Find Your Travel Inspiration Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:49:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 travel items You need to always overpack Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:49:42 +0000 suitcase luggage packing


When you’re packing for a trip and you’re looking for handy tips and tricks, you’ll rarely find someone telling you to overpack your suitcase. Airlines have pretty much eliminated this problem by penalizing travelers who need to actually check a bag, and there is always limited trunk space for large suitcases on road trips, but there are some items you never want to run out of when you’re on vacation — and these are those items.


Socks get icky and dirty faster than pretty much any other article of clothing. Your feet sweat a lot more than you realize, and not changing your socks daily could lead to odor, fungal growth and infection. No thank you! Pack at least one extra pair of socks for every two days you’re traveling. Yes, this takes up precious cargo space quickly, but it’s better than trekking around all day in sweaty, smelly socks.


Whether it’s an over the counter pill or something your doctor prescribes, always pack more medication than you think you’ll need. Some things you can swing by a drug store and grab, like ibuprofen or antacids, but more niche medications or more expensive kinds can be both a hassle and expensive to replace.


Books, movies and board games all make great vacation entertainment, and while many people don’t anticipate curling up with a book on their vacations, sometimes weather or other circumstances cause us to sit back and relax instead of exploring. It’s times like that which justify carrying an extra book or downloading an extra movie.


Nobody likes a grumpy Gus when they’re on vacation, and being hungry causes most people to get a little bit hangry. This tip is especially helpful if you have kids — or are traveling with an adult who acts like a kid. Small things like granola bars or nuts are great for travel. Just skip anything that comes in a liquid form if you’re traveling by airplane, because they won’t make it through security.


This is a no brainer. Nobody wants to run out of underwear on vacation. Sure, you can wear your skivvies more than one day in a row, but considering the parts of the body these undergarments are worn to protect, it’s best to make sure you’ve got more than enough; it’s just sanitary.

]]> 1
You Need To Go To Crowsnest Pass in Canada, Here’s Why Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:17:44 +0000

If you like big open space, full of lakes, rivers, hills, prairies, and countless trails, Canada’s Alberta Province is one North American destination you definitely need to visit!

The “Big Sky Country” is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, but it also caters to history buffs and those who generally just want a relaxing vacation. One of the attractions that makes Alberta truly special is the Crowsnest Pass. Located along Canada’s Continental Divide and sitting in the province’s southwest corner, Crowsnest Pass is ideal for anyone who wants to experience a mountain retreat, away from the big tourist crowds.

All around this pass, you will see mountains, some of which are snowcapped, serving as amazing backdrops to incredible outdoor adventures. Once here, there is a wide array of activities you can engage in! Bike or hike the hills and mountains of Crowsnest! Fish or kayak in the river, or maybe do both. For each season, there’s always something to do or somewhere to explore.

Crowsnest Pass was originally a coal-mining hotspot. Its five 20th century communities make up the present municipality of the same name. These days, the communities, which are Bellevue, Hillcrest, Frank, Blairmore and Coleman are highly regarded for their rich history and mining heritage. Luckily, they are only a couple of minutes’ drive from each other. This allows you to possibly visit all of them in one day. As an extra bonus for your effort, you will be treated to gorgeous mountainous countryside as you go from one town to the next. If you like hiking, then you can venture into some of the historic hiking trails located in and around these five towns

Another outstanding trait of Crowsnest Pass is its long history. One of its memorable, albeit tragic, moments was the 1903 Frank Slide, which buried a section of the mining town, under millions of tons of limestone. Today, the Frank Slide Interpretative Center stands to tell the story of the notorious rockslide. It has also become one of the biggest attractions in the area. The center is open all year round and offers an awe-inspiring view of the Canadian Rockies. While here, you can also participate in various interpretive programs and presentations. As if one tragedy is not enough to plague the area, another major mining incident took place in the Hillcrest Mine in 1914. With 189 men losing their lives that faithful day; this unfortunate disaster has been recorded as one of the worst in the Canadian mining history.

When you reach Blairmore, take the time to do the self-guided Historical Walking Tour, which leads you to a fascinating collection of heritage houses and old buildings. The last town of the municipality is Coleman. After this stop, the next major step is to cross the great Continental Divide to enter British Columbia. Whether you plan to cross over or return to the starting point (Fort Macleod), consider stopping by the remarkable Crowsnest Museum in Blairmore.

You can also organize a hiking excursion to famous nearby attractions like the Star Creek Falls and Historic Miner’s Path. During winter, pack your skis and snowboards and head out Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill. The municipality owns and operates this popular family friendly ski resort, which features a terrain park, a ski school, affordable rental shops, night skiing and snowmaking activities.

Article Source:

]]> 0
4 Reasons Visiting Suzhou, China Is A Life Affirming Experience Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:27:02 +0000 SUZHOU GARDEN AT SUNSET China

Image: International Bellhop

Travelers looking to take one more trip this year understand that now’s the time to pick a destination. It’s time to go somewhere unique, somewhere unseen, somewhere a world away where the people, the experiences and the memories gained will last a lifetime.

Suzhou, located in southeastern China, is that place. Located in the center of the Yangtze River Delta, approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai, Suzhou is one of the oldest cities in the region, dating back more than 2,500 years. Today, Suzhou is one of the hottest travel destinations in China, offering plenty to see and do in a dynamic and beautiful setting

Nine of the world’s most beautiful gardens

chinese garden

Classical Chinese garden design flourishes in Suzhou where nine of the city’s gardens have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Two of these gardens, Humble Administrator’s Garden and Lingering Garden, are considered the most famous gardens in all of China. Humble Administrator’s Garden is the nation’s largest garden, defined by its pristine collections of small forests and the gentle patter of the water feature that is the garden’s backdrop. Lingering Garden blends man-made construction and nature’s beauty into one scenic experience. Domiciles and temples come together with native trees and flowers that intertwine along with intricate wood carvings and a collection of rocks deliberately arranged in the garden by its original creators.

The world’s longest canal makes Suzhou the Venice of China

canal in Suzhou China

One of the best ways to enjoy the history and beauty of Suzhou’s landmarks and waterside gardens is relaxing in a boat. Suzhou’s narrow water passages are some of the oldest in the world and perfect for any traveler looking to take in the city’s original charm. Reach out and touch the plants in the garden of Mudu as you float by with the gentle backdrop noise of the boat’s soft paddle touching the water. Or, float beneath the famed bridges of the Wujiang District where newlyweds routinely cross in the hopes the tradition will bring them happiness, peace and fortune.

One of the world’s richest historical sites

bell in suzhou china

Located adjacent to the Humble Administrator’s Garden is the Suzhou Museum, designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei, where guests are treated to a collection of ancient ceramics, wood carvings and other cultural artifacts illustrating the past. The city is also home to The Suzhou Silk Museum, which showcases Suzhou’s title as the silk capital of China and offers guests a historical look at the silk production of yesteryear that made the city famous. Visitors can experience the step-by-step silk-making process starting with the silk worm and moving on to thread and finished products.

A festival for every occasion and food you won’t forget

Chinese people performing ritual in Suzhou China

No Suzhou travel experience is complete unless it includes attendance at one of the city’s numerous festivals, which take place across the city throughout the year. The Hanshan Temple Bell Ringing Festival, for example, takes place every year on Dec. 31. Thousands of people flock to the 1,500-year-old temple to hear the monks strike the bell 108 times which is said to bring good luck in the New Year. Meanwhile, the Spring Festival marks the Chinese New Year and is notorious for its amazing fireworks display and unforgettable parade. Festivals are also a remarkable time to enjoy Suzhou’s succulent cuisine. Watch the parade from a seat in a classic Suzhou Tea House or dine on Fengzhen noodles beneath the fireworks. The tastes and the memories are unforgettable.

Plan your visit to Suzhou today

chinese woman in costume staring from behind sheer curtain

With the gardens, the canal, the history and the culture — there’s plenty to do in Suzhou and getting to the region has never been easier. Enter the Experience Suzhou: The Venice of China and the City of Scholars sweepstakes at for a chance to win a six-day vacation package to Suzhou. It may just be the trip of a lifetime.

]]> 1
6 Things That Guarantee You’ll Sleep Well On A Plane Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:53:01 +0000

Better Sleep on Plane

One of the most annoying things about travel is the lack of sleep on long haul international flights. Here we look at six tips to sleep on your flight, if you cannot afford Business or First Class travel.

Dress comfortably

Choose clothes and shoes that are a little loose, to allow for any swelling during the flight. Wear layers of clothes to help adjust to the temperature in the plane. Also when sleeping, make sure that you “buckle up” in a way that the cabin staff can see that you are safe, otherwise they will wake you if there is any turbulence.

Choose your seat

If you need something to lean on when you sleep, choose a window seat on the side of the plane that suits you best. Ask your travel agent for to assist you in choosing your seat. Also, stay well clear of the toilets and galleys as those areas are quite noisy. Be careful when you recline your seat, so as not to disturb the people around you.


Purchase (a) a suitable neck pillow. Find one that is comfortable and easy to carry, (b) an eye mask so that the lights do not wake you up, and (c) a set of noise cancelling headphones. They come in several qualities and generally “the more you pay the more noise they cancel.” Simply put them on, turn them on and either choose quiet music/sound or no sound at all.

Choose the right food and drink

Avoid alcohol and coffee as both cause dehydration. Drink water and eat sensibly. There will be food at your destination! Avoid sleeping tablets unless prescribed, as they have been linked to deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Although natural sleeping tonics could be helpful for some people, especially when sleeping in a fully reclined position.

Take a walk

After the plane has taken-off, the captain usually announces that it is safe to walk in the cabin. Take the opportunity to reduce the swelling in your feet every few hours and do a few stretches in your seat before you try to fall asleep.

Set your alarm

Should you be a good sleeper, don’t forget to wake up in time to freshen up!

On flights that are not fully booked, you might move to a seat that has vacant adjacent seats. On the larger planes the 4 seats in the middle are great locations to lay down and sleep.

In summary, plan your travel, seek advice from your travel agent and take a few simple precautions, as outlined in the six tips to sleep on your flight. Then your long haul international flights will be less uncomfortable and you may arrive fresh and ready to explore your destination.

David from Davids Tours listens to peoples travel dreams and makes them happen. The special tailor-made tours for small groups with special interest are a great addition to travelers. For more information contact David through

Article Source:

]]> 1
Don’t Let Broken Devices Ruin Your Trip Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:59:34 +0000 women talking on the phone in an airport with suitcase

From checking in for flights to finding the best restaurants, phones are an essential part of vacation planning. More than 83 percent of people cited phones as an important part of their travel experience in a recent survey by Asurion, the connected life services company.

Indeed, smartphones are critical for travel, and nothing ruins a vacation like a lost, stolen or damaged cellphone, which according to Asurion estimates will impact more than 80 million people this year. Losing access to boarding passes, confirmation numbers or itineraries can instantly downgrade your trip. What’s more, Asurion’s data shows that 80 percent of issues happen within the first 12 months of phone activation, long before most users satisfy their contracts and while most are still paying off that initial investment.

Avoid the hefty price of a replacement phone and keep your next trip on track with these tips:

  • Make a mental checklist. When de-boarding a plane or turning in a rental car, take mental inventory of your phone and other possessions to ensure they are not left behind. Better yet, make a list of key possessions to help you run through the checklist.
  • Get covered. Protect your mobile device while traveling by investing in mobile phone protection. Cell phone insurance not only provides peace of mind but may also save a significant amount of money. With a reasonable deductible far less than manufacturers’ retail pricing, cell phone insurance can be very cost effective.
  • Keep your phone secure. Water-related damage to cell phones is particularly high during travel season, as is damage from phones that are dropped. In fact, the most dangerous holiday for phones is just around the corner. Asurion sees a 66 percent spike in claims filed on lost, stolen or damaged phones on Labor Day, a popular weekend for travel. If you plan an active trip, especially on the water, find a way to keep your phone safe – someplace other than your pocket, where it can easily slip out. An extra sturdy case is also a good idea for protecting your phone while you travel.
  • Charge it up. Don’t forget to charge your phone completely before leaving home so you have access to all necessary travel data until you reach your destination. And don’t forget charging cords and wall plugs, so you can rely on your phone to find local attractions, restaurants and more.
  • Lock it up. Don’t make it easy for thieves and hackers to access the vast amount of information stored on your phone. Use password protection and other security features your phone offers. Also be cautious using public Wi-Fi zones that can make your personal data vulnerable.

For more information about how to protect your phone when you’re away from home, visit

Photo courtesy of Getty Images


]]> 0
What Are the Best Family Holiday Destinations in Europe? Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:21:19 +0000
Santorini Sunset

By: Tiago

Choosing to go on holiday with a family is not the same as traveling as a couple or as a solo tourist, and it is important not only to consider safety but also that there are enough activities to keep both adults and children content.

One of the best ways to guarantee that all goes well is to opt for all inclusive packages that will guarantee minimum stress when it comes to meal- and bed-times, with many of the best all inclusive family resorts in Europe offering great levels of security too so Mum and Dad can relax about taking their kids abroad to a new destination.

The first country that is great for a family visit is mainland Spain; the advantages of going to this area include the fact that flights are short from the UK -meaning that children won’t get too restless during the journey – and the fact that this area is tailored to tourists, so you will never be short of amenities and facilities nearby, catering to all different tastes and budgets.

Experts recommend the Costa Brava for families, as there are plenty of activities to do here without the rowdy atmosphere that can often be associated with Brits abroad in Spain. This particular area of the country also features some beautiful beaches, which are brilliant for sunbathing as much as building sandcastles and paddling in the sea.

Spain, of course, offers some of the best all inclusive family resorts on its islands, including Menorca, Mallorca and the Canary Islands. Care should be taken, however, to book places that avoid the ‘wild’ nightlife of some of these areas, in order to ensure the safety of children and get a peaceful night’s sleep.

The north of Mallorca is an excellent place to take the children, far from Magaluf on the west of the island with its drinking and all-night partying. Similarly, Tenerife and Lanzarote both offer some calmer areas that are ideal for a family getaway, balancing beauty and tranquillity with culture and a range of fun activities.

Greece is another ideal country to visit for anyone looking for the best all inclusive family resorts in Europe. There are many low cost deals available in this country right now, making it perfect for a budget getaway with plenty of sun, sea, sand and tasty local seafood dishes.

One of the Greek islands that is great for families is Rhodes, with many of its towns offering clean beaches and plenty of amenities, without a wild nightlife or any major safety fears. There are also several children’s play areas to keep younger families entertained, and historical and cultural attributes for the adults that like to explore.

Other islands worth looking at for some of the best all inclusive family resorts in Greece include Corfu, Naxos and Kos, all of which can offer a great, safe environment for those with children who are looking to balance convenience and security with plenty of activities and a stunning destination for a relaxing break.

Portugal is also an excellent choice for British travellers looking for the best all inclusive family resorts in Europe; like Spain, this country isn’t too far from the UK, meaning shorter flights and fewer travel-related hassles. One area that is particularly great for adults with kids is the Algarve, with the quieter part being the eastern end of the region.

Whether in the east of the west of the Algarve, those staying in the best all inclusive family resorts in the area can enjoy abundant outdoor activities such as swimming, mountain biking and dolphin-watching trips off the coast.

There are many wonderful places to visit in Europe as a family, many of which haven’t been mentioned here; yet, Spain, Portugal and Greece are the time-tested favourites that offer not only the best all inclusive family resorts in Europe, but also the amenities, infrastructure and activities to make sure that each and every family member thoroughly enjoys their break.

TraveleZe offers unbeatable travel and holiday services to deliver the perfect holiday experience to all their UK customers. TraveleZe helps travellers compare 50 million holiday packages from 1000s of well-known holiday providers in order to get the best deals possible. TraveleZe offers holidays to Spain, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, New York, Paris and many more destinations, making them the ideal choice for travellers looking for the best prices for their city break, skiing trip or beach holiday. TraveleZe’s team of experienced and knowledgeable staff can also take care of all travel insurance, car hire, transfers, airport parking, flight and hotel needs for their customers. All the holidays offered by TraveleZe are protected by ATOL, ABTA, Travel Trust Association and other licensing agencies so every holiday-maker can book with confidence. See the latest deals at:

Article Source:

]]> 0
5 money hacks for safe international travel Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:02:57 +0000 couple standing in front of the eiffle tower

When you picture your dream vacation, where do you go? Do you lay on the beach in Mexico? Climb the Alps in Switzerland, go fishing in Canada or explore the amazing wildlife of Australia? Do you see the Great Wall in China or travel on safari in Africa? Any of these exciting adventures could make for the trip of a lifetime but all of them require international travel, meaning you have to be smart with your money and prepare ahead of time. Follow these tips for before you leave and upon your arrival and the trip of a lifetime will be there waiting for you to enjoy it.

Watch this quick video or read these tips before you leave:

Get a chip card

Before you start packing for your international trip, take a peek inside your wallet. Does your credit card have a chip? If you don’t know, check with your bank to see if they have chip cards. Chip-enabled cards are designed to help reduce fraud and are the most convenient and safe option for cashless travel outside the U.S. There are two types of chip cards. Chip-PIN cards require you set a PIN for extra security. When traveling, you will most likely insert your card into a reader where you may be prompted for your PIN, so make sure you know how to “dip” your chip before leaving. Meanwhile chip-signature cards are also available but they may not work at all unattended automated kiosks. Make sure you know what card you have and how to use it properly.

Don’t get declined, share your itinerary

Let your bank know when and where you’re traveling to help prevent international activity from triggering fraud alerts. You don’t want that romantic meal on the beach spoiled when your card gets turned down. If your bank offers the service, ask to set fraud alerts by email or texts sent to your phone. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that unauthorized charges can be quickly caught.

Budget with prepaid

If traveling on a budget, consider using a prepaid card to manage your spending. Just keep in mind that you’ll only have access to the amount you load it with. And if you’re visiting different countries, check out MasterCard’s Cash Passport. You can load multiple currencies onto this one prepaid card. To get one, go to

Upon arrival follow these practices:

Cheap cash

Once you land, you may need some cash for little things like tips, food or drinks. ATMs are generally the cheapest and most convenient way to get the local currency and finding an ATM is easy using the MasterCard Nearby App. This app provides you the locations of millions of ATMs as well as a list of merchants who accept contactless devices.

Know your currency conversion choices

Finally, some merchants and hotels may ask you at the register or check out if you’d like to be charged in either your home currency or the local currency. It’s important to know your options. Research shows that you generally get a better exchange rate and lower fees when paying in local currency. If you chose to pay with the home currency, there might be a foreign transaction fee, a conversion rate and additional fees from the merchants for the convenience of exchanging to your home currency at the point of sale. Some banks waive the conversion fee for their cards and you should see if yours does before you leave. The choice is yours, but understanding the fees first will prevent you from overpaying.

That’s it, five money tips to keep in mind when traveling internationally. Now what are you waiting for? Go ahead and pack already… the trip of a lifetime is just a few checkpoints away. For more information visit

]]> 0
5 Reasons to Take an RV Vacation Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:08:03 +0000 We don’t know how the list was cut down to just 5 reasons for taking an RV vacation. No mention of never having to stop for bathroom breaks?

]]> 0
How to Plan, Budget and Enjoy a Fun Family Trip Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:54:57 +0000
overpacked suitcase with man in socks

Image: Everything Zoomer

Whether you are a family of two or five, planning a vacation can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be hard. The most difficult decision may be the “where” and that depends on your family’s preference. Are you beach lovers or do you prefer a relaxing mountain retreat? Once you’ve picked a destination, there are a few things you can do to get the most bang for your buck.

How are you going to get there? If you drive, instead of buying fast food along the way, pack a cooler. You can buy the fixings for a week’s worth of sandwiches for around 30 bucks. Also, get a tune up on your vehicle. It will keep your car running more efficiently, saving you in gas and any unexpected repairs on the road.

If you fly, be sure to check several internet sites to find the cheapest rate. Booking far in advance or at the last-minute are your best bets to finding a good deal. Flying at odd hours and on “off” days could also save you money. And don’t bypass calling the airline and asking for its best rate or if it will price match.

Where are you going to stay? It’s best to check out hotel rooms a few months in advance. It’s likely that if you book farther out, you could get a less expensive rate. Traveling during the off-season, when hotels do not expect a lot of reservations, will also keep more money in your wallet. But if you must go during the prime season, instead of staying a weekend, try just staying on weekdays. You’ll beat the tourists and you’ll find lower room rates.

You could rent a home or condo instead of staying in a hotel. Shop around to find the place that best suits your needs and be willing to negotiate with the owner. Many may be willing to cut you a deal on the price or add free nights.

Have you considered camping at your destination? It’s worth a quick internet search to see if there are any campgrounds in or around your vacation destination. Most have modern conveniences such as bathrooms with shower stalls and toilets; some even offer villas, snack bars, Internet connectivity and pools.

Look for accommodations where you have access to a free breakfast or a kitchen area. You’ll save money eating a few meals at “home” rather than around the town. Likewise, be sure to pack plenty of snacks and beverages for the kids. The mini bar and the hotel gift shop are big budget breakers, so be prepared for snack hungry kids by packing some food from home.

What if you forget something in your suitcase? It can be expensive to have to buy any clothing or toiletries while on vacation. So before you pack, do a walk-through of your home and write down all the things you use for personal hygiene, and things you will want to have on your vacation. Tape the list to the top of the suitcase. Once you’ve crossed everything off that list, rip it up!

Be sure to sign up for coupons and deals for your destination city. Check online for discounted entertainment and restaurant options. You can also visit the city and county visitor’s centers for special deals. When choosing activities, consider your memberships at home to see if there are reciprocal arrangements at museums, aquariums or zoos in your destination city.

Most importantly, pack your patience and have fun! You may hit a bump or two during your travel (could happen quite literally) but keep everything in perspective and enjoy the ride.

Looking for a fun family trip idea? Click here to find out more about Granbury, Texas, located just an hour outside of the DFW Metroplex.

Article Source:

]]> 0
Nab a Luxury Cruise on a Budget Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:28:14 +0000 Woman and man being served on deck of cruise ship


A luxury cruise is one of life’s pure joys. Today’s modern cruise liners are engineering marvels; floating 5-star hotels that offer the best service, accommodation, cuisine and activities. They visit exotic locales with non-stop relaxation or stimulation, depending on your pleasure.

Over the past few years, cruise companies have spared no expense and literally invested billions in jaw-dropping super ships. Even if you’ve cruised before, you probably have not experienced anything like these new marvels.

The best news is that due to the slowdown in travel caused by the recession, and the over-saturation of cruise lines in the industry, savvy travelers can now book once-in-a-lifetime cruises at insanely low prices.

How does 80 percent off the brochure price sound? Believe it or not, it’s possible through Vacations To Go, one of America’s largest cruise agencies.

Founded more than 25 years ago, Vacations To Go realized that a cruise vacation was a new experience for many. They set out to build an online service to help people learn everything they need to know to find the best cruise vacation at the best price.

Vacations To Go is now home to an extensive selection of top-brand cruise vacations, and in-depth information about every cruise line and cruise ship. Customers can browse the latest in promotions and offers, shop by category and easily compare prices.

But, what about the discounts?

Because of the huge costs involved in building and operating today’s luxury ships, cruise lines want their ships to sail with as few empty cabins as possible.

So, they turn to trusted partners like Vacations To Go to sell this “excess” inventory at deep discounts, allowing the cruise companies to still get full fare on the travel packages they sell directly.

The discounts they authorize Vacations To Go to offer can be as much as 80 percent off the full-price fare. What it means for you: Simply put, it is the opportunity to take a luxury cruise for a price that’s affordable on any budget.

Vacations To Go has also developed a Best Price & Service Guarantee that ensures they will meet any other authorized price.

If you are not ready to book your discount cruise now, sign up for Vacations To Go’s free newsletter to help you stay informed of all the spectacular discounts as cruise lines seek to fill all empty cabins before their cruises depart.

This year, it seems like everyone is cruising. After several years of austerity, people are realizing that a cruise vacation is now one of the great values in travel. To check out what Vacations To Go has to offer, visit

]]> 0
48 of the best beaches you have to visit at least once Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:18:04 +0000 white sand beach with kayaks on sand

Image: Aloha Hawaii

Beaches come in all shapes, sizes and personalities, which is why we’ve put together the definitive list of the 45 best beaches in the world. We’ve leaned a little bit toward favoring some you’ve likely never heard of before, but we’ve definitely mixed in some that are world famous. We think we’ve included at least one that will appeal to everybody, but if we’ve missed one of your favorites please be sure to let us know.

]]> 1
Aurora Borealis hunting in the Arctic Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:45:52 +0000 Aurora Borealis

Image: Nacho Cobos

If you’re planning to head to the Arctic Circle to go Aurora Borealis hunting, you’re in for a true, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Many dedicated trips to Swedish Lapland to see the magnificent natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights will see you arriving into Kiruna, before being transferred by ground transport to a more rural destination for Aurora Borealis hunting excursions.

What to Expect on an Aurora Borealis Hunting Experience

Specialised Northern Lights travel companies pride themselves on offering an excellent service that includes a local guide, who will be there to help you get the most from your experience. The first evening is usually spent getting to know your guide, who is likely to be a Sami, native to Lapland. These gentle people are still very much dependent on their ancient ways of life and rely primarily on reindeer herding to make a living. Your guide will accompany you on your first evening adventure in search of the Northern Lights, which will be conducted on snowmobile sleds, before joining you in a traditional Sami tepee for hot drinks, dinner and plenty of Sami stories.

The region around the lodges that serve the Northern Lights trips are stunning areas of Arctic wilderness, which you will more than likely have the opportunity to explore, again by snowmobile. If you book your trip with a company that only takes small groups, you can feel like you are a million miles from anywhere. After an early morning exploration of this stunning winter wonderland, you can enjoy a delicious hot breakfast back at your lodge. At this point, many tours offer you the chance to visit the original Ice Hotel, where you can marvel at the magnificent construction and enjoy a drink or two in the icebar from a glass made of ice!

Your evenings will be spent with eyes skywards, always ready for a sighting of the spectacular Aurora Borealis. Hunting for this awe-inspiring spectacle can be done from a variety of sites.

Other experiences on your trip may include a husky sled adventure, which will see you and a partner driving your own team of dogs and exploring the wilderness of the Arctic under your own steam. An evening excursion to Abisko is also often included and, as this is considered one of the best locations to see the Northern Lights, it should not be missed.

From the lodge at Abisko, you will be kitted out with appropriate clothing and be taken to the famous Abisko Sky Station, where the chances of seeing the spectacle are greatly increased. Abisko is located right in the heart of the Auroral belt and the cloudless skies and limited false light make the theatrical display all the more incredible.

Added to these excursions, another possibility for your adventure could be a visit to the Norwegian Fjords. With so much on offer when you are on holiday Aurora Borealis huntingFeature Articles, just four days away can feel like a fortnight!

Article Tags: Aurora Borealis Hunting, Aurora Borealis, Borealis Hunting, Arctic Circle, Northern Lights

Source: Free Articles from


Kevin Collins is director of Aurora Nights, a company offering a select range of once in a lifetime holidays to see the Northern Lights. For the best Aurora Borealis hunting holidays, Iceland and Swedish Lapland offer an excellent chance to encounter the aurora borealis. Aurora Nights is part of Weekend a la Carte, a family-run company with vast in-depth knowledge based on their extensive travels to the region of the Aurora Borealis and passionate about giving superb client service.

]]> 0
Volcano Boarding at Cerro Negro, Nicaragua Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:19:50 +0000

Cerro Negro (Black Hill), is one of Central America’s youngest volcanos located in Nicaragua. Over the years, this volcano has become a popular tourist destination for a couple of reasons. Once here, you will have the privilege of hiking to its peak, which is more than 2300 feet (78 meters) above sea level. But your journey also involves going back down at some point. And going down can always be done the traditional way or the more exhilarating, adrenaline-pumping way, which is volcano boarding!

So what is volcano boarding? It basically refers to an exciting ride that brings you down the slope of the volcano at a fast speed. To achieve this, you will need a relatively large piece of wood that will act as your board. How do you go about volcano boarding? First, you will need to engage one of the several organized tour companies that conduct volcano boarding at Cerro Negro area.

Next, you will need to trek to the top of the volcano which takes about one hour. From here, you can enjoy amazing view of the volcanic landscape. Then, with your wooden board, your guide will bring you over to a specific spot to slide down. And finally, you will need to get on that board and go down Cerro Negro’s slope, which is made up of small grains of volcanic rock over which you glide at a speed of 30 mph! Although the acceleration only takes a couple of minutes, volcano boarding is definitely an unforgettable and adventurous experience. This is the reason this activity is so popular among visitors and especially to backpackers.

There are two methods of riding the board. The first one is the safer one, which involves sitting down on the wooden plank as you would on a sled or toboggan. The second one is the more daring one, as it involves standing up similar to a riding a snowboard. The snowboard position proves to be slower and makes it more difficult for you to turn in different directions. What is guaranteed is that you will get more speed when sitting down as the center of gravity is lower. But don’t expect volcano boarding to be as smooth snowboarding as snowflakes are more slippery than volcanic rocks, which create more friction with the board.

The volcano boards are usually equipped with a rope, which your hands can hold for stability. And when you lean back and pull this rope, it will allow you to get maximum speed. Safety of course is a huge priority while doing this fun activity. Make sure to choose a tour operator that offers you the right equipment such as one-piece protective suit, goggles and leather gloves. Volcano boarding is of course not for everyone, and is ideal for physically fit people who have a good sense of balance. There’s always the risk of crashing into the sharp volcanic rocks, so make sure you have travel health insurance before attempting this challenging activity and that it covers you for adventures like this.

After this crazy experience, why not cool down and try one of those Volcano Burritos, which were cooked inside the volcano, making it a little more special than your regular burrito. And if you want a reminder of your volcano boarding experience, grab one of those “I went volcano boarding” t-shirts! The gateway to Cerro Negro is the city of Leon. From here, you can easily book a volcano tour from a travel agency or tour operator.

Article Source:

]]> 0