For many of us, getting out into the world is a priority despite lingering inflation and a simmering pandemic. And perhaps because of that, Tripadvisor data shows that travelers want to take their trips to the next level, packing in as many activities as possible to make up for lost time.
To inspire you, here’s a list of the top 25 Bucket List Experiences around the world, part of a recent Travelers’ Choice Things to Do announcement: a new category full of memory-making experiences.
According to travelers who left their authentic feedback over the past 12 months (from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022), these are the absolute must-do activities that they’re recommending for 2022.
The following topped travelers’ lists this year. Plus a few of my own takes.
Top 10 Bucket List Experiences in the World
Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp – Dubai, UAE. Enjoy the red dunes of Dubai’s Lahbab desert and a full range of desert activities. Start with a 4WD dune bash, sandboarding, and ATV ride. Then, visit the Bedouin-inspired Al Khayma camp for a camel ride, falcon interaction, and cultural activities before a starlit barbecue-buffet dinner and live show.
I still remember the variety of experiences in one night, from dune-bashing to henna tattoos; from desert sunset to feasting under a starry sky.
Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu – Cusco, Peru
Travel along the famous Inca Trail, considered one of the best hikes in the world. This 4-day excursion from Cusco along the pilgrimage trail is a mix of cultural, historical, and natural sights that offers an overview of the ancient Incas. Pass through villages and archaeological sites until you reach the sacred mountain of Machu Picchu, where you