If your travel bucket list is exploding with new places to explore, you’re not alone! The world’s most popular destinations see millions of visitors every year, for good reason. While it’s impossible to to cover all of them in a mere few moments, here’s a look at some of the top travel hotspots.
Whether you’re listening to soulful Fado music, taking in panoramic views from one of Lisbon’s seven hills or exploring the winding streets, Portugal’s capital capture’s your heart and keeps it. Visit Moorish castles and palace ruins, sip coffee and people watch in charming squares and immerse in the vibrant club scene after dark.
Sydney blends glamour, culture and fine-dining with a stunning coastline along the glittering Pacific. Spend your days swimming at Bondi Beach, discovering history at The Rocks, boating on Sydney Harbour and partying on Oxford Street. Of course, there’s the big drawcards, namely The Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, with endless photo opportunities from sprawling parks and beaches across the city.
Bangkok is chaotic, hot, intriguing and thrilling to the senses. It’s a popular stop on the way to Thailand’s pristine beaches, especially for bargain shopping and exotic dining. East meets West and contradictions abound, with traditional temples and floating markets thriving under the bright city lights of modern living.
New York, USA
Having featured in so many movies, holidaying in New York is like traveling through your own film set. Except, you get to experience the sights and sounds of the bustling metropolis first-hand, and it’s likely you’ll never forget it. Apart from seeing favourites, such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and Central Park, getting lost in the city’s eclectic districts is the best way to indulge in ‘The City that Never Sleeps’.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Adventure travelers have long aspired to travel to Siem Reap, home of the mighty Angkor Wat. The vast complex of stone temples, the former seat of the Khmer Empire, enchants visitors with its haunting beauty. Siem Reap is a resort town, with French influences, a wealth of local arts and crafts and floating villages on the freshwater lake, Tonle Sap.
The romance of Paris simply never fades, as the city continues to twinkle pink under twilight skies. The allure of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, the River Seine, world-renowned restaurants and edgy bohemian districts is too hard to resist, even for the most seasoned globetrotters. Add to that croissants for breakfast, magical hidden gardens and fascinating museums and it’s easy to see why the French capital always tops popular destination lists.
Though it’s touted as one of the most expensive destinations in the world, many of London’s highlights are on show for all to see, for free. When you explore on foot or take advantage of the easy public transport system, you’re constantly bombarded with the majestic architecture of famous landmarks, such as the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square.
The Eternal City is best known for the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Vatican City. No matter how many times you’ve seen pictures of Italy’s capital, the reality of the cosmopolitan city is awe-inspiring. Sit on the Spanish Steps and marvel at the hustle and bustle, indulge in never-ending bowls of pasta and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, to ensure your return.
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