23 Bucket-List Adventure Ideas for 2023

Feb 19, 2023

Need a heavy dose of travel inspiration? Look no further!

After almost two years of no travel and multiple lockdowns,  there is no doubt that the whole world is dreaming of an exciting break this year. Whether you want a challenge to test your mental and physical endurance or simply want a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list experience, we’ve got you covered with action-packed adventures from every corner of the planet.

Read on for our top adventure holidays around the world…   

1. A Rocky Mountain Adventure, Canada

Embrace the spirit of the Great Outdoors in a 13-day authentic and wild Canadian experience. Camping under the stars each night, you will experience adventure at its core. Hike through the countries most iconic national parks, canyon down Jaspers rocky formations and spend 3 nights white-water rafting down the Kootenay River. 

After spending 8-days hiking through some of the most beautiful national parks on planet earth, a 3-day rafting extension will begin as you crash through the waves of Kooteney, bypass massive waterfalls and feast your eyes on some of the most iconic wildlife the world has to offer.

Starting and ending in Calgary, you’ll snake your way through Banff, Jasper and Yoho national parks and experience a journey of a lifetime!

Are you ready for the challenge?

Start your adventure: Learn more about this 12-day adventure by clicking here

Standing at an impressive 5,895m, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and Tanzania’s most iconic landmark. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, unlike other parks in northern Tanzania, is not visited for the wildlife, but for the chance to climb to the incredible summit. 

This historic World Heritage Site was formed over 1 million years ago by volcanic movement along the Rift Valley. Now, Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano with three volcanic cones – Shira, Kibo, and Mawenzi – and at 19,336ft, is the tallest climbable peak in the world (after Everest of course). The highest point is Uhuru Peak on Kibo, which stands proudly as one of the Seven Summits of the world.

Kilimanjaro is an astonishingly beautiful place, boasting many diverse levels of flora and fauna, agricultural fields, rainforests, fresh meadows, snow capped peaks, and even a desert!

Tanzania is arguably known as one of the best destinations for adventure travel. After all, what could be more adventurous than hiking up the world’s tallest free-standing mountain?

This is a journey of a lifetime.

Start your adventure: Climbing Kilimanjaro cannot be done independently, so either see our full guide to climbing Kilimanjaro or you can  book onto the epic  10-day Lemosho Route today!

Everest Base Camp Trek – let the games begin!

Standing at a formidable 8,848m, the summit of Mount Everest offers the perfect backdrop for this trek of a lifetime. Starting in Lukla, your route will take you through Sherpa villages, past beautiful monasteries and over jaw-dropping suspension bridges until you reach the base camp of the world’s highest mountain.

Jumping from your plane Lukla, you will follow the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay – the first climbers to ever summit Everest. Engulfed in the shadows of the world’s highest mountain, you will traverse gorges, past Buddhist monasteries, visit the Everest Memorial Ground and trek through the Khumbu icefall until you reach Base Camp.

With each day, the trek becomes more challenging and strenuous and will undoubtedly push your body to the limits. However, the incredible views and support from fellow participants will spur you on to reach your goal.

Arriving into Everest Base Camp will be a momentous occasion and one to saviour with your fellow trekkers. Upon your descent and flight back to Kathmandu, you can spend time exploring the chaotic, exotic and historic capital.

Start your adventure: Book your trek here 

It is time to discover the real Morocco!!

Standing at 4167m above sea level, Mount Toubkal is Morocco’s highest peak. Capturing the hearts of mountaineers for centuries, Mt Toubkal offers superb views of the High Atlas mountain range as you pass by remote villages and terraced fields while interacting with friendly locals.

Starting in Marrakesh, we will snake through the great labyrinths of theatre and spice markets in the enchanting capital, before embarking on our journey to the great summit. Spending our nights in remove camping villages, you will learn the customs of the Berber communities and enjoy hearty home-cooked meals throughout.

This summit challenge is perfect for those who want to achieve something spectacular whilst only taking eight days away from home.

Start your adventure: Learn more about this adventure here

This is the ultimate African experience. Why not dive headfirst into the heart of Uganda, as you brush shoulders with wild mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Lions in their natural habitats.

Rich with breathtaking encounters, this trip takes you on a river cruise through stunning national parks, allows you to trek with wild Gorillas and Chimpanzees in lush forests, swim through majestic waterfalls surrounding Lake Bunyonyi and embark on an epic game drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park for the chance to see the Big-Five.

This bucket-list adventure will carve out memories that will last a lifetime. Why not make 2021 one you will never forget?

Start your adventure: Learn more about this adventure here

Traditionally, a visit to the Grand Canyon includes majestically soaring overhead in a private helicopter or looking down on the iconic red rock from above. However, they aren’t the only two ways you can explorer this incredible natural wonder.

Why not head down to the Colorado River for a whole new and exciting perspective of the Grand Canyon. Commercial tour trips offer the opportunity to go rafting along the Colorado River for anywhere between one day to three weeks. 

This epic two billion-year-old canyon will simply blow your mind, as your snake between its towering black-red-orange-purple strata. For us, this is undoubtedly the best way to the experience the Grand Canyon as it offers a far more intimate encounter than peering in from the top, and you will even get the chance to explorer side canyons, ancient Puebloan sites, swimming holes and sandy beaches. It doesn’t get much better than that!!

With all that said, it is still quite hard to secure a private rafting permit, so if you do decide to book onto this trip, you will need to book with a guide and way in advance to guarantee an spot through this incredible ancient rock formation.

Tucked away in the Far North of Italy, a Dolomite adventure is a hiking tour like no other!! Boasting incredible landscapes, breathtaking vistas, and amazing trails, the Dolomite Mountain range is one of the most beautiful in Europe!

Arriving in Venice, you will meet your guide and the rest of your group before embarking on a journey that you’ll never forget! During this 8-day adventure you will experience wild alpine meadows, deciduous and evergreen woods, lunar landscapes, high altitude terrain, alpine lakes and soaring peaks. Each evening, you will rest your heads in beautiful, tucked away refuges, where local food will be provided.

Whether you prefer short day hikes or a challenging multi-day trek, Dolomite Mountains offers hiking trips for every interest and ability level. From the jagged teeth of Croda del Logo and Tofana di Rozes to the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, Picco di Vallandro and the amazing Tre Cima di Lavaredo, the dolomite region will simply blow your mind!!

In addition to the stunning surroundings, you will have plenty of time to explore the local culture and cuisine, allowing for an in-depth understanding of the area. 

What are you waiting for?

Start your adventure: Learn more about this adventure here

Machu Picchu alone is often enough to inspire most people to visit Peru. Considered one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the majestic Inca City of Machu Picchu is one of the most dramatic settings of a ruined city anywhere in the world. Boasting numerous trekking routes to the top of “The Lost City”, this great archaeological site is tucked 2,430 meters high in the Andes and it’s eternally enshrouded in mist. 

Known as one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights, it’s easy to see why tourists flock here, year after year. Uncovered in 1911 by archaeologist Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu’s perfect Inca stonework and rows of terraces surrounded by mountain cloud forests, tumble effortlessly down towards the River Urubamba far below. 

The journey itself is of equal importance and an essential part of visiting Machu Picchu. Whether it’s by hiking the famous Inca Trail, taking the Salkantay route, or seeing the route by train, Machu Picchu is undoubtedly a once in a lifetime experience.

Start your adventure: There are many ways to climb to Machu Picchu. As such, you can either learn more about each route by reading our Machu Picchu Travel guide or book onto our epic 8-day Salkantay trek here

Are you brave enough??

If you dare, you can swim with the sharks off the island of Marchena in the Galapagos archipelago. One of the best places to view marine life in the world is the stunning Punta Espejo on the southeast edge of the island.

Here, you’ll not only find hammerhead and Galapagos sharks but also dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, rays, eels and more!

This will undoubtedly be one of the most incredible experiences of your life. If you want to learn more… drop us a message and we will tell you everything you need to know

Get ready for the UK’s most fast-paced and physically challenging adventure, as you take on the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales!

The National 3 Peaks Challenge tackles the heights of Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m)! All you have to do is complete this task in under 24 hours! Have you got what it takes?

Over the course of 24 hours, you will trek a total of around 26 miles and ascend to a total height of almost 3,000m. This challenge should not be taken lightly and requires a good level of fitness, as well as plenty of grit and determination.

Pick a charity close to your hearts , get a group together and be rewarded with spectacular views and a huge sense of achievement.

What are you waiting for?

Start your adventure: Learn more about how you can complete a charity challenge this year.

To put it simply…Patagonia is mind-blowingly breathtaking – and one of GoKo Travels favourite places on planet earth. 

Any hike in these mountain ranges  – whether its a short day hike or a 3-week expedition – will leave you speechless. 

Patagonia’s dramatic natural landscapes are filled with snow-capped mountains, sparkling waterfalls, thick swathes of forestland and stunning wildlife – including the powerful Jaguar.  

Most commonly recognised, the Torres del Paine National Park is an epic lakeside hub known as the gateway to the Great Outdoors, and sits within a tarp of glaciers and fjords.

However, it is the otherworldly panorama views given to trekkers at Base Las Torres that inspires most adventure goers to make that long 8-hour hike. Here, the jagged Andean rocks tower majestically in the sky, while shimmering turquoise lakes glisten below. It goes without saying, Patagonia is a must for 2021!!

Located off the northern shores of Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is listed as one of the top natural wonders in the world. 

Famed for its stunning Karst topography, crystal waters, floating villages and private getaway islands, Ha Long Bay is a must-do for anyone seeking a one in a lifetime adventure while in South East Asia. 

The High Tatra is the ultimate Slovak Adventure. From natural hot springs, waterfall trails and dramatic mountain peaks, this trip has it all!

Getting picked up from Krakow Airport (Poland), you will be transferred to the village of Zuberec (Slovakia). From here you will explore the intricacies of the epic Tatras mountains which boasts unearthly beauty, stunning glacier lakes, and unexpecting wildlife (including lynx and bears) – so be prepared to have your mind blown.

On the last day, a short transfer will see you tackle the jaw-dropping adventure playground of Slovak Paradise, where you will be challenged to climb mountain ladders, traverse catwalk brides and snake your way through tight natural gorges.

The hikes that you are going to walk on this trip will be of medium difficulty. Every day you will walk between 10km-15 km so make sure you have packed the right boots! Some of the hikes will involve short part of scrambling, so previous experience with scrambling is welcomed.

Start your adventure: Find out how you can tick the High Tatra off your bucket-list this year

Here you will get the opportunity to preserve wildlife and enjoy living on a 240,000-acre Big-5 and Malaria Free private game reserve in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert. The project offers a true perspective of the problems facing African Wildlife and allows guests to give something back to the continent’s conservation efforts.

Break free from tourists and time limits as you follow animals in their natural habitat in this once in a lifetime conservation experience!

This adventure and eco-safari project is designed to contribute to the reserve’s ecological needs by assisting with game counts, wildlife research, vegetation surveys, and so much more! Together, these are the tools needed to ensure a balanced ecosystem is maintained, and that the ultimate goal of restoring the Kalahari to its natural state is achieved. 

Start your adventure: Learn more about this amazing project and find out how your support will help help return this land into former glory 

New Zealand boasts a countless number of incredible hiking trails and walks. However, in our humble opinion, the Milford Track may we the best of them all.

This four-day, 53.5km hike that begins at the stunning Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound, cuts through the Fiordland National Park passing lakes, waterfalls, ice fields, forests and ancient history, before topping out at the panoramic Mackinnon Pass (1,154m). 

If you want to embark on such a journey, make sure you book in advance as the summer months are exceptionally busy and it can be hard to find suitable accommodation – especially as camping is not allowed. 

Now you’re talking! A motorcycle trip through this stunning kingdom should be on every motorbike rider’s list!!

Ladakh (otherwise known as the ‘land of high passes’ ) is a cold desert situated in the mountainous region of north India and lies between the two highest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas and the Karakorum.

This iconic region has always had a strategic location at the crossroads of ancient trade routes & it is inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. 

The remote location and high altitude of Ladakh make is perfect for those seeking a trip that cuts to the heart of adventure travel. Blessed with snowcapped peaks, clear blue skies, high mountain passes and majestic Buddhist monasteries, riding through Ladakh is a bike lover wet dream!!

This epic journey will see you sleep in locations higher than 4600-metres,  conquer the World’s Highest Motorable road Khardung-la Pass (17,582 FT), Changla Pass (17,560 FT), Tanglangla Pass (17,480 FT)  and pass beautiful lakes including Pangong Lake and Tsokar Lake, before finishing the trip with a Double Hump Camel Ride over stunning Sand Dunes of Nubra Valley. 

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, the island offers tranquil beaches, stunning greenery, extraordinary wildlife, mind-blowing tea plantations and sacred sights steeped in spirituality. With charming people, mysterious ruins and some of the best cuisine in the world, Sri Lanka promises to leave memories that will last a lifetime.

Embark on an adventure with us as you raft, bike, swim, camp and hiking through this amazing country. This scenic island is perfect for those who want to explore nature in the traditional way. Mix it up by relaxing on some of the continents most beautiful boutique beaches after hiking some of the worlds most iconic rock formations and peaks.

Start your adventure: Learn more about this 12-day adventure by clicking here

Thinking of Greece, makes you think of summer. But when you think of summer in Greece, you think SAILING.

If you’ve always dreamt of sailing the Greek oceans, while soaking up the sun with a beer in your hand, then this EPIC PARTY ADVENTURE is for you!.

There is no need for you to be a skipper. All you need is your passion for the sea, for the party and for meeting new friends from all around the globe.

Each island, each port, each traditional restaurant is there waiting to be explored. We love the sea, we love the party, we love the experience and we cannot wait to share it with you.This trip will also give you the opportunity to climb volcanos, ride quad bikes and snorkel through some of the most iconic waters in Europe.

Start your adventure: Learn more about this 7-day adventure by clicking here

Rising from your beds at 2am, you will begin your journey to the summit of Mount Batur.

One of Bali’s most sacred mountains, this pre-dawn walk is a magical experience and boasts orange-pink skies, unbelievable volcanic views and an epic sense of achievement.

Once you’ve got those Instagram worthy shots, its time to head back down on ground level to enjoy a beautiful prosecco breakfast and celebrate the morning’s achievement.

Head to Uyuni and experience the largest salt flats in the world. This dreamlike landscape, with shimmering white plains stretches out to the horizon for miles around and if you are really lucky, you may get the chance to spot the very rare and beautiful pink flamingo – which only add to its otherworldly character.

This prehistoric lake that went dry, still undergoes modern salt extraction processes, making it one of the most incredible places on planet earth today. We would also recommend that you head to Incahuasi Island, located in the heart of the salt flats, so you can get a full 360 view of this incredible bucket list location.

Found dancing in the skies above the ‘Land of Fire and Ice,  is the ballet of multicolour lights known as the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders and are at the top of many bucket lists, bringing thousands upon thousands of travellers to Iceland each year.

Peak viewing season is usually in the evenings between September and March. As such, it is best to fill your days with a variety of amazing activities such as swimming in the famous Blue Lagoons, touring the Golden Circle, exploring the beautiful galleries or climbing an ancient glacier before gazing up at the night sky upon dusk. 

Go to Iceland and be prepared to have your mind blown.

It time to feel the power of the Sahara desert between your toes!!

Enjoy an epic camel ride through the stunning red sands dunes of the Sahara desert, before jumping into a private 4×4 vehicle and driving to the massive Erg Chigaga dunes. Arriving in the late afternoon, you will find yourself walking into heaven on earth! Situated between golden sand dunes and swaying palm trees, you will get the opportunity to spend the night under the stars.

The evening will gift you with your very own wild desert camp – just like you see in the Movies!

Start your adventure: Learn more about this adventure by clicking here

kayaking in Norway

Embark on a short but action-packed weekend away that includes wild camping and kayaking along the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site- Nærøyfjord.

This trip will take you to places on accessible by water – passing breathtaking cliff faces that tower magnificently above you and rarely visited waterfalls that cascade down mountains, as eagles fly high above your heads and seals reveal there heads.

In the evenings you will get to enjoy barbecue dinners around the campfire under the nights stars.

Start your adventure: Learn more about this 3-day adventure by clicking here

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