However, by taking into account the following information, you will be able to make the right choice for your particular needs:
The Caribbean Islands
Before going any further, it is important that we talk about the cluster of islands that make the Caribbean region.
Unfortunately, there are too many to talk to in this guide.
However, we can go over some of the most important and well-liked ones:
Having some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Anguilla is, without a doubt, a great destination for relaxation-seekers.
Its 33 islands also feature some of the best hotels in the entire region, as well as a plethora of bars and restaurants.
For those reasons, Anguilla can be a great option for first-time Caribbean goers looking for escapism and relaxation.
One of the most well-known locations in the Caribbean, the Bahamas is another great destination for first-timers.
Without a doubt, the place stands out visually due to its powder-soft, limestone-white sands, gigantic palm trees and clear blue skies.
Being particularly large, the Bahamas offers a lot in terms of secluded, private locations.
Undoubtedly, Cayman Islands is the favorite Caribbean destination of adventure lovers.
The region features a great deal in terms of watersports, scuba diving being one of the most common and well-liked.
At the same time, though, Cayman Islands makes for a great family vacation destination.
If you have heard about the Caribbean, you have certainly heard about Jamaica.
Featuring a colorful and lively culture as well as a beautiful geography, Jamaica is one of the top tourist destinations in the entire region.
Apart from beautiful hotels and villas, the island country offers a great deal in terms of cultural locations where you can appreciate music, art, gastronomy and a lot more.
As if that was not enough, Jamaica has a vast number of museums and historic locations where you can learn more about it and its people.
Being a US commonwealth, Puerto Rico is one of the most popular destinations for American tourists.
Having a healthy mixture of Hispanic and North-American culture, Puerto Rico is familiar enough to be cozy without ever becoming boring.
On this island, there are plenty of activities for tourists of all tastes and inclinations.
There is a great number of options when it comes to beautiful beaches to relax in.
However, if you are more adventurous, you can also visit one of the beaches in Puerto Rico that offer watersports, sky lining and other adventurous activities.
Additionally, the island has a very strong urban center filled with bars, restaurants, shopping malls and so on.
Special Tourist Attractions
Many small and medium-sized islands in the Caribbean have special tourist attractions to offer.
Without a doubt, this can be a big selling point, particularly for adventure and excitement lovers.
Among the most popular are the following:
Without a doubt, the Caribbean is famous for its crystalline waters and exuberant aquatic life.
For that reason, many islands in the region offer scuba diving as one of their main attractions.
Without a doubt, however, the area surrounding Cozumel is the best one for diving due to its sheer depth and incredible beauty.
If seeing the depths of the ocean sounds good to you, going on a submarine ride can be another fantastic option.
Various islands in the region offer this experience.
However, the underwater locations in Oranjestad, Aruba are, hands down, the best and most beautiful ones in the entire region.
There, you can go down as far as 45 meters below sea level, where you can find the most amazing coral reefs, a wide range of underwater animals and even some antique shipwrecks.
Upon hearing the word Caribbean, most people think about beaches and the open ocean.
However, most islands in the region have luscious tropical jungles as well.
These inland jungles tend to be brimming with vegetation and fauna of incredible varieties.
By most accounts, one of the best jungles in the region is on the island of Roatan, Honduras. If you go there, make sure to check out the stunning Carambola Botanical Gardens, a place where you can see a multitude of exotic plants.
If seeing animals is more your thing, though, check out the Gumbalimba Preservation Park.
Those who are looking for adrenaline-pumping excitement would be remiss not to do zip lining during their trip to the Caribbean.
Resort islands such as Labadee, Haiti offer this activity, providing tourists with the opportunity to zip over the most fantastic bodies of crystalline water.
If you want to relax while visiting several locations in the Caribbean, a cruise may be a great idea.
Relatively affordable, cruises allow people of all budgets to tour the Caribbean sea, regularly stopping at key locations where scenery and attractions are first and foremost.
People who are on a budget may want to consider making a one-time payment for a vacation in the Caribbean with everything included.
Tucson gets attention for it’s quality of life, social diversity, infrastructure, stunning beauty, and unique restaurants and breweries. In addition, Tucson is one of America’s favorite places to vacation because there are so many different types of attractions.
Tucson — with a population of a half a million people in the Sonoran Desert — has experienced a sort of renaissance over the last decade or so. It’s a wonderful place to visit.
It’s also renowned for it’s environmental focus. Here you will see water conservation, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and many eco-friendly practices as everyone works to conserve this area.
In addition to being a fun destination, Tucson has quickly evolved in its approach to its own natural beauty, embracing and highlighting it at every possible turn.
The result is a thriving, buzzing town with a great atmosphere, elevated culture, and great respect for mother nature. While everyone has heard of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona, there are wondrous attractions in Tucson, no matter what your interests.
Tucson nature attractions
It’s difficult to put nature in one category, as so many of Tucson’s attractions involve nature and overlap with other areas of interest. The desert landscape is part of the infrastructure in so many areas throughout Tucson.
Saguaro National Park
You can drive through the park or enjoy walking around — or both! There are two locations (districts) for Saguaro National Park. They are both marvelous, so chose the one that works out better for your location and whatever else you plan to do in Tucson.
Saguaro National Park East – Rincon Mountain District
Saguaro National Park West – Tucson Mountain District
Bring plenty of water in a reusable water bottle. You can refill at one of their refilling stations in the Visitor Center. As part of their Reduce, ReUse, Refill program, there aren’t restaurants, concession stands, or snack, water, or soda machines.
Camping is available at Rincon Mountain District on a first come, first serve basis.
Both locations have guides, gift shop, visitor center, movie, and more.
There are different trails for varying levels of hiking as well. Pick up a map in the Visitor Center. You will learn about the mammals, reptiles, cactus, plants, and other living things you can see in this area.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
This is a glorious space to learn more about the native plants that grow in Tucson and in the Sonoran Desert. You will find smaller gardens as well as learn all about the individual plants.
They offer classes and workshops as well as guided-tours. It’s a great place for the family to wander around. Children will enjoy exploring in a this smaller setting. Be sure to walk through the Butterfly Garden.
We’ve been here during some exhibits in which sculptures adorn the grounds, making it even more magical.
Tucson science, geology, air & space attractions
Tucson wonders never cease.
Situated in a valley basin that, due to its unusual altitude, can be considered a high desert, Tucson is one of the most geologically-unusual cities in all of Arizona (and, by extension, the United States).
Apart from providing the city with a dry climate, this location creates a sort of secluded habitat that encapsulates the unique aesthetics of the Arizona desert, boasting wonderous mountain ranges which surround the city much like a palisade.
You will enjoy seeing all the formations on your own when you take hikes throughout Tucson and even just driving through many parts of town.
Learn more and experience some of these Tucson attractions:
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
Tucson gets all the benefits that a great university brings with it. The renouned University of Arizona offers amazing opportunities to residents and Tucson visitors.
One of the many things is the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium.
Here you can enjoy:
UA Mineral Museum: Enjoy viewing the extensive rocks and minerals collection
Planetarium Theater: See a planetarium and laser Show
Hands-on science exhibits in a small hands-on museum-type setting
Many local schools use this as a resource for school field trips.
Plan to stay the day and eat on campus at one of the many restaurants.
Afterwards, take some time to walk around the campus and admire the landscaping, take in the buildings, and see the Hall of Champions Athletics Heritage Museum which celebrates the university’s athletes. There are parking garages which make it convenient no matter where you go on campus.
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Also on the University of Arizona campus is the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. You must look online in advance; they offer a few scheduled docent-led tours each month as well as by appointment. Tours are free.
Tucson Gem & Mineral Show
This renowned Tucson attraction is a destination for visitors from around the world. Tucson’s Gem and Mineral Show is an annual event in February which attracts visitors from all over the world.
Note it’s often a bit more expensive to come during this time and the hotels book up fast. If you want to plan your trip during this time, be sure to book your hotel well in advance.
Karchner Caverns (50 minutes from Tucson)
It’s worth noting you will be somewhat close to Karchner Caverns when you visit Tucson. Book online in advance. You can choose between two tours.
Get there early to explore the area; there are hiking paths. In addition, there is a gift shop and a Visitor Center with many displays and information. Be sure to go to the theater to see the interesting movie about how the two men found the caverns.
Colossal Cave (really close to Tucson)
If you want to visit a cave closer to Tucson, check Colossal Cave in Vail, AZ. It’s very close to the Saguaro National Park East location. They offer cave tours, a gift shop, hiking around the surrounding areas, and camping. Even if you just come for the cave tour, it will be a worthwhile visit.
Kitt Peak Observatory (an hour outside of Tucson)
This is located on the Tohono O’odham Nation about 55 miles southwest of Tucson. Many areas of Tucson do not have nighttime street lighting in order to keep the skies clear for Kitt Peak Observatory.
During the day, allow for ample time to enjoy their Visitor Center. The views are astounding. There are guided and self-guided tours which take you inside and outside. You can also enjoy telescope viewing programs and amazing exhibits inside and outside.
There are nighttime activities as well. You must be registered for one to be there in the evening. They offer a 4-hour family stargazing program along with other programs.
Mt Lemmon SkyCenter through U of A
You can also drive to the top of Mount Lemmon to enjoy an astronomy evening. Dress warm for the evening; you will be at 9,000+ ft in elevation.
You should book both the Kitt Peak and the SkyCenter in advance. Both are family friendly but not recommended for younger children.
Pima Air & Space Museum
You will be amazed at what you will get to see here. There are six indoor hangers (air-conditioned) as well as an outdoor space. There is a gift shop as well.
This museum houses over 350 aircraft. You can get into some of the cockpits and get up close to many one-of-a-kind aircraft. They have a large collection of planes from WW II. In addition, there are displays with highlights and details about the aircraft and pilots over the years.
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
If you go to Sabino Canyon and are interested in taking the tram up the mountain, be sure to pay and reserve your time before you do anything else.
From there, you can the plan the rest of your time there. You may want to take a hike — get suggestions in the Visitor Center based on the difficulty of the trail and how far you want to walk.
There is a wonderful Visitor Center and Gift Shop as well.
Tucson animals attractions
The natural beauty of the city does not limit itself to geology. There are certainly noteworthy characteristics to Tucson’s unique flora and fauna.
Even in the most urban areas of the city, unique forms of vegetation abound, providing color and injecting life into the environment. Furthermore, a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians inhabit the streets along with the people, creating an atmosphere that induces a lively sort of calm.
You might be fortunate enough to see wildlife on your hikes throughout Tucson. However, if you want to be sure to see some of the native animals, visit:
Sonoran-Arizona Desert Museum
You can walk around the park and see the animals in their natural settings. While you are walking through the acreage, you will also get the benefit of seeing the cactus and other native plants and trees which make up the animals’ habitats.
It opens early in the hotter months, so plan to go early so the animals will be out. There are plenty of indoor spaces with exhibits as well. Be sure to walk through the Aviary. Schools in the area travel great distances to go to the Desert Museum.
Reid Park Zoo
The Reid Park Zoo is a wonderland with over 500 animals. They are all about conservation here as well. Note their green buildings and composting along with their water harvesting and grey water capture, solar panels and more.
Before you plan your trip, look online to see if there is a special attraction you want to see. They have many activities, including special events at night when it’s cooler.
Seeing wildlife in Tucson
Keep in mind when you visit Tucson that it gets very hot. If you venture out hiking, you will have a better chance to see animals early in the morning and at dusk. Be sure to bring a refillable water bottle with you.
You may also have luck if you visit Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, Mt. Lemmon, as well as the scores of other trails and nature areas throughout the city.
Tucson diversity and architecture
There are many ecceltic areas and neighborhoods in Tucson, each bringing their own vibe.
There is the downtown area with it’s interesting array of shops, restaurants, cafes, breweries, yoga studios and festivals. The area surrounding the University of Arizona thrives with locals and students. This area has different types of shops and restaurants as well as an array of cultural and sports events.
Something else which makes Tucson so interesting is it is so close to the bordering country of Mexico. Because of this, Tucson enjoys a healthy amount of cultural exchange that enriches and revitalizes its daily social interactions in a multitude of ways.
There is also an influence from the Native Indian tribes in the surrounding areas.
If you plan to stay in Tucson for any length of time, you will get to experience the small-town feel and supportive communities here.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the combination of Tucson’s colonial past and its proximity to Mexico has greatly affected its architecture. While it can’t be denied that mid-century Modernist architecture prevails as one of the city’s biggest influences, it’s also true that many other styles have a strong presence throughout the entire town.
Out of these, the most important is, arguably, the Spanish colonial style that infuses buildings with overpowering stucco walls, clay-tiled or flat roofs, over-the-top arches and wood (or wrought) iron balconies.
Among some of the other architectural styles that make up the city, you can find Sonoran, Mediterranean Revival, Pueblo Revival and even Moorish. Despite being very different, these styles have a way of blending perfectly, providing the city with a unique look that is, somehow, eccentric and harmonious at the same time.
Much like nature itself, this blend of style and cultures results in a sort of architectural ecosystem that is perfectly balanced.
Mission San Xavier del Blanc
Be sure to check out the San Xavier Mission on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. You can check the website for information on mass times if you would like to attend a Catholic mass.
There are also tours of the grounds and a fairly sizable gift shop. When we were there on a Sunday morning, there were also several tents set up with local vendors.
Fourth Avenue Street Fair
This December tradition brings local vendors and the town together for a weekend enjoying Tucson’s historic Fourth Avenue.
With free admission, it’s a sought-after event each year. Wander through the booths featuring artists, listen to the bands, and pop in and out of Tucson’s vibrant downtown shops. They do bring in food trucks; be sure to find one that is local if you want to enjoy some of Tucson’s classic eats.
As if all that wasn’t great enough by itself, bring your camera for the sunsets. They are phemenomenal.
When it gets dark, take some time to take in Tucson’s extravagant skies. Depending on where you are visiting from, you may see stars here like nowhere else.
You will be hard-pressed to find a city with as much natural beauty as this crown jewel of Arizona.
One thing that not many outsiders know about Tucson is that it has one of the liveliest and most diverse music scenes in the country, if not all of North America. Renowned bands such as Calexico hail from this city, a testament to the incessant creativity of its inhabitants. Without a doubt, live music plays a huge role in the city’s cultural panorama, resulting in an impressive number of big and small venues that showcase the local musical groupings’ talent.
Tucson art attractions
In addition to music, this wonderful Arizona city has many options for lovers of traditional, classical and orchestral music.
Ensembles like the Tucson Symphony, the Southern Arizona Symphony and Arizona Friends of Chamber Music Orchestra provide plenty of beautiful shows throughout the year. The latter, in particular, manages to captivate the imagination of the entire city (and its visitors) every year during its renowned Winter Festival. Broadway in Tucson brings amazing entertainment as well.
Visual art is also a very important form of expression in this beautiful city. It has one of the most important contemporary art museums in the region: the Tucson Museum of Art. More than that, when you are in this city, you can visit the renowned University of Arizona Museum of Art, home to large collections of very important paintings.
Apart from renowned art museums, the city is bursting with local galleries, many of which showcase the talent and creativity of young, up and coming artists with fresh takes and a new vision.
In reality, it’s not even necessary to go into a gallery to see wonderful new art in this city: Featuring beautiful murals all over its most urban areas, the city acts as a museum in itself.
Due to its hot climate, the city allows visitors and locals to walk from cultural hot spot to cultural hot spot until late at night.
As a result, it is buzzing with activity and fun throughout most of the day’s 24 hours. Even better, the climate is very conducive to people feeling happy, chatty and comfortable meeting new friends. As a result, the nightlife in this city is particularly exciting.
Visiting Tucson, Arizona
As a result of all the environmental factors that were just described, this place has a unique atmosphere that is very hard to put into words. Ample and airy, the city provides people with a sense of expectant calm. At points, walking down the city’s most vibrant urban hot spots, that expectancy turns itself into reality when you walk across a crowded pop-up gastro-pub or a mesmerizing street art performance.
And yet, if you see quiet and want to experience nature, Tucson has hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and biking, for exercise and recreation.
Visitors can experience the atmosphere and culture of this fantastic city in Arizona. The University of Arizona enriches the Tucson culture with all of the programming available there as well.
Luckily, there is no lack of cultural features and destinations in Tucson. Ranging from museums to famous restaurants and legendary nightclubs, the city certainly has something for everyone.
That is not to say, however, that the city is touristy or excessively commercial. To the contrary, somehow, it has managed to retain its unique town-like personality and charisma while simultaneously providing plenty of activities for visitors and locals alike.
Speaking of visitors, those who are interested in the rich history of this city will have a great time visiting its many historical locations. Places like the Anza Trail, the Arizona Museum and many others provide visitors with a clearer understanding of the city, its origins and its culture.
It’s even possible to visit famous locations that once were frequented by the likes of Wyatt Earp, Pancho Villa and Cochise. People who are interested in military history will undoubtedly enjoy the many museums that feature everything from Native American warrior artifacts to Cold War missiles.
Remember, depending on the time of year you visit Tucson, it gets hot at certain hours of the day. For that reason, many of the locals find refuge indoors during these hours, resulting in a large number of establishments dedicated to the lofty goal of providing day-time shade, refreshments and entertainment.
Then, once the sun has gone down, you can go out and enjoy the cooling night breeze as you take in the beautiful sunset.
And remember, there is Tucson International Airport which makes it very easy to visit. Many choose to come in from Phoenix because it will have more direct flights.
If you want to truly connect with nature, however, you only need to step a little bit outside the city in order to find the most amazing wildflowers and blooming cacti. While this is true all year long, without a doubt, the most awe-inducing blooms happen during the spring months. Note that late in summer you will see the bright purple prickly pears and the barrel cactus blooming — adding rich colors to the desert landscape.
Despite (or perhaps due to) featuring such hard living conditions, the Arizona desert has some of the most unique and diverse ecosystems in the world.
Tucson is an ideal vacation destination for families, couples, friend groups, solos, retirees, cyclists, nature lovers for vacations. These are a just of the few highlights when it comes to Tucson attractions to consider. You will never run out of things to do in this glorious town.
Phoenix Airport Guide – If you are living in the United States, particularly Arizona, you would feel a sense of pride once you know that the Sky Harbor International Airport is among the largest commercial airports in the country.
Long-term parking or short-term parking, which one is better?
Rather than running helter-skelter for parking at Sky Harbor airport; a more logical move is to check the availability of parking slots online and book one based on your schedule and requirements.
If you are going to the Phoenix airport for a very short duration of time, you could park the car in the 24-hour cell phone waiting lots.
Parking can be done for 30 minutes max.
There are three cell phone waiting lots.
The driver needs to remain inside the car till the time it is parked in that lot.
Phoenix Sky Harbor Parking Lots
East of Terminal 4
West of the Terminal 2 parking structure
South of the 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station
In case you plan to see off your guests at the airport and want to spend some time with them, it is better to avoid parking at the cell phone waiting lots.
Instead, you should opt for short-term parking option at the Phoenix Airport.
With as low as $4/hour, the rate is much cheaper when compared to the taxi ride to the airport, similar to that of LAX parking.
Garages & lots that are used for short-term parking provide secure airport parking.
Another advantage of parking in the terminal garages is that the parking slot is very close to the terminal entrances making it the ideal parking option if you are at the airport to drop off or pick up passengers.
Airport parking prices for long-term parking vary depending on the garage and lot.
You have options for covered and uncovered parking, though you should go for covered parking in case you plan to park your vehicle for a couple of weeks/months.
Options for daily parking at Sky Harbor Airport
Terminal 2 Economy parking – $9-$11/day
East Economy Parking – $9/day
West Economy Park & Walk – $7/day
East Economy Garage A & B – $25/day
Off-site Sky Harbor parking – $4-$6/day
If you are looking out for a more economical option, you should go for offsite parking at the Phoenix airport.
Long-term parking is suitable for someone who loves driving and wants to ensure that his/her car will be in the same condition when he/she is back from the trip.
With so many parking options at the Sky Harbor International Airport, airport parking is worth trying out since it can work out much economical as compared to taxi rides!
Nature Inspired Vacation – Traveling around a city can be great because almost everything you need is within reach, making it convenient for our often-excessive lives.
However, city traveling can also be exhausting; its fast-paced lifestyle and lack of room for relaxation can be draining, both physically and mentally, that’s not to mention the effects of light, sound and air pollution.
This is why many of us prefer having our vacations in places where we can be as far from the demanding and exhausting city life as possible.
Nature inspired vacation activities are a great way to relax and unwind from the hectic schedules we have while in the city.
Nature Inspired Vacation
Here are some of the best nature-inspired activities you can incorporate when planning for your next break:
Rock Climbing in California
Rock climbing isn’t what comes to mind when talking about California but the state that is more known for its beaches does have their fair share of amazing places where you can go rock climbing.
Yosemite National Park, for example, is considered the best and most famous area for rock climbing in the United States.
It features big granite walls that can offer challenges for climbers of all skill levels.
The Yosemite National Park is dominated by 3 large granite walls with El Capitan considered as the biggest continuous granite wall in the US, standing at 1,000 meters.
It has plenty of granite cracks that climbers can use to test their skills.
Another famous area for rock climbing in California is the Joshua Tree National Park.
It’s considered as the largest in northern America due to the sheer number of climbing trails it features.
It has around 8,000 climbing trails and offers enough challenges for climbers; whether they’re beginners or experts.
Cycling in Spain
If rock climbing in California is too rigorous for a getaway activity, then perhaps a cycling holiday in Spain would be more preferable.
Cycling is a popular hobby in Spain, especially in spring and autumn when the weather is perfect for the activity.
Spain has plenty of cycling routes and the picturesque scenery of each route makes this a perfect holiday for the more active vacationers.
Spain’s most popular cycling routes are:
Via Verde de Ojos Negros
Camino de Santiago
Via Verde de la Sierra
There are many more routes you can take, each more scenic than the last.
Cycling is a nature-inspired activity in which both singles and families can participate.
With the numerous scenic cycling trails in Spain, you are sure to find the best one suited to your preference and skill level.
Diving with Whale Sharks in Cancun
During the summer holidays, many flock to the beaches to unwind and relax.
However, for those looking for an adventure, maybe diving with the whale sharks in Cancun, Mexico is more your thing.
Known for its amazing white-sand beaches and dazzling blue waters, Cancun is considered the most popular tourist destination in Mexico’s Gulf Coast.
Not only does it have amazing beach resorts and everything else someone on vacation would want, but it’s also home to the largest concentration of whale sharks in the world.
Whale shark season in Cancun typically runs from the middle of May until the middle of September; coinciding with the summer holidays in most countries.
Although they are large, whale sharks are docile creatures and pose no threat to humans, which is why diving with them is a popular activity in Cancun.
The warm and calm Caribbean waters of Cancun is perfect for these gentle giants who come once a year to feed on the plankton found there.
If you want to see – and swim alongside – these majestic creatures, then jetting to Cancun is the right solution for you.
Diving with the whale sharks will enable you to truly see the wonder of nature.
Golf Holiday in Greece
Greece, home to some of the greatest minds in history and where you can find the ruins of one of humanity’s first civilizations.
There are many places where you can see their rich history and culture but did you know that they also have some of the best golf courses in the world?
Golfers from all around the world visit Greece because the mild climate present all-year-round is perfect for a relaxing – or challenging, depending on your preference – game of golf.
This, coupled with their championship-level courses and remarkable golf resorts, makes it one of the best destinations for a golf holiday.
The island of Crete, in particular, is a popular golfing holiday destination.
Their amazing golf resorts not only feature well-maintained greens but they also give vacationers an extraordinary view of the ocean.
Greece is a country with a rich and colorful history and culture and is also one of the best destinations for a golf holiday.
Bird Watching in Costa Rica
If you’re an animal lover with a particular interest in birds, then bird watching in Costa Rica is the perfect nature-inspired activity for you.
Found in Central America, Costa Rica is known worldwide for its numerous volcanoes, beaches, and rich biodiversity.
It is considered a birdwatcher’s paradise because of the large number of tropical bird species that call this country home.
Out of the world’s 18 different life zones, 12 of them are present in Costa Rica, offering a large selection of climates for various wildlife – including birds.
Birdwatchers have reportedly seen around 850 species of birds in the country.
This composes about 10% of the planet’s total bird population.
With these numbers, it’s no wonder that it’s considered a birdwatcher’s paradise!
Nature Inspired Vacations Have Many Benefits
A city break has many benefits and it can be undeniably convenient.
However, the fast-paced and hectic lifestyle of the city can sometimes be too much to handle and can drain us mentally and physically.
Nature has a way of making us feel refreshed and ready to tackle the daily challenges of life.
Integrating a nature-inspired activity on our next vacation might just what we need in order to recover from the stress we feel from our busy lives.
Whether it’s rock climbing in California or bird watching in Costa Rica, you are sure to find the peace and relaxation that you long for while on vacation.
Adventures for an Eco-Warrior ~ An eco-warrior is a self- description for an environmental activist that chooses to adopt what is usually referred to as a “hands-on” effort to save nature and the environment at large.
Eco-warriors have plenty of activities that they can engage in as they strive to achieve their goals.
Top Alternative Adventures For An Eco-Warrior
Animal Conversation in Sri-Lanka
Sri-Lanka is, in fact, one of the most biodiverse hotspots on earth.
The country happens to have one of the highest rates of biological endemism known to man.
Around 23% of flowering plants and 16% of fauna are found in Sri-Lanka making it a great destination for an eco-warrior who is looking for adventure.
It’s not only a guarantee that you get to see at least some of these rare and unique species, but also a chance to take care of Mother Nature at large by joining animal conversation project in the country.
Rare species include
The toque macaque
The golden palm civet
The purple-faced langur
The crimson-fronted barbet
By joining an animal conservation project, you will most definitely have the opportunity to observe and take care of certain animals like turtles, elephants, birds and many more in a way that will impact them positively.
Adventures for an Eco-Warrior Sri-Lanka Animal Conservation Projects
The Great Turtle Project
By joining this project, you will have the opportunity to experience life as a marine life volunteer at one of the many Sri-Lanka’s wildlife sanctuaries.
You will be able to take care of the turtles in the vicinity by aiding efforts in their hatcheries and releasing them back to their natural habitats.
The Great Elephant Project
This is another animal conservation project that you can join for a great adventure.
It is situated on the outskirts of the great Wasgamuwa National Park.
You will get the opportunity to work with the local community around the area to lessen the impact of human-animal conflict.
Mountain Climbing in Scotland
Although standing atop a mountain can be vertigo-inducing, it can be medicine to the soul and mind.
Some of the mountains and hills in Scotland that an eco-warrior can go for adventure including the following;
The Buachaille Etive Mor
Climbers usually call it the Buachille.
Others call it Heaven.
This is one of the most popular mountains in Scotland.
It has a pyramid form and has a river called the Etive which circles it.
As you climb this mountain, you can get the chance to get involved in environmental conservation activities.
Cleaning the mountain and taking care of the marine life in the river.
This is the highest mountain in the British Isles.
It stands tall at the end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber.
Climbing this mountain can be a great alternative adventure for you since it has a very breath-taking setting.
You will get the chance to feel the butterflies of the enchanting gaze.
The Aonach Eagach
This is a rocky ridge that sits at the north of Glen Coe.
This ridge is perfect for a rocky and arduous adventure.
The slopes and terrain can quite risky but it is without a doubt worth it.
Squrr Na Sri
This is yet another jewel for climbing adventures.
This isle is menacingly and hauntingly handsome.
It has the most enchanting viewpoint in the United Kingdom.
This isle is a perfect mountain climbing adventure for you.
Horse Riding in Canada
Canada has a long horse riding tradition and ridding happens to be possible in all areas of the country; from cattle drives in the plains and gallops to alpine trails in the rookies.
Cowboys and cattle herders in the central plains and the Rocky Mountains also continue to keep the equine culture alive.
You can visit various ranches in Canada, for instance;
British Columbia Ranch, Canada
This cattle ranch and guest house offers the ultimate outdoor adventure in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia.
You will be offered a complete range of horseback riding activities as well as tennis and biking in the ranch and wild.
Canada Cattle Ranch, Canada
This authentic guest ranch is located in the beautiful Saskatchewan River valley; you will get the chance to enjoy the taste of the cowboy way of life.
You will also get a true ranching adventure that features lots and lots of hours in the saddle and the quartered horses.
Canadian Rockies, Canada
This horseback ride will allow you to explore the Banff National Park and get closer to nature, spotting wildlife in its natural habitat.
The trail leads deep into the back country.
You will be accompanied by professional guides who will tour you around and to top that up you will have the luxury of comfortable lodges along the way.
Narrow Boating in England
A narrow boat is a boat with a distinctive design that is made to fit in the narrow canals of the United Kingdom.
Surprisingly, there are over 2,000 miles of maneuverable inland waterways in England.
The rural views and heritage sites from the industrial era are the best spots to relax and enjoy yourself, making a narrow boat holiday the perfect choice not just for the ethical traveler but for those interested in British history.
You can take part in saving emissions to the environment by choosing not to fly but riding canals instead.
You can take part in environmental pollution awareness in the country and inform the resident of the benefit of choosing the narrow canals as alternatives to air-polluting means of transport.
The Avon Ring
This is a circuit of 131 locks and 109 miles.
There are centuries of history to explore here.
The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
This is the only place you’ll find narrowboats for hire.
These boats are cleaner and quieter than diesel.
Due to the shallowness of the water, there is a 2 mph speed limit, rather than the regular 4 mph so you will most definitely have enough time to admire the Brecon beacons.
Becoming an animal volunteer in Sri-Lanka, mountain climbing in Scotland, horse riding in Canada, and narrow boat riding in England are some great alternatives if you are looking for an adventure that’s a bit different.
You will be able to actively play a part in protecting the nation’s most beloved nature.
From looking after the Orangutans in Borneo to reconnecting with nature in Mozambique to taking a spiritual pilgrimage walk in Sri-Lanka to meditation in Mongolia, you can be sure to find the activity that you think will best promote your overall wellness.