Everyone should have a bucketlist for their future travels. With so many places around the world you need to see, it makes sense to shortlist them into the ones you’re most interested in. But there are some destinations that simply cannot go unnoticed—and here are five of them.
An authentic safari in Tanzania
For one of the most unique and simultaneously incredible experiences you’ll ever have, head to Tanzania and go on safari. It’s where you’ll be able to witness the Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest and other animals cross the country to a warmer climate in Kenya’s Masai Mara, and then back again at the end of the year.
That’s one just of Tanzania’s unparalleled offerings you need to discover. The Serengeti is a sprawling part of the country that is perfectly suited to safaris, with the Big Five being found here—from lions (the largest population of lions in Africa can be found in Tanzania) to elephants, as well as tens of species of birds. You can either camp or hide away in a luxury lodge—but either way, Tanzania is the place to go for an authentic experience.
Climbing a mountain in Malaysia
Head to Sabah in Malaysia to have your shot at climbing a mountain. If you’ve never done it before, here is a good place to start—Mount Kinabalu is regularly said to be one of the world’s easiest mountains to climb, with many of those attempting to reach the summit doing so in a matter of hours.
Its easy climb doesn’t mean it’s an underwhelming mountain, though. The surrounding views of the lush forests and rolling hills make for a rewarding scene once you reach the top, and as you reach the bottom of Mount Kinabalu, you can relax in some of the hot springs located at its base.
Diving the Blue Hole in Belize
One of the most famed diving sites in the entire world, Belize’s Blue Hole attracts thousands of tourists each and every year all looking to explore the natural phenomenon.
The Blue Hole is actually a marine sinkhole, stretching over 300 metres across and reaching over 100 metres in depth. The natural features and abundance of wildlife awaiting you underneath the surface makes this one of the most exciting and rewarding sites to dive in the world.
Expect to see Caribbean reef sharks, nurse sharks, octopus and sea turtles to name a few species living in the Blue Hole. Don’t fret, though—you might be hesitant to share the waters with these animals, but thousands of people have visited before you, meaning it’s absolutely safe to explore.
Taking a cruise in New Zealand
Cruises are ever-popular around the world, often with couples and families looking for an extended getaway. But New Zealand offers an alternative that is perhaps as, if not more rewarding than its international counterparts.
It’s here that you’ll be able to sail through to Milford Sound, a tranquil, still setting located at the southwest point of New Zealand’s South Island. Here you’ll find towering mountains, cascading waterfalls and flourishing greenery all surrounded by calm, glistening waters.
Although Milford Sound has become considerably popular in recent years, the neighbouring Doubtful Sound is much quieter but just as beautiful. Disembark the boat to hike, climb and trek the terrain available to you—the views once you reach the top are simply remarkable.
Trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru
Despite some arguing that this world-renowned site has become perhaps oversaturated with tourism in recent years, Peru’s Machu Picchu is yet to lose its impact. Set at the peak of the Andes Mountains, the site is an Incan citadel, built in the 15th century and still standing (to an extent) to this day.
It’s an intriguing site no matter whether you’re interested in its history or not—the sheer site of such a feat is astounding, and even more so when you consider it being built over 600 years ago.
Its actual use remains a mystery, but its dry-stone walls stand together without the use of mortar, and the buildings here are correlated with astronomical alignments. It’s certainly one of the world’s most intriguing mysteries, and one you simply need to see for yourself.
Get your travel boots on and get going. See you on the road!
This post was written by Danielle Ditzian of Like Riding a Bicycle.