Have you caught the travel bug? Whether you’re an experienced traveller or this is your first time hitting the road, here are a few places off the beaten track we think you’ll love to explore.
A bustling metropolis that is also home to some of America’s best and wildest parks, Seattle truly has something for everyone.
If you love eating, drinking and shopping (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) head to the Pike Place Market, the heart and soul of Seattle’s thriving food scene. From seafood and spices to chocolate and coffee, you won’t leave with an empty stomach.
If you’re more of a muso than a foodie, you’re in luck – Seattle is also home to several historic music venues, and the must-see Museum of Pop Culture, where you can discover more about the influence of Nirvana on the Seattle grunge scene, or about the life of Seattle-born rock royalty
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The setting for not one, but two of Shakespeare’s plays, Verona is a stunning city that offers many of the cultural jewels Italy is famous for. From majestic churches and glamourous palaces, to Roman ruins and beautiful fountains, you can see all the sights on foot, crossing the city’s beautiful cobblestoned streets.
If you’re after a culture fix, Piazza delle Erbe is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that hosts opera’s biggest names in the summertime. Fans of Romeo and Juliet might have to battle the crowds to visit the popular home of the Capulets, but you will definitely be able to justify a gelato (or two) afterwards.
Feel like getting away from the daily hustle and bustle? You’ll certainly feel like you’ve reached the end of the world when you arrive in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, Finland’s northernmost province.
The unspoiled nature of the region provides a beautiful backdrop to viewing the Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon which turns the sky into a stunning kaleidoscope of colour. Rovaniemi also prides itself on being the ‘official hometown of Santa Claus’, and a trip to the Santa Claus Village will deliver all the Christmas spirit you could ask for. And how to get there? By reindeer-drawn sleigh, of course!
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A larger-than-life personality is crammed into the small island nation of Taiwan. The capital, Taipei, is a curious blend of Chinese and international influences, old and new, traditional and modern.
Be sure to bring a healthy appetite when you visit one of Taipei’s many night markets, where everything from dumplings to steaks can be sampled. Taipei has a strong tea culture, and a brew at a teahouse is a great place to learn more about this time honoured drinking tradition. Escape the city grind (and walk off some of your meal) at the 2-28 Peace Memorial Park, or visit one of the city’s many majestic temples.
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Cape Town, South Africa
A modern melting pot, Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city that is still rebuilding from its past. The city is overlooked by the towering Table Mountain and bordered by a stunning coastline, making it the ideal playground for outdoor adventure lovers.
If less active pursuits are more your style, Cape Town is also home to some of South Africa’s best eats, with fantastic food available at every budget. Although it’s a national symbol, springbok is on the menu at many places, and definitely worth a try for brave palates. Fancy some surf rather than turf? You won’t have to look far for the fresh seafood Cape Town is deservedly famous for.
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Want to visit any of these places? ACU has partner universities in all of these locations, so you might be able to combine your travel with a side of studying abroad. Find out more about our Study Abroad program and options.