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3 Destinations to Look out for

By HarryFriday 20th March 2015

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If you read our previous post about what’s stopping you from exploring more the world, and felt you needed to expand your travel horizons, then this is the guide for you. Forget about the same-old holiday locations that you know like the back of your hand, and start a family adventure somewhere new. To help get you inspired for your next break, we’ve put together a list of the top three trendy destinations to visit this year. From the exotic and fascinating Singapore, to the bustling and colourful cities of Brazil, there’s still so much of the world left to see.

Singapore

3628422236_db700a70dd_z Nominated as Lonely Planet’s number one top country to visit in their Best in Travel 2015 list, Singapore is fast becoming one of the trendiest places to visit in the world. Plus, with the country’s Golden Jubilee coming up this year, there will be plenty of vibrant celebrations to join in with in Singapore this year. 5064315354_49453890f7_z During your time in Singapore, make sure you visit the island’s oldest Hindu temple and national monument, Sri Mariamman Temple, a place of worship that has been built in the Dravidian style. During your visit, you’ll get to admire the brightly-painted exteriors of deities and symbols, and as you wander inside, you’ll be able to explore the Shrine of Mariamman, the Hindu goddess of rain. The Shrine of Mariamman is also surrounded by two smaller shrines, which are dedicated to the 7th avatar of Vishnu, and Kartikeya (or Murugan), the Hindu god of war. 10652375543_f34a020d47_z If you decide to cruise and stay (an option that allows you to stay in the destination before sailing back) be sure to take the family to the Night Safari, the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals. As you make your way through the park’s wilderness, you’ll get the chance to spot leopards on the hunt, wild cats fishing in the ponds and even the occasional wallaby, as they hop from one place to the next. Afterwards, treat yourself to an a la carte meal of local delicacies in the Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant – yum!

St. Lucia

5288340064_2e1a10c1bc_z Another destination that is climbing the ranks of popularity is St. Lucia, and with its natural beauty and stunning beaches, it’s not hard to see why. To see the country in its element, make your way over to the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens and Mineral Baths, with the waterfall being your first stop. Watch as the ever-changing colourful water cascades to the pools; a natural phenomenon caused by a mixture of rainwater and volcanism in the nearby sulphur springs.  After you’ve spent a moment enjoying the sprays of water, walk down to the botanical gardens, where a range of beautiful flowers and trees grow, including hibiscus, ixora and balisier flowers. If exploring the parks has got you in the mood for some relaxation, then be sure to treat yourself to an hour or two in the mineral baths, where the warm water will soothe any aches or pains. 7221332030_e5e765b9f4_z Once you’re dry and ready for lunch, head down for a meal at The Pink Plantation House, an authentic and charming Caribbean restaurant. Make your way into the beautifully decorated outdoor dining room, and take in the spectacular views of Castries and the rest of St. Lucia below. 6794697387_bc50ef1452_z

Brazil

8373510175_2500ffe2b2_z After the FIFA World Cup of 2014 and with the 2016 Summer Olympics on its way, Brazil continues to attract more and more curious visitors every year.  A must-see during your trip is Cristo Redentor, or Christ the Redeemer, Paul Landowski’s art deco statue that’s located at the peak of Corcovado Mountain. A trip to the top is something all visitors should do, as not only will you be treated to views of this magnificent monument, you’ll also get to take in the breathtaking vistas of Rio De Janeiro and the Tijuca Forest National Park below. 281322084_fb1f3ac2e3_z Once you’ve made your way down from the summit of Corcovado Mountain, be sure to grab a bite to eat from Café do Alto. It’s perfect for a quick meal, and offers a range of tasty goodies, from fresh fruit and eggs for breakfast, to salads and sandwiches for lunch, all served with a good helping of freshly brewed coffee. 13680676_085c83d925_z For some family fun, make your way to Ibirapuera Park, in São Paulo. A large and beautiful urban park in the heart of the city, Ibirapuera has plenty of open space that’s great for walking, picnics and the odd game of football with your kids. On top of the open space, it’s also the home of several impressive buildings, with many of them designed by the famous Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Wander past Niemeyer’s The Marquise, now a popular hangout for teens, or head over to the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, where São Paulo’s Fashion Week is held.

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