Bucket List Adventures You Need to Experience
A new year comes with new travel goals, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to help you find some worthy bucket list adventures!
There are few things in life more exciting than planning where to go for your next trip. From researching when to go to considering what exciting adventures you’ll undertake, there is nothing better than dreaming up the next great travel experience. It goes without saying that a new year comes with new travel goals, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to help you create the ultimate bucket list for 2018. We guarantee you won’t want to miss out on crossing off these epic experiences from your bucket list.
1. Embark on an incredible coast-to-coast road trip in the USA
What better way to see multiple destinations than with an epic cross-country road trip? From New York to San Francisco, the Grand Canyon or Big Sur and beyond, this trip will be one for the books. It’s time to live out your Jack Kerouac dreams from state to state this year.
Best time to go: All year-round, though summer and fall are best if you’re hoping for warmer temperatures.
2. Kayak past massive icebergs in Disko Bay, Greenland
The name alone should be reason enough to add this once-in-a-lifetime experience to your list of must-do things in 2018. Located on Greenland’s west coast is the Ilulissat ice fjord and Jakobshavn Glacier. Picture paddling through a sea of icebergs that are probably older than most civilizations. Incredible, right? You might even spot a whale during your travels!
Best time to go: You can feel like a Greenland pioneer at the coolest place on earth (pun intended) all year round. Go! Go! Go!
3. Make furry friends in Churchill, Manitoba
Churchill, Manitoba is known for it’s adorable (albeit somewhat dangerous) population of polar bears. Located in northern Manitoba, Canada, this small community’s furry residents are the talk of the globe. The chances are that you’ve come across a photo of them in the past few months, relaxing in the snow, exuding what can only be described as chilled vibes. So, why not pack some extra layers and start exploring Manitoba?
Best time to go: The polar bear season is from July to November and changes due to migration patterns.
4. Hike Hawaii’s breathtaking Na Pali Coast
Whether you consider yourself a seasoned trekker or if you’re more of the enjoy-the-view-from-the-comfort-of-the-shore type of traveller, you need to hike along the Kalalau trail along the Na Pali coast. Standing tall at an astounding 4,000 feet, this picturesque peak in Kaua’i, Hawaii is equal parts challenging and rewarding. If you thought the view from below was impressive, you will be stunned by it from above.
Best time to go: Opt to go during the low season from April to June when there will be fewer crowds, and you will practically have the trail to yourself.
5. Go snorkelling in Ambergris Caye, Belize
If the first thought that enters your mind when you think of Belize is snorkelling, then you’re already on the right track. Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world (that’s right, there is more than one), Belize is truly a snorkeller’s dream. The country’s white sand beaches make it one of the best places in the world to go snorkelling. Situated a mere mile away from the reef is the tiny island of Ambergris Caye – a popular starting spot for snorkellers who want to take a closer look at what lies beneath the surface. So get your swimming gear, dive in and get ready to come face to face with nurse sharks, stingrays, colourful coral.
6. Get your steps in at Patagonia
When it comes to impressive mountain ranges, Patagonia takes the cake. Stretching from Chile to Argentina, this rugged region is best known for challenging hikes and incredible views. Depending on your skill level, you can opt to complete a day hike or a longer trek in one of the many national parks and trails in the region. Take your pick from one of these iconic trails including Torres del Paine National Park, El Chaltén, El Chatén to Villa O’Higgins, Cabo Froward or Dientes de Navarino.
7. Trek up Namibia’s Dune 45 in Sossusvlei, Namibia
You’ve likely already seen the stunning images of striking red sand reaching upward to meet vibrant blue skies and thought to yourself that Namibia looks incredible – and you wouldn’t be wrong. Located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, Namibia’s breathtaking Sossusvlei National Park is truly a sight to be admired. But no visit is complete without trekking up the park’s impressive 170-metre tall dune, Dune 45. Aptly named after its proximity to the park entrance, this dune definitely deserves a spot on your 2018 bucket list. Though the journey up may be a bit challenging, running down the dune will make up for it.
8. Take a ride on the Nine Arch Bridge in Sri Lanka
Part of the allure of visiting Sri Lanka is taking a ride on the iconic Nine Arch bridge. Built in the early 20th century using only rocks, brick and cement, the Nine Arch bridge is not only a unique architectural phenomenon but also a rather visually compelling piece of history too. Located in Ella, between the Ella and Damodara train stations, the bridge spans over 90-metres and stands at the height of 24-metres. The sun-bleached brick juxtaposed against the lush jungle backdrop is the reason thousands of visitors flock to the bridge each year, and why you should too.
9. Go whale watching In Iceland
When you think of Iceland, what images pop up in your mind first? Is it the Game of Thrones-esque landscape? Or perhaps is it the powerful waterfalls that dot the country? Or maybe you instantly think of the northern lights dancing across the night sky? Whatever your first thought was, it probably wasn’t of our favourite sea creatures, whales. But if you’re planning a trip to Iceland, or just generally looking for an incredible experience to have, whale watching is the way to go. Picture coming face-to-face with one of nature’s most magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Even if you plan on skipping all of Iceland’s other iconic sites, this one is sure to make up for it.