Before I Die: The Travel Bucket List

Our team of experts will handpick 13 phenomenal travel experiences you should conquer.


1. Embrace the Cosmos right above you - The Northern Lights


The Northen Lights are one of nature's greatest display of cosmos that is most commonly seen in the Arctic regions. Each performance is one of its kind, beautiful, dazzling, shifting dance of nocturnal rainbows that resonates a humbling and spirtually uplifting experience. 

The mesmeric lights are formed from fast-moving, electrically charged particles radiating from the sun. These are driven towards the Poles by the Earth's magnetic field and their varying colours are a result of the different gases in the upper atmosphere. They are known as Aurora Borealis in the northern hemisphere, and Aurora Australis in the southern hemisphere.

Optimal Travel Window: September, February

Optimal Flight Route: TBC

Estimated Budget: SGD2000 and above

Security Level: Moderate

Clothing: Thermal, Wind Breakers

How to get there

2. Visit the Sacred Shrine - Temple of Angkor (Cambodia)

The masterpiece of Angkor Wat is Cambodia’s most beloved and best preserved temple. The 500-acre site is one of the largest religious monuments in the world and represents the architectural pinnacle of the Khmer Empire.

Originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, it has remained a place of worship since its founding in the 12th century. Thought to be a miniature replica of the universe, its composition of towers, moats and concentric walls reveals an architectural sophistication, and the bas-reliefs with their plump figures and triumphal battle scenes reflect a robust, healthy and wealthy period of history.

This majestic structure lies at the heart of the Angkor Archaeological Park, which covers 154 square miles and contains scores of other Khmer temples dating from between the ninth and 15th centuries. Each has its own allure.

Banteay Srei has intricate carvings of sensuous celestial dancers wearing bangles, beaded anklets and sheer drop-waist skirts. The pleats are still folded beautifully in the sandstone, 1,000 years on.

Optimal Travel Window: September, February

Optimal Flight Route: TBC

Estimated Budget: SGD2000 and above

Security Level: Moderate

Clothing: Thermal, Wind Breakers

How to get there


3. Marvel at Romance Casted in Stone - Taj Mahal (India)

The Taj Mahal is the best-known building in the world and arguably the most beautiful. The architecture is sublime but it is the story that the stones embody that draws seven million visitors each year. 

It is a monument to the great love between the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan and his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. They could not bear to be parted and Mumtaz would often travel with her husband even into war. It was on one such campaign in 1631 that she died after giving birth to their 14th child.

Over the next 14 years Shah Jehan employed the empire’s best architects, builders and craftsmen to design this vision in white marble, decorated with precious and semi-precious stones sourced from all over Asia. 

Optimal Travel Window: September, February

Optimal Flight Route: TBC

Estimated Budget: SGD2000 and above

Security Level: Moderate

Clothing: Thermal, Wind Breakers

How to get there