Monday, 13 January 2014

Wonderful Vacation Destinations For 2013

The summer is a time for festive occasions and beautiful locations, and that is why, in the coming months, you may want to look into a few special destinations to consider!
1. Magdalen Islands
A small strip of islands near Nova Scotia, the Magdalen Islands are great for summer outdoors enthusiasts. Featuring a variety of exciting landscapes (from rolling hills to beachside cliffs), these islands are ideal for adventurous water sports enthusiasts.
Magdalen Islands - Magdalen Islands
Magdalen Islands

2. Solomon Islands
The south Pacific region’s best destinations have largely been taken over by resorts and commercial interests, but in the Solomon Islands you can find a genuine and beautiful “old” south Pacific experience. Scuba diving and a thriving local culture are just a few of the perks.
Solomon Islands - World Travel Destination
Solomon Islands

3. Montreal, Canada
Mixing traditional elements of old world European cities with the vibrancy of a thriving modern metropolis, Montreal is a truly exceptional city in a beautiful location. Throw in the renowned local cuisine, and you’ve got a fantastic destination.
Montreal, Canada -World Travel Destination

4. Rwanda
Often overlooked due to its genocidal history, Rwanda is now a peaceful country, and one that is gorgeous to visit. Perfect for incredible activities like safaris and gorilla tracking, Rwanda is an ideal African getaway.
Rawanda - World Travel Destination

5. The Greek Isles
Okay, so this isn’t a unique suggestion. But nothing matches the Greek isles for relaxation or beauty. Consider Mykonos as a destination, as the island has all of the beauty of Santorini with more affordable prices and a livelier atmosphere.
The Greek Isles - world Travel Destination
The Greek Isles

6. California, United States
If you’re considering visiting the States, California may be the way to go. Gorgeous coastline, famous wine country, and access to a number of America’s most interesting cities make this a great choice.
California, United States - World Travel Destination
California, United States
7. Dominican Republic
Really, you can’t go wrong in the Caribbean. But with the Dominican Republic still emerging as a destination, it can offer the pristine beauty of nearby islands, often at a fraction of the cost.
 Dominican Republic - world Travel Destination
Dominican Republic

8. Montenegro
Beautiful landscapes, a festive riviera, and an expanding array of magnificent hiking trails make Montenegro a dynamic and fascinating destination in Europe. It’s not cheap, but it’s a stunning vacation.
9. Brazil
Brazil is always recommended as a top travel destination, but in the next few years the recommendation should be emphasized. As Brazil gears up for major international events (both the World Cup and the Olympics), the region should only grow more impressive (and safer).
Brazil - world Travel Destination

10. Azore Islands
One of the most unique destinations on Earth, the Azores are located well west of Portugal in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With their own culture, cuisine, and spectacular volcanic island scenery, the Azore Islands offer a gorgeous vacation.
Azore Islands - World Travel Destination
Azore Islands

Auckland Awesome-ness

Some places in New Zealand can come across like Jurassic Park, wild and unpopulated, its rugged landscape is what has made it popular with film makers and tourists alike. Auckland on the other hand is New Zealand’s most populous urban area. In 2011, Auckland was ranked third in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey.
Due to the level of people living in Auckland, it is easy to forget sometimes that that hill you are currently traipsing up is in fact a Volcano. Dormant Volcano’s seem to be a staple landmark in Auckland as there are in actual fact 50 all together, with Mount Eden being the largest. Of course people live on the slopes, and the top of Mount Eden is a popular tourist spot as its height provides a great viewing platform.
From here you can in fact see the next neighbourly dormant Volcano, mount Rangitoto. Just across the water –day trips are available to go over to Rangitoto Island where visitors are allowed to explore the cave like “lava tubes” of the Volcano. As long as you can run fast I’m sure.
mount rangitoto
One of the best ways to see this part of New Zealand is by boat. If you can curb your jealousy for long enough, you can spend days with families who spend their life on the water – sailing around in yachts, they catch their breakfast every morning and their dinner every night. At lunch time you’ll be treated to shellfish caught fresh straight from the ocean floor, and after that feel free to dive in and have a swim around. The water is crystal clear and if you’re lucky you might even see some of New Zealand’s ‘Blue Penguins’ who enjoy bobbing about in the water on their backs.
Waiheke Island – which is a name I find insanely hard to pronounce without doing a New Zealand accent, is also accessible by Ferry. Located just off the coast of Auckland it is most commonly known for its wine tasting and vineyards and is an actual fact nicknamed New Zealand’s “Island of Wine”. The climate is suitable for growing Bordeaux style grapes and chalets at the top of the island provide stunning views as you sip your wine in style. Well, style until you end up getting chased by some frantic bird with a blue body and a red beak. Which yes I later discovered to be a Pukeko, the countries least harmful bird. It was all very distressing.
waiheke island
Another aspect worth mentioning about Auckland is the museum. The National Museum of Natural History has recently opened a display showcasing the Giant Squid. Only in recent years has this elusive monster been seen by human eyes and Aucklands museum proudly boasts two, a male and a female measuring at 20 feet and 22 feet respectively. The museum is also home to tonnes of other native marine life, and is also a good place to learn about the Maori – New Zealands ancestral natives.

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