The world is a big and beautiful place filled with many incredible opportunities for you to experience. If you have caught the travel bug, you are probably always looking for the next big trip or activity. Be inspired by checking out the following ten big adventures to add to your 2018 travel bucket list.
1 | Trek to Machu Picchu
You cannot call yourself a backpacker unless you have embarked on a trek to Machu Picchu. The secret city is located high in the Andes Mountains in Peru and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Rather than taking the train, you will have more fun going on foot, as you will feel your excitement building once you view the dry-stone walls and absorb the beauty of the panoramic views.
2 | Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Are you partial to a spot of hiking? There is no greater trekking summit on the planet than Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It should be on every adventurer’s travel bucket list! While it might be challenging, it is also achievable to climb the 5,895m to the top. You will never have experienced views like it, as the mountain offers picturesque scenery that will take your breath away. Find out the Kilimanjaro climb cost today to start your adventure.
3 | Travel Through Havana in a Vintage Car
Havana offers a laidback atmosphere that is unlike any other city on the planet. The Cuban way of life is infectious, as you’ll learn how to do away with modern technologies and will enjoy the benefits of embracing a more relaxed lifestyle. You can guarantee you will have never felt more alive than when you’re driving through Havana in a vintage car. However, you should strive to do it soon, as Cuba has lifted its travel restrictions for American citizens and trade, so the culture could eventually change.
4 | Visit an Endangered Tribe in the Amazon
Many people travel the world to learn more about different cultures and communities, and there is no culture more unique than an endangered tribe in the Amazon in Ecuador. You must do so sensitively, as the community should not be viewed as a tourist attraction. However, tourism can provide a much-needed lifeline for some groups, which is why travelers should consider booking a lodge or tour both owned and run by a tribe, which can help them maintain their endangered traditions and preserve their environment that is constantly under threat by developers. As a result, you will responsibly enjoy an authentic experience about how the community has lived for many centuries.
5 | Swim Alongside Turtles in the Ningaloo Reef
How would you like to swim alongside 500 species of fish and view 250 varieties of coral? Well, you simply need to visit Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. The reef is easily accessible, as it is positioned just 100m offshore and offers exceptional snorkeling opportunities.
The reef is also home to three of the planet’s seven species of marine turtles: hawksbill, loggerhead and green. Both hawksbill and loggerhead are on the endangered species list. You can often find them nestled on either the islands or beaches from November to April. You can, however, swim offshore with the turtles twelve months of the year. Great spots to do so include Turtle Bay, Shark Bay, and the Muiron Islands.
6 | Take a Road Trip Along the Lagunas Route
Experience the road trip of a lifetime by travelling through the Lagunas route, which is popular with both overland drivers and experienced cyclists. The experience can be a little tough due to the high altitude, as you will experience 14,800 feet of elevation. The route will run through the high deserts of Bolivia, providing an unforgettable travel adventure. What’s more, you can visit various landmarks on your journey, such as Stone Tree and Arbol de Piedra.
7 | Surf Munich’s Eisbach River
Only talented surfers should attempt to tackle the turbulent waves of the Eisbach River that runs through the center of Munich. In fact, the sport on the river was deemed so dangerous that is was outlawed until 2010, and has since proven popular with experienced surfers from across the world. So, if you love to travel and surf, consider riding the waves of the river in 2018. Even if you can’t surf, it’s certainly an exciting activity to watch.
8 | Whitewater Rafting Along the Colorado River
The Colorado River lies at the base of the Grand Canyon and is most notable for its whitewater rafting. The most popular route is from Lee’s Ferry to Phantom Ranch, which will allow you to get to grips with the famous Colorado River Rapids. It will also provide you with a unique view of the stunning Grand Canyon. However, those willing to embark on the activity must be willing to dedicate six to seven days to the adventure, as you’ll tackle 19 major rapids along an 87-mile journey.
9 | Paraglide Across Rio de Janeiro
Would you love to experience a birds-eye view of Rio de Janeiro? Make 2018 the year you decide to paraglide across the seaside city to soak in views of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, which are famous across the world, as well as mesmerising scenery of the surrounding mountains. It’s the ultimate travel activity for an adrenaline junkie.
10 | Swim in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon
Millions of people across the world visit Iceland throughout the year to experience the unique Blue Lagoon. It is easily one of the most visited attractions in Grindavik, as the geothermal spa offers warm water that is rich in minerals and is located more than 2000 meters below the Earth’s surface. The lagoon is also believed to have various healing properties, as it can cure a range of skin ailments, such as psoriasis.
Are you lucky enough to have experienced any of the above activities? Do you have a travel tip you want to share? Let us know your travel stories and advice by posting a comment below.