Iceland has always fascinated me. The recent eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano only reinforced my fascination. Whenever I travel between San Francisco and Europe, and after many hours of flying, suddenly the shimmering dots of light from Reykjavik appear as if out of nowhere, in the midst of the all-encompassing darkness. Iceland is here to remind us that Nature still takes charge – the recent volcanic eruption certainly proves this to be true!
A country of fantastic natural beauty and surprises – there’s nothing quite like it anywhere – Iceland’s stark, pristine scenery is shaped by otherworldly landscapes – a tapestry of colorful flower-filled valleys contrasted by desolate lunar deserts pitted with volcanic wonders; its jagged lava fields and monstrous icecaps, its hot springs and geysers, its multitude of clear blue fjords have all carved a bizarre setting not seen anywhere else on earth. Over 200 volcanoes and numerous glaciers form the country’s backdrop, with nearly 80% of the land being lava deserts, glaciers or lakes.
That being said, Iceland is an adventurer’s paradise – whale watching, rock climbing, horse
Going on a holiday vacation is very exciting, yet it can be very stressful as well. No matter how prepared you think you are, certain things or situations are surely going to happen to turn everything upside down. If you do not know how to effectively cope with frustration and stress, your whole holiday may be ruined.
If your previous vacations have always ended up in anxiety and tension, chances are you are in constant need for a follow up vacation. There are ways to ensure an almost stress-free holiday though if you can follow these simple tips:
-Do not over-plan. Though a good plan is an essential key factor in an enjoyable vacation, overdoing it might cause too much stress which will be hard to suppress once you reach your holiday destination. Your holiday getaway planning should be in general and not too specific. Sometimes, spontaneity is good especially if you want to have some totally new experiences with your loved ones. It is important to realize that if you are traveling with someone or your family, it is
Planning your ski travel holidays may at first seem to be relatively straight forward, however when considering the vast amount of and diverse choices one has in terms of the various ski travel holidays options, you will quickly come to realize that there is no shortage of options available. Making the right choices in terms of destinations will also impact upon whether or not you will be able to fully appreciate the venue and amenities when you take your level of skill and capabilities into account.
The successful planning and booking of any ski travel holidays requires specific destination knowledge and experience, often times something which only a seasoned traveler will be able to provide. One also has the option of doing some research via travel magazines, travel agents and even online when looking to plan this type of vacation.
There are a number of destinations that are available when it comes to catering to all types or levels of skill on the slopes, and across the world too. North America, within the United States and Canada offer some spectacular options when considering ski travel holidays.
South Africa car rental is relatively inexpensive and it is probably the best option when it comes to safety and reliability. The roads are mostly well maintained when compared to other African countries and although a 4×4 vehicle is not required you may want to get one from your car rental company anyway because there are some amazing 4×4 trails within the country and its game reserves.
Car hire companies are represented within most major towns and they supply a diverse range of cars from vintage cars to caravans. You can travel from one side of South Africa to the other and just leave your rental car at a S.A car rental branch within the town where you depart. If you are planning to rent a car to drive around you will want to insure your car rental company has an option for unlimited kilometers and if you are visiting in summer you will definitely want a car with air-conditioning.
If you have 3 to 4 days you can visit Cape Town and the surrounding wine-lands in your hired vehicle or drive from Johannesburg to the nearby Kruger National Park
There are a lot of reported cases of tempting holidays gone really, really bad. People, who got to the destination and found out that the hotels were miserable or that there simply were no hotels where they should have been, people who had to pay a lot of extra money for things they already paid for and so on.
So in order to prevent these unfortunate happenings you’d better start looking for a travel agent who will help you to make the best decision that meets your desires when it comes to traveling somewhere. Find an agent who has a lot of experience and can determine scams in time. He should be a person you fully trust as in his hands lies your long wanted holiday.
Before deciding for one, ask about his reputation. If possible, contact some of his former clients and check if they had things going for them as they wanted or who knows, even better. Choose and agent who can meet all your conditions, involving destination, hotel, family accommodation, prices for your budget and any special needs. Think outside the box: bigger aren’t necessarily better. You
China is one of the oldest countries which date back to ancient civilization. Because of this, it has retained a lot of its historical background and culture, many of which are still practiced today. To many people, China may still be regarded as a place that is located on the dark side of the moon, but it is not until you visit this unique and beautiful country, you can truly satisfy your curiosity about China.
Adventure travelers and globe trotters around the world have started discovering the natural hills and scenic spots in China, many of who return with interesting stories and beautiful pictures. If you have always wanted to visit this side of the world, then its time to pack up your bags and bask in the sun this summer as you discover many of China’s hidden beauties.
Let me start with beaches; not many are aware that China has a tropical side to it except the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong which proudly boasts of the famous Repulse Bay. Located in the Southern province of China, Hainan is a beautiful exotic island with a rich culture for
With the right attitude, those pesky air travel disruptions don’t have to ruin your family trip. It can, however turn into a case of “rolling with the punches” so to speak. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some tips for flying with children while maintaining your sanity.
1) Prepare your family for flexibility. Make sure you have a backup plan, and discuss it openly. Any amount of time you spend together is family time – come up with some ideas to make the most of it.
2) Make a point to fight germs. Begin before you leave getting into the habit of taking daily multivitamins. Have everyone’s vaccinations up to date. Verify the need for additional vaccines, depending on the location of your vacation. Remember to wash your hands often, eat well and get enough rest.
3) Verify your airline’s website to get an updated list of prohibited items. Personally check every suitcase before giving it the seal of approval. Explain various aspects of security protocols, such as removing their shoes when asked, or putting their belongings on the conveyor belt. This includes
Vacation deals are usually available and sold anywhere from a few hours to twelve hours prior to departure of your trip. If you thought that getting a travel deal at the tail end was foolish, you need to think again.
Some things you need to know prior to booking your travel deal at the last minute:
1) The more money you save, the better chance you have of having a nice surplus. When you make reservations for hotels, car rentals, airfare and other related items, make sure to look for the best discounts. That way, you will have more money to spend on other things.
2) Avoid mistakes that cost you money. Spend your money wisely. Get travel insurance in the event of an emergency. Read every part of any document that you have to provide your John Hancock for. Also, read the fine print. That is where you will find the stipulations and any fees. It is your responsibility to read everything before you sign.
3) Confirm all details. In regard to your trip, go over every detail to make sure it is
How does exploring a land of hilltop villages, seaside resorts, great adventure and active family vacationing sound? It’s all very doable on the Istrian Peninsula, formerly a part of Italy and today the gem of Croatia’s northern coast. Indeed, the juxtaposition of Italian-influenced coastal resorts and inland Croatian villages is possibly Istria’s most compelling feature. Both groups were preceded by Illyrian tribes and ruled throughout by Romans, Byzantium, Venetians and Austrians. However, Italian influence prevails throughout the region.
Every day is a new adventure outdoors on the Istrian peninsula. Be it active exploration of hilltop villages, water adventures of every kind on the coast, agrotourism on its olive oil farms, wine road and truffle forests, you move at your own relaxed pace here, absorbing the area’s Mediterranean Tuscan-like charm.
Elegant Opatija lies at the center of the Istrian Riviera, its lush green scenery, warm waters and mild climate provide a relaxing setting in harmony with nature., while its stream of foreign visitors provide the excitement. The Benedictine Abbey established here in 1420, around which the town settled, lends its name to Opatija, meaning abbey. The backdrop
It is recommended to bring a lot of patience if you are going for a holiday trip. Patience is a must especially if you are flying to your destination. You also have to plan ahead in order to avoid delays and long security checkpoint lines.
These warnings are what you will hear from almost anyone who will know that you will be spending the holidays somewhere else than home. You should not ignore such things since they really can help you out in enjoying your entire vacation, from the planning, to the journey, to reaching to destination, to relaxing there and to your return trip back home.
1. Plan Ahead
The first thing that you should do is to plan ahead. Book your flight as early as you can; booking in a rush is never going to provide you with the cheapest airline tickets.
2. Be Security-ready
There is nothing more frustrating than being at the airport and having to go through your bag for your passport and plane tickets. It is highly recommended to have these documents handy at all
Spain’s ruggedly beautiful Costa Brava, the sunny “Wild Coast” stretches for 160 km along Catalonia’s northeastern shores from Port Bou on the Franco-Spanish border to Tossa del Mar just north of Barcelona. Lined with green hillsides, craggy, wild cliffs, sandy inlets and caves, this is an adventure travelers paradise, where all manner of water sports, cycling and hiking are found.
The rugged coastline is dotted with lovely resorts interposed with unspoilt fishing villages and vibrant marinas. Exploring the hidden delights of the craggy coastline by boat, you discover deserted pine and citrus scented coves, ancient castles and fortifications.
On this jagged coast, L”Estartit is a diver’s heaven with an abundance of wrecks to explore in the crystalline waters. Just a mile offshore, the Medes Islands, a small archipelago of seven islets and a few reefs, features one of the richest marine reserves in the Mediterranean. Here, snorkelers and divers of every level delight in the thousands of fish and plant species that inhabit the submarine caves and crevices. To the south, Tossa del Mar, with its 12th Century walled town, its narrow, twisting streets and its lovely sandy beaches is
If you are a senior in search of a vacation, planning ahead could ensure you of a memorable and fun trip. Various types of vacations can be planned around senior travel, and whether you are looking to relax or plan your holiday full of activity, your convenience and any special attention you might require should be taken into consideration.
Taking a cruise no longer means sailing with young spring breakers looking for a 24-hour party. Certain voyages offer five-star treatment on a smaller scale, making manoeuvring about the ship an easier task, which is what many seniors require. The smaller, more intimate crowd offers a quieter trip, making relaxing conversation and new friendships possible. Most large cruise lines offer Alaskan cruises or South Seas cruises with ports-of-call geared with seniors in mind. You might even want to plan an around-the-world vacation on the world’s largest vessels that offer every amenity a senior could need.
If sailing the seas is not your chosen destination, you might consider a river cruise on some of America’s great rivers. The Mississippi River is popular to small cruise boats and paddlewheelers that offer cruises up
Looking for an alternative to “Home Alone for the Holidays”, I began checking out river cruises. My prior cruise on the Nile had worked well for me. As a solo traveler, I liked the fact that meals, transportation and sightseeing were taken care of while the small ship offered travel companions but with the privacy of my own cabin.
To narrow it down, I scanned my bucket list and immediately chose an Amazon River cruise. That left India and SE Asia as next on my list but too far roundtrip for Christmas week. I selected Brazil since most of the Amazon rainforest is located there although other options were via Peru and Colombia. (At least five other countries claim at least a piece of the Amazon.)
Although there were no non-stop flights available, Miami and Houston are gateway cities for frequent flights from the US to the capital of the Amazon, Manaus, bypassing both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo. An intriguing option, in my view, was the opportunity to connect through Panama. The flight’s layover of 17 hours gives ample time to check into a Panama City hotel for
When it comes to travel writing, the literature can narrate the writer’s experiences that occur during those travels, the people the writer meets and the ambience and aesthetic appeals the writer may be experiencing – these all go into a travelogue. It is fair to say that a travelogue tends to be more directly allied with literature about al fresco events than about proceedings taking place within the boundaries of buildings of one sort or another.
A prime example of this kind of travel writing is ‘Just a Little Run Around the World’ by Rosie Swale Pope. Adventure World Magazine records that, during her travels, Rosie’s trip took her five years during which she encountered three packs of wolves, and wore out 53 pairs of shoes – to paraphrase the sub-title of her book: “….5 Years, 3 Packs of Wolves and 53 Pairs of Shoes”. During this sojourn she also accumulated 29 proposals of marriage, had a brush with frost bite and got hit by a bus! She also got chased by a man in his birthday suit, brandishing a gun! Why did she undertake this mammoth odyssey? You’ll have to
This is a topic dear to my heart as I became a father two years ago now. Parenthood certainly changes your options for travelling but there is no need to “shelf” your sense of adventure – in fact I am very keen to instill that same passion in my daughter. She has notched up seven countries in her first two years and I hope there are many more to come. The looks of wonder and excitement on her face when faced with Alps or the great fjord in Montenegro are memories I will keep forever. She learned to run and took her first dip in the sea in Croatia and has even been to Bosnia! There are many options for kids adventure travel holidays but here are my top 3.
#1. The Alps. I have chosen this as number one because it offers so much for a family holiday, you can go in the winter for the winter activities or the summer for the alpine beauty and summer activities. Pick from France, Italy or Switzerland – you will find plenty of family friendly places to stay. Car rental and driving are easy (essential
Whether you earn a big sum of money or low, you may have a keep desire to enjoy holidays within your pouch! The discount travel holidays will be the right ways to quench your thirst in this manner because they take care of everyone and people can avail them with ease. When you are going to avail a discount travel holiday package, you can keep some tips in your mind that will help you gain more and more benefits through one package.
Discount travel holidays can be availed for every place that too during every season and thus, you don’t need to wait for a holiday or off season. However, it is suggested to you to plan holidays during the off season because this time, you can book a cheap holiday package through any online agent. There is no need to spend thousands of dollars in order to book your holidays because you have various chances to plan a cheap holiday.
In order to book the discount travel holidays, you should use the online method that is easy and convenient and offers you many more chances to plan a satisfactory
The first thing you must do before deciding on a location to go to on your holiday is the amount of money that you are willing to spend. It’s not just the travel expenses that have to be accounted for but also the food, accommodation, sightseeing, recreation and miscellaneous expenses have to be accounted for as well. The more money that you are willing to spend, the better your holiday will be. You must set yourself a budget otherwise you may end up having financial problems which will cause your travel holiday to become not as enjoyable as you hoped for. Always keep a little bit over your budget (around $100 to $200), just in case you need it.
Once you have set yourself a budget, the next thing you should do is decide on the type of activities that you are looking forward to doing. You may want to go cave exploring or you may want to go bungee jumping for example. This foundation decision will affect where you end up going for your travel holiday. If you are not going alone on a travel holiday, it is always a good idea
Not all of us get the chance to have a real adventure, however these adventure travel holiday ideas can help you get closer to adventure. And these aren’t just for the young, as baby boomers mature and find they’re still fit and have spare funds there are more such ideas tailored towards them as well.
An African Safari is a good start for adventure travel holiday ideas, especially one that starts in the South Luangwa National Park or the Kruger National Park and ends up with some time on a beach in Mauritius. Flying over rugged and raw Damaraland, home to spectacular scenery, desert elephant and black rhinos is a kind of safari that deserves a mention in any list of vacation ideas. Combine this with a flying trip up the Skeleton Coast as far as Serra Cafeema and you will reach areas of utter Wilderness; areas that seem barren, yet captivate adventurous spirits.
For adventure travel holiday ideas with even more action try paddling the Zambezi: the Everest of rivers – but an Everest even first time paddlers can have a bash at (under good supervision.). It’s a big
We all want fabulous budget travel holidays without breaking the bank. Here are three tips that will help you plan your next great holiday while staying on a budget. We’ll go over the months you should target to travel that will give you the greatest travel savings, which type of airports to fly out of, and more general tips to give you the greatest bang for you buck. Let’s get started:
1. Try to travel during “Shoulder Season”, a term coined by the travel industry. This is a great time to travel because it’s not High Season, which is when it’s most expensive to travel and most crowded, and it’s not Low Season, when the crowds are not there but the weather is the worst. You can generally save hundreds of dollars, if not thousands, on your vacation just by targeting Shoulder Season because airfare and hotels are cheaper. For example, go to Hawaii in March or September, Tahiti in November, Costa Rica in December, or Baja California in June.
2. Use the internet to your advantage. Many airlines, resorts, cruise companies, and hotel websites offer rewards to people who
Booking your holiday is one of the biggest decisions you will make all year, so you should consider carefully where the best place is to book travel holiday deals, as this can save you a lot of money!
Most people are now booking their package holidays online, as the bigger tour operators such as Thomas Cook, Direct Holidays, and Virgin holidays all offer exclusive, extra discounts when you book online. This makes commercial sense for tour operators as they cut out the staff costs as their websites can offer prices and availability as well as reviews and even videos of selected hotels.
However, there are still some advantages if you are booking with your local travel agent. Firstly, you have that personal touch that websites can’t offer and your travel agent may also be an expert as they have visited many destinations and can offer advice based on your needs.
Travel agents are often sent on educational visits so they can get a feel for holiday resorts and hotels and can pass on their feedback to customers to help inform them before booking their holiday.