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Top Spring Break Destinations
April is just a few short days away, which means Spring and warmer weather is on the horizon. But until the snow completely melts, and the days are consistently 60 degrees and above, you may find yourself looking for an end of winter getaway. Whether you’re looking to get away for a mid-semester party with your friends, a relaxing family vacation, or you just want to escape the cold, Rubinsohn Travel is here with a guide on the best destinations to check out this spring break!
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Head south on a tropical getaway to the Dominican Republic! The Dominican Republic has an endless list of top-tier destinations, but Punta Cana takes the leads as the favorite. Known for its magnificent beaches, Punta Cana is recognized for its vast extensions of white sand, and clear sparkling waters. Some of Punta Cana’s beaches are also ranked as the world’s best by UNESCO! Experience the crystal clear waters and silky soft sand on a dune buggy, in a jeep, or even horseback. Stay at an all-inclusive resort to indulge in relaxation by the pool, or go on an excursion parasailing to see amazing views of the city! Looking to learn a bit about Punta Cana’s history? The island has an abundance of historical sites, museums, colonial architecture, the first hospital, and the first sugar mill! Whether you’re with friends or family, Punta Cana is a great bang-for-your-buck option!
Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida
Arguably the top family getaway destination, Walt Disney World is guaranteed to be a good time for anyone of any age. Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa features activities including a free kids camp and fireside storytelling. Children can meet their favorite Disney characters and watch movies under the stars. Although Walt Disney World is a popular tourist destination, there are ways to get around the crowds. Planning your day can alleviate the stress of being surrounded by so many people, and can also ensure visiting every park you may want to check out. You can also skip the line for select attractions, shows, and Character Greeting with the FastPast+ By arriving earlier, eating your meals earlier, and making sure to take breaks, your family will get the most out of their trip. Be sure to remember your sunscreen!
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Clearwater Beach is known for just that – its clear-water beach! It stretches two and a half miles along its barrier island shore and features plenty of shopping and dining options for visitors. Ranked Florida’s Best Beach Town in 2013, it’s a family-friendly option that can accommodate college students as well. Phillies fans, rejoice! Get the most of your trip, and watch some baseball spring training! The Philadelphia Phillies spring training facilities are located in Clearwater at Bright House Field. Warmth, sunshine, and baseball – what more could you want for a vacation? Fun Fact: the Clearwater Jolley Trolley, a transportation service available for visitors in the town, has also been in service since 1982!
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Self-described as the island of happy days, vivid nights, and dreams that come true, visitors can make paradise in Jamaica whatever they want it to be! Check out Montego Bay, the second largest city in Jamaica. While Montego Bay is a spring break favorite for the party animal in mind, it is also surprisingly low key. Browse the local craft stores at the Harbour Street Market, or the “hip strip” shops of Gloucester Avenue. You can even experience the underwater crevices of Widowmaker’s Cave for the ultimate diving excursion. Did you know the James Bond Film “Live or Let Die” was also filmed in the Jamaican city? It’s full of fun tourist attractions, including Dunn’s River Falls, one of Jamaica’s natural features. The Falls are 180 meters of limestone terraces that visitors can hike before cooling off in its terraced pools. Looking for more adventure? Check out a jungle zip-lining tour to experience a rush of adrenaline!
Looking for a less traditional, but fun spring break vacation? Head to Dublin! The city gets its name from an old Irish Gaelic phrase, meaning “Black Pool,” and was founded by Vikings in the ninth century. Approximately 50% of the population is less than 25 years old, so it’s the perfect destination for students looking to get a break from the stress of school and work. Traveling with family? Check out the Dublin Castle to immerse yourself in Irish history!
We’ve provided you with the top spring break destinations, now it’s your turn to give Rubinsohn Travel a call at (215)-886-5200 to start planning your trip! We can’t wait to help!
A Guide to Dubai With Rubinsohn Travel
Dubai is a city full of scenic views, and adventures that you can’t find elsewhere. Known for its extravagant shopping, modern architecture, and expansive nightlife, Dubai is the hot-spot in the United Arab Emirates among tourists. Sitting 52 feet above sea level, Dubai is sunny year-round – giving you the perfect weather to explore and experience all the city has to offer! Looking for the most luxurious excursions to explore while visiting the City of Gold? Rubinsohn Travel is here with a guide on the must-see attractions while visiting the United Arab Emirates city.
Standing at over 828 meters (2,716.5 feet), the Burj Khalifa is not only the tallest building in the United Arab Emirates, but also in the world. The exterior glitters in the night-sky, as approximately 26,000 individually hand-cut glass panels compliment the character of the building as a simple, but elegant structure. The tower’s landscaped areas are intricately divided into three sections to provide distinction, for the residences, offices, and hotel. The design features a palm court, lake-side promenade, forest groves, a play area, and terrace gardens – offering amenities for anyone. Burj Khalifa also holds quite a few world records, such as the highest number of building stories in the world, its elevator serves as the longest travel distance in the world, and Burj Khalifa is also home to the highest outdoor observation deck. Why wouldn’t you want to visit Burj Khalifa? Fun Fact: Burj Khalifa’s doors were built with a wind-tracking device, indicating whether or not wind conditions are safe enough to open the doors!
Dubai is known for its architecture, so it’s no surprise the city has created an attraction centered around it. The Dubai Frame recently opened its doors in January 2018 and is 150 meters high and 93 meters wide (492.1 feet and 305.1 feet). A museum is located on the frame’s lower floor, recounting Dubai’s journey from a village to a global destination. The Dubai Frame was designed by award-winning architect Fernando Donis, who also designed Dubai’s Porsche Design Towers, and the Dubai Renaissance Tower, so you know it’s the real deal. It is also predicted the frame will become a major hot-spot for tourists, similar to the Burj Khalifa. The sky deck also features an exquisite glass bottom, allowing visitors to see one of the best views of Dubai the city has to offer!
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Let your wild side shine on a desert safari adventure! The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is a natural reserve where visitors can take part in an adventure on the dunes. Experienced drivers will take you on the ride of your life before stopping for sunset pictures. End the adventure at a Bedouin camp with an Arabic buffet dinner! Interested in driving yourself? Head to Dubai’s most famous sand dune, Big Red, where you can navigate yourself on a quad bike, or try out sandboarding. Using a snowboard-like contraption, you’ll glide down the dunes like an expert! In a destination known for its over-the-top projects, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve forms the biggest piece of land which Dubai has dedicated to a single project.
Shop ‘til You Drop!
Dubai is arguably the world’s top shopping destination, offering an endless variety of retail stores. Located in the heart of Downtown, and described as the Centre of Now, The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest and most-visited retail and entertainment destination, welcoming more than 80 million visitors in 2014. The Dubai Mall is home to over 1,200 retail outlets including two anchor department stores – Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s – and over 200 food and beverage outlets. The Dubai Mall offers an unparalleled retail mix combined with world-class dining, entertainment, and leisure attractions. In January and February, visitors can also check out the Dubai Shopping Festival, which is strictly dedicated to shopping. You’ll find huge discounts and promotions, along with entertainment, fireworks, and traditional cultural activities.
Learn about the history of Dubai at the Dubai Museum! Located in the Al Fahidi Fort (built in 1787), the museum is full of facts and stories about how Dubai came to be what it is today. Visitors can encounter colorful exhibits that depict everyday life before the discovery of oil. The museum also features galleries that recreate traditional Arab houses, farms, and even desert and marine life. Be sure to check out artifacts that date back to as early as the third millennium BC!
Dubai is a city full of adventure, so begin yours with us today! Call Rubinsohn Travel at (215)-886-5200 to start your planning!
Unknown Places to Travel
Each country has its own tourist destinations – go-to spots for anyone visiting or traveling from abroad. But what about the spots that are just as unique, but not as well known? Who wouldn’t want to say they’ve been to these future popular tourist destinations before they were the top spots? Discover the places that don’t cost two months’ rent to fly to, yet haven’t gotten overexposed to American tourists. Rubinsohn Travel is here with a list of where you should travel to in 2018 before these destinations become typical tourist destinations!
Plan your next getaway to one of the happiest places on earth (besides Disney World of course)! Oslo, Norway is known for its modern mix of beautiful architecture, and skiing! The Norwegians are some of the most hospitable people in the world, and you will never fail to be mesmerized by the beauty of the city. Be sure to check out the new Harbor Promenade, which features a waterfront with an open-air saltwater pool and even an X Games skate park. Visit the Norwegian Opera and Ballet to get a real taste of the culture in Norway. Looking to really dig into the history books? Stop by the Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle built in the 1300’s. The fortress area is a popular venue for concerts, public holiday celebrations, and ceremonies. This year also marks an important celebration for the country as the King and Queen celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary! Expect plenty of cultural celebrations in honor of the royal couple, and feel at ease knowing you’ll be one of the few Americans in town.
Avoid arguably the most popular tourist destinations of Santorini and Athens, and instead, head to Thessaloniki! Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city, and has stood on the northern part of the Aegean Sea for thousands of years. Despite its rich history, it’s full of modernity with wide sidewalks and green boulevards! Thessaloniki has also given Greece some of its greatest musicians, artists, and poets. Home to the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the International Trade Fair and host to many cultural events, Thessaloniki is vastly underrated. Discover the focal points of the city and visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture. This fascinating museum features more than 3000 Byzantine objects, including mosaics, intriguing tomb paintings, jewelry and glassware, and more! Thessaloniki is also known for its cuisine, which is considered to be Greece’s best, so make sure to visit on an empty stomach!
Pack your bags for Modena! If Italy were a meal, Modena would definitely be the main course. Italians describe this city as having the best and freshest ingredients in all of Italy, with one of its restaurants being named 2016’s Number One Restaurant in the World. The city has another equally praised legacy: cars. The famous Ferrari Museum is situated in the nearby village of Maranello. Drive a Ferrari on a Formula 1 track or tour the factory where Lamborghinis are made to live out your NASCAR dreams. Modena is also notable for its haunting Romanesque Cathedral and the birthplace of the late Italian opera singer Pavarotti, whose former home is now a worthwhile museum just outside town.
When most Americans think of Fiji, they probably see multiple dollar signs, due to the usually expensive costs of traveling to the country, which results in fewer people opting to travel to the island nation. After Cyclone Winston caused destruction, Fiji became more affordable with the U.S. dollar equivalency becoming more suitable for Americans and making it easier to travel to. Its white beaches and clear blue water draw in tourists from all over, so travel to less popular cities, such as, Vanua Levu – Fiji’s second-largest island, which offers seven villas for visitors to stay in! Head to the island of Beqa to scuba dive at Royal Davui, or travel in time in Taveuni where you can stand on the International Dateline, allowing one foot to be on today and one on tomorrow!
Head to one of Mexico’s most laid-back locations! Mazunte is on the southern coast of Oaxaca, and is an authentic Mexican beach getaway due to its unpaved roads and strong sense of community. The town was also recently listed as a Pueblo Magico, meaning it was given governmental distinction based on its unique character and charm! Mazunte is known for its sea turtles, so be sure to head over to the aquarium that doubles as a research center. It’s also a good place to learn Spanish, practice yoga, or to simply take in all of the fun facts!
Now that we’ve given you some of the best unknown destinations, it’s time to plan your trip! Give us a call at (215)-886-5200, we’d love to hear from you!
Rubinsohn Travel’s Guide to PyeongChang, South Korea!
Let the games begin! The opening ceremony for this year’s Olympics has gotten athletes, family, friends, and fans alike fired up for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Located in the Gangwon Province of South Korea, PyeongChang is hosting the first ever winter games in the country, and is the smallest city to do so since the 1994 games in Norway. South Korea was selected as the host city in 2011 after submitting 3 bids, in order to be selected. While the city is currently centered around the Olympics, there are still plenty of sightseeing and activities for tourists who are looking to get a break from the games. Lucky for you, Rubinsohn Travel is here with your go-to guide on PyeongChang and the Gangwon Province!
Seoraksan National Park
In 1965, Seoraksan was chosen as a nature preservation area and was distinguished as Korea’s fifth national park in 1970. Seoraksan, also known as, Seorak Mountain, is the most popular mountain in the Taebaek Mountain range. Not only does this park offer hikes for any level of expertise, but it also offers some of the most beautiful sceneries of Korea. Seoraksan is known for its unique and oddly shaped rock formations, dense forests, and hot springs. It is also home to over 2,000 different species of animals and 1,400 species of plants. Be sure to visit Sokcho Seorak-dong, as it is home to multiple hotels, restaurants, bars, and karaoke rooms, known as noraebang!
Immerse yourself in Korean history at Unification Park! Built in 1973, this historical site was created to honor those who fought for South Korea during the Korean War. It features two main attractions: a display of a warship, which was used during WWII and the Vietnam War, and a submarine that was used to spy on military facilities. A monument rests within the park that pays tribute to the 18 Korean and foreign war correspondents who lost their lives trying to share their stories of the war. There is also a tower built to commemorate the loyalty and courage of 10 brave soldiers who sacrificed themselves in a bomb attack. Unification Park holds dear to South Korean’s as it honors brave individuals who fought for unification within their country.
Yongpyong Ski Resort
Looking for some winter fun that doesn’t have to do with the Olympics? Head over to Korea’s first ski resort! Built in 1975, Yongpyong Ski Resort was the first of its kind but has quickly become internationally renowned. Visitors can ski, snowboard, and even go bowling in the resort’s bowling alley! We’ve heard of bars and shops at resorts, but a bowling alley at a ski resort makes the experience even better! Why wouldn’t you want to check it out? The resort also has incorporated a 45-hole golf course and 28 ski slopes for visitors that are looking to get the full Yongpyong experience. Home to some of the Olympic sporting events, you can also watch and cheer on your country’s athletes!
Jeong Gang Won (Korea Traditional Food Culture Experience Center)
Korea is known for its unique culture, including its food! The Food Culture Experience Center promotes traditional Korean food culture, and was opened by chef, Jo Jeong Gang, a local chef. It was established as a way of preserving values of traditional Korean foods and allows visitors to get a hands-on experience by learning how to cook traditional dishes themselves. The Center also offers overnight stays complete with traditional Korean outfits!
Known for its half-moon shape and beautiful roads filled with trees, Namiseom Island was formed after the Cheongpyeong Dam was constructed. Visitors often camp and visit the education and training facilities in a grass field in the middle of the island. Be sure to also check out the island’s theme park, complete with a merry-go-round and roller skating rink. Not into theme parks? Head over to Petite France, a French-themed village! Named after the 1943 novel, Le Petit Prince, this village is centered around flowers, stars, and the Little Prince. Visitors can get the full French experience through the village’s French food, clothing, and household culture!
Interested in representing your country while experiencing all the Gangwon Province has to offer? Call Rubinsohn Travel at (215) 886-5200 to start planning your Olympic getaway today!
Rubinsohn Travel’s Guide to America’s Best Bars!
America is a melting pot of different cultures, filled with amazing restaurants and bars. From the east coast to the west coast, individuals can immerse themselves in cultures from all over the world. Are you looking to booze through the crossroads of the United States? Or are you interested in taking a cross-country trip while sippin’ on some cold brews? We have great news for you! Rubinsohn Travel is here with only the best bars America has to offer!
Iowa – Fong’s Pizza and Tiki Bar
Bars are great on their own, but when you add pizza into the mix, it takes it to a whole new level. Opening in Des Moines, Iowa in 2009, Fong’s is described as a “frozen in time” dive bar that offers Asian-inspired food (including pizza) along with tiki drinks and locally brewed beer. Guests can take kamikaze shots while wearing fighter pilot helmets (provided by Fong’s) or drink a trendy rainbow colored fishbowl that may leave guests feeling as if they’re somewhere else than Iowa (and maybe with a headache).
Hawaii – Arnold’s Beach Bar
A hidden dive bar located in Honolulu, Arnold’s Beach Bar is a tiki bar that will give you the full Hawaiian experience! Vacationing in one of the world’s top tourist destinations can often mean spending more money than you originally planned (or wanted to), but not at Arnold’s. Visitors and locals alike can indulge in mai tais for $5 a pop, and listen to live music at night. Locals also know where to find a drink cheap, so during the late hours you can find locals and the type of tourists who don’t mind spending all day in a bar. All around, Arnold’s creates great conversations and interactions!
Montana – The Sip ‘N Dip Lounge
Located in Great Falls, Montana, The Sip ‘N Dip Lounge puts a unique spin on what is traditionally considered a bar. GQ Magazine named it the number one bar on earth worth flying for in 2003, and we can certainly see why! This oceanic themed bar features blowfish decorations and a swimming pool with mermaids, and mermaid shows on select nights. Talk about the full experience! Visitors can also try their luck at different gaming machines, and listen to live piano entertainment.
New Mexico – Sister Bar
Sister Bar is not only a bar, but also an arcade, restaurant, and dancehall all wrapped up into one big party! Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sister Bar features unique art and drinks as cheap as $4. Feeling nostalgic? The arcade features classic video games including Ms. Pac-Man and Guns N’ Roses themed pinball machines. This is the kind of bar where you can go in at 11 am for breakfast, and really never leave until the bar closes at 2 am. Honestly, what more could you ask for? At night, visitors can also dance along to music during one of Sister’s many themed nights. Check out their Facebook page for a full list of events!
Ohio – Mahall’s 20 Lanes
Have you ever been to a bar and felt like something was missing? Maybe you were in the mood to go bowling? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might want to check out Mahall’s in Ohio. Mahall’s is not just any ordinary bar, but it is also a music venue and has a bowling alley. Mahall’s will leave you with little to no chance of ever being bored while visiting. On first glance, this retro bar/bowling alley may be pegged as just another hipster spot that is trying too hard to “fit-in.” But there’s a genuine spirit that makes it the best place to have a good time in Ohio – even if you’re not a bowler!
Washington – Unicorn
This Seattle-based bar not only has a cool name, but is also carnival-themed, and let’s be honest who doesn’t love a carnival? Unicorn is truly legendary in its ability to create a fun, and stimulating bar environment, without sacrificing any sense of friendliness. Visitors can enjoy live shows, karaoke, trivia, and even carnival-themed food. Order “magical” cocktails, such as themed Jell-O shots – their most popular is called My Little Pony! Looking for the full whimsical Unicorn experience? Visitors can also play carnival games, hang out at the pinball arcade, or take photos in the photo booth.
Florida – Flora-Bama
Experience one of America’s most unique bars in Perdido Key, Florida. Flora-Bama gets its name from being right on the dividing line between Florida and Alabama. It’s best experienced at the annual Mullet Toss, where competitors throw fish across the beach to see who can throw the farthest. On other nights, you can find the bar leading to different rooms with a different band playing country music and southern rock. The bar is widely known to attract rednecks, military, and springer breakers drawn by cheap and cold booze. The most interesting aspect of Flora-Bama? Each Sunday Morning, the bar hosts two church services where you can buy a drink and sip it in the pews.
Louisiana – Club Ms. Mae’s
No list about having a good time would be complete without mentioning NOLA! While New Orleans has endless options of hot spots, Club Ms. Mae’s is a more laid-back option for tourists who don’t want to get caught up in the party scene but still know how to have a good time. In a town where there are party bars that live on each corner, a low-key, yet exciting 24/7 dive bar with cheap beer (like, “bottles for $1.50” cheap), and locals-only vibe certainly goes a long way. The doors are literally always open, and the drinks are always strong. What more could you ask for?
Interested in taking a trip around the U.S. to celebrate one of the things America knows best? Give us a call at (215)-886-5200. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Valentine’s Day Celebrations Around the World!
Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world to express your appreciation to your significant other. While there are a few different stories of how the holiday began, it’s in celebration of St. Valentine and is believed to have origins in Lupercalia, a Roman festival held in February. The festival included pairing women with men in a lottery but was eventually replaced with St. Valentine’s Day and became a celebration of romance. Looking to switch up your Valentine’s celebrations? Rubinsohn Travel is here to provide you with the best ways to celebrate from around the world!
Denmark has only celebrated Valentine’s Day since the early 1990s, but they have created their own traditions since. The Danish celebrate by exchanging snowdrops, a white flower given to someone in place of a traditional rose. This tradition is usually one between friends, “lovers cards” are also exchanged between those in relationships instead. Gaekkebrev is also a Danish tradition, which involves younger couples who celebrate their love by writing notes and witty poems.
In South Korea, Valentine’s Day is popular among younger couples. The holiday is celebrated in variations each month from February until April. Celebrations begin on February 14th when women give gifts to men, including candy and flowers. A month later on March 14th, White Day is celebrated by men giving gifts to women. Not in a relationship? South Korea also hold a celebration, known as Black Day. On April 14, singles “mourn” their status by eating jajangmyeon, a bowl of black bean-paste noodles.
Colombians celebrate Love and Friendship Day (Dia de Amor y Amistad), each September 20th. Although the tradition is more about celebrating friendship and tends to be less romantic, friends join for dinner and drinks. The holiday began in 1969 to boost the Colombian economy because there weren’t any established holidays in September!
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in similar traditional ways in Britain, but one custom is a bit different. Children sing songs related to the occasion and are given gifts, like candy or money in exchange. Another tradition involves composing verses and sonnets a month prior to Valentine’s Day. Magazines and tabloids publish these traditions that originated from British poets who created romantic love poems.
In South Africa, Valentine’s Day is celebrated by following an ancient Roman tradition. Young girls pin the names of their significant other on their sleeves, which is part of the Lupercalia tradition. Shops decorate with flowers, love symbols, and other traditional African decorations. Celebrations can last up to a week-long, with parties that highlight South African culture. In some parts of South Africa, citizens attend balls, visit wildlife parks, and even go river rafting!
Interested in taking a Valentine’s trip to celebrate in one of these awesome locations? Give us a call at (215)-886-5200. We can’t wait to hear from you!
The Best Destinations to Travel to by Month!
A new year means new opportunities to travel. Whether it’s a family vacation or a weekend getaway with your friends, there are countless destinations that you can choose from, so you can enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. Are you stuck on ideas of where to go, or what time of year is best for traveling? Rubinsohn Travel is here to help you plan your next vacation with a month-by-month guide that could have you traveling all year!
An island located in the Caribbean Sea, Cozumel is the perfect winter getaway. Formed over a limestone plateau, Cozumel holds a high elevation of 49-feet above sea level. Its turquoise waters lure visitors away from the cold and allows them to peer 100-200 feet down the ocean floor and view the life under the sea! Cozumel is home to a variety of all-inclusive resorts, featuring staple Mexican foods, and fresh seafood. The best way to travel outside of your resort in Cozumel is on your own two feet. Not interested in walking? Mopeds and cars can be rented to explore the beautiful city!
February: Paris, France
Paris is globally known as the “City of Love,” which makes it the ideal Valentine’s Day getaway! The beauty, the big screen, the food, and the history all contribute to how it got its name of the “City of Love.” Take a stroll to the Eiffel Tower and climb 669 steps to reach the top, or visit Montmartre in northern Paris for views of the entire city. With so many things to see, delicious restaurants to go to and romance at every corner, Paris will not disappoint if you’re looking to impress your loved one. So pack your bags, grab your significant other, and experience one of the most romantic escapes!
March: Dublin, Ireland
What better place to celebrate Irish pride, and heritage than in Ireland? Each year, Dublin hosts its St. Patrick’s Festival to celebrate the Irish culture. The St. Patrick’s Festival was established in November 1995, and visitors can enjoy live music, comedy shows, and even top-tier street performances. Not interested in the party scene? Take a stroll and uncover Dublin’s historic cathedrals and churches. Dublin is described as Europe’s largest village and offers something for everyone. Take the scenic route of the city’s vibrant streets buzzing with performers, and pit stop along the way in a traditional pub. Visitors can immerse themselves in the sounds of the city, savor the local grub, or take guided tours to learn the real history of St. Patrick.
April: Punta Cana
Looking for a Spring Break getaway? Say hello to Punta Cana! Where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean, Punta Cana offers a land of rest and relaxation. The city is full of all-inclusive resorts at reasonable prices. Visitors can partake in a number of excursions, including safari tours and parasailing. For a day of pure relaxation, you can enjoy the panoramic view of sandy beaches, and turquoise blue waters with not a worry in the world.
When May rolls around, the warmer months are on the horizon, and we dedicate some time to celebrating our mothers. Why not take a vacation to show your appreciation to Mom? Have yourselves a girls weekend, enjoy a spa day, or go above and beyond and snorkel in the Barrier Reef in Belize. Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the world and the home to over 500 different species of fish. If you want to have a day of bliss, take your mom on a relaxing trip to one of the many beaches in Belize, including Ambergris Caye, which is known for its very low-key, laid-back vibe. This beach has earned a devout following of regular travelers who continue to return, and in some cases, never leave.
June: Portland, Oregon
Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer! With baseball games and barbeques, June is the ideal month to enjoy the outdoors. Looking to take Dad on a getaway to celebrate Father’s Day? Portland, Oregon is known in the United States for its amazing food and beer scene. With over 600 food carts, known as pods in Portland, the city has drawn global acclaim for having some of the world’s best street food. If Dad’s a baseball lover, don’t miss a Portland Pickles game! This collegiate wood bat baseball team was founded in 2015 and is special to Portland locals. Pump your own gas? Don’t do it! You will be fined $500! To keep it safe, explore the city on two wheels; Portland is recognized as the second most bike-friendly place in the country.
July: Tristate Area
Celebrate the birth of America in the tri-state area! There’s no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than where our nation started. Philadelphia is home to Wawa’s Annual Welcome America! Party on the Parkway celebration, where locals and visitors alike celebrate the birth of our country. Guests gather for live music, firework shows, games and activities, all in honor of our homeland. The City of Brotherly Love bleeds red, white, and blue and celebrates Independence Day like no place else.
August: Cartagena, Colombia
Looking for a last-minute end of summer vacay but are on a tight budget? Travel to Cartagena, Colombia! Due to its affordability, Cartagena has been named the top wallet-friendly destination. From January – March, Cartagena is known for its dry and warm weather, making it one of the most visited cities in the country. Visitors can travel to the city’s beaches during the day, and end the night with salsa dancing at the top nightclub, Alquimico. Cartagena is known for its blazing bright colors, featured on the vividly painted Spanish Colonial houses that lend a little glamour to the streets. Relax on the beach, while sipping Limonada de Coco, Cartagena’s favorite beverage, and soak up the sun in Colombia!
September: Orlando, Florida
Orlando is home to one of the top family vacation destinations in the world. Can you guess what it is? Not only is it the perfect getaway before the back to school rush, but it is known for its famous theme park, Disney World. The most magical place on earth offers four theme parks, and 2 water parks, never leaving you without something to do. Visitors come from all over the world, to experience the fun and excitement that Walt Disney has created. The resort encompasses 30,500 acres of land, making it approximately the same size as San Fransisco!
October: Salem, Massachusetts
Known for the 1692 witch trials, Salem is the perfect spooky getaway for Halloween lovers. The witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The Salem Witch Museum is great for tourists who want to learn more about the history of the trials and witchcraft. Each October, a Halloween festival is also held, that includes ghost tours and trick-or-treaters. Salem is the perfect getaway for the mischievous individuals out there, and the perfect destination to get in the “spooky” mood just in time for Halloween.
If you’re looking to escape the cold climates in November, head over to Jamaica. Jamaica is known for its “healing waters,” that are believed to have therapeutic properties. In the month of November, the average temperatures are between the 70s and 80s and visitors can catch discounted resort rates at this time, as well. Explore the Jamaican jungle, experience the excitement and thrill, and take a jump into the famous Blue Hole! When you’re there, don’t miss out on Dunn’s River Falls, a major attraction visited by thousands of visitors each year!
December: Aspen, Colorado
December is all about getting into the holiday spirit! Aspen, Colorado is the perfect place to do so. There is so much to do across the 3.66 square mile town. Tourists can head to Cooper Avenue, to find cookie exchanges or head to the St.Regis Aspen for public Menorah lightings. Hitting up the slopes is an essential part of visiting this world, but for the nonskiers, ice-skating is offered at the base of Aspen Mountain. If the holidays are your thing, there are few better places to celebrate than a ski town!
Interested in visiting one – or all – destinations this year? Rubinsohn Travel has you covered. Give us a call at (215) 886-5200 to start your planning today!
The Seven Natural Wonders of the World
The Natural Wonders of the World are seven of Mother Nature’s best offerings that will leave you in amazement and awe. A natural wonder is defined as a site or monument that was not created or significantly altered by humans. In 1997, CNN released a list of these incredible places that leave those who visit with absolute wonder. Today, the seven destinations have become top tourist spots, offering views and scenery that many can only dream of witnessing. Lucky for you, Rubinsohn Travel knows a thing – or two – about the Natural Wonders of the World and is ready to take you on an adventure of a lifetime.
Located in Northwest Arizona, the Grand Canyon reaches a depth of over 1-mile and stretches over 277 miles long. Scientists estimate that this breathtaking gorge first carved out its path more than 17 million years ago, exposing information on the geological history of the region as it cut through the land. Studies have also shown that this magnificent natural wonder was created by the erosion cause by the Colorado River, and is widely known for its vibrant landscape. While visiting the Grand Canyon, you can expect to catch a glimpse of the power and beauty that nature offers.
Made up of nearly 3,000 individual reefs and approximately 1,000 islands over a span of 1,400 miles, the Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing that can be seen from outer space. Constructed by billions of organisms, known as coral polyps, this natural wonder is a top tourist destination and an internationally recognized landmark of Australia. According to National Geographic, the Great Barrier Reef is nearly the size of Montana, covering 135,000 square miles. The Great Barrier Reef also has approximately 1,500 fish species and over 400 species of vibrant coral! During your visit, be sure to explore the reef on a glass bottom boat tour, which also allows some time for diving and snorkeling. The Great Barrier Reef should definitely be at the top of your bucket list!
Native Brazilian’s are proud of their geologically defined home that was created by erosion of the Atlantic Ocean. Holding its rank as the largest bay in the world, Harbor of Rio de Janeiro is surrounded by mountains and offers various scenic views that can’t be matched. Take a trip up Corcovado Mountain, and experience Brazil’s most well-known statue, Chris the Redeemer, while looking at the enchanting bay below. Visitors can also experience breathtaking views alongside the beautiful beaches that line the harbor. Pack your bags for a getaway in the fall, as September and October are the best times to visit!
Reaching 29, 029 feet above sea level, Mount Everest is known to be the world’s highest point. Mount Everest belongs to the Himalaya Mountains and is located on the border of Nepal, and Tibet/China. Many tourists enjoy hiking the base of the mountain or taking a tour on a guided air-flight above. Today, climbing Everest isn’t quite the goal that it once was – but those looking to do so must be in peak physical condition, and willing to take great risks. However, prepare to pay the Nepal government $25,000 if you want to venture to the top, as it becomes quite costly to experience this incredible wonder that was created by Mother Nature.
Witness the phenomenon of the Northern (or Southern) Lights that can be observed across the sky. Seen in both Polar Regions of the planet, this dazzling light show is brought on by charged cosmic particles entering and interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere, causing vivid colors to be painted across the night sky. However, many have questioned the cause of the magnificent display, with references to the lights being found in texts from Ancient Greece, Norse Mythology, and Medieval England. Some popular destinations to view the aurora are, Fairbanks, Alaska, Tromso, Norway, and Northern Finland. Experience these glowing sheets of dancing waves between the months of March to April, and September to October.
Parícutin is a cinder cone volcano, located in the Mexican state of Michoacán. The official height of the volcano varies but reaches approximately 10, 397 feet. Parícutin was formed in 1943 on a local farmer’s field, erupting drastically until 1952, and causing much destruction to the area. Modern scientists have been lucky enough to observe and document every stage of its lifespan – from creation to extinction – as it happened, causing it to stand out as a unique volcano. Today, visitors are intrigued by the volcano’s history, and often ride horses to the volcano or experience the surrounding towns.
Between the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in South Africa, lies the home of the largest waterfall in the world. Victoria Falls isn’t the highest or broadest waterfall in the world, but when taking both attributes into consideration, it is certainly the largest. Victoria Falls is 360 feet high and 1-mile wide, standing roughly three times the height of Niagara Falls. Tourists are encouraged to visit the waterfall between April and June to experience the rainbow display at its brightest peak during the early hours of the day.
The Seven Natural Wonders of the World are proof that Mother Nature is just as talented, if not more talented than humans. This list of the Natural Wonders was created to raise awareness and protect the beauty of the natural creations within our world. Be sure to make it a point to visit at least to one of these awe-inspiring natural wonders! You certainly will not be disappointed with Rubinsohn Travel’s itinerary. Give us a call at (215) 886-5200 to start your planning today!
New Year’s Eve Around the World with Rubinsohn Travel!
New Year’s Eve is a universal holiday that folks across the world celebrate together. There are a plethora of big bashes and local traditions that are unique to each city across the globe. Let’s take a quick trip around the world and see what some of the most famous cities have to offer, and how they’re celebrating the beginning of 2018.
New York, New York
The most renowned celebration in the United States is in the Big Apple. Are you even surprised? Times Square – New York’s busiest attraction at all times of the year – is a global legend. Thousands of people gather together from around the world to catch a glimpse of the sparkly, lit sphere drop as the clock strikes midnight. With events for all budgets, and ages and tastes, you are sure to find the perfect New York City New Years experience for you and your loved ones. Located on the roof of One Times Square, the Ball Drop is the most prominent New Year’s Eve tradition. With live entertainment, including performances by your favorite artists and musicians, NYC will not disappoint.
Folks in Spain squeeze into the overcrowded Puerta del Sol Square and anticipate the surface of the New Year. Puerto del Sol is Madrid’s most famous and most central square. Originally, it was the site of the site of the city’s gates, but over time it has become the central place to gather. When the clock tower chimes 12 in the center of the square, attendees swallow 12 lucky grapes and shout “Feliz Año Nuevo,” which translates to “Happy New Year.” For most, New Year’s Eve is spent in the comfort of one’s own home. Following a large feast, families gather around their living room televisions and swallow their lucky grapes in unison. Bottles of cava are uncorked and everyone toasts to a happy and healthy new year.
Don’t expect massive parties or fireworks displays when spending New Years in Tokyo. Tokyo chooses to celebrate with a more introspective vibe and stays loyal to their traditions. Residents will spend the early evening with loved ones, enjoying buckwheat noodles, prior to heading out to pay their first shrine or temple visit of the year. Here, they pray for good fortune, and buy 12 lucky charms for the months ahead.
Sydney relishes in being the first city in the world to ring in the New Year. Always attempting to out-do itself, Sydney presents its annual fireworks display on the harbor. At the stroke of midnight, Australians celebrate the start of the new year in fashion. The 12-minute display features a range of pyrotechnic effects launched from firing points on the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and the famous Sydney Opera House. Other families use the New Year as a good excuse to stay in, cook a delicious meal, and enjoy the quality time spent with their loved ones. A televised test run of the fireworks show is presented at 9:00 p.m. for those who prefer being nestled in bed before midnight.
If you’re looking for a unique place to ring in the New Year, Rome is the place to go. The celebrations are very sentimental and provide a touch of history. Tourists and natives gather in the Colosseum to enjoy spectacular fireworks displays and musical performances that bring the venue to life. Along with the Colosseum, Rome’s famous monuments and statues are incorporated into the Colosseum’s magnificent fireworks display, allowing viewers to enjoy the show with a backdrop of some of the most beautiful structures in the world.
There are New Year traditions that are both unique to specific countries, and universal across the globe. Consider experiencing this holiday in a different atmosphere, and let Rubinsohn Travel assist in selecting the perfect place for you. Give us a call at (215)-886-5200, and we will start booking your vacation right away!
Rubinsohn Travel Takes You on a Romantic Winter Getaway to Prague!
Looking for a romantic winter getaway? Let your favorite travel experts at Rubinsohn Travel, entice you with the perfect place. Embed yourself in a romantic atmosphere with holiday lights and enjoy the beauty Prague has to offer during the holiday season. Highly known for its unique charm, visitors can experience a wintery atmosphere with entertainment clubs, blissful gardens, and zoos.
Holiday Shopping and Sightseeing for Everyone
Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with the Prague Festive Holiday Market held in Old Town Square. This annual market, beginning in December and ending in January, is visited by thousands of people year-in and year-out. You can find masses of festive decorations, wooden toys, and arts and crafts, while munching on your favorite holiday food. And don’t forget the mulled wine, Prague’s most popular winter tradition! Tourists and locals alike favor the hot mulled wine, while exploring the winter wonderland markets – you don’t want to go to Old Town Square without the wine!
You may be surprised to know that Prague also offers ice-skating right in the center of the city. No need to worry about bringing your own equipment, as many places provide skates for guests to rent. Ovocny trh (The Fruit Market) offers free skating until late evening, which makes for the perfect end to any date-night. Looking for a unique skating experience? The Galerie Harfa Shopping Center features a skating rink on its roof. This astonishing experience also includes live entertainment, special events for children and families, and delicious culinary treats.
Indulge in History
Don’t miss out on one of Prague’s most popular attractions: the Prague Castle. Its serried ranks of spires, towers, and palaces, dominate the center of the city. Inside the castle lies a large collection of historic museums and galleries that are home to many of Prague’s ancient treasures. The red roof tiles peeking out from the blanket of snow illuminate you into an enchanting dream.
One of the most recognizable bridges in Europe, Charles Bridge, is one of the must-see attractions in Prague. It holds a 520-meter span across the Vltava River and possesses many unique points of interests that tourists thoroughly enjoy. Enjoy an early morning or late-night walk across Charles Bridge, and experience the magical feeling as you stroll through the winter fog.
You won’t be disappointed when visiting the Prague Zoo. Recognized as the fifth best in the world, the zoo has an intense passion for the protection of its animals and takes part in ensuring that its species can survive in the wild. Pay a visit to the polar bears, and see for yourself how they really enjoy the cold!
Along with the aesthetic pleasures of Prague, come more benefits with visiting in the winter. High tourist season exists in the summer months, so expect to pay half the price for a place to stay between November and February. Many people find that they have the city mostly to themselves during the winter months. Receive even more exclusive perks when planning your trip with Rubinsohn Travel!
Are you ready for your winter getaway? Let us at Rubinsohn Travel help you plan your trip to Prague. Give us a call at (215)-886-5200, and we will start booking your vacation right away!