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Extraordinary Intimate Holidays

Taking a trip to renew your vows is an excellent way to re-energize any partnership. An anniversary trip can integrate love, trust and intimacy, whether it’s a wooden anniversary in Amsterdam or a re-creation of your honeymoon vacation after twenty-five years. And what about those two people inching in the direction of the forty year anniversary? Different from a honeymoon where a couple wants to relax and have fun, especially after the months of preparing, an anniversary trip requires more strategic planning.

Holidays impression After choosing a location, you will need to choose activities that are most ideal to your marital landmark.

For instance, couples celebrating a 45-year anniversary might want something more leisurely, like visiting Santa Barbara wine country, while the younger folks might want to ski in Colorado or check something off the bucket list like a safari in Botswana. Holidays like these will enable you to discover a new part of the world, as well as a new part of your relationship. And lucky for you, we have produced a listing with all the greatest locations.

Principality of Monaco
Observe Monaco Ville, called Le Rocher, where you will be taken back in time to an old town with small, windy medieval lanes. Later on, head to the celebrated Casino de Monte-Carlo which gives partners the occasion to get all gussied up, and the gents must don jackets after eight pm.

Amsterdam, Holland

For couples wanting to experience romance, there is no better destination than to stop by Holland’s tulip display. What you don’t want to miss however are the seventeenth century canals in Amsterdam, which haven’t changed since the time of Rembrandt.

Beaver Creek, Colorado
In Beaver Creek, which is a mere 12 miles west of Vail, Colorado, a couple can stay by themselves at the remarkable Trappers Cabin nestled away in the Rocky Mountains.
Cabo San Lucas
Experience the glory of whale watching in Cabo when humpbacks start showing up between December and April.

Republic of Botswana

Visit the Khwai Private Reserve, located on the eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, which comes with access to the famous Okavango Delta.

Algarrobo, Chile
Fly to Chile to stay at the famed San Alfonso Del Mar and unwind next to one of the premier, sparkling blue saltwater pools in the world.

Those Special Occasion Breaks

Vacations and special moments are a time to celebrate and have fun. Have you ever considered taking a break to visit Santa’s workshop in Lapland, or getting away for a while in Dubrovnik, getting married in St. Lucia and honeymooning in Bora Bora?

Following are just a few finest destinations where you can go to observe those momentous occasions and make fantastic memories.

Spend Your Christmas in Rovaniemi, Lapland

One way to enjoy a magical Christmas with your family is to visit the place where Santa and his elves dwell, Lapland. This city, situated on the Arctic Circle, is the most enchanting place for young kids and grown-ups to have fun and embrace the Christmas spirit. Santa Claus will be ready and waiting every day to meet kids at the Santa Claus Village, where he will present his tiny aids and reindeer. You can make your child’s dream come true!

New Year's Eve at Sydney Harbour Bridge
There is absolutely nothing more amazing than experiencing the mix of fireworks in Sydney which are viewed as one of the very best fireworks displays in the world. The entertainment starts at 6 pm with an entertainment show at Sydney Harbour, finishing up at midnight with a fireworks show for the entire family at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

This 12-minute show is spectacular and is broadcast to millions around the globe.

Happy Valentine's Day from Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is considered one of southeastern Europe’s most intimate locations because of its medieval feeling and Croatian charm.

Dubrovnik might be the perfect place to propose, with its old charming houses oozing with medieval history. Poets, novelists and painters have been impacted by this impressive town. If you jump on one of the cable cars, you will be able to see the striking terracotta rooftops, the Adriatic Sea and the island of Lokrum across the way.

Tie the Knot in St. Lucia

There is no better place to get married than St. Lucia and there are many reasons why. Plush with tropical rain forests and wildlife, this island boasts its most famous sight, the emerald twin summits called the Pitons.

This Caribbean island undoubtedly makes the perfect place for your heavenly beach-side wedding.

Enjoy Your Honeymoon in Bora Bora

Extraordinary impression Bora Bora, meaning “created by the gods”, is a French Polynesian island barely 6 miles long and 2 miles wide, and though on the smaller side, it overflows with all-natural wonder.

Mt. Otemanu, a dormant volcano, springs up from the center of the island fanning out into lush jungle before spilling into a turquoise-colored lagoon. It was referred to as “the most beautiful island in the world” by novelist James Michener, who wrote “Tales of the South Pacific”. 18th-century British adventurer James Cook even named it the "Pearl of the Pacific."

Offering exquisite resorts, superb climate and cheerful locals, there is no better tropical retreat than Bora Bora.

Happy Anniversary from Bali

Bali is Indonesia's main tourist destination and is the ideal anniversary destination, offering beaches, coral reefs and charming landscapes. Bali feels and looks like utopia on earth, with its picturesque scenery and fantastic blue waters.

Bali brings luxury travelers, with its theatrical dances and traditional ceremonies, and ritzy resorts and energetic nightlife. If you and your significant other want to experience things like personalized cruising in Crystal Bay, exclusive visits to Mt. Batur – Bali’s sacred volcano, a couple’s massage, cooking classes with natives and helicopter rides, then Bali is for you.

10 of the Greatest Off-the-Beaten-Track Treks

Do you want to truly get away and head to locations where you can be completely on your own with no one else around? Remove yourself from the routine grind and get close to the outdoors on some of the world’s most obscure hiking trails. Travel Africa’s third ultimate mountain to the Australian deserts, and even the world’s most southerly trek in Patagonia, each place is magnificent.

Even though these tracks are not easy to get to, don’t let that limit you, there is a trek out there for all.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal
Total Duration: Approximately 17 days - 13 days trekking
Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (6)

Best for travelers who want to try a trek different to Everest Base Camp

Departure dates: February to mid-May and end of September to December
Do you want stay away from the crazy touristy hikes in the Everest region?

You can journey though Sherpa villages to the awe-inspiring turquoise Gokyo Lakes and pass through Renjo La (5400) on a very quiet trail. It is regarded as the very greatest trek in the Everest region, and gives a panoramic view of the Himalaya’s 8,000-meter peaks. On the climb to Gokyo Ri, you can get the most beautiful views of Everest and connecting mountains, Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End to End in Australia

Duration is approximately 14 days
Grading: Moderate to Challenging (6)

Ideal for: Wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers looking for a challenge
Best to go from Mid-April to August
An iconic walk in Australia, the complete traverse of the Larapinta follows the West MacDonnell range, over 223 kilometers in Central Australia.

Hike through the semi-arid region on isolated ridges and canyons, slumber under the stars in the Outback; walk Mount Sonder, the highest peak in the Northern Territory and take in the stunning sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island in Chile
Duration is about 6 days - 4 days trekking

Level is Challenging (7)
Ideal for the trekkers who desire getting off the beaten track in Patagonia
December to March is the best time to go

Hike one of the globes most southern trails stretching across Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will feel like you are walking on the edge of the world. There will not be many other travelers during this 42-kilometer area at the edge of South America. Extraordinary re-creation This route has been identified by Lonely Planet as anexceptional trek in Patagonia and is probably one of the few very remote spots on earth left to visit

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan
Duration is approximately 24 days -16 days trekking
Grading is considered entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Best for those who are looking to get into mountaineering or looking to take on a challenging trek
Best time to go: June to August
Considered to be one of the very best picturesque treks, it extends from the well-known Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the end of the globe’s second tallest peak.

The celebrated journey in Pakistan has captivated many explorers and hikers for a long time, with the 360-degree scene of 7,000 meter and 8,000-meter summits, as well as the grand K2.

The Southern Alps in New Zealand
Duration is approx. 6 days
Grading: Moderate (5)

Ideal for: Anyone seeking to head for heights
Best time to go: November to April

New Zealand’s Southern Alps are regarded as one of the top hiking (“tramping” to the locals) locations on Earth with its rolling hills, impressive glaciers, and blue-green lakes. Exploring the alpine tarns with unobscured vistas, this hike is considered a warm up for trekking in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Duration: Approximately 13 days - 10 days actual of trekking
Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Ideal for those who have checked off Mt. Kilimanjaro from their to-do list and are looking for their next challenging summit
When to go: December to February or June to September

Tucked away and quiet, the Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa's greatest hidden hidden. For those who like a challenge, the climb to Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third highest mountain, is the way to go.

West Coast Trail in Canada
Duration: About 8 days (a 7-day full-pack trek)
Grading is considered moderate to challenging (6)
Best for: Active walkers who love coastal walks and desire to combine it with an exhilarating forest trek and wildlife spotting

Ideal time to go: August
Sail by ferry across the Strait of Georgia with its Orca-filled waters, and journey to the northern trailhead of Vancouver Island where you can begin your trek and you possibly see a sea lion, eagle or bear along the coastline. On the list of top 10 hikes, you can appreciate long shoreline walks on the shelf, if organized correctly.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan
Duration: Approximately 27 days (23 days trekking)
Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)
Ideal for: Those looking for a very challenging trek that ventures far off the beaten track

Holidays recreation

Ideal time to go is September to November
Travel the greatest traverse of Bhutan extending through 11 grand passes over 4,500 meters through the isolated Lunana terrain.

This coveted walkabout discovers the splendid Paro Valley where you will unearth an area of tiny Buddhist monasteries and out of the way villages that are concealed from the world most days of the year.

Pamir Fann Mountains in Tajikstan
Duration is approx.14 days (5 days trekking)
Grading: Moderate (5)

Ideal for: Those desiring to take their bush walking adventures up a notch while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing
When to go: June to September
Well-known for its rare mountain scenery and its profoundly stunning alpine lakes, this off -the-beaten walk in the virgin areas of Pamir crosses deep valleys with clear lakes and blooming grasslands.

You could possibly spot the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Tavan Bogd, Mongolia

Duration: About 11 days (4 days trekking)

Grading: Moderate (5)
Best for anyone looking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture
When to go: Months of June to August

Geographically, this is the most remote section of Mongolia, and is lush with unspoiled nature, wildlife and engaging cultural history.

You will also meet local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan people, and learn about the indigenous peoples.

Weekend Getaways Close to Home

After a stressful week, sometimes a brief getaway can replenish your batteries and boost your energy. Although finding the right place for such a brief trip is not always easy. Below is a list of some ideal spots for a weekend trip you will love.

New York City

Getting to the city that never sleeps from nearly anywhere is easy by car, rail, or plane. Don’t let weather deter you; indoor activities like famous museums or Broadway shows abound, while outdoor activities such as the High Line and Central Park can also be fun even in the winter. If you enjoy fascinating historical monuments, you can get to both Ellis Island and the legendary Statue of Liberty via an enjoyable ferry ride.

San Francisco

Visitors love the weather conditions in San Francisco, which enables tourists and locals alike to enjoy outdoor activities such as riding the iconic cable cars, walking across the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, and exploring the distinctive neighborhoods that each have their own colorful personalities. What's more, sports lovers can enjoy superb views of the San Francisco Bay from AT&T Park during baseball season.

Washington, D.C.

Both history aficionados and aspiring politicians will love Washington, D.C., with its many things to discover on the National Mall such as the inspiring Lincoln Memorial, the impressive Washington Monument, and many others; and most are free of charge.

Foodies will appreciate the weekend brunch custom, popular with both local people and visitors alike.

New Orleans

New Orleans has so many things to do it’s difficult to fit it all into a single weekend, so pick carefully.

History aficionados can check out The National WWII Museum, while outdoorsy people can wander through City Park. No trip would be finished without having beignets and enjoying a night out in the French Quarter.

Nashville, NC
Part mountain village, part hipster retreat, this North Carolina locale is a haven for outdoorsy people and beer lovers. The renowned Appalachian Trail passes through the area if you want to hike a portion, and nearby Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway also offer fun day hikes. Intimate portrayal When you have worked up an appetite, stop in at one of the craft breweries to try one of the 100-plus local beers and some fabulous food.

Chicago
Chicago is recognized for its great food, iconic architecture, and exciting things to do, making it an excellent weekend getaway. Temperature-permitting, take a cruise through the city on the Chicago River to see the architectural works of art, then take a stroll to Millennium Park to see the renowned sculpture nicknamed “The Bean” for its unique shape. Meanwhile, museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum are ideal places to escape winter's biting temps.

Seattle
In Seattle, be sure to stop in a local café for coffee, as the city is known for its laid-back coffee scene (it’s home to the original Starbucks); visit the iconic Space Needle; then head over to vibrant Pike Place Market in the evening for dinner or drinks. You might additionally schedule in a hike in Discovery Park or on nearby Mount St. Helens. Pack an umbrella, but don’t let the city’s famous rainy weather stop you; it is usually just a light drizzle or mist.

What Makes a Perfect Honeymoon?

Let’s face it, after the excitement of the wedding comes the best bit – the honeymoon vacation. Newlywed couples are constantly on the hunt for honeymoon packages that cater specifically to their needs, a fact that many resorts and cruise lines have come to realize.

What is certain is that newlyweds are searching for the perfect place to relax, reinvigorate and share intimate moments. To discover which of the numerous spots may be good for you, read on…

Let's get married!

You’ve been swept away by your sweetheart and now you want to organize the perfect honeymoon. From the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, newly married couples in the US have so many destinations to choose from whatever their interests – whether it’s mountain climbing, skiing, kayaking, or visiting iconic cities.

LA & SF, Cali
The renowned Hollywood sign in Los Angeles and the impressive Golden Gate Bridge are just two of the most internationally recognized symbols that California has to offer.

New York, New York
New York City's experienced innkeepers know how to host honeymoon couples and other romantics in exceptional fashion. The Big Apple’s recognized sites, museums, and night scene make it worth getting out from under the sheets.

Hawaii
Hawaii’s beautiful beaches and hidden coves; first-class hotels; fresh, inventive cuisine; water sports galore; extraordinary natural beauty; and optimal weather make it one of the world’s top-notch honeymoon destinations.
Las Vegas

And don’t forget Las Vegas. The city provides 24-hour excitement and late-night action for newlyweds who prefer more fun than a good tan. For couples who appreciate a serving of culture, fine dining and relaxing beaches, Europe is chock-full of choices.

Paris, France
The cozy bistros and renowned Eiffel Tower in Paris, often called the City of Love, make this city a wondrous place for couples to understand what romance is all about.
The Many Cities of Italy

Neighboring Italy is replete with history, world-recognized art, trend setting fashion, exquisite food, and so much more. The picturesque little towns and culture- rich cities of the Tuscany region are a must see when traveling to Italy.

The City of Water is famous for its romantic, singing gondolieri on the Grand Canal and the elaborate face masks worn at the Carnival of Venice.

Espagna

The choice of places to visit in Spain run the gamut from the historic, the natural wonder, to the sunny coasts and party islands.

Combined with intricate architecture and Spanish folklore, Seville is a fascinating city ideal for honeymooners to explore. By day, you can wander through its extravagant palaces and parks.

Follow this up with a rejuvenating siesta so you have the stamina to dance all night long.

Greece
The azure waters and recognizable whitewashed backgrounds of Greece make for great pictures to show back home. Its delicious ouzo is the perfect accompaniment to a delicious meal of extra fresh seafood and other delicacies.

Honeymooning in the South Pacific will leave newlyweds with memories to cherish forever. Set in the South Pacific, Tahiti and Fiji are recognized as some of the best honeymoon destinations in the world.

Both islands offer honeymooners long stretches of pristine, tranquil beaches as well as over-the-top accommodations. Intimate impression The jaw-dropping over-water suites let you view tropical fish swimming underneath your coffee table.

Experience the trip of a lifetime on an African honeymoon.

If you’re looking a real escapade, then a honeymoon in Africa is just what you're looking for, from long safari walks, great fishing, or exciting canoe trips, or maybe just a good book in front of a hippo-filled river. Toast to married life before a camp fire as you look up to watch the star-studded sky and listen to the sounds of the African bush, with an occasional roar here and there. Zambia, often referred to as the "Real Africa", is an unique wilderness experience distant from the throngs of tourist-packed destinations. It is a destination popular with honeymooners with a sense of adventure and a a love of nature. It is a country replete with some of the most out of the way and unspoiled wildlife in Africa, but also an area with incredible sunsets where you can enjoy true peace and quiet.

For honeymooners wishing to have a wide variety of experiences in one place, South Africa is a great destination with its Big 5 game reserves, scenic wine routes, unspoiled beaches and breathtaking mountain ranges. It has been dubbed the “Rainbow Nation” because of the myriad different cultures living there. Approximately 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of the African continent lies Mauritius, one of the world's most fashionable honeymoon hot spots, and for valid reasons. This balmy island on the Indian Ocean is full of palm-fringed beaches making it the ideal place to honeymoon. Mauritius offers newlyweds the ideal combination of activity, leisure, luxury and personal service honeymooners should have on such a special occasion.

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