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Facing my Fears: Afraid to Travel

Have you ever been travelling and when it has come time to move on you can’t or don’t want to? I am facing my fears on that at the moment.

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We are strong believers that slow travel is the best way to see the world. We don’t like rushing through every city and country gathering stamps in our passport.

That’s why we choose to work abroad while on our adventures. It allows us to travel for longer. It is why we lived in Jasper National Park for a year before choosing our European base in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle Braveheart Scotland

Our original idea was to stay a few months in different places to experience a part of the globe before skipping off to the next destination.

That was two years ago.

Before I knew it our temporary destination has become our home away from home.  The driver on my bus to work knows my name. I recognize people in my local supermarket.

And now that we are facing the possibility of leaving I find myself scared. I am too attached to leave, but don’t really want to stay.

I am afraid to travel.

How did this happen to us? When did we forget our travel purpose of being temporary residents in a city?

In hindsight I made a few mistakes.

I found a really good group of friends. I am in a job I really enjoy and could easily see myself here in five years time. I have even scoped out a local coffee shop with a gorgeous chocolate cake on the menu.

Cake Edinburgh, Love Crumbs
Cake Edinburgh, Love Crumbs
Cake Edinburgh, Love Crumbs
Cake Edinburgh, Love Crumbs

In essence I have made myself a life here. And now I feel like I am going to be leaving home for the second time.

But as I sit here writing this post, I can see our motivation in the background. A giant map of the world. And I am reminded that Edinburgh is a very small part of that world. There are so many places I still want to see.

World Map

And moving isn’t all that bad.

Moving to a new place is exciting. Exploring new neighborhoods, eating at new restaurants and finding secret views for the first time.

It can be so easy to lose sight of your travel goals. That is why travelling as a couple is so great. We can remind each other of our purpose.

Cole is great at cheering me up when I start to get sad about leaving. But all it takes is a small reference to a city on my bucket list dream list and I am dreaming of the future in a new destination…

Three Valleys Sunset

This might become our next temporary home.

So as I finish this article I am happier than when I started writing. I cannot call myself a traveller if I am not facing my fears and I am reminded that the world really is our oyster. We have so many great adventures ahead of us to experience.

While it will be hard, it will be worth it.

All we have to do is take the leap.

This is a post from a series called Facing my Fears. It helps us to step outside our comfort zone, in comfort. Check out the rest of the series here.

Tell us about how you Face your Fears when moving to a new destination in the comments.

Adela is one half of the New Zealand Adventure Couple who have been travelling since 2009. She loves the outdoors and has a real passion for Snowboarding, Mountain Biking and Surfing (apart from being scared of sharks). She loves food and writes all our food posts. Consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Annette | Bucket List Journey

    October 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    It would be hard to leave a place once you feel happily comfortable, especially hard to leave that cake! But, you are right, there is a whole big world out there to see 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Thanks Annette! We are taking the steps to make sure we get out there and see it all 😉 But you are right, that cake is delicious haha.

  2. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    October 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    As fellow slow travelers we completely understand that comfortable feeling of having a temporary home on the road–and the reluctance to leave it! We’ve begun house sitting (which we love–post on that going up this week) and we’re currently back in Nicaragua at a friend’s house enjoying the comforts of home (doing laundry! cooking food!), at least for now. It will be hard to move on again, but exciting as well–especially with batteries fully charged by a period of non-travel. Can’t wait to hear where you guys are off to next!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 15, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      We keep looking at house sitting for our next option. Applied for a couple of them but then when it has come around to finalising the details we haven’t been able to make it. Next time for sure.

  3. Victoria

    October 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    I can relate to this. It’s hard when you find somewhere you love, but I guess you can always go back if you want to. I think it’s also important to not feel too much pressure to see it all. Staying for longer than you thought in somewhere you love isn’t always a bad thing. It’s a tricky balance sometimes. On another note, your next temporary home looks colder than Edinburgh! Do you brave the jandals in such cold climates?!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Haha we can’t go back because of the visa situation actually!

      We love the snow 😉 But might have to leave the jandals in storage while we are there.

  4. Laurence

    October 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    It sounds like you have a great life up in Edinburgh – but you’re right – the world is such an amazing place and there is so much out there to see! Change is always going to be a scary thing, however many times we do it – but I think you’e on the right path 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      Maybe we need to find someone that has a small campsite or something to relax on for a few weeks…

  5. Vera

    October 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Adela -I left Rotorua although they had THE BEST chocolate brownies EVER on the weekly night market, and so can you;)!! …I’ve had a few places that I didn’t feel like leaving, because I didn’t have the feeling I was ‘over with it’ yet (and then I just got stuck there until I got more excited about leaving than I was happy with staying). I think that it is actually pretty awesome that you have had such good experiences with making friends, loving work, being greeted by the bus driver – and finding THAT chocolate cake! Locating good chocolate cake is never a mistake, it’s a talent, and you shall take it with you, to your next destination, so don’t be afraid;)!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      Thanks Vera, you are right I do look back on my time here with really fond memories which is great. And you are so right about not leaving a place and getting stuck there! And I have high hopes for finding a new coffee joint 🙂

  6. Lesley Peterson

    October 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Does traveling mean never going back or retracing one’s steps? Is a place the same place once moved forward in time? I really enjoy revisiting places, again and again, for new art shows and architecture, to see what has changed and what hasn’t, just to enjoy what pleased me before: the food, the weather, a favorite painting. I get around pangs of travel regret by consciously saying ‘next time’. And surprisingly there nearly always is a ‘next time’ even if I don’t plan for it. Happens more often than not, even if it takes years. Love Scotland, it’s definitely on my short list for a revisit.

  7. Andy

    October 16, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    The old notion of the hardest step is the first one was never more true. It is extremely difficult to move sometimes especially if we have been stationary for a while. The longer you get to moving, the easier it becomes. Thanks for the cool post! Keep traveling and living the dream!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      Thanks Andy, I am hoping after I make the choice to move the actual move will be easy! As you said I have to keep living the dream!

  8. Jenna

    October 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    It’s tough to leave a good thing, no doubt! Though sometimes it helps to remind yourself that things rarely stay the same. The friends you have could leave, the job could change its home base, and the coffee shop could turn into a nail salon 🙂 I don’t mean to say you should expect the worst, but rather appreciate the moment without attachment, as Buddhists say. You have the rest of your life to move back if you choose!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      I so know what you mean Jenna, in fact a few of my friends are moving on not long after we are planning to leave – so that is a comfort! Thanks for the comment!

  9. Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    October 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Just remember that great big wide world that’s out there waiting for you and I think you’re gonna do just fine. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      Thanks Raymond – I try to keep reminding myself of that! Or at least Cole is there to remind me 🙂

  10. Trudy

    October 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Good luck with your next move – where are you off to next? We are leaving Holland in December after over a year and I’ve got mixed feelings. I’m totally ready to go but it takes this amount of time to really know a place and we have such good friends here. It’s hard also if you have a job you love cause that’s always something that’s hard to find. I’m glad you love Edinburgh though, I think it might be on my future home list!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      You should definitely put Edinburgh on your “to live in” list Trudy, its a great city 🙂 We have a few options in mind for our next destination; France, Berlin or maybe even Spain. Holland will be great though – good luck with the move I am sure you will do great 🙂

  11. Juliann

    October 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    I love moving to new places. Until I met my husband, I moved every year or so. But he likes being near family, and I’ve come to value that more and more, too. Now we just take move vacations to quench my wanderlust. But if he ever says, “Let’s move,” I’ll have our bags packed and ready to go within minutes.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      We do miss our families a lot! But luckily with Skype and cheaper travel we do get to see them lots to keep our homesickness away 🙂

  12. Pete

    October 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    I think we all have the same feelings at times, but for they immediately disappear once I step foot on that plane, train or whatever and know that I’m going somewhere else. It’s the challenge that I strive for. Staying put for too long and having a routine is what scares me. Best of luck and hopefully our paths will meet up sooner or later 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      The act of travelling is definitely a great motivator to keep on moving. We have just become too relaxed with our slow travel way of life. Need a good kick up the a$$ to get going again!

  13. Cathy Sweeney

    October 19, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    I always get a little sad whenever I leave a place — whether I’ve been there a short time or a long time. But I get excited as soon as I think about the adventure ahead! However, that chocolate cake does look like it might be just enough reason to stay in Edinburgh. Happy travels!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      I think on our last day in Edinburgh we will be visiting the cake shop 😉 We have too many other places to visit to get tied down for too long, that’s for sure!

  14. Laurel

    October 19, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    I like having a base too and exploring from there. Looking forward to seeing where you next adventure takes you.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      It is a bit scary that we still haven’t organised where our next adventure will be. Hopefully in the next 2 weeks we will have it confirmed!

  15. Mikeachim

    October 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I love travel…except when I’m about to do it. There’s something in me that digs its heels in and has a Little Madam (Little Mister?) hissy-fit. Confuses me no end, because once I’m off, I almost always love it, partly because I have no choice by that point, but partly because of the excitement you mention…

    I’ve concluded it’s not travel that I’m afraid of, it’s uncertainty, and the more predictability I have in my life, the more difficult I find it to handle leaps into the dark. When I’m ready to move, my mind is coming up with all sorts of excuses as to why I need more time. I haven’t got x done. I haven’t taken advantage of the local delights of y. I haven’t properly said goodbye to z. But what I’m really fighting, I think, is my mind having grown accustomed to predictable routine. It’s not the place – it’s the certainty of being here tomorrow, and the day after, etc.

    Wherever we stop, we are surrounded by routines. People making grooves in the world by doing similar things day in, day out. This is how societies survive and the world would fall over if people didn’t set down habitual roots like this (travelers being freakish in this respect. If everyone decided to hit the road, governments would collapse overnight. Discuss). And it’s not about “good” or “bad”, it’s how almost all of the world works. And partly because of that, and partly because of thousands of years of cultural conditioning, we settle into routines so very easy, and we grow comfortable with predictability.

    (Disclaimer: I may be talking out my ass, you’ve met me, you know what I’m like – but also, I’m reading a very good book called “Uncertainty”, by Jonathan Fields. Much food for thought on this topic).

    Here’s a really interesting read on travel and stability – where the author is making a case for constant movement being as difficult to get out of as constantly staying in one place: http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2011/07/31/on-being-an-illegible-person/

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Brilliant points Mike. You should probably start writing or something as I think you have a great way with words…

      Totally nailed it though and it is amazing the comfort we all get out of having a set routine. Whether it is being able to visit your local coffee shop every morning or knowing that the Formula 1 is on at 2pm on a Sunday, it just works. I guess that is why we love travelling so much. We love to step outside our comfort zones, but I think humans can only handle so much unpredictability for so long. It is why everyone suffers from some sort of “travel burn out” after a while.

  16. James Shannon

    October 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Sweet ski photo near the end of the post … where’s it located?

    No worries guys, I’m sure you’ll find aspects of your new destination that will hook you just as you found those things about Edinburgh that appealed to you…

    Facebook is a wonderful thing … you and your new friends will make plans to link up again, somewhere in the world, before you even realize it! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      The photo is from the 3 Valleys ski resort in France. Epic area and about 20 times larger than Marmot! No joke.

      Cheers for the reassurances too 😉

  17. D.J. - The World of Deej

    October 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    This is definitely one of my biggest concerns with venturing out long term. I’m afraid that every place I’d land would start to become home. But you’re right…they’re just small pieces of a big world that needs exploring…

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Nowhere will be exactly like home, but when you get into a routine it is really hard to break it! I guess that is why so many people don’t find the time to travel ever in their lives!

  18. Stephen Schreck

    October 22, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    I have moments like that, usually about a month before I am due to leave until my first day traveling. Once I land in a place I have never been all those feeling are replaced by the amazing feeling you can only get while traveling. That being said I challenge anyone not to spend a long time in Edinburgh and not want to leave.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      Definitely agree Stephen! Once we step onto the plane on our way to a new destination all our fears evaporate and the sense of adventure returns. Pity we all like routines so much.

  19. Peter Lee

    October 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I think it is really difficult to move from your comfort zone to a another place. But it all depends on you, if you like changes than it would be the best thing you can do yourself. Moving to a new place is great way to meet new people, experience their culture and explore new places.

  20. flip

    October 23, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    moving to a new destination is exciting for me as I’m motivated in seeing new things and trying new stuff… but after being on the road for quite some time now (18 months).. i’m thinking of staying put in just one place for a few months to rest and just to chill and do nothing 🙂 thanks for sharing your insight on this topic…

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      We all need a little bit of routine in our lives every now and then. It is amazing how quickly the itch to travel comes on though after just a few days or weeks in one spot!

  21. Pola (@jettingaround)

    October 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I can understand getting comfortable in a place and attached to friends, favorite hangouts, the daily routine. I hope that your fears soon give way to the excitement of exploration you describe. Best of luck and enjoy!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      We are getting excited about moving on now that we have a plan… all will be revealed soon! 🙂

  22. Angela

    October 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I understand your fear of traveling and leaving the places you love, I have it too sometimes, but the fear of not traveling is bigger 😉 Probably the most painful time for me was when I left China, I’m almost afraid to go back because I don’t want to feel the pain of leaving all over again!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Totally agree that the fear of NOT travelling scares us more. Not sure what we would do with ourselves if someone ever told us we could never travel again!

  23. Lijiang

    October 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    I also love to travel from one place to another places, that is so exciting. Always imagine about next destination. I like relaxing pace, not to rush.

  24. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    October 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    I understand your mixed emotions. Traveling the world is great … but it’s also good to have a home, to see friends regularly, and to have a job you enjoy (though this can be on the road, too!). We recently moved from the U.S. to China for at least a year. There were mixed emotions as we had to give up a lot and bid farewell to a lot in order to come here, but we’re very glad we did. And I’m sure in a year or two when it’s time to move back home, we’ll face similar emotions about moving back! Good luck with your decision, guys!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      Thanks Ellen for your support! It is always hard to say goodbye, but so exciting to go to new places. But as long as we keep reminding ourselves of that, then we will be fine 🙂

  25. Ali

    October 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    No matter how exciting change can be, it’s usually scary too. I like the comforts of home too, but I know I *need* that change. You keep in touch with friends and make new ones, and suddenly you have friends all over the world even if you can’t see them often. Good luck with the next step!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Cheers Ali. It is definitely the excitement of meeting new people, eating new foods, and trying new adventures that keeps us going after 3 years on the road!

  26. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    October 26, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I can relate to your fears. As an adult, I’ve never lived outside of the Atlanta area. For now, Bret and I both function best when we have a stable home base with friends, family, and our dog Huckleberry. Unfortunately, having a permanent home base has it’s drawbacks as well- more expensive to live, more expensive flights, less time to explore a new place. Good for you for facing your fears and moving on to the next phase in your travel life. Best of luck!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      I never knew you had a dog called Huckleberry! Cute 🙂 We do like having a base, and that is part of the reason we have enjoyed living in Edinburgh so much. We can pack up for the weekend and in 2 hours be in another country with different cultures, food and adventures. Makes life very simple. But we do need another challenge now I think 😉

  27. Michael @ Changes In Longitude

    October 29, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    We’ve had similar feelings on our RTW, but the excitement and anticipation of seeing a new place outweighs the thought of staying put, at least so far.I guess in the end you just have to do what feels right to you. I think travel is turning us into unstoppable nomads.

    Cheers,

    Michael

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Totally agree with you there Michael! You will reach a point one day where you will feel burnt out. That is when you realise you need to slow down. It happens to everyone, no matter how many years you travel for 😉

  28. CreditDonkey

    October 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Hi Cole and Adela,

    Every travel blog I read fuels my desire for travel. Fear is in there too, and I have yet to take my first step but once I do, I also plan to take it slow like you do and savor the experience.

    Best of luck in your new adventure!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Thanks Theresa! Once you take that first step, all you will want to do is start running and never stopping 🙂

  29. Abby

    October 31, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    It is never a mistake to make great friends!! I love moving and thrive on that excitement. But I have now stayed put for two years myself. It is amazing. It was a fear I needed to get over, and I can’t believe how much I’ve learned about myself during this time period. It’s strange where life can take us!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      But you are still getting the crazy adventures in Vegas so that is alright 😉

  30. Steve

    November 3, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    It’s really hard to leave the place which you have fallen in love with. You’ll miss the place, people, cuisine and culture. This makes us afraid to travel and try something new. Just be brave enough and think that something better is coming!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Everywhere that we go we seem to fall in love with. We just hope our next move will be just as good 😉

  31. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    November 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Yum.. CHOCOLATE CAKE! You know.. I think I suffer from the opposite – fear of staying put. The last year, all we’ve known is travel and being on the constant move. I always admire those who can stay in one place and truly absorb it all in but am afraid that I’ll want leave the moment things get comfy. Let’s trade places and conquer our little fear together, shall we? 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      November 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Sounds like a grand idea Kieu 😉 Would be great to finally meet you guys somewhere!

  32. Maddy @ I'm Not Home

    November 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I am in Asia atm and those pictures of chocolate cake are just too much!

    I know what you mean – it’s hard to leave somewhere you’re so attached to, especially as you know you’ll probably never live there again. At least if you stay in Europe you know you can pop over for a visit! I’m thinking of making a base for myself next year so it’s good for me to hear the perspective of someone who has done it. Good luck with the move!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Sounds like we might be swapping places as we want to hit up Asia at the end of next year 😉 Need to swap some ideas etc

  33. Reena @ Wanderplex

    November 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    I think it’s really natural to crave familiarity and a sense of routine which is probably why you’re so afraid of moving on. But I think you can get that “familiarity” on the road too – you just have to travel more slowly. I find after I’m in a place for a couple of days, I start to feel more “at home”. You’ll be fine!

  34. Victor Tribunsky

    November 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    There are some sities in Europe where I know I could live, but I know there are some places that will be more interesting. So – constant search! 🙂

  35. Alexandra

    December 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I’m nearing 20 months on the road with the longest in one spot my boyfriends home of Germany. It’s funny I never really feel at home here I actually feel more homesick when I have a base that isn’t my home. Maybe I’m crazy but I’m happier when I am on the move! Less than a month to go before another crazy 6 months of RTW travel and at least 13 new countries to visit!

    • Cole Burmester

      December 12, 2012 at 1:37 AM

      Totally agree with you Alexandra! When we are travelling I often find we are too busy to think about home because we are having so many adventures! But as soon as we slow down and stop for a bit, that is when we get home sick.

  36. Teresa

    January 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I completely understand how you feel. I have been back home for a couple of years and am planning to head off again in the next few months. I did it before so I know I can do it again – rent out my house and go – but… I didn’t expect to be dragging my heels (which is what I am doing). It is important to remind yourself of your goals and the reason why you are living this type of life.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Well said Teresa! There is a much bigger picture that we sometimes forget to look at when we start staying for too long in one place. Not that staying in one place is bad necessarily, but to achieve all our dreams and see the world we really need to move around 🙂

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    August 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

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  • The Great Eastern Drive

For adventurers seeking a little solace, the Great Eastern Drive offers the peace and quiet of Tasmania with the hustle and bustle of only its wildlife. From Orford to St. Helens, this reflective journey takes you through the east coast wine country, forests, beach towns, and stunning farmlands. The region’s bountiful produce and seafood guarantee you’ll be munching something along the way.  

Recommendation: The Freycinet National Park is a worthy detour with its crystal-clear bays, waters and rich birdlife.

Distance: 176 kilometers

Starting and ending point: Orford to St. Helens, Tasmania

Duration: 2-5 days.

Best time to go:  The autumn months of March-May for crowd-free travel.  

  • Roadtrip to The Tip

Looking to get lost in the wilderness? A trip to Cape York, one of Australia’s most remote landscapes, offers more than a thousand kilometers of untamed and rugged rainforest beauty. This picturesque route features river crossings infested with crocs, ancient rock art, and two World Heritage sites in the Wet Tropics. Beautiful as it may be, here’s some bad news for your social media followers: Cape York has very limited phone reception, so bye-bye Instagram (that’s right, take this time to reconnect with Mother Nature!)

Recommendation: Take a guided tour through the Quinkan Galleries at Laura to gawk over 30,000-year-old rock art.  

Distance: 1000 kilometers

Starting and ending point: Cairns to Cape York, Queensland

Duration: One to two weeks

Best time to go:  During the cooler months of June to October. Other times of the year might be met with road closures and floods.  

  • Australia’s Coral Coast

Nature lovers, buckle up your seatbelts. This trip from Perth to Ningaloo promises to offer you the best that Mother Nature has to offer. Here, the sprawling Indian Ocean converges with the rugged outback, offering countless adventures on both land and water. Explore the Pinnacles Desert and the Kalbarri National Park for land-dwelling creatures and the World Heritage Shark Bay to spy on manta rays, dolphins, and whale sharks.  

Recommendation: Dedicated divers must check out the Navy Pier – one of the world’s top 10 on-shore dive sites.

Distance: 1200 kilometers

Starting and ending point: Perth to Ningaloo, Western Australia

Duration: 1 week

Best time to go:  Come between June to September for a stunning display of vibrant wildflowers.

  • Great Alpine Road

Cruise along the continent’s highest accessible sealed road to marvel at scenic mountain ranges, deep valleys, and spectacular wine regions. The waterways of the Gippsland Lakes region are a must visit. Looking to reflect? The journey is studded with charming historic towns, such as Omeo, Beechworth, and Bright.

Recommendation: Visit Mt. Hotham, Victoria’s highest alpine village, for rejuvenating mountain air and absolutely breath-taking alpine views. Lots of action here for snowboarders, skiers, and sledders!

Distance: 500 kilometers

Starting and ending point: Wangaratta to Metung, Victoria

Duration: 3 days

Best time to go:  Any time of the year, but some roads may be closed during winter (June to August)

  • The Savannah Way

Our penultimate road trip will have you traveling 3,700 kilometers across five World Heritage sites and 15 national parks, all without ending up in another country or kissing the ocean. This epic road trip may be grueling, but this is one journey that truly offers the Australian outback experience. Expect lots of time spent in nature from grassy plains to lush rainforests, waterfalls, ancient rock art, remote cattle stations, and turquoise waters.  

Recommendation: The Boodjamulla National Park is a must-visit. Gawk at magnificent gorges, 25-million-year-old fossils, emerald waters, and orange sandstone cliffs.  

Distance: 3700 kilometers

Starting and ending point: Cairns, Queensland to Broome, Western Australia

Duration: 10 days to 3 weeks.

Best time to go:  Come during the dry season between May to September.

  • The Big Lap

Ready for an adventure of a lifetime? The Big Lap is for die-hard road-trippers – an epic road trip that encompasses the entirety of Australia. If you have 6 months or more to spare, this road trip promises more than just spectacular sights and the full Australian experience, you’ll also get lifelong bragging rights.  Highway 1 links Australia’s seven capital cities and skirts around Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Broome, Esperance, Hobart, and Adelaide. The Big Lap offers everything Aussie: verdant rainforests, bustling cities, coastal towns, the rough outback, and crystal beaches. This is one road trip unlike any other.

Recommendation: Add more to the experience by including Alice Springs, Kakadu, and Uluru, all accessible via the Stuart Highway in NT.

Distance: 15,000 kilometers

Starting and ending point: This is an epic road trip around Australia with no definite start or end points. You will be cruising along Highway 1 which skirts around the entire continent, with some divergences if you want to explore key cities

Duration: Six months to a year

Best time to go: If it’s summer, December to Australia head south. During winter, June to August, head north or explore the red center. Wet seasons from November to May may close roads and national parks.

If you want an amped up travel experience, explore Australia on four wheels. The greatest part of a road trip isn’t about arriving at your destination and this rings true in the Land Down Under. This continent offers a myriad of sights and adventures you just might miss when traveling on air!

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7 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Kerala

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Kerala, God’s own country is one of the most famous tourist places in India. For explorers from across the world, it is a promising coastal state that  lies between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, offering diverse and dynamic experiences. The land is capable of pleasing tourists throughout the seasons. Golden beaches, unique emerald backwaters, high mountain ranges, beautiful hill stations, culturally rich art forms, delightful cuisines; the options are many to relish at Kerala. There are many tourist destinations in the state that are equally ideal for families, honeymoon couples, adventurists, and solo backpackers. Listed below are the some of the best tourist spots in Kerala which makes the place a must-to-visit destination.

  1.    Alleppey, The Venice of east welcomes you!

Alleppey (Alappuzha) is an inevitable choice to be included in your bucket list if you visit Kerala. Known by the title, The Venice of East, Alleppey is a perfect destination of backwaters and beaches which is an ideal place to spend your houseboat vacation. The exploring of watery routes in the age-old transportation facility houseboat can even provide you luxuries equivalent to a 5-star hotel.

The sight of scenic landscape and backwatering through coconut groves, paddy fields, villages, water lilies, and ducks will give you a soothing effect. The excited cuisines offered there is the fresh produce from the water into your plate. The bliss you earn from there will be remembered all the time.

The main attractions of Alleppey are the Alleppey beach, Marari Baech, Punnamadas lake, Krishnapuram Palace, Ravi Karunakaran Museum, Pathirmanal island, and Sri Krishna temple Ambalappuzha. The snake boat race held at Alleppey during August o September is another attraction.

The best time to visit Alleppey: September to May

Nearest airport: Kochi International Airport is 53 km away from the place

Nearest railway station: Alleppey Railway Station.

  1.    Munnar, The Kashmir of Kerala

Munnar is one of the widely attracted tourist places in Kerala for its natural beauty. Located at an altitude of 6000 ft. above the sea level, Munnar is a town of excess charm. The mind soothing climate of the hills and mountains covered with tea plantations. About 80,000 miles of hills are covered with tea plantations. The cold climate and the mind-blowing sights make Munnar undoubtedly a place for Honeymoon. The ancient colonial ambiance of Munnar is evident through the TATA tea Museum. The comfortable stays, trekkings, camps make your days in Munnar the most memorable in your life.

The major attractions of Munnar include Anamudi, Top station, Eravikulam national park, Attukal waterfalls, TATA tea museum, Meesapulimala, Marayoor Dolmens, Mattupetty dam, Kundala lake, Blossom Park, Pothenmedu vide point, Indo-Swiss dairy farm, Life of Pi Church and Lockhart Gap.

The best time to visit Munnar: October to March

Nearest airport: Kochi International Airport which is located 143 km away

Nearest railway station: Aluva Railway Station which is located 110 km away.

  1.    Kovalam, Experience the beauty of Beach

Kovalam is one of the must-visit tourist places in Kerala for its beach beauty. Kovalam offers cherished experiences for lots of tourists. The pleasant weather, soft sand, eye catchy blue sea, a soothing sea breeze, and the tall coconut trees aside the beach makes the place a miniature of paradise.

The tourists there are allowed to involve in swimming, surfing, bask under the sun, and enjoy the lip-smacking seafood. The mind soothing body massage is another attraction where both the mind and body are nurtured. There are various accommodation facilities for every kind of visitors ranging from the cheapest to most luxurious ones. You can relax in the sunbathing and get engaged snorkeling, parasailing etc.

The main attractions of Kovalam include Hawah beach, Samudra beach, Vizhinjam marine aquarium, Fishing harbor, Akkulam Lake, Aruvikkara, Rock cut cave, Karamana River, Thiruvallam parasurama temple, Kovalam Juma masjid and Valiathura Pier.

The best time to visit: September to May

Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport which is 15km away.

Nearest Railway Station: Trivandrum Railway Station is 14 km away.

  1.    Fort Kochi, ¬¬¬¬The gateway of Kerala

Fort Kochi, considered as the gateway of Kerala is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Kerala. Fort Kochi is the main attraction of the Queen of the Arabian Sea with a multitude of personalities. The ancient city possesses a wide heritage and multi-ethnic culture. Being a most visited place in Kerala, Fort Kochi is an ideal destination for nature lovers, tourists and history buffs.  The mind-blowing sights, delicious seafood, museums, palaces, synagogues, heritage buildings, beaches, art galleries, churches, Hindu temples etc makes Fort Kochi a promising land for exploring. People will not leave Fort Kochi without savoring the multi cuisines and grab some reminiscence to home.

The major attractions of Fort Kochi are the Bolgatty Palace, Mattancherry Palace, Paradesi Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, Hill palace, Willingdon Island, Museum of Kerala history, St. Francis Church, Marine Drive, Ernakulam Shiva temple, the sunsets and sunrise near the Chinese fishing net and Kodanad Elephant training center etc.

The best time to visit Fort Kochi: September to March

Nearest Airport: Kochi International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam Junction which is located 13 km away

  1.    Thekkady, Experience the wilderness

Thekkady is one of the top-ranked tourist destinations in Kerala. It is blessed with the wild beauty cuddled with the lush greenery of the Western Ghats and the dense forest. The Periyar wildlife sanctuary nearby the Periyar Lake is known for the tourist delight. It is one of the 27 Tiger reserves in India which is a home for 35 diverse species of fauna such as Tigers, wild Elephants, Sambars, and Gaurs etc. other than this, there are coffee and many spices plantations in Thekkady which is another attraction of the place. There are around 265 species of birds. You can enjoy the wild beauty of Thekkady through adventurous jungle safaris, patrols, bamboo rafting, border hiking, and camps.

The main attractions of Thekkady include Rmakkalmedu, Kumily, Elephant Junction, Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Periyar Lake, Deepa world spice and Ayurvedic Garden, Mudra cultural center, Mullaperiyar Dam, Chellarkovil, Vandanmedu, Murikkady, Periyar Tiger Trail and Kadathanadan Kalari Center.

The best time to visit Thekkady: November to May

Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport which is situated 95 km away

Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station which is situated 114 km away.

  1.    Wayanad, The symbol of scenic beauty

Wayanad is the proof of why Kerala is called God’s own country. It is the greenest place to visit in Kerala. The ravishing wild beauty with the adventurous trekking experiences makes the place a must-to-visit spot in Kerala. The comfortable stays in the soothing climate and wild ambiance of Wayanad are promising.

Real-time experience of the tribal heritages from more than 50 tribe dwellings in Wayanad is uniqueness about Wayanad expedition. Trekking and camping is another factor which attracts tourists from various parts of the worlds. You can even try your fortune if you spot the Neelakurinji flower which blooms once in 12 years.

Major attractions of Wayanad are Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal caves, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Papanashini river, Kuruva dweep, Thusharagiri waterfalls, Thirunelli temple, Lakkidi viewpoint, Puliyarmala Jian, and Padinjarathara Dam.

Best time to visit Wayanad: October to May. Also, you can enjoy the trip to Wayanad during Monsoon seasons.

Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport which is located 95 km away

Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station which is located 72 km away.

  1.   Kumarakom, Enjoy the contours of Vembanad Lake

Kumarakom is a famous tourist destination in Kerala known for backwatering and bird sanctuary. The peaceful hamlet possesses enthralling sceneries, exotic environment, and cool weather. Being one of the best places to visit in Kerala, Kumarakom gives you a mind-blowing experience in backwatering through the fresh paddy fields, coconut groves, and villages. The relaxing houseboat rides are available for all type of tourists at cheap rates too expensive ones. The delightful cuisines of Kumarakom should be tried at least once.

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a must-to-go place in Kerala which homes to a wide variety of bird species that mainly includes migratory birds and Siberian storks.

The major attractions of Kumarakom are The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters, Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls, Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal Island, Kumarakom beach, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Thriunakkara Mahadeva temple, Cheiryapally, Valiyapally etc.

The ideal time to visit Kumarakom: September to May

Nearest Airport: Kochi International Airport which is located 85 km away.

Nearest Railway station: Kottayam Railway station which is situated 16 km away.

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