We’ve conquered some pretty epic feats in our day, from trekking for 8 days across the Mongolian Steppe to flying over the Pamir Mountains in a helicopter, but we still have many adventures that we have not yet completed. These experiences lay dormant in the recesses of our travel obsessed minds, waiting to one day be surmounted. The world is full of so many incredible adventures, but these are a few that we feel we MUST DO before we kick the bucket!

1. The Rickshaw Run: This is one that we’ve wanted to do ever since we saw this video of it on YouTube. Imagine buying a piece-of-crap tuk-tuk (gas powered rickshaw), with a sputtering 145cc engine, packing a few friends into it and trying to drive across the entire country of India! The traffic is insane, some hills are so high that the tuk-tuk can barely make it up, but the views are spectacular. The entire journey is between 2,500 – 3,500 kms long and takes up to 3 weeks (depending on the which run you take). For us, the most amazing part would be seeing the incredible Indian countryside from a tiny, motorcycle-like vehicle. It would allow us to take in the cool mountain breeze and the complete serenity of the rural areas, but surely we’d be slapped by the stark contrast of the hot sticky air and the absolute mayhem that only an Indian city can provide. The Rickshaw Rally is truly one of the greatest adventures on Earth. Click here if you want to sign up now!

Photo By: The Adventurists
Photo By: The Adventurists

2. The Trek to Machu Picchu: This one isn’t quite as off-track as the Rickshaw Rally, but it’s still an epic travel experience that we’re just dying to have. Machu Picchu has been around for approximately 565 years, so it’s not going anywhere, but we’re still anxious to get there. We hope to tick this one off our travel bucket list sometime next year. The entire trek takes about 4 days and reaches a maximum height of 4,200 meters, before descending down to where the incredible ancient city lies perched on the hillside at 2,400 meters above sea level.

Recently, the rules have changed on this trek and now all tourists are forced to trek with a local guide. While we love to help the local economy by hiring guides and porters, we would prefer to do the trek on our own. Friends of ours have told us about an alternative route that can take a few more days, but it’s more off the beaten path… which is exactly what we’re into. We also have a 7 Wonders Of The World list, so by doing the Machu Picchu trek we’d actually be killing two birds with one stone.

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Photo By: Allard Schmidt via Wikimedia Commons

3. The Mongol Rally: Another crazy race you say? We’ll this one is just as epic as the Rickshaw Run, but it takes us through all of Europe and nearly all of Asia. In July of every year, hundreds of “racers” meet in London to embark on the road trip of a lifetime. This long, rugged, crazy, multi-country journey goes all the way from London, England to Ulan Bator in Mongolia. The beauty of it is that you can take as long as you want to complete the run. Some people have completed it in as little as 10 days, while others have taken nearly 2 years to reach the finish line. There are just a few rules to The Mongol Rally.

  • The car must have an engine no larger than 1000cc
  • You must raise £1,000 for charity
  • You should get lost…

We nearly signed up for the Mongol Rally in 2015, but we’re just not sure if we’ll want to head over to Europe again next year, so we’re holding off. We want to do it with our friend Jason, whom we met in Kyrgyzstan last year, so we’ll wait until the three of us are ready to join the race. Our plan is to deck out our car to look like a massive goat. It may not be in 2015, but someday, possibly very soon, you’ll see pictures, videos and articles of our incredible Mongol Rally journey here on Goats On The Road.

Photo By: The Adventurists
Photo By: The Adventurists

4. Drive from Alaska to the tip of South America: This drive may just be so epic that it will be nearly impossible to complete, but we will definitely make the effort. We’ve always wanted to drive the Oregon coast trail and this really is the main reason for taking on this journey. But I’m sure that the west coast of Canada would be just as, if not more, beautiful. We’d definitely want to pick up a camper van or an old Volkswagen Type 2 to make this trip.

5. Geocaching Around The World: I actually got this idea from Subaru’s Adventure Page, and it’s something I’m really interested in. Thanks to the availability of handheld GPS devices, the world can now be one big treasure hunt! People bury treasure, or save coordinates of a special place online, and anyone can follow the clues, the trail or the directions straight to an amazing travel experience. From beautiful forests to stark deserts, there are now 6 million geocachers hunting down treasure across the world. Apparently there are many “treasures” in Grenada as well to be found, but we didn’t come across any when we were living there!


6. Camino de Santiago: Completely inspired by one of our favourite travel movies: “The Way”, this holy pilgrimage from Paris, France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain transverses over 200 kms through some of Spain’s most spectacular scenery. We love the idea of staying in tiny villages on the way, meeting many trekkers who are walking for many different reasons, and most of all, seeing Spain by foot. We wouldn’t be doing the pilgrimage for religious reasons, we’d be doing it to get a deeper understanding of Spain, it’s landscapes and it’s people. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, download it or stream it now because it features some breathtaking montages of Spain’s evocative countryside.

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams”

-Oprah Winfrey

This is really just a small portion of the adventures that we have swimming around in our brains. The more travelling we do, the more amazing experiences we hear about. We’re always inspired by other peoples’ journeys and we’re constantly adding to our travel bucket list. There might just have to be a part two of this article!

Thanks for Reading! What epic adventures are on your travel bucket list? How many experiences have you ticked off? Share with us in the comments below.

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37 thoughts on “6 Epic Adventures That Are On Our Travel Bucketlist

  1. That’s an epic list! I can’t make up my mind which of these 6 appeal me most! My friends’ went on a 27 day pilgrimage all the way long Camino de Santiago and said that was one of the most amazing travel experiences they had in life! I’m really thinking into it this year, especially that you can start the walk from France, where I’m currently based!

  2. Alaska to S.A. .. would love it! But man you couldn’t pay me to do the rickshaw run.. maybe it’s living here, but I find no novelty in that! lol i’ll see the country side from my car 😉

  3. We did the Inca Trail in April and loved it, and we’ve also met up with other travellers who have done the ‘Jungle trek’ which is an alternate route to Machu Picchu and they also loved it. I think no matter how you make your way to the Incan Citadel, it will be amazing because it is just so incredible!

  4. Auto rallies such as the Mongol one or the Transamerican voyage are on my radar as well … love seeing places at my own pace!

  5. You two sure do get to experience some great adventures! Iran, the “Stan” countries, Mongolia… We’re not sure we’d join you on the Mongol Rally or Rickshaw Run :-). But we hear there are some lovely scenic sections of the Camino trail (and you can sleep in some lovely boutique hotels along the way too), so we could happily be your hiking partners on this adventure :-).

  6. This list is epic! Your idea to drive from Alaska to the tip of South America is an awesome one. Hmm… that now has me thinking…

  7. Great article! I totally agree that experiencing Saint Jacques de Compostelle (the French name for the Camino de Santiago) is so, so amazing. I didn’t get to see the Spanish part of the trail, but I loved what I saw when I was in France. If anyone is interested in reading a really good article about the trail’s history and what it takes to make the pilgrimage, the student magazine I am part of wrote a really good article on it. Check out the link if you are interested! 🙂

  8. Driving Alaska is truly incredible. We’ve driven from the top of the Haul/Ice road to the Mexican border with Guatemala. Best and least expensive if you can take time to camp in Alaska a week or so at a time. It can be very expensive there otherwise.
    Our next adventure is to South Africa for three months. Love your blogs about that area of the world!

  9. I would love to walk the Camino but I would love to do a less populated multi day hike as well, not sure where yet but for at least a month. It would be incredible to drive from Alaska to South America! I will be taking ferries from Canada to Alaska next summer so I am really excited about that 🙂

  10. A great list! We are leaving next year to drive the PanAm to South America so we’ll check that off the list and get to work on the others 🙂

  11. Oh my god I want to do the rickshaw run!!! I’m going to work on convincing three others to do it with me haha!

  12. Sounds like you’re in the perfect location for that adventure!! The Camino sounds so awesome and we really want to do it. I hope you do and let me know how it goes 🙂

  13. haha, ya, maybe it’s because you live there 😉 I would love to do the rickshaw run, but I would then need to chill out and just travel around India at our usual, very slow, pace!

  14. Awesome! Thanks for telling us that both ways are good ways to hike. Did you go with a guide, or independently? Did you feel rushed at all?

    Thanks 🙂

  15. Definitely. Although technically the Mongol Rally is a race, most people do it at their own pace 🙂

  16. And we’d love to have you as partners 🙂 There are supposed to be some lovely places to stay, like you said, and the scenery is meant to be spectacular. I think the Camino sounds like such an appealing trek.

    Happy trails to you both!

  17. Excellent…we want to get people thinking about different adventures they could embark on! Wouldn’t that be an epic trip?

    Cheers 🙂

  18. Hey Ron!

    Wow, that’s awesome that you drove all the way down to the Guatemalan border! Did you come across any speedbumps/issues along the way? Camping is a must in order to save money, for sure. We would love to buy one of those old VW vans 😉 So cool.

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story! Enjoy S.A., loved it there. Anther great place to hire/buy a car and explore yourself.

  19. That’s awesome Katie! That would be a great boat journey for sure, beautiful. The Camino is probably much busier than we would like, but I’d still like to do it. If you want quiet treks/hikes…hit the Stan countries! haha. We’re the same as you though, love the quieter journeys.

    Cheers 🙂

  20. Awesome guys!!! What kind of a vehicle do you plan to drive? How exciting…can’t wait to hear about it 🙂 Enjoy.

  21. High-five right back at ya! Now let’s get to crossing some of these off, shall we? 🙂

  22. Hey Amanda,

    Thanks for sharing this info! Great to hear that you enjoyed the French side of the trail 🙂


  23. You guys have some amazing adventures on your bucket list! So, I have a question: Have you worked out the logistics of getting your car through the Darien Gap in Panama? (You do know the highway doesn’t run through there, right?) Let me know because that drive is an epic adventure we’d like to take ourselves! 🙂

  24. Hey Linda,

    Thanks for the comment and you bring up a good point. We are aware that the highway doesn’t go through the gap, but we are so far from working out the logistics of that trip that we haven’t even thought about it yet. We also had a plan (that has since changed) to drive a car from London to Thailand in 2015, but upon working on the logistics we realized that we cant just dump the car anywhere. Same problem with the North & South America trip. If we buy the car in Alaska, and then try to get rid of it in Argentina or Chile, we’ll probably have to pay double the car’s worth in VAT, VRT and Duty tax. Otherwise we’d need to do a return trip or ship the car back to Alaska! Trips that epic (like our independent Mongolian trek), take a ton of preparation and until their fully in the works, who knows what speed bumps we run into!

    If we do start a serious plan of the trip, I’ll let you know how we get through that (and other) issues!

  25. While there are about a dozen trails for the Camino traditionally one started from their front door (in Europe). The most popular route of the Camino de Santiago is the French Way which starts in St. Jean Pied de Port, France (not Paris) and is 800 km to Santiago. If you continue on to the Ocean it is another 100 km. But one can start anywhere along the trail. I met an inspiring guy cycling from Alaska to Chile all for charity in about 2 years,

  26. Thanks for the information on the hike. It’s one we can’t wait to do someday 🙂


  27. Wow you have some truly amazing places on your bucket list, things I never even thought of. Definitely looking at some point to go to Machu Piccu some day, one of those places I’ve always wanted to go to.

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