Let’s be honest, every single trip will change you a little. Whether it teaches you that you were capable of something you never dreamed possible, or it teaches you that you don’t love Indian food quite as much as you thought: travel is always an informative and life-altering experience.
Some experiences are so spectacular that they completely change the way you view the world and, in some rare cases, even have you reevaluating how your own life.
For me, that trip was my first trip to Tanzania back in 2014. It not allowed me to fall in love with a continent I never thought I’d have the opportunity to visit, but it also put me in my current position as a safari specialist with Shadows of Africa.
Here are some trips that will get your blood pumping and perhaps even inspire you.
A trip to the Grand Canyon
At over 275 miles long and 18 miles wide, taking a trip to one of the world’s most famous landmarks will surely leave you speechless. As you gaze out onto the Colorado River that flows through this vast expanse of ancient rock, you will quickly realise just how diverse and stunning the world can be. You can even enjoy a helicopter ride over the Canyon, so there are many ways to experience its beauty.
Editor’s Note: My first visit to the Grand Canyon totally underwhelmed me, but my visit earlier this year was one of the highlights of my US trip. The canyon dusted with snow was just spectacular.
East African Safari
This trip will take you to some of the most stunning nature reserves in Tanzania and Kenya, and presents the perfect chance to get up close and personal with some of the planet’s finest and most endangered animals. You might have seen herds of wildebeests and elephants on the TV, but nothing beats the feeling of seeing them migrate across the land in real-life. You will be shown around by an expert guide, and you never know what you are going to see from day to day.
Editor’s Note: This one holds a special place in my heart. I’ve been on more safaris than I can count now, and helping people achieve their safari dreams is not only fulfilling, but also my main source of income these days
Tour De France cycle trips
You can experience what the world’s best cyclists endure every year with a Tour De France cycle trip. Not only will you push your body to the limit, but you will also sample some of the most spectacular views of the Pyrenees mountains and other location throughout France. These trips will even include some time to take in the actual race, so it really is a dream for cyclists.
A Caribbean Cruise
You will be able to explore some of the most idyllic locations in The Bahamas, St Thomas, Saint Maarten, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica when you book one of these cruises through a company like Imagine Cruising South Africa. This trip allows you to soak up the sun on a little piece of paradise. When you’re finished sampling everything this vibrant region has to offer, simply return to your cruise ship and enjoy the views from the deck or your private bedroom.
This festival is held across numerous cities in India every year, but Delhi and Mumbai are the most popular with foreign tourists. It has been dubbed the ‘Festival of Colours’ in the Hindu religion. It’s an experience that will live long in the memory. People spend the day holding parties, singing, dancing and throwing coloured paints and water over anyone in sight! This is a great chance to immerse yourself in the Hindu religion and experience a world-famous festival.
Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
No trip to Rio De Janeiro would be complete without taking in this masterpiece. It’s 38 metres high and 28 metres wide and sits on Corcovado Mountain. It’s one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, too. As you look out from the summit of this mountain, you’ll realise just how beautiful this Brazilian city is.
Tour the Pyramids of Giza
This is a unique opportunity to tour and learn about the only remaining wonder of the Ancient World. Learn about the fascinating Ancient Egyptian culture and the tombs which lie within it. This Wonder is just a short drive from the Egyptian capital of Cairo, so you can easily plan a day trip here.
What trip completely changed your outlook on travel, life, or yourself?
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