My Favorite 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.

Top 10 Travel Destinations in Asia

Asia is not only the largest continent in the world. It also has the most admirable natural treasures and the richest and most diverse culture in the world. From its mystical temples and landmarks of antiquity, soothing beaches and enchanting landscapes to the astonishing skyscrapers and infrastructure of modernity, Asia is definitely a place to go in anyone’s bucket list.

Here is a glimpse of the top travel destinations in Asia.

1. Jerusalem, Israel.

Asia is the origin of the world’s biggest religions. Jerusalem is the holy land for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Notable places to visit included Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified, the Dome of the Rock and the Cenacle.

2. Beijing, China.

The second biggest economy in the world, China is also a contender as the oldest civilization in the world. This capital is host to the most momentous cultural sites namely, the Great Wall of China, the only man made structure visible from space and the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of China’s ancient dynasties.

3. Angra, India.

India is one of the most diversely exotic cultures in the world. Angra is the host to the glamorous civilization of the Mughal Empire, which is once as progressive as the Roman Empire. Notable places included the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

4. Palawan, Philippines.

The Philippines is a heavenly paradise on earth that is rich in exquisite natural beauties and the most hospitable people in the world. Palawan is the home to the famed underground river, a new seven wonder of the world; the Tubbataha reef which boasts of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world; and numerous pristine tropical beaches.

5. Tokyo, Japan.

The home of the samurai, anime, and the most high tech in the world, Japan is the reflection of the futuristic modern consumer society. Tokyo is the center of all high tech.

6. Phuket, Thailand.

Thailand is a country that has never been colonized and infected by western culture. The purity of its preserved culture and traditions makes the country an absolute wonder. Phuket boasts of many sandy beaches and immaculate waters like Surin Beach, Bangtao and the Westin Siray Bay.

7. Mount Everest, Nepal.

Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world which will literally take visitors on the topmost of the world.

8. Dubai, UAE.

Dubai is the gateway of tourists to the furtive and conservative world of Arabs through which one can enjoy leisure travel and activities while simultaneously learning the Arabian culture and enjoying Middle Eastern topography.

9. Bali, Indonesia.

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago comprised of over 17,000 islands, thus the most number of primeval coastlines and beaches. Bali is one of its most visited resorts, which is also rich with other tourist spots such as Ubud, Kuta and Sanur.

10. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Travel in Asia entails a visit to Malaysia. Apart from its beautiful beaches, it has many other must-see places such as the Mulu Caves, the largest cave chamber in the world and the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world.

Best South American Travel Destinations

South American travel destinations are growing in popularity, and offer the travel some unique ecological and cultural places of interest. We chose Latin America because we love the food and culture of Latin America.

We began traveling to Mexico in the early 1970’s as kids, way before the million dollar condo projects…or roads for that matter. As adults we continued vacationing in Mexico and often traveled with our kids. It was really a natural extension for us to push further south and include Central America and South America in our travel plans.

There are many great South American travel sites, we only include a few here that our family hopes to visit. All of these are easily visited by arranging the trip yourself or tour companies will have these available in their South America travel packages.

Amazon

Visiting the Amazon is on the list of everyone that travels to South America. Beginning in Peru, the Amazon winds its way out of the Andes through many South American countries and through Northern Brazil before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Amazon is one of the most exotic places on earth, and is home to a diverse ecosystem that is home for many plants and animals only found there. This is a not to be missed travel destination

Galapagos Islands

Located almost 600 miles off the Pacific Coast of Ecuador lie the Galapagos Archipelago, a string of some 22 islands that is home to many unique plant and animals only found on these islands.

Giant Tortoises, the unique Marine Iguana, Blue Footed Boobies, flightless Cormorants, and the Galapagos Penguin are just some of the unique creatures you will find on the islands and in the seas around the islands.

Access to the islands is controlled by the Ecuadorian government, and the most popular way to visit is through an approved tour operator. They offer many different tours, and they will have something that fits your interest, time, and budget considerations.

Machu Picchu

For anyone heading to Peru, Machu Picchu is certainly to be on their itinerary as it is the most visited tourist destination in Peru. These Inca ruins are located at about 8,000 feet, atop a steep mountain overlooking the Urubamba River.

Declared a Unesco World heritage Site in 1983, Machu Picchu is believed to have been built around 1460 and was an important city in the Inca civilization. The remarkable beauty and spirituality of the site draw visitors from all around the world.

Lake Titicaca

Another popular attraction in Peru is Lake Titicaca, the largest in South America and believed to have been the origin of the Inca Empire. The lake is 12,500 feet above sea level, 122 miles long and 35 miles wide.

According to Incan mythology, Manco Capac and Mama 0cllo emerged from the depths of the lake on the sacred rock gate on Isla Del Sol to found the Inca Empire. The best known islands on the lake are the floating reed islands which are maintained by adding fresh reeds to the surface even as the ones on the bottom decompose.

Iguazu Falls

Everyone that I have spoken to that has visited these falls tells me that these are a must see. On the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are more than twice as wide as the Niagra Falls and also taller.

The falls are protected by both Argentinean and Brazilian national parks on both sides of the falls, and the falls themselves are part of virgin jungle ecosystem.
2/3 of the falls are on the Argentina side, and where you can also find tours of the national park and jungle hikes.

Whatever your interests, there is a South American travel destination to meet your interests. The next time you are planning a family vacation or extended travel, consider the options that South America provides.

Safest World Travel Destinations

World travel is always an adventure. But today, with all of the “stuff” that goes on in the world and the hateful sentiment toward Americans and America that is felt in many countries around the world, the question of which countries are actually the safest to travel to comes to mind right away when planning to travel abroad.

We, of course, have a few suggestions. The following locations are probably the safest travel destinations, but that doesn’t mean that bad things CAN’T happen. It only means that bad things are far less likely to happen.

Finland is probably the safest travel destination in all of northern Europe. Helsenki, the capital of Finland, is named “the world’s friendliest city” year after year. It deserves the title. You’ll find prices are high and the current exchange rate doesn’t help matters any. Travel to Finland might cost more, but it’s definitely safe!

Japan has the lowest crime rate of any industrialized nation in the world – unless crimes against whales is included in the count. You’ve probably heard your grandparents talk about how it was in America back in the 1950s; people ride bicycles and talk to strangers without fearing for their lives. Japan today is similar to that.

In the South Pacific, New Zealand is a breathtakingly beautiful country where crime is almost nonexistent. Sheep stealing is the number one crime. New Zealand is safe.

Sweden has got to be the safest of all of the Scandinavian countries and also one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Sweden might steal your
heart, but that’s all that will be stolen. Sweden is very safe!

Monaco is where you can lose a lot of money at the casinos in Monte Carlo, but only if you choose to. The crime rate is so low it is infinitesimal.

Good Luck,