The award for Western Europe's most overlooked city goes to Lisboa! On the verge of the Atlantic high seas, the seat of the erstwhile Portuguese Empire is drowned in history and culture while staying sunny all year long.
Rio! The name itself conjures up images of sun soaked beaches, street football and Christ The Redeemer. Home to Samba, the world's sexiest beach and the infamous favelas from 'City Of God', Brazil's second largest city lands on every tourist or backpacker's definitive bucket list.
Famously fabled to be home to the mythical Greek creature - the Minotaur, the ancient Minoan Civilization and the Cretan Diet, Crete is a sought after destination for one of the best vacations in Southern Europe.
Fiery lava and magma spewing and sputtering as your boots crunch the jumble of pitch-black rocks, you hike across a steep path at scalding temperatures. Hot springs everywhere and lava flowing right beside you, volcanoes make for marvels that very few get to experience in a lifetime.
One of the world’s most important archaeological sites; A tangible evidence of the urban Inca Empire at the peak of its power and achievement; A citadel of cut stone fit together without mortar so tightly that its cracks still can’t be penetrated even by a credit card!
Think about a white sand island with about a mile width and five miles in length, a shallow lagoon in the front which meets the world’s second longest coral reef; lazing in a hammock with a beer in one hand a barbequed lobster in the other – Well that is Caye Caulker a tiny island located 30 kms north east of Belize city accessible by water taxi and a preferred destination for backpackers and tourists! A perfect getaway from the bustling traffic and blusterous sounds!!
Cocooned among the North East states of India, is a slice straight out of heaven - Shillong in Meghalaya! Imagine a valley with meandering streams, pine-covered hillocks, mesmerizing waterfalls, and grassy enclaves on the outskirts. It’s no wonder early colonial settlers aptly took to calling Shillong the Scotland of the East!