Best Wildlife Tourist Destinations for this Summer


Hi everyone! Today I’ve got a guest post from Diana Smith, a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a great animal lover. In her free time she enjoys exploring new exciting destinations with here family. Follow her on Twitter at @DianaSmith82!

Wild animals are majestic creatures. Fortunately enough, people have finally started to realize that they are the most majestic when they are where they belong –In the wilderness. The good news is that wilderness is really not a bad place to be on its own merits. Exotic jungles, beautiful African savannas… What’s not to like? So, instead of supporting the animal captivity and paying to see them caged far from their natural habitat, why wouldn’t you book a vacation in some of these exotic locations where you’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the wildlife?

Galapagos Islands

It is very hard to talk about wildlife and not to imagine Galapagos Islands at least once during the conversation. Why? Well, Galapagos Islands are officially one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. As a matter of fact, Charles Darwin began to form his theory of evolution only after visiting this destination. And truly, being surrounded with such a beautiful nature and rare animals (e.g. Galapagos tortoise) really makes you feel humble and realize you are just a small piece of a much bigger puzzle.


India is a country that is so diverse, so colorful and so vivid that we often forget that it is also a home to a number of stunning animal species. Fortunately, we had this year’s massive box office hit The Jungle Book to remind us that wildlife makes an integral part of this beautiful picture. Antelope, Sambar deer, crocodiles, Langur monkeys and, of course, beautiful Bengal tiger, make India a must-visit place for all the animal lovers out there.

Rwanda and Uganda

One of the things that connects these two countries with often tragic history is one animal species with equality tragic fate. Yes, we are talking about the mountain gorillas. Reduced to a number of no more than 700, all of the remaining mountain gorillas are living in the border area between Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. The sight of these noble animals that are so powerful, and so imposing, and yet so feeble will make one of your most profound life experiences.


Situated between Indian and the Pacific Ocean, Indonesia is a country that embodies these two distinct regions, both culturally, and in regards to its wild life. So, while you are checking the Bali beach, and the great temple of Borobudur, take some time to visit the orangutans of Borneo, the tigers of Sumatra, and the Sacred Monkey Forest. We will give a special mention to Komodo National Park where you can see Komodo dragons in all of their glory.

South Africa

There can’t be said enough good things about the Africa. Even if there were no animals in the entire continent, you could simply take out your time lapse camera, make a video of the African sunrise, and have a memory worth a lifetime. But there are animals. And non-other than Africa’s big five – Lion, elephant, black rhino, leopard and buffalo. If safari looks too stale for your adventurous spirit, you can always try out cage diving with Great White in Gansbaai. And now, for something completely different…


If you just cannot stand beaches, mosquitos, summer heat and buzz, why wouldn’t you do something completely out of the box and book a trip to Antarctica? Antarctica’s nature may be harsh and unforgiving, but it is equally as impressive and serene. Besides, where else in this planet would you get a chance to observe the march of the penguins, cuddle a seal or get a decent look on a whale, all in one place? Nowhere.

These were some of the tourist destinations that feature a very interesting wildlife. Which one will you chose for this summer’s vacation is only up to you, but, in reality, you can’t go wrong either way. Every opportunity to come in touch with wild animals and reconnect with nature is a good one.

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Hipmunk Hotels: Chilled Out Hotels in Gainesville, Panama City, and More

This post was orginally posted on The World Pursuit by Cameron and Natasha.

Many vacationers in the United States head south during the summer months to the most southeastern state of Florida. Florida offers many exciting attractions to offer tourists during all parts of the year. With mild winters and sunny summers it’s no wonder it’s called “The Sunshine State.” If you want to spend some days chilling out in the sun and getting a tan, here are some good recommendations for laid back hotels.

Party the Day Away Near Panama City

Panama City is a great place to base yourself for family and college spring breaks. Panama City Beach, or “PCB” as young party goers like to call it is adjacent to Panama City. Panama City Beach is a stone throw away from Panama City and provides vacationers with amazing beaches.  For the younger crowd, there are a countless number of beach bars and clubs located on the strip.  If partying and drinking the day away is not your thing, try heading into the heart of Panama City and strolling around St. Andrews State Park for some peaceful time with nature.

Take a Break in Fort Myers Beach

Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers provides visitors with fantastic beaches, surreal sunsets, and clear water. Known as a family destination, many visitors will flock here during spring break and the summer months to watch the waves roll in and listen to the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean.  To break away from the crowds head to the less populated Lovers Key State Park, located on Lover’s Key. However, expect many honeymoon lover’s on this white sand beach.

Fort Myers Beach Hipmunk


Relax in Jacksonville

The sunny state’s largest city has plenty of places to relax at. The city has a large bustling city center that will be sure to entertain visitors, but the cities largest appeal are the barrier islands and beaches one can chill out on. The first of the islands one should head to would be Amelia Island. If you’re looking to splash out and chill on a beautiful Florida beach then look no further than Fernandina Beach.

Catch Up on Your Sports in Gainesville

Gainesville is home to the Florida Gators or the University of Florida. If you’re headed here you’re likely ready to catch America’s greatest sport, at one of it’s best institutions for college football. There are numerous hotels to chill out here after all the day at the stadium or the something a little more relaxing such as the Butterfly Rainforest. Butterfly Forest features hundreds of different species of butterflies that is sure to impress anyone and make for a great escape.

Leaving Florida? Head to Bossier City

So you have spent all your time in Florida and getting ready to pack up your vacation? A great place to get a real taste of the Southern United States is Bossier City, Lousiana.  Bossier City is in the northwestern part of the state and is home to over 62,000 residents.   Visitors can promenade along the Red River and pick a good hotel to set base at while exploring the Barksdale Air Force Base followed by a night of fun in one of the cities four riverboat casinos.


This Post Was Written in Collaboration With Hipmunk

Carry On with Bravo TV’s Tour Group Host Brandon Presser

This post was originally posted by Kelly Soderland on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on March 4, 2016.


As a travel expert, TV host, and writer, Brandon Presser is no stranger to life on the go. Presser, who has visited more than 100 countries, has penned over 50 travel books, and is a regular contributor for such publications as Afar, Travel + Leisure, The Daily Beast, and National Geographic Traveler. And while he may be well known in the travel industry, he’s about to experience a whole new level of recognition: Presser is the lead host of Bravo TV’s new travel-based reality show, “Tour Group“, which tags along as 11 travelers search for the ultimate vacation. (10 p.m. EST/PST on Bravo.)  We got Presser to stay in one place long enough to give us his best travel advice, his favorite places to go, and the items he can’t leave home without.   Read more

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