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The Coolest Ancient Cities you can Explore on Vacation

I love to travel to ancient cities with rich historical and cultural attractions, they have flourished for centuries but who knows how long they will stick around.

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Traveling allows you the opportunity to see how other people live and in some cases it allows you to literally look back in time. That’s why I love to travel to ancient cities with rich historical and cultural attractions.   Exploring these awesome destinations not only teaches you history but also lets you see how people lived and thrived. These ancient cities have flourished and somehow stuck around long enough for us to enjoy. Check out these mysterious ancient cities while you still can.

 

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

If you want to see one of the largest and most unique ancient cities, you have to go check out Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The Khmer people were Hindu by religion and they created this city for the Hindu Deities as a sign of respect. Stretching over 500 acres is an intricate and detailed city filled with moats, towers and numerous reliefs depicting celestial scenes.

 

Rome, Italy

Rome is one of the most traveled to destinations I the world but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting this splendid gem. The incredible Roman Empire left tons of cool ruins to check out. Just seeing the immense Colosseum is worth fighting through the crowds, as it’s so awesome it’s hard to explain. Just thinking about all the people that once filled this giant to see people fight each other and wild beasts to the death.

 

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is famous for bridging the gap between Europe and Asia, and literally being between the two continents. Check out architecture from the Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Empire with modern flare. You can even see Moses’ staff, which is in a museum.

 

Bagan, Myanmar

Myanmar has gone through some serious political turmoil over the past few decades but now that that has all quieted down, people can finally enjoy the awesome Bagan temples. These Buddhist temples are all centrally located along the banks of the Irrawaddy River and create a magical ambiance. You will find much smaller crowds than at Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu. I suggest a boat tour and see as many temples as you can, they are so cool.

 

Kyoto, Japan

Come to Tokyo for all the modern conveniences and come to Kyoto for a trip back in time. Spend hours touring the ancient city and its magical Zen gardens and tea ceremonies. Feel like you are in Imperial Japan and walk the line between history and technology as tech giants like Nintendo are located in Kyoto.

 

Machu Picchu. Peru

You can’t have a list on ancient cities without including Machu Picchu; the Incan city perched upon a mountaintop. There is no easy way to reach the summit of these Andes Mountains, so be prepared for a long hike. Once you reach the top, you’ll realize just how impressive this city truly is. It was built over 500 years ago and is still in incredible shape.

 

Athens, Greece

Athens is a city that is literally overflowing with ancient ruins. If you are a lover of history than Greece is an obvious choice. The creator of democracy and modern civilization, Greece is technically all our homes.

 

The ancient world is waiting for you to discover it, before it’s wiped away for ever.

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Top Summer Vacation Spots for 2017

Vacations are different for everyone, but if you are like me and suffer from some serious FOMO (fear of missing out) then you need to know what’s HOT! 

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It’s summertime and the feeling is good, so let’s find the hotspots for 2017. Vacations are different for everyone, but if you are like me and suffer from some serious FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) then you need to know what’s HOT! Where are all the Instagram influencers going this summer, where do I need to be if I want to be part of the IN crowd? Not to worry homie, I got you. I found the five hottest summer vacation destinations to keep you on top of the trends.

 

Greece

All the cool kids are headed to Greece this summer as the country makes a huge push in travel marketing to help fix the struggling economy. It’s true, Greece has fallen on hard times recently but that is actually helping out travelers, as the deals have never been better. Sure the ancient ruins are fun, but if you want to be part of the IN crowd, head to one of Greece’s many hot islands like Mykonos or Santorini. The weather is perfect, the water is crystal clear and the locals are so welcoming and friendly, Greece will be all over Instagram this summer.

  

South Africa

South Africa is quickly becoming a hot travel destination this summer, mainly for its wide range of outrageous activities. The country has been becoming a hotspot for the rich and famous and recently has made a strong push in its tourism and brand marketing. The country features amazing beaches, respected wine regions, incredible wildlife and safaris, enough to keep even the insanely rich busy for summer. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this.

 

Croatia

Croatia is no longer the best-kept secret in lavish vacation travel sorry Europe, your secret is out. Brits have been flocking to this Eastern European country for years with cheap deals and incredible beach destinations. The water is a great temperature for water sports and the alcohol just seems to flow here. Expect some wild posts from the richest Instagrammers you follow. Croatia has been labeled as a safe place for terrorism by authorities, so that’s always a plus.

 

Italy

Everyone wants to visit Italy this summer and the bookings have been off the charts. Expect plenty of Instagram posts from Italy this summer from all your favorite Instagram celebrities. The country is always a popular travel spot but this summer seems to be extra fashionable. What’s not to love? The food, the wine, the people, the atmosphere and the incredible scenery, Italy has it all. Expect the Italian Mediterranean to be extra packed this summer with yachts and cruise ships.

 

The Maldives

OK, if you want to really travel like an Instagram influencer, you have to hit the Maldives this summer. Truly the playground of the rich and famous, The Maldives is a popular spot for the Arab elite and the most famous of movie stars. Experience a real paradise lost situation as these islands are incredible and the vacation here will be life changing.

 

Don’t fear FOMO, instead create it with your own incredible vacation posts on Instagram and make all your own followers jealous.

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The Most Romantic Weekend Trips in North America

We found the most sensual and romantic weekend getaway spots all lovers should check out.

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Romantic getaways are important to keeping the fire in relationships burning bright so take our advice and add some romance into your life. Take your lover on a passionate adventure and keep your sensual juices flowing. Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time a year to show your love, so step your game up and treat your special someone to a week end they won’t soon forget. We found the most sensual and romantic weekend getaway spots all lovers should check out.

 

San Francisco

The city by the bay keeps lovers coming back with its foggy setting and breathtaking views. What’s more romantic than taking a stroll through Golden Gate park with your special someone, the distinctive skyline in the distance and a cool breeze in the air? The cities eateries are world class and the overall small size of the city makes it seem that much more romantic.

 

Charleston

The old town feel, cobblestone streets and oak tree lined streets makes Charleston, South Carolina a dream location. Take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride after a nice dinner of soul food and look for shooting stars as you enjoy each other’s company. The southern charm of this city will rub off on you and your mate will take notice.

 

Sedona

A Sedona Arizona spa weekend getaway is the perfect way to say, “I love you,” to your special someone. The incredible views from everywhere will put you in the romantic mood pretty quick. Enjoy a nice glass of wine, a couple’s massage and the piece and quit this little town provides.

 

Poconos

Nature loving couples from all around flock to the Poconos mountains for weekend trips all year long. The region has some great wineries, hiking trails and cute little bed and breakfasts are scattered all over. Find a waterfall on a hike and have a romantic picnic next to it.

 

 

Napa

Get yourself two tickets to the Napa Valley Wine Train and call it a day. The train takes people on a 25-mile ride through the beautiful countryside and stops at numerous wineries for your alcohol consumption. What’s a better way to get your partner in the mood than a few bottles of wine?

 

New Orleans

New Orleans isn’t just a party city; it has romance pouring out of every building. The rich history combined with outstanding architecture makes walking around a dream. Enjoy a few cocktails; some amazing live jazz music and an excellent meal, without doing any research. The city is made for tourism and it features some really romantic spots.

 

The Keys

The Florida Keys are as far south in the US as you can go and it’s like visiting a deserted island in some spots. Feel like you and your liver are the only people on the planet and enjoy each other fully. The weather is great, the bars are eclectic and the seafood couldn’t be fresher.

 

Take care of your loved one and they will return the favor. Everyone likes to be wined and dined, so make the first move and book a trip today.

 

 

 

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Ukraine: An Underrated Tourist Destination In Europe

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When many people think of taking a European vacation they probably imagine strolling along the Seine with their lover, or seeing Michelangelo’s David in Florence. I mean, those are both two amazing things to do. However most people would even consider traveling to Ukraine. It is a country at war, the winters tend to be unbearable, and Eastern Europeans have a reputation of being unfriendly. All that being said, Ukraine is still an underrated tourist destination and one that should be on travelers radar.

What Is There To Do In Ukraine?

Ukraine is a large country. In fact, it’s the largest country entirely in Europe. This means that there is something for everyone! From adventure travelers to those just looking to relax, you can spend months exploring the country and still not tire of things to see and do.

If you are looking for a city break you can’t skip out on the capital of Kyiv, nor the cultural capital of Lviv. For adrenaline junkies you can go skiing in Bukovel, or white water rafting in Vorokhta. And if you are just a good old nature lover then camping by the sunken city of Bakota or the uninhabited Dzharylhach island could be for you.

5 Amazing Places To Visit In Ukraine

1. Lviv – A Beautiful City In Western Ukraine

The cultural capital of Lviv has a storied history. From being the capital of the kingdom of Rus to a part of Poland, the pearl of the Austrian Empire to the gem of an independent Ukraine. There are so many things to do in Lviv almost anyone can have a great time.

For dining I highly recommend a trip to the most popular restaurant in Lviv, Kryivka. This restaurant in a bunker under Rynok square is themed, but don’t let that put you off. The walls are papered with interesting artefacts from one of the most tumultous periods in Lviv history. Youc an see old military medals, propaganda posters, and plenty of old (non-functioning) weapons.

2. Bakota – A Less Than Easy Place To Go Camping Like A Local

The site of a submerged city, Bakota, is currently a reservoir connecting to the Bug river. This is a very popular camping spot for Ukrainians and there are plenty of activities you can do. I like to just relax and enjoy nature, but you can go boating, fishing, or hiking the cliffs around the area.

You will need a car to get there as public transportation doesn’t really exist, but that just means you’ll have to do a bit of car camping.

3. Dzharylhach Island – The Largest Island In The Black Sea

Dzharylhach Island is an uninhabited island in the Kherson region of Ukraine that is another beautiful place to camp. You can only get there by taking a ferry from the mainland, and there are no accommodations other than tents. Rest on the soft white sand or play with the dolphins that come very close to shore.

If you do spend some time there you have to try the island specialty – stingray borsch! This soup is made daily by the shanty little cafe near the pier. And don’t forget to see the sunset by the famous Dzharylhach Lighthouse!

4. The Pink Lake – One Of The Most Unique Places In All Ukraine

Located on Arabatska Strilka, about 6 hours by bus from Kherson City, is one of my absolute favorite places in the whole country. Officially named Henichesk Lake, this natural pink lake is an amazing sight to behold.

The color is due to a non-harmful bacteria that thrives in the high salt content of the lake. Many people even take salt home to cook with it, I know I brought a few kilos back! Make sure to wade out as far as you can go so you can see the most naturally pink section.

5. Kyiv – The Capital Of Ukraine

No list about places to see in Ukraine would be complete without Kyiv. A capital going back all the way to Kievan Rus, the city is a mix of classic Eastern European architecture and ugly Soviet commie-blocks. However don’t let the ugliness deter you. The city is lively and fun if you know how to do it right.

Spend some time at the Bukta food center on the Dniper river, or hit up an amazing pool party in the warm months. Walk through beautifully manicured parks and see the Mariinsky Palace, or visit the Pechersk Lavra – an historic cave monastery filled with the bodies of Orthodox saints.

About the author:

Alona Tiunina is a travel blogger from Ukraine who has been to (almost) every region in the country. When she is not traveling she enjoys binge watching Netflix and scouring airline tickets for her next trip.

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