Traveling is never boring, and there are few people who don’t have fond memories of holidays spent roaming the globe, exploring a city or country where they’ve never been before. Experiencing something new and exciting is the essence of travel, and a successful trip is usually a trip that teaches something about a place or the people living there. So if you are willing to expand your horizons while traveling, here’s a list of the ultimate top 10 travel experiences that you shouldn’t miss in your life!
1. Bus journeys in Bolivia
A bus trip through Bolivia is more than a way of getting from one place to another, it’s like taking a look into the soul of the country itself. An 8 hour bus journey in Bolivia can teach you more about the country than a week long stay.
2. Go to a flamenco festival in Spain
A flamenco festival in Spain is a must for those who are into dancing and flamenco music. The festival in Jerez, for example, is a night of fiesta and great food on a flamenco rhythm.
3. Visit Marble Island, Canada
This Inuit territory is enveloped in legends, both Inuit and Canadian. The wrecks of two ships can be seen in the shallows, the last remnants of 18 century sailors who died on the island.
4. Go to a cafe in Laos
Cafes are places where people relax, and even more so in Laos, whose official name (Lao PDR – people’s democratic republic) has been dubbed PDR-please don’t rush.
5. Visit the Cave of Swimmers, Egypt
This remote cave in Egypt is known for its prehistoric art depicting swimmers diving, probably in a pool long gone – the cave is so beautiful that it was used as filming site for a couple of famous movies too.
6. Visit Petra, Jordan
Visit Petra, but not the traditional way. Instead of sticking to the tourist path, take a chance and wander away off the beaten path among the wonderful Nabataean buildings.
7. Visit Siberia
Siberia is beautiful in a rough wild, cold way, and much it is virtually unknown, touristically speaking. Visit small towns that don’t even get a mention in guidebooks, get lost on streets with Soviet architecture, visit monuments and experience the Siberian winter.
8. Visit Alamut Castle, Iran
Alamut castle used to be the headquarters of one of the most feared terrorist groups in the world, the Assassins, who actually spawned the word assassin, bu don’t worry, the owners have been gone for the past 6 centuries or so.
9. Look up at the Leshan Giant Buddha, China
The Leshan Giant Buddha is an ancient statue of monumental proportions carved out of a cliff at a river confluence in Szichuan, and it is one of the most awe-inspiring sights on the planet.
10. Take an Amazonian tour
A rough, dirty, mosquito-y and wet tour of the Amazonian rainforest is not for the faint of heart, but it will bring you closer to nature than you’ve ever been before.