The world of travel is experiencing immense changes. While it is full of choices, you just need to know how to plan your journey. Whether you’re after a heart-stopping adventure, a close-up look at history or looking for the perfect meal… don’t just listen to what they say. Go, see and experience.
An island country in the Indian Ocean off the south-east tip of India, Sri Lanka is full of golden beaches, high mountains, majestic wildlife, lovely tea gardens and warm smiles. Travelling here can provide an array of experiences – beaches on the South Coast, a trek up to Ella Rock, the UNESCO heritage sites of Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy and the wildlife safaris. While the hospitality of Sri Lanka is world famous, so are its spicy food, exotic fruits and array of sweetmeats found nowhere else in the world. With many sites and scenes bottled up in a small island, a traveller could be admiring the tea gardens at dawn and trekking the mountains by dusk.
Stunning natural landscapes, world-renowned historical and religious sites, varied cuisine and a diversity of landscapes make Jordan the hidden gem of the Middle East. Petra is estimated to have been around since as early as 312 BC and has been described by UNESCO as ‘‘one of the most precious properties of man’s cultural heritage’’. According to reports, the ancient city received 100,210 visitors in November 2018. The number included 94,762 foreign tourists and 5,448 Jordanian and Arab visitors.
Being one of Africa’s safest destinations, Zimbabwe is blessed with ultra-friendly locals, Big Five-filled national parks, World Heritage-listed archaeological ruins, forested mountains and, of course, the mighty Victoria Falls. While a visit and walk to the Victoria Falls is a must, the sheer number of game-viewing avenues make it an adventure lovers’ paradise. In Hwange alone, some 400 species of bird and 107 types of animals, including lions, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs, can be found. But it is the elephant that makes Hwange the top choice. It is home to around 40,000 tuskers.
Usually famous for its automobile industry, printing press and baking bread, not many know that Germany is also the largest national economy in Europe. With an interesting and rich history narrated by the old-fashioned and colourful architecture, castles, palaces, cathedrals and monuments, Germany’s landscapes make it one of the top destinations in the world for travellers. The country is also home to over 25,000 castles, most of which are home to museums, restaurants and even hotels.
Tipped to be the next Maldives, Bacalar in southeastern Mexico houses Laguna de Bacalar or the Lake of the Seven Colours. With its crystal clear, fresh waters and white sandy base, this lake is ideal for diving, snorkelling, swimming or boat rides. Moreover, Mexico is known for its rich cuisine. Most dishes here are a combination of the ancient Aztec and Mayan dishes and the influence of the Spanish conquistadors. While internationally recognised dishes, like tamales, tacos and quesadillas, are also served here, they also have a variety of dishes not found anywhere else like chilaquiles (traditional breakfast dish) or pozole (pre-Hispanic soup). Northern Mexico offers varieties of beef, goat and most-uniquely ostrich dishes.
Words: Tamara Edelman