Temperatures are rising and summer holidays are peaking out from the horizon, which means it’s time to start booking quick getaways and summer holidays.
Instead of hitting the usual suspects like Dubai, London and Thailand, try some off the beaten path getaways for a real travel adventure. We spoke to Bilal Mehkri of Quality Aviation for their top three must-visit destinations in 2016.
1. Nairobi & Masai Mara, Kenya
Who is this for: Animal Lovers and Families
Why you need to do this: If you truly want to detox and reconnect with nature, Kenya is the place to go. A lush paradise where Kenyan hospitality and the raw beauty of the animal kingdom will melt away your industrial problems.
The capital of Kenya, Nairobi, is a bustling city that boasts a game reserve within its city borders as well as easy access to the Masai Mara National Reserve Park and gorgeous coastal areas. A mere one-hour plane ride puts you in animal heaven with options for luxurious “glamping” other than traditional hotel stays to experience spectacular wild life.Perfect for couples, friends or family, this is one vacation you’ll be talking about for years.
According to Mehkri, for a sum of USD $2,150 per person, one can have the adventure of a lifetime. A sample itinerary is:
Day 1: Meet upon arrival time and transfer to Arusha for overnight in Arumeru River Lodge.
Day 2: After breakfast, Drive to Tarangire National Park with picnic lunches. Game drive in the park followed by dinner and overnight in TarangireSopa Lodge.
Day 3: Spend the full day in Tarangire national park for animal sightings. Overnight in TarangireSopa Lodge.
Day 04: Depending on the schedule, you can stay on in Nairobi or take a flight out.
2. Istanbul, Turkey
Who is this for: Couples and Families with older children
Why you should do this: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Turkey to give yourself a truly mind and soul opening experience. Travelers decompress in the profoundly spiritual nature of this city and revel in the fabulous night life it has to offer.
Good News! Turkish airlines have daily direct flights from Karachi to Istanbul making it an easy, affordable trip that Pakistani’s can now take on a weekend.This is truly a city that has something for everyone. A beautiful combination of east and west, Istanbul is an extraordinary cultural experience with stunning byzantine architecture, incredible market places, fabulous food and beyond hospital hosts. Must see sights include: St. Sofya, Byzantine Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Quality Aviation was able to give us a package rate for five nights as between USD425 and 500.
3. Mauritius, Mauritius
Who is this for: Couples and Families
Why you should do this: There is nothing like the beach to make you deeply relaxed and what better place than one of the best beaches in the world?
Powder white sands, crystal blue water, high luxury resorts, the list to visit Mauritius is endless! If you venture of your luxury hotel, there is snorkelling, deep sea fishing, botanical gardens, hiking in the forested areas and colonial plantations. The Merville Beach resort was quoted at USD595 per person including 3 days of sightseeing, airport transfers and breakfast and dinner.