Anchors Aweigh Towards Distant Destinations!
Compiled by Nicola Jayasundera
Long haul journeys are the best way to travel as these take you out of your comfort zone, and offer great ways in which to shake off any pandemic-related stress. Pack your itinerary full of these amazing far-off destinations for your next great escape.
‘Truly Asia’ Malaysia is a land with remarkable treasures and some hidden gems to explore. Boasting precious natural wonders, the country is also a hub of serenity becalmed by food. Explore a stunning world of wildlife and biodiversity that attracts nature lovers here from around the world. Leaving behind the wilds of the islands, the cityscapes of Kuala Lumpur provide mesmerising urban skylines and bustling city delights that are simply waiting to be savoured.
Let go of your cares and allow the laid-back balmy beaches of Costa Rica to sweep away your troubles. Relax and rejuvenate as the quiet coastlines of uninhabited sandy beaches with isolated coves give you some much needed privacy. Once you have caught up with your quota of R&R, leap into an exciting adventure to get into the mood of things. Zip lining, 4×4 safaris for birding and guided hikes are all up for grabs.
It’s all fun and games in this festive city as Brazil’s capital Rio de Janeiro gives you some of the best and brightest carnivals on the planet. From elaborate parades to fireworks, fiestas and more, this South American paradise is also surrounded by hidden delights that are waiting to be discovered. Canoe rides down the Amazon River and jungle treks will have you learning about the largest rainforest in the world. Cities and beaches are also on the list of ‘must visit’ places.
Japan’s metropolitan capital Tokyo provides harmony of culture and modernity, and offers much more than busy streets and business districts. A trip to the renowned Tsukiji Market to catch a glimpse of the country’s busy fisheries industry is a must. Harajuku and Shibuya neighbourhoods are great places to visit to update your fashion outlook, and see the eccentric but super-creative youth culture of rainbow coloured outfits and hairstyles.
If global culture is your cup of tea, Nepal is the place to be. Home to over 30 ethnic groups, and a broad spectrum of dialects and regions, it is the one of the largest cultural melting pots that the world has to offer. Nepal also has UNESCO World Heritage Sites and protected national reserves, as well as eight of the 14 ‘eight-thousanders’ (mountains over 8,000 metres in height) including Mount Everest.
Home to bountiful wildlife, idyllic beaches and rich culture, Kenya is a must-have on any destination checklist. The national reserves and conservancies in Kenya are well protected havens for some of the most endangered wildlife on the planet. From lions and cheetahs in the Maasai Mara, to elephants and black rhino in Samburu, as well as its vivid tribal culture in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya will never disappoint.