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JANUARY – Yucatan
Winter is Yucatan’s high season, and the most exciting adventures you will experience are from the 20th of December when the season begins. Throughout January you can enjoy the most pleasant weather, the clearest turquois water, the most beautiful nature, the brightest landscapes, the most inimitable beauty of undersea world and the highest level of service. Yucatán expects tourists to visit the peninsula in the winter months, so the service is of the highest level during that season.
We advise you to reserve well in advance if you plan to be in Cancún around the holidays in order to book the best hotel rooms and the best resorts.
January is a perfect month in Yucatán as the temperatures are ideal, around 25-30C (77-86F) while the water temperature is around 20C (68F), which is perfect for swimming.
Interesting facts about Yucatán:
- Yucatán has one of the new Seven Wonders of the World: the iconic pyramid Chichén Itzá is located here
- Yucatán has the longest pier in the world, over 8 km
FEBRUARY – Colombia
Colombia is special. It has only two seasons: dry and rainy. Traveling to Colombia in February means that you will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful warm and sunny dry season in most of the country.
Besides glorious warm weather, in February there is also the Carnaval de Barranquilla in Atlantico that is always widely celebrated in the country. Being one of the largest events in the world, Carnaval de Barranquilla dates back to the 19th century. Due to its importance to locals, all regular activities are completely canceled, and the entire country participates in this carnival event.
Interesting facts about Colombia:
- It’s the only country in South America that has a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea
- Colombia has one of the highest capital cities in the world.
- It is OK for Colombian children to drink coffee
MARCH – Galapagos Islands
The Islands of Galapagos are visited all year round; however, March is the best time to discover this beloved tourist getaway. Why March? Because the average temperature is about 24C (75F), and water temperatures are around 25C (77F) – offering perfect weather conditions for an exciting holiday. This season is also excellent for diving and snorkeling as underwater visibility is the best of the year. However, you should put on sunblock with SPF 30 or higher not to get sunburnt.
- The oldest island in the Galapagos, Espanola, is be 3.5 million years old.
- Due to its location on the Equator, the Galapagos Islands have an equal 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night throughout the year.
APRIL – Fiji
April is a fantastic month for visiting Fiji. First, it is the most budget-friendly month to go. Pleasant temperatures do not have the chill that comes in September and June. You will also experience wonderful sunshine without the fear of getting burnt or having sunstroke. The hottest temperatures here are in the months of July and October. It is not recommended to visit the island in these months since the extremely high temperatures are scorching.
- Fiji is made up of 333 islands, with 223 of them being uninhabited.
- Fijians raise their eyebrows as a non-verbal way to say “yes”.
May is the cheapest month for traveling to Hawaii. If winter is the high season for Hawaii, summer is the low one. So May is somewhere in the middle between the two. What does it mean?
It means that the Big Island is not over occupied with tourists in these months, but the weather is still wonderful, about 27C (81F) on average, and about 24C (75F) in Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital city on the island of Oahu. The sea temperature is about 26C (79F) – perfect for beach recreation.
Interesting facts about Hawaii:
- Hawaii’s nickname is the “Aloha State.” Aloha is used both as “hello” and “goodbye” – and to express the overall hospitable spirit of the Islands.
- Surfing, or “Heenalu” in Hawaiian language, was basically invented by the Polynesians when they came here a thousand years ago.
JUNE – Australia
From the crystal water to sparkling sands and gentle seaside, unparalleled cuisine, unbelievable nightlife and gorgeous beaches, verdant forests and beautiful nature – Australia is a favorite destination for Canadians. Average temperatures are about 21C (70F), and the sea temperature is around 19C (66F). All these conditions make Australia one of the most desirable places to visit.
Interesting facts about Australia:
- Australia is as wide as the distance between London and Moscow
- Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek populationoutside of Athens
JULY – Peru
Peru is a wonderful destination for those who love mild climate, gorgeous landscapes and amazing scenery. So, if you are fond of hiking, this destination is just perfect for you! If you dream of exploring the Andes Mountains, July is the best time to go: it’s dry season so the climate is perfect for hiking.
Interesting facts about Peru:
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- Peru is the third-largest country in South America
- Mashed potatoes, French fries and chips – all of these snacks owe their origin to Peru.
- 60% of the country is covered by rainforest.
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Retirement need not be days spent at home gardening, reading books or napping. For older adults who have the means, time and physical health, it might just be the best moment to do something exciting. Studies show that seniors or baby boomers who are at present in their 50s to 70s are a diverse group with higher purchasing power and activity levels. They are more inclined to travel or invest in trips to visit family and friends. For some, retirement is a chance to tick adventures off on their bucket list. If you are planning a memorable vacation, here are some suitable holiday ideas for seniors.
River Cruising on the Mekong
Cruises might be on your list, but if you ever think of heading to Asia, a visit to any of the countries – Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos offers something different. Check out the fabulous Angkor Wat, the serene rice fields in Vietnam or the Plain of Jars in Laos. To cap off your trip, a cruise on the Mekong River is a low-impact activity that will take you to several countries including Thailand, China and Myanmar.
Safari Game Watching in Botswana
Botswana is a success story in Africa, with its stable democracy and economic prosperity brought by conflict-free diamonds. The country is teeming with amazing wildlife and safaris both high quality and an exciting way to get up close with wild animals. You can arrange for fully-catered camping in one of the national parks such as Chobe, the Okavango Delta or Moremi Game Reserve.
Beach Stay in Hawaii
If you look at offers of travel agencies that organize trips for seniors or your community associations, you will see that Hawaii is a popular beach destination. The Aloha State has something for every type of beach lover from rugged coasts to sandy shores. The best part is that the beaches are public spaces accessible to everyone. Whether you are an active senior who loves water sports or are the type to just laze around in tropical settings, Hawaii is the place for a relaxing beach retreat.
Culinary Adventure in Bologna
Italy is a real place for holidays and everything about this southern European country is fantastic from food and wine to fashion and shopping. For an adventurous culinary trip, Bologna is the place to go. It is well-known among food lovers for its culinary delights. Think of tagliatelli, ragu, tortellini and mortadella for that sumptuous experience. Local dining is not the only thing seniors can do. There are also culinary lessons, walking and cycling tours that can be enjoyed for that perfect European sojourn.
Mountain Retreat in Bhutan
Relaxation is an important activity for everyone. Why not opt for a sublime experience and head to the Kingdom of Bhutan? This tiny country has been sheltered from the outside world for decades with its government deliberately limiting the number of visitors. Lately, it is easier to visit Bhutan. Absorb the sights of spectacular mountain sceneries and pristine forests, visit temples or just enjoy the serenity and peace of the country & its people.
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Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean, located to the west of Italy and surrounded by more than 1800km of impeccable coastline. It is favored as a holiday destination by Europeans and other nationalities due to its charming scenery, unforgettable beauty, and brilliant ambiance.
Sardinia has been named one of the most beautiful islands in the world by many top magazines and popular website resources. The reason is simple – Sardinia has some of the most incredible beaches in Italy and all Europe. Many Canadians choose this beloved itinerary for their summer holidays. The popularity of this European destination is explainable: here you can enjoy a beach vacation with crystal clear azure waters, pristine coastline, unbelievable nature and the beautiful European charm of a historical getaway island.
Beach of Cala Coticcio in Caprera island, Sardinia, Italy. depositphotos.com
YYZ Travel Advisors know just how hard it can be to choose the right beach holiday destination, as there are so many of them in the world! Descriptions would be pretty much the same: verdant nature, warm humid climate, exceptional coastline, blue waters and sparkling white sands.
So, speaking about Sardinia, we will mention the most EVIDENT reasons to book your flight from Canada to the Mediterranean.
- Locals here are relaxed and easy-going. The mentality on the island is different from what one would experience on the mainland. Busy European capitals have nothing in common with the pleasant relaxing ambiance you will feel as soon as your plane lands on Sardinian terrritory. Residents of hectic metropolitan areas can enjoy perfect rest in the calm atmosphere of this paradise.
- Sardinia is a foodie heaven – a real Shangri-la for anyone who loves seafood, cheese dishes, roasted meat and all kinds of fish. Due to the rich flora of the region, Sardinia is also a perfect destination for vegetarians and vegans. Of course, one of the most exciting dishes here is Sardinian handmade pasta. No doubt your trip to Sardinia should include a plan for main dishes that you don’t want to miss trying:
Malloreddus pasta (made from semolina and saffron)
Spaghittus cun cancioffa e bottariga (Spaghetti made with dried fish eggs of tuna and artichokes)
Maialetto (roasted piglet)
Panadas (oven baked pieces of meat)
Lorighittas (Sardinian pasta served with tomatoes and sausage)
And don’t forget that all these Italian entrees go well with local Sardinian wines like refreshing white Vermentino di Gallura, elegant white Semidano, intensive red Cagnulari, white chamomile flavored Malvasia di Bosa and, of course, the best Sardinian wine, red Cannonau.
· Sardinian people have their own language; a so-called mix of Italian and Spanish, this language is a heavenly melody for the ears of foreigners. Even if you speak Italian fluently, it will be hard to understand this language. But how beautiful it is! Moreover, you have a chance to learn something new.
· Sardinia is a perfect chance to combine two different types of travel: beach recreation and visiting historical sites. You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see its famous “Nuraghes”, ancient constructions of the Bronze era made from giant stones. The exceptional beauty of this attraction is worth a separate visit to this Italian island. However, the trip is far more interesting when mixed with beach vacations. Read more on "Travel Ideas for your Summer 2017 Vacations" »
Countries of the Mediterranean are vibrant, exciting and very inspiring. Tourists often can’t choose the one destination to visit. For this reason, a cruise would be a perfect way to visit several ciities and explore different countries of the region.
Bright, colorful and verdant lands of the Mediterranean coast are beloved by many tourists all over the world and are perfect for your next summer vacation. What can be more romantic, beautiful and delightful than a summer cruise along the turquoise waters of Mediterranean Sea disembarking at the most attractive getaways?
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Favorite and beloved holidays, the most popular destinations among Canadian travelers – classical summer getaways for those who love sunny vacations at the sea shore. Just imagine: white-sand beaches, palm-fringed shores, sand that squeaks under your feet, clear waters of the Caribbean Sea and diverse underwater wildlife.
Swim with turtles and dolphins, do exciting diving and snorkeling, take pictures with divine landscaped views in the background, try some of the best surfing on the planet and enjoy the ultimate Caribbean summer experience.
There is no better chance to try new amazing destinations than this summer 2017. A trip from Toronto to Russia seems long and tiresome, not to mention crazy and even thrilling. However, in recent years this destination experienced a significant increase of interest among Canadian tourists.
Even if you have already visited the Russian capital, you should definitely try it one more time in 2017! The reason is the changes and renovations that Moscow has seen over the past few years. You will see that the Russian capital has become more verdant, with numerous parks, alleys and new areas made for tourists and residents. It has become more modern, fashionable and bright. Despite various stereotypes, Russia is far more captivating than you might imagine.
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Day 1: Vilnius
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Unconventional Far East remains on top of the most-trending travel destinations in the world. It is called “far” for a good reason, as it takes over 14 hours to get to the region by plane. However, such a long flight doesn’t frighten explorers who are searching for an Asian experience, as the Far East is really worth it. Impeccable culture, matchless scenery, modern architecture and unique atmosphere will make you desire to come back.
Asian culture is so captivating and unusual for foreign tourists, promoting a culture of hard work, exceptional Asian service and “getting everything done perfectly”.
The busiest cities in the world are located in the removed and exotic region, and you can be sure when coming here that they never sleep.
Some cities don’t need to be presented. The Japanese capital is one of the most unique and specific cities in the world. Amazing Japanese culture is very different from all other Far Eastern cultures. Due to its isolated geographic location, Japan has built an extremely unique and one-of-a-kind culture.
Tokyo is a must-see location for anyone who has decided to visit several destinations in the Far Eastern region. It is very different from its Asian neighbors, and it is notable in everything: cuisine, business, work habits, family values, mentality and way of rest.
People of Seoul are often called ‘the Italians of the East’, and locals like this tendency. Koreans are friendly, emotional and very stylish. They have their own culture of making business, influenced by both American and Asian tendencies. Koreans are creative, and it is widely presented in the country’s capital.
Seoul is an Asian metropolitan city, with a lot of skyscrapers, multiple attractions, local authentic restaurants and noisy bars, unbelievable art objects, Asian street culture and fast life. All these activities do not stop at night, and in the Korean capital it never gets dark.
The city of Bangkok is an area of bright contrasts with narrow somber streets full of little shops selling street food and diverse things on the one side, facing incredibly modern buildings, up-to date giant shopping centers and city technologies from the other side.
Once you’ve visited Bangkok, you will never forget it. This city is special. Its incredible charm drives you crazy, leaving a desire to return here again and again. Bangkok is a must-visit city that should definitely be on your bucket list. Whenever you come here, the place is always busy, lively and full of energy 24/7.
Special administrative region of People’s Republic of China, it’s a very modern city. Hong Kong is famous for its beauty. This is a place where the vast, wild outdoors mixes with sports adventures and bright Asian festivals. Hong Kong’s culture is a melting pot of customs and traditions, influenced by thousands of years of immigration. Hong Kong is a city where “old meets new” architecture is alive and looks sometimes spontaneous, sometimes even surprising.
The city’s main heritage buildings: Wan Chai’s Blue House, Man Mo Temple facing such modern spots as Man Mo Café, PMQ and Stone Nullah Tavern. Whenever you come to this wonderful city, it never sleeps.