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Get Off the Beaten Track - 10 Top Rated Remote Hikes

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to leave all your stress behind and travel to where no one knows you? Remove yourself from the daily grind and get close to the outdoors on some of the world’s most unknown tracks. Travel Africa’s third ultimate mountain to the Australian deserts, and even the world’s most southern trek in Patagonia, each place is magnificent. Off foto These places may be out of the way, but don’t be discouraged - there is a trail for every explorer.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal
Duration: Approximately 17 days - 13 days actual trekking
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging (6)

Ideal for: Active travelers who want to try a trail trail to the famous Everest Base Camp trek
Departure dates: February to mid-May and end of September to December
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This path goes through Sherpa villages to the beautiful greenish blue Gokya Lakes and continues through the Renjo La (5,400m). It is regarded as the top trek in the Everest region, and gives a picturesque view of the Himalaya’s 8,000-meter peaks. As you ascend to Gokyo Ri, you will witness one of the top views of Everest and neighboring mountains, such as Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End to End in Australia

Duration is about 14 days
Level is Moderate to challenging (6)
Best for the wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers who want a challenge
Mid-April to August is the ideal time to go

An iconic walk in Australia, the complete traverse of the Larapinta follows the West MacDonnell range, over 223 kilometers in Central Australia. Backpack through the semi-arid region on isolated ridges and canyons, sleep under the stars in the Outback; backpack Mount Sonder, the highest pinnacle in the Northern Territory and take in the stunning sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island, Chile

Duration is about 6 days - 4 days trekking
Level: Challenging (7)
Ideal for: Experienced trekkers who are looking to get off the beaten track in Patagonia
Best time to go is December to March

Walk the world's most southerly trek to Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will get the sensation that you have come to the far reaches of the globe. There will not be many other travelers during this 42-kilometer area at the fringe of South America. This route has been identified by Lonely Planet as anexceptional trek in Patagonia and is probably one of the few very distant spots on earth left to visit

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La, Pakistan
Duration: About 24 days (16 days trekking)

Level: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Best for those who are looking to get into mountaineering or looking to take on a challenging trek

When to go: From June to August

10 figure Described as a top trek, it crosses from the famous Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the base of the planet’s 2nd highest summit.

The famous journey in Pakistan has captivated many explorers and hikers for a long time, with the 360-degree scene of 7,000 meter and 8,000-meter summits, as well as the grand K2.

The Southern Alps in New Zealand

Duration is approx. 6 days
Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Anyone seeking to head for heights
November to April is the best time to go

Regarded as one of the top hiking (or 'tramping', to locals) destinations on Earth, New Zealand’s Southern Alps is a splendid combination of snowcapped peaks, turquoise lakes and golden hills.

Exploring the alpine tarns with unobscured vistas, this trek is considered a warm up for walking in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Duration: About 13 days (10 days trekking)
Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Best for those who have ticked off Mt Kilimanjaro from their bucket list and are looking for their next summit challenge
Ideal time to go: December to February and June to September

Not on the radar of most backpackers, The Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa’s pride and joy. Climbing Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third tallest crest, is not for the faint of heart.

West Coast Trail in Canada

Duration: About 8 days (a 7-day full-pack trek)
Grading is Moderate to challenging (6)
Best for the active walker who loves coastal walks and wants to combine it with an exciting forest trek and wildlife spotting

When to go: Month of August
Travel the Strait of Georgia by ferryboat, head to the northerly trailhead of Vancouver Island to begin your travels, with the possibility of seeing Orca whales, sea lions, eagles, and bears near the shoreline. On the list of top 10 hikes, you can appreciate long coastline strolls on the shelf, if scheduled correctly.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan

Duration is about 27 days - 23 days trekking
Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)
Ideal for: Anyone looking for an extremely challenging trek that ventures far off the beaten track
Best months to go: Sept. to Nov.

Visit the ultimate traverse of Bhutan spanning 11 elevated passes over 4,500 meters through the isolated Lunana district. This fantastic passage also traverses to the lovely Paro Valley where you will notice a stretch of land with tiny Buddhist monasteries and distant villages that are out of the way from the rest of the country for a number of months of the year.

Pamir Fann Mountains, Tajikstan

Duration: About 14 days - 5 days trekking -
Grading: Moderate (5)

Best for: Those wanting to take their bush walking adventures up a level while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing
When to go: June to September

Popular for its unique mountain landscapes and its strikingly beautiful alpine lakes this untouched area of Pamir enters deep valleys with clear lakes and flowering meadows.

You might even get a chance to witness the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Mongolia: Tavan Bogd

Duration: Approx. 11 days - 4 days of trekking

Grading: Moderate (5)

Best for those looking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture
Ideal time to go: June to August

Geographically, this is the most remote area of Mongolia, and is rich with unspoiled nature, wild animals and engaging cultural history. You will come across local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan locals, and observe more about this nomadic culture.

Romantic Getaways: Extraordinary Trips

Taking a trip to renew your vows is an awesome way to re-energize any partnership. - image An anniversary trip can combine romance, trust and intimacy, whether it’s a wooden anniversary in Amsterdam or a re-creation of your honeymoon after twenty five years. And for the married couple getting near the Ruby wedding anniversary? Contrary to a honeymoon where couples primarily seek relaxation, an anniversary vacation requires more preparation.

It is essential to consider a location and schedule that is appropriate for your marital milestone. For instance, canoeing in Santa Barbara wine country may suit a couple celebrating 45 years together, while younger couples may want to ski in Colorado, or go on a safari in Botswana.

Holidays such as these will give you a brand new perspective of the world as well as your partnership. And thankfully, we have done much of the work finding these perfect locations for you.

Principality of Monaco
Monaco Ville, also called Le Rocher, is the only part of Monaco that has kept its old town architecture with tiny, windy medieval lanes. Later on, head to the celebrated Casino de Monte-Carlo which gives couples the occasion to get all gussied up, and the gents must don jackets after eight pm.

Amsterdam, Holland
For couples wanting to experience romance, there is no better destination than to stop by Holland’s tulip display.

The main attraction though is the original seventeenth century canal houses in the nation's capital, Amsterdam.

Beaver Creek, Colorado
Why not rekindle your vows at 9,500 feet in Beaver Creek, 12 miles west of Vail, Colorado, where you can have the deluxe Trappers Cabin in the Rockies all to yourselves.

Cabo San Lucas
Whale watching is the thing to do in Cabo from the months of December to April when humpbacks start appearing.
Republic of Botswana

Go on a safari in Botswana to the Khwai Private Reserve which comes with unmatched access to the famous Okavango Delta and is situated along the Khwai River on the easterly border of the protected Moremi Game Reserve.

Algarrobo, Chile
Journey to Chile and stay at San Alfonso del Mar and lounge by the world’s second most extensive, saltwater, man-made lagoon.

Special Occasion Breaks

Vacations and certain occasions are meant for celebration, good memories and a fun time. So, why not consider heading to Santa’s workshop in Lapland, going away on a romantic break in Dubrovnik for Valentine’s Day, getting hitched in St. Lucia and honeymooning in Bora Bora? Take a look at a few of the next foremost spots where you can celebrate those special occasions and make magical memories.

Have a Merry Christmas in Rovaniemi, Lapland

A visit to Santa’s workshop in Lapland is the perfect place to take your family at Christmas time. This city, situated on the Arctic Circle, is the most magical destination for young kids and adults to have fun and embrace the Christmas spirit. Santa Claus will be waiting every day to see children at the Santa Claus Village, where he will present his tiny aids and reindeer.

You can make your child’s wish come true!

Happy New Year's Eve from Sydney Harbour Bridge!
Beaten description Considered among the very best fireworks display in the globe, the city of Sydney features a stunning array of displays. The fun begins at 6 pm with a pre-fireworks bash at Sydney Harbour, then is followed up by a family-fireworks show at Syndey Harbor Bridge and harbour when the clock strikes 12.

This 12-minute show is magnificent and is broadcast to millions around the world.

Happy Valentine's Day from Dubrovnik
The Adriatic city of Dubrovnik is one of southeastern Europe’s top intimate cities offering a medieval feeling and unique Croatian charms.

It is not a stretch to say that because of its history and medieval wonder, Dubrovnik may possibly be the perfect city to ask for your special someone's hand in marriage. This town has seized the affection of many among them poets, novelists, and painters. The preferred way to see all the marvels of the town, like the terracotta rooftops, the opposing island of Lokrum and the Adriatic Sea, is to jump on a cable car.

Tie the Knot in St. Lucia

There is no better place to get married than St. Lucia and there are countless reasons why. This tropical island, full of rich tropical rain forests and wildlife, is most celebrated for the emerald green dual summits known as the Pitons. This Caribbean island truly makes the most desirable setting for your heavenly beach-side wedding.

Honeymoon in Bora Bora

The beauty is overwhelming on the small island of Bora Bora in the South Pacific, which is only 6 miles long and no more than 2 miles wide. A hibernating volcano, Mt. Otemanu, ascends from the core of the island and melts into lavish jungle before spilling into an greenish blue lagoon.

James Michener, the novelist who wrote “Tales of the South Pacific”, penned it the “most beautiful island in the world.” 18th-century British explorer James Cook even named it the "Pearl of the Pacific." Offering exquisite resorts, superb weather and friendly natives, there is no better tropical retreat than Bora Bora.

Happy Anniversary from Bali
Bali is the perfect location to enjoy your anniversary, with its pleasant ambiance and enchanting surroundings. Bali feels and looks like paradise on earth, with its picturesque scenery and fantastic blue waters. Luxury travelers head here as a result of of the highly developed arts, the deluxe resorts and the dynamic nightlife.

If you and your significant other want to experience things like personalized cruising in Crystal Bay, exclusive tours to Mt. Batur – Bali’s sacred volcano, a couple’s massage, cooking classes with natives and helicopter rides, then Bali is for you.

Weekend Getaways Close to Home

There are occasions when a long weekend getaway is precisely what you need to loosen up and unwind. However, finding the best place for such a quick trip is not always very easy. Following is a list of a number of great spots for a weekend trip you will love.

New York City
Depending on where you reside, The Big Apple can be reached rather easily by flying, driving, or taking a train.

It has so many worthwhile inside and outside things to do that temperature should not factor into your decision: Central Park and the High Line for lovers of the outdoors, and fascinating museums or entertaining Broadway shows if and when you prefer to be indoors. If you appreciate interesting historical monuments, you can go to both Ellis Island and the famous Statue of Liberty via an enjoyable ferry ride.

San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the nation with its legendary Golden Gate Bridge, Victorian architecture dotting the steep hills, interesting and unique neighborhoods, cable cars, and lovely weather all year long.

What's more, sports fans can enjoy great views of the San Francisco Bay from AT&T Park during baseball season.

Washington, D.C.

Not only is America's capital chock full of free points of interest, many of them are found on the National Mall, making it effortless to see the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other highlights in just a matter of days. When visiting, don't miss out on the well-known weekend brunch scene – just don't forget to make reservations in advance.

New Orleans
You can't tackle all of the Big Easy's top sights in one weekend, but its distinct offerings make it easy to select activities based on your interests.

The picturesque City Park has a lot of enjoyable things to do if you want to be outside in the open air, or if you prefer museums, check out the distinguished and fascinating National WWII Museum. Of course, if you have a weekend in New Orleans, you should walk around the famous French Quarter and try the traditional beignets.

Nashville, NC

This small town is loved by easy-going hipsters, beer lovers, as well as anyone who loves magnificent mountain scenery. For beautiful jaw-dropping views, check out the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest, or if you want to be more active, hike a segment of the iconic Appalachian Trail that passes through.

After an active day, visitors can head back to town to enjoy one of 100-plus local brews.

Chicago

Chicago's famous eats, unique neighborhoods, and abundance of can't-miss sights make it a perfect weekend vacation spot. When the temperatures are mild, check out the famous sculpture nicknamed “The Bean” or take a tour down the Chicago River to study the beautiful architecture. Chicago has a rich culture of distinguished museums such as the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago; perfect for those frosty Chicago winter days.

Seattle

This gem of the Pacific Northwest offers iconic sights like Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks and the Space Needle, all of which you can enjoy in a matter of days. If you enjoy hiking, check out well-known Discovery Park or Mount St. Helens, which is really an active volcano.

Be sure to pack an umbrella, as it does rain quite often in Seattle, though it’s normally more of a light mist.

Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon

One of the best parts after the big wedding is the awesome honeymoon that follows. One thing cruise lines and resorts have come to grasp is that more and more newlyweds want exclusive honeymoon packages designed just for them.

After the excitement of the wedding, most honeymooners are looking for a spot where they can renew their strength and share in the first memories as a wedded couple. Honeymooners can choose from myriad destination possibilities where they can spend those first days or weeks together.

Marry me?
You’ve been swept away by your love and now you want to design the perfect honeymoon.

From the Atlantic to the Pacific, newlyweds in the US have the privilege of having so many destination choices wherever their pursuits take them, from mountains, snow covered peaks, to beautiful beaches.

L.A. & S.F., CA
The famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles and the impressive Golden Gate Bridge are just some of the most internationally recognized symbols that California has to offer.

New York City
New York City is acknowledged globally for its sites, museums, and food, but it is also a place where savvy innkeepers know how to take care of newlyweds in exceptional fashion. The Big Apple’s renowned sites, museums, and night scene make it worth getting out of bed.

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Hawaii

If you’re looking for the perfect place to honeymoon, look no further than Hawaii where you’ll be astonished by its beautiful beaches and hidden coves; world-class resorts; delicious cuisine; enticing water sports; breathtaking natural beauty; and perfect weather.

Las Vegas, baby!
And don’t forget Las Vegas. Its bright lights and 24-hour excitement make it the perfect destination for honeymooners who prefer late-night fun over lounging on a beach.

If you and your new spouse are into culture, good food and beautiful shores, Europe is a great honeymoon spot.

Vive La France!

Paris, nicknamed the City of Love, is pretty much the perfect backdrop for an enchanting honeymoon: snuggling in an inviting bistro by day and strolling under the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower by night.

Italy
Not far away, Italy is a magical country replete with fantastic food, great fashion, works of art beyond compare and so much more. The renowned Tuscany region is a destination that can't be overlooked because of its charming little towns, culture-rich cities as well as its delicious Chianti wine. Venice, often called to as the City of Water, is famous for its crooning gondolieri filling the Grand Canal and the iconic masks adorning the faces of those who participate in its world-renowned Carnival.

Spain

Spain offers may places to visit: from the historic, the natural wonder, to the sunny coasts and party islands.

Combined with detailed architecture and Spanish folklore, Seville is a fascinating city perfect for honeymooners to explore. By day, you can wander through its extravagant palaces and parks.

Follow this up with a regenerating siesta so you have the stamina to dance all night long.

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The South Pacific
Honeymooning in the South Pacific will leave newlyweds with memories to cherish forever. Two of the world’s top honeymoon locations include the South Pacific islands of Fiji and Tahiti.

Whichever place you pick, you will come upon miles and miles of quiet, pristine beaches where honeymooners can enjoy some truly amazing digs. In the over-water suites, you'll be mesmerized when you see tropical fish swimming below the glass panels under your coffee table.

Experience the trip of a lifetime on an African honeymoon.
Devote your days to action-packed game drives, walking safaris, fishing expeditions, canoe trips or simply reading that book you've been meaning to read facing a hippo-filled river.

Share an intimate moment with your loved one under the star-studded sky and to the sounds of the African bush, periodically accompanied by the roar of a lion.

Get away from the crowds and enjoy a real sense of wilderness in Zambia, often called the “Real Africa”. It has become a popular destination among newlyweds who seek out adventure and have a love of nature. Experience the splendid sunsets and tranquility in this far off area teeming with unspoiled wildlife. The whole of South Africa includes its beautiful Cape Town, Big 5 game reserves, scenic wine routes, unblemished beaches and breathtaking mountain ranges, all of which make it an the perfect honeymoon destination. The many distinctive cultures which together make up this nation have made it known as the “Rainbow Nation”. Mauritius, an especially renown destination among newlyweds, is an island which lies about 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa.

This balmy island on the Indian Ocean is replete with palm-fringed beaches making it the perfect place to honeymoon.

In Mauritius honeymooners will find that there are plenty of things to do to keep busy, but not exhausted, with all of time needed to kick back in a luxurious setting and just the right standard of service they desire for such a special moment.

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