The world is full of special destinations but as Covid-19 has spread around the world and countries have closed their borders, our team, Exploring Our Globe, wanted to bring you some more off the beaten track destinations. These spots are primarily nature facing, perfect for 'social distancing' and are guaranteed to give you a smile that you can't wipe from your face.
1) Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
From breathtaking turquoise lakes, to swaying tussock grasses and the country's highest mountain (Mount Cook), this special area of New Zealand has it all. Fly into Queenstown, rent a car and drive just a few hours North and prepare to be truly taken aback. Never before will you have seen such a stunning mixture of colours.
Unsurprisingly, Aoraki has become an increasingly popular destination but due to the park being so expansive, you'll nearly always feel like you have the place to yourself. Other than taking in the scenery, we also recommend you take a dip in the icy waters of Lake Pukaki - a memory you will never forget!
2) Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana
Find yourself among fossils and and Stone Age artefacts in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. An ancient salt lake once lay over 16,000 square kilometres of the Kalahari Desert. Stay at the pioneer safari lodge in the area, Jack’s Camp. And, they’re about to go live running exclusively on Tesla solar power!
With so much to do in the area from star gazing, quad biking, game viewing, historical guided trips, hiking and more this destination definitely makes the cut.
3) El Chaltén, Argentina
On the Patagonian travel circuit, Argentina’s off the beaten track El Chaltén is a must. This tiny village has been a popular basecamp for brave mountaineers looking to summit various peaks in Los Glaciares National Park. And even if big hikes aren’t your thing there are many options for more moderate and equally as beautiful trails. Take in the beauty of Patagonia here from there primeva forests, snow melt lagoons, gushing rivers, rough peaks and jaw-dropping glaciers. And if you’re a rock climber, all the more reason to base up in this quaint village.
4) Dominica, Carribean
The tiny, lush island of Dominica—located between Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean is next on the list.
Dominica is an absolute haven for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers, enjoy: the white sand; the aqua-blue ocean; the world’s second-largest boiling lake; natural hot springs; volcanoes; out of the way pools below impressive waterfalls; more than 500 kilometrs of trails in unspoilt rain forest and the clearest water perfect for snorkeling and diving. Here you can find the world’s only year-round resident sperm whale population.
Although deeply scarred post Hurricane Maria in 2017 and being extremely vulnerable to climate change, they still aim to become the first climate-resilient country in the world by 2030. With a bold plan in place watch this space and check it out on your trip there.
And to add to this, it boasts a number of newly-opened luxury resorts too make your holiday a truly epic one. Lets support this recovering gem of an island in order for it to thrive.
5) Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Okay, so Dubai would probably be described as the opposite of 'off the beaten track' but as it's a major flight route, we wanted to throw in this pretty extraordinary place. For starters, who manufactures an archipelago of 300 islands for one event? Dubai of course! With constant new developments such as the upcoming Aladdin City, the Museum of the Future and ME by Meliá Dubai there is always something to be in awe of. Top-draw accommodation isn’t hard to come by here either. Enjoy jaw dropping sheer luxury and a wow factor to write home about at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira. This is just one of the endless options and a great place to stop for a few days, as you're passing through to a more nature facing destination.