What would the world be with out multitasking? Whereas we are likely to journey and go on trip to flee the day by day grind and the necessity to do two issues directly, there are some locations on this planet the place you cannot solely do two issues directly, however even higher, be in two locations on the identical time.
Be it straddling two continents, two international locations, two tectonic plates, hemispheres, and even date strains, there are some very good locations which can be nice locations to go to on their very own, however add this little perk, and also you’ll create very good recollections.
All through my travels I’ve searched a few of these locations out on function, others I stumbled throughout once I was already on the place, and but others I almost missed, however realized how particular it was by sheer coincidence. And one, nonetheless tempting, I made a decision in opposition to collaborating in…
1. Taveuni, Fiji
At this time And Yesterday
That is in all probability the freakiest place to be: with one foot in at this time and the opposite in yesterday. The Worldwide Date Line was established in 1884 and runs from the north pole to the south pole down 180 levels. This imaginary — however vastly vital — line separates one calendar day from the subsequent and runs via the small island of Taveuni in Fiji.
However as a result of Fiji would possibly nicely have a marker board telling you that you’re straddling two completely different dates, the nation determined to not take part within the confusion it could trigger and as an alternative keep firmly in at this time. Think about coming out to see your pal, however that pal lives within the yesterday.
The factor is, I moved throughout it from the airport to the boat that was going to take me to the island I used to be staying on, and I didn’t know! It was solely by the point I used to be heading again after my trip that I noticed that I had stayed not solely on a fairly island, however that the island might have had one other date than the one I had set off from.
Professional Tip: It makes day by day life simpler that the date line runs via the in all probability least inhabited locations on Earth, however if you wish to catch it, unique locations corresponding to Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu give you an opportunity.
2. Thingvellir Nationwide Park, Iceland
The North American And Eurasian Tectonic Plates
I used to be staying within the ION Lodge in Thingvellir Nationwide Park in Iceland, virtually sleeping on the assembly level of the 2 tectonic plates, which drift aside by some 0.8 inches every year. Fortunately, the change is just not noticeable on land, however the ION resort affords scuba-diving and snorkeling experiences setting off from the foyer so that you to be submerged proper between the 2 plates. So cool, proper? However that was precisely my drawback. I used to be visiting in winter, and it was a bit of too cool for me to even think about taking off my coat, not to mention the rest.
Professional Tip: Not that the water is that a lot hotter in summer season, however not less than it is going to be much less chilly on land, so, please don’t miss out on this distinctive means of swimming between continents. There are numerous guided excursions, so you recognize you’re in the appropriate place.
3. Maldives, Indian Ocean
The Northern And Southern Hemispheres
The primary time I crossed the equator, I used to be flying from Europe to Kenya. At one level, the plane made an odd motion, a bit of jolt, and the pilot defined that we had simply flown throughout the equator. I assumed this was a extremely pretty means so as to add a bit of pleasure to the flight, however sadly, no pilot has completed the identical since.
I additionally crossed the equator in a tiny little scuba-diving boat within the Maldives. That point it was a much less momentous event, however it’s nonetheless fairly pretty to cross between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, as a result of this line, regardless of being form of imaginary, truly carries so many adjustments with it, and never simply opposing seasons.
Professional Tip: If you need enjoyable and fuss when crossing the equator, you might be finest off on a cruise ship, the place the crew are likely to have fun a crossing baptism.
4. Istanbul, Turkiye
Europe And Asia
I like taking the ferries in Istanbul; being out on the water is likely one of the best pleasures there’s. And when you can sail down the Bosphorus previous some very good actual property, or up the Golden Horn to the colourful neighborhood of Balat, it’s also possible to cross from Europe to Asia from the hub of Eminönü to Üsküdar. An hour on the ferry looking throughout the actually mad hustle and bustle of boats on the varied our bodies of water is simply pretty, after which you possibly can take a look round Asia earlier than heading again.
Professional Tip: If water is just not your pal or you might be considerably below time stress, it’s also possible to simply drive throughout the Bosphorus Bridge, through which case you possibly can cross between the continents in a matter of minutes.
5. Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein And Switzerland
I hopped from Liechtenstein to Switzerland and again round 5 occasions earlier than I noticed that somebody was watching me considerably incredulously. So, what? It’s not day-after-day you stand on a slim wood lined bridge throughout the Rhine with a line midway throughout the bridge marking the border between Liechtenstein — the place I set out from — and Switzerland. It’s merely asking you to hop from nation to nation, behaving like a 12-year-old.
Professional Tip: Whereas most of the borders in Europe are straightforward to cross, that is positively essentially the most enjoyable. No border patrol, no management, simply an outdated bridge and a line.
6. Cape Agulhas, South Africa
Atlantic Ocean And Indian Ocean
That is in all probability essentially the most well-known spot the place two oceans meet, roughly 2 and a half hours’ drive east of Cape City. At Cape Agulhas, formally the southernmost level of Africa, you possibly can truly see the oceans forming a line, with one inexperienced ocean and one darker blue ocean coming collectively and a line of froth highlighting the assembly. I stood for a very long time on the Cape of Good Hope, considering that this was the assembly level, earlier than realizing it was not, as many vacationers are vulnerable to.
Professional Tip: Regardless of fashionable fantasy, Cape Level, 40 miles outdoors of Cape City is just not the place the oceans meet, however it’s a beautiful setting, for certain.
7. Dreiländereck, Basel
The place Switzerland, France, And Germany Meet
The Dreiländereck, the nook of three international locations, lies in the course of the Rhine, off a suburb of Basel in Switzerland, and, after all, the opposite two international locations as nicely. However the monument, the official marker, is in Basel, and from there you possibly can take a boat journey exploring the Rhine and sail from one nation to the subsequent. So when you could be in two locations directly in all the opposite locations talked about, right here it’s three.
Professional Tip: It’s also possible to do that on foot: cross the street from Switzerland into Germany, after which the bridge into France and again once more.
Tropic Of Capricorn
I used to be driving alongside in Queensland once I got here throughout a street signal and other people posing subsequent to it. Stopping off and heading again to see what was so particular, I noticed that I had crossed the Tropic of Capricorn, the road (one other imaginary, however but beneficial line… ) that marks the border between the temperate zone and the tropics. There’s no apparent distinction in climate, temperature, or produce grown on the fields, however I learn later, and I quote from Britannica: “On the winter solstice within the Northern Hemisphere, round December 21, the Solar is straight over the Tropic of Capricorn.”
Professional Tip: I caught the Tropic of Capricorn in Rockhampton, Queensland, fortunately, as a result of it largely crosses abandoned countryside. Different cities it runs via embody Alice Springs within the Northern Territory of Australia and Sao Paulo in Brazil.
9. Al Amerat, Oman
Tropic Of Most cancers
Whereas the Tropic of Capricorn marks the road between the temperate and tropical zones within the Southern Hemisphere, the Tropic of Most cancers has the identical perform within the Northern Hemisphere. This tropic runs via Algeria, Niger, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Bahamas, Mauritania, and Mali, however I caught up with it once I lived in Oman. It may be discovered a 30-minute or so drive outdoors of Muscat on the primary street to Sur. On the time once I lived in Muscat, there was no signal but (except I merely missed it?). However now, you’ll catch the signal simply outdoors of the city of Al Atakiya, standing considerably forlorn within the desert.
Professional Tip: And, if you’re questioning, and I quote Britannica once more: “On the summer season solstice within the Northern Hemisphere, round June 21, the Solar attains its best declination north and is straight over the Tropic of Most cancers.”