2020 has been a complicated year, to say the least. But adventure still awaits. Baroque Lifestyle has put together a list of this year’s top ten iconic experiences that will leave a prominent mark on anyone’s human existence. These ten encounters of a lifetime will lift your spirits and help you see the world through a new lens.
1. Participate in Baroque Lifestyle’s get lost in green challenge.
This nature challenge is all about experiencing the greenest places on Earth. This means scouting out true nature excursions in the Hudson Valley, Redwood National Park, Costa Rica, and of course, Greenland are great places to start. Sit on rocks, find your favorite tree, and discover pathways through plush regions until you see only green.
2. Journey to the Red Sea.
Life has yet to be lived until one has journeyed to the Red Sea. The majestic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia embodies the spirit of revitalization, and this unscathed oasis that lies at the edge of the world awaits exploration. This hidden gem’s enchanting splendor is found in its Red Sea coast that spans a vast 1,835-kilometer water line, ancient tribes that enrich mountain regions, and shimmering sands mixed with endless sky for as far as the eye can see.
3. Experience the mystery of Vatican City.
Imagine walking on streets that date back to 509 BC. This region of the world has long served as a symbol of hope, and the Vatican Museums maintain artwork and items collected by the Catholic Church and popes over the centuries. Selections include classical sculpture, contemporary art, paintings by artists like Raphael, and many others. Since the 1200s, the superbly polished Vatican Gardens have been an empire where many popes have spent time in rest and reflection. Inside these wondrous gardens, visitors will discover gorgeous trees, fountains, pools, sculptures, and lots of greenery.
4. After an epic safari, stop and build a mud hut home in Zambia.
Zambia is a substantially land-locked country in Southern Africa, which is best known for Victoria Falls and a handful of superb remote safari areas. Many local villagers dwell in mud huts, which deteriorate quickly during the rainy season. After you’ve completed a walking safari in this stunning region, join the Love Volunteers Program and help to restore much-needed living quarters in the village of Mwandi.
5. Take a lap in a race car in Abu Dhabi.
The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi is positively legendary and one of the most technologically advanced tracks on the planet. Spend the day racing around the Grand Prix Circuit or test your speed skills on the Drag Strip. As long as you don’t forget to bring your helmet and bodysuit, Yas will provide you with the most impeccable vehicles known to humankind. From the Aston Martin GT4 to the Ferrari 458 GT, drivers can choose from a wide array of driving experiences that will make time stand still.
6. Learn from the best through MasterClasses.
Iconic experiences happen when we expand our learning, and taking a MasterClass in the comfort of your home is an iconic way to learn from the best. These classes will inspire and challenge viewers to become their best selves and transform lives through the power of storytelling.
7. Wet your whistle for adventure by taking an online travel sounds voyage around the world.
Being at home doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on an adventure. The New York Times’ interactive voyages series will take you across the world from wherever you are. These epic images and experiences capture the sights and sounds of travel from Hawaii to Iceland.
8. Take a cooking class in Paris.
Learn from the best in some of the most world-renowned culinary schools ever known. This transformative experience will test your palate and cooking skills in an eyeopening experience that you’ll never forget. Quick cooking classes combined with tasting sessions at lunchtime or for the evening aperitif are available. This is an excellent option for workers and time-pressed travelers.
9. Travel back in time by visiting the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria are the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that can all be experienced in one trip. Now, if you want to see the new Seven Wonders of the World, that would be the Great Wall of China, Petra, The Colosseums of Rome, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, the breathtaking Taj Mahal and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
10. Have a martini at the edge of the world.
Lounging in luxury high in the sky is possible when staying at the Marina Bay Sands Skypark in Singapore. The 1,115 foot (340 m) long infinity pool provides panoramic views of the city that will make you feel lost in space. If you really need the feeling of being away, feel free to grab your martini shaker and sit quietly on the cliffs of Hua Shan.
About the Writer:
Baroque Lifestyle Editor in Chief, Abigail Baker
Abigail Baker is an author, freelance writer, editor, and communications consultant. As a firm believer that stories have the power to change the world, Abigail has written three books under the nom de plume, Tephra Miriam, for children, tweens, teens, and young adults.