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Sep-2017

The Most Inspiring Tours For Every Soul-Seeking Traveller

Most Inspiring Tours: Milford Sound

Milford Sound | Photo by Jasper van der Meij / Unsplash

What inspires you when you travel?

What sights lift your spirits and touch your soul?

Some places have a greater effect on you than others, their backdrops offering more inspiration and inner peace away from the busyness of everyday life.

John and I love to take the road less travelled, but sometimes the well-travelled road can be just as stirring.

Here’s our list of the most inspiring tours for every soul-seeking traveller.

 

NEW ZEALAND: MILFORD SOUND

 

Widely considered the most beautiful part of New Zealand, travelling through Milford Sound either by rental car or tour group is easily one of the most inspiring tours in this country.

For us, it was the perfect conclusion to our Southern New Zealand honeymoon in 2016, winding through majestic fjords, witnessing spectacular waterfalls and cruising between incredible peaks.

Sometimes the water offers glassy reflections, other times (like on our honeymoon) the environment will be wild. When it’s wild, expect to be in awe of the thousands of waterfalls which only pour out during the rain, and disappear a few hours after it stops.

Most Inspiring Tours: Milford Sound, New Zealand

Waterfalls in Milford Sound © Juliette Sivertsen

 

AUSTRALIA: JOURNEY TO THE RED ROCK

 

Australia has many famous journeys, but one that will truly touch your soul is the journey to the incredible sandstone monolith, Uluru, or Ayers Rock.

You can fly there, but if you love slow travel and want a road trip that will challenge your every being, then start with a car hire in Sydney Airport. It’s about 30 hours of driving time so give yourself several days each way to enjoy the journey into the Australian outback.

Take in the local Aboriginal culture and pay respects at the famous red rock, which is considered to be the place where the spirits of their ancestors reside.

 

NORWAY: BERGEN TO FLAM

 

I first completed this trip at the age of 13 and thought it was quite frankly the most beautiful thing I had ever experienced.

I have a crazy attachment to Norway at the best of times due to my ancestry, but there’s a reason why they say the Flam Railway is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Not dissimilar to New Zealand’s scenery in Fiordland, but on a much grander scale, the journey to Flam offers spectacular panoramic views of the fjords and the best mountain landscapes of Western Norway.

I’ll be repeating this journey next month when I return to Norway for the third time.

 

ICELAND: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

 

Another bucket-list country about to be ticked off when I head to Iceland next month!

The famous Golden Circle travels through some of Iceland’s most spectacular scenery, encompassing dramatic waterfalls, impressive geysers and stunning glaciers. If you have time, you can explore the entire Ring Road of Iceland and capture the country’s dramatic volcanic landscape in all its glory. 

While the journey through the Golden Circle may only take around three hours, chances are you’ll need at least double that by the time you’ve stopped at all the incredible spots along the way.

 

PHILIPPINES: TAO TOUR OF PALAWAN 

 

While parts of the Philippines may be exceptionally busy and overrun with people, there’s a special place to get away from it all. The Tao tour takes you through tropical islands in northern Palawan, reefs and coves in an enriching, authentic experience through local communities.

It forces you to disconnect. You have to unplug from technology, leave your emails and social media behind and simply be one with nature. Tao is a journey to the most remote islands of Palawan to truly appreciate what nature has to offer.


Have you been on any of these trips? What’s one of the most inspiring tours or trips you have ever completed?

 

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Thanks to DriveNow for helping make this post happen. All opinions are my own.

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  • Jennifer Riley

    Wow, now I feel like I need to get travelling more! It’s astounding how much beauty there is all over the world. I want to see all of these beautiful places.

  • Going to Norway is definitely on my list as my family is from Bergen. The train ride is as well, I’ve heard its absolutely gorgeous

  • Lisa Rivera

    I feel nice and relaxed after reading this. I’m lucky to have done the Golden Circle tour in Iceland, and been to the Philippines, but not done the Tao Tour, sounds wonderful. Milford Sound looks stunning, I’d love to see it for myself.

  • Carol

    I am glad Palawan is included. But I have also done Iceland. Now I have to schedule New Zealand, Outback, and Norway.

    • Palawan looks so beautiful! Very keen to get there sooner rather than later. Iceland will be amazing – and yes, you must visit New Zealand! Very diverse scenery but Milford Sound is especially beautiful.

  • I haven’t done any if these, but they all look amazing. Right now I am living in Ireland so I’d love to go to Norway and Iceland. I can’t say I’ve done a soul inspiring tour, but there are definitely places I’ve traveled to where I felt an instant connection.

    • I leave tomorrow for Ireland! The Wild Atlantic Way sounds pretty inspiring to me!

      • I haven’t done the Wild Atlantic Way, but I hear it’s beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful time in Ireland.

  • Well I just added a few more places on my list of must-get-to-soon! There are too many places, too little time. Scratch that…challenge accepted! All of these sound wonderful and get my wanderlust a going. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Kaylene Chadwell

    I’d love to do all of these! I just did a road trip in Iceland and went to the Golden Circle; it was so beautiful! Kayaking in Milford Sound is really high on my bucket list!

    • How exciting! I can’t wait to drive through the Golden Circle, that’s going to be truly amazing. And yes – kayaking in Milford Sound is beautiful!

  • Bee Du Jour

    what a beautiful post and thanks for sharing. these photos and descriptions are amazing. i think my most inspirational trip would have to be Cusco and Machu Picchu and Paracas in 2008, before there was this insane tourist rush.

    • Thanks! Great to hear about Machu Picchu – I think that because there are so many tourists there now it has taken away a bit from its special place. And then we find new inspiring places to visit.

  • I have always wanted to visit New Zealand and that tour looks stunning. It’s rare I would want to be somewhere when it’s rainy but seeing those waterfalls would probably be worth the wet weather.

    • NZ is great! We are pretty lucky to call it home. The waterfalls were just amazing. Initially we were disappointed it was raining, but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise!

  • Definitely a great list! I did New Zealand and Iceland and will be doing those areas in the Philippines later this year! Wish I did Uluru when I visited Australia and I’m sure I’ll get a chance to check out the fjords in Norway. I think Banff, Canada would be up there and plan on doing Patagonia next year as well.

  • Shibani Sharma

    Wow, I love these, and embarrassingly I didn’t know about these trips till I stumbled across your post!! Love the pictures,and I’m pinning it to my bucket list.

  • Corinne Vail

    I have been to all the places you mention, and they are very inspirational and beautiful. I especially loved New Zealand, and now I’m planning a return trip.

    • You are fortunate to have ticked them all off! Hopefully within the next 12 months I will have done the same. Glad you are coming back to NZ! What was your favourite place there?

  • Punita Malhotra

    I have been to just one of these..Milford Sound and that was a magical experience. The rest of the places in your list seem breathtaking too. Difficult to make a choice which should come first for us.

  • Vyjay Rao

    These are indeed blissful tours that are sure out of the world. We too love to travel to less traveled places where we can bask in the glory of nature. Historical sites too are a source of fascination for us.The Red Rock and Iceland is our favourite.

  • Parnashree Devi

    Your every picture is so inviting. Its my dream to visit Norway and the Flam Railway journey . Even New Zealand is on my list from a long time. After reading your post, I can’t wait to plan my trip soon. Every destination is breathtaking. I have just come back from Finland. I can imagine how Norway would be in real. Thanks for reaching out to me.

    • Thanks Parnashree! Norway is spectacular, such gorgeous scenery at every turn. And New Zealand! I know how lucky I am to live there.

  • Skye

    For someone so well travelled, I can’t believe I haven’t done any of these yet. Thankfully a few are on my list for the coming couple of years. I love that you they are all beautiful, scenic destinations and routes. Iceland’s Golden Circle and Milford Sound would definitely be top of the list and perfect for giving the camera and hiking boots a workout.

    • Ah there are just too many beautiful places in this world! Milford Sound is truly wonderful..hiking, kayaking or simply cruising…

  • Patricia – Ze Wandering Frogs

    Outdoor lovers that we are, these are definitely on our radar! We did see Uluru in Australia, and went to the Philippines but New Zealand and Iceland are high on our travel list!

  • Great list, we will be doing the red centre soon and Milford sound next year after visit Palawan this year!!

    • Oh what wonderful travel plans you have! You will love the South Island of NZ. My favourite part of the country – which is why we’re planning to move there more permanently next year!

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