This Friday, December 21, 2012, marks the end of the 5,125-year-long Mayan calendar. It’s a date that has had some new-age astrologers speculating about the possibility of cataclysmic world events, possible even a doomsday scenario.
Of course, the apocalypse myth was debunked long ago by Mayan scholars, who note that such conclusions go against astrological observation. (What’s more, just because one calendar ends doesn’t mean another one won’t begin. After all, does the sky come crashing down every December 31 at midnight?) Still, end-of-days notions got us thinking about where we might like to travel for one last mind-blowing dream trip!
Just what are some of the best places to hide out for the end of the world? We sat down with WHL Group staff to hear their thoughts about where to they’d like to be during the earth’s final hours – the ideal locations to get back to nature or simply unwind with friends. From top snorkelling spots to the brilliant display of the Northern Lights or the bucolic setting of a countryside village, we came up with a clutch of awesome ideas on where to go for our last big hurrah.
“If I were in Prague the day before the world ends, I would get out of town. The countryside of the Czech Republic is filled with beautiful villages, which would be picturesque destinations, as well as relatively safe locations to await the apocalypse, considering cities would probably be erupting in chaos. Specifically, I would probably head to Soběsuky, a small village just over an hour outside Prague. It’s a small, picturesque place tucked away amid rolling hills – the perfect way to get off the beaten path. It’s also the location of Angusfarm, a small family-run pension that is also a cattle farm. Here I’d enjoy a delicious organic steak from the farm’s own cattle and a bottle of heady red wine from the pension’s cellars. That way I could kiss the world goodbye with a smile on my face, a full belly and a glass in hand!”
~ Stephan Delbos, Content Manager, Lime&Tonic
“If it’s the end of the world, then I’d like to spend it in a beautiful place with my family and friends. So I’d be travelling around Brazil starting from the 1st of December. My list of places to visit is pretty long – São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and it’s neighbourhoods like Ipanema and Lapa, Belo Horizonte, Iguassu Falls, Cearà beaches and Salvador, of course. My trip would end on the 21st of December 2012 in a wild beach with evoking white sand, crystal clear water and palms.”
~ Anda Cirule, Director, whl.travel Europe and the Middle East regional office
“I’d like to say that during the end of the world I’d be in Guatemala – the ‘Heart of the Mayan World’ – with the most archaeological Mayan ruins than any other country. Here, local Mayan communities are preparing for the end of the 13th Baktun cycle with special sacred rituals and ceremonies. However, in all honestly, on the day before the world ends I think I would prefer to be snuggled up at home with my family and friends, playing charades and drinking mulled wine.”
~ Ashley Hiemenz, Product Manager, Gunyah
“One look at the headlines and you could believe that the end is near, the big one is coming and the earth has just slipped off its axis!
On the eve of the end of the world, I will not listen to any news. As I climb the boat (bound for the Galapagos, or maybe the Greek Islands?) I will disconnect my laptop and toss my cell phone into the sea. I will hear no more texts or bleeps, will receive no more status updates or tweets. All will be hushed and silent as the waves roll, the gulls call and I sink deeper down to peaceful sleep.
“On the day before the world ends, I’d like to be with my family and friends…in Iceland! Iceland is my favourite ‘off-the-beaten-track’ destination, and I love it for the incredible people, stunning scenery and delicious food. Since December 21st is the winter solstice, it will be dark nearly all day, and hopefully the Northern Lights would come out to play as we hung out in natural hot springs with some Reyka vodka and a great meal of local fish.”
~ Lindsay Young, Digital Marketing Specialist, Urban Adventures
“On December 21, 2012, I think the best place to watch the end of the world would be in the land of the Mayans. Somehow, in my semester of studies in Mexico, I never made it to the Yucatan Peninsula. I’d go see Chichen Itza and the other ruins sites, then I’d spend a few days on the beaches looking for stellar snorkelling spots in the coast’s many cenotes and maybe some sea kayaking. Then, as the last day of the world came to an end, I would probably do something crazy like jump into an active volcano.”
~ Cynthia Ord, Newsletter Editor, The Travel Word