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Chances are, you’ve already added one or two of these destinations to your dream vacation list. And it’s no wonder why. These places are loved by people for good reason.
Dubai, Emirate of Dubai
Dubai is a captivating destination that seamlessly blends modern culture with history and offers thrilling adventures alongside world-class shopping and entertainment. Catch a mesmerizing show at the Dubai Opera, admire the city skyline from atop the Burj Khalifa, and spend an afternoon exploring the gold, textile, and spice souks along Dubai Creek. For adrenaline junkies, floating above the desert dunes in a hot air balloon, enjoying high-speed rides at IMG Worlds of Adventure, or skydiving over Palm Jumeirah are exhilarating options.
Bali is like a picturesque postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy come to life. Bask in the sun on stunning white sandy beaches or dive into the turquoise waters to explore coral ridges and the vibrant wreckage of a WWII warship. On land, lush jungles house ancient stone temples and playful monkeys. The artistic hub of Ubud offers cultural dance performances, batik or silver-smithing workshops and rejuvenating yoga classes for the mind and body.
London is a city of many worlds, from the stylish swagger of Shoreditch to the punky vibes of Camden and the elegance of Portobello Road. The city’s energy ensures that every day is a unique experience. Explore royal and historic sites, check off iconic landmarks from your bucket list, indulge in exclusive Michelin-starred restaurants, have a pint in a traditional pub, or get lost in winding cobbled streets and discover hidden gems. When it comes to London, the possibilities are endless.
Rome, a city steeped in history, cannot be fully experienced in just a day. It’s a living collage of pizzas, open-air markets, and astonishing historical sites. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, marvel at the Colosseum and the Pantheon, and savor a perfect espresso or gelato before shopping at Campo de’ Fiori or Via Veneto. Indulge in unforgettable meals, from fresh pasta to succulent fried artichokes or a tender oxtail stew.
Paris offers the perfect blend of leisure and liveliness. Delight in pain au chocolat at a sidewalk café, relax after a day of strolling along the Seine, and marvel at iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Awaken your spirit at Notre Dame, hunt for treasures at Marché aux Puces de Montreuil or Marché Biologique Raspail, and top it all off with a risqué show at the Moulin Rouge.
Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula
Cancun, known for its vibrant party scene, has much more to offer. There are plenty of stunning family resorts that provide a relaxed tropical experience. Explore remarkable Mayan ruins like El Rey and Yamil Lu’um, a crumbling tower of gray stone. Immerse yourself in the ancient civilization at the Museo Maya de Cancun. To get a literal taste of Mexico, take a tour of the Museo Sensorial del Tequila.
Crete, the birthplace of both the king of the Olympian gods and modern European civilization, is a jewel in the Mediterranean. It boasts a rich archaeological and mythological history reflected in its ancient ruins and cultural attractions. Immerse yourself in the charming atmosphere of Chania Town’s Old Venetian Harbor or explore the fortresses and monasteries of Rethymnon. The awe-inspiring Minoan ruins of Malia date back to 1900 BC, and the majestic Mt. Ida is said to be the cave where Zeus was born.