11 Extraordinary Travel Goals And Experiences To Transform Your Life Now!

Sadie Archibald

Lifestyle Writer

Jun 28, 2023

Need some excitement in your life? Why not take a leap of faith and experience the deep wonders of what our world has to offer. With the help of Lonely Planet we have made a travel checklist of extraordinary experiences that could change your life!

1. Seek out sacred places

Whether it be a magnificent monastery, a temple in the trees, a synagogue or spiritual site, these sacred places can offer remarkable insights into humankind. Regardless of your faith and belief, these sites portray history and tranquility like no other.

Adams Peak- Sri Lanka

La Mezquita- Spain

Taj Mahal- India

Taj mahal, lonely planet

2. Travel with strangers

Taking a solo trip can be a great way to better understand yourself but that doesn’t mean you have to be alone the whole time. Why not be open to new experiences and connections a make a new buddy on the road?

Take a walking tour- Cartagena de Indias, Columbia

Meet in a friendly city- Gothenburg Sweden

Work remotely- Cape town

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3. Live with Locals

By living with locals you can gain valuable insight into local culture. You immerse yourself in different foods and practices that makes your experience more enriching.

Kathmandu Valley- Nepal

In and Around Cusco- Peru

Meas Family Homestay – Cambodia

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4. Find beauty in detail

Travel often involves the big and beautiful places of the world such as bohemian buildings, grand canyons and sky-reaching peaks. But what about the delicate intricacy of the finer things.

Ikebana- Kyoto Japan

Masjed-E Jameh- Esfahan, Iran


5. Go out Dancing

Weather it be the spicy moves of the Spanish flamenco, line dancing, techno or the Texas two step. There is nothing more uplifting than grooving to music. It is a fast and easy way to experience a country’s culture.

The continental Club- Austin USA

Donde Fidel- Columbia

Amoe De Dios- Madrid Spain


6. Meet the Planet’s Giants

Our planet is home to strange and significant giants. From predators to trees that reach the skies, these monuments of nature are truly breathtaking.

See Polar Bears- Churchill Canada

Snorkel with whale sharks-Tanzania

Commune with California Redwoods- USA

polar bear - travel goals

7. Haggle

Bartering and banter in an exotic millennia-old market can be a thrilling travel experience, especially if you have come from a place where prices are often fixed.

Kapali Carsi- Istanbul Turkey

Otavalo Market- Ecuador

Marrakesh- Morocco

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8. Face your fears

Facing your fears is one of the best ways to grow and understand yourself. Each time we avoid confrontation our fears only grow stronger. We have the power to diminish these fears.

Glide through the sky- Oludeniz Turkey

Dance yourself free – Havanna Cuba

Swim with sharks -Guadalupe Island Mexico

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9. Feel out of this world

From the bioluminescent beaches, northern lights or the Auroa berealis, some of the natural wonders of this world are so awe-inspiring that by experiencing them we can feel out of this world.

Bioluminescent beaches- Vieques. Puerto Rico

Glow Plants- Hachiji-jima, Japan

Moonbow- Zambia

aurora - travel goals

10. Strip Off

Shed your clothes and break the biggest taboo…nudity! Travelling often can make you try things you normally wouldn’t. So why not come to better terms with your body and feel the freedom of being completely bare.

Nude Hiking- Germany

Naked Lunch- Paris

Suit Free Snorkelling- St Martin


11. Treat Your Body

Whether its Moroccan oil rub downs or Chinese foot reflexology, relaxation is essential for our bodies’ health. So why not take some time to relax in another country and discover more about a different culture at the same time.

Karina Stewart, the co-founder of Kamalaya, recommends yoga
Try the Asian Bliss package at Kamalaya in Koh Samui, Thailand.
Pic credit: Kamalaya

There are some incredible spas to visit such as Kamalaya in Koh Samui, sanctuary, Dragon Hill Spa in Seoul, South Korea, and Wat Sok Pa Luang in Vientiane Laos.

Read our story about the award-winning Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Koh Samui, Thailand, below:

Travel Goals
Travel Goals – Inspiring experiences to Transform your Life
Publisher: Lonely Planet Global Limited RRP: $19.25


By Sadie Archibald

Lifestyle Writer

Sadie Archibald is a lifestyle writer for The Carousel. Sadie recently finished a course in graphic design and is now writing for both The Carousel and Women Love Tech.



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