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Get Away For That Amazing Occasion

Vacations and certain moments are meant for celebration, good memories and a fun time. Have you ever considered taking a trip 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? Take a look at a few of the next foremost spots where you can observe those special moments and create wonderful memories.

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Spend Your Christmas in Rovaniemi, Lapland
One way to enjoy a fantastical Christmas with your family is to travel to the place where Santa and his elves dwell, Lapland. This city, situated on the Arctic Circle, is the most magical place for young children and adults to have fun and embrace the Christmas spirit. Santa Claus will be waiting every day to see children at the Santa Claus Village, where he will present his little aids and reindeer.

You can make your child’s dream come true!

Happy New Year's Eve from Sydney Harbour Bridge
Men and women around the world head to the city of Sydney to glimpse the mix of firework demostrations that rank among the world’s very best.

The merriment commences at 6 pm with a pre-fireworks celebration at Sydney Harbour, then is followed up by a family-fireworks show at Syndey Harbor Bridge and harbour when the clock strikes 12. Watched by millions of people around the globe, this 12-minute presentation is breath-taking.

A Romantic Valentine's Day in Dubrovnik
Considered one of southeastern Europe’s foremost inspiring locations, Dubrovnik in Croatia has a distinctive medieval charm.

Loaded with history and medieval architecture, this city might be the perfect spot to propose.

This town has shaped many poets, novelists and painters throughout the years. The best way to see all the marvels of the city, like the terracotta rooftops, the opposing island of Lokrum and the Adriatic Sea, is to jump on a cable car.

Exchange Your Vows in St. Lucia

St. Lucia is regarded as one of the finest wedding locations worldwide and there are many factors for this. This tropical island, full of lush tropical rain forests and wildlife, is most famous for the emerald green green twin peaks known as the Pitons. This Caribbean island is paradise and makes the perfect location for your beach-side wedding ceremony.

Honeymoon in Beautiful Bora Bora
Wonder overflows on the smaller island of Bora Bora, which is simply 6 miles long and 2 miles wide. Mt. Otemanu, a hibernating volcano, springs up from the center of the island fanning out into rich jungle before spilling into a turquoise-colored lagoon.

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

18th-century British explorer James Cook even called it the "Pearl of the Pacific." Bora Bora, with its opulent resorts, sunny climate, warm waters and friendly locals, makes it the very description of a tropical retreat.

Spend Your Anniversary in Bali
If you are looking for the greatest location to spend your anniversary, Bali is the place to go; with its stupendous mountains, beaches and coral reefs.

The clear blue waters and the colorful scenery of the island make it feel like you’ve found utopia on earth. The highly developed arts, including dance, music and sculpture, the extravagant holiday resorts and vibrant nightlife bring many people to this carefree island.

Do these activities sound good to you and your partner? Private excursions such as cruising in Crystal Bay, tours to the sacred volcano of Mt. Batur, and helicopter rides, as well as couple’s massages and cooking classes with local people – then Bali is your anniversary destination.

Weekend Getaways Close to Home

Life is short – add in some great weekend getaways every now and then, to chill out, have a good time, and get away from your everyday routine. Of course, finding a destination can be a challenge if you only have a short time to take a trip. Following is a list of a few great spots for a weekend trip you will love.

New York City
You can reach New York City by train, plane or auto, so weekend getaways are a cinch.

It is ideal even in wintertime, as there are many indoor attractions such as Broadway shows or museums, while in summer you can explore outdoor places including the High Line and Central Park. Both the striking iconic landmark known as the Statue of Liberty and famous Ellis Island can be accessed by ferry.

San Francisco
That image San Francisco is one of the most gorgeous cities in the nation with its legendary Golden Gate Bridge, Victorian architecture dotting the steep hills, interesting and distinctive neighborhoods, cable cars, and nice weather all year long. Baseball has never been as scenic as in San Francisco; go to a game at AT&T Park and enjoy the gorgeous views of the spectacular San Francisco Bay.

Washington, D.C.
Not only is America's capital chock full of free points of interest, many of them are concentrated on the National Mall, making it easy to see the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other highlights in just a matter of days.

While visiting, don't miss out on the popular weekend brunch scene – just be sure to make reservations in advance.

New Orleans

Everyone can find something to really love about New Orleans, with its broad array of things to do and see. The picturesque City Park has a lot of great things to do if you want to be outside in the open air, or if you prefer museums, check out the popular and fascinating National WWII Museum.

Foodies (or even non-foodies) will want to breakfast or snack on the typical beignets, then spend some time wandering around the famous and charming French Quarter.

Nashville, NC
Nashville, North Carolina is best known for its adventurous outdoor attractions and regional beer scene, since it is a mecca for both hipsters and outdoorsy types.

The renowned Appalachian Trail passes through the area if you want to hike a section, and nearby Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway also offer fun day hikes. When you have worked up an appetite, stop in at one of the regional breweries to try one of the 100-plus local beers and some delicious food.

Chicago
Chicago is known for its great food, iconic architecture, and enjoyable things to do, making it an ideal weekend getaway. If the weather is good, cruise down the Chicago River to see the city’s renowned architecture, then head over to Millennium Park to check out the sculpture locals affectionately refer to as “The Bean”.

If you go in the frigid winter months, you might choose to visit the fascinating local museums like the Art Institute of Chicago or the Field Museum.

Seattle
This treasure of the Pacific Northwest has 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 like a good workout, go for a hike in the picturesque Discovery Park, or for daring adventurers, head over to Mount St. Helens, an active volcano whose last major eruption was in 1980.

Be sure to bring an umbrella, as it does rain frequently in Seattle, though it’s normally more of a light mist.

Check Out Some of the World's Very Hikes

The most interesting journeys are not just about the walking, they are about stepping into the place’s historic past and traditions. Still, hikes are no picnics. They will challenge you on a physical level and mental level, leaving you with an indelible mark of the vastness of our planet.

Below is a list of eight of the best treks in the world.

Peru: Inca Trail - 26.7 miles and 4 days
Unique moments are considerable on the Inca Trail, but not like the minute you walk through the Sun Gate and view the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. Perfect time to go: May to September

Colombia’s Lost City ~ 5 days and 27 miles
Journey through the abundant jungle through waterways before experiencing the ruins of Teyuna. Make this your first stop and you have the Lost City all to yourself. Ideal time to go: December to March.

Nepal's Everest Base Camp - 38.5 miles - 13 days

The walk will connect you more to the people of the Himalayas while creating an opening to the top of the planet.

After viewing Everest, you will never look at our world in the same manner.

Perfect time to go: August to November.

Tanzania's Mt Kilimanjaro - 21.1 miles | 8 days
Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's premier crest at 5,895m (19,340 ft). It is no painless task, but unlike other massive peaks, it gives those fearless enough to make it to the top.

Perfect time to go: September to March.

Europe: Mont Blanc - 77.7 miles - 8 days
With the Tour du Mont Blanc you trek 100 miles through 3 countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France.

It is best to go from June to September

Patagonia: Torres del Paine Circuit - 82.6 miles - 10 days -
Best-known for its spectacular views, you will find breathtaking volcanic backdrops, massive glaciers, and vast steppe-like fields leading to the horizon.

The ideal months to go are December to March.

Venezuela's Mt Roirama - 21.1 miles in 6 days
The splendid mountain of Roraima is almost holy to the area’s natives and may have inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to pen the novel, "The Lost World." Best time to go: You can walk the Roraima trail at any time of the year but November to April is the ideal time.
The Camino de Santiago, Spain ~ 466 miles & 30 days

The prominent Camino de Santiago, also known as the St. James Trail, was a relevant Christian passage during the Middle Ages, and is still considered a significant religious pilgrimage today. The walk can be done at any time of the year but between autumn and spring is optimal, but also very busy.

The 10 Greatest Offbeat Hikes

How pleasant would it be to take time away for yourself and be absolutely alone? Cut yourself off from the daily grind and plug in with nature on some of the world’s most off-the-beaten-paths. Amazing illustration Travel Africa’s third tallest mountain to the Australian deserts, and even the world’s most southern trek in Patagonia, each location is magnificent. Even though these tracks are not easy to get to, don’t let that limit you, there is a trek out there for all.

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

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Ideal for: Active travelers who want to try out a trail different to the ever-popular Everest Base Camp trek
Best time to go is February to mid-May or end of September to December
Do you want stay away from the crazy touristy hikes in the Everest region?

You can journey though Sherpa villages to the awe-inspiring turquoise Gokyo Lakes and pass through Renjo La (5400) on a very quiet trail. The route to the Everest region is believed to be one the grandest walking trails and gives one a view of the Himalaya’s 8000-meter crests. On the way to Gokyo Ri, you get the greatest site of Everest and the encompassing mountains, including Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End to End in Australia

Duration is about 14 days
Grading: Moderate to challenging (6)
Best for the wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers who want a challenge
Best time to go: Mid-April to August

One of Australia’s most iconic hikes - the full traverse of the Larapinta follows the foundation of the West MacDonnell range, in Central Australia, over 223 kilometers.

Hike through the semi-arid region on isolated ridges and canyons, slumber under the stars in the Outback; backpack Mount Sonder, the highest peak in the Northern Territory and take in the stunning sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island in Chile

Duration: Approx. 6 days - 4 days of trekking
Grading: Challenging - 7

Ideal for those trekkers who want to get off the beaten track in Patagonia
Ideal time to go is 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 will not observe many others on this 42-kilometer journey at the tip of South America. This route has been identified by Lonely Planet as an outstanding trek in Patagonia and is probably one of the few very isolated spots on earth left to visit

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan

Duration is about 24 days - 16 days actual trekking

Level: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Best for those who are looking to get into mountaineering or looking to take on a challenging trek
When to go: From June to August

Viewed to be one of the greatest scenic treks, it expands from the well-known Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the end of the globe’s second tallest peak. Pakistan’s famous 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 sizeable K2.

The Southern Alps in New Zealand
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Duration: About 6 days

Grading is Moderate (5)

Ideal for those looking to head for heights
Ideal time to go is November to April

Regarded as one of the best hiking (or 'tramping', to locals) destinations on Earth, New Zealand’s Southern Alps is a perfect combination of snowcapped peaks, turquoise lakes and golden hills.

Trekking in out of the way mountain lakes with glorious vistas, this journey has been used as precursor for a walk in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Duration: Approx. 13 days - 10 days trekking

Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Ideal for: Those who have overcome Mt Kilimanjaro and are seeking their next summit challenge
When to go: December to February or June to September

Not on the radar of most hikers, 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)

This is for those active walkers who enjoy coastal walks and seek to combine it with an amazing forest trek and wildlife spotting

Ideal time to go: August
Take a ferryboat and cross the Strait of Georgia filled with Orcas, head to Vancouver Island’s northern trailhead where your trip gets started, and even spot a sea lion, eagle, or bear on the shore.

Respected as the world's top 10 hikes, if you organize it right, you will be able to stroll along the coastline on the shelf.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan
Duration: Approximately 27 days (23 days trekking)
Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)

Best for anyone desiring a very challenging trek that goes way off the beaten track
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Best months to go: Sept. to Nov.

Visit the ultimate traverse of Bhutan spanning 11 elevated passes over 4,500 meters through the isolated Lunana region. This ultimate hike also journeys to the scenic Paro Valley where you will experience a district of small Buddhist monasteries and isolated villages that are tucked away from the world most of the year.

Pamir Fann Mountains, Tajikstan

Duration: About 14 days - 5 days trekking -
Grading: Moderate (5)

Ideal for: Those adventurers seeking to take their bush walking adventures up a notch while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing
Ideal time to go: Months of June to September
Well-known for its rare mountain scenery and its profoundly stunning alpine lakes, this off -the-beaten walk in the virgin areas of Pamir crosses deep valleys with clear lakes and blooming grasslands.

You could possibly spot the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Tavan Bogd in Mongolia

Duration: Approx. 11 days - 4 days of trekking
Grading: Moderate (5)
Best for anyone looking 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 plush with unspoiled nature, wild animals and fascinating cultural history. You will meet local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan citizens, and understand more about the native peoples.

Millions of Different Escapades for Two

Whether you want an elegant or a relaxed vacation, you can be sure that there’s a perfect place out there for you. Even a pricey present can be outdone by an intimate, romantic vacation with the special person in your life. And, many vacation resorts worldwide have noticed the particular needs of couples who want to escape their daily routines.

What's your idea of a perfect romantic escapade?

The rose petals scattered on the bed may not be for you, but no one can turn away bubbly, mouth-watering chocolates, and the scent of fresh flowers in their room. What kinds of destinations spring to mind when you think of the ideal place for a romantic getaway?

Your idea of the ideal romantic holiday may include white-sand beaches, refreshing tropical drinks served below the shade of a parasol, or the view of a glorious sunset. Paris or Florence may be best suited for couples with a preference for art and history.

There are so many spots to check out for an paradisal getaway a spot where couples can spend some quality time with their better half, and following are a few.

St. Lucia
One of Eastern Caribbean’s unknown gems remains the small island of St. Lucia. That foto With equal parts relaxation and adventure, the island of St. Lucia is perfect for couples who appreciate basking in the sun and making the most of the first-class amenities on offer.

Kauai, Hawaii
For those that want to combine adventure with romance, look no further than Kauai, Hawaii. The oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, it has everything from stunning landscapes to breathtaking beaches to signature views.

Couples on a romantic venture will be amazed at the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” with its breathtaking canyon and awesome waterfalls.

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

Fiji
Fiji in the South Pacific is another ultra -romantic travel destination for couples looking for an exciting destination where everything goes. There are numbers of extraordinary holiday resorts and spas on this Melanesian island country which is made up of more than 330 islands.

Fiji has become a popular couple’s vacation spot due to its year-round warm weather conditions and romantic setting.

Patagonia

The life-altering trek through Patagonia, an expanse of largely 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 globe which has long attracted travelers of all kinds to visit this place of spectacular glaciers and wildlife.

Patagonia is world all unto its own from its huge glaciers to its ancient forests, from its snow-capped mountain ranges to its jaw-dropping fjords.

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