Travel & Romance

Escape For That Special Occasion

Vacations and important moments go hand in hand with celebration, good times and creating memories. Have you ever considered taking a break to explore Santa’s workshop in Lapland, or getting away for a while in Dubrovnik, getting married in St. Lucia and honeymooning in Bora Bora? For image This list gives you a few of the finest spots to observe your momentous events and create memories to last a lifetime.

A Christmas in Rovaniemi, Lapland

One way to spend a magical Christmas with your family members is to visit the spot where Santa and his elves dwell, Lapland.

Located on the Arctic Circle, this locale is the most enchanting destination for young children and adults to have fun and welcome the spirit of Christmas.

Children can meet with Santa Claus each day at Santa Claus Village, and stop by Santa Park where Santa’s little aids will present you to the most famous reindeer of all! Every single child’s wish come true!

Spend New Year's Eve at Sydney Harbour Bridge

People around the world flock to the city of Sydney to glimpse the array of firework demostrations that rank among the world’s very best.

At 6 pm, the celebrations get rolling with an entertainment show at Sydney Harbour, and at 12, the famous fireworks display commences at Sydney Harbour Bridge. Seen by millions of people around the globe, this 12-minute presentation is breath-taking.

A Romantic Valentine's Day in Dubrovnik

Regarded as one of southeastern Europe’s foremost romantic spots, Dubrovnik in Croatia has a unique medieval charm.

Tourists have reported that it is the most ideal spot to propose to that important person; with old, charming buildings oozing with medieval history. This town has shaped many poets, novelists and painters through the years.

To completely enjoy the wonders of this town, jump on a cable car and observe the terracotta rooftops, the Adriatic Sea, and the island of Lokrum across the way.

Getting Married in St. Lucia
St. Lucia is thought of as one of the top wedding locations worldwide and there are countless factors for this. Rich with tropical rain forests and wildlife, this island boasts its most famous sight, the emerald twin peaks called the Pitons.

This Caribbean island genuinely makes the perfect setting for your heavenly beach-side wedding ceremony.

Honeymoon in Bora Bora
Bora Bora, signifying “created by the gods”, is a French Polynesian island barely 6 miles long and 2 miles wide, and though small, it overflows with organic wonder.

A dormant volcano, Mt. Otemanu, ascends out of the island’s center and streams out into rich jungle before further spilling out into a greenish blue lagoon.

World renowned writer and novelist of the novel “Tales of the South Pacific”, James Michener, labeled it the “most beautiful island in the world.”

18th-century British adventurer James Cook even called it the "Pearl of the Pacific."

Bora Bora is the supreme description of a tropical retreat; with its deluxe resorts, warm weather and welcoming natives.

Bali: Your Anniversary Destination
Bali is Indonesia's main tourist getaway and is the ideal anniversary destination, offering beaches, coral reefs and charming surroundings.

The stunning scenery, and the clear blue waters of the beaches, make Bali feel like eden. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, particularly theatrical and modern dance and traditional ceremonies, sculpture and music. You and your partner can enjoy anything from exclusive cruising in Crystal Bay, exclusive route tours to Mt. Batur - the sacred volcano, a couple’s massage at the spa, cooking classes with natives and helicopter rides.

Intimate Getaways: Over-The-Top Holidays

No matter how many years together, going on an anniversary trip can reinvigorate the partnership. An anniversary vacation promises to incorporate all aspects romance, whether you have been a couple for 5 years or 50. And what about those two people inching towards the forty year wedding anniversary? Occasion portrayal While honeymoons are for relaxing, particularly after the months or potentially years of preparation, anniversary trips might need some more planning.

It is important to consider a location and schedule that is appropriate for your marital landmark.

For example, a 45-year anniversary may call for a peaceful time in Santa Barbara wine country, whilst a 5-year anniversary may require a ski trip to Colorado or a safari in Botswana. Everything from daring expeditions to romantic moments, these holidays will show you a side of the world, and your relationship, that you have never seen. And luckily, we have found the exact locations for you.

Principality of Monaco
Monaco Ville, also called Le Rocher, is the only part of Monaco that has kept its old town architecture with small, windy medieval lanes. Later on, head to the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo which gives couples the opportunity to get all gussied up, and the gents must don jackets after eight pm.
Amsterdam, Holland

For partners wanting to experience romance, there is no better place than to stop by Holland’s tulip display. And do not miss the beautiful 17th -century canal houses in Amsterdam that have remained mainly unmodified since Rembrandt’s time.

Beaver Creek, Colorado
Why not renew your vows at 9,500 feet in Beaver Creek, 12 miles west of Vail, Colorado, where you can have the lavish Trappers Cabin in the Rockies all to yourselves.

Cabo San Lucas

If whale watching is your thing, then go to Cabo to observe traveling humpbacks along the Baja Peninsula from the months of December to April.

Republic of Botswana
Along the Khwai, east of the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, you can visit the Khwai Private Reserve which comes with admittance to the well-known Okavango Delta.
Algarrobo, Chile

Fly to Chile to stay at the distinguished San Alfonso Del Mar and relax next to one of the largest, sparkling blue saltwater pools worldwide.

Millions of Different Adventures for Two

No matter what you want your romantic getaway to be, there are a number of destinations where you can pick from elaborate to simple options. Even a costly gift can be outdone by an intimate, romantic getaway with the special person in your life. So many resorts internationally are geared expressly to what is most enticing to couples on a romantic getaway.

What's your idea of a perfect romantic escapade?

The rose petals strewn on the bed may not be for you, but no one can turn away bubbly, delicious chocolates, and the perfume of fresh flowers in their room. The wide-range of romantic getaways offered these days means you get to decide on the destination best suited to what you are seeking.

You may be looking for a place with warm waters and white-sand beaches, or someplace you can gaze at the incredible sight of the setting sun on some exotic island.

Paris or Florence may be best suited for couples with a preference for art and history. For an idyllic, hassle-free jaunt, here are some of the best romantic destinations for couples seeking to spend quality time with the person they most love.

St. Lucia
Special example The small island of St. Lucia is the hidden jewel of the eastern Caribbean.

Couples on the look-out for a place with equal parts relaxation and escapades need search no longer than St. Lucia which offers first-class beaches and luxury amenities.

Kauai, Hawaii
Adventure and romance are intertwined on the island of Kauai, Hawaii making it the ideal place for couples seeking both. On this the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, you will amaze at the unique landscapes, pristine beaches, and signature vistas.

Couples on a romantic excursion will be amazed at the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” with its spectacular canyon and incredible waterfalls.

Zambia
While this gorgeous nation may not be the first place you think of for a romantic destination, this East African country has all the elements for a amazing couple’s getaway.

Fiji
Fiji in the South Pacific is yet another ultra -romantic travel destination for couples looking for a fun destination where everything goes.

This Melanesian country is made up of more than 330 islands and filled with luxurious island resorts and spas. With its year-round sunny climate and numbers of opportunities for romantic moments, it really is no wonder why Fiji is such a well-known destination for couples.

Patagonia

The life-altering trek through Patagonia, a stretch of mostly uninhabited terrain crossing Chile and Argentina, is making its way on everyone's bucket list. This is a wonderland located at the end of the planet which has long captivated travelers of all kinds to visit this place of spectacular glaciers and wildlife.

Patagonia is a one-of- kind wonderland filled with age-old forests, spectacular icebergs, jaw-dropping fjords, and magnificent snow-capped mountains.

Get Off the Beaten Track - Ten Top Rated Remote Treks

Would you love to break free from your life and travel to a place where you can be alone? Remove yourself from the daily grind and get close to the outdoors on some of the world’s most obscure tracks. Go from Africa’s third greatest summit to the Australian deserts or visit the most southerly point in Patagonia - each is stunning. And don’t be discouraged by the remoteness of these places - there’s a trail for every level of trekker.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal
Duration: Approximately 17 days - 13 days actual trekking

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Ideal for: Active travelers who want to try a trail trail to the famous Everest Base Camp trek

Best time to go is February to mid-May or end of September to December
Wouldn’t it be sweet to be on a trail that is less traveled in the Everest region?

You can journey though Sherpa villages to the breathtaking greenish blue Gokyo Lakes and move through Renjo La (5400) on a very quiet trail. It is regarded as one of the very top hiking trails in the Everest region, and its course gives you a view of the grand Himalaya’s 8000 meter summits. As you travel to the top of Gokyo Ri, you will get one of the most striking sights of Everest and encompassing mountains, like Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End in Australia

Duration: Approx. 14 days
Grading: Moderate to challenging (6)

Ideal for: Wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers looking for a challenge
Ideal to go is Mid-April to August

An iconic walk in Australia, the complete traverse of the Larapinta follows the West MacDonnell range, over 223 kilometers in Central Australia.

For photograph Trek to remote ridges and canyons; gaze at the stars in the Outback; climb Mount Sonder, the Northern Territory’s highest peak, and bathe in the glory of the sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island, Chile
Duration: Approximately 6 days (4 days trekking)

Grading: Challenging - 7
Ideal for those trekkers who want to get off the beaten track in Patagonia
When to go: Months of December to March

Journey through the southern-most part of the globe to Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will feel very far from everything. You generally do not see many other hikers on this this 42-kilometer tour at this far end of South America.

This hike has been defined by Lonely Planet as some of Patagonia’s very best hiking areas and is thought of the most isolated place to visit on earth.

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan
Duration: About 24 days (16 days trekking)

Grading is entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Best for those who are looking to get into mountaineering or looking to take on a challenging trek
Ideal to go: Months of June to August
Described as a top trek, it crosses from the prominent Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the bottom of the planet’s second highest summit.

Pakistan’s celebrated hiking trail has nabbed the attention of hikers and mountaineers for countless years, with a 360-degree view of 7,000 meter and 8,000-meter points, as well as the massive K2.

The Southern Alps in New Zealand
Duration: About 6 days
Grading: Moderate (5)
Best for: Those looking to head for heights

November to April is the best time to go
One of the best hiking (or “tramping” as it is known locally) adventures on Earth can be had in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, with its rolling hills, impressive glaciers, and aquamarine lakes.

Walking in secluded alpine tarns with clear vistas, this journey even been used as a forerunner for a trek in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Duration: About 13 days (10 days trekking)

Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Best for anyone who has checked Mt Kilimanjaro off their list and are looking for their next summit challenge

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When to go: December to February or June to September
Not on the radar of most backpackers, The Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa’s pride and joy. Climbing Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third tallest crest, is not for the faint of heart.

West Coast Trail in Canada

Duration is approximately 8 days - 7-day full-pack trek
Grading is Moderate to challenging (6)
Ideal for those active walkers who love coastal walks and want to combine it with an breathtaking forest trek and wildlife spotting

Best time to go is August

Tour the Strait of Georgia by ferryboat, head to the northern trailhead of Vancouver Island to begin your travels, with the possibility of seeing Orca whales, sea lions, eagles, and bears near the shoreline. On the list of top 10 hikes, you can appreciate long coast walks on the shelf, if planned correctly.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan

Duration: Approximately 27 days (23 days trekking)
Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)

Best for anyone seeking a challenging trek that goes far off the beaten track

Best months to go: Sept. to Nov.

Visit the ultimate traverse of Bhutan spanning 11 elevated passes over 4,500 meters through the remote Lunana district. This extreme hike also travels to the charming Paro Valley where you’ll experience a province of small Buddhist monasteries and remote villages that are tucked away from the world most of the year.

Tajikstan: Pamir Fann Mountains

Duration is approx.14 days (5 days trekking)
Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Those desiring to take their bush walking adventures up a notch while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing
When to go: From June to September

Popular for its unique mountain landscapes and its strikingly beautiful alpine lakes this untouched area of Pamir enters deep valleys with clear lakes and flowering meadows. You might even get a chance to see the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Mongolia: Tavan Bogd
Duration: Approximately 11 days (4 days trekking)
Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for those seeking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture

When to go: June to August
Geographically, this is the most remote area of Mongolia, and is rich with breathtaking nature, wildlife and fascinating cultural heritage. You will also encounter local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan people, and learn about the native peoples.

Weekend Getaways: You Don't Have To Go Too Far

There are times when a long weekend getaway is exactly what you need to relax and unwind. Although picking which destination to travel to can be challenging when you are only going to have a few days free. Below are just a few of the numerous choices for your special weekend away.

New York City

New York City is a transportation hub, and depending on where you are coming from, you can drive, fly, or arrive by train. Occasion portrayal It is great even in cold weather, as there are many indoor attractions such as Broadway shows or museums, while in summer tourists can visit outdoor places including the High Line and Central Park.

If you like compelling historical monuments, you can get to both Ellis Island and the legendary Statue of Liberty via an enjoyable ferry ride.

San Francisco
The City by the Bay offers temperatures in the 60s most of the year, making it perfect for strolling across the Golden Gate Bridge, riding the celebrated cable cars and exploring the city's eclectic neighborhoods.

What's more, sports lovers can enjoy superb views of the San Francisco Bay from AT&T Park in baseball season.

Washington, D.C.
The U.S. capital is not only a lovely city, it also has a lot to do and see, with countless major sights free of charge: the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and so many more, all within walking distance of each other on the National Mall. The weekend brunch scene is really fantastic here, but be sure to make reservations ahead of time.

New Orleans
You can't tackle all of the Big Easy's top sights in one weekend, but its distinct offerings make it easy to pick activities based on your interests.

If you are from a cold-weather region and just want to enjoy some fresh air, head over to City Park for some outside activities; history lovers can check out The National WWII Museum. No visit would be complete without feasting on beignets and enjoying a night out in the French Quarter.

Nashville, NC
Part mountain village, part hipster sanctuary, this North Carolina locale is a haven for adventurers and beer lovers.

Avid hikers will want to take a hike on the legendary Appalachian Trail which passes nearby, while anyone who just wants to enjoy a dazzling view and some fresh air can head over to Pisgah National Forest or the Blue Ridge Parkway.

When you have worked up an appetite, stop in at one of the craft breweries to enjoy one of the 100-plus local beers and some tasty food.

Chicago
Chicago is well known for its great food, iconic architecture, and enjoyable things to do, making it an excellent weekend getaway.

Temperature-permitting, take a cruise through the city on the Chicago River to see the architectural masterpieces, then take a walk to Millennium Park to see the notable sculpture nicknamed “The Bean” for its iconic shape. Meanwhile, museums like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum are great places to escape winter's biting temps.

Seattle
This jewel of the Pacific Northwest features iconic sights like Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks and the Space Needle, all of which you can enjoy in a matter of days.

For anyone who would love a good workout, go for a hike in the popular Discovery Park, or for bold adventurers, head over to Mount St. Helens, an active volcano whose last major eruption was in 1980. Pack an umbrella, but don’t let the city’s famous rainy weather deter you; it is generally just a light drizzle or mist.

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