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

Top 5 Vegas Activities for Summer 2013

Visiting Vegas this summer? You won’t want to miss these current and classic activities! These activities embody the spirit of Vegas and will give you the chance to get the “true” Las Vegas experience. See the Mystère Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island June 2- July 3, 2013 When you visit Vegas this summer, you won’t want to miss one of the city’s classic shows – the Cirque du Soleil. The Mystère show is an abstract performance featuring the possible origins of Earth. The show mixes art, culture, and music from around the world into one awe-inspiring event that you will never forget. The Cirque du Soleil is a permanent feature in Las Vegas with one show or another, and once you see it you will know why. The best part about the Cirque du Soleil is that it is suitable for all ages and will inspire everyone with a sense of awe. Visit the Pool at The Beach at Mandalay Bay Hotel  Want the ultimate Vegas pool and beach experience? This classic beach contains sand, a wave pool, and a fully-functioning lazy river. For the total poolside Vegas party experience, don’t miss stopping by one day this summer! Attend Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp with YES at the MGM Grand Hotel July 14, 2013 – July 17, 2013 Do you love classic rock? Then how about the chance to play with rock and roll legends YES. YES was a progressive rock band from the 1970s and 80s, and nine of their albums made it to the top 10 charts in the United States and the UK. At Fantasy Camp, you can play the famous songs of YES right there with the original band members. The camp allows you to interact directly with the band and play some of their most-loved songs together with them. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will leave you with lasting memories and epic bragging rights when you return home. Swim with Sharks at the Shark Reef Aquarium Las Vegas has more to offer than hotels, drinking, and gambling. If you want adventure, Vegas has plenty of...

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Posted on May 30, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Hit the Beach! Tips for Beachgoers in Chennai

Chennai’s beaches are one of the city’s top attractions. Long expanses of sand, cool waters combined with plentiful food and drink on the shore make them a grand destination for the whole family. Read on for some tips about which beaches to visit and what to do when you go there. Marina Beach Marina Beach is one of Chennai’s gems. A lengthy expanse of sand and sea, it is popular with foreign and domestic tourists, and locals who enjoy dipping their toes in the Bay of Bengal or simply walking beside its waters. While many people enjoy the beach for playing volleyball, beach cricket and other sports, swimming in the sea is prohibited at Marina Beach because of the strong undertow. To cool down, many people choose to visit one of the two swimming pools along Marina Beach instead. While beautiful, the beach is not peaceful — as one of the longest urban beaches in the world, it is often crowded. Even visitors who aren’t looking for beach activities may find themselves at the waterfront while seeking other landmarks: Marina Beach Drive is the location of the Senate House, the Ice House and Anna Square. Because the focus at Marina Beach can swiftly change into long hours of people-watching and making new friends, bring your camera, a beach towel or other cloth for sitting on the sand and chatting, and a hat or umbrella for your personal shade. If you like to keep moving along the beach, stroll in the tideline or walk along the promenade. If you do the latter, enjoy the greenery and keep an eye out for stone statues of local or legendary heroes that dot the sides of the drive. As crowded as they are, Marina Beach and the other beaches of Chennai are not only playgrounds for holidaymakers. Fishermen set off at daybreak to seek their day’s catch in gaily painted boats, a sight worth watching if you’re an early riser. Of the beaches near Chennai, Marina Beach has the most developed attractions for visitors, but it’s not the only option for enjoying sea...

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