Springtime is peeking through the clouds for the first time this year. That means it’s time to start looking ahead to the wanderlust adventures of 2018.
We at Cinta Manis are strong believers in what Mark Twain said,
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.”
There’s a lot dividing our world today, but more connecting us as a global community. Travelling to other places, meeting people from different backgrounds and seeing the wonders of the world is important.
In the spirit of embracing this world we all live in together, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 destinations to visit this year.
1. Machu Piccu – Classic with a twist:
The ruins of this civilization untouched by the Conquistadors, high in the clouds of Peru, is one of the trips of a lifetime. To add to your experience, consider hiking one of the winding paths to the top instead of taking the train up to the secluded summit.
2. New Zealand – Other-worldly island life:
South Island is home to a diverse amount of awe-inspiring landscapes from glaciers to beaches. Along the west coast of the island you can see the Punakaiki pancake rocks slicing through the waves as well as the snow-capped Mount Cook.
3. Iceland – Alien planet on earth:
In a land that is still hissing and spitting with volcanic growing pains, Iceland is a wander like no other. You can descend into Thrihnukagigurvolcano, peer into the black lava craters of Dimmuborgir or hang off the back of a ship watching orca whale feed. It’s an off-world experience of geological wonder.
4. Nepal – On top of the world:
Glorious views from the teahouse trail allow you to connect to the locals in a unique way. After the devastating earthquake in 2015, the tourism industry has become even more important to the country, and it’s worth it for the views. You can even hike into the Mount Everest base camp and talk with the climbers before they begin their assent.
5. Patagonia, Chile – For the roadies:
Road trip down the new 1,200 km road through the Patagonia National Park Network. The network incorporates dramatic landscapes from 17 national parks. This year is the first time you can drive the road to completion, including the Argentine Patagonia.
6. Solomon Islands – Hiding among the coral:
Out in the remote South Pacific, you have the opportunity to spend every day snorkeling alongside manta rays and tropical fish. You may even catch a glimpse of the recently discovered Omura’s whale. It’s a chance to see the corals up close and learn how to save them for the future.
7. Namibia – Stargazers daydream:
The perfect antidote to the racing pace and light pollution of the city awaits you in Namibia. It’s one of the most scarcely populated countries and because of its dry climate had regularly clear skies. You can choose to trek the wilderness and sleep under the stars, or cozy up in a resort, complete with observatory and skylights.
8. USA/Canada – Before it’s gone:
The two north American countries split Glacier National Park and share in its marvel. Dramatic peaks and receding glaciers dripping into bright turquoise lakes are what make this National Park so stunning. And it’s estimated the glaciers in the park might be gone by 2030.
9. Western Australia – Wildlife like nowhere else:
We all know the classic kangaroo and koala unique to Australia, but Western Australia has even more in the wildlife department. You can go swimming with three species of sea turtles in Ningaloo or take a short boat trip out to the island of Rottnest and to experience the smiley little life of the quokka.
10. Norway – Time standing still:
Stay in a wooden cabin, deep in northern Norway and witness the sky open itself up and light the night. Nothing says wanderlust today like your very own time lapse of the hypnotic Northern Lights.
As you dream and as you plan, make sure you stop by the Cinta Manis shop to outfit your wanderlust. The Cinta Manis “Sweet Love of Dreams” swimwear collection is the perfect touch to your deep-sea dive and take home your wanderlust treasures in your sarong-swaddled Cinta Manis bag.
May your wanderings be transformative.
-With Sweet Love