What to Do and See in Asia

Asia re-creation The cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong is Asia’s hot spot for the business sector, finance, fashion, and food. Don’t miss Phuket, the largest of Thailand’s islands and one celebrated for its gorgeous vistas and cultural attractions.

Known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”, Cochin (or Kochi) in India’s Kerala state, showcases beautiful old cultural icons including a Jewish community with seven synagogues dating back to the 12th century and the Church of St. Francis, built by Portuguese settlers in 1503. Yet another must-see is Petra, the Jordanian city designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is known as “Rose City” because it was made of rose-colored stone.

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

International Getaways: A Hop, Skip and Jump Away

You might presume a long weekend is too brief to travel internationally. Not really. There are various foreign destinations that are easily doable over a long weekend.

Below are places great for an exceptional long weekend you won’t soon forget.

Montreal, Quebec
French-inspired old-world charm is combined with all the advantages 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 enormous Mount Royal Park for a picnic, guided walk, or leisurely bike ride. If you can brave the cold temperatures, you can also go snowshoeing, ice skate, or do a range of other winter sports in the park area.

Bermuda
Bermuda is a fantastic destination for tourists from the US, as it is just a two-hour flight from many cities and offers gorgeous beaches where you can enjoy the sand and the sun.

You don’t have to like beaches to adore Bermuda; history aficionados will be fascinated by the old military forts complete with cannon installations, traditional colonial buildings, and enchanting cobblestone streets. Courageous adventurers could rent a jet ski and ride into the famous Bermuda Triangle.

Baja California Sur, Mexico
Baja California Sur, Mexico is a common destination easily do-able in a three-day weekend for anyone searching for fun and relaxation in a fabulous beach setting. At the southern tip of Baja California is Cabo San Lucas, popular for its exotic resorts, upscale dining, and fun bars and nightclubs.

Exciting activities for the more adventurous include checking out the alluring caves at Lover’s Beach, taking in the dazzling rock formations, or doing water sports in the fabulous crystal-clear blue water.

Costa Rica
Although its tropical rain forest feels like another world, Costa Rica is in fact a fairly quick flight from many places in the U.S.

One of its claims to fame is its 800 miles of coastline, so it is a terrific place for beach goers who want to enjoy some fun in the sun. If you like adventure, head over to the Arenal Volcano to get your heart pumping by zip-lining through the dreamlike rain forest, hiking in the lush jungle, rappelling down a roaring waterfall, watching exotic jungle animals such as sloths and monkeys, and finally relaxing in a hot spring fed by the volcano itself.

Cartagena, Columbia

While you might not think of Cartagena when you picture the Caribbean, it is in fact positioned on Colombia’s Caribbean coast and has long stretches of white sand beaches, warm blue water, and unique coral reefs. History buffs will enjoy the architecture reminiscent of Spanish colonial times with its military influence, antique walls still surrounding part of the city today, and fortresses made from coral stone more than 500 years ago.

Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s most sizeable city and is a typical contemporary metropolis. It is viewed as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with more than fifty percent of the people born outside the city. Be sure to arrange a stop in each ethnic neighborhood -- Chinatown, Koreatown, Greektown, and Little Italy -- to really understand what Toronto is all about.

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

Travel Around North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean Islands

You will find tremendous cultural diversity, as well as spectacular landscapes, throughout the many different countries that make up the Americas and the Caribbean, from the northern tip of Canada to Cape Horn in the south. The Caribbean is certainly deserving of its reputation for a laid-back, relaxed lifestyle, though each island from Aruba and Antigua to St. Martin and Puerto Rico is distinguished by its own language and culture bestowed on it from Spain, The Netherlands, Britain, France, or Africa. Central America, which connects North America to South America, boasts gorgeous natural wonders and a unique history. Costa Rica entices with its lush green forests and waterfalls, while several countries offer historic sights left from ancient tribes including the Aztecs, Mayas, and Olmecs.

Observe first-hand the tremendous engineering of the Panama Canal. What foto Traveling through North and South America will take you through breathtaking natural beauty as well as significant man-made attractions. In Canada, explore Quebec City and enjoy its French influences, or travel back in time to the 11th-century Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows.

A cruise along the west coast of the United States will take you to Alaska, where you can see for yourself the spectacular natural beauty of its glaciers, or sail along the east coast to visit the modern cities.

Head South
Continuing southward, travelers will encounter incredible ruins, a broad diversity of cultures and peoples, and world music we all recognize.

In Brazil, visit the jungles along the Amazon River or the magnificent beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

Valparaiso, Chile is worth a stop to see the celebrated colorful homes on the steep hillsides and the spectacular natural beauty of the country’s massifs and fjords.

See a dramatic live Tango show in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires.

See the whiteness of the cold, icy landscape in Antarctica.

Take a Hike: The Planet's Best Walks

The greatest journeys are more than the steps you take, they are about the understanding and impact you receive from the locale - they are about stepping into a destination’s culture and history. Still, this kind of journey is no simple task.

They will test you physically and engage you mentally, leaving you with an indelible impression of the richness of our environment.

Next are 8 of the globe's very top treks.

Peru: Inca Trail - 26.7 miles and 4 days

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

Colombia's Lost City ~ 27 miles and 5 days

Travel 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.

Perfect time to go: December to March.

Nepal: Everest Base Camp - 38.5 miles and 13 days

This experience will make you more acquainted to the people of the Himalayas while giving you a glimpse from the top of the world.

Once you set your eyes on Everest, you will never see the Earth in the exact same light. It is best to go from August to November.

Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro - 21.1 miles & 8 days

Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's greatest crest at 5,895m (19,340 ft). It is no painless task, but unlike other significant peaks, it gives those fearless enough to make it to the top. It is best to go from September to March.

Europe's Mont Blanc - 77.7 miles and 8 days

The Tour du Mont Blanc is more than 100 miles and takes you through 3 countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France.

It is best to go from June to September

Patagonia's Torres del Paine Circuit - 82.6 miles in 10 days
known for its organic beautiful beauty, you will discover remarkable volcanic landscapes, impressive glaciers, and grasslands that expand to the horizon. Ideal time to go: December to March

Venezuela's Mount Roirama ~21.1 miles and 6 days
The magnificent mountain of Roraima is treasured to the region's local people and is said to have motivated Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, "The Lost World." Best time to go: The Roraima trek can be walked at any time of the year but from November to April is advised
Spain: The Camino de Santiago - 466 miles in 30 days

The noteworthy Camino de Santiago, also referred to as the St. James Trail, was a crucial Christian trek during the Middle Ages, and it is still considered a significant spiritual retreat to this day. The trail can be walked any month of the year but the ideal time is between spring and autumn, however it will be very busy.

Africa: A Continent of Amazing Diversity

Follow in the footsteps of early settlers from Germany, Britain, Portugal, and The Netherlands when you select a cruise to Africa. Visits to nations including Madagascar, Senegal, Mozambique, and Mauritius will allow you to witness the forces of colonialism alongside ancient tribal traditions. From South Africa’s breathtaking mountains to the desert landscape of Namibia, there is something for everyone.

Off the coast of Tanzania you'll find the tropical archipelago of Zanzibar, also nicknamed “Spice Island”, a place famous for its bounty of valuable spices including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

The Draw of the Mediterranean

From viticulture and art to science and democracy, historians credit the start of modern civilization to the cultures along the southern coast of Europe. By traveling its coast, you too can bask in its vibrant history. Regardless of whether you lay in the sun on the beaches of Spain and Italy, study the historical sights of Greece and Jerusalem, or enjoy the loveliness of Santorini and the Greek Islands, the memories you make there will last a lifetime. There is no other spot in the world like Rome, with its ancient Colosseum and Pantheon, or Vatican City, home of the Pope and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Stop in Spain’s bustling city of Barcelona to check out the unique architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Wine and food lovers will appreciate the opportunity to stop in some of the world’s foremost wine-producing regions: Port in Portugal, Chianti in Italy, and Provence in France. ` In Croatia, travelers can visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

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