6 of the best destinations to visit for your summer family vacation
Having trouble choosing the best locations for your summer vacations. Here’s a checklist of must-visit places and their attractions.travel Updated: May 22, 2018 11:30 IST
Summer vacations are here and it’s the perfect time to plan an ideal summer getaway. It will allow you to take a break from your fast-paced life and offer an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and spend quality time with family and friends. Here are some of the best picks which can make for amazing locations to visit with your family this summer:
* Sydney, Australia
Sydney is full of beaches, art exhibitions, historical locations, and iconic buildings. Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Taronga Zoo, Royal Botanic Garden, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Martin Place, and Barangaroo are some of the most popular tourist destinations in Sydney. From the end of May till mid-June, the city will be transformed into a nighttime wonderland through large-scale illuminations, laser light shows, and 3D-mapped projections for a winter festival. June also marks the beginning of winter in Sydney which makes it a perfect destination to beat the summer heat.
The city of the future, as Singapore is called, is home to major attractions like Sentosa Island, the Universal studios, and the Pulau Ubin. The island country has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment. The vibrant Jurong Bird Park, the Night Safari, the Supertrees in the gardens by the bay and the Marina Barrage are must-visits. The country is near Malaysia, making it all the more alluring for ardent travellers.
* Andaman Islands
If you prefer to stay local, then the serene Andaman Islands can be your best bet. It boasts of rich wildlife, white sands, crystal clear water and an eco-friendly atmosphere. Neil Island, also known as the “vegetable bowl” of Andaman, offers relaxed vibes and long beaches to unwind. You can head to Port Blair for adventure sports like kayaking, trekking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing. The picturesque coral reefs at Havelock Islands are also a haven for divers to explore the beauty of aquatic life. A visit to the Cellular jail (also known as Kaala Pani) takes you back in time.
* Sri Lanka
The small island provides an array of holiday experiences from sun-kissed beaches to a wildlife watching as well adventure sports. Sri Lanka is a mix of culture, traditions, and heritage and hosts festivals throughout the year. Bentota is a must-visit if your family comprises animal lovers. You can experience bathing elephants, swimming with whales and feeding sea turtles. Sri Lanka is also famous for its tea plantations.
* Hong Kong
If there is a city that has something to offer for every age group, it has to be Hong Kong. An amalgamation of high-rise buildings and green parks, Hong Kong happens to be a top pick for family holidays. It boasts of a stunning skyline where skyscrapers and historical structures meet, a bustling city and a wide variety of cuisine. The Peak — the highest point on the Hong Kong Island — is not to be missed. For children, Hong Kong Disneyland is the ultimate lure. The place is also a shopping mecca and the ladies market is a must-visit. You can also visit The Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Ngong Park 360, and the Hong Kong Pulse Light show.
The country is vast and vibrant, and home to a rich culture and heritage. If you love trekking, head to Sumatra or Borobudur to watch the sunrise and spend a day with orangutans in the wild. Raja Ampat is an incredible landscape if you wish to go diving among the rich and diverse coral reefs. The island of the Gods, also known as Bali, is known to offer everything from luxurious resorts to quiet beaches.
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First Published: May 22, 2018 11:29 IST