Retirement - It means the end of your working life – not your real life! So forget eyeing up ads for reclining armchairs and satellite TV packages; instead, look out for great deals to those summer holiday destinations that you may not have had the time to visit when you were restricted to just two weeks’ holiday.
This is the time you’ve been working towards so cast off your work bag, clip on your bum bag and get ready to experience the ride of your life. To whet your wanderlust we’ve compiled a list of the summer holiday destinations that we have our own eyes on, so have a browse and turn your dream into real life memories.
Route 66 – get your kicks!
This historic highway, immortalised in the 1960’s song, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). Hire a car and pick up the route wherever you fancy – and let it take you to the places you’ve always dreamed of visiting stateside. You can find lots of holidays that let you experience Route 66 without committing to doing the whole thing. You can enjoy a fly, drive and stay tour or you could hop on a tour bus and let someone else do the driving. Whatever you opt for it’ll certainly be an exciting and memorable journey.
Safari – because you’re born free
You’re not going to see those wild animals up close and personal from the comfort of your sitting room. Go on safari and you can enjoy the thrill and exhilaration of some of the world’s greatest creatures in their natural habitat. Africa is the place to go with Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania being the most popular places to experience a real safari adventure. You don’t even have to safari by jeep. Depending on your budget – and your nerve – you can see the flora and fauna of Africa’s wildest places by helicopter or even by sailboat.
New Zealand – a green and pleasant land
From water-skiing to star-gazing, New Zealand is jam-packed with places to see and things to do. Take a tour around the capital Wellington, visit Auckland or trek through a rainforest. The country is split into two islands; North Island is famous for its volcanoes and Maori culture while South Island has some amazing Alpine scenery. If you have the time to spend to explore this country of contrasts from tip to toe, you could experience the wonders of the natural world in one place.
Hong Kong - a city of skyscrapers, spirituality and amazing cuisine
How can so much be happening in such a small place? This island is one of excitement, culture, fast-paced city living, yet with quiet corners for contemplation and relaxation. Above all, the food is a mouth-watering journey around the planet by itself! From night time street markets to nature reserves, no two days will be the same as you enjoy the buzz of one of the worlds most populated – yet exhilarating cities. Enjoy!
The Northern Lights – get ready for the greatest show on Earth
OK. In summer it might be too bright to see the world’s most spectacular phenomenon so why not save this treat for the winter months? Some of the best places to enjoy a ring side view are Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Northern Canada and Northern Scotland. Unpredictable, yet utterly stunning, the magnificent Aurora Borealis is a photographer’s dream. You can check out the best dates to see the lights – and the best places to go to see them at skyscanner.net.