50 Things Every Traveler Needs to Do

50 Things Every Traveler Needs to Do Before They Die

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Just how awesome a traveler are you?

You may have toured through Spain, partied in Bogota and even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, but it takes more than that to be a true traveler. We’re not just talking about seeing sites and taking photos, we’re talking about the real experiences that define a traveler. 50 of them, in fact.

Add up your total from the list below, multiply it by 2 and that’s your trip.me True Traveler Score. Let us know what you got in the comments.

Everything left? That’s your new bucketlist.

Gorilla tours Rwanda

Are you ready for the challenge? Photo by Carine06

In no particular order, here we go. Have you ever…?

50.  Hitchhiked in another country?

 

49.  Got frustrated because you’re speaking your own language too often?

 

48. Been in a film/advertisement in a foreign country?

 

47. Used such a filthy toilet that it actually smelled better after your “deed”?

 

46. Stayed in a foreign country for longer than 6 months at a time?

 

45. Had to change your passport because your old one was too full?

 

44. Had your prejudices smashed wide open?

 

43. Had your stereotypes kiiiind of reaffirmed, even though you don’t want to admit it out loud?

 

42. Not worn anything on your feet for longer than a week?

 

trip.me True Traveler experience

“On our honeymoon we went on safari in Tanzania followed by a beach stay on the beautiful Mnemba Island just off Zanzibar.  Before taking the speedboat across to the island, we took off our shoes and they didn’t go back on again until we left. A true barefoot paradise!”

- Paul Johnson, A Luxury Travel Blog

41. Started a travel blog?

 

40. Worn the same jeans for more than a month?

 

Backpacker jeans

When was the last time you changed?

39. Stayed in a hostel and a 4* (or more) hotel on the very same trip?

 

38. Flown in a private jet?

 

37. Eaten a weird part of an animal or an insect?

 

 36. Gone for at least 2 weeks with no connection to the outside world?

 

35. Joined the mile high club?

 

34. Seen people walk on fire and dance naked at the Kumbh Mela in India?

 

trip.me True Traveler experience

“Deemed the world’s largest religious gathering by the Guinness Book, the Maha Kumbh Mela occurs every 12 years on the river banks of Allahabad. Millions of pilgrims travel from deep pockets of the world to participate in religious rituals, watch sadhus dance naked or walk on fire or other things that test their disconnect from the material world, but most importantly, to plunge into the murky waters and wash away their sins. It’s a spectacle one MUST see.”

- Jessica Hill, MissAdventure Travel

 

33. Spent longer than 24 hours on a form of transport?

 

32. Haggled over an amount of money that wouldn’t buy you anything anyway if you were back home?

 

31. Touched an animal that could pretty easily kill you?

 

30. Had locals take a picture of you or touch you because you’re, y’know, kind of funny looking (curly hair, blue eyes etc)?

 

Sri Lankan Monks

A monk and his friends take a picture of the tourists

 

29. Thought your friends/family just don’t “get” you any more?

 

28. Changed your pronunciation of a place name/food?

“Bar-th-elona”, “Bu-en-ohs Ay-rehs”, “Cwah-soh”‘

27. Climbed one of the highest mountains in the world?

 

26. Traveled to every continent?

 

25. Tried dancing to a completely new style of music while traveling (salsa, reggaeton, Punjabi, kalinka dancing or the like)?

 

24. Done the Mongol Rally (or a similarly epic expedition by car)?

 

23. Visited over 60 countries?

 

22. Traversed the Amazon River?

 

Beautiful boat trip on the Amazon River in Iquitos, Peru.

Crossing the Amazon in Ecuador
by Selvaventura

21. Been incredibly disappointed when you return home and all people ask is “how was your trip?”?

“Yeh, it was good thanks, I really enjoyed it.”
“Oh, cool! I’m glad. You won’t believe what Stacey did the other day!…”

(End of questions about your trip).

20.  Attended a wedding or funeral in a foreign country?

 

19. Got stuck at a border crossing for several hours?

 

18.  Had diarrhea on a bus/train with a broken toilet?

 

17. Volunteered abroad?

 

16. Had a near-death experience in a foreign country?

 

15. Been to one of the most unforgiving places on Earth?

 

14. Hunted and prepared your own meal (if you’re vegetarian growing your meal counts)?

 

13.  Slept on an airport/train station/bus station floor?

 

Bus Station sleep

Look at me, dreaming away.

 

12. Got lost, on purpose?

 

trip.me True Traveler experience

“Take intentional wrong turns. Whether walking through a city or exploring the countryside, sticking to an itinerary limits your experience. A slight deviation through a Roman alley could yield the best gelato in the city, and turn down a tiny New Zealand road could take you to a magnificent rocky coast occupied by a colony of seals. Robert Frost was on to something when he suggested taking the road less traveled.”

- Leah Travels

11. Had a date in a language that wasn’t your own?

 

10. Gone skydiving or bungee jumping?

 

9. Gone to one of the world’s most famous festivals? (La Tomatina, the Running of the Bulls, Carnaval etc.)?

 

8. Gone skiing on 3 different continents?

 

7. Eaten in a Michelin starred restaurant in a foreign country?

 

6. Lived with a local family abroad?

 

5. Taken the Trans-Siberian Railway or Orient Express?

 

Trans-Siberian Rail

Trans-Siberian Rail. Photo by Boccaccio1

4. Traveled to a country that your own government strongly advised against?

 

3. Taken a Kerouac-esque roadtrip across the United States?

 

2. Stayed on an isolated island and slept in a hammock?

 

1. Learnt to appreciate just how lucky you are to be able to travel and see the world?

 

 

So, how did you do? Let us know in the comments!

Comments

  1. Linda Fowler says:

    I’v done a some but obviously need to do a few more……

  2. These are some great new ideas to add to my list! I’m surprised how many I’ve already crossed off though!

  3. i m travelling without any interuption since 15 years but i don´t think i need to provocate a diarrhea on a bus/train with a broken toilet to fullfill this bucketlist… there many other things to do …

  4. I totally love this list and of course the most important point is point 1.

  5. Number 1 needs to stay with you the whole time, however number 5 tops my list at the moment. Great list!

  6. Done so many of these (though not all) and more that I think I’m more than okay and no one could ever challenge me being a “true traveler” LOL. We each live our journey and should celebrate that in one another.

  7. Though I don’t think we “need” to do anything to be a “good” traveler, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to cross more of these off my list!

    • Absolutely agree – The only traveler you need to be “true” to is yourself.

      There’s still a fair few for me to cross off and, as you say, I can’t wait to do it!

  8. This list has made me smile remembering how lucky I am. Thanks for sharing and giving me ideas of what to attempt in the future :)

  9. Ohmygod, reading this list brings back memories. But will never bungee jump or skydive. Guess I’ll never be a real traveller! Well done. Something of these are really quite insightful. (Bungee jumping excepted.)

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