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If you’ve decided it’s time to spread your wings, remove yourself from the travails of the rat race and get out and see the world, you’re probably weighing up which are your world destinations of choice to visit and enjoy.
Africa is always a pull; the continent has a magic to it that spreads from the ancient Pyramids of Egypt, down through the arid desert plains of the Sahara, on to the tropical plains of Tanzania and Botswana and finally to the multi-cultural, picturesque beauty of the Cape of Good Hope. Safaris to the Masai Mara Natural Reserve in Kenya or Kruger National Park in South Africa will reveal many a secret of this wild, much-undiscovered land.
South America will appeal to those looking for a diverse mix of spectacular terrain, thriving indigenous cultures and rich history. The Incan ruins at Machu Pichu in Peru stand in stiff contrast to the cosmopolitan modernity of Argentina’s Buenos Aires, while the dense Amazonian Rainforest that covers much of the North of the continent is equally distinct from the imposing natural splendour of ice-covered Patagonia.
Australia will delight anyone looking for a different pace of life, where the sunny cities that line the eastern seaboard such as Sydney and Brisbane are characterised by great food, superb shopping and a laid back approach to daily life.
North America is as notable for its vibrant cities – all different in character – as it is for its dramatic landscapes in the Mid-West and Canada. Visit New York for a taste of a city that never sleeps, or Los Angeles for a little Hollywood glamour.
Europe, meanwhile, is its own little hub of varied and distinct cultures. The West of the continent is home to the cultural finesse of the French and Italians, while Eastern European gems such as Lithuania and Romania are steadily becoming more popular with visitors seeking the road less travelled.
To facilitate ease of travel to the destinations above and many more around the world, an American Express Gold Card allows you to earn double points on travel expenditure. Moreover, American Express travel rewards cards enable you to collect reward points when you use your card, which you can exchange for complimentary travel and hotel stays.