Are you ready to find out what new, unique travel experiences you could take next year? Make 2017 the most unforgettable and memorable year with a unique travel experience around the world. From vertical cave diving to treetop dining, we’ll help you find a travel experience that will leave you feeling full of life.
South Africa – Go White Shark Cage Diving
For the adventure seeker, we have two experiences that will give you a thrill to talk and share. Go white shark cage diving in South Africa. Don’t worry, you’ll be protected by a steel cage, and you’ll also be inches away from the Great White Shark in one of the best places in the world to see them. With just a few driving hours from Cape Town, the most visited city in South Africa, you’ll come to Shark Alley. It sits between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock near Gansbaai. Shark Alley is a stretch of water that was named after the large number of Great White Sharks swimming in circles through the narrow channels between the islands.
The best time to plan your trip? Between April and September, the winter months of South Africa. Large colonies of Cape Fur Seals flock to the area which attracts the sharks to the area. Don’t worry, the experienced diving crews make sure that they keep the sharks interested enough to entertain without putting them into frenzy. Great care and caution is given to each dive, so you can rest assured that you will be safe and still have a thrilling, unforgettable experience.
New Zealand – Vertical Cave Rappel into the Depths of the Earth
Another unique experience that will fuel your adventurous side is vertical cave rappelling. Let’s head to the South Pacific where you can see the many caves in New Zealand. There is one cave that stands out among the others. You’ll leap into the dark abyss of the Lost World. This crack in the earth with a massive underground cavern is oddly hidden on a private farm in Waitomo, New Zealand. First you’ll be ‘safetyed up’ by the crew including a harness, helmet and boots. Then you’ll rappel down and hang freely over the rift, with brief pauses to soak up the gorgeous, one-of-a-kind view. Alongside four to six other thrill seekers and a flowing river, you can explore the cave deeper, seeing many grand cave formations and glowworms. This is perfect for anyone who loves getting up close and personal with nature. It is truly a unique, ethereal experience…a must do for the true adventure seeker.
Finland – Watch the Northern Lights from a Glass Igloo
For those who love to relax and enjoy the view. You’ll go North to Lapland, Finland and see the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed inside a glass igloo. Take in the amazing view while snuggled under the toasty warm covers at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. The northern lights are visible for 8 months of the year during September through April. If you do want to brave the cold, you can hunt for the lights on a husky or reindeer sleigh ride, while enjoying the snow covered landscapes. Located at the ‘edge of the world’ with a direct flight from Helsinki, the capital of Finland, this resort is easily accessible and offers an array of other custom experiences not seen anywhere else. With many activities to choose from, you could take a snowmobile safari, go cross country skiing or snowshoeing, ice fishing, relax in a smoke sauna, and watch the midnight sun horseback. Year round, this place offers Santa’s resort and a Sami museum where you can immerse yourself into the Finnish native culture, and there are two restaurants and little shops where you can buy local, hand-crafted arts. Get set for a one-of-a-kind vacation that will leave you with an unforgettable experience and lasting memories.
Turkey – Soak in a Cotton Castle Thermal Bath
To indulge in another fascinating experience, soak in the Pamukkale Thermal Pools found in Turkey. You’ll sit amidst a cottony white rock formation in water that reflects the light blue color of the sky. Pamukkale, literally means “cotton castle”, and sheds light on this beautiful white rock formation with pools of hot springs. Take a day trip to these pools from Izmir, a deeply cultured and populous city in Turkey. Stay in a nearby hotel so that you can take your time walking to the travertine slopes. Give yourself at least two hours of time to explore this unique destination, or stay all day if the weather is nice. Just be sure to make it to the top to tour Hierapolis, ‘The Sacred City’. Here, lays Classical ruins and another thermal pool, whose vapors were associated with the god of the underworld, Pluto. Yes, it’s an out-of-the-world experience and is a great addition to anyone’s bucket list.
Thailand – Treepod Dine in a Tropical Forest
Last, but certainly not least, take fine dining to new heights in a tree top. While your childlike spirit may get ignited with the thought of climbing a tree for a dining experience, this is a luxury experience where you can savor your dinner in a leafy canopy. When you’re in Thailand, go to Koh Kood for an authentic Treepod dining experience at the Soneva Kiri resort. There’s nothing quite like eating delicious Thai cuisine, while dangling above the coastline in a dense forest of trees. Imagine yourself comfortably seated in a bamboo pod, high up into tropical foliage, while your personal waiter ziplines over to you to serve food from the island’s organic gardens. Listening to the sounds of the forest and waters below…this can be you.
We hope these unique experiences have given you inspiration and a glimpse into what types of vacations you could take this next year. With helpful travel tips and destination knowledge from our travel experts here at go-today, we can make these custom experiences happen for you!
From all of our travel advisors here at go-today, we wish you a new year full of adventure, unique experiences and taking in beautiful, panoramic views from around the world wherever you want to go.