The kids are out of the house and you’re still in shape? Here are the 20 best places you must have seen as an adult traveller.
Over 7,000 islands with palm trees, white sandy beaches and countless hours of sunshine in a clear, turquoise sea. The Philippines are truly a paradise. But the flights to there are extremely expensive. You need a well paid job or a successful business to be able to afford this dream.
Expect pure luxury, countless magnificent buildings and a crystal clear sea without mass tourism. The beaches are very clean and lined with palm trees. In the interior of the country the magic of the desert awaits you with Bedouins, camels and everything that belongs to it.
From the moment the third part of Indiana Jones has been in the cinemas, everyone has heard of the ancient city of Petra, which can be described as an archaeological wonder of the world. But there is more to discover, for example the desert landscape of Wadi Rum or the coral reefs in the Red Sea, which are among the most beautiful diving areas in the world.
To list all the attractions in South Africa, I would need to write a book. In the south you can visit the Cape of Good Hope and the only penguin colony outside Antarctica and – if you are brave – dive with white sharks in Gaansbai. Additional, there is Cape Town with its world-famous Table Mountain and Robben Island, the prison island on which Nelson Mandela spent many years. In the middle of the country are the Drakensberg Mountains. And in the north you can see lions, elephants and many other wild animals on a safari in Kruger National Park.
This country is mostly skipped by the young backpackers because there are no beaches. What Laos lacks in sea, it compensates with picturesque landscapes, temples and waterfalls. Travellers interested in culture leave Thailand and Vietnam to the young people and enjoy the undiscovered jewel of Southeast Asia without party noise at night.
You have seen the movie “The Blue Lagoon” with Brooke Shields and want to spend intimate hours as a couple far away from civilization? You are at the right place. A seaplane will fly you to your dream island, where a luxury resort with its own butler and numerous amenities awaits you. You have the beach for yourself. Of course this costs a lot of money, but as a good earning adult you can afford it.
Many of the older adults stay there because New Zealand is the perfect place to live for retirees. Most holidaymakers cross the country in a camper. Because of the lack of crime staying overnight in a van is not a problem. Immediately after waking up, enjoy breathtaking natural landscapes that no five-star hotel can offer.
Papua New Guinea
This island state, which partly belongs to Indonesia, is for the most part untouched. The jungle is dense, natives go hunting with spears and live in huts made of palm leaves. Real adventure awaits you here! But without a knowledgeable guide no one should travel in Papua New Guinea. The inhabitants are generally considered friendly, but there are also aggressive tribes and cannibals who can use the jungle’s thicket for raids. Most tours start in the capital Port Moresby. Due to the often rough terrain a little fitness is necessary. You can also book tours on the river in a motorized canoe.
Canada offers hotels in every price range that offer you a warm shower and a comfortable bed after a long walk in the wilderness. The country offers beautiful cities like Ottawa and Vancouver and pure adventure in numerous national parks, but you have to be able to afford it.
Wonderful forests, large herds of reindeer and the northern lights await the holidaymaker in this hospitable Scandinavian country. But also extremely high prices. A week in Norway costs as much as two weeks luxury holiday in Thailand. For this reason many young people avoid this country. But with a good job that covers the costs, you should not skip Norway.
Iceland offers numerous natural wonders that everyone should definitely have seen. But because everything on the island is expensive – even a bed in a hostel’s dormitory costs over 25 euros – you need a good salary to afford your holiday. Adults around the age of 40 usually have well-paid jobs and enough stamina for long hikes. An ideal age to see whales, geysers and the blue lagoon.
The green island offers dramatic cliffs, charming villages and colours so intense that the photos often look fake. In the cities, people like to party in the evening. There are very crazy celebrations at which, for example, goats are crowned kings. Those who like it more quiet, drive to the north, where they can watch whales from the hotel room.
With its picturesque castles and wildly romantic highlands, Scotland seems lonely and a little out of touch with the world. The inhabitants have a rough charm and attach great importance to their traditions. Scotland is a world of its own that cannot be compared to any other country. Enjoy whiskey by the open fire and try the national dish of Haggis.
Poland offers beautiful cities, including Gdansk, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Krakow, as well as numerous historically important attractions. Krakow, for example, is home to Oskar Schindler’s factory. You can also visit the Jewish quarter, from where people were taken to the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp, about 40 kilometres away.
What sounds boring to young people may be more interesting for adults. In Vienna and Salzburg, you follow in the footprints of famous composers such as Mozart and Beethoven. You will experience the European imperial era in the Vienna Hofburg, which today is the seat of government. Thanks to its mountains, ice caves and lakes, Austria also has a lot to offer hikers.
Whether old or young, Italy has something for everyone. Those interested in culture can visit Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice. The party-makers hang around on the beaches of Rimini and Bibione. Those who want to avoid tourist hordes go to Turin or Assisi. Milan is ideal for shopping.
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, offers a magnificent medieval old town which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Outside, fairytale-like, often mystical landscapes await visitors. The ultra-modern meeting places for technology freaks offer a sharp contrast to the traditional culture. In terms of digitisation and globalised management, Estonia is light years ahead of most countries. The small country in the Baltic States is considered the Silicon Valley of Europe.
Moscow and St. Petersburg are cities that everyone should have seen. The often exaggerated palace buildings and churches are sure to amaze you. In Moscow even the underground stations are legendary. They show off with crystal chandeliers, the passenger feels more like he is in a castle than in a train station.
If you want to experience the old, traditional Japan, visit the former capital Kyoto. It offers magnificent gardens, geishas and wooden houses in traditional architecture. Tokyo and Osaka also have a lot of history to offer, but look much more modern. Especially in Tokyo, you will experience the Japanese’s love of technology. Not to be missed on the list are Mt. Fuji and a visit to a sushi restaurant.
Adult travellers should visit Istanbul and the Cappadocia region. This area is known for its unique tuff rock buildings. The ruins of Ephesus and, of course, ancient Troy are also a must. Because the country was partly occupied by the Greeks in ancient times, you will find numerous well-preserved Greek temples in Turkey that are in no way inferior to the Acropolis.