International Escapes: A Hop, Skip and Jump Away

walk-on-the-beach-3855067__340.jpg It’s not hard to believe an international getaway is too aggressive for a weekend. Could not be further from the truth. Really, lots of international destinations are close enough to be a worthwhile three-day weekend trip.

Below is a variety of fabulous places great for a thrilling weekend adventure. Montreal, Quebec, Canada Old-world charm is front and center in this second largest Canadian city after Toronto.

Visitors always love the beautiful Vieux Montreal neighborhood with its intriguing boutiques and inviting cafes and restaurants. When the weather is nice, head to the sprawling Mount Royal Park for a picnic, guided hike, or relaxing bike ride. If you can take the cold, you can also go snowshoeing, ice skate, or do a myriad of other winter sports in the park area. Bermuda

Bermuda is a British territory in the mid-Atlantic popular with US visitors due to the brief two-hour flight from countless east coast cities, its beautiful beaches of distinct pink sand, and its warm weather year-round.

In addition to the amazing beaches, Bermuda is a great place to roam around exploring its charming cobblestone streets, imposing forts, traditional colonial buildings, and interesting maritime history. Brave adventurers can rent a jet ski and ride into the notorious Bermuda Triangle. Baja California Sur, Mexico

If you’re thinking of sunlight and sand, you might want to head south to the beautiful beaches of Baja California Sur, Mexico. At the southern tip of Baja California is Cabo San Lucas, popular for its exotic resorts, high-end dining, and cool bars and nightclubs. For a more active weekend, head to Lover’s Beach to see the impressive natural rock formations, explore the famous caves, or delight in the beautiful crystal-clear ocean.

Costa Rica

Enticing Costa Rica is a hop, skip, and a jump away from many U.S. cities and makes a great weekend getaway. Its 800 miles of coastline is filled with beautiful beaches and much more.

The Arenal Volcano area is considered its adventure capital where you can rappel down a waterfall; hike in the jungle while watching out for colorful birds, monkeys and sloths; enjoy a stimulating zip-line ride; and relax in the volcano-fed hot springs.

Cartagena, Columbia Found on the northern coast of Columbia facing the Caribbean, in Cartagena you’ll find stunning blue waters with coral reefs that edge white powdery beaches. The charming old walled city takes you back in time to the Spanish colonial era with its traditional architecture and unique 500-year-old fortress built of coral.

Toronto Toronto is as cosmopolitan a city as they come.

More than 50% of its occupants were not born there, making it a very diverse city in terms of people and culture.

After a vacation in Toronto you could feel like you’ve been on a world tour if you checked out its Little Italy, Chinatown, Koreatown, and Greektown. An international getaway can offer a peaceful, relaxing weekend at the beach, an adventurous hike through a tropical rainforest, or whatever else you might want; the options are endless. Whatever you are looking for – love, adventure, culinary treats, history – can be yours.

Interesting Attractions of the Mediterranean Sea

From viticulture and art to science and democracy, historians credit the establishment of modern civilization to the people along the southern coast of Europe. The “Old World” is certainly a place rich in history. It will be hard going home again once you have laid on the beaches of Italy and Spain, visited the historical sights of Jerusalem and Greece, and seen the amazing scenery of the Greek Islands and Santorini. ronald-van-der-meulen-1230516__340.jpg There is no other spot in the world like Rome, with its famous Colosseum and Pantheon, or Vatican City, home of the Pope and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Lovers of architectural design will enjoy a stop in Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudi’s extraordinary work. Some of the world’s greatest wines can be enjoyed in Italy’s Chianti region, France’s Provence, or the city of Port in Portugal.

Unveil the mysteries of Venice while navigating its stunning canals.

In Croatia, tourists can visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, selected as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. You will be driven to go back and look over your old history books when you visit Europe.

So Many Things to Discover and Do in Asia

Renowned for its sophisticated cosmopolitan way of life, Hong Kong is an international trade, style, and culinary hub for Asia.

Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, is famed for its gorgeous natural beauty, beach life, and culture. With a rich history and cultural influences from around the world including Portuguese and Jewish, Cochin (or Kochi) is part of India’s Kerala state and is commonly known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Another must-see is Petra, the Jordanian city designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is known as “Rose City” because it was constructed of rose-colored stone. When you visit the world by cruise ship, you can see bustling metropolises and tiny tribal villages, rainforests and mountains, polar bears and lions, all while relishing in the luxurious comfort of your ship.

Africa and Its Different Regions

Follow in the footsteps of early settlers from Germany, Britain, Portugal, and The Netherlands when you select a cruise to Africa.

The diverse cultures brought about by ancient tribal traditions and colonialism are fascinating to compare when you stop in places such as Senegal, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius. See the spectacular beauty of the desert in Namibia or visit South Africa’s lush green mountainous landscapes. Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, is a great destination for food devotees, as it is the heart of saffron country and holds the moniker “Spice Island”.

Check Out Amazing Castles

The castles found in Europe are each note-worthy and worthy of their own fairy tale. These magnificent buildings have survived battles, fires, decades and continue to stand. From the Islands in Greece to the cliffs in Scotland, every single castle has a fascinating history, and some may even have some ghosts lurking about. And although most were built from stone and brick, they are each specific and continue to intrigue people from all over the world.

Travel to the past by going to these grand homes that once belonged to kings and queens, and feel a little majestic yourself. These castles should be incorporated into every travel plan. 1.Mont Saint-Michel

Situated on a pinnacle near Normandy, France, Mont Saint Michel is regarded as an architectural masterpiece. 2.Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle, which rests on Castle Rock, is an ancient fortress which commands the city of Edinburgh. Throughout the ages, Edinburgh Castle has dealt with raids, coup-d'etats, killings but has managed to endure throughout.

3.Neuschwanstein Castle On a rocky hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in Southwestern Bavaria, Germany, stands the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, named as Neuschwanstein Castle. panorama-2117310__340.jpg Designed for King Ludwig II, it was built as a getaway for opera composer of Richard Wagner and paid for via personal funds and loans. 4.Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle is found next to the village of Glamis in Angus, Scotland.

It is the residence of the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and can be visited. It is widely known as the most haunted palace in all of Scotland. 5. Windsor Castle With a statue of Queen Victoria and hundreds of thousands of holiday-makers per year, Windsor Castle is the formal personal home of the royal British family in Berkshire.

At 900 years old, Britain's Windsor Castle is the grandest lived-in castle and oldest noble palace globally.

6.Château de Chambord The castle of Chambord in France is the grandest of the Loire fortresses. It was designed between 1519 and 1547 near the river Cosson, a tributary river of Beuvron which streams into the Loire.

In 1981, it became a World Heritage site by UNESCO. 7. Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace, in Herefordshsire, England, became well-known because Henry VIII in the sixteenth was frequently there.

Nowadays, travelers can enjoy the warm weather and explore the beautiful gardens. 8. Prague Castle

In the beginning, Prague Castle was a political and spiritual center for a nation desiring change. 9.St. Michael's Mount St. Michaels Mount, located in Cornwall, England, is a palatial home purchased by the National Trust. It can only be frequented during low tide by trekking over the causeway.

10. Leeds Castle

Located in Kent, England and created in the sixteenth century, Leeds Castle was made for Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

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