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11 Trips That Will Actually Change Your Life Forever

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 20 December 2017
Bored of the usual soulless travel haunts? Tired of partying until 5am with the mates? Need a drastic change in your life? We’ve got you covered, because these trips will change your life for the better.

Sometimes you have to go on the right journey at the right time: a road trip after a break up, a honeymoon (even, a divorce – WHY NOT?), or a cultural tour-de-force for the mind and the senses. Epiphany trips, if you will.

Then you’ve got those first-timer trips such as thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail or crossing the ocean in a small dinky boat. The point of these trivial, albeit deathly exciting trips is that it means it’s time for a change – and a drastic one, at that.

If you’ve already reached that point, here are 11 trips that will not only reignite your passion for life, but will also make you appreciate our awesome world just that little bit more. Let the wanderlust commence.

11. Holi Festival (India)…

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In spring, the Hindu festival of colours precipitates a wealth of powdery rainbows in the Indian temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan. While the festival has spread throughout the entire world, there’s no better place to experience it than in Krishna’s birthplace. The point? To embrace the spirit of forgiveness – of others and oneself. Bliss. 

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10. Gorilla trekking (Rwanda)…

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It’s a challenging experience, meandering up and down deadly mountains slopes, but the death defying experience of trekking through the bush outweighs them all. Sadly, only about 700 mountain gorillas exist in the world today. Because of their dwindling numbers, only 10 gorilla spots in Rwanda are accessible to humans. Word of advice: book way in advance as places fill up very, very fast.

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9. Paris, France…

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Yes, it’s clichéd, but nowhere else in the world can you truly experience the best of art, fashion, food, romance and beauty than in Paris. Skip the Eiffel Tower and stick to Montmartre for a slice of authentic Parisian life. You’ll leave more cultured than you were before you arrived.

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8. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador…

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The beauty of the Galapagos Islands will inspire you to think very differently about our world. The vibrant, exotic creatures that have made the islands their home, (many found nowhere else in the world), act as if us humans are nothing more than