If you’re the type of traveler who craves unique experiences and strange attractions, you’re probably not going to be satisfied with busy tourist hotspots like the Eiffel Tower or Times Square. You want to get off the beaten track and see something truly out-of-this-world, right? From surfing down volcanos to sleeping in rainforest pods, here are ten unique travel experiences to add to your bucket list.
#1 Dine under the sea - Rangali Island, Maldives
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant gives a whole new meaning to the word ‘seafood’. Located sixteen feet below sea level, Ilthaa is the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant. This one-of-a-kind dining experience offers panoramic views of the coral gardens and curious sealife that surround it. Enjoy a six-course meal of scrumptious European cuisine as you watch the ocean churn around you.
#2 Try the fastest zip line in the world - Snowdonia, Wales
If you’ve ever wanted to fly, this comes pretty close. The fastest zipline in the world is located in Penrhyn Quarry in Wales, part of the gorgeous Snowdonia National Park. This incredible zipline reaches speeds of over 100km per hour and flies you over a breathtaking quarry lake, surrounded by stunning views of Snowdonia. You can even see the Isle of Man on a clear day. You’ll honestly feel like a bird, or a plane, or Superman!
#3 Watch the Northern Lights from a glass igloo - Lapland, Finland
Seeing the Northern Lights is on plenty of bucket lists, and this is surely the best place to do it. Kakslauttanen is an igloo resort in Finnish Lapland that offers a stunning view of the Northern Lights from the comfort of your own glass-domed igloo. Nestled amongst the snow with a window to the sky, this is the ideal way to experience the extraordinary natural phenomena.
#4 Get up-close and personal with giraffes at the Giraffe Manor - Nairobi, Kenya
If you’re traveling to Kenya, you’ll be wanting a good view of the local wildlife. The Giraffe Manor in Nairobi offers just that. This boutique hotel is situated amongst 140 acres of indigenous forest, and is home to a herd of resident giraffes. These giraffes will often poke their heads into the manor windows to say hello or look for a treat! You couldn’t ask for friendlier neighbours.
#5 Surf down an active volcano - León, Nicaragua
This is one for the thrill-seekers. Cerro Negro is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, and is also an ideal place to go ‘volcano boarding’. The warm soft ash that covers the active volcano’s exterior creates smooth slopes that make it perfect for surfing or boarding down. It’s basically the extreme opposite of snowboarding, and is definitely something to write home about!