Nat Geo Presents 2014 Ultimate Bucket List

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Did you manage to scratch a few things off your bucket list last year? Are you in need of adding a few new adventures for the future? Then look no further than the 2014 Ultimate Adventure Bucket List from National Geographic Adventure. This year’s list consists of 40 classic adventures and 20 new ones, giving would-be explorers a chance to scour the globe in search of amazing experiences, breathtaking views and adrenaline pumping activities.

The list was compiled by 20 men and women who know adventure. People like professional kayaker Tyler Bradt, mountain biker Rebecca Rusch and ultrarunner Kilian Jornet. These explorers and adventurers provide options for some of the most classic travel experiences anywhere with such suggestions as climbing in Patagonia, skiing in the Dolomites and riding the Kokopelli Trail in Colorado and Utah.

But if all of that sounds like old-hat and you’re looking for something completely new to add to your adventure resume, these experts have you covered there as well. For instance, there are suggestions for going mountain biking in Iran, running a trail race in Nepal or trekking in Papua New Guinea. Between the classic adventures and the new ones, there truly is a little something for everyone on this list.

As 2013 begins to wind down and we start to look ahead to the promise of a new year, it’s never too early to start thinking about where you’d like to go and what you would like to do to add a little adventure to your own life. There really are a lot of great suggestions on both of these lists and it is never too early to start planning your next escape.

I think my personal bucket list just expanded by more than a few adventures.

Kraig Becker