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Travel Destinations For Your Vacations

If traveling is your passion and you keep on looking for some exciting as well as adventurous places to go for your coming vacations then you should see the following six famous travel destinations.

Las Vegas – It is also known as “in City” as it is famous for gambling and similar stuff but besides being an adult playground, this city has some other things to offer as well. You can also plan a family vacation to this location as there are quite a number of family friendly hotels, resorts, and other exciting activities. Besides these things, this area is also famous for having the largest man-made lake of U. S. Called Lake Mead. So while on the vacations to Las Vegas, you have more options and places to see other than casinos and bars.

Hawaii – Hawaii holidays can both be relaxing and adventurous as there are amazing beaches with clear blue waters. It is a state having numerous islands. Hawaii itself is known to be Big Island while others are known as Molokai, Maui, Lanai, Kauai, and Oahu. With these six islands there are about 80 beaches with different level of water and different water games to enjoy. Among the various games includes water sailing, sailplane rides, sailing, etc.

France – While France is a world’s famous destination for travelers and especially for honeymooners. The famous Eiffel Tower in Paris is one of the main attractions of the tourists and couples. Also there are some historical places like museums, monuments and art galleries which reflect the cultural side of France. There are two twin cities Lyon and Marseille which also reflects the historical as well as the modern side of the country.

Rome, Italy – It is known to be the historical as well as one of the most beautiful places in the world. There are dozens of old historical sites like churches, palaces, museums, monuments, fountains etc. Also the Italian cuisine is very famous and you can enjoy scrumptious food in Italy.

Montego Bay, Jamaica – Montego Bay is the second largest city of Jamaica and is quite a popular travel destination. There are many beautiful pristine beaches and clear blue waters with a lot of enjoyable activities which all tourists must enjoy. Snorkeling is one of the best things to enjoy there as the fish would swim next to you and you must have an underwater camera with you as there you would find a lot of opportunities and scenes to capture.

Lloret De Mar, Spain – If you are planning your next vacation to Spain then you should consider going to a tourist town Lloret de Mar in Spain which is along the Costa Brava coastline. It is known for its beautiful beaches with all kinds of beach activities like parasailing, snorkeling, boating, water skiing, surfing etc. And with numerous bars and nightclubs, you will not find a moment to get bored.

Adventure Travel Destinations You Shouldn’t Miss

Perhaps you’ve grown tired of the usual vacation trips and are actually looking forward to catering to your more adventurous side. If that is the case, you have a number of options to consider, as there are several tourist destinations which would surely keep you on the edge of excitement, pushing you to your limits while still being able to bask in the wonders of the different parts of the globe that not many people get to experience. You may actually think to yourself of just how physically challenging it will be to go on an adventure trek with activities such as mountain biking or hiking through certain forests, but since you want to take a break from the usual routine of your holidays being spent at the beach or some amusement park resort somewhere, maybe it’s something more uncommon that will truly give you the vacation of a lifetime!

Below are just some of the most unique adventure travel destinations wherein you can truly find some enjoyment:

Nepal – With many of the world’s tallest mountain peaks to be found in Nepal, including the internationally renowned Mount Everest, you can engage in some mountain sports. Go mountain climbing with your family and friends, or even take them on a biking trip. Nothing is more exhilarating at the same time enlightening than basking at the majestic glory of the mountain view.

Egypt – The Nile River is one of the most popular attractions in Egypt, one that has a lot of history behind it. You can then be part of that history by taking yourself or your peers on a river excursion.

Amazon Rainforest – There is a wide range of wildlife to be seen and discovered by common people’s eyes in the Amazon rainforest, and taking a trip here would surely serve as a vacation that’s filled with mystery and awe. See the various animals which you may not have come upon in your daily life, with exotic breeds and species that will truly fascinate you as well as visiting the local communities, interacting with the townsfolk and learning their cultures.

New Zealand – New Zealand is one of the many destinations which is known to offer just a portion of everything. If it’s diversity you’re looking for, you can then engage in a bit of snorkeling, swimming with sea creatures such as dolphins and even go spelunking in caves.

Florida – Although somewhat mainstream in certain standards, a little bit of adventure travel in Florida may prove to be just as enjoyable and exhilarating as the more nature-oriented options provided above, especially if you’re a resident of some foreign country in Europe or Asia. Various theme parks with roller coaster rides such as Universal Studios or Disney World will surely bring out the kid in you with much glee!

Lonely Planet Ranks Uganda Number One Travel Destination

Renowned and respected world travel guide Lonely Planet has ranked Uganda the best travel destination for the year 2012. Uganda was ranked ahead of the likes of Myanmar, Ukraine, Jordan, and Denmark.

Lonely Planet collected lots of ideas from travellers, bloggers and tweeters from which they generated a list of countries. Countries chosen are said offer a range of experiences to travellers albeit a few shortcomings like the less than satisfactory infrastructure and seeming tense political atmosphere after the just concluded presidential elections for the Uganda’s sake.

From the collected ideas, the top ten ranked countries were then voted for by a panel of travel experts at Lonely Planet and Uganda happens to be at the pinnacle of this list. The ranking was based on factors such as topicality, excitement, value and the special x-factor for a particular country.

Measuring almost the same size as Great Britain, Uganda passes for the most beautiful and diverse nation on the African continent. The country boast of a range of unique attractions and with the rapidly expanding tourism infrastructure and the much improved political stability, Uganda is turning out to be a haven for travelers.

Uganda is the entire Africa in one small package. What you find in the different parts of the African continent you find it all here in Uganda. At a glance you find the smallest of sunbirds iridescent in the dawn light, the enormous clumsy yet silent elephant disappearing like a vapor behind the trees, the naughty chimps crashing about the forest canopy, the Mountain Gorilla chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket.

This lush tropical country is the source of the longest river in the world, the Nile. The mighty Nile twists its way North like a flickering ribbon, through arid semi-desert with scattered rocky kopjes. It is in Uganda where the savanna meets the huge Lakes of East Africa, and where snow capped mountains bear down on expansive jungles.

Snow capped peaks, tropical, sandy, fresh water beaches, and beautiful jovial faces all over the place. All that and more is here; Uganda is a feast for all the senses.

Declared by legendary British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill as the Pearl of Africa, it is little wonder Uganda is now the number one travel destination in the world.

The other ranked countries among the top ten travel destination for the year 2012 include:

2. Myanmar,
3. Ukraine,
4. Jordan,
5. Denmark,
6. Bhutan,
7. Cuba,
8. New Caledonia,
9. Taiwan and
10. Switzerland.

Solo Travel Destinations Off the Beaten

Always looking for new solo travel destinations, I followed a friend’s suggestion to try Slovenia. Traveling alone, the prices were good, and Slovenia provided options for hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter or just exploring its history/culture year-round. Having been to former Yugoslavia’s Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, Slovenia made sense as the next step.

After arriving in Zurich, I discovered my flight to the capital city, Ljubljana, had been cancelled. However, I was quickly accommodated and dispatched to Germany for a connecting flight. On arrival, a fellow passenger and I watched forlornly while the door on our flight closed leaving us behind. Not to worry, I was reticketed on a flight to Austria. I arrived hours before the next scheduled flight to Slovenia. As I waited to make it to my fifth country in 18 hours, I kept my eyes glued to the jet way. I was afraid I would fall asleep, miss the flight and be sent to a 6th country.

It was well worth the journey. Ljubljana’s historic area was a surprise as it looked more like Vienna than the Balkans. My Art Nouveau choice, the Grand Hotel Union Executive, combined style with convenience. It was walking distance to the Old Town and its multiple restaurants which were still serving at 10 PM. Eating alone was no problem. After a lively conversation with the table next to me, I could almost say I felt like I was solo no more!

In heading out the next day, I was struck by how similar the architecture along the Gallus Embankment was to parts of St. Petersburg. The Ljubljana Castle had a colorful history from defending against the Ottomans to serving as a prison in the Austrian Empire and again in World War II. Afterwards, I strolled back through the Old Town, the Plaza and the Triple Bridge. The last key sight was the Dragon Bridge topped by a fierce creature keeping watch over the city.

Having felt so at home, I was almost sorry that it was time to move on the next day. I was off via public bus for another 3 day adventure. I had read about the town of Bled, a tourist haven since the 19th century popular also with the ruling dynasty and later Yugoslav’s Tito. In the current day it is also a great spot for hiking, golf and fishing. I had two chief objectives: (i) visiting Bled Castle and (ii) exploring the small island of Bled and its Church of the Assumption. I was surprised to see there was no pedestrian bridge to the church. Access was by boat only and not then as it was in the dead of winter when “icebergs” predominated.

Undaunted, I struck out for my second destination, to reach Bled Castle. Its history even antedates William the Conqueror’s Conquest of England. My guidebook described it as a brief walk from my hotel. As I approached the hill, it looked like a snow-capped Mt. Everest crowned at the top with ice-covered boulders. When I somehow made it to the entrance, I realized getting down would be even more challenging. After my tour, no cabs were available. In a moment of desperation which I DO NOT recommend, I accepted a ride with a stranger, an elderly gentleman who found me stumbling down the hillside. A safer alternative to hitchhiking would have been to sit down and slide down like a human luge.

Next I headed out to my last destination, Kranjska Gora on the Austrian border. By then, I thought I was an old pro at mastering local buses. However, I discovered a large difference between the English words “bus stop” and “bus station”. When the bus stopped on a two-lane road and opened the door, I jumped out into the snow with my suitcase. Across the way, I saw the village with a path through the snowdrifts. Guided by welcoming local residents, I located my hotel, fortunately painted a very bright yellow and conspicuous from a distance.

My first day on the slopes I skipped my usual routine: a private or semi-private lesson to get the lay of the land. That was a mistake. My rental skis had been set by height and weight but apparently not by ability. As an infrequent intermediate skier, there was more ice than I could handle. The result? At the top of the slope, the one ski that came off would not go back on while the other would not come off at all. Glad there were no witnesses, I was rescued by snowmobile and sent down the lift with my skis then firmly in my lap. As I approached the bottom of the lift, loud shouts began instructing me exactly(?)what to do. Not understanding a word of Slovenian, I just waited for the lift to stop. When that never happened, I took a wild leap on the still moving lift. Luckily, the next day with a private lesson went much more smoothly.

Then it was back to Ljubljana for a little shopping and a much shorter flight home!

Looking back on it, Slovenia was a great choice for a solo traveler because of:

  • Attractive prices even when traveling alone
  • Friendly people and safe environment
  • Active sports options summer and winter
  • Multiple historic and cultural sites to explore
  • Available local public transportation
  • Proximity to the crossroads of Europe for combining vacations
  • The benefit of still being off the usual tourist route.

A New and Popular Travel Destination

Once called the Middle East, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel have become popular travel destinations. Visited by themselves or in combination, most travelers return satisfied and surprised by their travel experience. For many, they have been on a truly remarkable holiday with a difference. So why is this so? To best answer this, we need to know a little more about these countries and how to travel to and within them.

*How to get there

Most travelers come by air. The national capitals of Damascus, Amman, Beirut and Tel Aviv all have international airports that are serviced by a range of international and Middle Eastern carriers. Both bus and private car travel is possible between most of the countries. Generally these are via a number of single crossing points like Syria-Lebanon and Syria-Jordan (at Derá on the new highway that links the two countries). Land routes exist to bordering countries. Land travel into/from Israel is more restricted. The most common point of entry is via the King Hussein (Allenby) Bridge from Jordan. Syria has a somewhat dated rail network. Some services only run weekly but those on the popular central routes operate several services each day.

*How to get around

Trains, buses and taxi’s form the centerpiece of Middle Eastern travel services. Car hire with a guide is provided by many local tourist operators. They generally are cost effective and worth considering. Use Google to find them and always ask for (and check) references. Most will require half of the booking fee wired to them before they will confirm the bookings. A number of international companies including the overland companies offer tours. Again check with Google. A number of universities offer summer archaeological digs. Many of these are fee based and no experience is required.

*When to go

The Middle East enjoys a Mediterranean climate but the summers are hot and the winters cold, especially in the north. March to May is the best time to visit. Those who want to soak up the sun will find the coastal areas mid summer comfortable as temperatures are often influenced by cooler coastal breezes. The area suffers from winter rainfall that can make sightseeing difficult and snow covers the mountains between Lebanon and Syria mid winter.

*The Countries

Syria – Syria is modern, easy to travel in and relatively safe. It’s affordable if you keep away from the more expensive five star international hotels. It has a myriad of charms with excellent food, breathtaking scenery, tons of places of historic interest and friendly people. English is generally spoken in most hotels and markets in the major centers. Damascus is the major attraction with its wonderful markets and historic mosques and palaces. The Umayyad Mosque and the nearby mausoleum of Saladin (one of the greatest heroes of Arab’s history), are a “must see”. Plan a couple of days to enjoy Damascus. Consider at staying in one of the renovated boutique hotels that have sprung up in the past ten years. Many of these are ancient palaces in the Old City and are well worth the little extra cost. Do take the time to drive out to Palmyra for the site of the city that built to rival Rome. Homs with its water wheels in on the road to Apamea. This has an avenue of two kilometers of granite columns. Both are worth visiting and are part of 20 or more major archaeological sites that can be visited by tourists. Wandering around ruins of forts, mosques, churches and palaces provides a wonderful insight into what life was like two thousand years ago. Looping back towards Damascus is the most famous of the Crusader castles, Krak des Chevaliers. It is remarkably intact and it will be enjoyed by castle enthusiasts.

Jordan – Jordan has a huge selection of fascinating history to offer the tourists. It is steeped in the history of the Old Testament. The ancient cities of Petra and Jerash date back to Roman times when they were great trading cities along the Silk Road. Jerash is the “Pompeii of the East” and needs a little background reading to fully appreciate the historic context of the site. Take your time to explore it; you are walking through centuries of history. Although Amman is the relatively modern capital of Jordan, you’ll find the satellite city of Salt with its narrow streets and quaint houses is worth the visit. Jordan has a fascinating history of craft, Bedouin weaving, embroidery, pottery and ceramics, jewellery and glassblowing. These crafts are still very much part of Jordanian life today. The Bedouin hospitality and wonderful local cuisine is legendary.

Driving south from Amman you’ll find the now spreading town of Petra. To walk down the half mile long suq, you will be surprised by the beauty of the pink stone Treasury at the entrance of the old city of Petra. It will take your breath away. Read about Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, who discovered Petra in 1812, before you go. His is indeed an amazing story. South of Petra is the now modern port of Aqaba made famous by Lawrence of Arabia. West of here you’ll find Wadi Rum where the film of Lawrence’s war-time exploits was made. Here, an option is to stay with the Bedouins in their cloth covered black tents. They are remarkably comfortable. Take a camel ride out to the secret camp where Lawrence planned his desert campaigns. You might return a little saddle sore but you will have really “ridden” in the footsteps of history.

Lebanon – Lebanon is a relatively small country. The highlights are generally along the coast. Here is the colorful coastal town of Byblos and further north is the ancient Crusader city of Tripoli with it’s interesting souqs (markets), mosques and hammams (baths). Turning inland, you will pass through the picturesque villages of the Qadisha Valley, through the Cedars and on to historic Baalbeck which has magnificent Roman ruins said by some to be the best preserved in the world, The route continues through the vineyards at Bekaa and then Umayyad ruins of Aanjar. Nearby is the charming village of Deiral-Qamar and the Beiteddine palace with its wonderful gardens.

Israel – Don’t ignore Israel as a possible travel destination. Access difficulties can be overcome by careful planning or with the help of an experienced travel operator. It’s the Holy Land and steeped in history. Most visitors head for Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jericho but there lots of little know archaeological sites like the old Roman capital of Galilee called Tzipori. In Jerusalem, the old City of David, The Citadel and Church of the Holy Sepulcher with the nearby Wailing Wall, draws the most tourists. What is believed to be the oldest church in the world is in Bethlehem. A silver star marks the place where it is believed that Christ was born.

Some tourists choose to visit the Dead Sea. It is off Highway 90 west of Jerusalem. Personally, although unique, I think that it is overrated. Those with more time might consider visiting Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Further a field you’ll find Masada with its spectacular ruined fortress.

Take care in Israel photographing or showing interest in border and military installations or personnel. You’ll get used the very obvious security presence.

*Visas

All these countries have different visa requirements. Generally Israel does not require a visa for most western countries. Tourists are allowed a stay of up to 90 days. However, it is necessary to avoid getting your passport stamped upon entry or exit as this causes problems of entry into Lebanon and Syria. Ask the border officials to stamp your entry permit instead. Better still, put Israel last on your itinerary. Jordanian visas can be obtained upon arrival at the airport and at most border crossings. It is best to get Syrian visas in advance. USA, most EU, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand passport holders can get a visa to enter Lebanon at the border. Jordan allows entry/exit to Israel via the King Hussein (Allenby) Bridge without a multi-entry visa.

Travel Destination That You Cannot Miss

Kuching is the most popular holiday city in East Malaysia and Borneo Island, along with Kota Kinabalu. There are a lot of popular locations that you can make a visit in Kuching. Listed below are 5 Main Kuching travel places.

Sarawak Cultural Village

Sarawak Cultural Village is the No1 tourist destination that you cannot afford to ignore. It is an award winning “live museum” where it hires real people from 7 Sarawak main races groups to live in there. Hence tourists are ready to see the lifestyles, arts, games, clothes, food of 7 different cultures in one place. Tourists will also be treated with a 45 minutes of traditional dance and music at the end of the visit.

Sarawak Museum

Sarawak Museum is considered as an extract of the entire of Sarawak, due to the fact that it stores and exhibits the most massive collection of artifacts of the indigenous people of Borneo in it”s 2 buildings. The original one has a Normandy townhouse style whereas the new building has genuine imitation of the life in the prehistoric of Niah Caves. With such riches of collections of Borneo, Sarawak Museum has earned enormous reputation from around the world. Your Kuching travel trip will never be perfect if you don’t visit Sarawak Museum.

Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse

This is an actual authentic Bidayuh longhouse within 1 and half hours drive from Kuching. The longhouse is kept in its original state, so as the local people dwelling here who are carrying out farming and are exercising traditional life style, even though lots of visitors go to the village everyday. If you want to experience their lifestyle by yourself, you can opt to dwell with one of the native villager here.

Semenggoh OrangUtan Rehabilitation Center

Orang Utan is a near extinct creature that is very well protected in Sarawak which can only be seen in Sarawak Malaysia. In this rehabilitation centre, Orang Utans are not kept in cage and they are roaming freely in the jungles. You might go into the jungle to hunt for them and look at their behavior directly if you are adventurous enough. Alternatively you also can catch them during the eating time at 9am and 3pm every day.

Bako National Park

Bako national park gives you you the chance to enjoy the gorgeousness of the nature and to observe the wildlife in detail. You can have intimate interaction with the endangered species of Probosics Monkey or have a little jungle trekking at the paths you can find here. You will see various interesting flora and fauna as well as awesome waterfalls and beaches while in the trekking.

Kuching will be an exciting destination to enjoy your holiday. In addition to surprised by the many attractive Kuching travel destinations here, you will also be amazed by the warm welcoming of the city’s nice and friendly people too.

Luxury Travel Destinations

“An experience is etched in our minds due to the value returned”

I look at the dollars in my wallet to determine where I am going next, what activity should be first on the list or at least moved up and if what I am hungry for is nearby. Should we go to the water or inland to explore waterfalls? Should we drive up a winding mountain road or ride the tram?

Sure a camera can capture scenes for future reflection but receiving value that was unanticipated etches a memory, there to recall with any conversation regarding the trip. Think back to your most remembered trips. What is the memory recalled? Why are you able to recall it?

Experiences are the main reasons we vacation. Why we choose to go to many of the destinations is so something new or unusual will occur to improve our moods. But many times we find certain costs prohibitive to an over-reaching experience.

Here is what I am speaking of; if you are going to any destination for one week, hoping to experience the lifestyle of the area, visit several sites of interest and enjoy the local foods. If the cost of the hotel/condo/resort accommodations is high, the chances of multiple experiences drops relative to these costs.

Instead the options will have to be listed, looked at for cost analysis and certain activities will have to be crossed out, saved for a return trip. To make these secondary choices once at the location adds disappointment, even subconsciously, detracting from the experience.

Luxury travel destinations are defined by the experiences of the trip. Luxury is defined by the traveler; it is not always the heightened monetary expenses because luxury comes in many packages. We as individuals, are allowed to define our lives in our own ways and I choose to define luxury travel based on the value returned.

If my memory is packed with unforgettable activities, scenes, experiences and the costs were low for the trip, there is no greater luxury. A memory has no price tag; it goes on and on and on allowing reliving of the experience and things to expand on should a return trip occur.

Getaway ideas will increase because I know now that when I am taking luxurious travel vacations, I will be getting more value experiences due to the reduced accommodations charges I have defining my trip as luxurious. There is value in every trip I take, how about yours?

Travel Destinations In Kenya

Kenya, which lies in East Africa has a lot to offer. The various national parks and wilderness are the leading tourist destinations in the country. Wildlife has made this East African country one of the most favorite tourist attractions in the world. A part from this, there are other travel destinations where you can spend your holidays and have complete adventure. For instance, the coast along the Indian Ocean in Mombasa is one of Africa major attraction site. A combination of the exotic beaches, marine life, world-class hotels, beautiful Islands and the friendly people of Mombasa make your travel a complete adventure. The Mamba Village is a unique attraction crocodile farm situated near Nyali. This is the largest crocodile farm in the country. Here, you will see different crocodile species, learn their behavior pattern and lifestyle.

Malindi is another travel destination with so much to offer. The long coral beaches and the Malindi National park are the highlights of this beautiful Island. The residents of Malindi rely on cotton, sisal and fishing for their living. This place is ideal for snorkeling, diving, fishing and surfing. You can explore the Malindi National Park by boat as you watch the marine life.

Lamu archipelago is another peaceful and beautiful place to visit. There are two main Islands in the archipelago, namely Lamu and Manda. The main means of transport in these two areas is the donkey. One common thing with these two Islands is their long beaches, ideal for picnic and relaxation under the hot sun. Manda Bay is a sanctuary for many wildlife mammals, butterflies, reptiles and different types of birds. As you tour the Lamu Island, you will see some ancient architecture, mango and coconut plantations. Famous activities in Lamu include; sailing, fishing, snorkeling, diving and exploring the long beaches.

Marsabit National Park is the most remote national park in Kenya, located in a desert region. The park is a forested mountain rising up out of the surrounding desert. It is a habitat home to wildlife such as lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, giraffe, hyena, warthog, elephant and the antelope. You can camp in the park for better game viewing and photography. The small town of Marsabit has basic facilities including a bank, petrol station, post office, airport, restaurants and shops.

Kisumu, the third largest town in Kenya is a business and transportation hub. This town is in an area of intensive agriculture, valleys, green hills, thick forest and mountains. Kisumu town is located in the eastern shores of lake Victoria. You can reach the town by road, rail, boat or air. The Kisumu Museum is a famous travel destination, where you will learn more about the history of Kisumu. You will also have a chance to see Lake Victoria, which the largest fresh water lake in Africa.

Top 5 Travel Destinations

Planning any travel should be a fun and exciting experience. I sometimes enjoy reading about travel destinations so I can dream then plan. If you are not sure where to go for your next holiday, then check out a sample of some popular vacation destinations that have withstood the test of time.

New York City is a long time favorite because there is something for everyone. No matter if you travel for cuisine, city life, arts, culture or even nature you are sure to find something to make your vacation enjoyable.

The most famous places to visit are the landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Also check out the Rockefeller Center where you can tour the “city within a city.” Other fun things include Broadway show, Carnegie Hall, Harlem Spiritual’s Gospel & Jazz Tours, and Radio City Music Hall.

Looking for an exotic beach vacation? Then check out Cancun, Mexico where you can find family fun in an all-inclusive vacation package. Visit the capital of the Mayan empire, enjoy a day playing at the beach or go to an eco-archaeological park, where you can spend a day in paradise while enjoying nature.

Why all-inclusive? These vacation packages can save you time and money. Airfare, hotel, rental cars are offered in many packages. Others even include meals, entertainment and activities so you can plan your budget and stay within it. All this means more fun and less stress on your beach vacation destination.

Orlando, Florida is a great destination for families. Here you will find fun in the sun along with popular theme parks like Walt Disney World Resort. There is also Sea World, Universal and Legoland. Families can stay at famous Disney hotels that include exciting swimming parks, an animal park right outside of your hotel window or even a tropical Polynesian atmosphere complete with even luau. You can even camp here at the Disney World campground and enjoy a marshmallow roast and sing along. This is truly a one-stop fun vacation destination for the whole family.

San Francisco, California offers an entirely different vacation experience. This city offers theater, music, beach culture and an interesting city experience. Take a guided bike tour of the city for breathtaking views and unique architecture. Enjoy seafood at the fisherman’s wharf or take an historic tour of Alcatraz. You can also relive the hippy days of Haight-Ashbury, visit the iconic Golden Gate bridge or enjoy a trolly ride through the city.

Toronto, Canada makes our last stop. I wanted to include a place that not many people think of as a vacation destination. But Toronto is a beautiful and lively city with wineries, breweries, museums, gardens and festivals. Take the kids to the Science Centre or the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory. And see the exciting Canada’s Wonderland Amusement and Water Park. Here you will find 16 thrilling roller coasters, a 20 acre water park and even an interactive dinosaur park featuring 40 animatronic dinosaurs.

I hope these vacation destination ideas inspired you and maybe even helps you choose your next family getaway. Keep in mind that vacations are a great way for families to enjoy their time together and offer memories that last a life time.

Vietnam Travel Destinations

After long years of historic wars and giant revolutions, Vietnam is finally enjoying the lure of its opulent heritage, burgeoning cultural life, and splendidly detailed landscapes. A haven of heroic legends and enchantingly glorious traditions, the thriving country of Vietnam is now beginning to unravel the nostalgic charm of its most enthralling towns and cities to capture the imagination of other cultures and entice millions of travelers from around the world.

Vietnam is being famed as Asia’s fastest rising star, offering more than a wealth of history. Across the globe, hundreds of thousands of travel enthusiasts and holidaymakers are flocking to Vietnam to explore and get a taste of the country’s legendary marvels, and of course, fall in love with the richness of its wonderful origins and marvelous blend of old-fashioned traditions and emerging contemporary culture. Vietnam travel destinations are certainly a prime attraction and an enchanting encounter that should never be missed.

Vietnam is situated on the eastern part of the Indochina Peninsula, offering a plethora of enticingly beautiful landscapes and spectacular spots that are adored and worshiped by the outside world. But beyond this, Vietnam is a magnificent combination of tranquility and luxury. Indeed, while the country’s picturesque natural attractions have drawn a number of passionate modern-day travelers looking for a complete privacy in an unspoiled setting, its superb mix of vibrant and eclectic nightlife have lured flocks of nightlife lovers seeking the glitz and glamour of the West.

Yet, unlike other Asian countries plagued by a myriad of colonial influences, Vietnam has retained much of its own unique charm and elegance. Featuring some of the loveliest towns and most livable cities in Asia, Vietnam is unsurprisingly a land of endless enchantment, enticing secrets, and awe-inspiring discoveries.

Hanoi, which is the capital of Vietnam, is without doubt one of Vietnam’s largest and most beautiful cities. Despite the long battles that marred its early days, Hanoi has successfully harbored a wonderful civilization, with sophistication and wisdom, rivaling that of its Asian counterparts. The gracious city of Hanoi, also known as the cultural heart of Vietnam, hosts a wealth of gorgeous landmarks, spacious apartments, colossal hotels and glorious architecture.

Living in harmony with nature, the city is delightfully dotted with quaint lakes and verdant boulevards. Here lies the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake, the local’s most well-loved recreational spot that is also a favorite attraction among tourists. The Hoan Kiem Lake which means “The Lake of the Returned Sword” is not only famed for its unparalleled beauty and serene environment, but is also known for its wealthy history that is full of intriguing legends and myths.

The lake, being one of the most popular Vietnam travel destinations and the core of the city’s vibrant life, is overwhelmed with an array of leisure activities. The Ngoc Son temple that perched on a small island in the center of the lake offers a good view of the sceneries surrounding it. Here anyone can catch a full glimpse of the locals playing traditional games such as chess and checkers.

Hanoi embraces the French colonial heritage, exuding an elegant European aura with its French style architecture and villas. Despite the evidence of French influences throughout the city, Hanoi has still\retained its ancient vigor. Aside from the sophisticated French style structures, Hanoi is dotted with vibrantly colored pagodas, highly acclaimed museums, and century-old buildings that exude a unique Asian charm.