The Bucket List
From riding through the Brazilian Rainforest to galloping across the wide sandy expanses of the Namibian Desert, everyone has that dream trip that they hope one day to complete. Even for those just learning to ride, there is the dream of cantering along long white beaches with the waves lapping at the horses’ hooves. For experienced riders and novices alike, there are adventure rides which push skills to the limit and offer an exhilarating life experience.
Countless studies have shown that people gain greater lasting happiness from experiences rather than possessions. Experiences create memories, central to the person you truly are, while for the most part possessions are eventually forgotten or replaced. Taking on an adventure, testing your capabilities and experiencing totally different cultures, will form the memories that bring a smile to your face for the rest of your life.
One such adventure is the Yukon Expedition in Canada, a true pack trip where supplies and tents are carried on pack horses throughout the trail. The remote landscape is sure to make an impression, as the only other life riders are likely to encounter is of the wild variety – moose, bears and eagles.
If you like the idea of encountering unusual wildlife, but would prefer to do so in a warmer location, the Madagascar Trail could be for you. This trail was developed with the help of Christina Dodwell, a prominent explorer, and is a real adventure as you ride through areas far off the beaten track and unreachable by other tourists. There is of course the chance to see the island’s most famous residents, the lemurs of Madagascar.
Seeking out new cultures in far-flung destinations is perhaps one of the most attractive aspects of travel, especially as a common interest such as horse riding can cross the language barrier. The Shamalong Race Trek in Tibet gives riders an insight into a cultural tradition that has been going on for centuries, as you trek towards the Shamalong Festival learning nomadic skills along the way.
If you have a sense of adventure and a passion for broadening your horizons there is a destination out there, just waiting for you to discover it.
Material possessions will come and go; but experiences last a lifetime.