According to US News & World Report Travel here are their top 25 places to travel to. We’ve been to 11 of the places. Also, we were recently asked what our favorite place was and it got us thinking that we couldn’t just name one. So here is the list that we compiled. We like specific things about many places. So here’s our favorite list (so far) and this will change as we see more places around the world:
Favorite Pool – You know one of our favorite things are sun, beaches and pools, here are two pools we love – Aruba Marriott Surf Club’s Lazy River Pool and the Bahama’s Atlantis water slides.
Favorite Beach – Sometimes we just want to go somewhere and lie on the beach to relax without technology and here are our favorites. Horseshoe Bay Beach – the gentle surf for being in the Atlantic Ocean. This is a must do anytime we are in Bermuda. On the other side of the country, you can’t beat Ka’anapali Beach, in Maui, Hawaii – just a relaxing experience with a tropical breeze (although a long flight for us).
Favorite European City – There is still much more to explore but our two favorites are London – lots of music history to be explored and easy to get around, a very walkable big city. Barcelona, a great walking city with lots of history and on the Mediterranean. We still remember from almost 7 years ago, arriving at our hotel and seeing the Red Bull planes flying their obstacle course out our window. What an unexpected thrill for Dave.
Favorite Public Transportation – St. Petersburg, Russia subway is so clean and it’s like traveling through and art gallery all underground – way underground (it’s the longest escalator we’ve ever been on). According to Wikipedia, the deepest station is over 280’. We also love the Hop On Hop Off Buses throughout Europe. It makes getting around cities really easy to go from one place to another even if there is a language barrier. We used them in Oslo, London, Tallin, Barcelona, and more.
Favorite Hotel – Hotel Arts in Barcelona – great ocean front hotel with excellent service and within walking distance from town and Las Ramblas (Main Street). Hyatt Regency Maui – terrific beachfront hotel that we spent our first anniversary at when it opened and my favorite penguins (Oreo and George) in the lobby.
Favorite Cruise Line – Royal Caribbean has itineraries all over the world with ships of all sizes and a great loyalty program that is easy to understand and you can move up the levels pretty easily. You know that we love those perks and benefits that comes with the reward programs.
Favorite Airline – American Airlines – hands down the best airline for us. They have excellent service and it’s easy to travel on award miles (we never had a time we couldn’t use our miles for where and when we wanted to go). The online shopping and dining rewards are so easy to use to earn miles and keep your accounts active. Our recent flight was delayed and they provided food and drinks to all for the inconvenience.
Favorite Restaurant – Flying Fishbone, Aruba (See Top Picture), you actual hang your shoes on a shoe tree as your table is actually in the ocean. Sonz Maui at Swan Court, a tranquil restaurant by the ocean. Another great restaurant experience, was the restaurant in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. We had a great traditional Danish meal with our friends.
There are so many places we have been and it’s hard to just pick one, but this is partial list. It will change and be updated as we travel more, so keep reading my newsletter for updates.