New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of two main islands, covered by volcanic mountains and glaciers, and another thirty smaller ones off the main coast and each with unique natural characteristics. The country has deep roots in Maori culture and art that is present in every corner and preserved by ongoing efforts by the government and people of New Zealand.
Peru is an amazing South American country with a spectacular historical heritage that attracts tourists from all over the world. Archaeological findings date back to year 10,000 BC in Guitarrero Cave in the northwest. Since then, there were many traces of human life discovered all around Peru and last great ancient civilization was that of famous Inca Empire, that left great impact on the country to this day.
Magnificent Machu Picchu is just one of the Incas preserved legacies and there are more in famous Sacred Valley. For explorers of mysteries, there are world known Nazca Lines, incredible land drawings of colossal proportions, usually observed only from high ground or from the air.
Brazil is a large and populous country in South America, with land stretching from the Amazon basin in the north and, across the equator, down south to Iguaçu Falls and Porto Alegre. It is a country of incredible diversity, from busy and crowded cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to laid back inland towns and tranquil beaches along the Atlantic coast.
Argentina is a huge South American country with land stretching from the mountains of the Andes, through glacial lakes and the grassland of Pampas to the Argentine Sea in the South Atlantic Ocean and from Iguazu Falls in the north all the way to the ‘End of the World’ in Ushuaia.
Australia is both a country and a continent between the Indian and Pacific Ocean. Majority of population lives in coastal areas where largest cities flourish: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. The capital, Canberra, is the only major city located inland. The vast inland area of country is called Outback and it is dotted with small towns and wilderness parks and wildlife habitats worth exploring.
Australia has strong Aboriginal heritage and history of indigenous people inhabiting the country way back 65,000 years ago. Arts and crafts with Aboriginal motives and style are very popular and can be found in every corner. Nowadays, Australia is a melting pot of nations and cultures, similar to the US, but in a much smaller scale.
The country iconic landmark is Sydney Opera House, unique architectural gem in Sydney Harbour and, among others, symbol of Australia’s modern age. There are many national parks where visitors can enjoy wonderful nature and engage in activities such as hiking camping and wildlife watching.
Coastal cities offer various entertainment activities, including water sports, snorkeling, scuba diving and marine life exploration. Australia has something to offer to every type of visitor and it is family friendly destination. Enjoy!
Ireland, or as they call it ‘Emerald Isle’, for its gorgeous landscapes, is an island off the coast of England (and Wales). The Republic of Ireland occupies most of the island, with Northern Ireland in the north, being part of the United Kingdom.
With rich history, culture and arts, this beautiful country attracts many visitors every year, greeted by friendly locals in relaxed atmosphere around the island. Home of Guinness beer, Ireland has many pubs where this stout is served and enjoyed immensely in a great company and music, especially during not so friendly weather periods.
The US is a huge country comprising of 50 states in North America, bordering with Canada in the north and Mexico in the south. It`s an amazingly diverse country (expression ‘melting pot` came from the US) that attracts millions of tourists every year and it tops world tourism rankings for decades. And this is not an accident, there is so much to see and do in the US that this post will not do it justice. That`s why we will try and write about various destinations within the US during next couple of weeks.
Portugal is a small European country on the Atlantic Ocean, sharing Iberian Peninsula with Spain. The country`s position at the sea has shaped its past and present and will inevitably shape its future. Portugal was major maritime power during 16th to 19th century and this has left deep impact into its culture and history. Overseas colonization did not only bring Portuguese language and culture to distant countries, but brought other cultures back to Portugal, which made it richer and unique.
Thailand is a Southeast Asian country with diverse geography, rich culture and history. It is in the top ten world tourist destination for decades and for a good reason. Tourists from around world are coming to Thailand to enjoy great hospitality of friendly people, spend time on a beautiful white sandy beaches, explore jungles and mountains and visit many monumental temples and palaces.
Since its ‘Golden Age` in 17th century, Netherlands is a country that fascinates Europe and the world. Netherlands` contribution to global art heritage through works of grandmasters such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer (to name just a few out of dozens of art geniuses) is immense, diverse and rich.
Typically, Netherlands is known for its flatlands intersected with canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling paths, but there is much more to discover in this tiny country. Amsterdam, the capital, is home to many museums, notable few are Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum; Rotterdam, famous major port city that hosts Pilgrim Fathers Church; the university town of Utrecht, with lively canalside cafes; Maastricht with a lively culinary scene and medieval city walls; The Hague, administrative capital and home of major international justice institutions, and many more.
The Czech Republic, or known since 2016 as Czechia, is a Central European country, known for its castles, baroque and gothic churches, famous locally brewed beers and long and rich history. Its capital, Prague, with its mazelike cobbled streets, hosts fully preserved 9th century castle, a medieval old town and Charles Bridge, lined with ornate statues.
Český Krumlov, a town in the south, has a variety of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque structures, and many restaurants and souvenir shops. On the west, there are natural spas with mineral water, Karlovy Vary and Mariánské Lázne. In ancient town of Kutna Horá, world known Sedlec Ossuary hosting more than 40,000 human skeletons (here is an idea for an unconventional Halloween tour!). And, last, but not the least, city of Plzeň, the birthplace of Pilsner beer. Cheers!
The United Kingdom (UK) consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, each of them with distinguished geographies. England is the home of London, a global financial and cultural centre and river Thames, major landmark in the UK. Scotland is a land of Highland mountains, offshore islands of Skye and Lewis, and the legendary Loch Ness monster. Wales is mountainous, but also has miles of beaches and castles at Cardiff, Caernarfon, Caerphilly and Conwy. Northern Ireland is known for its scenic Glens of Antrim and a coastline featuring the Giant`s Causeway, amazing natural formation of hexagonal rock columns.
Austria is a Central European country with stunning nature, rich history and amazing cultural heritage. Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, are notable few of famous composers born in Austria, and are just a small part of vast number of masters of their art. World famous painters, Klimt, Kokoschka and Schiele were also from Austria, and list goes on.
Most populous cities are Vienna (the capital), Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck and there are numerous mountain villages scattered throughout breathtaking mountain landscapes.
In the west, there are famous ski resorts of Alpbach, Ischgl and Kitzbühel that offer skiing experience for skiers of varied skills, coming regularly from all around the world.
Germany is a country in Western Europe. It stretches in the south from Austria and in the north to North and Baltic Sea. This is a country of beautiful and diverse landscapes of forests, mountains and rivers. Its capital, Berlin, is a modern city with waste cultural heritage and bustling art and nightlife scene. It is a home to famous Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag parliament building and many sites related to WWII.
Germany is famous for its castles, world known classic music composers, car industry, beer, sausages and bread products and famous Octoberfest in Munich.
France, a country in Western Europe, has everything that traveler needs for exiting journey: medieval cities and castles, villages in Alps and, of course, Mediterranean Riviera, for relaxing summer holidays. Paris, France`s capital, is world known as a fashion center, filled with classical art museums including, of course, the Louvre and world`s most famous landmark – the Eiffel Tower. The country is also well known for its wines and exquisite cuisine.
Spain is ranked among top three tourist destinations for years now. Reasons are many: friendly people, excellent cuisine, dynamic night life and vast cultural heritage. Spain is a mixture of many cultures, ethnicities and languages and they are all worth exploring.
Italy has it all: rich history, spectacular cultural heritage, great food, wonderful site seeing experiences, numerous world known landmarks, friendly people, affordable accommodation and easy transport from place to place.
Mexico is a hub of different cultures and lifestyles. People who travel to Mexico will witness many rich and diverse cultures and entertainment. From museums and opera houses to idyllic beach resorts, travelers in Mexico will definitely enjoy their holidays.