Ditch the thoughts of your two weeks in the med this year and visit somewhere new!
Here is a selection of destinations which commonly feature on travel bucket lists.
Indonesia is a country which offers huge diversity in terms of culture, traditions, religion, wildlife and natural landscape. Indonesia is made of around 17,000 islands, 8,000 of which are inhabited. Due to the many islands and large coastline, Indonesia offers a wealth of opportunity for scuba diving amongst pristine coral reefs, water sports in abundance and stunning beaches. There is so much to offer in Indonesia you may consider staying longer than anticipated to fully immerse yourself in the culture. You could research some of the properties available in Indonesia by looking at https://www.rumah.com/rumah-dijual/di-area-bandung-idjb01/dibawah-200juta-rupiah.
Most people think of Bali when they hear of the country Indonesia and this isn’t surprising as Bali is a truly tropical paradise. However Indonesia offers so much more, from wildlife to volcanoes and also a culture rich in heritage. Indonesia is home to the Komodo Dragon and the island of Komodo is highly recommended. The Komodo Dragon is partial to eating anything that moves, including humans! A trip sure to appeal to thrill seekers, especially scuba divers, Komodo is one of the best places in the world to see Manta Rays.
The cuisine of Indonesia is held in high regard, it is influenced by the many religions in the country. The food is fresh and highly flavoured. There are many must-try Indonesian dishes, you could eat something different every day of your stay. Street food is particularly good and of high quality.
Stonehenge is a magical, mysterious and spectacular place. Situated in Wiltshire, England, Stonehenge consists of a large circle of standing stones, thought to date back to 3000 BC. The prehistoric monument is thought to be an early burial ground for our neolithic ancestors, although how the stones were transported to the spot is shrouded in mystery.
Stonehenge is situated close to the town of Glastonbury, famous for its music festival. The town of Glastonbury is a lovely spiritual place, full of unique heritage.
The areas surrounding Stonehenge become busy during summer, winter solstice and at festival time.
China is an interesting place to visit, boasting a history spanning 3,000 years. It has the world’s largest diversity in terms of culture.
The Great Wall and Buddhist temples are amongst the ancient heritage of China, and you can also see the Giant Panda in its natural habitat. China is filled with natural beauty from mountains to gorges and lakes.
If you are a “foodie” China won’t disappoint, there is a large variety of cuisine available with a diverse range of fresh ingredients. China is much more accessible as a holiday destination compared to previous years and many direct flights are available from major airports. Once in China the public transport is efficient allowing easy access to its many sights.
The Taj Mahal was created over a ten year period by Shah Jahan in honour of his favourite wife Mumtaz mahal, who died in childbirth. It is stunningly constructed in white marble and is adorned with semi-precious stones.
Thousands of people flock to see the monument every year. The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993. In 2007 it was declared the winner of the new seven wonders of the world. Aim to view the Taj Mahal at sunrise or sunset for a truly magnificent backdrop. Great photo opportunities.
If going on safari is on your bucket list, Kenya, Afrida is the place to visit. The safari opportunities in Kenya offer the ultimate in viewing animals you know and love from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” in their natural habitats.
Lions, giraffes, zebras and elephants reside happily in the deserts, forests and grassy savannah. You could even consider going on a water safari and watch the wildlife drinking from the riverbanks.
Most of the destinations we have looked at so far have been to hot sunny climates. If you head at least 60 degrees latitude north towards the arctic in winter, you will be able to experience natures free light show - Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights!
Lots of warm clothes and drinks are required, as you may need to stay up late to catch a glimpse. The best viewing time is between 8pm and 2am. The Northern lights are celestial to watch and are very humbling.
If you have children you could combine the trip with a journey to Lapland. Visit Santa, go on a snow safari and spot some reindeer. You could also opt for husky sledding or a winter sport such as snow shoeing. A very magical experience!
Hopefully some of these ideas will have whetted your appetite to try something a little different this year! You will soon be able to cross some destinations off your bucket list.
Are any of these destinations on your travel bucket list? Have you visited any of these places? Tell us in the comment section below.
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