With infinite vacation options and inspiration coming at us in all forms — e.g., social media, email blasts, ads — it can be difficult to decide where to begin when planning a holiday. We want to cram as much as possible into our limited vacation days but we don’t want to visit places too far from each other so as to avoid missing out on anything due to extra travel time. A new trend made its way on to the travel scene and combines the best of both worlds: cold snowy scapes and hot, sunny beaches.
Known as “fire and ice vacations,” these cold/hot holidays may seem like a nearly impossible feat considering most destinations largely experience one climate that only really varies with the seasons. But there are a handful of destinations that let travelers squeeze in a cold winter holiday plus a hot summer getaway, so long as you’re willing to put in the planning.
The best destinations for dual-climate experiences start in New Zealand, where the southern island boasts relaxing beaches as well as skiing, glacier walking and other cold-weather activities. A similar dual climate exists on the northernmost and southernmost tips of Japan: The former features mountains, hot springs and snow for winter sports, while a four-hour flight takes you to the southern beaches. Other regions that offer these two vastly differing climates and thus expand the opportunities for activities are Chile, Southern Spain and even Hawai’i.
Travel to Africa can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the culture so different from our home. However, it’s also one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences available to travelers. If you’re unsure where to begin, here are the safest countries on the continent to begin with.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Being stuck in the middle seat on an airplane is hardly anyone’s first choice, but for travelers who aren’t willing to shell out extra bucks to choose their own seat, the middle seat may be randomly assigned to them. However, there are a few ways to make the most of this situation and breeze through the flight with the most comfortable experience possible.
Along Guyana’s Rupununi River, Karanambu Lodge is an oasis of comfort and compassion in a largely wild region undisturbed by commercial tourism. Guyana is a land rich in biodiversity and Karanambu is dedicated to its conservation, operating as both an eco-tourist lodge and a charitable trust devoted to the preservation of the Rupununi, savannah and waters.
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