It’s been about fourteen years since I wore one of those plastic wrist bands that identify me as an all-inclusive guest in a Caribbean resort. It’s been even longer since I posed in front of a big cardboard cutout on the deck of a cruise ship. Those were my first travel experiences. And credit where it’s due – they hooked me on travel.
It wasn’t long before I sought out more unique and independent experiences. I moved on to small group adventure tours, and experienced the likes of Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, and Jemma el_Fnaa.
I’ve now come to the next phase of my wanderlust. A more independent and adventurous phase, where ideas and opportunities are few and far between. Some of my ideas came from travelling down the internet rabbit hole originated by a google search for such phrases as “world’s best hikes” and “most beautiful places on earth”.
This is a frustrating wanderlust phase. I’ve had to work too hard for some of these ideas. So I’m sharing what I’ve got, and hope you will add to my list. So, without further ado, here they are:
1. The West Highland Way (aka the 100-Mile Pub Crawl) in the Scottish Highlands
I need to start with one of my favourite adventures, The West Highland Way walk. You strap on a day-pack and walk an average of 12 miles/day into the Scottish Highlands. The scenery gets more wild and rugged as the days go by. Companies like Macs Adventures will mail you a map and a book, arrange your B&Bs, and transport your luggage.
2. Biking From Amsterdam to Bruges
Boatbiketours.com offers a trip that lets you trade your hiking boots for 2 wheels. Just like a self-guided hiking trip, all you have to do is strap on a day pack and move yourself from point A to point B. And B stands for Barge. While you move yourself from Holland to Belgium, your floating hotel (barge) follows along and waits for you at the end of each day.
3. Creating a Masterpiece in New Zealand
I admire Trey Ratcliff’s work so much. When I found out about his StuckinCustoms.com/workshops in New Zealand, I became obsessed with the idea of joining in. This is on the top of my bucket list!
4. Camping in Antarctica
I’m preparing myself for this one in January 2018. This will be the beginning of my sabbatical year of travel, and G Adventures will be taking me there. My trip will include the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and of course Antartica.
5. Paying Your Respects in Normandy
Yesterday was the 72nd anniversary of D-Day. There is something within me that needs to visit Normandy one day and pay my respects. Such an important time in history that is pivotal to our freedom.
6. Re-Booting Your Fitness in Utah
Finally, there is Movara Fitness Resort. With gourmet food (calorie counted for your convenience), 6 hours of fitness training every day (including the most amazing hikes anywhere), daily lectures and a full service spa on site, this is where you go for a fitness re-boot.
So what’s your inspirational travel idea? Please share in the comments below.
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