Europeans are truly blessed when it comes to planning their holidays: they live on one of the most spectacular continents in the world and have access to great skiing, beaches and cultural attractions. Yet variety is the spice of life and it is always worth travelling further afield to get an idea of something a bit different. One place to visit in particular is the Americas – a huge area which has a few great places which must be seen.
Canada is one of the most scenic countries in the world, and one of the largest. This means that you can find a huge variety of activities and vistas that will make your holiday truly special. The country has several major cities which are well worth visiting, however, what really stands out are the outdoor adventures you can have: Canadians are an outdoorsy bunch and you can find lots of different fun things to do. In the east coast you can embark on a canoe trip through Algonquin Park, while the west coast is home to great hiking and skiing. Even the largely flat central plains of this great nation are dotted with wonderful scenic rivers and lakes which can be explored. Come here with a good pair of hiking boots and spend some time in the great outdoors.
For a fantastic cultural experience you can head down to Brazil in South America. This country is developing at an incredibly rapid pace and it may prove to be a very significant nation in the coming years – aside this economic growth sits a vibrant and passionate culture. Travel to its stunning capital of Rio de Janeiro and witness its incredible Carnival. The country also offers some great eco-tourism as it is home to the Amazon forest where you can go on great tours.
The two options mentioned above are great for adults looking for adventure and exploration, but the Americas offer something for families as well: great sunny retreats like the Dominican Republic are a perfect alternative to a trip to Greece or Spain. The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean island dotted with many lovely hotels perched on beautiful white sand beaches. The weather here is almost always above 25° Celsius, and many resorts have lots of activities to keep kids occupied – this makes Dominican Republic holidays perfect for a week of some sunny relaxation with the whole family. Of course there are many different islands in the Caribbean and places like Antigua and St. Lucia have a similar appeal.