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Paris in spring, Bali in winter. How ‘bucket lists’ help cancer patients handle life and death

<div class="theconversation-article-body"> <p><em><a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/leah-williams-veazey-1223970">Leah Williams Veazey</a>, <a href="https://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-sydney-841">University of Sydney</a>; <a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/alex-broom-121063">Alex Broom</a>, <a href="https://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-sydney-841">University of Sydney</a>, and <a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/katherine-kenny-318175">Katherine Kenny</a>, <a href="https://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-sydney-841">University of Sydney</a></em></p> <p>In the 2007 film <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0825232/">The Bucket List</a> Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play two main characters who respond to their terminal cancer diagnoses by rejecting experimental treatment. Instead, they go on a range of energetic, overseas escapades.</p> <p>Since then, the term “bucket list” – a list of experiences or achievements to complete before you “kick the bucket” or die – has become common.</p> <p>You can read articles listing <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/11/cities-to-visit-before-you-die-according-to-50-travel-experts-and-only-one-is-in-the-us.html">the seven cities</a> you must visit before you die or <a href="https://www.qantas.com/travelinsider/en/trending/top-100-guide/best-things-to-do-and-see-in-australia-travel-bucket-list.html">the 100</a> Australian bucket-list travel experiences.</p> <figure><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UvdTpywTmQg?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" width="440" height="260" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></figure> <p>But there is a more serious side to the idea behind bucket lists. One of the key forms of suffering at the end of life <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pon.4821">is regret</a> for things left unsaid or undone. So bucket lists can serve as a form of insurance against this potential regret.</p> <p>The bucket-list search for adventure, memories and meaning takes on a life of its own with a diagnosis of life-limiting illness.</p> <p>In a <a href="https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/14407833241251496">study</a> published this week, we spoke to 54 people living with cancer, and 28 of their friends and family. For many, a key bucket list item was travel.</p> <h2>Why is travel so important?</h2> <p>There are lots of reasons why travel plays such a central role in our ideas about a “life well-lived”. Travel is often linked to important <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2003.10.005">life transitions</a>: the youthful gap year, the journey to self-discovery in the 2010 film <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0879870/">Eat Pray Love</a>, or the popular figure of the “<a href="https://theconversation.com/grey-nomad-lifestyle-provides-a-model-for-living-remotely-106074">grey nomad</a>”.</p> <p>The significance of travel is not merely in the destination, nor even in the journey. For many people, planning the travel is just as important. A cancer diagnosis affects people’s sense of control over their future, throwing into question their ability to write their own life story or plan their travel dreams.</p> <p>Mark, the recently retired husband of a woman with cancer, told us about their stalled travel plans: "We’re just in that part of our lives where we were going to jump in the caravan and do the big trip and all this sort of thing, and now [our plans are] on blocks in the shed."</p> <p>For others, a cancer diagnosis brought an urgent need to “tick things off” their bucket list. Asha, a woman living with breast cancer, told us she’d always been driven to “get things done” but the cancer diagnosis made this worse: "So, I had to do all the travel, I had to empty my bucket list now, which has kind of driven my partner round the bend."</p> <p>People’s travel dreams ranged from whale watching in Queensland to seeing polar bears in the Arctic, and from driving a caravan across the Nullarbor Plain to skiing in Switzerland.</p> <p>Nadia, who was 38 years old when we spoke to her, said travelling with her family had made important memories and given her a sense of vitality, despite her health struggles. She told us how being diagnosed with cancer had given her the chance to live her life at a younger age, rather than waiting for retirement: "In the last three years, I think I’ve lived more than a lot of 80-year-olds."</p> <h2>But travel is expensive</h2> <p>Of course, travel is expensive. It’s not by chance Nicholson’s character in The Bucket List is a billionaire.</p> <p>Some people we spoke to had emptied their savings, assuming they would no longer need to provide for aged care or retirement. Others had used insurance payouts or charity to make their bucket-list dreams come true.</p> <p>But not everyone can do this. Jim, a 60-year-old whose wife had been diagnosed with cancer, told us: "We’ve actually bought a new car and [been] talking about getting a new caravan […] But I’ve got to work. It’d be nice if there was a little money tree out the back but never mind."</p> <p>Not everyone’s bucket list items were expensive. Some chose to spend more time with loved ones, take up a new hobby or get a pet.</p> <p>Our study showed making plans to tick items off a list can give people a sense of self-determination and hope for the future. It was a way of exerting control in the face of an illness that can leave people feeling powerless. Asha said: "This disease is not going to control me. I am not going to sit still and do nothing. I want to go travel."</p> <h2>Something we ‘ought’ to do?</h2> <p>Bucket lists are also a symptom of a broader culture that emphasises conspicuous <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH_Pa1hOEVc">consumption</a> and <a href="https://productiveageinginstitute.org.au/">productivity</a>, even into the end of life.</p> <p>Indeed, people told us travelling could be exhausting, expensive and stressful, especially when they’re also living with the symptoms and side effects of treatment. Nevertheless, they felt travel was something they “<a href="https://doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2021.1918016">ought</a>” to do.</p> <p>Travel can be deeply meaningful, as our study found. But a life well-lived need not be extravagant or adventurous. Finding what is meaningful is a deeply personal journey.</p> <hr /> <p><em>Names of study participants mentioned in this article are pseudonyms.</em><!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/225682/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. 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Read the <a href="https://theconversation.com/paris-in-spring-bali-in-winter-how-bucket-lists-help-cancer-patients-handle-life-and-death-225682">original article</a>.</em></p> </div>

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"Bringing Bucket List wishes to life": Catriona Rowntree's joyous update

<p dir="ltr"><em>Getaway</em> host Catriona Rowntree has provided an update on her sister Lucinda’s battle with stage four cancer, just months on from revealing the frightening diagnosis to her followers. </p> <p dir="ltr">Thankfully, however, the news was positive this time around, with the veteran host reporting to<em> 9Entertainment </em>that “she’s on a trial treatment from the US and it’s responding well.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I think her doctors are feeling relieved to know that something is moving in the right direction regardless of the treatment that she's on."</p> <p dir="ltr">Catriona’s social media supporters were kept in the loop with a heartfelt post to Instagram, where she shared that “on a happy note, Lucinda is doing well, I was able to give her a big hug recently in Daylesford.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She went on to describe how she never expected she’d be “cheering my sister for eating a full meal”, but that “it’s been a while since she’s been able to do that”, before thanking everyone for their kindness and support in such a challenging time for the family. </p> <p dir="ltr">Another note about Lucinda closed out the caption, with Catriona revealing a shift in her sister, one that saw Lucinda “focussed on bringing Bucket List wishes to life, not waiting and milking every moment between her treatments. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s a great outlook don’t you think, milk today, who knows what tomorrow brings.” </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ct8kYUrP3q0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ct8kYUrP3q0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Catriona Rowntree (@catrionarowntree)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Catriona also revealed to <em>9Entertainment </em>that the family were trying their best to remain in a “positivity bubble”, and while it was oftentimes difficult, the sisters have been celebrating every step along the way, especially as they enjoy their time in Daylesford together. </p> <p dir="ltr">"On one of the first nights we went to this place called the Farmers Arm, it has a legendary pub restaurant and she [Lucinda] said, 'that's one of the best meals I've ever had in my life'," Catriona shared.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We had a beautiful time sampling the best of the regional Victoria area, she went to Hanging Rock and enjoyed the winery at the base.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The presenter went on to explain that since Lucinda’s diagnosis, she’d learned “a lot of life lessons”, and that making the most of every moment had never been more important to her, something that put Lucinda’s Bucket List into new perspective. </p> <p dir="ltr">And the elder sibling had plenty to get on with on that front, with Catriona noting that “I know there are two things on her bucket list, one is to go to Ningaloo, I have to admit that's on my bucket list too, and then she'd love to meet a quokka - a quokka selfie is a must.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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“Most reviewed bucket in bucket history”: Bizarre Bunnings buy achieves legendary status

<p dir="ltr">Everyone knows that a good review can make or break a product, but for Bunnings, some particularly enthusiastic reviewers have done more than just get their bucket’s name out there - they’ve established a new legend.</p> <p dir="ltr">The<a href="https://www.bunnings.com.au/bunnings-20l-pail-bucket_p0138319"> Bunnings-branded 20L Pail Bucket</a>, which sells for $8, is now even considered to be the “most reviewed bucket in bucket history”. And if the feedback from its top fans is anything to go by, it’s all for good reason.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Wow. The legends are true,” one declared. “This bucket does far more than just bucket. Paired together with a set of drumsticks, these make fantastic drums … Do yourself a favour and buy a whole set so you can have drumming parties with a group of friends out the back with a few beers and some snags on the barbie.”</p> <p dir="ltr">And as another wrote, “attention, fellow bucket enthusiasts! Feast your eyes upon the legendary Bunnings 20L Bucket, a miraculous marvel that puts all other buckets to shame … Prepare for bucket greatness, my friends. The Bunnings 20L Bucket is here to show you what a real bucket is capable of. Bow down to the bucket supremacy and embrace the bucket revolution! Your world will never be the same again. Bucket on, my comrades!”</p> <p dir="ltr">One wrote up their success using the bucket in a practical manner, titling their take as “the bucket to end all buckets”. </p> <p dir="ltr">One proud bucket owner took a slightly different approach, sharing the tale of their noble pail when they wrote that “once upon a time, there was a humble bucket named Bertie. Bertie the Bunnings Bucket, lived in a small shed in the backyard of a cosy cottage. Every day, Bertie eagerly awaited his owner, a retired landscaper named Gus, to fill him with water. Bertie took pride in nourishing the vibrant flowers and lush plants in the garden. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Over time, Bertie became more than just a vessel; he became a symbol of growth and the beauty that can bloom with a little care.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Another wrote a poem that went a little something like “oh Bunnings buckets, sturdy and strong. So useful for tasks all day long. For gardening, cleaning, and DIY too. There's nothing these buckets can't do … Oh Bunnings buckets, you're the best. Easy to use and always impressed. With you by my side, I can't go wrong. My go-to tool, all day long!”</p> <p dir="ltr">“I purchased this because it was on my bucket list,” shared one fan of puns and buckets alike. “I was so excited I couldn’t keep a lid on it.”</p> <p dir="ltr">And even for those who couldn’t yet fork out the $8 to take the life-changing item home, respect was in the air, with one writing that they would keep saving because “this is THE Bunnings bucket. The bucket. All my mates have one, even my flash neighbours have one. It's a statement bucket.”</p> <p dir="ltr">A labrador, who goes by Tim Tam, even had their humans leave a positive message on their behalf, declaring that “my hoo mans took me to Bunnings and brought me 2 of these buckets, they are my favourite … every day I am excited to see the bucket!”</p> <p dir="ltr">And as one shopper put it quite simply, “it’s a bucket that buckets”. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Bunnings</em></p>

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Life is too short - it's time to choose a Life List over a Bucket List

<p><em>Author Kate Christie has rejected the idea of creating a Bucket List and instead has had a mental shift that allows her to now fully embrace the joy of creating a Life List. Here’s why…</em></p> <p>A month after I turned 50 my ex-husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Eleven months later he was gone. He was 54. He left behind our three beautiful children to try to come to terms with a chasmal loss that they don’t yet fully appreciate. Life is too short.</p> <p>With the diagnosis of a terminal illness there is no hope. There is just a decline - sometimes slow and sometimes devastatingly quick, where you have to bear witness to the process of death. You are forced to grieve the loss of someone before they have even gone. It is brutal and life changing.</p> <p>The paramount decision I made after my husband’s death was to stop putting ‘life’ off until later on the assumption that I have all the time in the world. I rejected the idea of creating a Bucket List and instead I have fully embraced the joy of creating a Life List.</p> <p><strong>What is a Life List and why choose it over a Bucket List?</strong></p> <p>A Life List is a long list of everything you want to achieve or experience while you are still young enough to fully achieve, experience, and enjoy it. It is the exact opposite of a Bucket List - which is generally defined as a list of the things you would like to experience before you die — that is, before you ‘kick the bucket’. It’s time to embrace a Life List over a Bucket List if:</p> <p>• You are not focused almost exclusively on travel and adventure. What about everything else that’s important to living a many-faceted brilliant life such as learning, being of service to others, and nurturing your relationships?</p> <p>• When it comes to travel, you don’t necessarily want to just experience crazy adventures that might actually hasten you kicking the bucket - such as swimming with sharks dressed in a wetsuit looking like a very edible seal.</p> <p>• You are not simply looking to create a list of obligations — the things you never, ever made time for in your life but which now you need to get through lickety-split and tick them off the list before you die … from exhaustion.</p> <p>• You are not interested in asking: What do I want to do before I die? Instead, you want to ask: What do I want to do while I am still young enough to enjoy it?</p> <p><strong>3 Steps to Creating Your Own Life List</strong></p> <p>1. Pick up a pen. The act of writing your Life List will significantly increase your chances of achieving your goals.</p> <p>2. Include 3 types of goals on your Life List:</p> <p>• <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Go Big Goals</strong></span> - The big, hairy, outrageous goals that take planning, or are new experiences, or will take you outside your comfort zone (for example, last year I walked The Larapinta Trail in Central Australia; and I have been cold water swimming almost every single morning for 2 years…)</p> <p>• <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Go Small Goals</strong></span> - Include a range of smaller, life-affirming, inspiring goals that provide the daily fuel that makes your soul sing. Go Small or short-term goals can be implemented in the near future and generally without extensive planning.</p> <p>• <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Go Now Goals</span></strong> - Seize the day! Engage in acts of spontaneity to keep you on your toes.</p> <p>Because life is too short. It is too short to the point that we need to live it every single day. We need to think deeply about what is most important to us and we need to prioritise those things - today. We need to purposefully plan to invest our time for the greatest possible joy. We need to invest our time in the people we love most. We need to invest our time in creating memories, in being of service to others, in generating happiness and fulfilment and wonder. And we need to start doing this right now. Because later might be too late.</p> <p><strong><em>Kate Christie’s book ‘The Life List: Master Every Moment and Live an Audacious Life’ is available from Booktopia and Amazon</em></strong></p> <p><em>Image credit: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Readers Respond: What’s one thing on your bucket list you're proud you've done?

<p>Everyone has a bucket list full of things they want to do, see or experience before they die.</p> <p>For some, it’s something sweet, like starting a family and for others it’s challenging themselves and their limits.</p> <p>We asked our Over60 readers about their proudest accomplishment they’ve ticked off their bucket list, and the answers did not disappoint.</p> <p>Lynn Taylor- Snorkelled in the Great Barrier Reef I can't swim & I am claustrophobic a fabulous tour guide supported me to do it. Amazing & unforgettable.</p> <p>Elaine Ralph- Got my Motorbike License at 50, ridden most of Australia. Also been in a Hot air Balloon.</p> <p>Bill van Nierop- Paddled a kayak from Albury NSW down Murray river to Wellington with less than 50% lung function and an old mate supporting in a tinny. Raised $100k for research on the way</p> <p>Colleen Mccombe- Had three children I’m very proud of and love.</p> <p>Pam Garmony- Trek to Mt Everest Base Camp return. Actually went up to 5,500 metres. Glad I did it in 1999.</p> <p>Jeanette Edwards - Not a bucket list. But one of the best things was Skydiving with my son who is a skydiver and his beautiful wife who is no longer with us filmed it all she made it so special it was one of the best moments in my life and I will never forget it.</p> <p>Susan Hamlin Bye- Obtained my Masters Degree in my 50's! With Distinction!</p> <p>Christian Hansen- Parachute jump, white water rafting, zip lining, too much more to list, in many areas of my life I've been blessed</p> <p>Sue Hall- Walked over a slate bridge knowing that I would have to return! I am scared stiff or being able to see below my feet!</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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How much it costs to rent Hugh Jackman’s bucket list home

<p>After building and developing this stunning, minimalist East Hamptons estate over a period of six years, Wolverine star Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-lee Furness have decided to put it to better use by popping it onto the rental market – and it will only set you back around half-a-million dollars per month, according to <a href="https://www.corcoran.com/listing/for-rent/20-hedges-banks-drive-east-hampton-ny-11937/6517169/regionId/3" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Corcoran.com</a>.</p> <p>“Stunning Modern Waterfront Compound!” screams the listing. “Beautifully done, highest end construction, with every amenity, including gym, theater, flush edge pool, jacuzzi, and two single and separate homes, set high on the bluff overlooking the open bay with the most spectacular views!” </p> <p>After Hugh bought the property for $3.5m in 2015, he and Deborra-lee spent six long years renovating it, and turning it into what Furness described as her “lifelong dream”. </p> <p>Architect Stelle Lomont Rouhani collaborated with Jackman and Furness to create “the utmost Zen tranquillity overlooking the Gardiner's Bay in East Hampton”. </p> <p>The minimalist main house with a gourmet kitchen, Gaggenau appliances and an informal dining room features a hand-carved solid bleached walnut dining table, custom crafted by Field &amp; Co., 3 en suite bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and a guest house, meticulously renovated and features open living space complete with a top-of-the-line kitchen with bar area, a step-down open living room with lounge-style seating, along with a loft bed and lounge areas and a primary suite overlooking the oversized pool and spa sitting above the bay with a spectacular 180-degree vista of the water. </p> <p>Set on a sprawling 2.5-acre plot, the 5-bedroom, 5 1/2 bath compound is the ultimate retreat with all the amenities of a 5-star resort. </p> <p><em>Images: Corcoran.com</em></p> <p> </p>

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Do you have a retirement bucket list?

<p>Over half of the Australian population has a bucket list. It’s a term that’s widely used in today’s society, with many people adding one-off adventures or holidays, experiences or achievements to a list of things they’d like to do in their lifetime.</p> <p>Aussies nearing retirement have grand plans for their life post-work but more than half are concerned that a lack of money will hold them back from achieving their goals, according to research from Rest Industry Super.</p> <p>The most popular item on the list? Travel! It’s one of the most sought-after retirement experiences for Australians, with more than half wanting to travel the world.</p> <p>The online poll, conducted of 1000 people aged 55 plus, found that one in two have a bucket list.</p> <p>When asked what tops their lists, more than half plan to travel the world, while a third want to visit a world famous attraction or event, like Machu Picchu, Niagara Falls or the Rio Carnival.</p> <p>Thirty per cent have leaving an inheritance to their children on their bucket list, one in four want to move to the countryside or seaside and one in ten plan to learn a new language.</p> <p>Despite having enthusiastic plans, just under a third of older Australians believe they will be able to achieve all of the experiences on their bucket list, labelling a lack of savings as one of the major barriers.</p> <p>Rest said that almost one in five retirees don’t think they will cross of any of the experiences they wrote down on their bucket list, due to a lack of savings.</p> <p>While the findings showed that many Aussies listed overseas adventures on their bucket list, such as visiting a world famous attraction, or even swimming with dolphins, others opted for other enjoyable, and equally satisfying, pursuits, such as: going on a road trip, writing a book, learning to play a musical instrument, or running in a marathon.</p> <p>All of these activities don’t require big pockets of cash, but a challenge to do something new and different with your days, that challenges your brain in ways it may not be accustomed to.</p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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10 life-changing travel experiences

<p>They say travel is the only thing you can purchase that makes you richer, and the experiences you face while on holidays can change the way you look at the world.</p> <p>We’ve put together a list of 10 life changing travel experiences.</p> <p>To view the travel experiences, scroll through the gallery above.</p> <p>They correspond to the list below.</p> <p><strong>1. View the Northern Lights</strong> – Elusive and ethereal, <a href="../news/news/2016/02/amazing-photos-of-aurora-borealis-resembling-a-phoenix/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">the Northern Lights</span></strong></a> are one of nature’s great displays, and provides a humbling, uplifting experience for travellers.</p> <p><strong>2. Visit the Galapagos Islands</strong> – One of most famous wildlife-watching destinations in the world, The Galapagos Islands features an array of fascinating animals at every turn.</p> <p><strong>3. Trek Machu Picchu</strong> – Incomparable by sheer scale and architectural audacity, Machu Picchu is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites to view in the world.</p> <p><strong>4. Cruise the Amazon River</strong> – Feeding rivers and streams in eight South American countries, <a href="../travel/cruising/2016/01/what-to-expect-from-an-amazon-cruise/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">the Amazon</span></strong></a> is a region of immense diversity and glorious nature.</p> <p><strong>5. Explore Angkor Wat</strong> – Cambodia’s most-beloved and best-preserved temple, Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments in the world and amazing to behold.</p> <p><strong>6. View the Serengeti</strong> – Nowhere in the world is the view as spectacular as the Serengeti, wild and open country that opens out to dazzling light and fascinating nature.</p> <p><strong>7. Visit the Taj Mahal</strong> – The jewel in the crown of the sub-continent, and arguably the world’s most famous building, the Taj Mahal has a transfixing effect on visitors.</p> <p><strong>8. View the Grand Canyon</strong> – One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is a mesmerising reminder of the strength and fragility of nature.</p> <p><strong>9. Tour the temples of Kyoto</strong> – Synonymous with ancient temples, traditional and centuries-old craftsmanship, a walk through Kyoto is one you will never forget.</p> <p><strong>10. Walk the Great Wall of China</strong> – a triumph of engineering, the Great wall provides a direct link with China’s past and provides a captivating site for visitors. </p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Why this 100-year-old woman was arrested

<p dir="ltr">A 100-year-old woman was arrested after local police officers found out that it was on her bucket list. </p> <p dir="ltr">Jean Bicketon was at Narracan Gardens Residential Aged Care in Victoria when three constables arrived in a police car with their lights flashing and siren blaring to arrest her. </p> <p dir="ltr">The former WWII nurse and her fellow aged care residents were spoken to, to assure them that no one was in fact in trouble. </p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Bicketon was then arrested and officers gently placed handcuffs on her, declaring her ‘officially’ under arrest. She did not resist.</p> <p dir="ltr">Victoria Police shared the incredible moment to Facebook, showing a happy Ms Bicketon as she was arrested. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Now these kinda arrests, we’re happy to make,” their post read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For many, getting through life without being arrested is a pretty good run. An obvious one we would like to think.</p> <p dir="ltr">“But for ex-nurse Jean Bicketon - who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, a good run in and of itself - getting arrested was on her bucket list.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So, when we heard of Jean’s wishes, our team at Moe station were ready to step in and help check it off.</p> <p dir="ltr">“While celebrating her milestone at Narracan Gardens Residential Aged Care, three young constables whirled in, lights and sirens, to make sure Jean’s birthday wishes were met.</p> <p dir="ltr">“According to Jean it was one of the best celebrations, and we’re glad we could help grant the experience. Wishing Jean a wonderful 100th birthday!</p> <p dir="ltr">“Thanks to everyone that made this possible.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Bicketon said it was an exciting experience and was happy that police accommodated her wish.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I've never been arrested in my life,” she told <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11132855/Ex-army-nurse-arrested-celebrating-100th-birthday.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Daily Mail Australia</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I said to them I've never been drunk and I've never been arrested, never lost my driving licence and never had an infringement.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Facebook</em></p>

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10 beautiful fountains around the world (besides Trevi)

<p>Rome doesn't have a monopoly on beautiful fountains! Here are 10 wondrous water features worth adding to your bucket list.</p> <p><strong>The Archibald Fountain</strong></p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/fountains-archibald_shutterstock_770.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="650" /></p> <p><em>Image: </em><em>Shutterstock</em></p> <p>This fountain in Sydney’s Hyde Park commemorates the alliance between France and Australia during the First World War. The sculptures, which are all taken from Greek mythology, represent harmony and self-sacrifice.</p> <p><strong>The Unisphere</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/fountains-unisphere_shutterstock_770.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="649" /></strong></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p>This steel globe was created for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. Weighing 350 tonnes and surrounded by a series of single water-jet fountains, the Unisphere offers visitors a chance to cool off on hot summer days. There are plans afoot to create an entire water park with the fountain as its centrepiece.</p> <p><strong>The Warsaw Fountain</strong></p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/fountains-warsaw-paris_shutterstock_770.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="649" /></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p>Of all the fountains in the Jardin du Trocadéro in Paris, the highlight is the Warsaw Fountain with its 20 water cannons shooting water roughly 50 metres. Together with 56 smaller fountains and a dozen water columns, it also augments a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower.</p> <p><strong>The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc</strong></p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/fountains-magic-fountain-montjuic_shutterstock_770.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="650" /></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p>Water, light and colour – the Magic Fountain in the south of Barcelona, certainly lives up to its name. An amazing 3620 jets of water and 4760 lights are synchronised with a musical score, creating this single gigantic fountain with its magical radiance.</p> <p><strong>The Villa d’Este</strong></p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/fountains-villa-deste_shutterstock_770.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="650" /></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p>This garden really packs a punch! The Villa d’Este in Tivoli near Rome is home to around 500 different fountains. The biggest and most impressive of them all is the Neptune Fountain, with its water jets on different levels shooting up several metres into the air. The deafeningly loud display delights countless numbers of tourists every year.</p> <p><strong>Dubai Mall Waterfall</strong></p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/fountains-dubai-mall_shutterstock_770.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="650" /></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p>A waterfall in the middle of a shopping centre? That could only happen in the United Arab Emirates – at least on this scale! The Dubai Mall Waterfall is as tall as the shopping centre and cascades down all four levels. Particularly impressive are the more than a dozen lifelike fibreglass sculptures plunging headfirst into the pool.</p> <p><strong>The Fountain of Wealth</strong></p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/fountains-wealth-signapore_shutterstock_770.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="649" /></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p>Many fountains promise to bring visitors good luck, as long as they are willing to make an offering, or rather a small donation. In Singapore however, anyone seeking their fortune and happiness has only to place their hand into the water and walk three times around the Fountain of Wealth. Built according to the rules of feng shui, its inwardly flowing waters are said to award wealth and prosperity rather than demand the change in your pockets<em>.</em></p> <p><strong>The Friendship of Nations Fountain</strong></p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/friendship-fountain-moscow_shutterstock_770.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="650" /></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p>Designed to create of national identity, the Friendship of Nations Fountain in Moscow, Russia, glorifies the 16 countries of the former Soviet Union. Each statue depicts a woman wearing her country’s national dress. They stand around a giant golden wheat sheaf and approximately 800 water jets in front of the All-Russia Exhibition Centre – truly spectacular!</p> <p><strong>Fountains of Bellagio</strong></p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/bellagio-fountains_shutterstock_770.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="649" /></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p>Spanning more than 300 metres in length and shooting more than 150 metres in the air, the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas are a sight to behold. Every 30 minutes from Monday to Friday and every 15 minutes on weekends, visitors can watch a unique light show to a variety of music from classical, opera, Broadway to pop tunes. Each performance is uniquely choreographed, so you’ll never see the same one twice!</p> <p><strong>Giant Wild Goose Pagoda Fountain</strong></p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/08/fountains-china-pagoda_shutterstock_770.jpg" alt="" width="1000" height="650" /></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p>Built during the Tang dynasty, the five-story Buddhist Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian is one of China’s most beautiful attractions. It holds Asia’s largest musical fountain, which plays the beautiful Water Phantom of Tang symphony, and visitors can catch a spectacular light show after dark.</p> <p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-8a08b769-7fff-17d3-9e76-b2e639874e77">Written by Cornelia Kumfert and Erika Morris. This article first appeared in <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/10-beautiful-fountains-around-the-world-besides-trevi" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></span></em></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Five top experiences to add to your travel bucket list

<p dir="ltr">Ticking an unforgettable experience off of your bucket list is a highlight of any trip, but compiling your list of experiences to start with can be tricky.</p> <p dir="ltr">Lucky for you, <a href="https://tripadvisor.mediaroom.com/press-releases?item=126673" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TripAdvisor</a> has revealed a top five list of bucket list experiences from all over the world, based on authentic feedback left by fellow travellers over the past 12 months.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ranging from the red sands of Dubai’s Lahbab desert to going to new heights above Egypt’s ancient sites, here are five top experiences you simply must do in your lifetime. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari &amp; BBQ at Al Khayma Camp - Dubai, UAE</strong></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-a6085b87-7fff-d77a-31b6-8221daedf1f7"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">If you’re heading to Dubai anytime soon, the premium red dunes of the Lahbab desert should be on your itinerary.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; 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font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfUNRRusndF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Alpaca Expeditions Travel Peru (@trekwithalpaca)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Along with enjoying the scenery, there are plenty of activities, including a 4WD dune bash, sandboarding, and ATV rides, as well as camel rides, interactions with falcons, and cultural activities at the Bedouin-inspired Al Khayma camp.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Hot Air Balloons Ride - Luxor, Egypt</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Take to the skies with this aerial experience, where you can enjoy views of Luxor’s West Bank by the light of sunrise.</p> <p dir="ltr">During your flight, you will get to see vast temples and statues illuminated by the low-lying morning light, with plenty to learn about from your on-board expert guide.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Cappadocia Balloon Ride and Champagne Breakfast - Goreme, Turkey</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The second hot air balloon ride to make the list, this experience will see you depart from the plains of Anatolia, Cappadocia, and take in the landscape of honeycombed underground cities and chimney-shaped rocks.</p> <p dir="ltr">Plus, this sky-high experience comes with a decadent breakfast buffet.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-cf57bfa5-7fff-506d-af0c-4a47e0ecbf68"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu - Cusco, Peru</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-511b10e6-7fff-6ef6-e353-73feaa06277f">This four-day excursion from Cusco will see you immersed in a mix of cultural, historical and natural sights along the famous Inca Trail.</span></p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8HS4Yvp5m0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Radu B (@radu.barden)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">After passing through villages and archaeological sites, you’ll be in for a guided tour at the sacred mountain of Machu Picchu.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Blackstone Beach, Cliff Jump &amp; Hidden Treasures – Aruba</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">A must for lovers of adventure, this experience will see you get behind the wheel of your own utility task vehicle (UTV) and explore the rugged, desert terrain of Aruba.</p> <p dir="ltr">One traveller who took part described it as “an experience of a lifetime” and an “amazing memory we will never forget”.</p> <p dir="ltr">For the full list of top experiences, head <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/TravelersChoice-ThingsToDo" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-245d8d7c-7fff-89cd-df6a-78eb93379ee7"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Natural wonders of the world to put on your bucket list

<h2>Earth’s greatest hits</h2> <p>Mother Nature sure knows how to make a statement. The planet is dotted with all sorts of gorgeous creations, from cascading waterfalls to towering volcanoes to otherworldly salt flats you won’t believe are real, and all of these natural wonders of the world tell the story of a particular destination. Of course, people travel far and wide just to get a glimpse of the most famous landscapes and the equally stunning but lesser-known natural wonders, and for good reason. Whether you’re interested in diving the Great Barrier Reef, hiking the Grand Canyon, admiring the northern lights, or just taking a tour from your couch and daydreaming about your bucket list, you’ll definitely be inspired by these natural wonders of the world.</p> <h2>Poás Volcano, Costa Rica</h2> <p>One of the most visited volcanoes in Costa Rica is also one of the oldest – it actually helped form the Central Valley. Sitting more than 2707 metres above sea level, Poás Volcano has been active for hundreds of years, though its last major eruption was in 1910. Visitors can still get up close and personal with it at the national park where it’s located (with a reservation, that is). If you’re lucky enough to get a view of the crater, it can be breathtaking; however, views may be obstructed by clouds due to fickle and unpredictable weather conditions, which change by the hour. Dress warm and bring an umbrella, as precipitation is common at the top of the mountain.</p> <p>The volcano is about an hour’s drive from the centre of San José. But you’ll definitely want to build some extra time into your schedule so you can sample fresh strawberries at the fruit stands along the way or go on a tour at Doka Estate to learn how coffee is made.</p> <h2>Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora</h2> <p>Bora Bora was first made popular during World War II, when soldiers were stationed on the island. Mount Otemanu is the island’s main attraction, and it has an interesting history. “During World War II, the American soldiers used the cave to check the horizon to see if any enemies were coming,” says Marania Teuru, a representative for Tahiti Tourisme. Years later, it was rumoured that women went inside the caves to give birth because giving birth on the island was not permitted. The massive mountain, which stands 727 metres above the lagoon of Bora Bora, is now the perfect backdrop for dreamy Tahitian sunsets. A few of the luxury resorts offer great views of the mountain, including the St. Regis Bora Bora and the Conrad Bora Bora Nui, which have become hot spots for honeymooners.</p> <h2>Marble Chapels, Patagonia</h2> <p>The Capillas de Mármol, or Marble Chapels, are an absolute must when visiting Patagonia. The stunning caves are located in the middle of General Carrera Lake, which makes them accessible only by boat. One of the more remote natural wonders on this list, the iridescent Marble Chapels are actually layers of calcium carbonate formations resulting from 6,000 years of wind and water slapping the rocks. The colours and arches formed inside the cave are truly breathtaking, and even amateur photographers will have a field day here. The best time to visit is in the austral summer, from December to March, when the intensity of the blue waters is intensified by the sun.</p> <h2>Yosemite National Park, USA</h2> <p>One of California’s crown jewels, Yosemite National Park is an outdoor playground for nature enthusiasts. The protected park is approximately 3108 square kilometres, and it features towering sequoias, dramatic waterfalls, beautiful mountain ranges and sheer granite towers. In addition to Half Dome and El Capitan, Yosemite is also home to Yosemite Falls, one of the world’s tallest waterfalls at 739 metres. May or June is the best time to see the waterfalls; September is also a great month to visit because of pleasant weather and fewer crowds.</p> <h2>Great Barrier Reef, Australia</h2> <p>One of the world’s greatest spectacles also happens to be one of the most vulnerable. Whether you choose to view this global treasure from a helicopter or go scuba diving to enjoy close encounters with more than 1,500 species of tropical fish, it’s hard not to notice the direct impact of climate change. Warmer temperatures have led to significant amounts of coral bleaching, and farming pollution has caused starfish to feed off the precious coral. If the damage continues on the same trajectory, more than 90 percent of the living coral will erode within the next decade.</p> <h2>Haleakala National Park, Hawaii</h2> <p>Maui is world-famous for its magnificent beaches, fresh cuisine and burnt-orange sunsets, but it’s also home to some of the most beautiful landscapes. The top of the dormant volcano at Haleakala National Park is one of the most epic spots to watch the sun rise. At just over 3048 metres above sea level and spanning 12,140-plus hectares of land, Haleakala offers plenty of scenic vistas, sparkling waterfalls (near the park’s coastal section), and endangered species sightings such as the nēnē, the state bird. An important note if you want to hike to the crater at sunrise: You have to make a reservation up to seven days in advance. There is also a $30 fee to park your car, but it’s valid for three days, in case one visit just wasn’t enough.</p> <h2>Grand Canyon, USA</h2> <p>Arizona has no shortage of majestic mountains and sweeping vistas, but the Grand Canyon is hands down one of the most diverse geological wonders in the state. The visual grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and natural wonder of the world is characterised by several horizontal layers of rock formations that are nearly two billion years old. Visitors have several options to experience the beauty here: Adventure seekers can enjoy an aerial view from a helicopter ride through the canyons or go whitewater rafting down the Colourado River (not for the faint of heart). For an easy hiking trail, head to the north rim to avoid large crowds and check out the Cape Royal Trail. It’s a flat, well-paved trail that’s popular during sunrise and sunset.</p> <h2>Cappadocia, Turkey</h2> <p>You may have seen the captivating photos of colourful hot air balloons against a magical landscape of rugged cliffs, valleys and minaret-like towers carved into the rocks. It’s hard to believe this place is real, but it is and it’s in Turkey! The Anatolia region of Cappadocia is filled with rich history and culture, including the 40 identified underground cities that lie below the surface and the Göreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited sites in Cappadocia. For a good vantage point overlooking the landscape of this natural wonder, check out Uçhisar Castle – or drift during sunrise in one of the hot air balloons.</p> <h2>Blue Grotto, Malta</h2> <p>Malta is a magnificent Mediterranean island between Sicily and the North African coast. The island is known for year-round warm weather, ancient cities, dazzling beaches, and, of course, the Blue Grotto: a series of caves that form high arches along the southern coast of the island. On a clear day, you can see the fluorescent colours reflected on the cave, a phenomenon caused by the underwater flora. Try to book a boat tour early in the morning when the sea is calm, the sun is bright, and there are fewer crowds.</p> <h2>Banff National Park, Canada</h2> <p>Those visiting the Rocky Mountains in Canada between July and September will be rewarded with turquoise-coloured lakes, scenic mountain views, and plenty of wildlife. The summer months allow for some of the best hiking and wildflower sightings of the year, but they also mean peak tourist season. September may be an even better time to visit, since the crowds fade, the leaves start to change colour, and the snow-capped mountains begin to appear in the distance. Biking is also another way to explore the mountains, which boast more than 354 kilometres of cycling trails.</p> <h2>Blausee Lake, Switzerland</h2> <p>Blausee Lake is a small, enchanted lake in the Kander Valley in Switzerland that gets its name from its vibrant crystal-blue colour. The lake is surrounded by a stunning national park with towering pine trees, a boutique hotel, and an organic trout farm. Whether you choose to visit during the summer when the bright turquoise water is glimmering against the verdant backdrop, or the winter, when the snow-covered pine trees look like a Bob Ross painting, Blausee Lake is an idyllic place year-round. There is an entrance fee between $8 and $10, depending on the day of the week, and dogs are allowed in the park on a leash.</p> <h2>Waitaki Whitestone Park, New Zealand</h2> <p>It’s hard to pick just one natural wonder in New Zealand, but Waitaki Whitestone Park tops the list. With picturesque rolling green hills, scenic cycling trails and an abundance of wildlife, this park just may be the most gorgeous outdoor wonderland you’ll ever play in. Walk, bike or drive through the park, and as you do, be on the lookout for unique rock formations. FYI, this New Zealand gem won’t be flying under the radar for much longer because it’s up for UNESCO assessment this year.</p> <h2>Galápagos Islands, Ecuador</h2> <p>The Galápagos Islands are a group of 19 large islands in Ecuador with a unique ecosystem and diverse range of endemic marine life and species. You’ll find the island’s namesake giant tortoise, sea iguanas, penguins and sea lions, to name a few. Watch the tortoises in their natural habitat at the El Chato Tortoise Reserve, snorkel with sea animals, or spot exotic birds. For a challenging activity on land, check out many of the lava trails near the volcanoes. Bartolomé is probably the most iconic island – and the most visited. Hike more than 300 steps to the summit and you’ll be rewarded with epic views of Pinnacle Rock.</p> <h2>Stromboli, Italy</h2> <p>Yep, that delicious Italian dish takes its name from an actual place – specifically, a small volcanic island just north of Sicily. Its 3,000-foot-high active volcano, nicknamed the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean,” has had lava flowing out for years. The most impressive sightings are at night, and the best way to see the volcano is on a boat tour. There are no cars, buses, or trains on the island (only small motorbikes and Ape cars), and flashlights are recommended if you plan to walk around at night because there are no street lights.</p> <h2>Iguazú Falls, Argentina</h2> <p>Split between Argentina and Brazil, these famous falls are all drama and all beauty, all the time. They’re located in Iguazú National Park, a subtropical rainforest that offers many different vantage points of the waterfalls. Book a boat ride and see them up close as you sail through the Lower Iguazú River, or walk through the park – but either way, but expect to get soaked!</p> <h2>Great Blue Hole, Belize</h2> <p>This massive sinkhole is part of the Belize Barrier Reef, one of the most pristine reef ecosystems in the western hemisphere, and it’s a favourite spot for serious divers because of its incredible marine diversity. It’s also home to several shark species. Translation: It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you’re an experienced diver, you won’t want to miss it. While you’re in Belize, make sure to check out Ambergris Caye, the largest island in the country.</p> <h2>Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia</h2> <p>Also known as the Salt Flats, this extraordinary attraction is the world’s largest salt flat – the result of dried-up prehistoric lakes. June to August is the dry season, so more tourists visit during this time. But December to April is less crowded and amazing in a whole different way: When the rain hits the salt flats, it causes a glass- or mirror-like effect, which looks really cool in photos. If you visit, keep in mind that the high-altitude flats are nearly 3650 metres above sea level, so you may experience altitude sickness if you haven’t given yourself a few days to acclimate in town first.</p> <h2>Padjelanta National Park, Sweden</h2> <p>Sweden tops the list as one of the most sustainable tourist destinations in the world, and with so much natural beauty, it’s easy to see why. The country’s largest national park, Padjelanta National Park, is adjacent to the Norwegian border, and it’s a peaceful mountain escape where the Wi-Fi is weak and the air is fresh. The open terrain surrounded by alpines makes it an ideal destination for hiking, especially in July and August. Pack light, but don’t forget binoculars! You might spot newly born calves, birds or other animals.</p> <h2>Milford Sound, New Zealand</h2> <p>A remote fiord within Fiordland National Park that was formed by glaciers from the Ice Age, this remarkable jewel is surrounded by lush New Zealand rainforests, steep cliffs, and cascading waterfalls. It’s the only fiord accessible by road in New Zealand, but the best way to experience it is by boat. Take a scenic flight from Queenstown for breathtaking aerial views of the snow-capped mountains, then take a cruise to observe the black coral and sea life. The best time to visit is after heavy rain, typically in December or January, when the waterfalls are more intense. Need another reason to visit? Check out these breathtaking photos of New Zealand.</p> <h2>Suytun Cenote, Mexico</h2> <p>While most travellers head south of the border for the beautiful luxury resorts and sparkling blue waters, you’ll also want to venture out for a day trip to see this stunning natural wonder near Cancún. Located about 15 minutes from the colonial city of Valladolid, Yucatán, the underground cave has a stone walkway where a natural light beam shines through a small hole – and creates the perfect photo op. There are bathrooms and changing facilities at the park, and the site has a small entrance fee of about $6.</p> <h2>Elephant Rock, Saudi Arabia</h2> <p>Jabal AlFil Elephant Rock is one of AlUla’s most recognizable natural sites: Wind and water erosion over millions of years created this massive elephant-shaped rock in the middle of the desert. It’s best to view this amazing rock formation during sunset, but dress warmly for cold desert evenings. And, in general, both men and women are encouraged to dress modestly and avoid tight-fitting clothes.</p> <h2>Northern Lights, Iceland</h2> <p>There are many places to view the northern lights (also known as the aurora borealis), and Reykjavík is certainly one of them. Colourful streaks of light create striking rainbows in the dark sky, creating a photographer’s dream shot. The months of September and April are prime time for catching the dancing light show, but unfortunately, there isn’t one location that offers optimal sightings. It also depends on the weather conditions, so it’s best to leave it up to the local tour guides to show you the best locations.</p> <h2>Grand Prismatic Spring, USA</h2> <p>Wyoming is home to many iconic natural wonders of the world, including Grand Teton National Park and Devils Tower National Monument, but it also has the world’s third-largest hot spring. The remarkable Grand Prismatic in Yellowstone National Park is the single largest hot spring in the park – it’s larger than a football field, so it’s hard to miss! A feast for the eyes, the rainbow-coloured hot spring has a deep blue centre and orange spider legs radiating outward. Avoid the crowds by climbing up the new trail to an overlook on the nearby hillside; the 965m hike is worth the view.</p> <p><em><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-30e297f4-7fff-fef2-87cc-b4364cfeb736">This article originally appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/destinations/natural-wonders-of-the-world-to-put-on-your-bucket-list" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reader’s Digest</a>.</span></strong></em></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Why you need to add Copenhagen to your travel bucket list

<p dir="ltr">As international borders have officially reopened and people are heading off on their long overdue adventures, one place that needs to be at the top of everyone’s travel list is the beautiful city of Copenhagen.</p> <p dir="ltr">The capital of Denmark has so much to offer, from extraordinary architecture, a mouth-watering food scene, and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. </p> <p dir="ltr">The stunning culture, amazing scenery and rich history are just a few reasons why Copenhagen should be at the very top of your travel bucket list. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>The architecture</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">One thing Copenhagen is known for is its amazing and unique architecture that is instantly recognisable to people around the world. </p> <p dir="ltr">The harbour that boasts the colourful houses, or Nyhavn (meaning New Harbour), is home to spectacular views and is home to some of Copenhagen’s most delicious restaurants and cafes. </p> <p dir="ltr">Other must-see spots in Copenhagen include the Royal Theatre, Royal Residences, the house of Hans Christian Andersen, Frederik’s Church and so many more. </p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/copenhagen-1.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-ef54e206-7fff-3c6c-7c4b-98eee27bc4d3">Nyhavn, or New Harbour. Image credit: Supplied</span></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/copenhagen-2.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-f312822d-7fff-e7cb-386a-1fe588ec3ccb">The Royal Theatre. Image credit: Supplied</span></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/copenhagen-3.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>The Royal Residence. Image credits: Supplied</em></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>The activities</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Copenhagen is filled with fun ways to spend the day if you’re looking for something other than wandering around and looking at pretty buildings. </p> <p dir="ltr">One thing that everyone in Copenhagen should do is a canal tour which begins in Nyhavn.</p> <p dir="ltr">These tours are very reasonably priced and take approximately one hour, and are complete with a guide who will point out all the historic monuments that the city has to offer. </p> <p dir="ltr">Another spot to pay a visit to is Tivoli: the third-oldest amusement park in the world. </p> <p dir="ltr">Whether or not you’re one for rides, the gardens on which Tivilo sits are extraordinary on their own, and are laced with delicious restaurants. </p> <p dir="ltr">Tivoli also puts on a pantomime in an open air theatre that has been running since the 1800s. </p> <p dir="ltr">If you are looking for a truly unique experience, take a trip to Freetown Christiania, a “free state” that is often dubbed a hippie paradise, that operates independently of the rest of Copenhagen. </p> <p dir="ltr">Enjoy the markets and scenery of Christiana, but be wary that there is a strong no photos rule!</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/copenhagen-6.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-92c5190f-7fff-d192-8658-aea4abe86bb2">The Tivoli carousel. Image credits: Supplied</span></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/copenhagen-7.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Freetown Christiania. Image credits: Supplied</em></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>The food</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Copenhagen has a notoriously famous food scene which is filled with traditional dishes that are a must-try. </p> <p dir="ltr">One Danish specialty is known as Smørrebrød, which is a traditional Danish open sandwich. </p> <p dir="ltr">Usually served on dark rye bread, Smørrebrød is stacked up with the most delicious toppings, with places that serve the traditional dish offer a range of different toppings. </p> <p dir="ltr">Another unusual thing the Danish food scene is known for is their street hotdog stands. </p> <p dir="ltr">Similar to what you would find in America, you will find a hot dog stand on every corner of Copenhagen, with each one offering delicious street hot dogs. </p> <p dir="ltr">One place all foodies must visit in Copenhagen is Sankt Peders bakery, which offers cinnamon scrolls and delicious Danishes every day of the week. </p> <p dir="ltr">Established in 1612, this famous establishment is the oldest bakery in the city and is a hot spot for all travellers to visit. </p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/copenhagen-4.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-8bd21d49-7fff-7795-00fa-449911653ffa">Traditional Danish Smørrebrød. Image credits: Supplied</span></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/copenhagen-5.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Sankt Peders bakery. Image credits: Supplied</em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-d493de22-7fff-3ca7-cbe1-a7a42d8880ce"></span>All images: Supplied</em></p>

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Why Norway should be No.1 on your cruising bucket list

<p><strong><em><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">The borders are open. The Fjords are calling. From stunning Northern Lights to breathtaking landscapes, here are our Fab Four must-do experiences in the land of the Midnight Sun...</span></span></em></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">International cruising is now back on the agenda and it’s time once again to start ticking off all those incredible destinations you’ve always dreamed of seeing one day.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-GB">We’ve got some good news for you, cruise fans: Norway, the home of spectacular cruising experiences, is now open, safe and ready to welcome you back to experience all of its delights, from the fjords to the stunningly breathtaking Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun in summer.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-GB">To sweeten the deal, Norway has now completely removed its entry restrictions, so it’s the perfect time to experience all of the majestic landscapes and beautiful opportunities this country has on offer.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-GB">Hurtigruten's <em>Norwegian Coastal Express</em> has been cruising the coast since 1893 and will give you access to small fishing villages, locally sourced cuisine and off-the-beaten-track excursions, allowing you to really explore the country like a local. </span></p> <p><span lang="EN-GB">So, what are you waiting for? Book before April 30 on selected departures in 2022 and you may receive <a href="https://www.hurtigruten.com.au/au/share-the-most-beautiful-voyage/?_ccid=20927&_ccst=1000&_hrgb=2utm_source=Over60&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=APAC_COA_Awareness_Brand_B2C_W01_YR_2022_NO_22-23&utm_content=" target="_blank" rel="noopener">up to 50% OFF</a> the second guest.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN-GB">Here we’ve outlined just a few of the things you can expect on one of these must-do cruises.</span></p> <p><strong><span lang="EN-GB"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">1. Explore the majestic fjords</span></span></span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; line-height: 16.8667px; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/04/FJORD_Geiranger-Norway-HGR-49268.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Yes, <a href="https://www.hurtigruten.com.au/inspiration/experiences/where-to-find-norways-best-fjords/?utm_source=Over60&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=APAC_COA_Awareness_Brand_B2C_W01_YR_2022_NO_22-23&utm_content=" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the Fjords are calling</a> – and if you’re still unsure of what that is after reading this, then here's a little explainer. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">A fjord is a long, deep, narrow body of water that reaches far inland, and is made when a glacier retreats, resulting in an incredible U-shaped valley with soaring cliffs on either side. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Cruising in Norway will take you to the heart of these jaw-dropping natural creations which you can finally tick off your bucket list. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Some of the best and most unmissable fjords in Norway are the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord with its spectacular waterfalls, the epic 180km long Hardangerfjord, the pretty Trondheimsfjorden that’s home to the gorgeous port city of Trondheim, and the unspoilt surrounds of tiny Trollfjord – which, while only 3km in length and just 100 metres wide at its mouth, contains enough jaw-dropping scenery to leave you in awe.</span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">2. Gaze up at the Northern Lights</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/04/LIGHTS_Northern-lights-Norway-HGR-104675_1920-Photo_Photo_Competition.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Yes, you are actually <em>guaranteed</em> to experience the <a href="https://www.hurtigruten.com.au/inspiration/experiences/northern-lights/?utm_source=Over60&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=APAC_COA_Awareness_Brand_B2C_W01_YR_2022_NO_22-23&utm_content" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Northern Lights</a> during their spectacular winter viewing season in either September or next year in March. If the lights don’t present on your cruise, you’ll be given a free 6 or 7 day voyage the following season with Hurtiguten's amazing ‘Northern Lights Guarantee’.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Known as nature's own mesmerising light show, the <em>Aurora Borealis</em> </span></span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">lasts up to 15-30 minutes, and what we see from the ground is caused by electrically charged particles from space entering the Earth’s upper atmosphere at a very high speed.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Interestingly, the famed Northern Lights also look substantially different to all who view them, with some people seeing different colours making their way across the sky, or rays of light going up into space. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Another item to check off your bucket list? We think so!</span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">3. Experience the land of the Midnight Sun</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/04/SUN_Passenger-on-deck-Norway-HGR-12274_1920.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">What do you think of when you read the words “Midnight Sun”? We are betting it is <em>exactly</em> what you think it is. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">If the words of <a href="https://www.hurtigruten.com.au/destinations/norway/the-original-norwegian-coastal-express/sailing-under-the-midnight-sun/?utm_source=Over60&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=APAC_COA_Awareness_Brand_B2C_W01_YR_2022_NO_22-23&utm_content=" target="_blank" rel="noopener">past guest of Hurtigruten Bronwen Pyle</a> are anything to go by, experiencing this phenomenon from the deck of the <em>Norwegian Coastal Express</em> is something you will never forget. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">“The day kept on going and going, never getting dark, even all through the night. The non-stop day actually gave us even more time to admire the scenery on the route,” she says. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Bronwen says that the crew and passengers were all lovely, saying it was definitely the almost never-ending sunlight that helped everyone’s mood.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">She suggests staying on the ship’s deck to secure a seat and enjoy the Midnight Sun as much as possible. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">A word of caution from Bronwen, though: Don’t get stuck behind the camera; enjoy what is actually there in front of you in the present moment, and create some memories that will last a lifetime.  </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">And one last tip: If you feel like you’re struggling to sleep because of the extra hours of sunlight, then the awesome onboard gym is the place for you before knocking off! </span></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">4. Dine on delicious locally sourced meals</span></span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/04/FOOD_MS-Polarlys-King-Crab-HGR-116417_1920-Photo_Carsten_Pedersen.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Hopping on board the <em>Norwegian Coastal Express</em> will help you not only see the dramatic coast in all its splendour, but taste it too – thanks to the <a href="https://www.hurtigruten.com.au/norways-coastal-kitchen/?utm_source=Over60&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=APAC_COA_Awareness_Brand_B2C_W01_YR_2022_NO_22-23&utm_content=" target="_blank" rel="noopener">delicious onboard meals</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">All food is locally sourced, with its provenance resting in very ports that the ship pauses at along the way, making it an even more special experience to appreciate the freshness and flavours.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Other than the food, you can choose to get involved in endless excursions (there are more than 70 on offer!), learn about regional specialities, discover how food is at the heart of local life, and listen to the life stories of brewers, chefs, farmers and more. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">So, are you ready for the cruising experience of a lifetime and to fall in love with the beauty and people of Norway? If you are, don’t forget to share the adventure with a friend and get up to <a href="https://www.hurtigruten.com.au/au/share-the-most-beautiful-voyage/?_ccid=20927&_ccst=1000&_hrgb=2utm_source=Over60&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=APAC_COA_Awareness_Brand_B2C_W01_YR_2022_NO_22-23&utm_content=" target="_blank" rel="noopener">50 per cent off</a> for a second guest on summer voyages if you book before the end of April. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Check out the gallery below for more stunning images of what to expect on a Hurtigren <em style="font-size: medium;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 16.8667px;">Norwegian Coastal Express</span></em> cruise. </span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <a href="https://www.hurtigruten.com.au/destinations/norway/?utm_source=Over60&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=APAC_COA_Awareness_Brand_B2C_W01_YR_2022_NO_22-23&utm_content=" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hurtigruten</a>.</span></span></strong></em></p>

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Federer’s ultimate Swiss bucket list

<p dir="ltr">Travelling internationally can come with its own unique challenges, so choosing a destination that is both enjoyable and drama-free is a must.</p> <p dir="ltr">One such destination is Switzerland, which Swiss native Roger Federer wants to promote as a place of beauty.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-0fea1078-7fff-31c3-aa9d-cf5cdd4b8caa">His love of Switzerland saw him become an ambassador for <a href="https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-au/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Switzerland Tourism</a> last year and front a campaign inviting those looking for an idyllic getaway.</span></p> <p><iframe style="width: 100%; height: 315px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RLCAGb-tuYs" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">“I was really excited to have a worldwide campaign where I can invite people to Switzerland to highlight its beauty because I am so very proud to be from such a beautiful country,” says the tennis legend.</p> <p dir="ltr">To help you plan the perfect Swiss trip, Federer has shared his own favourite spots – as well as a few places he still wants to discover for himself.</p> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">1. <a href="https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-au/experiences/roger-federers-choice-the-best-of-switzerland/rogers-recommendation-the-best-known-ski-areas/?utm_source=latte&utm_campaign=rf_bra_21_au&utm_medium=display&utm_content=rf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pack your skis and head to Wengen</a></p> <p dir="ltr">As the original winter holiday destination, Switzerland has plenty of ideal locations to choose from.</p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/03/swiss-native1.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Hit the slopes at Wengen, Lauberhorn. Image: Tourism Switzerland</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Wengen, a holiday resort at the foot of the Junfrau summit and overlooking the Lauberhorn valley, is a perfect example and could be considered the Federer of skiing destinations, featuring a family-friendly skiing and rambling area that lets you explore the Mannlichen mountain and the Kleine Scheidegg pass.</p> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">2. <a href="https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-au/experiences/roger-federers-choice-the-best-of-switzerland/rogers-recommendation-cool-winter-experiences/?utm_source=latte&utm_campaign=rf_bra_21_au&utm_medium=display&utm_content=rf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Keep cool with winter experiences</a></p> <p dir="ltr">This applies not just to Roger Federer in a grand slam final, but also as a motto for icy winter experiences.</p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/03/swiss-native2.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Embrace Switzerland’s wintery experiences at Albula Skateline. Image: Tourism Switzerland</em></p> <p dir="ltr">From ice skating through the forest and exploring ice palaces to winter kayaking and ice fishing, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Switzerland – especially during the chilly months.</p> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">3. <a href="https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-au/experiences/roger-federers-choice-the-best-of-switzerland/rogers-recommendation-optimal-recovery/?utm_source=latte&utm_campaign=rf_bra_21_au&utm_medium=display&utm_content=rf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Soak up the views from a thermal bath</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Elite athletes like Federer aren’t the only ones who can benefit from taking time to recharge, and a rejuvenating dip in a thermal bath can be the perfect way to round out a day of skiing.</p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/03/swiss-native3.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Relax and enjoy the whirlpool of the Tamina Therme. Image: Tourism Switzerland</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Bad Ragaz, nestled at the foot of the Pizol mountain in the St Gallon Rhine Valley, has a long tradition as a health spa. Today, its status as a wellness resort means you can still enjoy the warm, healing waters, as well as all the luxe benefits of its top-class hotels. </p> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">4. <a href="https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-au/experiences/roger-federers-choice-the-best-of-switzerland/rogers-choice-best-of-swiss-nature/?utm_source=latte&utm_campaign=rf_bra_21_au&utm_medium=display&utm_content=rf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Embrace the natural beauty</a></p> <p dir="ltr">With recharging in mind, exploring Switzerland’s bountiful natural environments allows you to pause, take a deep breath, and take a break from fast-paced daily life. </p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/03/swiss-native4.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Explore Switzerland’s wild side and take in the stunning views. Image: Tourism Switzerland</em></p> <p dir="ltr">To retreat even further away from your day-to-day stresses, head to the village of Bettmeralp.</p> <p dir="ltr">Only accessible by cableway, this car-free village boasts a family friendly holiday resort with plenty to do in both summer and winter.</p> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">5. <a href="https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-au/experiences/roger-federers-choice-the-best-of-switzerland/rogers-choice-city-experiences/?utm_source=latte&utm_campaign=rf_bra_21_au&utm_medium=display&utm_content=rf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Take in some culture</a></p> <p dir="ltr">As a melting pot of cultures and four different languages, Switzerland’s cities have their own unique charms and histories.</p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/03/swiss-native5.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>The mediaeval Chapel Bridge is just one of the unique landmarks you’ll find in Lucerne. Image: Tourism Switzerland</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, is one such place that celebrates its culture and history. You’ll find Europe’s oldest covered bridge, complete with mediaeval paintings, and the futuristic Culture and Convention Centre – a hub for cultural events all year round.</p> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">6. <a href="https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-au/experiences/roger-federers-choice-the-best-of-switzerland/rogers-recommendation-a-trip-to-the-mountains/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Head to new heights</a></p> <p dir="ltr">With a career full of highs, it should be no surprise that Federer loves his home country’s mountain peaks and their world-class views. And – much like winning at Wimbledon – reaching the top of the Swiss peaks is an adventure in itself.</p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/03/swiss-native6.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Tourism Switzerland</em></p> <p dir="ltr">For instance, heading to the monastic village at the top of Engelberg-Titlis will see potential visitors travel by both gondola and the world’s first revolving cable car.</p> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">7. <a href="https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-au/experiences/roger-federers-choice-the-best-of-switzerland/rogers-choice-hiking-trails/?utm_source=latte&utm_campaign=rf_bra_21_au&utm_medium=display&utm_content=rf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Partake in Switzerland’s national pastime – and no, it’s not tennis!</a></p> <p dir="ltr">When Federer isn’t playing tennis, he enjoys the famous Swiss pastime of hiking. </p> <p dir="ltr">But potential visitors shouldn’t pin their hopes on running into him, as Switzerland is home to more than 65,000 kilometres of hiking trails.</p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/03/swiss-native7.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Explore Switzerland by foot and enjoy the view. Image: Tourism Switzerland</em></p> <p dir="ltr">The trails also let you soak up Switzerland’s picturesque views, with those around the village of Kandersteg boasting panoramas of the peaks of Blumlisalp Massif.</p> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">8. <a href="https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-au/experiences/roger-federers-choice-the-best-of-switzerland/rogers-choice-hidden-gems/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Find some hidden gems</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Opting for the road less travelled rather than heading to tourist hotspots is the ultimate way to have a unique holiday experience – and Federer’s bucket list of diverse Swiss villages to visit is bound to offer an experience unlike any other.</p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/03/swiss-native8.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Morcote is one of the most frequently photographed places in Ticino, and it’s not hard to see why. Image: Tourism Switzerland</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Morcote, a former fishing village, is a perfect example, offering jaw-dropping views of Lake Lugano that saw it be named the most beautiful village in 2016. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Tourism Switzerland</em></p> <p dir="ltr">For all of these incredible experiences and more to help create the trip of a lifetime – and memories that will last a lifetime – check out ​​<a href="http://myswitzerland.com/roger" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MySwitzerland.com/roger</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <a href="https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-au/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Switzerland Tourism</a>. </strong></em></p>

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Five beautiful hotels you need to visit in your lifetime

<p dir="ltr">After a global pause on international travel, many keen travellers have been inflating their bucket lists with must-see destinations.</p> <p dir="ltr">Many have had to put off their lavish global adventures in favour of exploring their own backyards, but now that borders have started to reopen, so have luxurious travel plans.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thanks to travel TikTok account @unseenwonders, here are just a few must-see hotels to add to your next international holiday. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Calilo, Greece</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Located on Greece’s Ios island, this five-star resort overlooks the crystal turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.</p> <p dir="ltr">The lavish hotel has just 30 suites and is framed by more than 400 hectares of protected land. </p> <p dir="ltr">Featuring photogenic surroundings, this resort is a must-stay location for any beach lover.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); 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font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CXNYVtOswm8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by La’Tese Travel N Tours (@latesetravelntours)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><strong>andBeyond Sossusvlei, Namibia</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Located in the world’s oldest living deserts, this private lodge is situated on more than 12,000 hectares, deep in the Namib desert. </p> <p dir="ltr">With just 10 luxury suites, this resort is made from stone and glass, and is surrounded by dunes and gravel plains. </p> <p dir="ltr">Each suite has its own living room, private plunge pool, and ensuite bathroom with glass-encased rain shower with 180 degree desert views.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CY3v3B8qBwV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CY3v3B8qBwV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by andBeyond Sossusvlei (@andbeyondsossusvlei)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Azulik, Tulum</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Azulik is known as a “sanctuary for reconnection and wellness where the jungle meets the sea” in Mexico.</p> <p dir="ltr">This adults-only private retreat is marketed as an “atmosphere for rest”, with the architecturally beautiful design created for ultimate relaxation. </p> <p dir="ltr">The resort has no air conditioning, television or electric lights, helping guests avoid the disruptions of the outside world. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CY4UCWnIcQ4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; 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margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CY4UCWnIcQ4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by AZULIK™ (@azulik)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Soneva, the Maldives</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">These over-water villas are located in the desert island hideaway of the Maldives.</p> <p dir="ltr">Many of the larger villas boast their own waterslides that go right into the tranquil waters below. </p> <p dir="ltr">All villas have open-air bathrooms, to bathe under the starry skies of their private gardens in paradise. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); 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transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CaQojNgvs2R/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Soneva (@discoversoneva)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Boutique Hotel Glacier, Switzerland</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This resort, located in the Switzerland town of Grindelwald, is surrounded by the mountain atmosphere of the Bernese Alps. </p> <p dir="ltr">The four star resort comes with a variety of rooms to choose from, with ski lodge interiors for the ultimate cosy vibes. </p> <p dir="ltr">All the signature rooms come with their own private outdoor hot-tub to watch the sunset behind the snow top ranges. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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Things everyone should do before summer’s over

<p><em>Image: Getty</em></p> <p><strong>Eat Ice-Cream</strong></p> <p><span>Nothing says summer quite like eating ice cream at the beach, lake or park after a hot day frolicking in the water. Could you buy an entire box of ice cream at the supermarket for the same price as one from the gelato bar? Sure, but where’s the fun in that?</span></p> <p><strong>Walk Barefoot in the grass</strong></p> <p><span>Strolling barefoot through soft grass is the perfect way to get out of your daily bubble and smell the roses (literally!). The smells, sounds and feel of nature will soothe your work-weary soul and melt away stress. It may even offer some unique health benefits; according to proponents of ‘earthing’, walking barefoot can help with insomnia and other afflictions.</span></p> <p><strong>Read under a tree</strong></p> <p><span>Unplug and take a fun novel, gossip mag or other light-hearted read outdoors. Set up under your favourite tree and enjoy the stillness and tactile pleasure of reading a real paper book. Bonus: Everyone looks smarter reading under a tree. It’s pretty much science.</span></p> <p><strong>Visit a farmers market</strong></p> <p><span>Many cities offer a farmer’s market on summer weekends, allowing you to support local farmers and up your health game in the tastiest way possible. Come for the juicy summer fruit and fresh vegies but stay for the interesting crafts, bright flowers, sweet honey, hand-made sausages and new friends.</span></p> <p><strong>Go to an out-door event</strong></p> <p><span>From Shakespearean classics to local bands to movies to music festivals, your outdoor entertainment options are endless in the summer. Check out your neighbourhood social media page or city website for dates and times. Even better, many of these events are free or don’t cost much – just make sure social distancing is part of the contingency plan.</span></p> <p><strong>Run through a sprinkler </strong></p> <p><span>Think playing in a sprinkler is just for kids? Adults can play this refreshing game too and it doesn’t even require a swimsuit. The next time you see a sprinkler watering the grass in the park, take a few running leaps through it. Skip. Laugh. Frolic. You’ll dry, we promise.</span></p> <p><strong>Star Gaze</strong></p> <p><span>The night sky will blow your mind – especially if you can get far enough away from city lights to see the milky way. It’s worth the trip out to the countryside. Seeing the vast expanse of eternity laid out on a clear summer’s night will change your life.</span></p> <p><strong>Go camping </strong></p> <p>Camping is the quintessential summer activity yet so few of us actually do it. Being outdoors (and away from mobile phone service) is a great way to reset and get in touch with nature. If you’re worried about not sleeping well outside your own bed, science shows camping can actually help cure insomnia.</p> <p><strong>Build a sandcastle</strong></p> <p><span>Sand in between your toes (and in your hair and down your swimsuit) is peak summer. But don’t just settle for lying on the beach (don’t forget to lather on the sunscreen). Get creative and have fun by building a sand castle complete with turrets and a moat.</span></p> <p><strong>Watch a street </strong>performer</p> <p><span>Warm evenings turn every street corner into a stage and you’ll be amazed at the talent in your community. Dancers and musicians are staples but in many places you can also find living ‘statues’, contortionists and magicians. Don’t forget to leave them a tip to show you enjoyed their performance.</span></p> <p><strong>Jump off a diving board</strong></p> <div id="primary" class="contentAreaLeft"> <div id="page3" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>It’s totally fine if you have to hold your nose!</p> <p><strong>Get new sunglasses</strong></p> <p><span>New sunnies can take your look to the next level – as well as protect your eyes. And if you wait till the end of the season, you might just get them on sale!</span></p> <p><strong>Try an outdoor activity </strong></p> <p><span>Forget resolutions, this is about fun. If you’ve ever wanted to try a different workout, this is the best time. Outdoor offerings include yoga in the park, stand-up paddleboarding, guided night hikes, bootcamp, fishing excursions, and much much more.</span></p> <div class="at-below-post addthis_tool" data-url="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/activities/16-things-everyone-should-do-before-summers-over">This article originally appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/activities/16-things-everyone-should-do-before-summers-over?pages=1">Readers Digest.</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="taboola-mid-article-thumbnails"></div> <div id="taboola-mid-article-reco-reel"></div> </div> <div class="contentAreaRight vc_hidden-xs"></div>

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The top 15 places to visit in Australia

<p>Here is out Top 15 Ultimate Retirement Bucket List of places to visit in Australia. Take a look at our list and you’ll see there’s something for you – whether it’s a beach holiday, an outback adventure or a tropical paradise.</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 1: Great Barrier Reef, Queensland </strong></p> <p>The Great Barrier Reef is a living work of art so large - it can be seen from out at space. The 2,300-kilometre-long ecosystem, stretching from Fraser Island in the south to the Torres Strait in the north, is made up of thousands of vibrant reefs surrounding hundreds of white sand islands. It’s listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world and it’s also the world’s biggest single structure made from living organisms.</p> <p>You can go snorkelling with amazing tropical fish on the Great Barrier Reef because this world heritage-listed destination is home to 600 types of hard and soft coral, thousands of tropical fish, turtles, sharks and dolphins.</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 2: The Kimberley, Western Australia</strong></p> <p>Known as one of the world’s last wild frontiers at the north-western end of Australia, the scenery at the Kimberley is breathtaking. The region is three times larger than England, yet only 40,000 Aussies call it home.</p> <p>Instead, the Kimberley is home to a large range of Australian wildlife in amongst the rolling red sandhills, ancient canyons, breathtaking gorges, serene swimming holes and outback stations.</p> <p>When you’re ready to relax, head to Cable Beach - a 22-kilometre-long stretch of white sands located in the beach town of Broome. You can ride off into the sunset atop a camel. Or if you’d prefer a more outback experience, stay in the more inland town of Kununurra.</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 3: Uluru, Northern Territory</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dbc4cc43794148f38db4a6aa636a93fe" /><img style="width: 500px; height: 285.3035143769968px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843254/travel-uluru-at-sunset-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dbc4cc43794148f38db4a6aa636a93fe" /></p> <p>Uluru usually is often cited as Australia’s number one bucket list destination. This is because there’s nothing more Australian than visiting Uluru. You’ll be awed by the rich red desert sands, champagne-worthy sunsets, the incredible spiritual presence and let’s facit it – this is an outback journey every Aussie should make.</p> <p>The 350-metre-high structure is shrouded in ancient folklore, Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and rock art dating tens of thousands of years. There are many ways to experience the majesty of Uluru. You can take a walking tour with an Aboriginal guide so you can really appreciate the grand scale of this impressive icon.</p> <p>Right now, the Field of Light illuminates Uluru as darkness falls. This is a lighting display set up around Ulu<u>r</u>u by artist, Bruce Munro. It’s an amazing sight to see the gentle rhythms of colour lighting up the desert and this display has now been extended indefinitely.</p> <p>While you’re at Uluru, you can take a quick trip (only 30 kilometres) to Kata Tjuta – also known as The Olgas – and gaze at this<span> group of large, ancient rock formations.</span></p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 4: The Whitsundays, Queensland</strong></p> <p>If your idea of a bucket list holiday means tropical cocktails by the pool, picnics on secluded beaches and sunsets to die for, then the Whitsundays is the perfect place for you. Stay at world famous Hamilton Island or one of the regions smaller island resorts, such as Daydream Island or Heron island.</p> <p>As well, you can island-hop your way around the stunning Whitsundays because the calm and crystal-clear waters are perfect for sailing. While you’re island-hopping, don’t miss world famous Whitehaven Beach!</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 5: Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory</strong></p> <p>A short trip outside of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, sits Kakadu National Park, home to the oldest living culture on earth and Aboriginal rock art dating back over 25,000 years.</p> <p>Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park and there’s lots to do including crocodile spotting, enjoying the incredible indigenous history or visiting outback waterfalls and swimming holes (some are safe from the crocs!).</p> <p>Or you can spend a day or two hiking the waterfall trails, go swimming in boulder creek and then take an indigenous-owned cruise through the world-famous, Yellow Water Billabong. You can even get into the local wildlife spirit and stay at the croc-shaped <a href="http://www.lastminute.com.au/accommodation/australia/mercure-kakadu-crocodile-hotel/W2642?hotelid=W2642&amp;regionid=1631&amp;noadults=2&amp;nochilds=0&amp;checkin=15%2F01%2F2015&amp;checkout=16%2F01%2F2015&amp;datefrom=15%2F01%2F2015&amp;dateto=29%2F01%2F2015&amp;sortby=17">Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel</a>.</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 6: Margaret River Region, Western Australia</strong></p> <p>Margaret River is the perfect bucket list destination for food and wine enthusiasts, with hundreds of world class wineries and restaurants in this beautiful pocket of the world.</p> <p>The best part is this is one of the few Australian wine regions where the vineyards meet the ocean. So, you can spend your mornings at the beach and then take your time in the afternoons to do some wine tasting and feasting on local produce. Bliss!</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 7: Lord Howe Island, NSW</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 285.1699882766706px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843255/travel-lord-howe-island-um.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ba8734bf51b5489d962ac1f0dbeeb4b5" />Lord Howe Island is a gorgeous, hidden gem. This tiny little island only ever allows 400 tourists to visit at a time, making you feel like you have the place to yourself. Spend your days hiking, scuba diving, fishing, paddle-boarding or just relaxing on the beach with a good book.</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 8: Wineglass Bay, Tasmania</strong></p> <p>Relax on what’s been voted one of the Top 10 beaches in the world! Located on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula, this little piece of paradise features pure white sand against a turquoise sea.</p> <p>Soak up the deserted beaches around the bay, the colourful rocks and delicious local seafood (hint, don’t miss the region’s oysters). The best place to stay is Coles Bay.</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 9: Great Ocean Road, Victoria</strong></p> <p>Aussies love a good, old-fashioned road trip and the Great Ocean Road is well-known as one of the best. The 46-kilometre-long coastline road winds from Torquay (west of Melbourne) to Allansford and was built originally to honour fallen World War I soldiers.</p> <p>The road leads to some of Victoria’s most famous landmarks including: The Twelve Apostles; Bells Beach; the famous artist community of Lorne; Otway Treetop Walk and Zipline; the Henty Wine region; Queenscliff where you can swim with dolphins; stay at the charming fishing village of Port Fairy and visit Cape Bridgewater, where you can watch hundreds of fur seals soaking up the sun.</p> <p>Many people recommend rising early to see the 12 Apostles at sunrise. This is one of Australia’s world-renowned natural wonders, consisting of these 8 monumental limestone pillars which look like they’re drifting out to sea. One of the pillars has fallen down, due to erosion by the waves, but they’re still awe-inspiring.</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 10: Kangaroo Island, South Australia</strong></p> <p>Kangaroo Island is the perfect place to get away from everything and get back to nature so you can enjoy some of the real Australian landscape – including the flora and fauna.</p> <p>Nestled off the coast of South Australia, Kangaroo Island will keep you busy as it’s home to plenty of local wildlife - from sea lions, to penguins, echidnas and koalas.</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 11: Fraser Island, Queensland</strong></p> <p>Even though Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, what you’ll find on there is not your typical island flora and fauna. Boasting lush rainforests, freshwater lakes, creeks and picturesque coastlines – you’ll find a menagerie of native Australian wildlife, including echidnas, possums, sugar gliders, dingoes, snakes, cockatoos and wallabies.</p> <p>A short ferry ride from the mainland, Fraser Island is the perfect spot for a weekend camping trip filled with fishing, exploring and swimming in crystal clear waters. Make sure you take a run down 75 Mile Beach – it’s a long rugged stretch of sand down the east coast of the island.</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 12: Rottnest Island, Western Australia</strong></p> <p>A short ferry ride from Perth in Western Australia, Rottnest Island stretches over seven square miles. It’s easy to hire a bike for the day and explore the lush, idyllic landscape at your own pace.</p> <p>The island is home to just 300 local residents – but apart from people, it’s also home to one very famous marsupial found only in a few locations worldwide - the Quokka. So take your time to catch up with these charming fellows.</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 13: Cradle Mountain, Tasmania</strong></p> <p>Tasmania has some of the most stunning landscapes in the world and the view from the base of Cradle Mountain, looking across Dove Lake is one of them. As you gaze into the distance, you can see snow-capped peaks reflected in the glassy blue water.</p> <p>Cradle Mountain is located in the Central Highlands of Tasmania, one mile above sea level. The picturesque mountain can be climbed most of the year but is sometimes dangerous to climb during winter.</p> <h4>Bucket List No. 14: Whale watching in Hervey Bay, Queensland</h4> <p>After months of traveling north along the east coast of Australia, these humpback whales finally reach the sanctuary of Hervey Bay for some well-earned rest and relaxation.</p> <p>It’s at this time you can often see them swimming around Hervey Bay. The whales use the calm, protected waters around Fraser Island as a calf kindergarten to teach their young a few skills. It’s this phenomenon which saw this area crowned as a Whale Heritage Site at the World Whale Conference in 2019. Best time to visit is from July to November.</p> <p><strong>Bucket List No. 15: The Three Sisters, NSW</strong></p> <p>These three weathered sandstone peaks are an iconic formation in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, west of Sydney. Towering more than 900 metres high, they're best viewed from the Echo Point lookout at Katoomba, overlooking the picturesque Jamison Valley.</p> <p>Aboriginal legend has it they were three sisters who were turned to stone. They are most photogenic at sunrise and sunset. As the sunlight changes throughout the day, it brings out new and different colours against the rocks. The site is also floodlit until around 11pm each evening and you can take a look at the spectacular scene against the black background of the night sky.</p> <p><em>Photos: Getty Images</em></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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Willy Wonka star reveals Gene Wilder’s “favourite brat”

<p><span>A child star who had the opportunity to work alongside the infamous Gene Wilder has spoken out on the experience, 50 years since its first premier date.</span><br /><br /><em>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory </em><span>hit movie screens 50 years ago on June 30, 1971 and achieved rapid success almost overnight.</span><br /><br /><span>The film went on to become a phenomenon that was registered in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.</span><br /><br /><span>The child actors Peter Ostrum, Julie Dawn Cole, Michael Bollner, Paris Themmen and Denise Nickerson – who played Charlie Bucket, Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, Mike Teavee and Violet Beauregarde – all came together for a virtual reunion in honour of the film’s anniversary.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842239/willy-wonka.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b9da36eca8c24fbeb170655d6cf92150" /></p> <p><em>Image: Yahoo</em><br /><br /><span>The actors all had the opportunity to co-star together, and even got to explore the imagined Wonka Chocolate Factory.</span><br /><br /><span>The cast recounted such fond memories of exploring the film sets in Bavarian Germany and working with Gene Wilder.</span><br /><br /><span>Themmen admitted that he was indeed a “notorious troublemaker on the set.”</span><br /><br /><span>So much so that even Wilder called him “a handful”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I can corroborate that,” the actor, who played the television-obsessed rascal Mike Teavee, admitted.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was younger than the others. I was 11, they were 13 and was naturally just sort of more high-spirited and rambunctious.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842237/willy-wonka-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a8d501bcedd64f7b97dd573169a7717a" /></p> <p><em>Image: Yahoo</em><br /><br /><span>The now-62-year-old opened up about one brief moment he shared with Wilder, in 1976 during a fundraiser screening for the film <em>Silver Streak</em> at the Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut.</span><br /><br /><span>“I sat at the back of the room and he gave his commentary and then I went up to the front of the room afterwards with my poster in hand,” Themmen relived with a smile.</span><br /><br /><span>“I said, ‘Hi, Gene, how you doing? I’m Paris Themmen, I was Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka.”</span><br /><br /><span>“And he said, ‘Oh you were a brat!’ And I flashed all the way back 50 years, or 40 years at that time, and said, ‘Well, I’m 50-something now and maybe not as much of a brat.’</span><br /><br /><span>And he signed my poster, ‘To my favourite brat.’”</span><br /><br /><span>Wilder died in 2016 at the age of 83 after a long vibrant career.</span><br /><br /><span>Cole, who played Veruca Salt, said: “I think people kind of want us to tell you that he was like Willy Wonka offset, but he wasn’t.</span><br /><br /><span>“He was such a lovely, kind man, very unassuming,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“He was just down to earth, not pretentious, he was just a wonderful person to be around and to work with,” said Ostrum, who played Charlie Bucket.</span></p>

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Dining with Dolly Parton: Sir Billy Connolly shares his bucket list

<p>Sir Billy Connolly has revealed the people he would like to have at his dream dinner party.</p> <p>In a recent interview with <em><a href="https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/dining-with-dolly-parton-sir-billy-connolly-reveals-his-fantasy-dinner-party-guests/">The Sunday Post</a></em>, the Scottish comedian said his fantasy guest list, featuring both alive and deceased figures, includes country musician Dolly Parton.</p> <p>“I had a brilliant experience seeing Dolly in Glasgow, being swept along with thousands in the crowd and no one recognised me,” he said.</p> <p>“No one could see me until a little girl shouted: ‘Look! Its Billy Connolly!’ She came and gave me a big cuddle. She was wonderful. I met her again in a shop and she did the same thing.”</p> <p>Another singer he would like to invite is Bob Dylan, who created his favourite album <em>Blonde On Blonde</em>.</p> <p>Other famous figures in Connolly’s wish list are authors Charles Dickens and Iris Murdoch as well as artists John Byrne and David Hockney.</p> <p>Byrne, who is an old friend of the Big Yin, paid tribute to the comedian with <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-39947883">a portrait in the 1970s and another in 2017</a>.</p> <p>The 77-year-old went public with his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2013 and <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/billy-connolly-quits-stand-up-comedy-amid-parkinson-s-diagnosis">retired five years later</a>. He is now working as an artist.</p>

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