Let’s be honest, we love to brag about our holidays and the more unique the better. As the saying goes, travel, it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller – so why not make it a story worth sharing?
Aussies are hungry for culture, adventure and exotic destinations when it comes to travel – more than one million of us say destinations like Antarctica, Iceland and the Caribbean are at the top of our retirement bucket list.
So, as our desire for more immersive travel experiences grows stronger, here are the destinations that will be hot for new retirees in 10 years’ time.
Mongolia’s mysteriousness lies in its ancient lifestyle. Nomadic herders move to the beat of the seasons, raising yaks and camels and pitching Gers across endless green plains. On the other hand, its city is a modern paradox. Designer suits brush shoulders with sandal-clad shepherds giving you an authentic view into the diverse cultures of this country.
As its government initiates plans to pave roads connecting all provinces to capital Ulaanbaatar by 2020, interest in Mongolia will boom and tourism to the destination will start to rise. Make sure you experience the heart and soul of Mongolia ahead of time. Wander through the Gobi Desert, stay in a traditional Ger and if you’re into sport, we recommend attending the annual Khatgal’s (traditional sports festival) which is held in July – the profits from the event go towards eco projects in the area.
Over a decade has passed since the end of Angola’s Civil War. Although the damage is still widespread, the country is gradually re-building and becoming more appealing as a tourism destination. It has practically been untouched by foreign visitors since the early 1970s, and according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, Angola is tipped to boom over the next 10 years.
As the country heavily invests in its national parks, restocking them with wildlife from neighbouring states, it has potential to become a ‘safari-like’ hotspot alongside Namibia and Tanzania. Other experiences you’ll be able to enjoy in Angola include staying in its colonial gems and road tripping through its serpentine roads that take you around the incredible countryside.
Situated along the Atlantic coast of Equatorial Africa, Gabon is home to one of the world’s most fascinating beaches. Made up of more than 10% of protected parklands, it means the country’s sprawling Loango National Park extends all the way to the beach allowing elephants, buffalos, wild pigs, gorillas and hippos to take a dip in the ocean (think Bahamas’ Pig Island but better!)
So why isn’t it on your bucket list now? Its poor infrastructure currently restricts the Gabonese tourism industry; however improvements have started to be made to make it more accessible, and we predict Gabon to be the next hot spot.
Offering rich archaeological and architectural heritage, Uzbekistan is slowly becoming known as a popular destination amongst mountaineers and rock climbers. As Aussies look for more ‘out of the norm’ destinations, Uzbekistan is the perfect destination that mixes history, adventurous activities and culture.
Since declaring independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, efforts have been made to prepare the country for tourists. So if you’re one of the 22 per cent of Aussies who are keen to join an archaeological dig in retirement, Uzbekistan is a definite must on your bucket list in 10 years’ time.
Not only home to the World’s highest mountain, Nepal also offers world-class trekking routes throughout its regions. As the country rebuilds from the tragic earthquakes of 2015, the next ten years will be vital in returning Nepal to the adventurers’ haven it once was.
We know that tourism will grow broadly over the next 10 years however it will be journeys that include trekking through the Kathmandu Valley to discover the temples in the valley of the gods – a spiritual place where Hinduism and Buddhism meet – that will be on trend with travellers.
To learn how you can save for these incredible destinations and visit them with your super, visit Living Super.
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