Your Next Bucket List Travel Guide

We round up activities and holiday destinations we think you should check out before you usher in 2017!

 

  1. Visit the largest religious monument in the world

Visit: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Suggested trip duration: 3-5 days

Find colonial and Chinese architecture, a Cambodian cultural village and silk farms juxtaposed with modern hotels and eateries. Of course, Angkor Wat is a must-see; it’s one of the most famous – and the largest – religious sites in the world. If you visit at the end of the year, you’ll manage to avoid the hottest and wettest seasons, but beware of the crowd!

#AFPrepost by @ugartep ・・・ Moody clouds at Angkor Wat #Cambodia

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  1. Learn to surf

Visit: Bali, Indonesia

Suggested trip duration: 3-5 days

Kuta in Bali is without doubt a tourist haven but besides being well known for its nightlife spots, it is also a place where every girl gets to become the surfer she’s dreamt of becoming. This popular beach is the best place to start surfing. Canggu is another popular spot for beginners to practise at. If you’re a pro, head to Padang-Padang, which is also commonly referred to as the Balinese Pipeline.

Мера длины волн – не футы и дюймы, а увеличение страха ?

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  1. Go scuba diving

Visit: Langkawi, Malaysia

Suggested trip duration: 3-5 days

If you’ve always wanted to try diving, why not hop on a short flight to one of Malaysia’s most beautiful islands? Diving packages are available for both beginners and certified divers; the best place to dive is the Pulau Payar Marine Park, where you’ll be able to spot dozens of underwater species in pristine waters.

Playing with baby reef #sharks :) #selmasadventures #langkawi #pulaupayar

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hahaha akhir nya 42kaki smpai jugak kebawah? #scubadiving #pulaupayarmarinepark ?

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Photography: @selmamerter and @takataljal 

 

  1. Become a geisha for a day

Visit: Kyoto, Japan

Suggested trip duration: 6-7 days

Gion, a district in Kyoto, is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Japan and well known for its geisha population. While you’re there, be sure to visit traditional ochayas (teahouses) where geishas still entertain to this day or get a makeover at the studio to see how you look dressed and dolled up like a geisha. The men in your life won’t have to find ways to kill time as there are also samurai makeover packages available.

 

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  1. Set sail on a junk boat

Visit: Hong Kong

Suggested trip duration: 6-7 days

Hong Kong is an urban haven, but there are several surrounding islands and fishing villages you can visit for a change of pace and scenery. Charter one of Hong Kong’s famous junk boats, which will be an experience in itself (you can choose from the traditional variety or go for a more modern vessel), and head to Lantau Island, Lamma Island or the rustic Tai O Fishing Village.

#victoriaharbour#old#traditional#chinese#junkboat ⚓️?

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  1. Drive along the Great Ocean Road

Visit: Melbourne, Australia

Suggested trip duration: 6-7 days

Melbourne is Australia’s arty, coffee city and also a gateway to the best road-trip destinations in Australia. From Melbourne, head west along the coastline to the Great Ocean Road; this takes less than one and a half hours. From there, visit the beautiful coastal towns and view the ‘12 Apostles’, a natural tourist attraction.

Truly magnificent! ??photo by @georgiakhenshaw #seegor #grestoceanroad #portcsmpbell #12apostles #australia

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#apollobay #open #drive through #Forrest #marrinerslookout #awesome spot #greatoceanroad #view pic by @talliestravels

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  1. Go bungee jumping or skydiving

Visit: Christchurch, New Zealand

Suggested trip duration: 8-10 days

All you gutsy thrill seekers need to check this off your list! The Hanmer Springs bungee experience in Christchurch is like no other with a 35-metre plunge from a bridge towards a surging river below. Adrenaline junkies should also try out the Canyon Swing and Flying Fox, and the Nevis Swing in nearby Queenstown (a five-hour drive away). These experiences are simply indescribable, so watch the videos below for a taste of more!

Can you handle the biggest swing in the world?! #holdontight #insidertravel

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Videos: Hanmer Springs Attractions and @insidertravel

 

  1. Check out Santa Claus’s home

Visit: Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Suggested trip duration: 8-10 days

It’s pretty safe to assume that none of us really believes in Santa; nevertheless, this winter wonderland, named ‘Santa’s Official Hometown’, is worth visiting! Meet ‘Santa’ at his village, witness the breathtaking aurora borealis (Northern Lights) or take a ride on a dogsled. Temperatures drop to the negatives (average -5˚Celsius in December) so remember to pack thick, warm clothes!

Photography: @miciarts and @santapark_rovaniemi 

 

  1. Visit a Christmas market

Visit: Strasbourg, France

Suggested trip duration: 8-10 days

Strasbourg, in north-eastern France, hosts the world’s longest-running annual Christmas market, known as Christkindelsmärik. It’s truly a treat for the eyes and stomach: you’ll be able to enjoy warm mulled wine and savoury offerings surrounded by Christmas lights and, if you’re lucky, thick blankets of snow. End-of-year temperatures are likely to dip below zero, but the hot wine should warm you up.

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#france #strasbourg #noel #lumieres #decorationsdenoel #anneandcats #ruedesorfevred

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