One of the most surefire ways to escape the rat race and recover from burnout is to schedule a vacation. You know that you’ve been pushing one off for some time now, and it might be just the thing you need to re-center yourself.
It can be a bit of a chore getting around some of the most popular destinations – after all, if you’re there, then chances are, it’s a considered a great place by many other people, too. For this reason, you should look into tourism packages and other offers that facilitate travel in and around your actual destination.
For example, in the clogged streets of New York, you can join a Central Park bicycle rental to navigate the sights and sounds avoiding all that traffic. Similar modes of transportation are available in many great vacation locales around the world.
Tour the National Parks
A guided tour of the greatest sites of Creation in America begins with the grandest of them all: Arizona’s Grand Canyon. The vast and unyieldingly beautiful scenery will comprise a lifetime of visual treasures for all who see it – especially on a guided tour that lasts for several days. This type of vacation will consist entirely of foot travel once you get there; unless you look specifically for one that has a tour bus; these don’t usually last for days at a time, though.
Many of these types of tours include substantial camping, with a knowledgeable tour guide to show you the way and explain everything you need to know. Just wait until you see the sunrise from Monument Valley – it will take your breath away.
European Guided Tours
This rather expansive tour option offers quite the selection of European hotspots. There are six-day excursions to Northern Iceland, during which you get to experience Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon, or a “Best of Italy” package with travel, room, and food all provided for. The latter is quite the commitment for a vacation and runs a solid two weeks straight. The winter season is always a popular time for this retreat if your work schedule allows it.
For the young at heart, there’s a guided package that includes Vienna’s eclectic sights, such as a near-Christmastime carousel ride in the park at night – with numerous twinkling stars above in the frigid, clear skies. The taverns in this part of the world are quite different from home; there are open-hearth fires blazing to keep you warm and toasty as you say goodbye to the year.
An African Safari
These are the most guided of guided tours – and for a good reason! Seeing some of the most powerful and majestic animals up close cannot be compared to seeing them in any zoo; you’ll be perfectly safe on top of or inside a reinforced jeep, guided by wild animal experts who know everything there is to know about animals and safety. Check out the lions and buffalo at Kruger National Park, or fly to a different part of Africa to experience the Masai Mara. Tourism is huge in Africa these days, so you have your pick from a multitude of countries that offer safaris and elite lodging at luxury hotels.
Australia – Guided Tours in the Land Down Under
Few things are more spectacular to a swimmer than an up-close look at the Great Barrier Reef in the waters surrounding New Zealand. On one leg of the many available guided tours, you can rent a sailboat and navigate around the fjord of Milford Sound – just make sure your camera is on automatic, as there isn’t a single point of view along this route that isn’t breathtaking.
Interact with the native Maori and Aborigine people – they are kind, and their expressiveness shines through in their many cultural dances and festivals. In particular, there’s a guided tour that lets you spend 11 days on the island with the Maori. Even if you’re there to visit the modern retreats of Auckland and Sydney; the native lands are worth a stop and will provide memories you won’t forget.