Below are some of the most rewarding experiences I've had to date while travelling around the world.
Try some of them: you won't be disappointed.
Seeing the faces of the mighty Terracotta army warriors in Xi’an and feeling inspired. Historical.
Bathing in Lake Malawi for a week due to widespread plumbing problems in Nkhata Bay. Refreshing.
Visiting a thermal wonderland in Budapest and sitting outside in bubbling waters under a starry winter’s sky. Intoxicating.
Driving solo around New Zealand’s north island, and visiting exquisite natural sights, such as the stinking steam and bubbling mud baths of Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland. Enchanting.
Walking the shores of the Sea of Galilee and watching the waters glisten as they reflected the sun's disappearing rays of dusk. Other worldly.
Making it to Peleș Castle after having slid halfway down the icy road with each step forward. Rewarding.
Feeling faint after being whipped by birch leaves in a Moscovian Banya, being lowered to the ground then opening my eyes to see Russian ‘jewels’ swinging before my eyes. Mind blowing.
Sighting the monument to love for the first time in Agra. Breathtaking.
Participating as an extra in a Bollywood film after being scouted on the streets of Colaba in Mumbai. Chaotic.
Feeling the sudden onset of cramps while in a remote Macedonian Village and mistaking wind for something more solid. Shameful.
Dashing into the Adriatic Sea from Dubrovnik’s shore despite the mid-winter temperatures. Invigorating.
Making it onto the evening news in Bolivia after waiting several days at the bus terminal for a ticket to Cusco. Bitter-sweet.
Feeling high - inadvertently - simply by sitting alongside smokers in one of Amsterdam's many 'cafes'.
Walking through the Medina of Fez el Bali and discovering myriad shades of turquoise resplendence. Exotic.
Realising that the cabaret show at the famous Parisian Theatre was topless only once it started, by which time it was too late to leave. Getting pulled on stage at half time to participate in a comedy skit. Embarrassing.
Seeing Tutankhamun’s embalmed two-thousand-year-old corpse, and being offered a chance to pay to take a photo by the security guard. Surreal.
Flying a small twin engine plane from Dar es Salaam to Arusha – with the assistance of the pilot - after having safely delivered a sick cardiac patient to the paramedics at the airport.
Flying in a hot air balloon above the mysteriously beautiful region of Cappadocia. Sensational.
Succeeding in visiting Europe’s highest town – Ushguli – after having to climb over an avalanche-blocked road. Worthwhile.
Climbing to the summit of Mt Etna in Sicily without encountering an eruption. Remarkably rewarding.
Driving my sister around the English countryside, including the Cotswolds, during her visit to see me. Comforting and familiar.
Catching my first ever glimpse of Rome as an eighteen-year-old who’d spent several years studying Ancient Rome at school. Indescribable.
Being stalked – alongside my cousin Eva – through the streets of Vienna by a knife-wielding Bulgarian gypsy. Priceless, and slightly terrifying.
Meeting my mother’s cousins for the first time at their stunning home overlooking the Alps a short drive from Salzburg. Familial.
Eating escargot in Portugal, deliciously prepared by my friend’s cousin. Garlic goes a long way.
Floating effortlessly across the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Sublime.
Walking in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia by spending a few days in Wadi Rum. Hauntingly beautiful.
Riding around Santorini with my best friend, both on scooters, and almost getting bogged in volcanic sand. Best friend heroism.
Sharing an authentic evening with a Sri Lankan family in their home, after having met the son on top of Sigiriya. Authentic.
Baring my soul by getting naked with hundreds of Japanese men at Spa World in Osaka, the largest spa in the world. Strangely liberating.
Jumping through a hole in the floor of a sauna, into the freezing waters of the lake below, after riding snowmobiles and attempting to ice fish near Kiruna. Intoxicatingly enjoyable.
Finding a dead body in my assigned dorm room at a hostel in central St Petersburg. Alarming.
Feeling deafened by the roar of water pounding behind me while standing in front of the waterfalls at Foz do Iguaçu. Powerful.
Literally running into Amy Winehouse – clearly on a bender – outside her home in Camden, after which she punched a pedestrian in the face. Comical.
Standing outside the Colosseum at midnight on New Year’s Eve to see the sky erupt into splinters of light. Magical.
Driving around Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal for six weeks with two other guys and a car full of gear, an adventure replete with fun and some misadventure. Liberating.
Snorkelling off the coast of Zanzibar surrounded by multitudinous colours of vibrancy. Exquisite.
Spending several days by Lake Ohrid in summertime with an eclectic group of people. Bliss.
Hitchhiking from the centre to the south of Albania and meeting some of the kindest people I’ve ever encountered. Surprisingly fun.
Dancing the night away to live music with likeminded and spirited travellers by the river in Kampot. Riotous.
Arriving at the summit of Mt Meru in Tanzania with perfect weather and skies clear enough to see Mt Kilimanjaro in the distance. Mesmerising.
Kayaking the waters surrounding Tofino on Vancouver Island, surrounded by some of nature’s finest sights. Invigorating.
Catching a breathtaking glimpse of Machu Picchu for the first time. Magical.
Dancing the tango in the streets of Buenos Aires. Seductive.
Volunteering as a registered nurse for a flying medical service based out of Arusha and having the opportunity to work one-on-one with the Masai. Life altering.
Riding in a gondola through the canals of Veniceas an eighteen-year-old living-on-the-other-side-of-the-world first-time-away-from-homeadolescent. Charming.
Watching the sunrise while sitting on top of Mt Sinai. Otherworldly.
Looking over the South Atlantic Ocean from the top of Cape Town's Table Mountain. Perfect.
Staying with South African friends in Soweto, which resulted in me being the only Caucasian in town. Priceless.
Gazing admiringly at the Pyramids of Giza, only to realise my camel wanted to run in the opposite direction, destination: Middle of the desert! Hilariously terrifying.