A major upside to travelling is getting to see so many parts of the world and the amazing adventures that comes with it. Even a simple act like going to dinner in a different part of the world can prove to be an unexpected surprise.

Thing is though, we’re conditioned to want more. More experiences. More fun. More food. Now while I agree that for the most part, this can indeed be viewed as good old fashioned greed, the ‘need for more’ has been the driving force in so human advancements that it’s become increasingly not to embrace it.

This ‘need for more’ drove people to want to see more cultures outside of their own, taste new food (it always keeps coming back to food with me) and develop new technology to make their lives easier, to mention but a few.

Travel experience are definitely fuelled by this (seemingly) most basic of human desire. It’s not just enough to see the Eiffel Tower on a sunny day with a loved one or to take a gondola ride across Venice or even to go bungee jumping in New Zealand. We want more! Rather than shy away from it, we’re choosing to embrace it, nay – celebrate it, with these 8 amazing and offbeat travel experiences.

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1.) Swim with Whale Sharks.

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Ever since our trip to the Maldives a few months ago, these giants of the ocean have becomes more are more (along with manta rays) some serious snorkelling #TravelGoals. Getting to experience magnificent these creatures in their natural habitat is nothing short of amazing. And let’s not forget the incredible photo ops.


2.) Hole yourself away in a snow clad cabin. And while you’re at it, go dog sledding.

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Alaska, anywhere in Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greenland… the list goes on. Doesn’t matter where it is, the experience of actually embracing the cold (not literally of course) and making your way to deepest darkest snowy terrains is definitely an experience that will leave you buzzing for quite a while to come. It might make your friends question your sanity a little bit but by time they see the amazing snow-clad landscapes you uncover on your travel or how your dog sledding skills have truly taken off, my guess is that they’ll want to join in on your next wintry adventure.


3.) Visit the Galapagos

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The Galapagos islands are amazing to visit on their own but let’s face it, you truly come here for the animals. Due to their isolation on the islands these animals have evolved differently from most of the animals you get anywhere else which makes for such a fascinating experience you definitely wouldn’t get anywhere else.


4.) Go on a sunrise hot air balloon ride.

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One a calm, windless day, this is arguably one of the best ways to watch the sun rise.


5.) Visit the Serengeti during the great wildebeest migration.

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We’re talking about the amazing and unique opportunity to see hundreds of thousands of zebras, millions of wildebeests and so much more all migrate in search of water following the end of the rainy season. The rainy season ends around May so June/July is a brilliant time to watch this amazing natural display.


6.) Visit Antartica

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Honestly, this one is typically one people get fascinated by on TV or in magazines but (perhaps due to the extreme conditions) very few people tend to want to do in person. And then there’s the cost (a trip to Antartica can set you back a few bob). This being said though, a trip to Antartica promises the kind of experience you’d never get anywhere else because Antartica truly is unlike anywhere else you can visit.


7.) Snorkel the great barrier reef

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Okay, this one is a favourite but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The wildlife here is absolutely stunning, the coral is one of the most beautiful in the world and sometimes, a place is just worth the hype around it. 🙂


8.) Go on a road trip

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Notice how I didn’t say where to go on one? Well this is because it doesn’t really matter. You decide what country fascinates you the most and experience it via a road trip. We’ve did a 3 week road trip across the U.S. (remind me to tell you about that one sometime), one across Iceland and another one across Italy. Each time was totally different and each time was absolutely amazing! Nothing beats taking the time to fully explore a place you’re interested in seeing slowly and thorough  – this is why a road trip should definitely make it’s way into your travel plans this year.

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  • Not sure I can count the road trip 😉 but other than that I have done 2 – whale sharks though unplanned and after diving and hot air balloon ride just yesterday – will add the cold thingy in a few weeks when I go to Santa’s home in Kakslauttanen. Can’t wait!!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Wow!!! You are on a roll!!! And a very diverse one at that too! Good on you (plus I’m very jealous here!) 🙂

  • sara mcavoy

    snorkeling on the great barrier reef is on the top of my bucket list, i just wish i didn’t live so far away!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s such a wonderful place isn’t it. We’re exactly the same! Just wish it was closer! 🙂


  • 2 and 4 are things I really want to do. Come June I shall be doing that very road trip on the picture though 🙂 http://www.99percentlifestyle.com/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah! That’s so cool Conor! Where are you heading to?

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

      • Starting in LA, and then going through places such as San Fran, Anaheim, Yosemite, Vegas, Grand Canyon on the way back around to LA again.

        • HandLuggageOnly

          That’s epic! You’ll love it! Take some good walking boots for Yosemite and eat some clam chowder in SF for sure!

  • just added all of these to my bucket list! =o)


    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay! You’ll love love them. The road trip is epic too!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Number one on my list is a sunrise hot air balloon ride. I can hardly imagine anything more relaxingly exhilarating : )

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really was – such a wonderful experience. It really is silent when you’re up there… so pristine and beautiful.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Perfect list guys! I don’t know if I could snorkel with whale sharks! That seems terrifying…but amazing.
    xx http://www.nuunablog.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      I know what you mean -their huge right… just remember that they don’t want to eat you and it makes it much easier! Haha! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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  • What a list!! I’m not sure about swimming with those whale sharks though. It looks like they’d swallow you in an instant just swimming by, ha!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! They do look huge don’t they! 🙂