Take your vacation game to the next level with these incredible once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences that should be on every intrepid traveler’s bucket list:
#1 Virtual Reality Tour of Pompeii, Italy
Modern technology meets history in this unique virtual reality tour of the ancient Roman city. It’s the first on-site 3D multi-media tour of a historic city, notes TripAdvisor. Led by a local guide, the three-hour tour let’s visitors explore life the way it was 2,000 years ago, before Mount Vesuvius violently erupted and molten lava engulfed the entire city in 79 A.D. All you’ve to do is don the VR headset and watch Pompeii’s original shops, warehouses, temples, theatres and thermal baths spring to life before your eyes! If you want to prolong the experience, pair the tour with a lunch reservation on a farm situated in the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, overlooking the bay of Naples. Get booking details here. Pro tip: Book your tickets in advance for better prices.
#2 Midnight Paddleboarding in Barcelona, Spain
From great food and stunning architecture to beautiful beaches and buzzing nightlife, Barcelona has something for every kind of traveler. And if you’re looking for something more offbeat, why not check out the city’s illuminated skyline while paddling under the starlit sky? Each paddleboard has bright LED lights attached to the bottom so you can explore the Mediterranean marine life as well. The guided tour usually lasts for three hours, capping off with a buffet dinner at Punalu’u Sailing Club. Book the tour online here.
#3 Forest Bathing in Oahu, Hawaii
Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing is a healing technique in Japanese medicine that focuses on connecting with nature by soaking in the forest’s surroundings. The wellness practice has several health benefits, including reduced stress levels, lower blood pressure and stronger immune system. Located at the back of Mānoa Valley, the lush rainforest of Lyon Arboretum in Oahu, Hawaii is a perfect spot to relax and rejuvenate by immersing yourself in the forest experience. During the roughly three-hour long session, a certified forest therapy guide will help you reconnect with nature through your senses. Visitors are also provided tea and healthy, locally sourced snacks at the end of therapy session. Get more details about this travel experience here.
#4 Gorilla Trekking at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Encounter the mountain gorillas of Africa in their natural habitat with this one-of-a-kind wildlife experience. The guided tour of Volcanoes National Park lets you watch these endangered primates up close as you trek across the scenic green forests of Rwanda or the “land of a thousand hills.” There are currently ten gorilla families living in this forest reserve. To make your holiday experience more memorable, add golden monkey tracking and chimpanzee watching to your itinerary. All trekking and safaris tours are customizable, ranging from one day tours to 24-day long safari adventure packages. It’s advisable to wear a sun hat, long-sleeve shirt and lots of insect repellent. Also, carry a light waterproof jacket to stay prepared for the unpredictable weather. Book your gorilla trekking tour here.
#5 Listen to the Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia
Zadar, one of the oldest (and coolest) cities of Croatia, is home to a unique attraction called the Sea Organ. Built by local architect Nikola Bašić, the intriguing structure consists of 35 organ pipes hidden under a large marble staircase. Every set of steps holds five organ pipes, each set designed to play a different chord. So that every time the waves push air through the channels, a surreal sea melody floats in the air. It’s best to hit up this place on a windy day. If you want to avoid heavy footfall, avoid visiting in the evening. Check out all Sea Organ tour options here.
Looking for more fun travel experiences to try? Why not go for a swim with blue whales in Mirissa, Sri Lanka or enjoy a robot cabaret show in Tokyo, Japan? Or, sip lager beer while taking in views of the Alps at Zugspitze, the highest beer garden in Germany? Or, take a saltwater bath at the luxurious Palacio de Sal or ‘Salt Palace’ in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Check out a few more weirdly fun travel experiences here.