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15 Ideas to Spark Your Wanderlust

1. Comb the Ocean Floor in a Private Submarine
15 Ideas to Spark Your Wanderlust
Just when you thought your travel wish list couldn’t get any longer.

These 15 epic experiences—from surfing an active Nicaraguan volcano to sleeping underwater in Dubai—will take you all over the world. Whether you travel in search of adventure or go looking for luxury wherever you roam, you’ll break away from the mundane with these real-life travel fantasies run by outstanding outfitters. 
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    1. Comb the Ocean Floor in a Private Submarine
    1. Comb the Ocean Floor in a Private Submarine

    Roatan, Honduras

    Captain Karl Stanley takes two passengers at a time out on his yellow submarine tour of Honduras’ Cayman Trench. In the deep waters, travelers have the chance to spot a chimaera, or “ghost shark.” —From $500. stanleysubmarines.com

    Courtesy of Stanley Submarines
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    2. Watch the Northern Lights from a Glass Villa
    2. Watch the Northern Lights from a Glass Villa

    Kemi, Finland

    Thirty-three newly constructed cubes overlook the frozen Bay of Bothnia and sit within snowshoeing distance of Lapland’s seasonally erected SnowCastle, a complex of buildings and sculptures made of ice and snow. —From $373. visitkemi.fi 

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    3. Paint Landscapes in the Italian Countryside
    3. Paint Landscapes in the Italian Countryside
    Ascoli Piceno, Italy

    The panoramic views at this small art school in the Marche region span olive groves, vineyards, and centuries-old hilltop villas. At The Retreat, attendees take watercolor and plein air painting workshops. —From $1,400. lemarcheretreat.com
    Courtesy of The Retreat
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    4. Bungee Jump from Victoria Falls Bridge
    4. Bungee Jump from Victoria Falls Bridge
    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Fling your trembling body 364 feet off the bridge straddling the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, and you’ll free-fall for 230 feet. Masochistic add-ons include a bridge swing and zip line. —From $160. victoriafalls.net
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    5. Surf an Active Volcano
    5. Surf an Active Volcano

    León, Nicaragua

    After an hour-long schlep up Cerro Negro, you’ll slide down the 2,388-foot volcano’s face on a flimsy wooden plank. It takes about five minutes to reach the bottom. —From $28. volcanoboard.com

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    6. Find a Flower No One Else Has Seen
    6. Find a Flower No One Else Has Seen
    Cuzco, Peru

    On International Nature & Culture Adventure’s eight-day Wild Orchids of Machu Picchu botanical tour, search for rare and never-before-seen blooms in the Urubamba and Ollantaytambo canyons and the Andean high jungle near Santa Teresa and near Machu Picchu. —From $4,395. inca1.com
    Photo by Jeremy Cornejo/International Nature & Culture
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    7. Glamp near Uluru in Australia’s Northern Territory
    7. Glamp near Uluru in Australia’s Northern Territory
    Uluru, Australia

    Fifteen luxury tents sit in the shadow of 1,141-foot-tall Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, one of the world’s grandest monoliths. —From $1,098. longitude131.com.au
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    8. Tango Like a Local in Buenos Aires
    8. Tango Like a Local in Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    One-hour classes with Narrative Tango Tours teach you the basics, and if you’re feeling bold, you can show off your moves at a milonga, an Argentine tango gathering. —From $95. narrativetangotours.com
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    9. Fly a MiG-29 Jet Fighter over Nizhniy Novgorod
    9. Fly a MiG-29 Jet Fighter over Nizhniy Novgorod
    Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

    A Top Gun pilot guides you through Incredible Adventures' supersonic, only-in-Russia experience, where you choose between a high-altitude “edge of space” flight and an aerobatic flight with wild loop-the-loop maneuvers. —From $16,000. incredible-adventures.com
    Courtesy of Incredible Adventures
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    10. Mush a Team of Sled Dogs through the Alaska Yukon Wilderness
    10. Mush a Team of Sled Dogs through the Alaska Yukon Wilderness
    Yukon Koyukuk, Alaska

    With Bush Alaska Expeditions, multiday wilderness tours of the untouched Yukon–Charley Rivers National Preserve cover 20 to 25 miles a day, with the huskies running for as long as five hours. —From $500. bushalaskaexpeditions.com
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    11. Take on Class III Rapids in Idaho
    11. Take on Class III Rapids in Idaho
    Lewiston, Idaho

    The five-day intro to whitewater kayaking with O.A.R.S. provides amateurs with the gear, skills, and raging-rapids know-how to tackle the Gem State’s frothing (but not too fierce) Salmon River. —From $1,399. oars.com
    Courtesy of O.A.R.S.
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    12. Follow in the Footsteps of Marco Polo
    12. Follow in the Footsteps of Marco Polo
    Beijing, China

    Wild Frontiers’ 47-day Great Silk Road Adventure traverses six countries and 7,456 miles between Beijing and Istanbul, checking off 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites en route. —From $12,736. wildfrontierstravel.com
    Courtesy of Wild Frontiers Travel
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    13. Sleep with the Fishes
    13. Sleep with the Fishes
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    The lavish Poseidon and Neptune suites in Atlantis the Palm’s resort have floor-to-ceiling windows peering directly into a 3-million-gallon aquarium. Sharks and stingrays are among your 65,000 roommates for the night. —From $8,000. atlantisthepalm.com
    Courtesy of Atlantis the Palm Dubai
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    14. Dive with 1,000-Pound Crocodiles in Botswana’s Okavango Delta
    14. Dive with 1,000-Pound Crocodiles in Botswana’s Okavango Delta
    Maun, Botswana

    This eight-day expedition with Big Animals Expeditions is a real heart-pounder, bringing you within 12 inches of the most powerful jaws on the planet. —From $14,800. biganimals.com
    Courtesy of Big Animals Expeditions
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    15. Float in a Hot Air Balloon over the North Pole
    15. Float in a Hot Air Balloon over the North Pole
    North Pole

    The tethered ride is one of several unforgettable activities you’ll do on Quark Expeditions’ 14-day arctic adventure onboard the ship 50 Years of Victory, the world’s largest nuclear icebreaker. —From $27,995. quarkexpeditions.com
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    What's Next. . .
    What's Next. . .
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