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Posted on Jul 16, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Punta Cana: More than Just Spectacular Beaches

Sometimes when you travel, it’s just as much fun to do it on the cheap and you don’t feel as though you’re missing out on anything. Sure, you might be staying in a hostel dorm room instead of a five star hotel, and your late night snacks might come from a vending machine instead of hotel room service, but who cares? You still get to see the sights of the city in exactly the same way as those who have opted to stay in the lap of luxury.  With some destinations, however, travelling on the cheap simply doesn’t cut it, particularly if the destination is associated with the level of wonderful and much-deserved indulgence. While there are many things to see and do all over the Dominican Republic, visitors to Punta Cana have just one thing on their mind: 100 per cent pure relaxation. From Russia with Love Most popular with US tourists, due to its proximity to the American mainland, Punta Cana has begun to attract tourists from other nations in recent years and it’s actually possible to get flights directly to this part of the Dominican Republic from Moscow, as well as many cities in Western Europe. Where the Oceans Meet Punta Cana is on the most easterly point of the Dominican Republic and depending on which beach you’re standing on, you you’ll me looking at either the Caribbean Sea or the Atlantic Ocean, as this is where the two meet. The area only has a population of around 100,000 and is relatively deserted when compared with the rest of the country; the vast majority of people in the area can be found at the numerous resorts, which operate much like small, independent villages. The Joy of All-Inclusive While it’s possible to get out and about and explore the local villages, if you’re coming to Punta Cana, you’re coming to relax and sit on the beach, or by the pool, only tearing yourself away for meals (or to enjoy the resorts activities, if you’re feeling energetic). For this type of getaway, there’s something perfect about an all-inclusive...

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Posted on Jul 16, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Famous Scottish Film Locations

Scotland’s scenery is world-famous, with spectacular hills, glens and ruined castles that captivate the imaginations of thousands of tourists each year. The movie industry is certainly not immune to this appeal, and every year Hollywood comes to Scotland in search of unique locations for a variety of feature films. Film buffs who are visiting Scotland may wish to get in on the action (and re-enact some favourite scenes) by checking out these famous Scottish film locations. St Andrew’s – Chariots of Fire, 1981 Long before Prince William met Kate Middleton, this university town achieved fame through its cameo in the film Chariots of Fire. The film’s iconic opening scene – in which the university running team races down a broad, sandy beach as the inspiring theme tune plays – was filmed on St Andrew’s own West Sands Beach, with a glimpse of the town in the background. Now a favourite summer hangout for local students, this Blue Flag beach is a great place to seek out some of that elusive Scottish sunshine. West Sands stretches for two miles, so pop on your running shoes and go for an invigorating jog as you enjoy the views of sand dunes and golf courses. Edinburgh – Trainspotting, 1996 Glasgow loves to play other cities on film, and it played Edinburgh in most of the scenes in this edgy Brit flick. However, there is one area of the capital that Scotland’s second city simply couldn’t replicate: Princes Street. Edinburgh’s main shopping thoroughfare sits under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle and boasts a unique view of the skyline and gardens. Fans of the film will remember Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller legging it along there after shoplifting from John Menzies’ newsagents. You can follow in their footsteps with a stroll east along Princes Street, then turn left at Leith Street and continue on to the Black Bull pub at the bottom: this is where McGregor’s character was accosted by the police. The Glenfinnan Viaduct – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 2002 All aboard the Hogwarts Express! The steam-powered Jacobite Train played...

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Posted on Jul 15, 2013 in Australia, Travel Destinations |

The Best Bucks Party Locations in Australia

Australia can spoil you for choice when it comes to organising a Bucks Party and deciding where to go for an unforgettable weekend or evening. This article should help you decide where the best Bucks Party location in Australia is for you and your memorable celebrations. Melbourne, Victoria Melbourne is Australia’s own version of Sin City and has it all! You can put into practise your skills learnt from Betsson and end up walking out of the Crown Casino with some extra cash in your pocket! The Crown Entertainment Complex has an outstanding variety of nightclubs and speciality clubs to give you an unbelievable night to remember. Melbourne is the place for your Bucks Party if you want to start and end your night in style in this beautiful and exciting city. Byron Bay, New South Wales If you are looking for a more laid back, coastal feel to the Bucks Party, go to Byron Bay and enjoy the gorgeous beaches, great nightlife and party atmosphere. The small town of Byron Bay has a big reputation for its great surf and wide range of luxury accommodation. It is perfect to relax by the beach in the day and party hard at night. Byron Bay is the place for your Bucks Party if the group enjoys outdoor activities like surfing, skydiving, whale watching and picturesque beaches, whilst ensuring you all can enjoy the vibrant nightlife. Fraser Island, Queensland If the Buck is someone that would rather spend their weekend with their friends in the wild, head to Fraser Island in Queensland. With fantastic campsites as well as an array of activities such as 4-wheel driving and fishing, you can enjoy all that the Australian outdoors has to offer. If however, you want the great outdoors activities without compromising on the accommodation, the Island also has luxury resorts and private houses where you and your friends can relax after a day out in the wild. Kings Cross in Sydney, New South Wales Whilst you may all enjoy the outdoors, if you are looking for the ultimate, rowdy Bucks night, there is...

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Posted on Jul 15, 2013 in Celebrations and Holidays, Travel Destinations |

A Guide to Oktoberfest in Germany

Oktoberfest is the iconic celebration of fun, food, and festivities in Germany. The festival focuses on many aspects of German life and culture, including beer, historical events, and a celebration of German life. If you love the German culture and food, you won’t want to miss attending the world’s largest Oktoberfest in Munich. When is Oktoberfest? Oktoberfest used to be held in October, but German weather is quite cold and rainy (and sometimes there is snow) by mid-fall. Today, the festival is held in September to ensure fairer weather. The festival has been held in September since 1872. What Started Oktoberfest? Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world. It was started in 1810 in honor of the wedding ceremony of the Crown Prince Ludwig, who was the king of Bavaria. He married Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen, and the very first Oktoberfest celebrated their marriage. The people had such a good time at the celebrations, the decided to hold them every year. What Can You Do at Oktoberfest? The celebration contains a lot of food and fun. The main attractions are food, beer, and parades. The festival also offers other activities, like halls of entertainment, 130 rides and games to play, and many street vendors where you can purchase cultural items. Throughout the event, the celebrations include cultural precessions, historical events, and many other fun activities. What about the Beer? You may be surprised at how regulated the beer is at Oktoberfest. By law, only breweries in Munich are allowed at Oktoberfest. The Munich breweries of Augustinerbrauerei, Hacker-Pschorrbrauerei, Paulanerbrauerei, Spatenbrauerei, Löwenbrauerei and Staatliches Hofbräuhaus create special blends specifically for Oktoberfest each year. These beers must adhere to standards set way back in 1467. What Can You Eat? There are many delicious foods to try at Oktoberfest. You can try creamy obatzda cheese, Bavarian radishes, sausage, roast chicken, spicy fish, roasted ox, fried potatoes, pretzels, and a whole lot more. You should arrive hungry and eat plenty of food to avoid the effects of all of the alcohol you are sure to consume! How can I Attend Oktoberfest? You...

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Posted on Jul 15, 2013 in Australia, Travel Destinations |

The best things to do in Melbourne, Australia

Located within the State of Victoria, the sophisticated city lies in the south-east corner of mainland Australia, and with a wide range of activities and attractions it comes as no wonder that the Economist Intelligence Unit considers Melbourne to be the most liveable city in the world. Here are the top 3 things to do and see in the city that certainly lives by its motto, ‘She gathers strength as she goes’. Crown Entertainment Complex On the Southern bank of the Yarra River lies the Crown Entertainment Complex that attracts over 18 million visitors a year. Head to the Crown Casino, one of the largest casinos in the Southern Hemisphere and play the tables whilst taking in the atmosphere of the incredible centre of entertainment in Melbourne. Learn to play and check out the Online Casino Tropez Roulette tips to improve your chances of winning at roulette in the luxurious Crown Casino. With more than 500,000 square meters of gaming and entertainment space, the Crown Entertainment Complex is a must on your list of things to do in Melbourne. Eureka Skydeck With one of the fastest lifts in the Southern Hemisphere you will shoot up to the 88th floor in less than 40 seconds and, the Skydeck 88 also boasts being the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. The draw-dropping views over the city of Melbourne provide you with a view like no other with its floor to ceiling windows. The Eureka Tower is the world’s tallest residential building and has the only observation deck in the world with the thrill of ‘The Edge’, a glass cube which protrudes 3 metres out of the building with you 300 metres up in the air. For a further heart-pounding thrill, you can step onto ‘The Terrace’ and be exposed to the outdoors almost 300 metres above the ground. Federation Square Melbourne’s main meeting place and unique cultural centre, Federation Square is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Victoria. With space to hold up to 10,000 people at any one time and having received over 60 million visits,...

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Posted on Jun 27, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

4 Activities You Must Do When Visiting England

Are you planning a holiday visit to England? If you answered “yes” to this question, then it’s time to start deciding what sites you’ll want to see and what activities you’ll want to take part in. Your options are limitless. If you have a well-organized plan, then you may even find yourself being able take in more of the beautiful country. Blue Planet Aquarium Once noted as being the largest aquarium in the United Kingdom, the Blue Planet Aquarium is still the largest aquarium in North West England, and the perfect spot for all ages. Shaped like a crashing wave, this establishment offers many attractions, such as: marine and freshwater fish, sharks, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Here, you can spend the day having fun and gaining knowledge about the marine environment. Earnse Bay Do you enjoy going to the beach? England has plenty of beautiful beaches to choose from; Earnse Bay is just one of the hot spots to choose from. Home to Furness Golf Club, the North West Kitesurfing surf school, and a holiday and residential complex, the area stretches some eight miles along the coastline. Views of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man, and the Lake District mountains are also available. During the summer months, Earnse Bay is noted for being popular amongst walkers, sunbathers, and kitesurfers. The Cheltenham Festival If you enjoy watching horse races, then the Cheltenham Festival is for you. Noted for the large crowds and noise levels generated by spectators, this event offers British and Irish trained horses racing during the month of March. During the four-day long festival, large amounts of money are gambled. In fact, the amount of race prize money that is generated is only second to the Grand National. Different events that take place within this festival include Champions Day, Ladies Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Gold Cup Day. Champions Day begins on the 11th of March, followed by Ladies Day. Ladies Day is a chance for different women to show off their fashion senses, drink, and enjoy themselves. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated early, as a huge...

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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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