Looking for something offbeat? For an adventure that will make all of your friends jealous? For the photos no one else has yet made? We select top-10 amazing – and completely different travel experiences from round the world one has to try in 2015. Because they are simply insanely awesome.
10. Climb the world’s highest dunes in Namibia
What can you possibly do in the desert? Well, for once – try Big Daddy (325m) and Dune 7 (383m), both on the list of world’s tallest dunes. Don’t be fooled by the relatively low heights: 300-meter sand hill will be the most exotic peak you’ll ever conquer.
9. Cave dive in the cenotes of Mexico
Natural swimming pools in Yucatan are a paradise for divers. The world of underwater mazes and corridors, countless bizarre rock formations, weirdly shaped columns of stalactites and stalagmites. Another mysterious universe, providing endless opportunities to explore.
8. Bash strangers in the world’s largest pillow fight in London
Every year London’s pillow fight proudly takes its place among the biggest – and most fun – pillow fights around the world. Held in Trafalgar Square it truly does provide a unique sight: thousands of people, many of whom are dressed in pajamas or onesies, are bashing the opponents with fluffy pillows. A cloud of feathers flying in the air. A perfect way to have fun, relieve stress and – after an exhausting afternoon – relax with a pint of beer at the nearby bar.
7. Cruise around old Havana in a vintage car
Make sure to get a glimpse of real Cuba. Hire an open top 50s classic vintage car to explore Havana: drive along the beautiful coastline before diving into the narrow lanes with colonial buildings. Meet chatty locals on the vivid city streets. Pop by Hemingway’s bar for some dark rum and cigars. At night sink the aftertaste of the day in the hot salsa dances and icy cold original mojitos.
6. Hike the world’s most famous glacier in Argentina
Imagine watching magnificent icebergs slowly floating in the blue water while drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Sounds too boring? For a more adventurous twist climb one of the world’s most famous glaciers – Perito Moreno. Massive in size, covered with icy spikes, with cracking and crashing icebergs in the distance. Perito Moreno provides a magnificent sight for those to dare to conquer it.
5. Party sail in Croatia
You don’t have to know how to sail. You don’t even have to like the boats. You do have to be willing to party all-night long with hassle-free Europeans, Americans and Aussies. Think spring break for young professionals. Regattas, yacht hopping, circle rafts. At daytime – relax on the boat. Sip some beers, dive into the emerald waters of the Adriatic sea. In the afternoon – explore charming medieval towns, idyllic forts and join sunset beach raves. At night – party at old medieval forts till the sunrise. It is tiring. It is exhausting. It is also pretty fabulous.
4. Chase lemurs in Madagascar’s Avenue of the Baobabs
Have you ever seen the ‘Madagascar’ animation? Awesome cute lemurs dancing and singing “I like to move it, move it”? You have a chance to experience it yourself. Become a character of a favourite cartoon in Madagascar while you chase funny lemurs amongst the enormously gigantic baobabs.
3. Crash a religious celebration in Iran
Iran today is one of the most secret and unexplored destinations in the world. Closed by the curtain of sanctions, full of mysteries and stereotypes. The country is completely out of what you expect. In addition to cultural sights, charming villages and the most hospitable people – it is also full of surprises. Sneak in to drink the prohibited alcohol with locals. Join secret house parties. And definitely crash a religious celebration: monotonous chanting, people dressed black, and very, very few tourists. Unforgettable experience guaranteed.
2. Zip line over Mehrangarh fort in India
Enjoy the gorgeous views of sunset over one of India’s most charming cities – a Blue City of Jodhpur. With one small caveat. You do it at the speed of 50km per hour. Flying on six separate zip lines. Over India’s most beautiful fort and desert lakes. Superb adventure that won’t leave anyone unsatisfied.
1. Fly hot air balloon in Myanmar
Nothing can beat the view of the sunrise over Bagan temples. Early morning you get in the air on a huge red hot air balloon. From there you get a chance to see the most majestic sunrise of your life. Sparkling landscape. Thousands of fairytale-like studs. And the view magnified by the silhouettes of multiple other balloons. One of those rare cases when your trip experience will make jealous even the most well-travelled of your friends.
Any experiences we missed? Anything amazing that definitely should be on the list? Tell us – and don’t forget to share the article with your friends! Make sure to turn 2015 into one huge awesome adventure.
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