The year is coming to an end. You had a great season and did an awesome job running your business and bringing unmatched service to your customers. Now give your people a pat on the back for a job well done and treat yourself to the holiday break you truly deserve. Not sure where to go? Leave that to us.
Here we’ve put together six great destinations to make your escape to - whether you want to jet off overseas or just take a short drive. You’re welcome!
1. NSW SOUTH COAST
We all love the beach. It’s one of the first places we go to when we want to unwind and take a break from our busy work schedules. Lucky for us, Australia - specifically the New South Wales South Coast - offers some of the world’s best beaches. Coledale Beach is the perfect spot to chill as it doesn’t get too busy during peak times. Or there is the mesmerizing Jones/Boyds beach that boasts majestic cathedral rocks and unique stone formations.
Alternatively, you could visit Seven Mile Beach in Shoalhaven Heads or Hyams Beach, which is said to have some of the whitest sand on the planet. If you’re into surfing, the south coast won’t disappoint. Go check out Austinmer beach and the Mystics - both local favorites.
Other must-visit beaches in New South Wales: Port Kembla, Murrays Beach, City Beach, Callala Beach
Next on our list is the beautiful Tasmania. This island state is well-known for its great outdoor adventures, but what we love most about it is the stunning scenery. From the ravishing Mount Wellington to its UNESCO World Heritage Site Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers, you’ll surely have a holiday to remember.
When you visit, don’t forget to take a quick tour of the Tasman National Park. It’s where you can take in some of the country’s most lovely rock formations, waterfalls, and cliffs. The Nut is another Tasmanina wonder you shouldn’t miss. It’s a 143m high volcanic plug located on the northwest coast of the island. Here, you can climb the steep path to the top or take a chairlift ride for scenic lookouts.
Other must-see attractions in Tasmania: Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Mona Museum and Art Gallery, Freycinet National Park, Bruny Island
3. MORNINGTON PENINSULA (MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA)
For bar and cellar owners, there’s nothing better than unwinding with a holiday trip to one of the country’s most popular winery and brewing destinations: the Mornington Peninsula. Situated south-east of Melbourne, the region is the home to about 50 wineries and hundreds of vineyards. You could either book a special tour or create your own one. Just remember to include these in your itinerary:
- Moorooduc Estate - offers some of the best-tasting wines on the peninsula. There’s no restaurant but they sell heavenly sourdough loaves every weekend.
- Eldridge Estate - lovely setting. You can taste their delicious wines on the deck as you enjoy superb views of their huge vineyard.
- Port Philip Estate - the eye-catching exterior and light-filled modern rooms are what makes this winery a must-visit spot. Though there’s more to it than just the spectacular setting - Port Philip Estate offers exceptional wines. You better try their best seller: the Kooyong Pinot Noir.
- Yabby Lake - one of the biggest wineries in the region. It has a restaurant that serves delectable local dishes.
The products from these wineries are rarely exported so the only way to sample them is by paying a visit. Don’t worry, we’re sure you’ll have a great stay.
Other must-see attractions in Mornington Peninsula: Bathing boxes, Blairgowrie Jumping Rock, Peninsula Hot Springs, Cape Schanck
4. THE IMPERIAL CITY (HUE, VIETNAM)
If you’re into seeing mystical ancient temples and majestic palaces, explore further afield and pay a visit to Vietnam. In the city of Hue lies one of the country’s hidden charms and one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Imperial City.
This walled palace that was built in 1362 has always been a must-see attraction for tourists around the world. With its grand architecture, marvelous mansions, and medieval tombs, there’s no way you won’t fall for its beauty. The Imperial City lets you catch a glimpse of young monks in training and take a dragon boat cruise down the enchanting Perfume River. You can start your day tour by visiting the Forbidden City and cap it off with a dinner at a “Royal Banquet” where you can dress up like Vietnamese royalty and dine on traditional royal cuisines.
Other must-see attractions in Vietnam: Ha Long Bay, Cu Chi Tunnels, The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne
5. CARAMOAN ISLAND (BICOL, PHILIPPINES)
There’s more to the Philippines than the popular Boracay and Palawan. Fly to the region of Bicol and you’ll find an adventure-seeker’s dream wonderland! The island of Caramoan’s numerous beaches with crystal clear waters, powdery white sand, and colorful coral will make you forget all the stress of your work life. No wonder it has become the setting of the 26th season of the hit reality TV series, Survivor.
A 4-day tour is enough for you to get completely captivated by this charming spot. Don't miss the magical Matukad Island that’s well-known for its stunning cliffs and clear blue waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Lahos Island should be included in your itinerary, too. The wonderful rock formations and lush surroundings here will make you never want to go back home.
Other must-see attractions in the Philippines: El Nido, Batanes Islands, Kalanggaman Island, Hinatuan Enchanted River, Banaue Rice Terraces
6. QUEENSTOWN (NEW ZEALAND)
Although best known as a winter destination, Queenstown is an amazing summer getaway, too. Hot, sunny days, long evenings, and fresh alpine air. Indeed, Queenstown in New Zealand is the perfect place to have a good time after a crazy busy season at work. Tons of outdoor activities, ranging from easy to extreme, await to give you your most unforgettable Summer holiday. You can go jet-boating at the spectacular Lake Wakatipu and other famous rivers like Shotover and Kawarau, plunge into an extreme whitewater rafting session, or enjoy heart stopping bungy jumping and zip line adventures.
If you’re the type who wants a laid-back and relaxing holiday, Queenstown also has something for you. The Skyline Gondola lets you get breath taking bird's eye views of the natural landscapes while the legendary nightlife will give you that release you’ve been looking for. Queenstown has a party atmosphere any night of the week and it’s the home to over 150 cafes, restaurants, and bars that serve local fine wine and killer cocktails. Or if partying isn't your style, there are some fantastic restaurants and nearby wineries.
Other must-do activities in Queenstown: horse trekking, hiking expedition, guided cycling tours, parasailing, lake cruising.
We all deserve a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of running a business, and we hope that these 6 epic travel destinations we’ve listed above will give you the vacation of your dreams. If there are other tourist spots you think should be included in this post, feel free to comment below and let us know your ideas.
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