St. Lucia, a small tourist town, is the ideal hub from where to discover the diverse fauna and flora of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi game reserve.
It had been my 30th birthday and 2 of my friends were about to reach that same milestone. When we were younger, we used to go on vacation together, but that was 10 years ago. Our girlfriends got together and booked all 6 of us a weekend to London.
Friends who learned about our plans to visit Croatia were quick to recommend the Plitvice Lakes, easily Croatia's most famous national park.
On an area of only a few km² are 16 of the most beautiful lakes and I don't know how many waterfalls.
Too much to count!
The national park is a lot bigger, but let's be honest, you're only coming for the lakes.
Our tour in Croatia was amazing and so was Split.
It's not as unique as, say, Dubrovnik, which almost seems stuck in medieval times.
While Split has a lot of history (with Diocletian's Palace), it is a modern city and - unlike Dubrovnik - it's not overrun by tourists, although you'll still find a ton of them.
I can barely name 5 Croatian cities, but the most prominent name is definitely Dubrovnik and I'm sure everyone has heard about this Pearl of the Adriatic. So what makes this town with only 40k inhabitants so special? The walled historic center.
Because of its rich culture and scenic and diverse landscape, Portugal had been on my bucket list for awhile now.
And Lisbon keeps being cited as one of the world's coolest cities.
And that weather!
So… guess where we just went?
I came to Mexico City hoping to find what's left over of the ancient civilizations that used to roam these places, but modern civilization has mostly taken over by now.
It wasn't until I visited Teotihuacán, an archaeological site just outside of Mexico City, that I was truly awed!
I've seen too much of the western world and wanted to experience another culture, so I was really excited to go to Mexico City and learn all about the Mayans and Aztecs.
Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital, lies buried underneath modern-day Mexico City and you can still find remains, like the ruins of Tenochtitlán's main temple complex: the Templo Mayor.
I've often been to the south of France - from the Ardèche region to the Alps to
the French Riviera - and I knew
Lyon mostly from the traffic jams on the Autoroute du Soleil - France's
north-south artery between Paris and Lyon - on
when everyone's trying to get to the south.
But Lyon has more to offer than those traffic jams, especially if you're into
gastronomy (which, admittedly, I am not.)
The city that never sleeps: for a tireless traveler as me, this sounds too promising to pass up. But where to even begin in a city that has so much to offer? My list was so long and we didn't even get to finish it. So here's a short list of things you must absolutely do or see.
California's Yosemite National Park, one of the first national parks, is magical with its enormous cliffs & domes, waterfalls & giant sequoia trees.
As I marvel the beauty of this place, I can't help but wonder what it must've been like for the first people to arrive in the valley.
While Amsterdam is not quite as big as Paris or London, it's got something to offer to everyone. With origins in the 12th century and over 50 museums, there's plenty for the cultural tourist to experience. Or go on a shopping spree in one of its 10k shops. And Amsterdam's open mindset provides all the right ingredients for a great party!
When I think of travel, I think of adventure. Or a citytrip to soak up the local culture and hop from landmark to landmark.
Relaxing at the beach is not what I'd usually seek out, but I did when I visited Paphos.
And let me tell you, there was no shortage of sun & beaches!