Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. So aim far, literally. These are some of the exquisite places you can be or things you can do. These are Travel Experiences to Collect so that you can proudly say You’ve seen the World.
1. Swim in Devil’s Pool in southern Africa.
It lies on the edge of Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall and on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
2. Take a shower in the spray of Niagara Falls.
It is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States. The combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m).
3. Swing on the edge of the world in Ecuador.
The swings hanging from Casa Del Arbol above the abyss attracts many brave adventurers. They are made of a metal beam attached to a rope. No safety belts will keep you from falling down the abyss. However, the bravest hikers take their chances and enjoy the exciting experience.
4. Eat Sushi at the Jiro restaurant in Tokyo.
The ‘Jiro Dreams Of Sushi’ is most famous of them all. The 89-year-old master chef Jiro Ono serves a tasting menu of roughly 20 courses, for a total of 30,000 Japanese yen (just under $300).
5. See a Broadway musical in New York.
Each year, about 13 million locals and tourists take in Broadway shows at one of NYC’s 40 Broadway theaters. Most of those venues are located in the theater district—roughly, 41st Street to 52nd Street and Sixth Ave to Eighth Ave.
6. Stay at an Ashram in India.
These are popular destinations for spiritual seekers. Try the ‘Art of Living Ashram’ in Bangalore and blend into the early morning prayers and meditation.
7. Swim in the largest swimming pool in the world.
It is located in the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile. The pool covers 20 acres and contains more than 250,000 cubic metres of water.
8. See the changing of the guard in London.
The ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and usually takes place daily at 11:30 from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting. The guards have carried out this duty since 1660.
9. Stand on the glass balcony of the Willis Tower in Chicago.
The Ledge transforms how visitors experience Chicago. At 1,353 feet up, The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor, providing never-before-seen views of the city.
10. Eat in one of the underwater restaurants of the Maldives.
Prepare to be amazed as a brilliant array of sea life swim, dart and dance before your eyes.
11. Take a ride in a hot-air balloon in Turkey.
Floating across the sky at sunrise, above the lunar-like, rugged moonscape of Cappadocia will be an incredible day in your life life.
12. Swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon river.
Amazon pink dolphins or Inia geoffrensis are one of just a handful of river dolphin species around the world and are unique to the Amazon and Orinoco river systems in South America. Also when they are around, there aren’t any crocs around allowing people to swim safely with them.
13. Attend a festival of floating lanterns in Thailand.
One very important festival in which sky lanterns are used is the Lanna Yi Peng festival, which is held on a full moon of the 2nd month of the Lanna calendar. During the Yi Peng, a multitude of lanterns are launched into the air where they resemble large flocks of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating by through the sky.
14. Attend the annual carnival in Brazil.
Carnival of Brazil is an annual Brazilian festival held between the Friday afternoon and Ash Wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period before Easter. It is a carnival of rhythm, participation, and costumes which vary from one region of Brazil to another.
15. Stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora.
Bora Bora, in the Islands of Tahiti, is famous for luxury resorts with villas over the lagoon. And it is perfect for a romantic getaway or dream honeymoon.
16. Run through a wisteria flower tunnel in Japan.
Once you step into the wisteria tunnel, you will be overwhelmed by the fresh sent and the beautiful scenery of numerous clusters of flowers lying on top of one another. This is one grand experience which can only be had in spring in Japan.
17. See your reflection in the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.
When it rains, the water makes the place look like a giant mirror. It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desertlike, 11,000-sq.-km. landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands. Though wildlife is rare in this unique ecosystem, it does harbor many pink flamingos.
18. Be amazed by the Northern Lights in Norway.
Historically, the chances of seeing the northern lights are best viewed in Northern Norway between October and March, because the polar night makes them easier to see. The northern lights are visible in a belt around the magnetic North Pole.
19. Take an elephant shower in Nepal.
Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, located in the jungle flat lands of the Terai Region, offers adventure seekers and eco-tourists a number of authentic travel experiences. A popular activity is elephant bathing in the Narayani River.
20. Go to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
Guinness is an Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness (1725–1803) at St. James’s Gate, Dublin. Guinness is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. It is brewed in almost 60 countries and is available in over 120.
21. Spend the night in a glass igloo in Finland.
Off the highway to the Arctic Sea, this unique nature resort surrounded by forest is 6 km from Urho Kekkonen National Park and 35 km from Ivalo Airport. Cozy log cabins and pine-built igloos come with fireplaces and saunas; some have kitchens and free-standing tubs.
22. Cuddle a baby tiger at the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to interact with adolescent tigers and baby cubs. You can do every thing from bottle-feeding the baby tigers to bravely posing with and petting the big guys.
23. Play black jack in Las Vegas.
Visitors to Las Vegas who enjoy playing Blackjack have plenty of opportunities to indulge their pleasure. More than two dozen casinos offer games of “21” along the Las Vegas Strip, each providing their own twists on the game that has fascinated gamblers for centuries.
24. Swim with sharks in the Bahamas.
If you like taking a dip, then go to the Bahamas seas. They have diver-friendly sharks like nowhere else. Nurse, black tip, bull, tiger, great hammerhead and Caribbean reef sharks all love these clear blue waters.
25. Drink beer at Oktoberfest in Germany.
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair), held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often simply called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese) themselves.
26. Watch the Grand Prix in Monaco.
It is a formula One motor race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco. Run since 1929, it is widely considered to be one of the most important, glamorous and prestigious automobile races in the world.
27. Ride a gondola in Venice.
A gondola ride is the one Venetian tourist trap everyone falls into willingly. And your visit to Venice isn’t complete until you take one of these time-honored water taxis for a spin.
28. Bungee jump in New Zealand.
New Zealand has become a bit of a home of bungee, with numerous other operators starting up. All over the country you can leap from bridges, climbs, rail viaducts, specially made platforms perched on the edge of cliffs, and stadium roofs.
29. Fly over a volcano in Hawaii in a helicopter.
It’s an excellent to experience Hawaii’s only active volcano from a distance. You might also get to see active lava flows that are not accessible on land.
30. Visit the “real” Santa Claus in Finland.
The Finnish Santa Claus lives in Korvatunturi, however the Santa Claus Main Post Office is situated in Rovaniemi precisely at the Arctic circle. He even has an address: Santa Claus’ Main Post Office, Santa Claus Village, FIN-96930 Arctic Circle. Yes, he is real.