By Dana Perkiss
Are you in need of some inspiration for your next adventure? We’ve got you covered with these 5 amazing destinations for your next vacation! From historic cities to pristine beaches, each city promises unique and unforgettable experiences that’ll leave you craving more.
Historians, art aficionados, and foodies will all love Florence, the renowned capital of Tuscany. From famous art galleries and iconic marble statues to high-end shopping and exquisite cuisine, Florence truly has it all.
Marvel at the impressive Duomo Cathedral, stare in awe at Michelangelo's Statue of David at Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze and shop along the lively Ponte Vecchio. Florence also serves as the perfect home base to explore more of Tuscany, with easy day trips to other destinations like the Chianti wine region and Pisa possible via an accessible metro system.
Also check out: The Best Things to do in Florence, Italy
Once you’ve been on vacation in Barcelona, it’s easy to understand why everyone loves it. Unique art, hidden alleyways, vibrant local culture, and the savory aroma of delectable cuisine fill this city – not to mention it’s one of the few cities in Europe where you can enjoy both a blend of city culture and beaches.
No trip to Barcelona would be complete without visiting the Sagrada Familia or strolling through Park Guell to admire the incredible work of Gaudi. Indulge in endless tapas, including seafood paella and cured jamon, paired with the perfect Spanish wine. Also be sure to explore the Gothic Quarter with its Neoclassical and Neo-Gothic architecture, adding to its charm and quirkiness.
Also check out: Travel Guide to Barcelona, Spain
Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal, Agra is by far one of the best cities in India to visit. It forms the iconic Golden Triangle, along with Delhi and Jaipur, which is probably the most popular tourist circuit in the country and makes for an easy multi-city trip.
Along with the Taj Mahal, travelers can visit the two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city: the Fatehpur Sikri and the impressive Agra Fort (or Red Ford). Shoppers will delight in the array of goods found throughout Agra’s Bazaar, while gourmands will love indulging in unique Mughlai cuisine.
Also check out: A Look at India's Most Colorful Cities
For adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and even relaxation-seekers, Costa Rica is a must visit destination, and La Fortuna is the spot to go! A small town that’s big in personality, La Fortuna is often the best destination in Costa Rica for both first-time travelers and repeat visitors.
From zip-lining through the forest, soaking in natural hot springs, strolling along hanging bridges, and admiring wondrous views of Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna offers everything. Enjoy leisurely hikes to marvel at the La Fortuna waterfall, get your adrenaline racing with some white-water rafting, and rejuvenate your senses in serene hot springs.
Also check out: Thrill Seeking Adventures in Costa Rica
If you’re looking for an easy Caribbean vacation (no passport required for US citizens!) then Puerto Rico’s capital of San Juan should be your next destination. A wonderful blend of beautiful beaches, vibrant local culture, fascinating history, and a thriving nightlife make San Juan one of the most popular travel destinations right now.
Sit back and relax on San Juan’s pristine beaches, like those on Condado Lagoon or Isla Verde, or explore natural swimming holes and hiking trails in El Yunque National Forest. Get a taste of history while strolling around Old San Juan, with its cute cobblestone streets and candy-colored buildings, and try a classic Piña colada in the place where it originated!