Breathtaking and awe-inspiring landscapes, heart pounding-challenges, and the inspiring ways of the wildlife. These are just a few of the experiences which feature in the list of top 5 adventures for the ultimate travel bucket list! Read on to find our checklist!
1. Machu Picchu, Peru
Very little is known about the Inca civilisation and the lost city of Machu Picchu; perhaps this is what makes this destination quite intriguing for many. This royal, and sacred, retreat for the Inca King was built in the 15th century and is home to several marvellous palaces and temples spread over acres and acres of an astounding landscape which will leave you mesmerised. Moreover, Machu Picchu is adjudged as one of the greatest artistic and architectural achievements of the human race.
2. The great annual wildlife migration, Serengeti ecosystem
Gazillions of zebra, wildebai, and other antelope genus migrate, each year during April, in search of food and better quality water from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains, further north to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. The most sensational spectacle of this migration is when the herds cross the Grumeti River (Tanzania) and the Mara River (Kenya). Besides being a vision in itself, the migration also attracts several predators such as lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and crocodiles, thereby increasing the probability of witnessing a hunt. This migration pulls in thousands of spectators to the region every year and tops almost every list of an authentic safari experience.
3. View the aurora borealis from a glass igloo in Finnish Lapland
Fancy gazing at nature’s most spectacular light phenomenon from the warmth and comfort of your bed in an igloo? Travel to the Finnish igloo village and resort of Kakslauttanen, check-in at one of its twenty glass or snow igloos and gape at the marvel known as Aurora Borealis.
4. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Crystal clear blue lagoons, speckled with smooth sand, housing luxury water villas and spas, makes Bora Bora one of the most luxurious and exquisite islands in the world. A favourite for honeymoon couples and indulgence seeking travellers alike, the island presents you the option of being as adventurous or lazy as you wish. You can simply laze, relish tantalising seafood at one of the many restaurants, shop, treat yourself to a spa treatment, or you could opt to go hiking, snorkelling, and parasailing!
5. Nevis bungy jump, New Zealand
Dare to jump off a cliff and experience free fall for over five seconds before you feel the pull of the safety harness? Exhilarating, incredible, and stupendous are just a few of the words that can merely begin to describe this experience. A trip to Queenstown, New Zealand, offers the chance to check this sensational activity off your bucket list. The Nevis Bungy jump is an absolute must-do for all adrenaline junkie in you! Fearless divers are taken from Queenstown up to the jumping station, suspended by metal cables 134 metres above the Nevis Canyon, and asked to hold their breath, take the leap of faith, and shout their lungs out! There is something about jumping into a canyon headfirst that miraculously places life into perspective!
By Debbie Ganguli