Jetting off to some far–flung corner of the world is a dream for many people. If you’ve been gifted with two weeks to travel anywhere, it can be difficult to pick your ultimate destination. Would you rather spend it exploring old city streets and iconic monuments, or just relaxing on an island to take in the stunning scenery?
A similar question was asked to a bunch of seasoned travelers in an online forum, which led us to compile this list of 11 amazing destinations to consider for your two-week getaway.
There is culture shock, and then there is culture shock. Many travelers confess that adventures in European countries don’t scratch their itch of wanting to feel truly in a different world. Luckily, Tokyo, Japan, fits that bill quite nicely. From the neon lights to the history to the bizarre examples of modern technology, a trip to Tokyo is genuinely one-of-a-kind, making it a no-brainer place to visit for two weeks.
If you’re an island lover, then look no further than Greece. From the picturesque cliffs of Santorini to the breathtaking beauty of Mykonos – and every island in between – it doesn’t get any better than Greece. Most travelers admit there’s too much to see and do in Greece, which would make a two-week trip predictably filled with plenty of memories to be made – and adventures to be had.
The question of where to go for two weeks is relatively straightforward for many people, and anywhere in Croatia is their first choice. “If it’s just to chill out and relax, I would do Croatia again,” one traveler declares. “Same great architecture, scenery, wine, coffee, and food as many other places in Europe but definitely on the cheaper end.” As somebody who spent a month in Split, Croatia, this past fall, I can attest to everything this man says!
Sometimes travelers have the perfect reason to visit a particular part of the world, and one experienced traveler makes an excellent case for visiting Switzerland. “It’s simply gorgeous,” she says. That’s a good enough reason for me! So please give me all the beauty I can handle.
Not everyone can spend two weeks in one place, so some people would like to revisit countries they have yet to explore fully. “I was in Peru for eight days and did not get to see everything. I’d love to go to the Amazon, Rainbow Mountain, the Andes region, and see Lima and Cusco again.”
However, another traveler gives a helpful warning to whoever is thinking about a future trip to Peru. “Hopefully, they resolve the issues going in their country safely,” he says.
6. South Africa
Cities in South Africa – especially Cape Town – were high on travelers’ lists of places to visit for two weeks, and for good reasons. From the wine culture to the gorgeous beaches to an abundance of animal safaris, it’s impossible to visit South Africa and not have a memorable time! I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but is there such a thing as a wine safari that begins and ends at the beach? That sounds heavenly.
Some people want to see the world on their schedule and their terms – and many travelers tell stories of how they would love to live the van life in Australia if they had the chance.
The hubby and I took a camper van all along the east coast of Australia,” one woman says. “It was fantastic. It can’t be done in 2 weeks though, so you’ll have to choose depending on what experience you want. Also, there are tons of free camping spots all along the coastal highway.”
The seemingly neverending beauty of Thailand is plenty of reason for people to admit they would go back in a heartbeat. When you add the relatively inexpensive travel costs into the equation, the idea of staying for two weeks becomes even more enticing.
Pasta lovers, rejoice! Italy appears at the top of countless travelers’ lists of places to visit for two weeks. One question remains, however: is two weeks enough time to experience all the country has to offer?
One person confesses that although the cuisine is delicious, the real reason to return for two weeks is to experience the magic of hearing the language of Italian in person.
10. The European Alps
Climbing to the top of one of the tallest mountains in the world is a bucket list item for many people, and that’s why some of the most adventurous travelers plan two-week stays in the European Alps!
Of course, the thrill of reaching the summit of any mountain is an unforgettable experience in its own right, but to do it in such a historic part of the world makes it even more memorable.
11. New Zealand
How about going to the other side of the world? New Zealand is an ideal destination for those looking for a truly unique experience. Whether you want to take in the breathtaking natural beauty, explore caves and glaciers, or immerse yourself in Māori culture, there’s something for everyone in this country.
Travelers primarily suggest going to the South Island by car or camper. “Kiwis are lucky to be living in such an awesome place,” says one visitor.
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