Africa is a popular tourist’s bucket-list destination surrounded by water from all around. It is the hottest continent with a home to the largest Sahara desert that occupies 25% of the total land area. In the north, it is separated from Europe by the Mediterranean Sea and is separated from Asia by the Suez Canal in the northeast and further by the Red Sea. On its east and southeast are the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean in the west.
The biggest country is Algeria and the smallest is Seychelles famous for its luxury beaches and a perfect holiday destination worldwide due to the 115 islands dotted along the mainland’s coast on the east. The vibrant Morocco is one of the top destinations for holiday by travelers followed by South Africa, Egypt, and Tunisia. Every country has its own unique culture waiting to be explored.
Africa has the world’s longest river 6,650 km long called the Nile River and deepest (750 ft) in some spots. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the world’s tallest free-standing tall in its magnificent glory. The second lowest point on the earth is Lake Assal at Djibouti the saltiest lake out of Antarctica.
I feel lucky to have visited Cape Town a few years back and witnessed the beauty of this continent. I want to visit again and explore more and more of this destination.
There are both fun and adventure activities tourists can indulge in Africa such as – the famous African safaris, purchasing crafts from markets, visit pygmy villages, hike through jungles watching gorillas, chill on tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, travel across savanna on a colonial era-railway, to snacking on exotic treats and travel down the river in a dugout “pirogue” and much more.
Contrary to the myth surrounding Africa it is a land of friendly people with breathtakingly amazing landscape diverse and beautiful to the traveler.
Antarctica is a travelers delight and the third smallest continent in the world, is also the coldest continent in the world covered with Ice. It covers the South Pole of the earth and lies in the Antarctic Circle surrounded by the Southern Ocean. Other than scientists who maintain research stations no permanent inhabitants live here.
It is known for being the windiest, driest, coldest and least populated place in the world where the water is frozen all year round also called the ‘frozen dessert’ with practically ‘no sunlight’ in winters. Tourists enjoy visiting Antarctica in summers. It has an ocean full of whales, penguins and seals, a treat for adventure and marine life lovers. The continent is bare and doesn’t have any bushes or trees with the natural vegetation being mosses and algae.
Though I have not visited Antartica yet, I have done my research on this via books and travel documentaries. The discussion is not complete unless we share about Antartica.
The most popular tourist destination is the Antarctic Peninsula Region that has the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Some expeditions (mostly private) may take groups to sites towards the destinations like Mt. Vinson the highest mountain in Antarctica and the geographic South Pole.
As per scientists, there are remarkable similarities between Mars and Antarctica. If you are interested in meteorites Antarctica is the right place to visit.
Primary activities for a tourist include visiting the scientific stations that are operational as well as the wildlife sites and indulging in activities like camping, kayaking, scuba-diving, and mountaineering. Make sure that your excursions are done with one or group of experts to face the weather hazards.
There are no time zones in Antarctica, therefore, travellers frequently follow their original countries time zone while visiting the continent. It is an independent territory that doesn’t have any owner or government ruling the continent.
All kinds of activities, be it travel or research is managed by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) in Antarctica.
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Asia is the largest continent in the world and a dream destination to travel for its diverse and incredible landscape, architecture, coastline, culture, people, wildlife, food, religious and historical significance.
Asia a major tourist attraction comprises of the eastern part of the Eurasian landmass, in the north is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the Pacific Ocean, in the south by the Indian Ocean and has a Suez Canal separating it from Africa. It is separated from Europe by the two huge water bodies; The Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. The land border runs through the Ural Mountains and River, the Caspian Sea, and the Caucasus Mountains. This border or boundary passes through the states of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Russia making them a part of both continents. Cyprus and Armenia are parts of Europe politically and culturally yet are in Asia geographically.
Russia is the largest country in Asia as it occupies 30% of the total continent and the smallest being the Maldives an archipelago of islands known for beach resorts and is a traveler’s paradise.
The most popular tourist destinations in Asia are China, closely followed by India, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Dubai, and Malaysia.
This is one of my most explored continents so far. Still, there are many destinations to visit.
Which is your favorite destination from the continent Asia? Leave a reply in the comments section below.
Australia also called Oceania, is a delight for travelers across from the world. Since it is connected geologically with New Zealand, the whole of New Guinea, Australia it is historically called Australasia based on geology, living things and geography. It has the least (0.3%) of the total Earth’s population after Antarctica.
Australia and Oceania are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean in the South and East and the Indian Ocean in the North. It comprises of the magnificent Australian mainland, thousands of tropical islands of the Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia regions that are dotted across the South Pacific Ocean along with bigger islands like the New Guinea, Tasmania and New Zealand.
The largest state Australia occupies 86% of the total area and the smallest independent country is Nauru so small that one can drive around it in less than 60 minutes.
Australia’s most visited cities are Sidney and Melbourne. Sidney is one of largest cities and is a huge tourist attraction for its harbor-front Sydney Opera House that stands out for its sail-like design. Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform called the Skywalk has a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city and its suburbs. Melbourne is on the southeastern side buzzing with bars, restaurants, plazas by the sides of Yarra River also a center for art and culture. Not to miss the palm-lined beaches, coral reefs, clear blue lagoons and rugged landscape of Fiji and the popular scuba diving site and luxury resort destination Bora Bora.
Australia’s natural wonder The Great Barrier Reef is visible even from outer space situated in the north eastern region off the Queensland Coast, is the top holiday destination in Australia. It is known worldwide for over 600 types of coral both soft and hard and home to colorful fishes, mollusks, starfishes, turtles, dolphins, and sharks in innumerable numbers stretching for 2,300 km.
The Australian Outback is for the adventure spirited traveler who is ready to venture into the remote interiors ingrained with Australian heritage, history, and folklore.
I visited New Zealand a few years back. This was one of the most beautiful destinations I have visited.
One of the most important continent for travelers to explore is Europe.
Europe is the top travel destination also the most economically developed continent with the European Union and the biggest political and economic union worldwide. It is partially surrounded by water and land. It comprises of the northwestern part of the landmass called Eurasia surrounded by the Arctic Ocean from the north, Atlantic Ocean from the west, Mediterranean Sea from the South and Black Sea from the southeast.
Armenia and Cyprus are politically European countries however geographically they are located in the Western Asian region. Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are transcontinental countries as they are located in both Asia and Europe.
The border of the continent is defined by the Caspian Sea, Caucasus Mountains and the Ural Mountains. Europe’s biggest country is Russia comprising of 37% of the total continent’s area. It is the largest country in the world with borders in Asian and European countries and the Arctic and Pacific Oceans with it’s stunningly diverse landscape ranging from subtropical beaches to forests to the dominating Tundra.
The smallest European country being the historical Vatican City occupying just a small area in central Rome, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, home to the Pope and a trove of iconic architecture and art.
Europe’s most popular holiday destination is France with its capital ‘Paris’ is the main attraction, followed by United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and Germany.
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America – the continent is very vast and a must to explore for any traveler.
Covering most of the western hemisphere, this continent comprises of countries in the North America, Canada, Cuba, Mexico. The vast area starts from Alaska, Greenland, Canada, North America.
Travelers to America are astounded by the stunningly diverse and incredibly beautiful landscapes. The vastness can be gauged by scenic Alaska in the northwest touching the Arctic Ocean and Hawaii reaching out into the Pacific Ocean and on the West Coast.
Adventurous travelers are now exploring and reaching till Alaska and Greenland as well. I have added these destinations to my travel list especially after watching my favorite travel movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. That’s on a lighter note! maybe one day I will visit Greenland.
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South America is truly nature’s paradise for travel enthusiasts worldwide. It is nestled between the Pacific Ocean from the west, the Caribbean Sea from the northwest, the Atlantic Ocean from the east and north and connected with North America at its northeast tip occupying the entire southern area of the supercontinent of the Americas – therefore the name South America. Its overland border runs along the Panama-Colombian state boundary line.
The largest and most populated city in Brazil that comprises of 50% of the mainland and 52% of the South American population lives here making it the top most visited location in South America followed by Argentina and Peru. The smallest state is called Suriname also happens to be the only region to speak Dutch as the official language. Spanish and Portuguese being the most spoken language in the continent.
Nature’s abundance is evident by South America with the world’s largest river Amazon, highest mountain range (other than Asia) called the Andes, world’s tallest waterfall the 979m Angel Fallsin Venezuela and World’s biggest rainforest found here. The tourists are enchanted by icy landscapes of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, the pristine beaches of Brazil’s Northeastern region and remote islands like Easter Island, Galapagos and Fernando de Noronha to name a few.
Apart from nature – man has also left his mark by creating gems like the world famous Ruins of Ancient Civilizations at Machu Picchu and world-class metropolises at Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Caracas, Santiago, Lima and Rio de Janeiro. Travelers are mesmerized by the outstanding modern architecture at Brasilia, European architecture of Buenos Aires, oldest rock paintings at Serra da Capivara, charming cities of the Andes. Holiday goers who want to indulge in some fun should look out for the various festivals that are a part of this attractive and incredibly diverse land.
South America is a top tourist destination due to it being tremendously hospitable and magnificently diverse landscape and culture.
Though I am yet to visit this beautiful destination I am eager to hear from you if you have visited. Share your experience in the comments section below.