One of the best things to do at the beginning of any year is to list all the adventures you see yourself setting on. If you’ve not yet begun planning, don’t worry. We’ve got just the correct list of epic and off-beat experiences worldwide to ensure you get out of your comfort zone this year. From driving across the world’s largest salt flat to climbing an active volcano, this list is certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Swim Along With Sea Turtles In Galapagos
There’s no other place as intriguing as the Galapagos islands–even Charles Darwin couldn’t get enough of the islands’ dense natural landscape. It has also been famously described as a “living museum and showcase of evolution.”
Visitors can now experience the deep secret nature holds across these 19 islands that have also earned the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most exciting experiences one can have here is swimming alongside sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean.
Drive Across World’s Largest Salt Flat In Bolivia
Spread across 4,000 square miles, the only colour apart from white that meets the eye is that of the blue sky. Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats of Uyuni), located in Bolivia, is considered the world’s largest salt flat. The expansive landscape is believed to contain approximately 10 billion tons of salt.
To walk or drive across this dreamy scape is an unforgettable experience. You can also stay in one of the many salt hotels, such as Sal Luna Salada, where everything–from the dining table to the walls–is made of salt.
Bike Through Bagan In Myanmar
Located in the Mandalay region of Myanmar, the ancient city of Bagan is home to 2,000 temples and pagodas built during the 11th and 13th centuries. One of the best ways to discover Bagan’s heritage and history is through a bike ride across the place. On a hot air balloon ride, you can also opt to see the immaculate architecture from the sky.
Climb Mount Fuji In Japan
If you enjoy trekking, this experience takes it to another level. Mount Fuji is not just Japan’s highest peak but is also an active volcano that has been dormant since its last eruption in 1707. Although it may sound scary, many climbers have taken to these picturesque slopes. The official season begins from early July to mid-September, when it is free of snow.
Snorkel Between Continents In Iceland
It’s a different world underwater, whose capital lies somewhere in Iceland. In Thingvellir National Park, in Selfoss, you can go snorkelling between two continents. This is because every year, two tectonic plates in the Golden Circle route drift apart, creating a beautiful rift valley called the Silfra fissure. So technically, you’d be swimming between the Eurasian and North American continental plates.