5 Must See Destinations You Thought Were Out of Your Reach

Have a look at these places with that WOW factor that are within your reach, it’s just a matter of choosing where to travel first!

1 – Jordan – Discover historic and biblical sites, explore the ‘Lost City’ of Petra and soak up magical desert landscapes as you immerse yourself in Jordan’s treasures. This country is one of the most welcoming countries in the Middle East.  The capital, Amman has an abundance of treasures including a Roman amphitheatre, magnificent citadel and the King Abdullah Mosque.  Nearby Jerash has one of the largest and best-preserved Roman cities in existence.   The dramatic desert landscape of Wadi Rum is home to the nomadic Bedouin people. With sand dunes and sandstone rock formations of all shapes, sizes and colours, this magical landscape is sure to leave a lasting impression. (see headline image).

2 – Uzbekistan – A country of historic relevance at the heart of the Great Silk Road through Central Asia, it’s a perfect destination for those looking for a full-on cultural experience.  With recent changes from its reforming Government travel has been made much simpler, with relaxed entry requirements, easier access to currency and improved transport links.  The city of Samarkand, accessed from the capital, Tashkent, by a new high-speed train, is over 2,750 years old and was one of the most important stop-off points for traders on the ancient Silk Road. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the former splendour of the city’s main buildings has been painstakingly restored.  Be prepared to be wowed by stunning mosques, palaces and museums.

3 – Namibia – Beautiful landscapes, vast open spaces, an array of wildlife, and stunning sand dunes meeting the Atlantic Ocean all await visitors to this country in Southern Africa.  See the world’s highest red sand dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib desert and watch the colours change at sunrise and sunset.  Adventure activities await such as sand-boarding, quad biking and desert tours combined with ocean trips where you could be lucky enough to spot humpback whales and dolphins.  Namibia is widely regarded to offer some of the Continents’ greatest safaris and Etosha National Park is one of the most rewarding big game wildlife reserves.  With a mix of open woodland, thick scrub and waterholes, the Park is packed with amazing wildlife including elephants, lion, leopard and zebra. It’s also regarded as one of best places to spot the endangered cheetah and black rhino.

4 – Cook Islands – Served by international airlines out of Los Angeles and Sydney, half-way between New Zealand and Hawaii, The Cook Islands consists of 15 islands scattered across a vast swathe of the Pacific Ocean. This little slice of paradise remains unspoilt with no traffic lights, no major hotel chains and no building taller than a coconut tree!  There’s something here for everyone from 23km of beautiful beaches to trekking and 4×4 jungle safari tours.  With its pleasant warm and sunny year-round climate, it’s always a good time to visit and enjoy the Kia Orana spirit of its people.

5 – Samoa – These treasured islands of the South Pacific only five hours from Sydney are the first to welcome the sunrise each day.  Travellers with a passion for diving can discover unique and colourful corals, fish and sea caves in its crystal-clear waters.  Beyond the reefs, explore Samoa’s islands and its people, who are recognised as the happiest people on earth.  With only four of its 10 islands inhabited Upolu is the most populated and home to the international airport and harbour capital.  Head to the south side of the island where you’ll find Lalomanu Beach, named one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world.

 

So, what’s stopping you from grabbing your passport and heading off? If it’s the thought of planning the trip or finding someone who can do this for you – then don’t worry, that’s where a personal travel specialist, like me can come to your rescue. Get in touch today to find out more (or book your next adventure)

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