9 Unique Experiences You Can’t Have in Life Without Traveling

While I'm sure there are plenty of exciting things to do locally where you live, sometimes you just can't match the experiences you could have if you travel abroad.

Redditor u/hatsonrats wanted to know about “unique activities that you think are worth traveling for?”

Other users in r/travel responded with their unforgettable travel experiences.

1. Snorkeling

I love swimming in the ocean, but not where I live in the northeast. The water is freezing cold, plus there's not much to look at in the murky water.

But that's completely different in many tropical areas where tourists flock to snorkel in their waters.

Depending on the place you visit, the snorkeling experience shifts. “I love snorkeling with the manatees in Florida. You just drift around, floating on a pool noodle, and the manatees swim beneath you. The more chill you are, the more likely the manatees will spend time around you,” wrote u/SapperInTexas.

2. Safaris

There is nothing that comes close to the experience of heading into the Savannahs in Kenya, Zimbabwe, or South Africa to experience your first safari.

If you don't live in an area of Africa with ample wildlife, you'll have to travel to enjoy a safari.

3. Rocket Launches

Space nerds and people who like big, fast vehicles, unite! It's not every day that someone has the chance to watch a rocket launch, but if you ever get the chance on your travels, it's a moment of a lifetime.

“Rocket launches. I watched three on three different continents,” said u/moderatelyremarkable.

4. Bioluminescence

There's something magical about taking an oceanside vacation and heading out to the sea at night to watch the bioluminescence light up the water.

One great activity is “Kayaking the bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico,” shared u/Dizzy_Impression4702. But there are many locations with gorgeous bioluminescence to explore.

5. Hot Springs

The earth's natural hot tub, a hot spring is the perfect place to relax after a stressful week at work.

“I’ll go anywhere for a proper hot spring, especially because I don’t have geothermal areas anywhere even remotely close to me,” wrote u/hot-whisky.

6. Sports Events

Each sporting event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in itself, so if you have a favorite team or sport with a big tournament coming up in a city you've always wanted to visit, why not hit two birds with one stone?

“I personally travel for sports events, I’m a huge sports fan and I love traveling. So combing the two is the best of both worlds for me and a perfect excuse to go somewhere,” said u/ik101.

7. Music Festivals

Have you dreamt of hitting up Coachella in California or New Orleans Jazz Fest, it may be time to book those tickets. Attending music festivals can be an unforgettable experience where fans come together to have a great time in a beautiful new city.

8. National Parks

While I love the local conservation lands in my small city, they can't compare to the sights in national parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite.

You can't replicate the wonders of nature across the country in your own backyard, so you'll have to visit them to get the experience.

9. Food

The biggest reason I love to travel is for the food. Nothing will ever compare to the fresh seafood feast I devoured on a boat transversing Vietnam's famous Halong Bay. I will cherish that moment for the rest of my life!

While you can find lots of international food near you, nothing compares to eating local food in a new country.

All in all, some experiences can't be had anywhere else but through travel. From snorkeling crystal-clear waters with manatees to seeing the magnificent wildlife on an African safari and eating the most incredible local food around the world. What would you add to the list?

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