The phrase that is on everyone’s lips in the travel industry is “revenge travel.” What is that? It’s the idea that people are planning bigger and better trips. The coronavirus pandemic showed people that life is precious and that we never know when plans can change on a dime. So travelers are planning their revenge trips – bucket list trips that they no longer want to put off.
Now, one’s bucket list will vary from person to person. But, if you are having a hard time narrowing down the trips and experiences you should start with, here are 10 bucket list trips and experiences that everyone should try to take once in their lives, young or old.
AMERICAN NATIONAL PARK ROAD TRIP
This is a trip you will find on many bucket lists. The United States boasts 423 incredible National Parks across all 50 states and the territories. From the Grand Canyon, to Yellowstone and Yosemite and everything in between, these parks are best explored on a leisurely road trip with stops at charming small towns and cheesy but awesome roadside attractions
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Tucked in high on the slopes of the Andes in Peru, Machu Picchu is a 15th century Incan citadel that was the heart of the Inca Empire. For many, the journey getting there is as much a part of the experience as the destination. You can take a train, or travel on foot as part of a multiday trek. However, you choose to get there, you will not be disappointed.
Seeing the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, cape buffalo) in their natural habitats is a dream come true and best accomplished with an African safari. South Africa, Tanzania, and Kenya are among the most popular safari destinations, and can accommodate guests with a wide range of incredible lodgings and tour operators of varying budgets.
The pristine and diverse environment of the Galapagos is a nature lover’s dream. 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, it is the Galapagos that Darwin introduced to the world in On the Origin of Species, along with the theory of evolution that was inspired by his observations in the archipelago. Swim with penguins, watch the frolicking seals, and observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat, – humans take a back seat to the wonders of the Galapagos.
I put the whole country on because the entire place is a bucket list of ancient wonders that have to be seen to be believed. The Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings make this destination unlike any place on earth. A visit to Egypt is a trip through history. But it’s not just for history buffs – it’s for as well as fans of architecture, culture lovers, adventure travelers, photographers, and foodies. Egypt is a country with something for everyone.
ANCIENT CITY OF PETRA
While you are in Egypt, set aside a couple of days to visit Jordan, specifically the ancient city of Petra. The area around it has been inhabited since at least 7,000 BC. Petra is known as the “Rose City” because of the color of stone from which it was carved and it’s considered one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. Explore the cave dwellings of the city up which were considered home to many Bedouins until just 30 years ago.
No picture can truly prepare you for the spectacle that is the Northern Lights. There are many places where you can see it – Iceland, Norway, Alaska, Canada, to name a few. But how about seeing it while staying in a glass igloo at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland? Your best chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis here are August through late April.
BALLOON TRIP OVER CAPPADOCIA
Cappadocia in Turkey is home to subterranean towns and vast cave systems so unique that they look like they are out of a science fiction movie. You can explore them on foot of course, but why not do it in a hot air balloon? Take flight in one of the many colorful balloons that sail over Cappadocia, and see the surreal fairy chimneys and pillars for yourself.
If traveling to all seven continents is your goal, then a trip to Antarctica is a must. But even if that wasn’t a goal, a trip visiting the wildlife and extraordinary glaciers of this mysterious land is a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed. You can check out 7 of the 17 species of penguins that reside here, whale watch, or even do a polar plunge. If you are truly intrepid (and wealthy), run the Antarctic Ice Marathon held each year.
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