With the summer coming, you may be starting to think about your holiday this year. Whilst the recession may have hit your finances hard, there are still many cheap flights available which offer you the perfect excuse to get away for a few weeks. Whether you are traveling with family or friends, there are some incredible places that are perfect to visit in 2012.
Formerly known as Burma, this country has risen in news worthiness because of the work of the democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Although there are political problems the country is stable. If you are looking for timeless culture and beautiful scenery then Myanmar is ideal, offering towering pagodas, hospitable Buddhist locals, and ancient towns to explore.
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If you are a sports fan, heading to London this year will offer you the chance to enjoy the London Olympics 2012. Sports personalities from across the planet will be meeting to compete and London is likely to be even more bustling than normal this summer.
Beach enthusiasts will love Vietnam, and with a rising number of cheap flights available, getting to Phu Quoc is not expensive. This region is a luxurious and more secluded alternative to Thailand, and Phu Quoc offers pristine reefs, long stretches of beautiful beaches and protected forests to explore.
One of the most beautiful natural sights in the world is the Northern Lights, and in 2012 you can expect to see them in Fairbanks, Alaska. A mix of scientific factors have aligned to create some of the brightest displays in five decades, making heading north this year a huge attraction for sightseers.
If a family holiday is on the cards then Orlando remains a favourite. With the addition of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, both Universal Studios and Disney will keep the entire family amused for many days.
Wickenburg, Arizona is home to Rancho De Los Caballeros, which is a ranch ideal for a family vacation. In addition to horseback riding and campfire cook outs, the location also has a spa and a golf course for you to relax whilst the children are attending lessons and programs.
If you can’t afford the Caribbean, then Michigan’s Grand Haven could be a good alternative. With pure white sandy beaches, a lighthouse, boardwalk and shops, there is plenty to explore in addition to camping, fishing, kayaking, boating and much more to occupy your time.
If you have seen the film and read the book, heading to Stockholm where The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is set is the ideal escape. There is far more to do here than soak up movie locations though, and the eclectic mix of edgy nightclubs and traditional architecture is sure to enthral you.
For the keen explorer, Kathmandu offers hiking, mountaineering, meditation and Himalayan treks. Altitude sickness will be something for you to get to grips with at first, but views of the beautiful mountain range and the experience of the Nepalese culture are worth the first days of discomfort for intrepid adventurers.
To commemorate the sinking of the Titanic, Nova Scotia is holding 100th anniversary exhibitions in 2012. Nova Scotia sent three ships to help find bodies, and if you are intrigued by the disaster you can explore the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to discover more about the Titanic’s fatal maiden voyage.