So if you’re like me and you’re crazy about travelling and aim to make it your mission in life to keep ticking off that bucket list, then give yourself a pat on the back! However, it’s important not to forget what you’ve already achieved and every now and then I like to look back at some of the crazy places I’ve visited and it gets me stoked for my future trips. So with that in mind, I thought I’d compile a small list of destinations that are currently at the top of the list of my favourite travel experiences to date.
So here they are…
In 2015 I decided to take a trip to Myanmar in search of Bagan and the thousands of temples that are scattered across the area. This was definitely one of my favourite experiences, and it just reinforced all of the reasons why I love to travel so much. For those of you who don’t know about Bagan, it’s essentially an ancient city where over 2,000 Buddhist temples remain. Due to Myanmar only decided to open up its doors to tourism in 2012, I managed to gain an extremely raw and authentic cultural experience that I won’t forget anytime soon. The locals still kept to their traditional ways and there was a strange lack of tourism in the area. However, this was amazing as it meant that I could explore the area in-depth and without hordes of tourists ruining this beautiful area.
I spent my time in Bagan driving from temple to temple on an electric scooter which was incredible. The whole experience involved taking in stunning architecture, climbing ancient temples, watching incredible sunsets and finding the best spots to view the neverending sight of temples.
If Bagan is on your bucket list, or you’ve not yet previously heard of it then my advice is that you get your bags packed and head to Myanmar as soon as possible. Each year more and more tourists are heading to Myanmar which is great for the local communities but if you want to experience Myanmar and Bagan in the best way then definitely head there as soon as possible!
Mount Rinjani, Indonesia.
Now this one if not for the faint-hearted as it requires both willpower and fitness to reach the top of Indonesia’s second highest volcano, but the views are nothing less than breathtaking. I think it would be safe to say that it’s probably the most impressive landscape I’ve seen, and the fact that it requires determination to reach the top made it even better. During my two month trip, myself and my friends decided that we would tackle the mighty Rinjani and halfway up the mountain we definitely had second thoughts. I won’t go into too much detail about my experience, as I’ll be posting a detailed blog post on my experience on Mount Rinjani in the near future. However, in a nutshell, I’d recommend researching before making the decision to reach the summit as only myself and my friend reached the summit out of our group.
Anyway, less about the difficulties and more about why it was so incredible. The views from both the crater rim and the summit were spectacular. We were literally above the clouds and on a clear day, you could see Bali in the distance. Trekking down into the crater was also insane, as local Indonesians were fishing in the volcanic lake within the crater and the landscape was so diverse depending on which area of the volcano you were. The whole experience offered a little bit of everything – amazing views, encountering wildlife, soaking in hot springs, local food cooked by the porters and a challenging yet rewarding adventure.
Wadi Rum, Jordan.
A month or so ago I set off on a trip to Israel and Jordan with absolutely no idea what to expect. I had heard mixed views and opinions on Jordan and during the run-up to my leaving date people would regularly say things like “Why on Earth would you want to go to Jordan?” or “You’ve got to be nuts to go there!”. Personally, I think these comments are due to Jordan’s land border with unstable countries like Syria, but it’s unfair to categorise such a beautiful country without experiencing its amazing landscapes, welcoming culture and tasty food!
It turns out that my trip to Jordan was one of my favourite experienced and in particular my experience in Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum is a rugged desert landscape full of Bedouin camps, ancient cave carvings and is famous for its association with Lawrence of Arabia. Why wouldn’t this be one of my favourite places so far?
Camping beneath clear skies, drinking Bedouin tea and driving through the most amazing desert landscape I’ve seen made this experience an unforgettable trip. Wadi Rum is really one of those places where words just don’t do it justice (hopefully my photos do though) and you’ve seriously just got to go out there and experience Bedouin life for yourself before you can truly appreciate the beauty and hospitality of Jordan and the Bedouin culture.
So there’s a few of the destinations that have been my most memorable and enjoyable experiences. I’ve had plenty more amazing experiences but the list would be too long to include them all. I’m always aiming to seek out new adventures and experiences but every now and then I like to look back at some of the incredible places I’ve been lucky enough to see.
If you have any questions regarding these experiences or would like any advice if you’re planning a trip then don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a message in the comments section. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and be sure to check out the next post next week. Thank you for reading!