Top 100 Travel Experiences

Hooray! It’s my 100th post! I can’t quite believe it!

Since beginning this blog in summer 2013, I’ve been lucky enough to visit 32 different countries bringing my overall total to just over 50. I’ve been constantly amazed and gratified to have readers from all over the world visiting every day (I love watching my stats!), as well as those committed friends and family members who still haven’t become sick of my ramblings! Thank you all.

So, to celebrate this milestone, I decided to do a different kind of post. Dean and I have spent the last few months considering our top travel experiences. Some are things which we’ve been lucky enough to have done already that have stuck out in our memories as momentous and unmissable. And all the others are are still on our bucket list! It’s quite hard narrowing it down to 100, even just considering two people’s opinions. I’m sure you’d add or subtract different experiences depending on your preferences. Feel free to let me know your recommendations!

They’re sorted by continent and the italics are those we’ve done already (coincidentally exactly 50 at the time of writing!). Enjoy!

AFRICA

  1. Trek to find mountain gorillas – Uganda
  2. Hunt for lemurs and chameleons – Madagascar
  3. See the Victoria Falls and raft on the Zambezi River – Zambia
  4. Discover the jungle’s inhabitants – Gabon
  5. Safari in Maasai Mara and Serengeti – Kenya and Tanzania
  6. Trek up the Sossusvlei sand dunes – Namibia
  7. Explore the Okavango Delta and Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Botswana
  8. Chill out and dive in Zanzibar – Tanzania
  9. Drive the Garden Route – South Africa
  10. Hunting with bushmen – Tanzania
  11. Take a camel ride to the pyramids – Egypt
  12. Safari in Kruger National Park – South Africa
  13. Find hidden mosaics and busy market places in Marrakech – Morocco

AMERICAS

  1. Trek the Inca trail to Machu Picchu – Peru
  2. Star gazing in the Atacama Desert – Chile
  3. Visit New York at Christmas and see the Statue of Liberty – USA 
  4. Experience the Monarch butterfly migration – Mexico
  5. Take cheesy photos at the Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia
  6. Cruise along the river from New Orleans to Mississippi – USA
  7. Find a polar bear – Canada
  8. Indulge in an island-hopping snorkel tour – Belize
  9. Explore the Amazon rainforest – Bolivia/Brazil
  10. Trek in Patagonia – Chile/Argentina
  11. Soak up the sights and sounds of Havana – Cuba
  12. Gaze up at the giant sequoias – USA
  13. Zip-line and search for sloths – Costa Rica
  14. Experience the tundra – Greenland
  15. Absorb the scenery in Banff National Park – Canada
  16. See Christ the Redeemer and the favelas in Rio – Brazil
  17. Get drenched by the Iguazu falls – Brazil/Argentina
  18. Meet the friendly wildlife – Galapagos Islands
  19. Indulge in island life – Hawaii
  20. Spot a grizzly bear – Canada
  21. Learn about the Mayans from their ruins – Guatemala/Mexico
  22. Get away from it all on the Isla de la Luna – Bolivia
  23. Revel at the high-altitude lakes and mountains – Chile
  24. Admire the world’s most famous statues – Easter Island
  25. See the Angel Falls and the tepui – Venezuela
  26. Track down the elusive Resplendent Quetzal – Costa Rica
  27. Dive at night with the bioluminescent sea life of the Bay Islands – Honduras

ASIA

41. Dive with thresher sharks – The Philippines
42. Watch the Wamena tribal festival – Indonesian Papua
43. Admire the Taj Mahal – India
44. Ascend to the Tiger’s Nest – Bhutan
45. Explore Angkor Wat – Cambodia
46. Relax in luxury – Maldives
47. Dive with manta rays – Indonesia
48. Witness the blossom and geisha among temples – Japan
49. Experience life and death on the River Ganges in Varanasi – India
50. See the ruins of Persepolis and colourful mosaic mosques – Iran
51. Stay with a hill tribe – Laos
52. Stroll around Kathmandu and its surrounding shrines – Nepal
53. Marvel at the temples of Bagan – Burma
54. Sample the delicious food – Thailand
55. Wander among the rice paddies of Bali – Indonesia
56. Meet the eagle hunters – Mongolia
57. See the Potala Palace and Kambala Pass – Tibet
58. Get messy at the festival of Holi – India
59. Track the wild orangutan – Malaysian Borneo
60. Find the elusive snow leopard – the Himalaya
61. Explore forts and mosques – Pakistan
62. Meet a Komodo dragon – Indonesia
63. Walk the Great Wall – China
64. Take a dip in an onsen with the snow monkeys – Japan
65. Float past the fishermen and the stilted houses on Inle Lake – Burma
66. Ride a camel and camp out in Wadi Rum – Jordan
67. Spot a wild tiger – India
68. Relax on the perfect beaches – The Philippines
69. Cruise around Halong Bay – Vietnam
70. Combine forests, festivals and beaches – Sri Lanka
71. Explore magnificent temples like Borobodur – Indonesia
72. Discover the unique wildlife – Papua New Guinea

EUROPE

  1. Explore the landscapes of the Vikings – Iceland
  2. Soak up the history of Rome – Italy
  3. Wild coastal camping – Scotland
  4. See the Northern Lights – Scandinavia
  5. Climb to the monasteries of Meteora – Greece
  6. Contrast the Plitvice Lakes and Dubrovnik’s Old Town – Croatia
  7. Hike on a glacier – Iceland
  8. Meander by the canals of Venice – Italy
  9. Climb the Eiffel tower – France
  10. Roam around the ruins of Acropolis – Greece
  11. Ride a dog sled – Norway
  12. Wonder at the cave city of Matera – Italy
  13. Admire Gaudi’s influence in Barcelona – Spain
  14. Marvel at the mosques, markets and bazaars of Istanbul – Turkey
  15. Wander around the old towns and soak up the Transylvanian history – Romania
  16. See St Basil’s Cathedral and the Red Square in Moscow – Russia
  17. Walk upon the Giant’s Causeway – Ireland
  18. Explore the ruins of Pompeii and journey the Amalfi coast – Italy

OCEANIA

  1. See the Hobbit houses – New Zealand
  2. Enjoy blissful beach life – Pacific Islands
  3. Dive on the Great Barrier Reef – Australia
  4. Wonder at the awesome scenery of Milford Sound – New Zealand
  5. Track down wild koalas – Australia

OTHER

  1. Marvel at the wildlife and scenery of Antarctica
  2. Watch sea turtles laying and hatching
  3. Dive with hammerhead sharks
  4. See humpback whales
  5. Dive some exciting wrecks

 

The world is our lobster!

7 thoughts on “Top 100 Travel Experiences

  1. My hat. You have visited gorgeous places in our World. One which is unknow missing is – Finland. You do not have any ideas about it offers! I give only some key words here, I have posts and links to them: Santa, Mid-night sun. Reindeer races, reindeer rides, Votive ships, mid-summer cruises on some lakes, World’s biggest snow castle, Samba Carnivals, hiking among free roaming reindeers, museums for example aviation museum showing unique war plane in the world etc. More ideas among my:

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS on your top 100 selection. Must have been almost impossible to decide which images to choose with so many special memories. Love what you’re doing and look forward to the next top 100 selection. Off to Prague in a couple of days…will send you a couple of pics in return.
    x

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