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Escape The Harsh Winter And Travel To The Caribbean

 

I wish I live in your place! That will be my common quip because I love winter. However, if you’ve been living in a country where the winter gets so crazy then I will completely understand the need to go on a vacation to somewhere sunny – the Caribbean!

The Caribbean region lies in the Caribbean sea and consists of approximately 7,000 and more independent and territories of other countries. It is situated in the East of Central America, Southeast of USA, and north of the South American region. And because of this, the Caribbean islands enjoy a nice tropical/sub-tropical climate with a dry and wet season but still enjoys a year-long sunshine.

This region is a hit to many who wants to enjoy the warm weather throughout the year. You can do many activities here such as sightseeing, water sports, lots of swimming and snorkeling, and diving too while forgetting the harsh winter climate back home.

 

Here are just some of the countries listed in the Caribbean region for you to consider if you want to ditch your winter wear in exchange of a beach wear and the cool (bot not freezing cold!) breeze on your face. Then head off to this Caribbean paradise!

Aruba

Bahamas

Barbados

Cayman Islands

Curaçao

Jamaica

Haiti

Martinique

Puerto Rico

Saint Lucia

Trinidad and Tobago

Turks and Caicos

 

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Travelling with Purpose: Picking a Theme for Your Next Adventure

Posted in lifestyle, tourist attractions, travel, travel ideas, travel tips
on January 13, 2018

Now, there’s nothing wrong with looking at a map of the world, throwing a dart, and deciding to travel to whatever country that you hit. And there’s nothing with looking at exotic photographs of far-flung destinations and deciding “I want to go there.” However, there’s also another way to travel, and that is by picking a theme you already love and picking destinations around that subject. If you do this, you know you’ll have a good time, and will most likely visiting places that most people never think to visit!

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A Literary Tour

You can travel to different countries and periods through the power of the written word. But now that you’ve travelled there through literature…why not travel there in real life? There are two ways to do this. You can visit places that famous authors have immortalised, or you can visit the places where they lived and worked. Love reading Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays? Then take a trip to Stratford Upon Avon, and the Globe Theatre in London. How about Ernest Hemingway? You can get recreate his travels through France, Spain, Africa, and everywhere else, drinking in the same bars he drank in along the way (be warned: there are a lot of them).

Tasteful Travels

We live in a global world, and it’s never been easier to get food from all over the world, regardless of where you live. However, drinking a glass of delicious French wine at home isn’t the same as drinking a glass of delicious French wine as you’re sitting in France, overlooking a vineyard, with a setting sun in front of you. Japanese food, Italian food, Sangria, and so on: they’re all given another level of deliciousness when you’re in a place that mastered them in the first place.

Life’s Mysteries

How about taking a trip that connects with you the spooky goings-on on earth? There are plenty of real haunted houses across the globe; pick your destination, and take a tour of some of the homes where spirits are said to roam. And there’s not only earthly concerns you have the option to explore: take a trip to Roswell, and you’ll be able to do your own bit of investigatory work about what really happened there in 1947. Did a UFO really crash there? The locals certainly think so.

The Sound of Music

Of all the human inventions, it’s hard to find one that people love more than music. There are musical icons, classic venues, and urban legends about musicians located all over the globe. If you have a favourite type of music, incorporate it into your next travels. No fan of The Beatles, for example, can call themselves a true fanatic if they’ve never been to Liverpool.

Movie Magic

Finally, to the big screen. You don’t have to go to Hollywood to get your dose of movie magic; film sets are located all over the world. Have an all-time favourite movie? Visit the famous locations! Whether you choose to recreate the scene is up to you, though.

 

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4 Great Reasons To Choose Europe As Your Next Holiday Destination

 

If you have grown tired of the same type of vacation year after year, it is time to consider something different. As a continent, Europe has a great deal to offer. With each country having its own distinct culture and personality, there is literally no shortage of exciting adventures to take part in. From the Baltic nations to the Mediterranean, and from Eastern to Western Europe, your next holiday can shape up to a most memorable one. European excursions are plentiful, and they are a great way to unwind from the daily stress of life and experience something new. As you begin the planning process, consider the following four great reasons to choose Europe as your next holiday destination.

 

Every Country is Unique

Visiting Europe allows you the opportunity to visit several countries all in the same vacation. With each nation having its own distinct culture and history, you will be amazed at the possibilities. Consider the United Kingdom as an example. You will have the opportunity to travel to several different countries in a seamless manner and partake in a variety of national activities in each. Few other regions of the world make this type of experience possible. Your holiday will be enriching, educational, and fun. The only limit is your imagination and your willingness to embrace new cultures, ways of thinking, and experiences. Just remember to leave plenty of space on you camera, as you will almost certainly need it.

 

Exceptional Value

Another appealing aspect of traveling to Europe is the exceptional value that you will receive. Because you can accomplish so much is such a limited timeframe, you can do much more than would ordinarily be possible on a normal holiday. This means that you can go fishing in one country, horseback riding in another, and partake in a pub crawl in a major capital city. The possibilities exist for every member of your traveling party to take part in exactly the type of activities that they enjoy the most, while still having plenty of time left over for a bit of rest and relaxation. You will find a range of accommodation types throughout Europe as well. If you are young and adventurous, you might opt for hostels as you hop from place to place. There are also family oriented bed and breakfast inns, quaint guesthouses, and five star resorts. Whatever your comfort level and budget might be, you find more than an option or two throughout Europe.

 

Extensive Transportation Network

If you think that your only option for transport in Europe is to fly from one place to the other, you will once again be pleased with this next bit of news. It is incredibly easy to get around virtually the entire continent. There is an extensive network of roads, trains, busses, and ferries to get travelers and residents alike where they need to go. Once again, fares are incredibly affordable. You can even take a river cruise throughout the region, stopping in major cities along the way. Going from one city to another is easy with the extensive train network. The list of benefits in this regard can go on and on.

 

No Shortage of Activities

Another notable advantage of traveling to Europe is the wide range of activities that you can take part in. While some people might enjoy a beach holiday, others might enjoy a relaxing week in a countryside village. You can actually do both in Europe within the same trip. The only real limitation will be the amount of time that you have spend on the continent, so take time and plan your activities accordingly.

While these are four great reasons to go to Europe, there are many more that could be mentioned. The fact is that this one continent has just about everything that one could expect to get out of a holiday. Take your time and work with a travel planner to ensure that everything comes off just right. Let them know what you want and then allow them to go out and find just the right excursion for you. Then, sit back and pack your bags as the adventure awaits.

 

 

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Travelling On Board The Trans-Siberian

Posted in railway, Siberia, travel, travel ideas, travel info, travel tips
on October 19, 2017

 

The Trans-Siberian Railway covers around 6000 miles, multiple railway networks, and goes through 7 different time zones, as well many different cultures. The railway has connected Moscow to Vladivostok since 1916, and it also provides routes into Mongolia, China, and North Korea. Before planning your trip along this world famous railway, it is worth your time doing plenty of research on travel sites that can give you an insight into all of the destinations to which you will be travelling.

It Is Not Just For Tourists

Although the railway is becoming increasingly popular for tourists to use, the majority of the use is seen by the local population, as well as a lot of freight also being transported along the railway.

A Choice Of Destinations

The main route that you can take along the Trans-Siberian Railway is from Moscow to Vladivostok, but as well as a variety of stops between these two locations, you can also travel a different line to Mongolia, or to China and visit Beijing. There is so much to see and do along this railway that you will have to limit what you plan for your trip, so you have a chance to appreciate it properly and take everything on board.

Lots Of Different Tour Operators

The benefit of using a tour operator to book Moscow to Beijing train tours is that they can advise you on everything from visas to local customs and culture. You can not only book your travel through them but also your accommodation and even excursions. Using the services of a reputable tour company can save you a lot of hassle and help you to plan the trip of a lifetime along the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Different Class Tickets

You can spend a long time travelling on the train, and with so many of the local people using it you can immerse yourself in the local culture and get to know the people. There are three different classes of tickets available which are;

  • First Class – A private cabin which has two berths and shared washroom facilities.
  • Second Class – A cabin which has four berths and shared washroom facilities.
  • Third Class – A open plan dormitory style with 54 bunks per a carriage and shared washroom facilities.

You will also find that some of the trains have service wagons where you can find laundry, internet, and shower facilities. There are only a limited number of first class tickets, so these do sell quickly, so you made need to be flexible hen you book your trip.

The Restaurant Car

Just about all of the trains will have a restaurant car where you can buy inexpensive snacks and light meals, as well as drinks and other refreshments. The standard can vary quite considerably although usually, the food is quite edible but you may wish to take some of your own food on board with you, especially if you are a bit of a fussy eater. Whatever you end up eating, make sure not to miss some of the spectacular scenery outside of the window and enjoy your awesome adventure.

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Experience the Halloween Tours in the US

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There are various tours you can do when you are in the US. You may have grown accustomed to the timeless drive-by types of tours or the hop-on and hop-off offers of many travel agencies and online tour operators. However, there are other tours out there that will make your hair rise, and let electricity run through your spine, and these are the Halloween tours! Are you brave enough to take some of these tours? Check them out!

 

Visit the Alcatraz Penitentiary Prison

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The Alcatraz is an island off the San Francisco Bay which housed the notorious criminals of the early 30s to the 1960s. Some operators offer a different kind of night tour for the daring. You catch the ferry off Fisherman’s Wharf late in the afternoon and  book tickets and day trips to Alcatraz  or take the night tour which is less crowded the the ones operated during the day. You will be going through areas that are usually not toured during the day.

 

Check out the Golden Stage Inn at Ludlow, Vermont

The Golden Stage Inn was once used as a stagecoach stop but was later converted into an Inn. However, owners would see a ghost in the attic who seem to be attached to the place. Previous owners of the Inn would experience uncanny things like some electrical appliances would go on and off.

 

Take a tour down Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana

The famous Myrtles Plantation was build during the 1700s by General David Bradford and is one of the most well-known haunted places in the US. It is rumored that the house is built over an Indian burial  ground.  Many stories float around this area and one in particular is that of a slave named Chloe whose ear was cut-off by her master for eavesdropping. To revenge her fate, she poisoned the birthday cake that was served to the children of her master and 2 of the kids died. And because of that, she was hung by her fellow slaves. People say she still wanders the place wearing a turban to conceal her severed ear.

 

Visit the Gettysburg Battlefield, Pennsylvania

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If you know the US history then you should also know that the Gettysburg Battle was one of the bloodiest in American history with thousands of young men died over the course of three-days’ conflict. Since many of they brave, young men never received their proper burial, it is said that these soldiers still roam the field, looking for their weapons.

 

Try the Salem Witch Walk in Massachusetts

Salem has been known as the place of witches, and perhaps it is as there are plenty of stories around witchcraft in the area.  Visit enchanted sites and old cemeteries in Salem, and even join modern day rituals, and check out shops for some curious and oddities.

 

You can check out Viator for fun, spooky, educational, thrilling, and entertaining tours this Halloween!

 

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Go Amish For Halloween With These Haunted Lancaster Spots

If you don’t know what to be on Halloween, you might as well decide on where to go instead – namely, to the land of the Amish in Lancaster. If you happen to be in or around the area during the Halloween weekend, you’ll have a ton of options of haunted sites and creepy places to visit.

Some of these places have also been featured on ghost hunter TV, and it should be easy enough to scare yourself senseless while you’re there.

 

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It’s what the season is all about, after all. Here is a handful of the top places to visit when you’re in Lancaster – and particularly if you’re there in October.

 

Sign up for a ghost tour

We tend to associate old towns and historical places with a sense of creepiness, right? Ghost stories just sound so much better when they’re told during a stormy night in an old house which walls shriek and whisper at regular intervals; Lancaster is one of those houses, just a lot bigger – and not really a house at all.

There are so many ghostly sites to feast your imagination on that you might as well sign yourself up for a ghost tour – just remember to bring someone along you can cling to when it gets too scary.

This ghost tour site lures you with promises of exploring long-forgotten mysteries and over 300 years of haunted history, so it should be well worth the dollars you put into it.

 

Have a beer at Bube’s Brewery

This haunted pub is located within a building that dates back to the 1800’s, which you may visit for a beer and a chat with the staff. They have reported seeing a young woman quite regularly who wanders through the art gallery in a long gown, as well as a young man who pops up at intervals with a strong masculine energy.

You may even have seen the microbrewery on TV as it gained a lot of attention from the media; get there early this Halloween and secure one of their ghost tours. The building is over 150 years old so it should be able to give you the chills even if you don’t spot anything unusual.

 

Watch a play at Fulton Opera House

The fascinating thing about this opera house is that sights of restless spirits were reported even before the theatre was built – and the first reports go all the way back to 1700. It was built partly on the grounds of a jail, the old Lancaster jail, and it all links up with the massacre of the Conestoga Indians.

With so many great places to choose from, it’s a good idea to hunt down best hotels near Lancaster, PA, as soon as possible as it may be booked out during the creepy weekend. That way, you’ll have time to witness the opera house for yourself; audience and performers alike have reported hearing phantom applause when nobody is supposed to be in the building.

Others even claim to have heard the piano playing by itself. It’s the kind of ghost stories we always see in the movies, so get yourself over there and witness it for yourself this Halloween.

 

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Traveling: A Journey Of The Self

For a lot of people, traveling is about discovering something new about the planet they live on, coming across a new town, a new culture, a new language. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that traveling is also a journey of self-discovery. Not only does it give you the best opportunity to leave your worries and fast-paced life behind for the duration of a holiday break, but it also takes you through a journey where you can find your true self and learn more about who you really are or want to be.

Know yourself, Lao Tzu

 

You come back richer from your travels

Traveling gives you a change of scenery and lifestyle. But what you don’t realize is that the transformation is much deeper than that. When you travel you make new experiences that stay with you forever. Whether it’s discovering the wonders of a new place, or learning new skills on the road — you’ll be amazed to know how many people have developed life-changing skills such as a sense of orientation, budgeting, or self-confidence during their travel adventures —, you always bring back more with you than you put in your bag when you left.

 

Pack new experiences in your bag

 

You can recenter yourself

Traveling also gives you more time to think about your life and to relax away from the everyday stress. As a result, it’s not uncommon to use your travel experience as a way to recenter yourself around your primary life element. For those who enjoy the peacefulness of the water element, they know that they can find here a new approach to release their tensions. If you’re an air type, you’ll naturally choose holidays in mountainous regions where you can enjoy fresh air and breath-taking sceneries. Whatever your type, travel helps you to find your balance.

 

You may find your soulmate

As surprising as it might sound, you can find the love of your life during your next trip. Some travelers even report that they’ve been struck by a love at first sight moment when they least expected it, while they were visiting a foreign country. Needless to say that it’s changed their life. What if you don’t find your future love? Valerie Lewis reckons that traveling gives you the opportunity to meet several soulmates. She says that even though there can’t be a powerful love story due to the distance and the back to reality moment at the end of your holiday, the sweet taste of happiness you get is worth the journey. And who knows? You may get luckier next time!

 

Find love away

 

You find inspiration

For Ernest Hemingway, his inspiration came from the time he spent in France and Spain. Mark Twain echoed the thought by considering that travel enhances the mind and destroys narrow-mindedness and prejudice. In a word, traveling inspire you to find new and better ideas and also to become a better person. The discovery of new experiences — sounds, tastes; sights — creates new connections in your brain and sparkles new ways of thinking. The more you travel, the more creative your brain becomes.

 

If you feel lost and don’t know the way, all you need is to book a trip to anywhere to embark on a journey to self-discovery and self-growth. Become a traveler, make yourself a better person.

 

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