It might be something of a clichéd concept, but the fact remains that – consciously or otherwise – we all have bucket lists. Whether you have your own list scrawled on a piece of paper somewhere, or just have several big ideas floating around in your head, a sabbatical is the perfect opportunity to start ticking things off.
Having trouble narrowing down your seemingly endless list? With
a long stretch of sabbatical
time ahead you can finally take on those big-ticket items, the
do-before-I-die moments, the money can't (usually) buy experiences,
the long and leisurely trips that you can never fit in on a regular
holiday. They're yours for the taking and ticking off. Read on for
a few of our bucket list suggestions from around the world...
Most safari fanatics and wildlife lovers will likely have the
Wildebeest Migration, which takes places every year in Tanzania
and Kenya, on their list, and lucky for you, we know all the best
places to see the action. For an alternative bucket-list-worthy
adventure, head on a luxury cruise down the Nile and stay aboard
the Steam Ship
Sudan to re-live the voyage that inspired Agatha
Christie's famous novel.
Visiting Japan is often high on
many people's bucket lists, and you could easily spend an entire
sabbatical exploring the 6,852 islands that make up this
fascinating country, with the help of our experts' knowledge of
course. Elsewhere in Asia, if you've always wanted to ride in a hot
air balloon, enjoy a sunrise ride over Bagan in Myanmar while admiring the
thousands of stupas and temples in the golden morning light.
Perhaps the most famous train in the world, the Orient Express
is a pretty incredible way to see some of Europe's highlights.
Travel from London to Venice aboard this train while admiring the
views, dining on world-class cuisine and sipping champagne in the
dining carriage. Seeing the Northern
Lights is another classic bucket list experience, and we can
arrange trips in search of the Aurora Borealis across
Scandinavia and other northerly destinations during winter. The
wonderfully wild, natural adventure playground that is Iceland is another bucket list destination in
its own right, and one that can be explored in great depth on
Machu Picchu is
an iconic site for good reason, and this is one of those
experiences where the journey is as special as the destination. For
the best version of that journey we always recommend forgoing the
more popular Inca Trail for the little-known Lares Trail. Back at
sea level, and likely high on any wildlife lovers' bucket lists,
are the Galapagos
Islands. Travel by boat around these islands to discover the
dizzying number of endemic species found here with the help of a
The snowy home of the South Pole is a once-in-a-lifetime
destination and, considering the significant amount of time
required to venture into Antarctica, a
sabbatical is the perfect time to tackle it. We can arrange your
travel by small expedition cruise ship to this magnificent icy
destination, navigating along a coastline of stunning fjords while
spotting a whole host of wildlife.