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Top 10 Destinations for Solo Travellers

Solo traveling is something that every person must do, at least once in a lifetime. It is truly amazing how much you can learn and experience when you decide to enjoy your own company and focus on the travel and culture, rather than on the people that you are traveling with. On the way, you will meet new people and actively participate in your travels, rather than just being a sightseer and picture taker. Below are 10 of the best destinations to travel and enjoy alone.

10. Seville, Spain
This is a country that is known for being lively and social, making it the perfect destination for someone who is traveling alone and wanting to make friends. Seville is fun loving, and most importantly, hospitable. It is not uncommon for strangers to strike up a conversation, dance, and even invite you to share a meal. The best part about touring Seville is that there is always something to do. You don’t need to have a plan just step outside and you will find something to do or a place to explore. Being a solo traveler also allows for more accommodation options. You can opt to stay with a local family, as a homestay, or stay in a hotel or hostel. Either way, you are bound to make a few new friends.

9. Paris, France
For those who could spend hours in museums and galleries, Paris is the solo destination of your dreams. Despite the long-time association with romance, Paris is actually more a city of love. You will fall in love with the planets best museums. You will fall in love with the most decadent desserts. And you will definitely fall in love with the way the city feeds you culture, beauty, and art. You can find accommodation from $40 per night, depending on your tastes, and a Museum Pass costs about 75 euros for 6 days of unlimited entry to 50 different sites. You can take pictures of all you see and enjoy a quiet afternoon coffee in one Paris’ MANY cafes and coffee shops.

8. Belgium
Beer and bicycles. If those two things appeal to you, you should definitely add Belgium to your solo travel list. Whilst this is a small country, there are over 150 world-famous breweries crammed into a space smaller than the space of Maryland. You can easily access all of them over the space of a few days, and partake in a biking beer tour whilst you are at it. Whilst in the country, you can enjoy some Belgian cuisine that is both affordable, and pairs well with the many local brews. There are plenty of accommodation options in Belgium, and some even free for lone travelers in small towns. You will love the Belgian hospitality and make plenty of new friends along the way.

7. Taipei, Taiwan
The perfect combination of modernity and history, Taipei is a safe and exciting destination for solo travel. You can explore the night markets where you can buy food, clothing, and anything in between for a low price, as well as the modern buildings and world-class malls. This city is easily accessible with most public communication in English, and low crime rates – there are even Safe Waiting Zones marked on metro platforms if you need to feel even safer. You will find all of the urban comforts you require, as well as the hustle and bustle of a traditional Asian metropolis. This is a particularly great destination for first-time solo travelers who do not want to have to worry about crime and language barriers.

6. Melbourne, Australia
Welcome to the world’s most livable city! Melbourne is a welcoming destination that has all the amenities to make your life hassle-free and enjoyable. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy the free tourist tram to take you around the city, as well as the friendly nature of the local Melbournians. In the city, the major sights are the Star Observation Wheel, Federation Square, Southbank Riverside, and plenty of seasonal activities depending on when you visit. Melbourne is also a multicultural city so expect to sample your way through worldwide foods. There is also an active and vibrant nightlife for those who want to party the night away. You definitely won’t ever feel lonely in this city.

5. Salzburg, Austria
Famously known as Mozart’s hometown, Salzburg yet another great destination for solo travelers looking to soak in its inviting charm. You can visit sights from The Sound of Music such as The Mirabell Gardens, and spend hours in the Biergarten sampling Austria and Europe’s finest ales. This is also the country’s most bike-friendly city, meaning that your transportation costs will be low, and you still be able to see all parts of the city.

4. Washington Dc, USA
This national capital makes it so easy to navigate and enjoy all the city has to offer. Whilst traveling alone, you will have the opportunity to explore the national memorials, galleries, and other private exhibits. There are plenty of free things to do in DC, and almost all of them are accessible via the metro system. You can explore the city on foot, rent a bike, or Uber/Lyft. As for night time entertainment, DC has it all. You can hit the bars or check out some evening theatre performances that are perfect for sitting back and enjoying a drink alone.

3. London, England
It is a given that London is on this list. Almost every solo traveler starts their adventures in London. It is easy to navigate, especially because there is a well-explained signage system that has translations in numerous languages. There are plenty of sights to visit in the city and so many tourists that you won’t have trouble getting pictures of yourself, even if you are traveling solo. The accommodation options in the city vary depending on location and budget, but you will always find something within your price range. In London, you are bound to meet and bond with other solo travelers along your journey.

2. Stockholm, Sweden
This beautiful city is a popular solo travel destination, especially among women of all ages. The city holds a unique beauty that you need to explore on your own to truly appreciate. There are plenty of free walking tours around the city that you can join at any point. There are also plenty of accommodation options for single travelers, depending on your budget of course. Transportation is easily accessible in Stockholm, with metro stations so beautifully decorated that they could be mistaken for art exhibits. You can expect the utmost hospitality, especially in restaurants and bars, where solo travelers are not a rarity and are not treated like an oddity by staff. A great destination to start a European solo adventure.

1. Iceland
This is the perfect solo destination if you are looking to unplug from the world for a while and really spend some time with yourself. In this beautiful country, you will be treated to the most magnificent waterfalls and glaciers. There are plenty of nature-oriented activities to do alone and the perfect backdrop for breathtaking photographs. One of the top peaceful countries in the world awaits your visit!

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Top 10 Food Festivals in the USA

They say that food is the gateway to the heart, and no one can disagree with that. Food can teach you so much about the culture of a place. It brings people together, during sadness and joy. For all the food lovers, the USA is full of different cuisines that are unique to specific regions. Food festivals occur year-round to celebrate and appreciate different foods in different parts of the country. Below are our top 10 food festivals in the USA. Eat. Travel. Enjoy.

10. Chicago Food Truck Festival, Chicago, Illinois
Nothing says “FESTIVAL” like a food truck, so what better way to festival than to have a food truck festival. Located in Chicago, this food fest celebrates numerous types of cuisine and food truck culture. The streets are lined with food trucks selling anything and everything that you can imagine. This is the perfect festival for those who want to try a bit of everything and anything.

9. Vegan Soulfest, Baltimore, Maryland
The festival for all things vegan and sustainable. This vegan festival celebrates food and healthful eating. There are numerous vendors selling delicious vegan foods from all culture and countries. There are also vendors selling cruelty-free products, and discussions about how to make the world cleaner, sustainable, and cruelty-free. This is great festival for those who love to eat well, as well as those who want to explore and learn more about veganism.

8. Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, Maine
Calling all lobster lovers. This is the festival for you! Held in August each year, the Maine Lobster Festival is one of Rocklands main attractions. For five days, there is promise of anything and everything lobster. Local restaurants serve their specialty lobster dishes using the freshest ingredients. There are also cooking contests, demonstrations from world-renowned chefs,  and nationally renowned entertainers who perform at the festival. This is definitely one for a niche demographic but a must for all foodies who love the freshest lobster.

7. Dessert Goals, New York City
If you are looking for heaven on earth, this is it. This festival is based on the most important food group – desserts! This festival is great for dessert lovers who would like to explore treats from around the world. Not only are all the desserts delicious, it also makes for some aesthetically pleasing Instagram pictures, and great gifts for those at home.

6. Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, Honolulu, Hawaii
This festival is hosted every year in September by award-winning chefs: Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong. This festival attracts chefs, sommeliers, wine, and spirit producers across the world who come to the four-day festival to showcase their best culinary skills, spirits, and wines. This festival is perfect for those looking to take a vacation to Hawaii and experience world-class cuisine. What better way to enjoy food and drinks, than in Honolulu with a picturesque oceanic backdrop. Pure bliss.

5. Feast Portland, Portland, Oregon
If you are planning on visiting Portland, make sure to plan it for mid-September to coincide with this glorious festival. Appropriately named, this food festival is truly a celebration that spans the entire city. There is the opportunity to try every single food you can think of. Some areas offer free samples, some offer extremely discounted full meals, and there are numerous food-related activities all across the city. You can explore the entire city knowing that you can grab a bite at any given point. This three-day festival runs from September 14th until the 17th.

4. Avocado and Margarita Street Festival, Morro Bay, California
Forget food and wine. This is Californian spin on the traditional food festival is just sensational. This festival invites chefs and cooks from around California to showcase their best margarita recipes, as well as food recipes which use avocados from California. This festival focuses on serving food made from local produce. You can even build your own margaritas. This is the perfect festival to say goodbye to the summer. It takes place in early September in Morro Bay.

3. Sweet Onion Festival, Walla Walla, Washington
What better way to celebrate the state vegetable than to throw a festival all about it! The annual Sweet Onion Festival is certainly a sight and an experience. The festival is held in June each year and has everything onion. There are races, activities, and of course delicious foods for all. There are cooking demonstrations by local chefs and onion experts, and the opportunity to try various types of sweet onions grown in Walla Walla. This is a fun and eccentric food festival that attracts visitors from all around the world.

2. NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, New York City
With a lot of festivals showcasing meat-based products, it can be difficult to find a festival that caters to vegetarians. The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is one of the largest food festivals for vegetarians in the USA. In fact, most of the foods sold and served at the festival are made with no animal products or byproducts, making the food predominantly vegan. Held in May each year, attendees can expect to indulge in delicious foods made from the freshest ingredients. The festival also features cooking demonstrations from renowned chefs.

1. Taste of DC, Washington DC
If you want to truly taste the entire DC, this is, without a doubt, the place to be. Taste of DC is weekend-long festival, that sees the entire Festival Grounds of RFK Stadium filled with food and drink vendors. Over 65 of DCs finest restaurants bring their best food forward to this festival which is held whether there is rain or shine. As DC is a multicultural melting pot, you can expect to taste flavors from all around the world,  prepared by the best. This festival is held in early October.

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The Best Cities in Africa & the Middle East

In Africa and the Middle East, the cities are as rich and diverse as the continents on which they are situated. And for the traveler willing to spend the time, these cultural hubs reveal themselves as layered, complex gems that take a lifetime to get to know.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, we asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

The North African country of Morocco pulled in our fourth- and fifth-place urban rankings with Fez and Marrakesh, two cities that have captured the American imagination. Centuries of history — the oldest existing and continually operating university in the world is located there — draw visitors to Fez, while its walkable medieval medina makes getting around a pleasure. In Marrakesh, visitors can’t get enough of the bustling souks, which explode with color and contagious energy as the Koutoubia Mosque’s distinctive minaret stands watch on the horizon.

For the second year in a row, Beirut ranked among the top five. Though Lebanon’s capital has been linked to political and social upheaval, that hasn’t deterred our readers from visiting; many cited the incredible food and nightlife. “People bend over backwards to make sure your visit is spectacular,” wrote in one fan. “People I met would insist on driving me places.” And in the city of Jerusalem, sacred to three major religions, several millennia of history are at visitors’ fingertips, just waiting to be discovered. “The energy of this city is very powerful,” said a reader.

But Cape Town, for the 16th time in World’s Best history, captured the first-place spot. Most cited the rich and varied offerings as the reason for their high score, and it’s true that there’s likely no other city on earth where you can go from hiking a mountain to spotting giraffes to eating at a world-class restaurant, all in the span of a single day. Factor in Cape Town’s affordability thanks to the current exchange rate, and it’s no wonder the destination soared to the top.

5. Fez, Morocco

4. Marrakesh, Morocco

3. Beirut, Lebanon

2. Jerusalem, Israel

1. Cape Town, South Africa

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Top 10 Music Festivals in the World

Music festivals date back to medieval times but nowadays, they have come to epitomise youth and summertime happiness. With so much diversity in music, you are bound to find something to suit your personal tastes, Whether you are looking to rave for a day and go home, or relax, and enjoy a weekend of music, here is a list of the 10 best festivals around the world to add to your bucket list.

10. Coachella, USA
Possibly the most “red carpet” festival, Coachella is the hangout spot for celebrities, bloggers, and fashion lovers wearing glitter makeup and crochet crop tops. If this sounds like your scene, you are going to love Coachella. Taking place in Indio, California, Coachella has become a household festival name, with world-class headliners, and people flying in from all over the country to get the full Chella experience. Festival-goers can customize their Coachella experience, with options to have the full experience, including camping on site and “roughing it” in the name of Coachella. Alternately, you can choose the “glamping” option, a more glamorous Coachella experience which involves staying in more formal accommodations such as Airbnb or hotels. Whichever option you choose, Coachella is the American dream and marks the beginning of a glorious summer.

9. Tomorrowland, Belgium
For fans of the electronic dance music, Tomorrowland is a definite bucket list festival. It swept the globe by storm and has been getting bigger and bigger. The festival always has an impressive set of headliners and performers including big names like Avicii, Steve Aoki, and David Guetta. This is a plan that requires great planning if you are wanting to make the trip to attend.

8. Splendour in the Grass, Australia
Splendour in the Grass, or Splenda as it is affectionately known, has almost become an Australian rite of passage. Over thirty thousand visitors make the trip to North Byron Highlands to indulge in three days of music, including big-name acts, and local artists. Splenda boasts a HUGE location, with some stages as far as 20 minutes apart. This is fantastic as this is a camping festival and thirty thousand people need a place to set up camp. You can expect to have a lot of muddy fun, lots of beer and delectable festival food. This is the perfect festival for party-loving young individuals who are looking for a weekend of uninhibited fun.

7. Fuji Rock, Japan
Japan is not known for its music festivals, but if you do your homework, you will find out about one of the most popular ones: Fuji Rock, This is the biggest outdoor music events in Japan, and one of the most recognized in Asia and the world. It started off at the base of Mount Fuji but has been held at Naeba Ski Resort since the late 90s. It is a rock and electronic music festival, boasting headliners like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and James Blake.

6. Rock in Rio, Various Locations
Originating in Rio de Janeiro, rock in Rio has grown to be a festival that is held in one of four locations each year. The festival is simply an opportunity to experience great music, diverse artists, and rock out. The festival, which was started in 1985, has seen an impressive list of headliners including Metallica, and Linkin Park.

5. Mawazine, Morocco
Also known as Rhythms of the World, Mawazine is Africa’s largest music festival and one of the largest in the world as well. The festival is a multicultural euphoria that invites artists from all across the world, include notable artists like Chris Brown, Wyclef Jean, and Christina Aguilera. The festival also aims to celebrate African culture and artists. To do so, they invite a plethora of well known and up-and-coming African and Middle Eastern artists to showcase their art and gain exposure. This is a once in a lifetime festival that is sure to excite those looking for the ultimate international experience.

4. Glastonbury
This is a five-day festival that has been running for the last 47 years. It is safe to say that this is the grandfather of music festivals and you simply owe it to yourself to attend and enjoy all that it has to offer. Being that it is a five-day festival, there is a lot of flexibility with attendance, and you can choose the days that appeal most to you, This is not only a music festival, there are plenty of other performances and showcases that make this a true treat. The festival always has an impressive lineup, with plenty of international acts such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, and Stormzy. You will not be disappointed by this festival which offers something for lovers of all genres – don’t forget your wellies!

3. Lake of Stars, Malawi
If you love Afro-pop and the sun, Lake of Stars is the perfect music festival for you. Taking place at the magnificent Lake Malawi, this African festival is an unforgettable experience. There is a host of international alternative DJ’s, as well as African performers that grace the stages at Lake of Stars. Whilst enjoying the acts, visitors can enjoy the cheap beer, fresh foods, and an awe-inspiring lakeside backdrop.

2. Bahidora, Mexico
The 24-hour party that is festival, carnival and life-time experience. Set in picturesque Mexico, Bahidora is the ultimate paradise festival where there is plenty to see and do. The music is a mix of selected indie, electronica, and hip-hop. You can expect to see some funky beachwear and plenty of people performing unique street arts and acts.

1. Magnetic Fields, India
A festival in the palace. What more could you possibly want? Run by a community of promoters and artists from around the country, Magnetic Fields is a boutique camping festival and has grown popularity, both around the country and among international visitors taking advantage of the unique rave scene.

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The Best Places to Travel in January

For those who don’t know, January is one of the best times to travel. It takes a little bit of planning, and there are a few limitations. You might not be able to take time off work, and you might not be able to get the kids out of school. This is exactly why January is such a good month to travel – it’s not that busy because most people can’t pull it off. It also gives you a chance to experience amazing weather while it’s chilly wherever you live. And above all else, the airfare is pretty cheap.

If you’re looking for some seriously sunny weather, try Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, or Bali. The great thing about cities like Guadalajara and Adelaide is the fact that there are amazing resorts that you can take advantage of.

That being said, January is also a great time to take advantage of the snowy weather around the globe. If you’re feeling up for a ski vacation, check out places like Whistler in British Columbia or Hokkaido in Japan.

If you want to stay in the states for your vacation, there are plenty of options nearby. Places like Palm Springs or Miami will always have amazing weather, no matter what time of year it might be. Or if you’re up for some amazing food, why not check out San Antonio?

Miami, Florida

Miami is famous for its picturesque beaches, but that’s not all that you’ll find in this incredible city. The nightlife is also bustling, and there are some seriously amazing restaurants that can keep you satisfied with all kinds of seafood.

Bali, Indonesia

Take a trip to Bali, and you’ll experience a getaway that you won’t forget anytime soon. This amazing locale is famous for its stunning resort towns and islands. It’s also a great place to go for a meditation or yoga retreat.

Palm Springs, California

There’s much more than meets the eye when it comes to Palm Springs. Whether you just want to go shopping in amazing boutiques or head to the Coachella Valley for some incredible hiking, Palm Springs has what you’re looking for.

Nicaragua

If you’re simply looking for an island paradise, Nicaragua is the place to go. Known for its stunning beaches and interesting volcanic landscape, Nicaragua is a tourism hotspot that has earned the hype. It’s especially notable for its population of beautiful tropical birds.

Hokkaido, Japan

Although many people might not immediately think of skiing when they hear the word “Japan,” the truth is that the country boasts some of the best ski spots in the world. If you want to have a skiing holiday like no other, head to Hokkaido.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is another excellent option if you’re after a tropical getaway in January. This incredible Caribbean locale is famous for its tropical rainforests and quality resorts. Whether you want to stroll down the beach or visit an amazing golf course, this nation is a great destination.

Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide is a stellar option if you’re after more of a cultured experience. This cosmopolitan, coastal destination has some of the best art museums and galleries in the world. You can also learn more about indigenous culture and attend a film festival.

San Antonio, Texas

Apart from agreeable weather, there’s a lot more to experience in San Antonio. Although it might not seem like it at first glance, San Antonio is incredibly rich in historic value. It’s the site of one of the most famous battles in American history: The Alamo. You’ll also find plenty of culture in this city.

Jaipur, India

If you’re a history buff, you might consider visiting an exotic location like Jaipur. You can take tuk-tuks around town and visit the gleaming palaces and ancient ruins. The nice thing about Jaipur is that it’s heavily urbanized, which mean that there are plenty of shopping centers and ammenities.

Park City, Utah

Just south of Salt Lake City, Park City is home to some of the most gorgeous ski slopes in the world. These slopes hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, so you know it’s up to a high standard. It’s one of the top places to go if you’re a ski fanatic.

Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara is considered one of the best places in Mexico to visit. Unlike many other Mexican cities, Guadalajara has a pristine, clear-cut exterior. Its parks and streets are meticulously maintained, and you can find plenty of amazing food and culture here.

Costa Rica

Whether you’re interested in wildlife, pre-Columbian history, or just strolling along the beaches, Costa Rica is an amazing location to stop by. It’s also a great place to go if you’re a thrill-seeker, as there are plenty of “extreme” activities.

Whistler, B.C.

Considered by many to be the best resort on the planet, Whistler/Blackcomb is the gem of British Columbia. Having hosted the Winter Olympics in the past, this mountain is definitely up to snuff. It’s also massive, and there are plenty of interesting things to do around town when you get tired.

Byron Bay, Australia

Byron has earned its reputation as a seriously chill and interesting surf town, and it’s also home to some of the best seafood restaurants ever. Whether you’re just there to feel the vibe or hit the waves yourself, Byron is an amazing place to visit.

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Top 10 Places to Travel and Volunteer

Life is about giving back and helping to build those around us. Volunteering abroad is a unique experience that affords you the opportunity to travel and learn so much, whilst helping to those with the least to give back to you. It is a life-changing experience that requires thorough planning before embarking on your adventure. Here are 10 of the top countries to volunteer and travel.

10. South Africa
One of Africa’s most popular destinations is among one of the top lists of countries for people who want to travel and volunteer. Depending on where in the country you are looking to work, there are various volunteer projects such as medical outreach, teaching children in rural South Africa, and volunteering on the wildlife reserves. One of the perks of volunteering in South Africa is that English is a widely spoken language, minimizing the communication barrier.

9. Nepal
For those looking for a peaceful and fulfilling volunteering experience, Nepal is the country to look to. Offering beautiful terrain and a calm air, long-term volunteers can expect a life-changing experience, working with the children of Nepal in orphanages. You can organize your volunteering experience in Nepal through many philanthropic organizations that connect individuals to orphanages in need of onsite assistance.

8. Australia
Wildlife enthusiasts and budding conservationists need to look no further than Australia for their next volunteer experience. With great biodiversity and wonder like the Great Barrier Reef, there are plenty of wildlife conservation programs to partake in. You can expect to make a notable impact, and work with experts from all over the world, researching and taking care of the Australian wildlife.

7. Peru
Mountains, beaches, and everything in between. Peru has it all. One of the major issues that face Peru is lack of infrastructure, and many of the volunteer opportunities in the country are centered around improving the country’s infrastructure. Volunteers can expect to work on projects completing sustainable construction work and improving access to drinkable water.

6. Colombia
Much like Peru, Colombia is fast becoming a tourist haven, especially for backpackers. Majority of the people living in Colombia still do not have access to sustainable infrastructure, so most of the volunteer projects are located in non-urban parts of Colombia, and are based around creating safer access to drinking water, and building schools for local children.

5. Greece
This is a conservation tourism hotspot that may be a bit more costly to travel to, but definitely worth the experience. Greece is one of the biggest turtle habitats, and a majority of the conservation work in the country is based around making sure that the turtles do not continue to face harm in the changing climate, and with the booming tourism. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with these gentle creatures, as well as enjoy the best that this Mediterranean country has to offer.

4. Mexico
This is like Australia, but closer. As home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, there is definitely a lot of work to be done in Mexico. Volunteers can take advantage of the location to conduct research that will be able to preserve barrier reefs across the world. You can volunteer log or short term, but you will not want to go home after embarking on this beautiful adventure.

3. Nicaragua
Those looking for short-term projects coupled with sightseeing should seriously consider Nicaragua. There are plenty of volunteering projects in the country, and the organizing companies have tours that can take you around the country volunteering in multiple small projects. This is a great way to see the country, whilst making a huge impact.

2. Zambia
Considered to be one of the best places to see wildlife in Africa, Zambia is the perfect location for your volunteer experience. You can volunteer in National Parks with various wildlife groups, or opt to volunteer in the development sector of the country. There is plenty to see and do throughout the country, making your volunteering trip a life-changing experience.

1. India
A country known for its authentic flavors and colorful culture, India is the place for you to volunteer and immerse yourself in in the beauty of the country. Because of its popularity, you can sign up for well-planned volunteer projects that include airport pickup, accommodation, and tourism around the country. You fall in love with the amazing food, beautiful landscapes and people that you meet across your volunteering journey.

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Top 10 New Year’s Celebrations Across the World

New Year’s has become somewhat of a bore and stressor; surrounded by millions of people in a small confined space, waiting to see some average fireworks, whilst trying not to freeze to death. Does that sound too specific? Well, this is the typical Times Square New Years “celebration” which is frankly not what you should be going through as you enter the new year. For your next December 31st, look to these 10 places around the world that have some of the best celebrations that will start your new year off on the right foot.

10. Rio de Janerio, Brazil
The closing of a chapter calls for a party, and Rio is the party capital of the world. New Year’s in Rio makes every other party seem like a small get together and yawn-fest. Get dressed in your best whites – to bring good luck – and head out on the town and to the shore. You can expect dancing all over the city, and spraying of champagne along the sand. The party keeps going all night long and you are guaranteed to enter the new year in the most festive mood.

9. The Bahamas
Carnival is an important social occurrence for Caribbean nations, and the Bahamas just so happen to host their version of Carnival on New Year’s Eve. You are guaranteed to enjoy the marvelous displays of dancing, and parades on the streets of the island. Once the parade ends, you can keep the party going with the various after parties, white sands, and highly rated Bahamian restaurants. You are guaranteed to have the most exciting entrance into the New Year in the Bahamas.

8. Cape Town, South Africa
Imagine entering the new year sitting on top of the world. That can be your reality when you spend your New Year’s Eve in Cape Town, perched atop Table Mountain. Here you will be able to have an uninterrupted view of the fireworks and the beautiful cape. This is a perfectly romantic way to enter the new year with your loved one, or ones.

7. Seattle
There is something special about being able to watch the fireworks from anywhere in the city and enjoying the view without the crowds and hassle. If you are in Seattle, you can be sure to see the majestic display from all around the city, as they spring out of the Space Needle. You can dance the night away in any of the bars, enjoying some of the most varied beers the country has to offer.

6. Reykjavik, Iceland
In this peaceful country, you are guaranteed to enter the new year in the most relaxed fashion you have ever experienced. With the sun going down at 4 pm, you can wind down around an Icelandic bonfire and burn away the previous year’s energy. If you are game, you can also check out some of the new bars and clubs in the city and dance the night away. You can enjoy many of the personal fireworks displays put on by locals around the city.

5. Berlin, Germany
Yet another party city, and one that you will definitely enjoy. Berlin’s NYE celebrations invite an international crowd and even get broadcasted on international TV. You have plenty of options including attending the annual Silvester celebration on the Party Mile near Brandenburg Gate. You can also spend the night partying one of the city’s many nightclubs and parties. These celebrations are truly one of a kind, going until 12om the next day.

4. Edinburgh, Scotland
If you love cold, drizzly weather, Scotland may be the one for you. Whilst the weather conditions sound less than ideal, it is hard not to love the processional torch-carrying partiers that light up the city. You can expect plenty of street parties where everyone is invited, and arguably the world’s largest rendition of Auld Lang Syne, sung by literally every person in the city.

3. Boracay Island, The Philippines
Looking to take in the most beautiful sunset of the year, and enter the new year with peace and tranquility, you should book your Boracay holiday for the next NYE. You can enjoy the perfect white sands, all day then get ready to party the night away. The island puts on a spectacular show, ensuring that all visitors have an NYE to remember. There are plenty of fireworks, and bars to enjoy.

2. Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Despite being in the path of Hurricane Irma, BVI party city is more than ready and willing to host one of the best NYE in the world. You can expect to attend one of the many themed parties, or rub shoulders with the likes of Sir Richard Branson, and other celebrities. Even if you are on a budget, you can ring in the New Year celebrating like you are a billionaire in Jost Van Dyke

1. South Lake Tahoe, USA
With a plethora of activities to do, you can really enter the new year doing your favorite activity in the world – whether that be an evening ski on the lit slopes, or dancing the night away with friends. If the latter is more of your flavor, South Lake Tahoe hosts the annual SnowGlobe Music Festival which is an EDM event that will beat the winter chills. Even if you are not a fan of EDM, the festival brings a selection of other artists that will make your night a memorable one, and allow you to enter the new year at a world-class party!

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The Top 8 Cities in Mexico & Central & South America

Mexico, along with Central and South America, are some of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why – the amazing weather and the vibrant cultures are like a magnet for those who want a break from their daily grind. However, not all cities in these regions are equal. If you want a getaway that’ll live on in your memory for decades, you should consider visiting one of these cities.

The best thing about this list is that it’s completely based on your decisions. Travelers like you have voted on their favorite cities in the region, so you can feel confident the list is based on real experiences.

8. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Famous for its incredible beaches and interesting history, Buenos Aires is an excellent location for any traveler. The great thing about this city is that it’s not one of the mainstream tourist hotspots. That means it’s less commercialized, and you can get a better sense of the city’s culture and vibe without the fake veneer that’s placed on a lot of other more sought-after tourist destinations.

7. Mendoza, Argentina

If you’re looking for an adventure, Mendoza is the city you’re looking for. This city is also located in Argentina, but it has a smaller population. This rural city is a mecca for hikers and mountaineers, and you’ll find some of the most stunning outdoor excursions in the world here. In the winter, you can also go skiing on the nearby slopes, making this a great destination year-round.

6. Guadalajara, Mexico

If you’re looking for an interesting place to visit in Mexico, check out the city of Guadalajara. In terms of population, it’s the second-largest city in Mexico after the capital. Guadalajara is home to many cultural centers, such as museums, architecture, and art galleries. This city also frequently hosts major sporting events like the FIFA World Cup or motorsports events like the World Rally Championship.

5. Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua was once the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala, and it’s one of the most stunning cultural sites in the world. Spanish Baroque architecture is everywhere, and tourists feel like they’re walking through a time warp when they stroll through the streets. Compared to Guatemala city, Antigua is much calmer and safer for everyday tourists. Antigua is also close to various beaches and Tika, the ancient Mayan ruin.

4. Mexico City

Mexico City is the largest and most densely populated city on the continent, and it’s almost a must-see if you’re going to Mexico. Although the streets are certainly busy and packed with people, there’s a lot to do and experience. The city is home to many sightseeing locations, including the famous “floating gardens.” There are also many museums to visit, and there are even castles you can stop by.

3. Cuzco, Peru

If you’re going to visit Machu Picchu, you’ll probably need to stop by Cuzco first. This city is steeped in history, and a quick stroll down its streets will confront you with various pre-Columbian remnants of fortresses and buildings. The fact that its architecture is a unique blend of Spanish and Incan architecture makes it a must-see for anyone who wants to visit the best cities in the region.

2. Oaxaca, Mexico

According to your votes, Oaxaca is actually the second best city in Mexico as far as tourism is concerned. It’s also the number two city on this entire list. There are so many reasons to visit this city, but for many tourists, food is the highlight. You’ll have the chance to taste all kinds of traditional Mexican meals in this city. You can also see wonderful handcrafted items that were made with traditional methods. Tourism has been a focus for this city, and it’s home to some of the best hotels in the country.

1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende stole the show this year. Part of what makes this city so tourist-friendly is the fact that it’s very clean and polished. Colonial architecture comes together with well-manicured gargens and meticulously maintained streets for a one-of-a-kind experience. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it in San Miguel de Allende. This city has also earned a reputation for being a romantic city, and it’s great for couples who want a getaway.

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The World’s Top 10 Islands

Whether you crave culture, adventure, or simply kicking back on a beach with a cold cocktail, at least one of these islands is sure to be an ideal destination.  And should you be willing to spend time in the air in order to land near the sea, all the better: this year, three of the top 10 islands in the world.

No matter that reaching them requires a generous commitment, fiscally and temporally. For the second year in a row, the Philippine paradise Palawan wins first place as the best island in the world, thanks to its hidden lagoons, teeming ocean life, and rustic-luxe resorts. Boracay, Philippines, also makes a return appearance, as does Indonesia’s Bali, an island synonymous with dream honeymoons.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, we ask readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.

About the Greek isles, Homer wasn’t wrong. Santorini, with its famous sunsets, has ancient ruins and seemingly endless seascapes that allow us to imagine what inspired The Odyssey. (It bumped Ischia out of the top spot on the 2016 list to again become the No. 1 island in Europe, but who can quibble about either sun-drenched spot?)

Also making the World’s Best Islands Overall list in 2017 are the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Kauai, while those who prefer their snorkeling to be on the wilder side raise their hands for the Galápagos Islands. As one reader wrote of the Ecuadorian national park made famous by Charles Darwin, “If you like to be up close and personal with amazing wildlife, this is a no-brainer.” Adds another, “This place is a miracle.”

Miraculous or just miraculously beautiful, all of these islands have this in common: vast stretches of beauty to explore by day and elegant places to hang your straw hat at night. Whatever your pleasure, you will find it here.

10. Bali, Indonesia

9. Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

8. Ischia, Italy

7. Kauai, Hawaii

6. Maui, Hawaii

5. Santorini, Greece

4. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

3. Boracay Island, Philippines

2. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

1. Palawan, Philippines

There’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in the natural wonders of this Philippine archipelago, which many of our readers described as “rustic,” “romantic,” “affordable,” and “relaxing.” As one fan succinctly wrote, “It’s the single most beautiful place on earth. ”

Palawan, which consists of an eponymous main island, in addition to some 1,800 surrounding islets and island outposts, is a repeat winner on the list, first scoring the No. 1 spot in 2013. And with its verdant mountains, a five-mile-long underground river, limestone caves, and spectacular scuba diving, its appeal is as clear as its turquoise waters.

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Plan a Trip Via the 11 Zodiac Signs

We can pick our vacation spots all kinds of diverse ways, take a family vote, draw places from a hat, let your budget make the decision, bucket list destinations, toss a dart, and so forth. Have you ever thought about selecting your journey’s end by your zodiac sign?

Some folks plan their lives around their star signs and heck, maybe they’re right about what impact our birth signs have over our destinies. They can define personalities, jobs, days, love lives, pets and good grief, why not let the stars plan your next vacation. There is nothing to lose here, friends, just have fun! And if you’re traveling with a mate, you can make sure you with both enjoy the trip. A Pisces may want to spend the day dreaming on the beach, while an organization freak Virgo seeks to plan each day down to the minute. Avoid the conflict, let’s see what astrology has to teach us about our vacation plans.

11. Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
As a Capricorn, you know how much you love being surrounded by friends and family, so let’s take them all with us on a trip to Hawaii to build a home with Habitat for Humanity. It will be a great balance of volunteer work and relaxation for all. But if that doesn’t make your tail wag, here are some other thoughts:
• Renting a big house in either Big Sur or the Adirondacks
• The Ritz-Carlton Giveback Getaways

10. Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
A single-minded and independent air sign, you may want to visit the same beloved placed you’ve been before or find a little hiding place that no one else knows about that will feed your need for being inventive and original. Our suggestions are:
• The Iguaçu Falls in Brazil
• Bolivian salt flats
• Northern Lights spotting in Finland
• Museum tours of Madrid or London

9. Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
This fishy sign just wants to escape, dream and soak in the beauty. Natural wonders are a great idea but don’t plan on a fixed itinerary, Pisces will want to take off for daydreaming without notice. Consider:
• A meditation retreat in the Berkshires
• A cozy Fiji bungalow that sits over the water
• Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, Maui

8. Aries (March 21 – April 19)
The sun sign ram is full of energy, so there will be no room for daydreaming or sacking out all day by the pool, keep this partner on the move in:
• The Bulgarian Black Sea for tours of the villages
• Myanmar Valley of Bagan to see temples by the thousand
• Tikal in Guatemala

7. Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You self-indulgent rascals, we know that loving, warm heart of yours wants to splurge and enjoy great luxury. Try a trip to
• Willamette wine country
• Mustique beach
• The Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island
• Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa

6. Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Like Capricorns, you also adore slipping away with friends and family. Your nurturing nature makes you the resident mom, nurse and counselor. You’re going to love these options:
• Rent a lake-side Italian villa with friends
• Take a family trip to Maine’s vacationland
• Hide away in a lodge in the Pacific Northwest (or Wyoming) woods

5. Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Always at the center of attention, the lion likes to roar dramatically. We know you don’t want to miss a beat, and we have exciting options for you in:
• New York City
• Yachting in the South of France
• Clubbing in Los Angeles
• Partying in Ibiza

4. Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Get your geek on Virgos and do all your research until you detail out the full agenda of biking, hiking, class taking and walking to be sure you check out every hot spot you found online. Here are a few ideas for you:
• Bike tour through Southern Italy
• Paris walking tour
• Any of America’s best dude ranches

3. Libra (September 23 – October 22)
A romantic at heart, we know you must keep a peaceful balance in your life, so we found some quiet corners as well as some rowdy spots when you get a mood swing:
• Yoga in a Mexico retreat
• Rent a cottage in the Cotswolds of England
• A peaceful coastal retreat like Edgartown in Martha’s Vineyard

2. Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Get ready to commune with nature, plus a few modern commodities to make things comfier; you’re a glamper, face it! We’ve got you covered!
• Glamping in Tanzania
• Roughing it the comfy way at the Aman outpost in Jackson Hole
• Crater Lake Lodge

1. Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
This hunter is watching for new and off the grid places like:
• Istanbul’s Blue Mosque
• Mongolia
• Taos
• New Mexico
• Iceland’s eastern fjords