Lately, I’ve been somewhat consumed by wanderlust, researching my next adventure (somewhere hot and colourful!), so I thought it fitting to share with all you travel-hungry newlyweds (or brides/grooms-to-be!) some of the destinations on my bucket list.
Whether you’re planning your honeymoon or just researching new places to explore for your next holiday, I’m sure these five trips will inspire you to see a little more of the world. Why not opt for an adventure to celebrate your first trip away as a married couple? Accomplishing something that’s both challenging and inspiring could be the perfect way to start your new lives together. This could include extreme adventures like shark cage diving in South Africa, or something more cultural like exploring historical Cappadocia in Turkey.
Onto my top 5 adventures for those of you who have the travel bug…
1. Lizard Island, Australia
Ever since I watched David Attenborough’s series on the Great Barrier Reef, I have been so intrigued by Lizard Island, a place that David Attenborough said “is fantastic, better than travelling to the moon.” If you love natural beauty and wildlife, this is the place to go. As well as being surrounded by mazes of coral reefs and hundreds of species of colourful fish, it inhabits more than 40 species of birds and reptiles, including snakes, lizards and turtles. It’s a remote and unspoilt island in the wilderness of Australia, and one to definitely tick off your bucket list together.
2. Alberta, Canada
This is Peyto Lake in Alberta, Canada, a place filled with towering mountains, prehistoric hoodoos and stunning lakes and woodlands. There’s plenty to do in Alberta, including exploring the natural beauty of many National Parks, adrenalin-pumping water sport activities like rafting and guided tours of the Canmore Caves.
3. Cappadocia, Turkey
See the land of “fairy chimneys” that is the magical Cappadocia, in Turkey. Volcanic eruptions formed this dreamy landscape which includes pointed rock formations, now known as the “fairy chimneys”. You can stay in boutique cave hotels that have been chiselled into the rocks and explore the underground cities that housed thousands of Christians when they were forced to hide from hostility. Don’t forget to hop on a hot air balloon at sunrise for one of the most unique experiences in the world.
4. Northern Lights, Finland
From late August until the end of April, you can see one of the most incredible wonders of the natural world, that is the Northern lights and what better place to experience this than in your very own heated igloo?! The igloos have glass rooves Head over in the Winter to experience everything from husky and reindeer safaris to ice-fishing and snow tank riding. If you’re looking to visit in the Summer, then expect to spot the midnight sun, experience white water kayaking and horse safaris.
5. Machu Picchu, Peru
Peru’s famous Inca citadel, built by the Incas over 550 years ago, is a place of mystery and enchantment. It is set (very) high up in the mountains and is surrounded by humid forest and the Urubamba River below. You can opt for the classic Inca (4 day) trek to Machu Picchu, the short trail (2 days) or the more strenuous 7 day trek via Salkantay, which combines the snow-capped mountains with the Inca ruins.
Happy Planning All,