So the Mayans reckoned the world should have ended in December 2012. Fortunately, they got it wrong - but at least the prediction provided a rather gentle reminder to us all that life is far too short to put off the things we've always dreamed of doing. So grab your moment while you can. Here's a little inspiration to nudge you on your way...
The ancient city of Petra is now classed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Carved into the sheer rock face more than 2,000 years ago, the site includes an incredible 3,000 capacity Roman theatre. Try this:Best at Travel offers a two night/three day ‘The Red Rose City of Petra’ tour for £579 including return flights with Royal Jordanian, two nights’ accommodation in Petra and entrance to the site.
The archaeological treasure of Machu Picchu at the end of the Inca Trail is one of the most trodden paths in the world - and for good reason. The trail can be hiked year round, but May is the best month for clear views and fine weather. From mid-June to early August, the trail is at its busiest and can be fully booked so be sure to make a reservation in advance. Try this: The Adventure Travel Company offers an 11-day Inca Trail tour for £2,159 which includes the four-day Inca Trail and a guided tour of Machu Picchu and Cusco, including flights. For more information on holidays in Peru, visit peru.travel
On South Africa's Eastern Cape you'll find the highest single span arch bridge in the world (its 216 metres) - so if you're going to do one bungee jump, this is it. Try this: for the ultimate adrenaline rushfaceadrenalinfor more details.
Always wanted to climb Everest? Then don't put it off a moment longer. Try this: Take a trek to both the base camp and Kala Patar (5643m), see Kathmandu, trek to the bustling Sherpa 'capital', Namche Bazaar on a thrilling tour with Peregrine Adventures.
If you've never spent the night in the branches of a tree, listening to the gentle breeze rustling the leaves and the dawn chorus in stereo, you haven't lived. Try this: Tree Sparrow House near Falmouth Bay, Cornwall, is close to Porthallow Beach. For more information, visit wimdu.co.uk.
Every year between June and August, 11,000 whales visit the waters off Canada's most easterly point to feed. To find out more about snorkelling with the world's largest mammals, visit Ocean Quest Adventures. Prices for snorkelling start from $199 (approx. £124) per person.
Take to the waves on the Caribbean isle of Barbados, whose south and east coasts offer some of the world's top spots for surfers, including South Point and Brandons as well as the famous Soup Bowl. Try this: Elegant Hotels offers surfing lessons for around £60 including beach transfers. Check out the the all-inclusive Turtle Beach Resort for perfect location an great value for money.
If the world is ending, you may as well blow what's left of your bank account and go to the best of the best at Shangri-La Villingili in the Addu Atoll, one of the few places in the Maldives where giant manta rays with wing spans of more than five metres can be found all year. There is also an abundance of branching turtles, corals, sea anemones, tropical fish, clams, moray eels and Oriental sweetlips. Try this: Trailfinders offers seven nights at the five star Shanfri-La Villingili Resort with a pool villa from £3,199 including flights and seaplane transfers.
At its peak, the incredible annual Perseids meteor shower rains down at a rate of about 60 meteors per hour. Try this! The clear night sky of the Jordanian desert is the ideal place to view these celestial wonders. Stay in a desert camp at Wadi Rum this August with On The Go tours, which offers a star-gazing package combined with excursions to Roman ruins, Crusader castles, the Dead Sea and the ruins at the Rose City of Petra. The eight-day tour, from August 10-17, costs £779 per person. Flights to Amman with Royal Jordanian start from £228 each way from London Heathrow.
In spring, Taiwan's Alishan National Scenic Area completely changes colour as 19,000 cherry trees burst into bloom. Try this:Cox & Kings 15-day group tour takes in the highlights of Taiwan – including one day and night to take in the cherry blossom in Alishan, the sights of Taipei, snowcapped mountains, hot springs, tea plantations and a beautifully rugged coastline. Stay in luxurious hotels as well as the Fo Guang Shan monastery, where you can join the monks for prayers. Prices start from £2995 per person including flights. Departures from March-November.
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