For some, the best part of a cruise is lounging on deck, relaxing to the sound of the ocean, but for others it’s the excitement of new experiences waiting on shore at destinations around the world.
For those seeking adventure, small-ship cruise lines like UnCruise, Hurtigruten, Lindblad Expeditions and Windstar Cruises offer exciting, immersive experiences in some of the world’s most beautiful, unspoiled places.
Windstar’s Costa Rica-focused itineraries offer hiking in Carara National Park, surfing at Manuel Antonio National Park and forest ziplining in Quepos. The 10-day Colón to Puerto Caldera itinerary includes the famous Playa Flamingo Beach and black-sand beaches of Bahia Herradura, biodiverse rainforests and cloudforests and the Panama Canal. The 14-day Star Collector, Bridgetown to Puerto Caldera cruise visits lesser-known locales in Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Colombia and Panama.
Explore Mexico’s Pacific coast with Lindblad Expeditions, and partake in parasailing, swimming with dolphins, helmet diving, sea kayaking and canopy adventures, as the cruise line’s small ships work their way into remote Sea of Cortez sites. Other exciting Lindblad itineraries include the Galapagos, Arctic and Antarctica.
Head to colder climates with UnCruise, and explore the rough and wild Alaskan landscapes. The cruise line’s land packages offer the opportunity to sail alongside glaciers, dog sled across frozen tundra and mountain bike, hike and river raft in Denali National Park.
Also specializing in cold-weather adventure experiences, Hurtigruten takes passengers on unforgettable journeys through Norway, Antarctica, Greenland and other destinations only accessible by small ships. Visit small fishing villages and learn to ice fish; take in the winter landscapes south of the Arctic Circle on a Husky safari; hike Norway’s breathtaking fjords; and witness the Northern Lights up close.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
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.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
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.