We’re in the middle of 2016 and even though summer vacation is close to over and fall is rolling in, there’s still plenty of time for that unforgettable trip. Whether you’re planning an exciting getaway over fall or Christmas, or need some inspiration for your travels in 2017, here are 16 unforgettable travel experiences to embark upon!
Explore Old San Juan in Puerto Rico
Surprisingly (at least to me) it wasn’t too expensive to fly from Stockholm to Puerto Rico, it took a long time, but totally worth it! Old San Juan is filled with colorful buildings, delicious seafood, and tropical fruit. It’s a great island to visit, rent a car and explore more than just San Juan, swim in bioluminescent bays, or hike in the nation’s only rainforest.
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Soar Over the Cliffs of Torrey Pines, San Diego
Paragliding at Torrey Pines Gliderport is the thrill of a lifetime, the perfect combo of windy and sunny weather makes it the perfect spot for paragliding! Why not book a Tandem instructor and jump off the 300-foot cliffs? Not much will give you such a gorgeous view, and such a thrill!
Enjoy the vibrant city life in Barcelona
Whether you’re travelling with your family and want to explore some Spanish culture and delicious food, or if you’re off with your girlfriends for an exciting weekend filled with drinks and dancing, or if you want a romantic getaway with your partner, Barcelona is the place to go.
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See the sunrise over Angkor Wat
Even though it wasn’t the most breathtaking sunrise, it’s one of the most memorable travel moments. Riding in a tuk-tuk before sunrise, on our way to join all the other eager travellers, and watch the sun come up behind Angkor Wat truly is an amazing moment!
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Relax on the beaches in Tulum
I absolutely fell in love with Mexico the minute I stepped off the plane! Bring your girlfriends for a fun and relaxing getaway to Cancún’s more laid-back sister. Explore the Mayan ruins, go on a spa day, or just bike around.
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Embrace the magic at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Ok, so this is pretty much at the top of my bucket list. Visiting Universal Orlando’s tribute to the world of Harry Potter, riding the Hogwarts Express into Diagon Alley, slurp down a Butter Beer at the Leaky Cauldron, and wandering through the streets of Hogsmeade makes for one good travel!
Make sure to pick up your own wand at Ollivander’s, explore all the fun rides! But don’t forget to line up early as waiting times can reach over 2 hours!
Hike the Deadliest Trail in China
Another thrilling option if you’re looking for a more adventurous getaway. At Mt. Huashan you’ll climb almost 7,000 feet up to a little tea house on the mountain’s crest, and then you can say you’ve hiked the deadliest trail in China. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, do the night hike, a popular option for those wanting to catch the sun rise from East Peak.
Hike in Yosemite
Not as adventurous, or deadly, as hiking the Mt. Huashan in China, but still breathtakingly beautiful! Around 4 million visitors visit America’s third-oldest national park every year, and for good reason. There’s plenty of wildlife in the area, if you’re lucky you might see a gray fox, an owl, a coyote or two, or a mule deer. Hike up lush trails, pass massive granite cliffs, see waterfalls, and docky domes!
Take a road trip around Scotland
Scotland has some of the most breathtaking and magical landscapes, so why not rent a car and drive around and explore all it has to offer. Get some city life in Glasgow and Edinburgh, see if you can see Nessie at Loch Ness, discover the beauty of Isle of Sky, or take the train ride to Hogwarts (yes, the train ride is actually real!
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Go on safari in South Africa
Travelling to South Africa, and going on safari has always been on my bucket list, and even though it probably won’t happen this year, it’s always nice to dream! If you’re looking for that once in a lifetime trip, South Africa might just be the place!
Explore Mayan ruins in Guatemala
Guatemala is one of my favorite countries, it’s such a friendly place, with tons and tons of things to do and discover, and some breathtaking Mayan ruins. You really can’t visit Guatemala and not make your way to Tikal, it’s one of those must-see places, and it really is a must see!
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See the Great Wall of China
Seeing the Great Wall of China is on a lot of people’s bucket lists, it’s one of those breathtaking once in a lifetime experiences you’ll always remember. If you ever have the chance of climbing up the steps, walking along the wall, and looking out at the breathtaking view really, it’s something you really shouldn’t pass up!
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Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Pack a bag and head off on one of the most breathtaking trails in the world. The beautiful landscape of the Inca Trail will bring you over towering mountains, through the rainforest, and ending at Machu Picchu.
Explore the beauties of Costa Rica
Why not learn a new skill, or get better at an old one, and go surfing? Or do yoga on one of the stunning beaches? And why not do it in one of the most beautiful countries? Pack a bag, buy a ticket, and hop on a flight to Costa Rica, you won’t regret it!
Take a break by Lake Atitlan
If you need a break from a stressful life, Lake Atitlan is the place to go. Located in Guatemala, it’s on of the most peaceful and beautiful places you could visit. There are different towns around the lake, so find one you like, or visit all of them. Panajachel is the biggest, San Marcos is the place to go if you’re into meditation, yoga, healing, massage and all things holistic and spiritual. And San Pedro is the ultimate budget backpacker hangout – with more bars, restaurant, and nightlife.
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Explore the ATM caves in Belize
The ATM caves, or Actun Tunichil Muknal, is a cave locadet just outside San Ignacio. It’s a Mayan archiological site containing sceletons, ceramics, and stoneware. Climbing and swimming in the cave is one of the coolest experiences I’ve had. It’s not possible to explore on your own, you have to take a tour, and even though it might be a bit pricy (around $80-90 if I’m not mistaken), it’s completley worth it! So embrace your inner Indiana Jones and go explore!
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