It’s all too easy to get stuck in a travel rut. You start thinking about your annual leave and how you should spend it, where you should go, but all you can think of are the same destinations over and over.
Maybe a trip to Bali? A week in Thailand? They’re great destinations, sure, but there’s a whole world out there waiting to be discovered. So, instead of going on auto-pilot, consider some of these destinations instead.
Instead of Koh Samui, Thailand, visit Koh Rong, Cambodia
There’s no denying Thailand’s beaches are among the most beautiful in the world, but it’s a bit of a surprise to learn Cambodia is also home to stunning beaches. Koh Rong is an island off the Cambodian coastline that it is picture-perfect, with white sandy beaches and crystal-clear water for you to enjoy. There are far less tourists than the main areas of Thailand and it’s very cheap, with a private beachfront bungalow costing around $30AU per night. Away from tourist traps, you’ll find Koh Rong to be visitor-friendly, but deliciously peaceful and simple.
Instead of Queenstown, visit Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island
When you think of visiting New Zealand, it’s hard to go past idyllic Queenstown. Drive an hour north, though, and you’ll find yourself in Wanaka. Away from the snow-bunny, tourist-heavy streets of Queenstown, you’ll find Wanaka is an absolute haven. It offers a relaxed, welcoming vibe and views of the Southern Alps that will take your breath away, as well as a range of world-class wineries to spend a day (or two). If you’re looking for an escape to New Zealand that’s a little more grown up, but no less adventurous and enjoyable, Wanaka is your spot.
Instead of Bali, Indonesia, visit Hoi An, Vietnam
One of the big appeals of visiting Bali is the delicious food and cheap shopping. Turns out, Vietnam has also got you covered with both these things. The beautiful, soulful town of Hoi An is in the middle of Vietnam, along the coastline, and is an interesting mix of French and Vietnamese influences.
You’ll find wonderful cafes and eateries, set inside charming buildings with French-inspired facades. The food is amazing, providing traditional Vietnamese flavours and European goodies. Local tailors custom make suits, dresses and anything else your heart desires, at great prices.
Instead of Singapore, visit Tokyo, Japan
A visit to Singapore will see you visit classy department stores, eat fantastic food and stay in luxurious accommodation. Tokyo offers all this, with a little Japanese flair.
You’ll still find great shopping, but you’ll also discover a child-like element to the city too, with games arcades, batting cages, rabbit cafes and karaoke bars. You can feast on world-class sushi, tempura and some pretty spectacular ramen, then spend the day exploring this eclectic city, bursting with culture and history.
Tokyo retains the high-end feel of Singapore, adding a fun and carefree edge to it that makes you feel like the entire city is your playground.
Where are you thinking of taking your next holiday? Daydream about it in the comments below!