Travelling to mind blowing locations and having life changing experiences is not something you should be dreaming about, it is something you should be planning right now. Here are 20 experiences that, among others, satisfy a wanderlust addict’s fantasies.
1. Island hopping in the Philippines
What better way to encounter the beauty of the thousands of islands that form the Philippines than to travel by boat from one to the other? The expanse of tropical wilderness and exotic wildlife that can be found in this breathtaking country will leave you speechless which makes the Philippines one of the absolute must visit places on the planet.
2. Attend the Palio in Siena, Italy
The emotional dimension of the locals watching the most famous horse race in the world is beyond belief. Being part of this emotional rollercoaster is an unbelievable experience that every traveller should have at least once.
3. Hike up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
The genuinely adventurous way to experience this marvellous site is to hike up the complete extent of the Inca Trail (40km) before being able to admire the awe-inspiring ancient Inca structures on the summit.
4. Do a safari in the endless widths of the Namibian wilderness
Ever wondered how lions, elephants and giraffes behave in their natural habitat? Just visit one of the waterholes in rural Namibia and you will find out.
5. Fly over the Great Barrier Reef and admire this amazing nature sight from above
The colour scheme of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most threatened natural wonders on the planet, looks best from above and can be marvelled at during a helicopter tour.
6. Party until dawn in Croatia
The small Balkan nation is the new party capital of Europe. There are so many amazing locations in Croatia; Zrce, Umag, Hvar, Split, Makarska just to name a few of them, are all well established and renowned party hotspots where you will learn how the country has earned its nickname: partynatia.
7. Walk on the Great Wall of China
One of the most incredible structures ever created by men, the Great Wall should be on every true traveller’s list, not just because of its unfathomable length of more than 8800km.
8. Hike in Patagonia
The amount of breathtaking scenery that the southern region of Chile and Argentina has to offer is absolutely staggering. A hike through one of the national parks is therefore an absolute must for any adventure traveller.
9. Drive the entire length of the Icelandic Ring Road
Iceland only has one main road. It is a long and impressive road tough, 1300km of breathtaking scenery, jaw dropping wilderness and incredible geologic circumstances.
10. Get drunk on the Oktoberfest in Munich
One of the most popular beer parties in the world, the Oktoberfest is an absolute must as it symbolizes how millions of litres of beer can create friendship and unity (sometimes arguments as well, but let’s gloss over that)
11. Party and gamble in Las Vegas
The mythical city of Las Vegas, Nevada is probably the most renowned gambling destination in the world, it is however also a gigantic party temple which will astound you over and over again.
12. Ski/Snowboard off track in the Alps
There are very few winter activities providing more joy an excitement than skiing or snowboarding in a perilous yet incredibly stunning location off the marked tracks in the Alps.
13. Experience jungle fever in the Amazon rainforest
The Amazon is the largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest in the world, covering some 7M square kilometres and stretching across 9 countries. The immense extent of tropical wilderness that can be encountered in the endless widths of this incredible feat of nature is one of the many reasons why it should feature on every adventure traveller’s to do list.
14. Visit the ancient Maya sites in Mexico
Mexico disposes of a stunning array of ancient Maya ruin sites, some on pristine Caribbean beaches, some deep inside dense rainforests. Marvelling at the architectural wonders of this ancient civilization is without a doubt one of the finest history lessons you will ever get.
15. Drive across the US
What better way to explore the deserts, national parks, cities and other sights the US has to offer than by emulating movies like Vanishing Point or Bullet and embark on an epic roadtrip across the country?
16. Climb the Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest volcano outside of South America and the highest mountain in Africa and provides one of the most daunting yet unmissable nature expeditions in the world.
17. Embark on a winter adventure across Lapland
Finland has a staggering amount of lakes, 30000 in total, which is the highest number of any country in the world. Visiting these natural gems in winter, when most of them are frozen and their surroundings covered by metres of snow emphasizes the untamed beauty of the Finnish wilderness and therefore definitely enhances the experience.
18. Experience the Full Moon Party in Kho Pha-ngan, Thailand
One of the most amazing parties in Asia, the enormous festival held every full moon night on the shores of Kho Pha-ngan, Thailand will please travellers with its uniqueness, its wild atmosphere and its breathtaking location.
19. Take the Trans-Siberian railway
There is no better way to cross the largest country in the world and to admire its sheer infinite extent of natural beauty, such as Lake Baikal, than completing the longest train journey in the world, the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok.
20. Sail in the Caribbean
One of the most beautiful places on earth with drop dead gorgeous white beaches, warm weather all year long and a stunning amount of untouched tropical islands, the Caribbean can be best explored while travelling from sunset to sunset on a picturesque little sailing boat.