If you’re a serious hiker you’ve probably dreamed of doing the Snowman Trek. I certainly have. This 25 day (minimum) trek takes you across 11 passes and includes some of the country’s most dramatic scenery. Too bad Bhutan is such an expensive country to visit.
Smiling faces in Bhutan – Photo credit: Ryanne Lai on Flickr
Nahanni River, Northwest Territories, Canada
Canoeing the Nahanni River, a UNESCO world heritage site, would take you through deep canyons, some deeper than the Grand Canyon in a pristine river environment. I need two weeks and better white water canoeing skills before I attempt this. Later in the summer when the bugs have died down would be the time to go.
Mason’s Rock on the Nahanni River – Photo credit: Mike Beauregard on Flickr
Note: Visited February 2018
I’ve dreamed of a trip to Morocco for years. Ideally I’d want a month so I could hike the Atlas Mountains and meet the Berber people, camp in the desert and explore a host of cities that look very interesting including Fez, Rabat, Marrakesh and Essaouira.
Read: A Trip to Morocco’s Sahara Desert
Camels enjoying lush growth in the Sahara Desert
Charleston, South Carolina to Savannah, Georgia
Note: Visited in April 2012
Read: 10 Things to do in Charleston, SC
A combination of exploring old plantation houses, kayaking swampy waters and walking on barrier islands sounds like a relaxing way to spend a week or two. I’ve read lots about the area but only passed through on the interstate. It’s time to see for myself what southern hospitality is all about.
Wandering the pretty streets of Charleston
Copper Canyon, Mexico
I’ve stared longingly at travel itineraries for the Copper Canyon for about eight years now. If I ever go I’d start with a train ride on the El Chepe before heading off on multi day hiking trips into deep canyons. Hopefully I’d meet some of the Tarahumara people too – the people that are world renowned for their long distance running ability. I’m not so sure the area is safe right now – since it’s so close to drug country.
Copper Canyon – Photo credit: Nathan Laurell on Flickr
Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlottes), British Columbia
Note: Visited in August 2014
Read: Highlights of a Kayaking Trip In Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve
Sea kayaking the wild waters in and around Haida Gwaii is a dream trip for kayakers. Abundant wildlife including whales, bears, basking sharks and sea birds along with a trip to the hotsprings would make this 7-10 trip complete. The one thing holding me back is the thought of a prolonged period of rain – always a possibility in the Pacific Northwest.
Kayaking to Ninstints
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Years ago I went to a slideshow on the Lofotens, a group of islands above the Arctic Circle in Norway. Ever since I have wanted to kayak the waters in the peak of the summer and stay in the fisherman’s cottages.
Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Note: Visited in October 2012
Read: Hiking the Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park
We’ve all seen the inspiring photographs of Bryce Canyon. Now I’d like to see the area for myself on foot, possibly on bike but definitely with a camera in hand. Then I’d head off to the more remote red rock canyon country of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. A former colleague raved about the place and called it the best place he’d ever hiked. I’d sleep under the stars, and feel the silence of this country – sometime in April – before it gets too hot.
Hiking the Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park
Are any of these trips on your bucket list?