11 Most Romantic Destinations in the World

TravelPod bloggers know how to treat their best friends and partners (or even just themselves!) to romantic getaways. Here are some of the most popular “romantic” destinations as decided by members of the TravelPod forum discussion topic, “Most romantic locations“.

1. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Pnp53 on the beach at Carmel-by-the-Sea

Pnp53 on the beach at Carmel-by-the-Sea

We drove down to the beach and explored for a while. It wasn’t crowded and was very nice. We sat in a tree and relaxed. Danny went back later and ran the beach.Pnp53

2. Sunset cruise in Key West, Florida

Jeffmx64 on a sunset cruise in Key West after their wedding

Jeffmx64 on a sunset cruise in Key West after their wedding

The journey back to port was breathtaking as the sun slowly sank behind the horizon and filled the sky with every color of orange and pink imaginable. I could not have imagined a better day. We were married in paradise, celebrated on Duval Street and wrapped it up snorkeling on the reefs.Jeffmx64

3. Plains of the Serengeti

Kasnsqueak on the Serengeti plains

Kasnsqueak on the Serengeti plains

At night we could here lots of noises as there were no fences and as we camped on the river the animals crossed sometimes into the camp so the camp had 3 Maasai warriors as guards to keep the animals out. These tall men carried their weapons of a spear; machete and club so were well armed. Over the 3 nights we heard hyenas, baboons and elephants and even saw the elephants just down from our hut in the river and the Maasai chased them away.Kasnsqueak

4. St Lucia

Ri-anne.cruz in St. Lucia

Ri-anne.cruz in St. Lucia

This Caribbean landscape seems too good to be true! This island is incredibly picturesque… a mixture of luxuriant tropical vegetation on a mountainous landscape, stunning beaches and Creole culture… now I realize that’s why they call St. Lucia —- SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL !!Ri-anne.cruz

5. Maldives

Eastcoastrod with his wife on their honeymoon in Maldives

Eastcoastrod with his wife on their honeymoon in Maldives

We were to spend our days lazing away, dressed appropriately in as little clothing and as little footwear as possible. Every morning, as our eyes slowly adjusted to the morning light, we would stare at the ceiling, oblivious to the time of morning, watching the sunlight filter through the wooden blinds, jagged lines dancing on the ceiling as they mirrored the ebb and flow of the tides. Breakfasts were sometimes two hour long affairs, consisting of a table cluttered with food of various cuisines – Sushi, Indian curries, Cold cuts, and Oriental fried rice.Eastcoastrod

6. Seychelles

Excope had "vacation elation" after visiting Seychelles

Excope had "vacation elation" after visiting Seychelles

There are no words available to describe giant granite boulders scattered wildly, resting in the white sands, surrounded by an oriental carpet of impossibly-varied green and blue tones – there just isn’t. I spent the next several hours swimming and staring at what lay before me, and truly had to wonder if it was real. I felt as if I was in a cartoon, everywhere I looked, was a perfect picture that anyone could find as a default background setting on their computer. It was truly an awe-inspiring, exactly-why-I-came-here feeling that I will never forget.Excope

7. Santorini, Greece

Akopplin enjoying the beach on Santorini

Akopplin enjoying the beach on Santorini

It is nice waking up in the morning and looking out the tent door directly into the ocean. First night we were down on the beach, and now we moved it up a cliff for a really great view. Akopplin

8. The Romantic Road

Brian796's friends at Neuschwanstein Castle on the Romantic Road

Brian796's friends at Neuschwanstein Castle on the Romantic Road

Cindy and Alycia rode the horse-drawn carriage most of the way up to Castle Neuschwanstein while Trey and I walked up. Built under the commission of King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the late 19th century, it’s a fairy tale castle rather than a true fortress against invaders. It’s the castle that Walt Disney based his on when building his first theme park. Most of the visitors were Americans, Orientals, Australians, and Brits, as a result of its “fake” status. Nevertheless, we had a good time and the castle is not only fun to tour but has some interesting history and stories behind it.Brian796

9. Paris, France

Luahn and her boyfriend in Paris under the Eiffel Tower

Luahn and her boyfriend in Paris under the Eiffel Tower

From the top of the Arc, the Champs Elysees looked magnificent because by the time we had made it to the top, the sun had gone down and the lights were twinkling away. In the distance, the Eiffel Tower made a guest appearance. It was just as I pictured it having seen lots of romantic comedy movies! Dave and I had a nice little cuddle and I was so thankful that he took me to Paris.Luahn

10. Monte Carlo, Monaco

Brianandjulie had a romantic breakfast in Monaco on their honeymoon

Brianandjulie had a romantic lunch in Monaco on their honeymoon

We spent the morning having a croissant, diet coke, and coffee, watching people walk by as we sat in an outdoor cafe.Brianandjulie

11. Gythion, Greece (Historical Bonus)

Bogna found the place where Helen and Paris' romance began

Bogna found the place where Helen and Paris' romance began

I read in my guide book that at the island where we went, there had started the romance of Helen and Paris, and at the same time – the Trojan War. We spent 3 hours there, swimming in clear like a crystal and azure water and resting in a shade of trees.Bogna

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5 best nude beaches in the world

TripAdvisor recently released its yearly list of the best nude beaches in the world. Most of them are in North America, why is that? Surely there are other nudist beaches elsewhere in the world…

1. Haulover Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Yyztrvlr's friend blowing up an air mattress on Haulover Beach

Yyztrvlr's friend blowing up an air mattress on Haulover Beach

We spent little time lounging on Miami Beach but instead headed north to Haulover Beach where we were able to spread out and still be amid a huge crowd but didn’t feel as though we were going to be stepped on by every passer by. – Yyztrvlr

2. Wreck Beach, Vancouver, Canada

Deepfin went totally nude at Wreck Beach

Deepfin went totally nude at Wreck Beach

You can be nude at Wreck if you want, so I was. It’s actually kinda weird if you are dressed because so many people are in their birthday suits. And you get this guy walking by with nothing but a little hip sack and a cooler selling beer. And another person going by selling special cookies. It’s such a cool place. And there is so much to look at. Excellent for people watching. Deepfin

3. Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece

Lovin_apples swimming in the background, nudist in the foreground

Lovin_apples swimming in the background, nudist in the foreground

Everyone tends to kick back, have a couple of drinks, head down the beach, take their clothes off and laze around in the sun all day. Paradise beach especially has a really relaxed atmosphere, with tunes pumping out from the bars, beds and couches and deckchairs spread at different intervals along the high side, with loungers and thatched style umbrellas lined up closer to the sea. Lovin_apples

4. Orient Beach, St. Maarten, Caribbean

Advertisement for a nude beach in St. Martin

Advertisement for a nude beach in St. Martin

Orient Beach is the most famous NUDE beach on St. Martin and it is located at the Northeastern side of the island (French side by the way). The beach is okay but a little too crowded, the water is nicely blue but still a little muddy; however, people on the beach are not all that beautiful. While there are many bars and restaurants along the beach, they are all quite expensive. There was a band playing reggae music in one of the beach bars but songs they played are those cheesy Caribbean staples. I was sort of ready to leave after like, 40 minutes.Whk2006

5. Black’s Beach, San Diego, California, USA

Larrykrista exploring San Diego

Larrykrista exploring San Diego

We visited San Diego’s nude beach. How does a game of naked beach volleyball sound? Worn out from all the activities, we decided to head back to the hotel pad and relax before going out tonight. Larrykrista

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50 places to see before you die

BBC came up with a list of 50 places to see before you die and see them you did! TravelPod bloggers have covered all of them. How many places have you seen? Will you see them all before you die? I’ve seen 11, how about you?

1. Grand Canyon

Willandluce on Guano Point in the Grand Canyon

Willandluce on Guano Point in the Grand Canyon

We woke up just in time to catch our transfer to Boulder City from where we boarded a small prop plane and after a bumpy flight over the Hoover Dam, landed at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. There waiting for us was a helicpoter which then took us down the 4,000 foot drop into the pits of the Canyon and landed us on the banks of the Colorado River. – Willandluce

2. Great Barrier Reef

Stevenmoody snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef

Stevenmoody snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef

We had a total of 3 stops each with about an hour to an hour and a half free time to snorkel around the area. It was amazing to think I was 60 km away from land and I was snorkeling in the ocean which was only 10 meters deep where we were! Saw so many amazing things in the water including the Nemo and Doris fish! A turtle and a Shark!!! I tried to swim close enough to shark and got within about 15 foot of it and just about got a picture. – Stevenmoody

3. Florida

Lgthib at Sanibel Island, Florida

Lgthib at Sanibel Island, Florida

While walking over the inland waterway to get to Bowman Beach, the girls spotted a manatee and watched it amble under the foot bridge we were on and swim off into the distance. The tide was too high for great shelling today on the sand, but Bri & Gabi went in the water and dove for shells, finding lots of nice treasures. Squadrons of pelicans flew low across the waves, and groups of White Ibises marched along the wet sand probing for food with their long, downward curving bills. – Lgthib

4. South Island, New Zealand

Leehorscraft and friends on the South Island

Leehorscraft and friends on the South Island

We arrived at Lake Rotoiti, which was mind blowing, possibly my favourite bit of scenery in NZ. The lake is beautiful, surrounded by gorgeous snow-capped mountains. It took my breath away. – Leehorscraft

5. Cape Town

Horvathck1 climbing to the top of Lion's Head Mountain

Horvathck1 climbing to the top of Lion's Head Mountain

Today after work the interns arranged a hike up Lion’s Head mountain because of the full moon. It is apparently tradition here in Cape Town. The trail wraps around the whole mountain, beginning as gravel/clay paths, and ending with large boulders you must climb with ladders, chains, and just your bare hands and feet (with shoes, of course). It was a challenging but REALLY fun hike, and the view from the top was my favorite thing I’ve seen yet!!!! There was a group of South Africans singing at the top–it was an incredible experience. We just sat, talked, and watched the sun set and the full moon come up, while eating some bread and cheese, and some brought wine. To be sitting at the edge by myself, thousands of feet above the city, legs dangling, and watching the golden/orange ball sink under the horizon of the ocean was probably a highlight of my life so far — a moment I will never forget. The beauty of God displayed in his creation tonight honestly left me speechless. I wish I could wallpaper my room with that 360 degree view. – Horvathck1

6. Golden Temple

Nomadic1 at India's Golden Temple

Nomadic1 at India's Golden Temple

Once you enter the complex you find yourself in a massive high walled courtyard with a huge, square pool of water in it that takes up all but the edges of the courtyard. In the center of that pool sits the aptly named Golden Temple. It was just after mid-day and the sun was shining brightly causing the gold covered temple to gleam. Supposedly, the temple is gilded with over 750 kilograms of pure gold. It certainly looked it from where I was standing. – Nomadic1

7. Las Vegas

Kirstine of Andyandkirstine outside her hotel in Las Vegas

Kirstine of Andyandkirstine outside her hotel in Las Vegas

It’s entertainment at its most vulgar. It’s the only place I have ever visited in the world where it seems you can get anything you want at any minute of the day. Just walking up the street slurping on our yard of frozen margarita in novelty glasses, we saw a midget elvis shaking his pelvis in the street and a rap-off eight mile style which was being filmed..awesome. – Andyandkirstine

8. Sydney

Tracymiller visited many of the sights in Sydney

Tracymiller visited many of the sights in Sydney

I made my way to the water where there are an array of different harbours. I found myself in Darling harbour to start which is quite touristy but very pleasant and picturesque. This is where i spent most of the day, just taking in the sights such as the Maritime museum, the aquarium…which i usually don’t bother with but was well worth it with a grand display of sharks, dugong, sting rays, plethora of fish and what not…all in a huge walk-in aquarium, so that itself took 2 hrs. And the rest of the time just took pictures of the harbour, and enjoyed the sun and the waterside cafes. Then i walked to Port Jackson harbour where the iconic Sydney Opera House is, for dusk to get some pictures…was a bit slow as it was dark by the time i found it. – Tracymiller

9. New York City

Pelooyen under the Brooklyn Bridge

Pelooyen under the Brooklyn Bridge

Sitting under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn side. The view is PHENOMENAL. I have always wanted to be here and now I am here. I just sit and soak up the view, as well as take lots of artsy photos. I am amused and fascinated by a orthodox jewish school excursion who are taking the kids to see the bridge for the first time. – Pelooyen

10. Taj Mahal

Martininindia in front of the Taj Mahal

Martininindia in front of the Taj Mahal

I’m not exactly the most euphoric person out there, but the Taj Mahal is simply marvelous. We went at 6am before the tourist crowds arrived. The white palace looks exactly like on pictures, but there is something hypnotizing about the monument that doesn’t let you take your eyes off it. Kipling called it “the embodiment of all things pure”, for me it’s more the emanation of perfect harmony. No matter from what angle or distance you look at it, it always looks balanced and never overbearing or pretentious. Anyways, in the morning light, you can see the countless nuances of the white marble; every single building block and every gem in the marble inlay unique, but as a collective the perfect unity – ‘e pluribus unum’. I don’t want to push the analogies to far, but I get a similar sense when I look at an Indian bazaar or busy street: ordered chaos. – Martininindia

11. Canadian Rockies

Mady142's three sisters in front of the "Three Sisters" mountain range

Mady142's three sisters in front of the "Three Sisters" mountain range

We drove to Canmore so that I could get a photo I’ve wanted to get since I was in Banff with Mike in 2004. The 3 sisters in front of The Three Sisters mountain range. – Mady142

12. Uluru

Kkherbst and friends at Uluru

Kkherbst and friends at Uluru

Then we checked out the cultural center briefly before doing a very short into walk at Ayers Rock. That’s the large rock you always see when they advertise Australia. We watched the sun go down on it while drinking some beers and having some quality relaxation time before heading to the local grocery store to pick up candies for the night. – Kkherbst

13. Chichen Itza

Claraz8's family at Chichen Itza before her wedding

Claraz8's family at Chichen Itza before her wedding

Leading up to our wedding celebration we had a week packed with amazing adventures. Friends and family began arriving on Saturday the 20th and we had a blast. From scuba diving off the Isla reef, to dinner in Playa del Carmen, to Chichen Itza and cenotes on Wednesday, and good old fashioned lounging around at the beautiful Le Meridien pool the week could not have been any better. – Claraz8

14. Machu Picchu

Codownsean at Machu Picchu

Codownsean at Machu Picchu

It is breathtaking and awe inspiring and I really just cannot beging to take in what I’m looking at. The sense of expectation after the 4 day hike and the sense of reward are conflicting and I just find it so hard to take in. We carry on down the trek – stopping at every corner for a different photo. Truly unbelievable and already – this has become the new highlight of the trip. Surely nothing else can surpass this. – Codownsean

15. Niagara Falls

Reneltrek enjoying the sunshine in Niagara Falls

Reneltrek enjoying the sunshine in Niagara Falls

The Canadian side has the best views. The city is one big roadside attraction. I have not seen so many people since Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It was an international crowd; we didn’t hear a lot of English. The Falls are a natural spectacle surrounded by a carnival. At night they had fireworks and a light show. It was a fun 4th. Niagara Falls should be experienced once in a life time. – Reneltrek

16. Petra

Richymariner at the monastery in Petra

Richymariner at the monastery in Petra

Today the tour took us to the insanely vast site of Petra. The place is huge, and walking through the Siq tothe treasury is worth the price of admission alone! It is very popular and as such the best photos without too many people can be obtained later in the day (when the light is better anyway). Also took in the Royal Tombs (had a geek out moment with the scene from Mortal Kombat 2!) and took the long (but definitely worthwhile) walk up to the monastery and sacrificial high places. – Richymariner

17. The Great Pyramid of Giza

Kmidgette on the Great Pyramid

Kmidgette on the Great Pyramid

Giza was amazing! The site contains the Pyramids of Menkaure, Khafre, Khufu, and six smaller Queens pyramids. I was able to climb all the way up to the sarcophagus rooms of both the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Khafre. Giza also includes some smaller tombs including the Tomb of Seshemnufer IV and Senegemib. This is also were you find the Sphinx. I hired a camel so that I could go off into the desert for a great view back at the pyramids! What an awesome experience! – Kmidgette

18. Venezia

Jamierand enjoying the canal views in Venezia

Jamierand enjoying the canal views in Venezia

We spent most of our time just wandering the streets on foot. We walked across the Rialto Bridge to the Rialto district where we found the outdoor markets. That is where we did most of our shopping, and enjoyed some excellent dinners of homemade basil ravioli, and excellent fresh produce. There are also a lot of fish vendors selling pretty much anything you can imagine. It’s a little tough to look at the waters around Venice and then go eat seafood. Not exactly the crystal clear seas we saw on the other side of the country. – Jamierand

19. Maldives

Eastcoastrod and his wife in Maldives

Eastcoastrod and his wife in Maldives

The resort was spread out over two islands, consisting of a combination of beach and water villas, six restaurants, two bars, two spas and Maldives finest underwater wine cellar. There is also a diving and sea sports centre, a gymnasium, an inviting swimming pool, and beach chairs and hammocks set up all over the two islands; all this in the middle of the Indian Ocean with an endless horizon of sea, sky and clouds in sight. Indeed, Robinson Crusoe would have been so green with envy. – Eastcoastrod

20. The Great Wall of China

Maaske and her family spent a year on the road, stopping in China

Maaske and her family spent a year on the road, stopping in China

Admittedly, we can’t say we can recite the historical significance of each part and how, when and why a particular section was built but we stare in amazement at the sheer enormity of the Wall and see not stone placed upon stone but the story it tells. When I walk the Wall I know that far more than we think is possible is actually possible. The Great Wall was built 400-2000 years ago over 5000 km long on top of mountain ridges that you and I would not normally even hike. The wall is an inspiration to me that great things are possible when we work together. – Maaske

21. Victoria Falls

22. Hong Kong

23. Yosemite National Park

24. Hawai’i

25. Auckland

26. Iguassu Falls

27. Paris

28. Alaska

29. Angkor Wat

30. Himalayas

31. Rio de Janeiro

32. Masai Mara

33. Islas Galapagos

34. Luxor

35. Roma

36. San Francisco

37. Barcelona

38. Dubai

39. Singapore

40. La Digue

41. Sri Lanka

42. Bangkok

43. Barbados

44. Iceland

45. Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses

46. Zermatt

47. Angel Falls

48. Abu Simbel

49. Bali

50. French Polynesia

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10 best places in the U.S.A.

Polydemic is a superb addition to the TravelPod community. He knows all there is to know about the U.S.A. Here are his top picks for an American vacation.

1. Denali Park, Alaska

Denali Park in Alaska with Kitchenshrink

Denali Park in Alaska with Kitchenshrink

I can only say that the millions of acres of park yielded landscape and wildlife that we will never forget. – Kitchenshrink

2. The Grand Canyon, Arizona

Crapper66 at the Grand Canyon

Crapper66 at the Grand Canyon

It was pretty cool, but there’s some limit of awe to a big hole we stood there for about ten minutes then we started getting cold and headed back to the car. – Crapper66

3. The Adirondacks, New York

Keralajs at Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks

Keralajs at Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks

After leaving Lake George, we drove along our favorite road in the Adirondacks, Route 28N, and stopped in Newcomb to view the high peaks. – Keralajs

4. Mammoth Caves, Kentucky

Hillaryjoseph in Mammoth Caves

Hillaryjoseph in Mammoth Caves

Once under ground, however, I was completely entertained by the educational, yet interesting tour guide, and awed by the amazing rock formations. – Hillaryjoseph

5. Yellowstone Park, Wyoming

Lauravanwaas' friend with a geyser in Yellowstone

Lauravanwaas' friend with a geyser in Yellowstone

There is just a sprinkling of snow on the highest mountaintops and the entire area is bathed in the most blissful autumn sunshine. – Lauravanwaas

6. Yosemite Park, California

Traceywilson in Yosemite National Park

Traceywilson in Yosemite National Park

On my way into the park I saw a kingfisher and plenty of birds of prey. The smell of the trees was just fantastic. – Traceywilson

7. The Everglades, Florida

Couchonbp in the Everglades

An alligator in the Everglades

We saw a couple alligators, lizards, storks, and giant mutant teenage grasshoppers that were everywhere! We also saw turtles and woodpeckers. – Couchonbp

8. Mt Rainier, Washington

Jwmoles on top of Mt. Rainier

Jwmoles on top of Mt. Rainier

Nevertheless, I made it! The summit crater is huge. At the top, we walked across the crater (it takes about twenty minutes) to the true summit at Columbia Crest. – Jwmoles

9. Crater Lake, Oregon

Foreman on the edge of Crater Lake

Foreman on the edge of Crater Lake

It was amazing. In fact we look at photos, and I think they almost looked super-imposed; the background looks false. Let me assure you, it is VERY real. Quite surreal. – Foreman

10. Meteor Crater, Arizona

Johnrandall at Meteor Crater

Johnrandall at Meteor Crater

This is a neat place and a nice little side trip, it’s the best $15 I’ve spent to see a big hole in the ground. ; ) – Johnrandall

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10 best places to visit in Florida

TravelPod Local Expert for Florida, mmbcross compiled this list of the best things to do in Florida in the TravelPod forum discussion on the top 10 things about your home. Do you agree?

10 best places to visit in Florida, not necessarily in this order:

Disney World (No comment!)

Yvonne.stowe in Disney World's Epcot Centre

Yvonne.stowe in Disney World's Epcot Centre

As we left we were looking at the menacing clouds and noticed a rainbow in the sky – a fitting finale a sentimental Yvonne thought. A more cynical D thought it was only showing us where Disney’s crock of gold could be found!Yvonne.stowe

Florida Keys and Key West (The stunningly beautiful overseas highway)

Andy testing out the water in the Florida Keys

Andy testing out the water in the Florida Keys

The kayaking was terrific and challenging with winds and tides to think about. The beauty and excellent weather never ended. – Jodieandandy

Sanibel and Captiva Islands (Shell collector’s dream)

Mountains of seashells in Sanibel

Mountains of seashells in Sanibel

Seashell collecting was top priority for our daughter on this holiday and Sanibel Island is known as one of the best places for seashells. – Tricia.sears

The Everglades (Largest National Park in the USA)

Akmshain in the Everglades

Akmshain in the Everglades

First stop was an airboat ride through the swamp. We chose Erv’s, near Everglades City, from the many options, and it was really fun. – Akmshain

Miami and Miami Beach (South beach, and all that!)

Kristenjohn on South Beach

Kristenjohn on South Beach

We just strolled along Ocean Drive checking out the scenery. It´s pretty lively. – Kristenjohn

Kennedy Space Centre (Try to visit during a satellite launch)

Space shuttle launch in Florida

Space shuttle launch in Florida

The space shuttle launched just as we finished dinner and everyone rushed out to see it ascend into a perfectly clear sky.- 9lives

St. Augustine (Oldest continuously occupied European settlement in North America)

Steven meets the sheriff in St. Augustine

Steven meets the sheriff in St. Augustine

We spent the day looking around the old jail and the accompanying museum followed by a trip on a ‘tram’ (a vehicle with several open carriages on the back) around the town with a commentary about its history. – Yvonne.stowe

Pensacola Naval Air Museum (Considered the world’s best)

Johnrandall at the naval aviation museum

Johnrandall at the naval aviation museum

If you are an aircraft geek, this is a holy place, the aircraft there are the best preserved and restored , better than new! – Johnrandall

Palm Beach (Richest enclave in North America)

Star-troupers on a tandem bike in Palm Beach

Star-troupers on a tandem bike in Palm Beach

In Palm beach – where the real money is, we decided to be inconspicuous and hire a shiny red tandem, lots of fun, great way to see the sites – 8 miles in total, averaging what felt like 2 miles an hour! – Star-troupers

Panhandle Beaches (consistently rated as the country’s best)

Walking on the beach in Englewood, Florida

Walking on the beach in Englewood, Florida

We anchored on an island where we went for a walk and a look for shark’s teeth. – Jodieandandy

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10 ruined travel destinations

National Geographic came up with this list a while ago, citing the most ruined destinations resulting from extreme popularity.

Let’s see what our bloggers had to say about them:

1. Cancun, Mexico

Sarzmc in Cancun

Sarzmc in Cancun

The colour of the water was amazing – I can see why hotels were constructed there in the first place. However, now they really wreck it – not only are they all jammed up against one another, they also haven’t left much actual beach to lie on! Sarzmc

2. Santorini, Greece

Deannekristen in Santorini

Deannekristen in Santorini

The ferry cruises by the youngest part of the volcano on one side and cliffs on the opposite side. The cliffs are hundreds of feet high and have a shear drop off. Apparently, a portion of the center of the island slumped into the earth when the volcano erupted last. – Deannekristin

3. Orlando, Florida

Disney World in Orlando

Disney World in Orlando

I really like Orlando and there’s tons to do, but it all costs a lot of money so if you’re broke you will get bored (and I’m always a tad broke since I travel way too much).Bashleyf

4. Kuta, Bali

Elopfamily at Kuta beach

Elopfamily at Kuta beach

I would guess a lot of visitors would find it touristy and tacky but with the beautiful beaches, combined with our Fat Yogi’s oasis, it is a perfect place to relax after all of the driving we did in Australia.Elopfamily

5. Dubai City, UAE

Danharriet in Dubai

Danharriet in Dubai

The entire city appears to be under construction. Every where we looked there was a new building project under way. – Danharriet

6. Myanmar

Tomandlizzie in Myanmar

Tomandlizzie in Myanmar

On arrival at the Thai-side border town we got stamped out of the country and jumped on a boat to Kawthoung, Myanmar. A busy port town mostly full of people extending their visas.Tomandlizzie

7. Antarctica

Ahdumb boarding his Antarctic ship

Ahdumb boarding his Antarctic ship

We didn´t see any polar lights, but we did have amazing nights with all the stars out when the clouds were cooperating. – Ahdumb

8. China Beach, Vietnam

Markrob in Vietnam

Markrob in Vietnam

The traffic from China Beach to the competition was horrendous. We have never seen such a mass of people, said to have been perhaps 1.5 million.Markrob

9. Costa Rica’s Over-Developed Coast

Panf007 in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Panf007 in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

It used to be one of the best surf spot in Costa Rica, now like many other Pacific Coast cities, big resort development has spoiled Tamarindo a little, but it is still one of “hot spot” for any traveler. Panf007

10. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Robthebruce at the top of the crater

Robthebruce at the top of the crater

We spent the better part of the day driving around the crater seeing all kinds of animals and birds.Robthebruce

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Top 10 tourist attractions in the USA

Based on local tourist boards, here are the numbers for the most popular tourist destinations in the United States with some interesting blog posts. Do you agree with the list?

1. Times Square, New York City
37.6 million visitors

Carolyn of paulandcarolyn in Times Square

Carolyn of paulandcarolyn in Times Square

2. The Las Vegas Strip, Nev.
30 Million visitors

Emilykamal's view of the Las Vegas strip

Emilykamal's view of the Las Vegas strip

3. National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.
25 million visitors

Globetrotters at the presidential inauguration

Globetrotters at the presidential inauguration

4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
20 Million visitors

Childofsolitude in Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Childofsolitude in Faneuil Hall Marketplace

5. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
17.1 million visitors

Lostagain2006 in DisneyWorld

Lostagain2006 in DisneyWorld

6. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, Calif.
14.9 million visitors

Samira_steve explore Disneyland

Samira_steve explore Disneyland

7. Fisherman’s Wharf/Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco
14.1 million visitors

Lukeroyle on Fisherman's Wharf

Lukeroyle on Fisherman's Wharf

8. Niagara Falls, N.Y.
12 million visitors

Lukeroyle in Niagara Falls, New York

Lukeroyle in Niagara Falls, New York

9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn./N.C.
9.04 million visitors

Andyfreshwater in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Andyfreshwater in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

10. Navy Pier, Chicago
8.6 million visitors

Cestlavie on Navy Pier

Cestlavie on Navy Pier

Travel news

Fishing in Florida, the safe way

The search has been called off for the missing NFL players Marquis Cooper, Corey Smith William Bleakley. They were on a fishing trip in the Gulf Coast of Florida, and their boat capsized. So far, only one survivor has been found.

There are definitely risks to fishing in the great blue yonder, but many people continue to go out into the sea and come back with a bouty of adventure and fun.

Casey and his barracuda

Casey and his barracuda

Doogle went fishing in the ocean, off the coast of Fort Lauderdale on a guided tour. His friend Casey caught a giant barracuda.

The most exciting catch of the day was the last Barracuda that came on board. As the guide pulled in the rest of the line, he saw a Kingfish on the hook (missing some of his tail area) and another fish following. Realizing it was another ‘Cuda and wanting some ‘revenge’ he dangled the Kingfish in the water and we watched the ‘Cuda attack it several times until he got it next to the boat and put a gaf into it. He brought it into the boat and exacted his revenge. It was similar in size to the others. With the excitement done, we cleaned up and headed into shore.

-from “Fort Lauderdale…ALL DAY” – Fort Lauderdale, United States

Mikelaurence went surfing while his friend caught a shark (and got a major sunburn) on a chartered tour.

Howie and Dunph's catch of the day

Howie and Dunph's catch of the day

Cowie and Dunph caught a shark at sea charter fishing while Huss and I surfed. Upon picking the guys up at the fishing docks, I figured it would be a good opportunity to get a picture. A fascinating creature that is in great danger due to overfishing.

-from “Cocoa Beach and surfing with sharks” – Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States

TravelPod in the news

Space shuttle launch delayed at the Kennedy Space Center

NASA has delayed their February space shuttle launch because of some concerns with a newly installed valve.

So that means there’s still time to get down there for the launch!

Check out some blogs from Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center:

Jstephensca has taken his motorcycle across North America. Yesterday, he stopped in to see the launch pad where they are preparing for the upcoming Discovery shuttle launch.

Jstephensca right in front of the launchpad

Jstephensca right in front of the launchpad

I spent the day at the Kennedy Space Center, and enjoyed every minute of it. I took the NASA Up Close tour so was able to get close to launch pads, and saw the pad where they are preparing for a shuttle blastoff on Feb 12th. Everything was so well described by the staff, the bus routes were excellent and the IMAX movie in 3D was most interesting.

-from “Spaced Out!” – Daytona Beach, Florida, United States

Aniseh loved the rides, it even fixed her persistent back troubles.

Aniseh with astronaut

Aniseh with astronaut

We went on the “Shuttle Experience” ride, and it was so cool. It’s supposed to give you a similar experience to what the astronauts really go through in a shuttle take off. And the best part?! It did something to fix my aching back! I don’t know what it was, but after all the shaking and hangin upside down, I felt much better. :0)

-from “gators, dolphin and rockets” – Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States

Chris and Barbara aka chris-barbara were there for the last shuttle launch of “Endeavour” in November. They watched it from a bar a few miles away. Any closer than that, and they would’ve died anyway.

Chris and Barbara at the launchpad

Chris and Barbara at the launchpad

On the tour of the launch pad we noticed a fence around it, about 300ft from it. We were told that if you were inside this fence at a launch you would die !
The sound level at 180 db would burst your eardrums, so you wouldn’t be able to hear yourself scream as your internal organs explode from the shock wave.

-from “Kennedy Space Centre” – Titusville, Florida, United States

TravelPod in the news

Need Florida info? Local Expert Martin Crossland tells all

Martin Crossland is one of 20 Local Experts cruising the TravelPod discussion forums lately. He’s volunteered to be the “go to guy” for all your questions about Florida.

Crossland loves the city he lives in and it shows. He expounds upon the great things about living in the Sunshine State.

“Miami is such an exciting place to be,” he says, “They call it the Casablanca of North America.”

He rattles off a list (in his charming British accent) of all the great things about Florida. He loves the weather, the multiculturalism and Florida’s position in North America as a transport hub. According to Crossland, it’s a breeze to get anywhere from Florida, especially the Caribbean and Europe.

With any upside, comes a downside. Florida is very expensive, especially Miami. Crossland recommends retirees move to central Florida instead, because of high real estate prices. He also admits that Florida gets too hot in the summer, and the danger of hurricanes is everpresent.

“Unlike a tornado or an earthquake, at least you know they’re coming and you can take precautions,” Crossland says. People living in condominiums almost always have to evacuate their homes and after Hurricane Andrew hit, he had to live without electricity for three weeks.

Crossland is also a wealth of information about the rest of the world. He ventured around South America as a young backpacker in the sixties. He has slept in a half burnt down hostel in Chile, a drain pipe in Brazil and was followed around the rest of South America by “an enormous woman”.

“It’s my son’s turn to do that now,” he says with a laugh.

Most recently, Crossland has made his way around Europe with his family. Now, he leads an idyllic lifestyle, running his own tour guide business in Miami and doling out travel advice to wandering souls in the forums.

He’s had quite a lot of experience as a travel agent in the past. One of his proudest achievements includes planning a trip around the world on the Concorde with William F. Buckley back in 1989. He even got to travel from London to New York in the aircraft for free.

Crossland is one of those people who will probably never completely stop moving. His future travel plans include driving to Yellowstone National Park in September.

“We’re gonna do the whole Mount Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, Rocky Mountain National Park thing,” he says , his smile evident, even over the phone.

Next year, he’s planning on visiting Prague, Budapest and Vienna. So, if you have any questions about these parts of the world, or if you just want to chat with Martin and get some tips about trip planning strategies,
head over the TravelPod forums and find the nickname mmbcross. He’s more than likely got your answer, and if he doesn’t he’ll probably find out!

Meet Martin in the TravelPod travel forums.

See you there!

Louise Brown

TravelPod Community Manager

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