Editors note: this post was submitted to Girls Who Travel before the COVID-19 Pandemic began. Now that traveling restrictions are starting to let up within and between some countries around the world, we are beginning to release more travel content. Not ready to adventure outside of your region yet? No worries – we are hard at work on a staycation series! In the mean time, check out all the ways you can explore from home.
Global travel is becoming the most preferred past time of millennials. It doesn’t matter if you travel alone, with friends or partners, the spirit of global adventure is there for you to take! All the learning and fulfillment of travelling overseas is important in lending a better understanding of the world. Most importantly, it’s the experience of travel that’s the best. Here are 6 perfect holiday destinations for the adventurous millennial woman.
1. Apia, Samoa
Samoa is a wonderful travel destination. The hot weather and relaxed vibes mean you feel at home while enjoying the tropic holiday environment. Apia, the capital, is situated on the coast. You can travel the city, but still remain only a short walk away from the beach. Apia has lots of local markets to explore, along with cafes and historical sites of interest like the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. If you and the girls are looking to chill out and soak up the sun, Vaiala beach is within walking distance. There are also many luxury resorts, where you can all relax and enjoy getting pampered!
2. Zanzibar City, Zanzibar
Like Samoa, Zanzibar is a small island that enjoys hot weather and an interesting island culture. Located off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar and its capital have a varied and multicultural history. Travel through historic sites like Stone Town, see the Giant Tortoise at Prison Island, or explore the markets and restaurants. With its unique blend of Arabic and East African culture, Zanzibar City is unlike any other place in the world. If that isn’t enough to convince you, Zanzibar City is also the birthplace of Freddie Mercury. You can even visit his house there.
3. Quebec, Canada
If hot weather isn’t your thing, then visiting Canada could be your perfect vacation! Quebec is a super interesting city. It has historical roots to French settlers, which are a big influence on Canadian culture. There are many wonderful restaurants that represent the best of Canada’s francophone cuisine. The Charlevoix mountains offer the chance to go hiking, sledding, skiing or snowboarding. Visit Quebec’s Winter Carnival or see North America’s only ice hotel: the Hôtel de Glace. If you go throughout the winter months, you will also find plenty of amazing things to do.
4. Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is a famous tourist destination in New Zealand It offers every kind of thrill, no matter what you feel like doing. In the winter months, you can go skiing or snowboarding on the Southern Alps. In summer, there’s white water rafting, jet boating and even bungee jumping if you’re brave enough. There is plenty of accommodation, from backpackers to camping grounds, as well as traditional hotels. It’s easy to get around as well, with travel options of all kinds whether you’re going overland or coming from the airport.
5. Chiang Mai, Thailand
With so many amazing places to travel to in Thailand, Chiang Mai is certainly a highlight. Visiting the city itself no matter the time of year will guarantee you a good time. The weather is hot and the night scene is lively, with lots of bars and clubs. Beyond the city life, Thailand is rich in a fabulous culture, and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a must see. The Buddhist Temple with its fantastical golden embellishments is set atop a great mountain. If you go there in November, you can’t miss the famous Yi Peng Lantern festival. You will be treated to an incredible sight: hundreds of lanterns flying into the night sky. You get a chance to celebrate twelfth lunar month just like the locals do!
6. Patagonia, Argentina
Are you and your friends are down for the road trip of a lifetime? Then Patagonia will be your paradise. A huge region spanning the Argentine–Chilean border, Patagonia is breathtaking. Driving between its sparse towns, there’s a constant vista of the Andes mountain ranges, as well as seas of grass, pristine lakes and vivid forests. Venture out to the Patagonian coast to see wild and majestic marine life, like the southern right whale. Experience a fascinating blend of Andean, European and even Celtic cultures far away from your generic tourist traps.
With all these options available, it’s never been a better time to travel, no matter what kind of girl you are. Go out and experience all that the world has to offer, unique adventures across so many varied places and cultures. As a young millennial woman, you can break the mold of traditional tourism, showing the world how exciting and adventurous it can really be!
Harper is a fun-loving creative writer based in the beautiful city of Auckland, New Zealand. Writing and traveling are two of her greatest passions, and she is grateful to be enjoying a career that allows her to do both! Next on her travel bucket list – take a scenic train ride through Switzerland!