There’s a lot on this planet that people want to see, and everyone has their own priorities when it comes to seeing the vast lands around the globe. You have culture centers like that of London slap bang in the south of England, the beaches of your dreams the expansive American coasts, wild animals you’d never see outside of the plains of Africa, and plenty of history from civilisations that set up the right kind of foundations for us to keep exploring on. No matter what’s for you, you can always find something to suit your tastes in every city we know of!
Yet when it comes to choosing somewhere to go, we can be a little stuck for choice, considering how much we need to fit in! So if you’re looking for a good place to visit this year, try crossing a few of these recommendations off your list. We’re always on the lookout for hidden gems, but sometimes the oldies but goodies are worth the money!
Head Over to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is on almost everyone’s bucket list for the top destinations of the upcoming year, and for good reason! There’s a lot of mystery and history surrounding the structure, and we still haven’t uncovered half of them in the experts’ minds. Take a chance on this ancient citadel carved into the side of a mountain, and it’s just one of the many examples we have of astounding ancient technology (and no, there’s no aliens involved here!).
Peru is a lovely vacation spot to begin with, but when you have sights like this to check out, it’s made ten times better. We’ve all seen photos of Machu Picchu in travel guides, online, and in all those mystery books we read when we were younger, but it’s often described as nothing compared to the real thing.
You can combine the experience easily with a walking holiday, with plenty of the famous Inca Trails nearby for you to hike your way down, and tour guides to point out all the best spots for you. Even if that sounds like too much for you, there’s plenty of hotels near the entrance to recline in style within.
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef
Coral reef systems exist the world over, but there’s none as grand as that of the Great Barrier Reef. Australia is full of sounds, smells, and sights to last someone a lifetime, and among the best of them is this wonder of the natural world; you can view it from up high or down below, whichever suits you best.
The Great Barrier Reef is the size of Japan in square kilometers alone, and can even be sighted from the moon due to its sheer capacity! When something’s as big as that, there’s a lot of wonder, mystery, and even a little spookiness to check out. The reef is a home to an incredible amount of sea creatures, with over a thousand types of fish and over 100 types of sharks to be seen up close and personal!
When something so incredible is so approachable, make sure you pay it a visit. Sights like these do seem to have a bit of an expiration date on them, seeing as climate change is constantly affecting the health of the creatures living here, and the structure of the biome at its very core. Even looking into conservation efforts before or after your visit is a great way to make sure the generations after us can witness the same magic we did!
Check Out the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a place beloved by many, and is usually on every travel bucket list known to man. It’s one of the official seven wonders of the world, and is extremely accessible to anyone who wants to visit! Kids and adults alike can find amazing sights here, and plenty of walking tours to explore the entire place in.
With over a million acres of national park for you to check out, there’s something to be discovered for everyone. There’s also a lot of wildlife that likes to roam around and make their home here as well, so if you’re not acquainted with some of the wildest creatures around, here you can hear them howl their hearts out!
Yet, even with the amount of activity you can find here, there’s still a wonderful silence and sombreness to be enjoyed, and the allure of something so naturally powerful always brings some revered passion over even the loudest group.
Go on a Safari
An African safari is something people always dream of doing but often never quite get round to it. Yet, it’s one of the most relaxing yet fulfilling holiday activities you can do! They don’t have to be expensive, with plenty of budget options available, and there’s so many animals native to the region you’ll never witness anywhere else.
When you’re visiting somewhere like the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, you can even stay in luxury cabins and group camps, collecting with people of like minds enjoying the landscape around them together. Just because you’re in the great wilderness doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a little bit of comfort!
You can even get out of the cars and see the animals on foot, with plenty of walking activities and tracking to do when you’re accompanied by experts. Plus, there’s always the safety of the vehicle to retreat to. The scenery alone would be worth the visit, but when you can actually interact with some of the creatures we’ve only ever seen on the TV before now? It’s suddenly an all encompassing experience you’re never going to have again!
There’s plenty of travel destinations out there for you to dedicate your time to, but make sure you keep these in your mind’s eye for later consideration. Experiences like these are always worth the time and money, and are often best enjoyed as a group. It’s time to pitch in for the holiday of a lifetime!