Part of the BuyMeOnce philosophy is that carefully buying things to last a lifetime will leave you with more time, more money and more mental energy to focus on the things that really matter. Instead of finding transitory happiness in buying and hoarding endless stuff (that often gets quickly forgotten about anyway), we can instead collect experiences, spend more time with family and friends, try new activities or immerse ourselves in new cultures. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some incredible last minute travel experiences that we think are sure to make 2018 a year to remember.
Intrepid Travel is a great company for packing amazing travel experiences into as much or little time as you have; we love that they're a certified B Corp and that all their trips are carbon offset. (For more tips on travelling mindfully check out our travel resources article and our long-haul travel essentials edit.)
So without further ado here are our top travel picks; whether you’re after a whirlwind weekend, an exotic odyssey or a once in a lifetime trip with the family, there’s something for you here.
If you want to forget the madness of city life and escape to a land of rugged scenery, crumbling mountain-top edifices, and wandering nomads then this trip to Wild Mongolia is for you. In 15 days you will get a taste for a simpler life. Live close to the land in traditional Mongolian tents, visit stunning monasteries and volcanic crater lakes, and learn all about this fascinating country that was once one of the largest empires in the world.
Lasting just four days, this whirlwind yacht trip along the Amalfi Coast is perfect for those looking for a little taste of adventure within a luxurious, relaxing setting. Casting off from the Bay of Naples and stopping at historic Pompeii with plenty of time for relaxation and sampling exquisite seafood, this is one atmospheric escape that won't be forgetten in a hurry.
The Inca Trail is on many people's bucket list for a reason. This trip is the perfect balance of culture and adventure; in 7 days you will explore the ancient city of Cusco, wander the Sacred Valley, explore the Ollantaytambo ruins and feel tantalisingly close to ancient civilizations at majestic Machu Picchu.
As travel experiences go there aren’t many countries more explosive, immersive and exciting than unforgettable India. On this once in a lifetime trip you will see the highlights in just 15 days, from bustling, chaotic Delhi, to Agra for the Taj Mahal, all the way to Varanasi and the spiritual ghats of the Ganges. The intoxicating sights, sounds and smells of this fascinating country will linger in your memory long after you leave.
If you and your family have a taste for the wild life, this is an unforgettable 11 day adventure in Borneo will entrance adults and kids alike. Swim and snorkel with tropical fish at Pulau Tiga or kick back in the Poring Hot Springs, spot wildlife in the steamy jungle and have magical up-close encounters with Orangutans at conservation centers. The kids will be talking about this trip for years to come.