10 vacation hot spots to check out

Are you tired of the cold, frigid weather? Want a change of scenery? Well, make sure your passport is up to date as we share the Top 10 vacation hot spots you should check this year. Visit these cities, and you will be sure to have the trip of a lifetime with memories that you can’t really put a price on.

So, pack your bags, grab your passport and let the wanderlust control you to one of these 10 must-visit cities.

Cairo, Egypt

Go back in time with a visit to Cairo, Egypt. This breathtaking, cultural and historical hub is sure to give you all the feels. From the stunning pyramids that have stood the test of time, to the Sahara Desert, Cairo is one of the largest metropolitan cities in the Arab World.

Cairo is a city that draws in millions of tourists who look to experience the life of the Kings and Queens – not to mention the often-underrated great Sphinx statues. Filled with Arabic culture, Cairo residents are known for treating tourists like family and welcome them with open arms. Walk the street markets and experience the daily life of an Egyptian, while being a tourist.

Want something more than pyramids? Take a boat ride across the Nile or maybe visit the vast desert and rent ATV’s or maybe snowboard on the sand. There is indeed so much to see and do – from shopping in the first-world and advanced malls to small markets, you’ll be wishing to extend your stay and living like an Egyptian.

Podgorica, Montenegro

Considered a UNESCO World Heritage town, Podgorica, Montenegro offers breathtaking beaches and hidden gems. For the explorer, this is indeed the place to visit. With the Adriatic Sea and Venetian villages, this gorgeous country offers many natural and unique beauties.

Whether you are a traveller seeking white sand beaches and picturesque waters, or maybe you are a historian who enjoys learning and takin in the cultures of the country – whatever it is, Montenegro offers all this and more. Visit the country and all its cities through cruises island hopping, or maybe you are flying in internationally, this country provides a bit of something for everyone. Luxury hotels or hotels, travel on a budget or live it up like a celebrity – Montenegro is genuinely a tourist hotspot.

Podgorica is the national capital of Montenegro and has an architectural skyline that mixes both the history of and wonders from the Ottoman empire to modern shopping centres and buildings. Drive a quick ten minutes outside the city, and you’ll be at the Nijagarini Vodopad or as it is also known, Niagara Falls – which is a popular summer destination for tourist and locals who seek to cool down.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Interested in Danish culture? Or maybe you are a foodie looking for a unique food experience – Copenhagen offers a great city unique escape. With ideal temperatures, there is a bit of something that’s both for those seeking a relaxing vacation and those who are on a mission to enjoy and explore.

And, exploring is one thing that is easy to do in Copenhagen. The city holds the title for being one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Rain or shine, Copenhageners and tourists can be seen biking throughout the peaceful streets and roads. In a way, it’s this welcoming atmosphere that makes Copenhagen a great tourist destination. Copenhageners, along with being considered one of the healthiest is also one of the happiest in the world!

Not much of a cyclist? Don’t worry – there are ample methods of transportation. From busing, train and metro – there are many ways to get from point A to point B, and when it comes to getting around, hop aboard one of their transportation methods to get to Stroget. Considered one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe, you’ll be sure to get your shopping fix and meet your walking goal easily. Talk about two-in-one!

With all the walking, biking and shopping one is sure to get tired but also hungry. Copenhagen offers a wide array of restaurants to suit any craving. A favourite must-try in Copenhagen is the smorrebrod which is an open-faced sandwich and a Danish classic. What better way to thrill your taste buds than visiting the many cafes that line Copenhagen’s streets.

Whether you are looking for a city escape or maybe looking to experience European culture at its most beautiful – whatever your travel desires, Copenhagen is a must-see destination for the traveller.

Miami, Florida

If you are looking to vacation like a celebrity, Miami, Florida is the place to go. This US city is traveller’s choice when it comes to beaches, shopping and fantastic weather. Vibrant in every way possible, Miami offers something for every tourist. Whether it’s hitting the clubs, checking out the museums or visiting a restaurant – there is an activity for everyone.

Still undecided? For those who live in colder climates, Miami is fortunate to be able to experience beautiful weather all your round. Making it a travel destination favourite.

Pair the fantastic weather with waterfront views, Miami boasts restaurants that no matter where you go, there’s a view for you.

Looking for something more low-key and down to earth? Miami has miles upon miles of coastal beaches which means you don’t have to get fancy and dolled up to go out and enjoy a meal. You can have a lowkey dinner right by the ocean.

If you time your trip right, you can catch one of the many concerts that happen in Miami. From beach concerts to their stadiums, Miami is always bustling and alive. If low-key is what you seek, Miami has been known to offer one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

Whether you are looking for something low-key or full of adventure, let the star-studded streets of Miami be your vacation go-to today!

Placencia, Belize

Located on the southern coast of Belize, Placencia is known for some of the most extended stretches of beaches. White sandy beaches and the world’s narrowest main street which is 4,071 feet long and 4 feet wide – there’s a hidden gem in this peninsula wonder.

Placencia is full of unique Garifuna and Creole culture. This city is known for being a fishing village; however, nestled within this fishing village are the diverse cultures of all those who have conquered and travelled to Belize. From Spanish, Mayan and Mestizos influence, there is a cultural crockpot of unique and vibrant cultures.

Are you looking for a thrill? From April through to June, visitors can swim with the great Whale Sharks. Are you worried by the word shark? Don’t be as these may be massive in size but are incredibly gentle and curious. Take that bucket list item of snorkelling or swimming with the fishes and upgrade it to swimming with the sharks.

Live out your own Jungle Book experience 365 days a year in Placencia. Day or night, there is something to do- from relaxing on the beaches to strolling the streets and shopping. Take in the culture, take in the diversity and enjoy the stunning, breathtaking natural wonders that Belize has to offer.

Mexico City, Mexico

Considered an underdog in must-see cities in the world, Mexico City is not becoming a travel destination hot-spot. The national capital of Mexico, this populated city has maintained its culture and history while adapting to suit the bustling tourism that has drawn the curious travellers.

What makes Mexico City unique? This is one of the few travel destinations where a traveller can experience local and authentic Mexican cuisine. With initiatives such as the Eat Like a Local, which encourages and promotes local dishes, Mexico City is becoming a foodie hub.

Of course, with all the food, one wants to stay fit, why not walk around and take in the historical wonders of the city. La Casa Rivas Mercado is found in Guerrero district and was built in the 19th century. Made with over 50,000 mosaics and tiles – this national attraction was recently shut down for almost 10 years to undergo repairs and upgrades.

Forget about Cancun and the southern tip of Mexico, come to the centre of a country full of history, culture and vibrant life. One will find a mix of North American and Spanish cultures coming together.

Havana, Cuba

Once you disembark one of the five main airports in Cuba, you’ll be thrown back into the colonial time. With a stunning architect, vibrant, timeless colours and music, you’ll be off the plane and embarking on a trip of fun and festivities. A country full of life, Havana is the national capital, with the city being divided up by quarters of the city.

One will be amazed by the stunning colours that genuinely have stood the test of time. Plaza San Francisco is one of the quarters in Havana that one can’t just miss as it’s genuinely breathtaking. If a colourful building won’t capture you, it seems there are arteries of hidden streets within streets. These are opportunities for both tourists to explore the life of the locals and truly enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience.

A fan of Jack Sparrow? Explore the Royal Force Castle which is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered to be the authentic Pirates of the Caribbean experience. While you’re taking in this unique experience and living out your pirate fantasy, no trip to Cuba is complete without experiencing genuine Cuban rum and cigars.

What better way to take a break from reality than visiting Havana, Cuba. It’ll be a time travelling experience where the roads of Cuba seem only to have vintage cars and convertibles form the 1950’s.

Vancouver, Canada

One of Canada’s most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is located in Beautiful British Columbia. Surrounded by stunning mountains, beaches and greenery, Vancouver is considered one of Canada’s most livable and happiest cities. Any traveller looking for a bit of city, nature and beaches doesn’t have to look far!

Vancouver offers a bit of something for everyone. Whether you are looking to go nature challenge such as the Grouse Grind or maybe watch the sunset at Third Beach, Vancouver has a little something for those who want to get some fresh air.

Nature, not your thing? Don’t worry, Vancouver has ample shopping malls – and if you want to combine fresh air and shopping, visit the street of Robson for boutique shopping. A popular destination for many Europeans and Chinese residents, Vancouver offers a diverse culture making it open and welcoming to all those who visit. The many residents of Vancouver have come from all over the world, some have stayed and called Vancouver their home, and it is for this reason Vancouver often becomes an extended stay.

No matter your budget, Vancouver offers a unique price point experience. It is one of the few places in the world where you can experience essentially every eco-system all within a day-trip. Why not start the adventure and visit a Canadian gem.

Barcelona, Spain

Looking for a unique European experience that offers stunning architectures and exquisite cuisines? Barcelona, Spain is a Mediterranean city that is full of worldly gems and culture that it is sure to fill that wanderlust desire. Upon flying into El Prat, Barcelona’s national airport, look out your window and see some of the iconic buildings of Barcelona. One iconic structure is the Sagrada Familia, a piece of an architect that has been in construction for over a century! This iconic cathedral is a tur tourist must-see as if the fact it’s still being built doesn’t pique your interest, the unusual geometric and religious structures will be sure to pique your interest.

Not into churches? The architect of Sagrada is Antoni Gaudi, who has left his mark throughout Barcelona and Spain that are sure to intrigue the traveller. There are also other stunning buildings which line the streets of Barcelona. Some of these remarkable buildings have turned into shops by major brands like Apple and The Gap.

With all that exploring the streets of Barcelona, one is sure to build an appetite. Spaniards are known for small bite size meals, or tapas as they are known. From potato bravas to polpu (octopus) there is something to excite a foodie’s taste bud truly. What better way to enjoy tapas than some local Spanish wine as surrounding Barcelona are vineyards – from red to white, and some bubbly – there is a drink to quench any thirst.

At the end of the day, why not take in the sunset at the beaches that are indeed a stone’s throw from the shopping streets. With the beaches, if the weather is nice, you can also take a dip into the water.

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