The world is big and Man, there is much to see and do. We ran the ultimate travel bucket list. Here the first 8. 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.