New Zealand's dazzling landscapes are made even more alluring because so few people are around to make them feel crowded. With only 4.6 million people inhabiting islands that cover the same space as the UK, its North and South Islands are a traveler's dream. Everything is geared up for visitors, from plush campsites to perfect roads. Highlights include a trek along one of its nine Great Walks, from the otherworldly Kepler Track to the volcanic Tongariro Northern Circuit. Or learning about the country's Maori past. Then there's exploring Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, cities that have a wonderful small-town charm.
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.