ESCAPE YOUR EVERYDAY. TOP 7 DESTINATIONS YOU HAVE TO VISIT IN 2015.
I just looked at my diary and I cannot believe we are halfway through 2015 - where has the year gone! It feels like Christmas was only yesterday…and with six months left until 2016 (yes, I went there) I thought it would be the perfect time to ask you a very important question. When was the last time you escaped your everyday?
Whether it was a long holiday abroad, a weekend getaway, or a road trip closer to home, can you remember the last time you went on an adventure? If you can’t genuinely remember, don’t worry you’re in the right place. In collaboration with Skyscanner, I have compiled a retrospective list of my favourite top 7 destinations you have to visit in 2015 to help you escape your everyday.
BONUS: Not sure how you can get to these destinations in 2015? Stress less and read my 37 Ways To Save Money To Travel The World.
1. ISLE OF PINES, NEW CALEDONIA There are not many places in the world where you find yourself flying in a small propeller plane for 20 minutes from one island to another. Well, Isle of Pines is one of those destinations. Located in the Pacific Ocean and just a short flight less than three hours from Brisbane in Australia, Isle of Pines is the perfect destination to escape your everyday. Combining all of the beauties of the Pacific, the relaxed way of life and a flair for never rushing time, you’ll often hear the locals explain to tourists “a quoi bon le compter, il ne s’arrêtera jamais”, which translates to ‘why measure the time, it will never end’.
2. CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA If you love balmy nights, glowing sunsets, gigantic palm trees, super laid back people, warm salty oceans, evergreen rainforests and wide open landscapes, then Cairns is the perfect destination to escape your every day. There is literally so much you can see and do in Cairns, so whether you have a week or a weekend, you can’t go past Palm Cove Beach, Crystal Cascades, Fairy Falls and the Daintree Rainforest.
3. NAZCA LINES, PERU There are some places in the world that everyone needs to visit once in their lives; the cenotes in Tulum, the pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall in China and, without a doubt, the ancient Nazca Lines in Peru. And whilst I know there are so many things to do in Peru and time is not always a luxury, if you do decide to escape your everyday please promise me you’ll see the Nazca Lines! A series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru between the towns of Nazca and Palpa (about 400km south of Lima, Peru’s capital city), the Nazca Lines aren’t like anything I’ve ever seen. The area itself stretches more than 80km and it best accessed by small aircraft. Visiting the Nazca Lines is an absolute must and you can read up on my trip here.
4. QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND Surrounded by mountains and nestled on the glistening aqua shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a place of pure inspiration. Rated as one of the world’s top alpine destinations, Queenstown attracts adventurists, adrenaline lovers and leisure seekers alike. No two days are ever the same and this vibrant town and its surrounds offer a year-round playground with adventures from the mild to the wild with world-class food and wine. The options are limitless – The Remarkables, Amisfield Winery, Jack’s Point, Spring Spa, Madam Woo, Cardrona, Rata and the Shotover Jet. You can also easily jump in a car and drive over to Lake Wanaka to explore the mysterious Blue Pools and climb Roy’s Peak.
5. TWELVE APOSTLES, AUSTRALIA A collection of grand limestone stacks towering up to 50 metres above the Southern Ocean, the Twelve Apostles is located off the shore at Port Campbell National Park by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. The evolving shapes and proximity of the Twelve Apostles to each other has made the area a popular spot for visitors from all around the world. So what’s so great about this destination? You don’t need more than a day to experience everything the Twelve Apostles and surrounding areas have to offer. Perfect to escape your everyday if you don’t have a lot of time, or annual leave up your sleeve!
6. KHAO SOK, THAILAND Whilst Khao Sok National Park is located in southern Thailand, I actually didn’t know this part of the world existed until I started researching things to do near Khao Lak Beach, where I was staying about a month ago. If anything I stumbled on this by pure chance. Khao Sok is the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, and is surrounded by impressive limestone mountains. When the sun hits the side of the mountains no memory captured or photo taken will ever be the same. So forget the full moon parties, cocktails by the beach and tuk tuk rides to the bustling markets - there is more to Thailand, so make sure you include Khao Sok National Park on your bucket list for 2015.
7. LORD HOWE ISLAND, AUSTRALIA A little over 600km from the coast of New South Wales, rising through the clear waters of the southwest Pacific Ocean, lies the remains of an extinct volcano – Lord Howe Island, one of Australia’s best kept secrets. Unspoilt, charming and utterly gorgeous, from the moment you arrive by plane over the glistening crystal clear waters that hug the coastline of Lord Howe Island, you’ll very quickly discover a paradise like none other that will help you escape your everyday in the matter of a heartbeat.
This post is in collaboration with Skyscanner. Concept and content is my own.