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Finland – Holiday Club – Katinkulta

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Holiday Club Katinkulta – the most versatile holiday resort in the Nordic Countries – is located in the Kainuu region in North Eastern Finland. The landscape of the region consists mostly of large areas of forest-covered fells and lakes.

Katinkulta provides you with the opportunities to enjoy practically any kind of recreation, from golf to the new Angry Birds Activity Park for the whole family.

In the winter, visitors of Holiday Club Katinkulta are treated to the breathtaking ski trails and slopes of the Vuokatti ski resort. Should poor weather threaten to ruin your fun, have no fear as the spa hotel is full of all kinds of indoor activities.

Holiday Club Katinkulta is also a first-rate conference center.

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Accommodation

At Holiday Club Katinkulta, you can choose your accommodation between the spa hotel and high-quality holiday houses. Would you prefer a spacious hotel room in the Holiday Club Katinkulta complex, where you can simply throw on a dressing gown and stroll over to the spa section for a swim, some sauna bathing or relaxing spa treatments? Or how about a luxurious holiday house with a fully equipped kitchen and your private sauna, among other amenities, in the immediate vicinity of the Katinkulta spa and its myriad services?

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20 Places You Have to See!

20. Lantern Festival, Taiwan

Here’s a photo you’ve likely seen doing the endless rounds on social media – and it’s little wonder due to the spectacular nature of the photograph, which encapsulates the spirit and wonder of the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in Taiwan.

19. Great Wall of China

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since you were born, you would have a preconceived notion of what these series of fortifications made out of stone, brick, wood and other materials look like. Sure, it’s not your usual ‘see it in your 20s’ destination, but at some point you’ve gotta wear thin of partying til the sun rises, so go on – get cultured…

18. Santorini, Greece

Here’s one of the most over-photographed little seaside towns the world has to offer. Regardless of how many times snaps like this have made it to instagram, this would still have to be one of the ‘must see’ travel destinations for 20-somethings.

17. Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, USA

If you think it’s beautiful in the heat of summer, then try visiting Yosemite in a thick layer of snow in winter – words just can’t describe.

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16. Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan

Here’s one you probably haven’t heard of and neither had I when writing this article, so you should probably do a quick copy+paste and check it out if you’re looking for something seriously off the beaten path…

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15. XS Nightclub, Las Vegas

Okay so it wouldn’t be a list for 20-somethings if it didn’t include Vegas – and what better inclusion than that of Vegas’ arguably most happening club – XS. The only problem is getting in…. be prepared for guest lists, long lines, and crowds to leave even VIPs feeling smothered.

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14. Havana, Cuba

Now here’s an unsung hero lying quietly and waiting for the world to discover her. Havana is indeed a time warp and the central hub of Cuba. It’s progressively gaining popularity for travelers seeking adventure beyond the confines of a contiki bus tour, so be sure to get in before it’s too late.

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13. Petra, Jordan

For a reason that is beyond me, Jordan remains one of the less celebrated destinations to visit for travelers seeking out-of-this-world experiences and unbeatable history/culture. The photo speaks for itself…

12. New York City, New York, USA

It’s an oldie but a goodie – New York, New York. You should definitely try to make it here in your 20s and soak up the underground bars and clubs, bustling streets above ground, and the peaceful oasis that is central park. It’s a concrete jungle, sure… but it’s where dreams are made of – right Jay Z?

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11. Lapland, Finland

If you haven’t seen photos of the northern lights – one of the world’s most astounding natural beauties – then be sure to throw the term ‘Lapland Finland northern lights’ into Google. Lapland is a great place to base yourself for some serious star-gazing in the winter months. Expect to be sitting in permanent darkness without a clue as to the time, but its an unrivaled experience you won’t get elsewhere.

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10. Death Valley, USA

Okay, so there’s not much there….. and people that have been will probably tell you not to go (probably being the key word here). But it’s a great place to visit if you’re doing the Coast to Coast road trip or on your way through to Vegas for Los Angeles.

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9. Mount Fitz Roy, on the border of Chile and Argentina

This one’s much more of a challenge and probably one to keep on the dreamlist rather than the bucketlist – but nonetheless, we have one of the world’s hardest climbs situated on the border between Chile and Argentina…. The photo certainly does it justice.

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8. Bodø, Norway

Scandinavian countries are sometime viewed as a distant dream to 20-somethings visiting Europe. But if you’re looking for something slightly (as in a lot) more fulfilling than the usual booze cruise bus that darts its way from one central European country to the next, then check out the likes of Norway, Sweden, and even Denmark. These countries are culturally rich, and a complete different experience to anywhere else in Europe. Here we have a quaint seaside town in Norway named ‘Bodo’…

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7. Carnival, Rio di Janeiro, Brazil

South America isn’t quite as popular among 20-somethings as the likes of Europe or the USA – but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be! So if you’re going to go, why not go all out!!!!

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6. Drake Passage, Antarctica

Probably not what you had in mind for a trip in your twenties, but if you ever got the chance, you would surely take it. Antarctica is probably the only place on this earth that you can guarantee won’t have a McDonald’s by 2020. So go on, look into it.

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5. The Inca Trail, Peru

Another highly celebrated image on social media is the Inca Trail in Peru. For active travelers this is the perfect opening into altitude treks and is a great bucketlist destination to hit up in your 20′s.

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4. Salt Flats, Bolivia

The picture just says it all…..

3. The Rhino Charge, Nairobi, Kenya

An African safari is probably the highest ‘must do in my 20s’ on my list. I’ve still got a few years left yet so I’m sure I’ll get there one day – but if you ask me, the sooner the better!

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2. Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida

You’re probably thinking ‘uh…what?’, but let’s think about this for a moment – it’s better late than never, and if you ask me, growing up is overrated anyway. This is one of my MUST SEE destinations before I climb my way into the 30′s, and it should surely be on your list too.

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1. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Finally, a hidden gem in central Europe – Cesky Krumlov. It’s just a short 2 hour bus ride into southern Bohemia from Prague, and would have to be one of my favorite finds in Europe. If you can help it, try to visit during the summer for rafting down the vlatva river with various camping spots along the way.

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9 of the Most Beautiful Places in the Spring – Coastal Travel Vacations

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Getting Warmer

Ah, springtime: the time for budding leaves and flowers, for freshly hatched butterflies, and new love. It’s the season of rebirth, when the world shakes off the icy grips of winter and starts the warm-up to summer. It’s when sweet winds blow again and the day’s length starts marching back up toward solstice.
 The magic of spring transforms a lot of places from cold and lifeless landscapes to vibrant environs bursting with life, but some places receive an extra shot of springtime awesomeness. Here are nine of the most beautiful places in the world to visit in the spring.
(Text: Shea Gunther)
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Tuscany

Located in central Italy, Tuscany is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and is packed with culture. It’s well-regarded around the world for its art, landscapes, food and people. It was the home of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo and Botticelli, and has many top museums and a high concentration of Renaissance art. It’s also stunningly beautiful in the springtime. Visit Tuscany in the spring and you’ll find yourself lost in the splendor of all that the region has to offer, from the neat rows of farmland to the simple pleasure of a stroll through a small storybook village.

Rocky Mountain National Park

wildflower field with mountains in backgroundRocky Mountain National Park (aka RMNP) sits straddling the Continental Divide in Colorado’s northern Front Range. Its 265,828 acres hold 359 miles of trails, 150 lakes and more than 60 named peaks with an elevation higher than 12,000 feet, including the 14,259-foot-high Longs Peak. The park’s higher elevation means that springtime rolls around a little later than your average U.S. state — the best time to visit to catch the newly blooming flowers while avoiding the worst of the end of winter storms is mid-May. You’ll still want to dress warm, but if you make a springtime visit to RMNP, you’ll enjoy the sight of elk dropping their antlers, bighorn sheep grazing on the cliff sides, and fields of newly opened wildflowers.
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Paris

How can you write an article about beautiful places in the spring and not include Paris? The French capital is known as the city of love and has endless gardens, tree- and flower-lined streets, and outdoor cafes to explore. The temperatures can be a little chilly in April — bring a jacket — but warm up nicely in May. If you find yourself in Paris in the spring make sure to visit the Jardin du Luxembourg (the Garden of Luxemborg), a 60-acre park featuring the gorgeous Luxembourg Palace and miles of walking paths through well-maintained master gardens.

Finland

lake, saunaWhen discussing travel to Finland, it’s helpful to split the country into its northern and southern halves. In the north, or Lapland as it’s known, the sun doesn’t appear above the horizon for the entire winter and doesn’t set all summer long. It’s beautiful and extreme and should be on anyone’s list of future travel destinations. Southern Finland is a little less arctic and, like its northern half, is a nature lover’s paradise. Finland has 187,888 lakes and is covered by forest on 86 percent of its land. You’ll want to dress warmly, as temperatures in southern Finland in May range in the 40s and 50s — but it’s worth the extra layers. The climate in Lapland is about a month behind that of the south, so if the northern half of the country is your destination, make sure to plan accordingly if you’re aiming for the spring. The sun comes up for the summer in mid-May.
Amsterdam

view of streets from canal boatAmsterdam is another place that’s worth packing an extra sweater on your springtime visit. Compared to summertime, you’ll find cheaper prices now as the city shrugs off winter.The weather in May is beautiful and the air is sweet with the scent of the blooming trees and tulips the city is known for. May is also when both National Windmill Day and National Cycling Day take place, which is a great excuse to schedule a bicycle tour of Netherlands’ windmills.

Minorca

Mwhite boats in blue water, rocky cliffsinorca is a small island that sits in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain. It’s paired with the better-known island of Majorca and is about 125 miles from seaside Barcelona. It’s also absolutely gorgeous in the spring.An average high of 70 degrees means it might not be a terrible idea to pack a bathing suit, if only to soak up the sun better.A stay in Minorca in the spring means eating good food, meeting friendly hospitable people, and taking in a landscape covered in wildflowers and butterflies.The island has world-renowned birding and golden sandy beaches accompanying brilliant blue crystal clear waters.

Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe
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Victoria Falls in Africa is considered by some measures as the world’s largest waterfall and is listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.It sits on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and is remarkable for its mile-long width. It’s fed by the Zambezi River and is a great place to visit in the spring.The rainy season ends in early April, and the following six weeks are when the river flow peaks and the falls are raging. The thundering spring waters can make viewing the falls from the ground difficult but greatly enhance the view from above — sightseeing helicopter tours can be had for as cheap as $120.



The Pyrenees

wildflowers, lake, mountainsThe Pyrenees Mountains sit high on the border between France and Spain and are a scenic wonderland of towering mountain cirques, tranquil alpine lakes, and iconic views.In the spring, the Pyrenees explode with life as bears shake off winter’s slumber, predatory birds take to the sky, and hundreds of different kinds of flowers bloom.To take in the splendor of the Pyrenees you can choose to approach from either France or Spain, or take another route entirely and visit the tiny country of Andorra, which is a little more than twice the size of Washington, D.C., and is surrounded by the mountains.

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