Although quitting our jobs to travel around the world may just be a dream for the majority of us, there are certain destinations that everybody should strive to see at least once in their lifetime. From the lavender fields of France, to the ‘end of the world’ in Ecuador, OROGOLD brings you some amazing destinations to add on to your travel bucket list.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in central Croatia, and is an extremely underrated UNESCO World Heritage site. Within the park, 16 crystalline lakes tumble and cascade into each other via a string of stunning waterfalls. The water, rich with minerals, carves its way through the landscape, constantly changing the shape of the rocks, while clouds of butterflies float above the 18km of wooden footpaths.
Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Cappadocia, Turkey
The landscape of the semi-arid town of Cappadocia is one that you will have never experienced anywhere else in the world, and a hot air balloon ride is the perfect way to take it all in. One of the most popular hot air balloon spots in the world, you can choose between a standard flight, a deluxe flight or a private flight, all of which will have you floating over the fairy chimneys, panoramic valleys, lush orchards and thriving vineyards.
Lavender Fields, Provence, France
Every year, from the end of June to the beginning of August, the fields of the Luberon in Provence, France, come alive with blooming lavender, scenting the air for miles around. The seas of purple will have you furiously snapping away with your camera, and, other than the lavender fields, there are also lavender farms, lavender distilleries and lavender festivals to visit.
Diving with Crocodiles, Africa
If you thought that diving with sharks was brave, think again, as crocodiles have four times the bite pressure of the great white shark. Diving underwater and getting up close and personal with them will truly be one of the biggest adrenaline rushes that you will ever have. The Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn offers crocodile cage-diving in the Nile, with divers secured in a bite-proof cage. For those of you that are even more daring, Big Animals Expeditions in Botswana offers private, cage-free expeditions, where you can get even closer to these ancient predators.
Volcano Boarding, Nicaragua
Volcano boarding is definitely a must for those of you who like to snowboard or go sledding, and Cerro Negro, an active volcano just outside of Leon in Nicaragua, is the best place to do so. The volcano’s surface is made up of loose, penny-sized rocks, and before you can board down it, you need to hike up over 2000 feet of loose rock. This may seem tedious, but OROGOLD guarantees that the climb is worth it. Once at the top, you can either lie, sit or stand on your sled, racing down the volcano at speeds of up to 30mph.
The world is filled with fascinating destinations, but there are some that offer an experience that simply can’t be replicated anywhere else. From diving with crocodiles in Africa to exploring the countless cascading waterfalls in Croatia, these adventures are definitely going on OROGOLD’s bucket list!