Go here, not there – 5 alternative destinations for travelersAugust 9, 2019
-Words by Janice Chan of VentureSeekr-
Holidays offer you the perfect opportunity to take a break from your hectic schedule and embark on exciting adventures abroad. According to dumblittleman.com, there are numerous benefits of traveling around. Not only you’d get a better understanding of the people who live there, including their culture, history and background, you can also meet new friends and get to know more about yourself. Although I believe the majority of people would love to go traveling if they’re given the opportunity, there are always some eccentric people who don’t like moving places from one to another. If you’re a person who dislikes travelling due to the fact of hating the crowds, this is the right article for you.
"Those Who Follow The Crowd Usually Get Lost In It."
Firstly, ask yourself some questions:
What type of destinations you would like to go
- City, beach or countryside?
- Hot or cold weather?
- Adventure or relaxation?
- Shopping, culture or adrenaline?
- Independent travel or have everything organised for you?
- Budget or splash the cash? Or somewhere in the middle?
The answers will narrow down your choices, making it easier to pin-point the kind of destination you’d like.
It’s true that visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris or seeing Buckingham Palace in London for the first time is a thrill. But if you’re interested in a trip with fewer crowds and more magic moments, consider these 5 alternative destinations.
5 Alternative Destinations
Stone Town @ Tanzania
Stone Town, also known as Mji Mkongwe, is the old part of Zanzibar City. Punctuated with major historical buildings, several of which are found on the seafront; these include former palaces of the sultans, fortifications, churches, mosques, and other institutional buildings. While Stone Town was included in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in 2000, this designation does not provide complete protection for the town's heritage. Besides these cultural landmarks, the area features the tropical waters, sandy beaches, and rich marine life. Stone Town is also the birthplace of Freddie Mercury, the legendary British rock band Queen.
Iguazu Falls @ Argentina and Brazil
Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. There are over 275 individual cascades making up the largest waterfall system in the world. It is much taller than Niagara Falls and is twice as wide. In the rainy season, there can be 450,000 cubic feet of water cascading over the falls per second.
Marble Caves @ Chile
Dubbed as the most beautiful cave network in the world, Cuevas de Marmol (Marble Caves) is a 6,000-year-old sculpture hewn by the crashing waves of Lake General Carrera of Patagonia in Southern Chile. Also called the Marble Cathedral, the intricate caverns are part of a peninsula made of solid marble surrounded by the glacial Lake General Carrera that spans the Chile-Argentina border. The swirling pattern on the cave interiors is a reflection of the lake’s azure waters, which change depending on the water levels dictated by weather and seasons.
To get to the caves, one must embark on a long and difficult journey starting from a flight to the Chilean capital of Santiago. Visitors must then travel 800 miles on major highways to the next big city Coyhaique, followed by a 200-mile drive on rough dirt roads towards the lake. Finally, a boat is needed to access the caves.
Although the journey is long and challenging, many agree the enchanting beauty of the caves is definitely worth the effort.
Marieta Island @ Mexico
Located in the Marieta Islands, about 20 nautical miles from Puerto Vallarta, lies an idyllic beach paradise hidden underneath a hole in the ground. Called the “Hidden Beach” or “Playa de Amor” (Beach of Love), this one-of-a-kind natural wonder has remained untouched by human hands for many years. Within its natural cavernous shell, crystal-clear turquoise waters peacefully lap against its powdery white shores, out of sight and out of reach from the rest of the world. The Hidden Beach still remains unsullied due to the difficulty of getting to it. Besides being hoisted down from a helicopter, the only known way to access it is through a very small opening on the tidal side of its cavernous walls.
Milford Sound @ New Zealands
Situated on the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features with amazing visual cues around every corner. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Breathtaking in any weather, the fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards from as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.
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