10 Once in a Lifetime Adventures for Post-Pandemic Travels

Guys, it is really happening. There is a light at the end of the tunnel for travel-restrictions as vaccines are being rolled out.

Now, I don’t want to overestimate the situation, as I know that some places are still being ravaged by the… pizza party. For example, just this week, Bangkok is experiencing one of the worst outbreaks in many months. I know that Taiwan has gone back into a nationwide quarantine after a whole year of virtually no cases. My heart goes out to those who are dealing with these crises.

I am not writing this post in ignorance of reality. However, I want to celebrate the many countries that are pulling themselves out of this mess and looking toward brighter futures. Eventually, I hope we all stand together in victory one day soon.

Until that day comes, I think it is time to start reflecting on how we want to travel and get serious about where we want to explore. Many surveys and travel magazines are reporting that people are booking vacations to their bucket list destinations, and I don’t blame them. We have seen death and crises roll across our TVs and phone screens for a year and a half. It is only natural to think about how you want to live differently after experiencing a death of a family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor, or just thinking about your own mortality.

The future is not guaranteed, and we should start living our “dream life” now. Because if you are not already living your dream life, then what are you living in? Do you really want to hangout there and be unhappy, even miserable, if you can change that?

Anyways, that is a discussion for another day. I want to introduce 10 ultimate destinations and adventures, not in Europe, you should seriously consider moving up your travel list. I have nothing against Europe. I simply want to highlight other beautiful places instead.

China. As in the whole country.

Here is ME on the Great Wall of China. We visited the Huanghuacheng section that is not as crowded as others. We were the only small group on the whole section on this day. It was magical.

This may be controversial considering your personal views, or even political views. But put those aside for a moment. China is such a vast and diverse country. They have something for city dwellers, extreme adventurers, or absolute luxury seekers. It is truly so different from most countries, so you are guaranteed to have a trip of a lifetime. Here is a short list of fabulous destinations across China you should consider:

  • The Great Wall of China
  • ZhangJiaJie or the “Avatar Mountains”
  • Mount Huangshan or “Yellow Mountain”
  • The 5 Great Mountains of China
  • The Cosmopolitan of Shanghai
  • The Cosmopolitan of Gaungzhou
  • The Panda Sanctuaries and Delicious Hot Pot of Chengdu, Sichuan
  • An Organized tour through Inner Mongolia
  • The Ice Festival in Harbin during January (which is basically Russia)
  • The Water Cities outside of Shanghai such as Suzhou or Tongli
The “Avatar Mountains” of Zhangjiajie in Hunan Provence, China

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it is a great place to start some research and plan your Far East adventure.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Built in the 12th century, this is the largest religious structure in the world. This world-famous UNESCO site should be on every traveler’s bucket list.

Cambodia itself is a country worth exploring from their rich history and culture, beautiful beaches, and proximity to other countries such as Thailand, Laos, or Vietnam. This is a perfect jumping off point to start your Southeast Asian adventure.

Nepal Trekking Trip

Everest Base Camp, Nepal

I had the opportunity to visit Nepal just 3 weeks before the devastating earthquakes in 2015. I saw the magnificent temples and structures around Kathmandu that no longer stand. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to be there at that time.

Nepal is another superb country to visit if you are into trekking or extreme mountaineering. I did the Annapurna Circuit trek, but there are so many to choose from.

Not only seeing the Himalayas but exploring them is a true wonder. Check out The Best Treks in Nepal from Responsible Travel for a great list to start your research.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Visit the Andes mountains of Peru and explore the mysterious Incan Empire ruins. This is a dream trip for me, and I cannot wait until the day I get to trek along the Inca Trail or Salkantay Trek, as recommended by Spin the Globe Project.

Of course, you can take a bus and then spend more time exploring Lima, Cusco, or another place. But for me, accomplishing a trek that ends at Machu Picchu is penultimate.

Chile. Also, the whole country.

The talking heads of Easter Island

Chile is a nature lover’s dream vacay. You can go trekking through the granite mountains of Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. You can visit the strange heads on Easter Island. Visit Patagonia to see glacial fjords and rainforests. The country is so vast and with so much to visit that it is impossible to do in one trip.

Hawaii, USA

Seriously, look at this picture and think of a reason this shouldn’t be on every travel list across the internet?

Do you like pristine beaches? Do you like visiting active volcanoes? Do you like hiking through tropical jungles and having the best views in the world (arguable, but probably true)? Do you want to go whale watching? Would you like to see sexy men swing fire sticks while you enjoy a seaside dinner?

I mean, are these enough reasons why Hawaii should be on your list?

Tanzania & Kenya Combo Trip

I think these two countries are the poster children of the African Continent. They are arguably the most visited places by tourists, and they are so for a reason. Many people visit them at the same time because they are neighboring and flights from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam are only 30 minutes, so travel is convenient.

Kenya:

You can bear witness to the Great Migration of more than a million wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles across the plains. You can visit the expansive tea plantations in Kericho. You can see flamingos, hot springs, and beautiful mountains at Lake Bogoria. You could go extreme adventure mode and summit Mount Kenya.

I love this place so much, and I have personally done all of these things, except Mount Kenya, and I would do them all over again. Just go.

Tanzania:

Similar to Kenya, you can see the Great Migration from Tanzania as well. Tanzania is also home to the highest peak on the African continent: Mount Kilimanjaro. You can visit the world’s largest intact crater at Ngorongoro safari park to continue your safari expeditions. It’s a perfect place to see wildlife, maybe stay at a luxury resort or go camping in the bush. Your options are limitless, and you won’t be disappointed.

The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt & Petra, Jordan

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

As the only ancient wonder of the world still standing, the Pyramids of Giza should also be on every traveler’s list. Not only that, but the New Egyptian Museum that has been under construction since 2012 is scheduled to open later this year. You can see the grand history of one of the most powerful empires.

Petra, Jordan

From Cairo, you can take a day trip to Petra, Jordan to visit one of the Modern Wonders of the world to have a true trip of a lifetime.

Victoria Falls from Zambia and Zimbabwe

Be sure to visit the largest waterfalls in the world in Zambia and Zimbabwe. These two countries border Victoria falls, so take advantage of the raw and beautiful scenery to explore from both sides.

You can see different game from both sides of the falls. You can also take walking tours, or kayaking tours to see hippos and crocodiles in national parks. This destination is for the extreme adventurers.

Antarctica

Begin your trip to the ends of the earth in Ushuaia, Argentina or Buenos Aires, Chile. Take a week or a couple of days in the port city before a cruise to Antarctica where you can go kayaking, see penguins on beaches, visit glaciers, or go hiking for spectacular views. Be sure, this is not budget friendly as most tour packages start around 10,000USD. Visit National Geographic for more information on how to plan your arctic adventure.

Take Away:

I hope you enjoyed this long post! Be sure to leave a comment for a place on your bucket list or if you have visited one of the places listed above already! I love to hear from my readers.

As a disclaimer, all links in this post are for your benefit only. I’m not important enough to be affliated with anyone… HA!

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