7 Incredible Bucket List Vacation Opportunities
Whether your dream is to visit the North Pole or to relax on the beach of a private island, there are some trips worth waiting a lifetime for. In no particular order, here are some extravagant ideas for travelers ready to take a vacation they'll never forget.
Starting off the list at #1 is TCS World Travel. Since 1991, it has offered all-inclusive journeys to unique destinations around the globe. Specializing in private jet travel, the company handles all logistics, including customs paperwork and luggage service. Offering clients access to insiders and experts at each location, TCS claims to provide immersive experiences and exclusive encounters with the people and culture of its destinations.
The TCS World Travel fleet of private jets flies direct to many remote places, reducing overall travel time. In-flight staff learn the names and preferences of each guest, while an expert presenter shares insights about the destination. Travelers may select from all-inclusive jet tours, the signature Around the World tour, or a customized trip with a chartered plane. Destinations include Canada, uncharted U.S. islands, Mexico, South America, Greece, India, Morocco, Australia, and beyond.
At #2 is the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel in Finland, which provides luxury accommodations in the middle of a picturesque natural landscape. Combining local Lappish traditions and modern Scandinavian design, cabins offer panoramic views of the forest and the Arctic skies where guests may experience the Northern Lights or a Midnight Sun. The property's restaurant serves up a menu of unique dishes using local ingredients.
Options include the Arctic TreeHouse Suites, Executive Suites, and Arctic GlassHouses, which feature a kitchenette, fireplace and private sauna. Several excursions are available through the resort, including dog or reindeer safaris and private dining under the Northern Lights. Families can enjoy a variety of Christmas-themed experiences, creating special memories for even the youngest visitors.
At #3 is Vladi Private Islands. Founded in 1971 by Farhad Vladi, the company has a portfolio of private islands available for sale and for rent. Vladi's archive includes locations in Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, the United States, South America, New Zealand, and Africa. Rental properties are available for vacations as well as corporate functions, parties, and weddings.
Those interested in purchasing an island can take advantage of Vladi's services that can help transform a property into a fabulous holiday home. Those looking to rent can find locations that offer nightly bed and breakfast rooms as well as those that allow large groups to enjoy the privacy and luxury of a private island escape.
Coming in at #4 is Elevate Destinations, which is dedicated to socially responsible luxury travel. Providing journeys to destinations like Costa Rica, Kenya, Peru, South Africa, and Tanzania, all trips are designed with a focus on sustainable travel practices. The company supports conservation and local communities through meaningful social exchanges and connecting clients with eco-friendly excursions and lodging.
Packages are available for travelers of all kinds, from families and honeymooners to solo vacationers and philanthropists. Elevate Destinations can tailor a journey according to individual interests and purposes, and the company also offers luxury safaris that support the Buy a Trip, Give a Trip initiative, which provides local youth with the chance to see and learn about wildlife.
#5 on the list is Poseidon Expeditions, a polar cruise operator that offers voyages to the Arctic, Antarctica, British Isles and the North Pole. Poseidon Expeditions uses small ships that can navigate into areas that are out of bounds to larger cruise vessels. The 114-passenger Sea Spirit provides spacious suites and public areas, yet is modest enough to maneuver through narrow fjords. Meanwhile, 50 Years of Victory, the company's nuclear-powered icebreaker, cuts through thick ice fields to carry passengers to the geographic North Pole.
Excursions include the Antarctic Wildlife Adventure, where guests may observe penguins, seals, and whales in their natural habitats, and the Svalbard & Polar Ice Edge excursion, an exploration of the glaciers, landscapes and wildlife of Earth's northernmost regions. The Top of the World voyage takes passengers to the North Pole where they can stand on the ice and even take a plunge into the cold water.
Entering the list at #6 is Alpenglow Expeditions. From the Himalaya mountains to Lake Tahoe, Alpenglow leads adventurers through treks across the globe, in disciplines such as mountaineering, skiing, and rock climbing. All climbs are led by certified guides who have passed rigorous exams in one or multiple disciplines. Expeditions challenge team members to expand their decision-making and leadership skills to become more efficient and competent in the mountains.
Excursions are organized by activity type and level of skill to ensure team members are well prepared for the journey. Enthusiasts can climb Kilimanjaro, go on a backcountry ski adventure, take part in a Rapid Ascent expedition in Ecuador or Argentina, or even brave Mount Everest.
Finishing off the list at #7, Paul Gauguin Cruises offers luxury trips through Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the South Pacific. The company's cruise ship is designed to traverse lagoons, and features spacious ocean-view staterooms, gourmet dining, spa treatments, an expansive deck and pool, fitness center, and a lounge. Entertainment programs include Polynesian artists and musical performances.
The ship provides two dining locations: L'Etoile, the main dining room, and Le Grill, which serves breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks poolside. Cruisers may take advantage of the watersports marina for complimentary kayaking, paddleboarding, and optional diving excursions. Guests are also given exclusive access to the company's own island of Motu Mahana, as well as a private white-sand beach off the coast of Bora Bora, which offers snorkeling and bar service.