If you’ve got a year off, then you want to make the most of it. While you can’t go everywhere, you may want to consider the locations below. They all make for amazing experiences around the globe.
1. Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand is home to the Lord of the Rings, and some of the films’ majestic mountain scenery can be found in Queenstown. This small city is nestled near the bottom of the country’s South Island and is an international destination for adventure lovers. Visitors will have the opportunity to hike, mountain bike, ski, jet boat, bungee jump, and pretty much any other adventure activity imaginable. In fact, Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world.
2. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City makes a sharp contrast to Queenstown. You won’t find much in the way of adventure activities. However, you will discover amazing culture, food, coffee, and people.
Vietnam’s metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, is home to over 10 million, and it’s pretty hectic. Traffic is crazy and crossing the road will test your bravery.
You will find amazing food on every corner, inducing the country’s famous dishes such as Pho (noodle soup), Banh Mi (sandwich) and Banh Xeo (pancake). The coffee is also amazing, and you will quickly see why it’s exported worldwide. A glass typically costs a dollar or less.
3. The Caribbean
The Caribbeans best tropical islands make for an amazing getaway. Whether you want to stay at a luxury resort or somewhere more deserted, you will find an option.
Visitors can undertake a range of activities including windsurfing, kayaking, boat tours, diving, and much more. Of course, you can always relax on the beach with a beer or glass of wine.
4. Gold Coast, Australia
The Gold Coast is perhaps Australia most popular tourist destination. The city is located right on the beach. So close in fact, that the city center is only a short stroll from the sand.
The Gold Coast beaches are some of the most beautiful and well kept in the world. If you’re a surfer, then you will be in heaven
There is also much more to the city than just the sand. The nightlife is amazing, and there is also a range of beautiful national parks and outdoor reserves nearby.
5. Goa, India
To get a bit off the beaten track, you may want to consider a visit to Indian’s State of Goa. Now, while India may instantly give the impression of pollution and congestion, Goa is quite different to the rest of the country. It’s actually relativity peaceful and a good starting point for those new to the region.
If you want to relax by the beach and drink $1 (or less) beers, then Goa is a good spot. There are also numerous water activities such as paragliding and speed boating.
Good luck on your travels. You should aim to make the most of your time and experience as much as possible. Unless you’re rich, you probably won’t be able to make it to all these location but consider giving one or to a go.