10 Iconic Trips You Need To Take In Your Lifetime
A shortlist of the world’s most bucket-list-worthy travel experiences.
Wanderlust is a funny word, and one that often gets overused, but when you think about what it means, it’s hard not to feel inspired by the sentiment. The whole idea of traveling far and wide sounds pretty glorious to us. We’re always curious about where we should go to next, and what new adventure awaits us when we do.
There is no shortage of countries to trip through or cities to stay in, but sometimes all that choice makes decisions harder: Italy over Spain, Africa over India? Thankfully, there are certain trips that stand out amid the rest of them, offering experiences so special, you may only do them once in your lifetime.
So, what are they? We shortlisted 10 iconic trips: These are the most spectacular and most jaw-dropping destinations we think will turn your world upside down – in the best way possible. It’s time to pack up your bags.
India for temples and tigers
Tigers, temples, the Taj Mahal. Colourful bazaars, spice markets, and famous sweetshops. That’s just the start of India’s crazy tangle of beautiful and overwhelming districts. The heat will hit you first, but whether you’re hiking through ethereal teak forests, taking a rickshaw through Delhi’s maze of streets with an expert local guide, or tracking tigers through a hunting reserve of a Maharaja, its the gorgeous sights, sounds, smells and electric energy of India that you’ll remember most.
Egypt for the Pyramids of Giza, Jordan for Wadi Rum
Tour the Pyramids of Giza before climbing atop a camel for a sunset ride across the dunes. Later, cruise down the Nile pausing along the way to take in the sights of Karnak, Luxor, and the Valley of Kings. All of this is possible during a customized tour of Egypt. The scene shifts in Jordan where you can opt for a private tour of the rock-cut city of Petra or spend the night on the sands of majestic Wadi Rum.
Thailand and Cambodia for culture and cuisine
The wonders of both of these countries are well-known: a heady mix of cultures, sacred sites, and unforgettable landscapes, both offer adventuresome travelers all the chaos, spirituality, vibrancy and authenticity one would expect. Taking you from the bustling street food markets of Bangkok to the jungles of Chiang Rai and the otherworldly Angkor Wat, this trip, made all the more enjoyable with a private guide, is designed to leave its mark.
Ecuador for wildlife encounters
You may not have Ecuador on your list, but step into its rugged landscape and gripping history, and you will soon realize that it should be. Travelers go for wildlife encounters on the Galápagos Islands; the stunning vistas on horseback ride through mountain villages, and they stay because of the dramatic charms of Quito, the country’s capital city high in the Andean foothills. Warm, relaxed, sophisticated, and traditional, Ecuador is never the same experience twice.
Tanzania for the Big Five
Africa. All it takes is saying the continent’s name out loud, and you immediately feel its transformative power. There may be no other place on the planet that can alter our humanity, and Tanzania is the heart of all this change. Search for endangered black rhinos in the infamous Ngorongoro Crater with an expert local guide, watch for the Big Five in the Serengeti and witness the annual wildebeest migration, all through some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes across all of Africa.
Botswana for Victoria Falls
Yes, Victoria Falls is worth the trip to Botswana alone, but trekking through some of the nation’s best parks and game reserves with a private guide is a close second. Maybe you cruise up the Zambezi River, or take a boat safari down the Chobe River in search of bathing elephants. Perhaps you prefer searching for the lion pride of Duba Plains or hiking the forest floor of Vic Falls just in time to catch the sunset. Whatever you do, remember to take in every part of it. Botswana is meant to be felt, not only seen.
Iceland for the Northern Lights
To the Vikings, they were fires in the sky or the gowns of dancing angels. To the rest of us, the Northern Lights are a spectacular ripple of cosmic light that colours the subarctic sky in shades of green and red. The marvel doesn’t end in the night sky, though. Iceland’s quirky capital of Reykjavik offers the mineral-rich pools of the Blue Lagoon, while the Golden Circle serves up the sublime Gullfoss waterfall, all best enjoyed with a customized itinerary designed just for you.
Sweden for otherworldly tree houses
This is all about taking the road less traveled, and voyaging deep into Sweden’s dense woods to your private treehouse is the start of your adventure into the wild. Miles away from city life in the Lule River Valley, meet Sami reindeer herders, go dogsledding or opt for a horseback ride through the trees in absolute solitude.
Northern Italy for lakeside delights
Milan, Como, Verona and Venice: Take stock of the lands and the lakes that inspired some of the world’s most magnificent art with a private guide, sample wines straight from the countryside or relax in the shade of the Dolomites in the botanical splendor of a 17th-century villa.
Japan for cherry blossoms and ancient shrines
To see Japan’s cherry blossoms in full springtime bloom is a rite of passage for any traveler who wants to witness the beauty of nature first-hand. Beyond the Philosopher’s Path, experience Tokyo’s street life in Shibuya, Harajuku or Akihabara district with your own local guide. Visit protected shrines and castles in Kyoto or leave city life behind to head into Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, home to volcanic landscapes and local delicacies.
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