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7 Destinations giving us serious FOMO right now

Published March 14th, 2018

We all know what FOMO is, right? It’s that fear of missing out, usually brought on by scrolling your Insta feed and seeing other people in amazing destinations, probably (definitely) having a better time than you.

There’s also FOMO’s sneaky little sibling – FONK – the fear of not knowing. Luckily, we can let you know about the destinations blowing up your feed so you can avoid FOMO. And we’re totally here for that!

 

Alaska

Remote, snow-capped and wild AF. Yep, Alaska is one for the wandering hearts and chock-full of Insta-worthy locations and photo-bombing animals.  

On a nine-day Alaskan Adventure with Topdeck, you’ll have heaps of time to do ALL the things: traipse around Denali National Park (home to North America’s highest mountain btw), make goo-goo eyes at the huskies, go whitewater rafting, watch out for moose sightings, bask in that midnight sun, canoe around Tangle Lakes, climb glaciers (so many glaciers!) and just generally live out your wildest dreams.

 


 

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Abu Dhabi

Forgo its flashier neighbour (ahem, Dubai) for this underrated Emirati gem. Offering heaps more than just a layover location on your long-haul Europe flight, why not take a break in the desert? The Topdeck three-day Abu Dhabi Stopover is an unguided trip, so all your transfers and accommodation are taken care of plus some meals and activities, giving you the freedom to channel your inner Bedouin nomad.

Go dune-bashing on a wild 4WD desert experience (complete with a finger-lickin’ barbecue) or be dazzled by the sleek white marble facade of the Sheik Zayed Mohammed Mosque (one of the few mosques in the region that’s open to non-Muslims) and the entertainment mecca of Yas Island.

Mongolia

Train journeys are having a moment, if SBS’s slow TV screening of The Ghan (which was the broadcaster’s highest-rating program in a 12-month period) is any indication. If you’d rather check it out IRL, swap your couch for a seat with a view on the Trans-Mongolian Railway. Topdeck has a new 17-day trip that takes in three countries – Russia, Mongolia and China – on this major rail journey from Moscow to Beijing.

This is a seriously epic trip that ticks off more bucket list icons that you can poke a chopstick at! From the Great Wall to the Kremlin, and from staying in a legit ger camp in Mongolia to checking out the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake, Lake Baikal in Eastern Siberia, you’ll be forgiven for shooting hours of footage yourself!

 


 

Iceland

Thanks to Instagram and GoT, there’s no stopping the surge of popularity that Iceland is currently riding. On a seven-day Iceland Summer trip, Topdeck’s got you sorted with an in-depth trip that’ll see you go beyond the obvious with a like-minded crew so you’ll always have someone fun to drink with (Reykjavik’s after-hours scene is legendary).

It’s a gasp-inducing week that’ll take you from wow to OMFG via Icelandic horses, geothermal springs (volcanic everything, really), humpback whale watching and along the Golden Circle for waterfalls, bubbling mud pools, gushing geysirs, massive mountains, lagoons with bobbing icebergs and glaciers. Seriously, just take our money already!

 


 


Israel

It’s not usually on most travellers’ radars, but Israel totally should be. Israel’s been dubbed the ‘Start-Up Nation’ and its capital, Tel Aviv, Silicon Wadi (‘wadi’ meaning ‘valley’ in Arabic) is known for its youthful outlook. Let Topdeck give you an insider look at this emerging hotspot on an eight-day Tales of Israel trip.

Your story includes checking out party town Tel Aviv’s famous nightlife and coastal vibes before going from Old Testament to New Testament in Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem; bobbing in the Dead Sea (#lifegoals); making hommus and checking out a kibbutz for those communal feels. I mean, WWJD?

Morocco

Get ready to really rock the casbah on a seven-day immersive Rockin’ Moroccan trip. Topdeck’s got all the hook-ups (and hookahs if you’re keen to try that) for Morocco's Insta faves such as Marrakech, Fez, Casablanca and Chefchouen (aka the Blue City – look it up and get all the feels).

You can also get your culture fix at one of the world’s largest mosques, Hassan II Mosque; taste spicy tagines; sleep in a riad; sip mint tea and, of course, go medina shopping in the massive Djemaa el-Fnaa Square.

 


 

Japan

Everyone’s going to Japan right now, so what are you waiting for? Topdeck’s seven-day Japan Express trip takes you into the chaotic and traditional heart of this perennially quirky-cool nation from the ultra-modern Tokyo via traditional Kyoto to foodie fave Osaka.

With a stuffed itinerary of cat cafes, pavilions and temples, neon-lit shopping districts, anime and cosplay, izakayas, robot restaurants, geishas and bullet trains (plus a bellyful of sushi, tea and ramen), it’s a whirlwind journey into everything you want from a trip to Japan, minus the boring bits.

 


 

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Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.