I’m lucky enough to have travelled to some amazing places all over the world, from my first ever trip to Vancouver as a child to my most recent trip to India earlier this year I’ve seen and experienced some incredible things! In this post, I’ll be sharing some of the most memorable experiences & why! I hope this post inspires you to Travel far & wide!
Whale Watching in Vancouver, Canada
I went on my first whale watching trip when I was around 7/8 and I can still remember it clearly now, although at that age I didn’t quite appreciate how amazing it was to see Orcas in their natural habitat. Fast forward over 10 years, after many trips to Sea World (which are majorly regretted after watching Blackfish) and I was back in Vancouver to experience it once more! During my trip to the US & Canada in 2016, I headed out for a day of whale spotting. After what seemed like forever and the ever-growing likelihood of an unsuccessful trip, we were lucky enough to spot a pod! It really isn’t until you see these creatures close up that you can appreciate the size of them! A whale watching tour is around 150 Canadian dollars, and worth every single penny!
Top tip: don’t stress too much about trying to capture this moment. (let me tell you it is very hard to get a picture of a breaching Orca from a moving boat).
Flying over the Grand Canyon, Arizona
During an all-girls trip across the US to celebrate my 21st Birthday and graduation, we made a stop off in Las Vegas (which is a bucket list destination in itself). We’d agreed to do one big thing in each of our stops, so for Vegas, we chose a flight over the Grand Canyon. We did our tour with a company called Sundance, and it cost around £200 per person. The tour included pick up from our hotel, a 45-minute flight over the Hoover dam to the Grand Canyon, a champagne picnic in the Grand Canyon, the flight back & drop off our hotel or desired location. The Grand Canyon is incredible and the whole experience from start to finish was one I’ll remember forever!
Top tip: Don’t drink too much the night before, our pilot told us that someone is sick on 9/10 trips because it can be a bumpy flight due to heat pockets!
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco
I am literally obsessed with crime dramas and prison documentaries, so when I visited San Francisco, a trip to Alcatraz was top of my list! On the day we went, it was foggy which made for some amazing pictures. But what was even better, is that there was an ex-inmate there for a book signing! The tour itself it AMAZING but hearing first-hand stories just made the day a little more memorable. For the money, a trip to Alcatraz is so worth doing and is undoubtedly one of my favourite memories from my American adventures.
Top tip: Wear comfy shoes, there’s some uphill walking!
Scuba diving in Phuket, Thailand
During my Thailand travels last year we went on a scuba diving trip, it was one of my favourite days from my South East Asia travels. Our tour was around £100 per person, this included hotel pick up and drop off, food, an 8-hour boat trip, 2 dives and all of the equipment. Because we just choose a diving experience, it was straight into the sea for us after our induction. We completed our first dive in Racha Yai, and a second nearby. Overall, our actual diving time accumulated to an hour which actually feels like a really long time when you’re underwater!
Top tip: There are a lot of companies in the area that offer tours for a similar price. So do your research to ensure you’re going with a reputable company!
The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Seeing Elephants in Asia is like a rite of passage, but unfortunately, so many tourists don’t do their research and end up visiting and supporting establishments that don’t treat animals very well. Although it’s difficult to be 100% sure, the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary seems to be an acceptation to this. A day trip to the Chiang Mai sanctuary cost around £60pp. This includes hotel pick up and drop off, transfer up the mountains to the sanctuary, and lunch. For me, it was worth every penny & more! We had such a great day here, you get to feed, play with and even bathe the elephants in the river. The guys at the sanctuary were great and truly added to our experience.
Top tip: With all sanctuary’s around the world, please do your research first! And don’t ride elephants!
Watching the sunrise/sunset
I’m aware that the above experiences aren’t exactly budget friendly, and although I’d highly recommend all of them, I also appreciate that some of the best things in life are free! One of my favourite things to do is watch the sunset. However on more recent trips, especially during a yoga retreat in India, I made a conscious effort to wake up for sunrise, and I’m so glad I did! Even if it’s just once during your trip, you should make the time to do so!
Top tip: Record the sunrise on a time lapse setting on your phone for some great footage.
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