Holidays should be filled with memories that last a lifetime. There are many interesting places in the world to explore and create those memories. Whether you are a solo traveler, couple, family or group. The time has come to plan your travels for 2018 if you haven’t already. Here are some holiday ideas to make 2018 the best year yet! Let’s go
1. Explore the beauty of New Zealand
It is safe to say New Zealand is the nature-lovers’ paradise. Photography, hiking, bungee jumping, sailing, scenic flights, skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing, camping or just relaxing. Whatever you are there to do, you really can’t go wrong. The background sounds of wildlife, ferries, or just a quietness of nature offer such a striking landscape which is so picturesque. It really is serene!
Best way to experience the peace, beauty, and tranquillity of New Zealand is to see it for yourself. Whether you are in a small car, bus, train or boat, cruising at your own pace and whim, or on an Interislander or Bluebridge ferry, you cannot fail to be amazed and enthralled at the variety of constantly-changing scenery which surrounds you on all sides, and the limitless possibility of visits.
National Parks in New Zealand is just so wild and there is so much to explore! You could spend a lifetime and so much would remain untouched. Rugged beauty to the max! The snow-capped mountains change in appearance with changes to the light and the sunshine. You could spend your day just watching the changing vista and not be bored. It is so beautiful, everywhere you look captivates the senses and provides you with a true appreciation of nature. You can explore must-do in North Island of New Zealand here and South Island here.
2. Road Trip in Australia
A road trip around the Australia is a perfect getaway. Starting from Sydney is common among travelers then heading to either East coast, west coast or around Northern Territory and few other off the beaten path. From few days, weeks to months-long road trip can be experienced with the pristine white sand beaches, cute koala type wildlife or swimming with the sharks or dolphins by your side! There are many road trips to choose from and almost all of them offers some of the most stunning scenery available on this planet. Flying is quicker but in Australia, it’s certainly true that the journey can be as important as the destination, especially in a land dominated by expansive outback landscapes.
World famous Great Ocean Road road trip comes with little beach gem “Lorne”, a sweet little town like Port Campbell and, as well as the magnificent apostles, the beauty of ‘lesser’ locations like Loch Ard Gorge. Another road trip featuring stunning places is east coast of Tassie, from Hobart to the Bay of Fires discovering the amazing short walks–the tallest and widest Australian landscapes. The Coral Coast Drive, Outback Central Arnhem Highway road trip, The Savannah Way, Journey from Cairns to Cape York are some of the recommended road trips. With great weather and scenery, Australia is one of the best places in the world to pull a road trip. When are you going? Check your flights here.
3. Climb Mount Everest Base Camp In Nepal
Though still recovering from the earthquake of 2015, Nepal is full of culture, mountains, and optimism. I was impressed with the country’s natural beauty and soaked the fresh air as I kept on walking towards Everest Base Camp earlier this year. You can read Day 1 of Mount Everest Base Camp here, Day 2 here and follow along with the rest of it at the end of suggested posts.
You can also visit the famous Hindu temple knowns as Pashupatinath Temple, Buddhist Monkey Temple on top of a hill or on a Mosque in the middle of the city. Then comes trying out delicious Nepali food such as Dal Bhat, momos, chowmein etc and more. Let me just add, I met travelers who came for a month trekking and they are living there for 6 years now! When are you going? Check your flights here.
If you are after one country to spend your holiday in beautiful nature and give back at the same. You can do so in Nepal in many ways. You can either Volunteer in an NGO, teach in a school or participate in social campaigns. Long shot but if happen to be in Nepal during Valentine’s Day in February and not sure what to do there. I’ve got you covered. Hope this helps!
4. Experience Indonesia
If you are a fan of offbeat traveling and unusual things to see and do. You would enjoy Indonesia, even though now a very popular tourist destination, would be a great choice for lesser visited places such as Pantai Parang in Yogyakarta, the spectacular Kalimutu Volcano in the Indonesian island of Flores, Elephant Cave, the temple with an evil face carved out of the big stone at the entrance to welcome the visitors!
I can recommend visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana), three Hindu temples in the heart of a green forest and Pura Taman Saraswati, Hindu temple devoted to Saraswati Devi, goddess of wisdom. Then comes the most peaceful site and view ever, Tanah Lot, yet another Hindu temple, but it sits on a rock in the Ocean surrounded only by the sea and apparently protected by sea snakes!
For the change of scenery, there are miles long beaches as well. Then off the beaten path of “ghost town” of Taman Festival Bali, former themed park in Sanur, and the spooky Necropolis of Trunyan traditional village in Kintamani area where residents instead of cremating the bodies of their dead, they lay them on the ground. Indonesia also offers some of the best hotels in the word. Check them out here.
5. Live in the stunning national parks of Canada
If you love nature, mountains, lakes, little resort towns, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, kayaking, fancy hotels, fun backpackers, camping or glamping. Whatever you are into, you can’t really go wrong here. Canadian National Parks have something for everyone. I’d recommend finding your suitable accommodation either in Airbnb, Agoda, Booking.com or Hotels Combined .
You could always drive around but there is something beautiful about stargazing as you sleep and waking up with the first ray of sunshine or witnessing its first reflection of the day on the mountain or the lake right in front of you. When was the last time you experience that?
I’d recommend visiting picture-perfect snowy peaks of Canada’s first national park Banff National Park in Alberta, Kluane National Park and Reserve in the Yukon Territory, home to Mt. Logan, Canada’s highest peak; or Fundy National Park in New Brunswick to see the world’s highest tides; or the crystal-blue lakes. Each National Park is More Impressive Than the Next. So, plan it accordingly.
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Over to You:
👉 Can you add any other places to this list of ‘HOLIDAY IDEAS TO MAKE 2018 THE BEST YEAR YET!’?
👉 Would you like to visit any of 5 mentioned countries?
👉 Which places have you already traveled from the list?
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Hi! I am Anna, Nepali-Australian who, not too long ago, left my career in corporate Information Technology and Services to become a world traveller. Since then, I’ve travelled to over 37 countries, lived in 4 and have ticked some big adventures off my bucket list. I enjoy travel writing, travel photography, and a minimalist lifestyle. I have written for Ariana Huffington, Matador Network, TripZilla and collaborated with Hyatt Regency Hotel, National Geographic Australia, Uber, Red Cross, Lightroom, SilkAir-Singapore Airlines, Kerala Tourism Board, and some more. My goal is to show you how you can travel the world easily, safely, and adventurously on your own. I hope to inspire you to live a life you love.