International Getaways That Are Not Too Far

You might think a long weekend is too brief to travel internationally. Couldn’t be further from the truth. Really, lots of overseas destinations are close enough to be a feasible three-day weekend trip.

budapest-3191834__340.jpg Below are spots great for an exceptional long weekend you won’t soon forget. Montreal, Quebec, Canada French-inspired old-world elegance is coupled with all the luxuries of a big city in the lovely Montreal, Canada. Visitors always like the beautiful Vieux Montreal area with its appealing boutiques and inviting cafes and restaurants.

When the weather is nice, head to the vast Mount Royal Park for a picnic, guided tour, or relaxing bike ride.

If you can brave the cold weather, you can also go snowshoeing, ice skate, or do a range of other winter sports in the park area. Bermuda If you are a beach and sun person, Bermuda is perfect, with its pink sand beaches, lovely weather, and great location just a short two-hour flight from many airports on the east coast. Along with the dazzling stretches of sand, you can also explore its rich maritime history, much of which can be observed among the well-preserved colonial architecture and cobblestone alleys of St. George as well as the old cannon-laden forts.

If you want a little heart-pounding excitement, rent a jet ski and head over to the infamous Bermuda Triangle. Baja California Sur, Mexico Baja California Sur, Mexico is a popular destination easily do-able in a three-day weekend for anyone searching for fun and relaxation in a spectacular beach setting.

Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip of the Baja peninsula, is home to many high-end resorts and trendy eateries that serve savory local cuisine like smoked marlin as well as offering an impressive party scene. It’s also the perfect vacation for those who want to enjoy the water, and perhaps a little romance, with Lover’s Beach featuring some amazing caves, rock formations, and strikingly clear azure waters. Costa Rica

Although its tropical rainforest feels like another world, Costa Rica is actually a fairly short flight from many places in the U.S. Its 800 miles of coastline is filled with beautiful beaches and so much more. Adventure seekers will find no end to their exciting possibilities: hikes through the tropical jungle; zip-lining in the lush rainforest; rappelling down a thundering waterfall; seeing exotic birds, monkeys, and sloths in their natural habitat; and relaxing in volcano-fed hot springs. Cartagena, Columbia

Like other destinations on the Caribbean Sea, enchanting Cartagena has long stretches of beach with white powdery sand, warm water that is a striking shade of blue, and beautiful coral reefs.

Be sure to stroll around the old walled section of the city with its pastel-colored buildings left from the Spanish colonizers and 500-year-old coral wall still there today. Toronto Toronto is as modern a city as they come.

It is considered one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with more than 50% of the residents born outside the city.

Be sure to schedule a stop in each ethnic neighborhood -- Chinatown, Koreatown, Greektown, and Little Italy -- to genuinely grasp what Toronto is all about.

An international getaway can offer a calm, relaxing weekend at the beach, an adventurous hike through a tropical rainforest, or whatever else you might want; the choices are endless.

These places can make for an especially memorable getaway filled with love, adventure, or whatever your heart desires.

The 10 Top Castle Tours

The castles distributed throughout European represent a considerable part of history. These awesome buildings have endured battles, fires, thousands of years and have stayed standing throughout history. From the Islands in Greece to the cliffs in Scotland, each castle has a unique history, and some may even have some ghosts lurking about. And while most are constructed with stone and brick, they each have their own history and keep visitors going back time and time again.

Get in touch with history by touring homes where kings and queens once lived and you might even feel some of that royalty yourself, if even for a day. No travel plan should be without these castles. 1.Mont Saint-Michel Regarded as one of medieval architecture's greatest achievements is Mont Saint Michel near Normandy, France.

2.Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle, is a fortress situated high up on Castle Rock and commands the skyline of the capital city of Edinburgh.

Though having gone through various sieges, assaults, control for power and murders, Edinburgh Castle has lasted through the years.

beach-1236581__340.jpg 3.Neuschwanstein Castle

Well-known Neuschwanstein Castle, the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, stands high above the village of Hohenschwangau in southwesterly Bavaria, Germany. Built for King Ludwig II, it was constructed as a retreat for opera composer of Richard Wagner and paid for via personal funds and loans.

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

The castle belongs to the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and is open to public visitation. It is widely known as the most haunted palace in all of Scotland.

5. Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the established residence of the royal British family located in Berkshire and is adorned with a Queen Victoria sculpture and thousands of holiday-makers. At nine hundred years old, Britain's Windsor Castle is at present the largest active castle in the world as well as the oldest royal house in the world.

6.Château de Chambord bagan-1137015__340.jpg The castle of Chambord in France is the biggest of the Loire chateaus.

It was constructed during the years of 1519 and 1547 on the fringes of the river Cosson, a tributary river of the Beuvron which streams directly into the Loire. It was identified as a World Heritage location by UNESCO in 1981. 7. Hampton Court Palace Henry VIII made Court Palace, in Herefordshsire, England, famous in the 16th century as he used it as his main home.

Nowadays, people can take pleasure in the scenic gardens and bask in the sun. 8. Prague Castle Prague Castle initially was used as a political and spiritual place for a nation urgently pushing for change. 9.St. Michael's Mount

St. Michaels Mount, situated in Cornwall, England, is a historic palace that belongs to the National Trust. It can only be visited during low tide by trekking over the causeway. 10. Leeds Castle

Constructed in the 16th century, Leeds Castle was commissioned by Henry VIII as a home for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

The Marvels to Discover in Asia

The cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong is Asia’s hotspot for business, finance, fashion, and food. Thailand’s most well-known island, Phuket, is famed for its spectacular 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 identified as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. In Jordan, be sure to set aside time for UNESCO World Heritage City Petra, which was carved from rose-colored rock, earning it the moniker “Rose City”. From Africa to Asia, from North America to South America, from Antarctica to Europe, visit them all when you travel in style and elegance on a world cruise.

Tour around North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean Islands

You will find significant cultural diversity throughout the many different countries that make up the Americas and the Caribbean, from the northern tip of Canada to Cape Horn in the south, as well as magnificent landscapes. Relish the laid-back lifestyle of all Caribbean islands, while noting the range of languages and cultures that speak to the early inhabitants of each island from faraway lands including Spain, France, Britain, The Netherlands, and Africa.

Central America, rich in both natural beauty and history, is the land mass that joins North America to South America.

From the remains of famous civilizations including the Aztec, Maya, and Olmec to the verdant jungles of Costa Rica, there is something for everyone.

Travel through the Panama Canal and see exactly how it works. In North and South America you will see many fantastic sights as well as spectacular beauty. A stop in Canada will give you the occasion to visit an 11th century Viking colony called L’Anse aux Meadows or wander through the lovely streets of Quebec City.

A cruise along the west coast of the United States will take you to Alaska, where you can see for yourself the striking natural beauty of its glaciers, or sail along the east coast to visit the sophisticated cities. But that’s not all. Brazil offers a wide range of experiences, from the vibrant nightlife and gorgeous beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the verdant rainforests of the Amazon.

Nature lovers should make a point of seeing the striking beauty of Chile’s massifs and fjords, stopping in the seaside community of Valparaiso to roam its steep streets of colorfully painted buildings. Learn to master the Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Farther south, enjoy the icy natural wonder of Antarctica.

Africa is a Place of Remarkable Diversity

A voyage to Africa will take you along the same journey as early explorers from countries such as Portugal, The Netherlands, England, and Germany. From ancient tribal traditions to colonial influences, you will experience a diversity of cultures in countries such as Mozambique, Madagascar, Senegal, and Mauritius. sunrise-1014712__340.jpg Discover the spectacular beauty of the desert in Namibia or visit South Africa’s lush green mountainous geography.

Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, is a great destination for food enthusiasts, as it is the heart of saffron country and holds the moniker “Spice Island”.

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