Guestpost by : Roxanne Bridger
Travel to Tanzania, Africa to experience a safari like no other with the Alex Walker’s Serian camp adventure. Serian operates throughout the year, though the best time to visit is either from June through October when the wildebeest migration occurs, or from October to March which is when the birthing season takes place. During this safari you’ll mostly be viewing stunning creatures, including what is known as the “Big Five,” Cape Buffalos, lions, Leopards, Elephants and Rhinos. This walking safari lets you get up close and personal with the animals, creating an unforgettable experience.
Blue Mountain Photos by Seligr
If man eating lions aren’t your thing, you could always travel to Antarctic on the Akademic Ioffe cruise ship. The ship is big enough to include a dining area, photography area, even a library, but at the same time the boat is small enough to get up close and personal with the wildlife. All excursions take place using an inflatable boat to transport the passengers. Because of this, animals aren’t scared off. It’s not uncommon to see dozens of wildlife, including penguins and whales, while on the Akademic Ioffe cruise.
Patagonian Cordillera Photo by Micmol
After chilling with the penguins, you’ll probably need to warm up. This can be down in the great outback of Australia. Take the two day Farmstay and Blue Mountains Tour and you’ll get to meet Australian bush natives and experience their authentic lifestyle. You’ll also get a taste of traditional Aussie food and get to try your hand at some of the native crafts.
Maharaja photos by Patrikmloeff
Next up is white water rafting in British Columbia on the Babine River Expedition tour. The Babine River, also called the “River of Grizzlies,” is known for the thousands of salmon that swim upstream during July through September. With salmon being a grizzly bear’s favourite food, you’re sure to get up close and personal with these enormous bears.
Babine River photo by Brian Burke
Take a Horse trekking trip in Argentina next, but be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart. The adventure lasts for ten days and takes you up to the Patagonian cordillera, beautiful landscape which has been untouched for decades. Adventurers will get to trek up the mountain side and watch as the sunsets behind the Chilean volcano, with the only sign of civilization to be the gauchos people herding their goats along the way.
Tanzania Wildlife photos by La Lince
It’s hard to pick a favourite when it comes to choosing such amazing once in a lifetime events, but the ice hotel located in Sweden is quite high on the list. Yes, you heard right, a hotel made entirely of ice. The hotel itself is similar to that of an igloo, but on a much, much larger scale. Everything from the tables to the beds is made of ice. Leaving the hotel is a feat in itself, as you’re given your own team of husky dogs and sent on your way. Be sure to look up at the sky as well, as Sweden is home to some of the most amazing northern light displays imaginable.
If ice hotels aren’t quite your thing, maybe staying at a palace in Maharaja, Gujurat is more like it. Yes, you can actually stay in the palaces of Gujurat and dine with royalty while you’re at it. There you’ll also be able to check out the amazing sword and car collections.
Of course, if you’re more into adventure, the zero gravity flights experience in Russia will get your heart racing and your mind flying… literally! With the help of the Russian Space Agency, you’ll be able to experience a zero gravity flight with the help of trained astronauts. You will experience a true level of weightlessness and be able to fly around the room. Don’t worry about crashing into things either, the zero gravity flight is designed to be perfectly safe and requires no previous astronaut training. You will experience this amazing sensation for about 25 seconds, 10 times. That equals just over four minutes of unsuspended flight.
Next is Yakutia located in Siberia. What kid hasn’t dreamed of being Santa while growing up? With reindeer sledding, that dream is made a reality. The trip lasts ten days and there’s far more than just reindeer sledding to enjoy. You can meet many of the hospitable locals and experience the exotic life of real nomads first hand. You’ll also get to visit the Mammoth Museum, which displays whole bodies of the extinct species. This is made possible due to the extremely cold temperature, which halted the decaying process completely. Just think, how many people can actually say they’ve seen an extinct species in real life?
Last but certainly not least is a bit of a trickier activity. Whether you’re traveling a few states or to an entirely different country, viewing the Olympics live instead of on TV certainly makes for a once in a life time experience. Those who would like to see it in the next few years will have to travel to London in 2012, Sochi, Russia in 2014 or Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. Nothing is more exciting than cheering on your favourite athlete while also getting to experience an entirely different culture.