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First stop Cancun on the northeast tip of the Yucatán Peninsula and the warm Caribbean Sea, great resorts and shopping nearby. A lot of Americans come here for their holidays. I really enjoyed a day trip out to Isla Mujeres, you can hire a golf cart to explore the island and get a feel for the Mexican culture. Heading down the coast to the Riviera Maya area the resorts are a lot bigger and more spread out, with the all-inclusive resorts you don't even have to leave your sun lounger to get a cocktail! A day trip to Chichen Itza is a must do to experience the Mayan ruins at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Last stop was the Pacific Coastal resort city Puerto Vallarta and my personal favourite for a traditional Mexican insight. If you are a Frida Kahlo fan this is the place to shop.
The most memorable adventure I have been on was a Truck Africa trip from Nairobi to Harae. Straight into the culture in Masai Tanzania, Arusha putting mud on the huts and trying to jump as high as a Masai! There Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater for amazing wildlife and scenery. Zanzibar Island for history in Stone Town (slaves) and amazing white sand beaches. Lake Malawi and swimming at the top of the Victoria Falls as well as a microlight over the falls were other hightlights.
My husband is South African and we went over in 2010 for the football world cup. Cape Town is a beautiful city with its coast and Table Mountain - climb up, have a wine and cable car down! Day trips to Stellenbosch for the winery area, Boulders Penguin Colony and Cape Point where the Atlantic and Pacific Seas meet. From Cape Town we did a self-drive along the Garden Route up to Port Elizabeth, lovely towns and I enjoyed walking hand to trunk with the elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary at The Crags, Plettenberg Bay. My husband did the world's highest bridge bungy at Bloukrans Bridge.
This was a totally different African experience but also a great destination as it is so different. Highlights included the Mosque in Casablanca, Chefchaouen (my favourite) a beautiful blue city in the Riff mountains, Fès with its tanneries, a night camping in the Sahara and riding camels and Marrakech for the markets and entertainment. I would recommend travelling with a male or a group tour.
A girlfriend and I met in Bangkok and took a few days to sightsee the temples and floating markets. From there we flew to Hanoi for the start of our 'Tale of 3 cities' tour - Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh. I loved the Old Quarter in Hanoi for its old age traditional way of life. A Cyclo tour is a must do to get amongst the commotion! Next stop the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay - just like the pictures, cruising on a traditional junk style boat around the rock formations. We then flew down to Ho Chi Minh and explored the Cu Chi Tunnels (must do) and the Mekong Delta to experience daily life on the river. Onto Cambodia, Phnom Phen which was mainly to learn about the Khmer Rouge regime - the museum was too much for me as were the Killing Fields but important to know what went on. Siem Reap was more my style with its small town charm. Pub street is fun to people watch, stop at the Red Piano, on the corner - Angelina Jolie's old haunt. The Angkor Wat temples are truly amazing.
The quaint village Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland was a great destination for our honeymoon. We enjoyed relaxing at the resort pool, swimming at the beach, hiring bikes to explore a bit further and also hired a car for a day to go up to Port Douglas (40 minutes drive north), the Butterfly Santuary in Kuranda was well worth a visit as was the Daintree Rainforest.