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Updated on March 2, 2012

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Great getaways for 2012

If you are looking for some great vacation ideas, here are some beautiful vacation ideas for you and your family to take in 2012. I have compiled a list of my top 10 destinations for 2012 in the world. There are so many places to choose from it was difficult to narrow it down, there are so many different worldwide destinations I want to go to, but here are my top ten for now.

1. Cape Town in South Africa

2. Sydney in Australia

3. Machu Picchu in Peru

4. Rio De Janeiro

5. New York

6. Rome in Italy

7. Hong Kong in China

8. Sieam Reap in Cambodia

9. Honolulu in Hawaii

10. San Francisco in California

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Cape Town in South Africa

Cape town is hands down the best city in Africa to visit, here you can enjoy a great vacation on the beach and also enjoy some local activities and sightseeing. Africa is a beautiful place and you can organise a safari excursion from here while enjoying the features of Cape Town

You must see:

Robben Island

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Table Mountain

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Constantia Wine Tour

Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Cultural Cape Town

Simon’s Town

Noordhoek Farm Village

Sydney in Australia

This laid back city is a breath of fresh air, check out Sydney Harbour and lots of other things to do in the city and enjoy the chilled out australian way of life.

You must see:

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Royal Botanic Gardens

Enjoy a Sydney Ferry trip

Machu Picchu in Peru

Investigate the stunning and mysterious ruins in Machu Piccu, one of the seven wonders of the world, its not hard to see why. This is a bucket list trip that I want to experience and soon!

Visitors are now being limited to 2500 a day so make sure you book a trip to this awesome site well before you get to Peru!

You must see:

Machu Picchu!

Rio De Janeiro

A bustling city set on a beautiful landscape it has the iconic landmark at the top of the mountain, the carnivals make it a great draw. I would like to go during a carnival to enjoy the fun atmosphere and to see the sites!

You must see:

(and be part of) A Carnival

Sugar Loaf Mountain


Cristo Redentor (Statue of Christ the Redeemer)

Teatro Municipal

New York

Visit the most amazing city in the US! Meet these busy bustling but resilient people. It has penty of shopping and attractions to keep you very busy for your stay. There are plenty of Museums and New York is also known for its Art Galleries.

You must see:

Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island

Brooklyn Bridge

Frick Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

Guggenheim Museum

Rockefeller Center


Empire State Building

the zoo in Central Park

Rome in Italy

A beautiful City that has integrated old with new, experience the rich history among these fashionable people. An amazing place and if you love Roman History you won't be disappointed, great for shopping, people watching, food and their lovely coffee!

You must see:

Monumental Cemetery of the Capuchin Brothers

The Trevi fountain

The Spanish Steps

Vatican Museum

The Colosseum

And lots lots more!

Hong Kong in China

You have to see it to believe it, this city was once a British Protectorate and it shows, the city is progressive with a Chinese edge to it. There are also lots and lots of places to visit. There is so much to take in, the culture the people and history, you will not be bored here! Don't forget the great shopping!

You must see:

The Peak

Madame Tussauds

Hollywood Road, Cat Street, Man Mo Temple

Western Market

Lan Kwai Fong & SoHo

Hong Kong Park

Golden Bauhinia Square & Special Flag Raising Ceremony

Happy Valley Racecourse

Jumbo Kingdom

Ocean Park Hong Kong

Repulse Bay

Stanley Market & Murray House


Don't forget to venture away from Hong Kong, there is even more to see!

Sieam Reap in Cambodia

Siem Reap is a beautiful and bustling tourist town in Cambodia, its great for sightseeing there are plenty of temples to see and it has plenty of excursions to go and see Angkor Watt.

You must see:

Lots of Temples

Angkor Watt

Experience the culture

The Beautiful Countryside

Honolulu in Hawaii

Check out the wonderful beaches, surf sand and sea what more could you want? Plenty, have a great time relaxing and enjoying outdoor activities but don't forget there are some great sight seeing activities to do, enjoy all of Hawaii!

You must check out:

Pearl Harbor

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

San Francisco in California

Spend your time at the bay or on Pier 39, this peninsula is a wonderfully eccentric place, I visited when I was a child and would love to return, I have lovely memories of riding the cable cars, with its steep hills and huge chocolate factory shop! It also has some great landmarks, the golden gate bridge is breathtaking in the flesh and Alcatraz is an incredible experience. San Francisco has excellent bars and restaurants to try it really is a must on any bucket list!

You must Check out:


The San Francisco City Tour

California Wine Country

Yosemite and the Canyons

What would be your ultimate vacation?

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Great choice of destinations. i will keep on dreaming, even though I do my best visiting of these destinations at that time.