Travel is all about finding an idyllic location, one that is familiar that you know you will enjoy, or one that has plenty going on. There are three types of holiday: a relaxing holiday, an adventure holiday, or one that involves sightseeing. This article will explore where you can go to satisfy these requirements that we have from travel.
Shark Bay in the Gascoyne area of Western Australia is a World Heritage Site. Covering an expanse of 23,000 square kilometers it is situated just 800 kilometers to the north of Perth. It is famous for its marine fauna. They have a population of 10,000 dugong, which is a species of sea cow. They can be found in warmer oceans such as the Indian and the Western Pacific. At Monkey Mia, there are dolphins, and you can see humpback whales in the bay before their migration.
It was English explorer William Dampier who named the bay that remains a spectacle to see for those who love marine life.
Great Wall Marathon
You could walk along the Great Wall of China, but why not run it like a marathon? This is thought to be one of the world’s most challenging marathons because the course involves 5,164 steps and will pass through the lower valley in reaching neighbouring villages.
Someone you might be familiar with you has completed the course is Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister. Pippa completed the course in just 4 hours 54 minutes in 2016. So, there is a benchmark for you to see how well you can do. It will certainly be an adventure holiday to remember and one you will need to remember to train for.
The modern marathon was inspired by the legend of a Greek messenger who raced from Marathon to Athens, which is a distance of 25 miles. It was for the 1908 Olympic Games in London that the distance was extended, to accommodate the British royal family. The story is that Queen Alexandra had requested the race to begin on the lawn of Windsor Castle for the young royals to see, and then to finish in front of the royal box. This distance happened to be 26.2 miles or 26 miles and 385 yards. This then stuck as a distance for the race. This now leads us to London for some sightseeing.
Situated on the south bank of the River Thames, the London Eye is the world’s largest observation wheel. It was constructed in 1999 and stands 135 meters high. It provides tourists with a 25-kilometer panoramic view of London in every direction. That is why it is named the London Eye.
The Shard, also known as the Shard of Glass, is a 72-storey skyscraper located in Southwark, London. It was designed by Renzo Piano, an Italian architect. It is a spectacular sight, resembling a glass cucumber. It just sparkles in the light and is a photographer’s dream to capture against the London skyline.
If you are fascinated with royalty, then there is Buckingham Palace you can visit. You can even book a tour to see inside what is one of only a few working royal palaces that remain in the world today. In summer, there are 19 State Rooms to see. The palace is full of recognizable masterworks of art. In total there are 700 rooms in the palace. Outside, you can watch the Changing of the Guard, a colorful and spectacular sight. This takes place between August and May on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and daily in June and July. So, make sure that your trip includes the possibility of being able to see it.
For a historical fact, Queen Victoria was the first English royal to have lived in Buckingham Palace.
In summary, these three places would seem to cover everything except just sitting at the pool and relaxing. We can see the beautiful marine life at shark bay for our idyllic view, run the Great Wall Marathon as part of our adventure holiday, and view the many iconic buildings of London inside and out.