“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Things to Satisfy your Wanderlust!
#10: Walk between the Baobab Trees in Madagascar
Starting in 10th place is a site not known to many. The Baobab trees in Madagascar stand proudly as 30-metre-tall giants, attracting travellers from all over the world. They are known locally as renala or “Mother of the Forest” and the regal size of the trees transport you to another world. Their trunks grow up to 11m in diameter which is about 3 car lengths, unlike any trees you’ll ever see in Southeast Asia.
These trees are about 800 years old, making a walk through the Avenue of the Baobab in Morondava, Madagascar feel like taking a peaceful walk through time. You have to see these magnificent works of nature at least once in your life.
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#9: Embark on a Camel Trekking Tour through the Sahara Desert in Morocco
Imagine yourself on top a camel, trekking through the Sahara Desert. There is nothing around you and all you can hear are the footsteps of the camel on the soft sand. The sky is vast and clear in the day and filled with millions of bright stars at night. It is a very peaceful experience, one rarely known to most of the world.
A friend of mine did the camel trekking tour and only had good things to say about it. I checked it out on tripadvisor and everyone kept going on about how peaceful and unique the experience was, and how beautiful the scenery is. That was when I put Camel trekking on my travel bucketlist.
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#8: Take the Maid of the Mist boat tour at the Niagara Falls
The Maid of the Mist Boat tour brings you directly to the most intense waterfall along the Niagara River, Horseshoe Falls. There are currently two Maid of the Mist tour boats currently operating, each taking up to 600 passengers on each tour. The journey begins from Rainbow Bridge, a gentle area along the river, and slowly brings you to increasingly more intense sprays that make up the entire Niagara Falls.
When the boat stops right in front of Horseshoe Falls, you can see the entire waterfall right in front of your very eyes. Crane your neck all the way back to see where the waterfall begins and follow the 156m drop towards you. Feel the mist hitting you in the face while you stand in admiration at the grandeur of nature.
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#7: Release a lantern during the Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai was once the capital of the former Lanna Kingdom in Thailand, and their sky lantern festival is meant as a time to obtain Buddhist merit. The festival is held yearly during the full moon of the 2nd month of the Lanna calendar. This year, the festival will take place on 14 November 2016.
As the lanterns float away towards the night, the sky is painted with balls of light each filled with the joy, happiness and wishes of the people who released them. The view is just absolutely mesmerising. It’s no wonder that this festival earned its 7th place spot on the list.
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#6: Drive down Historic Route 66 for the Ultimate American Road Trip
U.S. Historic Route 66 is one of the oldest highways in the United States, stretching across the country from Chicago to Los Angeles. Along your drive, you will encounter stretches of desert, mountains, farmland, large cities and small towns. These small towns usually have a diner along their main street, which really capture the essence of old school America. In the past Route 66 was a way to get to your destination but today, Route 66 is the destination.
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#5: Relax in Takaragawa Onsen Osenkaku outdoor hot spring during winter
In the chill of winter, being able to relax yourself in the steaming hot springs of Takaragawa is the ultimate relaxing thing to do. Tucked away in the Gunma mountains and located in the village of Minakami is a ryokan built around a hot spring. The hotel houses 42 rooms and multiple outdoor, indoor, single gender and mixed gender baths.
Feel your muscles loosen in the warmth embrace of the hot springs, which are rumoured to have medicinal properties to rejuvenate your body. The chance to place yourself in this picture of relaxation is only a few clicks away.
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#4: Catch the sunset in Santorini
You’ve probably read about Santorini many times by now, but there is a reason why the coastal town is highlighted on countless travel to-do lists and honeymoon destinations. The weather is perfect, the scenery is stunning, the food is exquisite and the people are friendly. Thousands of tourists visit Santorini every year, so finding a secret spot to catch the sunset at might be a challenge. But boy, is it worth it.
To catch the sunset is almost like witnessing a work of art unfold right in front of you. As the sun dips below the horizon, the coastal nightlife springs into action, showing that there is never a dull moment in Santorini.
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#3: Hike up to the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru
In 3rd place is a trek up the Andes Mountains in Peru to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Built in the 15th Century for the Inca Emperor, it was lost in time and only resurfaced to international attention in 1911. The trail may be tough for some but when rewards those who persevere with outstanding views at the peak. The beauty of the ruins of Machu Picchu have not been exaggerated either.
When you make it to the top and see the ruins, your thoughts may wander to how long humanity has really been here on Earth, and how far we have progressed. It’s those peeks into the past that really amaze you on your travels.
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#2: See the Northern Lights
There has to be some relation between humans and light. First lanterns, then sunset and now the Aurora Borealis. In second place is a rare luxury that only a few lucky people get to experience - seeing the Northern Lights. Visible from Alaska and various parts of Europe in the Arctic Circle, your troubles simply melt away when the lights begin dancing in the sky.
Whole holidays are planned around catching a glimpse of the mystical lights. Each hoping to see the bright hues of colour flashing across the night sky. Even in the cold, the lights seem to warm you up from within and anyone who watches is completely mesmerized. The Northern Lights is probably on every travel bucketlist.
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#1: Ride in a Hot air balloon at sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey
What could actually beat seeing the Northern Lights you ask? I give you Riding a Hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey. In 1st place on the list, as the number 1 thing to do if you travel. Cappadocia features a rocky landscape and grass plains that stretch far and wide. Every last breathtaking detail is visible while you gently rise into the sky on your hot air balloon.
To really maximise the experience, time your ride so that you can catch the sunrise while you’re in the air. Slowly notice the surface of the Earth waking up with the morning sun and appreciate the gentle morning breeze on your skin. Surrounding you are other hot air balloons, dotting the sky with vibrant colours, each housing other happy travellers who are experiencing the same bliss from their own balloons.
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