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Top 5 Places to See and Visit in the World Before You Die - Travel Bucket List

Updated on April 9, 2017

Personal Bucket List

There are many people out there who have a bucket list filled with things they want to do before they die that go beyond popular vacation spots they want to see. While no one wants to think about death they do still think about all the things in life that they want to accomplish.

One of the things people like to put on their bucket list is places to visit before you die and that got me thinking of what do I want to do before I die, where do I want to visit?

Take a gondola ride through the canals of Venice, or you can visit the tranquil waters of Key West Florida. Take a stroll through the romantic streets of Paris to see the Eiffel Tower; you may even wish to visit the majestic pyramids of Egypt.

There are many places to visit and things to see. Below I go into the top 5 places to see before you die based on my personal bucket list, but there are so many more places to see and things to do before you die out there that you don’t have to take my word for it; find your own adventure!

Coral Reef at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Coral Reef at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge | Source

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Since childhood I have had a great desire to visit the truly breathtaking wonder known as The Great Barrier Reef; the only living structure on earth that can be seen from outer space.

From Bundaberg in the south to the tropical North Queensland, and the areas in between (Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville and Airlie Beach) the Great Barrier Reef can be accessed through many areas of Australia; and it’s no wonder with it spanning over 2,300kms long and 350,000kms squared in size!

The only thing that stops me from accessing such beauty would be the need to learn how to swim, but even something simple as learning how to swim is on my bucket list.

Start of the Haiku Stairs
Start of the Haiku Stairs | Source

Haiku Stairs, O’ahu Hawaii

The Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder (Haʻikū Stairs) located in O’ahu Hawaii just fills me with excitement.

The stairs are only 18 inches apart, and have an attitude of 2,800 feet. The top of the Haiku Stairs sit around 2,200 feet above the decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard OMEGA Station.

There have been many attempts at counting the exact amount of steps on the Haiku Ladder with the most widely accepted amount being 3,922 stairs.

Fun fact: Haʻikū is the Hawaiian word for Kahili flower and has no connection to the Japanese word for a poetry genre) - Haiku Stairs

There are many meanings to be able to reach the top of the Haiku Stairs; it means I am healthy enough and have achieved my fitness goals in my life to handle it, and it means I get to experience something truly beautiful in this world while overcoming a small fear of heights …well fear of falling.

Australia Cairns Kuranda Rainforest
Australia Cairns Kuranda Rainforest | Source

Rainforest Safaris, Cairns Australia

While the rainforest safari is not a location, it is located in Cairns Australia. Cairns has many rainforest destinations and I think spending a day on a Rainforest Safari would be fantastic.

The Mamu Canopy Walk is one of Australia’s greatest man-made structures located in a natural environment.

According to Wooroonooran Safaris the area has two of the highest mountains in Queensland, and many waterfalls, rivers and swimming holes as well as some of the world’s most ancient rainforests.

I think the ultimate high would be to stay in the canopy treehouses located in the midst of 100 acres of rainforest in the Cairns Highlands. Canopy Treehouses in Austrialia have a private use, eco rainforest resort made up of six treehouses where you can enjoy the Australian Rainforest around you that is teeming with wildlife.

Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa | Source

Cape Town, South Africa

There are many reasons I would wish to see Cape Town. From the Cape Town Winelands to Melkbossstrand beach with its white sands, Cape Town South Africa is a cultural melting pot of things to see and do.

With an ocean Mediterranean climate I can definitely be excited. Winter temperatures in the city average around 64 °F at a maximum and only 47 °F minimum – perfection!

Cape Town, South Africa has an area akin to Southern California with its climate, rugged mountain ranges, inland valleys, semi-desert fringes, and extensive coastline. The difference for an American traveling to South Africa would be to experience the new culture and lifestyles of Cape Town.

Night view from Westin Tokyo
Night view from Westin Tokyo | Source
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Lolita | Source

Tokyo, Japan

There is many places in Japan worth seeing.

Osaka for its amazing food, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Osaka Castle and the Sky Building; Sapporo for Odori Park, Hokkaido Shrine, and the Sapporo Concert Hall; and even Kyoto for Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji, and Arashiyama – but the world’s most populous metropolis, Tokyo Japan, is the heart of it all.

Such a large city full of lights, sound and wonder.

Points of Interest:

· Harajuku

- a neighborhood in Shibuya known for cosplay of anime and manga characters, youth style, and fashion.

Elegant Gothic Lolita,Visual Kei and Oshare Kei can be found here easily.

· Tokyo Tower

· Tokyo Disneyland

· Tokyo Imperial Palace

· Ueno Park – filled with art and statues, a zoo, and known for its museums:

National Museum of Nature and Science,

Tokyo National Museum,

National Museum for Western Art,

Shitamachi Museum.

· Rainbow Bridge

· Tokyo Skytree – second tallest structure in the world, and the tallest tower in Japan.

Travel the World!

There are many places to see before you die in the world, and it’s easy to fill up a bucket list of places to visit. Perhaps this list has given you five more great places for your bucket list, or given some ideas of things to do in places you already decided to go.

Bucket List Mapped Out

Great Barrier Reef, Australia:
Great Barrier Reef, Australia

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O'ahu, Hawaii:
O‘ahu, Hawaii, USA

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Cairns, Australia:
Cairns QLD, Australia

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Cape Town, South Africa:
Cape Town, South Africa

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Tokyo, Japan:
Tokyo, Japan

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Let's See the World!

No matter where you decide to go in the future, places like Tokyo, Japan; Cairns, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; O’ahu, Hawaii; or even the surreal Great Barrier Reef of Australia, there will always be something out there to enjoy if you are adventurous enough to buy a plane ticket and travel the world!


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    • Neinahpets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      @ Phil Plasma: Thank you very much!

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      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Terrific list, the canopy tree houses intrigue me the most from your list.

    • Neinahpets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      I have a small fear of heights myself, but I think I could overcome it for this amazing adventure.

      Thank you for your kind comment and votes!

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      Comfort Babatola 

      6 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I love travelling, and you have some pretty interesting place mentioned here. Maybe not the Haiku Stairs as I have fear of heights, plus it looks like it might be a habitat for lizards , eew!

      Very interesting hub though. Voted up and interesting.

    • Neinahpets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      @Boulism: I'm all for that!

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      6 years ago from Short Beach, CT

      Looks likely need to book a trip to Austtalia ASAP!

    • Neinahpets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      @iguidenetwork: Yes, they even call it a stairway to heaven indeed!

      I may make a continuation based on the interest found here. There are many other places that I want to see before I leave this world so there is much to share!

      Thank you for your interest and vote... and even for the follow! Take care!

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      6 years ago from Austin, TX

      The Haiku Stairs really intrigues me. It's like a stairway to heaven! :)

      I wouldn't be surprised if there are rainforests in Australia -- after all, it is a very large country (and with the little island of Tasmania to boot) so I think there are a variety of landscapes to be found there. Very interesting bucket list, I do hope you come up with more. :)

      Up, interesting and a following. :)

    • Neinahpets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      @Thundermama: I'm glad I was able to expose you to new things! I hope that you are able to see the Haiku stairs someday! Thanks for your vote and sharing :)

      @dragonflyfla: You know, when I first heard of it I was surprised too, but I did realize that it was more realistic to go to Cairns and see the rainforest here and then head out to the reef all in a one week trip! Thank you for your double vote!

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      Joy Campbell 

      6 years ago from South Florida

      Somehow I can't seem to associate Australia with rainforests - always think of the outback with zero trees. Voting you interesting and useful.

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      Catherine Taylor 

      6 years ago from Canada

      What a great read and it introduced me to to a few places I'd never heard of or considered for my travel bucket list. Definitely added the Haiku stairs to my list. Voted up and sharing

    • Neinahpets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      @mary615: I hope you will get to go on a holiday to one of these places someday as well. Thank you kindly for the vote and sharing :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I've never been to any of these places, but would like to. One of my daughters visited Japan on a school band trip, and she just raved about that place.

      I voted this Hub UP, and I will share.

    • Neinahpets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      Turtlewoman: I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I hope you find it useful and find fun things to do on your honeymoon! Take care!

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      Kim Lam 

      6 years ago from California

      What a great list! I'm currently trying to plan our honeymoon and Australia was on our list. Thanks for sharing!

    • Neinahpets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      Why thank you DrMark!

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      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Great list! Voted up and interesting.


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