Best Vacation Destinations
If you have decided that you want to go on vacation soon, the most important decision you need to make now is where to jet off to. Of course, there are plenty of beautiful places to consider. However, narrowing down your decision to one destination can be a challenge, right? Fear not, though, as we have some great suggestions for you.
With the current COVID-19 situation, a lot of countries are going to be off bounds for people at the moment, which is why having a holiday closer to home makes a lot more appeal. Plus, there are so many amazing places in the United States, and Tennessee is one of them. The attractions in Pigeon Forge are a particular highlight.
For those who are unaware, this is a mountain resort city, which is located just north of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Therefore, you can expect a lot of stunning scenery, as well as plenty of different activities. The area is a tourist place, which is especially appealing to lovers of country music and Southern culture.
There are a lot of different attractions here, including musical theaters, amusement rides, outlet malls, and a number of different gift shops.
Another place with amazing scenery is Cyprus. Cyprus offers a pleasant climate throughout the year. The summer starts in May and ends in October. However, there are also areas that still feel like summer in November. July and August are the hottest and the busiest months. For some people, this appeals, but most people prefer going to Cyprus in May, June, September, or October. If you visit between these six months, you are guaranteed to be there when the sun is shining.
Another reason why you should consider Cyprus is that of the magnificent scenery. From the forests and the mountains to the rugged sea cliffs and, of course, the golden beaches, the scenery is varied and will take your breath away. While summer holidays are very popular here, a lot of people also come to Cyprus for winter breaks.
Guests can enjoy snowboarding and skiing in the Troodos, which is the biggest mountain range in the island. Between December and January, the temperatures often drop to 0 or -1 degrees. There are very few countries around the world that give you the ability to ski, hike, and swim all in one day. Of course, if you do decide to go to Cyprus in the winter, you need to choose your location with care. Some areas, like Protaras, are largely closed for the winter months. However, other areas like Limassol remain open.
Plus, there is no denying that the cuisine in Cyprus is to die for. If there is one thing that Cypriots do well, it is food. Cypriot food has a lot of similarities to Greek cuisine, but there are other influences, like Middle Eastern, Ottoman, Catalan, Italian, French, Byzantine, and Turkish influences. There is a lot of focus on using natural ingredients and using natural flavours, with herbs, vegetables and fruit all playing a key role. A lot of people opt to have a traditional Cyprus meze, which consists of lots of little dishes so that people can try a bit of everything.
If you are a history or art buff, you will be right at home here, as Amsterdam has more than 60 museums. You can admire the impressive collection of etchings by Rembrandt at the Museum Het Rembrandthuis, in Nieuwmarkt.
The famous artist actually lived and worked in the canal house from 1639 to 1658, so not only can you view his works, but his home too. If you are a fan of edgy contemporary installations and modern art (think Monet), the Stedelijk Museum is a must-visit. You will also find the biggest collection of Van Gogh’s work at the Van Gogh Museum. However, the museum that is at the top of most people’s list is the Rijksmuseum. This is the premier art repository in Holland.
Another incredible tourist attraction is the Prinsengracht house. This is where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis. You can reflect on the atrocities the Jewish people experienced throughout the Second World War here. The back annex of the house has been preserved, enabling you to get a real insight into what life would have been like for Anne Frank during the war. At the front of the property, you will find a museum, which is also very interesting. It is a good idea to book tickets online or to make your journey to the Prinsengracht house early in the morning, as the queues can be long here.
For a quintessential picture-postcard vision of Amsterdam, look no further than the UNESCO protected canal belt, which was created to keep the sea at bay in the 17th century. Whether you visit during the day or at night, it is a stunning sight to behold. In the evening, the whole area has a charming and magical feel, with beautiful fairy lights lighting up the bridge.
You can take one of the guided boat tours of the canal to experience the area from a different viewpoint. These tours are a lot of fun and very insightful – you will learn a lot of interesting facts along the way. You can choose from a whole host of canal cruises, from romantic night time cruises to hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tours.
No matter where you are visiting, there comes a time whereby a little bit of retail therapy is needed on holiday. Luckily, there are plenty of places to shop when in Amsterdam, whether you are looking for fun souvenirs, local crafts, or high-end luxury goods. The Kalverstraat is the busiest and most well-known place for shopping. Not only is it home to a lot of sleek boutiques, but plenty of restaurants, cafes, perfumeries, and galleries. Be prepared for crowds, though, especially on a Saturday.
If you are looking for a more cultural shopping experience, Amsterdam’s famous flea market, Vlooienmarkt, will not disappoint. This market has been taking place since 1886, so it is a real part of the culture in the city. From clothes and food to antiques, you will find everything here, both second-hand and new. The Flower Market of Amsterdam is another location that provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Here you will be able to witness every variety of plant you can imagine.
So there you have it: three of the best vacation spots for 2020/2021!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll visit again real soon . . . . Janice B