10 ACTIVITIES/PLACES ACROSS THE WORLD YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT!
1. Scuba dive in Komodo Islands, Indonesia:
What: Just a one-hour plane ride away from tourist hotspot Bali, is the lesser known Komodo Islands. As the name suggests, there are Komodo dragons that roam the islands, as well as an underwater world. Justice is only served when seen through your own eyes. There are over 1000 different species of fish and 250 different species of reef corals. With over 50 different dive sites, Komodo offers a wide range of exploration conditions. Whale sharks, mantas, spotted eagle rays, and dugongs are just some of the animals you could be lucky enough to spot during your time here.
Where: Komodo Islands, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia.
When: The best diving conditions are from March to October in most spots. Your best bet at spotting Manta rays is from December to February.
Want to know more? http://uberscubakomodo.com
2. Stay on your own Private Island in Belize, Ranguana Caye:
What: Have you ever dreamed of spending the night on your own private island in the middle of the Caribbean ocean? Well, that doesn’t have to be a dream anymore! Ranguana Caye is located 20 miles off the coast of Placencia, Belize. It’s only two acres, with three cabanas, and a beach bar called Bully’s. Make sure to book your overnight cabana stay to have the island to yourself for sunset! This is also a great day trip, with snorkeling, fishing, kayaks, paddle boards, hammocks, and beach games.
Where: An hour boat ride from Placencia, Belize. To get to Placencia, you start by flying to Belize City International Airport. You then can choose to fly from Belize City to Placencia via a 35-minute commuter flight or drive 3 hours from Belize City.
When: The boat leaves for Ranguana Caye at 9:00 am in Placencia every Tuesday and Friday. The boat departs Ranguana Caye a 3:00 pm every Tuesday and Friday. (Subject To Change)
Want to know more? http://www.ranguanacaye.com
3. Explore Dracula’s castle in Romania:
What: Romania is a country full of culture, castles, and beauty; it’s a truly unique travel experience. Step back in time as you explore the historic Transylvania region. With its cobbled stone streets, to architectural treasures, Romania is one not to be missed on your European holiday. You can even meet “Dracula” at his home, Bran Castle near Brasov, Romania.
Where: Bistrita, Sebes, Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Sighisoara and Medias in the Transylvania region, Romania.
When: The best time to sightsee is June to October. There are less crowds in September and October with milder temperatures.
Want to know more? http://romaniatourism.com
View this post on Instagram
4. Waterfall Hike in the Grand Canyon:
What: Havasupai, located in the Grand Canyon, is one of the most rural and beautiful places in America. The waterfall can only be reached by foot, helicopter, or horse and the nearest town is Peach Springs, 66 miles away. No day hiking is permitted, and only 300 people are lucky enough to be allowed to camp here per day. The hike is 10 miles down to the waterfall, and worth every step. Make sure to come prepared as it isn’t the easiest hike, but an absolute must do!
Where: Havasupai, Grand Canyon, Arizona.
When: Spring or Autumn is the best time to do this hike. The summer months aren’t recommended as the heat can be extreme.
Want to know more? https://www.wildandfreetravel.com/blogs/havasupai2017
5. Toboggan down the Great Wall of China:
What: The Great Wall of China should be on every traveler’s bucket list. If you find yourself with a long (8+ hours) wait between flights, you can take a Beijing layover tour there. The Wall can be divided into several sections, the most visited section being ‘The Great Wall of China- Badaling’. However, 70km from Beijing is ‘The Great Wall of China- Mutianyu’, where you can toboggan your way down, or catch the ski lift for a more relaxing ride.
Where: The Great Wall of China- Mutianyu.
When: Open 8am to 5pm, weather permitting.
Want to know more? https://www.wildandfreetravel.com/blogs/beijinggreatwall
6. Visit a peaceful paradise – Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia:
What: Koh Rong Samloem is a quiet getaway from the popular party destination, Koh Rong, which is located about a 10-minute boat ride away. Relax, kick back, enjoy the sun, and the white sand beaches. It’s paradise on a budget.
Where: Koh Rong Samloem, 11 miles from Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
When: High season starts in November, prices rise and rooms fill up fast, so it’s best to book before you go.
View this post on Instagram
7. Boarding down an active volcano in Nicaragua:
What: You start 2,382 feet above sea level on Cerro Negro Volcano, the most active volcano in Nicaragua, and slide down on a small piece of wood, reaching speeds of over 45 mph. This activity is not for the faint-hearted and is by far one of the craziest travel activities in the books! It made #2 on CNN’s ” 50 of the most thrilling, daring things you can do on vacation”! Don’t miss out!
Where: Cerro Negro Volcano, a 50-minute drive from the city of Leon.
When: The best time to visit is from November to April.
View this post on Instagram
8. Three-day Great Ocean Road adventure in Australia:
What: This road trip lives up to his reputation as one of Australia’s most scenic drives, taking you through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. From seaside towns to famous surfing beaches, you will not get bored of the stunning views.
Where: Starting in Melbourne, you have several different three-day options. The top recommendations are Halls Gap, Loch Ard Gorge, and Twelve Apostles.
When: December to February is peak season, as it’s their summer.
Want to know more? https://www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au
9. Visit the Pink lakes of the Yucatan, Las Coloradas:
What: Hidden away on the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a magical place full of cotton-candy pink, salt lakes. The color of the lakes is due to plankton, red-colored algae, and brine shrimp. There are flocks of flamingos that call these lakes home. It’s not actually possible to stay in the small village by the lakes, but your best option is 30 minutes away in the town of Rio Lagartos. It is a 3 hr one-way drive from Cancun, so it is possible to do a day trip!
Where: Yucatan, Las Coloradas, Mexico.
When: Midday is the best time to see the lakes at their pinkest!
Want to know more? https://thetravelblog.at/pink-lagoon-las-coloradas/
10. Visit the Tikal Mayan Ruins of Guatemala:
What: This is one of the lesser traveled Mayan Ruins. Chichen Itza is considered by many a ‘must see’ wonder of the world, but we suggest you put Tikal on your list instead. These ruins are located deep in the rainforest of Guatemala; the nearest town is 19 miles away. Your best option for accommodation is in Flores, a two-hour drive away. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Unlike the others, you can actually climb around and explore these ruins. Make sure to catch the sunset at Temple I, it’s a magical place, with the sounds of the jungle and howler monkeys all around.
Where: Within the Tikal National Park in the district of El Peten, Guatemala.
When: The park is open every day from 6am to 6pm.The best time to travel to Guatemala is December to March, with January and February having the best weather.
Want to know more? www.gemtrips.com