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83 Travel Experiences to Have While You're Alive and Breathing

Aug 31 2014 - 3:05am

Live life to the fullest by soaking up some of the most awesome travel experiences that will leave you changed forever.

Front Page Image Source: Instagram user everestcalm [1], Instagram user erongekong [2]

Swim in Devil's Pool in Africa

Peek over the edge of the naturally formed pool to see Victoria Falls, the world's largest waterfalls, up close and personal.

Source: Flickr user joepyrek [3]

Let Go of a Floating Lantern in Thailand

Step in the Middle of the Pura Lempuyang in Indonesia

It looks like a door to the heavens.
Source: Instagram user 0_level [4]

See the Wildebeest Crossing the Mara River in Kenya

Mara River is definitely worth a visit during the time of the wildebeest migration. Watch the large herd cross the Mara River while battling hungry crocodiles.

Eat Sushi at Jiro in Tokyo

Source: Instagram user jrepus [5]

Swim in the Blue Grotto in Capri

See a Broadway Musical in New York

Hold Hands With a Sweetheart to Cross the Tunnel of Love in Ukraine

This beautiful tunnel looks like something out of a fairy tale. It's actually still used today — trains chug through it three times a day to deliver wood to a factory. It's believed that if couples who are truly in love hold hands and cross the tunnel, their wishes will come true.

Sit on the Edge of Preikestolen in Norway

Swim in the Largest Pool in the World

It's located in the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile. The pool covers 20 acres [6] and cost about $2 billion [7] to construct.

Source: San Alfonso del Mar [8]

Watch the Changing of the Guards in London

Source: ZRyzner [9] / Shutterstock.com [10]

Soak in the Hot Springs in Iceland

This hot-springs resort in Iceland is aptly named the Blue Lagoon.

Source: Robert Hoetink [11] / Shutterstock.com [12]

Get Certified in Scuba Diving in Ko Tao, Thailand

Source: Instagram user ienemienemuttem [13]

Go on a Hot-Air Balloon Ride in Turkey

Source: Instagram user missvenus78 [14]

Eat in the Underwater Restaurant in the Maldives

You can get this fine-dining experience at the Ithaa restaurant in the Maldives.

Source: Instagram user christinewijaya [15]

Swim With the Pink Dolphins in the Amazon

Watch the Cinderella Castle Fireworks

Source: Instagram user nevergrowup132 [16]

Float in the Dead Sea in Israel

Source: Flickr user israeltourism [17]

Run Through a Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan

The wisteria flower tunnels in Kawachi Fuji Gardens look like something from a fairy tale.

See the Fairy Pools in Scotland

Source: Instagram user bumblebambi [18]

Visit Stonehenge

Source: Flickr user LitasWorld [19]

Throw a Coin and Make a Wish in the Trevi Fountain in Italy

Source: Flickr user J.Enric [20]

Tickle Whales in Mexico

The whales swim up to your boat, waiting to be scratched and tickled.

Source: Flickr user Ryan Harvey [21]

Add a Lock to the Love-Lock Bridge in Paris

Source: Instagram user ___benn [22]

Hug a Sloth in Costa Rica

Source: Instagram user noramaya [23]

Attend Carnival in Brazil

Source: Celso Pupo [24] / Shutterstock.com [25], Leanne Vorrias [26] / Shutterstock.com [27]

Walk the Great Wall of China

Stay in an Overwater Bungalow in Bora Bora

Float Down the Mekong River in Laos

Source: Instagram user garrincha683 [28]

Eat at French Laundry in Napa

Source: Instagram user simonlewisphoto [29], Instagram user simonlewisphoto [30]

Go to the Top of the Eiffel Tower

Go Fly-Fishing in Montana's Glacier National Park

Source: Flickr user Rosemaree's Photos [31]

Literally Reflect at Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

When it rains in the world's largest salt flats, the water makes it look like a giant mirror.

Helicopter Over a Volcano in Hawaii

See the Northern Lights

Source: Flickr user Beverly & Pack [32]

Take an Elephant Shower in Nepal

Source: Instagram user everestcalm [33]

Go to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin

Source: Instagram user danmumford [34], Instagram user followthefrog [35]

Enjoy the Katikies Hotel Cave Pool in Greece

Source: Facebook user Katikies Hotels Santorini [36]

Dress Up as a Geisha and Walk the Streets of Kyoto, Japan

Hike to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

Learn How to Make Pasta From Scratch in Tuscany

Source: Instagram user morinaporina [37]

Enjoy Teatime in London

Stand Under the Hollywood Sign

Source: nito [38] / Shutterstock.com [39]

Stay in a Glass Igloo in Finland

Source: Kakslauttanen Artic Resort [40]

Attend the Kentucky Derby

Source: Instagram user johnpeter33 [41]

Watch the Sunset in Santorini, Greece

Bike Down Death Road in Bolivia

Bike down Yungas Road, also known as Death Road.

Source: Instagram user hazekid1 [42], Instagram user roybtz [43]

Admire the Pink Hues of Laguna Salada de Torrevieja in Spain

Laguna Salada de Torrevieja is a natural phenomenon where the water looks pink due to a type of special algae.

Play Blackjack in Vegas

Cuddle a Baby Tiger in Thailand

Source: Instagram user gabyquintero17 [44]

Run With the Bulls in Pamplona

Source: Migel [45] / Shutterstock.com [46]

Attend the Palio Horse Race in Siena, Italy

Source: M. Rohana [47] / Shutterstock.com [48]

Swim With Sharks in the Bahamas

Source: Instagram user myreign [49]

Skydive in Dubai

Source: Instagram user louischadwick_ [50]

Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway

Source: Instagram user toframe [51]

Explore the Sahara Desert

Source: Instagram user michellerutty [52]

Laze Around With Manatees in Florida

Source: Instagram user martinmoorejr [53]

Stand on a Boulder Wedged Between Mountains in Norway

Stand on Kjeragbolten, a boulder in the Kjerag mountain range located in Norway. The rock measures five cubic meters, and the drop to the bottom is 3,228 feet.

Source: Flickr user Gabriele Balletti [54]

Go to the Opera in Sydney

Source: androver [55] / Shutterstock.com [56]

Sail Around the Galapagos and Observe the Wildlife

Just like Darwin.

Source: Shutterstock [57], Corbis Images [58]

Ride an Elephant in Chiang Mai

Source: Instagram user aliciaacatherine [59]

Visit the "Real" Santa Claus in Finland

Source: Flickr user Tarja Ryhannen Mitrovic [60]

Go Zorbing in New Zealand

Source: Instagram user kitty_murdoch [61]

Drink Beer at Oktoberfest in Germany

Source: Instagram user samuel__coelho [62]

Sunbathe (Topless, if You Dare!) on the French Riviera

Frolic Among the Tulips in Holland

Eat a Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia

Source: Instagram user tonylukes_bh [63]

Stay at an Ashram in India

Cruise Down the Amazon River

Ski in the Swiss Alps

Source: Instagram user tam_tara_tam [64]

Ride Through Tibet on a Yak

Source: Hung Chung Chih [65] / Shutterstock.com [66]

Ascend Machu Picchu in Peru

Take a trip back in history to the time of the Incas in 1450 when you visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. The structures were thought to serve as a royal retreat, ceremonial site, or military stronghold, according to National Geographic. Today, the ancient ruins provide a breathtaking contrast against the backdrop of the Peruvian Andes.
Source: Flickr user szeke [67]

Learn the Hula in Hawaii

MaxPhoto [68] / Shutterstock.com [69]

Make a Call From a London Phone Booth

Source: Flickr user derekskey [70]

Watch the Grand Prix in Monaco

Ride a Vespa in Tuscany

Source: Instagram user erongekong [71]

Get a Henna Tattoo in India

Ride a Gondola in Venice

Be sure to find a gondolier who will sing to you.

Source: Flickr user yanivba [72]

Attend the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco

Source: Kobby Dagan [73] / Shutterstock.com [74]

Swing on the Edge of the World in Ecuador

Source: Flickr user Rinaldo W. [75]

Spend a Night in an Amazon Rainforest Lodge

Source: Instagram user turkohidalgo [76], Instagram user vicky_jackson [77]
Source: Instagram user turkohidalgo [78], Instagram user vicky_jackson [79]

Zip-Line in Costa Rica

Source: Instagram user rych18 [80]

Slide Down the Atlantis Slide in the Bahamas

This slide, part of the Atlantis Paradise Island resort [81] in the Bahamas, will let you slide into a tube that goes through the shark tank. You'll be able to view sharks on your way out!

Source: Alantis Paradise Island [82]


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