Once travel becomes a safe and easy option again you’ll want to be at the ready with a list of things to do. Bucket lists have been growing long during this pandemic and one might easily spend an entire year catching up. Make up for lost time with something really special in 2021 and 2022, such as camel trekking in Israel, booking your own private island near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef or hunting for truffles in Croatia. Here’s a list to get you started.
Join a Cattle Drive in Montana: Paw’s Up, a luxury dude ranch in Montana, offers guests a chance to dust off their wrangling skills and ride herd on 800-pound Corriente cows. You’ll set out with the professional wranglers to round up cattle, and if you have the chops you may even get to “cut” an individual out from the herd.
Book a Private Island in Queensland: Rent out Paradise Island off the Queensland Coast of Australia (there are several other islands for rent as well). This one offers the lucky guests a personal chef, private masseuse, even your own skipper to ferry you around the best of the island’s beaches.
Play Tennis With Greats Like Maria Sharapova in Turks & Caicos: To celebrate its 15th anniversary year, Amanyara launched the Amanyara Legends program, featuring a series of clinics throughout the year with icons in the world of sports. This past February they offered a two-day clinic with tennis great Maria Sharapova, and this spring (April 2-7) you can work with world renowned doubles stars the Bryan Brothers who will be at Amanyara leading guests through drills, practice and match play.
Drink Wine, Eat Truffles and Enjoy Olive Oil in Croatia: Six years running, Istria has been named one of the world’s best regions for olive oil, and the Istrian forests are home to three types of black truffles, as well as the big white truffle – one of the most prized in the world. Accent your truffle and olive oil hunts with winery visits. Tack on a few more days and hit Croatia’s thermal and mineral water springs, they were once quite favored by the Romans. Krapinske Toplice boasts the biggest and most modern complex of indoor pools in Croatia.
Forage Your Own Gin in Scotland: Start the day near Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park with an expert forager, sourcing your botanicals and gathering local ingredients. Once you’ve sourced your aromatics, you’ll get a tour of the Lost Loch distillery, followed by lunch. After, blend your botanicals and they’ll distill your proprietary recipe into a gin to take home.
Drink wine in the D’Arenberg Wine Cube in Australia: Visit this Rubik’s cube wine tasting experience that features five levels designed to arouse the senses. You’ll find a wine sensory room, a virtual fermenter, a 360degree video room, and several other tactile experiences during your cube journey. There is also an Alternate Realities Museum on the main floor and of course ample wine to keep things lively.
Eat Your Fill of Oysters on Prince Edward Island: Prince Edward Island is known as Canada’s oyster coast and home to the famously delicious Malpeque oyster. The wee town of Tyne Valley is the mecca for a yearly oyster festival that serves as a competitive standard bearer for world-class competitors. Be sure to experience a stay and the farm to fork dining at the Inn at Bay Fortune. You can even kayak to an oyster farm to see how they are cultivated sustainably.
Ride the World’s Largest Ferris Wheel in Dubai: Scheduled to open this year, and located on Bluewaters Island, Ain Dubai is the world’s largest Ferris wheel. You’ll rise to 820 feet in your glass-enclosed capsule and get unfettered 360 degree views of the Dubai skyline including the Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa. For reference, the St. Louis Arch is 630 feet high, so this ride is not for the faint of heart.
Camel Trekking in Israel: Six Senses Shaharut is scheduled to open this coming August and with a focus on wellness with immersive experiences such as camel trekking. This is the desert, so you’ll rise before dawn and ride your beast over the landscape just in time to see the sun rise on Jordan’s Edom mountains and the Negev dunes. If the desert is not your thing—sign up for their excursion to Coral Beach Nature Reserve in Eilat and snorkel in the red sea.
Dine in a Dome in Canada: Fairmont Banff Springs has a swanky new private outdoor dining venue, the 360° Dome. Available year-round, the dome offers three dining experiences including brunch, après, and dinner. Perched on the resort’s Upper Garden Terrace, the 360° Dome is surrounded by panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies and the 132-year-old Castle. Book it for a family-style brunch in the morning, an intimate Grapes Wine & Charcuterie experience in the afternoon, and a five-course gourmet menu in the evening.