Everywhere You Should Add To Your BucketList
Lebanon is the gateway between the Middle East and the West. A country that offers tradition and modernization, historical sights, landscapes that vary from coastal to rugged mountains and fortresses and grottos. You can hike in the Qadisha Valley, marvel at Roman temples, sample traditional foods and dance the night away in Beirut. There is truly something here for everyone and it is a great place to gain insight on another culture.
The Old Town of this magical city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tourism in Colombia is on the rise in a rather rapid way. Cartagena is a city that offers the perfect taste to those coming from other continents. You can walk through the old walled city past the clock tower, you can taste local candies and treats on El Portal de los Dulces and then head back out to Getsemaní for local street art, affordable restaurants and the buzz of the city. There are beautiful churches, amazing food and great drinks, not to mention plenty of places to shop and find locally made souvenirs.
More and more people are traveling to the edges of the world to see jaw-dropping landscapes that a decade or two ago most people thought they could never reach. Patagonia is one of those places that has spiked in popularity. Spanning through Argentina and Chile’s Los Glaciares National Park the mountains, forests and fjords can conjure every kind of feeling. Many tour companies offer Patagonia trekking and excursions from nearby cities. This destination is at the top of the list for many of our employees as well. One quick google search and we think it will be at the top of yours too!
We often overlook what is in our own backyard. Only a few hours away from either coast lies Moab, Utah, between Canyonlands and Arches National Park. Utah has five national parks, coming in third out of the states for quantity. Boasting red rocks jutting towards the sky, there are over 2,000 natural stone arches throughout the park. Canyonlands, the largest of Utah’s parks has miles of roads and valleys with viewpoints to take in all that the land has to offer. The Island in the Sky is one of the most popular stops. You can drive over the 1,500 foot mesa and see for over 100 miles.
Antarctica, Yes Antarctica
Antarctica is another rural destination that is striking intrigue among adventurers of all ages. Hurtigruten, one of the cutting edge cruise lines who introduced the world’s first hybrid cruise ship has an amazing itinerary heading down south. The European cruise line offers unique excursions for a once in a lifetime experience including camping through the night. If the Drake Passage is the only obstacle holding you back from investigating this vast terrain, Silversea Luxury Cruises may be an option as well. Fly from Punta Arenas directly to Antarctica and hop aboard the Silver Explorer. You can skip the “Drake Shake” and still experience the beauty of Antarctica.
Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden has become the hub of culture, with cafes, shops, gardens, nightlife, amusement parks and museums. Enjoy a traditional Fika (a coffee break to catch up with friends and family) in Haga or sample fresh local seafood either from the market or prepared at a Michelin Star Restaurant. Liseberg, which is Scandinavia’s largest amusement park will dazzle the kids and recreate your imagination in bright festive lights (especially during the holidays). Stroll the waterfront, gaze at the architecture, or wander through art galleries. Many of the younger generations head to this city for its pulsing energy and all it has to offer.
Pretty much anywhere you visit in Italy is going to be amazing. Amazing food, outstanding wine, the best homemade products, lovely people, vibrant music, and fantastic scenery. Puglia (Italy’s boot heel) is an area that is not yet completely overcrowded with hoards of tourists. You can still find yourself living an authentic Italian lifestyle while on vacation, passing through farmland or exploring the coast. Situated along the sea, there are plenty of gorgeous beaches to swim and lay around at or hop on a boat and enjoy the breeze. And lots of delicious food to make your mouth water.
The Canary Islands, Spain
The Canary Islands are a Spanish Archipelago off the coast of Northwest Africa. You can golf, whale watch, beach hop or hike up the Teide volcano base for a memorable sunrise. The Islands consist of Tenerife, Grand Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura which is known for its magnificent beaches. Famous for its near perfect weather the islands offer sand dunes, volcanic trekking, windsurfing, sailing, nature explorations and pretty much any activity you would want to partake in year-round.
Guayaquil, Ecuador – Hotel del Parque
Hotel del Parque is a boutique, unforgettable experience of history and elegance. Set in a tropical oasis caught in time, we are perfectly placed within the affluent Samborondón neighborhood, from where you’ll begin your Ecuadorian adventure.The historic 19th century property offers refreshing sophistication.
During your stay, you’ll dine on fresh seafood in the refined, waterfront restaurant, or enjoy a massage or beauty treatments in a unique setting within the wood-beamed bell tower of the original restored chapel. Enhance your experience with cultural encounters such as chocolate tasting, coffee roasting and wildlife walks in the stunning tropical grounds
This lovely capital city showcases the best of Eastern Europe. The classic must see stop is a visit to the Aleksander Neveski Cathedral pictured above. The church was completed in 1912 in memoriam of the 200,000 Russian soldiers who died in battle during the Russo-Turkish War for Bulgaria’s independence. The Sveti Georgi Rotunda, Sofia History Museum, and Archeological Museum are also among the top places to spend an afternoon. A modern, young city that attracts visitors from all over the world as well as from the suburbs of its own country.