Borders are starting to open, and you can finally start making vacation plans. If you are having difficulty choosing where to go first, consider going off the beaten path. Besides the benefit of avoiding crowds, these destinations offer amazing adventures. For those anxious about whether the travel time is worth it, consider one of these incredible journeys for vacations you’ll always remember.
Finding privacy on an island is hard to do. Honeymooners, families, and other groups have crowded most spots. For those seeking a tropical destination without all the tourists, consider the African island of Mauritius. This beautiful nation-island offers everything you could want for a vacation. With crystal clear waters and mountainous peaks, whether you are traveling alone or not, you can fill your days exploring or relaxing at one of the many spas. As an island, you have two ways to get to Mauritius: by air or by sea. There is no direct flight from the US to Mauritius. However, many flights connect through major cities. Alternatively, many cruises let you enjoy at least a few days in this hidden paradise.
Europe is one of the most sought-after travel destinations and with good reason. From the romantic streets of Paris to historical buildings in Athens, people flock to this continent to soak up its rich landscape and culture. If you want to get a taste of Europe without being overrun by other people, make your way to Tallinn. This Estonian capital gave the world Skype and is the home of one of Europe’s most charming Christmas Markets. The historic Old Town is full of gorgeous architecture, inviting restaurants, and rich nightlife. If feeling adventurous, you can take a seaplane harbor tour and see an aerial view of the city and the many islands in the area.
3. Panama Canal
If you are looking to get a little more off the beaten path, consider making your way south to the Panama Canal. This small stretch of water changed the world when it opened up, transforming global trade. While easily accessible from Panama City, it does take a bit of extra effort to see it in its entirety. Start your visit with a trip to the museum to learn more about its construction and impact. Alternatively, if you want an in-person view, consider booking a Panama Canal cruise to help you see this historic site from the eyes of those who traverse it every day. Whichever way you go, this spot is a must-see gem for any traveler.
The Northern Lights are one of the most incredible sights. However, they are not the only sky show out there. The often-overlooked Southern Lights offer an equally breathtaking display. From April and October, this aurora lights up the night skies over the Southern Hemisphere and the city of Ushuaia. Nestled in the foothills of the Andes Fueguinos, this Argentinian city boasts as the Southernmost city in the world. For foodies, the city offers some of the best fresh seafood and Fuegian lamb dishes in the area. If you get tired of the city life, you can take one of the many day tours into the mountains or off the continent to Antarctica.
Just off the coast of India lies the island nation of Sri Lanka. One of the nation’s two capital cities, Colombo is the perfect jumping-off point for your next vacation. Start your trip with a serving of lobster curry for an introduction to the rich culture of this nation. Afterward, make your way along the coast to soak up the beautiful ocean sights and architecture. If you really want to splurge, consider booking a private villa, complete with a butler, helping to make your stay that much more enjoyable. Alternatively, reserve a room in any of the over-the-top resorts and spas for a refreshing welcome back to the world of travel.
Enjoy your travels, wherever they take you!