JetSet Destinations: Croatia

With each passing year, more and more visitors are vacationing in picturesque Croatia along the Adriatic coast.  With so much to offer including great food and wine, gorgeous scenery, beautiful beaches, historic cities, charming villages and striking architecture, Croatia appeals to travelers who have traveled throughout Europe and are ready to experience an off the beaten path adventure.

The interior of the country is filled with towering mountains, lakes, waterfalls, castles and vineyards; whereas the rugged Dalmatian coast has the spectacular mountains as a backdrop and is offset by the clear waters of the Adriatic. From the Dalmatian coast it’s easy to island hop and experience the fascinating beauty of the 1000 islands, including trendy Hvar Island, the lushly forested Mljet Island, and medieval Korcula Island.

Known as the way the Mediterranean once was, Croatia’s cultural history will mesmerize even the most experienced traveler.

To experience glorious history, boutique retreats and the Mediterranean charm of Croatia, please contact Michelle Pragnell:michelle@jetsetworldtravel.com

JetSet Destinations: Colombia

Colombia seems to be everywhere you turn nowadays, for good reason.  Thanks to its privileged location on the continent, all the environments of the tropics are present: glaciers, beaches, plains, rainforests, and deserts. In addition, Colombia offers a perfect blending of three cultures – Indian, European, and African. On the culinary front, the cities of Bogota and Medellin have drawn many of South America’s top chefs who have opened signature restaurants.

Gorgeous and historic Cartagena, on the bejeweled Caribbean coast and just 2 hours from Miami, has become synonymous with high concept boutique hotels and a thriving nightlife scene that rivals South Beach.  If you crave excitement packed with adrenaline, look to Santander, the land of adventure.  For the heart and soul of Colombia, head to the lush, green and rural “triangulo de café”, only a 30 minute flight from Bogota.  Experience jaw dropping scenery inhabited by laid back and friendly farmers that are all too eager to share their Garden of Eden with visitors. A highlight to any itinerary would be to stay at the charming Hacienda Bambusa, a seven room rural hacienda surrounded by over 250 acres of banana, cacao, pineapple, tangerines and cattle.

With an economy that is seeing tremendous growth international visitors are flocking to experience the proud Colombian resurgence first hand.  The prior decade’s violence and safety concerns in Colombia have almost been entirely melted away by a population radiant with enthusiasm and optimism. In the words of the Colombia tourism board: “Colombia. The only risk is wanting to stay”.

Begin your journey to Colombia by contacting Jill Taylor:jill@jetsetworldtravel.com

JetSet Destinations: Mongolia

Mongolia, originally made famous by Genghis Khan who established the largest contiguous empire in history in the 13th century, is enjoying renewed interest. Because of the short travel season from May-October, tourism has slowly unfolded creating an inviting and authentic experience similar to that found in Bhutan.  Though it is most easily combined with China due to the airlift out of Beijing, expanding international gateways now include Seoul, Moscow, Tokyo, Berlin and Hong Kong.

As “the most sparsely populated, independent, largest country in the world”, Mongolia is an anomaly from its neighbor to the east, China, and the west, Russia.  Unlike its neighbors, Mongolia is one of the few true democracies in Asia (outside of Japan and South Korea) and practices Tibetan Buddhism, and does not require visa for visits under 90 days.

These cultural features combined with Mongolia’s unique natural heritage – such as its Gobi Desert, truly unique and mystical landscape, Lake Hovsgol (containing approx. 1-2% of the world’s freshwater reserve) and the eastern steppes (10 times the size of the Serengeti in Africa) – make the destination an enticing frontier to explore!

To learn more about travel to Mongolia, please contact Julia P. Douglas:   julia@jetsetworldtravel.com