“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience,” Paulo Coelho once said. And while the illustrious Brazilian author’s outlook on life may or may not strike a chord with you, you have to admit there is at least some truth to his words.
Experiences are one of the few things in life that have permanence, anyway. Just think about the last time you revelled till the break of dawn with your closest friends, enjoyed an intimate concert with your significant other, or embarked on an enjoyable vacation with your family.
In fact, it has been proven by science that spending your money on experiences instead of material things makes you happier. And no, we don’t mean swiping your credit card along Champs Elysees.
If you’ve been spending one too many vacations shopping in Paris or eating your way through Tokyo, maybe it’s time to change things up a little for your next one — even though exploring a city’s burgeoning culinary scene is an experience in itself. But maybe it’s time to go to destinations that are a little unfamiliar or take part in activities that bring out the thrill seeker in you.
From traversing deserts on the back of camels to exploring some of the deepest caves in the world, we’ve curated a selection of the most extreme travel destinations in the world to add on to your bucket list.