Bucket List Destination Idea – Tanzania

I’m not sure if many of you can tell from some of the older blog articles… but I kind of really want to go on an African Safari. In fact it’s one of my top travel bucket list destinations that I want to do before the time I hit 30.

There is just so much to be discovered in the beautiful country that just draws me in…. and I think you’ll be just as enamoured with Tanzania. So here’s why I think Tanzania is the puuurrrfect bucket list destination.

But first, a little background info is in order. Tanzania is borders the Indian ocean, and has long been acclaimed as one of the best places you have to see before you die. Here’s a little fun fact about the country, did you know Tanzania has both the highest and lowest points of Africa?

4 Reasons Tanzania is the Perfect Bucket List Destination

1. You can go on a safari

Well, the intro pretty much summed it up, I think safaris are the best. Seeing an abundance of animals in the wild, animals I’d only previously seen in the Lion King, would probably be one of the best moments of my young life so far. I know my chances of seeing Pumbaa, Timon, and Simba all happily playing together on the savannah are pretty slim, but let me hold on to that 1% chance that they might all break out into Hakuna Matata.

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2. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa (fun fact), and one of the most sought after peaks to climb in the world. Here’s a story from our own founding partner, Jason, on his experience hiking to the peak,

“My wife and I climbed Kilimanjaro as a part of our honeymoon. It was an amazing experience. My wife, was wonderful and booked the whole trip with our travel agent. We used a guide company called Wild Safari. We hiked Rongai route which took us five nights. The route was surprisingly mellow (and flat for the first few days). You could’ve ridden a bike up the trail if it wasn’t so dusty and sandy. Although we were scheduled to go on a group hike it turned out that it was just my wife and I supported by approximately 5-6 guides and porters. We were totally spoiled, when we arrived at camp each day dinner would be cooked and our tent was already set up. My dad, who’s an avid climber/hiker says this isn’t really hiking but I had a great time. As we approached the summit, the elevation became very noticeable. I was in decent shape having just come off triathlon training and was comfortable running long distances but on summit day I was totally winded. I’m going to keep adding to this post over time.”

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digitalphotography.net3. Visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Tanzania borders the Indian Ocean and boasts some of the worlds finest beaches in the world. Safaris, meet tropics, meet beaches, sounds like paradise to me.

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4. Experience Maasai Culture

The Maasai culture is distinctive in customs and dress, traditional and nomadic to the land. I’m sure I’m not doing the Maasai people any justice by trying to tell you about them, so as they say, a picture says a thousand words.

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The Top 3 Restaurants you have to add to your Bucket List

Your bucket list doesn’t just have to be about adventure, it should be about experiences as well. And what’s a better experience than three amazing restaurants serving the best food to taste and to devour. I have a feeling I’ll be adding a lot more places to my foodie bucket list, but for now, here are the top three restaurant bucket list ideas to add to your yummiest of bucket lists. From the rare to the down right scrumptious, get ready to ogle some food-porn. (This list is based on the world ranking from http://www.theworlds50best.com/)

1. Noma, voted the number one restaurant in the world last year, is an amazing interpretation of what food can be. You may feel like you’re stepping into a whimsical forest when you take a look at some of the creations the chefs come up with. How does moss sound? Apparently it is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. I could write all day about the creations on the menu, but let’s be honest the picture are everything. If you’re ever in Copenhagen check them out.

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White asparagus with poached eggyolk and sauce of woodruff. (source)

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2. El Celler de Can Roca has bumped Noma out of first place to be named the best restaurant in the world. And it’s no wonder. The Roca brother’s have crafted a menu that has traditional influences with a creative twist. From the impeccable pastries, to the freshest seafood, if you’re ever lucky enough to eat at this restaurant in the heart of Catalonia in Spain, then you are in for a meal that you will never forget. 

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3. Osteria Francescana described as modern Italian, is the third best restaurant in the world. According to The World’s 50 Best, “Tradition and modernity collide in spectacular fashion at Osteria Francescana with chef-patron Massimo Bottura’s sense of fun and headline-grabbing cooking.” The images are just as drool worthy as well. Take a look for yourself, and if you’re ever in Modena, Italy, stop on by for possibly one of the best meals you will ever have.

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I don’t even know what this could be, but it is beautiful.

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Have you eaten in a truly world class restaurant? Let us know in the comments….especially if it’s in the Pacific North West would love to give them a try… for research of course!

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Top 7 Music Festivals to Add to Your Bucket List

Anyone who’s been to any sort of music festival automatically understands why it should be on your bucket list. There’s electricity in the air. From the festival culture, being surrounded by your best friends, to listening to world class music, summer music festivals have it all. Although there are probably hundreds of festivals I am pining to go to, I somehow narrowed down my top 7 choices (well the top 7 festivals in North America) to add to your bucket list (in no particular order.)

Coachella

Probably one of the most recognized music festivals in the world! This years headliners include OutKast, Muse and Arcade Fire. But something even more tantalizing was the announcement of the pop up restaurants dotted around the festival.

Sasquatch

Sadly I cannot make this years festival, but Sasquatch located in the Gorge in Washington state has grown to be one of the most popular events of the year. Although it was recently announced that the second festival in July is cancelled, I’m sure the May event will more than make up for it.

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Squamish

Well, I live in British Columbia, so the next two festivals may be a little biased choices, but both of these festivals are great additions to the festival tour. This year Eminem, Bruno Mars and Arcade Fire are all headlining the three day festival. What makes this fest extra special is the sprawling mountains that surrounds the location, absolutely beautiful.

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I’ll be honest, before I bought my tickets to this festival, I never really knew it existed, but located in beautiful Penticton, BC this three day festival is sure not to disappoint. Plus Macklemore is headlining so should be awesome!

SXSW

South by South West is one of the coolest festivals there could ever be. A combination of technology innovation and some of the most creative minds there ever could be join forces to express and share a glimpse into the future. And where else could Lady Gaga get a performing artist to literally make herself sick (puke) on her for art.

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EDC Las Vegas

The Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the top electric music festivals in the world. Attracting some of the craziest people who are ready to have fun and (let’s be honest) rave. If you’re into dub step and are ready to have fun with thousands of your closest friends in Las Vegas, I highly recommend you check this out.

Craven

Finally, if you’re into country, and in the middle of Saskatchewan go to Craven, you won’t regret it. For those of you who maybe haven’t heard of Craven, it’s a huge country music festival in the middle of the valley. And although you maybe wouldn’t think it, Craven has had some of the best country music stars in the world.

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