7 Best Getaway destinations in the world
Everyday life is quite dull for most of us. You get up, go to work/ school/ training, spend your hours there, hang out with your friends, return home and rest. This is the best-case scenario for most people. Some people don’t even have this luxury. It’s either job hunting or getting stuck in some sticky situations. After months or years of this tedious and stressful life, it is a great idea to travel sometimes. The good news about this is that there are some fantastic gateway destinations to deflect your mind from these dull surroundings.
Well, let’s change the tone, shall we? The good news is that this world is filled with unique places, both natural and man-made, that you can choose as your gateway destination. Some of these places are natural havens, while others are man-made marvels. Here I have made a list of 7 gateway destinations that you can visit to refresh your mind to take a break from the mundanity of your everyday life.
Best Getaway destinations in the world
There are a lot of places in the world that can be considered gateway destinations. Gateway destinations are the first place for tourists to visit a certain location. From there, you can reach other tourist attractions around them. Since humans have conquered most of the land, this world has a lot of them. Want to know what they are?
Yes? Let’s get started then!
1. South Island, New Zealand
The South Island of New Zealand is technically not a gateway destination. I mean that this is not the first place for a tourist to reach before they travel further. However, the South Island is still the first place to visit when you visit this island nation of New Zealand.
South Island, New Zealand, is a place filled with breathtaking landscapes. With majestic rocky mountains on all sides and raw wild landscapes. In the mountains of Fiordland National Park, you can take a hike on these raw barren lands filled with nothing but wild grass. The lack of large human settlements in this area also means that if you take a hike at night, you can stargaze at the clear night sky, free from artificial lights. Just stay near the human settlements or within the stargazing spots.
2. Paris, France
Also known as the city of love, this capital city of France is undoubtedly one of the best getaway destinations in the world. Unlike the South Island of New Zealand, Paris is a gateway destination in literal and metaphorical ways. You can easily book a flight to Paris and start visiting the rest of France from this city.
The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and the Arc De Triomphe are enough to draw you to this city. If you follow that up with the rest of the attractions of this city, then you get a beautiful destination. Add in the gothic architecture, such as the famous Notre Dame, with these UNESCO World heritage sites, and the attraction of this city is enhanced even more. However, this is not the primary reason why most people visit Paris. The primary reason why people visit Paris is to enter the quaint cafes and get lost while roaming the cobblestone streets of this city of love.
Fall in love with the cityscape and relax your soul in this romantic getaway in Paris, France.
3. Maui, Hawaii
Similar to the South Island of New Zealand, Maui, an island of Hawaii, is not a gateway destination in a technical sense. However, since I am using this term loosely, let’s not bother about the technicality here.
This small island of Hawaii is a natural choice for anyone who simply wants to relax in a location far away from the busy city life. Relax on the sandy beaches and snorkel with the sea turtles. If you are up for some road trip across Maui, ride across the road of Hana and enjoy the view of the coastline. If you want a specific activity, why not try the Haleakala National park and admire the world’s largest Volcanic crater, one of the natural wonders of this island of Hawaii.
After you are done with all the traveling on this island, you can enjoy the local cuisines on the sandy beach while staring at the breathtaking view of pristine blue waters and letting your soul heal.
4. Bora-Bora, French Polynesia
French Polynesia is a group of 118 islands and atolls. Among many, Bora-bora is one of the best travel gateway destinations. That said, you can travel to any one of the islands and still have a similar experience.
Why should you visit Bora Bora in particular? Because of the scenic beauty, luxurious resorts, and the extinct volcano, Mount Otemanu. Take a road trip/ day trip from Parossie Saint Pierre Celestin halfway to Mount Pahila, hike to the Summit, and take in the breathtaking view of the vast ocean. If you are a history buff, you can also visit the Naval Museum. Besides this, you can always relax on the sandy beach while staring at the blue water as you relax in your room in the local luxury resort. The comfort is exhilarating, and you get a breathtaking view.
What else do you need from a gateway destination? Bora Bora has the luxury of the resort, wilderness of the rocky mountains, and Naval history that can keep you interested for days, perfect for anyone who wants a relaxing time off from the mundane everyday life. Bora Bora is, without a doubt, one of the natural wonders of the world.
5. Pokhara, Nepal
Would you believe that you can get to the base camp of the 10th highest peak globally for less than $1000? It may sound unreal, but you can do it. You need to book a flight to Nepal and then traverse from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Once you reach this city of tourists, all you need to do is find a guide and trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
But ABC trekking is not the only attraction of this city. Pokhara is the city of lakes. So naturally, boating across the lakes is one of the popular activities here. Besides this, Pokhara is known for its adventure sports such as Bungee jumping, white river rafting, and canoeing. All of this can be done within a day trip across the valley.
The best part about this city is that you don’t even need to visit anywhere to view the majestic ice-covered rocky mountains. You can simply look around, and you will find rocky mountains all around you. Pokhara is known as the Jewel of the Himalayas for this reason!
6. London, England
London is one of the popular names among the gateway destinations of the world. London truly is the gate to this amazing England and one of the most popular European cities. I don’t need to mention the clock tower “Big Ben,” one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. Just about everyone knows this clock.
The thing about London is. Even if it didn’t have “Big Ben,” it would still be one of the best travel destinations in the world. This city is filled with architectural structures from just about every era in the past. You can find buildings in Gothic, Victorian, Gregorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and modern eras as you take a day trip to this city of wonders.
Besides the buildings, you can visit tons of free museums and stroll through the streets for some authentic British cuisine. Let’s not forget about the eye of London and Warner Bros. Studio Tour, and numerous art galleries as well.
7. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is not meant for everyone, especially not if you want a relaxing and calm time. This is because Tokyo is anything but calm. This capital city from the nation of anime is a bustling city that never stops running. From the bustling neon lights to the amazing foods, it’s all about getting in the electric energy and enjoying the rush.
Get in touch with your raw nature and watch sumo wrestling, accept your inner weirdness with weird museums, or simply stroll through the alley and enjoy local street foods. Tokyo is the perfect getaway destination for all the adrenaline junkies who want the kick without the risk. At the same time, Tokyo is also a great place for those who want to spend money and try different types of luxury hotels as well. You will find, to your delight, that there is a luxury hotel for your every need and niches.
In the end,
The ones I have mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the gateway destination of the world. The world is big, and there are more wonderful places here than we can ever visit in our lifetime.
Daily life may be mundane, but our world is a wonderful place. I hope you found this interesting!