Travel bucket list

Travelling is a huge part of some student’s lives. Whether it be a gap year that you take, or the chance to go abroad with the degree you have chosen. Travelling is increasing in expense but painfully, other countries are becoming prettier. 

Hike the Machu Picchu trail, Peru

  • Being one of the new seven wonders of the world, an expedition like this is bound to be on a bucket list.
  • High up on a mountain ridge above the sacred valley, archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was an estate built for the Inca emperor, Pachacuit. Built in around 1450, the ancient ruins are also referred to as ‘The Lost City’.
  • The duration of the hike varies, as it’s dependant on what route you take and at what pace you walk; a standard four day walk with camping each night can start from prices of 250 GBP.
  • There are so many chaotic towns and cities to visit such as Peru’s capital, Lima, as well as the city of Trujillo which is surrounded by culture and archaeological sites.

Swim in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

  • Iceland is becoming a very popular destination for tourists and travellers, meaning that prices are also rising, therefore weekend trips to Iceland are becoming more and more common.
  • Three nights in an apartment would probably cost you around 300GBP but if you wanted to save money, hostels and small hotels can be a lot less costly.
  • The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located in a lava field in the Reykjanes peninsula. The water temperature averages from around 37 to 39 degrees celsius and it is thought that the minerals in the water can help those suffering with skin diseases.
  • A spa day at the Blue Lagoon will roughly cost around 70 GBP.
  • Other activities include Northern lights tours which begin at prices of 40 GBP.

Sleep in a glass-top igloo in Lapland

  • At the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Lapland, accommodation includes log cabins with saunas and glass top igloos for you to admire the nights sky in bed.
  • The location of this resort also provides you with an opportunity to see the amazing spectacle which is the Aurora lights (but don’t get your hopes up too much, they’re quite rare).
  • The magical region which sees temperatures of -30 degrees celsius during winter months is also home to huskies, reindeer and of course Santa.

Ride in a gondola through Venice

  • The city is built on 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea and therefore, there are no roads.
  • Transportation methods within Venice are of two options: travel by boat, or by footbridge.
  • You can pay for private gondala tours throughout the city , stopping where ever you wish.
  • There are many points of interest which you can visit including the Grand Canal and Doge’s Palace.

Stand at the top of the Burj Khalifa

  • Having climbed up all 3000 steps in the tallest building in the world, I think that I would feel fairly superior, accomplished and tired. If that doesn’t appeal to you, just catch the glass lifts.
  • The Burj Khalifa is situated in the Middle East, in one of the most developed cities in the world, Dubai. On the 124th storey up, you are able to see over the whole of Dubai and out into the Persian Gulf.
  • The building is so tall, that it has been proven you can take a lift and catch the setting sun twice in a matter of minutes.
  • With Emirates towers to shop in and sights such as the Dubai Fountain to see, Dubai is for everyone.
  • It even has a seven star hotel…with its lavish suite starting at prices of around $24,000 per night.

Backpack through Thailand

  • Thailand is one of the cheapest destinations for travel fanatics, with the most expensive part of your trip being your flight.
  • The North of the country is much cheaper in comparison to areas such as Bangkok. Areas such as Chiang Mai in the North have crazily cheap accommodation starting from 300 THB (thats around 6 GBP) and areas near the capital have rooms and accommodation for 10 GBP per night.
  • Now, don’t plan a trip for these low prices and expect luxury… it is far from it. The accommodation won’t be a 4 star hotel, or a 3 star to think about it. It will be a wooden shack/apartment block with a bed and a wet room. It’s the lifestyle a backpacker has to put up with.
  • Thailand is full of culture and life. Ultimate places to visit include the Wat Chedi Luang temple, Khaosan Road and the Sanctuary of truth.
  • Cheapest travel will be rail and overnight trains are the key to getting around and going long distances.


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