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2017 is leaving us faster than Peter Andre’s music career, so it’s time to seriously start discussing your bucket list for next year.
And, whether you’re an adventure addict, adrenalin junkie or travel aficionado, nib Eye Care has done the hard yards to put together your definitive list of must-dos for 2018.
So, make this the year that you push harder, aim higher and live life how it should be.
Scaling Everest should be on the list of every sport-loving adventurer.
Base Camp sits at an altitude of more than 5,300 metres, so it’s not for the faint of heart. However, with NRL legends including Paul ‘The Chief’ Harragon, Matthew Johns and Mark Hughes signing up to tackle the world’s highest mountain to raise money for brain cancer, you’ll be in good company.
Must-pack: The UV on the mountain is nearly 30 times higher than what you’d face on the ground, so make sure your eyes are protected with wraparound sunglasses that sit close to your face. The lenses should meet Australian standards Category 3 and polarised lenses are best to cut out the reflected glare from the snow.
Make this the year that you push harder, aim higher and live life how it should be
Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, only seven-star hotel and largest artificial islands, but this exotic city is also a thrill-seeker’s playground.
Will Smith once called skydiving over Dubai the ‘most blissful experience’ of his life, so if you’re addicted to adrenalin, then adding this to your bucket list is a no-brainer.
Must-pack: If you’re jumping from great heights, you’re going to want a pair of sunnies that won’t break if you drop them. Consider sunglass frames that wrap around the face and can easily fit under your helmet and non-slip temple ends.
Studies have shown that swimming in cold water may help treat depression – and what better place to take an icy-cold dip than in the latest ‘it’ country, Iceland?
Get the best of both worlds at Nauthóslvík geothermal beach where, although the temperatures range from -1.9°C to 17°C, you can warm up after your swim in the public hot tub.
Must-pack: If you’re travelling between the freezing temperatures of the beach into the bath-like heat of the hot tub, you’ll want to make sure you’ve considered sunglasses that have anti-fogging coating to stop the lenses from fogging up in the extreme temperatures.
Put all those hours you spend training to good use by volunteering to build a school in Tanzania. Not only will you get insight into a new culture and have the chance to explore the country, but you’ll leave the community with something that will be appreciated for many years after you’ve flown out.
Must-pack: Protect your eyes from the construction debris and dust with some Safety Glasses that wrap close to the face and lenses that are made of lightweight polycarbonate material to protect the eyes from any injuries.
Known as ‘the sea of sand’, the Sahara Desert stretches more than eight million kilometres from the Atlantic to the Red Sea. So, if you’re prepared for a challenge that will push you to your physical and mental limits, look no further than this North African sand pit.
Must-pack: Not only will you have to combat the sun’s heat, but you’ll probably be hit with its glare throughout your trek. Look for a pair of polarised sunnies to help protect your eyes - a minimum of Category 3 is a must.
Also, pack plenty of eye drops to help keep the eyes lubricated and rinse any dust from the eyes so you don’t miss seeing the beautiful sights.
The Mark Hughes Foundation Everest Trek team will be wearing Oakley Turbine™ Prizm™ polarised sunglasses and Oakley Double Edge™ Prizm™ polarised sunglasses. Oakley’s polarised lenses filter out 99% of reflected glare and eliminate distortion that may be visible on other polarised lenses. Oakley’s Prizm™ lens technology also enhances details and colours to optimise the visual experience. These are available at your local nib Eye Care centre or online.