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4 Best Places to Visit in Slovenia

May 25, 2019 in Blog

It’s always a good time for a vacation in Slovenia. This small country has a variety of natural resources, which makes it an attractive tourist destination throughout the year.

Slovenia’s commitment to the conservation of nature makes it a unique green destination, ideal for an active holiday, with more than 10,000km of hiking trails, mountain ranges, lakes, and thermal spas. With tasty gastronomy, excellent wines and the promotion of organic food and healthy life, Slovenia is a decision worth your attention. Here is the list of most popular places to visit when staying in Slovenia:

Kranjska Gora

Kranjska Gora presents the most popular tourist place during winter months. It is located in the northwest of Slovenia and every year gathers thousands of lovers of winter sports. Its most popular resort of Vitranc looks equally beautiful during the summer season too. Tourists can enjoy hiking, try mountain biking, or simply breathe the amazingly fresh air you’ll not find anywhere else.

Piran

Settled on the coast of the Adriatic sea, this Slovenian city resort presents the reminiscent of Italy. It was the part of the Venetian Empire for more than five centuries. History buffs might want to explore landmarks like the main square called Tartinijev square, the oldest building in the city called the Venetian House and the Church of St. George. Despite the fact Piran is small, it’s one of the most scenic places you’ll visit in Slovenia.

Triglav

Here it comes the most beautiful landscape of Slovenia- the National Park of Triglav. The park is surrounded by the Julian Alps and was named after Triglav- the highest mountain in the park which is also the highest summit in Slovenia.

With highlights in the region including the towering peak of Mount Triglav itself as well as the calm waters of Lake Bohinj, this sleeping beauty will leave you speechless.

Lake Bled

Serving as a gateway to the Triglav National Park, the Lake of Bled is famous for its picture-perfect island settled in the middle of lake’s turquoise waters. The views are spectacular from its high vantage point: the iconic Bled Island sitting amid the emerald green waters and surrounded by a lush forest make for one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The lake of Bled is especially popular during summer months when people rush here to enjoy swimming. In my opinion, the most popular private beach is located in Vila Bled’s lakeside hotel.

 

Family Travel Adventure

May 24, 2019 in Blog

Family is one of the most important things in the world and we should cherish it. How can we show our appreciation for having a good family? Plan a family travel adventure!

One way of spending quality time with your family is to travel together. It will make the family bond together and get closer to each other. There are a lot of things to do when you travel, you can go to different places, visit those kids friendly park, try new things and a lot more.

Activities

Family vacations should be enjoyable and productive. You should also consider what adventures will suit you and your kids. If your kids love to travel, these places and activities are perfect.

Theme Parks/ Amusement Parks/ National parks

This place never ceases to bring joy and laughter to children. Family adventure in theme parks will not only be fun but will also be educational. There are theme parks that will give additional knowledge to the children. And if you and your children want to experience thrill and excitement, the best family adventure will be trying all the rides in the amusement parks. Anywhere in the world there are numerous amusement parks.

Camping, Hiking, Canoeing, Biking

If your family is very athletic the best adventure is going outdoors in the wild! You can enjoy your vacation by camping in the woods; it releases stress from the work and also from the school. The change of scenery will also be good for the health. But before going to some strange mountains or camping site, you should know what to bring and what to do to ensure the safety of your family vacation. Same with hiking and biking, these are great adventures. If your children are old enough, you can try canoeing or rafting, it’s a water sport that will give you adrenaline rush and a great adventure. Family vacations will never be dull if you try these activities.

Shopping

It’s always a must that when one travels to a different place, there’s always a shopping expedition. It would be a great family adventure to look for souvenirs and items that will remind your family the good times you have in that certain place. Simple shopping with kids will be quite enjoyable even if you don’t have to travel in a far away place.

Golf and Other Sports Activities

It’s also important to know the sports that interest your children, not only it will be a wonderful family vacation, it will help enhance your child’s skill in that certain sport. It will also help their self-esteem to know that you support them.

Going to the Beaches

This is one of the most common places for a vacation. Children can frolic in the sand and parents can relax under the warm heat of the sun. Aside from that, they can also try the different water sports activities, a family adventure that you will never forget.

Wherever you go or whatever you do, the important thing is that the family has the chance to get to know each other, form a bond and be a strong one. Enjoy your travel time with your family and have a memorable time with them.

Malta- The Island of Dreams and Knights

May 11, 2019 in Blog

Malta is a small Mediterranean island settled between Sicily and Tunisia that attracts thousands of tourists every year. The first thing that every tourist will notice when comes to Malta is a magnificent and splendidly preserved architecture. The capital of Malta- La Valeta (or just Valletta) is an atypical baroque fort where you’ll experience a total pleasure. La Valeta’s narrow and windy streets might confuse you and provide you with the impression that you can easily get lost.

What to do when staying in Malta?

Visit Malta’s beaches

Many tourists come to Malta to summer vacation. It’s an island of a large number of beaches so even when you are in the center of the island, the closest beach is only a few kilometers away. Beaches near Valletta are rocky and very attractive but with an inconvenient approach. However, there are a few sandy beaches and bays as well. The best way to discover the whole island is to rent a bicycle and to enjoy gorgeous and unreal looking nature at the same time.

Try archery and horse riding

The rich military history of the island that dates since the Middle Ages is also responsible for the development and popularity of archery. Today in Malta, there are numerous archery schools where tourists can try this sport. Horse riding is another activity that has been preserved in the Maltese tradition. So, in case you adore horses, you can try horse riding on one of the beaches.

Try jeep safari

Despite the fact that the island of Malta is small in size, there are still some hidden places that can not be reached by public transport. There are many gorgeous and hidden gems that only locals can show you. As a tourist, you can pay a jeep safari tour and discover the insane looking nature of Malta. Local agencies also organize kayak tours along the coast to visit untouched beaches, bays, and caves that can not be reached from the mainland.

Visit Fort St.Elmo

This Fort was built in the XVI century as the main spot for protecting the city La Valletta from the Ottoman Empire. This was the focal point of the Siege of Malta which happened in 1565 and was a bloody period in history when some 1,500 knights lost their lives.

Visit the Ancient capital of Malta

Mdina is the ancient capital of Malta that is nested on a scenic hill in the center of the island. The word ‘mdina’ or ‘medina’ in the Arabic language means ‘the city’. So, as you can guess, thanks to the Tunisian influence, this city got the name Mdina. It is famous for being encircled by dominating fortifications and as such, it is not to be missed if you are something of a history buff.

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What to Visit in Tropea, Italy

April 22, 2019 in Blog

If you want to spend a vacation on one of the most beautiful beaches in the World, then Tropea in Italy is the right place for you. Settled in the region of Calabria, this small Italian town presents a popular tourist destination because of its unreal crystal clear waters and dramatic landscapes. The sightseeing attractions mainly include the many beaches and the older section of the town that is lined with ancient houses and villas, many of which are old and crumbling.

Otherwise called ‘The Coast of the Gods’, the name tells a lot about the natural beauties of this heaven on Earth. Here is the list of things to do when visiting Tropea:

Visit Benedictine Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’ Isola

This fairytale-looking church is perched atop a rocky cliff that stands above sandy beaches of Tropea. It dates from the 4th century and can be reached only by climbing the stairs carved directly into the cliffside.

Walking through the town center

It’s true that Tropea is a small town, however, here you will never feel bored. The town is full of bars, gelaterias, pizzerias, and tavernas. I highly recommend trying local cuisine in Lido Tropical restaurant.

If you want to avoid the crowdy old Tropea town, have dinner at Lido Tropical, along the beach. You will experience a nice atmosphere by the gentle manager and his crew. Delicious seafood you will adore, freshly served and full of local Calabrian flavors!

Visit Piazza Ercole

This piazza presents the hot spot of Tropea. Since it’s a central square, here you’ll find hundreds of tourist and locals buzzing around.

Visit Duomo

Duomo is Tropea’s most important religious place. The Norman cathedral is also one of the most interesting buildings in the town, known for its impressive architecture. Inside the cathedral are various beautiful decorations and impressive artworks.

The Gothic City of Siena

April 17, 2019 in Blog

Let’s step aside to one of the oldest Italian cities. Welcome to the city of Siena! This amazing and historical place seduces with its sleepless environment, medieval architecture and cozy atmosphere.

In my opinion, I think there is no person who will not become thrilled with its central piazza known as Il Campo. It’s legendary for Palio horse race that takes place twice a year and draws hundreds of spectators, while during the rest of the year it presents the main place for people’s meetings.

Unlike other Italian cities that sparkle with excessive luxury, the city of Sienna succeeded to keep its own unique charm. So, you’d better not expect to go shopping and eating at expensive restaurants ‘cause this place has to offer only plenty of Gothic architecture and marvelous history.

Among the buildings overlooking Piazza del Campo, you will see and should visit the Palazzo Comunale (or Palazzo Pubblico, which is the city’s Town Hall) and the Torre del Mangia. Furthermore, the city has a range of fantastic museums and galleries such as the Siena Civic Museum and the National Gallery. The historic center of Siena is one of the best preserved in the region and is a true joy to explore.

What else to visit?

From other magnificent treasures of Siena, I highly recommend you visit the Cathedral, the Crypt, and the Piccolomini Library of Piazza del Duomo. The Cathedral is enriched with works signed by famous artists such as Donatello, Nicola Pisano, Michelangelo and Pinturicchio.

After you’ve visited all previously mentioned monuments, it’s definitely time for a break and to try one of the best Siena’s specialties- ice cream! Bar Pasticceria Nannini offers the best ice cream you’ll ever taste.

The Museum dell’Opera contains many of the original art pieces from the Cathedral. The most popular part of the museum is the panoramic view point at the top where you will have a magnificent view of the Cathedral as well as the rooftops of Siena and the Tuscan hills.

by Feri

Glacier National Park – A Slice of Heaven!

April 13, 2019 in Blog

Glacier National Park is situated in the Rocky Mountains of Montana in the United States of America (USA) close to the border of Canada. My husband, my daughter and I drove from Seattle through the scenic highways to Montana, then down to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Many people do not know that you only need one ticket per car which costs $80 to see all the National Parks in the US, valid for one year! Maps are provided and there are visitor centers that have friendly and informed staff.

You can find lodging in the Park itself but you need to book well in advance as it fills up quickly. Since we are big procrastinators, we could not find a suitable Airbnb in the US. This worked to our advantage since we stayed just across the border in Alberta, Canada and were able to also see the Waterton National Park and breathtaking views of the sunset in the countryside. If you decide to go to Waterton, make sure you have a meal at the Prince of Wales hotel which has a spectacular view and friendly staff.

Unlike Yellowstone National Park, you need to hike to get to scenic spots and hidden lakes. The hikes are relatively easy but it’s worth to invest in a good pair of hiking shoes. The east part of the Park is much prettier than the west side – so if you only have a day, it would be best spent on the east side.

There are also water falls in Glacier Park and you can jump into the water from a height so don’t forget your swimming suit if you are interested. There are bear signs everywhere, so if you are going with young children or don’t fancy running into them, be sure to carry a bell that comes with or without a pepper spray!

We were told that 25% of the glaciers have already disappeared due to global warming – they estimate that by 2038 there will be none left if it continues at this rate. So be sure to visit while the glaciers are still there and the water level is relatively high.

Australia shopping and travel tips

April 8, 2019 in Blog

A traveler to Australia might need a brief respite after arrival due to the distance it has taken to travel to the continent. Some travelers might be groggy and feel out of sorts for a day or two because of the time differences involved, and the traveler might not be clear on what they are allowed to bring into the country and what is strictly prohibited. Plants and plant by-products require a quarantine period which might slow travelers down considerably.

Visitors to Australia have free sightseeing trips that they can enjoy. There is a variety of transportation modes available throughout Australia. A traveler can get great bargains on bus or train tickets if they participate in discount card programs. There are terrific discounts for travelers with this type of membership because the discounts extend to tours at public buildings, amusement parks and arcades and many fine dining opportunities.

The shopping hours throughout Australia are generally 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and Sundays and public holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. While shopping in Australia for many items, there are some tipping rules that will make the shopping go smoother. Even though in many respects tipping is relatively new in Australia. While dining with friends at lunch or dinner, and if you have enjoyed your meal and your waiter was lovely, then you can tip your waiter for upto 10 percent of the final bill. You can also tip the people who help along the shopping path such as porters at hotels and taxi drivers who speed travelers to their next shopping destination.

Taking advantage of many travel discounts will be high on every travelers list. A visitor to Australia will have to be mindful of the time changes throughout the continent that could have a direct effect on scheduling a vacation or a daily shopping excursion to other parts of the continent that have not been visited yet. The time changes, in conjunction with the air travel fatigue, might overcome older travelers. It is always a good idea to keep the time factor, and time schedules for transportation and retail locations handy at all times.

When planning vacation trips to any foreign countries, there are many entry rules that will apply. In order to enter the continent of Australia, travelers are required to have a valid passport on them at the point of entry, and some people run into difficulties because they do not have valid visitor visa or student visa. The only exceptions to the two-document rule apply to those that hold passports from New Zealand.

Duty-free shopping is encouraged at all major airports throughout the world. For travelers that plan to visit Australia, there are rules that apply to duty-free items that arrive with the passenger at the point of entry. Travelers must declare any foreign currencies that they enter Australia with, as well as any plant or animal by-products, and also to declare tobacco products, because there is a certain limit allowed for each person that travels. Age limits will apply to travelers who bring duty-free items into Australia too.

Top 3 Places To Visit in Provence

March 22, 2019 in Blog

Visiting the region of Provence in France presents an enchanting nifty adventure during which you travel through time, history, different tastes, and scents. It reveals the quiet, yet powerful joy of life.

If you are willing to discover some of the most beautiful villages in this region and to find out its well-kept secrets, this might be the perfect place for your adventure! That’s why I have chosen to write about the most picturesque villages in Provence. Each Provence’s village represents the world for itself with a unique atmosphere and a breeze of history.

  1. The village of Gordes

In my opinion, the Gordes village simply seduces with its sleepy fortress standing over. It was built by the Romans and was renovated during the period of the Renaissance. Make sure you have enough time to walk down its narrow streets and enjoy in its countryside.

  1. Porquerolles

If you love swimming and spending time in untouched nature, then the village of Porquerolles will definitely leave you speechless. It offers insane white sand beaches, turquoise sea, and rugged cliffs. Approximately 50 years ago, it was a private area, but today is a widely famous protected area that has left unreclaimed.

  1. Cassis

The village of Cassis represents one of the most popular places when visiting the region of Provence. If you want to visit it then make sure you experience the taste of their famous vines. The Cassis’ dramatic scenery, the lavender scent, pastel-colored buildings, and summer breeze are something that you’ll remember forever.

The volcanic island of Santorini, Greece

March 7, 2019 in Blog

If you’ve been searching for your next travel destination, I want to represent you with the magical island of Santorini. Unlike any other Greek island, this Cyclades’ island lives on the ‘’active’’ volcanic isle and it’s famous for the magnificent looking caldera. Your dream about the turquoise waters now may become true ‘cause Santorini will provide you with a real festival of colors. The white buildings with blue roofs on one side, and countless shades of blue on the other.

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by Steve.B

India Travel Destination Tips

March 2, 2019 in Blog

Are you in search of a vacation spot where you can find a lot of tourist places? Well, if you are, perhaps it’s time you visit India. Tourists from different countries flood India and the main reason is because it offers fascinating and attractive tourist places that is so rich in history, culture, heritage, peoples, and sightseeing. You will surely need some travel destination tips when you visit India in order to have the best vacation ever.

Some of the most popular travel destinations in India are here in this article. Make use of these travel destination tips to get the most out of your India travel.

The very first place that you need to visit is Rajasthan. This is India’s largest state in the west. You can find stunning palaces, forts, and monuments. If you love deserts, this is the best place. Royal stays are welcomed in the converted resorts and hotels which were before havelis and palaces. Some of the spots you can visit are Amber fort, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jaisalmer fort, camel fairs, and camel safari.

Next stop are pilgrimage tours. Many pilgrims take place in India as it is rich in cutlture and religions. Some of the pilgrim sites inlucde varanasi, haridwar, rishikesh, and amritsar golden temple. You can find architecture marvels that serve as a place for worship. If you like pilgrims, join one while you’re in India.

The third is wildlife tours. You can find around eighty national parks and more than five hundred animal sanctuaries. Those individuals who like wildlife can visir Kanha and Bandhavgarh sanctuaries located in Madhya Pradesh, Ranthambore and Sariska found in Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh’s Dudhwa and Corbett parks. You can enjoy the safari tours and trekking in the different wildlife destinations.

Yoga and Ayurvedic tours are also quite popular in India. You can have recreational holidays in India’s ayurvedic hospitals, helath resorts, and colleges. In Kerala, you can find South India’s ayurveda centers where you can spend some time to refresh your body.

For those individuals who love foods, festivals, religion, and culture, you can go to South India. Aside from that, you can also go sightseeing of India’s temples. The most popular is Taj Mahal, and then there’s also Jantar Mantar. Taj Mahal is also called the ‘monument of love’ and it can be found in Agra city. This temple was built by Emperor Shahjahan for Mumtaz Mahal, his wife. You can also visit carved temples, majestic forts, and other architectural wonders.

So there you have it, the greatest travel destinations that you can go while you’re in India. You can surely create lasting memories there especially if you travel with your family or friends. Prepare for a grand vacation in India so that you too can visit the different tourist places there. It’s one-time life experience that you shouldn’t miss. Try saving some money now so that you can make your dream India trip come true.

These India travel destinations tips are very useful especially for first-time India visitors. You should prepare yourself before you actually go there so that you won’t get lost and you know the right places to visit. Focus on the places that catch your interest so that you can make the most out of your time in India. Enjoy and relax because this is the time to savor the pleasures offered by such a very interesting place like India.