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. Mahabaleshwar – Done (Aug 2019)
  2. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat – Done (Oct 2019)
  3. Dudhsagar falls – Done (Jan 2020)
  4. Jodhpur – Done (Feb 2020)
  5. Jaisalmer – Done (Feb 2020)
  6. Lakshadweep – Done (Jan 2023)
  7. Sakleshpur – Done (May 2023)
  8. Wayanad – Done (Aug 2023)
  9. Coorg – Done (Aug 2023)
  10. Lachung, Sikkim
  11. Ladakh
  12. Gokarna, Karnataka
  13. Darjeeling
  14. Binsar
  15. Ooty
  16. Puri, Orissa
  17. Chennai
  18. Kanatal
  19. Spiti Valley
  20. Tawang
  21. Sunderban
  22. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
  23. Mizoram
  24. Kasol
  25. Panchgani
  26. Wellington, TN

Adventure Activities

  1. Sky diving
  2. Scuba diving
  3. Trekking – Done
  4. Hot air ballooning
  5. Kayaking – Done (Oct ’22, Jan ’23, Mar ’23)

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
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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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    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.

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      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 🙂

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        Dr. Rahat Sayyad November 27, 2020 at 1:06 am - Reply

        What a travel junkie you are. Loved the spirit. My bucket list keeps on increasing and after kids and covid all plans seem to have come to a staggering halt.

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    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.

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      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.

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    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.

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      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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    Ruchi Verma November 27, 2020 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Wow!! Your list reminds me, my dreams to visit few places for sure and now it’s time to make my list!! I wish you complete your wishlist.

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    Cindy Dsilva November 27, 2020 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Interesting list. 40 places to go! Now I’m curious to know how old you are and how you will go about visiting all these places before you turn 40. 😎

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    Swati Mathur November 27, 2020 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    My bucket list in as long as yours. Thanks for reminding me that I have such an exhaustive pending list for myself. You have written a very good and detailed post. Thanks for sharing.

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    Alpana Deo November 27, 2020 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    You have been to Dharamshala? Wow. I really want to go there. Heard a lot about it. Traveling with different group of people has different charm. As a kid, with school friends, husband and then with kids. You have experienced all.

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    Noor Anand Chawla November 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    I wish you all the luck and success in achieving your entire travel bucket list in the time you have designated for yourself! I think it’s time I make my own list too!

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    Surbhi prapanna November 28, 2020 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Wow so impressive. You have a wonderful bucket list for your travel. And also the activities are so adventurous. Wishing you all the best for all future travel plan. Your post has made me tempted to plan our next travel trip but unfortunately we can’t do that now due to pandemic situation.

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    Roma November 28, 2020 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Beautiful post Neha, we have a lot in common sweetie. I too live by travelling and feeling so morose at the moment. Absolutely loved your list!

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      Jyoti November 29, 2020 at 2:38 am - Reply

      Beautiful post . I love traveling and though i feel i have travelled most of places still so many are left in my bucket list. I m preparing my bucket list for 2021 now .

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    Harjeet Kaur November 29, 2020 at 7:42 am - Reply

    You make me feel jealous, girl 🙂 I really wish u fulfil your bucket list and I have to still start my travels at this age. I have barely travelled.

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    MeenalSonal Mathur November 29, 2020 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Neha, your travel list in India and Abroad is surely a goal for most of them. Right now all travel is on hold and wish to see the world moving again after the pandemic. Right now we are travelling only through Travel Xp channel :))

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    Ishieta November 29, 2020 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Wow what a wonderful list it is awesome how much you have already traveled and the adventures you have experienced and I loved reading your list of the 40 destinations you want to visit before you turn 40 all the best !!!

    Bhutan and Alaska and Bali are on my list too 🙂

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    Dipika Singh November 29, 2020 at 11:09 am - Reply

    That’s a exhaustive list I would say but what fun it would be if you get to visit each and every place and enjoy everything that your heart Desire my bucket list includes only ……. the entire Europe tour!! LOL

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    Hansa Kajaria November 29, 2020 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Wow you had some amazing travel plans…. I too love to travel and explore but we went slow after kids. We are again planning to start… as a couple v had done a 28 day road trip to Leh ladakh and was one hell of an adventure

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    Varsh November 29, 2020 at 11:35 am - Reply

    So great that you keep a bucket list and that too such a detailed one, Neha! I have few of these on my list too and would to tick them off my list one by one, soon.

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    Preetjyot Kaur November 29, 2020 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    That’s an cool exhaustive list Neha. I too have a bucket list but due to my husband’s work, we have just covered half of the places in that list. I love holidays with adventure and There are many places I would like to add to my list from here

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    Vaishali November 29, 2020 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    What an exhaustive and ‘straight-from-the-heart’ list. Loved reading it. I was trying to make a mental note of all the places I have been to OR would like to go to. This is that time if the year when we are nothing short of nostalgia and memories!

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    Haajra Fareen November 29, 2020 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Wow that’s a great list. Himachal Pradesh in the month is on my wishlist. Thanks for all the information. I’m bookmarking this post for future use.

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