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Sometimes the most memorable kind of trip is the one where you seek out a way to challenge yourself, whether it’s by experiencing a new language, tasting food from a different culture or chasing adrenaline by pushing yourself physically (and mentally). Adventure comes in many forms but one thing is certain, this type of travel is expanding and evolving with bucket list experiences for 2019.


Faroe Islands

First, fly to Reykjavik. Then head to a mountainous archipelago of 18 islands where you’ll discover remote adventures with gorgeous landscapes. This is a place for travelers looking to explore the (luxurious) unknown. Go off-the-map and have dinner at Michelin-star Koks for a 21-course meal in a farmhouse without any roads leading to it.


Moab, Utah

Searching for those red-rock sandstone arches splashed all over Instagram? Do it a little differently. Capture the moment in Arches National Park but then head 15 minutes south to Moab: home to mountain biking, hiking and off-roading. If you have the time, see Utah’s Mighty Five national parks, including Arches, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands. You can see it all in three days but many people take at least seven.


Milford Sound Hike, New Zealand

Probably most famous as home to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, this landscape has been dropping jaws for as long as hikers have been visiting. In order to conserve the area, a limited number of travelers can visit each day. With suspension bridges, mountain passes and incredible marine life, this is a hike that needs to be booked in advance.


Banff, Canada

While a portion of the Bow Valley Parkway remains closed after several grain-filled cars on a freight train derailed, Banff is still a must for an upcoming summer or fall adventure. Start off with a hike into Larch Valley or Sentinel Pass. Then stay at either the Fairmont Banff Springs or Moraine Lake Lodge in Alberta.


Dragon's Back, Hong Kong

One of the best urban hikes, this is an incredible way to see Hong Kong from above. The hike meanders and turns like it would on a dragon’s back and finishes off with access to Big Wave Bay, so travelers can surf or take a dip. Easy tips on how to get there: Located on Hong Kong Island, take the Island Line MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station. Take Exit A and look for Bus No. 9 at the bus terminal. Once on the bus, wait for your stop at To Tai Wan. Hop off and follow the path to Dragon’s Back. You can also book a tour.


British Virgin Islands

While there are of course plush accommodations to stay at while in the BVI (hello, Necker Island), our favorite way to experience the destination is to charter a boat so that you’re not tied down to one area. Charters are expanding so much so that millions of Americans now take an annual sailing excursion. Unlike a cruise, you set your own pace and follow the itinerary of your choosing.


Routeburn Trail, New Zealand

Traversing over Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Park, this hike through the Southern Alps of New Zealand covers 33 km one way. For seasonality, we recommend visiting now through the end of April and then again in October. With mountain peaks and valleys, meadows, streams and gardens, this hike has incredible vistas that can be seen over the course of two, three or four-day trips.

"This sculpture is called "Transmission" by artist Daniel Popper. Its a reminder that we are all rooted in love, unity and the divine. She stands a towering 28 feet tall and is located on Mojave Moon Ranch in Joshua Tree. The land is private property, so you can see it from the viewing platform off of Sunfair Road. And take it from me, it's best viewed at sunset."

Reel: @johnofah

There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen