UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Launched in 1994, the Global Strategy for a Representative, Balanced and Credible World Heritage List reflects the world’s cultural and natural diversity. World Heritage Sites are chosen based on their outstanding universal value.

It is BucketTripper’s goal to have our writers collectively visit all 1007 World Heritage Sites (or as many as are safe for travelers) — and to give you a close, personal account of what it’s like to experience these exceptional destinations. To see how we’re doing, check out the stories, below.

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UNESCO Sites: The Bucket List


Sydney Opera House (photo: Anthony Toole)

Being Overwhelmed by a Concert at the Sydney Opera House

Even before we had left England I had booked seats for the concert, even though I had no idea what the performance would be: The Opera House website gave only the title, The Shock of The New, and the information that the programme would only be announced on the night ...
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Boat trips are popular in picturesque Bruges

Discovering the City of Bruges (Brugge), Belgium, by Boat

“Where are you from?” roars the boat’s captain into the microphone. He rattles out our various nationalities. French, Flemish, Dutch, Welsh, Scottish, Turkish, Spanish. “No Germans?” he bellows. “Excellent!” And then to ease our collective wince he sighs: “My German is not good.” So. We have a character as guide and ...
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A Spinning mill at New Lanark (photo credit: Ann Burnett c 2013)

Spinning Yarns at New Lanark, Scotland

We stood at the top of the slope and gazed down at the grey sandstone buildings nestling in the valley along the banks of the river Clyde. We could hear the water far below rushing from the Falls of Clyde past the village and through the trees onwards to the ...
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No Safety Rails on the Reservation

Sky-walking over the Grand Canyon

Not many bridges are in the shape of a horseshoe, which brings to mind the fact that most bridge engineers have not dealt with the problems of building one. And, most bridges aren’t see-through; they are usually constructed of metal, or, at the worst, layers of sturdy wood. And, most ...
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Mask Shop in San Polo, Venice (Photo copyright Stillman Rogers)

Shopping for Masks and Crafts in Venice’s San Polo

“Bellissima,” he exclaims as I look into the mirror he holds for me. “Better than without the mask?” I retort and we both laugh. The mask maker is trying to help me solve my problem with any mask. I wear glasses, so unless it’s thin and close-fitting enough to wear the ...
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Ballarin Glass Shop, Murano (Photo copyrigh Stillman Rogers)

Shopping for Glass on Venice’s Island of Murano

"Signor, signor,” the voice and running footsteps followed us alongside the canal. We turned to see the man from the glass shop we’d just left. “Il prezzo sta bene!” Resignation infused his voice, expression and gesture as he said it – “the price is OK.” We were already several doors down ...
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Souvenir Stand on 5th Avenida

The Shopping ’til You Drop Tour of Antigua, Guatemala

We all have our weaknesses, and one of mine is souvenirs. Admittedly, it’s not the most masculine of traits, not the one I like to write to the guys back home about, but I’ve spent many a traveling afternoon scouring markets and engaging in hard-nosed negotiations. And, I can tell ...
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Tree roots grow over a temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Exploring the Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia by Bicycle

I'm covered in sweat. Sweat is pouring down my back under my t-shirt, and my hair is soaked. I don't mind the sweat, because I'm looking at my favorite temple in the Angkor Archaeological Park so far: Ta Phrom. Unfortunately there are about a million other people looking at it ...
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