Every now and again, it’s beneficial to experience change. Whether this means moving house, getting a new job or getting off your beaten travel tracks, it’s good to do something different. If you’ve been visiting the same holiday haunts for as long as you can remember, or your bucket list features all the must-sees everyone else chooses, why not push your travel boundaries? If you fancy a different kind of beach holiday, you’re desperate for a winter vacation rather than your normal sun-soaked trip, or you’re keen to discover hidden gems, here are some far-flung destinations to give you inspiration.
Australia is a magnificent vacation destination because it really does offer something for every traveler. It sounds cliche, but you really can do something different every single day in Oz. Australia may be famed for its laid-back beach-based lifestyle, but it’s not all about barbecues and surfing. This is a land that offers rainforests, ocean waters bursting with life, cosmopolitan cities, and national parks that will blow your mind. The East Coast and Great Ocean Road are popular routes, and they’ve earned their reputation for a reason. But don’t be lulled into the trap of devoting all your time to these tourist-laden areas. Head up to the far north of Queensland to experience remote island life, discover the rich history of Tasmania, and marvel at the beauty of Uluru. Perth offers a fabulous alternative to Sydney if you’re eager to enjoy beach and city life without the crowds. If you’re hoping to travel extensively in Australia, it’s easy to get around. There are internal flights to major towns and cities and an excellent network of trains and coaches.
If you’re searching for an alternative to the traditional beach vacation, consider a trip to the Philippines. Made up of thousands of islands, this is the place to be if you picture yourself on a deserted white sand beach surrounded by swinging palms and bright blue waters. In the last few years, there’s been an increase in visitor numbers, but you won’t find yourself trying to negotiate hoards of tourists to get a spot on the sand here. Most travelers begin their journey in lively Boracay before heading out to the more remote islands. If all you want to do is while away hours gazing at the water and enjoying the feel of the sun on your skin there’s nowhere else on Earth more alluring than Sugar Beach.
Tibet tours will treat you to experiences you will never forget in your lifetime. This fascinating, intriguing country occupies an enviable spot on the top of the world. From here, you can look down on some of the highest peaks, and appreciate the sheer beauty of the natural world. Tibet is a country of contrast, and you can combine audacious outdoor adventures with historical and cultural trips. Renowned for its hiking routes, you’ll never tire of the views awaiting you at each corner. If you’re interested in history or religion, or you simply want to find out as much as possible about the country you’re visiting, it’s well worth booking guided tours to take you around monasteries, temples, and palaces. Most visitors start their trip in Lhasa before moving on to Gyantse and Shigatse. If you have time to take an extended trip, Tibet offers an excellent base for exploring China, Nepal, and Burma (Myanmar).
If your travels usually involve reclining on a sun lounger for a week or two, there’s no better contrast than a trip to Iceland. Iceland has emerged as one of the prime cold weather destinations in the last couple of years, and it’s really not hard to see why. The scenery is breathtaking, and there are all kinds of opportunities to enjoy unique experiences and create long-lasting memories. Reykjavik is a quirky city, which is packed to the rafters with boutique craft shops and stores selling some of the finest woolen clothing you’ll ever see. Away from the city streets, you’ll be bowled over the scale of mountains and glaciers and the thundering beauty of waterfalls. You can climb volcanoes, snowmobile on ice sheets or simply chill out in a natural thermal spa. If you’re lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring Northern Lights.
If you fancy a walk on the wild side, why not make South Africa your next port of call? If you have a few weeks to spare, you can experience everything from game drives and wine tasting to whale watching, surfing and city slicking. Start your adventure in Cape Town, a diverse and vibrant city with a chequered past. Shop, dine and drink at the waterfront before taking a day to learn about South Africa’s troubled history with a trip to Robben Island. This desolate island was home to Nelson Mandela and hundreds of others who were imprisoned during the years of apartheid. From Cape Town, you can reach an array of beaches within an hour. Keep your eyes peeled for penguins at Boulders Beach and get your wetsuit on and grab your board at Camp’s Bay. Kruger National Park is the most famous safari holiday destination in South Africa, and it’s one of a handful of places you can spot the ‘big five.’
If you’re a seasoned traveler or you’ve decided that you should travel more, why not try and broaden your horizons? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with going back to places you love, but there’s a whole world out there. We’re lucky to live in a day and age when it’s possible to get almost anywhere in the world, so don’t limit yourself to the same places. If you’re hoping to travel more this year, hopefully, this list of destinations has given you some inspiration. Read some travel blogs, do some research, and find out more about what the big wide world has to offer. Traveling treats you to experiences you’d never encounter in normal life, and there’s so much to be said for getting out there, and pushing your travel boundaries. Be inquisitive, be adventurous, be open-minded, and enjoy every moment.