Staying inside for the last few months has our team of editors and Travel Magazine itching to hit the road. One thing we’re noticing is that our planning is getting bigger and bigger with each day that passes. When self-isolation began, we were dreaming of beaches and palm trees. Now, we’re finding ourselves imagining big, epic trips that we’ve always wanted to tick off of the bucket list. Trips like the seven that follow below.
Here are the world’s 7 greatest adventures.
1. Hike with the Gorillas or Chimpanzees in Rwanda or Uganda
It’s impossible to pick between these two adventures, so we’re going to give them both the top spot. They’re equally as incredible. The gorillas in Rwanda are as beautiful as they are enormous, and the chimps in Uganda are as close to human as any species on earth. Spending time amongst them in their habitat is one of the most memorable things you’ll ever do. Don’t miss out on this amazing adventure.
2. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
The snow-capped peak that’s been such a hallmark of Kilimanjaro’s facade is (not so) slowly retreating, and soon it will be all but gone. Be sure to get this one accomplished before it is. Climbing Kilimanjaro, unless you’re an endurance athlete, will likely be one of the most challenging things you ever do in your life. But the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel on the way down will last the rest of your life.
3. Hike the Inca Trail
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu should be on everyone’s bucket list. This is an adventure that will take you from Cusco to an ancient city home to one of the most stunning backdrops on earth. It’s just one of the amazing reasons we love Peru.
4. Walk the Way of St. James
The Camino de Santiago, known as the Way of St. James in English, is a pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain. It’s seen as a spiritual retreat for many, taking up to a month of walking 25km per day.
5. Explore Antarctica
It’s one of the most difficult places to get to in the world, but typically, those are the best kinds of places. Anytime the penguin to human ratio is 1000:1, you know you’re in for a good trip. Bring your camera.
6. Game Trek in the Masai Mara
Yes, this is the third African adventure on our list, which should tell you something: we love Africa. It’s an incredible, huge, and diverse continent, and in many countries safari is an option. For us, if big game is what you’re interested in seeing, Kenya is a great option. We love the Masai Mara, and the large groups of animals that call it home.
7. Chase the Northern Lights in Norway by Dogsled
The Northern Lights, dogsledding, ice fishing, snow shoeing…what more could you want from an adventure? Brave the cold and chase the Northern Lights by dogsled in Northern Norway. We love the town of Roros, which sits above the arctic circle and is home to plenty of adventure. If you visit in the Summer months, you’ll see the midnight sun as opposed to the Northern Lights.