By Clair Morton
Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Not every holiday will change your life. Many will just pass in a pleasant blur of sleep-ins and email-free bliss. Some, however, will tip your world on its head. If you really want to be inspired, then these are the holidays for you. Words: Ben Groundwater
Chase the Northern Lights
Just when you think you’ve seen everything the Earth can throw at you, when you’ve witnessed all the beauty possible, along comes the Aurora Borealis.
The mystical Northern Lights are best viewed in Norway, in the dark of winter and even if you miss the natural light show that’s so difficult to predict, there are experiences to be had up here that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Try spending the night above the Arctic Circle in a glass igloo, surrounded by pine forest, checking the sky for signs of pulsating light.
Go snowmobiling in the dead of night. Explore blue-ice caves carved out of glaciers. Experience true winter culture.
And, of course, keep your eyes on the sky.
Climb to Machu Picchu
There’s something truly great about hiking the Inca Trail, spending three days earning your time at the UNESCO heritage-listed conclusion, taking in the spectacular Andean scenery while taking the deepest of breaths in this high-altitude environment.
Then, the truly life-changing moment: standing at the Sun Gate in the pre-dawn gloom, watching as the light strengthens and Machu Picchu appears in all its glory.
It’s a moment you’ll never forget, and the chance to spend a full day exploring the site only heightens the experience.