Bucket list travel experiences to try in 2019
Is this the year you make your holiday less about the destination, and more about the experience?
Think of a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you might think of marvelling at the Northern Lights, snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef or searching for the ‘big five’ on a South African safari. But there are some other other bucket-list experiences that are more under the radar, but are no less brilliant – here are four of them…
Witness an eclipse in Chile’s Atacama Desert
Chile’s Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on earth, whilst also being a renowned stargazing hotspot thanks to its darker-than-dark skies. You have the chance to witness one of nature’s greatest phenomenons this July, when a total solar eclipse will cause the sun to vanish from the sky.
The best way to admire this spectacle is on an organised tour, which may include other local highlights such as Salar de Atacama, Chile’s largest salt flat; Los Flamencos (flamingo) National Reserve; and the lagoons of Menique and Miscanti.
Dine underwater in the Maldives
Imagine tucking into a romantic meal while angelfish, parrotfish, pufferfish and turtles swim beside you? The all-glass, 5.8 Undersea Restaurant in the Hurawalhi resort and the Ithaa restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island can offer exactly this experience. If you’re a fan of the sea, this is certainly something to add to your bucket list today!
Swim with sea lions in the Galápagos
The Galápagos islands are a group of volcanic islands perched on the equator. What they lack in size, they make it up for in biodiversity – made famous by Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Many of the creatures that inhabit the islands can’t be found anywhere else in the world, so you’re likely to have a handful of once-in-a-lifetime experiences whilst there. Snorkel the waters surrounding Santa Fe for the best chance of swimming with a bunch of playful sea lions. These beautiful creatures are notoriously inquisitive – you might feel a tickle of a whisker on your leg!
Search for polar bears in the Arctic
The Arctic is like no other place on earth, offering a vast expanse of enchanting wilderness. The most practical way to explore the tundra is on a cruise; there’s a good chance you’ll catch a glimpse of the elusive polar bear as you sail the waters.
If you don’t get to see a bear, the fjords and glaciers will make up for it. As will the other wildlife, such as seals, whales, foxes, reindeer and caribou.
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