Whether you are looking for an adventure in a faraway land or a more sedate, cultural city break, there are so many affordable vacation destinations to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start. Whichever destination that you choose, travelling is a fantastic opportunity to experience different foods and cultures, and learn more about the world we live in. So pack your sunblock, your tourist guide, phrase book and check out these ten travel destinations that will blow your mind.
There aren’t many places left in the world that you can really get from it all, but Antarctica is one of them. Stunning scenery and a holiday you can really talk about, the area is accessible to tourists between November and March for a visit to this last pristine wilderness.
Visit the home of the Pharaohs, the sphinx and the pyramids. There are so many historical treasures housed in Egypt, that it’s impossible to list them. One the most relaxing ways to explore Egypt is on a Nile cruise, on which you can visit the Valley of the Kings, Luxor and Aswan, or relax in one of the many red sea resorts and enjoy some of the world’s finest snorkeling.
Thailand has gone from a backpacker’s paradise to a major holiday destination in just a few years. Thailand now offers travellers all the comforts of top rated hotels and facilities, along with the beautiful countryside, fabulous beaches and a fascinating Buddhist cultural experience.
With its unique blend of European cultures, Turkey has plenty of significant ancient sites to visit. For those interested in combining the past and a beach, Turkey also has a seemingly endless supply of fantastic beaches stretching along its Aegean coastline. Turkey is certainly a European break with a difference.
If going on safari has always been your dream, but you’ve been put off by some of the political unrest in African countries, then Botswana might be a destination worth looking at. The country is one of the most stable and richest of African countries and it now boasts with many new luxury hotels built for tourists. Take a trip to the Okavango Delta and catch a glimpse of the wildlife, including elephants, hippos and zebras. A trip to Botswana is a once in a lifetime African adventure.
Ride the fastest roller coaster on earth, visit the largest shopping mall in the world and dine at some of the finest restaurants. Dubai has become the playground of the Middle East and one of the best shopping centres of the world. And in case you are wondering, yes, you do have to be aware of local sensitivities in Dubai, it is a Muslim country, but you can drink alcohol in hotel bars and it is not as strict, as many other countries in the region.
For the more adventurous traveller who wants to get off the beaten track, there is the emerging holiday destination of Bolivia. Favourite destination for backpackers, Bolivia provides a chance of visiting South America and seeing lake Titicaca, the Amazon and walking the Inca trails. Perhaps not for you though if you are looking for luxury, Bolivia is one the poorest countries in South America and its tourist industry is still being developed.
Taiwan has an extraordinary natural beauty and was the setting for the tropical beach scenes in the movie, ‘The Life of Pi’. As well as the fantastic tropical beaches and glorious countryside, there is the exciting, high tech city of Taipei to visit, awe inspiring ancient temples and monuments, as well as plenty of restaurants and street markets.
9. The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a great destination if you are looking to soak up the Caribbean sunshine at an affordable price. Pristine white sandy beaches bordered by swaying palm trees; the Dominican Republic is a tropical paradise not yet made too commercial.
Busy, noisy, dusty and no beaches, but don’t let that put you off visiting Nepal! This tiny country in the foothills of the Himalayas offers stunning mountain views, Himalayan treks and a glimpse of a culture, completely different from Western countries. With a rich history, Nepal has plenty of temples to visit and you are sure of a warm welcome from the locals too.
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