If money was no object, how would you live it up? What would you do? At iExplore, we are all about experiential travel - trips that are once-in-a-lifetime and leave a lasting impression forever. Something so wild and crazy the next trip will just have to top it. The standard beach bumming won't do; our idea of a vacation is ziplining, 4-wheeling, safari-ing and white water rafting. No, scratch that, we want to go black water rafting, zorbing and heliskiing- sports your friends didn't even know existed that are so atypical awe and jealousy are the only responses. The trips we love are so offbeat you will forever be labeled the adrenaline junkie and ultimate daredevil.
Unfortunately money doesn't fall from trees, but sometimes, it does appear in unexpected places. Have you ever tallied up all your reward points from hotel loyalty programs or airline miles? Your dream trip may be closer than you think if you convert those points into experiences.
To get your brains churning, here is our travel wish list - inspiring trips that can actually be paid for completely with points from HHonors Experience Rewards.
Shark Diving in Africa
You don't need a SCUBA certificate to get in the cage with these curious creatures. While feeding around the boat, the sharks may brush up against you, which is completely terrifying, but harmless. A personal eye-to-eye encounter with this awesome animal is guaranteed to see your life flash before your eyes.
Aerobatic Flight in the UK
Feel the excitement of loops, rolls, stall turns and more as your qualified display pilot takes you through a series of breathtaking aerobatic maneuvers. Sit side by side on a Slingsby T-67 Firefly, de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk or Bulldog and to experience the joys of flight.
Hot Air Balloon Flight in France
Let go and fly sky high as a hundred feet of wispy nylon majestically rises with the dragon-like roar of the burners. Once in the air, your balloon will travel up to heights of several thousand feet, allowing you to gaze down upon villages, towns and the countryside. The 'miniature' people and cars scattered across the ground will look as if they've fallen from a toy box.
Ice Climbing in Italy
Scaling the ice cascades appears mysterious, but this is actually one of the fastest growing new adrenaline sports. Step by step blow after blow as you climb up the wall of ice you will become more and more amazed at the beauty, color and glare of the ephemeral elements.
Bungee Jump in the Netherlands
After extensive preparation and a safety briefing in Scheveningen, you're ready to fly. The thrill of a lifetime, bungee jumping requires ultimate trust that the cord won't snap.
It's fun to dream isn't it? What would your travel bucket list include? Let us know by making your own!