18 Feb 2019 by Olga Brighton
With a glimmer of spring on its way and some record high winter temperatures, it’s not surprising that we’re starting to think about holidays. If you’ve got the winter blues, why not hop online, find the best travel insurance you can, and start looking for your dream holiday. And why not put off coming home a bit longer and plan a long-stay trip instead? If you’re struggling for ideas, here are some alternatives to the usual long-stay holiday destinations to consider.
First on our list is the Andes. Peru is a backpacker’s dream and is arguably among the more popular long stay holiday destinations on the planet, but it’s so special that we had to keep this one on our list! The Andes is the longest continental mountain range on the planet and the highest mountain range outside of Asia. Take your pick of several thrilling South American countries to explore, whether you opt for Peru and its infamous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon rainforest, or Ecuador for one of the world’s most outstanding wildlife experiences: the Galapagos Islands, or Colombia’s coffee plantations, vibrant colonial towns, and colourful markets. If you have a keen interest in hiking, you will be in your element in the Andes. Dry season here runs from June through to September and the summer weather is actually very pleasant, which will make your hikes that little bit more enjoyable.
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New Zealand is often referred to as God’s Country because of its outstanding natural beauty. Until you see it in person, you can’t truly appreciate how the scale and splendour of this location. Okay, we know it’s a long, long flight, which is another reason why a long stay here is recommended. New Zealand is home to the most amazing landscapes you will ever see. With breath taking panoramic vistas, rolling hills, lush green countryside, and beautiful sandy beaches, New Zealand is ideal for anybody with a passion for the great outdoors. It wasn’t selected as the location for filming the epic Lord of the Rings Trilogy for nothing! A few ideas for things to do whilst in New Zealand include: Kayaking, Sky Diving, visiting the Hot Springs, and sampling the local cuisine. If you like lamb, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried authentic New Zealand lamb. If you’re a fan of seafood, New Zealand’s iconic Greenshell Mussels are simply a must. These beauties are much larger than regular mussels and taste divine. Before you head home, be sure to take a tour around Hobbiton – the Movie Set of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings saga.
China is a fantastic part of the world, yet when it comes to long stay holiday locations, people often don’t consider it. If you’re looking to get away for a few weeks, China is ideal. It is exotic, full of culture, and a real eye-opening experience. What’s more, its’ home to some of the best cuisine you could ever hope for. If you have an interest in history or culture, you’ll love China. Of course, the Great Wall is a must, but there’s heaps more to consider as well. China is home to more natural wonders than anywhere else, including the fabled Yellow Mountains. China is also the only place in the world where Giant Pandas enjoy their natural habitat.
Africa is the world’s second-largest continent, second only to Asia, and it is a holiday destination that is becoming more and more popular. Africa is the ultimate long stat holiday destination because there is so much to choose from. If you consider yourself an adrenalin junkie, a hike to Mount Kilimanjaro is simply a must. This natural wonder is one of the most iconic mountains in the world and is a symbol of Tanzania’s freedom. If you’re an animal lover, an African safari is essential if you’re hoping to glimpse the Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. If you’re looking for a more relaxing, tropical-themed holiday however, the archipelago that is the Seychelles, should be at the top of your list. There is true variety in the people and cultures you will encounter.
Now, when it comes to popular holiday destinations, we’re sure none of you will need persuading as far as visiting the Caribbean is concerned. The Caribbean is one of the most amazing tropical paradises in the world. If you’re looking for clear seas, hot sunshine, blue skies, and white sandy beaches, the Caribbean should be right at the top of your list of potential holiday candidates. With locations such as Cuba, Jamaica, The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and many more besides, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to choose. While the activities you perform will depend on where you decide to visit, a few safe bets include things such as: snorkelling, relaxing on the beach, enjoying delicious rums, and soaking up the amazing night life and culture while enjoying the best authentic Caribbean cuisine.
So, there you have it. Hopefully now we’ve inspired you to book your next long stay holiday so that you’ve got something to look forward to this winter. Remember, always do your research, always book the best travel insurance you can find, and always visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for country health, safety and security information.
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