Top January Travel Destinations

Post-New Year’s Day January travel plans are ALWAYS a good idea.  Prices have dropped, lines are shorter, and deals are abundant. Not to mention, more travel is a pretty standard resolution for many people, so why not get started ASAP?  Depending on where you live, you are probably looking for a change in climate. In other words, if you live in Denver, you most likely aren’t looking to go somewhere snowy.  Wendyperrin.com compiled the following list and we couldn’t agree more- these are some of the very best destinations for the month of January no matter what you have in mind for a vacay.  Click here for the full list.

1.    Rocky Mountains

Yes, you can plan a casual expedition over organic burgers but these lands are far from tamed. Vast mountain ranges remain unscarred by roads or summer homes, largely thanks to the USA’s brilliant public lands system.  This is America’s playground, where there’s still plenty of wild places to be wild in. Walk in solitude amongst aspens and pines. Open yourself to the serenity of a clear mountain lake. Push past boundaries as you summit a mountain. Take in breathtaking views as far as the eye can see. Watch spectacular sunrises over rocky mountain peaks.  Connect with nature doing a variety of activities: mountain climbing, hiking, camping, fishing, and hiking to breathtaking views of jagged peaks, glaciers, and high-mountain lakes. A visit to the Rockies is sure to reset you for a wonderful 2019. Try the conveniently located Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort.  The property also includes several restaurants, a hair salon, spa, indoor swimming pool and athletic center. Guests are also encouraged to borrow their complimentary bikes, sporting equipment, board games and beach toys for added enjoyment.

2.    Costa Rica

The perfect place to enjoy lovely tropical beaches, grand adventures, the wonders of nature, and unique culture; all the necessary components of an ideal vacation. No wonder thousands have made Costa Rica their top travel choice!  Costa Rica extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, and its distance is just at 200 miles. La Amistad International Park (PILA) is not only the largest natural park in Costa Rica but also the only bi-national park, created by the governments of Costa Rica and Panama in 1982. It could explain the name La Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish. The total portion of protected land in both countries covers a great variety of humid, rain and cloud forests in the Pacific and Atlantic sides, as well as indigenous towns. The isolation of the region, thanks to the difficult geographical conditions, has allowed  enormous cultural richness and extraordinary natural habitats. Species in great danger of extinction such as the jaguar live in the park as well as a great variety of wildlife including 400 species of birds, 263 species of amphibians and reptiles and 213 of mammals. Many other species are found only in this giant rainforest. Experience the Four Seasons Costa Rica as your launching pad into boundless adventures. After a day of zip lining, surfing or hiking a volcano, return to our tropical retreat for farm- and -sea-to-table dining, refreshing swims or relaxing spa treatments. With customized itineraries for families and couples alike, experience “pura vida” at Peninsula Papagayo.

3.    Florence, Italy

Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the most populous city in Tuscany and considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages.”  The city attracts millions of tourists each year and is popular for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti.  If your jam is art and architecture, this is the place for you-  it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Fashion your passion? Florence is the leader in Italian fashion and is ranked in the top 15 fashion capitals of the world.  Right in the middle of a park is the wonderful Hotel Villa Betania.  It is well quiet and private and an ideal site for those who prefer to relax in an elegant, calm atmosphere, yet it is walking distance to many of the top attractions  It has only 20 rooms and is family managed.

4.    Nicaragua

The country has three regions which vary greatly in weather, geography, and population. These three areas are the Pacific Region, Central Region, and the Caribbean Region.  Visitors to Nicaragua are able to enjoy the natural beauty of dozens of volcanoes, rivers, and lakes, as well as two oceans. Nicaragua is an ideal place to visit for anyone looking for something uniquely different and adventurous.  Nicaragua’s nickname is “The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes” and it’s easy to see why: it’s dotted with bodies of water and volcanoes that you are able to experience in a variety of different ways: by foot, boat, air, even riding animals like donkeys and horses.  The options are as endless as Nicaragua is beautiful. Retreat to nature, the jungle, and the beach at Costa Dulce Eco-Resort and Retreat Center. Costa Dulce has become one of the premier wellness centers in Central America.  It consists of eleven individual Bungalows, two yoga shalas, sea turtle hatchery, spa, surf school, food garden, and a restaurant.

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The Ultimate Travel Bucket List for 2019

Life is short: eat the cake, wear the swimsuit, buy the shoes, travel as much as you can, TAKE THE TRIP!  2019 could be your year; one full of new experiences and adventures that keep being put off in the name of work, kids, responsibilities.  Lucky for you, Forbes has compiled the ultimate 2019 travel bucket list and we condensed it to our top faves.  If you take any trips on this list it is sure to change you internally and bring you on the wildest ride of your life.  Keep reading!

1.    African Safari:    East Africa’s Mara, Crater & Serengeti Migration

The definitive East Africa adventure, this superb 8-night luxury fly-in safari combines the four most celebrated game reserves in Kenya and Tanzania.  The tour encompasses the vast open plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara, the delightful diversity of Tanzania’s Lake Manyara, the extraordinary Ngorongoro Crater, and the rolling grasslands of the Serengeti. Arguably the most spectacular game viewing itinerary in Africa, this is the journey of a lifetime.  Ideal for seasoned travellers and first timers alike, this wildlife and gourmet adventure combines easily with a romantic Indian Ocean island getaway to make a perfect honeymoon itinerary.

2.    The Northern Lights

The most reliable chances to see Alaska’s northern lights (also known as the Aurora Borealis) are in Fairbanks, and above the Arctic Circle. The aurora belt in Alaska’s great Interior and Arctic regions is among the most active in the world, and there are few other places on earth so suited for an Aurora Borealis vacation.

While there are no guarantees that the northern lights show will happen on any particular night, Northern Lights trips are typically best made in late fall and winter/early spring, though they can be seen throughout the winter months on nights with clear skies. If you visit Alaska in November, December or January, you will experience a very short period of daylight providing a unique experience in the high northern hemisphere.  In February and March, there are longer daylight hours for you to enjoy with evenings that still offer maximum viewing chances. No bucket list is complete without experiencing Alaska’s Northern Lights!

3.    Maldives

A 45 minute seaplane ride away from Male International Airport is Adaaran Prestige Water Villas located on the exclusive Meedhupparu Island in Maldive’s Raa Atoll Area. This is frequently the site of filming when the movie calls for a tropical oasis.  And tropical oasis it is! Despite its remote location, this resort features an outdoor pool, private spa baths, personal butler and chef service, not to mention the air-conditioned over-water villas are built over the Indian Ocean with glass panel floors. Each room boasts all the technology that one would need such as flat-screen TVs, DVD players and high-speed internet access.  Make sure to take advantage of an in-room massage and fitness center. Bathrooms come with a hot tub. Water sports activities and diving are offered. International fine dining is available on the 5 restaurants on the island. Guests repeatedly rate this resort higher than it’s competitors.

4.    The Grand Canyon

Vast and stunningly beautiful, the Grand Canyon is easily one of the world’s most famous landmarks and a natural wonder you have to see to believe. 277 miles from end to end with mile high rocky crag walls stretching from the top of the craters to the canyon’s floor, it is truly a sight to behold.  The gargantuan Colorado River follows a swift course southwest. There are tons of ways to see the canyon and a variety of places to stay such as Historic lodges, hotels and even rugged campgrounds, but be sure to book early as internationally, it is one of the top visited places.  You can even choose to see the canyon from the air by booking a helicopter tour!

5.    Great Barrier Reef

Encompassing around 3,000 individual reefs and almost 900 islands and cays, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most unforgettable natural treasures. With an unparalleled array of marine life such as thousands of different varieties of fish, birds, and clams, hundreds of types of birds, seaweed, and turtles, it’s understandable why snorkelers and certified divers often place the reef at the top of their bucket lists. Since experts expect that the reef will be hugely negatively impacted by external causes such as climate change in the next decade, there’s never been a better reason to plan a visit to this natural wonder.

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The Top 10 Ultimate Bucket List

What’s on your travel bucket list? Antarctic Expeditions? Sailing Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands?  What made the cut?? We have compiled the ultimate Top 10 travel bucket list for any willing globetrotter. One could consider themselves lucky to do even one of the trips on this list.  Have you done any?

  1. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Nestled far away from bustling Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan in the Guatemala Highlands of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range is a majestic place where you can relax and be immersed in your natural surroundings. Consider staying at Casa Palopo, where you’ll have sweeping views of the lake and the volcanoes. Don’t forget to bring home plenty of the beautiful textiles from the local markets.

  1. Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Take the flight into St. Thomas and then hop on the ferry over to the idyllic island of Tortola. Book a stay through Airbnb with a group of friends, rent a car so you can get around the island with ease, and enjoy sunshine, sparkling blue waters, and forget about the struggles of life until it’s time to check in for your return flight.  Truly paradise!

  1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Head to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming for some of the most spectacular natural settings in America.  Camping will be your best, most affordable bet, but you had better start booking a campsite now.

  1. Santiago, Chile

Travelers have often overlooked Chile’s capital city in favor of more popular South American cities like Lima or Cartagena but the city is attracting more world-class chefs than ever, and has more and more design-centric boutiques and breathtaking views of the surrounding Andes.

  1. Lofoten Islands, Norway

Thanks to budget airlines like Norwegian Air, getting to Norway is more affordable than ever. Make the journey to the Lofoten Islands, north of the Arctic Circle, and stay in a fisherman’s cottage for a few days of majestic landscapes, tasty fresh fish, and more.

  1. Isla Holbox, Mexico

This under-the-radar island off the Yucatan Peninsula is a must this year. Stay at Casa Las Tortugas (super affordable), and unwind on the beach for a few days of good food, yoga, and sunshine.

  1. Chefchaouen, Morocco

Make the trek to the majestic Blue City of Morocco, Chefchaouen. Situated in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen was painted blue by Jewish refugees in the 1930s and has stayed that way ever since. It’s no wonder Instagrammers are flocking to this blue gem.

  1. Kyoto, Japan

As one of the best-preserved cities in Japan, Kyoto is home to hundreds of Shinto shrines and thousands of Buddhist temples. Spend a few days in Tokyo and then head to Japan’s imperial capital.

  1. Bocas Del Toro, Panamá

An archipelago made up of nine islands, Bocas Del Toro is a true sanctuary. Full of tropical rain forest, empty beaches, and beautiful coral reefs, this rugged retreat is a great place to escape from it all. Stay at the stylish Sarani Resort, and spend your days eating the fresh local catch and enjoying the area’s natural wonders.

  1. Jaipur, India

You’ll want to head to the Pink City — widely thought of as one of the most beautiful places in the world — with an empty suitcase and a full wallet. The goods and textiles are all still made by hand. How much is it to check 10 suitcases full of handmade Indian goodies?

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