When is Daylight Saving Time? For most participating countries, it’s the last weekend in October or the first weekend in November. That also means you’ve gained an extra hour of sleep and vacation time. And you’ve gotta love that! So, from Vancouver to Croatia, here’s a list of a few vacay experiences you should consider to maximize every minute of your extra hour when traveling to these popular travel destinations.
Off to the Bahamas for a quick break with the family? Let the kids spend an extra hour swimming and tubing at Aquaventure – the Caribbean’s largest water-themed attraction at Atlantis Paradise Island. Snorkel the Ruins of Atlantis, swim with the dolphins or just chill out on Dolphin Cay Beach. Yeah, your kids may get a little water-logged and “pruney,” but they will appreciate that extra hour of playtime.
Dress warm if you’re traveling here in the fall or winter. Here are three ways to spend your extra hour: walk through a hole in the wall to order a cocktail at Buza Bar; take a ferry to visit Lokrum Island’s attractions, including the local museum and monastery; or option No. 3, get a bite to eat at Gil’s Cuisine & Pop Lounge for good seafood and great views of the Adriatic Sea. You can’t beat these options in this historic seaside city!
It may be more than an eight-hour ferry ride from Valencia, but Ibiza isn’t a shabby spot to spend an extra hour if you enjoy dancing into the wee-hours of the morning. Just make sure you pull out a good pair dancing shoes to hit some of the island’s most popular clubs such as Pacha, Amnesia and Privilege, where celebs like P. Diddy and Madonna have been spotted.
For bros who like a good brew (and women, too), we suggest a stop in Dublin’s iconic Guinness Storehouse. Learn how the world-famous drink is made and sample it for yourself at the Gravity Bar. Sip on a pint or two while you enjoy the bar’s amazing 360-degree panoramic city views. In Killarney, for a more relaxing jaunt, take a spin on a bike to explore Killarney National Forest. An extra hour to commune with nature is the best!
You officially have an extra hour to shop! You could go to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, but we’d like to expand your shopping experiences beyond the U.S. borders. Take a stroll through the streets of Marrakesh to hit the souks to buy authentic products, such as bedazzled leather slippers (babouches), metal lanterns, Moroccan saffron and Berber carpets adorned with talismanic symbols that often tell a tribe’s story. Go ahead… shop ‘till you drop!
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Spend an extra hour enjoying the beautiful warm weather from the deck of your overwater bungalow at the El Dorado Maroma. It’s the perfect spot for a relaxing postnuptial getaway, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like spending more time unwinding at an exclusive resort. Enjoy your private infinity pool or just soak your weary bones in the Jacuzzi. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.
It will take more than an hour on a camel to see Petra in Jordan. It’s OK to spend some extra time visiting one of the world’s most famous archeological sites. Located between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, Petra is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, and UNESCO described it as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage.” So, we’re thinking an extra hour here might be totes worth it.
OK, who wouldn’t love an extra hour on Santorini? At your leisure, enjoy a self-guided tour of this Greek island on a moped to see its unique landscape including Red Beach, one of island’s most famous beaches. Or skip the moped tour to sip on a glass of wine at a cliff-side restaurant while the sun sets on the Mediterranean Sea. Now, that’s a postcard-perfect moment that’s worth an extra hour… or more!
Indulge in some family fun and go hiking in the Swiss Alps, where playgrounds, waterfalls and dairy cows can be seen along a few kid-friendly trails. Take a gondola ride to the top of Schilthorn mountain, where James Bond fans will be excited to visit a museum dedicated to the famous flick, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, filmed here in 1968. Or just create your own magical moment, and yodel at the top of the mountain to hear your voice bounce of the majestic snow-capped mountains nearby. Yodel lay hee hoo!
Face your fear of heights in an hour. Take a slow, but nerve-wracking walk across the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge with dozens of other tourists. Just don’t look down because you’re 230 feet above the Capilano River! And if you manage to successfully trek 452-feet across this bridge, climb higher on the park’s treetop adventure tour. Need some extra time to regain your composure after crossing the bridge? Chat with rangers – usually holding an owl or eagle – about the local wildlife while you muster up enough courage to cross back over the swaying and sometimes crowded suspension bridge.
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