Are you sick of seeing your pal’s Insta feed packed out with awesome travel pics while you’re stuck with the occasional grid-worthy Starbucks shot? Do you find yourself lusting after some escapism? With all those ants in your pants and that fiery wanderlust burning in your belly, there’s only one thing for it – a long-haul holiday! Seriously, nothing beats the blues like jetting off to a foreign country. But when you’ve got, y’know, the WORLD at your fingertips, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve done a round up of the top long-haul travel destinations of 2018. And you can’t go walkabout without being prepared, so we’ve thrown in some stellar health advice, too, because (as always) Superdrug has got ya covered! Wanna know where to go and what vaccinations you’ll need? Keep on reading…
Stay safe with Superdrug
If you’re planning your trip, you know that vaccinations are a must, but they’re not always easy to organise. Getting a GP appointment can be hard, and private travel clinics are often bank-breakers! Luckily, you can get your vaccinations from participating Superdrug stores – I know, right… mind blown. Our travel clinics offer free consultations, and you can even book an appointment to get your jabs using the link below.
Be prepared and pop in for a chat six to eight weeks before you plan to go away. This will give you time to book vaccinations without any stress.
All about Asia
Nothing beats a good Thai takeaway, but if you’re craving a taste of the real thing (at a fraction of the price), waste no more time booking your ticket to the Land of Smiles. Thailand is a great place to go if you’re after a slice of Southeast Asia. It’s friendly, cheap and a hot ticket for loads of western travellers – which makes it a great first-time getaway if you’ve never flown too far from the nest before. Enjoy the culture and a night out or two in bustling Bangkok, or take a trip to one of the thousands of temples dotted throughout the provinces – whatever floats your boat. With so much to get immersed in, don’t forget to pay a visit to the beach. Most of Thailand’s coast is saturated with sun worshippers, so if you’re after something a little more secluded, head to Freedom Beach in Phuket – you can thank us later!
Fancy something a little more off the beaten track? Thailand’s neighbour, Cambodia, is a more peaceful alternative. Here you can submerge yourself in the culture and history with a visit to Angkor Wat (the largest religious monument in the world, FYI), or take a trip to Koh Rong, a gorgeous unspoiled island with equally gorgeous beaches. And anything that looks good on the grid is a bonus, right?
Sun it up in South America
If you’re after a place that’s brimming at its borders with natural beauty, Peru is South America’s best offering. Whether you fancy a trek up to Machu Picchu or wanna delve into Colca Canyon, Peru can give you both and everything in between – deserts and rainforests, anyone? And when you’re not basking in the delights of nature, you can get lost in Peru’s history and culture. Visit the Inca ruins for your history fix, or take a stroll through a market to find a hand-woven Peruvian keepsake. Oh, and did we mention the marine life? If you like penguins, dolphins or turtles (who doesn’t?), you’ll find them all at the Paracas National Reserve.
Singing animals and a spiritual baboon may be a tad unrealistic, but one thing in The Lion King that’s true to form is the opening scene – you know, the sun rising over the savannah, with Kilimanjaro in the background surrounded by lush grasslands. Well, if you’re planning a trip to Africa and you choose Kenya for your destination, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Head to Amboseli National Park, which is packed with wildlife and so close to the Tanzanian border you’ll see the famous Kilimanjaro in the background – have your camera at the ready! If you’re a bigger fan of beaches than the big five, you’ve got those, too, on Kenya’s coast, which is lined with white sand and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. If history is more your thaaang, don’t miss Lake Turkana in the Kenyan Rift Valley, where you can visit Koobi Fora, on its eastern shore, and find fossils over 2 million years old… ain’t no anti-ageing cream gonna be able to sort those out!
If you’re after somewhere a little more remote and green, get yourself a ticket to Uganda. It’s a country with scenery that’ll take your breath away and wonderful wildlife. You’re almost guaranteed an encounter with gorillas if you take a trek in Bwindi National Park , and you may also come across a chimp or two.
If you’re planning to visit either of these two African countries, you’ll need to be armed against malaria. You can order antimalarials from the Superdrug Online Doctor. Do your research and find the meds that you think will be right for you, then click the link below and follow the steps.
Cross over to the other side
If none of these options feels far enough away, there’s only one thing for it – a ticket to New Zealand. It’s a country that’s perfect for all outdoorsy types and great for anyone who’s into sports. You’ll be able to trek, surf, ski, sail, parachute, bungee jump… you name it, New Zealand’s got it! If you make the trip, you’ll also get to see wildlife that exists nowhere else on earth, including the kiwi bird, which has become the national symbol. Talking of kiwis, the locals are probs some of the friendliest people you’ll ever come across, making this a place great for beginner and solo travellers. There’s also fab diversity in the culture, with strong Maori influences coming from the South Pacific. Oh, and did we mention, New Zealand is famous for its top-notch wine? If you’re after some good vino on your vaycay, visiting the vineyards in Cloudy Bay and Marlborough should defs be on your bucket list.