Holidays of a lifetime
What is the ultimate travel experience? Some people’s idea of a holiday of a lifetime is a luxury beach hotel, others would travel round the world visiting exciting cities and exotic cultures.
How about flying by private jet, witnessing the Northern Lights or tracking mountain gorillas in Africa?
Whether you’ve inherited some money, or are just writing your bucket list – the things you plan to do before you die – here are some ideas to help you find your holiday of a lifetime.
Few things are more amazing than natural phenomena. To view the Northern Lights is one of the most sensational experiences on Earth. Head to Iceland or Norway. Or perhaps you dream of sailing south to Antarctica to explore the last great wilderness on earth – take a 9-day classic cruise or for something more adventurous check out this Active Antarctica cruise includes activities such as snow-shoeing, kayaking, mountaineering and cross-country skiing.
For the ultimate beach holiday, it would be hard to beat the Indian Ocean. In the Seychelles, you can swim with turtles, meet giant tortoises and swim off stunning beaches. In the Maldives each resort hotel occupies its own private island surrounded by turquoise lagoons and deep blue seas. You can stay in a water bungalow on a coral beach and even have spa treatments and meals underwater. In Mauritius you will find superb hotels on dreamy white-sand beaches.
Asia has some of the world’s finest hotels and amazing cultural treasures. Take a private tour of Burma, one of the world’s hottest destinations right now, or enjoy the peaceful perfection of Bali. Explore the ancient jungle-clad temples of Cambodia or take a tour of Vietnam to discover temples, deserted beaches and exciting historic cities.
Few countries are more exotic than Japan which is both modern and traditional in equal measure. Travel between dazzling cities on lightning fast trains, visit ancient temples, explore mountains and beaches and eat some of the world’s finest food.
If animals are your passion, take a safari holiday in Botswana, home to the Big Five and some of the world’s most luxurious tented camps. You can go gorilla tracking in the mountains of Rwanda or discover lemurs in Madagascar.
For something different, how about a volunteering holiday with specialist operator Hands Up Holidays. Choose from destinations such as Costa Rica, Thailand, New Zealand and India, and combine mind-blowing travel experiences with the chance to make a genuine contribution to a local community project.
Need more ideas? Try our fun holiday quiz to find out what kind of holidaymaker you are, and get personalised travel recommendations. You can search our homepage or see our guides to the best Caribbean holidays, and the best beach holiday destinations.