Planning a trip for your next vacation but don’t know where to go? How about some inspiration with these top 10 places to go to for a vacation in the world.
10. Mombasa — Kenya
Mombasa is the coastal city of Kenya that is lined across the Indian Ocean and it is the oldest and second largest city in Kenya.
Being a coastal city, the main attraction is its beaches and the most popular beach is the Diani beach because of its palm trees and palapas that line along with the white sandy beach and resort areas. The Diani Beach has been voted Africa’s leading beach destination for the third time.
The Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve is another popular tourist attraction that offers snorkelling and diving. It the most visited marine of all Kenyan marine parks.
Mamba village, which literally translates to “Crocodile Village” is an amusement park with lots of different car rides but also a Crocodile Farm.
Haller Park is yet another tourist attraction as it is a transformation of a quarry wasteland into an ecological area that houses a variety of animal species and plant species.
Not an attraction, but Pembe za Ndovu which means “Tusks of the elephant” is a historic landmark as it was built to commemorate the visit of Princess Margaret. These giant aluminium tusks are built on the main street of Mombasa, Moi Avenue.
The best time to visit Mombasa is all year round as its weather ranges from a high of 32 degrees Celsius and a low of 23 degrees Celsius. The most popular time though is August and December.
9. Alappuzha — India
Alappuzha is a city in the Southern state of Kerala, India. It is best known for its houseboat cruising along the Kerala backwaters. Some of the areas best tourist attractions are the Alappuzha beach and Basilica of St.Mary.
The Alappuzha beach is best known for its 19th-century lighthouse and historic pier with cruises in quaint houseboats.
The Basilica of St.Mary, Champakulam is built on a site with Syrian links. The Syrian Christians built a Catholic church over 1000 years ago.
The weather in Alappuzha is tropical with rain all year round but the most popular time for tourist visitation in December, January and May.
8. Guanacaste Province — Costa Rica
Bordering the Pacific, the Guanacaste Province is known for its picturesque beaches and bio-diverse parkland. Its Santa Rosa National Park is home to the rare dry tropical forest and 250 bird species.
With its picturesque area, trails, waterfall and natural hot springs, the Rincón De La Vieja volcano is one of the most popular tourist attractions.
As of January 20th, 2019, the volcano is very much active but that has not stopped many from visiting the area.
Another attraction, which is one of the oldest beach communities of Guanacaste, is the Playas del Coco. It is known for its party spots and for being a family-friendly town.
As it is situated near the equator and with its tropical rainy and dry weather, anytime during the year is a popular time to visit.
7. Hoi An — Vietnam
A city that is on the Vietnamese central coast which is well known for its well-presented Ancient Town that is cut through with canals. The history of Hoi An is portrayed in its architecture that is a mix of eras and styles from wooden shophouses to colourful colonial buildings.
The Phuc Kien Assembly Hall is an elaborate 18th century Chinese Temple that was founded in 1692.
The An Bang Beach is one of the finest beaches in Hoi An. It is a tree-lined alongside white sands making it very picturesque.
Many tourists travel to Hoi An between the months of December and April or July and August.
6. Paris — France
Being famously known as the city of love and the capital of fashion and art, Paris is one vacation destination that everyone has on their bucket list.
With trademarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Notre- Dame Cathedral, Paris is also known for its cafe cultures.
It also houses the famous ‘Mona Lisa’ painted by Leonardo Da Vinci. Other attractions include the Louvre Museum and the Musee D’Orsay which houses works by Monet, Renoir and Degas.
Inspired by the famous gardens in Florence Italy, the Queen Marie de Medici, widow of King Henry IV of France, created the Luxembourg Gardens for a new residence, the Luxembourg Palace. The garden is surrounded by various statues and trees which are planted in patterns. The garden is perfect for an afternoon stroll on a sunny day.
The best time to visit Paris would be between May and July because the weather is warmest during those months.
5. Rome — Italy
The capital of Italy and one of the highest global influencer of art, architecture and culture on display.
The ancient ruins of the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire, the Vatican City which is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican Museum which holds masterpieces like the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.
Rome is a year-round vacation destination but its peak tourist season is from April to June. This is because, in August, the locals themselves go on vacation i.e closing most hotels and shops.
4. Phuket — Thailand
Phuket is a rainforested mountainous island in Thailand which has some of the most popular beaches situated along the clear waters of the Western shore, spas and countless resorts.
Excluding the beaches, spas and resorts, Phuket is also known for its ‘Festival of Lights’ during which thousands of tiny candles are launched to float in the waters.
With the weather being fairly tropical all year round, there is no better time than between December and April to visit Phuket.
Pa Tong beach being the most popular and largest destination in Phuket has various activities for everyone. There is a variety of water sports, nightclubs and bars and much more.
Another tourist attraction is the Wat Chalong Buddhist Temple and a big Buddha Statue on top of a mountain.
3. Cancun — Mexico
Bordering the Caribbean Sea, Cancun is best known for its white sandy beaches, spectacular resorts and nightlife. It is divided into two areas: El Centro which is the traditional downtown and the Zona Hotelera which is the beachfront strip of hotels, resorts, restaurants, nightclubs and shops.
Summer (July to September) and winter (December & January) are the two most popular times of the year to visit Cancun.
The beauty of Cancun is enhanced by the island Isla Contoy which is known for its sea-bird nesting and picturesque beach with its palm trees and blue sea. Many describe it as ‘Paradise on Earth’
2. Santorini — Greece
Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean sea that has a somewhat arid climate where between May and September the weather is hot and dry which also means that this is the most popular time for travel.
The Santorini Caldera is a crater that is mostly submerged which has hillside lodging and perfect scenic seaside views
And the place that takes the number one spot for the perfect vacation is:
Bali — Indonesia
Known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs, Bali is also home to many religious sites like the Uluwatu Templewhich is an ancient Hindu Temple that has a scenic ocean view.
It is also known for the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary which is a temple complex with many monkeys
With is being a tropical area, any time during the year is the best time to visit Bali but the most popular time is July and December.