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Posted on Jun 24, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

The Top 4 Camping Sites in Scotland

Scotland is a beautiful place, and it is no wonder that it is one of the most popular places to camp in the UK. Scotland is home to many beautiful camping spots, with locations that are suited to novice campers and experienced campers alike. You won’t want to miss these four amazing Scottish camp sites and the activities nearby to each. Loch Tay Highland Lodges, Perthshire The Loch Tay Highland Lodges are perfect for winter camping- if you are so inclined. The facilities include heated wigwams, tepees with cooking, electricity, and shower facilities. You will also find a classic yert with a wood-burning stove. Of course, if you would rather be less risky, you can visit during other periods of the year. What to do while there: The location of the campsite looking over Loch Tay offers amazing activities like trout and salmon fishing, kayaking, and sailing on the loch. Seton Sands Holiday Parks Scotland, East Lothian The Seton Sands Holiday Park is located just minutes away from a city, which makes it the ideal low-budget place to stay when visiting Edinburgh. At Seaton Sands, you’ll find amazing views and a relaxing atmosphere that makes it feel like you are miles away from civilization. But when you want to visit a bakery or visit a popular festival, you can pop into the nearby town and experience the best of city life. What to do while there: Seaton Sands is the ideal place to stay during festival season. Try attending the Edinburgh Festival and the Edinburgh Book Destival. If you want scenic views, visit the Scottish Seabird Centre to view the puffins. At the camp site, you’ll find plenty of amenities to keep you busy, including sandy beaches, indoor pools, kids’ clubs, and even a café bar. Eco-Camp, Argyll Want the fun of wild camping without all the work? Eco-Camp is the place for you. The wildflower meadow on this campsite makes pitching a tent a breeze, and you’ll find plenty of amenities to make your stay easier, like on-site restrooms and laundry facilities. What to do while there: The...

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Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Guest Posts, Ireland, Travel Destinations |

Ideal Hen Weekend Destinations in Ireland This Summer

Summer is the most anticipated season for a lot of people. It means more sun and clear blue skies which makes it the perfect season to go outdoors and enjoy various recreational activities. Now, for a lot of folks, it is also the season to get a tan and spend time by the beach. Since Ireland is an island surrounded by water, it has its fair share of sandy beaches which can be great hen weekend destinations for hens that enjoy going to the beach and beach activities. A weekend at these Irish locations can be just the thing a bride-to-be needs to rest, relax, and look radiant on her wedding day. Letterkenny The beaches of County Donegal are very popular among surfers as some of the beaches in the county have awesome waves for surfing. Rossnowlagh beach is one of those beaches. On the other hand, other beaches in this county are also the best in terms of scenery like Silver Strand beach. Staying in Letterkenny allows access to a lot of those beaches. Compared to other towns in the county, Letterkenny has a variety of accommodations that will fit one’s budget. What’s more, this town’s nightlife is perfect for celebrating that hen night. Aside from surfing and lazing around sunbathing on the sand, hens can also enjoy horseback riding. Horseback riding is definitely a fun way to see the sights along the shore. Killarney Killarney gets a regular flock of tourists and hens during the summer season. This town in County Kerry is one of Ireland’s hottest tourist destinations because it is located near the Dingle Peninsula, it is where the Ring of Kerry starts, and its beauty. An ideal location for outdoor recreational activities on land, air, and water, a lot of hens that long to have one grand adventure before the big day should consider going to Killarney. For those that still wish to spend a day at the beach, there are also beaches around County Kerry that are famous for their scenery. Hens that choose to enjoy outdoor activities in Killarney will not be...

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Posted on Jun 19, 2013 in Backpacking, Guest Posts |

Backpacking The American Southwest

There is never a shortage of outdoor activities to satisfy anyone’s thirst for the great outdoors while enjoying the sunshine and serenity of the American southwest. Always surrounded by controversy to determine which states are officially included as part of the “southwest,” most experts have concluded that Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas make up this breathtaking region, and prized destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Able to satisfy both the adrenaline junkies in search of their next strenuous workout and the families looking for an afternoon day hike, the southwest possesses an endless amount of natural treasures just waiting to be discovered. While backpacking these days still often refers to the rugged terrain, oversized backpacks and days surviving the wilderness; the southwest also offers a tremendous amount of amazing day hikes for the everyday hiker. Regardless of the research done before arriving to your destination, you will find that the locals have all of the best-kept secrets, and are always very eager to share every last detail. When preparing for your own excursion, it’s important to also refer to the experts so that you are well informed of the region, weather, trails and wildlife, such as rattlesnakes and more; leaving yourself with a detailed plan of attack. Of course, we have apps for everything today, so a few to consider downloading would be: Backpacker Checklist, GoToAid, US Army Survival Guide, Park Maps and GPS Trip Journal. What To Pack Before hitting the trails, several items need to be packed without fail… even those times you think it will only be a short hike. Though obvious, having plenty of water packed is first and foremost. Energy-loaded foods are also important, especially when you need to replace the electrolytes lost when sweating in the heat (yes, it can be hot and dry in the desert). Dried fruit, nuts, granola bars and fresh fruit are always great options. Don’t forget to also toss-in your sunglasses, sunscreen and a small first aid kit before you zip up your bag. I’m always amazed when I see people out on the trails in sandals, especially knowing...

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Posted on Jun 18, 2013 in Australia, Guest Posts, Travel |

Seeing Australia from a Different Point of View

You’ve got your flight to Australia lined up, now it’s time to get down to it and start plotting out your daily itinerary but you want to do something different than the normal tourist thing.  It just so happens that Australia is a perfect place to live those types of dreams and there are a variety of tours that can help you meet those desires.  From spending a day in the top of a rainforest, to flying in a helicopter to a remote island paradise, there is indeed something to fit your interests and budget.  In this post we will discuss just a few of the many ways in which one can begin to see Australia from a different vantage point. Time to take Flight If you want to see a truly unique perspective of the gorgeous Australian countryside, a helicopter ride can provide a completely exhilarating experience!  A variety of different packages are available, some will take travelers on a flight over the coastline, out to the sea to look at coral formations and then touch down and put you into a glass bottomed boat to spend the rest of the afternoon lounging out at sea.  Other flights will have the pilot taking guests through rainforests and by waterfalls, frequently giving amazingly unique photo opportunities from above.  One of the most intriguing packages includes a stop on absolutely stunning Green Island – if you haven’t heard of it before, Google it!   Definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to spend any time at all in a place like that, so secluded from the rest of the world. Try something new Many people never have the chance to fly in a hot air balloon, but while you are in the midst of the trip of a lifetime you can make it happen in Australia.  Cairns Tours offers daily excursions to the Atherton Tablelands where you will have a chance to gently fly above the tree tops, soaking in the views for 30 minutes.  Also, with the onboard binoculars one just might catch a glimpse of a...

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Posted on Jun 18, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Top 5 Cities to Live In And Why They Are So Attractive

Which among the world’s diverse cities is best to live in? Ask those around you right now and you’re bound to get lots of different answers. Not even the most exceptionally well-travelled can know what a city’s like to live in unless we’ve experienced it personally – or someone very close to us has. Just because that holiday in Venice was so good you were dragged kicking and screaming to the airport, it doesn’t follow that the canal city is the best place in which to raise a family, or get ahead financially, or to retire to. The folks at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) are constantly keeping tabs on this question of top liveable cities via the ‘Global Liveability Study’. Comparing and ranking 140 cities around the world, the study examines six criteria in order to rate the world’s cities: stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure, environment, and culture. In 2012 after weighing the criteria, the top five cities to live in were named as follows: Melbourne, Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary. What’s so attractive about these particular cities? MELBOURNE Famous for its sporting events, laid back vibe, good food and buzzing cultural scene, many Melbournians wouldn’t live anywhere else. So it was no surprise to them, at least when in 2012, Melbourne topped an official list of the world’s most liveable cities for two years in a row. Global Liveability Survey researchers regularly keep tabs on multiple factors to keep the list of the world’s most ‘liveable’ cities up to date. Factors such as the levels of state censorship and risk of war as well as murder rates, access to transport links and the level of healthcare available are all scrutinized. Survey editor Jon Copestake praised Melbourne’s access to open spaces. Four Australian cities ranked in the top ten cities. “Australian cities continue to thrive in terms of liveability: Not only do they benefit from the natural advantages of low population density, but they have continued to improve with some high profile infrastructure investments,” said Copestake. According to Walkers Moving & Storage, a leading Australian moving company, the number...

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Posted on Jun 17, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

5 Natural Wonders to View Before You Die

Ever since “The Bucket List” movie came out, it has become popular to create “bucket lists” of things that you want to do before you die. Rather than just thinking of the list as something to do before you die, people started creating bucket lists for other things, like “things I want to do this summer.” These goal lists are fun because they help encourage you to do what you have always wanted rather than get bogged down by everyday life. Great Barrier Reef, Australia The Australian Great Barrier Reef is the largest in the world. The reef is so large, it can even be seen from space. When you visit the reef, you will see some of the most amazing sea life in the entire world. The reef is home to thousands of species and some are even exclusive to the Great Barrier Reef. Swimming and boating are not the only activities you can do on the reef. Puncak Jaya, Indonesia Of all the places in Asia to visit, Indonesia may not be the first place you think of, but it is home to one of the most amazing sights in the world. Puncak Jaya is a mountain range you won’t want to miss. This mountain towers above the rest from a height of over 4,880 meters. In fact, Puncak Jaya is the 5th highest mountain in Southeast Asia. When you visit this mountain, you will have seen the world’s highest island peak and experienced some of the most awe-inspiring beauty that nature has to offer. Don’t forget to book your “tiket pesawat” (tickets) well in advance, as the sooner you book your tickets to Indonesia, generally the less expensive they will be. Kampala, Uganda If you have ever wanted to view nature up close and personal, and maybe even seen monkeys and gorillas in the wild, then you won’t want to miss visiting Kampala. In this natural habitat for mountain gorillas, you will get to see the wild creatures up close as well as experience what a true African jungle looks like. Some tours allow you to...

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Posted on Jun 17, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

8 Tourist Traps That Tourists Will Actually Enjoy

If you’ve fallen for a lavishly written travel brochure only to arrive at an overpriced, overcrowded disappointment, you’re likely jaded on tourist traps. Actually, many of the most “popular” destinations turn out to be a real let down. Here are the top “tourist traps” actually worth your time and money, as well as the ones better bypassed for an alternative destination. Tourist Traps You’ll Actually Enjoy Here is a list of popular destinations actually worth your time. 1. Blue Lagoon, Iceland Attracting more than 400,000 annually, you may pass up this opportunity due to the crowds. However, this geothermal spa is so peaceful and relaxing you actually don’t even notice the other people. Instead of making it your vacation, plan an extended layover here on your way home to relieve your jet lag and travel stress. 2. Palace of Versailles, France This historic wonder is actually worth the wait in line. Don’t miss the Hall of Mirrors, Grand Canal, fountains and gardens if you get the chance. The best way to enjoy it is to schedule an entire day here, so you aren’t in a hurry. 3. Roman Colosseum, Italy Built almost 2,000 years ago, modern visitors were restricted from the gladiator tunnels below until recently. In 2010, this area became accessible to the public, making it worth the trip. Now that we can fully experience this fascinating spectacle, it’s definitely a to-do on your next European vacation. 4. Demilitarized Zone, Korea Sure, there a few vendors selling T-shirts, but the War Zone between North and South Korea is one of the only living monuments of the Cold War. It’s thrilling to see the opposing forces face off every day, especially in light of new tensions between the countries. It’s an easy trip from the airport if you’re flying Korean Air. Alternatives to Lackluster Tourist Traps These sites are sure to disappoint, but there are excellent alternatives to consider. 5. Stonehenge, England Stonehenge is crammed between two busy highways, and tourists are kept a safe distance to prevent further damage to the ancient relic. Instead, venture to the  town...

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