Our Top 5 Bucket List Destinations
For some people, holidays are simply about getting away from their day-to-day lives and relaxing. For others, each trip is the chance for new, never-to-be-repeated experiences. The second group need each holiday to be the trip of a lifetime. Luckily, that’s exactly what this little lot deliver. Allow us to present our top five bucket list destinations.
1.NORWAY - Arctic Adventure Holidays
The Arctic is a magical place, boasting spectacular scenery, polar bears, huskies, whales, and of course, the Northern Lights. Aurora holidays in Norway are best enjoyed from mid-November to mid-January, as this is the time you are most likely to get the best view of the aurora borealis.
But Arctic Norway has much more to offer. You can explore the wilderness of the Arctic, with our 4-day trip to Tromsø, a charming and lively city which is surrounded by magnificent mountains, a dramatic archipelago, and fabulous fjords.
Once you’re settled in though, the real adventure begins. You’ll head out into the beautiful unspoilt Arctic landscape by snowmobile, before spending the night in a traditional Sami herdsmen tent, or a wooden cabin, in Camp Tamok. You may even manage to see a tiny snippet of the Northern Lights.
Alternatively, our highlights of the North Arctic holiday package combines many of the same elements, but also incorporates some cultural excursions. Your holiday will once again begin in the Arctic capital of Tromsø, with time to visit the impressive cathedral and local museums.
You’ll then enjoy a cable car ride to bask in the panoramic views before heading to Tamok Valley for a fireside meal and a night in the Sami or cabin. You’ll spend the next morning mushing your own sleigh dogs, before travelling to Sommarøy, a little fishing community which is ideal for watching the orca and humpback whales as they try to catch the herring from November through to January. If you visit at a different time of the year, you can take a cruise around the beautiful island. On your last night, you will have free time to engage in another hunt for the Northern Lights.
Finally, if you are working to a slightly smaller budget, our ‘whales, huskies and Aurora’ trip is excellent value for money. Over the three action-packed days, you will explore Tromsø, spend an afternoon dogsledding and travel by bus to Sommarøy for a spot of whale watching (seasonal activity). If it’s not the optimum time for whales, you’ll take a marine safari, where you can see seals and white-tailed eagles. Whichever package you choose, you can guarantee it’ll be the trip of a lifetime.
2.PORTUGAL - Azores Walking Holidays
Perfect for lovers of nature and wildlife, we recommend the magical Azores. One of Portugal’s many gems, the Azores is an archipelago of nine volcanic islands, which offer up a plethora of beautiful landscapes, and an abundance of marine life. Azores walking holidays are always popular, due to the variety of stunning scenery on offer, and our 8-day trip is filled with unique and beautiful sights. Each day brings a wonderful surprise, from the Terra Nostra botanical garden to the spellbinding beauty of the Fogo Lake and its surroundings.
You’ll happily amble through charming fishing villages, such as Ribeira Quente, get lost in the lush vegetation along the route to Fogo Beach, and marvel at the Água de Pau volcano. The final full day will be spent with a well-earned treat. In addition to its many other charms, the Azore’s clear coastal waters provide the ideal location for whale and dolphin spotting. Watching these majestic animals in their natural habitat is a fantastic finale to what is sure to be a special holiday.
3. south america - Adventure Holidays in Patagonia
If, to you, the trip of a lifetime means adventure and excitement, then look no further than Patagonia. A bucket-list favourite, this South American treasure boasts miles and miles of wonderful wilderness, dramatic rock formations, cascading waterfalls and stunning glaciers. Adventure holidays in Patagonia work so well because there is so much to see and do, and this Whereabouts trip aims to pack in as many unforgettable experiences as possible.
Hiking on the east side of the Paine River is where the real adventure begins, trekking to Lago Dickson you can admire the central granite tower in the distance, before heading closer to the glacier which flows into Lago Dickson. It’s not all wilderness trekking though, and day four will see you make your way through Southern Beech forest, which is alive with Magellanic woodpeckers and parakeets. You will then need an early night, as the following morning you will tackle the highest point of the trek, the John Garner Pass.
At 1200m, The John Garner Pass is certainly the most challenging section of your trek, but it’s also one of the highlights. The panoramic views over the Grey Glacier are more than worth the effort, whilst the descent the next day will bring you into Lago Pehoe with its own clear turquoise lake. Your final day’s trekking sees you head to the Torres Base, which is a stunning viewpoint from which to gaze up at the granite spires of the Paine Towers. Weather permitting, the view is nothing short of breathtaking, make sure you have plenty of film in your camera!
4.Thailand - Adventure Holidays
If cycling is more your thing, you need to check out Bangkok to Angkor, one of our favourite Thailand adventure holidays. Thailand is a staple of bucket list destinations, and it’s not difficult to work out why. This unforgettable 5-day cycling tour will introduce you to some of the most unique and beautiful areas in Thailand and beyond.
From the bustling city of Bangkok, to the reverence of the religious monuments in Cambodia, you’ll experience it all on this trip of a lifetime. Early morning cycles allow you to witness the spectacular sights of this beautiful country as the sun rises over the triple towers of Angkor Wat. You can then stroll through the temple, the most important religious monument in all of Cambodia, before your day of religious awe continues, with a ride to Angkor’s iconic temples of the Bayon, Tha Prom, and The Elephant Terrace.
Lunch overlooking the Sra Srang Lake follows, before you return to your hotel to contemplate whether or not to extend your stay in this fabulous country.
5.nepal - Everest Base Camp Trek Holidays
If you’ve always wanted to see, but not necessarily climb, Mount Everest, then looking into Everest base camp trek holidays could be just the ticket. Our 17-day bumper Everest basecamp trek follows the famous ‘Everest Trail’ leading from the Lukla airstrip and offers just over two weeks of inimitable hiking and incomparable scenery. After a few days of acclimatising to the conditions with walks to Thyanboche and Imja Valley, you’ll be ready to take on the real thing.
Day 11 is the pinnacle of your journey, as you finally reach the superb Everest basecamp. Prepare to be dwarfed by the magnitude of this stunning natural structure. The remainder of your trip will be spent trekking back to Lukla, although alternate routes take you through traditional villages, such as Phortse, and there’ll be plenty of time to purchase souvenirs and take yet more photos.
The sense of achievement you receive from trekking even part of Everest is only matched by the awe-inspiring views on this once in a lifetime trip. So, there you have it, our top five bucket list destinations.
So whether you yearn to immerse yourself in bustling colours and culture of Bangkok, or long to lose yourself in the beautiful wilderness of the Arctic, Whereabouts Holidays has an unforgettable trip just waiting for you.