With travel suspended for just over a year now, many of us are suffering from itchy feet. And itchy legs, I mean restlessness, body cramps somewhat out of control to book a flight of your choice. I feel you. I really do. But for now, we are still in a limbo, waiting for the vaccine to launch and get our lives back to normal. So what better time to start planning your group list trips for the future, I say! There’s no better time to refine and plan your team roster so you’re ready to board when it’s safe. Here, we have a list of the best rides you need to book a year in advance, so you have something to look forward to in the post-pandemic world.
first. Walk through the forest of Machu Picchu
Let’s face it: Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Undoubtedly, this is one of the destinations on the group list and if you find yourself in this part of the world, you will probably pick a few destinations. Exploring South America remains one of the greatest rides I’ve taken so far. There’s something very crude and interesting about this part of the world. And while buses don’t always run on time and not every cross-border ride goes smoothly, there’s something very thrilling about things not going as planned. The journey to Machu Picchu will probably make no difference. But for all the changes in your plan and your highs and lows, one thing is certain: Machu Picchu is sure to be a high point. In fact, it’s so high that you’ll be at 2,430 meters above sea level. Up here the air is fresh and the possibilities seem endless. There is something magical about this part of the world that cannot be explained. You will need to visit to experience it.
2. Driving around Australia
Driving around Australia is sure to be on many travelers’ lists. There is something seductive and elegant about stepping on the open road in Australia. And I can safely say that some of my most memorable travel memories have taken place in my home country! But if you plan to drive around Australia on a camping truck or RV, you need to plan at least a year in advance. This country is best explored with a little planning available, especially if you want to see them all. Make sure the factor changes with the season. You will want to make the most of this trip as it is definitely a once in a lifetime challenge. And if you can’t get enough of Australia, consider it Drive around New Zealand in a cargo truck too. It was one of the highlights of my travel career!
3. Excursions to the Amazon
Visiting the Amazon jungle is always on the list of places I want to go. But it was such a strange and distant adventure that if I were to be honest, I never thought I would get there. That was until I did. I booked an excursion as a unique way to see Amazon. As a solo female traveler, I get a bit nervous when traveling alone around parts of the continent. Amazon is one of them. So I booked a five-day excursion and joined a small group of companions on the journey. It was one of the most memorable trips of my life to date – slowly walking on the river, waking up to the murky waters in search of new encounters. We met a lot of people from the local villages and got really connected to the land. Just make sure to book at least a year in advance, as space is few and far between.
4. Walk through the forest in Patagonia
If you love hiking, Chile should be on your travel list. This vast country has a lot to offer visitors, and each region is incredibly diverse. In the north, you have the Atacama Desert, believed to be the driest desert in the world. It is filled with cactus valleys and dry sand plains, plus a series of volcanic mountains. Then you have Santiago In the heart of the country, a capital city with a lot of flair. And if you don’t mind taking a bumpy plane ride, you will Easter Island on your west side, located in Polynesia. Then, down south, you have my personal favorite destination in Chile; Patagonia. This rugged mountainous terrain is unbelievable year round. But you’ll want to count your walking time according to the seasons, especially if you enjoy hiking in a sunny sky. So be sure to plan ahead and shop online before you travel. There’s so much to discover about this part of the world and planning is like a journey!
5. The Great Exodus in Serengeti
Tanzania is one of my favorite countries on the African continent. That said, I have a few! But if you’re in East Africa, you can’t miss seeing the Great Migration and one of the best places to see it is in the Serengeti. Every year, more than two million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate through the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems in search of verdant grassland. This once-in-a-lifetime trip should definitely be booked more than a year in advance, as this is one of the most anticipated times to arrive in Africa. Be sure to plan ahead!
6. Okavango Plain
Visiting the Okavango Plain was not one of my most enjoyable experiences, but three. Seriously, I love it so much so I just kept coming back! So what exactly does a trip to Botswana look like? First of all, you will need to plan ahead. Botswana is one of the most sought-after destinations in Africa and as a result, you will need at least a year of planning to ensure your travel plans go smoothly. And once you are there? We’re glad you asked! The Okavango River Delta offers a hunting experience like no other. There will be a multitude of wildlife species for one. Then there is the fact that it is one of the last authentic safari destinations on the continent. And that means it still retains a lot of its charm. You won’t find the spectacle too crowded, unlike many other African destinations. Plus, everyone was extremely welcoming and they were all very happy to share their culture with you.
7. Climb to Mount Everest
Climbing to Mount Everest is a miracle many of us will only dream of. But you know what they say, you have to dream to achieve it! However, with so many travelers taking the trip every year, it’s important to note that you need to book it at least a month in advance. In fact, the earlier you can start planning this trip, the better. And while you’re there, be sure not to miss the many beautiful towns and villages across Nepal and take the time to learn the culture.
8. Iceland road trip
There is no more surreal place than visiting the land of fire and ice. Certainly, that claim can be disputed. But we’re pretty sure no matter who you ask, Iceland is one of the top picks for an epic adventure. And if you choose the right timing of your visit, you can choose the type of adventure you will have. Those who are more adventurous will be able to make the most of a winter visit, when crowds are few and far away but weather can change drastically. However, this is a great time to visit if you really want adventure, snowy peaks and hidden gems. Just make sure to plan your adventure a long way ahead, as not all seasons enjoy the tranquil and secluded nature of winter. Summer sees many tourists coming to Iceland for road trips, so you can rest assured it will be a completely different experience. If you plan ahead, you really can’t go wrong.
Read more: 10 must-see places in Iceland
9. Excursions on the Russian waterways
Russia is not on every tourist’s list of tourists but if you ask me, it must be. My trip to Russia in my early twenties is one of my favorite travel memories. As a person who confesses Russian history, there are many reasons why I love the history and culture of this country. But there are many things I don’t get a chance to do because I didn’t plan it until I wanted it. For that reason, you should definitely plan ahead before visiting Russia. And arguably one of the best ways to see the country is via water, taking a train from Moscow to St Petersburg, the current and ancient capital of Russia.
Read more: The World of Wanderlust Guide to Moscow
ten. Visiting Giza Pyramids
If you’ve been to Egypt, you’ll know it’s possible to plan a last-minute trip. In fact, many sights and attractions are best booked when you come to this country to ensure better deals. However, there is no harm in planning ahead. Egypt is one country that will enjoy the best at slower speeds and if you can, combine with a few other countries in the region.