2015 Sep 28
All of us have our dream destinations, but are they really the places to visit? Here’s a look into the ultimate places to visit.
The northern lights are one of nature’s great displays: a mysterious, multicoloured show in which the night sky is suddenly lit up with a wondrous glow that twists and swirls like a heavenly lava lamp.
Machu Picchu which is so well-known and so certain to fill travellers with high expectations that you might think it’s doomed to disappoint. No other South American archaeological site comes close when it comes to visitor numbers and broad appeal
The Amazon is a 4,400-mile river with thousands of tributaries. It is a 2,600,000-square mile basin, draining rivers and streams in eight countries
You never forget your first whale. The impact it makes upon you is huge and life is never quite the same again. Once you go whale watching, you will want to go whale watching at regular intervals just to survive normal daily life.
A first visit to Agra could easily trigger an attack of Agra-phobia. With its notorious sprawl and congestion, this north Indian city has, on the face of it, little to lure visitors… apart from what is arguably the world’s most famous building.
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is a place that generates superlatives – but instantly transcends them. Rated as one of the seven wonders of the natural world, it stretches for 2,300 kilometres (1,430 miles) along the Queensland coast – from Bundaberg to the Torres Strait.
It’s hard to escape the rat race these days. There are queues to reach the summit of Everest, direct flights to remote Pacific islands and luxurious hotels in the rainforest. We’ve tamed and colonised most of the world, but one vast stretch of the planet remains beyond our grasp: Antarctica. This frozen continent at the end of the Earth has never been permanently occupied by man.
Many people naturally assume that Australia’s most authentic travel experiences lie deep inland, somewhere in that ill-defined region called “the Outback” – a place of burning deserts, giant salt pans, cloudless skies and relentless struggle. The Great Ocean Road, just an hour’s drive from downtown Melbourne, doesn’t fit any of our preconceived notions of the Australian wilderness.
The term ‘Silk Road’, though coined in the 19th century by a German explorer, evokes a romantic era when caravans of camels, horses and mules transported everything from jade and gunpowder to rhubarb and, of course, silk between China and the Levant.
Of all the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia is arguably the most comprehensively tourist-friendly. Not only does it have exceptional wildlife – including a quarter of the world’s cheetahs and the last free-ranging population of black rhino – and a well-developed network of parks, reserves and safari lodges, but the landscapes of its coastline and deserts are some of the most photographed and gasped over in the world, meriting a visit in.