Now, when even the farthest travel destinations are only a mouse-click away, choosing a vacation is an arduous task. The choices are endless and one can spend weeks browsing though travel websites and brochures. Let's review some of the top travel destinations on different continents.
An air of suspense will hang over you as you stare across the silent plains. Watch the blades of grass move almost imperceptibly and hold your breath. A tawny head shows, followed by another and another, as a pride of lions emerges in the golden sunlight. This is the very special magic that is the essence of a Kenya safari holiday. On an African safari in Kenya you can hope to see lions, leopards, hyenas, black rhinos, elephants, zebras, giraffes, monkeys, hippopotamuses, buffalos, waterbucks, gazelles, ostriches and the most superb and colorful birdlife.
Enjoy the luxurious architecture of the great cities of China through the ages - Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and Nanjing. In Beijing explore the stately halls and warren-like living quarters of the former Imperial Palace and Summer Palace and view the engineering triumph that is the Great Wall. In Xian admire the origins of its history and utmost archaeological attraction, the Qin dynasty terracotta warriors. The famed gardens of Suzhou contrast with Shanghai's dramatic modern architecture and 19th-century Bund whilst Nanjing, the ancient capital under the Ming emperors shows off a contemporary triumph, the Yangtse River Bridge. China's rural scenery will add to the enchantment of your itinerary.
The Australia of today is a jigsaw puzzle of lost worlds: enormous and shimmering desert landscapes, glorious mountains, iridescent billabongs, tropical rainforests, and modern cities with the Sydney skyline highlighted by the world's largest steel arch bridge. The past is mingled with the present in Melbourne: discover evidence of its unique history from elegant Victorian-era edifices and Murray River paddle steamers to maritime museums and steam trains. Adelaide is exquisitely positioned in emerald parklands and is surrounded by the hills of the Mt Lofty Ranges. Allocate some time to visit the renowned Barossa Valley wine region. This is the embarkation point for the Ghan, a trans-continental rail journey across the continent going through Alice Springs and Ayers Rock on the way to Darwin. The Kakadu National Park is on the northern fringe of the Northern Territory. It is the largest terrestrial national park in Australia featuring mammal, reptile, bird and insect life. Another place worth visiting is the World Heritage Rainforest at Kuranda. Don't miss a chance to go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.
San Francisco with its hilly streets and glimpses of the gleaming bay has an aura of refined chic mixed with offbeat innovation so obviously missing from brassy New York and plastic LA. The basic pleasures of life here - fantastic cuisine, dazzling nightlife and those splendid views - are there for you to enjoy. Gaze at the white fog fill the Golden Gate as the sunset's fire lights up the windows across the bay, and prepare to leave your heart here. The best way to explore San Francisco's neighborhoods is on foot. A leisurely stroll through North Beach, with its tranquil European charm, will take you into busy Chinatown. A hike up snobbish Nob Hill segues down to the troubled Tenderloin. South of Market, a hectic warehouse district during the day, turns into a nightclub area when the night falls. The Mission District is diverse: many of its streets are Latino enclaves, but a continuous flow of trendy young invaders has redefined many of the neighborhood's crossroads.
Take a night cruise on the Seine and discover the delight and magic of the Paris nightlife: the illuminated monuments in the district of Concorde Square, Champs-Elysées, Eiffel Tower, Pyramid of the Louvre, and Notre Dame. Walk along the Latin Quarter with the Sorbonne, the Luxembourg gardens, Saint-Germain-des-Prés district with its old church and its famous cafés, take a tour of Notre-Dame Cathedral and a short cruise to approach and leave the Cité Island. Admire the rigorous geometry of the Vendome Square and the astonishing architecture of the "Garnier" Opera. Sit in the street cafés plunging into the vivid Parisian atmosphere and learn the joie de vivre.