We all go the annual family vacation or the occasional weekend getaway. But how often do you go to a place that completely changes you or indulge in an experience so unique that it can’t be done anywhere else in the world? For most people such trips are just items on their bucket list that are never ticked off. Soon, we’ll be entering a new year and its time to start thinking about your new year resolutions. So, why not resolve to go for at least one extraordinary trip every year. To help you plan, here’s a list of 10 incredible once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences –
Get mesmerized by Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis, popularly known as Northern Lights, are one of nature’s greatest phenomenon in which the entire Arctic night sky lights up with colourful swirls. Experiencing these ethereal dancing nocturnal colours of the sky is experience like no other. Oh the joys of travelling!
Tip: Northern lights can be seen in Canada, Alaska, and across Scandinavia from October to March.
Board the Trans-Siberian Express
The Trans-Siberian Express is the mother of all train journeys in the world. Set aboard this legendary Trans-Siberian Express for an epic train journey Moscow to Vladivostok taking you across 7 times zones and over 9,000km. This train journey is also perhaps the way to understand and explore the region’s remote cultures and landscapes.
Witness the Great Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania/Kenya
The annual Wildebeest Migration is unequivocally the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth. Watching over a million wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to Kenya’s Masai Mara is the most epic wildlife experiences you can ever have. Put this down in your travel bucket list now!
Tip: Best time to experience the Wildebeest Migration is from July through to October.
Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef
Transport into an underwater paradise as you snorkel in the wondrous Great Barrier Reef, a 2400km stretch of gorgeous eye catching corals along Australia’s coast. Gold Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem where you can find 400 types of corals, 1,500 species of fish, and 4,000 types of mollusc! A snorkelling experience here literally takes you to another world that can only be described in superlatives
Tip: Best time to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef is from June to August.
Explore the Atacama Desert
Atacama Desert is driest place on earth characterised by dramatic rocky landscapes, deep ravines, thermal geysers, and salt lakes. Exploring Atacama Desert’s famous Moon Valley region is like visiting the moon thanks to its uncanny resemblance to the surface of the moon. In the evening the desert’s clear unpolluted sky seems to turn into a gigantic natural planetarium perfect for stargazing. A visit to Atacama Desert is truly awe-inspiring.
Take a cruise to Antarctica
If there is one place on earth that hasn’t been tamed by man, it is Antarctica. If you really want to experience solitude, then take a cruise to this frozen continent at the far end of the Earth, which has no human habitation except a couple of research centres. Viewing magnificent mountains of ice, watching penguins jumping in and out of the ocean, spotting whales, and elephant seals lazing on icy beaches, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Sail the Galapagos Islands
620 miles off the cost of Ecuador lie Galapagos Islands that were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s revolutionary Theory of Natural Selection. Darwin rightly called these islands ‘Enchanted Isles’; the sheer variety of wildlife on this island is amazing. Here you can do things that you can’t anywhere else in the world – snorkel with sharks, laze with sea lions, watch giant tortoises and penguins, sunbathe on black lava rocks, and wave at albatrosses.
Float on the Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is perhaps of coolest of all the natural wonders; it is the ‘saltiest’ (hypersaline) sea in the world as well as the lowest place on earth. This means the density of water is so high here that you can float on it! The Dead Sea’s beautiful turquoise waters are also believed to have magical therapeutic properties. Floating on the Dead Sea is such a unique experience that you can’t have anywhere else.
Take a trip to the Grand Canyons
At your first glimpse of the rugged Grand Canyons, you are left with only one emotion – awe. The magnificent scale, rocky valleys, the gushing Colorado River and grandiose beauty of the Canyons simply overwhelm you rendering you speechless. A trip to Grand Canyons is truly a humbling experience.
Get amazed in the Amazon Forest
There are forests, and then there is the Amazon Forest, the world’s largest forest and biome. The diversity of plants, animals, birds, and amphibians in this forest is astounding. You can go kayaking and boating in the Amazon River, take safari in the forest, go for a jungle walk, and stay in the midst of the forest; the kind of amazing experiences you have in this forest are incomparable to any other forest.
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