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Seoul, South Korea
Avg high in October: 64°F
A truly non-stop city, Seoul is a dazzling metropolis with activities and attractions catering to every taste. From shopping in one of the famous night markets, to nights out in Hongdae, or a visit to one of the many temples or palaces – there’s enough for everyone. Don’t be distracted by the hustle and bustle of the capital city of South Korea, you can always escape into one of the many parks and landscaped area dotted around the city to relax. One of the financial capitals of the world, Seoul is also home to one of the largest centers of IT, electronics, and manufacturing in Asia.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Avg high in November: 86°F
Perched in the mountainous northern region of Thailand, Chiang Mai is the northern capital of the country and maintains a decidedly laid-back atmosphere compared to the wildness of the southern cities. Plan on visiting plenty of temples, as monasteries and stupas abound in the historic city center. Drive outside of the city to experience the green countryside of northern Thailand, or hike up to one of the many waterfalls or hot springs in the region. Despite it’s calm demeanor, Chiang Mai is positioned to grow into a major player in industries both local and foreign. Tourism remains the mainstay for much of Thailand, but the northern capital’s mission is to increase its already growing infrastructure of IT, digital content, and other creative industries in coming years.
Avg high in December: 70°F
An interesting blend of east and west, enjoy the Chinese and French influences while you explore the capital city of Vietnam. Relatively unscarred despite decades of war and seclusion, Hanoi is currently enjoying a booming economy and robust development surge. Find your way past the honking scooters and trinket vendors to the old city where you can enjoy a noodle snack and bargain with some vendor on local handmade wares. One of the fastest growing cities in the world, Hanoi’s main industries include real estate, manufacturing, and banking.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Avg high in Jan: 90°F
Situated where the Tonle Sap, Bassac, and Mekong rivers collide, Phnom Penh is the vibrant, bustling city of Cambodia. Many consider it to be one of the friendliest capitals in Asia. The Khmer temples and monuments found here are some of the most stunning examples of Buddhist architecture and art in the world. Once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, Phnom Penh’s light was dimmed by the war and revolution. But the city has since risen to take its place among the hip capitals of the region and offers a world-class café, bar, and foodie scene.
Avg high in February: 86°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.
Avg high in March: 77°F
Sitting at the northern tip of the island, Taipei is a city that takes great pride in celebrating its history. The people are warm and friendly and the culture is cosmopolitan. Take a stroll through the streets and you’ll find hundred-year-old trees, riverside paths, and wooded hillsides. Urban nature is sprinkled all throughout the city. Known for its lively street-food scene and night markets, Taipei offers a range of Chinese cuisines and some of the best Japanese outside Japan. The city’s beauty lies in its blend of Chinese culture with a fusion of Japanese, Southeast Asian, and American influences.
Avg high in April: 75°F
Known as Australia’s sporting and cultural capital, there’s more to do here than catch the latest tennis stars at every year’s Australian open in January. With a longstanding reputation as being the ‘cool’ city down under, Melbourne brings plenty to the table in terms of arts, culture, food, and events. A diverse and multicultural city with plenty of shopping and a bustling business center, it’s no wonder it ranks high on every visitor to Australia’s list. Melbourne has a highly diversified economy, primarily in the services sector, and is home to five of the top ten corporations in the entire country.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Avg high in May: 66°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 June: 70°F
With traces of civilization that span millennia, Lima is an amalgam of sophistication, history, and Latin American excitement. With some of the best cuisine on the continent, Peru has been leading the way in mixing Latin and European flavorings for centuries. Perched on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific, Lima is a diverse and constantly morphing city.The industrial and financial center of Peru, Lima is responsible for over two-thirds of the country’s production capacity. In addition to manufacturing, Lima is one of the major ports on South America’s western seaboard. One of the fastest growing Latin American economies, Peru is on track to continue developing at a rapid pace in the next decade.
Avg high in July: 70°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 August: 84°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 September: 63°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.
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