It's not very often someone comes up with a list of dream destinations that we have not been to. So I have to admire Chris for this one.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? A person's dream holiday destination can tell you a lot about their personality; for example, how adventurous, curious or even style conscious they are. While we all have a different top five, it's a safe bet that your bucket list includes at least one of these classics:
1. Lazing on a Jamaican beach
The ultimate in laidback luxury. Imagine swinging in a hammock, sipping a rum cocktail, listening to some chilled-out reggae from a nearby beach bar and the sound of the sea. Although you will find blissful beaches elsewhere in the world, Jamaica encapsulates everything a holiday to the Caribbean has to offer; culture, food and stunning landscapes. Caribbean holidays don’t get any better; there’s a reason why so many go back.
2. Trekking Machu Picchu
Anyone with an ounce of curiosity in their body will want to explore the world’s most ancient sites, and ancient sites don’t get any more impressive than Peru’s mighty Machu Picchu. Forget the blisters, the three or four days of trekking along the Inca trail from Cusco is well worth it to see this incredible 15th century civilisation emerge from the clouds. A truly priceless experience.
3. Skiing in the French Alps
Let’s face it - we would all like to ski in the Alps. Even just once, to say we have done it. Amongst this stunning mountain range you’ll find chocolate box chalets and some of the best apres ski activities in the world. And as far as resorts go, there are plenty in the French Alps to choose from; Courchevel is great for beginners while Val d’Isere caters for advanced ski and snowboarders as well as being fantastic for families. The fashion conscious will enjoy people watching just as much as skiing, through very expensive and uber stylish ski goggles of course.
4. African safari
Who would pass up the chance to see some of the world’s most amazing, and endangered species in their natural habitat? Safaris have changed a lot in the past few decades too; once seen as a pastime for the super rich, affordable tours are now widespread as are safaris specifically for young people and backpackers. One of the most amazing has to be the locally organised Gorilla trek in Uganda, where intrepid explorers trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of our primate relatives, then hang out with them for an hour.
5. Seeing the sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Giant rocks don’t get more impressive than Uluru, Australia’s distinctive World Heritage listed landmark. Towering above the sandy desert at 3.6km long and 348 metres tall, Uluru changes colour depending on the time of day and the season. The journey to get there takes two or three days from Alice Springs through Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and is impressive in itself, but not as impressive as seeing the sunrise over this sacred natural site.
Chris Beattle is a student who spends most weekends fishing with his grand dad. He spent a gap year visiting bucket list destinations where he fished in over 20 different countries.