With leisure travel picking up, and many countries re-opening their borders and reducing travel restrictions, it’s the perfect time for you to pencil in your leave dates and book that long-overdue vacation.
Not sure where to head to? Consider a spontaneous escape to these 5 destinations for that holiday that you’ve been yearning for.
If you’re looking for a city with a laidback, relaxed vibe, then one of your best bets is Perth, which sits on the western coast of Australia. This is where you’ll find lush parks, white sandy beaches, curated street art, and the famous Blue Boat House: that charming shed at the end of a pier on the Swan River. Animal lovers will love visiting Perth, which is home to kangaroos, koalas, and of course, cute quokkas, which can be found on Rottnest Island, and wine lovers will be thrilled to know that the Margaret River region, which is famed for its wine, is only a 3-hour drive away.
Most Singapore residents need no introduction to this city. It’s a great destination for those who love to shop and eat, but there are also so many sites of historical significance in Thailand’s most populous city. Visit the Grand Palace for its opulence, Wat Pho for its enormous reclining Buddha, and Wat Arun for its Khmer-style spire. These three sites sit along the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, so hop on and off one of the many riverboats that ply the main waterway, and spend some time exploring some of the most ornate buildings that can be found in this country.
Amsterdam may be known for its tulips, windmills, and art museums, but it’s also filled with canals – there are over 165 of these, covering more than 100km, in this city. These waterways have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so visiting a canal or two is a must when exploring the capital of The Netherlands. If you’re short of time, a popular one to visit is the Damrak, a partially filled-in canal in the heart of Amsterdam. It’s flanked by traditional Dutch houses which come in a myriad of colours, and you’ll find a variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops in these buildings – 23 of which have been designated as royal monuments.
Glitz, glamour, and showbiz are what Los Angeles, the largest city in California, is famous for. A typical itinerary in this sprawling metropolis consists of pitstops in places like Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Observatory, Rodeo Drive, and Beverly Hills, but if there’s a quintessential bucket list experience in the City of Angels, it would be a visit to the Hollywood Sign. Those who love a little adventure can choose to hike there – there are a variety of hiking routes that cater to various fitness levels – and those who prefer something a little less strenuous can drive to one of the vantage points that offer a great view of this iconic sign.
Some might think that Dubai is over the top, but this is the place to be if you’d love to experience luxury on a scale that cannot be rivalled anywhere else in the world. Check-in to the Burj Al Arab, a stunning building that’s also the world’s only seven-star hotel, and visit the Palm Jumeirah, an archipelago of artificial islands that’s shaped like a palm tree when viewed from above. Then spend some time taking in this city’s skyline that features skyscrapers that seemingly tower above each other, and spot the Burj Khalifa – at 830 meters tall, it is the tallest building in the world!
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