02 Jan New Year, New Bucket List?
As we welcome 2015 with open arms, excited for what’s around the corner for us all, we take a look at the 10 most clichéd travel destinations and activities to do before you die. January is the month everyone gets that little extra boost in their mood where we all want to better ourselves, travel more, and just be happy! So this is our post dedicated to making the most of ‘2015 travel’ whatever you may do, make sure you do it and have a great one!
We present the world’s most clichéd travel destinations and activities with some amazing alternatives including Munro-bagging in Scotland (Don’t know what this is? Check below to find out!) to that seven-star hotel in Dubai…
1. Gondola ride, Venice
Most likely one of the most enduring images in tourism, a couple on a gondola going through the many canals in Venice. A great romantic way to view the city, what more can you ask for with a proud gondolier punting along while belting out Giovanni Capurro’s timeless ‘O Sole Mio’..
2. Swimming with sharks
Swimming with sharks could just be one of the best wildlife experiences you can have whether it’s cage diving with great white sharks or snorkelling with the more gentle, manta rays. This is actually something I’d love to do myself. How can you say no to some cute Caribbean reef sharks? Feel much more safer compared to the great whites that are very popular in South Africa. Is this on your list for 2015?
3. Safari, Africa
Here comes the lion, get your telephoto lenses at the ready! If the thought of riding around in a jeep with lots of other tourists, clicking away at the big six on the Masai Mara isn’t quite your cup of tea and want to avoid becoming a cliché, rest assured there are many other more ecologically friendly ways of going on safari in Africa.
4. Niagara Falls
Yes, sometimes we all love a cliché moment or two.. after all – we all love to travel and see what the world offers 😉 This is on our bucket list of things to do before we die. What better way to experience the ever impressive Niagara Falls by taking a boat trip to see them close up and feel the power of the water as you get soaked! Be prepared, you won’t have the place to yourself as this is a very popular tourist trap.
5. Seven-star hotel, Dubai
Who needs 5 stars when you can have 7.. right?! We all indulge every once in a while, and what better way than to stay at the iconic and totally over the top Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. Although you may need a healthy bank balance for this experience! If that isn’t what you’re looking for in Dubai, why not experience the capital through your tastebuds by having some local dishes and not forgetting a curry!
6. Ice skating, New York
New York New York! That’s as far as my Frank Sinatra impression stretches to, lets focus on the romantic and ever popular Central Park. You’ll find everything happening here from marriage proposals to ice skating! Why not get all romantic, hold hands and try keep your balance on the ice.. if that makes you feel a little uneasy, you’ll be glad to know during summer the ice rink is converted into a swimming pool to keep you looking cool..
7. Honeymoon, Maldives
Looking for paradise? Look no further than the Maldives for your honeymoon. Nestled in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are a stunning archipelago of coral reefs and islands. With stunning blue skies & warm seas that lap gently on the white sands… this could possibly be the world’s most popular honeymoon destination.
8. Bungee jumping, New Zealand
Take a ride on the wild side! – This is one for every backpacker out there who has visited New Zealand. We’re pretty sure almost every backpacker has bungee jumped at some point on their travels, and Queenstown is one of the world’s epicentres for extreme sporting activities. If bungee jumping isn’t quite what you’re looking for, don’t worry.. you can always go for a high-speed boat ride down some crazy rapids or fall backwards in a chair over the edge of a cliff?!
9. Munro-bagging, Scotland
Yes that’s right, Munro-bagging! Don’t know what is means? Don’t worry, it ‘simply’ means trying to climb as many of Scotland’s mountains over 3000 feet high as you can. Sound easy? Think again.. there are 282 of them! If you think that’s a little too steep (ha ha) there’s also a much less undertaken challenge of Marilyn-bagging. A Marilyn is a hill at least 150 metres (492 feet) high. There are 1217 of them in Scotland! Time to get a move on…
10. The Northern Lights
The mightily impressive Northern Lights / Aurora Borealis, are one of the world’s most impressive natural phenomena that’s worth taking a special trip to see; and that’s exactly how we are planning to kick start our year.
Our first destination of 2015 is in fact, ICELAND! Flights are now booked, and so is our wonderful accommodation thanks to AirBnb again! We have a downtown apartment all ready for us in Reykjavik, just need to hire a 4×4 and go explore! We can’t wait!
What are your personal favourite travel destinations? Tell us what’s the most totally clichéd travel thing you’ve done or planning in 2015