With US diplomatic relations restored and a thawing of Cold War-era antipathy, Cuba is changing fast. The Caribbean island retains many of its post-revolution charms, not least Havana's colorful but crumbling architecture and its classic 1950s cars. But there are plenty of opportunities for a modern beach break, with five-star resorts cropping up all along its northern shores and new cafes and hip hotspots seemingly opening daily. Those who want more will find the interior of the island still steeped in the past, with the chance to indulge a taste for strong coffee and cigars. For wildlife lovers, Cuba has lush, unspoiled forests and swamps that are home to a wide variety of species.
It’s the most happening of cities, a place where over 200 languages are spoken and millions flock each year to see its world-famous sights. New York draws visitors in like nowhere else. The crowded streets of Manhattan are the stuff of legend. First timers will want to head to the top of the Empire State Building and stand beneath the glare of the lights of Times Square. But there’s so much more to see and do, whether it’s catching an Off-Broadway play, checking out world class art at MoMA or shopping the streets of SoHo. Brooklyn’s hip neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Fort Greene offer a more relaxed vibe, while the food in Queens’ Chinatown is worth the long subway ride.