5 Travel Experiences to Splurge on for Your Next VacationJune 22, 2020 | By
Travel can be expensive. But rarely, is spending money on seeing the world ever not worth the cash. After months of quarantine, you may be looking to splurge on your next vacation. From dining in a volcano to booking a ryokan in Japan, there are just some experiences worth the extra dollars. If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, check out these global experiences that will take your breath away for all the right reasons.
Moroccan Desert Luxury Glamping
There is camping, and then there’s glamping. If sleeping on dirt and hiking to the nearest restroom isn’t your thing, glamping is the glamorous version of camping, complete with beds, private bathrooms and 5-star meals. It’s not every day that you get to sleep under the stars in an African desert.
At the Luxury Oasis Camp, in the heart of the town of Merzouga, they have built a luxurious camp, in full respect of the territory that hosts it. The onsite restaurant offers traditional Moroccan cuisine, curated activities include sand baths, desert picnics, and sunset tours to the heart of the desert Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Each tent offers air conditioning and heating, double or queen-sized beds, and a private bathroom.
Private Sailboat Island-Hopping
Yacht Week is “an adventure like no other”. Explore stunning oceans and islands from a new viewpoint aboard your very own yacht where you’ll have a skipper and the freedom to map your own path for seven days through spectacular beaches, deserted islands, and incredible parties.
If you prefer to travel solo, or in a smaller group, you can rent your own sailboat outside of yacht week to explore the Caribbean, Mediterranean, East Africa, or any other island-hopping destination. Nautal is one rental company that allows you to book the yacht of your dreams with the option of an onboard skipper.
Traditional Living in a Japanese Ryokan
More than just a place to sleep, ryokans offer an opportunity to experience Japanese traditions and hospitality at its best. Ryokans incorporate elements such as tatami floors, futon beds, Japanese style baths, and local cuisine, making them popular with both Japanese and foreign tourists alike.
Located in the heart of Tokyo, HOSHINOYA Tokyo offers a 5-star experience in traditional Japanese customs. The top floor of HOSHINOYA Tokyo consists of two bath halls, separated by gender. The baths are fed by hot spring waters drawn from 1,500 meters below the ground for ultimate healing and relaxation. This experience can also be found in many smaller cities in Japan, providing a ryokan experience in nature and often situated near hot springs, offering moments of deep reflection and calmness.
Hot Air Ballooning Above the Great Migration in Africa
Imagine watching one of the greatest natural spectacles on Earth while soaring through the air in a hot air balloon. From July to October in Masai Mara, Kenya, thousands of wildebeest, buffalo, lions, and elephants arrive in search of fresh grazing grounds. Hot air balloon tours give visitors a spectacular view of the migration. Mara Ballooning tours include a 6:30 am launch time, to view the golden sunrise along with the enchanting scenery below. Most tours also offer meals and snacks as well as transportation from your hotel to the launch site.
Volcano Dining Abroad
Looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience? Enjoy a meal above a volcano. Volcano dining experiences are popping up around the world. The chefs at El Diablo restaurant in Teguise, Spain use heat generated by an active volcano to cook the food and allow guests to dine on a dormant volcano. The volcano has not erupted since 1824, so no worries, right? Not only does the thrill and uniqueness of the situation draw visitors, but El Diablo also brags an amazing otherworldly panoramic view of Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park, a stunning landscape of red sands and volcanic rock.
The price tag of these experiences can range from $400 to $2,000 a day. Make some donations to your travel savings account and start planning these adventures of a lifetime.