Everyone has a travel bucket list. For some they are long-harboured dreams, for others a new resolve inspired by landmark birthdays or notable life events.
Whether it's kept in your head or laminated on the fridge, so-called bucket list is more popular than you may think. Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent share their most popular bucket-list experiences.
If you dream of real adventure, Antarctica is arguably the final frontier. Isolated and unspoilt, it is home to some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife on Earth. We've been safely carrying visitors south for 25 years. There's a whole world of nature to discover with a living classroom all around you: you'll meet seals, whales, walruses and penguins.
Our expedition team consists of some of the most revered experts in their fields: geologists, ornithologists, historians and marine biologists, who will bring your experience to life with on-shore adventures and illuminating talks. A professional photographer accompanies each departure, who will help ensure you return with spectacular images of your momentous voyage.
Despite the relatively straightforward climb to Kilimanjaro’s summit you can’t go it alone; everything from the tent you sleep in to the pots you cook in need to go up the mountain with you, so strong, experienced porters are an absolute necessity.
Nearly 800 clients climb Kilimanjaro with A&K every year and we’re the only international tour operator with our own dedicated Kilimanjaro climbing operation; not only that, we actively support the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, ensuring suitable wages, ethical employment practices and care for the porters should the need arise. As Africa's highest mountain, spanning five immensely varied ecological zones, Kilimanjaro is one of the most varied peaks on Earth. Which route to choose? While the scenic Machame and Lemosho routes are the most popular, we can also guide you up the lesser-trampled Umbwe and Rongai routes, for a unique perspective not offered by most other tour operators.
No single journey takes in a wider variety of destinations and cultures than the Trans-Siberian Express. Snaking across Russia, the journey meanders through its cosmopolitan cities and vast plains, concluding in the coastal town of Vladivostok, which at first glance manages to echo both San Francisco and Istanbul, despite the array of grey Soviet-era infrastructure.
This is a trip for true adventurers: from the apex of Russian politics in Moscow to one of the world's oldest geographical features at Lake Baikal, this is one bucket-list trip to do in your lifetime.
The beloved and magical microcosm of South America, the Galapagos Islands offer a diverse and colourful experience worthy of any bucket list. We've had our own boats in the Galapagos for over 20 years; we know that cruising the archipelago with our naturalist guides and a small excursion group is the best way to be immersed in one of the most exceptional wildlife destinations on the planet.
These enchanted islands are indeed Darwin's 'living laboratory', with sea lions, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, waved albatross and a veritable encyclopaedia of curious creatures. With our own A&K offices on the ground, our local Ecuadorian guides can reveal every hidden gem, with incredible riches in wildlife, culture, historical sites and natural wonders, not to mention the warm and welcoming population.