DREAM DESTINATION MISSING FROM YOUR 2019 BUCKET LIST

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I’ve been busy planning my 2019 adventures and saving every penny I can to make it happen. I’m pretty happy with my 2019 travel plans but there’s one adventure which has missed the list again this year.

If I could fit one more trip into this year, it would be a trip to Sri Lanka.

We all know I love a group tour. I enjoy the social aspect, the scheduled itinerary, I believe it’s more cost effective, safe and a really enjoyable experience. I’m a bit of a group tour addict. 

All my friends are married, in long term relationships, saving for houses and I’m not quite there yet. I just want to travel and see the world. So that’s what I’m going to do. If you don’t want to go alone, if you have no one to go with you then group tours are perfect for that. 

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Last year, I took some time off from travelling to work on my mental health and work out how the best way to travel this year. Solo travel is fun but I feel less anxious on a group tour. Everything is already planned, the tour leaders know the best places to go and there’s a bunch of action packed activities which full fills my adrenaline junkie side. 

You won’t find me on a bucket and spade holiday. Get me on a group tour any day. Meeting new friends, exploring new places and living my best life. As cheesy as that sounds. 

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Tucan Travel have an incredible 15 day tour called the Jewels of Sri Lanka where you can travel around the whole country. Imagine seeing the whole island in 2 weeks. Incredible. 

With any tour I go on, there has to be key elements involved. Amazing food, history and culture to learn, incredible scenery for photography, fun activities and wildlife. This tour has all of them. 

 

“Some journeys take us far from home.

Some adventures lead us to our destiny” 

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

 

FEED ME

I’m a massive fussy eater. I blame my broken nose so my taste is compromised. However, this girl still loved to eat. I’ll never be a skinny mini again and I don’t care because I love food!

Sri Lanka cuisine is mostly boiled or steamed rice, served with a curry of fish, chicken or mutton. So far so good. I like rice as it’s easy to eat. I love fish and chicken so my protein is all sorted. They also do a mean curry made with vegetables, lentils, or fruits. Sounds good to me. 

This tour includes a visit to the local fish market in the exciting city of Negombo and a Sri Lankan Cooking class (including dinner). I seriously need to learn how to cook better and this way I learn some cultural recipes too. There’s also a coconut plantation visit too…I wonder if I can learn to climb the tree to get my own coconut? Probably not.

 

LEARNING THE LOCAL CULTURE AND HISTORY

When I’m travelling in a new country, I want to learn something about it. If it’s some of the language, history or customs. I want something I can take home with me…just in case it pops up on a pub quiz. Always useful to have that kind of information sorted for a rainy day. 

This alluring tour of Sri Lanka includes visits to the ancient Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Ruins. Ruins! Lara Croft and Indiana Jones style ruins. No hidden treasure to find but lots to learn about these amazing sites. 

Outside the jungle, there are several city tours including Kandy, Galle and Colombo to explore the cities quickly with more details and local knowledge. I love city tours because you see the places you want to see, the places you never knew about and stay away from certain areas (every city has some – even my little country village). 

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EVERYWHERE IS A PHOTO MOMENT

We all secretly enjoy (some less secretly than others) uploading photos to social media to annoy our friends and family to make them extremely jealous. Me included. However, I also enjoy taking photos for fun and trying to improve my photography. 

On this tour you can take a trek in Horton Plains National Park so you can snap the best mountain skylines, wildlife in it’s natural habitat and incredible backdrops which you normally would only see on a randomised PC background settings. 

There’s also the opportunity to visit Ella Rock or Little Adam’s peak and Ravana waterfalls. WATERFALLS! Yes! Standing under a real water fall is one of my bucket list items. 

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ACTION PACKED ITINERARY

When I book tours, one of the main aspects I enjoy is that the itinerary is already planned out and there are activities already included. If they are not already included in the price, there might even be optional extra activities which you can pay for when you get to certain locations. Normally your tour leader will help you with this too. Convenience. 

Within this tour, you can do a Game drive at Yala National Park. I did a Safari when I was in South Africa and I can honestly say it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I love seeing animals in their natural habitat and there’s a lot of animals on this game drive I’ve never seen which entices me. 

There’s also the chance to do the Scenic Train ride to Ella which everyone will recognise from many photos on Instagram. You know the ones of people hanging from outside the train while it goes round a scenic jungle corner. I would have to harnessed in to do that or hanging on for dear life. 

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WILDLIFE OPPORTUNITIES

Every tour I book has to have some type of wildlife opportunity included. I have a wildlife bucket list that I’m trying to tick off as well as countries around the world. This year, I’m hoping to see turtles, dolphins and whales all in the wild. 

Not only could I see turtles on this tour but you can see baby turtles on a visit to a local Turtle Hatchery. Watching turtle baby hatch and try to get to sea is so high on my list and would be amazing to see. 

There’s also an opportunity to visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home which would redeem my elephant mishap in South Africa. I was busy having lunch with some of my friends when 2 of my other friends stumbled on a herd of elephants going to be washed at a safari we were at. So lucky! They even got a trunk cuddle. These would be Asian elephants on this tour too which I’ve never seen before. 

 

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9 Comments

  1. Louise
    28/01/2019 / 9:20 am

    I’d love to go to Iceland this year but fingers crossed, I get there early 2020. X

    • Natasha Atlas
      Author
      28/01/2019 / 9:55 am

      Iceland is still on my list. Was thinking about going this year but after freezing my butt off in a tent last year, I thought I deserved more warmer options this year lol

      • Louise
        29/01/2019 / 10:17 pm

        Haha, yeah I will definitely need to fully prepare myself for the cold. Thermal knickers it is! 😂 x

  2. 28/01/2019 / 10:08 am

    In the flow for my South East Asia travels right now, really looking forward to the Philippines though it looks so beautiful 😍🙌🏼🤩

    • Natasha Atlas
      Author
      28/01/2019 / 10:30 am

      Loving your adventures on Instagram stories so far Sarah! The Philippines would be amazing!!!

  3. Jessica
    28/01/2019 / 10:46 am

    Yes to Sei Lanka. So many beautiful things to see and the food is amazing!

    • Natasha Atlas
      Author
      28/01/2019 / 10:54 am

      Have you been?! I’m dying to go! Would be an incredible experience!

  4. 28/01/2019 / 11:33 am

    So many places I want to visit! Definitely want to go the Philippines as I haven’t been back since I was four-years-old. I really want to go to Japan as well!

    • Natasha Atlas
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      28/01/2019 / 12:23 pm

      Another one for the Philippines. Such a hot favourite! Japan would be amazing too. So many photo opportunities there!

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