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Top Ten Holiday Destinations 2012
Travel the World in 2012
Tourism in 2012 once again is being dictated by the current financial climate and travellers this year are looking for the best Vacation possible on a tight budget.
lesser known destinations are becoming more popular because they are cheaper and the cost of living in these countries means that the traveller gets bargain prices in the stores and markets compared to what they would pay back at home.
Cheap does not mean nasty and the real upside is that what you pay for a 5 star accommodation in the lesser known destinations would cost the same as you would normally pay for a 2 star accommodation in some of the more well known destinations.
A cheap holiday in 2012 could see you living in luxury being waited on hand and foot and you could be enjoying the splendours normally reserved for the elite of society.
In the 2012 Top 10 Travel Destinations list you will see some new additions from previous years as well as some destinations that will never go out of vogue.
Sunny Beach Bulgaria
Sunny Beach Bulgaria (Google Maps)
Number 10 Bulgaria Sunny Beach
Over the past few years Sunny Beach has grown in popularity with travellers and in 2012 early indications are that travellers will be flocking to this award winning Black Sea Resort.
Sunny Beach is the largest beach resort in Bulgaria with over 8 kilometers of white sandy beach, there are over 100 hotels which have an average 4 star rating and there are 2 campsites for those who prefer to sleep under the stars.
With over 130 restaurants, cafe's and bars eating out is a cheap option and you will be sure to find something to suit your taste buds.
The Night life in Sunny Beach is catered to everyone from the quiet bars for those who like to take it easy and relax to Nightclubs and Casino's for the night owls amongst you.
It is great just to wind down and relax on the beach all day soaking up the rays and topping up your tan but you can easily get bored with that after a short time, Sunny beach has a lot more to offer to prevent boredom, a full range of activities are available from surfing the waves, Jet skiing, the obligatory bananna boats or the more relaxing peddle boats, there is ten pin bowling, horse riding, tennis, and plenty more activities to keep you busy and having fun throughout your entire stay.
Sunny Beach Bulgaria is a destination for every age group, fun in the sun is guaranteed and it won't make too big a dent in your wallet.
Mamaris Turkey (Google Maps)
Number 9 Turkey Marmaris
Marmaris in Turkey has always been a popular destination but in recent years visitor numbers to this resort have soared the recession has played a major part in this visitor increase because when you are at the resort prices are low and many a bargain is to be had for the frugal tourist.
Hotels and accommodation average 4 stars meaning luxurious accommodation at reasonable prices, there are a few all inclusive resorts in Marmaris which means that you don't have to leave the complex or spend a single penny for your entire vacation as food drinks and all of the entertainment is included in the cost of your travel.
Marmaris is a beach resort where you can indulge yourself in any of the many activities on offer from snorkeling to jet skiing. or you can enjoy the sunshine and relax on the beach with a good book.
There are many restaurants and bars in Marmaris offering food and drink that will suit any palate catering to most nationalities including Chinese, Indian and of course being in Turkey you could always partake of a Kebab.
Marmaris has a varied nightlife offering quiet bars for those who prefer it that way to bars that provide live entertainment, there are a couple of night clubs if you feel like a bit of a boogie.
The Island of Ibiza Spain
Ibiza Google Maps
Number 8 Ibiza Spain
Ibiza always a popular destination with travellers since the 1960s when it became a haven for hippies who enjoyed letting it all hang out on the beach. although there still are a couple of nudist beaches in Ibiza the majority of tourists never encounter them although do not be surprised or shocked at the sight of topless female sun worshippers as it is legal for women to be topless on the majority of European beaches.
There are a few beach resorts on the Island which cater for different age groups Playa Den Bossa for example is set up mainly for families with amenities and activities suitable for young children teenagers and their parents including water parks, funfairs, bars and restaurants.
Ibiza town caters mainly for the sight seer with a range of interesting buildings and historical locations to suit everyone especially if you pay a visit to Ibiza old town.
For the Shopper you can experience the world famous Hippy market in Es Cana every Wednesday or the smaller versions that pop up now and again in other towns and places on the island.
San Antonio is where it is all at for the 18-30s age group dance all nght in one of the many night clubs that makes Ibiza world famous and spend a relaxing day on the beach (nursing your hangover) by day.
Las Vegas (Google Maps)
Number 7 Las Vegas USA
Las Vegas Nevada, the City that never sleeps is possibly one of the best known vacation destinations world wide.
Most synonymous with gambling you can either break your heart on a losing streak or break the bank if you are on a winning streak, Gambling is legal in Las Vegas and you can enjoy the privilege in any of the thousands of casino's dotted around the world famous Strip.
Of course there is a lot more to Vegas than Gambling, for the sightseer you can explore the Nevada desert or pay a visit or The Grand Canyon and how about visiting the man made monster that is the Hoover Dam.
The night life in Vegas is second to none living up to the reputation of the city that never sleeps, dancing, gambling, live shows and many other activities to keep any night owl satisfied for a long time.
Vegas is the wedding capital in the world with over 200 couples tying the knot every day, there are wedding chapels around every corner in Vegas including the most famous of them all the little white chapel why not get married in vegas and then spend your honeymoon in style.
New York (Google Maps)
Number 6 New York USA
America is getting more and more popular with the European tourist and New York is the second of three American destinations on the top ten list.
The main reason for New Yorks recent inclusion to the list is the shopping, prices are so much cheaper on the other side of the Atlantic compared to most of Europe that it has become more economical to pay for a flight buy what you need and take another flight home.
There is of course a whole lot more to do and see in New York than shopping and a whole diverse range of cultures and people make New York the most spectacular city in the world.
There is so much going on in New York it is difficult to know where to start, take a trip up the Empire state building or a stroll through Central Park, pay tribute to the victims of 911 at the memorial set up in their memory.
Day and night New York is a buzz restraunts, bars, clubs, and a million other ways to pass the time.
New York has so many different places to visit and so much that you can do that it would be impossible to fit it all into ths page.
Prague Czech Republic
Prague (Google Maps)
Number 5 Prague Czech Republic
Prague in the Czech Republic is a magical mix of the historic and the modern and is becoming more and more popular with tourists from all over the globe.
Historical castles, bridges and many fine museums will keep the sightseer happy and contented for the duration of their stay.
There is a theatrical culture with many venues including theatres opera, cinemas, and the prices are much more suited to your pocket than you would pay at home.
Bars, cocktail bars and nightclubs ensure that you have plenty of choice and a wide variety of restaurants will ensure there is food to suit your taste buds.
As a city break Prague is a fantastic destination for everyone and of course no city break would be complete without a trip around the shops Wenceslas Square and the streets surrounding Stare Mesto are the main shopping areas. Bargains are around everywhere if you buy localy made goods but you can pay over the odds for imported goods it is a buyer beware situation.
Cancun (Google maps)
Number 4 Cancun Mexico
Cancun in Mexico is a beach resort with glistening white sands and beautiful scenery, The name Cancun translates to English as Golden snakes but there are no snakes living near the area although you may be lucky to see an assortment of wildlife that is unique to the area.
Cancun is a favoured destination for visitors from America celebrating spring break which can be rather full on as students are allowed to let their hair down and have fun one time of the year.
there is a mare sedate side though with horse riding,snorkeling, canoeing and you also get the chance to swim with dolphins,
Jet skis, banana boats, surfing, volleyball and a whole host of other beach activities will keep you active or you can just relax in the sun and enjoy topping up your tan with a good book.
No trip to Cancun would be complete without a trip into the rain forest for three hours to be awestruck by Chichen Itza complex, the Mayan city only rediscovered a century ago.
With a plethora of restraunts and bars the night life in Cancun will have a bit of something for everyone from a quiet drink to a night of dancing and entertainment.
Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm el-Sheikh (Google Maps)
Number 3 Sharm el-Sheikh Egypt
Sun, Sea, Sand and fun are all things that come in spades in Sharm el-Sheikh, this red sea resort is famous for its diving activities with reefs aplenty for the underwater explorer.
Of course you won't find a shortage of things to do in Sharm el-Sheikh with all of the usual watersports to be found in this stunning location, from banana boats to jet skis it is all there for your amusement and fun.
There are many hotels that offer all inclusive packages which means that you won't need to spend much money on your visit all the food you can eat and all the drink you can drink are included in the price as are most of the activities that each of those hotels has to offer.
For those who like to get to know the history of where they visit there is a few interesting places of note near Sharm el-Sheikh including some of biblical proportions like a visit to Sinai mountain which is where Moses was said to have received the 10 commandments and the site of the burning bush.
Sharm el-Sheikh has a large assortment of restraunts and bars to suit even the most fickle eaters and a nightlife to suit your taste from a quiet bar to clubbing the night away.
Zante (Google Maps)
Number 2 Zante Greece
No country has felt the credit crunch more than Greece has in the past year the country has had to have help just to keep it running, even with these major financial difficulties Greece is still very popular with tourists hence Zante being number 2 on the most popular list for 2012.
A beautiful beach resort Zante offers sun sea sand and fun aplenty, with everything from volleyball to surfing to paragliding thare is a whole range of activities for you to enjoy and remember for a long time to come,
With a multitude bars, restraunts and night clubs to choose from it means that there is somewhere to suit everyones tastes and more, there is entertainment and live artists in almost every hotel and bar giving you fun nights out as well as fun filled days.
Orlando Florida (International Drive)
Orlando (Google Maps)
Number 1 for 2012 Orlando Florida USA
The third and by far the most popular American Holiday destination for world wide visitors is the home of Mickey mouse Orlando Florida, with Disney land, Sea World and Universal studios all in one place it is no wonder millions of people from around the world flock here every year.
Orlando is the most popular destination for 2012 for more than one reason, the excitement and excellent shopping on International drive, the theme parks, the food and drink, and the many attractions found around every corner.
Orlando is fantastic for children of all ages from 2 years old to 102 years old pay a visit to the ripleys believe it or not building and even before you enter you won't believe your eyes. take a trip to the Titanic museum and relive the last moments of the passengers and crew.
visit the everglades and take a fan boat to see an array of wild animals including some alligators, go a little further into florida and enjoy a marlin fishing trip or just relax for a day on the golden sandy beaches.
Orlando florida is the ultimate tourist destination which thouroughly deserves the number one slot for 2012
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