What To See In Cambodia

Are you planning a cruise to Southeast Asia? I’ll bet that Cambodia will be one of the stops – and you won’t be sorry. Get to know this amazing country with the help of this article.

Top Five Sites To See In Cambodia On An Asian Cruise

If you’re looking to stray from the beaten path on an Asian cruise vacation, you might want to think about booking a trip that calls in beautiful and exciting Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Docking at the nation’s sole deepwater port at Sihanoukville, you’ll have access to many of Cambodia’s ancient temples, incredible jungles, pristine beaches and exciting excursions. Here are some of the must-see destinations to explore on your Cambodian vacation.

Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia

The Ruins of Angkor
Considered one of the most significant archeological sites in all of Asia, the ruins of Angkor date back to the reign of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries.

Angkor Archaeological Park is a protected UNESCO World Heritage location, which spans hundreds of square miles and includes a vast assortment of impressive monuments, temples and capital buildings. In particular, the famous Temple of Angkor Wat stands at the center of the park along with other architectural marvels like Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm. You can also interact with residents from the local villages that still call the ruins of Angkor home.

Psar Lu Market
If you’re interested in gaining an up close look at how contemporary and historic cultures merge in Cambodia, there’s no better place to do so than Psar Lu Market. Located outside the city of Siem Reap and considered the gateway to the Temple of Angkor Wat, this bustling marketplace is a local hub of culture and commerce. As you wander the streets of Psar Lu Market, you’ll see vendors selling all sorts of unique wares, ranging from handmade local crafts to tourist souvenirs perfect for remembering your Cambodian vacation.

Wat Krom and Wat Leu
Located just outside of Sihanoukville, the two well-preserved Buddhist temples Wat Krom and Wat Leu are among the most important religious structures in the area.

Wat Krom translates to “lower wat,” and is situated on a tiny hill on Santipheap Street overlooking the coastline. Alternately, Wat Leu – the “upper wat” – sits on a taller mountain nearby and offers picturesque views of the town below. Both of these incredible sites feature impressive stonework and are decorated with statues of elephants and the Buddha.

Phnom Penh
Located north of Sihanoukville, the nation’s capital and largest city of Phnom Penh provides vacationers with an array of cultural attractions, commercial centers, government complexes and beautiful parks.

The city features heavy influences leftover from French colonization during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and you can still hear French and Cambodian spoken side by side in Phnom Penh. That’s not to mention the delicious combination of Asian and French foods that comprises the local cuisine in restaurants and hotels throughout the city.

Travelers looking to explore a mysterious and beautiful land on an Asian cruise vacation should click here to start planning your trip to Cambodia for the trip of a lifetime.

Source: http://www.princess.com/cruise-tips-vacation-ideas/cruise-destinations/asia-india-and-africa-vacations/top-five-sites-to-see-in-cambodia-on-an-asian-cruise.html

Angkor Wat is reason enough to make sure that you visit Cambodia. The only thing to warn you about is the heat. Do some research to be sure to visit at the time of year when the heat is least oppressive. Go ahead and have fun.

The Co-operative Travel

Are you looking for an affordable Caribbean vacation? Traveling in the Caribbean does not need not be too expensive. With the beautiful water and gorgeous beaches, you’ll have a great time no matter where you go.

The Co-operative Travel: Top Affordable Caribbean Breaks

Indulge in tropical cocktails

Indulge in tropical cocktails

For most people, the very thought of a trip to the Caribbean tends to conjure up images of turquoise waters, powder white beaches, sizzling sunshine and lush foliage. Happily, this is all quite close to fact. Include a laid-back atmosphere, tropical breezes, sumptuous local cuisine, and a diverse culture, and you’re pretty much spot on.

No matter where you go in the Caribbean, you’ll find yourself having unforgettable experiences and a holiday that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and eager to come back and sample more of what the Caribbean has to offer. At The Co-operative Travel, you can choose from a great selection of fabulous Caribbean holidays, each of which has something unique and exciting to offer.

Three top affordable Caribbean holidays with The Co-operative Travel

Many people are keen to escape to a paradisiacal destination and get away from the stresses of daily life for a week or two. However, with the current financial climate the way it is, most people are having to be mindful about how much they spend on their annual holiday. At The Co-operative Travel you can choose from a great selection of affordable yet incredible Caribbean holiday experiences, so you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

The following Caribbean holidays available from The Co-operative Travel are some of the most affordable getaways available.

Cuba Holidays

Independent since 1902, Cuba is a wonderful, fascinating and unique Caribbean destination, that’s home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. If you want to get up close and personal with paradise on earth, Cuba is the place for you. It’s not simply a destination for sun seekers, idyllic beaches and tropical heat, (though there are nearly 300 beaches on the island if that’s what you want) – it’s also an island steeped in a fascinating and sometimes disquieting history, where visitors can immerse themselves in the unique culture of the place.

When it comes to expense, this island is one of the most affordable in the Caribbean, which makes it a great choice for those looking to experience the region at a non-prohibitive price. There are many incredible places to stay, visit, and explore in Cuba, such as the historic capital city of Havana with its Cadillac-filled streets and candy-coloured buildings, its second city, Santiago de Cuba, or the stunning Cayos islands.

Dominican Republic Holidays

The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular Caribbean destinations among holidaymakers, and this is not surprising as it also tends to be the most affordable. This is a place where you will find stunning resorts alongside breath-taking natural beauty. There is a very diverse landscape to take in here, from its incredible coastline to lush rainforests and majestic mountains.

Unforgettable experiences await

Unforgettable experiences await

There is also plenty of history and culture to explore in the Dominican Republic, with a range of fascinating historical sites to explore. One of the most significant of these places is the first city in the New World, Santo Domingo, which was discovered in 1496 by Christopher Columbus’ brother, Bartolomeo. The city, one of the most heavily populated in the Caribbean, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a curious mix of medieval and the ultra-modern in terms of architecture.

Barbados Holidays

Barbados is a Caribbean destination that is enduringly popular with the British. While some of the architecture and even the recreational activities give off a very British feel, the gorgeous landscapes, beautiful beaches and sizzling sunshine will make you think of any place but home. Barbados combines a relaxed vibe and chilled out ambiance with vibrant nightlife, exciting festivities and fascinating culture.

You will be able to choose from a number of popular beach resorts when you visit Barbados, with stunning areas such as St James and Christ Church. Along the coast of St James, which is a favourite with the rich and famous, you will find Holetown, which was the first British settlement in Barbados. No matter which of these stunning destinations you choose for your holiday, you’re guaranteed to feel you’ve escaped to another world. Drink in those breath-taking surroundings and immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere of the Caribbean.

Source: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/holidays/advertiser-feature/co-operative-travel-top-affordable-caribbean-breaks

I bet this article helped you make, or at least start with, your plans. At the end of the day, it’s not how much money you have that is going to matter. It’s how you make the most of what you have and enjoy it.

Stuff To Ask For While On a Plane

Have you ever wondered if you should bother the flight attendant for a water refill? Perhaps you wanted to ask to ask for water or a pillow or whatever, but felt that you didn’t want to impose.

To put an end to all our what-ifs, read further and find out the 10 things we can  and should ask for while on the plane.

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Ask for on a Plane

by Christine Sarkis

(Photo: Smiling Flight Attendants and Pilot via Shutterstock)

(Photo: Smiling Flight Attendants and Pilot via Shutterstock)

From shrinking seats to ever-dwindling in-flight amenities, the airline industry really earns its tightfisted reputation. But if you know what to ask for, you’ll find that in-flight offerings are not quite as stingy as they seem. We asked author and former flight attendant Beth Blair for her tips on the free extras and services only available to those who know to ask.

So next time you’re hit with a headache onboard or have a thirst that’s going to take more than a glorified Dixie cup of soda to quench, know you can ask for—and most likely receive—a little onboard assistance.

Wing Pins for Kids

(Photo: Pilot Wings via Shutterstock)

(Photo: Pilot Wings via Shutterstock)

Most airlines have cut free food and snacks for adults and kids, but many still offer little flyers wing pins to commemorate their flight. According to Blair, “The pilots usually don’t have them though; it’s the flight attendants who have them stashed somewhere in the cabin.” Can you ask for a pin even if you don’t have kids in tow? We don’t know, but if you’ve tried, leave a comment below letting us know how it went!

The Whole Can

(Photo: Aeroflot Flight Attendant via withGod/Shutterstock.com)

(Photo: Aeroflot Flight Attendant via withGod/Shutterstock.com)

When you factor in the pile of ice that flight attendants load into those little plastic airline cups, you’ll find you’re not getting much liquid on each pass of the beverage cart. If you’ve got a thirst that’s going to take more than a few tablespoons of soda to quench, consider politely asking your flight attendant for the whole can. Blair says that most of the time, they’re happy to oblige. And if they can’t—for instance, because the plane is low on cans or isn’t getting restocked in the next city—flight attendants will still usually offer to simply come by again to refill your cup.

Basic Medicines and Bandages

(Photo: Pills in Hand via Shutterstock)

(Photo: Pills in Hand via Shutterstock)

Whether it’s for a headache from takeoff or lingering airport heartburn, many flights are stocked with basic medications such as painkillers and antacids. Blair says that, most of the time, flight attendants also have bandages on hand for minor cuts and that “if you’re hurt, flight attendants are experts at making ice packs for injuries (either out of plastic bags or sick sacks).” Knowing this makes us wish flight attendants got merit badges.

Editor’s Note: Some airlines may not allow their flight attendants to dispense over-the-counter medications. But if you need one, it never hurts to ask.

Water-Bottle Refills

(Photo: Water Bottles via Shutterstock)

(Photo: Water Bottles via Shutterstock)

As long as onboard supplies allow it, flight attendants are usually willing to refill your empty bottle of water for you. Blair says, “Most flight attendants are very generous with beverages.” Since passengers who carry their own water bottles will have had to empty them before going through security at the airport, this added service can come in extra handy for the hydration-conscious.

Help Finding a Doctor

(Photo: Stethoscope via Shutterstock)

(Photo: Stethoscope via Shutterstock)

Almost all airlines train cabin crew to ask for medical assistance onboard, so if you’ve got a personal medical emergency, a flight attendant will be your best bet for quickly finding a doctor in-flight. On most airlines, that means the flight attendant will make an announcement over the loudspeaker, but Lufthansa has a program which gives doctors frequent-flyer miles for identifying themselves to the airline in advance.

Seconds

(Photo: Pretzels via Shutterstock)

(Photo: Pretzels via Shutterstock)

Did the bag of tiny pretzels leave you peckish? If you’re flying an airline with free snacks or meals, you can ask for seconds. If, after all passengers are served, there’s extra, flight attendants are likely to grant your request. Blair says flight departure times can help you predict the likelihood of there being extra food: “On some flights it seems nearly all of the passengers pass on meals or snacks (such as late at night). Those flights are the best bet for getting seconds.”

Help Switching Seats

(Photo: Man Reading a Newspaper on Plane via Shutterstock)

(Photo: Man Reading a Newspaper on Plane via Shutterstock)

Have a seat assignment that’s got you sitting far from a travel companion? Flight attendants are often willing to help negotiate seat switches so you can sit together. They can help as long as there’s time, says Blair, so if you’re going to ask for help, do it soon after boarding. They may ask you to wait until everyone has taken their seats (or until you’re at cruising altitude), but it’s better to have your polite request on their radar for whenever they have a second.

Short-Term Babysitting

(Photo: Young Girl on Airplane via Shutterstock)

(Photo: Young Girl on Airplane via Shutterstock)

Parents flying alone with infants and small children have bladders too, and, happily, flight attendants are often more than willing to watch a baby or child for a few minutes while a parent runs to the bathroom or stretches his or her legs. “Watching babies was one of my favorite things to do in-flight,” says Blair. “For safety reasons, most airlines ask flight attendants to sit in the aisle passenger seat so they’re not standing and holding a baby.”

Cockpit Tours

(Photo: Pilot in Cockpit via Shutterstock)

(Photo: Pilot in Cockpit via Shutterstock)

It may seem incredible given the concern about cockpit security, but if you ask, many pilots are more than willing to give mini cockpit tours before or after the flight. The best time for a visit is usually after a flight has landed, since that’s when pilots tend not to be as rushed. Blair says, “Pilots love to get visitors, especially wide-eyed children. It makes their day to have the chance to show off their ‘office.'”

Sanitizing Wipes

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(Photo: Sanitizing Wipes via Shutterstock)

The stream of passengers passing through planes each day turns tray tables, armrests, and entertainment-system buttons into germ factories. If you’d like to clean your area before settling in, ask a flight attendant for a few sanitizing wipes; they often have them on hand, though it’s not something most passengers know they can ask for.

Source: http://www.smartertravel.com/photo-galleries/editorial/10-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-ask-for-on-a-plane.html?id=427

If there is still something else you have in mind, feel free to ask the flight attendant. It’s part of their job to help the passenger and answer questions. Asking is smart too. How else would you know if you do not ask, right? Good luck!

Islands, Islands, and More Islands!

Looking for some island getaways? I’m sure you want some suggestions. So here we are.

You know you want to have a relaxing vacation. Well these islands will give you that chance. Check these islands out and choose one for your next getaway.

Islands We Love (And So Do You)

By Irene Schneider and Ondine Cohane, Adam H. Graham, Kate Maxwell, Beata Santora

great islandsGreat islands from around the world, as determined by Condé Nast Traveler readers in 2010

We start with four islands that have it all.

Bali, Bora Bora, the Maldives, and Maui emerge, year after year, with scores at or near 90 in our Readers’ Choice Survey (which is now live year-round at cntraveler.com/vote). All four exhibit everything that’s idyllic about islands: lush palm trees tilting on superb beaches, horizons where infinite water meets infinite sky, tropical green interiors or tranquil blue lagoons, and extraordinary hotels on world-class playgrounds, wet and dry. We serve up this quartet as an appetizer to the following pages of 53 more islands, each of which highlights a portion of the pleasures that only these lush blue-and-green arcadias can deliver.

Maldives

It’s no surprise that in over 20 years of readers’ polls, the Maldives was the only contender to ever wrestle the “world’s favorite island” crown away from perennial champ Maui. The 1,192 islands of Asia’s smallest country (including these uninhabited isles in the Baa Atoll) encompass plenty of top-notch hotels and stunning beaches. The best of both are found on Baa, North Ari, and North Malé atolls, where colorful reef creatures and live coral provide plenty of photo ops, especially from the glass-hulled kayaks of the W Retreat & Spa and the underwater treatment rooms at the Huvafen Fushi. Swapping bespoke business suits for neoprene, stressed-out execs chase the curl aboard the 128-foot Four Seasons Explorer, while epicureans outgrow their bathing suits at chef Sandeep Narang’s Deep End on Emboodhu Finolhu Island. With so much diversion and extravagance, how does anyone leave?

Bora Bora

As famous and gorgeous as any island, tiny Bora Bora roared onto the luxury stage in the last decade. It now has one of the world’s highest concentrations of glamorous resorts—most of them built off-island on motus, the dinky ring of islets that enclose the lagoon—and afford views of Bora Bora itself. Among them are three Gold List properties—the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, an Intercontinental Resort & Thalasso Spa, and Le Méridien—as well as a Four Seasons, a Hilton, a St. Regis, two Sofitels (soon to merge), and the original swanky spot, the Hotel Bora Bora, now planning its fiftieth anniversary. Demand for overwater bungalows, even at rates near $1,000 a night, far exceeds that for beach bungalows, which are a (very) relative bargain.

Maui

Your favorite island in the world for 15 of the last 16 years, Maui has an uncanny ability to seamlessly blend abject luxury with up-country, red-dirt, black-lava Hawaii. A full day delivers the full range: Breakfast on eggs Benedict at the affordable Kula Lodge, then drive makai (toward the ocean) to browse the Shops at Wailea luxury mall, and lunch on Japanese tapas at Kai Wailea. After lunch, head back mauka (toward the mountains) to the Haleakala Volcano for moonscape hiking, or drive the legendary Hana Road toward the Hotel Hana-Maui, one of Maui’s four Gold List properties—along with the Fairmont Kea Lani, the Four Seasons, and the Grand Wailea. If you’ve got any oomph left, dine at the hippest casual eatery on the island, Mala, with locations in the Wailea Beach Marriott and oceanside in Lahaina.

Bali

If statistics were all that mattered, Bali would be tough to beat. The Indonesian powerhouse has produced 17 Hot List hotels over the past 15 years and 5 Gold List hotels in 2010 alone, and it has reigned supreme as one of your favorite islands in Asia for more than 20 years. But numbers don’t tell the whole story. In late July, Ku De Ta on Seminyak Beach hosts the island’s hottest beach party, with celebrity DJs and Cirque du Soleil performers, roasted barramundi and coral trout. At sunset, you’ll find photographers and historians at Tanah Lot Temple, a sixteenth-century Hindu sanctuary built on a rock outcrop off the southern coast. Nusa Dua is the ideal stretch of sand dotted with upscale hotels, including the intimate all-suite Amanusa, where the views will have you forgetting all about those pesky statistics.

Photo by Martin Westlake

Photo by Martin Westlake

Como Shambhala Estate promises rejuvenation after just three days, thanks to nutritionalists, yoga and martial arts masters, and an Ayurvedic doctor.

Photo by Rob Howard

Photo by Rob Howard

Since Darwin landed in 1835, hundreds of endemic species have been documented. So how did everyone miss the five-foot-long pink iguanas until 2009?

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Photo by Alamy Images

You’ll have to dig deeper into those shorts pockets here since Bermuda has one of the highest per capita incomes anywhere: $69,900.

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Photo by iStock Photo

The fruite of the coco-de-mer, which grows in the Seychelles, has the largest seeds on earth, weighing 33 to 66 pounds each!

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Photo by iStock Photo

Puerto Rico have us the piña colada, Oahu the mai tai, and Singapore the sling, but Cuba is king, having created daiquiris, mojitos, and Cuba libres. ¡Salud!

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Photo by Alamy Images

Belly up in the home of great Caribbean beach bars, including the Bitter End’s English Pub, Bomba’s Surfside Shack, De Loose Mongoose, Foxy’s Bar, and the Soggy Dollar Bar.

Photo by Getty

Photo by Getty

Pasta con le sarde: Brown garlic in olive oil. Add toasted bread crumbs and pine nuts, then chopped sardines. Salt and pepper to taste, serve over bucatini. Buon appetitio!

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Photo by Getty

Originating on the island, the steel drum began as a device for enslaved Africans to communicate. Though outlawed by the British in 1783, it survived to define the sound of Mardi Gras and calypso.

Photo by Pointed Leaf Press

Photo by Pointed Leaf Press

Future Moko Jumbies (stilt walkers) of Trinidad’s Carnival practice their craft at Dragon Keylemanjahro School of Arts and Culture.

Photo by Rachel Weill

Photo by Rachel Weill

Many of the bungalows of Hold List favorite Le Méridien Bora Bora have glass-bottom floors, ideal for nighttime fish gazing.

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Photo by iStock Photo

Our favorite Anguilla beaches, and why: Meads Bay for beachcombing; Shoal Bay East for swimming and snorkeling; Maundays Bay for dining at Cap Juluca; and Rendezvous Bay for the Dune Preserve.

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Photo by iStock Photo

The underwater population of the Great Barrier Reef—not counting divers—includes: 4,000 species of mollusks 1,5000 species of fish 30 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises 14 species of sea snakes

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Photo by iStock Photo

According to Reader’s Choice Survey, 2009: Maldives: 92.0 Maui: 90.0 St. John: 88.9 Anguilla: 88.3 Culebra: 87.8

Source: http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2010-06-08/islands-we-love-and-so-do-you

Don’t you love them? If you are a swimmer, a diver, or just someone who loves water, you now have some great choices that you can further explore. Just don’t forget to have fun!

International Places to Help You Relax

With the lifestyles getting more and more hectic, relaxation is often something gets ignored – even though we know how important it is. Vacations often turn out as hectic as daily life. However, like this article points out, we need to relax and get away from the busy lights and noisy traffic – we need to take a break!

This article will take us to the 10 of the most relaxing spots in the universe! Let’s read on…

Top 10 Relaxing Spots In The World

Relaxation is not something everyone can afford these days. Just as food and nourishment are necessary for personal growth, so are rest and leisure. You want to go on holiday and you want to relax, you don’t want the hustle of the tourist destinations but you don’t want to be so secluded that you feel like you’re on a real life ‘Lost’ island. Peace and tranquility is what most of us desire when we have had enough of life’s stresses. For those that are seeking relaxation, we are presenting them, 10 of the most relaxing spots in the world. We are going to help you to decide where is going to be your next holiday location. Grab a coffee and relax as you go to this article!

Maldives

MaldivesA country of more than 1,000 small islands holidays can be enjoyed in Maldives with a colorful and tropical life with extraordinary coral reefs that are fit for snorkelling and diving. Few of the islands are so small that each island is a playful resort in its own way. This resort spot on the beach is perfect, so you can relax and enjoy with your friends or family.

Thassos

ThassosRemote from the organized mass tourism of Athens and the most famous Greek islands, Thassos remains relatively unknown although it is easily accessible from the mainland. It is known as the “Emerald of the Aegean”. There are many traditional mountain villages and many sparkling beaches. Definitely, Thassos is one of the most relaxing islands of Greece. This spot on the beach is both playful and peaceful. You can grab a coffee or cocktail, and enjoy.

Bora Bora

Bora BoraBora Bora undoubtedly fits this kind of classic, laid-back mindset. Sun drenched tropical beaches and their particular associated temperature cry away regarding sunshine worshipers by evening, and recuperation coming from that temperature and sunlight before bed. This spot is perfect for a get away from the particular tensions associated with lifestyle. This tropical spot associated with Bora Bora is the individual relaxation oasis.

Sicily

SicilyAs is the case with every Italian region, there’s enough variety to Sicily that everyone will find something entertaining on the island. You can enjoy in this beautiful beach spot while reading a book or a magazine, and even if you’re not a hard core foodie it’s hard to resist the temptations of the foods of Sicily. Pizza, anyone?

Acapulco

AcapulcoOn the coast of the state of Guerrero, 390 kilometers from Mexico City, this is one of the most internationally known vacation destinations in Mexico. This Acapulco Bay spot, in all its magnificent beauty, invites us to enjoy and have romantic night.

Lefkada

LefkadaIf you want to have relaxing vacation,then you should choose this beautiful Greek island. There are a plenty of beautiful sandy beaches on the island, but the most popular include Porto Katsiki and Egremni Beach. This peaceful and beautiful spot is well organized with white sun beds. Visitors don’t miss enjoying in fresh and tasty fruits.

Thailand

ThailandFriendly and fun-loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic, Thailand radiates a golden hue from its glittering temples and tropical beaches. This Thailand spot is a fascinating and exotic to enjoy. You can relax, enjoy while watching the peaceful ocean, or the sunrise with your loved one.

Maldives

MaldivesMixed the enjoyment with the crystal clear waters of the ocean and white sands along with the ocean. Holidays in this Maldives spot most certainly, will be the mostly quiet and charming.

French Polynesia

French PolynesiaSculpted with sky-piercing, moss-green peaks and vivid turquoise lagoons, sultry French Polynesia is a place to take it slow and experience warm, laid-back islands. Take a rest at one of these blue chairs and enjoy in the peaceful view of the sea.

Bora Bora

Bora BoraYou can most certainly find you inner self in one of the many luxury over-water bungalows on Bora Bora lagoon. Choose this perfect spot, and enjoy in the beautiful and peaceful Bora Bora.

Source: http://www.topinspired.com/top-10-relaxing-spots-in-the-world/

I got relaxed just looking at these gorgeous photos. Nothing beats a relaxation getaway. No matter how busy we are, how expensive a vacation might be, we need it.