Travelling is well loved by Singaporeans of all ages, regardless whether you are single and pumped with adrenaline or married with children and prefer to take life easy. There are a multitude of reasons why travelling is so well loved. From expanding your perspective to letting you reflect on your life, travelling helps you rejuvenate more than anything.
Truth be told, everyone yearns for a holiday, but the only problem is the lack of leaves to embark on holiday. So, what can be done? Here’s a good solution for you: Leverage on every public holiday you get and combine them with your leaves to create the ultimate holiday plans.
Now we move on to the next concern: Where should you travel to on your long weekends?
Regardless of whether you are a short-trip, medium-trip, or long-trip person, we have just the right travel ideas for you. The only regret you will ever feel is to not have done the trip earlier.
Short trip ideas to take a break and refresh yourself
#1 Go on a wild adventure in Thailand
Singaporeans are very familiar with Thailand. In particular, Bangkok is the most common go-to destination for our favourite activity: shopping. But besides the usual shopping and café hopping, did you know that Thailand has a series of hidden adventures for the adrenaline junkies? If you are daring enough to call yourself a thrill seeker or daredevil, Thailand has all the adrenaline pumping activities to offer you.
In Bangkok and Pattaya, you can find jump points to let you try sky diving and experience the free fall. Besides skydiving, you can also try your hand at scuba diving with whale sharks. Between February to April, liveaboard will bring you through Thailand’s national parks where you can dive with whale sharks. These creatures can be as big as 30 feet and the feeling of swimming beside such a giant creature is nothing short of amazing.
#2 Short trip to Vietnam to relax your mind and body
Sometimes, a wild adventure is not something that you want to go for. Some of us prefer the quiet places just for relaxation. If there is any country that will fit nicely into your plan to relax your mind and body, it is Vietnam. With its natural beauty, Vietnam will captivate you and put your worries about work and social life behind you.
On top of the list of destinations to visit in Vietnam is the Ha Long Bay. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site 1994, Ha Long Bay was recognised by the world for its outstanding geological and geomorphological value. Every single sight you can catch a glimpse at Ha Long Bay is 100% natural. It took 3,000 years of chemical reactions between limestone and dripping water to create the stunning karst outcroppings in Ha Long. If it took such a long time to develop, it certainly deserves a visit. For a complete and stellar experience, make sure to spend your night in Ha Long Bay on board a boat hotel.
Medium trip ideas to expand your horizon
#1 Experience the nomadic culture in Mongolia
Mongolia is an Asian country that often mysteriously disappears from anyone’s travel destination checklist. The reason why we say it is “mysterious” is because Mongolia possesses a compelling list of reasons for us to visit. Yet, many of us have not yet done so.
Mongolia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Because of this, a large part of the country is still untouched and kept in its pristine condition. If you love the outdoors, Mongolia is THE paradise for you. There is not a moment of “boring-ness” in Mongolia’s nature, from the beautiful desert steppe and incredibly sand dunes in the Gobi in the south, to the mountainous regions in the west, to the lakes in the north, Mongolia will only beat your expectations. Nothing less. Make sure you step foot onto the largest deserts in the world, the Gobi Desert, and explore the dinosaur remains petrified in Bayanzag.
Besides the pristine nature, Mongolia has something even better to offer: its nomadic culture. Travelling in Mongolia will give you the opportunity to stay with nomadic families in their Ger to create an experience you will never forget. While you are out in the wild, don’t forget to stop and enjoy views of the famous Prezwalski horse, snow leopards, yaks and gazelles.
Long trip ideas to check off bucket list destinations
#1 Enter into another dimension in Iceland
One of the biggest reasons why anyone would visit Iceland is because of the famous Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon can only be seen on the most northern edges on Earth that aren’t light polluted. It is said that witnessing the Northern Lights with your naked eye is like witnessing pure magic. If you are lucky, you can get a room in the igloo hotels where you can stargaze and enjoy the sky view of Iceland’s starry night. But that’s not all there is to this amazing island country.
The Iceland package comes with the beauty of natural wonders as well. Iceland is one of those countries in the world that boasts some of the most picturesque sceneries. Iceland has the unique black pebble beaches, which are surrounded by black basalt cliffs with some incredible gigantic rock formations as its backdrop. Iceland also has waters filled with glaciers that create a living habitat for the unique wildlife. Waterfalls are also standout geographic landmarks of the country amongst the many active volcanoes. A trip to see these landscapes is definitely an art piece worthy for your eyes.
#2 Visit Turkey, the confluence where East Meets West
If you are looking for a place that will make you feel that money is well spent, Turkey is the place for you. Turkey is a beautiful country that is modern enough to be comfortable and yet traditional enough to offer surprises. It is no wonder why Turkey is among the top 10 most visited travel destinations in the world.
One thing in Turkey which you can’t find in any other region in the world is the culture. Because of its geographic location, Turkey is the only place where you can find Middle Eastern, European, and Asian influences. This influence not only makes its food so flavourful and unique, its architecture and culture is also very distinct and interesting. Today, Turkey is a country where you can view the most cultural heritage in the world. If that is not enough to convince you that Turkey is the place you should be spending your long weekends in 2019, there’s more.
Turkey is also world famous for its UNESCO World Heritage sites. As of 2018, it is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. It has a pending list of 77 other sites that are waiting to be entered into the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites that have been made popular by tourists is Cappadocia.
Cappadocia is a magical place that often lets people fall short of using words to describe its beauty. It comes in a weird landscape that makes it look like it is a place that you can only find on other planets in the Milky Way. Mother Nature came up with the idea of this amazing creation by letting volcanic eruption ash form solidified soft rocks. Humans then came and left its mark by creating a network of human-created caves in the soft rocks. The best way to enjoy the beauty of Cappadocia is to take a ride on a hot air balloon where you can take in the whole landscape at once.
This article was originally published on bankbazaar.sg. Edited and re-published with permission