5 Incredible Trips You Need to Book a Year in Advance
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There’s nothing quite like having something exciting to look forward to. And, what could be more exciting than an adventure holiday?
City breaks, beach resorts, and even ski trips are all pretty run of the mill. You can book them a month or two in advance because there is so much availability. But, if you want to book something out of the ordinary then you need to be booking your trip about a year before you intend to head off. It might be a challenge to commit to something that far in advance, but once you have the adventure of a lifetime locked into your calendar, everything else will fall into place.
So, what kind of trips require this much forethought? Here are five incredible trips that you need to book a year in advance.
The Galapagos National Park also strictly regulates the number of visitors that are allowed to enter each day. A mere 1,660 people are granted entry to the park per day. To put this in perspective, the Las Vegas strip gets around 100,000 visitors per day. As a result, the waiting list for the park can be rather large.
It is, of course, no wonder why people are willing to wait up to a year just to enter the Galapagos National Park. The Galapagos Islands have long been the ultimate destination for wildlife lovers, thanks to its incredible array of endemic species. Marine iguanas, Galapagos tortoises and Galapagos penguins are just some of the star players on these islands.
There are several ways to get to Machu Picchu. You can go by train, by bus, or on foot along one of several routes. But, by far and away the most popular way to get to these hilltop ruins is to spend four or five days trekking along the world famous Inca Trail.
This trail runs through the Sacred Valley, past numerous ancient ruins, all the way to Aguas Calientes. This town, which literally translates as Hot Waters, is the base town for visiting Machu Picchu.
As you can imagine, this trek is one of the most popular in the world, but national legislation has limited the number of people who can use it at any one time. This helpful law is in place to preserve the ruins and environment. Therefore, you need to book your place on the trail a long time in advance.
A river cruise is the best way to see a country. Away from the chaos of the cities, passengers aboard a river cruise can simply float serenely along the water as they explore areas that are inaccessible by land.
The Mekong River flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. As it passes through each country, it offers an insight into how life plays out along the banks of this powerful river. In Vietnam and Cambodia, you will encounter tiny villages, floating markets, and endless jungle, combining to make some out of this world sight-seeing.
Since this is a multi-country destination and the flights over to Southeast Asia are long haul flights for more people, we recommend booking this trip in advance in order to get the most out of the destination.
The Irrawaddy River carves through Myanmar, Southeast Asia’s least explored country. As you drift through the country you’ll spy temples and pagodas that shine with splendour in the endless sunshine. The fragrant smells of curries and spices fill the air and the lush vegetation sways in the gentle breeze. For a moment you can forget about everything else and enjoy being disconnected from your busy life back home.
Myanmar is still very much in its fledgling stage when it comes to tourism, having only opened its door to foreigners in 2012. This means the infrastructure is not quite ready for millions of visitors just yet. As a result, places on Irrawaddy cruise ships are limited so it is a good idea to get in and book as early as possible.
An Amazon River cruise can take you right into the very heart of the jungle. From there, the boat needs to only pull up to the banks for travelers to be able to disembark and seek out an adventure under the leafy canopy. In addition to unparalleled access, the serenity of the river allows travelers to completely disconnect from the outside world. Amazon River cruises are on the smaller side, allowing them to cruise through the river's tributaries. These boats sell out quickly due to their size alone. Be sure to book ahead in order to secure a spot on your favorite riverboat.
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