VACATION! It is a word that immediately conjures up an image of a nature-blessed paradise where you get to unwind yourself. Or, you may also imagine yourself strolling down streets in a foreign land, soaking up the colorful culture. If you are an adventure enthusiast, vacation probably means climbing a mountain, deep-diving, surfing, river rafting, or indulging in other adrenaline-pumping sports. And when some individuals hear the word vacation, they probably see themselves visiting museums and art galleries, local markets, enjoying local cuisine with locals, or watching glorious sunsets and sunrises.
Vacations offer you a change of scenery and a break from your routine life. It invigorates you along with providing you with unique experiences. Also, going on vacations is good for your mental and physical health. According to a research report, taking vacations is “important for a variety of reasons.” It increases resilience, and because of that, you can deal with setbacks at work in a better way. Also, when you are away from work and exploring a new place, you are most likely to get a new perspective. And the report says that it can help you to “see new solutions to problems,” and it gives you a chance to “pursue other life goals, like spending time with family and seeing the world.”
The world is overflowing with beautiful vacation destinations. The options available are so diverse that you can pick vacation destinations based on your interests, your travel partner/s’ interests, travel budget, and length of your vacation. And you can also choose a vacation spot based on how much blue or green you want to see. But, too many options can confuse you and delay your trip. Here is a list of the ten best places to travel to help you quickly choose the vacation destination so that you can immediately book your tickets and start packing.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Often called French Polynesia’s “leading lady,” Bora Bora is an azure paradise on Earth. Everything about this place is beautiful. You will fall in love with its pristine white-sand beaches, dazzling blue lagoons, turquoise waters, and blazing sunsets over the sparkling ocean sea and enchanting landscape, and rich culture. And Bora Bora offers plenty of opportunities for water-sport activities, such as deep-water diving, jet-skiing, paddle boarding, sail boating, snorkeling, and canoeing.
Two volcanic peaks, Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia, tower over Bora Bora. If you are seeking an adrenaline-pumping adventure, you will find that at Mount Otemanu. As this foliage-clad volcanic peak rises from the center of the island, the view from the top is breathtaking. If you are not into adventure sport such as hiking, you can choose from one of these options: a helicopter tour, a boat tour, or a 4×4 tour to gawp at Mount Otemanu and enjoy its awe-inspiring view.
The ridiculously beautiful Matria Beach is the largest public beach in Bora Bora. And it is considered the best as well. Here, you can enjoy a swim, relax on the sand, eat at one of the restaurants or snack stands lined along the beach, and then, of course, you can wind up your day by watching the gorgeous sunset.
Coral Gardens is a must-visit spot in Bora Bora. It is the best place to go snorkeling and swimming among the colorful coral. And if you want to see everything that Bora Bora has to offer in a short time, then book a 4×4 island tour. It will allow you to see almost all the corners of the island. Also, you will get to know more about the culture and history of the place.
In case you are planning to visit Bora Bora in July, make sure to find out the schedule of Heiva, the annual festival of song and dance, and plan your trip around that time. Held in Vaitape, the largest town in Bora Bora, Heiva showcases the culture of Tahiti. And you can watch or take part in several activities such as playing games, dancing, and singing. Vaitape is also the place to visit if you want to experience Bora Bora’s local culture.
One of the best ways to explore Bora Bora is on foot. It allows you to discover its otherworldly beauties at your own pace. And the best time to visit it is in November and April.
South Island, New Zealand
South Island is a place of spellbinding beauty. Officially known as Maori Te Waipounamu, it is the largest of the two main islands of New Zealand. As it is dotted with lush, green peninsulas, turquoise lakes, translucent glaciers, snowcapped peaks, and wineries, South Island seems like a world created by a gifted artist. And you will find that you cannot unearth all its otherworldly beauties in one visit.
You can begin your South Island trip from Christchurch, the largest city on South Island. It will enthrall you with its natural urban charm. It has many expansive parks and gardens, including Botanic Gardens, Mona Vale, Riccarton House, and Bush and Hagley Park, and hence, it is also called the Garden City of New Zealand. Urban street art is one of the major attractions of Christchurch, and there are plenty of art galleries as well. Along with thriving art culture, the city also has an exciting food scene. And a two-hour drive north of Christchurch is Kaikōura, a coastal town. It offers you the opportunity to see the giant Sperm Whales and the playful Dusky Dolphins. You can also enjoy the delicious crayfish in Kaikōura.
Queenstown is the town to visit if you are craving adrenaline-pumping adventures on South Island. You can go bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, river rafting, and horse trekking here. Queenstown also has many mountain trails for bike riders. With uncountable options for adventure activities, it is no wonder the town is often called the adventure capital of New Zealand. And if you are a connoisseur of wine, you can visit Gibbston Valley from Queenstown. It has the oldest commercial winery and the largest wine cave in New Zealand.
Another majestic spot to visit on South Island is Aoraki / Mount Cook. Nestled in the Southern Alps, this highest peak of New Zealand offers you the opportunity to stand atop one of the three summits – the Low Peak, the Middle Peak, and the High Peak – and take in the panoramic views. And you can also take a tour of the Aoraki/Mount Cook village, which sits at the foot of the mountain. It is located beside the exquisite turquoise-color Lake Pukaki. And surrounded by snow-clad mountains, the lake’s pristine beauty will make you believe that it is a piece of paradise created by Mother Nature.
Milford Sound is another awe-inspiring creation of Mother Nature. It is a fiord located inside the Fiordland National Park, and English writer Rudyard Kipling once called it the ‘eighth wonder of the world.’ There are multiple ways you can explore this picturesque place known for cascading waterfalls, towering peaks, ink-dark glacial waters, and captivating views. You can go on daytime and night cruises, kayaking, and scuba diving. There is also an underwater observatory that allows you to see the underwater beauties from up close.
The other best vacation spots on South Island include the stunning alpine resort of Wanaka, where you can enjoy many outdoor activities. Mount Aspiring National Park is another beautiful destination you can explore if you are in Wanaka. Also, the shallow, paraboloid-shaped bay, called Golden Bay, is a place you must visit before you take a flight back home.
Golden Bay, also called Mohua in the Maori language, has something for everyone. There are golden beaches, alpine valleys, and rivers flowing into the sea. You can relax on the beach, go fishing in the rivers, enjoy the breathtaking views, go horse trekking, or indulge in sporting activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, and mountain biking. There are also galleries scattered across Golden Bay. They sell a wide variety of art and craft. You can buy them as gifts for yourself and friends and family.
South Island is a vacation spot that you cannot discover in a week. So do plan a long vacation before booking your tickets to visit it. And the best time to visit is between December and March.
In Banff, unlimited outdoor activities await those who have the spirit of a die-hard explorer. Located within the lush green Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, this resort town is picture-postcard pretty. You can get the best view of the town from the top of Tunnel Mountain. A short 2.8-mile trail will take you to the mountain’s summit.
Sulphur Mountain is another popular spot for hikers in Banff. You can also ride a gondola to reach the top of this mountain. The hiking trail begins from the parking lot of Upper Hot Springs, which is another attraction in Banff. The hot mineral-rich water of the pool in Upper Hot Springs offers a magical and rejuvenating experience.
Banff also has a rich art scene. It has multiple galleries. And it is also home to the century-old Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, which provides a glimpse of the mountain cultures. You can see artwork from the year 1800 to the present time in the gallery of the museum. Also, there is a permanent collection that tells the story of Banff and its men and women. If you want to know more about the history and culture of First Nations (groups of Canadian indigenous people), Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum is the place where you need to spend some time. And at the museum shop, you can also buy authentic, local souvenirs to take back home.
Most sunrise-lovers head to Moraine Lake in the morning. The sunrise over this glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park is magnificent. You, however, cannot visit Moraine Lake during the winter – from November to late April. Local authorities restrict access to it due to the high avalanche risk. There are, however, no such restrictions if you want to visit the historical mountain resort Fairmont Banff Springs. The resort, built more than 130 years ago, is open throughout the year. In the summer, it is the best place to learn golf, and in the winter, you can go skiing here.
Fifteen minutes from Banff is Sunshine Village, a popular ski resort that sprawls over three mountains. It offers maximum lifts in the area – 12 lifts – and more than 3,300 skiable acres. And if you are a hardcore skier, Lake Louise is a 45-minute drive away from Banff. Its 4,200 skiable acres are spread over four peaks.
In Banff, the outdoor activities are driven by the seasons. So, if you want to go skiing and indulge in winter sports, visit the town from December to March – the height of winter. And for hikers or those who love to explore a picturesque location on bikes, June to August is the best time to visit Banff.
County Kerry, Ireland
Kerry is among the most beautiful places in Europe. Located in southwestern Ireland, this idyllic county offers you the opportunity to unwind in some of the most iconic scenery. The three-mile Inch beach is where you can go for sunbathing, sea angling, surfing, and other water sports. You can also visit the uninhabited Great Blasket Island. Often shrouded in mist, the mountainous terrain is home to a large variety of fauna and wildlife. You can stay on the island for a couple of days and explore it on foot. Lazing on the white-sand beach and watching the turquoise water is another way you can spend time on Great Basket Island.
As there is less light pollution, Kerry is also a paradise for stargazers. Its Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve is a designated gold-tier dark sky reserve, the only one in the Northern Hemisphere. You can gaze up at the beautiful band of the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy while listening to the sound of the Ocean.
If you feel like doing something more adventurous, the 1,038.6-meter Carrauntoohil Mountain is waiting for you to conquer. The view from the top of this highest mountain in Ireland is absolutely stunning. And in Kerry, you can also go on a scenic drive: the Ring of Kerry. Starting and ending in Killarney, this loop drive takes you around the mountainous, island-fringed Iveragh Peninsula. On this 111-mile route, you will get captivated by gorgeous islands, panoramic Atlantic Ocean views, the rolling, green-clad hills, sparkling lakes, picturesque villages, and other beautiful spots.
Killarney National Park, often called the “Jewel in Kerry’s Crown,” is another popular attraction in Kerry. Mountains, lakes, woods, waterfalls, flatlands, and islands make this national park a happy place for nature lovers. The nineteenth-century Victorian mansion Muckross house is also located inside the park.
From Kerry, you can also go on a boat trip to Skellig Michael, the site of an old Irish monastery. And if you enjoy festivities, you cannot miss Ireland’s oldest festival, King Puck. Killorglin hosts it in August. A wild mountain goat, or Puck, is crowned and worshipped during the three-day festival – parades, horse fairs, and music sessions are also part of it.
The summer months are the best time to visit Count Kerry – from June to August.
Bali is a tropical paradise and one of the best vacation spots in the world. Its dreamy old-world charm and spiritual atmosphere will make you want to slow down and soak up the positive energy. Known as the “Islands of God,” Bali has some of the most sublime shorelines in the world.
If you love swimming, Bukit Peninsula is the beach to visit. Kuta beach is known for its glorious sunsets and nightlight, while at the white-sand Jungutbatu Beach, you can enjoy a stroll at sunset. Labuan Sait Beach is ideal for surfing, and on Saturday night, you can let your hair down and join the late-night beach party. Black-sand beach Keramas is also known for its surfing-friendly waves. And, as Bali has an uncountable number of beaches, you can always find one that matches your interest and mood.
Bali is also home to several Hindu and Buddhist temples. Known as Bali’s Mother Temple, Besakih Temple is the largest and the holiest Hindu temple in the province. Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, the grand temple complex is a sight to behold. And Ubud is where you can experience the religious and spiritual life in Bali. Remember the Hollywood movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’? Well, that movie was shot in Ubud, the center of cultural learning in Bali.
Gently rolling rice paddies, centuries-old temples, and blue pools of resorts make Ubud a place of heart-stopping beauty. The spectacular Pura Taman Saraswati Temple, located in the heart of Ubud, is where the lotus blooms and serenity rules. You will feel peaceful and ready to take on any challenge after a visit to this temple. And Ubud Monkey Forest, which is also the dwelling place of Balinese macaques, has three famous temples. Pura Dalem Agung, believed to be built in the 14th century, is where people pray to Lord Hyang Widhi, the personification of Lord Shiva.
Ubud also houses museums such as the Agung Rai Museum of Art and the Blanco Renaissance Museum. And if you want to spend time amidst the bright green rice fields, Tegalalang Rice Terrace is the destination for you — especially if you love taking photographs. It will offer the perfect green backdrop for your memorable still images. Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the most visited tourist spots in Bali.
The Bangli region of Bali hosts Mount Batur, one of the most active volcanoes on the island. It is a dream destination for hikers. If you are one, make sure to hike it in the morning before the sun rises. Watching the beautiful sunrise from the top will make you forget about everything. It is such an enchanting experience that you will never forget about it in this life of yours.
Bali is also home to incredible waterfalls. Some of the popular ones are Gitgit, Sekumpul, Aling Aling, Banyumala, Nungnung, and Blahmantung waterfalls. They are known for their gushing stream and rich green background. You are likely to feel a range of positive emotions while witnessing this stunning view.
Bali Barat National Park is another spot that is worth a trip. It has 300 sq. miles of forest cover, and its 1,000 meter is covered by beach and outlying islands. You can go hiking, diving, snorkeling, or just spend time observing wildlife in this park.
In Bali, you will find something stunning to explore at every corner. And you can also go shopping in the colorful shopping streets, buy art and craft items, take part in ceremonies and festivals, and try out traditional Balinese cuisine. And you can visit this island province any time of the year. But the best time to visit it is from April to October, the summer months in Bali.
Paro Valley, Bhutan
Bhutan is the Himalayan Kingdom sandwiched between India and China. It is one of the world’s greenest countries, with 71 percent of its territory covered by forest. And it is the only carbon-negative country in the world. Bhutan’s quaint regions can invigorate you and inspire you to live sustainably. So, when you are making your list of the top 10 places to visit in the world, do include Bhutan’s Paro Valley in it. It offers you the opportunity to discover nature’s treasures and a modern world still clothed in its ancient robe.
Paro is a town located in the heart of Paro Valley. Bhutan’s only international airport is located here. You can catch a glimpse of the breathtaking view while your plane is landing at the airport. Once you step outside, you will be in awe, seeing the pristine view. In Paro, there are plenty of things you can experience and enjoy. The town is dotted with monasteries and temples; there are around 115 of them. Some of them date back to the 14th century.
One of the most important cultural and religious symbols in Bhutan is located in Paro Valley. It is Taktsang Monastery, built in the year 1692. Also known as “The Tiger’s Nest,” the monastery sits on a cliff edge that is 3,120 meters above the Paro Valley. And the only way you can reach it is by hiking. You will get to see nature in its pristine glory on this hiking trail.
When you are in Paro, you can see the massive buttressed walls of the beautiful Rinpung Dzong Monastery from almost everywhere. They tower over the town. And the fortress monastery houses the monastic body as well as Paro’s government and administrative office in its complex. Just below Rinpung Dzong Monastery, there is another popular tourist spot. It is Nyamai Zam, the traditional wooden covered bridge.
In the upper part of Paro valley, you can see the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong Monastery. Although it is no longer whole, it still holds a lot of historical significance in Bhutan. And the view around the monastery is spectacular.
It is also worth visiting Dasho Nishioka Chorten Museum in Paro. Locals built it to honor Dasho Nishioka, a Japanese man who introduced modern agricultural techniques and tools in Bhutan. You can explore the museum to learn about Nishioka’s life and his revolutionary agriculture process that led to the transformation of Bhutanese society.
The colorful weekend market is another major tourist attraction in Paro. You can marvel at the produce – fresh vegetables and fruits – and artifacts on show. Of course, you may not be interested in buying perishable vegetables, but you can shop for a Bhutanese traditional dress called Kira, the prayer wheel, and other items. And Paro is also home to Namgay Artisanal Brewery, where they brew beer in different styles.
Bhutan has four seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter, and each season paints the Himalayan Kingdom in its unique shade and charm. However, if you want to see the hills come alive with an assortment of colorful blooms, spring is the best season to visit Paro Valley. It is from March to May.
Maui is the second-largest island in Hawaii. Also known as ‘The Valley Isle,’ it is the place to visit if you love to create memories on beaches while watching magnificent sunsets and sunrises. And it is also among the best places to travel if you love to explore the wildlife and unearth the intriguing history and culture on an island.
There are tons of things you can do on Maui, as its landscape is incredibly diverse. Also, you can choose the option to do nothing by lazing on the warm sugary sand. Keawakapu Beach is a gorgeous white-sand beach, located between Kihei and Wailea on Maui’s south shore. Lavish Balinese- and plantation-style homes line almost the entire length of this beach. And as the waves are gentle here, you can take a dip in the water. You can also spot Humpback Whales frolicking in the water at Keawakapu Beach.
Wailea Beach is often rated as the best beach on Maui. Lined by palm trees, it is the beach where sun-seekers feel at home. You can also go swimming and snorkeling here. Big Beach, or Makena Beach, is another major attraction on Maui. Stretched over half a long mile, this absolute stunner is the widest beach in the area. It is 100 feet wide. Like Wailea Beach, Big Beach is also an ideal location for snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing. If you love the underwater world, then you will fall in love with Kapalua beach – the best location for snorkeling on Maui. Napili beach is located on Maui’s northwest shore. This golden-sand beach is a dream location for those who love to see the sunset – it is a showstopper. Green sea turtles are the other showstoppers at Napili beach.
If you are a surfer, you will find the most surfing-friendly waves at Ho’okipa Beach, which is also a popular destination for windsurfing; Honolua Bay – it has one of the world’s best waves; the massive, fast-moving waves make Pe’ahi an ideal location for surfers; and Olowalu Beach, too, can be a fun spot for you if you are a surfer.
The most sacred place in Maui is Lao Valley. It has some of the most breathtaking views on the island. You will feel like you are in nature’s abode. Once the burial ground for Hawaiian royalty, Lao Valley is now a National Natural Landmark and a popular tourist destination. A 1,200-foot tall natural rock formation – once used as an altar – is the most iconic point in the valley. It is called the Lao Needle – now covered in tropical foliage. And the verdant landscape, towering peaks, tropical streams, and idyllic waterfalls offer plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and outdoor activities. You can go jungle hiking, take a dip in the freshwater, and explore the place on foot to learn more about its historical significance. On Maui, you can also visit the world’s largest dormant volcano, Haleakala. Sunsets and sunrises are absolutely glorious here, and it is also a perfect spot for stargazers. As there is not much air pollution, you can clearly see the army of stars and all their formations. The best times to visit Maui are between April and May, and then September through November.
Sydney is one of the best vacations spots to travel in the world. It is because it offers a plethora of diverse experiences. Every corner of this multicultural Australian city holds within it a pleasant surprise, and you will find the atmosphere here electrifying and liberating. Art galleries, world-class museums, colonial buildings, restaurants and bars, and shops pepper the city. And a few minutes from downtown, there are natural wonders to discover alongside the sandy beaches. You can begin your vacation in Sydney by wandering through its streets and parks.
Sydney Harbor is home to the popular tourist destinations Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. And if you want to explore the marvels of nature, scenic beaches, pristine bushlands, and fascinating islands are waiting for you around the harbor. Sydney Harbor National Park protects islands and foreshore. Spread in an area of 970 acres, this wildly beautiful park has swimming spots, walking tracks, and friendly picnic areas. You can enjoy a huge range of outdoor activities here. Also, it is the best place to spot colorful birds and native animals.
Sydney Harbor National Park hosts sheltered beaches like Camp Cove at Watsons Bay and Shark Beach in Nielsen Park. Do not want to spend time on a beach? You have the option to go on a long walk. There are several trekking trails inside the park, including Manly to Spit Bridge Walk, Taronga to Balmoral Walk, and Hermitage Foreshore Track.
For those interested in History, the park offers you the opportunity to unearth Aboriginal cultural sites. Also, you can see the ancient rock carvings, heritage lighthouses, old military fortifications, and other colonial and military heritage sites. If you want to relax and share a laugh with your friends and family, the picturesque Booraghee Amphitheatre is waiting for you with its perfect picnic spot beside the water. It is also a great place for fishing.
The award-winning Taronga Zoo Sydney is also located on the shores of Sydney Harbor. More than 4000 animals dwell here, including endangered exotic animals and Australian native wildlife. You can take the Sky Safari, which is a cable car ride, to watch animals from above. And you will also get to see Sydney Harbor and the stunning landscape that surrounds it. For aerial-adventure enthusiasts, wild ropes courses are available. You get to complete a series of ropes courses right above the animals during this 90-minute activity.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is where you can see the aquatic life. It is home to the world’s largest variety of sharks and rays. It also has two dugongs on display – only five dugongs are displayed in the world. You can also see seahorses, turtles, jellyfish, penguins, platypus, and thousands of tropical fish in the magnificent aquarium. You can enjoy the thrill of being surrounded by marine life by booking the glass-bottom boat tour or Shark Reef Snorkel tour.
And when you are in Sydney, you cannot forget to visit one of the most famous beach destinations, Bondi beach. You can go surfing, swimming, sunbathing, or you cab just take a stroll along the sand of this 1-km long ocean beach.
The best times to visit Sydney are between September and November and from March to May.
Morocco’s bohemian city Marrakesh is a riot of colors. It will dazzle you with its palpable atmosphere, colorful sights, and sounds. And the old walled part of the town, Medina, will captivate you. A cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is enclosed by 16km of pink-color ramparts and gates. Inside the high walls of the Medina, an evocative world breathes. It houses colorful markets and many architectural and artistic marvels. The Koutoubia mosque, Ben Youssef Madrassa, the Saadian tombs, and Djemaa El-Fna square are some of the key attractions here.
Djemaa El Fina is the main square, and since at least the 17th century, it has been the heart and of Marrakesh. A meeting place for both the locals and tourists, there is always something dramatic happening here. In the morning, fortune tellers, henna tattooists, acrobats, and spiritual musicians inhabit this square. They make it come to life with their noise orchestra. And in the night, food stalls fill the place. The transformation that slowly happens throughout the day – from morning to night – is just spectacular. You can end you day at the square by eating your dinner at one of the stalls while listening to Moroccan musicians playing traditional music.
If you are visiting Medina, you need to take a look at The Bahia Palace, located on the southern rim. It is one of the most magnificent attractions of Marrakesh. Built-in the 19th century, this 150-room spacious palace’s tiles and mosaics make the whole place enchanting. And Bab Agnaou is another imposing beauty that you can gawp at in Marrakesh. It is a gate installed in the 12th century, and its rich decoration features the fortification design and embellishments of that time.
Another place that you can visit is the Marrakesh Museum, which is housed in one of the former palaces. The museum interiors are absolutely stunning, especially the Andalusian-style inner courtyard featuring carved cedarwood, stained-glass windows, colorful tiles, and painted doorways. You will find paintings, old gravestones, pottery collections, historic documents, calligraphy, coins, and clothing displayed in the museum rooms.
If you want to spend some time amidst greenery, plan a visit to Majorelle Garden. It is like an oasis in the middle of Marrakesh. Built in the year 1924 by French expatriate artist Jacques Majorelle, the garden has a distinctive color – Majorelle blue. It gets its green shade from banana trees, coconut palms, bougainvillea, bamboo, and water lilies. Also, you can spot bulbuls, gray wagtails, warblers, blackbirds, and turtledoves in the garden.
And if you want to spend some time in silence away from the chaos and the noise, visit the 18th-century ornamental botanical garden Cyber Parc Arsat Moulay Abdeslam. Some of the other popular places that you can visit in Marrakech include Koutoubia Mosque, Medersa Ben Youssef, and Saadian Tombs. And the best times to visit this Marrakesh are March to May and September to November.
Buffalo, New York
Buffalo is an exciting place that has a vibrant creative energy. It is known for its magnificent architecture, lively nightlight scene, and delicious Buffalo wings. You can do a lot of things in this second-largest city in New York. Plus, the city is easy to traverse and explore. So you can discover multiple hidden gems in a short time.
Buffalo is often counted among the best vacation sites in New York because of its proximity to the geological wonder Niagara Falls. It takes less than an hour’s drive south to reach this famous waterfall, which has the most awe-inspiring scenery.
If you want to enjoy the verdant view inside the city, you can visit the Outdoor Harbor. Spread in an area of 200-acre, this green space in Buffalo has Lakeside Bike Park, the Lakeside Event Lawn, and Wilkeson Pointe, where you can see the sparkling still water, the breathtaking sunsets, or you can stroll along the water. Outdoor Harbor is also an ideal spot for picnics, riding a bike, kayaking, and playing volleyball. You can spend some memorable time with your family here.
A visit to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is a must if you are in Buffalo. Located in the heart of city’s cultural district, it has been exhibiting art collections since 1862. And if you are foodies, there is no place better than Buffalo. It has a burgeoning restaurant scene, so it means you get to choose from a wide variety of cuisine. Of course, you should remember to eat Buffalo wings. You will never get to eat that anywhere else in the world.
Buffalo City Hall is another major attraction in Buffalo. It is an Art Deco masterpiece. Built by architects George J. Dietel and John J. Wade, between 1929 to 1931, Buffalo City Hall’s beautiful murals showcase the city’s history and industry.
The best time to visit Buffalo is between June and August.
Travel Guide for Vacation Destinations
You cannot go on a vacation without proper planning and preparation. If you do that, your so-called dream vacation may turn into a nightmare. Instead of making great memories, you may end up lamenting the day when you decided to visit one of the best vacation spots. Here is a travel guide to help you plan your perfect trip so that you return home with great memories, tons of positivity, and a new resolve.
Buy Travel Books
You may have your bucket list ideas ready. But it is not enough to know the name of the destination. You need to know everything about that destination. These include things that you can do there, names of restaurants and bars, places to stay, what is special about a popular tourist spot, transportation, and weather.
Thanks to travel books, you will get to know everything that you need to know about the destination. And the more you know about a place, the more you will enjoy it. You will also succeed in unearthing the finest gems that the destination has to offer. In addition to travel books, you can also read travel magazines and online blog posts written by travel enthusiasts.
Choose the Right Destination
Not all destinations in the top 10 places to visit in the world are the right ones for you. You must choose a destination based on these factors:
- Who are you traveling with or are you traveling solo: If you are traveling solo, you need to make sure that the destination is solo-traveler friendly and safe. It must be easy to traverse as well. And if you are traveling with your family, friends, or partner, you will have to consider their interests and travel bucket list before announcing your vacation spot. When your friends, family or partner visit a place with you, they should not feel bored or think that you do not care about them. The only way you can get them involved is by going to a place that they too would like to explore.
- Interests and activities: If you are not into outdoor sports or heart-thumping adventures, you need to look for a destination that allows you to explore it on foot. And it should have museums, art galleries, restaurants, shopping areas, colorful markets, beaches, and glorious sunsets and sunrises. And if you want to experience that sudden rush of adrenaline, select a place that offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Again, if you are not traveling solo, you need to remember that everyone should enjoy the activities and feel important.
- Weather and Climate: You have to take into account weather and climate when choosing the right place to visit. It is best not to land in a place when it is too hot or too cold. So you need always find out when it is the best time to explore your dream destination.
- Travel Cost: Planning a vacation is free, but it takes money to visit a vacation spot and enjoy all the beautiful options that it offers. You need money for almost everything – visa, flight tickets, transportation, accommodation, food, and shopping; and a lot of popular attractions have entry tickets. So, before booking your ticket to a destination, you need to determine your travel budget and the estimated travel cost. And based on that, choose your vacation destination.
- Long Vacation or Short Trip: Your destination for a vacation also depends on whether you are planning for a long vacation or a short trip. If it is a weekend trip or a one-week vacation, look for a destination that you can reach within a day. And it should also offer you the opportunity to do a lot of activities in a short time. And if you are planning for a long vacation, you can choose a vacation spot that is far from your home.
After Choosing the Right Destination
Have you picked your vacation spot? If yes, then you need to book your tickets. Also, you need to book room/s in a hotel/resort/Airbnb. Once you have done that, it’s time to pack your bags. Here are some of the essential items that you should carry with you.
- Visa and Passport
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Travel book on destination
- Torch and extra batteries for it
- Comfortable shoes
- Place and weather-appropriate clothes
- Reusable water bottle
- Weatherproof jacket
- Power bank and charger
- Masks and hand sanitizer
It is best to travel light. You need to remember that you are visiting a place to explore it and make memories and not to live there. So only carry those things that are needed during the trip.
Visiting a Place
When you are vacationing in a place, you need to respect its culture and traditions. So if you plan to visit a religious place, make sure to find out the rules that you need to follow and then follow them. Here are other things that you need to keep in mind.
- Locals know their place best, so befriend them and follow their suggestions. But you need to make sure that you are not befriending someone who might take advantage of your foreigner status.
- Do not do anything that can land you in trouble in a foreign country.
- Always be polite and be patient. No one likes to help a rude stranger.
- When you are traveling solo, do keep your family and friends informed. And do not post regularly on your social media.
- Visit local markets and eat where the locals usually eat.
- Appreciate new culture and try to find out more
- Drink lots of water.
- And try to explore the place on foot. And you should try to unearth as many unique experiences as you can.
And you must make sure that you click a lot of photos. They will motivate you to plan another vacation soon.
Australia’s Sydney is one of the best vacation spots in the world. It has everything that you expect from you a dream destination. It has a rich art scene, good restaurants, museums, gardens, shopping centers, beaches, a natural park where wildlife dwell, and a lot of other attractions.
The best place for vacation depends on your interests and with whom you are traveling. If you are traveling with your partner, Bora Bora in French Polynesia is the best place for you. For a family vacation, South Island, New Zealand can be an ideal spot.
Bhutan is the best country to travel to. It is safe, ridiculously beautiful, and it is the only country that is carbon negative. In this Himalayan Kingdom, you can visit wildlife sanctuaries, monasteries, museums, and you can also shop and enjoy the local cuisine. And the country is also offers you plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities.
It is safe to travel in 2021, but you should travel with precautions. You will have to find out the new travel rules and restrictions. Most countries are allowing only those tourists who are vaccinated. So you need to get both your doses before you book your tickets.
There are no ugliest countries. Each country has its unique beauty and hidden gems. There are, however, countries that are considered less safe than others. It is best to avoid visiting such countries for your vacation. Also do not visit countries where there is a civil war going on or there is political unrest.