You’re not going to find any Empire State Building tours or Sydney Harbour Bridge walks on this list. These are 5 of the most unique travel experiences you can encounter across the world. Just completing one of these bad boys is going to create a lifetime of memories that you can bring up at fancy dinner parties, and blow the socks off everyone listening.
The Rickshaw Run – India
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The guys over at The Adventurists are pretty bad ass. They literally run the most ridiculous adventures on this planet. They’re also good people – when you complete these adventures you’re doing it all for charity. Apply halo accordingly.
The most popular and bonkers one of these adventures is called the Rickshaw Run. Your entry fee buys you a rickshaw decorated to your specification – people have gone for Thunderbirds, Pink Panther, and of course Anchorman themes. Your challenge – to drive this 7hp bunch of crap from one side of India to the other. You have two weeks to do this, at the start there’s a massive party and theres another one at the end of the route, in-between its up to you. Rickshaw on.
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride – Cappadocia, Turkey
This experience is a little calmer than driving across India in a tin can, yet no less forgettable. You’ve probably seen images of the Cappadocia hot air ballon rides on your Facebook or Instagram feeds. Picture dozens of colourful hot air balloons ascending at sunrise over a beautifully green terrain thats punctuated by amazingly shaped stone outcrops – thats Cappadocia.
Getting up at the crack of dawn has never been more worth it. When you get to your hot air balloon you will have some refreshments, then you’ll get in to the basket. As you silently and majestically rise in unison with dozens of other ballots the landscape will open up in front of you, bathed in the warm golden light from the sunrise.
The trip can last around 1.5 hours and when you land you’ll have champagne and other refreshments to celebrate!
Explore the largest caves In the world – Vietnam
You may have seen me write about this before. This is because I have been fortunate enough to tick this one off the list.
Due to its ridiculously pure limestone that is easily eroded by water, Vietnam has THE largest caves in the world. It doesn’t just have the largest in the world, it also has the 3rd largest in the world too. The crazy thing is they were only discovered in the 1990’s – how did they miss them?!
Fortunately, you can tour them for yourself as part of a guided expedition. Hang En, the third largest cave in the world is a two day trip where you spend the night in the cave itself. Hang Son Doon, the largest cave in the world, is a week long expedition for the most adventure prone.
The caves are still not that well known but they are becoming more and more popular. Go see them now before they become another Niagara Falls!
Take trains around a whole continent – Europe
Interrailing is definitely something everyone should do once in their life. You buy one train ticket that covers the whole of Europe and then off you go galavanting around for up to a month. The great thing is that you can take any route you want and everyone takes a slightly different route visiting different places.
Within Europe there are so many unique experiences for you. You can swim in Lake Bled, go to a spa party in Budapest, experience great cuisine in Italy, party till 5am in Barcelona, and chill on a peaceful island in the Greek sun.
As well as seeing great destinations I found it really interesting to see big differences in countries train systems: Double decker trains that are so efficient in the Netherlands, to soviet style trains that you can walk faster than in the East.
Biggest tip – Do it solo! 🙂
Live like a tribesperson – Australia.
Far away on the edge of Australias Northern Territory lies the Indigenous East Arnhem Land. This sacred expanse of land is home tot he Yolngu people who live in the same traditional way that their ancestors did thousands of years ago.
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a true tribes person then this is your ultimate opportunity. You’ll spend a week with the tribe learning how to hunt, gather, make food, dance, as well as how to take part in traditional activities such as painting.
During this trip you will feel like you’ve travelled thousands of years into the past and will marvel at your remoteness. After you leave you will feel like you have a new connection with the world and you will never be able to look at modern society in quite the same way.
These 5 experiences are each unique and unforgettable. Just completing one of these 5 adventures will leave you will a lifetime of memories and stories to tell. The uniqueness of these trips means that no one else you know if likely to have completed them. I’ve personally been to on two of these 5 and no one I know has even heard of the caves in Vietnam!