If you’ve found yourself daydreaming of distant shores and warmer climes of late, you’re not alone. And we personally thinks it’s time to stop dreaming of those crystalline seas and open roads, and go out and chase that horizon. But where to start? We’ve taken a look at some of our top once in a lifetime holiday destinations to help inspire your travels.
Road Trip: Route 66
There’s something so exciting about the idea of hitting the open road and driving across America, and there is no better way to do it than following the old U.S. Route 66. Built in 1926, Route 66 was one of the original highways of the United States and is by far the most famous. It used to run from Chicago all the way to Santa Monica in California, 2448 miles (3940km) west, but was decommissioned in 1985. Although it may be somewhat worse for wear these days, there is something about ‘America’s Main Street’ that still resonates today and never fails to capture the imagination of those with an adventurous spirit.
There is so much to see along Route 66, the hard part is knowing where to start. There is a multitude of quirky attractions en route, including the Blue Whale in Oklahoma, Adobe architecture in New Mexico and the iconic Cadillac Ranch in Texas. There is plenty of kitsch to look out for along the way, but make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to explore some of the spectacular national parks along the Route 66. The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore are not to be missed, along with others such as Arches and the Badlands.
The easiest way to see Route 66 is to hire a car, and whether you’re hitting the road for a week, a month or even longer, a road trip across America is an extraordinary experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. Find out more about car hire along Route 66 with Alamo.co.uk.
South Africa boasts one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, rich with flora, fauna and vibrant culture. From the moment you step off the plane, you will find yourself transported into another kind of world. The cities are friendly and bursting with life, the wine country is lush and inviting, but nothing quite compares to the safari plains. Head up to Kruger National Park, where you will find the most varied and unforgettable safari experience of your life. Whether you’re looking to spend your days lounging in luxury, or get back to nature and really experience the bush, Kruger will cater to your wildest dreams. By day, your guide will take you out on an adventure to spot the big five – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards and rhinos – whilst at night you can sit around a campfire back at your lodge. Alternatively, there are also night safaris available for the brave of heart, for this is when the African hunters really come to life!
There is also the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, as well as there being numerous private game reserves across South Africa. If you’re looking for something a little different, you might prefer simply exploring the wild landscapes of the country. Set out into the Kalahari Desert where you can find lions, traverse the Cape Peninsula, which is famous for its penguins, and the Sabi Sands, home to a large population of leopards.
However you choose to explore this breathtaking country, you are sure to take away memories that will stay with you forever.
Bali is synonymous with tropical paradise. Not only is it beautiful, exotic and wonderfully diverse, there is something about it that is so accessible, which probably has something to do with the Balinese locals. The inhabitants of this idyllic island are warm and friendly, and incredibly open to sharing their culture with tourists. Take the time to relax and enjoy their traditional music played on ‘gamelans’ and ancient ‘Legong’ dances, or simply sit back and enjoy one of the many joyful temple processions that regularly parade through Bali at different intervals throughout the day.
Bali is replete with beautiful accommodation to choose from, whether you’re looking for a big luxury resort or a private hideaway, there is something to cater to all tastes and budgets. There won’t be a moment of boredom on the island, as there is just so much to do and thrill the senses. Spend an indulgent day pampering yourself in one of the spas, or discover a new culture and traditions in the various towns; explore the rugged volcanic landscape, or enjoy wild day surfing at Balian Beach and diving off the Gili Islands to find underwater treasures, you’ll find entertainment around every corner. You will never forget the time you spend in Bali, no matter what you do.
Perhaps you’ve already explored these destinations, or have something else in mind. However you decide to spend your time away, make the most of our beautiful planet and let us know where adventure takes you!
by Catryn Ogden