Top 5 Destinations To Visit This Year
With travel so much more accessible than ever, there is no better time to make traveling a habit than now. Here are the top five places to visit this year, according to premier international travel authorities National Geographic and Conde Nast Traveler.
The glaciers are retreating, the penguins are declining, and global warming is more aggressive than ever on the Earth’s last wild frontier. Take the opportunity to visit Antarctica before it loses its battle against global warming and get to experience the dying but still unmatched beauty of Antarctica.
Make your trip as footprint-light and fruitful as possible by reaching the White Continent through a fuel-efficient, Cleanship-certified vessel like the Ponant ship Abercrombie & Kent charters. On top of being a nature-friendly option, the cruise also visits the scientists at Palmer Station to help and donate research equipment. Remember: getting to Antarctica is a tough and adventurous trip; not for the weak-willed.
September was brutal on the Caribbean islands as nearly a dozen islands were hard hit by record-setting hurricanes. But while many tourists would think that visiting the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands too soon after the disasters would be a tad bit unfulfilling, it’s actually not all that true. The hurricane-battered islands have formed “One Caribbean Family” and are calling visitors to “Come. Please come.”
Seventy five percent of the Caribbean was untouched by the disasters and visiting the area will actually help the locals bring back the islands to their former glory. North of the hurricane’s wrath still stand the majestic Nassau, Harbour Island, Eleuthera, and Exuma, some of the most beautiful places to visit in the Bahamas.
Jujuy Province, Argentina
Located on the outskirts of Argentina is the Jujuy province, home to the Quebrada de Humahuaca World Heritage site and the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors). The Humahuaca mountain valley is a breathtaking strip of warm-colored roads and mountains that make for a spectacular view. The Hill of Seven Colors is one of the hills that borders the mountain valley and is a snowflake amongst its sister hills. The different colors are because of the different layers of rock that make up the hill, created from years of marine sediments, lake, and river movements.
A travel tip for tourists visiting the multi-colored beauty: the hill is most beautiful during the first 45 minutes after dawn. An early bird challenge!
North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
There are no waves bigger and more powerful than those at the North Shore. So for those looking for surfing bliss, this is the ultimate paradise that you’re looking for. For the tamer traveler, there are lush mountains to hike and beaches to laze around in. You can also explore some excellent diving spots and get to snorkel with turtles! And with ecotourism gaining popularity, there is incentive to visit local farms, such as Poamoho and Kahuku that cultivate homegrown crops and offer agritourist experiences.
A fact to bring on your trip: Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian islands and is popularly known as “the Gathering Place.”
With glamping all the rage nowadays, where else to rough it up than the safari of Eastern Africa? When in Tanzania, definitely head to the Ruaha National Park, the largest natural reserve in East Africa that spans about 20,226 sqm. The park is home to a large elephant population, more than 500 species of birds, and other native animals like the spotted hyena, African buffalo, African wild dog, and sable antelope.
Sustainable tourism at the park enables visitors to see these animals and the African lions while preserving the wildlife. What’s even more astounding in this place is that one-tenth of the world’s endangered African lions take sanctuary at the Ruaha National Park. Their population, however, is quickly declining and has decreased as much as 90 percent over the last century. So go and visit them in their habitat while you still can.
Cover Image by Christopher Michel on Flickr