Admit it, you’ve a list somewhere in your drawers filled with places you want to see and you’ve been wanting that break to see the world but you keep putting it off.
Why not make this summer the one you’ll look back and think “Ah, the summer of 2016”?
Adventure, romance and chilling aside, one of the most thrilling aspects of going to a new country is exploring their culture: street, art and food.
You may not realise that for a culture-rich experience you don’t have to book flights to Japan. There’s a world full of countries to travel to.
Here are five culture-rich countries to travel to you can add to your bucket lists:
The European country of Slovenia prides itself on maintaining its green, active and healthy character. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing but also houses various activities like one of the largest open-air festivals, Festival Lent.
Usually spanning throughout the summer, Festival Lent is on the banks of the beautiful river Drava with an exciting line-up of performances by famous artists and stand-up comedians. You can also indulge in the rich wine tradition in Slovenia and visit one of the many wine houses there.
Housing the most iconic and picturesque locations you’ve ever seen[and Game of Thrones shooting locations in Northern Ireland] journey into the mythical landscapes of Ireland. With festivals spanning the arts, shopping, food, historical and cultural worlds, there is something for all families and visitors to do.
Here are some events to check out while you’re there:
Galway International Arts Festival, Galway, July 11 – 24 2016
Hillsborough International Oyster Festival, Lisburn, August 30 – September 4 2016
The perfect combination of luxury and culture, Turkey should definitely make its way to your travel bucket-list.
While you’re there, try visiting the banks of Turkey’s Golden Horn in the district of Eyüp and the Turkish bazaars with Middle Eastern antiquities and delicious local foods.
4. Prague, Czech Republic
The proud capital of Czech Republic, Prague oozes culture and beauty in every nook and corner of the city.
With breathtaking architecture and beer to die for, this European gem has everything you can ask for in a getaway, especially with the pleasant whether during the summer, which is perfect for a bicycle ride around the city.
5. Kathmandu, Nepal
Tucked between China and India, the capital city of Kathmandu is rich in culture and heritage, given its significant location in terms of history. Housing a countless number of Buddhist temples and shrines, Kathmandu is perfect for a relatively spiritual getaway.
You can also indulge in the variety of adventure sports they have to offer like hiking, trekking and bungee jumping.
Have you been to any of these hotspots? Share your experience with us in the comments below.