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Once in a lifetime travel experiences

Once in a lifetime travel experiences have been at the forefront of my mind recently as I’ve been trying to decide on a special trip this year to celebrate my 40th birthday.

I’ve been lucky enough to have some amazing travel experiences over the years already, but hitting the big ‘four oh’ has got me thinking about all the ‘wow’ travel moments I still haven’t experienced. Off the back of this I decided to create a proper travel bucket list, which I’ve saved on my desktop to keep close at hand.

Unsurprisingly, for those that know me, most of the experiences that have ended up on that list involve a hell of a lot of money, so I don’t expect to be crossing one of these off every year! However, I plan to use these travel dreams as motivation to keep working hard and earning good money as a freelance journalist and copywriter to hopefully save enough to push out the boat and treat myself to a once in a lifetime travel experience possibly every landmark birthday (I’m thinking the fives and the ohs – whaddya think?)

The beautiful Varadero beach.

Late last year I wrote about ten of my dream travel experiences, so the list is off to a good start, but now its always close to hand, when I discover something that makes me want to head straight to Tripadvisor to book flights and check out hotels, I can add it to the dream list.

Sadly I left it too late to organise some of those dreams for this year’s special trip, but having stalked, I mean followed Emily from the Cosy Traveller’s recent Tromso trip via her Insta stories, complete with jaw-dropping Northern Lights and husky sledging, my winter wonderland dream is still very, very high on the list.

Once in a lifetime travel experiences
Image credit: Emily Ray
Once in a lifetime travel experiences
Image credit: Emily Ray

I’ve also added a few new additions, including a trip to a bioluminescent beach. Having done some research you can find them all over the globe, from Japan and Tasmania through to the USA and Puerto Rico, but interestingly I may not actually have to travel that far to tick this one off. That’s because I discovered somebody even got to see this phenomenon in Anglesey, Wales!

bioluminescent beach

However, I’m prepped to tick off the first thing from my bucket list, as I’ve just gone and booked my celebratory 40th trip. This once in a lifetime travel experience is having a private villa on an (almost) deserted tropical island!

I’ve booked a stay for Justin and I at Koh Jum Beach Villas, on a relatively unknown tropical island in Thailand. We’ve got our own private villa overlooking the sea and with a mostly left untouched island to explore I can imagine it’ll be utter bliss! To get there we have to take a longboat or speedboat from the mainland of Krabi and then we’re free to completely unwind in our own private paradise!

Koh Jum Beach Villas Thailand

Koh Jum Beach Villas Thailand

It’s going to be utterly amazing and I can’t wait to go, although it’s not until October. In the meantime I’ll keep on adding to that bucket list – lets hope I live to a grand old age that allows me to get through it all!

What makes your list of once in a lifetime travel experiences? Have you already been lucky enough to tick them off, or are your amazing adventures yet to come?


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By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)


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