A bucket list is a great way to motivate you to get out there and seek out unique and unforgettable experiences. If you’re looking to make the most of 2021, here are the best bucket list adventures to take this year.

Go Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air ballooning is a classic must-try experience. Whether you’re soaring through the skies of Europe or sailing over the deserts of the Sahara, hot air ballooning gives you the chance to see the world from a new perspective. There are plenty of hot air balloon companies out there who will provide everything you need for the perfect adventure. Just be sure to check the safety ratings of the company and make sure your balloon is properly equipped before launching.

Surf the Waves

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then you can’t go wrong with learning how to surf the waves. It’s a thrilling experience that gives you the chance to explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Most beaches will have surf schools and experienced instructors to help make your experience safe and as enjoyable as possible. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to master the basics and ride the waves in no time.

Hike the Inca Trail

Hiking the Inca Trail is one of South America’s most iconic experiences. The trek takes you on a journey from the Sacred Valley of Peru to the ancient city of Machu Picchu and is perfect for adventurers looking for a challenging yet rewarding experience. It’s worth giving yourself plenty of time to explore the area beforehand, as there’s plenty to see along the way. You’ll also need to be reasonably fit in order to make the climb, as the journey is strenuous.

Go Skiing or Snowboarding

The mountains are a playground for adrenaline junkies and tourists alike, and there’s no better way to explore this landscape than by hitting the ski slopes. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, skiing and snowboarding are both great ways to challenge yourself while taking in the stunning views. With many resorts offering everything from beginner ski lessons to luxury chalets and chairlifts, it’s the perfect destination for fun-seekers and thrill-seekers alike.

Dive with Sharks

For the ultimate bucket list experience, head out on an adrenaline-filled diving adventure and come face to face with the ocean’s most feared predators. Several operators provide dive trips to ensure your safety and ensure you have a perfect encounter. Just make sure you research the company thoroughly beforehand and follow the instructions of the experienced guides.

Swim with Sea Turtles

If the thought of swimming with an apex predator isn’t for you, don’t worry. Swimming with sea turtles is a wonderful experience that’s perfect for all ages. With plenty of operators offering tours, you’ll be able to watch these gentle giants in their natural habitat and gain a greater appreciation for the marine environment.

Camp Under the Stars

If you’re looking for a more laid-back experience, why not grab your tent, head out into nature and spend the night camped under the stars? This is a great way to get away from it all and unplug from the hustle and bustle of the city. With plenty of off-grid camping spots around the world, you’re sure to find your perfect spot.

Take a Safari

Spotting the ‘Big 5’ is a must for any wildlife enthusiast. Spotting lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos from the comfort of a game drive vehicle gives you the chance to really get up close and experience the finest of African safaris. Plus with plenty of luxurious lodges in the areas, you’ll be able to really relax after a day exploring the wild.

Explore Remote Islands

One for the explorers. A remote island trek is the perfect way to explore some of the less-visited corners of the world. Cut off from civilization, you get the chance to explore some of the world’s most untouched landscapes and experience complete peace and tranquillity. With plenty of deserted isles to discover, there’s no excuse not to get out and see something new.

Visit a Festival

A festival is a great way to let your hair down and enjoy a completely different cultural experience. From shamanic to music festivals, there are plenty of events out there that offer something unique and special. Be sure to do your research and find the right event for you, as the sheer scale and range of festivals can be overwhelming.

A bucket list is a great way to add a little excitement and adventure to your life; with these incredible experiences on offer, there’s no excuse for stagnation. Get out there, explore, and make 2021 an unforgettable year.