As we head into summer (or winter, depending on your hemisphere), we can allow ourselves a respite from the usual to recharge body and soul.
They say that travel broadens the mind, and the most rewarding travel in my experience is through the trips themselves – hiking, biking, road trips, and boat rides, and whatever else that takes your fancy to get from A to B.
It’s one reason why digital nomads do what they do; you can either work from an office, or mix things up a little and do what you have to do while island-hopping across the Andaman.
Of course, some trips are better than others – anti-clockwise on the M25 isn’t the most inspiring journey in the world – which is why the FlightNetwork and more than 500 travel journalists, agencies, bloggers and editors came together to create the World’s Best Journeys list for 2018.
I consider myself a reasonably well-travelled person, but looking at the list of 50 journeys from around the world, I have a lot of catching up to do. Cruise to Alaska, yep – done that, and it’s a hai to the Shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo, but I have only completed bits and pieces from the others listed.
It’s tempting to say these are timeless trips. They are not. The world is changing quickly, and destinations such as Greenland, Alaska, Antarctica and Mont Blanc will not be the same with ice in retreat. Better to travel sooner rather than later – other things in life can wait.
Here are FlightNetwork‘s top 20:
- Expedition to Antarctica
- Cruise the Galapagos Islands
- Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway
- Trek to Machu Picchu
- Drive the Pacific Coast Highway
- Drive Iceland’s Ring Road
- Cruise to Alaska
- Camino de Santiago
- Sail the Greek Islands
- Drive the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia
- Road Trip on Route 66
- Fjord Cruise in Norway
- Amazon River Cruise
- Explore the Italian Countryside
- Travel the Silk Road
- Drive the Amalfi Coast
- French Polynesia Coast
- Safari in Kruger National Park
- Drive the Great Ocean Road
- Hike along Cinque Terre
As for my own favourite journeys, it’s the usual smorgasbord of landscapes and experiences that were more personal than anything.
They included the road trip from Madrid to Almeria when I was a 20 year old student, joining others in drinking red wine as olive groves led to high mountain sierra; driving through the ember-hued Scottish Highlands during twilight having just scaled Ben Nevis; and seeing the jungle-clad Perhentian islands come into view as my buttocks collided repeatedly with the speedboat; among others.