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My Top 5 Bucket List Experiences

I love to travel so much but I just don't get a chance to do enough of it; there's so much that I want to see in the world and I always seem to get new ideas each month! I have made a Bucket List of my top 5 experiences that I would just love to do!

I hope that you enjoy my bucket list, let me know what you think and please add yours below!


Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda

Rwanda is a super-lush and beautiful country that has so much to offer visitors with its spectacular mountainous landscapes, and some of the most stunning sights in the African Great Lakes region.

It's no co-incidence that this is number one on my bucket-list and the hubby and I have been looking at going gorilla trekking in Rwanda over the next 12 months. The Parc National De Volcans is part home to the Virunga Mountains and is supposed to be one of the most spectacular places in the world for mountain gorilla trekking.

It is yet to be touched by mass tourism and efforts have been made by the Rwandan government to preserve and provide benefit to the local area, while keeping the the number of tourists visiting the region to a minimum. As well as tracking the gorillas, there are loads of opportunities to experience various species of birds, monkeys, and hyenas.

Experience the Northern Lights in Alaska

I'm sure that most of my fellow Brits will immediately think of visiting Iceland to see the spectacular Northern Lights, but as you can see from the video posted above, they look so pretty and mystical in Alaska.

This is one of only a few things that I would like to be woken up for the in the middle of the night.

The best time to see them is supposed to be in the depths of winter, when the weather is at its coldest and the sky is at its very darkest. However, if the cold weather really is too much for you to manage, then you can also go and see them at the very end of September when it is a little less colder.

However, if like me the experience is one towards the top end of your to-do list, then you really should try your hardest to visit in winter and get super-layered up and snug, and enjoy the experience!

Hike Up to Machu Picchu in Peru

One of my besties from Brighton did this last year with her partner and the photos that I've seen have made me sooo jealous!

Machu Picchu is one of the most famous and popular Inca archaeological ruins in the world and attracts over one millions tourists a year to trek its infamous Inca Trail, or one of the alternative trails into one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Whenever I go to the gym and go on the Stairclimber, I watch the video above for some inspiration and it makes my workout so much easier!

The best time to visit is supposed to be during the dry months of April to October, but my friend told me to try and avoid visiting during the peak tourist season of July to August when the highest number of visitors are undertaking the Inca Trail. If you are looking to get some of the best shots for Instagram, then you are advised to go during the early morning or dusk when there are less visitors wandering around.

A word of warning though, there has been a long tradition of people getting their kit off up at Machu Picchu, so if that's not your thing, you've been warned! :)

An Expedition to Antarctica

The feeling of visiting a destination and feeling like I am incredibly small and the only person in the whole world is something that has always appealed to me as much as lounging on the beach and sipping ice-cold margaritas.

The Antarctica was once a hunting ground reserved for whalers and sealers in the 19th century, then explorers eager to expand their knowledge of the world. These days though the Peninsula is really starting to open up more and more to all of us and showing its secrets and wonders.

You might have guessed that I really love to explore wild and exotic locations and get up close to animals. Visiting Antarctica is offers the chance to see the local fauna in all of its majestity.

There is so much to see here, including: humpback whales, elephant and fur seals, and my most favourite of all...penguins!


Snorkeling in Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Snorkeling in Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Last, but in no way least!

No experiences list would be complete without a super-relaxing and romantic beach experience!

Bora Bora is one of my top dream locations to visit but my hubby doesn't seem to share my enthusiasm when I mention the prices to him! It is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. As you can see from the pic, it is full of turquoise coloured lagoons protected by coral reef, and as you would expect, well known for its snorkeling and scuba diving with some of the most amazing scenery waiting to be discovered beneath the surface.

If you're looking for a luxurious and exotic beach experience with a difference, then this really is a once in a lifetime experience that you need to do!

There's hundreds of different kinds of tropical fish species, manta rays and reef sharks beneath the surface to see and opportunities for both beginner and advanced scuba divers.

  • "Nathalie Martin is a young woman from Brighton who has a strong interest in education, family, shopping and childcare after growing up as a part of a large family on the South Coast. When she's not writing about what she loves she is most likely kicking back with her cat called James"

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