My Twitter and other social media feeds have been filled with entries for this competition, and, given the prize on offer, this is not surprising in the least.
Transun will be giving away a trip for two to the Arctic Circle to witness the Northern Lights in all their glory. The prize includes flights, full-board accommodation, a reindeer camp visit, a husky safari and a snowmobile adventure.
To be in it to win it, all you need to do is write a blog post detailing your top three travel bucket list items. Once you’ve penned this, send out a tweet to @transun, using the hashtag #Transunlights.
The competition closes at 23:59 on 30 April, so there’s still enough time to enter in the next few days.
I assure you that it’s worth the effort; if you don’t believe me, here’s a visual reminder of what’s up for grabs!
|Take me here! Creative Commons image by Timo Newton-Syms.|
Now onto my own entry.
I’ve never had a physical travel bucket list as such. Instead, as I come across the countless blog posts and armchair travel books that I read, I feel like I need to go everywhere and experience everything. This extremely open-minded approach to travel would result in a never-ending list.
That said, there are a few places and experiences that have been on my mind since I caught the travel bug as a teenager.
I say this truthfully – a Northern Lights sighting has been one of these. Having read about this phenomenon in so many books – fiction and non-fiction – I’ve often dreamed of being in a wintry, snow-covered location, waiting for the appearance of those otherworldly colours shimmering above me.
I hope I’ll get to see the lights someday soon, and, since we’re on the subject, these are three more travel experiences that are high up on my priority list.
|I would love to see this sign in person – the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.|
I grew up in Cape Town and loved the outdoors from a young age. With so many mountains and trails almost literally on my doorstep, I soon became an avid hiker.
There are several great mountains and trails of the world that I’d love to traverse, but Mount Kilimanjaro has had me obsessed for years. I’ve researched the hike to great detail and already know which route I’d want to take to the 5,892-metre-high summit.
In terms of my companions, I would love to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with my dad, as he was the person who first introduced me to hiking. It would be a challenging 7/8-day trek but reaching the summit would be an amazing memory to hold on to… And would probably lead to even more big hiking adventures!
|A station stop of the Trans-Siberian Railway journey. Creative Commons image by Brams.|
One of my favourite modes of travel has to be via train. It feels so luxurious; there are no concerns related to packing (airports, I’m looking at you – I’ve bought way too many miniature toiletries on your behalf), there’s a great view outside the window and I can indulge in a marathon session of book-reading. What more could a
bookworm girl want?
Given my leanings, my second bucket list item would take this to the next level. I’d love to do one of those massive train journeys that cross into cities, regions and even countries, with opportunities to explore inbetween.
The Trans-Siberian Railway is the most famous of the epic rail adventures, with the classic route measuring over 9,000 kilometres between Moscow and Vladivostok. There are many tour companies offering these trips, so it’s easy to find one that suits my budget.
Once booked, all I would need to do is sit back and enjoy the incredible landscapes passing by outside.
|One of the many locations on my Australia hitlist – Uluru. Creative Commons image by Tourism NT.|
Is it cheating if I include an entire country as one of my items?
I’ve wanted to visit Australia for as long as I can remember. I’ve seen a number of friends move over to the country after falling in love with it, and my sister is the latest person to join these ranks.
Everything I’ve heard about Australia appeals to me – the lifestyle, the people, the sights. I would love to go on a road trip around the country with my boyfriend, sister, brother-in-law and mum, with stops at places like Uluru, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Darwin, as well as a dip at the Great Barrier Reef. I’m not fussy about how long this trip takes – in fact, the longer, the better!
Ok, a quick confession. So not everything about Australia appeals to me. I’m referring to those insanely dangerous spiders and snakes living there, but I can definitely put my fears aside for an awesome adventure in this country.
I could have added so many other travel experiences here, but I think the combination of mountain treks, meandering rail journeys and an all-encompassing road trip shows just how many wonderfully varied adventures are still out there waiting to be enjoyed.
If I’ve managed to convince you to enter this fantastic competition too, check out the official page over here.
I’ll be crossing my fingers and toes for the announcement of the winner – good luck to everyone that’s entered!