If you have the chance to splurge all your travel funds to visit one place in the world then what destination would you choose? There are several places in the planet that appeal to our sensibilities and make a journey truly special. Given below are 8 such places from various parts of the world that you must have in your bucket list :
Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Have you ever fantasized about living in a sea facing bungalow ? If yes, then your fantasy is about to come true because Phu Quoc in Vietnam has many bungalows with basic amenities right along the Long Beach , which you can experience at a very affordable cost. You can reach Phu Quoc by taking a flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Stay in the beach-side Bangalore and have a massage while you watch the waves rise and fall. Visit the Sao Bai and Ong Lang beaches and experience the Vietnamese culture in the little villages surrounding the beaches.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown in New Zealand is a place straight out of the fairy tail. The town is situated beside a sparkling blue lake and flanked by mountains for miles. It has an activity for every tourist visiting New Zealand. The stunning landscape is just the beginning of this beautiful town. Once you are done appreciating the breathtaking views, you can keep yourself busy with bungee jumping, skiing on the slopes and participating in beach barbecues. After you are through with the adventures, taste the local wine and take a Sky Gondola ride to the top of the mountain.
Masai Mara national reserve, Kenya
Whenever you think of wildlife safaris the one name that comes to mind is Africa and Masai Mara National reserve in Kenya takes the cake for the best wildlife Safari in Africa. The one thing that makes Masai Mara national park a must watch is ‘The Great Migration’ which witnesses thousands of animals moving in and out of this national reserve every year. Take the ‘big 5 tour’ on your Safari and watch the leopards, lions, elephants, black Rhino and African buffalo in this amazing National Park.
Song Kul lake, Kyrgyzstan
The Journey to the Song Kul lake in Kyrgyzstan gives you the opportunity to stay in the traditional Kyrgyzstan tent called Yurt. The experience of trekking through the grassy hills and staying in the yurt amidst the incomparable beauty of Kyrgyzstan is a feeling that will stay with you for a lifetime. The nights are cold and must be supplanted with a bonfire when living out in the tent. The locals light cow dunk to keep themselves warm and extend the same hospitality to the tourists who visit their picturesque country.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos is an archipelago of volcanic Islands whose fascinating landscape is chiefly made of cool Lava. It is probably for this reason that you can hardly find any predator in this part of Ecuador. This is a splendid bucket-list destination where you can spot playful sea lions, exotic birds like flamingos and dance with the penguins. The island was made famous by Charles Darwin himself who reached the theory of evolution by natural selection by studying many species on this Island. Five of the nineteen Galapagos islands are inhabited.
Meteora is a place that smells and feels like the Greece of the past. This destination is a must visit for it’s fascinating history and heritage. The rock formations in Meteora will teleport you to a world very different from the one we live in. These rock formations have some exceptional monasteries located on them. There was a time when the monks had to climb these Rock formations to reach their monasteries due to lack of any stairs. There used to be 24 such monasteries situated on the rock formations. However time has played its hand and today there are just 6 monasteries that you can visit. There is a small fee of €3 that they charge for letting you enter the monasteries.
Which destination comes to your mind when you think of white sandy beaches, turquoise water and snorkeling ? If you said Hawaii then you are not the only one yearning to visit this marvel of nature. The Hawaiian islands are an archipelago of volcanic Islands. It is constituted of 8 major islands , seamounts and small islets. At one point of time these islands were known as sandwich Islands. It was so named after the First Lord of the Admiralty Jon Montagu, fourth Earl of sandwich. Hike the volcanic creators, climb the Mauna Kea mountain situated at a height of 9000 feet and snorkel in the deep blue ocean.
Torres Del Paine, Chile
Torres Del Paine National Park is a compulsory visit for any adventure lover. The place is best described as two worlds at the price of one. The breathtaking landscape of this beautiful destination will leave you speechless. Hike the W track, a place that got its name due to the W shaped route. As you trek, you will experience the icy blue lakes that will capture your imagination, the lakes give way to craggy mountains opening up a completely different world and the mountains will shortly lead you to savannas. While in Torres Del Paine you can either camp or stay in the local Refugios. Plan in Advance and carry the necessary equipment depending on your preference.