It is no secret that I enjoy being disconnected from the internet and escaping into nature. There are so many amazing landscapes around the globe that I would love to visit.
These are my top picks for nature vacations I have taken over the years. You can choose to cycle on one of the most dangerous roads in the world, go on an epic road trip through Namibia or just dive in beautiful conditions.
These are the top destinations for nature lovers around the globe.
South Africa is a great country to visit for those who love nature. Start your adventure in Cape Town, and then explore the many hiking trails that surround it.
You can climb the Drakensberg Mountains to see the highest waterfall in Africa, or you can plan your trip around spring to visit Namaqualand’s endless wildflower fields. The annual Sardine Run takes you past Tsitsikamma National park, where you can kayak and enjoy some of the best diving in the country.
One of the best road trips in South Africa is the Garden Route. You will see some of South Africa’s most stunning scenery, and you’ll get up close to the diverse flora & fauna.
Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice. You will find waterfalls, lava fields and icebergs in Iceland’s landscapes.
Skogafoss, Iceland’s most famous waterfall, is one of my favorite natural attractions. Vik, a small, black-sand village, Stampahraun Lava Field and the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa located in the middle a lavafield, are two other favorites.
Namibia is home to some of Africa’s most beautiful landscapes. It also boasts some of the finest road trips in the world. Each year thousands flock to Namibia to see its natural wonders, such as the red dunes at Sossusvlei or the Deadvlei salt pan.
You can also explore remote Skeleton Coast to search for shipwrecks on the coast!
Vietnam is a huge country with many landscapes. Your trip can be spent trekking through Sapa’s rice paddies, exploring Mui Ne’s sand dunes or exploring the largest cave system of the world.
Other highlights include cruising along Ha Long Bay and meandering past Mekong River, as well as sailing past Ninh Binh’s breathtaking scenery.
Australia is home to many amazing natural wonders. It’s possible to spend many months exploring Australia’s varied landscapes, from the Great Barrier Reef to Uluru.
You will find lush rainforests and deserts as well as some of the most beautiful hiking anywhere in the world. I recommend renting a car to explore the Great Ocean Road and stopping at national parks such as Kakadu and Daintree.
Aloha! Hawaii offers many landscapes and excursions, depending on which island you visit. The Big Island of Hawaii is composed of black sand beaches, lava tunnels, and white sand beaches.
Oahu is home of incredible mountain ranges. The highlight of Maui is the 65-mile road to Hana that takes you to breathtaking ocean views and waterfalls.
Kauai, home to lush rainforests and picturesque NaPali Coast, is the epitome Hawaii!
North America’s Pacific Northwest is a significant part. It extends across Seattle, Portland and British Columbia.
Mount Rainer and Mount Shasta are some of the most popular natural attractions in the area. It is a great way to take in all of the beautiful scenery by taking a road trip.
Begin in Portland, and allow yourself at least 2 weeks to explore the city.
Bolivia is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural destinations in the world. You won’t be disappointed by the beauty of Bolivia’s natural heritage.
My backpacking trip to Bolivia in the early 2000s was dominated by my visit to the Uyuni Salt Flats. It was also a memorable experience to cycle the Death Road in Bolivia.
New Zealand is home to some of the most varied geographical features anywhere in the world. It’s the perfect place for nature lovers!
French Polynesia is the most beautiful place in tropical Asia that I’ve ever seen. You won’t find a place in the region other than the corals of Taha’a and Rangiroa’s sparkling waters. The sunsets at Matira Beach in Bora Bora are like postcards!
Spend at least ten days in French Polynesia, and island hop while you’re there! Divers should do as many dives possible here as possible because the conditions are incredible!
Colombia might seem surprising to people who have not been there, but it is truly a paradise for nature lovers. Colombia is a top spot for bird watching. You can see it all, from beautiful beaches to coffee plantations, tropical jungles to stunning scuba diving conditions.
Near Medellin, visit El Penon de Guatape or, in the north, Minca for an amazing “mountain” experience. Parque Tayrona is for hiking and beach adventures.