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Favourite Travel Experiences of the Month #30 – December 2013

With just two weeks left of 2013, the world of travel is focusing firmly on the coming new year. This month we feature a few of these articles as Lonely Planet lists their top cities for 2014, the ultimate adrenaline bucket-list, and an increased chance of catching the Northern Lights this winter.
Cape Town

Photo courtesy of coda.

1. As we enter the final weeks of the year, one eye is firmly on the prospects for 2014. Lonely Planet compile their top cities for 2014 featuring old classics and upcoming gems, between us we are going to try and visit all 10.

2. Despite being the second largest country in the world, Canada is often left in the shadow of its southerly neighbour when it comes to travel talk. Discover 50 Canadian places of a lifetime  spanning across all of the ten provinces.

3. Alternative sights of Brighton, as listed by Rough Guides. Head to the south coast for a range of cocktails, cabaret and a new haircut!

4. Despite how well connected the modern world is in terms of being able to sample food from across the globe without leaving your hometown, nothing quite beats sampling local cuisines. Trip Advisor have put together a top 10 of travelers favourite restaurants from around the world, not surprisingly France appears more than once!

5.  Every city has its gritty areas but often with a little investment these areas transform into über popular districts for instance Soho in New York or Camden in London. Have a look at some recent revamped districts from cities across the world.

hanoi

Photo courtesy of sebadella.

6. South-east Asia is synonymous with backpacking and the majority of long-term travelers have passed through the likes of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam at some point. Yet it is still worth writing home about and The Guardian’s guide to backpacking in the region has us eager to book a trip out there again!

7. In recent years there has been a significant emergence of conservation tourism across lesser developed nations. Discover how the two mix in Namibia as the New York Times show the positive affects occurring.

8. Are you an adventure or adrenaline junkie? You may wish to take a look through the ultimate adventure bucket-list. If you are into heights, snow, water or mountains you will find yourself adding these to your list.

9. With winter imminent, the possibility of catching the Northern Lights increase ten fold. This year NASA are predicting increased solar activity making it a great winter for the Aurora Borealis.

10. Beautiful and bizarre bridges – more than just for practical use, there are many bridges that have become artwork in their own right. Check out BBC Travel’s top 6.

Holiday of the Month – Sydney, Australia

Despite the distance, Sydney makes a perfect city break, year round. Iconic sites, world famous beaches and a renowned nightlife ensure that any trip to Sydney will be action-packed from start to finish. Scale the habour bridge, marvel inside the impressive opera house and explore the highlights of Darling Harbour, before retreating to Manly or Bondi for some afternoon surf. Complete each day by letting loose in Kings Cross or Oxford St for some of Sydney finest bars and clubs. The only thing you will be short of in Sydney is time to fit everything in!

The Olympic park from the 2000 summer games makes is a worthwhile excursion, tours of the unique ANZ stadium are insightful to say the least. The stadium has the capabality to alter pitch size so to suit AFL, rugby and cricket, plus it’s also where England lifted the 2003 Rugby World Cup! A tour of Sydney harbour offers the perfect opportunity to catch those postcard shots of the bridge and opera house, whilst also offering some background history of the area. With the Southern Hempisphere entering the summer season, now is an ideal time to visit Sydney if you want to enjoy its fine climate and utilise the profound beaches.

Sydney HarbourPhoto courtesy of Lao Wu Yei 2.

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