In this installment of my list of the 100 Best National Parks in the World for Travelers to Visit, I cover some of the world’s most infamous and revered national parks. In the list of the parks that I have ranked in the 61-80 range of my rankings, you will find some spectacular wildlife viewing parklands to visit, as well as some of the world’s most beautiful mountain destinations. If you are in search of a national park to visit this year, you will find no shortage of incredible destinations on this list to explore.
In this installment of the 100 Best National Parks in the World for Travelers to Visit, I am going to cover the first group of parks that I think travelers should have on their radar. Even though these are the 81-100 ranked parks on my list, it doesn’t mean these parks are any less spectacular than the parks that I have ranked higher. In fact, there are several parks in this group that I have enjoyed visiting multiple times because I love them so much. Without further ado, let’s get into the beautiful parks that I think travelers should add to their bucket lists.
Even during a year without lingering pandemic questions, travel can be a stressful endeavor. Don’t get me wrong, travel can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences that you can have in life. However, the doldrums of packing, navigating airports and airport security, and the other tedious aspects of travel can really wear on you. These stresses can be compounded if you aren’t prepared to deal with them. That is why having the right travel accessories with you when you travel is so important.
The calendar has turned and 2021 is behind us. With the start of a new year, and countries increasingly opening their borders to visitors, it is time to start thinking about travel for this year. Even though I think the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, many people are still apprehensive about being in crowded places. That said, I think more-and-more people are ready to start venturing out internationally again this year, which is music to my ears. This world is a big, beautiful, and diverse place, and we are all better off when we get to explore it and learn from each other. If you are looking for some great destinations to travel to this year, then you will want to browse my list of the top travel destinations for 2022.
or me, one of the biggest joys that comes with travel is the anticipation of getting to explore someplace new and to learn about how other people live. I guess that is why I enjoy writing about travel about as much as I love traveling itself. It is also why I love putting together an annual travel bucket list so that I can see how my travel hopes and dreams evolve and change over the years. Not only is it a great way for me to create a blueprint for the travel adventures that I would like to have in the future, but it is also a way for me to look back and see how my travel preferences and priorities have changed throughout the years.
When I first started to get into backcountry hiking and backpacking, my family thought I was absolutely crazy. Actually, some of them still do. Each year, there are media reports of unfortunate hikers who run into trouble in the backcountry and are either lost, injured, or tragically perish. I have explained to my family that, while even seasoned and prepared hikers do sometimes have accidents in the backcountry, a majority of the tragic stories you read about concern hikers who enter the backcountry unprepared.
While it is true that no amount of preparation can completely eliminate the risks an dangers of backcountry hiking, the same can be said about virtually everything in life. No matter how vigilant we are, accidents can happen. Even with something as routine as driving a car, taking safety precautions such as wearing a seatbelt, driving the speed limit, and paying attention to the road isn’t always enough to keep us safe. However, like with driving, taking certain safety precautions while hiking in the backcountry can significantly increase the likelihood that you will complete your hike safe and sound.
For those who like to hike, back country backpacking can be such an exciting and awe-inspiring endeavor. There is something about being alone in the wilderness that can really help you get to know yourself and this beautiful world that we live in. However, as incredible and moving as backcountry backpacking can be, it can also be a very challenging proposition for those who are unprepared.
That’s why I am a very firm believer in making sure you are prepared before taking any hike. This is especially true for back country hikes where you will be staying overnight for one or more nights. Before you hit the trails on your big back country adventure, I would strongly suggest that you closely read my backpackers packing guide to make sure that you have all of the gear that you will need to make sure your hike is both safe and fun.
I apologize that I haven’t posted for a few weeks, but after reading this post you will understand why. Just when I thought things might be opening back up, I have once again been struck by the COVID travel curse. If you follow my blog closely, you are probably aware of my plans to visit Egypt, Jordan, and Israel this autumn. Needless to say, the Delta Variant has thrown me a curve ball, and once again I have a change of travel plans for this year. For the past several weeks I have been busy changing my current plans and making new ones.
I think every frequent traveler has been in a situation where you find a great deal on a flight, only to get buried by fees on the day of your flight when you try to carry on bags or choose seats for your family that are next to each other. While it would be easy to suggest that you be wary of basic economy fares and budget airlines because of these fees, there are some really, really great fares out there that are just too good to pass up. Instead of passing on these fares in the future, there are some tips that I can provide you to help ensure that you sit next to family on flights.
What sets this pandemic a part from many of the past pandemics that we have to compare it to is that the past pandemics have all dealt with strains of the flu virus, where COVID-19 is a Coronavirus. We haven’t had any Coronavirus pandemics in modern history with which to compare to this pandemic to determine how long it may last. With so much uncertainty, it would be wise to start planning how we might adapt to living and traveling during the pandemic instead of just waiting for it to end. This includes creating a unified set of COVID travel restrictions and tracking methods.