The world is big and Man, there is much to see and do. We ran the ultimate travel bucket list. How many are you already ticking?
A hot air balloon ride over the temples of Bagan, Myanmar
This is the time to go to Myanmar. The country is increasingly open to tourists, so you’d better try out for the mainstream. Bagan temples sketches one of the most famous images of Myanmar and if you need to make a balloon ride at sunrise over this mystical temples. Along with the orange red rising sun and some morning fog, this makes for a magical experience.
Backpacking in Australia’s Outback
Australia is obviously a backpack anyway country par excellence, but called the Outback in the heart of the country is a kind of ultimate ‘away-from-the-inhabited-world-Valhalla. Hundreds to thousands of kilometers of emptiness, heat, dust, desert, rocks, lonely ranches and hidden villages where time stands still. The ‘red center’ around Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) and Alice Springs should certainly not be beaten. Hike and camp in nature, do a camel tour, arrange a balloon flight over the outback and / or earn your ticket back to go to work at one of the farms.
Your own Hangover with friends in Las Vegas
“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!” And therefore it is the ideal place in America to go on a few days with friends in all the glitz and glamour, or even all the ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’, if you will. Just have to do, though it is a long weekend. Sip a cocktail at the edge of a beautifully landscaped hotel pool, stroll along ‘the Strip, try the roller coaster in New York Hotel and let you go on one of the legendary shows or parties. Oh, careful with gambling and go easy on the strip clubs.
Tip: a Las Vegas city trip is also ideal to combine with a visit to the Grand Canyon (with either your own rental car or by helicopter!).
The carnival in Rio to experience
Put on your dancing shoes and carnival outfit out of the cupboard (or case) and let yourself be carried away by the carnival in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The world’s biggest street party, full of music, dance, food and merriment ensuring a trip to remember. The next carnival will be held from 6 to 10 February 2017. Enough time to book your ticket!
The Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan is the most iconic island in Thailand. A sultry, tropical island with dense jungle and heavenly beaches, but still best known for its hedonistic party; the famous Half and Full Moon Party’s full of fire, fluorescent body paint, beverage and yes, drugs. Especially the monthly Full Moon Party at Haad Rin Beach is legendary. Legendary pressure also, by the way, so book in advance your boat ticket and accommodation in time.
The quickest way to reach Koh Phangan is by boat from Koh Samui, where there is an airport.
The Inca Trail walk to Machu Picchu, Peru
The lost Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru is already five centuries, high in the Andes Mountains. It is truly one of the finest destinations in the world. Via the Inca Trail walk in three to five days through jungle and tundra to an altitude of about 3600 meters, a giant climbing so. But when finally these amazing ruins emerge from the clouds, then you know you did not want to miss it. A truly ultimate travel experience!
The Kilimanjaro climb in Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is iconic and almost 5900 meters, one of the highest mountains in the world. Kilimanjaro is known as a good climbable mountain, even for non-experienced climbers. The ascent is not technically difficult through the “normal” route (Maranguroute), climbing equipment are not necessary. But make no mistake: the highest point of the crater rim of Kibo (Uhuru Peak at 5950 meters) is well above the highest Alpine peaks. The oxygen pressure is low and to reach the top your body should be in very good condition. But it can be done so, if you are not a climber. Elite athletes do it in 5 days, but if you are wise you will choose a 9 or 10 day itinerary.
Flight over Mount Everest in Nepal
In the category ‘once-in-a-lifetime experiences’, a flight along Mt. Everest (Nepal) with Buddha Air, where you will be flown for about $200 round Mount Everest. Traveling from Kathmandu and the total flight takes about an hour. Since only the seats are sold to a window, you are guaranteed a good view. It’s a lot easier in any case, to see the world’s highest mountain in this fashion than to climb it.
Rome, Florence, Milan … Beautiful cities full of history, splendor. But the real soul of Italy you will find in Naples. In the backstreets full of clotheslines. Where “mama” from the upstairs window will be yelling at her boys on the street. Where old men on benches discuss for hours. Where the pizzas are baked and eaten as it should be: with only olive oil, basil, tomatoes and mozzarella. Located in one of the most beautiful bays in the world, in the vicinity of the volcano Vesuvius, the ruins of Pompeii and the wonderful Italian island of Procida.
Swimming in the Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, Zambia
It is also considered the most dangerous in swimming world, the Devil’s Pool at the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zambia. The naturally shaped tub is located on the edge of the famous waterfalls on the Zambian part of Livingstone Island. Shaped by years of erosion at the edge of the abyss. During the dry season from May to October, the water here somewhat comes to a standstill and you can swim and lie over the edge. Yet in the past some people slipped over the edge, so swim at your own risk.
Survival between the bears in Canada
Canada is known for its vast and grandiose nature and rugged wild live: what place is better to use your survival skills? Backpack, tent and let it rip. Canada is the destination to go for days hiking and you pull back completely in nature. Your camp beside the river and enjoy the fishing bears. Still not a survival expert? There are also given special courses where you’re going to nature with an experienced guide.
Seeing northern lights
The aurora borealis, also known as northern lights or aurora, is one of the most fascinating natural phenomena on Earth. Seeing them is an almost mystical experience. The phenomenon manifests itself on cold, clear winter nights and is the best and most visible north of the Arctic Circle, between the 70th and 80th latitude. Guarantees are never, but statistically December to the beginning of March is the best time for the Northern Lights, though it is to behold in late autumn and early spring.
With your loved one to the Taj Mahal in India
Shah Jahan in the 17th century build a beautiful marble mausoleum in India’s Agra as a final resting place for his beloved Mumtaz Mahal: the fabulous Taj Mahal. In 2007 this building was in India chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The white marble changes color by the sun and together with the perfectly symmetrical gardens around the Taj a wonderful spectacle. It is the ultimate photo spot for romantic couples. Believe us: the Taj Mahal is worth the hype, though you will not be the only tourist. It is truly one of the finest destinations in the world. Tip: go as early as possible in the morning for the best light and the least people!
A helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon
As one of the seven wonders of the need to Grand Canyon are surely reflected everyone’s bucket list. This huge gap, located in the state of Arizona in America, has been carved by the Colorado River and has rock formations in the most beautiful colors. And how do you see all this better than from a helicopter? For about $ 200 you make a flight of half an hour! Combines well with no. 3 on the list anyway!
The Great Migration in the Serengeti behold
Perhaps the biggest natural spectacle on earth: the annual migration in the Serengeti, spread across northern Tanzania and southern Kenya. About two million wildebeest (gnus), zebras and gazelles, which in one year to make a round of almost a thousand kilometers across the vast grasslands of the Serengeti in search of water and food. Followed by hungry lions, (hunting), leopards and hyenas. Beginning in Serengeti National Park, ending in the Masai Mara (Kenya). And then back again.
Diving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Everyone who dives should the Great Barrier Reef high on the ‘to-dive’ list. This reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, where you can spot the most beautiful marine animals, from humpback whales to dolphins and green sea turtles to fish Clown (Nemo). You’re not a diver, you can of course also great snorkeling or just swimming. The Great Barrier Reef, you just have once seen!
A cruise to Antarctica (from Argentina)
As one of the few people on earth set foot on the seventh continent and the southernmost tip of the earth: a cruise to Antarctica – one of the finest and most extraordinary destinations in the world – is truly unique. You leave with a comfortable ship from Ushuaia at the extreme south of Argentina. On the way to Antarctica make trips by Zodiac visit remote weather stations, spot whales and your kayak among icebergs. Once there you walk on ancient glaciers, among the penguins to breathtaking viewpoints. Yes, an Antarctica trip really should be on everyone’s bucket list.