1. Azores, Portugal
2. Malawi, Africa
3. Ticino, Switzerland
4. Telluride, Colorado
5. Paraty, Brazil
6. Vienna, Austria
7. Fez, Morocco
With the countdown to summer rapidly approaching, plans for the two months are being ironed out. Living in a place as diverse as Georgia, creating fun things to do become easy as driving an hour and a half to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. Georgia is also home to the barrier islands: Jekyll Island, Tybee Island, St. Simons, etc. Although these beaches may be crowded during the summer months, it beats traveling seven hours to Panama City Beach, Florida. If the beach is not your scene, city activities such as Ponce City Market and Krogg Street Market may be more up your alley. Savannah also offers beautiful coastal views and rich history. No time better than summer to explore colleges! Athens is just a two hour drive away to spend time in the exciting downtown area and touring what could be your home for life after high school. Summer does not have to be full of jet setting to different continents and relaxing by exotic beaches.
1. Wendy's Secret Garden
2. Manly Beach
3. Glebe Markets
4. White Rabbit Gallery
5. Sydney Harbour
1. Cologne Cathedral
2. Neuschwanstein Castle
3. Konigssee (King's Lake)
4. Insel Mainau: The Flower Island of Lake Constance
5. The Berlin Wall
As you can most definitely tell, Asia has become my new obsession. It is often overlooked for travel destinations, even I will admit I did not desire to visit until recently. Seoul, the nation's capital, is home to extravagant palaces and shopping galore. Just like Japan, the bustling area also has a great place to see the whole city, the N Seoul Tower. Although the DMZ (demilitarized zone) is a tense location, there are tours offered where you can stand in both North and South Korea at the same time. To feed your outdoorsy side, the Seoul Grand Park, is a great place to do just that and escape the busy city. Festivals are a significant aspect of Korean culture. The one that sparked my interest, the Jinju Lantern Festival, is held during October to commemorate the Imjin War. The Jinhae Cherry Blossom festival during the spring is a very close second.
In my personal opinion, when given the chance to travel Japan would not be my first choice. Honestly many countries in Asia are not appealing to me due to the overcrowded cities and infamous air pollution issues. With Japan being the birthplace of sushi (my favorite food), there are an abundance of things to see that actually do appeal to me. Of course eating my weight in sushi has to be #1 on my bucket-list, watching Japan's national sport, sumo wrestling, follows close behind. To immerse myself into the strong sense of culture in Japan, visiting the oldest temple in the country, Sensoji Temple, also finds a place on my list. The Tokyo Tower is another place I would love to visit if I ever found myself in Japan. Another of my favorite foods, Ramen, happens to be one of Japan's most popular dishes. The Shinjuku area is home to over 300 Ramen restaurants and some even call it the Ramen district. I could list hundreds of other places and foods I would love to experience in Japan, but these are just at the top of my list.
Home to incredible cultural heritage and white sandy beaches, Thailand is a complete package when visiting. With things to do outdoors and indoors, everyone has something to enjoy. Bangkok is the busiest area in Thailand with temples to see and shopping to indulge yourself. For the nature lovers, Northern Thailand has beautiful hikes and white water rafting. Phi Phi and Phuket are just two of the islands to see during time spent in Thailand. Phuket is a mountainous island with lush rainforests and peaceful beaches. A day spent there is a day well spent.
Croatia often slips past people's minds when thinking of European vacation spots. Under appreciated, the country is home to over a thousand islands, 8 national parks, and miles of beautiful coastline. From climbing sites to beaches, Croatia has a lot to offer to visitors. Ferries are popular modes of transportation to get to the different islands. Along with the nature parks, Croatia also has numerous historical sites that visitors love to see. Sailing is the best way to enjoy the full beauty of the coast. With things to do every moment of the day in Croatia, it sits near the top of my travel bucket-list.
Cape Verde, beautiful islands in Africa, has a very large European presence. Riding on the sand dunes would most definitely be something I would want to do to get an adrenaline rush. Cape Verde's beaches and snorkeling is famous, so that would be added to my to-do list. Also, volcanic hikes to see a sunrise or a sunset. Cape Verde also has gorgeous black sand beaches. Any of the Cape Verde islands are on my bucket list!
My trip to Australia last summer started with a 6 hour flight from New Zealand right into Sydney. The first day we arrived we did a tour around the city and had a beautiful photo opportunity of the famous Opera House at the Sydney Harbor. We ate in Chinatown and shopped at a hay market. I attempted and failed at bartering. The next day we visited a animal wildlife park and were able to pet snakes, koalas, and birds of Australia. We ate at a Bavarian Restaurant on North Harbor and visited two famous Australian Beaches: Bondi and Manly. The Sydney Tower and an opal mining store was on the agenda the following day. Beautiful views from the Harbor Bridge in the Rocks neighborhood and dinner at the Darling Harbor that night. Whale watching that day, although made me and fellow students sick, we received beautiful views of the Opera House. Vivid Sydney, a light festival that was happening during our trip, was where we spent our evening. Pictures and designs displayed on the Opera House and surrounding buildings finished off the night and the trip as a whole.