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The Eudaimoniacs 2016 Travel Bucket List


2015 was another amazing year for us, with the highlight being our road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide through the B100 highway which we famously refer to as The Great Ocean Road drive. Check out the article here.

This year, we have set our eyes on two pivotal locations: Peru’s Machu Picchu and Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave. Both grand and spectacular in its on way. We have been dreaming to set foot on Machu Picchu for 13 years now and finally this year, that dream will be materialized. Machu Picchu has been No.1 in our bucket list for the longest time, followed by the largest cave in the world, Son Doong Cave in Vietnam.

However, amidst our grand itinerary this year, we won’t forget other beautiful sights around the world. Like catching the Aurora Borealis, diving into the underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico or grasping the sights of the mighty Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

√ February: Yogyakarta, Indonesia:  6-9th Feb

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The Jomblang Cave in Yogyakarta seems like a prelude to our Son Doong Cave trip in December. If there is a cave out there this spectacular, then I’ll save the word “breathtaking” for Son Doong.

Jomblang was formed through a geological process where land vegetation vanished into the bowel of the earth thousands of years ago. That resulted in a huge 50 diameter sinkhole which in Javanese language was called sumuran or luweng.  To enter the cave, one must master the Single Rope Technique (SRT) that is needed to abseil down this verticle cave. If you think that’s cool, wait till you see the main section of the cave. A whole new world awaits.

Like a ray of light shining from Heaven, Jomblang Cave used to be a secret oasis that only local nature lovers would know.  But if you’re reading this, you better make plans to abseil down this verticle cave before it gets populated like the Eiffel Tower. We spent 4d3n in Yogyakarta just to explore this cave. Check out our article here.

√ May: Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia: 29th April – 2nd May

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…and our adventures get more and more extreme. The month of May will see us hiking followed by via-ferrata to the summit of one of the highest peaks in Southeast Asia, Mount Kinabalu.

Located in East Sabah, the mountain’s highest elevation is at 4,096m. We have managed to gather 10 individuals from Singapore, Malaysia, France, Japan, Philippines and India to join us on this extraordinary trip. So, what’s left now is just to train. Read more to know about our pre-plans, what to pack, package rates and latest news update of our journey.

August: New Zealand, Chile, Peru and Bolivia

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This two photos need no captions. The famous face of Peru, the Machu Picchu, and the largest salt flat in the world, Bolivia’s Salar De Uyuni will be our big trip in 2016.

Preparations have already begun and we are ecstatic!

December: Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

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Dear God, please stop teasing me with your wonders.

The gigantic Son Doong Cave will be No. 2 in our travel bucket list this year. It is the largest cave in the world and was recently discovered in 1991 by a local man and only became internationally known in 2009 where expeditions to this massive cave begun. But before you even think of booking that flight to Vietnam, get ready US$3,000 for the expedition package and be mentally and physically fit. Oxalis is the sole adventure tour company that is given the license to conduct tours inside this cave. Check out their website. And be amazed.

 

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