In the recent years, Indians have been eyeing travel options that are rather unexplored, no matter how far. Indian travellers have been eyeing destinations in US, Canada and New Zealand along with South American countries like Mexico, Brazil and Panama attracting visitors because of their rich culture and history.
Cuba, a 17-hour journey by flight from India, is also amongst the popular off-beat choices. While the Caribbean island’s sun kissed beaches and cultural treasures are widely searched by travellers in the Indian subcontinent.
Some tips to visit more destinations in same time include squeezing in a city break during a flight layover on your longhaul trip. If you have a city you’d like to explore en route, check airline options accordingly. It is recommended to check the visa requirement beforehand to avoid last minute hiccups.
A TRYST WITH KIWI LAND
New Zealand is a dream destination for many. Its surreal beauty makes it perfect for those seeking a romantic outing or adventure. Apart from Auckland, Christchurch and Rotorua here are a few lesser known places that you can head to:
Bay of Islands: The Bay of Islands, a three-hour drive from Auckland, is one of the best places to go in New Zealand for fishing, sailing and other water sports. This gorgeous region is made up of 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula.
KIWI ADVENTURE: Canoe down the lakes in Rotorua and let New Zealand amaze you further
Milford Sound: Rudyard Kipling called Milford Sound the geighth wonder of the world,h The best way to see Milford Sound is to sail through it. Take a sightseeing cruise on the fjord to see waterfalls and wildlife such as dolphins and penguins. Or navigate the waters under your own steam on a kayaking tour.
Waiheke Island: A 30 minute boat ride from downtown Auckland takes you to Waiheke Island, one of the best places to visit for wine connoisseurs. For a small island in the middle of Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island sure is home to a lot of vineyards.
Organic greens in farmer’s market, Kiwi style
White Island: White Island is perfect for those adventure lovers looking to take the off beaten path. The country’s most active volcano is one of the best places to go for adventurous souls. If trekking through the rugged course is not your thing, try a helicopter tour to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the scenic backdrop. You can also opt for a boat ride to White Island or go scuba dive to catch a glimpse of the volcano’s underwater vents.
THE DREAM AMERICAN HOLIDAY
Planning a trip to the USA is not an easy task as the country has a wide range of landscapes and climates. More than a country of car-packed streets as seen in the movies, the skyscraper lined big-cities are contrasted with sprawling natural parks, museums and innumerable sightseeing and adventure opportunities.
RIDERS GALORE: The summer months are perfect to take the chairlift to the top of the Big Bear Summit (CA) then ride the bike down the mountain.
With more than six million kilometres of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centres, it is a land for road trips. Whether it’s travelling with family, solo or with friends, a trip to the USA offers numerous attractions to help customise a fun experience.
TRANQUIL BACKDROPS: Renowned world over for its amazing scenery and wildlife, Denali National Park in Alaska offers year round activities
If you are looking to visit USA for the first time, you can mix the conventional attractions with some offbeat ones. You can either stick with the east coast or west coast depending on the duration of the trip.
Listed below are some attractions that you can add to your holiday or draw up an itinerary to visit just these:
A RENDEZVOUS WITH NATURE
With numerous themes and a vivid landscape, Canada leaves you spoilt when it comes to planning a holiday. From music festivals and parties to communing with nature, Canadian vacations are wide-ranging. Here are two suggestions to bring you a piece of true Canadian-flavour.
OUT INTO THE WILD : Whale Watching in Victoria allows you an encounter with the killer whales
Soak up the French vibe of Quebec City: Montreal’s nearby glitter and grit often outshines the old-world charm of Quebec City, the cobblestone streets, piercing cathedral spires and elegant French fare of Quebec’s capital, brings Quebec City the attention it deserves. The city allows you to take a step back in time and across the ocean. Make sure to go check the fortress walls, the only ones that still exist north of Mexico. Reserve the evenings to sip craft beer or cider at one of the many bars on nearby Rue Saint-Jean.
THING OF BEAUTY: To experience the beauty of Canada, try soft adventures like kayaking, fishing or cycling
Watch killer whales frolic in Victoria: Victoria in British Columbia is the best place to view Killer Whales in the wild. The Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits bordering Victoria offers the longest range for whale watching tours. You can get up-close and personal with the pods. Nearly 85 whales belong to three families namely – J, K and L, allowing you ample opportunity to have your own close encounter on the tour.