Santorini, Greece - February
With Valentine’s Day in the midst of this month it is only right to highlight one of the top romantic destinations in the world – Santorini, Greece. Santorini is a safe place to visit as a tourist and so is Greece as a whole. The famous white and blue washed island is absolutely picturesque & is a perfect place to visit with your special someone whether the occasion be a honeymoon, anniversary or even a destination you are ready to mark off your bucket list. Filled with absolutely stunning landscapes, architecture, volcanoes, and beaches.
Keep in mind that travel between late April and early November is the best time to go. The weather is warm and there is little rain. The months of December to March are the coolest months to visit.
While in Santorini, it is highly recommended to watch the Sunrise at Perissa Beach. Not many things are worth getting up so early for but this is an exception you would not regret.
Taking a stroll through the city alleys can be an amazing experience as you will see the traditional architecture of Santorini. The streets are narrow and it is almost impossible to turn a corner without taking a picture.
Santorini is considered a top wine destination in Europe. The flavor of wine here is affected by the island’s volcano debris. A winery tour is a must-do activity for anyone who loves wine!
There is a volcano of Santorini and yes, it’s amazing! You can either do an escorted hike or independently hike up this volcano. While here, you can also take advantage of the natural hot springs that are in the area.
Ancient Akrotiri is an archeological site that was discovered in the 1800’s. This city was destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption. Today, tourists can take tours to explore this ancient city that used to exist.
Ideally, you should plan to spend around 10 days in Santorini. This will give you time to see the sights and enjoy the island without feeling any sense of rush. If you are also interested in visiting the other Greek Islands such as Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, you could consider doing an island hop with Santorini as one of your stops- giving you a taste of the Greek Cyclades.
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Iceland - January
Iceland is in the midst of an unprecedented tourist boom & people visit the island for its stunning natural beauty during all seasons. There is a reason some people call it “Planet Iceland”. Stunning landscapes, mountains, geysers, geothermal pools, volcanoes, waterfalls, black sand beaches, icebergs- and so much more.
You can get a taste of Iceland by booking a basic package for a minimum of 3 nights which include your hotel stay, airport transfers, Golden Circle tour and several other add on options if you prefer.
Keep in mind that travel during winter months gives you as little as 4 hours of daylight depending on when you travel. Summer gives you much more daylight – right up to golfing at midnight!
The famous Blue Lagoon is popular for your first stop after an overnight flight and will avoid crowds. Soak in the warm geothermal pools and get ready to start your trip off right. Others prefer to book this package before flying back home. The Blue Lagoon is situated half way from the airport to Reykjavik so it’s cost efficient to choose either one.
The Ring Road is the way to see much more of Iceland. This route circles the whole country. You can pre-book a packaged tour or do it yourself with a self-drive tour. This tour is offered during the winter months, however, due to the unpredictable weather, roads can be closed and tours cancelled. You need time to be flexible.
During summer months your options increase, obviously with longer days and better weather.
Don’t forget to give yourself free time for Reykjavik. The city offers museums, art galleries, wonderful dining options, coffee shops, street food and plenty of bars. It’s easy to get around by foot or a Hop On Hop Off bus pass.
Iceland is safe, everyone speaks English, tap water is potable, pretty much a cashless society. Available through Jade Tours, G Adventures, Collette, Trafalgar and many others.
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The Cook Islands - December
The Cook Islands is an idyllic island destination located in the South Pacific Ocean. It is a great alternative to a Caribbean island winter getaway. Compared to most idyllic islands, The Cook Islands is much more affordable. A flight to this amazing island takes about 19 hours with 1 stop along the way from Toronto; a long flight but it is well worth it once you arrive. There is never really a bad time to visit the Cook Islands, always warm and always sunny!
It is an island on the rise of popularity but not yet commercialized by any means. The culture and sense of community is so evident here because of the size of the island. Rarotonga is the main island that people like to visit and Rarotonga is 32 kilometres in circumference and can be thought of as one large resort.
It is easy to get around while in the Cook Islands! No traffic lights and there is one main road that circles the entire island. Whether you rent a car, rent a scooter or rely on the daily shuttle that circles the island. The daily shuttle is easy to use, there are two shuttle buses that circle daily and all you need to do is give them a wave and a smile and they will stop to pick you up.
Activities include whale watching, kitesurfing, mingling with the locals, snorkeling, jeep safaris, lagoon cruises and so much more.
There are no all-inclusive resorts in the Cook Islands. Many are boutique style hotels, holiday homes, villas and resorts. Nonetheless, many will provide daily breakfast or come with equipped kitchens.
Goway offers great packages to the Cook Islands. There is an 8-day, 15-day and 29-day duration, all of which include your air out of Toronto.
Savings of $550 CDN through Goway for the 29-day duration to the Cook Islands—must be booked prior to 5:00 PM, December 31st, 2019.
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Universal Studios - Orlando, Florida - November
Visit Universal Studios Florida Resort and experience exciting attractions, entertainment and rides. This resort holds three separate amusement parks. It is a thrilling destination that can be non-stop action packed and perfect for a family getaway. Its attractions are based on pop-culture icons and famous films.
Universal Studios is based widely on movies and television shows. It’ a great park those who are not keen on big thrill rides. If you’re after a milder experience this is the place for you. This park includes captivating experiences which consist of Shrek 4D, The Men in Black Alien Attack and the E.T. Adventure.
Islands of Adventure is comprised of 7 themed “islands”. This park is where fantasy and thrill rides are its main feature. If you are after big thrill rides then definitely head here! Some of the best include The Amazing Adventures of Spider Man, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Jurassic Park River Adventure, Reign of Kong and let’s not forget the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Volcano Bay is the newest park of the three. This park opened in May 2017 and is a tropical themed water park. It houses three drop capsule slides, one being the tallest body slide in America.
Citywalk is the gateway to the enchanting parks within Universal. It is the perfect spot to end your evening and head out for dinner at one of the many restaurants. Citywalk offers a great experience, from innovative dining to surreal shows like the Blue Man Group.
There are many hotels on site that offer shuttles or water-taxis to the theme parks. The hotels range from economy hotels, like Aventura Hotel to luxurious styled hotels, like Portofino Bay Hotel.
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica - October
Ocho Rios, is located on the coast of Jamaica. It boasts of lush greenery, world famous jerk chicken, Jamaican rum and reggae music. Ocho Rios is about 90 minutes from the airport and was a former fishing village which has developed into a hub for resorts and cruise ships. From boutique-style to large all-inclusive resorts; The Moon Palace Jamaica, Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort, Sandals Ochi and Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay to name a few. To learn more about all of Jamaica’s Sandals Resorts click here.
Ocho Rios offers opportunity to go out and explore its hidden gems. Dunn’s River Falls is a beautiful famous waterfall that you can climb up or simply take the stairs up to. If you have been to Dunn’s River Falls, just a short distance away is Konoko Falls. Konoko Falls is a much steeper waterfall. At Konoko Falls they have indigenous animals that you can check out too! Mystic Mountain is a great day out for the family – full of activities such as s chairlift ride above the treetops and then zip-lining from spot to spot. If a day in the water is more appealing to you – Cool Running Catamaran Cruise offers a day of fun in the sun. The catamaran makes its way to Mahogany Bay where you may go swimming, snorkeling and enjoy the convenience of an open bar and a Soca dance party. Another great day time activity is to simply go into the town of Ocho Rios and shop for souvenirs to bring back home to your family and friends.
The benefit of staying in Ocho Rios is that you are only s short distance away from many attractions to see! There are miles of breathtaking beaches, delicious Jamaican food, and the Jamaican culture is one of a kind.
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Costa Rica - September
Costa Rica thrives on Eco-tourism and has maintained itself as a beautiful and lush country filled with bountiful species of its flora and fauna. The land has multiple national parks, rain-forests and biological reserves located all over – an incredible area to visit for any nature lovers.
Costa Rica lives peacefully and the Costa Rican people always have a smile on their face excited to speak with you about their history and culture. The weather in Costa Rica is superb year-round if you’re looking to avoid a snowstorm and work up a nce tan. The best time to stay here is in the dry season which is from mid-December until April.
Costa Rica has beautiful all-inclusive resorts like Planet Hollywood Beach Resort, small boutique hotels like Hotel Makanda by The Sea, and mountain lodges for the more adventurous type like Celeste Mountain Lodge.
Costa Rica is great for those who like to not only lounge by the pool, but to have the option to do other fun excursions! For those looking to venture and explore the options are endless; from kayaking, to surfing, white water rafting, scuba diving, horseback riding and zip-lining through the rainforest.
Costa Rica is the perfect destination to enjoy the tranquility of nature and its surroundings.
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Agawa Canyon - Ontario - August
Located in out very own province of Ontario, the Agawa Canyon is an amazing destination to catch views of vibrant fall colours! The best time to visit is around the end of September until the beginning of October, however the Canyon is accessible year-round!
There are five short nature trails in the area: the Ed Foote Trail, Lookout Trail, Otter Creek Trail, River Trail and Talus Trail.
Did you know that the Group of Seven used the Agawa Canyon as their inspiration for creating some of their artwork?
Great Canadian Holidays – Group of Seven Agawa Canyon
This 4-day tour will take you to the areas that inspired many of the Group of Seven artists. You will take a sight-seeing cruise on the 30,000 islands, a visit to Science North and Dynamic Earth, enjoy a heritage dinner at Ermatinger-Clergue House as well as take a train tour of the Agawa Canyon.
Hanover Holidays – Agawa Canyon-All Canadian
This 5-day tour will take you to points in Ontario that include Manitoulin Island and the Agawa Canyon. You will have the chance to ride the Chi-Chee Maun to Manitoulin Island and later on you will ride the Agawa Train to catch views of all the beautiful fall colours.
Denure Tours – Agawa Canyon plus Mackinac Island
This 5-day tour consists of travelling by motorcoach, train, and horse drawn carriages. Mackinac Island is special for its absence of motor vehicles and European feel. Once you are in the Agawa Canyon, you will enjoy a picnic on the canyon floor or hike to The Lookout for unforgettable fall views.
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Chicago Illinois - July
Come and experience Chicago, known for countless things like Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile and the Navy Pier.
An attraction known to many is the famous Cloud Gate; a mirrored bean shaped sculpture perfect for taking funny mirrored pictures of yourself, your friends and family.
The Navy Pier is a hot spot for shopping, food and rides! There is a Ferris wheel at the Navy Pier which is a must do. The Navy Pier is known for spectacular fire works that are scheduled once or twice every week, a perfect way to end the night.
The Magnificent Mile is the premier shopping area of Chicago. From high end hotels, unique restaurants to brand name fashion outlets. Be sure to bring some extra spending money for this part of your trip!
If you are a baseball fan, be sure to plan your trip around a Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field. A great day time activity on a beautiful sunny day.
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Newfoundland and Labrador - June
Discovered in 1497 by John Cabot on June 24th. This day is now known as a provincial holiday called Discovery Day.
A charming province perfect for a getaway in the summer months. Rent a cottage, go camping or stay at a boutique B&B.
From whale watching to bird watching and spotting icebergs. Do all this in just one trip. The best time to do this from mid-May until September by boarding a boat, renting a sea kayak or watching from land.
Spend a day at Gros Morne National Park, A UNESCO World Heritage site known for its spectacular views and wildlife – plenty of caribou, black bears, arctic fox and birds.
Did you know that the Northern Lights can be spotted in Newfoundland? Reports showing 20 – 40 sightings each year. The best opportunities to spot them are at Gros Morne National Park, Cow Head and Ferryland.
After your visit to Newfoundland don’t forget to visit the other East Coast provinces to discover even more of Canada’s secret wonders!
Hanover Holidays, a motor coach company, offers two tours specifically highlighting Newfoundland, a 7-day tour and a 12-day tour. There are many dates through the summer months to take advantage of.
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The Netherlands - May
The Netherlands is home to vibrant coloured tulips, windmills and picturesque canals.
An amazing way to discover The Netherlands is to rent a bicycle and bike along side the canals and gardens filled with tulips.Bicycles are The Netherlands major mode of transportation; something you will see on every corner of the street. The Netherlands is home to the most bicycles per capita and 36% of the population use bicycles as their main mode of transportation.
The top Dutch Foods to try while in The Netherlands would be:
- Olliebollen – a deep fried pastry with apple or raisins and rolled in powered sugar, typically eaten on special occasions.
- Bitterballen – an appetizer to the main course, they are delicious deep fried finger food and consist of a beef mixture on the inside, usually served with mustard.
- Stroopwafels – an after dinner snack with two waffle-like cookies filled with a caramel syrup in the middle.
The Netherlands has many historic elements dating back to the World War. Preserved houses such as the Anne Frank House and the Corrie Ten Boom house – The Hiding Place, where you can see real artifacts and take steps through the houses where it all occurred. A truly eye-opening experience.
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Las Vegas, Nevada - April
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Visit the Entertainment Capital of the World! Loaded with casinos, bright lights, and amazing shows like Celine Dion, Reba McEntire, Raiding the Rock Vault and Jerry Seinfeld.
Gain full access to all of the hotels on the Las Vegas strip. Visit the Greek inspired hotel – Caesars Hotel and Casino, or go back in time to Ancient Egypt and visit the Luxor Hotel and Casino. While exploring the Las Vegas strip be sure to check out the Fountains of Bellagio, the Eiffel Tower and take a ride on the Las Vegas Observation wheel called the High Roller.
If you’re a sports fan, plan your trip accordingly so you can watch the newest NHL team to join the league, the Vegas Golden Knights.
Not so far from here is the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. Make your travels a special one and go on the Grand Celebration Helicopter Tour which will pick you up from any Las Vegas strip hotel, proceed to fly over Hoover Dam, then following that you will touch down at the Grand Canyon and enjoy a champagne toast and lunch!
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Barbados - March
Barbados is part of the many islands of the Caribbean located towards the southeastern part of the region.
Barbados has many 5-star all-inclusive resorts for those who want to relax in the sun and swim in the crystal blue waters. There are highly rated places such as The Crane Resort, Sugar Bay Barbados and Crystal Cover by Elegant Hotels to name a few.
It is also a popular cruise port for many Caribbean cruises. While in port, cruisers tend to take advantage of the excursions offered here:
- Visit the famous cavern, Harrison’s Cave.
- Turtle Swim—Take a swim with the friendliest sea turtles of Barbados.
- Meet the Green Monkeys, up close and personal.
- Take on your inner love for the sea, and take a tour through the waters in a submarine.
Bajan Busses are also famous in Barbados to sight see, tour and beach hop. They are stunning colourful busses that are eye catching to anyone who sees one!
After a ride on the Bajan Bus in the major town of Bridgetown, be sure to visit Mustor’s Restaurant which offers Barbados Famous Dish, CouCou. A dish made with corn meal and okra.
If Reggae is one of your favourite music genres don’t miss out on the Famous Barbados Reggae Festival coming up soon, April 27th 2019. Purchase tickets in advance to guarantee the best price at this festival.
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Chile - February
Where it’s warm and certainly not -15 degrees outside. Chile is known for the Andes Mountains, Atacama Desert and its UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Santiago is the capital of Chile and surrounded by vast mountain-tops. Here you are able to shop, dance and eat like a Chilean. Since Chile is so close to the Pacific coast, seafood is a local favourite.
Easter Island is best known for the Moai statues. These statues were created dating all the way back to the 13th and 16th centuries. They are human like statues thought to be made in honour of past ancestors and chiefs.
Torres del Paine National Park has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1978. It is known for its Cordillera Paine mountains and bright blue glaciers and lakes.
Valparaiso, “The Jewel of the Pacific”, is filled with colour and character. It is overflowing with narrow roads, hills and staircases; a large inspiration for poets and painters.
The Hand of the Desert is in the middle of the Atacama Desert. It is simply a hand-shaped sculpture that is known all across the world. This landmark is free to visit, far from the city and 36 feet tall!
Did you know?
Chile is home to the world’s largest swimming pool, it can hold 66 million gallons of water.
It is a World Class wine destination.
Chile has lots of wildlife, even penguins.
There are five UNESCO World Heritage sites.