Bucket list travel experiences come in all shapes and sizes. For some it might be something grandiose, like seeing the Pyramids in Egypt, while for others, simply lying on a beach gazing into a blue-green Tahitian lagoon might be all it takes.
Either way, Goway Travel is happy (and qualified) to help organize almost any experience, regardless of the complexity of desire, or travel. However, with six distinct tour divisions that cover most of the globe, the tour operator also has plenty of ideas of its own that may help provide a spark for, not just for the trip of a lifetime, but a dream that your client may not even know they had.
Consider these Goway bucket list mainstays:
DIVE AUSTRALIA’S GREAT BARRIER REEF
The GBR is the world’s largest coral reef system and a mecca for divers and snorkellers around the world. Goway notes that fledgling divers can take a certification course there while experts might consider an expedition dive vessel. Both divers and snorkellers can spend a night on the reef, under the stars, while those who don’t want to get wet can see the reef’s amazing aquatic life from a semi-submersible submarine. Hidden gems include a four- or five-day luxury boat cruise, a luxury island stay on Lizard or Orpheus islands, and checking out the above-ground wildlife on Heron Island in the Whitsundays.
MARVEL OVER MACHU PICCHU
There’s no wrong way to do Machu Picchu, both Peru’s and South America’s top bucket list experience. Active travellers can hike the Inca Trail, exploring and camping for several days en route, or simply day-tripping via scenic train ride to the ancient citadel of the Incas. Those who want to trek without leaving luxury behind can do so on Goway’s Luxury Inca Trail itinerary, featuring Bedouin-style tents with top service and support, and top-notch hotels for a good soak when the journey’s done.
MAKING THE MOST OF MIGRATION
Migration time in East Africa is an experience beyond compare, but the key is being in the right place at the right time to maximize viewing of Kenya and Tanzania’s annual mass movement of animals – from zebras to wildebeest plus the predators that follow them. And there’s no better place to see it than in a hot air balloon safari soaring high above the Serengeti. When not flying high, Goway has scoped out accommodation in prime migration spots. An unforgettable add-on is a visit to an authentic Masai village.
STAY IN AN OVERWATER BUNGALOW IN BORA BORA
Whether over or under the water (or presumably both), visitors to Bora Bora will never be bored. The ultimate experience in this corner of Tahitian paradise is to stay in an overwater bungalow, spoiled by not only the view, but plunge pools and breakfast delivered by outrigger canoe. Best of the best is an “end of pontoon” (end of the row) overwater bungalow for unsurpassed views of Mount Otemanu. When it’s time for a dip in Bora Bora’s renowned clear turquoise waters, Goway can arrange for an excursion to go swimming with manta rays and reef sharks; partaking in a sunset catamaran cruise or a deep-sea water spa treatment at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, or having lunch on a private islet, is just icing on the cake.
AUDIENCE WITH THE POPE
There are plenty of places in Italy that individually qualify as bucket list destinations, but why not think of the entire country? Goway also recommends these unique experiences to sweeten the pot: A sunset cruise along the Amalfi coast as colourful hillside villages slide by; be a movie star for a night, sipping prosecco on a private canal cruise at sunset in Venice; or ponder the cradle of the Renaissance as you gaze from the top of the Duomo in Florence on a VIP tour. If you think that’s otherworldly, how about actually being blessed by the Pope during the pontiff’s weekly message at St. Peter’s Square? Believe! Goway can make it so.
FALL FOR THE GREAT WALL
What makes seeing the China’s Great Wall even greater? Seeing it with a glass of champagne in hand, as Goway clients do while strolling the 2.5-kilometre Badaling section of the wall. To take the experience to another level, a four- to five-hour hike between Gubeikou and Jinshanling reveals the most remote and best-preserved section of the wall, while those who want the ultimate experiential experience can work with professionals doing restoration work. It’s said that the Great Wall can be seen from space. Alas, that may be the only bucket list experience that Goway isn’t yet able provide.