12 Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences for your Bucket List • We Blog The
So it’s time to go on a trip of a lifetime – a journey across continents, full of incredible experiences, checking one bucket list item after another. Or maybe it’s just the one place you’ve dreamed of all your life? Whatever trip you dream of, there is so much amazing things to see and do in this world.
However, with such an abundance of options, it’s hard to know where to start. It would be an incredibly long and arduous task to include each destination in one message; we’ve narrowed it down to 12 experiences you must include in your dream trip.
So take the plunge and get inspired.
If it’s not on your bucket list, maybe it’s time to add it. For many, seeing the Big Five Land Mammals is the pinnacle of travel experiences.
Nothing beats being up close and personal with some of Africa’s most iconic animals on a safari experience. Lions, elephants and rhinos are simply awe-inspiring in their natural habitat.
Countries like South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Tanzania are fantastic safari destinations and offer truly unique wildlife experiences.
To learn a new language
Learning a new language and a new culture can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will likely have. To speak a foreign language fluently is simply amazing. Living in a new part of the world where you don’t know the language can make you lose your mind and give you a “real” travel experience thanks to full cultural immersion.
Gaze at the Northern Lights
Seeing the spectacular Northern Lights has long been a top must-do list for most people, and for good reason. Seeing the Northern Lights is nothing short of spectacular and truly an unforgettable, life-changing experience.
If you are lucky enough to see them, you will be rewarded with a spectacular light show and an appreciation of nature like no other. Some of the best destinations to see the Northern Lights are Alaska, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.
Luxury Caribbean Beach Vacations
What comes to your mind when you imagine that perfect beach vacation on a remote tropical island? The Caribbean islands probably come to mind, and considering that the islands are home to some of the most beautiful beach paradises in the world, who can blame you? Sitting on a white sand beach or a resort town in Curacao, sipping cocktails by a bright blue ocean, it’s the perfect trip, right?
And there are so many amazing Caribbean islands: the Bahamas, Antigua, Barbados, Saint Lucia, and Curaçao.
Nothing throws you out of your comfort zone more than literally jumping out of it. Bungee jumping is not for everyone, but it offers an unforgettable yet terrifying life experience. There are some beautiful places you can try a jump, from Queenstown, New Zealand (the birthplace of the bungee) to the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa.
Tanzania is an incredible country to visit, even though it is the highest mountain in Africa. Among some of the best wildlife experiences on the planet, the country also offers a unique experience on the 5-day trek required to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. The hike will reward you with some out of this world views, and while it is a challenge (and requires weeks of training), this experience is truly a once in a lifetime hike that you will never forget.
Visit the land from below
Australia is one of the most diverse, unique and spectacular countries on the planet, offering experiences and sights that you won’t find anywhere else. Due to the size of the country (or rather the continent) there are a number of climates and each state that makes up Australia should almost be considered a country in its own right.
From discovering native wildlife like kangaroos and koalas to some of the world’s best beaches and city life, you really can’t go wrong by including Australia on your unique trip. See the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands on the same trip. Both are just amazing.
Like the rubber band, jumping out of a plane will provide some of life’s most adrenaline-fueled memories. You never forget to jump out of a plane, do you? Add in some spectacular views and you have all you need for a life experience that is not to be missed.
Discover bears in the wild
Seeing bears or any wild animal in their natural habit is a must experience for any avid traveler. Getting close to these spectacular creatures will add a whole new meaning to the present moment, and you will gain memories that will last a lifetime. Countries like Canada, United States (Alaska) and even Russia are great places to visit. In the right places, they almost guarantee to see black and brown bears in their natural environment.
Go on a Euro Road Trip
If you’re from the United States, Canada, or Australia, you’re probably not used to being able to visit multiple countries in a week or even on the same day. In Europe, however, this is quite normal.
Due to the relatively small area of the continent, you can visit several different countries on the same trip. All of them have totally different languages, cultures and places of interest. And who doesn’t want to visit France, Germany and Italy on the same day?
Most European countries, like the United States, drive on the right side of the road, and the short distances between places make Europe an incredible travel destination. Add a little history and spectacular views, and you have all you need for an unforgettable Euro trip.
American national parks
They say everything is bigger in the United States and national parks are no different. Visiting parks such as Yosemite, Yellowstone and Joshua Tree is truly amazing and gives you a true appreciation of nature like never before. It doesn’t matter if you are from the United States or overseas; these california national parks are simply a must see on any trip of a lifetime.
Visit Rio de Janeiro
Unparalleled to anywhere in the world, Brazil’s most famous city really has it all. Incredible beaches, rich culture, incredible nightlife, and breathtaking views (not to mention the food), Rio has long been a must-see destination, and for good reason. Whether you’re relaxing on Ipanema Beach, hiking Sugar Loaf Mountain, or visiting Cristo Redentor, you’ll never be short of things to do here.
A unique journey
There you have it, twelve incredible experiences to include in the trip of a lifetime. If you need help planning the trip of a lifetime, please contact us; we would be happy to help you.
Note: This is a publication in partnership with Sandals Resorts.