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Dream Vacation: Destination #7

Hello all,

Destination number seven is by far my most desired vacation. The Republic of Fiji, or simply known as Fiji, has postcard perfect islands with white sandy beaches and tropical weather year round. I mean c’mon, this is the ideal vacation for two on a honeymoon or a romantic getaway in general. Although, I’ve heard it can be very pricy because many things have to be imported, it still tops my list of places to go before I die.

Seventh stop: Fiji Islands!

Map of Fiji

Fiji Islands consist of 333 islands, which over 100 are inhabited. Most of the islands are clustered around two main large islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The small island of Rotuma is isolated in the north and inhabited by people of  Polynesian descent.

Hut on the Water Fiji

A bungalow perched in the crystal-clear waters is the ultimate dream. These over water rooms are on stilts over a lagoon or just offshore. Most have platforms that offer direct access to the water for swimming or to watch the sunset. Pure perfection for any honeymoon or romantic getaway, if you ask me!

Sigatoka River Safari Fiji

Ever wondered what a water safari was like? Wonder no more. Fiji’s Sigatoka River Safari will transport you deep into the Fijian interior aboard a custom-built jet boat. Your guide will introduce the rich culture of the Fijian people as the adventure begins in the coastal town of Sigatoka. Traveling upriver, one will be left in awe by the stunning natural scenery until arriving at the designed village. A village guide will present you to the community and then you will experience village life firsthand.

Waterfall Jumper Fiji

Have you ever wanted to do a backflip into at the top of a waterfall into the lagoon below? Uh, yes! A tour called Adventures in Paradise Fiji will give you that opportunity. After visiting with a village chief and partaking in authentic ceremonies, a traveler can enjoy an exhilarating dip in the waterfall lagoon. On top of that, the locals teach you how to husk a coconut.

Robinson Crusoe Island Fiji

If you’re seeking an experience filled with Fijian customs, culture, and cuisine then Robinson Crusoe Island may be the place for you. The island is a part of the secluded Fiji Beach Resort, which has an assortment of free activities to enjoy. A few Fijian traditions that will enrich any trip are fire and knife dance shows, basket making, dancing under the stars, bonfires, and kava ceremonies.

Whether you’re on your honeymoon or seeking a serene getaway, Fiji offers plenty for couples. I can’t wait to go!

Enjoy!

~Anita

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Dream Vacation: Destination #6

Salutations Readers,

We’re going to the wild and arid land of the Serengeti for destination number six. Who hasn’t wanted to go on a safari to take in the picturesque view of this reserve? The area is best known for its vast migration of herbivores (mostly zebras and wildebeests) and the predators (lions, cheetahs, hyenas, oh my!) that pursue them. What most don’t know is that the Serengeti is one of many national parks of Tanzania. So let’s explore this natural reserve on the motherland of Africa!

Sixth stop: Serengeti, Tanzania!

Map of Serengeti, Tanzania

Located in north Tanzania and extending to southwestern Kenya, the Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. Its climate, vegetation, and wildlife have barely changed in the past million years. The Serengeti is most famous for hosting the largest continental mammal migration in the world, which establishes it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

 

Wildebeest of the Serengeti plains.

Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then they swirl west and north after the long rains of April, May and June. The primal, yet ancient, instinct of these herbivores to move is so strong that no drought, gorge, or crocodile infested river can hold them back.

 

Massai Warriors

The land is also known as Massailand, named after the fierce Massai warriors that live alongside the wildlife.

 

Ol Doinyo Lengai in the Serengeti

Another attraction of the Serengeti is Ol Doinyo Lengai, the only active volcano in the area that ejects carbonatite lava. It is also a Massai holy site.

 

Serene SerengetiWhether it’s for the splendor of leisure or going for business, the Serengeti is one place that shouldn’t be missed on your trip in the area.

 

Enjoy!

~Anita

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Dream Vacation: Destination #5

Howdy Partners,

I’m bringing y’all to the good old U.S. of A. as Grand Canyon, Arizona is in this week’s spotlight. Seven years ago, I was fortunate enough to have a Las Vegas experience, but my only view of the Grand Canyon was the plane. I really wish I had taken the time to visit this majestic natural wonder carved out by the Colorado River.

Fifth stop: Grand Canyon, Arizona!

Map of Grand Canyon

Nearly two billion years ago the Colorado River and its offshoots cut channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau uplifted to create what CNN called a natural wonder of the world in 1997. Today, the river continues to erode and form the magnificent Grand Canyon. The canyon was granted federal protection in 1893 but did not make National Park status until 1919.

Grand view of the canyon

The Colorado River creates a barrier parting the canyon into the South Rim and North Rim; most people visit the South Rim while the North Rim has a short season. With an average distance across of 10 miles, it takes five hours to drive the 215 miles between the South Rim and North Rim villages.

Colorado River Separating Canyon

 

There are plenty of activities to do in this park, which receives almost five million visitors every year. There are free ranger programs, visitor centers, a museum, mule trips, view points, whitewater trips, bicycle rentals, and more. Audio tours via your cell phone and hiking are also popular.

Mule tour

 

For more information on planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, visit the National Park Service.

 

Enjoy!

~Anita

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Dream Vacation: Destination #4

Godmorgen ven!

I’m in the mood for something unconventional this week. The first three destinations were all popular islands but now it’s peninsula time. I chose Copenhagen, Denmark because I loved the Little Mermaid movie as a child. And what better way to honor that timeless tale than to dreamily visit the hometown of Hans Christian Anderson.

Fourth stop: Copenhagen, Denmark!
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen has come a long way from being a simple fishing village and trade center. Today, the capital city of Denmark is home to many famous sights and attractions, including Tivoli Gardens, Amalienborg Palace (home of the Danish monarchy), Christiansborg Palace, Nyhavn, and the Little Mermaid sculpture. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s the most visited Scandinavian metropolitan, drawing over a million visitors a year. I guess that’s good enough reason as any to visit!

The Little Mermaid statue is not only a popular attraction but also a Danish icon. Although the fair tale was published in 1837, it took about 70 years for a Danish brewer to commission the waterfront statue.
Little Mermaid statue

Tivoli Gardens: The world’s second oldest amusement park opened in 1843. This attraction is more than just an amusement park; it’s also a great place to people-watch and dine. This 21-acre park is beautifully landscaped with more than 400,000 colorful flowers. Rumor has it that this place may have inspired Walt Disney with his theme parks.
Tivoli Gardens

Frederiksberg Palace: You can’t go to any European city without visiting a palace. Completed in 1703, this palace was only used as the royal family’s summer residence until the mid-19th century. Now, anyone can visit and relax on the 25 acres of Frederiksberg Park.
Frederiksberg Palace

Rosenborg Castle was built in a Dutch Renaissance-style designed by Bertel Lange and Hans van Steenwinckel for Christian IV of Denmark. The castle is now open to the public for tours and its museum is home to the Royal Collections, artifacts spanning the royal Danish culture from the 16th to the 19th century.

Rosenborg Castle

Copenhagen Jazz Festival is supposedly one of Europe’s biggest, comprehensive international music events. The city streets, squares, clubs, and concert halls have strummed each summer with live jazz since 1979. The festival begins the first Friday in July and runs for 10 uninterrupted days.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Enjoy!

~Anita
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Dream Vacation: Destination #3

Hi there!
This week’s dream destination is Barbados. Fortunately, I visited this lovely, quaint island almost 13 years ago and I would love to go back. Initially a study abroad class, my three-week stay in paradise was more recreational than educational (but I thoroughly enjoyed my classes as well). It was my first taste of Caribbean culture and I soaked it up as much as possible. I was lucky enough tot experience a lot but my favorite were the Crop Over Festival, which is a celebration marking the end of the sugar cane season, and Kadooment Day (two words: music and dancing).
Third stop: Barbados!

Barbados map

This island is also known as 4×4 due to its size (it’s 21 miles in length and 14 miles wide). The food, music, history, and Bajans (the citizens of Barbadoes) are guaranteed to get any tourist involved in a little fun, sun, and relaxation.

Bridgetown: Not only is this Barbados’ capital city, it’s the largest city on the island. Among the colorful streets you will find the Cheapside Market, where you can discover an allotment of more color, fruits, vegetables, vendors, and tradespeople!

bridgetown-promenade

The Crop Over Festival and Grand Kadooment Carnival Parade is a must-do experience. The festival begins in late May and ends with the parade early August. With loads of performance artists at the Pic-O-De-Crop competition, parties, and fests, any visitor will find something exciting.

Dancing in the street

Dancing in the street

 

Oistins, Barbados: In the mood for some Flying Fish aka Barbados national fish? Or maybe your taste buds hanker for lobster, swordfish, tuna or marlin? Then you’ve found the place to have those good eats. On Friday nights–in particular–this is the spot of the famed Oistins Fish Fry. So don’t miss out on the food and entertainment!

Oistins Fish Fry every Friday

Oistins Fish Fry every Friday

 

Mount Gay Rum Distillery Tour. I’m not much of a rum drinker but after sampling this smooth spirit, I quickly became a fan. 45-minute tours are about $7 for adults and free for the kiddies.

Yum yum! I'll have some rum!

Yum yum! I’ll have some rum!

 

Sunbury Plantation House is located in the eastern parish of St. Philip at Oldbury. It is one of two sugar plantations that has been restored to its original style. A tourist will encounter plenty of history and culture here. Viewings of the hours are seven days a week between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.Sunbury Plantation Barbados
Enjoy!

~Anita

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Dream Vacation: Destination #2

G’Day Mate!

This week’s destination in the series is Sydney, Australia. I’ve always wanted to have an excursion in the Land Down Under. Not to mention, pay a visit to my long-time pen pal, Zoe, and Camp Kitty buddy, Jordie. I definitely don’t want to risk my life by having an Outback adventure, but I would be open to much safer alternatives. #LOL

Second stop: Sydney, Australia!

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Other than kangaroos, koalas, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Sydney Opera House, I don’t know much about the place. Just like Japan, it’ll cost a grip to travel here. But in the meantime, here are some Aussie locations to daydream about:

The Sydney Opera House is unique in design and engineering that adds to the character of this international attraction.

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Bondi Beach is Australia’s most famous beach and is close to Sydney. Not only goes it boast with great sand and clean waters, the beach has diligent lifeguards that’ll keep any tourist safe.

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The Queen Victoria Building: Renownedfir it’s architectural marvel, this place is also a great shopping experience.

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New Year’s Eve in Sydney. Fireworks over the famous Sydney Harbour, need I say more?

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Sydney Aquarium is a great place to take the kids as it features five separate exhibitions focusing on Aussie ocean.

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Enjoy!

~Anita
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