Where do you go when you want to immerse yourself in cutting edge fashion, cool art, futuristic design and stylish music? Well you go to one of these trendy travel destinations of course – where only the seriously stylish need apply!
As the capital of Germany, and since the fall of the wall, Berlin has emerged as an exciting and cutting-edge city escape. Creative types have flocked to Berlin, eager to carve a niche for themselves. As a result there are boutiques stocking locally designed clothing and accessories, nightly music performances and a wealth of upmarket restaurants. And finding a place to stay in this city is not hard; there are more than 800 hotels to suit all budgets. There are ample cultural and historical sights to see by day. Visit the Schloss Charlottenburg place and see the amazing architecture that held the royal family for decades. Berlin is also a popular destination for beer aficionados during Oktoberfest.
Cape Town, South Africa
Dubbed as one of the “World’s Top 10 Most Loved Cities”, Cape Town has a unique feeling. With a host of natural sights, a lively cultural scene and a wealth of sporting facilities, Cape Town is in a league of its own. There are beaches, vineyards, whale watching opportunities and hiking trails up mighty Table Mountain. This South African city has numerous five star hotels, but can also accommodate those traveling on a budget, which is part of its universal appeal. There are bus tours available to take visitors to highlights such as the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, which is Cape Town’s center for shopping and dining. One of the main attractions is Table Mountain. Travellers interested in native plants will enjoy Cape Point, Cape Town’s famous national park. Zip line through the breathtaking terrain and take in the stunning coastline.
Shanghai is a totally unique city in China – the fast-paced modern metropolis pulses with light and life 24/7. The cityscape and tree-lined streets feel European in style and the Shanghainese are passionate about fashion and technology. World-class malls stocking leading international fashions, electronics and accessories are easily found, as are gourmet restaurants. Visitors to Shanghai experience museums such as the Xian Tian Di Museum, which offers visitors a unique perspective of ancient Chinese culture. Shopaholics will be at home on the Nanjing Road – the place to worship all things commercial! Nightlife is loud and lively on the Huangpu River, where buildings are illuminated with bright lights at night. Take a night cruise, enjoy a cocktail or dance the night away at one of the river’s many night clubs.
Montreal has a unique swagger that gives it both a French and European eclectic atmosphere; this cosmopolitan city has more happening than any other city in Canada. The city is known for its prosperous arts scene and the amazing boutique hotels, as well as the glamorous eateries. It’s common to hear both French and English spoken here, which really adds to the charm. Those who love an open farmer’s market should explore the Marché Jean-Talon. With hundreds of local vendors, this is the happening spot in the city. And chill out in Montreal’s is Mount Royal Park, which is much like Central Park in New York City, just with more features to enjoy.
Auckland, New Zealand
The city of volcanoes, aka Auckland, is New Zealand’s biggest and most multicultural city. The influence here comes from both Asia and Polynesia lending a laidback, understated fashionable atmosphere. The hip inner city districts feature boutiques with locally produced goods, good quality hotels and cutting edge restaurants. There are also some of the most beautiful landscapes and beaches in the world – after all, this is where the awesome Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was filmed! Travellers should check out Sky City, the tallest skyscraper in the southern hemisphere. If you’re feeling lucky you can try your luck in the Sky City Casino. Explore the famous Waitomo Caves and take a boat excursion to Fullers Rangitoto Island. Whether you choose to visit Auckland for the beaches, scenic parks or hiking trails – there’s plenty going on here!