Right now, all of us are going through a rather tough time. Isn’t it hard, sitting locked up in homes for over two months? While practicing social distancing, we have to rely only on online communications.
Not surprisingly, you’re itching to move out of your house and also to visit dream destinations. Keeping such places foremost in your thoughts will certainly keep you going in this crisis.
Here are 5 dream destinations to visit after lockdown:
A beautiful Nordic island nation, Iceland features diversity to the hilt! With hot springs and glaciers all in the same country, you’ll certainly enjoy the vivid contrasts of climate and geography here. For catching the mesmerizing Northern Lights, plan a trip to Iceland anytime between September and March.
Spend some quality time in the world-famous Blue Lagoon, where you can relax in the piping hot ponds. It’s also worthwhile booking your stay at the hotel here, which provides free entry to the lagoon. Reykjavik, the island country’s capital is only an hour’s distance from the Blue Lagoon. You can take several, wonderful day trips from Reykjavik.
For instance, the popular Golden Circle tour covers the spectacular, two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, the fountain-type Strokkur geyser, and the historic Pingvellir National Park. Plenty of whales call Iceland’s shores home. So, get onto a whale-watching cruise, spotting these awesome creatures in the wild.
Don’t miss out on the yummy Icelandic cuisine! Try the cheesy Skyr, fermented shark, fresh-made rye bread, and melt-in-your-mouth chocolates. You can also bake your rye bread on the earth! Yes, try it at the Fontana Hot Springs, where the heat generated from them helps in the baking.
The world’s largest island, Australia is famous for its coral reefs, lush rainforests, and spectacular red deserts. Colloquially known as “Down Under,” this laidback continent is home to quirky wildlife, like the kangaroo and the platypus. Australia is also home to the Great Barrier Reef, an extraordinary natural wonder on earth.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to around three thousand coral reefs. It also includes the scenic Whitsunday group of islands and astounding marine creatures. Dive and snorkel here to your heart’s content! You can also view the coral reefs here from glass-bottom marine vessels.
Explore lively, multicultural cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Visit Sydney’s world-famous Opera House and its impressive steel arch Harbour Bridge. While visiting Melbourne, make sure to explore the Royal Botanic Gardens and the ancient Queen Victoria Market.
Australia’s heart-and-soul called the Outback awaits you with its wide, open desert places. You can drive around this Australian backcountry for hours without meeting another vehicle.
To complete the adventure, make sure you carry your camping equipment in your car’s roof rack cage. Camping overnight here below the glittering desert stars is something you’ll never forget! Visit the Outback’s top tourist attractions like the Ayer’s Rock and the Desert Park in the scenic, vibrant city of Alice Springs.
3. Costa Rica
This is where you can enjoy exploring bat-filled caves and walking up misty peaks. Full of exotic wildlife and colorful marine life, Costa Rica also features a green energy-driven infrastructure.
Explore the Central American country’s several national parks covered in the rainforest-like Carara and those covered in cloud forest like Monteverde. Go zip-lining here and lodge right in the heart of the forest. Bathe in sunlight on the 200-kilometer expanse of the Guanacaste beaches. Indulge in surfing, diving, and horse riding at these world-famous beaches, blessed with excellent weather and clear waters.
For the ultimate experience of Costa Rica’s waters, try taming the rapids of the Pacuare River! You’ll thoroughly enjoy whitewater rafting as well as riverboarding at this hot tourist spot. To add to the joy, the riverside boasts primitive rainforests, gushing falls, and scenic ponds.
With such a fun-filled itinerary, it only makes sense to savor the country’s delicious traditional cuisine! Try Arroz con, a yellow-colored rice preparation, Chicharrones, a fried pork snack, and Olla de Carne, a beef and vegetable stew.
Don’t miss out on a trip to the farmers’ markets in the country. You’ll simply love shopping for the huge variety of items here, ranging from fresh produce to dairy to leather goods.
It is a land of rich history, several landforms, and countless amazing attractions that India has tons to offer. This Asian country portrays infinite variations in cultures and traditions and includes a variety of landscapes. For instance, the lofty Himalayas contrast the low-lying plains stretching at their feet. Likewise, the rough Deccan region is starkly distinct from the marshy Sunderbans.
Head north to the charming town of Gulmarg, full of postcard-like sceneries and a perfect skiing ground in winter. Enjoy skiing the Pir Panjal mountain slopes as you take in the breathtaking view of pinecone forests.
Explore the desert triangle of Western India’s princely state of Rajasthan. Enjoy camel and jeep safaris in the rolling, golden-colored dunes here. Enjoy the desert sunsets and traditional, lip-smacking Rajasthani cuisine as you stay put in one of the desert camps.
The north-eastern state of Assam awaits you with its countless tea estates, where you can taste the world-famous, full-bodied, black “Assam tea.” Explore Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India and also the meeting point of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean.
5. South Africa
The southernmost point of the African continent, South Africa, with its wonderful racial blend, is also known as the “Rainbow Nation.” This country boasts an astounding diversity of landscapes, including the Kalahari Desert, powdery beaches, and rugged, lush mountains.
Enjoy big-game sightings in the country’s accessible forest reserves, which offer lions, leopards, and rhinos. You can also indulge in other adventures along the coast, such as rock climbing and bungee jumping. Go hiking in wildlife reserves or walk up the snow-capped Drakensberg peaks.
Savor the country’s popular traditional cuisine like Boerewors, a spicy sausage, Potjiekos, a meat and vegetable preparation, and Mealie, a maize porridge.
Now, you know some of the best dream destinations to visit after lockdown. So, once it’s safe as well as responsible to step out of your homes and travel, plan a fulfilling trip to one or more of these places.