It’s spring time! What better time to pack your bags and travel abroad? Of course, standing in our way is Coronavirus and it’s travel restrictions. But with vaccinations and expertly taking safety precautions, there’s a glimmer of hope that we may find a way to safely see the world. So to help those who can travel, here are eight spots worth the trip!
The largest Island in Spain’s Canaries Islands, Tenerife is home to Spain’s tallest peak, the dormant volcano of Mount Teide. From the sandy shores of Santa Cruz to the rocky Arona beach, Tenerife’s beach options are endless, and each is unique in its own way. And when you feel like taking a break from sunbathing and swimming, you can visit Mount Teide for a fun geological exploration of the traces of its past volcanic activities.
If you haven’t already heard of Tulum through the multiple celebrities who have vacationed there, you’ll be surprised by all there is to discover. Tulum is a popular tourist attraction, not only for its beautiful scenery and amazing beaches, but also for the many fascinating remnants of Mayan civilization in the area. Gran Cenote, one of Tulum’s natural sinkholes, is particularly exciting for avid divers while the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean are a delight to all vacationers. And don’t forget to go shopping for beautiful handmade Mexican crafts.
Consisting of 99 islands and lying in the Malacca Straits in Malaysia, Langkawi is a mini heaven on earth. With a population of only 65,000 people, Langkawi is fairly secluded, with beautiful blue beaches and thick, lush forests; a perfect destination for relaxation. You can enjoy your time tanning in the sun or go trekking in the forests of these beautiful islands. Another option for adventure seekers would be to visit Pulau Payar Marine Park where you can snorkel or scuba dive and marvel at its healthy marine life and corals.
Located on the Japanese island of Honshu, Hirosaki possibly has the most perfect springtime visual scenery with its blossoming pink cherry trees. Make sure not to miss strolling through Hirosaki Park under the blossoming trees or visit the Hirosaki castle which is a symbol of the beautiful city. Also, visible from all over the city – Mount Iwaki captures a dreamy vibe from cherry trees at the bottom to icy patches at the peak. Not to mention the Iwaki-Yama shrine that is literally “the cherry on top” of the mountain. And if you want to enjoy the floral scents a little more you can head down to the Amazing Japanese Garden – where you can enjoy the teahouse on the upper level and the landscape features on the lower level.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Located in Northeast Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is known for its beautiful waters, limestone cliffs and over 1600 beautiful islets covering 1,500 km2. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, the isolated bay is the perfect spot for a Zen themed vacation. You will find that swimming in its idyllic, clear blue waters is wonderful therapy, while the relaxing ride on one of the bay’s many luxurious cruisers is an absolute must. Also, not to miss are Ti Top Island and Dau Go Cave, which are truly mesmerizing.
Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia has many attractions. Its beautiful cobbled streets and the unique view of the Kura River make Tbilisi a pedestrian’s paradise. With many architectural jewels in the heart of the city, there will never be a dull moment in Tbilisi. You can enjoy a one day tour of the fascinating Narikala fortress built in the fourth century, and visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the main Georgian Cathedral in Tbilisi. Don’t miss its free-standing bell tower, the residence of the Patriarch and its monastery.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is Bagan, the temple town of Myanmar. Bagan was home to the Pagan Kingdom that later formed the country of Myanmar. The town is relatively isolated and rich in culture, with many significant historical sites located at its heart. Bagan has over 5000 Buddhist temples, so get ready to be overwhelmed when picking the right ones to visit. Our tip: start your tour of this cultural, gem of a town by visiting the Ananda Pagoda, one of the very first temples to be built and yet one of the best preserved. Continue your tour by visiting the second longest temple of Gawdawpalin and experience the beauty manifested in its stucco wall designs and statues.
The Azores, Portugal
The Azores is an independent Portuguese archipelago in the Mid-Atlantic. Highlighted by its subtropical climate and its mild weather throughout the year, The Azores is perfect to visit in the spring. One of the most popular islands in the archipelago is San Miguel which is rife with beach activities. You can also visit the beautiful Igreja do Santo Cristo and revel in its extravagant interior or go for a stroll in Pico Island and visit its fascinating wine museum to learn more about the history of wine-making in the region. And for an excursion that is truly unique, visit the Furna do Enxofre, a lava cave with remnants of volcanic eruptions.