Six Bucket List Holidays For 2023
While travel means different things to all of us, this quote by Mark Twain encapsulates the sense of adventure, wonder and escapism that embracing bucket list holidays, travelling and exploring the world can bring.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”Mark Twain
On this theme, our Destination Experts have designed a selection of truly outstanding trips to start planning for the year ahead, epic voyages that will inspire, excite and delight.
BUCKET LIST HOLIDAYS THAT WILL BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO YOUR 2023
1. Botswana: Off-grid exclusivity in the Okavango Delta
Duke’s Camp in Botswana is the safari lodge on everyone’s lips. New for 2022, this striking safari destination is set on a vast concession rich in game and natural beauty, and surrounded by the crystal-clear channels of the Okavango Delta.
On this bucket list holiday, head out on thrilling game drives with expert guides or explore the waterways by mokoro with local polers, enjoy communal feasts to rival the finest restaurants, then relax at what must be the most beautiful camp in the region. Home to luxurious safari tents pitched on raised wooden decks beneath a canopy of ebony and leadwood trees, communal areas that sing with treasures of far-flung lands and a swimming pool that shimmers under the African sun, a stay at Duke’s Camp is a truly unforgettable under-canvas adventure. Did we mention there’s no Wi-Fi? Trust us, this escape is all the better for it.
2. Bolivia: An airstream camping escape on the stunning salt flats
Looking to get a million miles away from it all? Experience the magic of the Bolivian salt flats from the privacy of a nifty Airstream camper and spend nights under the stars in one of the most remarkable landscapes in the world.
After landing in La Paz, you’ll journey to the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat at some 11,000sq km and the legacy of a prehistoric lake.
Set amongst the majestic Andes, this otherworldly white desert is comprised of ice-white salt rock formations and cacti-studded islands, offset by flashes of vibrant pink thanks to hundreds of resident flamingos. A photographer’s paradise, scout out the best spots in this surreal and silent place with a private guide, then head home to your camper where a chef will be waiting with a menu of enticing local cuisine, complemented by a fully stocked bar. Village excursions, cave visits and trips to archaeological heritage sites are also on the cards.
3. Bhutan: Set spirits soaring on a spiritual and wellness-themed Small Group Trip
Join us on our small group exploration of Bhutan and you’ll experience the very best of this spectacular kingdom on a unique and beautiful wellness-themed itinerary.
From guided meditations immersed in sweeping countryside views and feasting on unique dishes made from organic produce to designing personalised prayer flags, printed with your own hopes and dreams, and even the opportunity to sleep in a monk’s cell (an unusual contrast from the luxury hotels included elsewhere) this luxury small group journey promises to be the ultimate bucket list trip. We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that you discover as much of the country (and yourself) as possible – an exclusive meeting with the royal family is very much on the agenda, as well as a final farewell blessing. If you’re looking for exclusive access to the places and people that make Bhutan so enchanting, reserve your place today on our Bhutan small group tour, travelling in October 2023.
4. The Seychelles: Explore indigenous species on North Island en famille
Head to North Island, an exclusive private island resort in the heart of Seychelles, and not only will you be blown away by the untamed beauty of this virgin paradise, but you will also have to the opportunity to learn about local conservation efforts.
After an intense period of rehabilitation, the resort is now home to some of the world’s most exquisite species of indigenous creatures and plants, from the legendary coco de mer palm to giant Aldabra tortoises. Ideal for an extra-special multi-generational getaway, the island’s natural abundance is echoed in the luxury of choice that exists for guests, a peerless all-inclusive offering comprising only 11 ultra-private villas, fabulous dining, a spa and activities spanning water sports to picnics, guided walks and cycling.
5. New Zealand: Fly high on a helicopter cruise around South Island
A helicopter adventure to the spectacular Mount Aspiring National Park on New Zealand’s South Island is the stuff of which dreams are made, and why we couldn’t miss it off our list of bucket list holidays.
Accessible only via chopper, this remote and unspoilt region is a place where few have ventured, featuring majestic mountains, glaciers, forests and sparkling rivers. After meeting with your pilot at a helipad a couple of hours’ drive out of Queenstown, you will buzz up into the skies for 50 minutes of surreal views, inspirational stories and stunning photo opportunities.
Touch down on the snow-capped peak of Mount Aspiring and explore the glacier on foot, before cruising to the Siberia Valley for an epic trek through stunning scenery.
6. Guatemala & Belize: A central American escape for active couples
Home to ancient Mayan cities, rainforests, labyrinthine caves, lakes, smouldering volcanoes and a glorious Caribbean coastline, Guatemala and Belize are perfect destinations for couples looking for a bucket list adventure, culture and a bit of beach.
While our Destination Experts can design any number of extraordinary tailor-made trips in this region, they have put together a two-week itinerary to whet your appetite, which includes private guided city tours, volcano hikes, stunning lakeside stays and cultural excursions to ancient monuments, as well as glorious seaside adventures on the idyllic Caribbean coast. You’ll return home refreshed, inspired and enriched, with memories that will last a lifetime – in true bucket list holiday style.
Where will 2023 take you?