People travel for all kinds of different reasons. Some do it to learn about other cultures, some do it to try different cuisines, and some do it just because they really need a break! But, many people travel to see some of the beautiful natural features the world gave us. After all, if you went somewhere on holiday and all you ever saw was grey parking lots, you’d be a bit disappointed! Studies show that spending time in nature benefits us both mentally and physically. So, planning a nature-filled holiday could be the just the break you need. Here are the top five destinations for those who love the outdoors.
Yosemite National Park is perhaps one of the most famous sites in the whole of the US. It is for this reason that it is often laden with tourist tours, but don’t let that put you off! It’s popular for a reason, and that reason is over 3000 square kilometers of stunning scenery. If you’re feeling brave, embark on one of the many treks you can do up the sheer mountain cliffs. Yosemite is unique for having many different vegetation zones, so see what rare plants you can spot on the way – there are over 160 different types.
Iceland is becoming an ever-more popular destination for travellers all over the world, due to its unique cuisine, friendly culture and beautiful sights. One absolutely unmissable experience is the natural hot springs. The most famous is the Blue Lagoon, where you can bathe in steaming hot water set against the mountainous backdrop of the land. If animals are your thing, embark on a boat trip for a spot of whale watching or find a motorhome rental and drive the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. There are puffins nesting there all year round.
If Iceland sounds a little chilly for you, The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is a must see! Unfortunately, much of the reef has started to die off, so you may need to be quick to see the reef in all its glory. Coral mining and certain fishing techniques are both part of the reason why the world’s biggest coral reef is living on borrowed time. However, Australia does host plenty of other stunning natural wonders, and the outback is definitely worth a visit – if only to see a koala!
Vietnam is a hub of exotic and cultural delights. It’s most well known attraction is the beautiful Ha Long Bay. The Bay is a set of small islands which were said, in local mythology, to have been created by a dragon. In fact, directly translated Ha Long actually means ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’. There are also caves and beaches you can visit within the bay, all equally as stunning as the last.
The Atlas Mountains of Morocco cut an imposing figure across the African skyline. They are fairly remote, so make sure to spend a few days there trekking and taking in the stunning views. Stay with a local Berber family and learn how to make tagine and mint tea the traditional way – the experience doesn’t get more authentic than that!