Our top 5 travel destinations of 2017
The world is full of amazing places, so how do you pick one for your next adventure? Well that really is a personal preference, but here are a few awesome places not to be missed off your bucket list that are our favorite destinations so far!
Iceland is one of them places that has just about everything. From gushing waterfalls, to misty mountains. Silt rivers create patterns across the landscape and hotsprings reside in the middle of nowhere for you to enjoy. Lambs explore the countryside and you will always spot somewhere beautiful even just driving along the roads, some of which wind around the coast lapping up the mist rolling across the sea. Known as the land of ice and fire, Iceland is famous for its ice caves, ice lagoons and volcanoes. The last volcano to erupt was Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, causing plumes of volcanic ash to fill the air.
We visited Iceland in early spring to avoid the rapidly increasing tourist crowds of summer. Iceland now has a tourism industry of 2 million visitors per year, compared to 500,000 back in 2010. This graph shows how the Iceland tourist boom.
The benefits of summer means of course you get better weather, and all of the wild flowers and Lupins are out too, all campsites are open as are hotels, which can all be a little pricy. You will experience the midnight sunset, but there will be no Aurora due to the lack of darkness. If you visit before the start of the official season you will find most facilities are closed, with the exception of some toilets. This does mean you can camp for free if you are self-contained or have a tent, but showers may be few and far between. However if you are camping in summer its well worth investing in the camping card giving you access to most campsites for 28 days for around 16,000 ISK and covers your tent or camper and two people with up to four children. You can buy it in advance online or when you arrive.
The best thing we did:
Watch the sunset at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & play with chunks of crystal ice on the black sand.
Bali is great for long walks through rural grasslands, seeing awesome waterfalls and temples. One of our favorite temples is Pura Lempuyang temple which is a bit of a climb to reach. If you want to see the whole island, there is very limited public transport once outside of each village, and usually the only way to get about is by minivan or taxi, which can be quite expensive. Althernatively, prebook a rental car near the airport, the busiest and hardest place to drive is around Kuta, so a good option might be to stay on the outskirts and walk in to avoid all of intricate one way alleys.
The best thing we did: hired a car so we could explore rural working rice fields & visit the cave waterfall, Tukad Cepung.
Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar has so much to offer, but perhaps one of the best places in Myanmar is Bagan. With its ancient temples and amazing locals, it really is like stepping into another world! There are over 2,200 temples still standing today. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone1 , and Bagan was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom. With the exception of motorbikes, it really does feel like you’ve stepped back in time, with the dusty roads, horse and carts, grasslands and ancient villages. Many monks still live in and visit Bagan.
There was recently some earthquake damage to the temples in Bagan and some are under repair, but for the most part you can look around a large majority of the temples or grounds freely. These are our top 5 temples to visit. Myanmar has long been shrouded in mystery and many worry about transport within Myanmar, but we’ve put together this guide to show you how simple it is on the blog.
The best thing we did: visit a small, local village
Esperance is bursting with white sandy beaches and shimmering seas. Kangaroos freely bounce around the beaches at sunrise and dusk, it’s the perfect place to take a campervan trip and see an awesome section of Australia. Having explored the coast between Adelaide and Perth in ours, we found this was our favorite area so far! In the town of Esperance there is plenty to do too, including shops to stock up and even a cinema.
The best thing we did: sat with Kangaroos on the white sands and paddled in the crystal clear water
Delhi & Agra, India
Okay so its kind of a given that when you mention India, the Taj Mahal is going to make an appearance, but that’s all for good reason! Deli and Agra region is fairly built up and modern in areas. There’s plenty of places you should visit, like the lotus temple the palace and numerous markets, but the Taj definitely knows how to make its mark. Following close we enjoyed visiting Safdarjung’s Tomb, which has similar architecture and grand arches. It was nice and quite, so a good place to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city for an afternoon – you could even take a picnic and enjoy it on the freshly pruned grass! Just visiting the markets anywhere in India is an experience in its self, but the Delhi markets are just at another level. With an inch of space to shuffle along through the crowds bikes and cars attempting to weave through bibbing shouting and over powering smells of spice and food, some might decide it is not for them, but for us it was an eye opener to the culture of India and an experience I am glad I had.
The best thing we did: visit the Taj Mahal for sunrise beating a lot if the crowds
Happy travels – let us know whats on your bucket list!