"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did."
Sorry for turning all philosophical on you but that Mr Twain had a point, travelling is just plain good for the soul. And while revelling in the Carpe Diem vibes, we got to thinking about some of the most unique travel experiences out there. Those that bring out our inner adventurers, whether it's trekking in a remote mountain range, seeing spectacular scenery from a whole new perspective or spotting endangered wildlife in exotic climes. And when it comes to planning such trips, our team of experts have got you covered. We've even compiled a list of some of our favourites for you to ogle at. So don your adventure hats and seize the day… I'm off to google some more inspiring travel quotes.
Patagonia from a Different Perspective
It's fair to say that Chilean Patagonia is home to some of our planet's most jaw-dropping scenery, from looming volcanoes to lush rainforest and vast glaciers. Explore the lesser known areas of this great wilderness by land, air and water while staying aboard the MV Atmosphere. And it's not all about the landscape; think whale-watching, fly-fishing and even heli-skiing.
Uncover the Real Japan
Space travel may be coming to a Virgin store near you but why travel to another planet when you could explore Japan? We'll help you get to the heart of this country's unique culture, from travelling on a space-age bullet train to arranging visits to the temples of Shikoku, to organising special permits for the tuna auctions, so you can tour with a chef and then head back to your hotel to make sushi.
Glamping in Swedish Lapland
What do you get when you combine snow, wilderness, the prospect of seeing the northern lights and, er, a tent? The ultimate 'glamping' experience is what. And we know just the thing - Swedish Lapland's Aurora Safari Camp. But fear not because with comfortable beds, arctic sleeping bags and wood burners, it's all rather civilised. You can even take a photography course with Fredrik Broman and learn to take photos as fantastic as that on the left!
Once-in-a-Lifetime Wildlife in Indonesia
Seeing Orangutans in the wild is no doubt atop a fair few bucket lists. For the ultimate intrepid experience head to Tanjung Puting in Kalimantan and charter a private klotok river boat. Cruise from feeding spot to feeding spot and spy these majestic (and sadly endangered) animals in their natural habitat. While a klotok may not be the height of luxury, we know the best ones to stay on, including those with air-con!
Trekking in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a fascinating dichotomy of culture, history, religion and tradition. And that's before we've even mentioned the landscapes which are, needless to say, simply spectacular. Our very own Amelia Stewart, a self-confessed Ethiopia nut, professes that one of her favourite experiences is walking through the biblical landscapes of the Tigrayan Highlands, staying in simple huts and soaking up the scenery en route.
Dhow Safari in Mozambique
'There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats', proclaimed Rat, of Wind in the Willows fame - and we'd have to agree. And messing about in a boat, a traditional African Dhow to be precise, in Mozambique has got to be right up there. Feel like a true explorer as you drift through calm azure waters, discovering some of Mozambique's most isolated and beautiful islands.