While most people prefer going to one location and spending the rest of their vacation there, some people are not made to sit in one place. They like to visit as many sites as possible, which is why they choose to go on an excursion. If you are one of those people, you landed on the right page. Below you will find top 9 destinations that are ideal for excursions. They may not be suited for a 7-day stay, but they will surely charm you for a day or two.
9. Biratnagar, Nepal
Biratnagar is the second largest city in Nepal and hides many beautiful places. One of them is Kosi Tuppa. All you have to do is drive two hours away from the city, and you will reach a beautiful wetland where you can observe hundreds of species of birds. The place is close to the Sapta Kosi River, which attracts plenty of migratory birds. The same location hosts the Kosi barrage. It is the largest in the country. If spirituality is what you are looking for, Baraha Chhetra is the place to be. It is a Hindu pilgrimage site that can be found where the rivers Koka and Sapta Kosh meet. It has a breathtaking view of the riverside and is a very quiet and peaceful place. Also, do not forget to visit the haat (market). It is held on a Wednesday at downtown Biratnagar.
8. Bacoor, Philippines
Bacoor is a small town, and truth be told, you could not spend an entire vacation there. However, you will find it interesting for a day or two. It has a few landmarks that are worth visiting. One of them is the SM City Bacoor. When you go on vacation, the last place you want to go is a mall, but in the Philippines, malls may not be around every corner. It is an excellent opportunity to have some fun, eat good food, and buy a few souvenirs for your family and friends at home. If you are looking to have some real fun, the place you are looking for is Flow House Manila. The Flow Ride is a fun experience, even if you have not done it before. You may fall a couple of times, but the staff is very helpful and will provide helpful tips for you to learn how to surf. The line may be long when you get there, but it is worth it. Another attraction in Bacoor is Bioessence. Traveling may take a toll on you, but a spa can get you on your feet. Spend a day at this location, and when you get out, you will feel refreshed. It is an ideal place for people who want some ‘me time.’
7. Abeokuta, Nigeria
Nigeria has plenty of beautiful locations you can explore. One of them is Abeokuta. It is a small place, which is why it is better if you include it in an excursion. You would get bored if you had to spend an entire vacation there. The first thing you should visit when you get in Abeokuta is the Olumo Rock. It is rich in history and has a great spiritual significance for people who live there. There is a legend according to which people would hide there when the invaders came. You have the option of hiring a guide and climb on top of the rock. You will see the entire city from there, and the pictures will turn out amazing. Once you visited the Olumo Rock, you can go and visit the Ake Palace. It holds the entire Nigerian culture, so to speak. You can see the first Bible brought to Nigeria by missionaries, and you can learn everything you want to know about the Egba tradition.
6. Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam is filled with beautiful locations. There are very few places that cannot provide a point of interest. Hanoi is one of the most visited locations in this state. The reason why is that it has plenty of landmarks and attractions. What you must remember about Hanoi is that there is a tour for anything. You have boat tours, private tours to whichever location you want, motorcycle tours, sightseeing and city tours, and even food tours. Spas are everywhere, and the place is overall beautiful. However, if you want to explore the place alone, one of the places you may like is the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. You can learn about the culture and history, and you will be able to ‘see’ the entire country in one place. Vietnam has about 50 ethnic groups, and this museum is your chance to learn about them all. Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) is also a place you want to visit. It is a serene place where you can enjoy an evening walk. While you are there, do not forget to taste the food. It is delicious.
5. Ternopil, Ukraine
The first thing you want to do once you find yourself in Ternopil is visiting the Ternopil Pond. It is not very large, but you can take long walks around it, swim, or even fish if you like. The best thing you could do is go on a tour. The guide can tell you all the interesting things about the pond. It used to be the main source of income for the noblemen, and once every few years the pond would be drained, and people could sell all the fish on the bottom. T. Shevchenko Park looks best in the fall or the spring. Most people go there in the summer, but autumn transforms the park into a copper beauty. The trees look as if they are taken out of a painting. You will surely enjoy a walk and an ice cream. You can also take beautiful pictures for you to share with your family once you get home. You cannot leave Ternopil until you visit the Ternopil Castle. The castle, together with the Ternopil Pond, makes for the most famous attraction in the region. The castle is the oldest building in town, and it was built by the town’s owner in 1540-1548. It is a beautiful construction, and its reflection in the lake makes for an amazing photo. Just as with the Pond, it is best if you take a tour guide. He or she will be able to tell you all the secrets the castle hides.
4. Tbilisi, Georgia
Georgia is not on many people’s lists when it comes to excursions, mostly because it is a small country, and that is a real shame. Georgia has plenty of interesting things to offer, so next time you find yourself in Eastern Europe or Western Asia, this country is worth visiting. Tbilisi is the largest city in this state, so as you can imagine, it would be the first one to check out. It has plenty of attractions to offer, among which is the Aerial Tramway. It is the fastest way to reach the Narikala Fortress and a great opportunity to see the entire city from above. However, do not expect the ride to be very long. You will reach the top quite fast. Once your Aerial Tramway ride is over, you will arrive at the Narikala Fortress. You can see the entire Tbilisi from up there, which makes for amazing photographs. The best time to do it is about half an hour before sunset and a little while after. The sight is breathtaking. You can also visit the Mother of Georgia and the Botanica Garden while you are there. Old Town Tbilisi (Altstadt) is another location you will surely love. Usually, getting lost in an unknown city is something tourists fear, but in this case, it is not such a bad thing. You can see a lot of monuments and take a long walk while absorbing some history. You can end the trip with a crossing over the Bridge of Peace. It is not much, but you can take amazing pictures of the city there, and all tourists that ever go in Tbilisi cross the bridge at least once.
3. Lusaka, Zambia
Lusaka is the capital of Zambia and the largest city at the same time. You would benefit a great deal if you camped here for a couple of days. It has plenty of attractions to keep you entertained. Some people go to Lusaka more than once because they feel they did not absorb everything on the first trip. The first thing you want to do is go on a tour to observe wildlife. The Lower Zambezi National Park is the home of four of Africa’s ‘Big Five.’ The rhino is missing, but you will not notice with all the animals around. If you plan ahead, you will be able to book a tour called ‘Best of Lower Zambezi.’ The tour will be on land as well as on water on the Zambezi River. It will take an entire day, you will be very tired at the end of it, but the trip is very fulfilling. The best day to be in Lusaka is Sunday. That is if you like crafts markets. The Sunday Crafts Market in Lusaka is full of souvenirs you can take back home, you can bargain, and you can also enjoy the hospitality of the people there. It is an amazing place, even though it is a simple market. While in Lusaka, you can also visit the Kalimba Reptile Park and the Munda Wanga Environmental Park.
2. Kampala, Uganda
The best thing Kampala has to offer is the Chimp tracking experience. For that, you need to take a walk in the Budongo Forrest, preferably with a guide. As long as the weather is okay, you can spot many chimps, but if it rains, they usually seek shelter and are nowhere to be found. Even so, walking through the forest is a beautiful experience. While in Kampala, you can also visit the Lubiri Palace. A tour guide can tell you everything about the building, the history of Kampala, and everything you may want to know. Other attractions include the Gaddafi National Mosque, which provides a beautiful view of Kampala (if you climb the tower), and the Baha’i Temple.
1. Mombasa, Kenya
When it comes to Africa, you know that you get to observe a lot of wildlife. That is one of the primary reasons people go there after all. Safaris are among the most popular attractions, something that can be found in Kenya as well. When you go to Mombasa, the first thing you want to do is visit a national park. One of those parks is Haller Park. You will see animals such as hippos, several species of monkeys, and 100-year old turtles. It is a hidden sanctuary where people go to see different animals other than the ones they see at a regular zoo. Fort Jesus Museum is another place you should visit. It is a nice historical place where you get to learn a lot about Mombasa culture and history. However, make sure to go on a tour with a guide. That way you can learn as much as possible. When you are tired and want to relax for a few hours, you can choose from several beaches. The Bamburi Beach provides a breathtaking scenery with turquoise water and white sand, while the Mombasa Marine National Park gives you the opportunity to swim with the fish.
Unlike vacations, excursions can provide more knowledge and exploration. Nobody is stopping you from exploring a particular location while you have a 7-day vacation somewhere, but it is a big difference between the two concepts. If you are tired and just want to bury yourself in the sand and lay there for a week or two, it is entirely up to you. However, some people are all about absorbing cultures and visiting as many places as possible. And that is how excursions came to existence.