"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

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Time to Update Your Bucketlist

Reaching the top of Mt. Everest has become a cliché. It’s probably on every mountaineer’s bucket list. Rather than target the top three highest mountains in the world, diversify your conquests with these interesting adventures across the globe.

Go Cross-Continent

Cross-country road trips are already popular with adventurers. Explore more by expanding your itinerary to an entire continent. Make sure your vehicle is well-prepared for long-distance and long-term traveling. Get a professional mechanic to condition your engine, check your breaks, and give your vehicle thorough priming.

Lay off on the DIY for a while and have professionals install customized cabinets into your RV to ensure you got the right execution of a design you want. Every part of the interior design should be well planned to maximize storage and efficiency.

It would be exciting to go all the way down to Tierra del Fuego, but make sure you do your research about border controls and visa needs. Most countries in Central and South America don’t require US passport holders a visa for stays of one to three months. But if you want to see the highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls in the Canaima National Park in Venezuela, or visit the mystical Ojo de Mar in Amambay, Paraguay, you need to prepare your visas for these countries.

Cycle Around a Country

If you’re not up for long-term traveling yet, conquer a country by bicycle. The most popular race for men, Tour de France, is not for amateurs though. Considered the toughest bicycle race, it climbs up mountains and goes through terrains that no car could pass through. These mountainous trails are often very steep and would require good endurance. Some of its editions include parts of nearby countries.

Before you attempt even completing this competition, you could train by cycling in other parts of the world. Just make sure they have good traffic rules so that you don’t get into road accidents while preparing to conquer this goal.

Dive the Mysterious Depths

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More than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, the largest part of it the oceans. So it’s a pity if you confine yourself to land-based attractions.

There are several ways to explore the vast oceans. Surfing, skimboarding, and swimming are great water sports, but they’re just on the surface. These wouldn’t acquaint you with the great life forms underneath the water. Looking at the water from the deck of a ship, the dark waters hinting just shapes underneath it could be overwhelming. Literature has provided our imaginations with monsters lurking in the deep. The Loch Ness Monster, the Kraken, and Moby Dick are just a few of these

You could also do freediving. Since free diving relies on your ability to hold your breath, you couldn’t stay in the water for too long. But since there is no equipment burdening you, you could also fit into tighter areas and move quicker. Freediving, however, is usually just 20 to 40 feet.

Scuba diving could get you deeper into the ocean. Recreational scuba diving is often at 130 feet, which is already a bit challenging for people who don’t have conditioned lungs. If you don’t have a license yet but would want to try what it is like to scuba dive, you could try the PADI Discover Scuba Diving which allows you to go as deep as 40 feet, guided by a divemaster.

You can also cheat and just pay for a submarine. But it might take you a lifetime to save for that.

Winter Sports

If you want to be unique, why not do a winter sport in spring or summer? It is the time of year to thaw your frozen body but it’s all the best time to hit the famous skiing spots without worrying you would bump into others.

Austria is a good country to pick for a snow-capped summer. Topping the best resorts for summer skiing are Kaprun, Dachstein, and Hintertux in Austria. The nearby country of France is also a good option. Les 2 Alpes and Tignes offer year-round skiing. After those skiing marathons, go tan in the warm beaches of the French Riviera to make sure you also got to experience a proper summer.

Don’t limit yourself to what others before you have already conquered. Set your own goals depending on what you want to see of the world. Challenge yourself by conquering what you fear. If you are scared of heights, go sky diving or parasailing. If you’re afraid of the monsters of the deep, become a certified diver. Despite the things we’ve been through lately, the world is still a great place to explore.

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