It’s a destination bewilderingly absent on every BuzzFeed and Mashable ‘Places to See Before You Die’ list. And that omission makes no sense at all. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of 2,200-2,478m, but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical. It ought to be considered one of the natural wonders of the world.
After an epic drive from Vancouver via Whistler and Kamloops on virtually empty roads, a vast wall of rock and ice loomed on the horizon as I got closer to Jasper. I’m a tough guy to impress when it comes to scenery, but Mount Robson is breathtaking. From that point on, the vistas just got better and better as I toured the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Lake Louise, down to Banff. And as an added bonus, there were bears — lots of bears. Coming from Scotland, where the apex predator is a small cat, it’s exhilarating to suddenly find a huge wild animal beside the roadside.
You might have heard about peer-to-peer accommodation — actually let’s get serious; if you call yourself a traveller, you definitely know what peer-to-peer accommodation is: Airbnb, HouseTrip, Couchsurfing, etc. The benefits?
They’re often cheaper
They support by giving back to the community
It’s a unique experience
It’s often a much more ‘homely’ option
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Published in the May 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)