The Top Vacation Spots of 2014

It’s that time of the year again. Vacation time!

The plans need to be made. Itineraries need to be arranged. It’s time to go through the redundancy of reservations and safety precautions. Now the only question is this: where to go this year?

Your preschooler may want Disneyland. Your teenager is begging for the Lake of the Ozarks. The eldest is convinced a climb of Mt. Everest would make you closer as a family.  Hopeless? Should you go your separate ways, then? Not quite. There are plenty of places to go where everyone in the family could find a little something to do. And for the sake of your sanity we have compiled some of the best vacations spots this year. Wherever you choose to go, this list will no doubt make you look forward to rest, relaxation and fun times with the whole family.

1. Cape Town, South Africa

There has never been a better time to visit Cape Town than now. Cape Town is a place teeming with rich history and culture. A place full of edgy boutiques, independent galleries and forward-thinking restaurants, it’s fast becoming a popular destination among travelers. Whether you’re the adventurous traveler looking for your next adrenaline fix, or just looking to lounge in an exotic beach setting, or even just craving for new tastes to tease your palate, Cape Town has something for everyone.

What to Do in Cape Town:

  • Catch a cable car up Table Mountain

Abseil Africa, located at 297 Long Street, offers a 112 meter rope that you can follow down from Table Mountain. Of course, if you’re a bit less adventurous, you can just take the cable car up and down again. The ride offers a fantastic view of the City Bowl.

  • See the sharks.

South Africa is home to a quarter of the world’s shark species. Half of those call Cape Town waters home. Adrenaline junkies will like shark cage diving at the white shark capital of the world, Gansbaii. Or stay safer by visiting the Two Oceans Aquarium that showcases ragged tooth sharks among other marine animals.

For pared down, subtle flavors, try Jardine. Bizerca Bistro offers classic cuisine. Be it Xhosa fare like samp and marog or spongy injeras and authentic cape Malay food, Cape Town has something to offer adventurous eaters.

  • Immerse yourself in history and culture.

The Robben Island and the District Six Museum are must-visits for any tourist interested in the South African apartheid era. Robben Island is particularly famous for the prison where former South African leader Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in.

The National Gallery has permanent and temporary exhibits showcasing South African art spanning centuries. The House of Parliament, the Iziko Museum, the Iziko Planetarium and the Iziko Slave Lodge are a few other places that absolutely must be visited.

Best Time to Visit: Between March to May and from September to November. These months usually have the best weather, fewer crowds and lower prices.

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