Quick and cheap holidays have their fair share of followers, but what about the times when the occasion calls for something BIG? While there’s nothing wrong with economical getaways, mondo vacations are a spectacle worth experiencing every once in a while. If you’re itching to plan an active holiday that’s truly for the history books, have a gander at Flight Centre’s list of vacation spots that are bound to spoil your senses!
1. Patagonia, Chile
Being one of the most iconic nature hikes in the world, the Torres del Paine National Park is also one of the most photographed places in South Africa. The Ecocamp Patagonia - the area’s first fully sustainable accommodation – puts visitors within full view of the soaring mountains, tumbling waterfalls, awe-inspiring glaciers and incredible wildlife. There’s also the Perito Moreno Glacier and the Valdes Peninsula to visit, the former being one of the few glaciers in the world that is actually growing while the latter being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa
Known as being one of the Seven Summits, Mount Kilimanjaro is a challenging but ultimately rewarding mountain hikes, even for beginners. Aside from being Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro also offers hikers a whirlwind experience of trekking through breath-taking scenery as they make their way up to the summit. I would say that top of the mountain is quite unlike anything else in the world, but you’re much better off seeing it with your own eyes!
3. New York City Marathon
The New York City Marathon is one of the most well-known and respected circuits in the marathon scene. It’s also one of the most scenic, bringing runners through New York’s five burroughs and across the city’s landmark bridges. If running a marathon has been sitting at the top of your bucket list for a while, why not strike it off by going with one of the very best? From Staten Island to Central Park, it’ll definitely be a run to remember!
4. Raja Ampat, Misool Eco Resort, Indonesia
When it comes to diving, the more remote a location is, the better. Misool is situated within an unspoilt and uninhabited archipelago just south of the equator, promising pristine waters for a truly immersive and eye-opening dive. The resort also doubles as a marine conservation centre, offering protection for the surrounding reefs, shark and manta populations.
5. Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Alpine resorts have a certain air of exclusivity around them. After all, the climate has to be juusssst right in order to accommodate all those activities on the slopes that tend to spring up just around the holidays. The ski fields at Whistler Blackcomb are spread across two mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb – which are linked by the impressive 4.4 kilometre-long Peak 2 Peak Gondola. With over 100 trails on each mountain, beginners and advanced skiiers alike are bound to find something that they can enjoy over the vast 8,171 acres of terrain.
The old saying “go big or go home” certainly does have some merit in this instance. Big holidays are all about that once-in-a-lifetime experience you wouldn’t get anywhere else. If you’ve got the chance, grab it – exploring the wonders of the world is one of the most rewarding things you can ever do with your time; you’ll never know when the opportunity might surface again! For more information on how you can take advantage of Flight Centre’s holiday-planning expertise, reach out to Chloe at firstname.lastname@example.org.