Boundless time for travel is one of the many perks of retirement—no need to file for leave, no boss waiting at the office when you get back, no fear of being judged when you go on multiple trips in one year. But while this is true, the thought of being in places far away from home also often intimidates the older travellers.
Fancy going on a quick getaway but hate going through dreadful long-haul flights? Here are 5 short trips you can take to get that much-needed breath of fresh air—minus the lengthy travel time!
Travel Time (by air): 1 hr. 45 mins.
With its stunning limestone cliffs, lush mangrove forests, and white beaches, Krabi is probably one of the most beautiful places to escape the hustle and bustle of Singapore streets. Bask in the relaxing atmosphere of this alluring province. Situated here is the world-renowned Phi Phi Islands, which rose to fame when it was used as a set location to one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s classic movies. Other than island hopping, there are many more activities lined for you here such as going on a hot spring, getting a massage, and attending a Thai cooking class.
Travel Time (by air): 1 hr. 30 mins.
Langkawi is another great option for refuge from the busyness of the city. Unlike the towering skyline of the rest of Malaysia, this archipelago is home to neighbouring islands. Consider going on a trip here if you are craving for a laid-back atmosphere and you want to sample an island living. To enjoy Langkawi at its best, we highly recommend going on a sunset cruise. Operators usually arrange these activities with a free romantic dinner buffet while cruising the Andaman Sea.
Travel Time (by air): 2 hrs. 10 mins.
Fascinated with different cultures? This destination is exactly for you! Yogyakarta is known for its traditional arts and rich heritage, so go here if you want to explore and experience a different Asian culture. Check out the many museums located here or enjoy the city’s wealthy flora and fauna—it’s really up to you! But never miss out on the highly coveted Borobudur Temple. This is a Buddhist temple best enjoyed during sunrise.
Travel Time (by air): 2 hrs. 15 mins.
Famous for its breathtaking ruins, Siem Reap is another stunning destination that must not be missed. This is a great opportunity to visit Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and one of the largest religious monuments in the world. Other than the mystifying temple tours, there is still a plethora of activities waiting for you here. We highly suggest acquiring a new skill by going on a pottery class at Angkor Pottery Center or learning how to cook Khmer cuisine at Lily’s Secret Garden.
There are so many things to see and places for you to visit. Now is the best time to discover the beautiful world around you, one place at a time. Which of these destinations are you visiting first for your next holiday? Let us know in the comments section!