Coronavirus may have locked the world down and possibly resulted in many of us thinking out side of the box in regards to going away on our annual holiday this summer.
With many airlines grounded and a 14 day quarintine in place for anyone entering the UK, our 2 weeks annual holiday abroard looks like it may have to be postponed to next year. But this doesn’t mean that we can not go on a virtual holiday.
The world is our oytser, using the internet we can visit places that we could only ever dream of seeing. Technology offers us a way of discovering those places that are , otherwise, untouched and we can immerse ourselves in the beauties that the world has to offer – all in the comfort of our living rooms.
No, It’s not the same as laying on those soft golden beaches, feeling the heat of the sun stroking our skin or the feeling of excitement flash though our bodies as we experience the adrenaline from thrill seeking adventures. But we get to experience a holiday like no other!
The family and I sat down together one day and drew up our perfect virtual holiday covering from the best place to go on a trek to where we would like to eat.
The best thing about a virtual holiday is you are not limited to just one area of a country and you don’t have to think about the cost. There will be no crowds to get lost in or queues to join and that’s nothing to do with a quarintine in place.
Here’s our favourite holiday destinations to visit
- Beach – Phi Phi Island, Thailand. This has got to be the ultimate destination to visit a beach, It is absolutely stunning. There are limestone mountains with cliffs, caves and long white sandy beaches. Lots of beautiful secluded bays sitting next to small fishing villages. Spending the days on the beautiful white sandy beaches and the nights sitting around a camp fire. Obviously a visit to Thailand’s most famous beach ‘Maya Bay’. The bay has superb marine life and is a favorite spot for snorkelers and famous after the 2000 movie “The Beach” was filmed there.
- Ice-Cream – Sotto Zero, Malta. Probably not the best in the world but it’s a personal favourite of ours. After visiting Malta for the past few years for our summer holidays we have fell in love with Sotto Zero ice-creams. Not only do they have an array of delicious flavours to choose from but they also do freshly squeezed orange juice and a coffee Dalgona to die for.
- Museum – The British Museum, London. With over two millions years of human history and culture to look at, this museum is one of our favourites to visit. It houses some remarkable collections featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history. The British Museum is home to The Rosetta Stone – one of the most visited objects in the Museum. Our favourite part of the Museum has got to be the Egyptian death and afterlife: Mummies gallery. The boys find Mummification fascinating.
- Trekking – Machu Picchu, Peru. The lost city of the Incas – As got to be on everyone’s bucket list! The ancient Inca Trail leading towards Machu Picchu combines jaw-dropping scenery, lush cloud forest, sub-tropical jungle and a mix of Inca ruins. One word ‘Stunning’. Camping under the stars, watching the dawn break over Machu Picchu and exploring the ruins is something I have dreamt of doing for a long time.
- Skiing – ST Moritz, Switzerland. With around 354 km of pistes, ST Moritz is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. We have never been Skiing before so why not go to the most stylist resort there is. Skiing over the white carpet and taking on some fantastic views of Mount Corviglia.
- Kayaking – Aare Gorge, Switzerland. Well we’ve been skiing we may as well visit the Aare Gorge in Switzerland too. Now, it’s probably not even allowed but the boys decided the coolest place to go Kayaking would be the here. The Aare Gorge is a section of the river Aare that carves through a limestone ridge near the town of Meiringen and what better way to see experience this natural wonder than by water.
- Swimming – Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Not exactly somewhere to swim but rather a place to relax and take in the atmosphere around you. A spa rather than a swimming pool. There is no better place to Experience the radiant powers of geothermal seawater, an outdoor lagoon with mineral rich waters. A time to Relax and rejuvenate in the beautiful blue-milky water.
- Waterworld – Natural Sedona, Arizona. Slide Rock State Park is a natural waterpark where Sedona’s red rocks form the “ultimate water slide. Slide Rock is 80 feet long and 2.5 to 4 feet wide, with a seven percent decline from top to bottom. Algae on the rocks creates the slippery ride. This place looks like so much fun and I could just imagine the boys, unquestionably, having the time of their lives here. Not only will they get to experience the thrill of the 80 foot-long slippery chute but there will be no plastic around.
- Watersports – Florida. How can you have a virtual holiday and not visit Florida? Wakeboarding, paddleboarding, water skiing, jet skiing, para sailing and swimming with Dolphins – Orlando has got to be the place. The Florida east coast has a water activity for everyone. Daytona Beach is home to 23 miles of pristine coastline just begging for our family adventure.
- Running – Iten, Kenya. My boys love to run! No holiday would ever go ahead without them going our for a run. This is one place that they are desperate to visit. Iten is the home of champions. Iten lays at an altitude of 2400 meter (7900 feet) and is famous for being the centre of Kenyan middle- and long distance running. At the moment a few thousand athletes live and train in Iten and my boys want to train with the best! They would love to experience, firsthand, what makes Kenyans such great runners.
- Restaurants – Trat Street Market, Thailand. This was the husbands choice, he spent 6 months travelling around Thailand and Bangkok when he was younger and is always full of stories about his time there, one thing he is always talking about is the food. These street markets are famous for their unique street food and special Thai dishes. The colours, the aroma, the music, the choice of food are all big attractions that make the markets captivating.
- Adventure – The Amazon. A unique experience in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Overnight camping in the jungle and beautiful beaches by day. Spanning over 1.4 billion acres of land it’s the world’s largest tropical rainforest, not to mention it offers 4,100 miles of winding rivers (including the Amazon river, of course). Home to some fascinating species of plants and animal, from Sloths to Anacondas.
- Theme park – Legoland, Denmark. This is the perfect destination for Our Lego mad son. He may be 13 but he still loves to put together lego sets and display them in his room. Billund is Denmark’s best known and most beloved amusement park amongst families. Here is plenty of action, speed and fun. We have already been to Legoland, Windsor on many occasions so this park has got to be on our virtual holiday list.
So, there you go! Our virtual holiday
If you could go anywhere in the World, where would it be?