’ve walked the same route. Store windows are so vibrant and colourful filled with gorgeous masks, Venetian costumes and the beautiful Murano glass. You can even dress up in the Carnevale costumes if you want. This was an experience I loved! Then of course the gondola rides which are always enjoyable, the amazing food, and cute alleys. Make sure you give yourself a few days as no trip to Venice is really complete without visiting the surrounding towns of Murano, Burano & Torcello as well. I’m yet to go there for Carnevale so that’s my next goal… if I can brace the cold.
When it comes to amazing places to experience in your lifetime this one must be added to your list. I didn’t even know it existed until last year. But thanks to my online business I connected with a lovely girl who lives here and I’m sure glad our paths crossed. I went to visit her and I was totally in awe the entire time. I was there in off season but that’s ok because it’s a ski resort and I don’t really like the cold lol. But if you go there in ski season it’s meant to be buzzing and incredible. Even in off season there’s a lot to enjoy with amazing scenery everywhere you look. It’s also a mecca for sustainable and holistic ways of living which I loved. Not only is it a ski resort, but the main street is super cute and if you’ve ever watched a western film it totally reminds you of that. Such a charming little city!
And of course, everyone must visit Australia. But that’s a whole list for another time!
So there you have it, my list of 30 places to experience in your lifetime. I’d love to know your thoughts. Have you been to any of these places, are you dying to get to any of them? Do you have any other recommendations I need to add to my list of still to see places?
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