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Ten of the Top Rated Off-the-Beaten-Track Treks

How cool would it be to take time away for yourself and be absolutely by yourself? Detach from the mundane every day and reinvigorate yourself with the grandeur of nature on some of the most out of the way treks. Travel from Africa’s 3rd tallest peak to the Australian deserts, or make your way down to the most southerly point in Patagonia – you won’t be sorry.

Treks artwork And though they are remote, it does not mean they are unachievable; there is a isolated trail for every keen trekker.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal
Duration is approximately 17 days (13 days trekking)
Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (6)

Ideal for: Active travelers who want to try a trail trail to the popular Everest Base Camp trek
Ideal time to go: February to mid-May & end of September to December
How would you like to stay clear of the busier trails in Everest? This path goes through Sherpa villages to the wondrous greenish blue Gokya Lakes and continues on through the Renjo La (5,400m).

It is rated as the top trail in the Everest region, and offers a view of the Himalaya’s 8,000-meter peaks. As you ascend to Gokyo Ri, you will witness one of the top views of Everest and neighboring mountains, such as Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End in Australia

Duration: Approx. 14 days

Grading: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers desiring a challenge will love this
Best time to go: Mid-April to August
One of Australia’s most renowned hikes, the entire walk of the Larapinta follows the West MacDonnell range and is over 223 kilometers.

Trek through this arid region on remote ridges and canyons; discover the stars in the Outback; climb Mount Sonder, one of the Northern Territory’s highest mountains, and enjoy a wondrous sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island, Chile
Duration is Approx. 6 days (4 days trekking)
Level is Challenging (7)
Ideal for the trekkers who desire getting off the beaten track in Patagonia

Ideal time to go is December to March
Hike one of the globes most southern trails stretching across Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will feel like you are walking on the edge of the world.

You will most likely not observe any other backpackers along this 42-kilometer circuit. This walkabout has been reported by Lonely Planet as an area in Patagonia with the highest quality walking trails and is one of the few remaining remote places left on earth.

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan

Duration is approximately 24 days -16 days trekking

Level: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Ideal for those who are looking to get into mountaineering, or who are looking for a challenging trek
Best time to go: June to August

Considered to be one of the very best scenic treks, it expands from the well-known Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the end of the globe’s second tallest peak. Pakistan’s renowned walk has impressed the likes of trekkers and mountaineers for many years, with a 360-degree view of 7,000 meter and 8,000-meter crests, including the remarkable K2.

The Southern Alps in New Zealand

Duration is approx. 6 days
Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for those looking to head for heights

Best time to go: November to April
One of the best hiking (or “tramping” as it is known locally) experiences on Earth can be had in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, with its rolling hills, magnificent glaciers, and turquoise lakes.

Trekking in the isolated alpine tarns with sharp views from above, this journey has even been used as a precursor for a trek in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Duration: About 13 days (10 days trekking)

Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Best for anyone who has checked Mt Kilimanjaro off their list and are looking for their next summit challenge
When to go: December to February or June to September
Not on the radar of most hikers, The Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa’s pride and joy.

Top example If you are looking for a challenging adventure - hike Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third tallest summit.

West Coast Trail in Canada
Duration is approx. 8 days (7-day full-pack trek)

Grading is Moderate to challenging (6)
Best for the active walker who loves coastal walks and wants to combine it with an exciting forest trek and wildlife spotting

Ideal time to go: August
By ferry, cross the Orca-filled Strait of Georgia and travel to Vancouver Island where your walk begins, and you might catch a glance of more whales and sea lions, eagles, and bears all along the shore.

This is considered one of the world’s top 10 treks, and if organized well, you will be able to take coastline strolls on the shelf.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan
Duration is about 27 days - 23 days trekking
Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)

Ideal for: Anyone looking for an extremely challenging trek that ventures far off the beaten track

Ideal time to go is September to November
Travel the greatest traverse of Bhutan stretching through 11 grand passes over 4,500 meters through the isolated Lunana terrain.

This ultimate hike also travels to the charming Paro Valley where you’ll experience a district of tiny Buddhist monasteries and isolated villages that are tucked away from the world most of the year.

Pamir Fann Mountains, Tajikstan
Duration: About 14 days - 5 days trekking -

Grading: Moderate (5)
Best for: Those wanting to take their bush walking adventures up a level while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing

Best time to go is June to September
Well-known for its rare mountain scenery and its profoundly stunning alpine lakes, this off -the-beaten walk in the virgin areas of Pamir crosses deep valleys with clear lakes and blooming grasslands.

You could possibly spot the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Mongolia: Tavan Bogd
Duration: Approx. 11 days - 4 days of trekking

Grading: Moderate (5)
Best for those looking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture
Ideal time to go: June to August
In this most remote area of Mongolia, you will be presented pure natural landscapes, wild animals and a compelling historical past.

You will encounter local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan citizens, and comprehend more about the native peoples.

What Makes a Perfect Honeymoon?

Let's face it, one of the greatest parts about arranging a wedding is that you get to take an amazing vacation after your "I do’s." Newlywed couples are always on the hunt for honeymoon solutions that cater specifically to their needs, a fact that many resorts and cruise lines have come to grasp.

After the excitement of the wedding, most honeymooners are looking for a place where they can renew their strength and share in the first memories as a married couple. To figure out which of the numerous destinations may be right for you, read on…

Let's get married!
So, your true love has swept you off your feet and you're preparing your story-book wedding followed, of course, by the honeymoon vacation of your desires.

From the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, honeymooners in the US have so many destinations to pick from whatever their interests – whether it’s mountain climbing, skiing, kayaking, or visiting iconic cities.

LA & San Fran, California
Head to San Francisco, California, where can marvel at the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge and then travel down to Los Angeles where you’ll find the famous Hollywood sign.
New York, New York

The experienced hoteliers in New York City know just what honeymooners and other romantics want to make their visit momentous. So, get out from under the bed sheets to enjoy the sites and sounds of the Big Apple.

Hawaii
Ten art The beautiful beaches, incredible natural wonders, innovative cuisine and perfect climate make Hawaii one of the best places in the world to have an memorable honeymoon.

Las Vegas
And don’t dismiss Las Vegas. For those newlyweds who seek round-the-clock entertainment and late-night fun more than they want to lay back at some beach, this city is the perfect destination. If you and your new spouse are into culture, quality food and striking beaches, Europe is a great honeymoon destination.
Paris, France

Paris, the City of Love, makes for the ideal spot to honeymoon:; a place where couples can people-watch by day and enjoy a romantic walk under the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower at night.

Cities in Italy

A hop, skip and jump away, Italy is a place steeped in culture, scrumptious food, and great fashion as well as much, much more. Make a stop-over in idyllic Tuscany, a place where you can unwind with a glass of Chianti, visit delightful little towns, not to forget some of the area's famed culture-rich cities. The crooning gondolieri moving along the canals of Venice are a legendary symbol of the City of Water as are the eye-catching masks worn during Carnival.

Spain
The choice of places to visit in Spain is vast: from the historic, the natural wonder, to the sunny coasts and party islands. The sophisticated architecture and folklore of the Spanish city of Seville make it the ideal spot for honeymooning couples.

By day, you can meander through its luxurious palaces and parks. Don't forget to recover your strength with a reviving siesta before going out and about for some late-night dancing.

Greece

And let's not forget about Greece with its azure waters and dazzling whitewashed homes. Its famous ouzo is an great accompaniment to its deliciously fresh seafood and other delicacies. The South Pacific offers amazing honeymoons.

Located in the South Pacific, Tahiti and Fiji are known as some of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. Both islands offer honeymooners long stretches of pristine, tranquil beaches as well as over-the-top accommodations. Many properties boast over-water suites, so you may even see some tropical fish swim below glass panels under the coffee table.

Experience the trip of a lifetime on an African honeymoon.
The least interesting thing you’ll do on an African honeymoon is to read a book before a hippo-filled river because the remainder of the time you’ll be on an exhilarating game drive, a walking safari, a fishing expedition or a canoe trip.

Share an intimate moment with your loved one beneath the star-studded sky and to the sounds of the African bush, sporadically accompanied by the roar of a lion. Zambia, often called the "Real Africa", is an authentic wilderness experience distant from the throngs of tourist-packed destinations. It is a place popular with honeymooners with a sense of adventure and a a love of nature. It is a country teeming with some of the most remote and unspoiled wildlife in Africa, but also a place with mesmerizing sunsets where you can delight in true peace and quiet. The entirety of South Africa includes its beautiful Cape Town, Big 5 game reserves, picturesque wine routes, pristine beaches and beautiful mountain ranges, all of which make it an an ideal honeymoon destination. The many distinctive cultures which together make up this country have made it known as the “Rainbow Nation”. The island of Mauritius, located about 1,200 miles off the southeastern coast of Africa, is deemed to be one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations.

This island on the Indian Ocean, with its year-round good weather and palm-fringed fabulous beaches, ticks of all the boxes as an paradisiacal, romantic getaway. In Mauritius honeymooners will find that there are lots of things to do to keep busy, but not exhausted, with all of time needed to kick back in a luxurious setting and just the right level of service they desire for such a special moment.

Over-The-Top Romantic Holidays

Taking an anniversary trip, regardless of the amount of years with him or her, is the ideal way to re-commit to your partnership. An anniversary vacation promises to incorporate all aspects love, whether you have been a couple for 5 years or 50. And what about those two people inching towards the 40 year wedding anniversary? In contrast to a honeymoon where couples mainly seek relaxation, an anniversary vacation demands more planning.

After selecting a location, you will need to choose activities that are most appropriate to your marital landmark.

For instance, couples celebrating a 45-year anniversary may want something more leisurely, like visiting Santa Barbara wine country, whilst the younger folks may possibly want to ski in Colorado or check something off the bucket list like a safari in Botswana. Everything from daring expeditions to romantic moments, these holidays will show you a side of the world, and your relationship, that you have never seen. And fortunately, we have done much of the work finding these perfect locations for you.

Principality of Monaco

Monaco Ville, also called Le Rocher, is the lone part of Monaco that has retained its old town architecture with tiny, windy medieval lanes.

Then get all dressed up and visit the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo where the gents must wear jackets after 8 pm.

Amsterdam, Holland

For couples wanting to experience romance, there is no better place than to stop by Holland’s tulip display. The main tourist attraction though is the original seventeenth century canal houses in the country's capital, Amsterdam.

Beaver Creek, Colorado

Why not rekindle your vows at 9,500 feet in Beaver Creek, 12 miles west of Vail, Colorado, where you can have the lavish Trappers Cabin in the Rockies all to yourselves.

Cabo San Lucas
Whale watching is the thing to do in Cabo from the months of December to April when humpbacks start showing up.
Republic of Botswana

Along the Khwai, east of the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, you can travel to the Khwai Private Reserve which comes with access to the well-known Okavango Delta.

Algarrobo, Chile
Treks picture Fly to Chile and stay at San Alfonso del Mar and lounge by the world’s 2nd most extensive, saltwater, man-made lagoon.

Escape For That Amazing Occasion

When you think about the holidays or that important occasion, celebration, creating memories and having fun come to mind. So, why not consider visiting Santa’s workshop in Lapland, going away on a romantic break in Dubrovnik for Valentine’s Day, getting hitched in St. Lucia and honeymooning in Bora Bora? Take a look at some of the following foremost spots where you can observe those special events and make magical memories.

Merry Christmas from Rovaniemi, Lapland!

If you seek to tick all the magical boxes, take a trip to Lapland with your kids at Christmas time. This place is the most amazing place for young children as well as grown-ups to welcome the Christmas spirit, and is situated on the Arctic Circle making it feel more like you are part of Santa’s team.

Kids can meet with Santa Claus everyday at Santa Claus Village, and stop by Santa Park where Santa’s little aids will present you to the most famous reindeer of all! You can make your child’s dream come true!

Happy New Year's Eve from Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney, Australia offers a line-up of extraordinary firework displays that are ranked amongst the best displays around the globe. Beginning at 6 pm with an entertainment show at Sydney Harbour, it is then followed by a fireworks show at the distinguished Sydney Harbour Bridge when the clock strikes 12:00.

Watched by millions of people around the world, this 12-minute performance is breath-taking.

Spend Valentine's Day in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is regarded as one of southeastern Europe’s most intimate locations because of its medieval feel and Croatian charm. Dubrovnik might be the perfect place to propose, with its old charming buildings oozing with medieval history.

This town has seized the hearts of many including poets, novelists, and artists. If you jump on one of the cable cars, you will be able to see the wondrous terracotta rooftops, the Adriatic Sea and the island of Lokrum across the way.

Exchange Your Vows in St. Lucia

Engaged couples frequently choose St. Lucia as their wedding locale, and with good reason. Plush with tropical rain forests and wildlife, this island boasts its most celebrated sight, the emerald green twin summits called the Pitons.

This Western Caribbean island creates the most desirable environment for your beachfront wedding.

Honeymoon in Beautiful Bora Bora

Bora Bora, signifying “created by the gods”, is a French Polynesian island barely 6 miles long and 2 miles wide, and though small, it overflows with natural beauty. A hibernating volcano, Mt. Otemanu, rises out of the island’s core and spills out into rich jungle before further spilling out into a turquoise lagoon.

It was called “the most beautiful island in the world” by author James Michener, who authored “Tales of the South Pacific”. 18th-century British explorer James Cook even called it the "Pearl of the Pacific."

Bora Bora is the ultimate description of a tropical retreat; with its opulent resorts, warm climate and cheerful people.

Bali: Your Anniversary Destination
There is no better anniversary getaway than Bali, with its peaceful environment and astonishing landscapes, you can reminisce about your many years together.

The stunning scenery, and the clear blue waters of the beaches, make Bali feel like eden.

It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including theatrical and modern dance and traditional ceremonies, sculpture and music. If you and your significant other want to experience things like private cruising in Crystal Bay, exclusive tours to Mt. Batur – Bali’s sacred volcano, a couple’s massage, cooking classes with locals and helicopter rides, then Bali is for you.

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Weekend Getaways: You Don't Have To Go Too Far

Life is short – add in some fun weekend getaways every now and then, to chill out, have a good time, and get away from your daily routine. Of course, choosing a destination can be a problem if you only have a short time to travel. Following is a list of some great spots for a weekend trip you will love.

New York City
New York City is a transportation hub, and depending on where you are arriving from, you might drive, fly, or get there by train.

Additionally, enough tourist attractions indoors ( including museums and Broadway shows) and outdoors (like Central Park and the High Line) make unpredictable weather a non-issue. For a bit of history, take a ferry to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty.

San Francisco

There is much to love about San Francisco: the iconic cable cars you can ride through city streets, the eclectic hilly neighborhoods, the dazzling Golden Gate Bridge, and of course the lovely weather. AT&T Park is a fabulous place to view the scenery while taking in a baseball game, as the stadium overlooks the gorgeous San Francisco Bay.

Washington, D.C.
The lovely U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. has many significant attractions that are very easy to visit, as many are free of charge and situated within walking distance of each other: the imposing Lincoln Memorial, the awe-inspiring Washington Monument, and many more.

When you are visiting, don't miss out on the trendy weekend brunch scene – just be sure to make reservations in advance.

New Orleans
The fun city of New Orleans offers an incredible array of activities to pick from.

History aficionados can browse The National WWII Museum, while outdoorsy people can stroll through City Park.

No trip would be complete without having beignets and enjoying a night out in the French Quarter.

Nashville, NC
If you need a weekend of clean mountain air and sunshine followed by delicious artisanal hand-crafted beer from a local brewery, Nashville, NC is the perfect weekend getaway.

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest have jaw-dropping vistas, and the North Carolina part of the Appalachian Trail is a must for die-hard hikers.

After an active day, visitors can head back to town to drink one of 100-plus local brews.

Chicago

Chicago is known for its great food, iconic architecture, and enjoyable things to do, making it an excellent weekend getaway. If the weather is mild, cruise down the Chicago River to see the city’s renowned architecture, then head over to Millennium Park to check out the sculpture locals affectionately nicknamed “The Bean”. Meanwhile, museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum are perfect places to escape winter's biting temps.

Seattle

This treasure of the Pacific Northwest offers iconic sights like Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks and the Space Needle, all of which you can tackle in a matter of days. If you love hiking, check out popular Discovery Park or Mount St. Helens, which is actually an active volcano. Don’t fail to dress appropriately – Seattle is known for its cloudy and wet weather.

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