New Caledonia is a breathtaking archipelago in the middle of South Pacific just waiting for you to visit it. It consists of a series of islands, each more unique than the previous one, and each filled with plenty of things to do and see. Most of them are easily accessible by boat or plane, and there are also some that still have plenty of room for exploration. So, if you’ve started planning your next vacation, here are a few gorgeous islands you should visit.
Paris is among the destinations in the world that you will surely want to visit over and over again. If you’re traveling to the City of Love for the first time and wondering what to do there, this article is for you. From going to the best museums in Paris to eating irresistible French pastries and shopping at Galeries Lafayette, here’s a list of the top things to do in Paris for first-time visitors.
In the attempt to have a more “off the beaten track” experience, I went to Bordeaux instead of Paris for a year during college. While there, we came to call the place “bored-o” for the lack of things to do and see, once we had exploited all we could of the area. The positive side of the experience was that we left as often as possible to see other parts of Europe, which we may not have done had we had Paris at our fingertips. Bordeaux was small, areas of it were extremely run down, and though I loved the African and Spanish influence in the food, dress, and neighborhoods, there were also places I was uncomfortable going.
About an hour’s drive from the Costa Rican capital of San Jose lies the city of Jaco. This is a small coastal, town located in the central Pacific and makes the perfect tropical retreat for adventurous folks. You may want to leave behind your makeup, high heels, and ironed shirts because you will not need them at Jaco! This town is like a tourist magnet. With its pristine beaches, wondrous jungles and challenging surf, there are plenty of adventures you can look forward to.
The island of Hawai’i is called the Big Island for a reason (um, it’s big). Don’t underestimate the time it takes to drive from one end to another (there is no shortcut, you are on Hawai’ian time—the highways only go around and are often backed up), nor the number of things you may want to stop to see on the way (hikes, beaches, carvings, historical sites, shops). Because my family is spoiled and is afforded chances to visit on a regular basis, I have compiled a list of some of our favorite activities.
As you can have probably guessed by now, I like to eat, and drink and explore new places. Our own Bay Area never ceases to amaze me with the number of unique opportunities it proffers; there are a multitude of magazines devoted solely to things to do, see, and eat in this area. Since I have been asked so often by visitors for a list of my own personal favorites of “characteristic” SF places to go and stay in this wonderful area of ours, I thought I would just put them here. (Yes, I LIKE to plan).
We arrived to Amsterdam on July 23, 2019 to spend a week before our 12 night Royal Caribbean Baltic cruise and had no idea it would be as hot as it was. (104 degrees!) Neither my husband, nor I, have ever been to the city so we wanted to take some time to really enjoy it and take in as much as we could. We have come to learn that once we get off a cruise we are ready to head home and have no desire to explore. Anyone else feel that way too?
I had been on the Appalachian Trail (AT) for almost 100 days when I finally made it to Pennsylvania. One of the things you hear about since you start the trail is how rocky the Pennsylvania section is. The grapevine that connect the hikers and the hiking community warns about how you are sure to burn through at least one pair of shoes before the Delaware Water Gap (DWG). Many have even given the section a trail name: Rocksylvania, when referring to the "treacherous" trails ahead. Although I agree that there are many rocks, and concede at times they are tiring, I also believe there is so much more offered by the state than just rocks; and it should be recognized. When I look back on this section I don't just see the rocks that constitute the trail. I also notice the Friendly Trail Towns, Access to Cold Water, and Stellar Views. It bothered me that before PA hikers only hear about the rocks, but when you arrive you find so much more. I want to bring to light the 'Much More' to Pennsylvania from the perspective of Mr. Nature.
Iceland is truly a beautiful country, and a great way to see it is to hire a car and take a road trip. There are no trains, and unless you are on a guided bus tour, there are limited buses. So, we spent 18 days exploring Iceland by car. From that experience, here are our 11 tips for driving in Iceland.