There’s an old Dutch saying ‘He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him’. Today, taking that step out the door is made a lot easier. Traveling has become an integral part of our lives. It’s what we look forward to, what we plan for months in advance and what broadens our horizons, opens our eyes and inspires us.
We are fortunate enough to have the luxury of having the entire world at the palm of our hands, from the pyramids of Egypt, the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean or the architecture of Rome.
Today, you can travel by land, sea and air using multiple vehicles. There’s even affordable private jets that allow you to skip all of the inconveniences of public travel; you can find empty leg specials just about any week you decide it’s time for a trip. In the following article, we’ll take a quick look at some of the more exotic destinations that’ll leave you with memories of a lifetime.
1. Atlantic City, NJ
Sometimes known as the Eastern Las Vegas, Atlantic City actually has a lot more variety to offer vacationers. Unlike the kingdom in the Nevada desert, here, you can rent beach houses and spend the bulk of your vacation near the ocean, strolling along the walkways and discovering a tremendous variety of restaurants and shopping opportunities.
There are, of course, more casinos than you’d know what to do with. The high-rise hotels offer you many different places to stay at your preferred price point, and the spa treatments along the famous Boardwalk have to be experienced to be believed.
2. Bermuda – North Atlantic Ocean
With a population of just 65,000 people, Bermuda is a travel destination that easily gets more visitors per year than it has native inhabitants. It owes its successful tourism industry to its incomparable pink sand beaches, the wonders of Southampton Parish and the Crystal Cave – a liaison between mans talents and Nature’s sculpting abilities.
You can swim with trained dolphins at the Dolphin Quest attraction, visit Bermuda Aquarium to see giant sea turtles that weight as much as a male lion, or take a boat tour to any of the many inlets of the surrounding islands. Bermuda has more beaches than downtown areas, so it’ll be a vacation of nonstop fun.
3. Cape Town Safari, South Africa
Cape Town is actually known for its luxury lodges which are just a short drive from the capital. The location also lends itself to a short flight to Kruger National Park, which is closer to the north-east part of South Africa. The city, itself, has many of the amenities and sights of a major Western city, and construction always seems to be in the works in some parts.
As for the safari experience, you don’t have to fly from Cape Town to get to Gondwana Private Game Reserve or the expansive wilderness of the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. You’ll get to go on an adventure of a lifetime, spotting all of the Big Five animals from the safety of a large, armored jeep. These include the lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and Cape water buffalo.
4. Bora Bora
Similar to Bermuda in that Bora Bora is also an island, this famous destination spot has sights all its own to see. The coral reefs of the Coral Gardens are a marvel, and the sea creatures swimming about the Bora Bora Lagoonarium really expands your experience. Matira Beach is open to the public – fully – and you’ll find it a unique change from the beaches of the US mainland. The water is almost unbelievably clear, and the sheer diversity of people is a pleasure to behold.
During your time on the island, you won’t miss the looming sight of Mount Otemanu, which is a dormant volcano (hopefully!). Tours are available, so be sure to bring along your camera – you’ll want to capture the views from the top, 2400 feet above the rest of the island. If you’re not much of a hiker, there are helicopter tours.
5. Paris, France
What better way to take a special vacation than to jet-set to the unofficial City of Romance? You are, of course, aware of the Eiffel Tower and countless memorable sights of Paris; perhaps you’ll find tucked-away spots in the winding streets that you can claim as personal memories.
If you’re bringing children, Paris Disneyland is a must-visit, as is the Seine River boat tour. One thing’s for certain: you won’t want for things to do in Paris, or in any of these wonderful travel destinations.
Step Out The Door
You’re probably by now envisioning where your next travel adventure will take you. Use this high to research who, what, when, where and how. Flying private options, hotel accommodation, sightseeing recommendations are the first questions you need to answer. The rest will fall into place.