The world we live in is so small,
yet so vast at the same time. We don’t need more than a day or two to reach almost any destination on the planet, yet we rarely venture far beyond the boundaries of our own comfort zone. The reasons are many and, truth be told, often understandable. Lack of time or money is usually the first one to pop up, but even if some people can save up enough money and can allocate enough time to visit some fabulous, remote destination, they rarely decide to do so. No, I don’t get it either.
The variety that exists around us is so admirable, that there has to be at least one place you’ve never been to, but which would be the perfect destination for you, regardless of whether you’re a teen, parent of three, retired accountant or wannabe lion tamer.
Just take a look at some of the most amazing destinations that so many have already discovered and think for a moment.
If you like lavender, you’ll be in heaven. Purple fields cover the rolling hills of this region in France, providing the perfect setting for a romantic dinner with some of the most amazing wines you can taste. It’s hard to tell whether your eyes, nose or tongue will enjoy the experience the most.
Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan
Japan is worth visiting for many reasons. Its people and their culture is something that has always fascinated people from all over the world. One of the destinations recommended by numerous tourists is the Sagano Bamboo Forest, situated on the outskirts of Kyoto. Just imagine towering stalks swaying as the wind blows, making dramatic sounds as they collide.
You have probably heard about this tropical paradise, offering some of the clearest water and best waves for surfing in the world. There are many reasons why so many tourists flock to Fiji each year in search of some amazing and, usually, action-packed experiences. Just ask where Australian school leavers are headed for their famous schoolies in 2019 and where they are planning to spend their holiday after graduation.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
One of the best-kept secrets, hidden on the Balkan peninsula, in southeast Europe, is Plitvice Lakes (a UNESCO World Heritage site). A total of 16 lakes, cascades and waterfalls of mineral-rich water are visited by many tourists in search of wonderful, relaxing, but at the same time inviting scenery.
Machu Picchu, Peru
For the more adventurous among you, the challenge here is to hike the famous Andes Mountains and visit the citadel built six centuries ago. Once you get there, you’ll be treated to some spectacular panoramic views and you’ll definitely never forget this experience.
Turkey is most certainly one of the most fascinating and varied countries in the world. The natural beauty, history and amazing mixture of cultures that you can find here will provide you with a unique and unforgettable experience. What is particularly attractive about Cappadocia is an opportunity to see rock formations (hoodoos) and panoramic vistas while flying in a hot-air balloon. Don’t worry, you won’t be the only one, as the sky is full of colourful balloons taking people high up to be able to see the area in its full glory.
Charles Darwin came up with his theory of evolution after visiting this volcanic archipelago in the Pacific. Your visit may not have such a profound impact on our civilization, but if you’re interested in endemic species, such as giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and frigatebirds, a visit to Galapagos is a must.
Diving with Crocodiles
Africa simply had to find its place among the recommended destinations. Not only is it the most mysterious and undiscovered continent, but it also offers something you can hardly find anywhere else. One such experience is getting close to majestic crocodiles. The Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn, South Africa, offers Nile crocodile diving, but don’t worry. You’ll be protected by a bite-proof cage, though your heart will most certainly beat faster.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
It wasn’t this Blue Lagoon where Brooke Shields had an adventure of her lifetime, but you could. This geothermal spa is a man-made lagoon fed by seawater, which is supposed to have incredible healing properties due to minerals and algae present in the water. Once you’ve healed your body and soul, you can pay a visit to the country’s capital city Reykjavik, which is not far from here.
The beauty of traveling, among other things, lies in the fact that no two people have exactly the same taste when it comes to destinations and activities.
That means that when you are not traveling alone, you might be forced to make some compromises and leave your comfort zone a bit. What might wait for you there is actually the adventure of your lifetime.
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger and regular contributor to followsummer who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels, she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and always carries one of her books in her travel bag. Her free time at home is spent walking her Labrador Retriever, Max. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences.