The world is changing so fast that now is the time that you may want to book that once-in-a-lifetime trip that has always been on your bucket list. Many of these trips involve hiking long distances or weeks of eating unusual foods and staying in exciting accommodations. For some of you, it might be just the adventure you’re looking for. Here are 8 trips to take when you want to travel boldly.
1. The Trans-Siberian Railway: Russia, China, Mongolia
This epic railway trip begins in Russia’s capital city of Moscow and extends to the far east to the frigid, but beautiful city of Vladivostok, Siberia. If you like, you can take a branch of this train, The TransManchurian, to the Chinese cities of Harbin and Changchun and eventually Beijing or the Trans-Mongolian train that passes along the border to Ulaanbaatar. This modernized antique train car offers luxurious comfort and 5-star food that provides an experience right out of an Agatha Christie novel.
2. The Great Migration Safari: Tanzania (In the Serengeti)
Travel by jeep with an experienced team of guides to witness the Great Migration, which consists of over 1.5 million wild animals including zebras, gazelles and elands traveling from Tanzania to Kenya, crossing the Mara River. You can trek by jeep through tribal villages and take a hot balloon safari at sunrise to get spectacular views of the African landscape.
3. Touch the Sky in Shangri-La: China
Get away from civilization entirely and find yourself by hiking through the mountains from Yunnan to Shangrila. Camp under the cold clear stars and visit the sacred mountain of Khawa Karpo. Hike through dark forests and up to some of the most glorious mountain peaks in the world that give you magnificent views of Tibet and China.
4. Ride Camels in an Arabian Adventure: Oman
Visit an ancient trading post in the middle of the desert that is both ultra-modern and very ancient at the same time. You can surf the sands, kayak with humpback whales, visit the city’s fascinating architecture, and then go shopping in some of the highest-end malls in the world.
5. Trek Through Torres del Paine National Park: Chile (Patagonia)
The Torres del Paine National Park boasts some of the most surreal landscapes in the world: turquoise lakes topped by towering glaciers, icebergs and pillars of granite. This is a dream trip for serious trekkers who can hike, kayak, and sail through this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
6. Northern Lights, Crystal Caves, and Hot Springs: Iceland
Iceland is famous for many things including its hot springs, crystal caves and snorkeling in the underwater lava historically called the Silfra rift. Be sure to trek Thingvellir National Park where there are spectacular views of the Northern Lights, and have a hot steamy soak at the famous Sly Lagoon that is near some great five-star hotels.
7. Visit Transylvania: Romania
Take a bus or train through the forests and woods of rural Transylvania and visit the medieval citadels, castles that epitomize the legends and lore of Goths and vampires. Go for a horseback ride in the tall dark forests and find out the local blacksmiths, beekeepers and truffle-hunters.
8. Cruise the Norwegian Fjords: Norway
Take a cruise through the Norwegian Fjords that feature towering mountains and crisp blue waters. You are sure to see exotic wildlife such as sperm whales, sea eagles and elk. Many cruises offer guided trips through the small Norwegian villages and hikes up cliffs with spectacular views of the countryside, the Midnight Sun, and the Northern Lights.
Life is short! Be sure to book that once-in-a-lifetime trip when you can.