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Travel hotspots of 2014

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Summer is right around the corner, which means you might want to start thinking about your travel plans. With the Sochi Winter Olympics over, the concentration is now on the FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Brazil at the beginning of June. If soccer isn’t your thing, you must have noticed the travel-related articles on BuzzFeed that are showing up all over your Facebook newsfeed. Whether it is the article that details the “27 Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die” or the listings of the “22 Beaches That Will Make You Forget About the Polar Vortex,” you have probably started to feel the effects of the cabin fever that has most likely set in from this winter season, and how much you cannot wait to book a summer vacation.

You can make your yearly pilgrimage to Disneyland, or the Florida Keys, or maybe even a weekend trip to a coastal town like Myrtle Beach, South Carolina or Newport, Rhode Island. But if you really want to shake things up this summer, take flight to one of these vacation spots that are on the rise.

No matter where you decide, make sure to travel somewhere at sometime this summer! Whether you are a student, working or retired, you need to get away from the ordinary. Clear your mind, relax, and enjoy the escape that a vacation can give you. If traveling is something you love to do, you might be the right candidate for a career in the hospitality industry. As one of the fastest growing industries in the world, it is said that every one in six people have a career in hospitality. Consider registering at one of Star Career Academy’s Hospitality and Restaurant Management programs to get you on track for the career that’s right for you.

Rio de Janiero, Brazil
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Rio de Janiero, Brazil

If you love soccer, beautiful beaches and beautiful people, then Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the trip for you. Although it may be hard to find a hotel at a decent price, if you plan to travel between June 12th and July 13th, it’s still worth a shot if you want to catch a few games during the FIFA World Cup or sit back and relax on the beach. Rio de Janeiro is a huge city that offers everything you and your travel companions may want from a vacation spot. Whether it’s sightseeing, restaurants, nightlife or beachfront accommodations, Rio de Janeiro has it all. 

Seminyak, Bali
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Seminyak, Bali

The travel location that is fast growing in recent popularity is Seminyak, a small resort town on the island of Bali, Indonesia. If you are looking for both a classy and international vacation spot, Seminyak is for you. The town is geared towards luxury clientele, with high-end restaurants and bars and lush, luxurious beachfront accommodations. With its quiet, laid back beaches, high-end spas and boutique shopping, Seminyak is definitely an escape from the day-to-day places. 

Turkey
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Turkey

If beaches and relaxation aren’t really up to your speed, exploring an ancient European city may be just the trip you are looking for. Now, we can all agree that a vacation to any major city in Europe is sure to guarantee a life-changing and memorable experience. We’ve noticed over the past few months that many travel enthusiasts are straying from the ever popular Italy, France and UK trips (perhaps because they’ve already done those) and opting for cities in Eastern Europe. Turkey is one of those places. This mixture of Greek, Roman and early Christian history is present in everything you see, from archaeological sites to ancient architecture. In addition to its rich history, Turkey is also up-to-date with world-class restaurants, nightlife, and shopping that are sure to give the other European shopping capitals a run for their money. A trip to Turkey this summer is sure to add immense cultural and historical values to your travel memories. 

Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado

If you were looking for a vacation that was a little more domestic (and yet a lot more active), consider a trip to Colorado. While Denver (as well all of Colorado), is very popular during the winter months, the ski resorts are also open in the summer, offering a myriad of non-snow-related outdoors activities to take advantage of. In the off-season, you can zip-line through the trees or mountain bike down the ski slopes before relaxing in one of the spas in any of the ski resorts. When visiting Colorado, make sure to schedule at least a day at the Rocky Mountain National Park. Camping is available in the areas around the park, which is by far the best way to experience the Colorado Rockies. The National Park has 77 peaks above 12,000 feet, offering some of the best hiking and nature trails in the country. Denver is also known for its highly praised restaurants, boutique shopping and upbeat nightlife. If you haven’t already done so, Colorado is one state you should definitely visit in your future. 

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