Summer is a wonderful time. We always associate this season with vacation. Once you’re ready for a vacation – the hardest decision is to choose where exactly you want to travel, because your vacation decision should fit your desires and salary as well. Take a look at the most popular and interesting spots for your next vacation, maybe you’ll choose the one you like.
1. Malibu, USA
If you like to hear the sound of ocean when you wake up – Malibu is just for you. It’s easy to find a place with an excellent view of the ocean, because almost all hotels are along the main coastal road, Pacific Coast Highway. There are twenty four beaches in Malibu! Zuma and Westward Beach are the most popular among tourists. You can rent paddle boards, surfboards, kayaks and explore Malibu. But this travel spot isn’t only about beaches and sun bathing. You can hike in Malibu Canyon or Solstice Canyon, the view is really impressive.
Do you love wine? Take a wine tour! Malibu has several vineyards and wineries. Wine spots offer tours and also have tasting rooms. You can experience the natural beauty of Malibu and enjoy horseback riding with spectacular views of the landscape. Everyone will find what he/she likes to do in Malibu.
Dubai is the city of the future. Once you get there, you’ll understand this. The highest building in the world, huge shopping malls, the most expensive cars on the road, futuristic-looking subway, the most extravagant hotels with the best service, and, of course, every person just needs to see how people could build such an incredible city in the desert. The first thing you should visit is Burj Khalifa, it’s the centerpiece of Downtown Dubai.
There are two observation decks – on the 124th floor and 148th floor. The view is mind-blowing, don’t miss your chance to visit the tallest building in the world. Also you can book a room in Burj Khalifa or in the Armani hotel. Or what’s even better – you can stay in one of the hotels with a view of the Burj. All tourists want to see the Dubai fountains, that are popular and known the world over. The fountains are illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors. Performances are synchronized with Arabic music.
Dubai Marina is one of the most popular marina districts in Dubai and luxurious as well. You can book impressive apartments with a view or just take a walk (seven km of pedestrian walkways) and enjoy the unique lifestyle. There are a lot of yachts for rent.
Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island and it looks like palm trees from space. There are a lot of luxurious hotels, where you might like to book a room; but at least treat yourself to a walking excursion on the island. Or a good idea is to rent a helicopter and see this island from the sky.
But Dubai isn’t only a desert. There are a lot of public parks with BBQ areas, children’s play areas, where you can relax and you won’t feel that you’re in desert.
3. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is perfect for two kinds of people: those who love beaches and sunbathing, and those who love architectural wonders. Such attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Architect Antoni Gaudi made 10 fabulous projects in the city including Casa Vicens, La Pedrera, Casa Batllo, Cascada Fountain at Park de la Ciutadella and his crowning achievement La Sagrada Familia church. This church is an unfinished work of Antoni Gaudi, but it looks impressive still. It is one of the world’s top attractions by Tripadvisor.
Gaudi’s Modernist Park Guell is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This park is situated on Carmel hill and Park Guell means a long walk if you take the hop-on-hop-off bus or you can take a taxi that will deliver you to the front gate. Gaudi wanted to make a private garden village with 60 houses, but in 1923 the park became a public place.
And, of course, beaches and seafood… Barcelona beaches are famous because you can spot some monuments there. Interesting architecture is everywhere! And Barcelona is the only place where you can try the tastiest paella with the biggest shrimps you’ve ever seen! Be ready to eat a lot of seafood.
4. San Diego, USA
San Diego is a great city for your vacation and a good choice for a family rest. The main attractions for the family are SeaWorld, San Diego and the San Diego Zoo. You can see a great sea show with killer whales, dolphins and sea lions at Seaworld. The san Diego Zoo is one of the largest zoos in United States. It has all kinds of exotic animals.
San Diego, settled in 1542, is the oldest town in California and one of the most beautiful historical attraction there is Balboa Park. It is over a 1400 acre site with museums, historical buildings, natural vegetation zones, gardens and green space. The architecture is Spanish-Mexican style and will impress every lazy traveller. You can spend the whole day there, have a rest and enjoy the ‘green’ life.
If you like great views – San Diego has some of the finest in the world. There are a lot of restaurants and hotels overlooking the ocean on San Diego Bay (more than 70-miles of coastline!) San Diego’s East Country can offer you some outstanding micro-breweries for your drinking pleasure featuring several varieties of beer.
5. Santorini, Greece
Book your Greek fairy-tale tour now and you won’t regret it! There are a lot of great places in Greece, but Santorini will impress even the professional traveler. It is a volcanic island and you can choose one of the most popular places you like: Fira, Oia and Akrotiri. Oia is famous for its stunning sunset view. But it’s not a problem to take a bus or taxi from Fira and Akrotiri and see the best sunset view ever.
Santorini is famous as well because of its beaches: red, white and black. Choose for yourself! But of course the main advantage of Santorini is their little white houses on the edge of a cliff, it’s the view you’ll never forget. Greek cuisine and tasty homemade wine is easily found in the many tavernas and sidewalk cafes.
6. Positano, Italy
It’s the next travel destination with colorful buildings on the edge of a cliff. It’s a village on the Amalfi Coast, Italy. It’s considered one of the most picturesque towns in Italy. It’s a perfect place for people who love hiking. If you want to get to the beach you must climb down or you can rent a car or motorbike and get wherever you want and enjoy impressive views at the same time.
Seeing Positano for the first time is breathtaking. You won’t believe the views. Just relax, enjoy Italian food and, of course, the best Italian wine!
7. Santa Barbara, USA
Santa Barbara is a luxurious travel spot for those who thrive on the night life. State Street Downtown is full of different shops, galleries, restaurants and museums. Stearns Wharf is the longest deep-water pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco where you can enjoy seafood and mind-blowing views of Santa Barbara.
If wine tasting and sky-diving are for you, or maybe a top-rated zoo, whale watching, botanic garden then Santa Barbara is your destination. If you want to feel a luxurious life-go to Santa Barbara! BTW for you athletes Santa Barbara is one of the Meccas for beach volleyball – go watch the Spikers in action on East Beach.
8. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is a perfect place for coffee lovers. It’s the largest city in Turkey and attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world. If you the Golden Gate Bridge in San-Francisco, you need to visit Istanbul and compare its bridge, it’s almost the same.
The Blue Mosque is one of the main attractions in Istanbul. There is a small park nearby where you can have a rest and enjoy a spectacular view. There are a lot of museums you can visit and get to know more about Turkish history.
A lot of travelers visit Istanbul because of the Grand Bazaar where are 5,000 shops (spices, ceramics, jewelry, carpets etc.) And night clubs! If you like dancing till the wee-hours of the morning – then Istanbul is a must place to visit.
Cambodia offers an exotic form of relaxation. It’s been very popular for several years, has well developed facilities and offers the traveler excellent value for the money. It’s a historical destination where you can see enchanting ruins and a blend of cultures.
Angkor Wat is the most exciting travel spot in Cambodia and the largest of all Angkor temples. Bayon Temple is interesting as well. This temple features a sea of over 200 massive stone faces. Even if you see the Egypt Pyramids, Cambodia’s temples and other attractions will impress you even more. Visit Kratie (an extraordinary riverside town) if you want to put yourself in absolutely the best frame of mind. It’s the only place where you can see Irrawaddy dolphins.
Forget the standard hotels, there you can rent a great bungalow and feel like you are in a ‘Tarzan’ movie. Guaranteed Cambodia delivers more adventures than any place you will visit!
10. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is a great vacation spot for surfers. There are a lot of surf camps and surf lodges. If you wanna meet some professional surfers and get some lessons visit Lisbon. Golden sands, blue waves, local restaurants on the promenade… this is what Lisbon is all about. There are so many beaches it won’t be a problem to find a less crowded one.
If you want to have fun and explore the city, take one of the clanking old trams and reach the top of the steepest hills in the city.