If you like travelling then there’s no doubt that you have a travel bucket list either written down or in your head – with so many incredible places to explore on our planet, it’s hard not to have big travel goals. I’ve hit a couple of my travel bucket list goals already – I’ve been on safari several times, I’ve completed a mountain expedition, and I’ve taken part in a volcano tour, but there are still so many places to visit and things to see and do. I probably won’t get all of them done in my lifetime but here are a few particularly adventurous ones that I’m determined to tick off my list.
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Trek Mt. Kilimanjaro
During the summer of 2018 I trekked a mountain for the first time, which was Mount Kenya. It was an incredible experience, teaching me a lot about myself and the environment around me. For this particular trip I was actually teaching staff leading students and I definitely got the mountain bug. Now I’d like to head to Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), a tough but doable trek that’s more of a challenge.
My plan is to do a day trip to Kilimanjaro first to get myself warmed up to the challenge, before doing the full extent of it after a bit more training. Mount Kenya was a shock to the system, so definitely in need of more preparation for this one!
Complete the Inca trail at Macchu Picchu
Eco-tourism is definitely a big thing for me so this might not be achievable, but if I can then Macchu Picchu in Peru is a place I’d love to go. Going for a day trip sounds great, but I’d also like to do the full Inca trail over two days if I can. I’m fascinated by ancient cultures so really want to use the trip to learn more, and the views from the higher points are absolutely incredible. Plus there are llamas and alpacas, which is never a bad thing!
Swim with manatees
Manatees are without a doubt one of my favourite animals. They’re so round and adorable, and research shows that they’re actually really clever and can even use tools! I’d love to go swimming with them one day but I want it to be a natural experience. I want to know that the manatees aren’t stressed out by the experience (as opposed to swimming in captivity). There are a couple of places where you can swim with manatees so hopefully it will become a reality one day.
Walk the Camino de Santiago
The Camino de Santiago is one of the most famous Christian pilgrimages of all time, running from Jean Pied-du-Port in France to Santiago in Spain and taking around 30-35 days of intense walking to complete it. I’m not actually religious, however once I discovered the pilgrimage I knew I just had to do it. I love a good walking challenge, and one that is a month long is a massive achievement. The trail is a great way to explore the beauty of Spain whilst gaining insight into historical Christianity.
Parts of the tour can be booked which sounds like a great way to do it, such as the French part in seven days and the final stage from Sarria to Cathedral Santiago de Compostela. This is probably how I’d do it – less to worry about that way!
Stay in a cave in Petra for a week
As soon as I saw this was something you could do I was gripped! Petra is a stunning location, absolutely full of history, and the fact that you can stay in a cave is especially unique. This would be an experience like no other! I love getting away from the norm so I definitely have to do this one day. I’d also love to do a private tour of Petra while I’m there to learn as much about the history of the place as I can.
Dip my toe in all seven of the planet’s oceans
I love the ocean. It’s stunningly beautiful to me, whether calm and serene or thrashing and chaotic, and most of my favourite animals dwell within. I set this goal for myself so I can experience different areas of the world’s oceans in a realistic way (I did think about experiencing every sea, however with nearly 90 of them it makes for a difficult and expensive trip). So far I’ve swam in the North Atlantic Ocean at home and in the Canaries, and the Indian Ocean whilst at Diani Beach in Kenya so only five more to go – the Arctic Ocean, the South Atlantic Ocean, the North Pacific Ocean, the South Pacific Ocean, and lastly the most difficult of all… The Southern Ocean, accessible only from the Antarctic.
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