by Tina Richardson
When it comes to travel, adventure means a little something different to everyone. For some, the thought of travelling alone to a foreign country or simply boarding a plane without their trusted travel partner is enough of an adventure. Others are always seeking the next great thrill – an experience to top them all.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the more unique experiences out there. The ones that I would have thought out of reach in my younger days. It turns out, they ARE within reach, I just have to be open and listen for the call. What’s calling you ask? Good question! Here’s a list of what’s been tugging at my travel heart strings lately.
Jungle Time – I ticked this one off my list this past March in Panama. For the first time in my life, the beach and frosty drinks were NOT calling my name for a winter getaway. Instead, I felt the need to immerse myself in something a little different. To spend some time off the beaten path. This was accomplished in Soberania National Park, just moments from the Gamboa Rainforest where eco-adventurers and bird watchers delight in spectacular natural surroundings. My favourite time of day was early morning, enjoying that first cup of coffee and listening to the sounds of the rainforest waking up.
Capture the Northern Lights – Getting it on camera was an epic failure, but I did have a lot of fun trying. For a girl who used to shy away from camping and even carried a butane curing iron in her purse, my absolute favourite part of the CAA Solo Traveller Club adventure to Iceland was spent in the countryside about 2 ½ hours from Reykjavik. Mountains. Black sand beaches. Glaciers.. While I cannot attest to anything more than a glimpse of the Northern Lights, my fondest memories are of those “all-nighters” spent giving it the old college try. When I return to Iceland next time, at the top of my bucket list will be to sleep in a bubble hotel! Picture bouncy castle meets tent; bubble hotels are inflated with a noiseless ventilation system and offer 360-degree views!
Hiking the Inca Trail – Machu Picchu, a secret city perched in the mountains is simply a mustsee. Now imagine kicking it up a notch and actually trekking in! I already have the stamp in my passport, I’ve seen the wonder of Machu Picchu, but a much more spiritual adventure is calling to me. I want to hike in through the Sun Gate, at sunrise, with a group of amazing individuals also determined to make the four-day trek.
Camping in Australia’s Outback– You name it, Australia has it all. Stunning scenery. Great food. Exceptional wines. Beautiful beaches. But how about taking that experience just a little outside of the norm with some camping in the Outback? As the sun goes down and the stars come out you’ll gaze at the sky in wonder. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the night sky is breathtakingly bright and filled with zillions of tiny lights.
Antarctica – Have I mentioned, I don’t typically do the cold? The very whisper of Antarctica from me causes many a raised eyebrows. How is it possible that this girl, who tolerates winter at best and dreams of retiring somewhere warm, has her sights set on Earth’s “frozen frontier.” It’s simple: wildlife, unspoiled nature, and the world standing still for a moment in time. Not only do I want to see all of this, I want to immerse myself totally by overnight kayaking. Yes, you read correctly – out in a boat and sleeping outdoors!
What does all this really mean? Simply that the sky is the limit when it comes to travel, and while I may not tick all of these items off my bucket list any time soon, it feels good to step outside my comfort zone a little bit at a time.
If you’re dreaming of Antarctica too, CAA’s Solo Traveller Club has got you covered! How does next year sound? December 12 – 22, 2019. Seats are limited and selling fast! Make sure you book your seat soon before this departure is sold out. Click here for more information or call 1-855-402-4636.