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The second largest continent, covering one-fifth of the total land surface on Earth. It is the second driest continent, and is home to the largest desert in the world, the Sahara Desert. There are many exotic destinations in Africa, including Marrakesh and Casablanca in Morocco; Cairo, Pyramids of Giza, and the Nile River in Egypt, and safaris; and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzia, to name a few.
The Earth's southernmost continent, containing the South Pole, covers an area of 5,500,000 square miles. A place of extremes, it is covered mostly by an ice sheet, and is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. 90% of the Earth's ice can be found here. This destination is ideal for adventure travel, expedition trips, and cruising. November through March is the best time of the year to travel to this stunningly beautiful locale, with it's unique collection of wildlife.
The largest and most populous continent, covering roughly one-third of the land surface on Earth. It's the home of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest in the Himalayas. Some destination highlights include China (the Great Wall; Xi'an - site of the Terra Cotta Army of Qin Shi Huang, China's 1st Emperor; and Beijing, the Forbidden City); Mt. Fuji in Japan; Taj Mahal in Agra, India; and other countries including Singapore, Thailand, and the UAE.
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
Australia is the smallest continent, and the largest country in Oceania. It includes the island of Tasmania, and has 1,300 miles of coastline with pristine golden beaches and waterways. There is also a snowy region to the south. Highlights include the famed Sydney Opera House; the Outback, which makes up nearly two-thirds of the continent; and the Great Barrier Reef, a natural coral reef stretching more than 1,250 miles from Brisbane to the island of New Guinea.
New Zealand lies 1,250 miles to the east of Australia, and is an independent country consisting of two main islands. The North Island has rolling pasture land and hills that are forest-clad. Major cities include Auckland and Wellington, the capital city. The South Island is colder, and more mountainous. It is famous for the southern Alps, where adventure seekers can ski down Mt. Cook, the highest point, after being dropped of by helicopter at the peaks.
A group of tropical islands in the Caribbean Sea. They are group into Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Leeward Antilles, and Windward Antilles. Resort style vacation destinations, known for their turquoise waters that are vividly clear. Great weather year round. Some popular destinations include the Cayman Islands, Aruba, Curacao, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos Islands, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, and Jamaica.
A region in the southern tip of North America, Central America is an isthmus that connects North and South America. It has 7 countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama). The climate is tropical with rainforests and evergreen forests, ideal for adventure travel including jungle adventures, hidden waterfalls, and volcano hiking. Snorkeling with giant sea turtles in Belize, or relaxing on white sand beaches are exotic destinations. Central America is home to the Panama Canal, a locked waterway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
The second smallest continent is a traveler's paradise. With a vast, diverse menu of destinations, there are infinite vacation experiences open to the imagination. Some popular destinations include London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Iceland, Barcelona, Venice, Istanbul, Ireland, Copenhagen, Zurich, Naples, Pisa, and Brugges, to name a few.
Some of the most beautiful islands in the world, including Maldives in Asia, Seychelles in Africa, Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, Bali in Indonesia, Tonga in Oceania, Tahiti in the French Polynesia, and Fiji, Samoa Islands, Cook Islands in the South Pacific.
The Mediterranean Sea is a vast sea covering approxmiately 965,300 miles. It is connected to the Atlantic Ocean and is almost entirely surrounded by lland. Some of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean include The Amalfi Coast, Italy, Greece (Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Crete); Dubrovnik, Croatia; Bay of Kotor, Montenegro; Cyprus; Malta; and Corsica, France.
The 3rd largest continent that extends more than 5,000 miles and covers approximately 9,355,000 square miles. Canada, the USA, Mexico, and the Caribbean states make up North America.
Canada is an area of 9.98 million square miles consisting of 10 provinces and 3 territories. Some popular destinations include Vancouver; Victoria; Banff, nestled in the Canadian Rockies; Toronto; Montreal; Quebec City; Prince Edward Island; and the Niagara Falls.
USA is a country consisting of 50 states. Physical characteristics of the environment are diverse - including arctic, subtropical, rainforest, mountainous, arid desert, and flat prairie. With such diversity, travelers have an infinite array of vacation destinations to choose from, including Alaska; Hawaii; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY: and the Florida coast.
Mexico, located in the southern portion of North America, is the 3rd largest Latin American country. It has urban plains where travelers can visit pre-Columbian civilizations such as the Mayans; and pristine beach resort destinations like Cancun; Playa del Carmen; Cozumel; Cabo San Lucas; and Puerto Vallarta.
This southern land mass of the Americas is the 4th largest continent. It is home to exquisite destinations including the world's biggest rainforest and largest river, the Amazon River; the Andes, the longest continental mountain rang in the world, stretching 4,300 miles through 7 countries. South America is also home to the world's tallest waterfall, Angel Fall in Venezuela; and the spectacular Iguazu Falls located on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Other exotic destinations include the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, Machu Picchu in Peru, and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
An area in the south Pacific Ocean consisting of thousands of islands that are divided into three regions: Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. Polynesia includes the islands of Hawaii; Tahiti; Easter Island; Cook Islands; Samoa; American Samoa; and Tonga. It is the easternmost region.
Melanesia is south of Micronesia and west of Polynesia, and includes the islands of Fiji; Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.
Micronesia is a region of thousands of small islands, including Guam; Palau; and Yap.