Egypt and Rome are world famous for their monuments, but many history buffs are looking for destinations off the beaten path. Here are four lesser-known destinations with impressive archeological sites that haven’t been inundated with tourists.
Ring of Brodgar, Scotland
Rivaling England’s Stonehenge, the Ring of Brodgar is a Neolithic stone circle made of 27 stones arranged around a 341-foot diameter. There were originally 60 stones, erected sometime between 2500 and 2000 BC on the remote Orkney Islands. The nearby Ness of Brodgar is even older by 1,000 years, used as a cathedral or palace in ancient times.
Meroë Pyramids, Sudan
The three Kushite kingdoms of antiquity built the Nubian pyramids of the Nile River Valley. Unlike their Egyptian counterparts, these pyramids are much smaller and narrower, but what they lack in size they make up in sheer number, with more than 200 located in the city of Meroë.
Translating to “City of Persians,” the Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire, one of history’s biggest empires with an estimated 50 million people at its height in 480 BC. The city was destroyed by Alexander the Great’s invasion of Persia in 330 BC, allowing his troops to loot the treasury and beginning a period of decline and ruin.
Ayutthaya is still the capital of its namesake province in Thailand, but it was once capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom during the Middle Ages. King U Thong founded the city after escaping a smallpox outbreak in Lopburi. At its peak in 1700, it had a population of 1 million people, making it one of the largest cities of its time and garnering a reputation as the “Venice of the East.”
When a break from reality is in order, sometimes it’s best to not only escape your surroundings but also to escape your social network, including coworkers, friends, family members and even significant others. In the highly underrated world of solo travel, here are a few domestic destinations to consider for a brief solo sojourn for some ever-elusive moments of solitude.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Part of the allure of podcasts, aside from being able to listen during practically any activity, comes from the wide breadth of topics they cover. A well-informed host can teach you about any topic you can imagine. In the world of history podcasts, there are many in-depth, factual and entertaining casts to spend time with.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.