I am so excited to announce that I am partnering with a super neat company called Tinggly! I am a firm believer in the idea that experiences are the best possible gift, and this company allows you to send a voucher to your loved ones that gives them access to one of over 300 unique experiences around the world.
Warning: The website may give you a serious case of wanderlust, and make your bucket list grow MUCH longer.
That's why I've decided to create my own top twelve with Tinggly bucket list to help inspire you all and give you an idea of just what Tinggly has to offer:
1. Hit the lights
One thing I’ve always dreamed of doing is seeing the Northern Lights with my mom. Ever since I was little, she’s talked about seeing the lights, and there’s nothing more I want then to be able to help make one of my mom’s dreams come true since she’s always been so supportive of mine. Tinggly gives us two different options to do this: one on land in Alaska, and one by sea in Iceland!
2. See the Seven Wonders
I’ve been lucky enough to see the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but I still have six more to go! These day trips to Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Colosseum in Rome, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and the Great Wall of China most DEFINITELY earn a place on my bucket list.
3. Go back in time
Okay, maybe I can't literally go back in time, but there’s something very Gastby-esque about the idea of being driven down the colourful streets of Cuba in a classic, antique car. The Classic Havana Tour For Two looks like such a fun way to spend an afternoon, and I hope I get the time to do this while in Cuba with my best friend Liv in November.
4. Take the jump
As some of you may know after my adventures in the South Pacific last summer, I’m also a HUGE adrenaline junkie. So anything that involves heights automatically earns a spot on my bucket list. From paragliding in Armenia or Georgia, hot air ballooning Estonia or Dubai, base flying in Germany, to the world’s longest zip line in Nepal, anything that gets the heart pounding makes my list.
5. Be a princess for a day
6. Just desserts
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about staying healthy, but must admit that I have a pretty serious sweet tooth. Not only do I love desserts, I also adore learning how to make them myself! I’m obsessed with this chocolate experience in Belgium and this pizza and gelato-making workshop in Florence.
7. Dive in
As a scuba and freediver, the ocean is basically my second home, and I love getting the chance to interact with its inhabitants firsthand in their natural habitat. There's a night dive with manta rays in Hawaii, a dolphin swim in New Zealand, and dives with great whites in South Africa and thresher sharks in the Philippines to choose from. Sign me up for all of the above, please!
8. Stay someplace special
Although I haven’t had the chance to stay in one yet, I have a growing obsession with the idea of unique hotels and hostels. These white pods in Switzerland and bubble rooms in France are two total stand-outs, and so is this ancient hotel in Crete (with no outlets or televisions, such a cool way to unplug!), and this lodge in Malawi.
9. J'aime Paris
I'm starting up French classes in the spring semester, and plan to study abroad in France next year. I cannot wait to see the timeless Eiffel Tower, and with a skip-the-line ticket, I won't have to wait very long at all!
10. Create a custom scent
While I'm in France, I would also love to visit Grasse (the perfume capital) to create my very own, one-of-a-kind scent! I think that the science of scent is fascinating, and getting the chance to make a bottle of perfume that's completely unique to me sounds so cool.
11. Picture perfect
I love photography, and think that one of the most unique ways to capture an image is from an aerial perspective. That’s why this flight for two over Uluru in Australia, and this flight for two over Las Vegas (with a limo ride and VIP treatment as a bonus!) make my list.
12. Explore home
Although jet setting around the world to have these experiences is beyond incredible, it's easy to forget the amazing things we can do in our own backyard. I'm still pretty new to living in Southern California, and haven't really gotten the chance to see what this beautiful area has to offer. That's why this surf lesson in San Diego and this kayaking trip to the Channel Islands just may hold the top spots on my bucket list.
And that wraps up my Top Twelve with Tinggly! Check out their website at www.tinggly.com and comment with your number one experience for yourself or the traveler in your life!