New Dream List: 12 Once-in-a-Life Travel Goals

Machu Picchu, the Great Wall, and the Taj Mahal used to be at the top of many people’s lists. But “list of things” – a term I’ve always hated – lends itself to a general desire to achieve big goals, flaunt an adventure, and seek out dream experiences. Currently, Because we’ve all been repressed for too long and because we’ve all seen how quickly plans can change, how quickly opportunities vanish.

Also, for various reasons, visiting places that receive millions of visitors every year is less attractive than it used to be. We want to have amazing experiences in mind-blowing places, but without the crowds. The pandemic is not over, hypertourism is back, and we don’t want to be a part of either. Here are some of the best dream feed.

The ends of the earth in a fisherman’s village in Norway

Earlier this year, high-end travel company Blue Parallel — which began its life nearly 20 years ago as the leading experts in luxury travel in South America — broadened its horizons. In a very big way: Their new polar initiatives include wide, open spaces above or below the 66th parallel. In Norway, this includes immersion in Viking history, private rib boat safaris to Ronde Bird Island, hiking and biking along the Geirangerfjord, and accommodation in an archipelago fisherman’s cabin The magnificent Lofoten, above the Arctic Circle.

The size and scale of NIHI Sumba – and the island on it

Routinely – and deservedly – called the best hotel in the world, NIHI Sumba occupies 500 hectares on a sparsely populated island where local pagan traditions have largely remained untouched. “It’s an hour east of Bali and from Java, the most populous island on Earth, an entirely different island,” says James McBride, partner and CEO of the hotel. While it started as a surfing destination with a legendary break, it has since grown into a holistic experience, with a herd of 24 horse riding in the sea, a “spa safari” in which a single couple relaxes all day in a spa retreat, waterfalls, and palm trees. And organic food grown on site and cooked over fires and in plenty of space—”the ultimate dream,” says McBride.

Helicopter Hopping on a Private Tour of Iceland

Blue Parallel Polar also transports guests to increasingly remote parts of Iceland – away from the bustling Golden Circle and even glaciers (and to the Westman Islands, one of the country’s best-kept secrets, diving (brar!) into the Silvera fissure, a crack between the North American tectonic plates and Eurasia, home to wonderful marine life in cold waters.

Sailing on the turquoise coast in a Turkish yacht

Word turquoise It comes from Old French meaning “Turkish stone,” but aptly dies in the waters around the country’s southwest coast. Spending a week on a traditional Turkish sailing ship, eating delicious food, sunbathing, swimming and enjoying the beautiful and vibrant colors of water is pure fantasy material. A good way to make it a reality is to book with ScisSailing, a company that has been offering fuss-free and all-inclusive cruises in the bays around Bodrum for decades, both for guests booking a single cabin around “comfort” yacht and for those privately renting a “luxury” yacht, which has On hotel style amenities.

Adventure across the Gobi Desert

Riding horses through the sedge bushes, black-tailed deer, and caribou. Mountain biking along ancient desert roads through dramatic canyons and cliffs. Camping in the shade of the Altai Gobi Mountains and later sleeping in a cool tent. These are some of the things that come to mind when thinking of Mongolia’s vast, empty stadium. Earthtones, a startup focused on immersive nature excursions, has put together a program that includes all of this and more, such as riding the famous Bactrian (two-humped) camel in the desert.

Meet the women of northern Kenya saving Africa’s elephants

When Katie Rowe founded Reteti in 2016, she brought in nine rangers and rangers from the local community to help care for a growing brood of orphaned elephants. The Reteti is unique in that the Samburu women who keep them going are respected and appreciated as the male herders of elephants. They make way for conservation women everywhere, which is one reason adventure travel company Uncharted sends guests on their way. Reteti is open to visitors, who can see elephants and talk to rangers while staying in the beautiful new Reteti House, a private sanctuary for exclusive use.

Diving in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Halfway between South America and Africa – and that means far from everything – the heavily protected Brazilian island has been transformed from an undeveloped military outpost into a natural paradise with strict restrictions on tourism and a huge commitment to its preservation. This is an ecological reserve, a place used by marine research as a control group, in contrast to the developed beaches on the mainland. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip for divers (something Blue Parallel can orchestrate too), not only for its warm, clear waters and abundant marine life but also for the tranquil Brazilian island of Brazil.

The ultimate soft New Zealand adventure

Experimental travel company Hiking New Zealand put together a 15-day trial they called New Zealand Uncut. It covers the vast and varied landscape of both islands as it makes it from north to south without the rigors and inconveniences of, say, the Milford Trail. Alternatively, this New Zealand for people who don’t camp, a series of day trips and short walks – from strenuous alpine hikes to beach walks – in the hinterland where the islands’ grandeur shines through.

Flying tigers safari in central India

Royal Expeditions is a luxury luxury travel company founded by Amira Jodhpur, who was a Member of Parliament and Minister of Culture. Create the costume for a flying tiger safari (by Pilatus Jet) over the central Indian wilderness – Rudyard Kipling’s inspiration for The jungle book. On the grounds, naturalists’ guides show visitors around the national parks in convertibles, and there’s the option to take full-day special photography passes, which allow access from sunrise to sunset.

Glorious alpine fodder in Slovenia

An increasingly well-known secret, Slovenia is one of the last great forest paradises in the world, filled with beautiful places to visit and teeming with delicious things to eat. The Wanderlux Journeys trek takes guests to Velika Planina, the residence of shepherds in the Kamnik Savigna Alps. It is only accessible on foot or by day cable car, which makes slowing down part of the programme. The trip includes chef Pine Volcik (known for his bold, zero-waste cuisine at Monstera Bistro in Ljubljana) and famed forager (yes, that’s a Slovenian thing) Katja Rebolj, there’s hiking, foraging, a hands-on cooking workshop and a night in a shack high above the city lights .

Off the beaten track in Tanzania

Serengeti has many selling points, but isolation is not among them. Fortunately, Tanzania is a large country, with a number of game reserves that remain far and untouched. In the south is Ruaha National Park, the best park you’ve ever heard of and “Tanzania’s best wildlife secret” – with a massive elephant population and even more lions. The Ruhaa landscape features only one of six lions with a population of over 1,000 in the world and is now home to about 10% of the planet’s lion. Another corner of Tanzania worth exploring is Mahale National Park on the western border and Greystoke, where visitors can spot wild chimpanzees. Cartography travel can be either one person in life.

Tracking the Puma in Torres del Paine, Chile

The largest predator in southern Chile, the Patagonian puma, calls Torres del Paine its home. Heading to hunt it down with wilderness tracking specialists – another thing Earthtones has to offer – adds a new dimension to a trip to this majestic end of the earth. The hikes are accessible, short in duration and lightweight, culminating in starry nights at a mountain eco-lodge.

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