These 8 Trips Would Make Anyone’s Bucket List

Pinturas River Canyon and the Cave of the Hands, Argentina
Pinturas River Canyon and the Cave of the Hands, Argentina | © Kseniya Ragozina / Alamy Stock Photo

So you’ve decided that one week on the sun lounger isn’t going to cut it and want your next holiday to be a life-changing excursion. This guide will help you find some of the most awe-inspiring trips out there, including the ancient pyramids in Egypt, the endless tundras of Antarctica and everything in between.

Sojourn in South America

There’s no time like the present to tick the diverse continent of South America off your bucket list. The South America Highlights trip is a 32-day journey that starts in Lima, the ‘city of kings’, and takes you through Bolivia, Chile and Argentina before ending in Rio de Janeiro. If your dream is to trek up Machu Picchu, wander through the Amazon jungle, explore the history of Santiago and snap pictures of Buenos Aires’s colourful La Boca neighbourhood, this adventure may well be for you.

Reed boat on Island of Uros. Those are floating islands on lake Titicaca | © Jiri Vondrous / Alamy Stock Photo

Find peace in Patagonia

Encompassing the southernmost tips of Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is home to thousands of miles of unexplored nature stretching over grasslands, brutish mountains and stoic glaciers. The 12-day Patagonia Adventure begins at Torres del Paine National Park. You’ll get to climb, hike and camp on the journey to Los Glaciares National Park, discovering plenty of spectacular sights along the way.

Entry Bridge to the Los Torres Area of Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile. | © / Alamy Stock Photo

Immerse yourself in Mexico’s magic

From urban excursions in Mexico City to the picture-perfect beaches of Cancún on the Yucatán Peninsula, this 13-day Magical Mexico trip encompasses several of the country’s best destinations including Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristóbal, Palenque and Mérida. Explore ancient Aztec architecture, visit indigenous villages, and spend time in the rainforest around Palenque on this dream trip to North America.

Waterfall in the deep forest of Palenque on Mexico | © Stefan Ember / Alamy Stock Photo

Embark on adventures in Asia

What better way to explore Southeast Asia than on a 29-day adventure through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam? This Asia Experience trip will take you to the ancient temples at Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, down the Mekong Delta and through the wilderness in Chiang Mai. Along the way, you’ll get the chance to practice your haggling skills at Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City, trek through Da Nang’s famous Marble Mountains and cook up delicacies at a Thai cookery class.

Angkor Thom, Cambodia | © Sirio Carnevalino / Alamy Stock Photo

Explore East Africa

Explore East Africa’s most incredible sights on a 21-day trip across Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Spend time in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, experiencing the boulevards and restaurants; bask in the beauty of Lake Bunyonyi; come face-to-face with gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; look for the Big Five in the Maasai Mara National Reserve; and visit Zanzibar’s UNESCO-listed Stone Town on what will surely be an unforgettable holiday.

One of the streets in Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. | © Magdalena Paluchowska / Alamy Stock Photo

See the best of the Balkans

The Balkans are an often overlooked region despite being a must-visit destination due to their rich history and breathtaking scenery. This 15-day trip includes the great capitals Belgrade, Skopje and Sofia. There’s so much culture to experience in this part of the world including the streets of Sarajevo, the Blagaj Tekke Dervish Monastery, Bulgaria’s Byzantine churches and Macedonia’s stunning Matka Canyon.

Matka Lake, Matka Canyon, Skopje, Skopje Region, Republic of Macedonia. | © Greg Balfour Evans / Alamy Stock Photo

Explore Egypt, Jordan and Israel

The Middle East should be on everyone’s bucket list, and this 19-day trip lets you see the best of Egypt, Jordan and Israel in one go. Stand in the shadows of the ancient pyramids, sail along the Nile, explore the ruins of Umm Qais overlooking the Sea of Galilee, and visit Jerusalem’s religious sites, discovering all the little things that make this part of the world so unique.

Roman colums of the ancient city of Gadara, modern Jordan | © Anton Ivanov / Alamy Stock Photo

Traverse a white wilderness

If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, this 10-day trip through Antarctica’s endless white wilderness is sure to tick all the boxes. The journey starts in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town. Travel by boat across the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands on the Antarctic Peninsula. Swim in the hot springs of Pendulum Cove and see the penguins, seabirds, orcas and humpback whales that call these waters home.

Colony of southern elephant seals and gentoo penguins at Hannah Point, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica | © Tasfoto / Alamy Stock Photo

Tucan Travel opens up a world of possibilities with its curated tours to some of the world’s most exciting destinations. Search the website for bucket-list trips and experiences for groups, couples or solo travellers.

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