If a client asks where is the best place for first-time visitors to Central America, I frequently recommend Costa Rica. It is the most expensive country in Central America however you can stay in some pretty neat budget-friendly accommodations like hostels and guest houses that will stretch your budget. There’s a fantastic mixture of beaches, relaxation, wildlife, food, and the best quality of coffee you may ever taste! You can start in San José and venture into many directions. La Fortuna has some very nice rappelling and hanging bridge experiences. Monteverde is home to one of the most unique forests you’ll ever step foot into – the Cloud Forest which is overwhelmed by extremely tall trees and species unique to Central America. Quepos is home to Manuel Antonio National Park which has one of the most famous and stunning beaches in the world. Be care of all the white-faced monkeys though as they can steal your belongings while taking a dip!
Canyoning in La Fortuna
This country is a beach lover paradise in the South where you can island hop with ease taking the ferries. I would definitely say that I recommend visiting but there is an important factor to consider. As spectacular as the beaches in Thailand may be, there are quite a few issues that are occurring due to a negative footprint being left behind. Some beaches are being closed down indefinitely. When we travel, we must think about how we can help sustain the areas where we visit. Travel responsibly and with suppliers who help protect the areas where you explore especially in the case of Thailand where many of the stunning beaches and species of marine life are becoming so fragile.
When you visit Cuba, you won’t feel like your living in modern day society. The classic cars are really something special to admire. They are so well kept and fun to take a ride in. I also liked that I was supporting a lot of local businesses such as staying in homestays and dining at private restaurants. It is not only a place for an all-inclusive vacation and there are many extraordinary towns to visit. Varadero and Havana are a must along with a few other spots like Viñales, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, and Holguin.
Classic car in Cuba
I love my country. I haven’t explored even half of what’s on my bucket list yet. I’m from the Atlantic where you will find ravishing coastal views and amazing seafood. When I visit my parents I always ask my dad who’s a fisherman for lobster and mussels. In the West, you can explore the Canadian Rockies and travel through the famous national parks Banff and Jasper. Currently, I live in Eastern Canada in Montreal and loving it. Montreal isn’t too far from Quebec City, Ottawa and Toronto.
Snowshoeing near Jasper National Park
The land of fire and ice will astonish you with its volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls. If you have only a week of vacation, take 7 days to explore the South. If you’ve got a little more time like 10-14 days, you can do the Ring Road route. Go during the winter season from October to April and catch some unforgettable glimpses of Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights.
There’s nothing quite like having some Italian food in Italy. The best quality pizza and pasta I’ve ever tasted! I remember my first day in Italy where I started in Venice having some pizza and wine at a cute restaurant that was next to one of the many canals and how I enjoyed the ambiance. This country is filled with so many interesting historical places to marvel at like the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum in Rome. Step in the museums in Florence and spot David sculpted by Michelangelo in the Accademia Gallery in Florence. If you would like to do a bit of hiking, explore the colourful villages of Cinque Terre. These are great places I recommend for those who wish to see the Highlights of Italy.
When I told friends and family I was going to India this year, some asked me why I would even consider going there because of a few comments about it being dirty, poor and overpopulated. Yes indeed in some streets it is not as clean as back home here in Canada and there is a lot of poverty and it is overpopulated, however, India was one of the best places I have ever stepped foot on earth. Why? Indians are very friendly and have the largest smiles. There are sites that you won’t find like anywhere else on earth such as the Taj Mahal. If you want to know more check out my post on things to know about India before you go.
I find Mexico to be one of the most exciting destinations in close to 30 countries visited. In the one week I spent there, I got to snorkel in 3 cenotes in the Mayan Riviera, swam with turtles in Akumal and spent 6 hours swimming in Xel Ha with the most colourful fish I have ever seen. I visited Cancun, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Valladolid and shopped until I dropped in Playa Del Carmen. Let’s not forget the beaches. They are breathtaking!
I lived in Spain for a year and a half to finish my university degree, teach English and worked at a hotel. I was living in Murcia which is about an hour from Alicante where I had easy access to flying all over Europe from the Alicante-Elche Aiport when I wasn’t working and studying. My favourite region of Spain is Andalusia where you can visit Sevilla to see the Plaza de España and La Giralda, Cordoba to step into La Mezquita and Granada where you will stroll through the sensational fortress of the Alhambra. Other cities I recommend are Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. Not sure what things to eat? Try the paella, jamon, croquetas, churros and tortilla de patatas.
You can’t go to France without visiting Paris. Why do you think it’s so popular? Well first there’s the Eiffel Tower, then you’ve got the Louvre along with many other delights. How about their wine? I wasn’t a big fan of reds until I went to Southern France in Beaujolais, Marseille and Avignon and then my opinion changed. I discovered that there’s a real difference in high-quality French wines.