7 Bucket List Trips You Have Never Thought Of
July 2017 | By Charlotte Karp | 2 minute read |
Skip the cookie cutter vacation, there’s so much excitement out there to discover! Explore the ancient kingdoms in Thailand, or why not take a cruise to the end of the earth? These 7 unique itineraries deserve to be on everyone’s bucket list.
Steer clear of touristy islands for a trip around the jungles of Thailand. Explore parts of Bangkok missed by many travelers by visiting the ancient kingdoms of Ayuthaya by foot, or by boat along the Chao Phraya River. Trek through Khao Yai National Park by day among wild elephants, macaques, tigers, and leopards, and wander around by night spotting creatures that only come out at night.
Want to hike around the Rocky Mountains but don’t know where to start? Good news! Travel agents have it all sorted so all you have to do is book and go. Spend a day on the ice fields of the Athabasca Glacier, glide up over the trees on the Banff Gondola and gaze over six mountain ranges, visit natural hot springs, and take the train through the forests and waterfalls of British Columbia.
Whisky Tour Of Scotland
Step off the beaten path and head to the Scottish countryside on a tour of castles, lochs, and Scotch whisky. See some of Scotland’s oldest working distilleries in action, learn traditional and modern approaches to the distilling process, have a taste (or five), and grab a bottle to bring home. Travel agents can also organize guided castle tours (featuring the castle where Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed), as well as loch, and highland tours.
Sea of Cortes
Head off on a land and sea passage across the youngest sea in the world. Cross paths with Gray whales as they migrate, swim with baby sea lions, paddle board on crystal-clear waters, and snorkel in secluded coves. Land-dwellers can also take a guided hike in the desert, ride a mule to a desert oasis, and relax on the beach at the end of the day with cocktails, bonfires, and barbecues.
Trying to decide where to go in beautiful France? Pick a travel agent, tell them you want to go to Alsace, and let them do the work. Dotted with castles, wineries, 16th Century houses, antique cathedrals, the Strasberg Notre-Dame, and more tiny towns and villages than you can imagine, Alsace is the stuff of fairy tales. Go on a wine tour, bring some back to your hotel to have with dinner, then wander around the picturesque streets until the sun sets.
Spend 14 days’ town hopping all the way from the glittering Manhattan skyline to the cobbled streets of Montreal through the 19th Century Erie Canal. Stop off along the way on the shores of Lake Ontario, and cruise through the Thousand Islands along the St Lawrence River, before venturing through the towns and cities of Quebec by foot. This unique cruise is on a small ship, which means you can experience venturing through small canals between two nations.
Travel by ship to the end of the Earth and see the world as you’ve never seen it before – this breathtakingly-beautiful continent should be on everyone’s bucket list. Take a kayak out to remote coastlines and discover this unique ecosystem solo, explore the land by foot and hang out with baby seals and penguins, go on a guided hike over snow, ice, and rock, and use of the ship’s undersea tools to take a look at the ocean 1,000 feet below the surface. This is the adventure of a lifetime.