Island hopping is the travel trend of 2013. Especially when you’re the kind of traveler who can’t sit still, loves that ocean breeze, that has a adventure gen and is interested in other cultures.
For Europeans, the place to be this year, is Greece. After all the economic troubles, tourists stayed away for a while but are now slowly finding their way back. Vakantie.nl a Dutch travel trend website claims that Greece is now THE place to be, and perfect for island hopping since the country has over 6.000 (!) islands. Each island has its own pluspoints so I’ve made a little shortlist for you.
A blast from the past: If history is what you are looking for, you’re best off at Naxos, Santorini, Patmos or Ithaki.
Sunny splendor: Your tan is best treated at the beaches of Corfu, Mykonos, Paros & Sakynthos.
Traditional is key: When you want to experience a traditional Greek lifestyle, visit the islands of Astipalaia, Kea, Siros or Holegandros
This coming august, I will be traveling to Malaysia and the island of Borneo with some friends. I’m really looking forward to discover this side of the world and hop on to some islands. Besides Borneo in South East Asia (an island shared between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei), we are planning to visit Tioman island, which is part of the Perinthian Island group, just east of mainland Malaysia. So if you’ve got any tips whatsoever, they are very welcome!
An island, or better yet, 2 main islands of a whole different level is the always gorgeous New Zealand! Luckily I had the chance to visit both islands after finishing my internship in Adelaide, Australia.
New Zealand may be completely on the other end of the world for some of you, but it is definitely worth that plane ride! For the best island feeling, cross the Cook Strait between the North and South islands and road trip along the coasts. Also, to admire one of the highest mountains rising straight from the ocean, visit Milford Sound near Te Anau on the South Island. If you are lucky enough and reach the most southern point of NZL, you might even be able to catch the Southern Light! Find our more about New Zealand? I wrote a post earlier about going ‘Back to Basics’.
Whereas NZL is a perfect destination for outdoors and adventure lovers, the island of Capri of the Napoli coast of Italy, offers you a combination of that but topped with historic sites, a splendor of art and a rich amount of culture. My mother-in-law (boy, does that sound serious!) remembers her trip to this island as one of her best holiday memories, and therefore couldn’t be missed in this post!
History can’t be missed anywhere on the island and a lot of buildings such as the Ex Cattedrale S. Stefano, built in 1685, remind you of that. Legend has it that it was Ceasar Augustus who first built a villa on the island in 29 B.C. So it is definitely old! Besides old buildings, this island is also known for its gorgeous beaches, glamour and romantic spots. You’ll find the most beautiful flowers and steep rocky cliffs. A little birdy whispered to me that Hotel Delfino is a great hotel with a view like this.
And a whole different kind of island? Why not pay a visit to Texel, one of the Dutch Wadden islands? I did over Easter and I would love to return back. To find our more about this island of cute villages and sheep with a rich VOC and fishermen history, read my post about Den Helder & Texel here.
So, here are just a few island inspired tips for you. What is your ultimate island getaway? I love to read your comments.
Happy travels xoxo Marlow