When planning when to tick off your bucket list, there is really no better time to start than immediately. The Covid pandemic showed us that even the best-laid plans don’t always run smoothly and that the world can change in an instant. That’s why here at Not In The Guidebooks, when it comes to your bucket list holidays, we encourage people to grasp the moment, push the boat out, and any other cliche that means you simply just go for it.

Whether it’s fulfilling a lifelong dream to see the Northern Lights, a once in a lifetime trip to a far-flung destination you may never visit again like Namibia, Greenland or Sri Lanka, or any other travelling experience that’s been sitting on your bucket list for just a little too long, we hope we have the bucket list travel experiences that will help you tick a couple more items.

Some may be on the hunt for a more active adventure, some for an unforgettable local, cultural experience, and many for incredible natural landscapes they’ve read so much about but never seen in person. With Not In The Guidebooks, we hope we can enrich your bucket list travel experience even further by showing you the highlights you have your heart set on, but in a unique way that makes for some of the most unforgettable travel memories you will ever create.

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Wildlife Holidays / Off the Beaten Track Holidays

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Active Holidays / Off the Beaten Track Holidays

From April to September £2765 pp
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Walking Holidays / Off the Beaten Track Holidays

£2090 pp
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Bucket List Destination Ideas

Bucket List Experiences in Iceland

Whether it's a cruise to see the northern lights, an unforgettable hike to an active volcano. walking on a glacier, soaking in geothermally heated lagoons or doing it all on a once-in-a-lifetime trip around Route 1, Iceland has no shortage of bucket list experiences to tick off.

Bucket List Experiences in Costa Rica

Boasting pristine, white-sand beaches, towering volcanoes, steamy jungles filled with spectacular wildlife and otherworldly cloud forest, Costa Rica is the perfect country to get lost in and experience the deliciously slow pace of life enjoyed by some of the most hospitable locals in the world.

Bucket List Experiences in Morocco

As soon as you set foot in Morocco, you get a sense of a country with an incredibly rich history and culture to explore. Ancient universities, lonely abandoned fortresses overlooking winding mountain paths, blue-washed coastal towns and Berber camps under the starry Sahara sky, prepare to be enchanted by Morocco.

Bucket List Experiences in Greenland

They say that when you've run out of places to travel, go to Greenland. One of the most off the beaten track destinations on earth, Greenland offers some of the most remote and dramatic mountains and fjords on earth, and will provide you with everlasting memories of your time in true wilderness.

Bucket List Experiences in Cambodia

Cambodia often isn't the first country travellers think of when heading to South East Asia, but for that very reason it is one of the most rewarding countries to visit. World-class food, unbelievably warm welcomes, some of the most iconic ancient sites on earth and hidden gems around every corner await.

Bucket List Experiences in Greece

At some point or another on a cold January day, we've all dreamt of cruising the sapphire blue Mediterranean, basking in the sunshine and stopping at hidden coves with white-sand beaches and authentic little tavernas to drink incredible wine and gorge on exquisite seafood. What is a bucket list if island hopping in Greece isn't on there?

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