A Trip Around the World with DK Travel Guides

When I first traveled to Paris many years ago, I went out in search of a guidebook. Not just a good guidebook, I wanted a great one with details of all the must-see sights plus all of the insider information. And with some maps, too!

So what did I buy? I purchased a DK Eyewitness Travel Guide for Paris, and ever since then, these are my go-to travel guide books, love!! 

So when I got an email from them recently offering a free 'Where to Go When' book, I jumped at the chance. Let's take a look at this fantastic around the world itinerary I wish all of us could take! Not that these amazing destinations are meant to be seen all in one year, but wow, wouldn't that be incredible??!

Where to go When - DK Eyewitness Travel

January: Jamaica
Why? Reggae, rum and relaxation in the Caribbean sun, of course! Soak up the rays at Negril beach, go cascading down Dunn's River Falls or visit Dolphin Cove. Bamboo rafting, horseback riding and visiting the beautiful Dry Harbour Mountains round out the trip.

February: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Why? The capital city of Canada, Ottawa offers an array of history and winter fun! Visit the National Gallery of Canada, go ice skating on the frozen Rideau Canal, and check out the ice sculptures at Confederation Park. Take on a toboggan run in Jacques Cartier Park or try snowshoeing in Gatineau Park.

March: Cancun, Mexico
Why? The warmth of the Mexican people, culture, stunning turquoise waters, and the Decent of Kukulcan, seen best during the March equinox. Drive over to the spectacular Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, then onto Merida, or go bird watching at the Celestun mangrove lagoon. 

April: Kyoto, Japan
Why? The cherry blossoms in Japan are in full bloom in April, enough said. Visit Imperial Palace Park, Nijo Castle, along with numerous temples and shrines, including Tofuku-ji Temple with it's traditional zen garden. Visit the hot springs at Funaoka Onsen in the valleys of Kurama and Kibuen for a relaxing end to your trip.

May: London, UK
Why? With cooler temperatures, you'll beat the summer crowds in London, but will still be able to take in all the sights including the many stately homes and gardens in Hampshire, Sussex, Cotswolds, Kent and Wiltshire. A perfect time to visit!

June: Reykjavik, Iceland
Why? Mild Iceland temperatures in June mean you can really get out and explore this land of fire and ice. Visit the National Museum in Reykjavik, explore the Golden Circle Tour including Gullfoss waterfall, swim at Blue Lagoon, and enjoy the open-air hot springs at Fjallabak Reserve. Sounds heavenly, doesn't it?

July: Mendoza, Argentina
Why? If you're missing the winter snow, Mendoza offers Andes skiing in July, as well as streets to meander along, and of course, world-famous Argentinian wineries where you can relax for an afternoon. Or longer!

August: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Why? The Festival of Esala Perahera, where nearly 1 million Buddhists gather to celebrate the ceremonial procession to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth annually in Sri Lanka. It's the largest event of its' kind in the world! Don't miss visiting the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage and the Peradenia Botanical Gardens.

September: Galway, Ireland
Why? For the Guinness and oysters at the Galway Oyster Festival, of course! Once you've had your fill, other sights to view in Ireland include St. Nicholas's Collegiate Church, the town of Connemara, the Aran Islands, and then back to Galway for more fun, food and festivities.

October: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Why? The wonderment of the 9-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta held every October. With more than 500 balloons heading up into the air simultaneously at dawn, this is an amazing event to see in person. Add Old Town to this mix and you've got a perfect way to spend a week in October.

November: Dijon, France
Why? It's France! Take an autumn river cruise along the Burgundy Canal. Sights along this gorgeous route include Fosse Dionne springs, Renaissance Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc, wine museums and more.

December: Sydney, Australia
Why? New Year's Eve, naturally! There's no better place to start the New Year than the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and its' nearby Opera House. How amazing would it be to see the fireworks above this backdrop in Australia?? Be sure to take in the sun at Bondi Beach and venture to the picturesque Hunter Valley.

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