- 1. Go underground in New Zealand
- 2. Get your fill of creepy crawlies in Cambodia
- 3. Visit the End of the World in Argentina
- 4. Test your head for heights in Switzerland
- 5. See the Milky Way in Australia
- 6. Hone your ninja skills in Japan
- 7. Swim with sharks in Hawaii
- 8. Explore Europe’s biggest glacier in Iceland
- 9. Get wet ‘n’ wild in Canada
- 10. Sail down the Amazon in Brazil
1. Go underground in New Zealand
New Zealand’s landscapes conjure up a whole host of magical experiences, but none match the ethereal beauty found in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The 30-million-year-old caves are home to a particularly bright species of glowworm that transforms the limestone rocks into an otherworldly spectacle. Take a 45-minute boat ride through the glowing caves and learn all about this unique subterranean world.
2. Get your fill of creepy crawlies in Cambodia
Picky eaters will want to skip this one as crickets, scorpions, and tarantulas all feature on the menu of Siem Reap’s quirkiest street food tour. Not only will you munch on crunchy bugs, but you’ll also find out how to prep and cook them — just in case you want to fry up a spider once you get home! You’ll also learn how insects became part of Cambodian cuisine and why they’re still a popular snack across the country.
3. Visit the End of the World in Argentina
Is there anything cooler than telling people you journeyed to the end of the world? That’s exactly what you can say with this half-day tour of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego National Park. Starting in Ushuaia (the world’s southernmost city), you’ll visit the Beagle Channel and the End of the World train station before riding in a former convict train. You’ll enjoy stops at gorgeous wilderness spots like Lake Roca (a glacial lake) and Lapataia Bay.
4. Test your head for heights in Switzerland
Ever dreamed of being James Bond? Well, now you can follow in 007’s footsteps by recreating the opening scene of GoldenEye. You just need a very good head for heights, as it does involve bungee jumping off a 721-foot (220 meter) high dam! Yep, the Contra Dam in Switzerland doubled as the Arkangel Chemical Weapons Facility and gave us our first glimpse of Pierce Brosnan as the famous secret agent.
5. See the Milky Way in Australia
Australia’s full of jaw-dropping natural spectacles, but it’s hard to beat the Pinnacles in Western Australia. When the sun sets, the night sky glitters with stars. You can even see the Rings of Saturn and the Milky Way from this desert that’s located just a two-hour drive north of Perth. This top-rated day trip takes you to the Pinnacles via a wine tasting tour in the Swan Valley and a sandboarding experience on the dunes of Lancelin.
6. Hone your ninja skills in Japan
Nowhere blends the past and present quite like Japan. The nation’s a delightful mix of age-old traditions and futuristic experiences. This is especially true of Kyoto, which is littered with thousands of temples and also home to a ninja training and VR experience. You’ll learn all the skills required to be an A+ ninja, including mastering the art of throwing stars and shooting a blowpipe. After you complete your training, you’ll don a VR headset and use your newly acquired skills to fight off virtual attackers.
7. Swim with sharks in Hawaii
Hawaii’s a treasure trove of awesomeness with something for every type of vacationer. Beach bums will find miles of pristine sandy shores while adventurers have vast swathes of lush landscapes to explore. The network of islands is also a paradise for thrillseekers. Those who really like to get their adrenaline pumping will love this shark-diving experience. For two hours, you’ll bob around in a cage off the North Shore of Oahu as whale sharks and dolphins pass by.
8. Explore Europe’s biggest glacier in Iceland
From black-sand beaches and erupting geysers to Viking villages and towering volcanoes, Iceland isn’t short of cool places to visit. However, it’s Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, that sets the scene for Iceland’s most memorable experience. With a knowledgeable guide leading the way, you’ll hike across this vast wilderness before descending underground to explore an otherworldly ice cave.
9. Get wet ‘n’ wild in Canada
Make a splash in Canada’s Jasper National Park with this wild whitewater rafting experience. You’ll be picked up in the town of Jasper before speeding along grade two rapids on the Athabasca River. Throughout the two hour experience, you’ll enjoy 360-degree mountain views while learning all about the history of the region, thanks to your licensed river guide.
10. Sail down the Amazon in Brazil
If you’re looking to get off the grid, then the Amazonian city of Manaus is the place for you. Regarded as the gateway to the world’s largest rainforest, Manaus is the starting point for all kinds of once-in-a-lifetime activities. Head to the port and glide along the Amazon River in a floating lodge for up to five days on a customized tour. Wake up with the sunrise, trek through the jungle, fish for piranhas, and spot dolphins before searching for alligators once the sun goes down.