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There are certain travel destinations that are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities; experiences and destinations that will change your life forever. These destinations will rock you at your core and completely change how you see the world. These destinations inspire, stimulate, and rouse our mind, body, and soul. Here are our top 6 bucket list trips for the holiday of a lifetime.

1. Experience Mother Nature on a South African Safari

There is nothing more thrilling in life than seeing animals in the wild. Picture waking up before dawn, hopping in a safari truck, and driving through the wild, in search of the big five: lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinoceros. Sitting next to these animals of art is a completely life-changing, mind-altering experience that must be a part of everyone’s bucket list trips.

We recommend visiting Kruger National Park in South Africa, where there are no fences on the reserve and animals can run free. Watching animals in their natural habitat is an experience that is completely unrivaled. This bucket list trip appeals to everyone – young and old, couples and singles, and especially families.

2. Go Back in Time in Istanbul

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As Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “If the world were one country, then Istanbul would be its capital.” A multi-layered and multifaceted city, to travel to Istanbul is to travel into worlds past. Perfect for history buffs, feast your eyes on great sights such as the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar, all exquisite works of architecture, some dating back to the B.C. years.

We recommend staying in the Old City so that you can fully immerse yourself in the history of Istanbul.