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 Visit a thriving underground town - Coober Pedy, Australia
Coober Pedy is an opal mining town in South Australia that gets very hot. To escape the heat, residents did the natural thing and built underground. Here, you can stay in underground hotels, visit underground museums, pray in underground churches and enjoy a drink in an underground pub. Who says living underground is just for moles and earthworms?
#4 Swim in lush rainforest infinity pools - Ubud, Bali
Ubud in Bali is famous for its rainforest infinity pools that seem to stretch out into the very trees themselves. While the Hanging Gardens of Bali is one of the most well-known infinity pool locations, there are dozens of these magical swimming spots in hotels and resorts all around Ubud. Regular swimming will seem so boring once you’ve swum in a magical rainforest infinity pool.
#5 Visit the mountainside ‘city of the dead’ - Myra, Turkey
The creepy yet beautiful Lycian Necropolis is a collection of 4th-century tombs built into the Turkish cliffside. The ancient civilisations that lived here believed that their dead would be carried to the afterlife by a winged creature, which is why the tombs were built high on the hilltops. This fascinating ‘city of the dead’ is a reverent site of ancient architecture and culture that you won’t soon forget.