The world is full of fascinating places, some well-known, some overrun with tourists and others rarely explored. Like you, I am always up for a challenge and thrive in getting out of my comfort zone. So here follows a handpicked selection of towns, cities and regions from around the globe that are ideal for day trips or as alternatives to their more famous neighbors.
New Zealand has been popular self-drive destination with well-maintained and signposted roads and spectacular scenery around every corner. During your itinerary planning, you are sure to come across dozens of suggested itineraries, ranging from a few days to a month, including the country’s most-visited regions. For a truly memorable trip, we suggest enhancing your itinerary and discover a diverse array of scenery and off-the-beaten-path experiences on three of the North Island’s highways.
As the cool air of fall cuts into the fading warmth of summer, it’s time to enjoy all that comes with the season. October approaches, and with it comes opportunity for leaf peeping, apple picking, festive fairs, and more – and what better place to do it than in the New England towns of Massachusetts? Enjoy autumn in an area riddled with history and folklore for a trip of festive fall days in Salem, Boston, & Concord.
This summer, we’re headed west on a road trip through the U.S. and Canada. As the founders of BudgetYourTrip.com, our true passion lies in travel, but it’s been awhile since we’ve been able to “get out there.” Beginning in June, for three months we’ll hit the road on a family camping trip visiting the big cities, national parks, and everything in between. And yes, we’re taking our 3-year-old daughter with us.
Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the U.K. with their 12th century castle and medieval architecture found throughout Old Town. You can easily spend a weekend exploring the winding streets with their hidden alleyways and climbing up to mountain top viewpoints. Use this weekend tour as your guide to get the most out of everything Edinburgh has to offer.
South Australia has developed The Epicurean Way, a great food and wine touring route that links together four iconic wine regions of McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valley. Enjoy sumptuous produce and a superb array of wines set against a backdrop of spectacular scenery as you make your way around the route.
My friend Jordan and I had booked a trip to Phu Quoc for one night to get out of the congested city for a little R&R on an island that Google images had convinced us was the most stunning oasis of an island out there.
The stunning Cook Islands lie some 4,700 miles south west of Los Angeles, a mix of coral atolls and volcanic islands. Consisting of 15 islands, scattered across the Pacific, the Cook Islands offers an unspoiled playground for those wanting to escape the daily grind of city living.
Despite the sense of wonder and adventure associated with a trek through the Himalayas, the journey does not have to be as rough as you would think. Surprisingly, trekking in Nepal does not have to involve any camping. Due to the frequency of small villages and “tea houses” along many popular hiking paths, most visitors and trekkers stay the night in small hotels or guest houses which provide a comfortable stay, meals, and even toilets.
So, if we’re not camping, then what do we need? Some basic outdoor equipment is necessary, as are good shoes and clothing for multiple climates. We’re talking about the Himalayas, where high altitudes can mean cold weather and rain (but not always). Food and water are also readily available, but a reusable water bottle and water purifiers can save you some cash along the way, too.
Looking at a map of the world, Tasmania is the small island under mainland Australia. Don’t let its small size convince you that this is a one or two day destination. Tasmania is jam packed with friendly wildlife, delicious food and wine, award-winning whiskey, stunning scenery and some of the freshest air on the planet. Add to that it was named Lonely Planet’s fourth “Top 10 Regions in the World to Visit in 2015” and then ask yourself “Why have I not visited?”