If you’re feeling restless this summer and need to get out of the house, but you don’t think going for a scenic drive in a new 2019 Volvo XC40 is going to put the right amount of wind in your sail, then perhaps you should consider one of these five popular cruise locations for 2018! Each one is guaranteed to give you just the right amount of exotic to help refresh and revitalize your inner self.
Located in Southeast Asia, Laos is divided by the Mekong River and full of mountainous terrain. They are well known for their French colonial architecture dating back to the late 1800s, as well as hill tribe settlements and incredible Buddhist monasteries. In the capital of Vientiane is the That Luang monument, which possesses a reliquary allegedly housing the breastbone of Buddha. Vientiane is also well known for being the location site of the Patuxai war memorial and Talat Sao, a foodie’s dream locale with lots of shops and stalls to buy clothing.
The south African nation of Mozambique possesses occupies a long stretch of the Indian Ocean coastline and is littered with popular tourist beach locations such as Tofo, and many marine parks. The Quirimbas Archipelago is a 155-mile spattering of coral islands, and you’ll find ruins from the colonial-era on Ibo Island dating back to when the Portuguese still ruled the area. South of Ibo is the Bazaruto Archipelago, where there are many endangered species to be seen, such as the gentle dugongs.
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
This self-governing collective archipelago of French rule is located just south of Newfoundland at the entrance to Fortune Bay. They have two police stations and their own exclusive economic zone off coast to preserve the fishing industry. Most of the islands are bare, rocky and beautiful, with lots of cliff faces. With Saint Pierre being the most populous, none of the islands suffer from dense population problems. Miquelon-Langlade is the largest island, though a storm had split it in two back in the 18th century before the isthmus was reconstructed. The Basque Festival and local cuisine are a huge cultural draw here, as well as ice hockey.
The Kimberly, Australia’s sparsely populated northern region; known for its wilderness, ruggedness, gorges, a thriving fishing industry and its isolation, The Kimberly is surrounded by desert and sea. Windjana Gorge National Park is a popular spot here, with towering cliffs of limestone and pools that freshwater crocodiles call home. This place becomes very popular in the winter time as the scorching summer heat recedes, and you’ll find some of Australia’s most prominent art centers and indigenous artists living in the area.
Antigua is a more classic tourist destination, and one of the two islands comprising the Caribbean island of Antigua and Barbuda. It is surrounded by coral reefs and populated with sandy beaches. The name Antigua means “ancient,” but nowadays the island relies primarily on tourism. On the southeastern coast is English Harbor, which houses the restored British colonial naval station “Nelson’s Dockyard,” famed for providing shelter during the fierce storms that plague the islands during the off-season. At the end of April/beginning of May is the Antigua Sailing Week, a delightful sporting event that draws tourists and locals alike.