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2019 Travel Bucket List

December 27, 2018

A couple in an airport with suitcases, passports and tickets in hand

New Year’s is a time for resolutions and change. Some people decide to live a healthier lifestyle, make positive changes in their social lives, or start a new career path. Why not try something different this year, though? From your home at the Altana apartments, you could bring the ultimate travel bucket list to life.

Altana’s premier location places you within minutes of the Burbank Airport, as well as a short drive away from the Los Angeles International Airport. Both of these options give you access to locations across the country and around the globe. What’s better than seeing someplace new for the first time? If your inner traveler is yearning for adventure, then check out these top destinations.

Iceland – Aurora Borealis

The Aurora Borealis is on nearly everyone’s bucket list, and Iceland is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon. There are numerous three and four-night packages available that include a Northern Lights excursion, with September to mid-April being the best time to see this gorgeous occurrence. Plus, the natural scenery in Iceland is stunning.

Brazil – The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

This is the second largest street party in the world, easily dwarfing New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Taking place in the Canary Islands, there’s plenty of sightseeing to do before and after any of the 15-day-long festivities. Expect extravagant floats, decadent costumes, and numerous forms of live entertainment. This joie de vivre (exuberant enjoyment of life) gives itself up to music, friends, and one incredibly good time.

Puerto Vallarta – Whale Watching

Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta is one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of one of nature’s largest marine mammals, the humpback whale. Grey, Bryde’s, and blue whales also frequent the ocean here from February to April.

The city of Puerto Vallarta is one rich in Mexican culture. It’s home to contemporary sculptures, the historic Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Church, and some of the best cuisine in the country. Boutique shopping is in abundance here, and the nightlife does not disappoint.

Thailand – Songkran

Songkran is the Thai New Year, and it happens to be the largest water fight in the world. This celebration encapsulates the country, giving you plenty of options for where to stay and what to see while you’re there. Coastal is often preferred due to the banquet of fresh seafood available, with Phuket being one of the more popular destinations.

The celebration kicks off with water being sprinkled over a Buddha statue, then quickly descends into a three-day affair complete with food, entertainment, and beachside relaxation. Residents arm themselves with buckets, hoses, and squirt guns as they soak each other in water in the name of good fun. Don’t be afraid to take part in this water fight, either. Outsiders are more than welcome to join in.

Spain – Port Aventura’s Ferrari Land

Sports car and rollercoaster fanatics will find themselves at home in Port Aventura’s Ferrari Land. This amusement park is exactly what is sounds like, a celebration of the iconic sports car brand. Learn about the history and construction of Ferrari cars, hop behind the wheel of an F1 and take part in the simulated Pole Position Challenge, or test your mettle on the fastest rollercoaster in Europe.

Sri Lanka – The Gathering

September in Sri Lanka offers a once in a lifetime sight for travelers, an elephant migration. Known as The Gathering, this spectacle features hundreds of elephants making their way through Minneriya National Park as they head towards an ancient reservoir. With a guided Jeep tour, you can watch as these majestic creatures play and bathe in the reservoir’s waters while enjoying scenic views of the national park.

Mauritius – Tropical Paradise with a Twist

This low-key island offers a breathtaking landscape complete with white beaches and turquoise waters, but those visiting here aren’t coming for a relaxing a getaway. Mauritius is an adrenaline junkie hotspot filled with unique skydiving, canyon swinging, and ziplining opportunities. It’s the ultimate combination of an island getaway and adventure.

New York City – Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade

You’ve probably watched this larger-than-life event from the comfort of your home, but why not see it in person? You could choose to watch the giant floats from the street or view the parade from your hotel window. Before or after, take advantage of this bustling metropolis’ premier shopping, fine dining, and world class entertainment.

Finland – Santa in Lapland

Finland is the only place in the world where you can experience a truly authentic Santa’s workshop. Stay in glass igloos with stunning views of the Aurora Borealis, bake cookies with elves, and meet the big man himself in his hometown. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that is sure to rekindle the magic you felt as a child during the holiday season. Plus, there are plenty of snowmobile tours waiting to whisk you away as you view the beauty of Finland’s natural landscape.

Altana Apartments

Located in the heart of vibrant Glendale, this community of apartment residences is nestled on an acre of private, open space enriched with resort-style amenities. This playground offers the perfect context to recharge and revitalize. Each of these 507 residences offer a respite for everyday life.

Each home within Altana features the finest in modern finishes. Beautiful quartz countertops are accentuated by recessed LED lighting and modern Italian cabinetry. Touches like natural wood flooring and nine-foot ceiling provide an envious appeal, while accommodations like a stacked washer and dryer deliver the comforts of home.

The community at Altana is enhanced through resort-style amenities that cater to every facet of life. Stay active in the state-of-the-art fitness center or yoga room, relax in expansive rooftop pools or landscaped gardens, and take care of business in the Wi-Fi enabled co-work space. Entertaining yourself or guests is made simple with a screening room, outdoor fireplaces, and demonstration kitchens. Everything you need is just outside your door.

These apartment residences usher in a new era of luxury living in Downtown Glendale. Welcome to Altana, a respite for everyday life in California.