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Sintra: Portugal’s Neverland

Sintra, only a couple of hours from Lisbon, makes for a magical getaway. For centuries, the royals and the rich made Sintra their playground. And you can still see it today! You will find whimsical castles, ancient moorish ruins, and everything in between.

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Visit the Rugged Coasts of Cinque Terre in Italy

Translated as Five Lands, Cinque Terre is a unique travel destination in Italy.

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Make Reflections in Salar de Uyuni

They are few places in the world akin to the Salt Flats in Uyuni, Bolivia. The incredible natural scenery that the desert offers is out of this world.

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Top 5 Bucket List Destinations for 2019

 

Where will you go? Here are some travel ideas to add to your bucket list for 2019!

Greenland

Iceland has long established itself as one of the top Nordic destinations. But did you know that Greenland is 20 times its size? And it is even more remote, offering both incredible landscapes and unique culture.

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Visit Victoria Falls

5,607 feet wide and 354 feet high - Victoria Falls is not the highest or the widest waterfall in the world, but it is the largest. You can reach this stunning natural wonder from either Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Livingstone in Zambia (southern Africa). But we recommend to check out both sides, and see which you like better!

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Explore Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Travel back nearly a thousand years to a small town called Siem Reap, located in Cambodia. Here, you will find the Angkor Wat Ruins - the largest religious complex in the entire world. These Buddhist and Hindu structures span over 248 square miles, so you could spend days exploring. When here, don’t miss the Bayon and Ta Prohm temples.

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Visit the Salt Desert in Bolivia

If you’ve dreamt of walking on the moon, then the Uyuni Salt Desert is a good place to start. Located in southwestern Bolivia, it spans over 4,000 square miles and is the largest salt desert in the world. This natural wonder is absolutely striking, with colored lagoons where flamingos abound, geysers spitting hot air, and llamas roaming along out-of-this-world landscapes.

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Visit the Blue Pearl of Morocco

Chefchaouen, also called the Blue Pearl of Morocco is nestled in the spectacular scenery of the Rif Mountains. However, the striking blue buildings that make up most of the city are what make the town truly unique. With its winding narrow streets, local artisan workshops, and sunny roof terraces - it is the perfect Moroccan getaway.

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Travel to the Future in Singapore

A tiny island city state, Singapore is the cutting edge country of the world. At times, visiting Singapore feels like you’ve been transported to a movie set of a futuristic film. Then, you realize that it’s all real! Don’t miss the stunning Supertree Grove with its daily light show, marvel at the city from a bird's eye view on the Singapore flyer, or just wonder the elegantly and smartly designed streets.

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Explore the Beauty of Ninh Binh, Vietnam

You may have heard of Halong Bay in Vietnam. But it’s unlikely that Ninh Binh has come up in conversation before. Dubbed “Halong Bay on the ground”, Ninh Binh offers visitors breathtaking scenery. Limestone hills jet out of the ground, while rivers flow among them to create unbelievably beautiful landscapes. Bonus: don’t miss a visit to the latest King Kong movie set!

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Take a Trip to Jordan and Visit Ancient Petra

Petra may be one of the most impressive ancient sites in the world. It dates back as far as the 5th century B.C. The city is carved into pink sandstone cliffs and looms over its visitors at stunning heights. One of the more photographed is the stunning Treasury, carved in an ornate Greek style.

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Explore a Local Nature Museum with Family

Learning about nature while hanging out with family? Sign us up! Head to your local natural history museum to get a glimpse at the natural wonders around the world and how they have come about. Maybe you’ll even add a few new items to your bucket list!

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Have a Family High Tea - English-style

Themed parties are so much fun! For a family-friendly option, have an afternoon high tea. Each member of the family can prepare their favorite snack or dessert and you can enjoy all of these yummy flavors together. Not a cooking family? No problem! Head over to your local bakery and pick up some goodies to enjoy alongside your tea.

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Have a Family Reunion

Let’s face it, life is busy and high-pace. But remember how much fun it is to just hang out with family? Don’t wait until the 4th of July or Thanksgiving - schedule a family reunion for this weekend! Have a fun brunch or dinner, head to the park for a picnic, or just spend a few hours together at home with your loved ones.

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Spend a Family Day Outdoors

As the weather gets warmer all over the country, it’s the perfect time of year to plan some outdoors activities. Call up your family and spend next Saturday exploring nature together. You can have a picnic, go for a hike to a nearby trail, spend the day at a local beach, or even go camping for a night or two.

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Experience the Sakura Matsuri in Japan

Cherry blossoms, or Sakura matsuri, are an annual attraction throughout Japan. Cherry trees light up with pink and white flowers for only a couple of weeks each year. In central Japan, such as Tokyo and Osaka, sakura blooms around April. However, you can catch it as early as January on the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa, or as late as May on the northern Hokkaido island.

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Take a Family Road Trip

Be it spontaneous or well-planned, a family road trip can be so much fun. Get in your car and drive! Explore new places, flavors and cities together. Some amazing road trips include the famous Route 66 along the West Coast, the Great River Road in Mississippi, or the 120-mile Overseas Highway in Florida.

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Volunteer Together as a Family

What can be more fun than giving back together? Volunteers are a crucial piece in each community and the whole family can participate. Some ideas for volunteers of all ages include beach or river clean-ups, a soup kitchen, community events and activities, and much more.

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Pick Fresh Fruit at a Farm

Fruit never tasted better than straight from the tree. This weekend, head out to a nearby farm and pick some fruit together as a family. Gather up berries to eat right away, or make a few jams when you get home. In the fall, go back for apples and pear - perfect for a homemade apple pie!

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Spend the day on the beach!

As summer rolls in and the temperature rises, what better way to spend the day than soaking up the sun? Grab your family and spend the day on a beach! Not living close to the coast? Not to worry. There is likely a lake or river that offers just as fun of an experience. If not, you can always head to a pool.

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Witness giants - whale-watching around the world

The endless horizon, the calm waters, the sea breeze. And all of a sudden, a large body emerges from under the water, spewing a fountain of water. The human eye only gets to see a small part of the giant whale, but it is still one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life.

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Scuba Dive the Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world, spanning a whopping 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands. Scuba divers typically flock to Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville as their starting point. From here, embark on a stunning diving journey through the warm crystal clear waters to see the incredible biodiversity of the reef.

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Hike the Dolomites in Italy

Most people have heard about the European Alps, but have you heard of the Dolomites? The rugged mountain range allows for impressively dramatic views, stunning hikes and great skiing opportunities in the winter. The Dolomites are located in Italy and can be reached either from Venice or from Innsbruck in Austria.

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Skydive over Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

What can be more exciting than the adrenaline rush from skydiving? Doing the jump with a spectacular view! Palm Jumeirah in Dubai is one of the top spots in the world for skydiving and for good reason. The birds-eye view over the palm-shaped structure is one in a million, adding to the thrill of a free fall.

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Antarctica Expedition with G Adventures

Ever dreamt of kayaking in the antarctic or camping out on bare ice? Become a true explorer by embarking on an Antarctica Expedition with G Adventures. Sail to one of the most remote regions in the world. The nearly uninhabited region is bound to shock and surprise with its magnificence and wilderness.

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Live on the Edge at the Auckland Skywalk

If you have a fear of heights, this is not the adventure for you. But adrenaline junkies will love the Auckland Skywalk. Climb up the city’s tallest tower at 220m. Then, walk on its edge - literally. If you are feeling even more adventurous, you can also try the Skyjump - bungee jumping off the edge of the tower!

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Fly above the Nazca Lines

No one knows who created them or how they did it. The Nazca Lines in Peru continue to boggle the minds of scientists and some even suggest that Aliens drew them. We don’t know what’s true and what’s just rumour. But, we do know that you can fly above them in a tiny little plane and get some amazing views!

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Face the World’s Largest Lizard in Indonesia

Indonesia, the 4th largest nation in the world by population, is not only the home of the famous Bali island. It is made up of hundreds mostly volcanic islands, where incredible untouched nature continues to thrive.

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See the Sun Rise Over Borobudur

Buddhist temples and sunrises simply make the best combination for bucket lists. You might have already added Angkor Wat in Cambodia to yours. But don’t miss Borobudur in Indonesia, which while much smaller, is no less spectacular.

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Discover the Undiscovered Great Wall of China

One of the Wonders of the World, millions of people visit the Great Wall of China every year. Most tourists head to Badaling and Mutianyu sections of the wall, which are the best restored. However, the entire wall with all its branches runs for nearly 22,000 km.

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Take in the Dunes in Sossusvlei, Namibia

The stunning landscapes of Sossusvlei (along with challenging dune hikes) will leave you breathless. With colorful dunes, unimaginable rolling shapes, and tree trunks frozen in time, this desert is bound to surprise.

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Experience the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) happen on dark clear nights, when particles in our atmosphere collide to produce this spectacular light show. For the best viewing chance, plan a trip up north between the months of November and March, and stay for a few days. Some great locations include Alaska, Northern Canada, Iceland, Norway and Denmark.

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Watch the Sunset Over Santorini Island

Santorini is one of the top destinations among the Greek Islands. It’s for good reason that thousands of tourists flock here each year - the island is absolutely stunning. For an unforgettable experience, watch the sunset over Oia on the north-west edge of the island. But don’t miss the sunset on the opposite side of Santorini either - it sets over the cliffs and ocean, and is just as beautiful.

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Stay the Nihi Sumba Hotel

Formerly called the Nihiwatu, Travel & Leisure readers named the Nihi Sumba the #1 hotel in the world for two consecutive years. Located on the remote Sumba Island in Indonesia, it is the perfect mix of luxury and adventure. But there is even more than meets the eye.

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Watch the NYE Fireworks in Sydney

Not only is Sydney home to an epic fireworks display on New Years Eve, it is also the first major city in the world to welcome the new year. As the fireworks light up the sky over Sydney’s Opera House, you’ll celebrate a whopping 14 hours ahead of the East Coast and 17 hours ahead of the West Coast! If you jump on a plane right after, you might be able to make it to LA and celebrate twice?

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Experience Indigenous Culture in Kuna Yala

Kuna Yala, also called San Blas, is located on the Caribbean coast of Panama. What’s truly special is that it is an indigenous autonomous territory. This means that the Kuna community governs the hundreds of tiny pristine Caribbean islands. Soak up the sun and meet a unique culture, while disconnecting from the world.

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Indulge in the Luxurious Hammam Fit for a Queen

The Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hammam in Istanbul dates back to 1556. Build by Mimar Sinan, a famous architect of the times, it was literally commissioned by the queen! Today, you can visit the luxurious hammam for a true Turkish bath experience. Don’t forget to include a traditional aromatherapy massage to your indulgence.

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Eat Dinner in the Sky

This may not be for faint-hearted, but it is definitely an experience. We all love a rooftop terrace dinner. But what if you could have a spectacular 360 view from high above the sky? With Dinner in the Sky you can! You will enjoy a gourmet meal on a specially designed platform, which is suspended above some of the most iconic places in the world. Some of their past destinations have included Tokyo, London and Las Vegas.

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Become a Certified Scuba Diver

Have you always dreamed of discovering the amazing underwater world? Do you want to be able to dive almost anywhere in the world? Or are you just bored and want to learn a new skill?

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Become First Aid Certified

 

Some skills are fun to have, such as juggling or scuba diving. Others, help us advance in the professional world. For example, knowing how to code or speaking another language. Meanwhile, first aid certification is more than a stamp - it’s an opportunity always to be prepared to help others.

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Learn to start a fire without matches

Before matches and lighters, starting a fire was no easy feat. In the unlikely event of being stranded in the middle of nowhere without matches or a lighter, this skill will come in extremely handy!

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Plant Your Kitchen Garden

With spring in full gear, this is the perfect time to learn how to plant a kitchen garden. For beginners, a few herbs are a good start to spice up your meals. But if you really want a challenge, get some tomatoes, peppers and lettuce going in there as well.

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Learn to Cook a Perfect Pizza

What better way to feel like you are in Europe, but with a homemade pizza? It might be a bit of a challenge, but once you get it, the flavor and pride will both be worth it. If you are not much of a cook, then start with pita pizzas and work your way up to making your own dough. Plus, a pizza-making party can be a really fun get-together with friends or family.

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Learn to Speak or Brush Up on Your French

It’s scientifically proven that learning a new language is great for your brain. Why not get started with something universal and beautiful like the French language. Did you know that it is spoken in 29 countries? There are some great apps out there to help you, such as DuoLingo, Babbel and HelloTalk.

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Learn to Drive a Stick-Shift Vehicle

As cars become more automated, why bother learning to drive stick-shift? While those who truly love driving will tell you that you have more and better control over the car, there are other reasons as well. For example, in many parts of the world it is cheaper to rent a manual car. Plus, you just never know when you’ll be selected to participate on the Amazing Race.

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Take a free university course online

Gone are the days when education had to necessarily be expensive. Instead, university-level courses are easily available online for free, or for a small fee if you want a certificate. Want to learn about world history, to play the guitar or how to do data visualization? All this and more is available on platforms such as Coursera, Udemy and EdX.

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Take a self-defense course

You never know what situation you might find yourself in. Taking a self-defense course can prepare you for self-protection. More than that, it makes for a great workout, teaches discipline and often boosts confidence!

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Learn to Meditate

Our lives are constantly fast-paced. It’s difficult to stop and reflect. This places a lot of stress on our bodies and minds. Research shows that meditation can be beneficial for your well-being on many levels. This includes health and stress levels. Plus, it’s a chance to disconnect and get some down time.

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Learn to change a tire (and other car things)

Roadside assistance is just splendid - but knowing how to fix a few car basics won’t hurt. For one, it can save you money. But more importantly, it won’t leave you stranded! Changing a tire and some other basic mechanics can be a really useful skills. This is particularly true if you are planning on taking a longer car trip.

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