Not many people need an excuse to travel this planet and explore the wonders it has to offer. However, there are more than just a few individuals who seek out that extra something to feed their untamed spirits.
If you are looking for inspiration for your next trip or better yet, a travel bucket-list to work through, you will definitely find it right here. Not only will these locations elevate your heart rate, but you will be experiencing some of the most beautiful places on earth.
1. Lake Louise, Banff, Canada
Lake Louise is surrounded by six breathtaking glaciers, in Banff National Park. The views of the turquoise blue lake, with the Canadian Rockies as a backdrop are mesmerizing.
In winter, you can skate on the frozen lake, and in the summer, you can explore it by paddle board or canoe. Year round, you can also venture along one of several hiking trails that wind up to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird’s-eye views of this magical spot. It’s not unheard of to get lost on the trail, so it’s worth wearing a gps hiking watch to ensure you find your way back.
2. Rain Forest, Costa Rica
Lush jungle, rope bridges, cascading waterfalls, exotic wildlife and wild rivers… need we say more.
From the Caribbean Sea on Costa Rica’s east coast, to the Pacific Ocean on the west, there is not a single spot that will not fill you with wonder. No two scenes are the same, regardless if you are on the road, river, or taking a route through the jungle.
Get an elevated view by zip-lining through the forest canopy and see toucans and macaws in their wild and lush habitat. No tour guide brochure could cover the wide range of experiences and diversity that the Costa Rican Rain Forest has to offer.
3. Kite Surfing, Cape Town, South Africa
We all know Cape Town for its iconic mountain, but in recent years, it had become even more famous as the number one kite surfing destination in the world, and for good reason. The South Easter blows on tap, making the conditions perfect for beginners and experts alike.
The seemingly endless coastline offers wide open spaces and endless rides powered only by the wind. There are a selection of gear rental shops along the beach front that will have you in the water in minutes. If you need a lesson or two to get you going, qualified professionals are available to help out.
Between the coast and the mountains inland, you will find an infinite amounts of things to do. From a relaxed day of wine tasting, to healing hikes on Table Mountain, Cape Town feeds the soul.
4. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Imagine gliding through the air, Sugarloaf Mountain within reach and Corcovado Mountain with the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on the horizon. Hang gliding in Rio takes you from the mountains down to the white sandy beach of São Conrado in minutes.
Without a doubt, this experience is a bucket-list worthy adventure and when the day is done, the nightlife will have you equally entertained with live music, exotic food and caipirinha’s that flow until the sun comes up.
5. Kilauea, Hawaii
If you are looking for an active volcano that is accessible, yet not quite life threatening, then look no further. Kilauea is much smaller than the tallest volcano in Hawaii, Mauna Loa, but it has been emitting large quantities of burning hot lava since 1983. No need to fear a devastating eruption as this is not in this volcanoes makeup. It produces controlled lava fountains that make for the most amazing and memorable photographs.
It’s worth waiting for night time, where you can experience incredible views of the lava lake within the Halema’uma’u crater from comfort of the National Parks Visitor Center. After dark, the scene takes on new life as the glow from the lava, lights up the surrounding landscape.
6. Isle of Bute, Scotland
Only 90 minutes north of Glasgow, lies incredible beauty and varied landscapes that no one should miss in their lifetime. Bute is an island in the Firth of Clyde in Scotland, divided into highland and lowland areas. The moors offer a unique rugged beauty, contrasting with the sandy beaches in Rothesay and the perfect gardens of Mount Stuart. You can explore the Castle and ruins and immerse yourself in the rich history of this magical island.
The jewel of Jordan is Petra, an entire city hidden in the Southwestern desert that is carved out of the walls of a stone canyon. It was built in the 6th century by ancient Arab civilizations. The most famous structure is the 45meter high Al Khazneh temple, known as The Treasury.
You can gain access to this incredible archaeological site via a narrow canyon called Al Siq which contains tombs and temples carved into the pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, the “Rose City.”
8. Pategonia, Chile
Pategonia makes up part of the southern Andes mountain and includes deserts, steppes and grasslands. Chile offers an abundance to explore from the “End of the World” in Pagagonia, where the breathtaking Torres del Paine delivers some of the world’s top hiking adventures, to the Lake District’s active glacier-topped volcanoes deep in the Andes Mountains. One of the best ways to visit this unique and beautiful landscape is on a cruise which allows you to navigate the fjords and glaciers of Patagonia.
9. Queenstown, New Zealand
Head to the South Island of New Zealand if you are in the mood for extreme sports, while surrounded by extreme weather and snow capped mountains. This town delivers almost every heart racing activity you can dream up. From heli-skiing down perfect slopes, to high speed jet boat adventures with river spray in your face.
If that is not enough, and you are looking for an additional adrenaline jolt, you have the option to throw yourself off Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown… while connected to a bungee cord of course.
10. Kruger National Park, South Africa
It is truly a life changing experience to witness the Big Five of Africa in their natural and untamed environment. Buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and the endangered rhino roam free in the vast borders of the national park. The brutal, yet beautiful, cycle of life of the African Savanah is breathtaking and will have you returning to this remote part of the planet.
We hope reading about these amazing places inspires you to book a flight anywhere and create incredible memories.
“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton
About The Author – Hi! I’m Bianca, from Cape Town, South Africa. From a young age, my grandmother filled my head with stories of adventure, and crossing the great oceans in massive ships. I recognized that traveling was not just a dream for me, but my purpose. The obsession in my mind had to become a reality, and from the age of 18, I worked to travel as often as I could.
The world inspires me. Different cultures, exotic food, new adventures and ever changing landscapes, these are what make my soul explode.
I love to share my stories so others know that the life they seek is not beyond their reach. The world is a playground that belongs to all of us, and we should live every precious day with a happy and free spirit.