Traveling the world and seeing its diverse landscapes with your own eyes is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. Our world is home to such natural splendor, some of which, unfortunately, will not last forever.
People are often unaware of the unexpected and astonishing landscapes in their own back yard. Here are some of the must-see places you should add to your travel list for 2019.
Hearing the name “Malibu” often brings a specific image to mind: incredible mansions resting on cliff tops and Malibu villas overlooking scenic beaches. While the area has an aura of wealth and luxury, with many superstars making their homes in the area, it’s a place worth visiting to take in the many beaches along the coast and watch the sunset.
Explore the sea caves at El Matador State Beach, a secret gem that’s usually free of tourists. Lounge in the sun at Malibu Lagoon, where the turquoise water laps against the golden sand. Grab a bite at Paradise Cove, the restaurant that got its name from the beach on which it resides. This stretch of sand is surrounded by towering rocks and has been featured in a variety of movies, including Monster in Law, X-Men, and Lethal Weapon 4.
Banff is located in Alberta, Canada at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Both the township and the national park in which it rests share the name. The Rockies overpower the horizon and bathe the area in their majesty. Towering trees make up the forested area, protecting the turquoise glacial lakes that are colored by the minerals in the runoff from the mountains. Lake Louise is particularly spectacular, with opaque turquoise water that is reminiscent of a tropical beach.
Banff is home to amazing wildlife, as well as hot springs for those who want to soothe their aching muscles under the stars after a long hike. There are various accommodation options, from camping in designated areas in the forest to staying at the luxurious Fairmont Banff Springs, an homage to Scottish castles of old.
Sognefjord is just one of over a thousand fjords in Norway but is perhaps the most mesmerizing. As the longest fjord, many of the other incredible fjords in Norway are subsets of this 127-mile long waterway which is nearly a mile deep at some points. One of the smaller fjords encompassed by Sognefjord is Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO world heritage site. The best way to see these astonishing landscapes is from the water.
Sognefjord is accessible via train from Bergen, one of the popular Norwegian destinations for travelers. This coastal city has the vibe of an old fishing town, with colorful houses along the water. Choose your travels wisely: the fjords are easier to navigate in the warmer months, but the aurora borealis is more visible during the winter.
Peru is home to many astonishing landscapes. Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world, the Nazca lines are one of the planet’s greatest mysteries, and the Amazon rainforest to the north is one of the most incredible places on Earth. Not only does Peru have breathtaking sights to behold, but it also has a lot of unexpected gems, like Huacachina.
Huacachina is a desert oasis near the city of Ica. This lagoon is surrounded by small hostels and hotels, as well as a variety of clubs and eateries. The real attraction to Huacachina is the towering mountains of sand. Go with a guide on a dune buggy for the feeling of riding a roller coaster without tracks. Grab a surfboard and sled down the dunes for an unforgettable feeling of exhilaration and adrenaline.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The Serengeti in Tanzania, Africa, is at the top of most adventurer’s bucket lists. Browsing through pictures, it’s not hard to see why. This vast landscape is home to “The Big Five” which includes elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. It’s also known for its enormous migration of wildebeest, zebras, antelopes, and gazelles. The Great Migration often includes over two million animals in total.
An African safari will change you. You will see astonishing sights that can never be truly captured in a photo. You will have a different experience than your predecessors, as everything that happens is up to the wild. This is an ecosystem that is changing rapidly due to poaching and the shifting environment; make 2019 your year to go.
There are places in the world where magic exists. It’s not party tricks or wand waving, but a deep, primal feeling that changes within you when you see them. 2019 and beyond promise to make for great travel. Why wait?
Thanks for the guest post, Wendy!
Wendy Dessler is a super-connector who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.