Top 5 Bucket List Destinations

07/02/2022

Top 5 Bucket List Destinations

OUR TOP 5 ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS DESTINATIONS FOR YOUR BUCKET LIST

Bucket lists. We’ve all got one, right? It might not be written down, but somewhere, tucked away in our head, is a list of places we want to visit and things we want to do; lifetime goals. Maybe you want to experience living in another country or perhaps you’re holding onto a lifelong ambition to scale a mountain. Whatever’s on your list, it probably involves some kind of travel and adventure, and if doesn’t keep reading because we’re sure you’ll want to add one of our best vacation destinations to your checklist.

So, here goes, our top five adventure holidays abroad!

Peru “the Inca Trail”

Probably high on a lot of bucket lists is the Inca Trail and a visit to the breath-taking ruins of Machu Picchu. Our Inca Adventure holiday takes you on a round trip from Cusco immersing you in the culture of this stunning land. From the cobbled streets and markets of Cusco through the Sacred Valley with increasingly spectacular landscapes until you reach the infamous Lost City of the Incas. On the way stop at the lesser visited (but awesome) Inca ruins of Killarumiyoq, a sanctuary dedicated to the moon and the Ollantaytambo ruins. Don’t miss the chance to soak in the local ‘Aguas Calientes’ (hot springs) before the big day which sees you set off before sunrise (painful but completely worth it) to reach Machu Picchu and some of the best views EVER!

Nepal “Everest Base Camp”

Mount Everest screams adventure so a trek to the Everest Base Camp is a ‘must add’ to any self-respecting bucket list!

Our 2-week trek along a route dubbed by some as “the steps to heaven” can make your dream become a reality as you conquer glaciers, experience Sherpa villages and take in the spectacular photo opportunities around every bend. From Kathmandu, take the mountain flight to Lukla which provides stunning views across the Himalayas and an exciting beginning to your trek. Once in Lukla you head through pine and cedar woods where the air is crystal clear and colourful prayer flags flutter from the rooftops. Spend the next three nights trekking in the area and acclimatizing to the altitude; the best possible preparation for your final trek from Lobuche to the Everest Basecamp. This really is the perfect trip for a first time visit to Nepal and the Himalayas and definitely one you won’t forget in a hurry.

A Safari from South Africa

For those who love the great outdoors and feeling close to nature there’s nowhere that compares to Africa. If you’ve dreamed of watching majestic beasts in their natural habitat and longed for that true wilderness experience then our Great Southern Africa Safari is for you!

This unforgettable trip lets you explore three African nations as you try and spot the “big five” in Kruger National Park, South Africa before heading to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the most powerful waterfalls on earth. Cross the border into Botswana and embark on a boat safari down the River Chobe in Chobe National Park before exploring the breathtaking Okavango Panhandle.

Embarking on this African adventure will both surround you with wildlife and immerse you in the culture of these stunning countries as you experience local life in vibrant cities. Witness the spectacular dancing demonstrations and fly to Maun at the end of your trip for an evening of storytelling around a warm fire with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers, a local enterprise dedicated to preserving Botswana’s heritage.

Antarctica

Few destinations are as unique as Antarctica and a trip to the world's most southerly ecosystem can truly be described as a once in a lifetime adventure. Passing huge icebergs in the flat calm of a polar morning will reshape the way you look at the world. Heading off on our Antarctica Classic or Antarctica Classic in Depth tours you’ll encounter huge whales, enormous rookeries of penguins, and stunning landscapes that few have ever witnessed.

Set sail from the port of  Ushaia along the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands then on to the Antarctic Peninsula. The expedition team joining you on your journey is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists able to offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure. As you reach the peninsula take a quick trip from ship to shore, in one of the Expedition’s 14 Zodiacs, and encounter the awe-inspiring wilderness of Antarctica.

Canada “The Rockies”

If you’re looking for natural beauty you won’t go far wrong with a trip to the Canadian Rockies. You’ll experience the lively cowboy culture of western Canada in this unforgettable landscape of canyons, mountains and lakes that’s filled with indigenous history.

On your way to explore Jasper National Park, the largest of the Rockies’ parks, stop at the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson. We can’t talk about the Rockies without including Canada’s first and most famous National Park, Magnificent Banff. alongside picture-perfect mountains, glaciers, turquoise lakes, scenic drives, and a quaint mountain town; this park has it all! Beware of the wildlife and keep an eye out for wolves, grizzly bears, elk, and mountain lions.

Immerse yourself in the First Nations culture of Northern British Columbia with a visit to the Hazeltons, an area with over 50 totem poles, one of the highest concentrations of standing poles in the world. Also, not to be missed is Gitwangak National Historic Site to learn about the fort and battles fought by the warrior Nekt on Battle Hill.

More than just the great outdoors, this Canadian adventure also takes in Calgary, a modern city that honours its cowboy roots. Here you can visit museums, the Olympic Park, or one of the many cowboy bars. Combining stunning surrounding of several national parks, vibrant cities and areas rich with history and culture there’s no doubt the Rockies have earned their place as a bucket list destination!