River cruises, which set sail all over the world, have been growing in popularity with travelers of all ages. They offer the structure and security of a cruise, while allowing explorers to see places that aren’t total tourist traps along the river of their choosing. Riverboats themselves are a more attractive alternative to many travelers than the behemoth ships that often come to mind upon hearing the word “cruise.”
For those curious about the booming-in-popularity river cruises, here are some of the world’s most awesome.
Danube Delights, Europe
Launched just this year, Emerald Waterways’ eight-day Danube Delights cruise takes passengers along the stunning Danube River in the heart of Old Europe from Nuremberg, Germany to Budapest, with stops in between in Weltenburg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Dürnstein, Vienna and Bratislava.
Rivers and Rails, Africa
For a unique perspective on the vast and beautiful continent of Africa, hop aboard Ama Waterways’ Zambezi Queen, a 28-passenger riverboat, for their 12-night Rivers and Rails of Africa tour. The cruise takes guests along the Chobe River and to the nations of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Passengers will enjoy three nights in Cape Town, followed by a four-night safari cruise, two nights In Victoria Falls and a three-night Rovos Rail train journey from Victoria Falls to Pretoria.
The Amazon, South America
Anakonda Amazon Cruises offers passengers a trip through the lush, wild Amazon via their three- to seven-night river cruise itineraries. The cruises take guests to Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, depending on which itinerary is chosen, aboard the 36-passenger Anakonda.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Just north of Barcelona’s bustling city center, the capital of Catalonia transitions from Gothic cathedrals, tiny alleyways and hordes of bike tours into a more livable neighborhood known as Poble Nou. Close to the coast, Metro-accessible and rife with local hang-out spots, this area has become a favorite of residents who seek solace from the masses of tourists that crowd the center.
Use the summer to catch up on reading that pile of books collecting dust in the corner of your bedroom. Reading is a great pastime for people to enjoy while on vacation. For example, lying out on the beach with a good book will help the hours slip by while the reader is transported to a written world. Everyone has their favorite author or genre, but mystery novels are especially fun to read while relaxing on vacation. A good mystery will get someone’s pulse racing and mind thinking as they try and solve the mystery before the book ends. These mysteries all take place during the summer and are great to enjoy while tanning.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Parenting a toddler comes with a forced skillset people learn on the go and then come back with tips and tricks from the battlefield. These sweet, curious little ones are resilient travelers, but also unpredictable. Make the most of your next vacation with a few tips to create a stress-free vacation with toddlers in tow.