A bucket list it is a collection of goals, dreams and aspirations that you would like to accomplish within your lifetime.
What does a bucket list destination mean to you? It seems the more places we travel to, the more places end up being added to our list.
Being unable to travel for recent months has meant we have spent time thinking about countries and cities around the world which we would love to visit. We have chosen this destination because of it’s natural beauty and outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in the fresh air.
The bucket list destination we’re sharing today is Lithuania. Have you been?
Historically a forest country, Lithuania has much to offer travellers looking for sustainable outdoor adventure. Under-the-radar wonders of nature draw into new experiences. Visitors may try herb picking, dragonfly watching or forest bathing.
For those seeking sustainable under-the-radar experiences, Lithuania is a destination of peaceful respite. Its natural forests offer aesthetic pleasure of colour and sound. Not long ago these woods hid military secrets as well. The remnants of Soviet ballistic missile bases may still be found in the forests of Central Lithuania, such as the ground-based medium-range nuclear missile base in the district of Ukmerge. But with the end of the Cold War, the forests of Lithuania have been returned to back people to enjoy, camp, hike, and so on.
Below we’re sharing some incredible experiences which can be enjoyed in the forests and wilderness of Lithuania.
VISIT THE FOREST SAND DUNES
Sand dunes are the usual sight of the Baltic seaside. But some of them are located far from the sea and deep in the forests. In the pine forests of South-Eastern Lithuania the dunes totally transform the landscape and provide unique experience of the raw nature.
CYCLE ACROSS A METEORITE CRATER
165 million years ago a huge meteorite landed near Vepriai in Central Lithuania. The explosion and fire extinguished all life in the territory of Lithuania and left a crater of 50 square kilometres. The best way to explore the site is to take one of the many bicycle routes across the crater.
ENJOY FOREST BATHING
The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku or forest bathing is a way to heal and restore the human spirit, which tires of work and rush of the technology-dominated world. The slow immersion into the forest through sight, sound, smell and even taste helps to relax, regain intellectual focus and strengthen health. A certified guide of shinrin-yoku Mila Monk gives private and group tours in different Lithuanian forests.
THE LARGEST DREAMCATCHER IN THE WORLD
Dreamcatchers are said to protect from bad dreams. Those with serious nightmares should visit the pine forest in Asveja regional park in Eastern Lithuania. The largest dreamcatcher in the world is almost 13 metres high and 10 metres of diameter. It is made of more than 1 kilometre of rope, 700 hundred wooden parts, 319 beads and weighs 156 kilograms. The dreamcatcher is located in the territory of the eco resort Golden Forest. The resort also houses a forest labyrinth of four elements which can be passed only using the intuition, and holds the annual Masters of Calm festival for active and conscious community.