Partially re-posted from Conde Nast
7 destinations for some social distancing
March 30, 2020
“Social Distancing”, a new concept, although some may argue that by creating social media platform, we have been doing some distancing..socializing! Either way, it seems that concept is here to stay, and possibly expand. So we thought we’d look for articles and do some research on destinations that one could easily add to their wish list, if one was to hope for some..social distancing.
Here are 7 among our favorite social distancing destinations (yet, you can be sure more are out there). Enjoy!
Hiriketiya Bay, Sri Lanka
Tourism in Sri Lanka was hit hard by last Easter’s attacks – an extra reason to support the surf town of Hiriketiya, the country’s go-slow answer to Canggu. For an alternative surf break, Nicaragua’s rainforested Pacific coast is now largely protest-free, and safe again for visitors. This is where the Jungle meets the Sea, surrounded with palm trees nearby undiscovered bays of south coast of Sri Lanka. A beautiful authentic beach like a horse shoe shape, located in the south of Dickwella main town. Away from the commercialized tourist zones, Hiriketiya bay feels like home away from home. The horse shoe shape of the bay is an advantage to millions surfers around the world, as they get to experience approximately ten months of the year of surfing. More excursions to experience in the neighboring bays of this underrated holiday destination, to mention Whale and Dolphin watching in Mirissa, these waters are abundant with a huge diversity of sea life.
The ancient city of Petra is one of Jordan’s national treasures and by far its best known tourist attraction. Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is a UNESCO World Heritages Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Inhabited by the Nabateans, Edomites and Romans, Petra brought together the knowledge and skill of these civilizations to create this world wonder. Caravans laden with incense, silks, spices and other exotic goods would rest at Petra. Petra has a lot of fun exciting excursions and activities to offer to its visitors, like the AL-SIQ treasury trail – which is the most visited trail in Petra. An Experience that is out of this world is to Visit Petra at night by the 1,800 candles, with the haunting music of the bedouins at the tresury.
The South Caucasus country is set to follow northern neighbor Georgia into the travel consciousness this year. Expect Silk Road history, wine routes, epic hikes and smart openings such as The Alexander hotel in Soviet-quirky Yerevan. Previously known as Soviet Republic, today Armenia, is located between Europe and Asia mountainous region of Caucasus. Armenia is notorious for its strong religious beliefs, as it was the first country in the whole world to declare Christianity as their national religion. This country has incredible architecture and botanic gardens to show off for its tourists, like the Yerevan botanic garden, Yerevan Cascade and the Republic Square that is notorious meeting spot for first dates and mostly a landmark for couples who are getting married.
Semuc Champey, Guatemala
Semuc Champey, means “where the river hides under the earth” Q’eqchi. We describe this unique holiday destination as a phenomenal place that is located in the heart of the Guatemala jungle. The stepped turquoise limestone pools lie on top of the fast flowing and wild Rio Cahabon, which hides underground for a few hundred meters. This national monument with its waterfalls might be the most beautiful spot in the jungle of the northern Guatemala, but that’s for you to find out on our trip to Semuc Champey. Best holiday destination for travelers residing in the central of America, and this destination has been rightfully named one of the best adventurous places in Central America. There’s more to explore in jungle of Guatemala, not to mention the K’An Ba Caves which are also called the Semuc Champey Caves, enjoy the ride of Tarzan rope swing. Since its a jungle you might be worried about a place to sleep, NO! The Guatemala jungle offers luxurious jungle lodges, very nice place to spend a few days, even when you are social distancing.
Haida Gwaii, Canada
Haida Gwaii forms a dagger-shaped archipelago of some 450 islands located 80 km west of the British Columbia coast, near the Alaskan border, and has been given the unofficial name Canadian Galapagos. It is deeply respected for the environment is protecting a luxuriant, dense forest with rich biodiversity, grizzly bears and bald eagles in the thick forests, and right whales and sea lions spotted off the jagged coast. Haida Heritage center at Kay Llnagaay, is a multi-building facility in Skidegate where Haida culture can be expressed in many forms. Performances held in the auditorium, fine arts taught at the Bill Reid teaching center. The history of Haida Gwaii is covered at the Haida Gwaii Museum founded in 1976, and the way of life today. This place is notorious for its fishing opportunities, salmon and halibut and it brings business opportunities for its people. This is where you will feel like at home, one of the incredible lodges, Haida House was awarded the 2013 Aboriginal Tourism British Colombia for its outstanding accommodation and guest services.
Vanuatu & The Solomon Islands
The Y- Shapes chain of fourteen main Islands, Vanuatu previously known as New Hebrides is located between the South Pacific Ocean and the Coral Sea. These faraway Pacific isles are home to volcanoes, towering waterfalls and tribes known for doing bungee-like jumps from wooden towers. Enjoy what we call paradise, Mele Cascades, a notorious and photogenic swimming spot located 10km from Port Vila. Lets explore the active volcano, Mount Yasur, located on Tana Island, one of Vanuatu small islands. The Exploding lava storm of Mount Yasur is a sight you won’t soon forget. The local markets are incredible, with the vegetation, Sculptures and traditional colorful clothing they have to offer, not forgetting their traditional dance.
The Maldives is a nation of islands in the Indian Ocean, that spans across the equator. The country is comprised of 1192 islands that stretch along a length of 871 kilometers. While the country covers an area of approximately 90,000 square kilometers, only 298 square kilometers of that is dry land. The islands are grouped into a double chain of 26 atolls. Travel with Art In Voyage and explore most of the beautiful places in Maldives. The Male is not to be missed, notorious for its mosques and colorful buildings with a distinctive gold dome. Enjoy the over-water bungalows in Veligandu Island where you will experience the romantic sunsets glow red and yellow over lapping waters of the Indian ocean, this island has been championed as one of the top destinations in the Maldives for couples. Maldives has the perfect Islands for snorkeling, scuba diving and many more activities and excursions.