Adventure & Discovery

The majestic Northern Lights appear in a range of colours

When I look back on a life full of extraordinary travel experiences, witnessing the Northern Lights in Iceland will probably be at the top of my list.

Be enchanted on a scenic hot-air balloon ride in Bagan

According to the people who know lots about these sorts of things, when Rudyard Kipling famously wrote about ‘the road to Mandalay’ he was actually referring to the Irrawaddy.

This mighty river in Myanmar (formerly Burma) rises among glaciers in the Himalayas and flows for 2,100km into the Andaman Sea. Its non-Anglicised name, Ayerawaddy Myit, can be translated as ‘river that brings blessings to the people’. It’s certainly a blessing for me, as I’m here to experience the romance of this timeless stretch of water on the luxury, custom- built Sanctuary Ananda, on a five-day cruise that will take us from Mandalay to Bagan, the ancient temple site that’s home to a thousand spires.

A tough trek through unforgiving jungle was totally worth it to see Uganda’s mountain gorillas in action

The words ‘impenetrable forest’ conjure up images of a dense undergrowth; a kaleidoscope of greens, vines and vegetation intertwined so densely it takes a machete to cut a path. This is exactly what met me at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, as I embarked on a six-hour round trek in search of the region’s famous mountain gorillas. 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, sourced via www.kakslauttanen.fi/

When it comes to cool stays, this resort in Finland's Saariselkä is on a whole other level. 

Image courtesy of Belmond

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