These Bucket List Experiences Will Change Your Life In 2024

New year, new feats! Make sure to put these bucket list ideas on your 2024 calendar. After the trips, you’ll never be the same!

Ringing in the new year is all about planning new travels, and acquiring brand authentic adventures that’ll make a lasting impact in your life.

With this list, we’re making it simple by limiting it to five experiences that you can start thinking about…NOW. Hopefully, by the end of 2024, you can brag to your friends about either trekking to see one of the most beautiful landmarks in the world, or challenging the daredevil in you. Here are some of the most exciting and life-changing bucket list ideas that you should more than consider in 2024.

 

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Trek to see the Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan.

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Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan. Photo by Jaanam Haleem on Unsplash

If Bhutan hasn’t been on your travel list, then what are you waiting for? Tiger’s Nest Monastery, or known as Paro Takstang, tranquilly sits 900 meters above ground, elegantly edges dangerous cliffs. A trip to Bhutan – one of the most exclusive destinations in the world – isn’t complete without a trek to visit the Tiger’s Nest.

In 1692, the Buddhist monastery was constructed in a cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated while delivering the religion from Tibet to the people of Bhutan. Its name stems from the legend that Guru Rinpoche hiked to the meditation site from the back of a tigress.

Hiking to Tiger’s Nest requires an entire day, approximately 4-5 hours both up and down the mountain. It’s 2 miles (or 4.2 kilometers) each way, at 10,232 feet or 3,120 meters of elevation. You’ll want to arrive in the morning to start the hike, then have lunch at the top after visiting the monastery, then head back down. Visitors can only hike or ride a horse during the hike, cars aren’t allowed due to the nature of the trail.

Not only is a trip to Bhutan a complete dream, but paying homage to one of the most sacred sites in the world is a privilege all on its own.

Paragliding in Antalya, Turkey.

Truffle-tasting in Piedmont, Italy.

Osteria Italia Citabiunda Alba Italy
Truffles. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Langhe in Piedmont – northern region of Italy – is protected by UNESCO World Heritage for its high value in wine production and rich culture. In addition, Langhe has long captivated foodies for truffles that grow underground, especially since hazelnuts are one of the hardwood trees that help them foster, many can be discovered in Piedmont. In Alba – a tiny Piemontese township – an authentic specie of white truffle called tuber magnatum is the most highly-coveted due to its unique taste. With a bigger size at 9 centimeters in diameter and limited supply, these golden white truffles are the lusts of culinary experts during every fall, or typically from September to December.

Thanks to Langhe’s fertile forests of marl and clay soil, white truffles flourish the best from roots of poplar and oak trees. Every truffle is detected by a dog in the woods, then the hunter retrieves the truffle and cleans it. If you have four nights to spare, here are some of the best places to visit in Langhe, Piedmont.

SEE ALSO: Truffles, Wine & Hazelnuts In Le Langhe, Piedmont: Best Things To Do

Stroll through an ice castle in Lapland, Finland.

SnowCastle restaurant.
SnowCastle restaurant. PHOTO Wendy Hung

A trip to Lapland, Finland requires at least two nights of stay so you can fully experience a well-rounded spectrum of adventures. Be sure to rent a car, or hire a driver since towns are situated further away and no one wants to be walking when it’s -20°C outside. Some key towns include: Rovaniemi, Inari, Ivalo and Saariselkä. But the most iconic of them all is Kemi, where Emperor Alexander II of Russia envisioned a thriving port district. Here, you’ll experience Frozen in real life by dining or spending a night at the SnowCastle, play with hundreds of adorable canines at the husky farm, and ride the incredible Sampo icebreaker.

The SnowCastle of Kemi belongs in the largest snow fort in the world, covering 13,000 to 20,000 square meter of restaurants, hotels, bars, even a chapel. Every winter, it’s rebuilt by a different local architect. Typically, the SnowCastle is decorated with reindeer fur and various ice sculptures. SEE ALSO: 8 Quintessential Must-Do’s In Lapland’s Winter Wonderland

Listen to classical music on top of the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel tower concert bucket list experience 2024
Classical music concert on top of the Eiffel Tower. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

For many, visiting the Eiffel Tower is already a bucket-list experience. But attending an event at the world’s most well-known landmark is icing on the cake. Even better, listening to classical music with the view of Paris in its entirety is an outstanding experience. The delightful music is performed by a quartet which masterfully performs Vivaldi, Strauss and Verdi. There’s absolutely nothing else likes it!

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