July 15, 2016 02:11 ET

Diamond Resorts International® Timeshare -- Destinations That Fuel Creative Inspiration

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - July 15, 2016) - Author John Steinbeck once said, "People don't take trips, trips take people." The inspirational aspect and internal change triggered by travel have been written about for millennia. Diamond Resorts International® timeshare network, which offers destinations in more than 35 countries, can attest to the transformative power of travel, but some locations have proven over the centuries to be particularly magical in their potent ability to affect the human spirit.

In the borders of Jordan lies the ancient city of Petra, carved directly into the sandstone cliffs, it is an awesome sight to behold, for both its size and its beauty. Sometimes called the Rose City for the color of its stone, Petra is believed to have been established around 312 BC, and ultimately grew to around 20,000 inhabitants with serenely beautiful temples, tombs, theaters and other buildings scattered across 400 square miles. In its day, it was an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome, making the people very rich, a wealth that was reflected in the enormous finely carved columns and labyrinthine interiors complete with an advanced water conduit system that created an artificial oasis out of the desert. Diamond Resorts International® timeshare experts highly recommend a trip to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Machu Picchu, high in the Peruvian Andes, is a wonder of architectural engineering. Believed to have been built around 1450 at the height of the Incan Empire, the stones that form this vast complex of palaces, plazas, temples and homes are assembled without mortar and so precisely that even today a knife blade can't fit between them. And all without the use of iron, steel or wheels which had not been conceived of yet. Because the Incas had no written language, modern scholars are unsure of its exact purpose, whether it was a ceremonial site, a military complex or a retreat for ruling elites, nor do they know why it was suddenly abandoned in tact around 1600. But to wander its wind-swept walkways and stairwells is to be transported back to a mystical place, and perhaps be elevated just a bit closer to the gods.

Although it cannot actually be seen from space, as the common mythology states, the Great Wall of China is nevertheless one of the greatest wonders of the world and an inspiring testament to human achievement. Beginning around 500 BC, the wall was built over a span of 2,000 years, crossing China from east to west, over 5,500 miles long. It is not a single long structure but a network of fortifications with different parts of it in various conditions, some crumbling from ancient neglect or from locals repurposing its stones long ago, and some sections pristine. With a structure of this size there are endless different places to walk it, but according to Diamond Resorts International® timeshare professionals, most tourists visit it in Beijing, with the most popular section called Badaling, situated approximately 42 miles from the city.

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Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 420 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™

Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® at over 420 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries.

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