There are times in life where you can really splash out. Your wedding day, buying your dream house or that brand new sports car you’ve been thinking about for years. There’s also the once in a lifetime holiday experience.
Holidays are important to us all; I don’t know about you, but I spend months researching and planning where I’d like to go. Then I book the trip and count down the days; day dreaming about distant shores until the magical time arrives and I can leave for the airport.
There are some travel experiences which may cost a bit more than your average holiday, but they really are worth every single penny; here’s my top three.
Meet Orang-utans in Borneo
How would you like to get up close and personal with one of the worlds most endangered species? Sitting within the boundaries of the Semenggoh Nature Reserve in Borneo is a wildlife centre, set up to care for animals which have been injured, orphaned or kept illegally as pets. Their Orang-utan rehabilitation programme is famous around the world and they provide a safe and natural haven for these beautiful animals.
You’re best to arrive early in the day as you’ll have a better chance of seeing the Orang-utans that roam freely around the jungle; you may even be lucky enough to spot a mother with her precious baby clinging to her chest. This really is one of those experiences you’ll never forget.
Dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
If you love exploring life beneath the waves, it’ll be hard to rival a trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and here are a few interesting facts.
The Great Barrier Reef is:
- longer than the Great Wall of China
- the only living thing on earth which is visible from space
- home to the world’s largest collection of corals (400 kinds) and over 1500 species of fish
- also home to 120 year old giant clams
- greater in size than the United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland combined
Yes there are beautiful dive sites all over the world, but you won’t find anywhere else with this abundance of life; it’s simply breath-taking.
See the Northern Lights in the Canadian wilderness
If you’ve ever seen images of the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights) on TV, you really should go one step better and see this natural phenomenon for yourself. For some of the best views on the planet, head to the beautiful state of Alberta in Canada.
You really won’t believe your eyes as you experience a light show like no other; the sky changes from shades of green to blue then purple, with wisps of colour flicking across the horizon. The best time to view this jaw-dropping spectacle is between September and April.
What travel experience would you choose if money were no object? Maybe walking the Great Wall of China or following the Inca Trail in Peru? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so leave me a comment below.