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Live to Fly: Top Luxury Destination in 2018

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2018 is here, and with that you may be planning your next luxury destination, but where to? And, chances are, you aren’t the only people floating this question.

According to the Huffington Post, in 2009, 30 million Americans took vacations overseas. So, you are definitely one among many.

But while that may leave you feeling less alone, it doesn’t answer your pining question: where should you visit this upcoming year? Which brings us to this article; read on to find out more about some of the top luxury destinations you may want to consider in 2018.
1. San Francisco, United States
Just because San Francisco isn’t an overseas vacation does not mean it is any less luxurious of a travel destination. In fact, it has everything a city can offer. If you’re in the mood for Chinese food, head on down to Chinatown. Want some Italian food? Step on over to Little Italy. To say San Francisco is a cultural city does not do it justice.
Speaking of which, some tourist favorites include walking along Fisherman’s Wharf, touring Alcatraz (considered the supermax prison in its day), and watch Beach Blanket Babylon. No matter what you do, you are bound to enjoy the sights.
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2. Seville, Spain
Now, take an international trip over to Seville, Spain—one of the most religious (and hottest) regions. There, enjoy watching a passionate flamenco dance and feast on tapas. Also, if you are visiting in the Spring, be sure to witness Semana Santa (otherwise known as Holy Week), with Feria following it weeks after.
Semana Santa is perhaps the most catholic celebration in the world, celebrating the life and death of Jesus. No matter what religious affiliation you are, this is a cultural experience you don’t want to miss out on.


3. Paris, France

When people think of romantic destinations, Paris is on the top of the list. Paris is one of the luxurious destinations since it houses some of the most beautiful pieces of art—think the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum.
Walk along the bridge of locks, eat a traditional French crepe, and walk the Champs-Elysee. Whatever you plan to do, it will be filled with romance and beauty.
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4. New York, United States

Now back to the United States, plan to stay a week in New York City and experience the City That Never Sleeps. Take a tour of Ellis Island and eat matzah ball soup at a Jewish deli. Also, take a stroll in Central Park and, if it is during the winter, skate at Rockefeller Center. Overall, you are sure to enjoy your time spent in New York City.
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Final Thoughts

Whether you are studying abroad in college or planning a vacation for the week, consider these luxurious travel destinations. What other places do you have in mind? Do you agree or disagree with our list? Please be sure to leave a comment below.   

Guest contributor: Wendy Dessler

How to spend 48 hours in Lithuania

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Hi, my dear travelers. It is been quite an awesome week. We are about to finish our trip in Spain. I hope you were able to keep up with my insta stories. I also shared my short videos on my Youtube channel. Check them out here. Today, I am recommend how you can spend 48 hours in Lithuania during the winter. You can take a short trip to the country's two biggest cities: Vilnius and Kaunas. Lithuania is not a widely-known country located on the Baltic Sea. From what I discovered, I think it's worth a visit. Why would you travel to Lithuania? Well, besides the delicious food, the beautiful architecture, and very budget-friendly scene, there are so many things to see and to do.

Day 1:

To make your trip easy, I would advise you to stay in the old town (per usual).  It's easy to walk around, and see the main attractions of the city. Here are my top 7 things to do in Vilnius:

1. Gate of Dawn is a city gate with an icon of the Virgin Mary. I wasn't able to take any photos of the Virgin Mary, but I have heard that many people travel to Vilnius to see the icon for healing reasons.

2. Church of St. Anne is a Roman catholic church, I truly was amazed by its stunning Gothic architecture.




3. Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. The entrance to the museum and art exhibition costs only 3 Euro.




4. Church of St. Casimir. The pastel exterior of the church beautifully conceals the marble statues and church art within.
5. Literatu Street. If you are interested in finding a unique art district, make sure to visit Literatu Street.



6. The Republic of Uzupis. Uzupis is a tiny "republic" that was founded by Lithuanian artists. Besides the cool street art, they have their own constitution and own government (it's kind of a running joke).




7. Lithuanian Cuisine. I found Lithuanian food very unique, but a bit heavy. Don't get surprised when eating a lot of potatoes and meat. Otherwise, just enjoy the architecture of Vilnius.



 







Day 2:

Take a train ride to Kaunas. Tickets cost from 4.56 euro and it takes only 1 hour travel. Kaunas is the second largest municipality in Lithuania. It is definitely cheaper than Vilnius. It has some old Soviet vibes at times. Here is my top 5 things to do in Kaunas.

1. Kaunas Castle. Since we got there on Sunday, we didn't get our chance to see the 14th century castle. But it was great to walk around the grounds near the river, even though there was cold weather.


2. Kaunas City Museum. I truly loved the city museum,  because we were able to see different parts of the museum with a guide who was super knowledgeable.





3. Old Town. The old town of Kaunas is quite small and charming. The main street is lined with shops and cute cafes where you can stop for coffee and cake.








4. Street Art. I was amazed by their creative street arts. We were able to find only a few of these sometimes giant murals. Check out my photo below with all addresses of street art.



5. Aleksotas Funicular Railway. It last only 10 seconds, but it was fun. The ride cost less than 1 Euro, and from there, you can visit the Resurrection Church.  You can see the entire city of Kaunas from on top of this church.  Don't pay for the elevator.  We were kind of silly to do it!




 
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