Bucket List Destination: Hawaii

Sixth in a series: Our Team’s Dream Destinations Must-See Islands? Each of the six Hawaiian Islands has distinct features and sightseeing opportunities, but the most commonly visited by tourists are Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and The Big Island. Best Time to Travel? Hawaii is a year-round destination, but rates often peak from December to March. April to June and September to the beginning of December are considered off-season months. To view migrating humpback whales from the island of Maui, January through March is the best time to plan a visit, with prime viewing opportunities in February. Why Visit? A warm ohana…
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Bucket List Destination: The Galapagos Islands

Fourth in a series: Our Team’s Dream Destinations Located approximately 605 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands of the Pacific Ocean fascinate nature lovers and ecotourists alike. The island group consists of 18 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 islets. Two airports serve locals and tourists, who often arrive by plane to embark on one of the small ships that explore the region. Must-See Islands? Each island in the Galapagos has its trademarks, and travelers should consider which landscapes, activities, and wildlife are their personal must-dos. Some of the most popular islands for tourists include Santa…
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Bucket List Destination: The Greek Islands

Third in a series: Our Team’s Dream Destinations The deep blues of the Aegean Sea, the sparkling white walls of the island architecture, and the bursting pinks of the creeping bougainvillea enchant travelers who long for respite on the Greek Islands. Must-See Islands? There are more than 6,000 Greek islands and only 227 have inhabitants. Islands considered must-see islands for first-time visitors include Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Paros, and Naxos. Best Time to Travel? Generally, April to October is the best time of year to visit the Greek Islands, but those hoping to enjoy the beautiful beaches should plan for a…
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Bucket List Destination: Vietnam and Cambodia

second in a series: Our Team’s Dream Destinations Vietnam and Cambodia are bucket list destinations for many travelers who are drawn to the fascinating history, beautiful beaches, creative food scene, and scenic landscapes of these neighboring countries. Must-See Cities? Vietnam: Hanoi, Nha Trang, Hoi Ann, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang Cambodia: Angkor, Phnom Penh, Koh Ker, Siem Reap Best Time to Travel? Rainy season can vary by region, so some considerations must be made when planning your visit to Vietnam and Cambodia. Regions of these countries can also be quite hot and humid during particular times of year. Generally,…
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Interactive Bucket List Planner

The team at Encompass the World Travel and Westlake Travel wants you to dream big dreams about your future vacations and contact us to help you with your bucket list. Using our interactive planner as a guide, consider the experiences you’d like to have and the destinations you’d like to visit. Our team can assist with budget, best time of year to travel, and how to make your travel dreams happen! We will continue to celebrate bucket list travel planning all winter long, so subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media so you don’t miss a post!