Top 10: Travel destinations

Published: April 21, 2012

Experience everything from The Great Wall, night markets and palaces to amazing street food and picturesque sightseeing venues such as stone forests, beautiful lakes and gorgeous temples. PHOTO:AFP

Experience everything from The Great Wall, night markets and palaces to amazing street food and picturesque sightseeing venues such as stone forests, beautiful lakes and gorgeous temples. PHOTO:AFP Here’s a list of our favourite getaways for the coming season. PHOTO: FILE
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Do you wake up every morning with a need to run far, far away from your life? Are you feeling like you and your partner have grown apart and need to reconnect once again? Or are you simply craving some quality ‘me’ time? If you’ve answered yes to even one of these questions, you are probably in need of a vacation. Why not book a ticket to one of these glamorous destinations listed below? 

1.  China

Late spring/early summer is one of the best times of the year to visit China. Experience everything from The Great Wall, night markets and palaces to amazing street food and picturesque sightseeing venues such as stone forests, beautiful lakes and gorgeous temples.

2.  Ecuador

Travellers wanting a more exotic trip should head south to Ecuador. Visit the famous Galapagos Islands, relax on pristine beaches, explore the wonders of the Amazonian rain forest or take in views of the majestic Andes mountain range. Rain may linger in some areas, but that helps keep both tourist levels and prices low.

3.  Puerto Rico

In one small chunk of land, travellers can experience an active city life, white beaches, rainforests, art, history, and nightlife galore. Since Puerto Rico hasn’t yet become top choice for sun seekers, prices continue to remain low and all-inclusive deals are abundant.

4.  Barcelona

From historic buildings, cobblestone roads, seaside vistas to vibrant cultural centre points, Barcelona has everything. The current economic situation in Spain is helping to drive prices down. 2012 is a great year to enjoy traditional Spanish Tapas, visit the fantasy-like structures designed by Gaudí and lounge on beautiful beaches.

5.  Argentina

Anyone who is looking for a coastal European experience should consider Argentina as a great alternative because it has an incredibly rich history and many ties to Spain. From its stunning scenery, vibrant cities, and exciting culture to world-renowned wineries, it’s a destination that always pleases.

6.  Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau is ideal for some fun in the sun. Travellers generally can’t go wrong with the many islands that sprinkle this amazing region, but the Bahamas is a sure bet, where turquoise waters and white sand beaches await. With its many all-inclusive resorts competing for tourism appeal, the Bahamas tends be an ideal destination all year-around.

7.  Riviera Maya, Mexico

This Mexican destination is home to several miles of serene beaches with crystal clear waters. To avoid the spring break crowds, one should travel during summer for great deals without sacrificing the beautiful weather.

8.  Italy

Italy’s sweet spot is May — the weather is best during this month and since it’s just before the summer peak season, travellers can find great values on airfare and hotels. Additionally, the crowds (which some cities like Venice are infamous for) are much smaller. Whether you’re sitting at a café with a cappuccino or strolling the tiny streets window shopping,everything is easily accessible.

9.  England

With the Olympics around the corner, April and May are ideal to visit England — especially London — right before the crowds and prices spike. With the abundance of new hotel rooms opening in England’s top destination, deals should be easy to find.

10. France

France has something for every kind of traveller, blending rich history with delicious food and breathtaking scenery. Travellers will not only be mesmerised by walks along the Seine River, or by taking in views of the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower, but they will also get to enjoy the city with plenty of sun and perfect temperatures.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2012.

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