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International Getaways Just Around the Corner

You might think a 3-day weekend is too brief to travel internationally.

Not true.

Actually, lots of foreign destinations are close enough to be a feasible three-day weekend trip. Around art Below are locations perfect for an epic long weekend you won’t soon forget.

Montreal, Quebec

French-inspired old-world beauty is combined with all the luxuries of a big city in the lovely Montreal, Canada. The classic cobblestone streets of Vieux Montreal take you back in time, and the one-of-a-kind boutiques, cafes, and restaurants are always fascinating to explore. When the weather is nice, head to the vast Mount Royal Park for a picnic, guided hike, or leisurely bike ride.

The park also has snowshoeing, ice skating and much more every winter season.

Bermuda

Bermuda is not only internationally-renowned for its breathtaking pink sand beaches, but this British overseas territory situated in the mid-Atlantic is just a two-hour flight from many US cities. You don’t have to like beaches to adore Bermuda; history enthusiasts will be fascinated by the old military forts complete with cannon installations, classic colonial buildings, and enchanting cobblestone streets. Of course, Bermuda is also known for the mystical Bermuda Triangle, and fearless weekenders can rent a jet ski and go explore it.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

If you’re dreaming of sunshine and sand, you might want to head south to the beautiful beaches of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Cabo San Lucas in the southernmost part of the Baja peninsula offers a great restaurant scene highly regarded for upscale local cuisine, an exciting nightlife, and spectacular world-class resorts right on the beach. For a more active weekend, head to Lover’s Beach to see the impressive natural rock formations, check out the famous caves, or delight in the lovely crystal-clear ocean.

Costa Rica

Even though its tropical rain forest feels like another world, Costa Rica is actually a fairly short flight from many places in the U.S. Its 800 miles of coastline is filled with beautiful beaches and so much more. The Arenal Volcano area is considered its adventure capital where you can rappel down a waterfall; hike in the jungle while watching out for colorful birds, monkeys and sloths; enjoy a heart-stopping zip-line ride; and soak in the volcano-fed hot springs.

Cartagena, Columbia
Situated on the northern side of Columbia facing the Caribbean, in Cartagena you’ll find dazzling blue waters with coral reefs that edge white powdery beaches. History aficionados will appreciate the architecture reminiscent of Spanish colonial times with its military influence, historic walls still surrounding part of the city today, and fortresses made from coral stone more than 500 years ago.
Toronto

Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, is a contemporary, cosmopolitan center terrific for city lovers. It is an intriguing melting pot of diversity, with more than half of the current populace not born there. Be sure to plan a stop in each ethnic neighborhood -- Chinatown, Koreatown, Greektown, and Little Italy -- to genuinely comprehend what Toronto is all about.

Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, unwinding on the beach with a cool drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway perfect for you. Anything you are looking for – love, adventure, culinary delights, history – can be yours.

Tours for Every Pursuit and Every Interest

The variety of adventure tours is as long as your arm from surfing Costa Rica’s legendary waves, hiking to Machu Picchu in the footsteps of Incan travelers to motorcycling through the remote, natural beauty of Patagonia to climbing Mount Kinabalu, the tallest peak in southeast Asia. Try some of the additional adventure tours out there such as an thrilling ride along the French Riviera in a Ferrari F430 F1 or an unforgettable flight on an Air Combat mission, along the lines of Top Gun, in San Diego. If any or all of these adrenaline-charged activities appeal to you , think about making adventure travel part of your future vacation.

Visiting the World’s National Parks
You will be witness to some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth at national parks found throughout the world.

Keep on reading to see which are some of the world’s most noted national parks.

The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands is the earliest national park in Ecuador and one of the most frequented UNESCO World heritage sites.

Here you may get the opportunity to swim with some of the world’s littlest penguins and come face to face with its huge tortoises.

Machu Picchu
Regarded as one of the world’s most significant archaeological sites on earth, Machu Picchu is a breathtaking Incan fortress found high in the Andes Mountains.

This wonder offers real proof of what the urban Inca Empire looked like when it was at the height of its power.

Yellowstone National Park
In 1903 when President Theodore Roosevelt initially came across the magnificent geology and flora of Yellowstone, he declared the site as “absolutely unique in the world”. Declaring that natural beauty was a shared public asset, he promoted the concept of national parks to benefit all generations to follow.

Serengeti National Park
Farther afield, Tanzania’s legendary Serengeti National Park and South Africa's Kruger National Park are both home to countless animal species and spectacular fauna.

There you will discover open panoramas unlike any other, and also hear the occasional roar of a lion hunting for food.

The Great Barrier Reef
A definite must on anyone’s bucket list ought to include the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park situated off the northeast shores of Australia, home to the world’s largest coral reef system.

Fiordland National Park
The nearby Fiordland National Park in New Zealand has stunning fjords galore, enough so as to overshadow Norway’s magnificent natural wonders any day.

Special Interest Tours Galore

These days, more people than ever are choosing to go on specialty tours. Today, there are all types of specialty tours on offer to satisfy anyone with a special interest.

For Those Wine Lover

You’ll come across plenty of like-minded people, whether connoisseurs or newbies, in wine country. Wine lovers know that wine is more than just a combination of grapes and that the process involves an intricate and delicate process to attain the perfect balance of taste. There are lots of destinations to pick from when it comes to choosing the best tour for you regardless of whether it’s a wine tasting tour in Napa Valley, or one that takes you along the Stellenbosch Wine Route in South Africa, or one that takes you to some of France’s most well-known wine regions such as Bordeaux or Champagne to name just a few. Just re-creation

For the Lover of Food

These days, food lovers can take a trip just about anywhere to gratify their palates. Culinary tours are a great way for the gourmet to get a taste for local ingredients and artisan products as well as to learn the history and customs of the region, and especially how these affected the evolution of local cuisine. Some of the benefits of going on an one-of-a-kind culinary tour might include meeting a celebrity chef or cooking with a Michelin-starred master.

For All the Yoga Lovers

Yoga tours are also coming to be an emerging trend in travel. enthusiasts of this ancient practice use special breathing techniques and meditation to bring mind and body into harmony thereby achieving a sense of peace.

A stylish and tantalizing setting add that additional flair to make a yoga tour a relaxing and illuminating experience.

For the Nature Lover in All of Us
Eco-tours are about exploring fragile, unspoiled, and relatively undisturbed natural areas while leaving minimal traces on the surroundings.

Eco-tourism is an ideal way to see undisturbed natural spaces, but it is also a excellent time to learn about safeguarding the world’s natural resources. Understanding the best ways to improve the well-being of native peoples and how to preserve important natural resources are just some of the issues introduced when you embark on an eco-tour.

Women Only!
Women only holidays are also soaring in popularity.

The focus of woman only tours is to provide female travelers of all types a safe way to visit the many beautiful places in the world. Being on a women’s only tour where you can get together with other like-minded travelers makes any vacation more delightful and pleasing.

For the Spiritual Seeker in All of Us

Where can you go to replenish your faith and ponder upon centuries of religious history? A faith-based tours are a fantastic way to contemplate your spirituality and also gain a better outlook on how essential your faith is to you.

There are so many choices to make, but rest easy that whatever your pick you will always have things to do.

Africa: A Region of Striking Diversity

Follow in the footsteps of early settlers from Germany, Britain, Portugal, and The Netherlands when you go on a cruise to Africa. From early tribal traditions to colonial influences, you will experience a range of cultures in countries such as Mozambique, Madagascar, Senegal, and Mauritius.

South Africa boasts magnificent mountainous terrain, while at the other end of the spectrum, the desert landscape of Namibia will leave you amazed. Zanzibar, or "Spice Island", is a tropical archipelago off the coast of Tanzania best known for its abundance of valuable spices, including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, making it a fantastic place to visit for food devotees.

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So Many Things to See and Experience in Asia

Bustling, vibrant Hong Kong is a hub for fashion, food, banking, and trade in Asia To see some of Thailand’s most iconic scenery, beaches, and culture, be sure to pay a visit to Phuket, its largest island. With its centuries-old cultural icons, including a vibrant Jewish community with seven synagogues that dates back to the 12th century, and St. Francis Church built by the Portuguese in 1503, Cochin (or Kochi) in the Indian state of Kerala has earned the label “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. In Jordan, be sure to set aside time for UNESCO World Heritage City Petra, which was built from rose-colored rock, earning it the moniker “Rose City”.

When you sail the world by cruise ship, you can see bustling metropolises and tiny tribal villages, rain forests and mountains, polar bears and lions, all while delighting in the luxurious comfort of your ship.

Cruise the Mediterranean

It is commonly thought that modern civilization began along the shores of Southern Europe – from the start of science and democracy to viticulture and art. The “Old World” is indeed a territory rich in history.

Whether you lay in the sun on the beaches of Spain and Italy, study the historical sights of Greece and Jerusalem, or enjoy the charm of Santorini and the Greek Islands, the memories you make there will last a lifetime. Ancient Rome is still seen in the city’s Pantheon and Colosseum, and the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is a must-see. Devotees of architectural design will enjoy a stop in Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudi’s unforgettable work. Wine lovers will want to spend time in the celebrated wine regions of Chianti in Italy, Port in Portugal, and Provence in France.

In Croatia, passengers can visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

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