Cartagena, la Heroica – A Colombian jewel of the Caribbean


One of the best aspects of living the American lifestyle is the opportunity many of us are afforded to travel outside of our daily environments and experience something new and different. Although there are plenty of good reasons for spending your valuable vacation time at one of the many tourist attractions available in virtually every state here in the U.S., there is something extra special to traveling outside of the country.

Opening yourself up to different cultures, languages, histories, climates and exotic plants and animals can have an amazing effect that is almost impossible to explain. But once you have experienced it, you realize you will never see life in quite the same way again.

Whether it is enjoying a pint of authentic German beer in a 870-year-old pub in Regensberg, Germany (the Historische Wurstkuche); spending a day in reverence on Corregidor Island at the mouth of Manila Bay learning about the pain, suffering and resolve of the Philippine people combined with our American soldiers to endure the Japanese occupation and eventual ousting there during World War II; or bargaining over a price on two beautiful, handmade plaques in the outdoor shopping market of Usaquen (a picturesque district in the northeast part of Bogota, Colombia); literally every place you can go has sights and sounds that you will be experiencing for the first time.

My latest trip is a perfect example of this… Cartegena is a beautiful, unique city that sits on the northern coast of Colombia, just waiting to be discovered by anyone who likes to experience new, warm, exotic places so different in culture, yet so close by airplane.

There are many positive reasons for traveling to foreign countries, like the opportunity it affords us to open ourselves up to different cultures. Smart Travel & Incentives of Lake Mary, Florida can help you experience the trip of a lifetime.

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