The world is huge, but also so very, very small. In today’s world, there is almost no excuse for not traveling, for not exploring, for not experiencing all the world has to offer. Here are some of our favs and if you can get there, go, man, go.
We’re not limiting these choices to just adventure travel;, though that is certainly one focus, we’ll also take trips through history, or enjoy a perfect native meals, or simply contemplate the beauty of a tropical sunset as the sky turns pink, then purple, then the stars share their grandeur.
1,200+ crystalline islands are waiting to be explored. Croatia has always been one of our favorites if only for the vast number of choices, but before the invention of Smartphones and apps, it was difficult to explore the islands unless you had a ton of time and a lot of money to charter a private yacht. That’s changed with the introduction of UberBOAT. Yes, that’s right Uber (the get a lift company), has taken to the high seas, and now it’s easy to arrange a quick jaunt or a full-fledged guided tour of the myriad islands on the Dalmatian Coast.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
There is so much happening in Buenos Aires om 2018 that it would take this entire article just to list it all, even then we’d likely miss something, but here goes. Teen Olympics, the G20 conference, and a plethora of art galleries and festivals make this a multi-cultural, multi-faceted destination. It whatever your interest, the city and surrounding areas, will have you covered, from sports, art or politics, Buenos Aires has something to offer.
The Argentinean capital is already home to a wide range of art galleries, but this year the art community is garnering a worldwide reputation by offering support for local artists, some of whom are amazing. Beyond that, are exhibits, workshops, and lectures all designed to make the city an art mecca. October will see 4,000 teen athletes from 200+ countries gathering to compete in the youth Olympics. The entire area has been renovated in anticipation of the event, a landmark that will live long after the teens depart.
Los Cabos, Mexico
What exactly would you like to do? Walk leisurely on the wide sandy beaches? Enjoy a five-star meal just before embarking on a night of clubbing? How about strolling through an area where the hotels are world class, and the entire area has been updated for 2018? This area, which includes the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are littering sizzling with excitement, fast becoming the “must visit” areas of Mexico.
And while new developments are often both a blessing and a curse, for now, let’s look at the bright side as a host of new developments, including world-class brands like Ritz-Carlton, the Four Seasons, Nobu Hotel (the first in Mexico). They’ll be plenty of rooms and farm-to-table meals to enjoy in this thriving destination.
Walla Walla Valley, Washington
The song says, “Almost Heaven, West Virginia,” but the same could be said for Walla Walla Valley. Boasting 300+ days of sunshine, this area is perfect for grapes and then, with time and care, wine. Tucked away in a somewhat quiet part of Washington state, the area is home to three flourishing viticultural regions, Columbia, Walla Walla, and Yakima Valleys. The area is a magnet for those who yearn for the pristine sunny and temperate outdoors with the golfer, cyclists and natural enthusiasts flocking to the area. Home to around 140 wineries, there are plenty of free samples and four weekend-long tasting events each year. While Wala Wala is only now coming into its own, it is fast playing catch up with, at least one, world-class resort opening and savory dining for the most discriminating foodie.
The Silk Road
Any lover of travel has heard of, if not visited, the area that was once called “The Silk Road”. This road help to define the culture of Asia and Europe bring together people and culture from afar. And the city that was at the cent of all this was and is Uzbekistan.
FACTOID: During the time of the orginal Silm Road, the cities of Bukhara and Samarkand became the cultural centers of the time.
Today’s Uzbekistan is safe and affordable, primarily Muslim, but welcoming to visitors. A recent regime change has made the area more open to tourist, though they remain relatively few. As China ushers in “The Iron Silk Road,” or Trans-Asian Railway, the regions promises to once again be at the center of a thriving area of trade and cultural exchange.
Egypt has long been a destination for the adventure seeker. Full of mystery and lore, young and old had stood before the Great Pyramids and The Sphinx and contemplated their origins. Recent years have seen a decline in Egypt’s tourism due to economic and political reasons, but that is soon to change.
Measuring in at 650,000 square feet and costing approximately 1 Billion dollars, The Grand Egyptian Museum is a modern engineering marvel and pays homage to the deep history of the Gaza Plateau. Visitors can stroll through the museum and, at least mentally, take a journey through time as they marvel at the treasures of the Pharaohs (more than 100,000 artifacts) and gaze on the golden funeral mask of Tutankhamen. The state-of-the-art museum will echo both the pyramids and the plateau on which it sits, all while providing breathtaking views and luxurious surroundings.
Marrakesh isn’t new to being a city of renown. In the 1960s, the likes of Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones) and Yves Saint Laurent and a host of adventure seekers and art lovers of the time spent time in the ancient city. Of course, that was then; this is now. Today the city is poised to reinvent itself, mostly because of two landmark editions, YSL Museum and the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, both garnering worldwide attention and potentially making Marrakesh a cultural center for African art. This isn’t to say the city didn’t already have multiple galleries, just that the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair brings certain notoriety with names like Billie Zangewa and William Kentridge.
And of course, whenever and wherever the elite gather, so too do the new and renovated five star hotels. Like the Oberoi, getting ready to launch its third African property, this one lakeside surrounded by citrus groves. Not to be outdone, Royal Mansour has added a 6,450 square foot pool area with accompanying air-conditioned cabanas.
Stay tuned for part two.