VACATION IDEAS

Photos: 8 Trips Everyone Should Do

From hang gliding in Los Angeles to dancing the tango in Buenos Aires, these getaways are almost as fun to look at as they are to take!

By , Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013, 8:57 PM

Source Article: Photos: 8 Trips Everyone Should Do

The Rhine River at  Loreley in Germany

The Rhine River at the iconic Lorelei in Germany—an example of what you might expect from a classic European River Cruise.

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Castle Reichenstein near Trechtingshausen in Middle Rhine Valley, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Castle Reichenstein near Trechtingshausen, one of the sights along the Rhine.

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Riverboat on Rhine River to Basel Switzerland

A riverboat on the Rhine on its way to Basel, Switzerland.

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Elephant herd crossing the road, Kenya, Africa.

An elephant herd crossing the road is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime experience you'll be craning your neck for on a game-viewing ride on a safari in Kenya.

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Game viewing vehicle on Safari with two giraffes, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, East Africa

The only shooting you'll see on a trip to Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is photographers aiming at iconic African mammals like these giraffes.

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Tourists in boat look at waterbuck antelopes on Naivasha Lake, Kenya, Africa.

Safaris aren't limited to land. Here, visitors watch waterbuck antelopes on Kenya's Naivasha Lake.

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Snorkeling in San Pedro, Belize.

Snorkeling in Belize is surprisingly easy for almost any traveler—not to mention unforgettable.

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Snorkeling in Belize Central America

An up-close-and-personal encourter while snorkeling in Belize.

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Aerial shot of the coast of Belize

Belize's Blue Hole is a popular dive spot made famous by Jacques Cousteau.

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Hang gliding in California

A perfect day for hang gliding in Los Angeles.

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Tandem gliding at sunset

Tandem gliding with an expert pilot is a unique way to enjoy a California sunset.

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Hang gliders against blue sky.

You'll bring home a truly brag-worthy story after gliding over Southern California.

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Tuscany hills San Gimignano Italy

Cooking lessons in Tuscany mean you're surrounded by rolling farmland—and often by vineyards and olive trees.

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Cooking Class Tuscany Italy

A friendly, supportive environment is just one of the perks (along with fresh hand-made pasta and maybe even gelato) of a cooking lesson in Tuscany.

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Handmade ravioli gnocchi Italian cooking class Tuscany

Cooking lessons may not sound like the ultimate adventure—but when you serve your friends your own ravioli and gnocchi they'll want to hear all about your trip.

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Tango dancers perform in San Telmo in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dancing isn't limited to stages and dance halls in Argentina, which is why the perfect way to get to know the country is by taking tango lessons in Buenos Aires.

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Rosario City Argentina tango dancers

Tango permeates the culture of Argentina, not only in Buenos Aires but also in smaller communities.

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Man and woman dancing Argentine tango

The flashy, ambitious moves of experienced tango dancers will leave you breathless, but beginners can learn a much more subdued—and manageable—version of the dance.

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Little girl and grandfather on beach

Genealogy travel is a growing business that allows families—of all generations—to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors.

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Family portrait of a family reunion at the ocean.

Americans of all ethnic backgrounds can explore their heritage thanks to online resources and companies that specialize in routes to your roots.

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Genealogy family history theme with old family photos and documents

A genealogy expert can help interpret your family's photographs and documents as you establish your own old-country itinerary.

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students Ciudad Vieja, Antigua, Guatemala

Volunteer vacations offer a chance to teach kids arts and crafts, language, and other skills.

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Volunteer Abroad Costa Rica

Costa Rica is just one of many volunteer vacation opportunities abroad, including education, wildlife conservation, and construction projects.

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Volunteering India IVHQ

Volunteers can travel to India to work with children in orphanages and schools.

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