The world is your oyster: thousands of exciting destinations are just a flight (or two) away, so assembling a list of must-see destinations can sometimes feel overwhelming. You don’t want to waste precious vacation days on a less-than-spectacular trip, after all!
The good news? We’ve already done the hard work for you. Here are seven summer hotspots guaranteed to set the scene for the trip of a lifetime:
Fiji, a 333-island archipelago in the Southwest Pacific, is often touted as the friendliest place in the world — perfect for travelers hoping to get to know the locals. Perhaps the most enchanting site is The Garden of the Sleeping Giant, a landscaped botanic destination that’s home to one of the world’s largest orchid collections. Other highlights include the Church of Saint Xavier, an old Catholic mission site with a European exterior and distinctive Fijian interior, and Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere.
A desert nation on the Arabian Peninsula that offers far more than just sand and sun, Oman is full of culture and boasts a rich heritage. If you’re an adventurous type, why not camp in a five-star tent at Desert Nights Camp, sipping champagne as the sun sets on rippling sand dunes? Or, you might visit the 400-year old Nizwa Fort, one of 500 forts in Oman that has been restored to its original splendor. If you’re more of an urban explorer, you can always spend a night or two in the capital city, drinking in the breathtaking architecture of The Grand Mosque.
If wildlife is what you seek, Botswana is sure to please even the most seasoned nature-lovers: after all, 38% of the country’s land is protected for wildlife and nature conservation. The Kalahari Game Reserve is home to numerous savannah animals, including giraffes, hyenas, cheetahs, and lions. There’s also the Okavango Delta, home to the endangered Southern white rhino, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and over 400 species of birds.
Extreme sports enthusiasts will find plenty to keep them occupied in Nepal, including abundant opportunities for mountaineering, rafting, and trekking. Among Nepal’s bevy of must-see attractions is Dolpa, a stunning mountainous region that was only opened to foreigners in 1989, and is home to some of the highest inhabited villages in the world. Another fascinating point of interest is the Gokyo Valley, a serene and rocky valley dotted with glacial lakes. It may take several hours to trek up, but the view from the top will be worth it!
If you’re not averse to sub-zero temperatures, the Arctic offers unique attractions for tourists. Greenland’s Northern Lights top the list when it comes to unforgettable experiences, and because they only peak once every eleven years, seeing them may indeed be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! For wildlife lovers, Greenland’s waters are home to many whale species, including blue whales, narwhals, sperm whales, and killer whales, making whale-watching a prime activity.
Ethiopia is filled to the brim with ancient history. You’ll be able to visit Lake Tana, which is surrounded by monasteries and old churches, not to mention numerous bird species that are sure to fascinate budding ornithologists. Ethiopia’s national parks are not to be missed, either: Simien Mountains National Park offers hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering, while Omo National Park offers wild safari adventures.
7. The Canary Islands
Located just 60 miles off the coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands have more to offer than you can imagine. From forested national parks to dormant volcanoes and sandy beaches, this Spanish archipelago boasts a variety of natural splendors — plus warm temperatures all year round. For a trip to remember, be sure to visit Timanfaya National Park in the southwest of Lanzarote to get up close and personal with an active volcano. Or, if you’re looking for something a little less harrowing, why not visit Gran Canaria? The island’s beautiful beach resorts, shops, and golf courses are sure to bring you plenty of relaxation.
If you’ve been enticed by any of these exotic locations, don’t wait until tomorrow — book your next vacation today with Sears Travel.