WINTER BREAK ITINERARIES, PART I: The Restless Traveler
Trying to decide where to spend your upcoming vacation? Here, some itineraries to feed your need (…if that need is kinetic, frenetic travel):
India’s Finest: (file under: culture, party) Fly non-stop to New Delhi where you can explore the hectic markets, oldest mosques and myriad museums; a quick jaunt to Agra for the Taj and some forts in Jaipur round out cultural musts so you can get to Goa by New Year’s. Depending how you celebrate, the state’s north is home to rowdy Euro-bashes, down south is hammocks, huts and beachy bars.
Machu Pichhu & More: (file under: adventure, culture) Land in Lima and enjoy the city (and ceviche) before flying to Cusco, the starting point for MaPi and a destination in its own right. Enjoy Andean markets and rock-climbing (plus a celebratory año nuevo in the plaza de armas) before setting off on your trek. Time to spare? Make the 8-hour journey to Puno for stunning Lake Titicaca.
Burmese Days: (file under: culture) Circle your way round this captivating country – from the shiny gold pagodas of Yangon to the two thousand temples of Bagan; palaces and payas in Mandalay and a boat ride down Lake Inle, it’s a path forged but not yet beaten.
Southeast Asia Whirlwind: (file under: adventure, culinary, culture, party) Hightail it to Hanoi and enjoy north Vietnam with a cruise through Halong Bay and tribal trek to Sapa; border-cross to Cambodia for a history lesson in Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat in Siem Reap; End it all with a tiny taste of Thailand, and a nightclub New Years celebration, in good old Bangkok.
Totally Thailand: (file under: adventure, beach, culinary, culture) Or just spend your entire vacation in Thailand: the north (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai) is full of tribal treks, tiger trails and elephant camps while down south (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao) is a beach lover’s paradise. The food is incredible at every geographic coordinate.
Australian Coast: (file under: adventure, beach) Start at the bottom and work your way up: Melbourne, Sydney, Byron, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns—what’s better than blue skies and beaches the whole way? Koala sightings! And there’s plenty of those, too.