Take A Weekend Break This Spring

by Julie on April 27, 2017

Today, everyone has a tight and a hectic work schedule, you hardly find time for yourself or even for your family. With the arrival of spring, it becomes more important for you to plan your weekends with your family and friends. Spring is said to be the best time to make outdoor plans as nature is at its peak.

Due to the beautiful weather beginning to shine through, it makes it easy for you to travel to places and enjoy yourself to the fullest. Make the most of the awesome weather and take yourself to enjoy the beauty of nature by visiting the nearby attractions in the UK.

The UK has some of the most beautiful tourist attractions which are perfect for your spring weekend getaway.

One of the most beautiful places for a weekend getaway in the UK is Wales, and it offers you many beautiful attractions to visit and lots of activities.

For the History Lovers

If you love exploring history, you can do it by visiting Wale’s rich mining heritage, the Big Pit National Coal Museum by going 300 feet underground wearing a hard hat and headlamp. You can spend an hour walking through the dark tunnels seeing with your own eyes the vibrant history of the Coal industry and its effect on Wales.

For the Shopping Lovers

If shopping is the only thing you love to do in your free time or your weekend, then it is the perfect place for you to visit. You can head to Cardiff’s Victorian Arcades, that display the independent fashion boutiques and storefronts like Spillers Records, which is said to be the oldest record shop in the world, being established in 1894.

For the Adventure Lovers

If you are an adventure seeker and love to indulge yourself in sport, then you can enjoy yourself to the fullest at Surf Snowdonia in North Wales. It’s a 300 metre surf lagoon, which is a perfect surfing spot for adventure lovers.

You can also visit Crash & Splash lagoon that is perfect for body-boarding and has smooth water for Stand-Up Paddle-boarding.

Family Time

If you want to have an awesome trampoline experience with your family, there is nothing like Zip World- Bounce Below which is located within the huge network of caverns deep below the earth’s surface. It’s known as the world’s first subterranean playground that offers you to play, slide, roll, jump and bounce from net to net in a cavern the size of a cathedral. The atmosphere is colourful with the lighting, which makes the cave look beautiful. This cave served as a working slate mine almost 200 years ago.

 

You can also have some peaceful family time at Golden Fleece Inn, located nearby Porthmadog. It offers you a luxurious stay with lots of things to do and enjoy with your family. You can pamper yourself with a special spa at the spa centre in the Inn. It gives you every kind of luxury you can pamper yourself with.

For Nature Lovers

If you are a nature lover and want to spend time in the beautiful spring weather, then Portmeirion offers it all. The village has Mediterranean-style houses and family-owned shops which will surely catch your eyes. There’s beauty all around which will inspire you to take pictures, saving the memory for years to come.

The UK has some of the best weekend getaways that you can have with your family or friends. So, plan ahead to make one of your Spring weekends a special one.

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I’m sure you will understand when I say that I was afraid to travel alone. I wouldn’t get surprised if you were, too. I got that fear from the misconceptions I had even before I even tried it. I thought traveling solo was dangerous, boring, requires more effort, or just not as fun as traveling with friends. While many people, including myself, debunked these myths about traveling solo, there’s still one thing that many people think about solo traveling that I think is not true – that traveling solo is more expensive than traveling as a group.

I see why many people think of this. We think that having companions mean you get to share with many things, thus expenses on the road. While this is true in a way, this is not always the case. In fact, it wasn’t the case at all for me.

I thought I would be able to spend more money if I traveled solo, that’s why I always chose to travel with my friends, boyfriend, or sister. Until I experienced traveling alone and found that most of my beliefs regarding solo traveling were only misconceptions. When I first planned on traveling alone, I brought twice the amount of money I would normally do if I was traveling with friends, just to make sure I wouldn’t get short throughout my trip. To my surprise, I didn’t even spend half of what I’d have spent if I was with my friends!

How did I say this? You may ask. Well, here are some of the things I discovered…

  • You don’t have to pay for expensive double room accommodation

When traveling as a couple or as a group, it is a lot likely for you to get private accommodations. When I was traveling with my friends in The Philippines, a lot of them didn’t like the idea of staying in a hostel. So, we ended up paying between $35 and $50 per room that can be shared by two persons. That means I paid an average amount of $17 to $25 per night.

If I was traveling solo, I would have stayed in a hostel which normally costs between $6 and $13 per night in the same country. This, of course, will depend on where in the world you are.

  • You don’t have to spend a lot of money on food

This is another issue I noticed when I travel in group. Whenever I travel with my friends, we often find ourselves eating all the time. I know this is something that I have control over, but if someone wants to eat a delicious coconut ice cream on a street in Bangkok, how can I possibly just watch them eat that delicious delicacy without trying it myself?

There were also times when my friends wanted to eat at fancy restaurants while I was on a budget. I know, I can simply tell them I don’t want to eat there, but I didn’t want to kill their excitement. Especially that we are traveling and we wouldn’t be able to visit the same restaurant every day.

On the other hand, whenever I travel alone, I can just eat whenever I want to. I don’t feel pressured to eat just because one of my friends is complaining about being hungry.

  • You don’t have to be pressured to try attractions you don’t like

Of course, traveling always includes seeing new attractions or doing some sort of unique activities. While trying out new things in a place you have never been before could be a great experience, there are instances where you don’t really want to try it because (1) you don’t find them interesting; or (2) you think they are too expensive.

I once traveled with my sister in India. She wanted to try zip lining, which is okay, but the thing is that she didn’t want to do it alone. I, on the other hand, don’t find it interesting anymore because I have done it several times before. I wanted to decline, but I didn’t want to spoil her excitement to try it. So, of course, I did it with her. I didn’t regret doing it because it was a fun experience, but if I was there alone, I could have saved my money and also not regret for not doing it.

  • You don’t spend a lot for drinks

This is of course, not the same with everyone, but whenever I travel alone, I don’t drink as much as I do when I travel with friends. Sure, I meet new friends on the road who I ended up drinking with, but it’s a rare occasion. Also, there are times when I even get free drinks from new people I meet as a solo traveler!

When I travel to the city, I don’t get overstretched as I don’t have friends who want to experience the nightlife with a lot of drinks.

  • You don’t have to pay all the time

Yes, there were a lot of instances when I got free stuff because I was alone. I backpacked to South America for two months, and half of the long-distance transportations I had didn’t cost me anything. I find it easier to hitchhike when you’re solo. Yes, some people may find it risky, but on countries where hitchhiking is common, this is a good way to save money. Imagine if you are traveling in a bigger group, you will have less chance to get a car stopped at the road for a hitchhike.

Another instance is when I Couchsurf. There are more hosts that accept one guest on their place for free accommodation. I hardly find a host that can accommodate bigger groups of travelers.

Like I said earlier, this is based on my own experience. Of course, there are always benefits when traveling as a group, but when it comes to expenses, I don’t fully agree with the common belief that you can save more money when you don’t travel alone. Sure, this depends on the people you are with, but for me, it’s always easier to save more when I travel solo.

If you like this article, make sure to visit www.fortravelista.com for more tips and tricks to make the most of your trip whether you are traveling solo or with a companion or two.

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Best European Cities for a romantic getaway

by Julie on April 21, 2017

Europe is normally considered as the home to some of the world’s most beautiful cities. From Prague through to Paris, there’s a city for any hopeless romantic. But which are the most passionate cities of Europe?  Below we list what we think is the top 6 of the romantic getaways in Europe.

Rome

With its paved squares, al fresco trattorias as well as time-weathered Baroque cathedrals, Rome gives the feeling of being a movie set created particularly for your very personal Italian experience.  It is likely that you won’t be allowed to go wading barefoot into Trevi Fountain as Anita Ekberg did in the film La Dolce Vita. However there are plenty of other scenic settings for a romantic dalliance or perhaps even a special announcement. And Rome has a fantastic climate which always helps create a fabulous holiday, romantic or not.

Venice

It’s hard to bring up Venice without mentioning the word ‘passionate’.  From its beautiful reflections in the peaceful waterways to its gently splashing gondola boats, along its winding backstreet and quiet lanes where the peace get disrupted by nothing other than the intermittent echoing tread of another person, each and every single inch of Venice is filled with romance. You must have the EHIC card ready before going to any of these places.  Click here for applying for this card. Your imagination will be insprired as you thrust your way through throngs  crossing over the Rialto Bridge, or in the queue for visiting St Mark’s basilica. This incredible buildings maybe popular but they are part of the fabric of this beautiful city and what sets it apart. They are well worth braving the crowds for – although if you go in winter you often have these places to yourselves and the misty atmosphere can be even more romantic than the sunshine!

Amsterdam

Friendly, quirky, scenic and entertaining, Amsterdam both charms and seduces. This old historic city has been attracting visitors for centuries, and is still a prime attraction for tourists. Its canals that are lined with trees, fairy-lit overpasses, soaring swans, beautiful houses, interesting boats, friendly cafes and restaurants and of course people on bicycles! In this place there are many small-scale places that seem to be made exclusively for romance;  cafe culture is strong in Amsterdam and the perfect place for couples to  enjoy the great view and talk to each other whilst watching the world go by.

Paris

Despite being an old classic this charming city rarely lets you down. Paris is the very definition of romance and passion and is often top of the list when the time comes for a weekend away a deux.  You can enjoy leisurely walks along the length of the River Seine with its romantic bridges, enjoy a drink in a pavement cafe watching the world go by, dining in romantic candlelit eateries or gastronomic places of worship, or perhaps sharing a kiss at dusk on the sparkling Eiffel Tower.

Dubrovnik   

The Old township of Dubrovnik carries you centuries back in time, along ancient paved lanes lined by gracious Baroque stone buildings. Along the edge of the city are the wonderful medieval city walls which are a wonderfully atmospheric place to take a stroll. You can also take a dip in the deep cobalt waters of the Adriatic at the hip Banje beach  or you can take a taxi-boat out to Lokrum isle, which is famous for its botanical gardens as well as its peacocks. You can also go on a tour of the wineries at Pelješac for tasting the velvety reddish Dingač and eating oysters at Ston. Following sunset, you can feast by candlelight at Proto in Old Town of Dubrovnik’s or at Orsan that overlooks the fabulous boats in the yachting marina.

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Top 4 family destinations in Europe

by Julie on April 21, 2017

From Colosseum-excursion in Rome to Seville’s flamenco dancing in, Europe presents something for voyagers of all age groups and interests. For helping direct you to any European setting that presents a captivating blend of family-gracious appeals and reasonably priced hotels along with lofty approval amongst voyagers and connoisseurs, News editors of the USA ranked the leading places for visiting across this continent.

In the section below we discuss on 4 of these places that have been ranked by the News editors of the USA.

Vote for your favorite spots below, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Check out photos of the Best Family Vacations in Europe »

1# London

From the Zoo in London to the Dungeon in London along with Platform 9¾ located at King’s Cross Station to the Covent Garden’s fire-eaters, London is a city that has been captivating its visitors for a long time now. This metropolis is branded for its lofty price labels. However, you will not have any problems in finding budget-friendly accommodation at chain lodged that happen to be easily accessible by the use of London Underground.

There was a time when London was criticized greatly for its heavy and insipid menu items.  Bangers and mash, Fish and chips, and Mincemeat pies were the key items. Presently, the city’s hailed as amongst the finest foodie cities across the world. And being the melting pot of many cultures, the reason behind this is apparent. London presents the whole lot from contemporary British to Malaysian food.

2# Rome

In Rome, you as well as your children can shape lasting recollections as you renew on very old history at Colosseum and Pantheon. And with ample piazzas for children to wander, kid-forthcoming museums to travel around and gelato for sampling, Rome is an enlightening and crowd-satisfying metropolis to travel around regardless of your age.

Be certain to make apt time for enjoying la dolce vita and even as period of a week isn’t sufficiently lengthy for experiencing the whole lot that Roma offers. From momentous excursions through primordial Rome to Sunday daybreak shopping at Porta Portese flea marketplace to scaling right till the summit of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome is stuffed with activities to indulge in. You can boost your possibilities of coming back to the city by pitching a coin in Trevi Fountain and fate could just make you revisit the Eternal metropolis, which is what legend says.

3# Barcelona

Barcelona’s bettered branded for its unruly nightlife. However, there’re more than a few reasons for the families to pay this city a visit. The artwork of Gaudí in Güell Park will certainly create great impressions just as the lane performances down the length of Las Ramblas. On top of these the beach is always there.

4# Paris

With iconic attractions and kid-affable lures, which include Jardin de Luxembourg and Centre Pompidou, this City that’s named the city of Light presents an enjoyable and inspiring retreat experience. And visitors must never disregard an outing to the summit of Eiffel Tower, which gets an even better experience as the lights begin to glimmer after darkness has set in.

On this being your first trip to Paris, you’re almost certainly wish spending a little time at Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre, and Notre-Dame. However, you mustn’t overlook the not as well-known jewels like the Musée de l’Orangerie, the Musée Rodin, and the numerous markets. While on an excursion of Europe an EHIC is a must. You can apply for this card at this website. As you can’t do everything from shopping, museum touring, district-exploring, cemetery-perusing, and opera-attending and more, you must plan your personal schedule, group sightseeing the attractions close at hand together and seeing Paris as you wish to.

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Hawaii: From Harbor to Hana

by Julie on April 19, 2017

Hawaii offers history around every bend in the road. In waters clear and in forest deep, the forces of man and nature offer deep meditation and reflection.

Pearl Harbor

A large deepwater natural harbor, the waters of Wai Momi were home to Kaʻahupahau, the shark goddess who protected the fish and pearl oysters in the harbor. West of Honolulu on the island of Oahu, the harbor is protected by a reef creating a barrier to shipping at the entrance.

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The United States naval interests and development began in the late 1890’s; into the 1940’s, they had dredged the entrance, built docks, airfields, and all the infrastructure necessary to a first-rate naval and air defense base.

Home to thousands of military personnel and their families,the base would suffer huge physical, emotional, and geopolitical damage in a surprise attack by the Japanese navy and air force on December 7, 1941 -, what President Franklin D. Roosevelt would call “A date which will live in infamy.”

The National Park Service reported casualties that included 2,394 military and personnel dead, 1178 wounded, 21 ships sunk or beached, and 323 aircraft destroyed or damaged. Every year, millions from all over the world visit the harbor to pay respects and learn about the history.

 

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Among the memorials established are the USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Museums include the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

With tickets for Oahu tours, you can join a tour conducted by entertaining and informative local and professional guides. Comfortable roomy vans pick you up at your hotel or cruise ship and head for Pearl Harbor. At the Valor in the Pacific National Monument, you watch a documentary about the development of the harbor and the events leading up the the attack.

Once you have had the chance to explore the museum’s collection of memories and historic records and vintage photographs, you board a US Navy vessel to the 10 minute ride across the harbor’s water to uniquely designed Arizona Memorial, gleaming white and suspended about the battleship in memory of its 1,177 victims. All these years later, the visit is a moving experience.

 

Following The Road To Hana

As they say, “it’s not the destination but the journey that matters.” That’s certainly true of Maui’s famous endurance test, the Road to Hana.

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Heavenly Hana, as the locals call it, is well away from the hotels, golf courses and resorts that line the beachfronts on the Island of Maui. Protected and isolated, it remains treasured for its lack of modern development.

Its sheltered black sand beaches, cascading waterfalls, and spectacular flora and fauna await adventurous visitors every year. The thing is that it is not easy to get to. Depending on your stops for photo opportunities, the 52 mile drive will take up to four hours one way.

The best way to make the trip is to take a tour, available at www.roadtohanatour.com. The professional guides will drive you where rental cars are not permitted. And, they know where to stop for the best views and attractions.

The tour provides a fresh lunch and fruit at a beach location where you have time to swim. It picks you up and returns you to your hotel in its air-conditioned vans.

Another tourist target are the 7 Sacred Pools in a stunning ecosystem along the road. Water courses through Haleakala National Park, down levels in waterfalls, through the rainforest until it reaches the ocean.

To schedule a visit to the pools, you can ask your tour guide because the attraction largely depends on recent rains.

 

Mike Carroll is a freelance contributor to OutreachMama andTowering SEO who helps businesses find their audience online through research, content copy, and white papers. He frequently writes about management, marketing, and sales with customized outreach for digital marketing channels and outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

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New Zealand: Your Way

by Julie on April 19, 2017

There are many number of ways to enjoy a memorable visit to the spectacular island of New Zealand.  There are so many activities to choose from, you might need help deciding what to do. New Zealand self drive tours are a great way to choose vacation experiences tailored to what you want to see.  Start learning what this beautiful island has to offer by going to their official website. Whether you are vacationing by yourself, or you plan to take others along, it is a good idea to sit down and decide what kinds of activities you want to plan and what your interests are. Having a list of do not miss attractions, will help you plan the best visit. If you choose to receive the help of a travel organization, this list will help them give you what you need to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Visit the Official Website to Get a Great Overview

You should decide how many days you have to spend on your trip. Visiting the official website of New Zealand is a great place to start learning about what you can do when you visit. Recommended trips based on the length of your stay is just one resource available on this website. Suggested transportation, accommodations, facts about the island, destinations, and things to do are the many topics covered on this helpful source of information about New Zealand.

Consider Your Interests When Choosing Attractions to Visit

If you only have a week or so to visit, you might consider an “overview” of well-known sights and attractions. One tour many people want to take is the Hobbiton movie set that was featured in the popular The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. You might be more interested in visiting natural features such as the Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve, Waitomo Caves, Glaciers, Mountains, and water features.  Perhaps a cultural and historical tour is more in line with what you want. An evening with the Maori (including a Hangi dinner,) tickets to Warbirds Over Wanaka, or a visit to the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship might be the kind of site you would like to see.

A Longer Visit Means an in Depth View of the Island

A visit of more than two weeks to the island not only gives you more time to spend at attractions and destinations, but it also expands opportunities for seeing more that New Zealand has to offer. If you are a movie or fantasy buff, there are more locations you can visit used in the filming of Peter Jackson’s movies. These experiences include a helicopter flight, full day tour in Wellington (where you can walk in the footsteps of hobbits, men, and elves) and four wheel drive backcountry safari tour of more scenic locations included in the movies. A wilderness jet boating safari is also available for this purpose.

Examples of Itineraries on the Self Drive Tour 

One of the self drive tours offer a visit to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Here you can take two different cruises. One allows you to swim with dolphins, and the other takes you on a tour to the Hole in the Rock location. Another location on this self drive tour takes you to visit unique underground caves. Waitomo caves visit includes the unique experience of seeing thousands of glowworms hanging from the cave ceiling. This location also includes Ruakuri cave, where the entrance is like a spiral. Inside the cave you can view formations that appear similar to shawls and see echoing waterfalls. On this driving tour, your visit takes you to New Zealand’s most visited attraction: Huka Falls. The cliff face features over 220,000 liters of water falling over its surface every second.

These are but a few exciting and interesting experiences that you can have when you visit New Zealand and take a self drive tour. This choice of travel experience is great whether you like to fly by the seat of your pants when traveling, or you like everything planned out in detail. The important thing to remember is to do a little research before you go, so that you will not miss anything you might want to see.

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With a relaxed vibe, beautiful scenery, and a great array of activities for such a small town, Golden Beach, Florida, is the perfect vacation stop if you want a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

But, how can you ensure you’ll make the most out of your holiday in this charming little beach town? Here are five things to keep in mind before you book your trip.

  1. A Bit of History

The city of Golden Beach is a small beach community located in the northeast corner of Miami-Dade County, in Florida. Its privacy – the city has only about 1.000 residents – breathtaking scenery, and abundance of water sports has turn Golden Beach into a highly sought after place to live and one of the most popular vacation spots in the area.

The city was founded by two brothers in 1920, who dreamt of creating a community similar to Miami Beach but without the tumult of nightlife living. They imagined a quiet community, devoted to family life. When they found that strip of land that later became Golden Beach, they spent millions of dollars to clean out the mangrove swamps and turn it into a charming town.

  1. Where to Stay

You can find plenty of classy hotels, whether in Golden Beach or the neighboring areas. Depending on your budget and preferences, you could pay as little as $90 per night for a two stars hotel or close to $200 for a four stars hotel.

Renting a house in Golden Beach Florida is also an excellent option, especially if you travel in a large group want to have a place of your own where you can enjoy a barbecue after sunset.

  1. What to Do

Florida is home to some of the most spectacular beaches on the planet, and Golden Beach is among them. So, naturally, grabbing a chair and a towel and catch some rays while admiring the view and enjoying the good life is a must-do.

If you have a more adventurous spirit, then you can surf, snorkeling, or ride a ski jet. A blue water kayak tour is another excellent way to pass the time and discover the beauty of Golden Beach.

If you’d like to spend more time on land, then you can visit the tennis and basketball courts, make some new friends, and play a game together.

  1. How to Get Around

One of the best parts about Golden Beach is that it’s extremely close to two major airports. The Miami International Airport is just 11 miles away while the Fort Lauderdale International Airport is at 22 miles away. So, although it might feel like you’re in an exotic place far away from any metropolis, the bustling city life is just a short drive away, should you ever miss it during your vacation.

  1. Is It Really Worth Visiting It?

Don’t let its size and tranquil lifestyle fool you. Although small and quieter than its neighboring cities, Golden Beach is a vibrant town. Sure, if your idea of the perfect vacation includes pub crawling and insane parties, then Golden Beach is not the ideal choice. But, if you just want to relax on the beach with a cocktail in your hand, soak up the sun, do some sport, and maybe spot a celebrity or two, then you should give it a chance.

Sometimes, all you need is a quiet escape to recharge your batteries and return to your normal life refreshed and energized. Golden Beach, Florida is the perfect destination for a relaxed, yet stylish vacation.

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