There’s nothing wrong with going all-inclusive in Tenerife for two weeks or travelling to Disneyland in Florida to give the kids the holiday of a lifetime, but you could be doing so much more with your annual leave. You could be getting up close and personal with majestic elephants, pushing yourself to the peak of fitness and seeing the beauty of nature up close and personal Sound good to you? Check out these great bucket list travel ideas to take your holidays to the next level:
Brush Shoulders with Big Game at KwaZulu-Natal
Unlike many other South African safari parks, KwaZulu-Natal lets you get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful animals on the continent. You’ll spend 22 days tracking animals, learning vital bush skills and meeting elephants and cheetahs and even visiting a nearby crocodile farm. When you’re not doing that, you’ll be able to enjoy water sports like snorkelling and kayaking, or you can take a well-deserved rest in your quaint and comfy lodge. It truly is a one in a lifetime experience.
Cycling from Lands End to John O Groats
If you’re the active type, and you love cycling, then cycling from Lands end to John O Groats is probably a trip that’s already on your bucket list, so perhaps it’s time to finally act on it? Cycling between 60 and 108 miles a day, you’ll be pushed to your very limits as you try to make it to your next rest stop unscathed. It might sound brutal, but you’ll make lifelong friends with your fellow riders, see some of the most breathtaking sights of natural beauty in the UK, and if you’re doing it for charity, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done something truly great.
A Wild West Campout
The America’s southwest is a truly beauty place with its towering canyons, lush national parks, and beautiful clear night skies, so what could be better than spending a few nights making like a cowboy, sleeping under the stars and fending for yourself like so many cowboys have done before you? The best places for an authentic Wild West campout have to be the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, whose beauty it is hard to match, and where you really will feel like one of the characters from your favourite westerns. Don’t forget to pack your cowboy boots!
Chasing the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are like nature’s very own firework display. They light up the sky with vibrant awe-inspiring colours that will truly take your breath away. If you haven’t been lucky enough to see the Aurora Borealis, it’s certainly something you should add to your bucket list because it really is an amazing sight to behold. The best places to see the Northern Lights are in the Nordic European countries, and I’d particularly recommend Iceland because, not only will you have a good chance of seeing the lights, but you’ll be able to visit its famous ice hotel and enjoy its rejuvenating hot springs, too.
Do you have a travel bucket list? Which places would you most like to see before you die?