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Posted on Sep 10, 2013 in Travel Destinations |

Around the World in Casinos

With the end of summer fast approaching many of us are looking for unique ways to spend the winter months travelling and what could be more unique than a tour of the world’s best casinos? From the obvious choice of the Las Vegas Strip all the way through to Macau in China, there are many stunning, adrenaline filled games to be played.  So where are the best destinations for your whirlwind tour of the best casino’s in the world? Here are some of the most unique, traditional and exciting casino’s to wet your appetite but before you head off, it may be wise to brush up on your casino game knowledge through sites like the Casino Las Vegas blog. The Golden Nugget Casino, Las Vegas To begin your tour you must check out the traditional, it will give you some background history to the wonderful world of gaming and show you how traditional casino’s run. One of the best has got to be the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas. The casino is part of the legendary Freemont Street Experience that encompasses vintage Vegas, uncompromising hospitality and old school poker matches; this is old fashioned gambling at its best. Inside the casino you will have the chance to play at some of the best traditional tables money can buy, from Blackjack all the way through to high stakes poker. No casino in Las Vegas would be complete without some extravagant entertainment to match the fast paced gaming. At The Golden Nugget, you will get the chance to experience some old fashion show girls, saloon style dining and plenty of free live music. The Venetian Casino Complex, Macau You cannot go through a world tour of casinos’ and not stop off to visit Macau. This 24 hour, nonstop casino city comes in a close second to Las Vegas in terms of size and entertainment. There are over 30 casinos’ to choose from, along with numerous night clubs and theatres for you to choose from, but there is one Casino that encompasses all of these and high stakes tables in one...

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Posted on Sep 9, 2013 in Travel Destinations |

Planning Your Perfect Tiny Island Getaway

Do you dream of visiting an exotic, tiny island to get away from it all? That is easier than ever with so many destinations around the world! If you want to ensure you visit the best island in the world, take a look at the following small islands that feature some of the best island living in the entire world: St Lucia Why visit St. Lucia island in the Caribbean? Aside from it being one of the most beautiful locations in the Caribbean, there are also many other reasons to visit St. Lucia. St. Lucia offers many romantic locations, spa-resorts, dive-resorts, and even several accommodations located between the Piton volcano peaks! While visiting, you won’t want to miss the yearly St. Lucia Jazz Festival where jazz musicians from around the world gather. The festival will bring you there, but the friendly islanders will make you want to stay forever. Tahiti When it comes to small island get-aways, Tahiti is one of the best in the world. Even though Tahiti is the largest French Polynesian island, it is hardly large by any stretch of the imagination. Here you will find deep valleys, giant waterfalls, and towering mountains. You can find legendary surfing and calming beaches around the island. Visit the Paofai Protestant Temple for a historical look into heavenly voices from the Singing Mamas. Visit in July and you can see the Heiva festival complete with fire twirlers and a traditional dance show. Bali Want a little more Asian flair in your island get-away? Bali located in the Asian Pacific is the place to be. Here you will find nothing but the best in authentic Indonesian culture. This island offers more than simple resort accommodations. You will find amazing customer service, beautiful beaches, an active nightlife, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. You may never want to go home again. Anguilla In the northern Caribbean islands, you’ll find small Anguilla Island. Anguilla is currently under British control and boasts some of the most varied culture in the world today. The natives hold dearly to their traditional...

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Posted on Aug 26, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Experience The Real Majorca: Why There’s Much More To This Island Than Sandy Beaches

If you’re planning a resort holiday, Majorca might be one of the first places that springs to mind. But what if you’re after something a little different? After all, lounging in the sun all day isn’t for everyone. From ancient cathedrals to medieval walled towns, there’s more to this island than sandy beaches. Places To See Majorca has a rich and varied history. A trip to the island should involve taking the time to appreciate it. The first inhabitants settled between 1300 and 1000BC, and centuries of history have left their mark. A historical sight not to miss is the Sanctuary de Sant Salvador Felanitx, an old hermitage lying 509m above sea level. It is flanked by two impressive monuments, a 14m stone cross and 35m column topped with a statue of Christ. Of interest are the main church and side chapels. Still a place of pilgrimage, the trip is worth it for the panoramic views if nothing else. If you’re hankering after some ancient history, a trip to the Ses Paisses, Arta should satisfy. These ruined Bronze Age settlements are around 3,000 years old and a reminder of the original island settlers. The massive entrance way formed by stone slabs is particularly impressive. For a taste of historical Majorcan luxury, head to the Raixa Estate, Bunyola. An impressive stately mansion, the house has been owned by several noble families. Parts of the garden even date back to the 13th century. Raixa was remodelled in the Italian villa style in the 18th century and consists of several homes arranged around a central farm building. Activities If you’re fed up with sun bathing and want to get active, Majorca has plenty to offer. Unsurprisingly the island offers an array of sailing trips, which promise stunning views of the coast and turquoise waters. Tudor Dawn Charters offer yacht charter, day sailing activities and a selection of day cruises in the Bay of Pollensa. Trips can be customised to suit your requirements. Gear for water sports and snorkelling can be provided. And you got the choice between sailing or a quiet relaxing...

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Posted on Aug 22, 2013 in Europe, Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Europe by Road: The 5 Best European Driving Vacation Routes

When Canadians travel in Europe, they often think in terms of trains and package tours. Those are both great ways to see the Old Country, but taking a road trip along the scenic byways of Europe is also a fantastic way to get off the beaten track. With car rentals available and affordable throughout Europe, there’s no reason not to try these routes on your next trip overseas. The Basque Coastline Travellers to Spain often focus on the southern areas, imagining dusty castillos and sun-drenched courtyards framed with orange trees. But the northern areas, especially in Pais Vasco, the Basque Country, offer a look at Spain that may surprise and delight road trippers. Starting at the French border, at the Pyrennes, and heading westward along the coast of the Bay of Biscay, stop in local fishing villages or wait until San Sebastian, only 20 km from France, to sample some of the region’s best seafood. San Sebastian’s Beach of La Concha is a smooth crescent of white sand well worth strolling along. Continue westward until you reach Bilbao, a large commercial hub and the home of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, which you won’t want to miss. From there, decide whether to continue west along the top of the Iberian Peninsula to Cantabria or whether to head south to La Rioja or southeast to Navarre, two of the country’s best wine regions. Geneva, Switzerland, to San Marino Meander around lakes and over mountain passes as you exit Geneva, the original home of the League of Nations, and cross the French border. Still in the Alps, you’ll drive by the famed skiing mecca of Chamonix on your way to the Italian border via the Mont Blanc tunnel. Once in Italy, choose whether to visit fashion-forward Milan or cultural hotspot Turin — or both — before angling southeast to Parma. Spend some time here sampling the cheese and world-famous Parma ham and taking in the spectacular architecture. After Parma, Bologna is the next big city on your way to San Marino. But many drivers may prefer to skip the cities in favour...

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Posted on Aug 13, 2013 in Travel Destinations |

Caught the travelling bug? Experience these popular European landmarks on a budget

You know how it is, you haven’t had a holiday all year round but as soon as you come home from one, all you can think about is getting back on that plane and jetting off again as soon as possible! In the current economic climate where everyone is watching what they spend, it seems that rather than giving up on holidays and travelling all together, people are just spending less and having a holiday on a budget instead. And if you thought visiting popular landmarks in Europe would be too expensive on a budget, think again! Take a look at these top attractions: Eiffel Tower, Paris, France The Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in Paris and a worldwide icon of France. Visitors can buy tickets to either walk up the first two floors and then a lift to the top, or a lift all the way. You can save money by walking the first levels. There are restaurants on these two floors, but instead why not take your own picnic and sit outside the Eiffel Tower to view this amazing structure? And if you visit in the evening you can experience the spectacular lights, which also sparkle! The Colosseum, Rome, Italy The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the world, and a must see for anyone interested in ancient Roman history. To save money, and queuing time, you can purchase a Roma Pass online before you even arrive in the country, which gives you free entry to two museums or archaeological sites of your choice. After the two uses, it still offers discounted prices if you wanted to visit any other museums or sites. It also allows you free use of selected public transport for 3 days. Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany The Berlin Wall was a barrier between East and West Berlin that was constructed by the German Democratic Republic. In 1989 the division was destroyed, and now only a few small sections remain. You can still visit the site and take a walk along the full length, which takes about two hours. And best of all,...

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Posted on Aug 13, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

San Francisco’s Historical Hotspots

With 182 registered historical sights, San Francisco can feel nearly impossible to visit in its entirety. Whittling down the list and selecting a manageable few to go see is a hard task—but one that I have attempted so that you don’t have to. Here is a list of the six places you must see that represent a wide variety of the culture and history that only San Francisco can offer. Alcatraz: A maximum security prison from 1934 until 1963, Alcatraz is famous for a number of reasons. For starters, it is located in the San Francisco Bay as an island. In spite of this, it has housed a number of now-escaped convicts that have inspired much lore and a Clint Eastwood film (Escape from Alcatraz). Throughout its history, it has been a military fortification, a military prison, a federal prison, and a home to a number of protesting aboriginal peoples before becoming the national recreation area it is today. While there, you can learn about nefarious prisoners and see various items either made by prisoners during their sentences or used to restrain them while imagining the flight of Frank Morris. Golden Gate Bridge: This is one of the seven wonders of the modern world, so it’s a must-see. It is also the most photographed bridge in the world, and the most recognizable feature of the city. It’s especially beautiful at night—so checking it out at different points in the day might be worth a trip. Golden Gate Park: The fifth most visited park in the US, and 20% larger than Central park, Golden Gate Park is a giant expanse of land that is home to a music band shell, the California Academy of the Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, the De Young Museum, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, AIDS Memorial Grove, five natural lakes, windmills, bison, and a number of homeless folks. You’ll still have to narrow down the park attractions you want to see, unless you think ahead and buy a discount pass ahead of time that gives you cheap access to the museums. Japanese Tea Garden: This tea...

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Posted on Jul 17, 2013 in Thailand, Travel Destinations |

6 Great Ways to Embrace Thai Culture

Thailand may be famous for its glowing neon nightlife and full moon parties, but the real beauty of Thailand lies beneath all that. It’s the luscious, natural landscape, fantastic food and slower pace of life that should really put Thailand in your top five must-visit countries. The real essence of Thailand lies in its unique culture, which has been able to absorb western influences, whilst still retaining its rich heritage and identity. Thailand is a feast for the eyes, mind and body, awash with natural beauty and colourful traditions. Millions of tourists fly into Thailand every year and while some may be planning a week of partying, others will be in search of Thai culture. So if you’re after a Thai massage at Wat Pho, rather than a fish pedicure on Khao San Road, here are six great things you can do in Thailand for a more authentic experience. 1. Experience Thailand’s Rural Past at Bang Krajao (Bangkok) If you’re staying in Bangkok and in search of more green than can be found in Lumphini Park, you may be surprised to learn that you don’t have to journey too far to find it. Alongside the rapid urban development of Bangkok’s centre is a reminder of its rural past. In fact just across the river from construction sites and grey expanses, lies the beautiful pocket of green that is Bang Krajao. Within the green jungle, traditional stilt houses stand between the trees. The luscious greenery is fed by a maze of tributaries, pouring life into every corner of the jungle. Amid the green, fresh fruit adds a surprising splash of colour to the scenery, while floating markets and temples will give you a change of scene. There are hundreds of paths leading through the jungle and many of these are on stilts above the wet land. A great way to explore this area is by bicycle – it’s around 100 baht a day and you can glide through the treetops! How to Get There: Travel to Klong Toei port or the riverside temple in Bang Na and pay 10 baht...

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