1, 2, 3 let's go! as travelers are more than ready to escape, explore and dive into new experiences. The benefits of family travel are immense and provide us with more reasons why we should travel with kids. While traveling in comfort and style is already fun, what more if you spice it up a little bit and delve into new bucket-list-worthy experiences around the world that will make your travel stories a concrete representation of joie de vivre.
Every corner of the world has sites that will make your heart jump in excitement. Unesco World Heritage site in the US or Asia has something to offer if you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime. Machu Picchu, The Great Wall of China, and Sydney Opera House are just a few noteworthy spots that will make your holiday memorable. The Taj Mahal in India and the Grand Canyon are also some of the most common go-to places in the world for a little bit of fun and adrenaline rush. So, collect some bucket list experiences and embark on one of these adventures around the world that will make your travel ventures something to hold onto for life.
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Witness the Magic of Bhutan
Bhutan's rich culture and voguish appeal are enough to convince you to book that ticket. Bhutan sits high up in the Himalayas in Asia near the borders of India and Tibet and is affectionately known as "The happiest country in the world" or "The Last Shangri-La". They rarely get visitors and is one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse countries in the world. It's also one of the few countries that have remained independent throughout its history and have been able to preserve a really unique essence and cultural heritage in the world.
Road Trip the Karakoram Highway
Driving down the highest paved international road in the world is surely a bucket list experience not many will have a chance to do so. Karakoram Highway is located in Pakistan. It may not be a place tourists are excited about, but it has gems waiting to be uncovered. When driving in Karakoram Highway, the iconic Passu Cones and the multitude of majestic mountains will astonish your eyes along with other stop-overs along the way. Pakistan's character makes it a bucket-list-worthy destination. The history, food, and deviant culture will earn you a greater understanding of their people and their obscure traditions. Pakistan is a backpacking haven for backpackers and an adventure source for family travelers who are looking for something better than the comforts of a nice hotel room.
Sail to Antarctica
Sailing to Antarctica will entertain you with three thousand penguins living their best life in the cold and some other wild animals living in peace on this side of the world. Antarctica may not be an inviting place for a holiday, but it sure is a haven for unique adventures and one-of-a-kind scenery. A sailing trip to Antarctica is a different kind of travel category that is not for everyone, but if you are up for it, let's go! Antarctica is one of the parts of the world that are still left unexplored. Thus it exudes a raw appeal and rewarding sights when you get there. It may come with a price but it sure is worth every drop of a penny.
Road Trips in Namibia
Namibia is a colorful place in Africa where the colors of sunsets paint its beautiful landscape and the people are artists on their own terms. Another reason why Namibia is worth the visit? The women are beaming in rusty orange palettes embellished with brass necklaces and carved bone bracelets. If you are ever near Namibia, self-drive on the way there so you will get to experience a full-on safari adventure at your own pace. Then, you can camp out at NamibRand and witness the best night sky in the world. With a clear sky, subtle moon, and your tent, a gold-certified dark sky reserve will put on a night show from the heavens.
Explore India by Train
Believe it or not, the best way to see India is by train. If you have seen the film The Darjeeling Limited by Wes Anderson, it perfectly presents the experience of being on an Indian train. The scenery is amazing, the food is simply (literally) on fire, and the whole adventure is something only you can get from India. You can take a glimpse of every part of the country via India Railways. You can start your adventure from New Delhi and then go to Rajasthan. You can also go further south and see the untouched elegance of India's ethereal beaches and shores.
Cycle the Pamir Highway in Kyrgyzstan
Pamir Highway is vast, magical, and towering. The cycle route starts from Osh in Kyrgyzstan to Dushanbe in Tajikistan. The highest point of Pamir Highway is 4600 m above sea level. Biking the highway will drench your eyes in landscapes and mountainous views colored in neutral shades of bluish grays contrasted in snowcapped summits. The highway seems endless yet it is nothing short of extraordinary. It is perhaps otherworldly. Pamir Highway will make you feel accomplished upon finishing a 1200 km route through two countries.
Bungee Jump in New Zealand
Bungee Jumping in New Zealand is an extreme travel bucket list. It is a heart-pumping adventure that throws you high up to 134 m high overlooking Queenstown. The Nevis Bungee Jump is for adrenaline junkies. The thirty-five-minute 4x4 ride will bring you to the highest bungee point in New Zealand and be prepared to free fall from 134m in less than 10 seconds. An air time of a lifetime for only $200.
Paragliding in Interlaken
Interlaken is one of the best places to visit if you feel like going on an extreme venture. It is one of the destinations that bring extreme fun to the table. Travelers all over the world looking for something different will surely love to explore the stunning and incredible adventure haven of Interlaken. You can go on a walk, hike, and be inspired by Switzerland's beaming nature while you feed your adventurous soul some paragliding experience. So fly like a bird in Interlaken and discover the beauty of living from a bird's eye view.
Journey the K2 Base Camp at Everest
Not for the faint-hearted! The Everest Base Camp is not the only place here on earth that is worth the strenuous hike. The K2 Base Camp is another option for those who want to jumpstart their adrenaline. Trekking to K2 Basecamp will allow you to get closer to the second-highest peak in the world and also the most dangerous. K2 is known as the Savage Mountain and it is not easy to reach its summit. it will take a lot of peace of mind and determination to get there.
Ride a Horse in Mongolia
Mongolia has one of the most unique cultures in the world. Apart from their amazing lifestyle, Mongolians are beaming with vivid threads of colors, smiling faces, and a backdrop that will make your jaw drop. Mongolians are known to be nomads who love to live from one place to another with their movable large tents. So, if riding a horse is something you have been wanting to try, why not go all out and ride your spirit animal the first time within the beautiful plains of Mongolia. Ride through its vast lush plateau and go on a solo ride. To make sure your trip is safe, you can book your ultimate adventure in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital. Also, Mongolian adventure is seasonal, hence, book it during their summer days.
Catch a Glimpse of Kamchatka Peninsula
The Kamchatka Peninsula is not your average volcanic lake. It is the world's most natural landscape with wildlife dwellers living near an active volcano. Located in the far-east region of Russia, the Kamchatka Peninsula has a dramatic climate that limits your opportunity of going. But, if you are lucky, the months of July to August will be the most ideal time to go visit.
See Myanmar in a Hot Air Balloon
How about a skyline of ancient temples and pink sky on a hot air balloon? Myanmar is one of the places on earth rendered in magic in intricate details. There are over 2000 ancient temples and pagodas all over Myanmar. The greenery enveloping this ancient city makes the best sunrise and sunset views. In the morning, Bagan's sky comes to life with air balloons hovering above just to catch that fleeting appearance of the sunrise.
Uncover the Mysteries of Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat from afar is already intriguing. What more if you explore what's hidden behind those carved walls and beautiful ancient art? Angkor Wat is centered where most tourist go-to accommodations and shopping spree lies. It is Cambodia's historical gem for withstanding 900 years of existence. The Angkor Wat is covered in gold and is near Siem Reap. It is the best place to reconnect with your spiritual self and understand the history of this ancient city in-depth. Angkor Wat looks even more stunning during sunrise and it is best visited during the summer.
Drive Across the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is the only place on earth that has the ability to make the horizon disappear. Being in the midst of this otherworldly place will make you feel like on a different dimension, or in a different world even. An animated world. Driving across Salar de Uyuni is a road trip of a lifetime. Covering 4000 square miles, the Bolivian salt flats is by far the largest of their kind. Being there will make you think twice about the earth being round due to the incredible flatness of its landscape. This bucket-list adventure is simply extraplanetary. So, if you are ever in Bolivia, take a picture or two and soak up in the world's most unique and rarest form of landscape.
Trek to Machu Picchu in Peru
Trekking to Machu Picchu will astonish you seeing it in person because pictures just don't do justice! Peru is a gold mine for nature and history lovers. This ancient route will take you to places with strong spiritual vibrations. Although there are multiple routes to choose from if you want to go see the magical Machu Picchu, the 26 mile Inca Trail is the most popular tour that leads to a series of beautiful landscapes and mountainscapes. Other off-beat options are Vilcabamba Traverse and Choquequirao. Just make sure to go there during the summer and avoid trekking when there's a downpour.
Dive the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is situated along the coast of North Queensland. It is one of the sought-after dive spots within the East Coast territories of Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is home to many ancient sea creatures and the world's largest coral reef. The reef stretches up to 2000 km with over 3000 individual reefs. Going underwater and seeing the bright hues of the Great Barrier Reef is like being in another world. The underwater is full of life and striking colors and patterns of nature. It is truly the best place to go on a free dive, perhaps scuba dive to stay longer underwater, or simply float on the surface with your snorkels.
Trek Patagonia from Torres del Paine National Park
If you feel like you've been through treks around big trees and wild creatures, the Patagonia trek might just give a little bit more than just gallivanting a forest. Glaciers and majestic towering mountains will keep your visual satisfaction to the maximum. The Torres del Paine Circuit is the most famed hike route to Patagonia. The scenery on the way to the peak is just simply unreal. Looking over snow-covered peaks and glacial lakes is something a regular trek can't deliver. The lakes you will encounter going to Patagonia are rendered in different shades of blue.
See the Northern Lights in Scandinavia
Northern Lights must always be in the bucket-list-worthy adventure of every travel lover. The light show in Scandinavia at night is a natural phenomenon that occurs whenever all the air elements are right. Finland, Norway, and Sweden are notable countries that are very lucky to enjoy a beautiful light trip on random evenings. The aurora borealis paint their sky with moving colors and dancing lights, the only thing missing is hot cocoa and a transparent dome to lounge while watching the world's most magnanimous nature's miracles.
Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
The only way to go is up when you are trying to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. Upon reaching its snow-blanketed peak, a nostalgic feeling will envelop your body giving you a little bit of warmth in the midst of the cold. It is 5,895 meters above sea level and it is famed to be the "Roof of Africa". Going up this majestic mountain will require an expert to lead you the right way and guide you through challenging areas.
Road Trip National Parks in America
The United States is swarming with untouched national parks of which many have embarked and started a van-living lifestyle just to explore each one of them. The Zion National Park is iconic among the bunch. there are a total of 63 national parks to visit in the US and each offers different kinds of adventure and holiday activities. You can go seek out the alligators in Florida Everglades or drive to New Mexico and see what's the fuss is all about. America's national parks are the countries best natural treasures. So, if you are planning on visiting the best parks there is, wallet-friendly options are available when you buy an annual pass. It will save you a lot of money and help you get through each one without falling short of budget.
Give the $10 a Day Challenge a Go!
Traveling the world on a shoestring will teach things you will never get to know by staying in a five-star hotel. Eating street or local food and hunting for the cheapest stay in town is a fun way to know the city you are in. It will make the most unforgettable and funny memory worth telling the new generations in the future. A $10 budget might be too low if you are traveling with your family, but you can personalize the challenge according to who you are with and where you are.
In this post-pandemic era, everyone must look for a place to express themselves and let go. Visit a few of the world's natural wonders and enjoy a day under the sun. Go and explore the city of San Francisco and its seaside adventures or jumping off a falls is one of the experiences that will need your courageous heart. Whatever you choose to do, be it swimming in the crystal clear water of California, road tripping in South Africa, or exploring the menacing city of New York, as long as you get the most from your bucket list experiences, you will have the right to say you have lived your best life.
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