Life-Changing Travel Experiences

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Travel can transform. Whether it’s a five-star tropical beach holiday, facing your fears with a mountain trek or slumming it backpacker-style – one thing’s for sure, travel adventures have the power to leave you feeling like a whole new person.

We’ve put together 10 inspiring trips that are exciting and well, just downright beautiful. Get prepared to teeter on the edge of the unknown and make memories that will last a lifetime…

1. Safari in the Serengeti

You can’t help but feel humble as you witness the cycle of nature in the vast plains of the Serengeti. Embrace the excitement of seeking out the Big Five – lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros – and bow to the rules of the animal kingdom spelt out before your eyes.


2. Trek the Great Wall

The inspiration for many an artist, climbing the Great Wall of China is well worth the effort. As you scale the mammoth wall, you are reminded of the triumph behind this incredible structure – which was created brick-by-brick. Plus, the mountainous views are simply breathtaking.


3. Witness the Northern Lights

Nature’s spectacular light show is on many a bucket list. Iceland, Scandinavia and Canada are the best bet for sightings, but glimpsing this elusive display can take time and patience. Lucky viewers can expect a myriad of rainbow colours illuminating the night sky in a breathtaking, otherworldly fashion.


4. Visit the Taj Mahal

Built by the Mughal Emperor of India as a shrine to his adored dead wife, the Taj Mahal encapsulates tragedy, romance and decadence. When you’re not gazing at the exterior, remove your shoes and enter the mausoleum which offers a serene atmosphere and a cool respite from the Indian sun.


5. Drive the Garden Route

It’s impossible not to be seduced by South Africa’s dramatic Garden Route. Expect rugged coastlines, deserted beaches, mountain-lined villages, lush forests and lonely roads that are all yours. It’s the ultimate in road trips, and will stay with you long after you return.


6. Sit beside gorillas in Rwanda

Tiny Rwanda is beautiful and gorilla trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Hike up forested terrain to find a group of gorillas just a few steps away. In their natural environment, they sit, preen and play – all the while, totally oblivious to you. It’s one of those dream-like moments.

7. Touch Christ the Redeemer

Dominating the skyline, Christ the Redeemer peacefully looks out from 710 metres above Rio De Janeiro and offers amazing views across the city and cobalt ocean. Take a deep breath at the sheer magnificence – as you find yourself wanting to stay here for hours – just gazing before you.


8. Ride wild horses in Mongolia

Experience the curious combination of traditionally dressed nomads on mobile phones, and internet cafes just a stone’s throw from farming families cooking broth around an open fire. Then take to the grassy plains on wild horseback and hold on tight as you explore a simpler way of existence.


9. See the pyramids by camel

You can’t help but be drawn into the prehistoric past as you gaze at the 4000-year old pyramids of Giza. Add in a camel ride – as you question who created these grand structures (with stone placements precise to the millimetre) and how on earth they did it.


10. Island hop in Thailand

Island hopping makes a magical trip for beach bums seeking an added dose of adventure. Sail traditional dug out boats, dive with whale sharks, scale sea cliffs, discover Thai food and dance at the Full Moon Party on a journey filled with new experiences.