6 Bucket List Travel Experiences That Will Change your Life
Oh, the places you’ll go! - Dr Seuss.
There are those holidays that help you relax and unwind #passthecoconutoil and then there are travel experiences that change your life forever. The majority of us already have a travel bucket list, whether it’s a folder on Pinterest, (stalking) a world-traveller on instagram or a map in our bedrooms with tiny red get-me-there-already-dots. Just in case you’re planning your next big adventure - here are our 6 bucket list travel experiences that will change your life. P.S. This is your best life. So live it!
Ever wanted to share your breakfast with a Giraffe (or a few)? Enter: Giraffe Manor, one of the most desirable accommodation destinations in Nairobi, Kenya. This unique colonial-era mansion turned boutique hotel spreads across 140 acres and is home to eight adorable giraffes. Every morning at breakfast the Rothschild giraffes stroll up to the house and poke their heads through the windows looking for a morning treat. As a guest you can feed them right from the breakfast window, take photos up close and personal or even hang out with your favourite through the second floor bedroom window. Did we mention it’s the only Giraffe hotel in the world? Nuff said.
East African Safari
It might seem a little cliche, but an African safari tops most traveler’s bucket lists - for all the right reasons. See, you can watch National Geographic all you want but nothing prepares you for the animal kingdom up close and personal. Most Safari trips will take you to at least three of the National Parks in Kenya and Tanzania where you'll see your fair share of the cast from The Lion King, along with chimpanzees in the Sweet Waters of Mount Kenya and the flamingos of Lake Nakuru. Warning: just be sure to stay IN the vehicle.
Uluru/Ayers Rock, Australia
Some describe it as that giant rock in the middle of woop woop. To others it’s holy ground. To most of us, it’s Ayers Rock - Uluru. “Discovered” by explorers in 1873 and named after the chief secretary of South Australia at the time, Uluru has been a sacred spot to indigenous tribes long before that. Today, Uluru/Ayers Rock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site both for its geological importance and its cultural heritage. Made of sandstone, it stands at a formidable 348 meters high, rising 863 meters above sea level (most of it is underground), and has a total circumference of 10 kilometers. In short, it’s the largest island mountain in the world.
One of the best ways to experience the majesty of Uluru is with a four-hour dinner under the stars. Sounds of Silence serves Australian wines and beer, a buffet with ingredients from the bush (aka "bush tucker") and a star talker who will decode the night sky for you. You’ll see the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way and other planets and galaxies that are visible thanks to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.
Hot-Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia, Turkey
Float up, up and away in a hot air balloon ride over breathtaking sites of Cappadocia, from the natural fairy chimney rock formations (hoodoos) and panoramic vistas, to the cave cities that were once home to ancient settlers. Hot air balloons generally take off in the early morning hours to see the magnificent sunrise. To get the full experience you might want to stay in one of the cave hotels available (we’re a fan of The Museum Hotel, created by antique expert Omer Tosun) in the semi-arid town to see what it was like to live during those ancient times.
If you’ve been waiting your whole life to see the Northern lights then there’s only one way to do it: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, with igloos made of transparent glass tucked into the snow, in the northern region of Finland called Finnish Lapland. Built in 1999, the roofs of the igloos are made of thermal glass to allow the room to remain warm without disrupting the view (and what a view!). Aurora Borealis spotting is the main attraction at Kakslauttanen during Northern light season (24th August until the end of April), but other activities include snowmobile rides, sled rides with huskies, ice fishing and visiting Santa’s House. It’s a winter wonderland at its best.
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