What does the summer of 2012 have in store for travelers like us? Which cities are calling out our names? Which hotels are clearing up their reservations? Which beaches are welcoming the bright and shining sun? The top cities to visit across the planet always remain unlimited. But we have tried to name the top five this summer. Whether its shopping that drives you or cultural heritage that attracts you, whether its nightlife you are looking for or history is our cup of tea, we are sure that a lot many of you would agree with this list.
Yup, you guessed it! London is hosting the Summer Olympics for the third time. The capital has completely transformed in preparation for the Games. It’s an experience not found anywhere else—from rushing to catch the underground tube, to watching the Tower Bridge lift allowing ships to pass—you don’t want to miss it. With the Olympic Games’ diversity goals, London has filled with tourists from all cultural backgrounds and nationalities across the planet. If you were worried about getting lost in a big city like London, you shouldn’t be! There are an estimated one million tourists expected this summer. Be sure to find the right hotel in London and book beforehand so that you don’t face any unnecessary hassles.
The first city that comes to mind when you mention India is New Delhi. But traveling further down South introduces you to Bangalore or Bengaluru, flourishing with history and culture. Amongst its welcoming residents who are high on the good life, Bangalore is home to much of India’s popular cuisines and party destinations. Filled with some amazing night hotspots and exotic cultural locales, this city is run on a high-speed metro system that can get you from one tourist attraction to another in no time. If cultural experiences are your thing, then you cannot miss the rich history of Bangalore this summer!
In recent years, Oman has focused all efforts on attracting tourists from all around the world. From opening new museums to building comfortable resorts, Muscat has been the centre of this re-development. The capital now flourishes with endless cultural events and luxurious accommodation for travelers from every part of the globe. The sun does indeed shine bright in Muscat, with temperatures reflecting those of a true summer city. Apart from the renovation taking place across the city, Muscat still takes pride in their old town souks—the real cultural home to the Middle East. This promises to be a unique destination different than others. If that is your taste, then what are you waiting for?!
When it comes to shopping, Hong Kong is definitely the place to be this summer. It remains the most liberated city in China as it continues efforts in becoming a full democracy. Hong Kong is known as Asia’s ‘city that never sleeps’. If you’re concerned about being bored this summer, then Hong Kong promises to provide endless activities, 24/7! Built around temples and monuments, the day can be spent visiting infinite tourist spots. Spend the evening exploring the villages or go shopping and gallery hopping across the busy city. As the sun begins to set, check out the famous bars of Soho. Of course, you can’t miss the city’s exotic food stalls. Be sure to take a day to visit the city’s new top attraction: the Toy Story theme park in Disney Land! If you want variety, then don’t miss Hong Kong this summer!
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Now this is a special addition for those who love history! Some may like it while others wouldn’t be too interested. Whatever the case is, it is undeniably a beautiful tourist location. Last year’s $56m project resulted in the opening of a new museum and various movie theatres and exhibits across the area. Furthermore, the site of Japan’s surrender along with various other historical phenomena lies in the heart of Oahu. Pearl Harbor, home to historic naval vessels, is definitely a place to visit for those interested in a dash of history combined with sea adventures.
Sohaib Siddique moved to London after falling in love with the city during a weekend city break. He now works for a London taxi advertising company that are known for providing successful taxi advertising solutions for World leading brand for over a decade.