Author: Michael Glass

Michael is the founder of Backpacker Travel. He also runs walking tours in San Francisco and is a freelance travel writer. Michael is extremely passionate about travel and loves to explore festivals around the world.

Jennifer and I are 30 and 28 respectively, so we didn’t think we would have such an opportunity thrown at us so young. We have been so focused on growing an air career since we began flying lessons at 15 and flying for airs at 18.


Enjoy panoramic mountain views and the sensational feeling of flying high above the lakes and towns of the Jungfrau region. Your experienced pilot will ensure a smooth take off, a safe flight and a gentle landing.

Mount Tempest

The classic travel question, mountains or beach? Do you prefer to take some time lounging on the sand or climbing towering peaks? Well, why not combine both? If you just can’t decide between the two, sand dunes may be the answer. Mountains of sand offering the opportunity to hike, board, camp, or just chill.

Rub’ al Khali

The mother of all deserts, the epicenter of all sand dunes, the Rub’ al Khali is a massive desert that spans across several countries in the Arabian Peninsula. This vast, unbren desert sprawls on and on and on and can be pretty intimidating to the average traveler. If you have it in you to make the trek into these dunes, though, you will not be disappointed. You can step totally off the grid and go for days on days in this incredible natural wonder. Just make sure to take an experienced guide and lots of food and water!


Chile has excellent skiing and gorgeous mountains, but it also has some really great dunes. There are several locations spread out throughout Atacama, each equally as beautiful and offering excellent options for adventure sports enthusiasts. Check out Valle de la Muerte, Cerro Dragon, Medanoso or Cerro Iman if you want to try your hand at world-class sandboarding.

Cerro Negro

Cerro Negro is not technically a sand dune, but it made our list because it does have some of the coolest sandboarding options in the world and is essentially a black sand dune. This is actually an active volcano whose slopes are made of an ashy black sand that makes for excellent boarding. Don’t just go for the volcano, though, spend some time in the surrounding area which is quaint and beautiful and just a really tremendous place to visit.