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5 Unusual Travel Experiences to Try That Will Totally Impress Your Friends

If you are planning a trip around the world with your friends consider adding these unusual travel experiences to your bucket list. Whether you’re thinking of country-hopping in Europe, trekking through the Amazon rainforest, going on safari in Africa, or climbing Mount Everest in Nepal, the world (literally) is your oyster! If you’re not the typical tourist and want to experience some of the most unusual places around the world, then we have come up with five unique travel experiences for you to discover that will most certainly give you something to write home about, and you’ll even impress your friends when you come home.


Unusual Travel Experience Photo Of Shark Cage

White Shark Cage Diving, Gansbaai” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Sara&Joachim

Check Out These Unusual Travel Experiences


Shark Cage Diving


If you want one of the biggest adrenaline rushes that you will ever have, then why not consider shark cage diving? There are a few places around the world that offer shark cage diving and Capetown in South Africa seems to be one of the top locations to offer the crazy experience. During your session, you are lowered into the water in a strong cage with a professional diver and given an underwater camera to get some close-up selfies of you and the giant reef sharks – the perfect newsfeed stopper for your social media! Shark cage diving is not for the faint-hearted; although you are safe in your cage, it is still an intimidating experience that will get your heart pumping! If you want to do something unusual and exciting, then this really does take the cake.


Visit Stonehenge


The spiritual, sacred site of Stonehenge is in Wiltshire in the U.K. It’s estimated that the huge stones that are placed in a circle were transported there around 3100 BC. It is a popular tourist attraction, regarded as one of the wonders of the world and the most well-known prehistoric monument throughout Europe. Stonehenge has become a major attraction to those who are spiritually inclined, a popular place to celebrate the equinoxes and solstices, occasions when you might experience singing, dancing, rejoicing, worshipping and even clairvoyants giving psychic readings to passers-by. Psychics can help visitors still their minds, get in touch with the energy that surrounds the place, and even connect with the spirit inside themselves. As pagans and druids believe that the stone circle was once used for ceremonies and rituals, it’s a place people visit to discover their own spiritual path.

Unusual Travel Experience to Stonehedge Rocks

Stonehenge” (CC BY 2.0) by jimbowen0306

The Full Moon Party


Travelers and tourists from all over the world flock to Koh Phangan in Thailand to celebrate the full moon night each month. The Full Moon Party started years ago when a group of tourists discovered that the full moon from Koh Phangan was the most beautiful sight, so they chose to celebrate and party on Haad Rin beach. The party starts at twilight when the moon first appears, then turns into a dancing frenzy as the night goes on, to include different DJ’s offering every type of music you can think of, plus fire eaters, jugglers, performers, and food and drink stands to keep you going throughout the night. The Full Moon Party really is an experience for travelers, sometimes attracting tens of thousands of people, so make sure you have your dancing shoes on (or your flip-flops!).


The Rio Carnival


This incredible 5-day Carnival is celebrated every year in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, ending on Ash Wednesday. Rio Carnival marks the start of Lent and is celebrated throughout towns and villages in Brazil; it is known as the biggest carnival in the world. It also has a huge range of interesting and artistic events that are worth experiencing. Now, it is estimated that there are around half a million foreign visitors to Rio Carnival every year, enjoying the street parties, the music, the parades and the unusual carnival sights. Brazil has now given one of the biggest parades, the Samba Parade, its own purpose-built home at the Sambodromo. The parades are magnificent, the costumes imaginative, and the experience is one that you will never forget!

Unusual Travel Experience featuring Vila Isabel

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Go on Safari


A trip on an African safari is a once in a lifetime experience that brings you in touch with nature and the wildest of animals in the world. There are safari resorts throughout Africa where you can stay a few nights or as long as you want, get up early for a morning walk with a guide or go on a night drive to see the nocturnal animals in the wild. Get up close to lions, leopards, elephants, and giraffes and experience untamed animals within arm’s reach. Don’t worry, the experienced guides will be with you at all times, so you will be safe!


If you’re traveling certain parts of the world, then doing something more unusual on your trip will add so much to your experience. This could be a once in a lifetime chance to do some of the most exciting things you will ever encounter! Make it memorable.

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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