Tourist attractions & favorite travel destinations

As someone who has been traveling vicariously through the videos of Sam Chui and Eva zu Beck, I am now in the stages of planning my own trip. The problem? Too much choice! What are some tourist attractions in your country or some of your favorite travel destinations?

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Stephanie Lo
March 10, 2022 6:45 pm

In Canada, there are some very unique tourist attractions that are specific to Canada and bring numerous tourists to our country annually. They are all worth a visit if you ever decide to travel to our vast and beautiful nation. In the winter, I suggest going skiing or snowboarding at the various snowy mountains on the west coast, going outdoor ice skating in Ottawa, attending the Quebec Winter Carnival or seeing the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in the north pole. In the summer, the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, the Niagara Falls in Ontario, the Banff National Park in Alberta, as well as the charming Prince Edward Island are all wonderful places to see and experience. We have a large collection of notable museums, art galleries, and restaurants welcoming visitors from around the world.

When it comes to the similarities and relationships that Canada has with other countries, there are a few that are notable and longer in history. For instance, we are categorically a Commonwealth country, having had Britain rule over us in the past, and with the Queen still showcased in national stamps, souvenirs etc. France was also one of the founding rulers, and as a result, French is an official national language. As well, aspects of French culture are reflected in Canadian life, including French words in the English vocabulary and a large Francophone community that celebrate unique holidays and celebrations. Additionally, in terms of similar values and ideals, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, United Kingdom and United States (and more) share similar principles with Canada. Diversity, respect, fairness, and equity are important values in these countries and the legal structure as well as the type of government reflects that. 

Canada’s population is a mosaic of various cultures, as we welcome immigrants and visitors from all around the world with open arms. Although English and French are the two official national languages, many Canadians speak additional languages and are more than happy to assist tourists and foreigners with questions they may have. Foreigners usually have no trouble when visiting, especially in the major urban areas where you will likely find someone who speaks your native language. As a country, Canada strongly supports and encourages cultural diversity, with laws that forbid all forms of racial discrimination. There are also numerous public events and festivals that reflect and represent the different cultural backgrounds of Canadians.

The general impression people usually remember about Canada is how big and vast everything is as well as the beautiful scenery in the different seasons. For instance, the grocery stores and malls are much more spacious when compared to places in Asia, and our food and beverages as well as household items mostly come in family-friendly sizing and packaging. The natural landscapes are also quite impressive; as I wrote earlier, in the winter, we have incredible snow slopes for skiing and snowboarding while everywhere else looks like a winter wonderland. In the spring, there’s cherry blossom trees within public gardens and along the sidewalk while in the summer, there’s numerous beaches and outdoor activities (e.g. canoeing, kayaking, swimming etc.) to enjoy. Finally, in the fall, we have stunning views of deciduous and maple trees with red, yellow and orange autumn leaves.

So, have I convinced you to visit? 😜

Taabia Ahmed
March 11, 2022 10:30 am

There are a variety of tourist spots in Pakistan. We’ve beautiful landscapes for nature lovers, wonderful beaches, oldest civilizations for those interested in history or archaeology or simply for the curious ones and so much more.

Pakistanis are famous for their hospitality. They’re warm and welcoming to their guests whether they’re from close or extended family, different city or foreigners. Special dinner plates and cutleries are reserved for guests – in every household and so is the menu. People usually eat plain and simple food unless there’s an occasion to celebrate or arrival of a guest. Foreigners always enjoy the special attention they receive from Pakistani people. Shopkeepers sometimes refuse to take money and give away what they need as gifts. Recently, security has really improved within the country, which has led many people from around the world to visit magnificent landscapes of Pakistan. Travel Vloggers like Eva zu Beck (I watch her too :)) and Drew Binsky have highlighted the positive image of our country.

The famous Karachi Clifton “Sea View” has surely been spoiled – littering and poor management. But to really enjoy breathtaking views and joys of a beach, one must go to Gwadar, Pasni, Makran and Somiani beaches – totally worth it. People also visit Gilgit Baltistan for the mountain ranges including K2 and Nanga Parbat. There’s a polo ground located at a place called Shandur. It’s known as the highest polo ground in the world!

To visit ancient architecture, people visit Multan, Mohenjo-daro, Taxila etc. There are civilizations dating back to 2500 BCE. Archaeologist are always busy in making discoveries in these sites and one of the interesting discovery was related to a ‘couple skeleton’.

In Pakistan, we’ve many interesting adventure or YOLO activities which are sure to give you an experience of lifetime. From trekking in Margalla Hills, scuba diving and snorkelling in Churna Lake, water rafting and paragliding, one can enjoy these with natural scenery of my country. Not much is done for promotion of these leisure activities hence many people remain oblivious. Unknown to many, we even have ski resorts. Have a look at Malam Jabba ski resort. Another interesting place to visit is Khewra Salt Mine, world’s second largest it is. There are miniature structures of landmarks, salt pools, caves. In short, everything made up of salt!

Traveling is common here and often taken as luxury if it involves distant international tours. Almost everyone from all classes of income (lower, middle, upper, elite) have travel plans ready for at least once a year. The underprivileged ones travel Intercity through local buses. They’re very firm about their plans. No matter how much shortage of money is there, they will make sure a bus trip is taken! Then comes the middle class families. Taking a trip to northern areas of Pakistan is worthy as well as low cost. While other most common destinations are Saudi Arabia for religious activities and Dubai for summer vacations. Visiting Dubai is quite easy and affordable. Recent trend of traveling to Baku, Azerbaijan and Turkey, Istanbul has gained popularity. Every other person on your social media either visited or plan to take a trip to both these countries.

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March 10, 2022 10:29 pm

Remember the word ‘Safari’ when you plan on touring to Kenya. Our country will quench your thirst of wildlife tourism, beautiful scenery and the best of coastal treasures. Come and meet eye to eye with elephants, giraffes, snakes, lions, zebras, wildebeests and many other wild animals. There are more than 10 national parks that are evenly situated across the country to ensure everyone can get the experience whenever they want. In fact, travelling by bus from Nairobi to Mombasa, or Mombasa to Taveta (Kenyan border to Tanzania), you will have experienced a free show of these herbivorous wild animals along your way. It’s like you are in a game park. Lake Nakuru National Park is popular for its huge flock of flamingos. The park has more than 450 species of birds other than flamingos.

Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city is an island. Walk on the beach sand and learn the Swahili culture of the city’s inhabitants. Coastal beaches extend from Mombasa, Malindi to Lamu island. Visiting these cities is like stepping back in time; you’ll find antique beds, carved wooden doors, coral stone buildings, and coral caves where slaves were shipped from. Dolphin watching and deep-sea fishing are also popular events that happen in our coastal towns. The Swahili culture is well known for its sweet and spicy foods like Pilau, Biryani, and Shawarma. Sites like Fort Jesus and Gede Ruins are popular historic sites where it is believed explorers like Vasco Da Gama lived.

Topographically, the Great Rift Valley has passed along some parts of our country. Tourists enjoy climbing to the snow-cloaked equatorial peaks of Mount Kenya. Hell’s Gate National Park lies on the Rift Valley, it offers excellent rock climbing and hiking opportunities. It also has hot springs and natural geysers hissing steam through vents in the earth’s crust. There are many more tourist attraction sites in my country. That’s why tourism is our second-largest source of foreign exchange.

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Aaron Seleka
March 11, 2022 10:29 pm

It’s all about the money I guess. In South Africa, a lot of travel plans are determined by the strength of our currency – the Rand. At the time of writing, to buy one US Dollar you need 15.05 Rand, and to buy one EURO, you need 16.41 Rand. Our salaries are competitive enough but our purchasing power parity means that our money stretches further in our home country than it would overseas because our stuff is cheaper.

Lots of our middle classes and upper middle classes travel frequently to North America and Europe as a status symbol. There is a mid-range set of destinations such as Dubai, Thailand, Vietnam, and Bali that have becoming more popular with the lower middle classes. For the relatively poor among us, they make do with regional travel to neighbouring countries like Botswana or Mozambique, or they keep it local.

Sometimes the delights of your home country are ignored in favour of the more famous destinations. I’m sure we can all think of some attractions in our home countries that would be a bucket list item for overseas visitors. This is why I think our visit local initiatives are so popular.

South Africa has a lot of the standard tourist attractions that a lot of African countries have in terms of big game. We also have great beaches for swimming, surfing, wakeboarding, scuba diving and even whale watching and shark cage diving. I think the soul of a country is to be found when you go off the beaten track and down into areas that are not always on the map. We have the concept of a chisa nyama or ‘burn the meat/cook the meat’. This is basically a barbecue in a deep township where the music is great and the beer and meat are dirt cheap. No one bothers you and you can eat traditional cuisine (definitely not gourmet), gyrate to the deep rhythms of local music, and drink the local beer. No judgement, no posing for glossy selfies, no tagging of prestige locations.

Olinka Kares
March 12, 2022 4:59 pm

The Czech Republic is a country with a rich history. Even after being under the Soviet regime, the country’s population made an effort to maintain Czech cultural heritage in the form of architecture and art. Even though Prague was bombed several times, the city managed to maintain its beautiful architecture.

The best place to visit is in my opinion is the Old Town of Prague. The Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Square is the oldest working clock in the world. Not far from it you will find the Charles Bridge. Fun fact: all the statues on the bridge are replicas of the original statues. If you cross the bridge you will enter the Lesser Town (Mala Strana). That part of the city used to be a town on its own!

I would also recommend visiting the New Town and Vinohrady. Despite the name, the New Town is not new at all. The New Town, along with Vinohrady, is a beautiful part of Prague. You can find many beautiful, colourful buildings there. Some of the most interesting buildings in the New Town are the National Theatre and the National Museum (on Wenceslas Square).

One thing people notice right away is the beer. So much beer everywhere! And so cheap; cheaper than water! No wonder the alcohol consumption in the Czech Republic is so high.
Generally speaking, Czechia is quite cheap for people traveling from the west.

Also public transportation in the Czech Republic is very reliable. I can only speak for the capital city; if a train, metro, or tram is supposed to arrive at a certain time, it will definitely do so. I dare say the public transportation here is more on time than in Switzerland, the land of watches. So if you’re a planner, maybe someone who lists tourist spots on a spread sheet with timings, Prague is for you 😊

All the main places in Prague can be reached by metro. Of course, it goes far beyond the city centre, but it doesn’t reach nearby villages and towns. Metro is the fastest way to get around, especially during rush hour. If you want to go a bit further, or don’t want to walk from one metro station to the next one, you can take a tram. The trams are quite fast and go almost everywhere. Trams are best for traveling around the centre of Prague and they usually arrive rather frequently. For the budget conscious, there are buses. Their range spans far beyond those of trams and the metro; city buses can take you to nearby villages, towns, and even cities. In my opinion, buses are the least convenient because they stand in traffic (while trams and metro do not), and they are usually very full. You won’t see many buses around the city centre.

Quick tip: I work with foreigners and tourists quite a lot. Whenever they visit Prague some of them are surprised to find out that cars don’t just stop for them. You have to make it very clear that you’re going to cross by stepping on the road and looking at the driver of the approaching car. if they let you go, you have to give them a little wave or a smile. Always remember that you have right of way, but it doesn’t hurt to be courteous 😉

Anyway I think Prague is best discovered by foot; tour guide optional. You don’t need museums or galleries – the city is a work of art!

March 18, 2022 10:42 am

Nicaragua is a land of lakes and volcanoes. There is a lot of contact with nature, even in the developed cities of the country. Beautiful sunsets, mountains, sounds of birds and views of landscapes with animals are part of daily life here. Gifts that nature gives, simple things are easy to appreciate from this side of the world.

One impression that people have when they visit Nica is that it is a country where you can find good services for low cost, life is simple, there’s a lot of nature and beautiful landscapes, and few or almost no skyscrapers. It’s a destination to relax and connect with nature. People say that Nicaraguans are hospitable. Others say that some cities are colorful, noisy and polluted.. and I’ll say all these perceptions are true 😁

Two of my favorite travel destinations are Costa Rica and Mexico.

Costa Rica: Pura Vida! This is a phrase that Costa Ricans often say when greeting or saying goodbye, expressing that everything is going well. In my experience this phrase represents them because they are smiling, positive and in good spirits. According to the UN, Costa Rica is among the happiest countries in Latin America.

Mexico: When I first visited Mexico my perception was that it’s a country with a lot of culture and gastronomy. Something that caught my attention was to see indigenous people who preserve their language and cultural identity. I liked the experience because in my country, Mexico has the reputation of being the country of drug traffickers and danger but Mexico is much more than that and has much to offer its citizens and the world.

March 31, 2022 5:06 pm

Two of the biggest tourist centres in Nigeria are the Lekki Conservation Center and Obudu Mountain Resort. Lekki Conservation Centre in Lagos has the space, vegetation and popularity to turn Lagos into a huge tourism hub. At the centre is the longest canopy walk in Africa. For this reason alone, LCC has the potential to house the longest or most impressive zip-lining course in West Africa, and Africa.

Obudu Mountain Resort (formerly known as Obudu Cattle Ranch) is a ranch and resort on the Obudu Plateau in Cross River State. Its breath-taking views, tranquillity, beautiful scenery and long cable rides have made this resort one of the most famous tourist destinations in Nigeria.

Nigeria has vast tourist attractions in general. Almost all of the 36 states has a tourist attraction. The country is richly historic and is a good travel destination for nature lovers. Lagos state has Fela Shrine, Ogun state has Olumo Rock, Ondo state has Idanre Hills, Enugu and Ekiti state have warm springs, the north boasts of rocks and ancient walls. The south has large mountain ranges and resorts, the west boasts the most beautiful beaches in the country. Wherever you find yourself in the country, there’s a tourist attraction nearby.

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