‘Wanderlust’ – a strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world. I guess all of the wander luster out there recognize their selves in that meaning.
If you love to travel and that is all you want to do, you just make everything possible to happen. Every new place is a new chapter in your life and that is the most important part of it. No matter where you are going, you are one of those people who always plan a trip. Most of the times no one believes, that you will actually do it, until you send them a postcard. And that is what makes it so wonderful.
As someone once said – ‘Travel while you are young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable then money will ever be.‘. And was that person wise? Yes! When you are in your 20s you should take the time to explore the world as much as you can. No matter if that means going to a city that is only 50 miles away or a different continent. All of the wandering and travel definitely makes you a wiser and more acknowledged person.
Having that said, every year there are different trends on travel. The most visited places change, but people always keep wandering around. So that is what you should do! Here is a list of the 7 best places to visit in the upcoming year according to us.
Where to go this summer
Probably not many of you know, but Chengdu is the home of around 1600 giant pandas. Although you can see pandas in zoo’s around China, there is the only place you really get to be close with the animal in it’s natural habitat. You can just visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center or take part in a volunteer program in Dujiangyan Panda Valley. Imagine what it would be like to hug one of those beautiful and warm animals. Everybody loves pandas and imagine hugging one. It should be on your bucket list!
There is a 72 hour no-visa politic and that makes it easier to visit if you are just going for the pandas. But actually there is a lot to see and do in Chengdu, so it is better to opt for a longer trip. It is a cultural center with old Buddhist traditions. The city also offers amazing beaches and great spicy food. Also you must try the traditional Chinese tea in a typical tea house.
The best time to visit Fez is either April to June or September to November. It is the time of the year when it is not too hot and you won’t be shoved by all the tourists.
The best thing about the city is the whole old medina. You can hire a guide to take you around for a whole day and that is the best way to see the medina. But if you want you can wander around alone. You never know what you will see and stubble upon. The city is filled with small streets, just like a labyrinth. If you just decide to wander around and get lost you will be having the best time of your life!
Morocco and especially Fez is filled with Hamamms – traditional Moroccan baths. And since you are already in Morocco you should experience the traditional culture. Also in June Fez host the Sacred Music Festival, feature music from all around the world. If you are in with a bigger budget try staying in Hotel Sharai – the best hotel with a rooftop pool. As you can imagine there is the best up top view of the city.
The old city of Istanbul holds some of the most amazing places you will ever see. From mosques to palaces it is one of the richest places you can imagine in a cultural way. Both a pearl for Europe and Asia – the only city in the world on two continents, it assures for an amazing adventure. The views in the city are breathtaking. One of the most beautiful sunset you can ever see in the world is the one from a boat on the Bosphorus or from a bridge. Trust me it is so beautiful at the last seconds before the sun is set, that your heart will skip a beat.
Istanbul was the capital of four empires. That makes its history so monumental. On your list of places to visit a must are the Blue Mosque and the Ayasofya. And if you are more into palaces Topkapi and Dolmabahce offer beauty and richness like no other! And just a short ferry ride away are the seven Prince islands. Take the day to just wander around them. They are a good place to taste some good or go on a faiton ride around the island.
Also for all the shopaholics the city offers an amazing diversity of fashion on good prices. The enormously big Grand Bazar (Kapali Carsi) is the shopping heaven on Earth. That is if you are into bargain. The city also has the modern shopping centers, but you should get the whole local experience. Checking out the nightlife is also a must!
Iran is the jewel of Persia. The Persian civilization is one of the oldest on Earth. Reminders of that amazing culture are scattered all over the country and they are a must see. The city of Esfhan for example is referred to as a ”Middle Eastern Florence” and even acknowledged by UNESCO for a World Heritage. And it is not the only place with that status in the country. Iran is offering so much history for you to discover that I can’t begin to describe it.
Iran has great nature. If you want to scuba dive on one day and skiing on the next, the only thing that separates those two is an hour long flight. How about that? And the whole landscape situation in Iran is much more beautiful than anyone ever expected. Not only the nature but the food also offers a great variety. You will get to taste all kinds of flavors and dishes if you go to dine in a local traditional restaurant.
The Iranians (which actually prefer to be called Persians) are very hospital and sweet. There are not that many tourists that travel to the country, so the Persians appreciate ever foreigner they meet and get to host. At the moment you arrive in Teheran for example, you will feel the warmth of the people and fact that they want you there! Although a lot of people think that it is not a safe country, actually it is! So don’t worry – pack you bags and go! Learn for a new culture that we don’t know that much about. Also keep in mind that Iran is a very cheap place to travel.
Visiting Tanzania on a wildlife and nature safari is a once in a lifetime experience. It is nothing like you have ever encountered. No matter where exactly you decide to go, the country offers great variety of species and nature that is untouched from mankind. You can take in around one of the following: 3000 lions in Selous, sightings of African hunting dogs in Ruaha or extinct breed in Serengeti national park or a Chimpanzee safari program. There is something for any animal lover. Or you can do all of the above!
Tanzania offers not only the safari kind of trip. You can also take a ocean beach vacation at the Indian ocean. Since the country has only about 1 million visitors a year, no matter which island you choose for you vacation, it is assured that you will have privacy and will not be shoved around by tourists. So if you want the full relaxation package you now know where to go to. Also while there you can enjoy some marine underwater experience. If you are into diving you can go for a dive, because underwater Tanzania keeps its best features – from different colored reefs, to whole mountains held under the water.
And if you didn’t know that it is time you do – the eight wonder of the world is hidden in Tanzania. It is the Ngorongoro Crater. The main feature about it it the fact that it is the largest and oldest inactive volcanic caldera. The crater became existent after the volcano exploded three million years ago. The views there are breathtaking and there isn’t anything similar in the world!
The island of Maui is a destination made for all nature lovers. The Haleakala National Park holds a diversity of bamboo plants and and waterfalls. The elevated slops of the island are also a place where you can find farms and gardens to wander around. Doing loads of activities is common Maui – hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing and a lot more. The national park of Maui is also known as the Park above the Clouds. The best time to be at the top is sunrise ot sunset. Imagine the view over the amazing island at those times! Ziplinning is also a thing on the island. So that you can get a bird-eye glimpse of the nature.
From November to May the only place you can experience such a magnificent think is Maui – the migration of the whales. About 15,000 endangered animals travel to Alaska. The migration can be seen either by the land or by sea. After catching a glimpse of the whales you can go enjoy some of the traditional cuisine of the island. Then go and catch an amazing Friday night party on the town.
And if what was said above is not enough think about that – what is Hawaii most known about? You guessed – surfing! We left the best part for last. Not only that you can enjoy relaxing days at the amazing sandy and heavenly beaches, but you can also learn to surf, if you don’t already know how. Surfers from the whole world come to Maui. Kitesurfing is actually the most common on the island. If you are a first time surfer you can take the best lessons here. Just book a class and enjoy! Also to watch pro surfers in action, head to Honolua Bay or Hookipa Beach. Imagine surfing through the most clear and beautiful blue waters in the world? Feel the warm water and the wave foam touching your tanned skin! Is there anything else we need to say to sell you on those beautiful lands?
Florence is the home of some of the most amazing pieces of art you can ever see. Michaelangelo, Botticeli and many others are to be found in this city. Florence is a reborn cultural scene. You can visit the Uffizi gallery and see for yourself the great treasure of art in Florence. The city also offers some of the most beautiful churches in Italy and actually in the whole Europe. Also some amazing palazzos are waiting for you all over the town. Musuems too.
In Florence are held some of the most amazing festivals of the world as the Biennale Internazionale d’árte Contemporanew di Florence and the Mostra Internazionale dell” artigianato. Also in May writers from all over the world come to Florence for a Writer’s festival. And if you are into writing you should most definitely catch that time.
To experience the best the city of Florence just wander around by foot. As you walk check out the bridges. I won’t spoil it for you to tell you why, but you will see. While walking around you will find some of the best small shops that you will love. Shopping is part of the whole Italian culture and you will fin it amusing how many different thing you can find here.
Also the nightlife in Florence is on a very high level. There are pubs, clubs and parties, that will leave you dancing till the morning, when you can just watch the sunrise.