My Travel Bucket List- 40 Incredible Places I want to visit before I turn 40!!

My Travel Bucket List

Hey guys, today’s post is about my travel bucket list. Just taking a small break from the theme of traveling with kids.  In this post, I want to talk about my travel dreams. Traveling for me is not just a leisure activity. But it’s an emotional experience which stays with me in my memories forever.

For people who like exploring new places, traveling becomes their teacher & inspiration. For me, travel doesn’t only mean visiting new places, it’s much more than that. I develop deep bonds with those places, the mountains, the beaches, the cities, and the people.

When I am traveling, I feel deeply connected to my soul.

My Travel Memories

I was only 11 years old when I realized there’s a traveler in me. I used to watch a travel series every day which was aired on the Discovery channel in the ’90s – Travelers. And, I remember that was the first time I made a travel journal of all the places I wanted to visit.

The desire to travel was so strong that I would even argue with my parents to allow me to go on school trips, even if there was no one going from my friends.

My first school trip was to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary when I was in the nursery, just 3.5 years old. My first flight experience was from my school trip to Agra when I was in 1st std. And, one of the best memories of my school trips is from Goa (11th std). I was the only science student traveling with the arts and commerce sections & I knew no one. It was the trip when I made some of my best friends during my last days in school.

I am all about planners and journals.

When it comes to travel planning, I like to keep a travel journal where I maintain my travel bucket list. Until a decade ago, all I wanted to do was travel to all the famous tourist places in the world. However, when I first traveled to Kerala with my mother in 2010, I realized the true beauty of a place doesn’t lie only in popular destinations.

Travel bucket list - Kerala

Kerala 2010 (with mom)

Instead, it’s hidden from the general crowd & can be found only in off beaten paths. Since then, I make sure to find some off beaten unexplored destinations and add those in my travel itinerary.

I am lucky that my husband loves traveling as much as I do & now I see a traveler in my son too!

Places & Adventures which I have already ticked off my Travel Bucket List (India)

So, here’s a list of 30 places and 10 adventure activities which I have already ticked off my travel bucket list. Some of these places I’ve visited multiple times. However, there are still many destinations which I want to revisit & explore some of the less visited locations there. Waiting for my son to grow up a little so that we can travel like backpackers family & explore the world. That’s our travel goal.

Travel bucket list - Dharamshala

Dharamshala 2011

30 Destinations in India

  1. Goa
  2. Kerela
  3. Kashmir
  4. Meghalaya
  5. Kaziranga National Park
  6. Andaman Islands
  7. Manali
  8. Mussoorie
  9. Nainital
  10. Kausani
  11. Jim Corbett National Park
  12. Agra
  13. Jaipur
  14. Udaipur
  15. Pondicherry
  16. Mukteshwar
  17. Kanyakumari
  18. Amritsar
  19. Mcleodganj
  20. Rishikesh
  21. Dalhousie
  22. Mount Abu
  23. Lansdowne
  24. Badrinath
  25. Kedarnath
  26. Hemkunth Sahib
  27. Jammu
  28. Patnitop
  29. Dharamshala
  30. Dawki
Travel bucket list - Lansdowne

Lansdowne 2013

Adventure Activities

1- River Rafting

2- Paragliding

Travel bucket list - Manali

Paragliding at Manali (2012)

3- Rappeling

4- Snorkeling

5- Mountain climbing

6- Camping

6- Caving

Travel bucket list - Cherrapunjee

Exploring Caves at Cherrapunjee (2014)

8- Night Jungle walk

9- Jungle Safari

10- River crossing

Travel Bucket List – 40 Places I want to Visit/Things I want to do before I turn 40! 

My Travel Bucket List – In India


  1. Lachung, Sikkim
  2. Ladakh
  3. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
  4. Gokarna, Karnataka
  5. Darjeeling
  6. Binsar
  7. Ooty
  8. Puri, Orissa
  9. Coorg
  10. Chennai
  11. Kanatal
  12. Jodhpur
  13. Jaisalmer
  14. Mahabaleshwar
  15. Lakshadweep
  16. Spiti Valley
  17. Tawang
  18. Sunderban
  19. Dudhsagar falls
  20. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
  21. Mizoram
  22. Kasol
  23. Panchgani
  24. Wellington, TN
  25. Pachmarhi, MP

Adventure Activities

  1. Sky diving
  2. Scuba diving
  3. Trekking
  4. Hot air ballooning
  5. Kayaking

My Travel Bucket List – Outside India

  1. Bali
  2. Sri Lanka
  3. Mauritius
  4. Singapore
  5. Nepal
  6. Bhutan
  7. Dubai
  8. Vietnam
  9. Europe
  10. Alaska
Travel bucket list - Pin


So, these are the 40 places and adventures which I want to tick off my bucket list before I turn 40! There’s a lot to be done and time’s running so fast. I should soon plan my next adventure trip.

That’s all for today, guys. Hope you liked this post. Now you tell me which destination or adventure activity is on top of your travel bucket list. Write it down in the comments below.

See you tomorrow! And, don’t forget to share this post.

Today is Day 9 of #BlogchatterA2Z and the letter of the day is ‘I’. My theme for the challenge is ‘Traveling with kids’ & I have chosen I for Incredible. 

You may read all my posts under BlogchatterA2Z here!


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  1. Vartika Gakhar April 11, 2019 at 2:08 am - Reply

    What an exhaustive list Neha. Even I have many of these in my bucket list too along with the adventure activities. Enjoyed this post thoroughly.

    • Neha Sharma April 11, 2019 at 10:35 am - Reply

      I am glad to read that you enjoyed this post, thank you so much, Vartika 🙂

  2. Sonia Chatterjee April 11, 2019 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I’ve also traveled extensively in the country like you and have a lot of places in my bucket list still. Let me know whenever you plan Darjeeling. It’s my favorite place even today.

    • Neha Sharma April 11, 2019 at 10:46 am - Reply

      That’s great to know, Sonia. There’s so much to explore in India that every time I think I have seen everything, I discover another amazing destination. We are planning to travel to Sikkim via Darjeeling somewhere around May-June this year. I have heard a lot of it’s beauty.

  3. Srishti April 11, 2019 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Lovely post! I also love traveling. And, whoever talks about the beauty of India, he/she becomes my favorite.😍. In my personal opinion, there is so much to visit in India that we can always find new place to visit.

    • Neha Sharma April 11, 2019 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      That’s exactly what I feel. We underestimate the wonders of our own country. Thanks for stopping by, Srishti!

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