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

Best Countries to Retire and Move to Worldwide

What are the best spots for retirement around the world? That greatly depends on your personal preferences, however there are many options and interesting chances to explore different cultures and lands during that time of our lives. Living and retiring abroad can allow you a much more calm and uplifting retirement than it would in your home country if you choose right. The following choices are merely a few of the possibly interesting and captivating locations around the globe. They will offer you their own lifestyle choices and different standards of living, so choose wisely. We begin with the following: Ecuador Offering a chance to live at relatively reasonable prices for rent including other expenses each month is something you could afford here. You can even buy a condo or a house near the ocean to enjoy the local views and it could cost you much less than it would if you wanted to live out the rest of your days in the US or other western countries. Making your move lets you keep and import most of your household goods with a duty-free pass, thanks to a simpler visa process. This, combined with its lovely climate, beaches and proximity to the Andes makes Ecuador one of the most sought-after destinations for retirement worldwide. Panama This country will provide you with all the amenities of a large city, great healthcare, local cuisine and activities you can enjoy on a daily basis. You can allow yourself a pretty good life here based on a middle class salary equivalent, giving you a chance to enjoy eating out on a regular basis, having housekeeping clean and tidy up your place several times a week as well as social entertainment to your tastes as well. The major draw which pulls people toward Panama is the excellent Pensionado visa, which allows the retirees who answer the qualifications to get a relatively quick residence status. This program allows the visa holders medical treatment discounts, as well as such on dining and other aspects of social life. You will experience many interesting things here, ranging from...

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Posted on May 27, 2013 in Australia, Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Make Your Vacation Memorable with a Beach Holiday in Broadbeach

Located by the side of the Pacific, Broadbeach is an ideal destination to spend your holidays in Gold Coast, Australia. The suburb of Broadbeach has plenty of local attractions, something that give travellers a village like feeling during their stay in this place. Along with the scenic beauty, it is the wide range of cafes, restaurants and entertainment venues that have made this place a favourite with travellers all over the globe. The accommodation facilities in this area include an excellent selection of hotels, motels, holiday apartments and resorts to suit every type of budget. Be it the expensive ones or the economy ones, this place has it all. These Broadbeach holiday accommodations will perfectly suit all your needs by providing you with all the basic and luxury facilities. As you stroll along the streets of Broadbeach, you will witness several musicians and buskers performing to entertain the tourists and local people. This is something that definitely gives life to this place. Apart from these, this place also has numerous shopping complexes that are of absolute delight to shopaholics. The Oasis Shopping Centre and Pacific Fair are places that people must not miss out for they have clothes and jewellery of unique designs that you would like to add to your wardrobe. Even if you are looking for art works to decorate your home, these shopping complexes have plenty to offer you. Also you will be able to pick some of the choicest gifts and souvenirs for your close ones. While shopping for all these, you must not forget to pick up some of the quality local foods and produce. In case your family wants to go for a movie in the evening, you can easily go for it as there are plenty of movie complexes that play a mix of commercial and alternative cinematic productions.  The best part about these complexes is that they have plenty of restaurants around them. Most of these restaurants serve multi-cuisine food and therefore, you and your family will have ample choices. From street food, bistros, bars to top class restaurants, Broadbeach has everything....

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Posted on May 22, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Top 3 Most Relaxing World Destinations

If you are on a holiday and you really want to enjoy a nice, relaxing time away from the craziness of most tourist destinations, but you still don’t want to be too far away from people, you can do something about it. There are quite a few locations of that kind around the world, however we will only cover a few of them here as the possibilities are rather large. It only seems that there are a few places on the planet where one can relax and simply let go of heir troubles and worries, listen to the natural world and simply forget everything. There are still quite a few places like that around the world, covered in mystery or tranquil as a garden. If you feel the need to travel someplace else to let go of your worries, this article will help you make that choice with a few destinations. We begin with the following: St. Vincent And The Grenadines If you want to find peace and calm, combined with all the amenities of a civilized location, then this small island in the Caribbean is a place you will absolutely love. Located not too far away from Barbados and to the south of St. Lucia, the weather there is just wonderful. It is a relatively expensive place though, because of its quiet exterior and that also helps keep the place quiet due to the fact that not many people stay here for extended periods of time. You will experience crystal clear seas, lovely blue sky a and respectful and friendly locals. If you ever decide to visit this place, you will absolutely have a great time. Easter Island Located in Chile, the island is a great place to go as far away from the flocks and large groups of tourists which frequent popular areas. Although the Easter Island monuments are well-known, the island itself sees a relatively reduced amount of foot traffic. The monuments are shaped like huge heads, sparkling a historic debate as well as many theories, some logical and others quite outlandish. In the end very...

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Posted on May 20, 2013 in Australia, Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Choosing between Sydney and Melbourne when moving to Australia

Guest Post by Carla C. Burton Many people immigrating to Australia, also known as the land down under, find themselves torn between two cities, Sydney and Melbourne.  Sydney and Melbourne have long been rival cities, similar to New York and Chicago in the United States. Beginning in pre-federation times, one of the first disputes was over import tariffs.  Sydney, in New South Wales, had a free trade policy among other colonies while Melbourne, in Victoria, charged tariffs on incoming goods.  The dispute over tariffs delayed the process of federation.  In modern times, the rivalries include sports, nightlife, tourism, and lifestyle.   Both cities are vibrant and full of interesting things to do and see, so which one is best? SYDNEY When foreigners think of Australia, the first thoughts besides kangaroos and deadly spiders or snakes, are of classic tourist icons such as the bridge and Sydney Opera House.   Being in Sydney, near or on the bridge, for New Year’s Eve fireworks is an incredible experience and Sydney residents go all out to make the night like no other. City life next to one of the best beaches in the world makes a perfect combination since Australians love to be outdoors. Bondi Beach, known around the world for the best waves, draws in the surfing community.  The beach is as big a tourist attraction as the bridge and Opera House whether one surfs or simply enjoys watching the waves.   Some of the best wave and surfer photography is done from the waves at Bondi Beach. But of course, simply sunbathing and enjoying a picnic with friends is the way most residents of Sydney enjoy Bondi Beach. Nightlife is not lacking with Sydney boasting some of the world’s largest casinos and nightclubs with a new one opening every year or so, keeping things lively and competitive. Festivals such as Sydney Festival for the arts, or Festival of the Winds kite flying displays, and Vivid Sydney are annual events giving city dwellers even more outside activities to enjoy. MELBOURNE The city of Melbourne has an entirely different feel to it.  Best known for...

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Posted on May 20, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Three City Break Destinations That Stand Out From the Rest

There are plenty of cities around the world which are perfect for the short break holiday, offering as they do a range of attractions, landmarks, monuments, parks and museums which together form an impressive collection. Three or four days is usually enough time to see and do all you need, and at the end of your trip you can go home with some pleasant memories, a bagful of souvenirs and a few dozen attractive photographs. And while you might be happy visiting such cities once or twice a year for a midweek break or perhaps a long weekend, it’s important to remember there are a few destinations – only a few, mind – which require far more time to get the whole experience. This exclusive group could perhaps include only three genuine members, and although the subject might spark some debate, most travellers would agree that these cities in particular are the ones which have that extra little wow factor. Brioche, boulevards and beauty The French capital of Paris is regarded by many as the finest example of just how a major city should be. It’s home to impressive landmarks, a cultural scene that most places can only ever dream of, wide avenues, elegant stores and an atmosphere that has no equal. The food would be enough to make a trip to Paris, but of course there are so many other good reasons. If you’re a fan of culture, you should make sure you set aside some time to visit the sensational Louver museum and art gallery. Hamburgers, hustle and heart There’s only one Big Apple, and it’s a city that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetimes. For most visitors, especially perhaps those from Europe, nothing prepares them for the assault on the senses that occurs on that first walk through the streets of Manhattan. They say you can always spot the first-time tourist, because he or she is constantly looking upwards at the huge skyscrapers. Even something as mundane as wandering through a park can seem exciting and action-packed in New York. Pubs, pomp and...

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Posted on May 20, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel, Travel Destinations |

Thorough Online Research Means a Perfect Holiday

While some people like to visit a holiday destination they know very little about, most of us would always prefer to have some advance information about the place before we set off. There is something to be said for a journey into the unknown, of course, but having worked hard all year and spent a small fortune on travelling and accommodation, it can be rather deflating to arrive and soon realise the choice of location was a completely inappropriate one. Therefore, the shrewdest tourists tend to make use of the web these days before selecting a specific destination. First and foremost, they will check out the various travel information sites to see why a particular place is popular, and what attractions, sights, landmarks and facilities are on offer to the visitor. There’s no point whatsoever in choosing a resort that won’t offer all or at least some of the factors that you happen to be looking for. Google Earth and Google Maps are also useful resources for the curious potential tourist, because they will give vital information about the destination and the surrounding area. And of course, such data is completely neutral, so there’s no need to worry about whether it’s fair and balanced. Even scouring photos of the region via Google Maps can be helpful, especially if you’ve never been to the area at all in the past. Check out the views of others There are plenty of reviews, opinions and comments on the web to be made use of as well, and these can prove extremely informative. They will often cover everything from the condition of the beaches and the friendliness of the locals to the quality of the restaurants and the conditions in the hotels. Be warned, however, that some people just like to be controversial and negative for the sake of it, so you might sometimes need to be a little selective about which opinions you fully listen to. As is always the case, one person’s idea of paradise is another’s version of hell, and this will be reflected in the range of comments on...

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Posted on Apr 22, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel, Travel Destinations |

Family Fun in Algonquin Park

Taking a family holiday to the great outdoors is a part of the childhood experience and any child who does not have such an experience is missing out. Algonquin Park has created a number of family friendly activities throughout the park so that families, regardless of wilderness experience and skill level, are able to enjoy everything that mother nature has to offer in a safe and exciting manner. Education & Programming The park is committed to ensuring all visitors have the opportunity to become fully educated about the wilderness they wish to explore. The park has created a number of educational programs for people of all ages as well as a number of educational walks in the park. These events occur at various times throughout the year. You and the family might learn about wolf culture in nature, about the different types of birds you might see on a walk, and about the fish species found in any of the 1,500 lakes and 1,200 kilometers of rivers and streams. Guided Tours The park is filled with guided family tours. You might choose tours with other families or select a private family tour. Families new to outdoor activities often choose to stay in more comfortable accommodations and dine on guide-prepared meals. These tours will dip your toes into outdoor exploration to ensure no one is forced to step too far outside of their comfort zone. Many guided tours offer two guides so that the children and parents can enjoy everything the park has to offer. Families with a bit more experience may choose a more rustic tour where they assist in preparing meals and explore more remote parts of the park to escape the presence of others to truly get back to nature. Many families choose anAlgonquin Park canoe trip to be completely immersed in nature and to get close enough to the Moose bathing in the water to take photos. Miscellaneous Adventure In addition to these adventures, you will have a number of additional options. You might spend a week in a log cabin on a lake where everyone...

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