The hashtag FirstWorldProblems has won its place in our vernacular – populating the twitterscape with posts that are at once amusing, ridiculous and sometimes downright obnoxious. This started out as largely tongue-in-cheek, of course, but at the same time, are we in danger of the humour being lost? Is it time to revert to a time where #FirstWorldProblems don’t exist?
Flights to this list of places are sure to make you forget about your favourite TV Show on Netflix, your score on Candy Crush or the fact that your most-used emoji has been lost in the recent iOS update – I’ll miss you aubergine.
Perhaps most well-known for being the place where celebrities go to adopt – don’t be mislead…there are so many awe-inspiring experiences waiting just for you. This destination is for those who want to leave their phone in their pack and step out of their tent with nothing more than the clothes they stand up in and a smile. Head into the wilderness, explore Lake Malawi, kayak between islands, go snorkeling and witness the aqua-marine life first hand, before returning to an uninhabited island where you can enjoy dinner under the stars.
Absolute beauty soaked in culture-rich history – a place that draws pilgrims and tourists alike. Here you will be dwarfed by the ancient city ruins of Petra. Stand on the spot where John baptized Jesus. Walk through the Wadi Mujib – Jordan’s “Grand Canyon” and a protected nature reserve. Look up at the Desert Castles. If all that hasn’t made you forget what Frank Underwood is up to then you need to take it up a notch. The Wadi Rum is a red dessert – the sheer expanse of mountains, dunes and vast silence will leave you wondering: “what’s that corrupt politician’s name again?” Plus, flights from London to Amman means you can be there in a short 5 hours.
If you are looking for the ultimate off-the-grid experience, this is it. Forget all digital devices – there’s no reception here – this trip is all about getting back to nature. Witness the awesome assault on the senses – completely alien to anything you are likely to have seen before. White Water Raft down the world’s largest river, zipline through some of the world’s tallest canopies, trek through the jungle and see species that you could only hope to otherwise see behind glass. Running water and your favourite potato snack will be the furthest thing from your mind.
One of the most connected destinations on our list – so you wont need to worry about losing your bars but, as one of the most underrated, you will let that call go straight to voicemail. The country is abound with vast stunning bodies of water that can be enjoyed from beautiful, historical architecture. Stand on the Old Bridge in Mostar – widely considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. Look upon the waterfall of the Pliva river – one of the twelve most beautiful in the world and more unique still as it stands in the middle of a town. Ride on a carriage along the floor of an alley with your nearest and dearest and enjoy a picnic next to the spring of river Bosna. Experience the Tunel spasa (Tunnel of Hope) – now a museum but once the main source of food and supplies during troubled times.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is the only man made structure that can be seen from outer space,…space! It is considered one of the 7 wonders of the world – it is easy to see why – it is 3,000 miles long, took the best part of 300 years to build and parts of it date back to the 1300’s – oh, and it’s shaped like a dragon – construction doesn’t come much more impressive than this. In ancient China communication along the Great Wall was done via fire and smoke considerably faster than UPS – maybe we’re missing a trick these days!