• Claire

My Top 5 Travel Experiences (So Far)

Updated: May 22, 2018

I have been fortunate enough to visit some pretty incredible places and have had many unique and exciting experiences while traveling.

I've managed to narrow it down and here are my top 5:

1. Learning to Scuba Dive in Gili T

I rate scuba diving as one of the best things I have ever done. I learnt to scuba dive and achieved my PADI Open Water certification at Blue Marlin dive school on Gili T (an island off the coast of Bali, Indonesia). I find it hard to put into words just how incredible it was, but at the same time it really challenged me. I'm really hoping to continue scuba diving all around the world.

You can read my full blog post about my experience in Gili T here.

2. Trekking in Nepal

I definitely rate Nepal as my favourite country I've been to so far. Trekking a part of the Annapurna circuit was definitely one of the most challenging but rewarding things I've ever done.

We trekked for 3 days and 4 nights through the foothills of the Himalayas. The trek was pretty physically difficult as we were either climbing up or climbing down steep stairs for 6 hours a day. On the second morning we woke up to the most beautiful sunrise over the Annapurna mountains which made it absolutely worth it. On the last night we stayed in a homestay with a local Nepalese family. I hope to return to Nepal sometime in the future to do more trekking.

3. Conquering 'The Most Dangerous Hike in the World' in China

Up there with sky-diving, paragliding and hang-gliding, the Plank Walk on Huashan Mountain in China was one of the most adrenalin-inducing travel experiences I've had, but also one of my favourite. The views were spectacular and the fact that there were hardly any Western tourists around made it a pretty unique and special experience.

You can read my full blog post about my experience on the plank walk here.

4. Staying in a Raft House in Thailand

I stayed on an awesome floating raft house in the middle of Ratchaprapha Dam in Thailand. We arrived to the raft house by boat and to a beautiful sunset. I loved how I could walk out of my little hut and jump straight into the dam for a swim. They also served the best Thai food I have ever had (and because I was the only vegetarian I got it all to myself ;) )

The dam is also home to famous limestone cliffs which we toured by boat the next morning.

5. Visiting the Taj Mahal in India

As the first wonder of the world I have visited, the Taj Mahal easily makes it on my list of top travel experiences. Unfortunately at the time I visited one tower was covered with scaffolding (to clean the brown tinge of pollution off), but was still an incredible experience.