Nepal is famous for being where the Himalayas are found. Millions of people over the years have visited this magical country to have a once in a lifetime experience of the sow capped mountains. There are plenty of well known reeking routes here, but I think one of the best is the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Manaslu has only opened to foreign visitors in the last few years, since its opening it has grown in popularity with the world wide trekking community. You need to make sure you have prior permission before you trek there but that is an extremely simple process. read more
Brooklyn is one of my favourite parts of New York City, and it’s a neighbourhood that rivals Manhattan. I love all of Brooklyn’s quirks, with its interesting culture and fascinating corners that often get overlooked in favour of its bigger brother. I want to talk more about five things that you absolutely need to do whilst you are in Brooklyn. This article is the perfect opportunity for me to reflect and for you to learn more. I hope you enjoy it!read more
Cruises are fun whether you’re in a group or travelling solo. But, like with all holidays, if you’re travelling with a mate, it’s best to be well prepared. The following tips have been designed for those travelling as a couple. Whether you’re best friends, romantic, or anywhere in between, these tips will take all the drama out of your cruise.
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If you are heading to Lima for a South America Tour, you are in for a treat, because Lima will most likely become your favourite holiday destination after you visit. It is full of culture and history, that probably cannot be matched by any other South American country. Here are some great things to do in Lima.
Dresden, the capital city of the German Federal State of Saxony, is situated on both banks of the River Elbe, very close to the Czech border. It is a charming town with a rich history of kings and noblemen. Although WWII bombing destroyed much of the historic city centre, parts of it have been restored to their original state.
There are many wonderful attractions that you need to see during a stay in Dresden. The beautifully designed buildings lining the Elbe, a vast number of them in stately Baroque style, are lit up at night, creating a stunning spectacle of light and reflection on the surface of the water. The Semperoper (the opera house named after Gottfried Semper), which was completely rebuilt and reopened in 1985, the Frauenkirche and the Zwinger Palace, to name but a few, are a must on your itinerary. There are also several interesting museums and a zoo.
Don’t Forget Insurance
Of course, if you are hiring a card in Dresden, you need to consider getting car excess insurance to cover any expensive and unexpected costs. This will not only protect your interests, but also give you peace of mind so that you can enjoy the sights, sounds and impressions of your destination.
The Tobacco Mosque
The Yenidze is a restaurant with a super terrace from which you can enjoy a great view of the city. It is sometimes referred to as the “tobacco mosque” due to its oriental appearance, complete with minaret, and the fact that it was originally a tobacco factory. It was given a new look in the early 20th Century when the authorities decided that they no longer wanted any factories in the city centre that were recognisable as such.
River Boats on the Elbe
A holiday in Dresden would not be complete without a trip on one of the Elbe River Boats some of which are delightful old paddle steamers. Most boats offer refreshments, including coffee and cake, light meals, alcohol and cold drinks. The view of the city from the river is breathtaking and very romantic indeed.
A Bridge Over the Elbe
The Augustus Bridge over the Elbe was built in the early 1900s. With its stone arches, it is extremely attractive. Enjoy the view of the bridge as you picnic on the green north bank of the river. It’s absolutely free of charge and after a busy city tour, relaxing on the lush lawns is just the thing to do.
There’s an increasingly popular philosophy amongst travellers: Wherever you go, the tourist trail can feel much the same. All over the developed world, tourist experiences are repeated again and again and again, and in spite of whichever stark aesthetic and cultural differences may exist between two cities, you’ll usually find that the package holiday itineraries for both are remarkably similar. Some of us find this incredibly uninspiring.
Without further ado, here are a few off-the-beaten-track ideas for holiday activities that skip jauntily off the tourist trail and into the real life of a destination:
Check out the live music
If you want to catch a glimpse of a population’s soul, you could do far worse than experience how local musicians express themselves through song. If you’re travelling in South America, seek out the remote festivals where locals sing ancient songs; if you’re in a big European city, visit open mic nights to hear an array of local talent (probably both good and bad); and if you play yourself, get involved in a jam session. A little research online before your trip will help you find your way to the musical heartbeat of your chosen destination.
Experience the local nightlife
There’s something deeply tragic about tourists visiting night clubs and bars designed for tourists (we’re getting mental images of Irishmen brawling in the streets of Prague, Guinness in hand). If you fancy a night out wherever you’re staying, be sure to visit local establishments (preferably ones which are known to be ‘safe’). If you’re in Budapest, visit a ruin pub, or if you’re in the American mid-west, play some bingo with the locals – if you’ve never played the game before check out theonline comparisons listed at bingo.com to get a feel for the rules.
Eat the independent street food
It seems insane that many tourists continue to eat at familiar, branded restaurants when visiting overseas destinations – why even travel!? To get a flavour for the true cuisine of your destination, try the street food served at roadside stalls whenever you can. This can be hit-and-miss in some countries where hygiene issues persist, but throughout much of the world this is the best way to get a taste of the locality.
Meeting locals can be a daunting thought to some travellers, but there really can be no greater travel experience than befriending a local. Not only do you stand to make a friend, but you could also be shown the very best of the area by a true expert!
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If the season is starting to weigh heavily on your mind, and you’re dreaming of some sun then no one will blame you. As the summer season approaches, many holiday makers start their envious glances to warmer shores, dreaming of clear water, cocktails on the beach and a bronze tan.
But perhaps Spain, Portugal and Croatia don’t inspire you anymore – you want to go somewhere different. No more Turkey, no more Greece, how about somewhere a little more obscure but still somewhere that offers amazing Beach Holidays? Check out our list of 5 less famous beach holiday destinations:
Most people couldn’t put Mauritania on a map, however this African country can almost guarantee you beaches all to yourself! It’s wedged along side the Sahara desert, so it can’t promise you lots of sun. The country is 75% desert, but the coast runs along the length of the country so there’s plenty of opportunity to escape the sand with a dip in the beautiful, people-free ocean.
Not on the top of most people’s bucket list, this South America gem is awaiting a tourist boom. With secluded islands like the Los Roques, accessed only by charter plane, you can be offered unrivalled privacy for your beach holiday. The prices across Venezuela are a fraction of those located in their South American counterparts vacation spots such as Rio De Janeiro, or Buenos Aries, so come and grab yourself a bargain.
Another African beauty, Cape Coast in Ghana is an unpolished diamond. This is one of the most beautiful beaches to be found across the whole continent, and although it’s gaining in popularity for people in the know, that knowledge has yet to stretch to the mainstream market. So venture further afar and come to Ghana the next time you need long, empty beaches and crystal clear warers.
4) American Samoa
Whilst Fiji and Hawaii steal most of the south Pacific plaudits for beaches, American Samoa has every right to feel hard done by when they’re constantly overlooked. With epic mountainous views creeping down to beautiful, blue crashing waves – this American outpost is every bit a tropical paradise.
Yes India, but no, not Goa. Chandipur has one of the most intriguing beaches in the world in that it disappears every day! Low and high tide cause a 5km variation in the beaches landscape allow for a very surreal beach experience.
So forget about Sunny Spain, or Picturesque Portugal – impress your friends with some of these destinations next time you feel a need to get your passport stamped, you won’t be disappointed!
We have probably all heard the famous saying that teaches us that we should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. In this day and age it can sometimes be a little difficult to follow the above saying, we are all so busy rushing to get to work or maybe to get the kids to school. On my travels I have found that there are many cultures that take time for breakfast and enjoy it. Breakfast should, ideally, be a leisurely affair where you can sit with your family or friends before you go out to work for the day. Here are some of the best breakfasts that I have found around the world, inspired by the ‘read more
Dalmatia, a historic region of Croatia, is today peopled by three distinct groups. The ‘Fetivi’ occupy the urban coastal cities, the old towns and historic attractions clear descendants of a heavy Italian and classical Roman heritage, while the further inland you venture the more you encounter the influence of the Turkish Ottoman Empire and its descendants, the Vlaji. The largest city in Dalmatia, the city of Split, stands testament to the influence of the Roman empire, built as it was around the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian, and historical hubs such as the city of Dubrovnic offer a wealth of cultural intrigue. read more