POLARIS II DESTINATIONS
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Avg high in January: 84°F
Surfing, diving, beaches, volcanic mountains, jungle, beautiful temples – in short, paradise. Bali has some of the most iconic island scenery in the world, and backs it up with everything from solid nightlife and restaurants to forested retreats that help to escape the hustle and bustle. If that weren’t enough, the locals are known to be some of the friendliest and most colorful personalities anywhere, tempting anyone to stay for longer than they intended. Not that long ago, Bali was primarily reliant on agriculture for survival. Now, tourism has largely replaced agriculture as the main source of income for the Balinese. A well developed arts community – local crafts, leather, metalworking, and more – has grown in conjunction with a burgeoning media industry as well; the Indonesian International Film Festival annually takes place in Bali.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Avg high in February: 90°F
Kuala Lumpur is not only the capital of Malaysia, but also its largest city. Now a major metropolis of about 6.5 million people, Kuala Lumpur has grown immensely from the small Chinese mining village it once was. While there is a widespread sense of traditional customs and history, you can clearly see the mix of old and new with towering skyscrapers in its skyline. The city is best explored on foot and you can mingle with the locals by joining in two of their favorite activities: eating and shopping. From streets lined with food stalls to 5-star restaurants, small street vendors to massive air-conditioned malls, you will find yourself immediately welcomed.
Avg high in March: 77°F
One of the prettiest and most recognizable cities in the world, Sydney really does have it all and is also known to have one of the highest standards of living in the world. Whether you are looking for endless days at the beach, a lively food scene, or strolling past the iconic Sydney Opera House in the harbor, Sydney is an incredibly welcoming and diverse city. Geographically positioned right in between Asia and US West Coast time zones, it has attracted many companies both big and small, leading to massive growth in local VC and Accelerator communities.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Avg high in April: 72°F
Buenos Aires is a mix of old world and new. The plazas and architecture would look right at home in Europe, but there is no mistaking the South American flavor of this vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Whether you’re shopping for a new look in Palermo, learning a few sultry Tango steps, or sipping a local malbec while you enjoy some of Argentina’s famous steak, there’s plenty to keep yourself entertained year-round. But more than just a hedonist’s playground, Buenos Aires is one of the largest cities in South America, and is the center of Argentinian commerce. A large port, manufacturing and shipping still play large roles in the industry of Buenos Aires. However, the services sector – Finance, Real Estate, and advertising in particular – have largely taken over as the mainstays of the local economy.
Avg high in May: 73°F
Known locally as Floripa, Florianopolis is a juxtaposition of beautiful beaches, lush forests, and the bustling industrial city across the bay. A favorite spot of surfers world wide, the area offers plenty of activities for those less athletically inclined as well – waterfalls, snorkeling, and laying out with a caipirinha to name a few.
Floripa is rated as one of the highest qualities of life among Brazilian cities; the local government successfully balancing a booming economy with the need to preserve natural flora and fauna. Although tourism certainly provides a decent chunk of local jobs, the growing IT industry is vying to position itself as the Silicon Valley of Brazil (with a view!)
Avg high in June: 83°F
With lush forest peaks stretching out in every direction, Medellín is half metropolis and half natural resource. A bustling commercial center, Medellín is also a famous university city – with the commensurate levels of energy and innovation. The city seems more European than Latin American in its sophisticated charm and style. Headquarters to many Colombian enterprises and companies, Medellín is also the fashion center of the country. Other prominent industries in the region include steel, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and – strangely enough – flowers.
Avg high in July: 83°F
The second largest city in Spain, Barcelona is the tourist capital of the country and also the largest city on the entire Mediterranean. Top rate tapas, cheap high-quality wine, clubs open past sunrise – the capital of the Catalonia region of Spain is a worldwide nightlife capital for good reason. Wander down vivacious Las Ramblas over to Sagrada Familia – Dali’s famous cathedral; Barcelona has something for everyone’s taste.
One of the richest regions in the European Union, Barcelona is a hub of trade, education, entertainment, fashion, and media. A major conference and trade fair location, the city has become famous for its prominent industrial design enterprises. Tourism and manufacturing are key components that round out this balanced metropolis’ commercial activities.
Avg high in August: 88°F
Kotor is a small coastal city located in a secluded area of the Bay of Kotor. The city of Kotor and surrounding area are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, known for their medieval structures dating back to ancient Roman times. Kotor is strikingly beautiful, making it hard to find appropriate words to describe its incredible beauty. and provides plenty of opportunity to explore its ancient city as well as endless amounts of outdoor activities such as swimming, SUP, cycling, rock climbing, scuba diving, etc. Kotor is the perfect place to refresh the mind and body, ensuring that you are at peak productivity.
Avg high in September: 75°F
A mixture of eastern and western influences, Belgrade is one of the most up and comping cities in all of Europe. Hapsburg and Ottoman architecture sit alongside each other with the storied Danube flowing in between. A nightlife scene to rival any of Western Europe’s, Belgrade can also provide a quiet afternoon in one of the elaborate coffeehouses along Knez Mihailova. Its strategic position has long made Belgrade a center of trade and commerce, and has evolved into one of the financial centers of Eastern Europe. With a surprisingly large IT sector, many international companies choose Belgrade as a regional or European base of operations.
Avg high in October: 64°F
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, known for its world renowned music scene, stunning architecture and scenery, youthful atmosphere and variety of natural thermal baths. There is much more to Hungarian food than goulash and the country also offers an excellent wine selection, the perfect combination to anyone’s palate. It would be a mistake to not visit one of the several bathhouses throughout the city, known by locals as ‘taking the waters’. The combination of the majority of young Hungarians having a high level of education and professionals from all around the world creating a diverse mix of cultures and professional backgrounds, has made Budapest a hotbed for entrepreneurs. Some well-known startups that are now based in San Francisco and New York got their start right here in this Hungarian capital!
Avg high in November: 64°F
With cobblestone walkways and ancient ruins covering Lisbon’s trademark seven hills, your camera arm will be busy while here. A foodie’s paradise, Lisbon is also famous for its rowdy and vivacious nightlife scene – check out Bairro Alto of an evening. Snap some photos from the famous miradouros (terrace viewpoints) and enjoy wandering the alleys and walk-able streets. A historic port and trading center, Lisbon is still one of Europe’s wealthiest and most impactful economic influences. Still the country’s chief seaport, the city has grown rapidly recently and is a hub for the media, technology, finance, and manufacturing industries.
Avg high in December: 65°F
Once a well known pirate haven, Rabat is now the charming capital city of Morocco. Visit the UNESCO heritage listed medina – or if you’re not feeling up to sightseeing, simply sit and drink the famous mint tea Moroccans use as an excuse to relax and socialize. Herbs and spices are used abundantly and subtly in the local cuisine, so be sure to sample liberally. Although Rabat is the administrative center of the country, the city also has a strong economic presence in the services sector – primarily telecom and finance. Along with promoting a strong tourism industry, the government has made efforts to grow Moroccan textile production in the past decade.
12 Month Reservation fee: $5000
Monthly fee: $2000
(Last month free for 12 month program)
The reservation fee varies for trip lengths shorter than a full year. Monthly prices are the same regardless of trip length.
*Itineraries are subject to change