Travel is not always about the destination. Around the world, there are hundreds of unique experiences to have and places to explore, and these twenty bucket list trips are less of a vacation, and more of an adventure. Get lost in desert dunes, jungle wilderness and ancient cities. Travel centuries-old paths to unknown cities. Absorb cultures unlike anything you know at home. With these experiences, your journeys will never be the same.
Hike to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is another lost city on the other side of the world. The Incan stronghold clings to the side of a mountain, and pairs stunning scenery with fascinating history. To get there, most visitors trek on the Inca Trail, a 26-mile path linking some of the best Inca sites in all of Peru. You can hike the trail in as little as three days, but it’s better to take it slow. Visiting other magnificent sites like Sayacmarca and summiting fog-shrouded mountains makes the Inca Trail more about the journey than the destination.
Look at the World’s Biggest Mirror
Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is one of the world’s most unique landscapes. At 10,000 sq km, it’s Earth’s biggest salt falt. The land is so flat, it even throws off human depth perception, leading to visitors’ trademark silly photos. It’s best to get here just after it rains, when the plain is flooded. The flatness makes the water reflect everything. At sunset, the entire world turns purple and orange, and at night, you’ll see endless stars in every direction. It’s truly like nothing else on Earth.
Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway
There’s no train journey that quite rivals the Trans-Siberian. Running 9,289km from Moscow to the edge of Russia in Vladivostok, travelers have a chance to see parts of the country tourists rarely see. Explore destinations like Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, visit Buddhist monasteries at Ulan-Ude, and visit Siberian metropoli like Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk, as well as villages like Tomsk and Yaroslavl. No matter which stops you choose, the Trans-Siberian has endless adventures.