Why save all your vacation fantasizing for the summer? In fact, why fantasize at all? Many of the world’s most exotic locations are no longer so desirable or accessible. Far from being the exclusive domain of the rich and famous, stunning locations from St. Lucia to Saint-Tropez are today enjoyed by us ordinary folk, as we learn to take advantage of increasingly favorable deals on flights and accommodation, not to mention the bareboat charter / cruise industry and all it has to offer.
Here are some of the destinations that perhaps you’d have been unable to enjoy yesteryear, but you can now explore by virtue of the fast-changing world of travel.
Located just a few miles south of Spain, Morocco has long been an adventurer’s paradise. Starting from northern Morocco make your way to the blue city of Chefchaouen. Here just about every building in the Rif Mountain town is painted blue. Take a brief walk to the town church in order to sip on freshly squeezed orange juice as you feast your eyes on one of the most stunning views of this utterly enchanting town. After your colourful trip to Chef, journey to the historic city of Fez. Here you’ll find the oldest university in the world located in one of the oldest in-tact medinas. If you get lost enough in the UNESCO-protected medina of Fes el Bali you might just find your way to the world-renowned tanneries.
Sailing Around the Caribbean
When we leave our minds to wander we tend to give life to the many what-ifs that leave us paranoid and petrified in our tracks. A Caribbean bareboat charter might sound like an impossible dream to some, but it is in fact a fast-growing alternative break for friends and families, who get the chance to see some of the planet’s most photogenic islands, while enjoying some of the world’s best snorkeling. And even if you have been lucky enough to experience this part of the world before, nothing quite compares to the sense of freedom and magic that a bareboat charter can give you. Amazing waters, amazing fishing, amazing sailing!
Hike Mont Blanc
France, Switzerland, and Italy help comprise the 104 miles that make up Mont Blanc. Perhaps you’ve gone on hikes before but what you’ll experience on the highest mountain in the Alps will put you through some intense and literal (or should that be lateral?) ups and downs. This trip is not for the faint of heart. Be sure to pack light but smart as you undertake one of the most gratifying and profound expeditions of your life.
Should you actually go ahead and visit this most stunning part of the Adriatic Sea, it will soon strike you how desperately underappreciated this region really is. The Greek islands, Southern Italy and French Riviera might get all the attention, but Dalmatia is every bit as glamorous. With dozens of islands and hundreds of islets, this stunning coastline is adorned with scenery that confidently matches any of the Mediterranean for sheer dramatic beauty, not to mention climate and architecture. The historic centre of the city of Dubrovnik is naturally something that shouldn’t be missed, but other highlights include the Kornati Islands National Park, the historic port of Hvar and the lakes, forest and gorges of Mljet.
Photo courtesy of Franx’