My Next Destination Essay About Myself

A dream vacation for me would be to go on a cruise ship and do everything there and just relax!

Vivian Rodriguez

Teacher: Robert Leal

Veterans Memorial Academy

My dream vacation is going to Hawaii and relaxing on the beach! Also going to Tennessee to sightsee and hopefully see some country singers!

Kourtney Vasquez

Teacher: Robert Leal

Veterans Memorial Academy

My dream vacation is to go to Las Vegas.

Marcos Monroy

Teacher: Robert Leal

Veterans Memorial Academy

My dream vacation would definitely be to go to Jamaica. I've always wanted to visit a couple of islands there and live the life that Jamaicans have to live each and every day.

Claudia Trejo

Teacher: Robert Leal

Veterans Memorial Academy

My dream vacation would be going to the Bahamas with no worries. I would want it to be fun and relaxing and have a memorable time and meet wonderful people.

Alli Reid

Teacher: Jean Bovee

Weslaco High School

Abu Dhabi is the destination for my dream vacation. It is the world's richest nation and includes so many activities. Their hotels are the size of cities, and everything there is extreme, from their shopping centers to their beaches. The Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi is the most expensive hotel in the world and includes the most extravagant spa and hotel services. Plus, Abu Dhabi is the setting for the new Sex and the City 2 movie. Any place good enough for Samantha and Carrie is a place worth traveling to!

Briana Pedraza

Teacher: Jean Bovee

Weslaco High School

My dream vacation is a trip to the Bahamas. From what I have seen, it is a very beautiful and tropical place. I love warm weather and the summer time would be perfect to visit this place. The Bahamas would definitely be my dream vacation.

Jaime Balli

Teacher: Jean Bovee

Weslaco High School

My dream vacation would be to go to Vatican City and to Jerusalem with my family. I would love to attend a mass given by the Pope and visit St. Peters Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and other memorials. Visiting Israel would be like being part of the past that is present in almost all of our lives. Then I would really enjoy visiting China, Japan, and South Korea. I feel that there is so much we can learn by learning about other cultures and customs.

Betty A.Garcia

Teacher: Jean Bovee

Weslaco High School

A dream vacation would be my dad by my side, a fishing rod in both our hands, and a large amount of bait fishing the horizon in the most popular spot to fish. There is no presence of wind and the water is crystal clear. We would fish every morning for two weeks at this place, enjoying every detail the day has to offer. Fish hooked or not, a vacation with my dad and fishing poles in our hands is always a good day to me.

Aaron Burciaga Jr.

Teacher: Jean Bovee

Weslaco High School

My dream vacation would be to Puerto Rico. I would love to swim in the blue waters and see people that to me only live through the internet. I would also like to see if it's true that it only takes 8 hours to travel the whole island. Plus it looks like there are a lot of things to do.

Astrid Gonzalez

Teacher: Erica G. Puntureri

Veteran's Memorial Academy

My dream vacation is to go on a cruise to Europe. I would love to accidentally run into Johnny Depp. But it would be awesome to visit the foreign country and see the world. That would be my dream.

Mariana Perez

Teacher: Erica G. Puntureri

Veteran's Memorial Academy

My dream vacation is to go to New York City. I would love to go there. I want to see the Statue of Liberty and the tall buildings. I would want to see some Broadway shows and shop at famous stores. I would probably want to go with my mom!

Cecilia Gonzalez

Teacher: Erica G. Puntureri

Veteran's Memorial Academy

My dream vacation is going to Hawaii and sitting on the beach getting a tan. I also want to go swimming in clear blue water. Playing football on the sand with my family!

Jesse Jimenez

Teacher: Erica G. Puntureri

Veteran's Memorial Academy

I would go to San Antonio. My mom was separated from her family when she was little; I would help her find my family. I probably have cool cousins.

Esteban Moreno

Teacher: Erica G. Puntureri

Veteran's Memorial Academy

My dream vacation is to go to somewhere out of state. That place would be Disney World. I've never been to Disney World and I hope to go soon. We don't have enough money right now, but my mom promised me that we would go, and I trust her. My uncle has been saving money for years and we are hoping that the jar will get filled. It is almost halfway full, and anytime we get money, we put it in there. My uncle has never been there either, so we are taking our time so we can go have fun, as a big family. We'll all go TOGETHER!!!

Meriah C.

Teacher: Angelica Alvarez

Vernon Middle School

My dream vacation would be Hawaii because of the super nice beaches. The beaches are such a nice, shiny blue that you can actually see the bottom. Also there is black sand. The nice view with the nice hotels, not to mention the nice fresh air. They also serve all kinds of cool fruit. There are also nice animals there. That is a cool dream vacation. It would be awesome.

Joshua F.

Teacher: Angelica Alvarez

Vernon Middle School

First we would start driving up to the District of Columbia, stopping at historic sites along the way. Each night, we would get a really nice hotel. Once we arrived at the nation's capital, we would get a nice hotel and spend the days looking at the museums and other historical locations and monuments. After our last night in our luxurious hotel, we would return home. We would take a different route that way we could stop at other museums and historical places along the way.

Andrew H.

Teacher: Angelica Alvarez

Vernon Middle School

My dream vacation is to go on a cruise to the Bahamas or Hawaii. Going to either of these places would definitely be a dream come true. I could go scuba diving, mountain climbing, or sliding down the waterslides.

Debbie B.

Teacher: Angelica Alvarez

Vernon Middle School

Coconut sipping, waves gushing, and burning flames on the beach is where I want to be. On a Hawaiian beach to be specific, surfing on the clear blue water and visiting five star restaurants and hotels. Just there with my family having a great time!

Cody Carcia

Teacher: Stacy Hill

Gutierrez Middle School

My dream vacation is to go to China & visit its cities. Since I love ghost videos I would mostly want to visit the inside of the Great Wall of China. I also read something that there was a creature named the Yeren; but the definition of that is called the "wild man." It is also like American Bigfoot. I would also eat their cultural foods; I heard they eat scorpions & silkworms. I would mostly like to be there for their traditional festivals & see how it is. The thing that I love most is to see is the creation of how they make video games.

Robert McCormick

Teacher: Stacy Hill

Gutierrez Middle School

My dream vacation would have to be to Hawaii so I can go surfing, eat Hawaiian food to see how it taste, go scuba diving and try to dance the Hawaiian song. I would try a lot of different things in Hawaii and just have fun. I would come back with a lot of souvenirs.

April Vega

Teacher: Dagoberto Pena

San Benito High School

Well my dream vacation is to go to Europe. To explore the beautiful land of London, Paris, France, England and more. I would love to go see the European discoveries, the Castles and learn the great history that roamed those lands. The European Continent is my dream vacation.

Cynthia Martinez

Teacher: Dagoberto Pena

San Benito High School

Well my dream vacation would consist of me going somewhere very far, yet a bit unusual. Making it challenging for me to find things and experience a whole new life style. I would love to visit Tokyo, Japan. For one I'd love to own some Japanese people in Super Street Fighter IV, eat real Japanese food and basically have the experience of going to another country. Plus my friend and I would love it over there since we love their food and culture. So going over there would be a worth while experience and vacation.

Abraham Ayala

Teacher: Dagoberto Pena

San Benito High School

My dream vacation would remain memorable for the rest of my life. It would consist of a trip to the land of the rising sun. Japan for the longest time has been a place of extreme wonder and amazement for many of my closest friends and me. It's just so different than any other place in the world especially the city of Tokyo. Tokyo is a city without an equal in the world because it stands on the cutting edge of the future with a combination of high-technology and tradition. Everything about this city is so diverse that to try and explain Tokyo to a person who has never visited would be nearly impossible. For it is in almost every respect different from all other cities in the world, and Japan unlike any other country in the world.

Jose Castillo

Teacher: Dagoberto Pena

San Benito High School

No matter whether you prefer a pure beach holiday or wandering around monuments from the Roman times, this northernmost African country has it all.  It’s time to plan your holiday in Tunisia!

From fascinating sandy beaches drenched in sunshine to grand ancient ruins and the vast, rolling dunes of the Sahara, Tunisia encapsulates everything that’s enticing about North Africa. Located just a stone’s throw from Europe, Tunisia sits on the Mediterranean coast, midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Nile Delta.

Before I even knew I would ever travel to Tunisia, I had met several people who loved to travel to this region. They kept speaking over and over again about Djerba. It sounded pretty much like a tropical paradise and a must-go. By coincidence, my first ever trip to Tunisia was about to kick off from nowhere other than…Djerba. I was so thrilled!

In the end, I got to see so much more. With a 10-day packed schedule, I travelled about 600 kilometers all the way up to Tunis, the capital of Tunisia.

TRAVEL TO TUNISIA

There are six international airports in Tunisia that you can fly into. Most likely, you will land at Tunis-Carthage International Airport (TUN) near Tunis. Find the best prices with my favorite tool Kiwi.com.

The airports are quite modern and convenient. You can change money directly at the airport (the rate is same everywhere in Tunisia) and get a SIM card with data.

If you plan to make phone calls, having a local number saves you quite a lot – the roaming rate in Africa can be expensive (USD 3 per minute with my operator).

THE SECURITY IN TUNISIA

With last year’s terrorist attacks (in Bardo museum in March and on the beach in Sousse in June), it’s recommended to be cautious in high traffic tourist destinations or public spaces.  Avoid travelling to the southern border with Libya and several locations on the border of Algeria. Download a map of the problematic places here.

Speaking from my personal experience, I felt safe in Tunisia. Really! Especially the resorts are safe and very quiet. I also visited places in Tunis and Sousse where the sad events had happened. Would I travel to Tunisia again? I would. Definitely!

There are at least 7 reasons why Tunisia is a perfect place for a holiday. Are you ready? Let’s see my favorites:

01 | A Thousand kilometers of stunning beaches

Most sun-seekers head to Tunisia to enjoy its sea and gorgeous Mediterranean beaches. They never get really crowded – there is enough golden sand for everyone. Tunisia’s coastline is 1,148 kilometers long!

The prettiest beaches are located on Cap Bon peninsula. You can also enjoy some great swimming in Djerba (two famous beaches are Sidi Mahrez and Seguia). Tunisian beaches are wide and surprisingly long. The beach north of Sousse is about 35 km long, and near Nabeul even up to 50 km (!).

The stay in the seaside resorts is really relaxing. Most of hotels are located further away from the city and feature private beach, for the guests only.

There are two resorts that I really enjoyed: one is Yadis Djerba thalasso, Golf & Spa Hotellocated directly at the coast of Djerba. The second isGolden Yasmine Mehari Hammamet, with stunning beach just a few steps away.

02 | Towns brimming with historical charm

Tunisia is more than a typical seaside destination. If you feel terrified about staying in a hotel which is surrounded by nothing but never-ending desert, you are safe in Tunisia. Here cities worth exploring are never too far away.

On my trip I explored Houmt Souk, Souk, Sfax, Hammament and Tunis. I will focus on those specific cities in separate article that is coming soon.

Each bigger town features a medina, or historic quarter that once was surrounded by city walls. Have a stroll in the labyrinth of narrow lanes  – it’s an authentic experience.

Tunisian people are friendly and kind. They don’t hesitate to offer advice or help everywhere you go. You never see then being in a rush – there always seems to be enough time for everything The official language is Arabic, but most of locals are bilingual in Arabic and French. English is less common, but for me it always worked, too.

Practical note: When it comes to souvenirs, I recommend the products made of olive wood – mainly decorations and kitchenware. I bought some ladles for just 7 dinars (3 USD).

03 | Experience the Sahara, world largest desert

The enchanting sands of the Sahara stretch over ten countries including the south of Tunisia.  And I can tell you – it’s an amazing place and definitely the highlight of my holiday in Tunisia. I am considering to go back one day to experience it overnight. There must be plenty of stars out there!

The easiest destination for organizing a Sahara trip is Djerba. From there you have two choices – to visit the west dotted with salt lakes, or head to get a glimpse of Sahara Oases.

One interesting stop is Matmata, a small town known for its underground cave structures (known as trylodytes) that used to host the local Berber population. No one lives there anymore, but it’s possible to visit this architectonic wonder.

04 |  Mediterranean climate with lots of sunshine

Tunisia offers sunshine throughout the year. The coast is dotted by resorts and is under the influence of pleasant Mediterranean climate characterized by warm and sunny days.

The swimming season runs from May until October. The sea gets as warm as 28°C.  If you don’t prefer hot weather, try to avoid July and August, the warmest months.

The best time for a seaside holiday is September and October when the weather is pleasant and sea still warm. If you are heading to Tunisia for sightseeing, then April and May are perfect.

05 |   Jaw dropping archeological sites 

Tunisia is a country with a long and rich history. A wide number of archeological sites demonstrate the historical role of Tunisia – an important crossroads of civilizations.

Tunisia was found by Phoenician traders who eventually settled here. The colony developed into the center of an empire dominating the Mediterranean Sea. Although not too much is left from the original Cartague nowadays, history lovers will still enjoy its ruins including roman baths, a cathedral, and an amphitheater.

The country hosts the most impressive Roman ruins outside Italy. Head to the northeast of the country to observe remains of Roman history in the cities of Dougga, Bulla Regea and Chemtou. Don’t miss the UNESCO listed amphitheater El Jem, build around 238 AD. With an estimated capacity of 35.000 spectators it is world’s third-largest amphitheater.

06 |   You can move around the country easily

Tunisia has much to offer and it would be a pity to spend a holiday in Tunisia all in one place. The roads are in quite good conditions and there are several ways to move around independently.

Transportation options:

  • Car: around USD 55/a day. Rentals are
    easy to find. Higher price at the airport.
  • Long distance bus: cheapest form of transport. Schedules don’t exist, but busses come and go regularly.
  • Shared taxi (louage): a taxi for eight people. There are regular routes, but they only leave once full.
  • Train: smart option for long journeys. Comfortable trains run from Tunis south to Sousse, Sfax and Monastir.

If you plan to travel in Tunisia independently, check out the useful post  13 Days in Tunisia – Backpacking travel guide by my blogger friend @joaoleitao.

07  | International cuisine with amazing seafood

The food in Tunisia is quite awesome. And if you are into seafood, you will enjoy it twice as much. They’ve got the best shrimp I have ever eaten.  The local specialty is grilled fish that they call “poisson complet’. Yummy as well!

Tunisian cuisine offers a variety of tastes. It combines elements of Turkish, French and Mediterranean cuisine.  They don’t serve pork since it’s a Muslim country, but you will find that the mutton is a great alternative. Fruit, vegetable and olives are present in most meals.

The staple dish is couscous, or granules of semolina, usually served with a stew spooned on top.  Couscous can be served warm or cold and it tastes differently in each restaurant.

Food you should try

Brik –  very crispy thin pastry with a whole egg, parsley, onions and sometimes meat. Very tasty as an inexpensive starter.

Salade Tunisienne–  Sala lettuce, green pepper, tomato, onions, olives, radish all finely chopped and mixed with tuna.

Harissa–very spicy chili paste (sometimes made more mild with carrots or yogurt), served with bread as a starter at almost every meal.

Merguez–small spicy sausages made from Mutton meat

HAVE YOU BEEN TO TUNISIA? WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT NORTH AFRICA?

Tunisia is little less explored that some other parts of North Africa – especially Egypt. I wonder whether you have been to the region and what your experience like.

Thanks for reading my article! If you enjoyed it, please share it on Facebook Thanks!

Edited by Nick Kembel.

This post was created in partnership with Tunisian National Tourism Office Prague. Thanks for making it possible for me to collect such a wide range of experiences during the 10 days. It was my first time to Tunisia and this trip will always be very special to me in many ways. 

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