In these precarious times, it seems that nothing would provide more solace for the soul than a much-needed vacation somewhere far from the din of everyday life. Things feel especially hectic and demoralizing, and it makes sense to plan for something nice so that you can have something to look forward to. Planning a trip for the holidays is a great way to explore new places, unwind, and just give you something to be excited about – a fun adventure can cure all kinds of malaise fairly easily.
Even within a limited budget, you can plan for a wonderful getaway to enjoy on your own, with a significant other or the entire family. Regardless of your personal circumstances, the following six ideas are sure to get you buzzing with excitement.
The Florida Keys
Let’s first start with something more local. The Florida Keys are a well-known destination for tourists the world over. The stunning stretch of tropical islands just off the southern tip of Florida has a great deal to offer in terms of warm weather, beautiful scenery, and a wonderful arts and culture scene. If you’re a fan of adventure then you’re in luck. This destination in particular is a haven for those who love to fish, go snorkeling, and learn scuba diving. It is also famous for its many colorful bars, the Ernest Hemingway Museum, and the nightly Sunset Celebration that offers plenty of live music and other fun events for both tourists and locals to enjoy.
Here we can start broadening our horizons a bit and explore places beyond the borders of this country. There are many ways in which travel can enhance a sense of wellbeing, and cultivate calm and joy. Traveling isn’t just about seeing the sites and making a mad dash to shop and fill your suitcase with kitschy souvenirs. There is a whole world of spirituality that you can uncover, as the experts over at the Life is Good initiative clearly point out. India is an especially excellent place to discover within these parameters given its storied natural beauty, the adventurous mountains and villages of the Himalayas, endless opportunities for safaris, and getting an immersive experience in the country’s rich culture and history.
Thailand is another excellent destination for tourists who long for a different and spiritual experience. This country has a lot to offer in terms of sandy beaches, off the wall full moon parties, gorgeous gilded temples which the faithful dutifully visit, and more. Bangkok is central to all the action, but it is fairly easy to travel to nearby destinations such as Chiang Mai, a heralded spiritual center, via train or bus. There are also assorted islands that provide remarkable access to the clear blue waters imaginable. Thailand is also quite the foodie city, with plenty of incredible local delicacies to savor, at a fairly reasonable cost.
Machu Picchu is one of those magical places that end up on the bucket list of many people. This breathtaking ancient city located in the Andes Mountains of Peru, the trek itself is quite the adventure. It involves four full days of hiking at least, with altitudes of over four thousand meters. Thankfully, there are some tours that can be organized so that you can travel with a group, led by experts. Once you make it to the famed Inca Trail, you can enjoy activities such as paddle boarding, zip-lining, and the like.
Zimbabwe is a beautiful country that has a great deal to offer. At the top of the list is a particularly unique safari experience that many have explained as life-changing. Rather than doing the usual thing of traveling by jeep, you can go on a walking safari tour, which is guided by experts at the local Hwange National Park, in which you can see lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and so on. This should definitely be at the top of your list if you are a nature lover.
Coming full circle, we are rounding out this list by coming back to another much-lauded American destination: Hawaii. The ethereal beauty of this locale is well noted, with its perfect beaches and endless sunshine. While it is definitely a beautiful and relaxing place to be, there are plenty of adventurous activities you can try, such as hiking to Waimea Canyon and camping under the stars.
Whether you decide to go someplace fairly nearby in the country or try to travel the less beaten path abroad, there is so much out there for the more adventurous souls to explore. Given how stressful daily life has become, nothing can help you feel grounded more than a well-timed holiday trip somewhere exciting and new.