Planning a vacation outside the country is not only about selecting the destination, and then booking the flights, but also the activities you’d like to pursue depending on your personality type. Succors for history and architecture, for instance, should definitely keep Barcelona in mind, for it is the land that inspired artists like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. This colorful Spanish city is known for its sunny cafes, sweeping seaside promenade, and expressionist artist Antonio Gaudi’s unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral at its heart. Amble down the Gothic quarter and view the architectural relics that go back to the Middle Ages. You will find here some truly beautiful plazas and cathedrals. And if you prefer some beach fun, sign up for paddle-boarding or kayaking. Sunset cruise is another way of viewing the lights of Barcelona come on and dazzle the harbor.
International City Tours
There are several activities to do abroad, particularly when you pick a cozy beach getaway like Dubrovnik. Nestled on the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia, Dubrovnik is actually an old, walled city offering a fascinating mix of coastal scenery, history and architecture. Ambling down the paved limestone streets lined with old-world cafes and souvenir shops, you will realize that time has stood still here. Pieces of Gothic and Renaissance architecture such as the Rector’s Palace and the Sponza Palace respectively, will hold you in thrall. When here it is a great idea to go for a refreshing swim in the azure waters, and later catch a cable car to Mount Srd for a bird’s eye view of Dubrovnik’s UNESCO-listed ramparts and the rambling Dalmatian Coast. Head to one of the most scenic cities of Eastern Europe, the capital of Hungary and utterly cosmopolitan, Budapest. Sliced into half by the Danube River, the 19th century Chain Bridge straddles the mountainous Buda area with that of Pest. This is the city’s most iconic landmark captured on the canvas, and in the lens by artists for time immemorial. History buffs need to ride up the funicular on the Castle Hill to the historic Old Town. See landmarks from World War II, the gorgeous turrets of Fishermen’s Bastion, treat yourself to the slurpy Hungarian Goulash, the national dish and an aromatic meat stew, and soak up its vibrant nightlife at one of its many pubs lining the waterfront.
If an exotic south-east Asian destination is on your mind, plan a trip to Vietnam. Among things to do abroad, biking tours are very popular, and this southern Vietnamese city, Ho Chi Minh City offers plenty of that. A dizzying world of sky-scrapers, shopping and eating districts, sprawling footpaths, large gardens and a spattering of colonial legacy, Ho Chi Minh City packs quite a punch. Go sightseeing and view the Cu Chi Tunnels, and learn about its gory history from the days of the Vietnam War, view the Notre Dam Cathedral and the iconic Saigon Post Office, melding Gothic, French and Renaissance styles. Shop till you drop - because you get some of the best bargains - at the Ben Thanh market. From clothes, shoes, bags, accessories to home decor, you get everything in this bustling little night market. You can indulge in many sightseeing activities to do abroad, especially if you are in England and plan to see the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, also the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Walk along the scenic banks of the River Avon, browse the typical country homes, and perhaps catch a Shakespeare play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. This place is ideal for long strolls and enjoying the green countryside scenery.