Looking for a special destination to re-kindle your love for exploration and travel?
With vaccine introductions and implementation, the world is now re-opening for travel after a long pandemic! Travelers from around the globe have begun booking their summer and spring getaways in destinations that will refuel their adoration for new cultural experiences. With an abundance of experiences and destinations to pick from, travelers are looking for getaways that satisfy all senses from sightings, food, and experiences.
From the streets of Rio to the diverse culture of Budapest, here are some destinations that will leave you packing for your post-pandemic escape!
Budapest, called “Paris of The East” is one of the most culture-rich cities in Eastern Europe. When it comes to blending old and new, it features an array of hotspots for discovery and entertainment. There’s much to discover in this stunning city, from historical landmarks to modern bars and art scenes. It is divided by a bridge that defines two experiences. Buda is a reflection of the bathing culture and quarters that showcase the history of the people throughout centuries. Pest, on the other hand, is where you’ll find historical landmarks, museums, and dining venues.
Firstly, Budapest is a spa city; it features world-renowned spa experiences for travelers. The city prides itself on bathing experiences that come from Turkish, Roman, and European cultures. Some of the best baths include Gellért and Rudas, offering a romantic ambiance. Others that are perfect if you are traveling with kids include The Veli Beh and the Dandár.
Moreover, you’ll find historic spots as you stroll down the streets and visit various tourist spots. These include UNESCO World Heritage Sites that show the rich cultures that live within its borders. For example, the Danube embankments and the Buda Castle district are World Heritage Sites since 1987. These landmarks also tell a tale of culture and history that dates back over 800 years.
Finally, we must shed some light on the vibrant nightlife and buzzing entertainment districts that are abundantly available throughout the city. Budapest features some of the most energetic entertainment districts in Eastern Europe. The city is known for its “ruin” bars. These venues not only provide a lively experience but were also transformed from historic landmarks to artistic venues.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco is the jewel of Northern California. Not only does it have history, but is also one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. San Francisco truly has it all; history, parks, beaches, theatres, Michelin-starred dining options, and much more.
First of all, the city is home to known landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge. Needless to an introduction, The Golden Gate bridge is the number one attraction for the city’s visitors. It was once called “the bridge that could not be built”, however, its assembly was completed in 1937. The construction of the bridge took four years due to vicious winds, fog, rocks, and tides that disrupted its works. The bridge provides the best photo opportunities in the city and boasts stunning views, especially during sunrise and sunset.
Secondly, visitors should make a stop at Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz Island. Fisherman’s Wharf has some of the best seafood restaurants and offers a seagoing vibe for visitors throughout its space. Across the water from the Wharf is Alcatraz Island, this small island was once a fort and military prison. However, today Alcatraz Island is the most visited attraction in the San Francisco Bay Area, tickets are usually sold-out months ahead!
Moreover, the city offers an array of entertainment and shopping districts with world-class standards. For example, Union Square and Ghirardelli Square, which boast plazas and a range of restaurants, pubs, and retail shops.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Finally, there’s no better destination to re-kindle your love for travel than at the stunning city of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This destination is known as the Cidade Maravilhosa (The Marvelous City) for its exceptional landscapes and culture. Rio De Janeiro is the perfect destination for travelers looking for sunny escapes, lavish rainforests, and bustling nightlife. Also, it interests travelers who love sports, food, music, and culture!
First off, visiting the statue of Christ The Redeemer is a must during your visit. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is the most visited attraction in Brazil. The statue is 38 meters high covering 710 meters of the Corcovado Mountain. It also boasts picturesque views of Rio from all angles, making it a top attraction in the city. The statue sits in a touristic area of the mountain that provides activities for tourists throughout their visit.
Next, visit the Tijuca National Park, the largest urban rainforest on the planet. This landscape features an abundance of terrains, waterfalls, and over 1,900 species of animals and plants. This park has three sections; the Carioca Range, Pedra Bonita, and Gávea. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is located in the Carioca hill on the 2,330 foot Corcovado summit. Pedra Bonita and Gávea attract adventurous travelers who seek outdoor activities.
The locals of the city define its night scene, which is one of the liveliest in the world. It starts at sunset where locals go to a botequim (traditional Brazilian bars) for some bar food and drinks. The main nightlife energy starts later at night and involves dancing; whether it is a live music venue or a street party.