Macau; the Las Vegas of the East, has certainly made its fortune from the fortunes of others. The Macau peninsula connects Macau to mainland China and it is here that the casinos, hotels and entertainment venues are clustered. Busloads of gambling visitors arrive daily from China, and with the opening of several behemoth, Las Vegas-style casinos, this is only set to increase.
Despite being made famous by Humphrey Bogart in the movie of the same name, Casablanca (or 'The White House') is relatively untouched by the tourist trade. This is a small Moroccan city where English-speakers are few (locals speak French, Arabic and a little Spanish) and life is more or less the same way it has been for hundreds of years, give or take a few pieces of modern industry.
Florida may be a haven for retirees but they aren’t responsible for Saint Augustin’s nicknames of “old town” or “ancient town”. Locals affectionately refer to their small town like so because this quaint site of historical importance is the oldest, continuously inhabited community established by Europeans in North America.
Saturated with history, the city of Athens offers a combination of ancient and modern cultures. Athens is considered by many to be the birthplace of civilization, but don't be surprised to find historical sites like the Acropolis resting alongside modern designer stores and restaurants.
Portugal was once the most powerful country on the planet, and the heart of that lion was Lisbon. The city's rich cultural heritage is not a museum piece, but lived-in and used by the locals and visitors who sleep in hotels housed within two-hundred year old buildings and dance the night away in clubs that were once the halls of kings.
No matter where you go in this town, you will hear the honky tonk strains of country music floating out of bar windows. If you're a fan of country, this is the place to be. If not, either go elsewhere or strap on a ten gallon hat and grit your teeth. This is Nashville, after all.
Bustling with energy, history and people, Manila is the ever-growing capital of the Philippines. Though many of what were considered the city’s most beautiful sites saw a lot of destruction in World War II, Manila has built itself back up and never lost its position as the country’s center in every way.
Ft Lauderdale is a city that offers all the usual Florida earmarks. Bayou tours, amusement parks and white sandy beaches make this an ideal family area, and the tourism industry here is primarily geared towards visitors with kids. Except for Spring Break, when the town is overrun with vacationing college kids; plenty of fun for the youths but less attractive for anyone not in the mood for all-night parties.
Prague is a city that must be explored at leisure. Even those who have visited many times will discover new treasures in this ancient and dark city each time they return. It is the birth place of emperors, astronomers and artists, from Mozart and Klíma to Kafka.
San Diego is the idyllic, refined pocket of California that seems to provide a genteel combination of fun and maturity. The beaches are the great drawcard for holidaymakers. All are free to the public, safe and the mild climate gives more months of the year over to shell collecting and lounging in the sand.
Chicago, the Windy City and home to the legendary gangsters of the 1920s, who were part of the creation of American modern folklore. There are a few attractions that you have to visit in Chicago – some of them on the beaten track and a couple that you may not hear about so often.