10. Siwa, Egypt
Sure, you’ve heard of snowboarding—but sandboarding? That’s something we’ll bet you haven’t done before. And sandboarding the Great Sand Sea in Egypt? Now that’s what we call a bucket-list adventure.
If you want to have a go at these unconventional slopes—or dunes, rather—you’ll have to visit the remote Siwa Oasis in western Egypt. But plummeting down these steep and smooth dunes isn’t the only fun you can have in Siwa—there are also stunning ancient Egyptian tombs and temples (like the Temple of the Oracle) to visit, as well as salt lakes and nature reserves.
Where to stay: You’ll find great value at the Siwa Shali Resort, where rates go for as little as $30 per night. A stunning 200-meter swimming pool runs through the resort’s restaurant, reception, spa, and guest rooms.
When to go: The best times to visit are between the months of March and April, and from October to November, when the weather is milder and the crowds tend to be smaller.
Expert tip: Fly into Cairo, and stay at least a night or two so that you can soak up iconic world wonders like the Pyramids of Giza, along with the Great Sphinx and the fascinating Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, which houses the world’s largest collection of pharaonic antiquities.
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