My Asia Bucket List

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Since buying my plane ticket last week, Asia has been on my mind nonstop. Regardless of the fact that my trip is still a good 7 months away, I’m constantly daydreaming about dim sum, humidity, exotic wildlife, and life on the road again.

When I first started this blog, I made a bucket list about my then upcoming trip to Australia and Southeast Asia. I actually got through a good portion of that list. It was one that I kept going back to, just to see how far I’d come since I had stepped on that plane in L.A., whisked away from the life I knew in California.

Travel bloggers seem to have an issue with bucket lists for some reason, a lot of bloggers refuse to use the term because they don’t believe in just doing things for the purpose of crossing it off a list.

Well, as a perpetual planner, I love lists. I don’t use my bucket lists as a way to quickly move through destinations and experiences. I use them as a way to visualize goals and get excited for upcoming travels.

I’ll be slow traveling through Asia, usually spending a month at least in most of these places and living in some for longer. This is just a list of what I hope to experience while I’m there – and it’s by no means inclusive of everything I want to do, but that should already be self-explanatory.

Similar to the last bucket list I made back in 2013, I’ll be coming back to edit this post and crossing off the items as I go – with each item linked to a post for each experience.

Cheers to dreams and goals, my adventurous souls!

Batu Caves in Malaysia - My Asia Bucket List, The Atlas Heart

  • Spend time volunteering at an elephant sanctuary (and do extensive research ahead of time to make sure it’s a legitimate venture)
  • Try silk worm larvae (Beondegi) and every flavor of soju in South Korea
  • Party Gagnam style in South Korea
  • Visit the orangutans in Borneo
  • Celebrate Holi in India
  • Go to a meditation/yoga retreat in India
  • Get my advanced open water scuba certification


  • Celebrate Songkran + Loi Krathong Lantern Festival in Thailand
  • Go scuba diving with whale sharks or manta rays
  • Experience a homestay with an indigenous family
  • Try each country’s local beer
  • Learn how to ride a motorbike
  • Try balut (fertilized duck embryo) in the Philippines
  • Have an adventure on the Mekong River
  • Go sandboarding in Mui Ne, Vietnam
  • Finally try durian – the worst smelling fruit I have ever come across
  • Hike to Everest Base Camp in Nepal
  • See the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army

To check out my adventures from last time I was in Asia, take a look at my Asia page for a few posts about my time in the region! As you can probably tell, I can’t wait to go back.

My Asia Bucket List - The Atlas Heart

Do you have a travel bucket list? Have you had any of these experiences in Asia yet? 


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Travel Writer/Blogger at The Atlas Heart
Mimi founded The Atlas Heart to create a community of travelers inspired to see the world. The Atlas Heart is a space where you'll find anecdotes on slow travel, craft beer, outdoor adventures, and all the eccentric bits in between that this world has to offer.
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