You have no control over when or how you die so might as well make the most of the experiences that life has to offer. When you’re on your death bed are you going to look back with regret knowing you didn’t make the most out of life or be thankful that you grabbed life by the neck and lived!
I recently read an article which started that people who spend money on experiences instead of things are much happier and I couldn’t agree more. Life is about memories not inanimate objects. You’re not going to look back and reminisce about the time you had the new iPhone before everyone else.
You only regret the things you don’t do!
The one thing you will never regret is travelling! No matter how much money you spend, no matter the job you had to quit to make it happen or the extra hours you had to work to save up enough money to do it you will never regret it!
It’s because the experiences and memories you make from travelling last a lifetime. You will still be telling people in 10 years on how you swam with Great White Sharks in South Africa or how you walked the Great Wall of China. But better yet you will feel proud for doing it!
Yet so many people talk about travelling but never do it! And so many older people regret not doing it when they were younger.
Don’t let life slip you by! Get out there and live!
With all that said below are my top 10 travel experiences so far….
- Bushcamping in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
The best experience of my life was spending 2 nights in the middle of Okavango Delta Bushcamping. No toilets (was a dugout hole in the ground), no showers, no tvs, no wifi, no 3g, no phone signal, no electricity. A tent, backpack, sleeping bag, camp fire and the help of some locals was all we had. The locals we’re our guides on the walking safaris and also provided our food and entertainment.
Highlights included watching the sunrise, swimming in the Okavango Delta and sailing around in dugout canoes, seeing Cobras, Elephants, Zebras, Wildebeest and Hippos all on FOOT! Gazing up at the stairs around a campfire whilst the locals sang African music!
There’s nothing quite like being in the wilderness surrounded by nature.
- Bungee Jumping in Lake Taupo, New Zealand
The Bungee jump itself was an amazing experience but coupled with taking a beautiful walk to Huka Falls and finding out that I passed my degree course with a 2:1 it became one of the best days EVER! I was with 2 of my best friends that day and we celebrated by getting drunk back at the hostel.
- Safari in the Serengeti , Tanzania
Being on Safari had been a childhood dream of mine ever since I was 9 years old and obsessed with David Attenborough documentaries
The sheer vastness and size of the Serengeti blew me away, there’s no sign of civilisation for as far as the eye can see in every direction. What made the Serengeti so special was that the entire 3 days we we’re there we only saw 1 or 2 other Safari trucks. It really did feel like we we’re off the beaten track. It was only at the campsites that we came across other people and even these people were small in numbers, no fancy lodge or 5 star hotel experiences on this Safari! No we camped it.
We we’re advised not to have food in our tents and if we woke up in the middle of the night for the loo go outside the tent and don’t risk walking to the toilets alone in the dark as there we’re no fences around the campsite.
During one of the nights the whole camp was awoken by screams! A German girl had left food in her tent and a wild pig was trying to get in to get it.
We saw Leopards, Lions, Cheetahs, Herds of Elephants and the great Wildebeest Migration.
- The Larez Trek and Machu Pichu, Peru
Another childhood dream come true. Although I never did the Inca Trail the Larez trek was still an amazing experience and of course the highlight was Machu Pichu itself. Out of the 4 world wonders I’ve seen this was the most impressive.
Word of warning: book the Inca Trail months in advance, I tried booking 4 months in advance and still didn’t get on it.
- Cycling the world’s most dangerous road, Bolivia
One of the funnest days of my life! You can read all about it here
- Getting f*cked up in Vegas!
I went to Las Vegas in September and had one of the best weeks of my life partying for 5 days straight. We managed to goto 7 events in 4 days hitting the best clubs and pool party’s in Vegas seeing the likes of Calvin Harris, Tiesto and David Guetta. Life begins at 30!
- Salt Flats, Bolivia
Spectacular views for miles around, crossing this utterly unique landscape in a 4by4 was incredible.
- Bamboo rafting in Chaing Mai, Thailand
I spent 3 days on a hillside trek north of Chaing Mai which included hiking, staying in local villages, elephant riding and the highlight of it all was spending a day going down river on bamboo rafts. It really was the people that made this so memorable, there is nothing more fun than pushing your friends in the river from the raft and sailing past water buffalo.
- Sailing the Whitsunday islands, Austrailia
3 days sailing around paradise! Getting up at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise over White heaven beach is something I will never forget.
- Sunrise on Dune 45, Namibia
Dune 45 is the tallest sand dune in the Kalahari Desert standing at over 170 meters high. We climbed to the top to watch the most beautiful sunrise.