When you think America, you think big, bold, brash and, dare we say it, spoiled. It’s New York with its cloud-tickling skyscrapers, it’s Los Angeles with its star-speckled pavements and Hollywood hills, it’s the Windy City of Chicago, the beating heart of politics that is Washington DC and the Florida beaches saturated with beautiful people who haven’t lost the ability to make roller-skating look cool.
What we’re saying is, despite how massive America is, there is barely an inch that hasn’t been touched by civilization. What we’re saying is, there’s nowhere in America you can run-off to and just escape it all – the people, the highways, the cities, the everything.
Or is there?
Now it may not seem like much at first, but 5% of America is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. That’s 109 million acres. With that in mind, we’ve picked the most breathtaking parts of natural America, where man and woman are still considered to be visitors. So, if you are all about travelling in ultimate luxury, turn back now, otherwise, enjoy these hidden gems.
The River Of No Return, Idaho
If you’re looking for pristine wilderness, then this is it and, what’s more, it’s slap bang in the centre of Idaho, which means you can get to it from almost anywhere. What’s there? Well, to sum it up, you have the world-famous whitewater Salmon River, a gorge that cuts into the earth deeper than the Grand Canyon, gorgeous mountains and 1.5 million acres of wilderness that have no formal trails whatsoever. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or silence, this place is special.
It may be your honeymoon, or it has been your lifelong dream to travel to Australia and New Zealand, or it could be a mix of the two. Whatever your reason is, you have saved up quite a large amount in order to have the best experience you possibly can, but are not quite sure where to spend your money. It can be extremely overwhelming when you touch down in a country you have wanted to see for the longest time – it can be evenmore overwhelming waking up on your travel day after years and years of saving and finally being able to go, and realizing that by tomorrow you’ll be there. Of course, getting to that travel day will take a lot of organizing – especially if you are planning to travel in the most luxurious way you can afford. Here are a few suggestions on luxury travel, accommodation, and experiences so you can take your pick. You may not be able to afford them all – you may be able to afford even more – but just one of these could be a life-changing experience for you and make it the trip of a lifetime. Since you’ve been saving all this time, and dreaming about this trip most of your life – you can be certain you deserve a little luxury whilst on the adventure.
Getting To Your Destination
Let’s start off with the ultimate, five-star luxury that will come with the heaviest price tag but for an extremely good reason. A private jet. Of Course, with that starting statement, You may be thinking: How Much Does it Cost to Charter a Private Jet? Well, in all honesty, a flight as long as one to Australia or New Zealand (especially one as long as 20+ hours depending on where you’re travelling from) will be out of many people’s price ranges. You’ll be looking in the six-figure range for a 24-hour flight depending on the type of jet you fly in. However, that doesn’t mean this option is ruled out for you. If you have an extensive budget, you could look at chartering a private jet for your flight between New Zealand and Australia, although a 3-hour flight will still cost you just under $35,000. This may be in your price range, or you may even have the budget to enjoy the entirety of your travel on a chartered jet. However, if you can’t afford this option, there are “empty leg” flights. Every chartered flight needs to go to a destination and then travel back to where they came from – this return flight usually is not booked by passengers. It is incredibly likely there will be a few flights like this shuttling between New Zealand and Australia that have been chartered and are returning to your desired destination. Empty leg flights offer up to 75% off of set prices – so you’ll be looking at a much more affordable price of just under $9000 when compared with full price. If this is still not looking like an option within your budget, you can fly business class with an airline of your choice, that is still extremely luxurious when compared with flying coach. You’ll have a lot more leg room, a private TV to keep you entertained on the long flight, and on some flights a bar to celebrate either a new marriage, or the trip of a lifetime. However you decide to fly, you can rest assured you’ll feel like a million dollars even if it didn’t cost you them.
Whilst You Explore
Of course, you will already be fully aware that Australia and New Zealand are both extremely large places to travel around, and not everything you want to see will be within walking distance. You will need a transfer service from the airport to your accommodation and will need to travel from monument to monument and experience to experience. Continuing in the five-star luxury range – have you considered a chauffeured car for a few of your travels? These are quite popular in Australia, and there are quite a few available to choose from including Lux Cars and Melbourne Star Chauffeured Cars. In New Zealand you have options like Private Driver Hire and ChauffeurNZ – the latter also provides private tour options. If you don’t have the budget to do this for your travel, you may be able to do it for a tour of some of the most prestigious sites that are must-sees for your trip. These will ensure you are able to experience the places you’ve always daydreamed about in ultimate comfort – rather than facing hot (and sweaty) heat of the midday sun and aching feet.
In the modern world, hopping onto a plane and taking to the skies in an effort to travel the world has become relatively commonplace. Flying has been the standard method of travelling long-distance for over three decades, and there’s no sign of this popularity decreasing.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of first-time flyers out there; people who have never set foot on an airplane before, and have no realistic idea about what to expect. If you are one of them, and you are due to take a flight soon, then you’re likely wondering what exactly is in store for you– and the countless myths about flying aren’t going to be helping you to separate illusion from reality. As a result, you’re probably more than a little anxious about what’s in store for you.
If you’re a first-time flyer, then here are four essential things you need to know before you board your first flight…
#1 – The food isn’t that bad
Airline food has been a plentiful well for comedians over the years, but airline food really isn’t that big of a deal. While it’s not going to be the best cuisine you’ve ever sampled, it will more than suffice until you get to your destination. Some people even claim to outright love airline food– who knows, maybe you’ll become one of their number.
#2 – The biggest challenge of flying is boredom
Even if you’re scared of flying, the single biggest issue you will face when on board a plane isn’t your nerves it’s boredom. Flying involves sitting still for long periods of time, with little to distract you but a movie you’ve likely seen countless times. Stock up on books and magazines to keep you company during the flight.
First of all, I’d like to say how happy I am to be this month’s co-host of travel linkup with Emma, Angie and Polly!
Have you ever swum with the sharks? Or visited Machu Pichu? What about running with the bulls in Spain or seeing the Northern Lights? You haven’t done those? Neither have I. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have valuable once in a lifetime experiences. Perhaps some of them might seem ordinary to someone else, like they are not really once in a lifetime experiences but to me they were just that. Unique experiences that represented me, who I was at the time I had them.
Sure, I could do some of them again but it wouldn’t be quite the same (e.g. spend a week in Paris again ) because I am not the same anymore. Time and life (and travel too) has changed me.
So what travels stand out among all the others? And what has made them so special?
There are two trips that come to my mind immediately not just because of the amount of fun I had on them but also because of the very travelling bit that made them extra special. In 2005 I went to Turkey with a group of friends by train. Yes, you read that right! It was the cheapest available option so we took the train from Croatia to Turkey via Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. 36 h on the train (not in a sleeper train) and we made it to Istanbul for three days of sightseeing. Then it was to Izmir for the next three days of fun before we finally came to Çeşme where we attended a student conference.
Another odyssey happened in 2006 when I went to Greece by a ferry from Venice. Well, firstly we had to get to Venice, then spend 30 h on the ferry to Patras and take a train to Athens, our final destination. After 2 weeks of frolicking around Greece it was time for a return ferry trip, sleeping on the deck in our sleeping bags again. That’s an experience I wouldn’t repeat again!
A holiday to some is that once a year event that you work so hard for. You take your time scouring the internet for the best deals and the fabulous locations. You count down the days until you step on that plane and relax for that break away with your nearest and dearest. However, how you spend your time can often be one of the last things to consider, as you start to focus on how to get there and feel that what you do could be a last-minute decision. But, as this can only happen a few times a year, it is important for you to make the most out of the time you do have away. So I thought I would share with you some of the fun ways you can spend your time.
Relaxing and reading
Maybe your idea of the right holiday is simply sitting down with a good book, finding the perfect spot for shade, sun and warmth, and relaxing. During everyday life we don’t get to do these sorts of things very often. Perhaps only settling down to read a few pages of a book before bed or getting a rare hour on a Sunday afternoon if the family are busy. Holidays are generally for relaxing and stepping away from the grind of your daily routine. So it is understandable why this sort of activity can be a high priority.
Maybe you like to be adventurous and love the water, so a bit of water sports action could be right up your street. Perhaps you enjoy being in the water, have a love for the ocean, or you just like to feel the thrill of adrenaline. Water sports can vary from something a little slower paced, perhaps windsurfing or enjoying a catamaran sail, it could be something to do with the sky where you set your sights on paragliding, or maybe you just want to feel the need for speed and jump on a jet ski, try water skiing, or something more fun like a banana boat. As you can see you are potentially spoilt for choice.
If visiting Africa is on your bucket list, then the decision as to which country in Africa to visit can be a tricky one. From mountains to beaches, to desert, and safari parks, there is so much choice. But one of the countries that needs to be on your list is South Africa. A country that is full of history, rich in culture, as well as good food and wildlife, is great for everyone. So here are some of the reasons why you should visit South Africa.
Being in a warmer climate that the UK is, pretty much all year round, it means that you get the chance to do more adventurous things should you choose to. Cage diving with sharks or hang gliding off mountains can all be done in various parts of South Africa. Surfing and other water sports are a must too. So if this kind of vacation calls to you, then here South Africa ticks all of the boxes.
A safari is synonymous with Africa in general, and South Africa is no different. There are several reserves where you can go on a safari, including the famous Kruger National Park as it is one of the biggest in the world. But as well as the chance of seeing ‘the big five’ when it comes to wildlife, you could also see penguins, especially in and around Boulders Beach, Cape Town. So for some wildlife that you would only normally see in a zoo, you can enjoy them in their natural habitat in South Africa.
You are lying down under the sun, on a sandy beach. In your hand, you hold a refreshing drink that has been poured into a coconut shell. Then you blink, and you’re back to the real world, sitting in front of your laptop and wondering how long you have to wait before lunch. Everybody daydreams, from time to time. But if you find yourself doing it a little more often than others, maybe it’s a sign that you’re trying to avoid some situations that make you nervous or that are not satisfying enough. That’s precisely why a lot of people daydream at school or work because they’re trying to avoid a dull lesson or a boring meeting. Dreamers have a soft spot for alternative realities. It’s how they choose to live their multiple lives, from a romantic day by a lake to a night in a buzzing urban environment. You dream because the world around you is not meeting your expectations. Well, you can stop right now: Indonesia has everything you need to make your wildest dreams come true. Here is why all dreamers need to plan their next holiday in the peaceful and beautiful land of Indonesia.
Most people travel in their head
Contrary to the common belief, daydreaming is not only a natural behaviour, but it’s also the default mode of the brain when you’re resting. For instance, thinking about what you need to do next after you’ve read this article, is not evidence of daydreaming. But if you find yourself wondering on a beach in the comfort of your mind, without no relation to anything happening around you, well done, you’re in default mode. There’s nothing wrong with daydreaming as it can enhance your creativity and your problem-solving skills. More importantly, daydreaming gives you the ability to travel safely and to fostering feelings of social connection with others. In other words, you choose to travel in your head so that you can be in a nicer place and not feel lonely. When everything around you is designed to bring you back in the moment, daydreaming gives you the power of not being here. What if your travel plans could create the perfect combination of escapism and mindful reality?
Nothing says Romance like Lake Toba
Did you know that a lot of couples book their honeymoon in Indonesia? It’s easy to see why when you discover the magical landscapes of this Southeast Asian country. With over 120 active volcanoes and many inactive, Indonesian landscapes combine the richness of the minerals nourishing the soil, the rocky peaks of the mountains and volcanic plateaus, and the mesmerizing blue of the water. For many, it’s like a fairy tale that came to life. From the natural charm of Komodo Island to the magnificent granite stone formation of Belitung Island, Indonesia offers a dream location for your honeymoon plan, http://traveltriangle.com/blog/places-to-visit-in-indonesia-for-honeymoon/. Admittedly, you don’t need to be on a honeymoon trip to feel the romance emanating from a place like Lake Toba. For all those who dream of happy ever after and of couples walking hand in hand in the sunset, there is no romantic location like this volcanic lake set against picturesque mountains.