Close-to-Home Weekend Getaways

bora-bora-685303__340 (1).jpg After a long week, sometimes a brief getaway can replenish your batteries and restore your energy.

But picking which destination to travel to can be hard when you are only going to have a few days available. Below is a list of some perfect spots for a weekend trip you will love.

New York City Depending on where you reside, The Big Apple can be reached quite effortlessly by flying, driving, or taking a train. It is great even in cold weather, as there are many indoor attractions such as Broadway shows or museums, while in summer tourists can enjoy outdoor places including the High Line and Central Park.

For a bit of history, catch a ferry to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty. San Francisco There is much to appreciate about San Francisco: the iconic cable cars you can ride through city streets, the colorful hilly neighborhoods, the dazzling Golden Gate Bridge, and of course the lovely weather. What's more, sports fanatics can enjoy great views of the San Francisco Bay from AT&T Park throughout baseball season.

Washington, D.C. The beautiful U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. has many important attractions that are easy to visit, as many are free of charge and found within walking distance of each other: the imposing Lincoln Memorial, the awe-inspiring Washington Monument, and many more.

When visiting, don't miss out on the popular weekend brunch scene – just be sure to make reservations in advance. New Orleans You can't visit all of the Big Easy's most popular sights in one weekend, but its distinct offerings make it easy to choose activities based on your interests. History enthusiasts can visit The National WWII Museum, while outdoorsy people can walk through City Park.

Anyone spending time in New Orleans has to set aside some time to wander around the iconic French Quarter (preferably in the evening) and save some appetite for the tasty traditional beignets.

Nashville, NC

This small town is enjoyed by easy-going hipsters, beer enthusiasts, as well as anyone who loves beautiful mountain scenery. The legendary Appalachian Trail passes through the area if you want to hike a segment, and nearby Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway also offer lovely day hikes.

More than a hundred terrific craft beers await you at regional breweries, so head on over once you are ready to kick back and relax. Chicago

Because it is centrally located and not hard to get to from nearly anywhere in the U.S., Chicago is a great weekend destination for visitors wanting to experience its lively bar and restaurant scene, architectural history, or other activities. Temperature-permitting, take a cruise through the city on the Chicago River to see the architectural works of art, then take a walk to Millennium Park to see the famous sculpture nicknamed “The Bean” for its odd shape. Museum lovers might choose to visit Chicago in the cold winter months to enjoy the exceptional museums including the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Seattle This lovely coastal city has a lot to offer: have a coffee at the original Starbucks, then head over to the famous Space Needle, and finally check out the scene at the fun Pike Place Market where you can have dinner at one of the wonderful restaurants. You could even schedule in a hike in Discovery Park or on nearby Mount St. Helens.

Be sure to take an umbrella, as it does rain quite often in Seattle, though it’s generally more of a light mist.

Leading Treks Around the World

The greatest journeys are more than the steps you take, they are about the knowledge and impact you receive from the locale. are about stepping into a destination’s culture and history. Still, these walks are not an effortless undertaking.

They will challenge you on a physical level and mental level, leaving you with an indelible mark of the vastness of our world. A listing of the planet's greatest hikes is found below.

1.Peru’s Inca Trail | ~26.7 miles | 4 days Many remarkable moments are created on the Inca Trail, but nothing matches the moment you go through the Sun Gate and experience the sight of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. The best months to go are May to September.

2. Colombia’s Lost City | ~27 miles | 5 days

Hike through the dense jungle through streams before coming to the ruins of Teyuna. Arrive here first you and will have this Lost City to appreciate exclusively. bora-bora-3023437__340.jpg It is best to go from August to November. 3. Nepal’s Everest Base Camp | ~38.5 miles | 13 days

The hike will connect you more to the people of the Himalayas while creating an opening to the top of the planet.

Once you fix your eyes on Everest, you will never view the Earth in the same light. The best months to go are August to November.

4. Tanzania’s Mt Kilimanjaro | ~21.1 miles | 8 days Mt Kilimanjaro at 5,895m (19,340 ft.) is Africa's highest point. It is daunting to say the least, but unlike other tall peaks, it provides those brave enough to reach the pinnacle.

Ideal time to go: September to March. 5. Europe’s Mont Blanc | ~77.7 miles | 8 days The Tour du Mont Blanc goes through three countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France and covers the distance of a hundred miles.

Perfect time to go: June to September 6. Patagonia’s Torres del Paine Circuit | 82.6 miles | 10 days fantasy-3502188__340.jpg It is best-known for its natural splendor and here you will come across breathtaking volcanic landscapes, enormous glaciers, and extensive steppe-like plains stretching out to the horizon.

The best time to go is from December to March. 7. Trekking Venezuela's Mt Roirama | ~21.1 miles | 6 days

The awe-inspiring mountain Roraima is regarded as sacred to the region's indigenous peoples and may have prompted Arthur Conan Doyle’s to write his book, "The Lost World." Best time to go: You can journey through Roraima at any time in the year, but November to April is the time. 8. The Camino de Santiago, Spain | ~466 miles | 30 days

The popular Camino de Santiago, also called the St. James Trail, was a major Christian journey during the Middle Ages, and it is still considered a significant religious retreat to this day. The walk can be done at any time of the year but between autumn and spring is perfect, but also very busy.

Planning Your Family Holiday

Planning your family vacation can be tricky as you have lots of people to consider. The entire family grows and evolves, and so do the interests and passions. Whether your travels will be with young children, passionate middle schoolers, temperamental teenagers or your mom and dad, the best vacation is out there waiting for you. Family vacations are key for family members to enjoy good quality time together, particularly in today’s world where life can get so frantic.

Experiencing things together is not only good for one but also fortifies family ties. And they create great memories that will last a lifetime.

Family holidays, though, can be a tricky and daunting undertaking. Finding sufficient activities to keep everyone occupied is challenging! So what specifically is needed to have that awesome holiday?

The bottom line is to keep all ages entertained at all times.

The little ones will need familiar foods, babysitters and even certain medical needs, but the older ones will have other priorities.

As mentioned, family time is significant, but teenagers require independence, adventure, time with peers and to hang out by the swimming pool. Immersive travel is a way to uncover more about the place you are visiting and allows your family to do more than the standard visit. Getting involved with in the local lifestyle and experiencing it first hand, you can truly become part of the place you are visiting, and it will be part of you forever. Gazing at the Milky Way, hiking through the jungle and seeing amazing wildlife will leave a huge impression and a deep desire to travel the world throughout your lifetime.

You can have one-of-a-kind adventures: make croissants in a French boulangerie, visit neighborhood school children, like the Masai Mara, or get up close and personal to a glacier in Antartica. Everyone in the family can enjoy mastering a bit of the local language, as well as trying some of the enticing foods that will please even the pickiest of eaters.

If you are looking for a tranquil and peaceful setting to forget your troubles or wanting to overcome the highest peak, your options are plenty.

Outlined below are just a few recommended places: Nihi Sumba Island in Indonesia bora-bora-685303__340 (1).jpg There is no other hotel in the world like the Nihi Sumba in Indonesia – it has been named the finest and most enjoyable hotel in the world.

Here you will find a spa located under a fountain, a lavish wellness center, a private place to surf, horse back riding and an open air Land Rover Safari. Cruise the Italian Riviera

There is nothing like luxury yacht travel where the choices are endless with shopping, touring, watersports or if leisure is your goal, quiet time. This journey will take you from Naples to the Blu Grotto in Capri, Positano and leave you at the volcanic island of Stromboli. Montana: The Ranch at Rock Creek

Perhaps you are merely looking for a good day fishing spot, an ambitious hike or a place to go horse-back riding. But collapsing into a luxurious bed at the end of the day is still your vision, therefore the spectacular Ranch at Rock Creek located in Montana is the right place for you and your loved ones. You will be staying in luxury cabin accommodations and getting facials and massage treatments at the spa.

African Safari

A safari vacation is perfect for those who want to disconnect with the devices of the world and breathe in fresh air as well as re-discover nature. People of all ages will be left inspired by the great beauty of the African plains and wildlife. Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts Canyon Ranch provides parents and teenagers, aged 14 to 17, a chance to join in educational programs covering fitness, spiritualism and the connection between mind and body.

For those who seek to uncover the unearthly world further, there are tarot card readings and the chance to get a horoscope reading as well.

Iceland girl-1955797__340.jpg Iceland is all the rage these days and there are many reasons as to why. You will arrive at this beautiful place in only 5 to 6 hours when leaving from the east coast.

And it offers grand adventure for the kids and luxury for mom and dad. And that’s not all, the photos your kids will post online will wow all their buddies at home. Patagonia

San Carlos de Bariloche in Patagonia is another destination if you are looking to escape the summer heat and experience the wonder of this small town set in the hills of the Andes Mountains.

To get to Bariloche, as it is colloquially known, is not complicated; it is a brief 2 hour flight from Buenos Aires. Costa del Sol, Marbella If your child is the new Federer and you desire sunning at the beach while he or she plays with a pro, then visit Puente Romano Beach resort in Marbella. Bermuda

Bermuda has great weather all year and is not a long trip from the East Coast. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, dearly referred to by the Bermudians as the “Pink Palace”, is the ideal vacation spot for the entire family.

Whatever family trip one selects, it is certain to become the stuff of legend and will provide inspiring tales for countless years.

Take Charge of Your Holiday

Flash back to your last amazing trip. Why has it stayed in your mind for so long?

The place was undoubtedly component of it. However your travel partners played an even more essential role. On occasion a nice holiday with your friends and/or family is truly all you seek.

Other times, getting to know new people is on your agenda. Personalizing your trip enables that flexibility to organize your optimal getaway.

Suggested agendas are always available but developing a unique one for you takes into consideration your time, interests and finances.

However, finding the exact tour to meet all your needs can be a process in itself.

This is when you want to turn to a professional. They can answer your questions about all types of things like; where to go, how to plan the ideal family vacation, where to go for that most desirable romantic getaway, the best way to see the world, and a whole lot more. Specialized tour packages fit the bill for people who have unique interests.

They offer options that you just cannot get from a group tour. The foodies, adventurers and historians of the world will want to experience an immersive travel program that is unique to them. There are many examples of this kind of program, such as wildlife photography.

Holding out for a good shot is a huge part of this hobby and can be tough to accomplish on your ordinary excursion. A photography outing guarantees that you get as much time as you need to get that photo that will impress your colleagues. This is also good for birdwatchers. inspiring words from Robert Lynd were dead on; “In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence”.

Private tours are ideal for birders, as they are often called, because they can dedicate all day looking for that evasive species without having to worry about the others in the group. Time and money are also essential to consider. bora-bora-685303__340.jpg How many days do you plan to take off of work and how far can you stretch your finances? 100% flexible, custom-made tours are personalized to meet your all your requirements.

Maybe you are looking to go at a given time of year to visit a local festival? Travel experts can assist you in planning all of this.

A personalized trip means you can do what you want to do with no interruptions.

It means you can focus on what you want to do and not get caught up in complicated schedules.

It’s what you need for the ideal holiday!

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