Who doesn’t love a good holiday? Sometimes it’s important to take some time out and just chill. Take your mind of work, studying and any other stresses you may have. The truth is that everyone is different; and therefore some people will want something different from their vacation. Sight seeing maybe? Relaxing in the sun? Skiing? Or maybe a bit of a mixture. Whatever you’re into, there will defiantly be a couple of places to put in your bucket list! Check it out:
1. Santorini, Greece
This beautiful island off the South East coast of Greece is ‘Deliciously Different’ says TripAdvisor. ‘The island’s popular black volcanic Perissa and Kamari beaches are big draws, as is it’s arguably most famous Red Beach near Akrotiri (which is the place to go for archaeology buffs). Santorini curves round a giant lagoon in the Cyclades islands, offering stunning views from sky-high towns, eclectic cuisine, lovely galleries, thriving nightlife and excellent wines.’
In conclusion this beautiful Greek island offers a diverse combination of relaxation, sun (Average temp. 26 degrees Jun-Sept.) and incredible sights. Who wouldn’t want to visit?
2. The Maldives
You have probably seen the videos on Facebook and Instagram, displaying the stunning islands. Believe it or not this place is even more incredible in reality! The chain of islands are located off the coast of sri lanka and offer a secluded paradise, and could even be described as the prefect place for relaxation. With deep native culture and beautiful palm trees. You know it’s good when the water is clear and the sun in shining. Fancy a visit? It’ll cost you…
3. Arosa, Switzerland
This secluded Swiss mountain range offers stunning views along side an old school feel. Littered with classic brown chalets and beautiful mountains, it is the perfect destination for any skier with numerous Ski routes passing into the boarders of Italy. Meaning you can start your day in Arosa, and have lunch in Italy. Sounds good right? If you want, you can round out your ski vacation with concerts, architectural tours, and a visit to the 500-year-old Bergkirchli mountain chapel. Skiing not you thing? in the summer months the temperature rises to over 20 degrees, and the mountains are transformed into adrenaline surging mountain bike trails!
4. The Taj Mahal, India
‘Where better to go on holiday than the great testament of love, the Taj Mahal? Built by the grieving Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal’s unrivalled beauty explains why it’s regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world. A visit to India wouldn’t be complete without it’. I know what you’re thinking, what else can I do there? Because as beautiful as it is you can’t spend your whole holiday looking at the Taj Mahal. Fear not, in Agra you can find Agra fort, traditional Indian cuisine and elephant sanctuary!
5. The Machu Pichu
There is no surprise that this is one of south Americas most visited sites. Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. It was built-in the 15th century and later abandoned. Hidden deep in the Amazonian Jungle, this ancient piece of architecture will leave you in a sense of awe. There’s not many people who can say they’ve delved deep into the Jungle in the heart of Peru! If you’re looking to add to the adventure you can even Hike to the sight over a couple of days, experiencing stunning views on the way.
6. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland; and rightly so. These unique springs really are something else. Described as a ‘Geothermal Hot tub’ the blue milky water will take you into a world of relaxation, in addition the mud is excellent for your skin! Hot tub, Skin care and a very unique destination, what’s not to love?
You can even take a short trip down to the seaside. Here, if you’re lucky you can catch a glimpse of Whales Jumping from the sea. In fact it’s so close that you can do this on the same day as visiting the lagoon.
7. Rio, Brazil
Ah Brazil, full of culture, stunning beaches and beautiful Women; this South American country is a must on your travel’s. More specifically the remarkable Rio De Janeiro. A careful blend of the poor and the wealthy creates a diverse society, rich with culture. Here you can see the ‘Christ the redeemer’ monument, followed by the iconic Copacabana beach. Finally if you’re there at the right time you can enjoy the rich culture of Carnival.
8. Athens, Greece
Fancy an adventure into Greek mythology? Explore your way through the modern Greek City transformed by the 2004 Olympics. Athens sites include many pillars of Western history, from the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as treasures in the National Archaeological Museum. All of which are a must see in one’s lifetime. You can even enjoy relaxing in the sun between historic monuments.
9. Liuwa, Zambia
Take yourself back to where it all began, Liuwa has been a national park since 1972, although getting there has been a challenge since the park opened. Being one of Africa’s biggest National parks, its isolation allows it to be almost untouched by tourism. The beautiful desert plains of offer very little in terms of comfort, however what they do offer is extraordinary wildlife, Safaris here are nothing like you’ve ever experienced before. If you love experiencing African Wildlife whilst getting a tan at the same time, well this is the place for you.
Stay in cosy, African style huts deep in the desert. Here you can combine the African culture with the weather, cuisine and sites to have an incredible stay.
10. Rome, Italy
It was only a couple thousand years ago when Rome was the cultural, political and economical centre of the world. Today? Rome is littered with history and deep heritage. ‘In Rome, you can drink from a street fountain fed by an ancient aqueduct. Or see the same profile on a statue in the Capitoline Museum and the guy making your cappuccino. Rome is also a city of contrasts—what other place on earth could be home to both the Vatican and La Dolce Vita?
The Vatican city, as you should know it home to the Pope, classed as its own country and with a population of less than one thousand, it is a wonder of its own hidden inside this incredible city.
In conclusion, the world is filled with beautiful places. Monuments, ancient architecture, mountain ranges, lakes and beaches. A combination of nature and our ancestors have left some incredible things behind. It only makes sense to not let that go to waste. Instead of going away to the same place this year, why not experience somewhere new, something not many people can say they have seen!