The world is an incredibly large place and it can be quite daunting trying to decide where you want to go. There are so many places out there that offer unique experiences that you can only find there. Here are some suggestions for incredible destinations that are just waiting to be explored.
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is on the east coast of the country and it is a great place to study natural wonders like nowhere else on earth and rich history. The area is known for cave diving and you can explore underground rivers and underground lakes called cenotes. Make sure you head to Chichen Itza and view the stunning pyramid and the ruins left behind by the ancient Mayan civilization.
Japan is made up of four main islands and then several smaller ones. There are plenty of great opportunities for exploring and you can head to Honshu and explore the bustling capital city of Tokyo, the peaceful temples of Kyoto, and relax in The Peace Park in Hiroshima.
If you head to the most northern island of Hokkaido there are plenty of outdoor experiences and you can go hiking, snowboarding, and experience wonderful natural hot springs. Japan isn’t as expensive as people think, you can see my tips post about travelling Japan on a budget here.
Travel The Inca Trail
The Inca Trail leads the way through villages in the Andes until it reaches the stunning Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and it is an intriguing and mysterious monument.
There are three trails to choose from and you will see beautiful nature, small villages, and get in a great workout as well. You don’t need a guide but you must book ahead of time as a restricted number of people are allowed on the trail at one time. Don’t plan your trip in February as the trail is closed for maintenance.
Tibet’s Holy Lakes
Tibet is a country that is nestled high in the Himalayans and it is an exciting place to explore. There are 9 holy lakes and the best way to experience them is to rent a car and drive to them all. For the most parts the roads are well paved and easy to navigate but be careful driving through the mountainous passes as they can be quite windy and narrow. Learn the history of the lakes before arriving and be respectful of any worshippers that you may see.
The lakes in no particular order are named: Lake Namtso, (Heavenly Lake)Basum Lake (Standing on the Sun Throne), Tangra Yumco, Lake Raksas Tal (The Devil Lake), Manasarovar (The Mother of the Holy Lakes), Lamu Nacuo (Goddess Skull Lake), Yamdrok Lake (The Turquoise Earring Scattered), Siling Lake (The “Ghost” Lake Where the Big Devil Perches), and Pangong Tso Lake, (High Grassland Lake).
Norway is a stunning country in Europe that is known as the birthplace of the Vikings. Head to Borg in the Lofoten Islands and you can travel the Vikings’ original paths and see one the largest longhouses ever found. Taking a cruise around Norway is a fabulous way to explore the stunning fjords along the coast and stop at the ports to explore the rich history of the country.
Depending on what time of year you visit you may get a chance to see the stunning Northern Lights that light up the sky. Dress warmly and take lots of layers so that you are prepared for any fluctuating temperatures.