We are fortunate to live in a world that is increasingly accessible. There are very few unturned corners, and more and more of us are embracing the travel bug, and attempting to see and do as much as we can. If you’re a victim of wanderlust, you may be thinking about where you want to travel next. With so many awe-inspiring places out there, it can be tricky to decide. Here are some ideas to get you thinking, no matter what kind of vacation you’re into.
It’s dark and damp outside, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a sneaky vitamin D boost. It’s not winter everywhere in the world, and what better way to banish the January blues than booking a trip to a sunny spot?
If you’re after beaches, laid back living, and an endless stream of tropical cocktails, there’s no better place to be than the Caribbean. It’s the dry season, the skies are vivid and clear, and you’ll get plenty of sunshine. The larger islands of Barbados and Jamaica are ideal for those looking for sprawling beachfront resorts, lively towns, and a vibrant nightlife. If you’re hoping to escape the crowds and maroon yourself on a desert island, opt for Grenada, Tobago or St Kitts.
If you fancy a sun-drenched adventure, which offers plenty of sightseeing and outdoor sports, as well as a few beach days, head Down Under. Australia is such a diverse country, and it will cater for all your vacation needs. One day you could be skydiving, the next you could be on a deserted beach overlooking the rainforest. If you’re a city slicker at heart, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the high life in Sydney or Melbourne. If you’re after parties teamed with incredible scenery, make your way up the East Coast. If you love the beach, but you also want to see the splendor of the national parks, Perth is a great base. Finally, you can’t mention Oz without giving the wildlife a shout out. Don’t leave without cuddling a koala, feeding the kangaroos or meeting a wombat.
Action and Adventure
Are you a thrill seeker? Do you thrive on an adrenaline rush? Are you always looking to test your mettle? If so, an adventure holiday should be right up your street. There are some incredible places to visit in the US, but if you’re hoping to head further afield, you won’t be disappointed.
New Zealand may be a long airplane ride away, but it’s well worth the wait. Here, you can set your pulse racing in a veritable playground for adrenaline junkies. If you can think of an extreme sport or outdoor pursuit you want to try, it will probably be on offer in New Zealand. There are mountains and glaciers to scale, lakes to navigate by kayak or canoe and glowworm caves to explore. You can bungee jump, skydive or go white water rafting. You can ski and snowboard in the winter months, cycle to your heart’s content and even try deep sea fishing.
Iceland is another fabulous destination for those looking to push the boundaries. A land of intrigue and spectacular scenery, there’s an incredible array of activities on offer. You can drive around at your leisure or join organized tours, which provide transfers and a knowledgeable guide. You can hike, cycle, climb and even get behind the wheel of a snowmobile. Visit in winter to go ice climbing or hiking on the glaciers. In the summer, go diving, whale watching or even kayaking in the iceberg-filled waters.
There’s a magical world under the sea, and diving gives you an amazing opportunity to discover the bright colors, and see things you’ve only ever seen in books in real life. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the most popular dive sites, but there are plenty more to tick off the list if you’ve already visited Oz.
Thailand’s islands are an excellent place to learn to scuba dive if you’re a beginner. Firstly, you’ll be surrounded by scenery that looks like it’s part of a film set. Secondly, you’re bound to meet new friends with similar interests. Koh Tao is a small but perfectly formed island to the north of Koh Samui. Here, the waters are impossibly clear and inviting, and there’s an abundance of sea creatures ready and waiting. If you’re not keen to dive, or you don’t have time to do a course, don’t worry. Invest in a full face snorkel mask, and you’ll still be treated to some breathtaking sights.
The islands of the Philippines are becoming increasingly popular, and the dive sites are well and truly on the radar of experienced divers. This country boasts a dazzling collection of exotic islands, surrounded by glistening turquoise waters, which provide a habitat for species including sea turtles, clownfish, thresher sharks, and dugongs, also known as sea cows. The best sites include Apo Island, Coron Bay, Palawan, and Puerto Galera.
City breaks are a perfect way to discover different cultures and see the sights. Paris, Rome, and London are perennial tourist pleasers, and if you haven’t already been, it’s well worth adding them to your list. If you’re hoping to go somewhere a little different, Lisbon, Ljubljana, and Dubrovnik are hotly tipped to draw larger crowds this year. If you visit Ljubljana, take a short bus ride to Lake Bled. This enchanting town is reminiscent of an old-fashioned fairytale with its ancient castle and a church situated on top of an island in the middle of the lake. After you’ve walked around the edge and scaled the path up the castle turrets, treat yourself to a slice of homemade cake. This area is famed for its decadent desserts.
If you’ve been struck by a bout of wanderlust in the last few days, it’s time to start planning your next adventure. Hopefully, these suggestions have given you some food for thought whether you’re a sun worshipper, an outdoorsy type, a culture vulture or a water baby.