- Embark on a Wildlife Safari in Africa
A wildlife safari is one of those experiences that cannot easily be described in words. It is moving, breathtaking, peaceful and makes you truly feel at one with nature on a level you have likely never experienced before. Being out in the wild and learning the survival mechanisms and instinctual abilities of the wildlife is a learning experience unlike any other on earth, while the vast grasslands are a treat to the senses and the soul. We’d highly recommend you visit smaller, more exclusive reserves if you’re looking for a luxurious safari away from the crowds that are often drawn to places like Kruger National Park. Thanda Safari is one such exclusive reserve where you’ll get to see the big five and safari in the lap of luxury.
- See the cherry blossoms in Japan
The cherry blossom season in Japan, which is around Spring (March-June) and Autumn (September-December) each year, attracts thousands of tourists and there’s no wonder why. It is the most beautiful sight, as the quaint, perfectly manicured cities of Japan are enveloped in delicate pink and white flowers. However, don’t think you’ll be able to see them at just any time between Spring and Autumn, because they come just as quickly as they go. Sometimes the cherry blossoms bloom late, other times earlier than usual and typically stay around for a maximum of three weeks. The cherry blossoms start blooming in the south and move north, so if you happen to be late in the south, it’s possible to still catch sight of them if you make your way north to places like Honshu.
- See the Northern Lights over Norway
The Northern Lights is a true natural phenomenon and one of the most breathtaking there is. This spectacle, which can be seen from Nordic countries such as Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Norway, is truly spectacular as the skies glow a luminous shade of green, pink and yellow from the solar activity. We believe the best place to see the Northern Lights is in Norway, as there’s a better chance of clearer skies especially during peak season, which is November to March. The only downside is that one cannot forecast when the Northern Lights will be seen – not even our current technology can predict it. Your best bet is to hope it shows up during the usual period and hope that skies are clear!
- Explore the remains of an ancient civilisation in Machu Picchu
Visiting Machu Picchu is an experience most people long to undertake – even those that are not necessarily avid travelers. This experience is educational and moving as the ancient ruins perched high up in the mountains gives us great insight into ancient civilisations, their beliefs, abilities and craftsmanship. While Machu Picchu is ever-so fascinating, it’s also incredibly beautiful, surrounded by tall mountain peaks and lush vegetation. The only way to get to the ruins is by train, or by hiking a good few hours. It’s truly remarkable to learn that a civilisation was built at such an altitude without the technology we have today – which is why hiking is surprisingly a favourite; this is how they did it back then.
- Hike through the deserts of Chile
Chile is one of those places many don’t think about when planning a trip, which is why I truly believe it’s one of the most underrated places on earth. Chile is one of the most diverse landscapes, with volcanoes, hot spring geysers, deserts, salt pans, mountain ranges – you name it. The typography is other-worldly, especially in the deserts of Chile such as the world-famous Atacama. The Atacama is the driest place on earth, which also means there is very little life out there. The land is also rocky and vast, and it’s extremely quiet, giving visitors the feeling of being on the moon.
- Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a world-renown natural phenomenon hidden beneath the waters of Australia’s North-Eastern coastline. It’s likely already on your bucket list, however, time and environmental damage is unfortunately taking its toll on the coral and marine life, making it a place you need to visit rather sooner than later. The Great Barrier Reef has the greatest marine diversity in the world, with over 400 types of coral, over 1000 species of fish and over 3500 types of mollusks. The best way to see the burst of colour and life is of course scuba diving, otherwise snorkeling. You can also take boat trips around the area.