The world is a big place and there are 195 recognised countries spread across seven different continents for you to explore. The problem with so much choice is that it can be difficult deciding where to go, so let’s take a look at some of the places these continents have to offer and what you can get out of them. We’re going to approach this alphabetically, so if you’re looking at a trip to South America hold tight because we are going to start in Africa.
Quite possibly the first thing that will come to mind when you think of a holiday on this continent is safari. Yes, only Africa can boast such a broad range of wildlife and a guarantee to see the so-called Big 5; these are the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.
For safari goers, we are going to suggest Tanzania. This fascinating country offers access to the Serengeti home of the great wildebeest migration, something that has to be seen to be truly believed. This country also boasts the highest number of lions in Africa and the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater. But, one of the reasons to feature Tanzania for your safari destination is how much it offers outside of its national parks. For scenery, it is going to be hard to beat anywhere around the world, particularly when you are in view of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Additionally, to access the safari regions, you will get a view of what life is like in Tanzania and possibly the opportunity to meet the Maasai people.
There may be less to say about Earth’s southernmost continent, but that doesn’t mean a visit isn’t worth a visit. Following on from the discussion about safaris, if wildlife is your passion, then a visit to Antarctica should be high up on your list. Here you will get the opportunity to see, in their natural habitat, five different species of penguin including the Emperor, orca whales, five species of seal and many other animals. But one of the main reasons to visit this continent is the opportunity to see one of Earth’s most beautiful sights, the ice caps. The landmass of Antarctica is incredibly vast, and the imposing icebergs that will fill your eyeline will be unlike anything you have ever seen before.
Once again we find ourself in a continent with a huge range of culture, countries and reasons to travel. For starters, this is the planet’s largest and most populated continent which means there is a lot to see and plenty of people to meet. Here we are going to discuss the two most populated countries; China and India. Both have rich histories and unique cultures for you to explore, learn and enjoy.
The world’s most populous country, China, also sits within Asia. Once again we find ourselves with a list of reasons to visit a country longer than the previously mentioned Nile. However, we are going to focus on one attraction and for good reason. The Great Wall of China, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretches just over 13,000 miles and is considered one of the greatest feats of architecture to have ever existed. With a history dated back to 7 BC, this unique feature should be enough to get you to visit China and while you’re there explore some of its other wonderful offerings.
And then there is India. Second only to China in population, this country also offers its own impressive feat of human construction. The Taj Mahal is visited by up to four million people every year and it is easy to see why. Commissioned in the 1600s, this white marble mausoleum stands on the banks of the Yamuna river and is worth the airfare alone. In addition to the Taj Mahal there are the colour Hindu festivals and coming back to adventurers, the Himalayas which feature Earth’s highest peak – Everest.
Europe always features high up on any travel list because of its different cultures, interlinking history and accessibility. This continent prides itself on the ability travellers have to move between different countries with ease using rail networks, ferries and road. Rather than focussing on single countries here, let’s look at a trip you could do to visit many countries in one go.
You can start in London, home of Big Ben and the Millenium Eye, before catching the train to Paris to visit the Arc de Triomphe and the iconic Eiffel Tower. Next up a second rail journey north into Brussels to see the European Parliament before making your way into Munich, Germany where you can take in a game of soccer at the home of German Champions, Bayern Munich. All of this before catching the train into Switzerland where you will travel through the Alps into Italy to finish up your European vacation with a journey down to Rome to go back in time to Roman civilisation and to the home of the Catholic Church, the Vatican City – which by the way counts as another country.
Europe has so much to offer and in a two week period you can visit a large number of countries. But don’t forget Russia in the east of the continent with Red Square and the Kremlin or Scandinavia to the north.
- North America
The third largest continent by size and home to the 50 states of the USA, Canada, Mexico and of course, the Caribbean. This continent offers one of the widest ranges of countries on the planet and in part that is because it feels like two continents joined together. Often you will hear Central America and North America referred to independently of each other. Taking that into account, here are the two options in each region starting with the most popular.
In North America, and the world in fact, the Las Vegas strip is the most visited tourist destination with 30 million visitors every year. The reason for their visit is pretty clear; to gamble, to party and to be entertained. Both the USA and Canada have much more to offer with the bright lights of New York City and the natural beauty the Rockies, but top of the list for tourism is Viva Las Vegas.
Central America has a little bit of everything. If you are looking for some history, take a trip to Guatemala for the ruins of an ancient Mayan city. Alternatively, for sun, sea and relaxation take a trip further south to the Caribbean. To blend the two together, consider Cuba. In Havana, you will be able to take a classic car tour which will allow you to learn all about the revolution and what Cuba was like pre-Castro. While down the coast in Valledoro you can put your feet up and enjoy the sand and sea.
The smallest continent by land area, Oceania boasts a rich and diverse range of islands from the Polynesian Tonga to the Fiji of Melanesia and where we are going to recommend, Australia.
You will no doubt know a lot about Australia already. However one of the most interesting facts about this huge country and a perfect reason for visiting is – Australia is the only country in the world where two natural World Heritage sites meet. They are both in Queensland and are the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. In fact, you can put your foot in the Great Barrier Reef while standing in the rainforest for a totally unique experience. Of course, if you are looking for more a city vibe then head down to Victoria for Melbourne where you will find all the treats of the modern city; and on New Year’s Eve, pretty competitive fireworks display with Sydney just down the road.
- South America
Our final continent. So many countries and so we are going to look at how you can visit more than one. Similar to Europe, there are opportunities here to travel between countries, but this time they come as more a tour. By taking on a multi-country tour, you will be able to see the sights and sounds of the eclectic Brazil while also having the opportunity to enjoy fine red wine and beautiful steak in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As part of these tours, you should be able to take in some of the natural wonders that South America has to offer, including Iguazu Falls and the Amazon rainforest.
Before you set off here are some vital tips to remember. Make sure you have insurance, companies like Leibel Insurance Group can help you with that. Check that you are packing for the country you are visiting and not for what you think you want; you don’t need to take home with you. And finally, ahead of time make sure you are taking heed of any security warnings from government websites so that you can plan your trip without any major worries.
The world is a beautiful place, get out there and explore every continent.