If you’ve come down with a serious case of wanderlust, there is only one cure: Pack your bags, purchase your tickets, and travel until your heart and soul are content. Here are 5 destinations that are sure to satisfy your irresistible desire to travel.
Considered one of the most beautiful places on Earth by many, Sedona is a geological wonderland, surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, award-winning restaurants and is a haven for wine enthusiasts. Renting a car or road tripping to Sedona is ideal, making it easy to visit nearby destinations, including the Grand Canyon or Bryce Canyon, during your trip.
Before visiting, be sure to brush up on your defensive driving skills and review state traffic laws since you will be driving on fairly treacherous roads between destinations.
The Salt Flats of Bolivia
Looking to turn your world upside down? Tucked amongst the Andes in southwest Bolivia, near the northern border of Chile, is 4,000 square miles of expansive salt flats. This surreal and ethereal world wonder will take you to another planet with its bright red Laguna Colorada, emerald green Laguna Verde, cactus islands and bountiful pink flamingos. Don’t forget to take classic salt flat pictures using perception and reflection to create a stunning and reality-bending photograph.
If you’re looking for Greek glamour while enjoying the island life, Mykonos is a delightful destination, filled with hip hotels and Airbnbs, ocean-front restaurants and casual beach bars. Be ready to dance all night at one of Mykonos’ world famous beach parties that last all day and night.
Catch some rays while enjoying a traditional gyro and sun bathing on the beach, or take advantage of snorkeling, kayaking or island hopping via boat. If you’re looking to take a break from partying and the beach, visit one of Mykonos’ popular museums in Hora, the Archaeological and Mykonos Folklore museums.
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Cairns is the ultimate destination to satisfy adventure wanderlust and is the jumping off point into Australia’s Daintree rainforest, where you’ll find unique birds, wild flora and so much more. No trip to Australia is complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. Charter a boat or small plane to explore it from the sky, or by snorkeling or diving.
Try to find Nemo while interacting with the bountiful marine life the Great Barrier Reef houses. If you’re lucky, you might see a few reef sharks, sea turtles or dolphins. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, bungee jumping in the Daintree rainforest and skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef are sure to provide you the perfect fix.
The Glaciers of Iceland
This magical destination is perfect to explore in the summer, as you take in otherworldly natural wonders and allow yourself to be enchanted by all that Iceland offers. The standard Iceland visit includes a 10-day road trip on the Ring Road traveling through national parks, geothermal areas, breathtaking glaciers, jaw-dropping waterfalls and several cities and towns, including Rekjavik, Husavik and Akureyi.
Iceland houses a few of the world’s most beautiful glaciers, including the Vatnajokull and Myrdalsjokull, where snowmobiling and hiking are local and tourist pastimes. If you visit during the winter and can brave the cold weather, you’ll be rewarded with the opportunity to see the Northern Lights grace the serene night sky.