We live in a world where there is a smorgasbord of locales that offer every type of climate, terrain, and culture; and when it comes to flying into those locations, it’s all about what you experience when you get there. Here are three places you, absolutely, must put on your bucket list. So get you plane readied for take-off because once you fly over these unforgettable destinations and immerse yourself in the people and landscape, the memories of these trips will never fade away!
Don’t let the fact that North Korea is next door, intimidate you – the experience of this captivating land of South Korea will mesmerize you! South Korea is filled to the brim with an eclectic blend of adventures where you will find gorgeous national parks, mountains, and islands that dot the waters of the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea.
One of South Korea’s parks – Seoraksan National Park – proudly displays the country’s third-highest mountain, in addition to beckoning hot-springs, ancient temple ruins and striking rock formations that tower, upward, in an attempt to reach the heavens.
If you are into snow skiing, then be prepared to be ‘wowed’ since some of the resorts are preparing for the Winter Olympics of 2018. Be sure to take a cable car to Deogyusan Resort where you can enjoy the company of fellow-skiers who have every intention of submerging themselves in the hot springs after a grueling day on the slopes.
As if that weren’t enough, take a short flight to Jeju Island and go barefoot on the beaches, pamper yourself in the outdoor spas, and be amazed during a breath-taking lava-tube tour! When lave flows, it can leave behind massive lava tubes as evidence of its destructive path. The left-over tubes are large and enable visitors to enter the interior – wearing hardhats with headlamps will guide your way!
Namibia is a country in Southwest Africa and is brimming with life and adventure in terms of diverse wild animals, national parks, huge sand dunes, shipwrecks, and more. Interestingly, Namibia is home to a significant population of cheetah as well as rhinos, zebras and giraffes. If you are in an adventurous mood, take part in a safari in Etosha National Park which is Namibia’s prime wildlife location. This experience would be a photographer’s dream. Sophisticated, elevated camps are embedded inside the park which offer stunning sunset and sunrise views as well as panoramic scenery for miles and miles.
In-spite of the exhilaration one feels in this intriguing location, you might be surprised to learn that Namibia is wonderfully uncrowded. Even more surprising is the fact that a definite German influence resides here: German colonial-era architecture is very evident, such as Windhoek’s Chirstuskirche, built in 1907. Luderitz is a colonial harbor town with additional German flair that offers and a multitude of unique, eclectic shops. Throughout Namibia you will, also, find German restaurants – who would’ve thought you could get a taste of Europe in Africa?
If you are in the mood for almost 2,000 miles of unspoiled coastline, then Newfoundland is for you. Hikers love the 200 walking trails; but it is the more-than-twenty species of whales that travel through Newfoundland and Labrador each year that tops the charts. Whale-watching is something not to be missed; and it may be hard to believe that 10,000 of these magnificent mammals pass this way every single year, like clockwork. The world’s largest population of humpback whales eagerly return to Newfoundland, annually, to excitedly feed on capelin, krill and squid along the coastline. When this occurs, be ready to watch and photograph 21 more species of whales and dolphins, between May and September. Whether you observe these stunning events from a tour boat, a sea kayak or a seaside trail, it is an experience you will never forget!
One more thing about Newfoundland that you will want to experience: the icebergs! Like the whales, icebergs arrive, too; and places like Trinity Bay welcome them each spring. Iceberg Alley is a destination you can make by kayak or car; and if you do arrive here, you will view glacial behemoths that are up to 10,000 years old! Iceberg Alley stretches from the coast of Labrador to the southeast coast of Newfoundland; and multiple viewing locations, such as Battle Harbor and Red Bay, offer exquisite views.
You will be stunned as you view these beauties as snow-white or bluish-green, as well as colors in-between. Icebergs come in an endless array of shapes and sizes and arrive from the Arctic each spring. Even though their huge size towers above the waters, keep in mind that more than 95% of the entire ‘structure’ is beneath the ocean! As beautiful and awesome as these creations are, it is hard not to forget that one of these caused the sinking of the Titanic, only 400 miles away, in 1912.
There you have it – three outstanding destinations that would say, if they could speak: Fly here, for an adventure of a lifetime!