Plenty of sun and beautiful white sand beaches: if that sounds appealing to you, Anouk Zijlma over at About's Travel Channel has a list of resources to help you plan the trip.

Zanzibar is a small cluster of islands about 40km off the coast of East Africa. You can get there on Condor Airline, KLM, British Airways, Swissair and Emirates Airlines. Most flights stop in Kenya or in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Besides the sun and sand, Zanzibar offers visitors a rich culture and a complicated history that ties it to Oman and Persia. The local people speak Swahili, though you'll find plenty of English-speakers.

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