Five Passport Stamps to Brag About
Published 30 March 2016
You know you’re a true traveller when you take pride in your passport stamps. Like little printed travel medals that transport you back to a time and a place, every time you spot them on the page.
In my passport, my most prized stamp would be for Norfolk Island, a tiny island territory located between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. Not everyone you come across has a Norfolk Island stamp, and it’s for that reason that it’s my favourite.
There are a few other stamps I’d like to see within the pages of my passport though. Here I count down the five passport stamps I’d like to brag about.
A visit to Antarctica will earn you a cute red penguin stamp, and the bragging rights of having visited the coldest and driest continent on earth. While it’s possible to fly, the best way to experience Antarctica is by cruise, with the possibility to explore the continent’s most remote areas, all from the comforts of a private cabin.
Not one for mass tourism, Burma is slowly but surely opening the gates to intrepid travellers, keen to explore its thousands of temples and enduring culture that has barely been touched by the western world. As a result, now is the time to get this stamp in your passport before everyone else does. While it is much easier now to apply for tourist visas online, accommodation can be hit and miss. To make sure you enjoy a comfortable stay, talk to your Round the World expert.
With flights to Easter Island are only possible via Santiago, not everyone is up to the trek. Those who do make the journey though are rewarded with a mystical island sporting 887 mysterious statues, and a statue in their passport to match! The journey is long but seeing this incredible wonder is worth it for the bragging rights alone. If you’d like to know more, talk to one of our experts about incorporating Easter Island into a wider South American itinerary.
The ultimate wildlife watching destination, a passport stamp from the Galapagos Islands at the very least makes you a member of an exclusive club that counts David Attenborough and Charles Darwin as its members. But then again, a stamp in the passport hardly compares to the incredible terrain you’ll experience.
While it may be a more attainable destination compared to the others on this list, Machu Picchu is still a bucket list experience that will last you a life time. Whether you decide to take the breathtaking Incan Trail with a guide or go it alone and head straight to Machu Picchu, all visitors are required to purchase tickets and show their passport upon entry. To ensure the site is maintained, there are only 2,500 tickets available each day, so be sure to book well in advance (our experts can do this for you), and be proud of that Machu Picchu stamp.