Getting away from the concrete jungle is a great way to remove the stress of your day-to-day life. Here are some awesome holiday ideas for nature lovers who are in search of adventure and looking for new and exciting places to explore.
Flores is an island in Indonesia that lies east of the Komodo Islands and west of Lembata Island. The main reasons people come to the area are for the world-class scuba diving and to trek with Komodo Dragons. People usually base themselves in Labuan Bajo. Although the town itself is a touch on the shabby side, there’s some gorgeous luxury beachside accommodation just along the coast. Liang Bua Cave (Hobbit Cave), Malanage Hot Spring, Cunca Rami Waterfall and Nusa Kutu are a few of the fantastic short trips available, while Kelimutu National Park and Inierie are also well worth exploring for their volcanos.
There are five prominent places for a safari in Africa. In Botswana, you can explore the Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve. Rwanda has the ‘Big 5’ in addition to world-famous mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Tanzania is the location of the great wildebeest migration, the Serengeti and the world’s largest crater—Ngorongoro. If you go to Kenya in late summer, you can watch migrating animals cross through crocodile-filled waters. You should also be able to see pink flamingoes, elephants and giraffes. Finally, take a safari in Namibia to see the Kalahari and Namib Desert, track the black rhino and trek through massive sand dunes in the desert.
Switzerland is filled with beautiful natural scenery and is a great place for nature lovers. If you go there during the winter months you can expect a lot of snow. This makes activities like skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing and parakiting extremely popular. In the summer you can go swimming, hiking, sailing and parasailing. Take a gondola ride up Oeschinensee at a height of 1,578 m to see the brilliant turquoise horseshoe-shaped lake, or explore Rhine falls by boat from below then hike up the trail above it. This country is also home to Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps.
New Zealand is known for its stunning scenery. The best way to get around the country is to rent a vehicle so you can see as much possible at your own pace. Queenstown is the world’s adventure capital and a great destination for backpackers. There, you can try bungy jumping, paragliding and swimming, as well as skiing in the Remarkables. Fox Glacier is about four hours by car from Queenstown, where you can trek on ice or explore the area with a scenic helicopter flight. You can also easily access the wine country if you want to see beautiful vineyards and sample the locally made wine.
If you only have time for a short weekend break, there are plenty of beautiful destinations in the UK countryside. One of the most tranquil places in the UK is the Cotswolds—a picturesque rural area in south central England consisting of quaint villages, market towns, historic ruins and fabulous hiking and cycling trails. The Cotswolds are an official ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and cover nearly 800 square miles so it’s easy to find ways to pass the time.