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What can't be missed to see in California?
The coastal stretch Big Sur between Carmel-by-the-Sea and San Simeon is a MUST for all West Coast travellers. It's along the Highway No. 1. I recommend that you drive it from North to South as it's easier to stop along the way to take pictures. Also, the Point Lobos State Reserve Park is beautiful to stroll around. You can find hidden gems and gorgeous coves, like China Cove. Look it up but be warned, you want to go there immediately. And if you bring some time and are lucky you can see otters, sea lions and even whales. When you keep driving to the South you might feel like you're driving the Great Ocean Road in Australia (at least that's how I felt). You can find cliffs, waterfalls, sandy beaches and turquoise, crystal clear water, nice little bridges like Bixby Creek Bridge (very photogenic!). Once you arrive in San Simeon make sure you step by the elephant seals and watch the sleepy giants for a while.
Last Day to go to The Feast of San Gennaro!
If you're able to get to Little Italy in Manhattan today, today is the last day of the San Gennaro Festival. Restaurants, wine and beer tents, rides for the kids, and so much more! It'll be worth the adventure! Cheers ?
What do you do when hotel prices in Las Vegas skyrocket on weekends?
Just drive into Death Valley. And everybody is like: huh? Are you crazy? Sometimes maybe. ? In fact, you can get the rooms in an awesome resort in Vegas during the week quite cheap. Maybe you have go to a resort 1 or 2 blocks away from the strip. But our first stay was too short and my partner and I needed a bit more relaxation from travelling (luxury problem of a backpacker). Since we wanted to go to Death Valley anyway, we simply did it as a weekend trip. And we didn't regret it at all. It was with about 38°C almost "cold" there. When you're looking for your accommodation in Vegas, be aware that most of the resorts are charging a "resort fee" which can easily be three times higher than the actual price for the room.
First time on Silk Road, Uzbekistan
For the first time, I traveled in Uzbekistan. Definitely one of my best trips. Located in Central Asia, Uzbekistan is not yet a well-known country. Steeped in history (many influences) and full of fabulous monuments. Nature is breathtaking, and the sun is your every day date. Three main facts I learned about the way of life : - Education is a priority topic in Uzbekistan - There are many traditions around marriage ; in parallel the divorce is widespread - Young people dream of a more modern and Western model I can only recommend visiting this country if you like : - Trekking in desert areas - Having tea time three times per day - Taking pictures without being surrounded by a group of asian tourists - Eating a lot (you have to taste the "plov" !!) - Drinking shots of vodka with local people - Sweating like an ice cream that melts Have a good trip ;)
The day we ran out of food on a 7-day hike
Oh my! I’ve just hiked Torres del Paine (« the O » as they say) with my partner and it was epic! It’s been on my bucket list for a long time and I finally got a chance to do it last month. My sister got married and she lives in Chile with her husband so we took the opportunity to extend our stay there and explore Torres del Paine. Originally, I thought this hike was out of my reach. I’m not particularly fit, I hate the gym, and hiking is definitely not my forte. The longest hike I’ve been on was 2-day hike in South of France. When my partner and I decided to go on that trail, I thought I’d die but he gave me a good pep talk that convinced me. When I finished the « O » I was so relieved. If the hike lasted an extra day, I would have given up. It was soooo excruciating. Especially when you know that we actually ran out of food at the last campsite. Anyway, if I had to be honest, I’d say to myself that I will never do it again! But eventually, a few days later, I acknowledged that it was the most epic hike on earth (it’s not like I’ve done much but I feel entitled to say that!) To any hikers who want to hop on this trail: pack more food than you think you’d need. Because there is nothing worse than lacking of food at the very end of the trail. It adds too much stress.
A solo travelling experience in Burma !
For the first time, I travelled solo. One of my best decisions ! End of 2017 : I planned a three months trip in South Asia with some people I met on a Facebook travel page. After one month and a half of travel, i decided to quit the group and travel on my own. Cotravel can be stifling for several reasons, and I needed some time just for me and do what I really wanted to do. I arrived in Yangoon, a famous city in Burma. When I went there, it was touristic season but many travellers avoid the country because of politics tensions. I quickly felt uncomfortable : a girl alone with her backpack, it catches the eye ... locals looked at me as if they had never seen a tourist, it was raining...and most of all, one of my eye was victim of a conjunctivitis ! While going to the hostel, a little voice in my head was saying : Take a bus to Thailand ! Don't stay in this country ! After my registration (the hostel was empty...), I collapsed on my bed, thinking about the situation. For the first time of the trip, I felt so alone... I was ready to book a bus ticket to Thailand when I text to my mom and a good friend of mine (thank you Steve ;) ) and they just convinced me to stay and let go. They knew Burma was the country I absolutely wanted to visit and they shared all their positives vibes to help me to overcome my fears. I felt a lot of resistance in my mind at this point but I finally decided first to go to emergencies for my eye. The situation quickly took another turn : the guy who drove me to the hospital was so nice ! He really paid attention to myself : he explained my eye problem to the doctors and stayed with me during the consultation. then he friendly caught me back to my hostel. After two days of treatment, I finally could travel in the country and enjoy. During this trip I met some travellers, and I felt free to stay with them for one, two or four days, and sometimes just two hours... That's why travelling solo is so cool : you can follow someone until his next step, or just have lunch with him. You can change your schedule as often as you want ! Other great thing about travelling solo : you talk with people who are on your road. I spent four incredible days with a 40 years old man who lived in Portugal. In real life, if we had crossed, we would probably never have spoken ! I learned thanks to this experience that I just have to forget stereotypes and follow my intuitions to assure my security. It means talking to strangers you feel you can trust them. I also realized that I was able to organize my trip by myself and ask some help when I needed. My fears disappear as my travel continues. I'm not saying that cotravelling is not good : i had magical experiences about it !! but if your goal is travelling solo, you have to deal with it and go alone. That's the most important lesson I learnt from this experience. And don't forget : most of time, a solo traveller meets a lot of people if he wants to. Solo travel doesn't mean being alone :) So take your backpack and go experiment !
Which entrance to the Grand Canyon is really worth it?
Before my bf and I drove to this impressive gorge, we did some research. It was clear to us, the west entrance sounds like pure tourist rip-off. We're not going there. It was also clear quite quickly we had to go to the south rim for sure. Because on this side you can walk the longest part along the canyon or even take the bus. We spent a good half day at the south rim - easyily. When we stepped to the edge for the first time, we both had pure goose bumps. Words cannot describe how impressive and gorgeous it is! Don't skip the south entrance - even if you're coming from Las Vegas. One could do without the east entrance tbh. And for those who have one or two more days can think about visiting the Grand Canyon from the north rim. The gorge looks different again and offers other views.
Camping and Surfing in Tofino
For the first time, I went on a camping/surfing trip. It felt awesome. Being in the woods at night, and out in the waves during the day. I learned how to surf a little better! And that Tofino/Ucluelet are some of the most amazing places on earth. The combination of waves, mountains, and amazingly beautiful shorelines makes for an unforgettable experience. Make sure to have a bonfire on one of the beaches, weather permitting (if it's too dry, you might not be allowed). But keep in mind that you have to have an 8 litre container of water near the fire, just in case things go wrong.
My recommendations for visiting Jeddah - best things to do:
Al-Balad Historical District, Jeddah Waterfront, King Fahad's Fountain, Al-Fakieh Aquarium, Al Shallal Theme Park are some places you must visit in Jeddah. Every second roundabout in Jeddah is decorated with beautiful monuments as well which you'll definitely like
I Did Everything Wrong for My First Solo Trip to India... And It Was Awesome!
I traveled to India alone. This was my first solo trip outside of my country so that was pretty scary. I was terrified. As a people person, I was scared that I’ll end up being alone and bored with myself. I was also terrified about India because I read so many awful stories online… of course all of these stories were dreadful: girls who’d be harassed by men, food poisoning or people getting ripped off. When I was on the plane to Delhi though, I got so excited. I think I felt the adrenaline running through my veins. I remember that I said to myself « Oh shit! Why should I care? I’m gonna live something amazing, no matter hat people say! ». I forgot about all my rational fears. It was pure excitement. I did make so many mistakes when I got there: I trusted the first person I saw, stayed in accommodations far more expensive than advertised, got ripped off too many times, ate too much food and got sick, pushed myself too hard and got heat stroke and altitude sickness (yeah: both!). That made me realize that I shouldn’t trust my guts too much. I think I was overconfident and that got me into trouble. I know I need to force myself to be extra cautious when abroad. Because I’m a tourist and that’s exactly why scammers target me because I’m naive and trust people too easily. Don’t read too much before your trip. Of course, get informed about the political context, riots or strikes at your destination - you can get this information at your embassy’s website. Make sure you know what vaccines you need and make sure you update your friends and family everyday while you travel.
4 Not-So-Touristy (But Captivating!) Places I’d Love To Visit In India
It is hard to describe the full beauty of India, you could go on and on forever. Home to countless mesmerizing spots, there is something for everyone in this country. When you hear India, Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Jaipur, and Ladakh, are some of the places which come to your mind. However, these regions receive high tourism traffic, which may not be ideal if you want to get away from busy city life. Luckily, due to the enormous size of the country, there are several interesting unknown spots in India, let's discover some of them. KANGOJODI, NAHAN, HIMACHAL PRADESH Located in Himachal Pradesh, you should come here to experience being one with nature. Surrounded by ravines, pine trees, and hills, at every destination, you will feel like taking a picture. You can also experience trekking and adventure sports, two popular activities in these regions. The biggest attraction in this destination is camping, due to the picturesque views. MAWLYNNONG, MEGHALAYA Also known as the cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong in Meghalaya is a great place where you can take a break from technology. It is an offbeat destination, where you can have the trip of the lifetime. An eco-friendly and clean village, this place has a lot to offer. There are multiple caves and waterfalls to visit while you are in Mawlynnong. Make sure you walk in the living roots bridge, as it is a unique experience. NUBRA VALLEY, JAMMU, AND KASHMIR When you hear Jammu and Kashmir, the first place that pops into your mind is Leh. While this is a beautiful destination, the high footfall may not suit your preference. Instead, you should head to Nubra Valley. It is a stunning location, which showcases how incredible nature can be when left to thrive. Nubra and Shyok are two rivers that flow through this region, adding to the beauty. TAMENGLONG, MANIPUR Tamenglong in Manipur is one destination you will fall in love with the moment you see what it has to offer. Home to exquisite flora and fauna, its flawless glory and beauty will leave you speechless. If you love eating oranges, you can consume delicious ones, while you are in this location. A tip would be to go during any time between October and April, to experience the best weather. There are many unknown locations throughout India, waiting to become the center of attention. Make sure you have plenty of time on your hands, as once you start your journey in this country, you will probably never want to stop!
I'm thinking of going to Toronto maybe this October. What are your favorite (not too touristy) things/places to do there for 2-3 days?
Hi Raphael, Toronto is always a great city to visit almost any time of year as there are always events and activities going on around the city. My suggestion will be to check if there are events happening on the days you are planning to visit. 1. Distillery District - this commercial district has art galleries, coffee shops, antique shops, a number of dining and bar options, sometimes even dance and music performances take place. It's definitely not very touristy, it is also a local favorite. 2. Brewery tour - you can always book a tour with many of the breweries in Toronto. I have been to the steam whistle brewery, and enjoyed it. Admissions are around 14$ for one guest for a half hour tour experience. Visit their website for more programs and details. 3. If anyone is interested in history or art , the ROM is great and AGO for art enthusiasts. While Ago is free admissions for visitors 25 or younger , ROM has students and senior discounts. 4. Definitely stand in que to try Uncle Tetsu's Japanese cheesecake 5. Allan Gardens Conservatory - The Victorian-era greenhouse is stuffed with tropical plants, and open 365 days a year. 6. Kengsington Market - Walk around this multicultural neighborhood in downtown Toronto. It's home to indie and vintage shops, art spaces, trendy cafes, a range of restaurants from casual to fine dining, cheese shops and even specialty grocers.
Booze Cruise? Yes please!
An evening on the water, with views of 8 NYC bridges and the gorgeous Statue of Liberty <3 If you're a new yorker or in town for a visit, this is worth it! It was a nice evening with an open bar, buffet style food and plenty of room to take pictures or dance the night away! We went on a Thursday and the crowd was great! #Statueofliberty #nightcruise #boozecruise #ladylibery #fun #night #drink #eat #dance #views #boat #nyc
What were 3 things you liked the most during your trip to Cancun that you would recommend doing?
My top 3 favorite things in Cancun 1. taking a tour to see the chitchen itza 2. swimming in a cenote 3. para sailing all 3 can be organized by the hotels, or agents who are present in the hotels at all times
Three reasons why you should visit Slovenia
Bordered by Austria to the north, Hungary to the east, Croatia to the south/south-east and Italy plus a slither of the Adriatic to the west, Slovenia is small (only marginally larger than New Jersey) but jam-packed with natural beauty and history. The streets are clean, waste is being recycled; the people are friendly; and Slovenian cuisine is mouth-wateringly delicious. Slovenia was the first former Yugoslavian country that joined the European Union and adopted the Euro, making travelling from Italy, Austria or any other country using the Euro super easy.
What I loved about my trip to China
Everything. Just do it. As soon as you can. It's so worth it. Even if you don't go to a big city. Definitely a must!
What were 3 things you liked the most during your trip to Seville that you would recommend doing?
1) Plaza de Espana 2) Alcazar de Seville 3) Isla de la Cartuja
My recommendations of things for visiting Birmingham for 2-3 days
- The Jewellery Quarter ( it's considered touristy, but it's a lovely area! ) - BBC Birmingham at the Mailbox - Sea Life ( aquariums are classic, but very relaxing and enjoyable every time! ) - Last but not least, Birmingham's canals! Absolutely beautiful, check the Canal Quarter, the narrowboat trips departing from the marina next to Brindleyplace, and canal-side bars and restaurants at the Mailbox mall. These are just my favorites, but there's so much more to do in Birmingham, definitely deserves more than 3 days! Hope you have fun!
Things I love about Boulogne-sur-Mer, in France
• The beach is amazing and very calming • The two caps, Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez with their beautiful view. • The old city fortress, an interesting travel back in time
My recommendations for visiting Hong Kong, away from tourists
A walk in Kennedy town on the promenade or at Sunset Waterfront Promenade. Central to mid-levels Escalator - be sure to walk on every street you find on the way. You'll be stunned at the number of cafes/restaurants. Hmmmm.... Manmo Temple. MTR rides. A walk in TST in the evening; watch the avenue of stars as you sip a drink from Nine Dragons or Eyebar.
My favorite things about Rasht
Foods are great & very diverse. It has the pristine nature And it has the warm people
What I loved about my trip to Iran
Iran is very beautiful. It has kind people. I dont forget my trip to Isfehan, Shiraz & Rasht. I suggest you visit Iran
I traveled to Europe with 2 friends and I did not post anything (besides stories) while I was there. I think this was my only post of my first time abroad hahaha
Travel to Iran Iran Paradise is secret #Nature #Golestan_city
What I loved about my trip to Mongolia
Iran Paradise is secret #Nature #Golestan_city
My recommendations for visiting Auckland
The first thing I would do would be to walk up Mt Eden for a magnificent view of the city and surrounding neighbourhoods. Do it at dusk/sundown and you'll be joined by hundreds of locals (and some tourists) who just go to enjoy the relazed atmosphere. Take the Ferry to Rangitoto Island and climb to the top. Not many tourists (or locals) do it, but again the views are great. Take reuseable water bottles, sunscreen and good hiking shoes. It's all volcanic rock, and the vegetation and wildlife on the island makes you feel like you have gone back in time 1000's of years.
Things I really enjoyed and would recommend about Sarajevo
Exploring the city and hearing about the history with Spirit Tours (Free Walking Tour), enjoying the variety of cheeses and meats on offer at the Sarajevo Market Hall, attending the Talis Festival Concert in the Vijećnica (Town Hall).
My top 3 things for Dubai
Dubai Theme Parks, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Desert Safari
Ta van, Sapa, Vietnam
Sapa is Vietnam's trakking paradise, with a lot of small villages in the area to discover and it's also here you find Vietnam's highest mountain fan si pan with its 3143m. I felt the village Sapa, was way to touristy and grown to fast so I really recommend you to stay in one of the smaller places around, my choice was Ta van. A lovely lite town 3h hike or 30min bike ride from Sapa. Here you have stunning views and easily accessible hiking trails that you can do by yourself....
Plaza de Espana - Seville
Spent an amazing long weekend in Seville during la Feria de Abril. The city is super cute but offers also some amazing scenarios like Plaza de Espana. My advice is to visit the city during spring cause it can easily be super hot and hard to stroll around!
Things I loved doing in Budapest
My favorite things from my Budapest visit were: 1) Szamos Marcipán Cukrászda. The Marzipan in Budapest is amazing and there is a lot to choose from. That spot was my favorite though. They have tons of different flavors. 2) Fisherman's Bastion. This location is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Words cannot describe how stunning this area is. It's close to a castle as well. 3) exploring the nightlife. I went to a bunch of different bars while in Budapest. One of my favorites was Instant. This place is truly bizarre. It has multiple rooms (that are all decorated in a creepy style) but its a very unique spot to visit.
My recommendations for visiting San Francisco for 2-3 days
Well it depends on what you like to do, but you can go to lands end (there is a cool labyrinth there, a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, this pretty cool cave) but its mostly a hiking expedition. You can also check out some of the mosaic staircases in SF (there are at least 3). In the MIssion District you can try a bunch of great mexican food spots and do a self-guided walking tour of the murals there. The most touristy spots in SD are the Wharf and Union Square.
Seattle's Famous Piroshky Piroshky's
In Pike's Market in Seattle, WA there is a popular food spot called Piroshky Piroshky's that always has a pretty long line. The line moves relatively quickly though. I enjoyed going to this spot because the food was quite unique and they had a wide variety on the menu. There was two full menus: a sweet menu and a savory menu. The sweet menu has priozhki flavors such as marzipan, cherry white chocolate, chocolate hazelnut, cinnamon cardamon among others. The savory menu is the one you will most want to try though. They sell flavors such as their famous salmon pate, beef and potato, and my personal favorite: the chicken curry. These all have pretty unique flavor profiles and coming here is definitely a Seattle bucket list activity.
My recommendations for visiting Vancouver
You can find deals and coupons for major tourist places at vancouverattractions.com but personally I love - Grouse Mountain where you can see Vancouver and surrounds - Deep cove is my favourite beach - Sea to sky Gondola best mountains views - Fort Langley where often are filmed many movies and tv-series Hopefully you can update your visit for at least 1 week!
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
The Riviera Maya meets the Orient at Banyan Tree Mayakoba. Here, attentive staff members remove their shoes upon entering the 123 spacious villas and residences, each of which is decorated with handcrafted Mayan furnishings and features both a private pool and outdoor soaking tub. Expert therapists utilize traditional Asian healing techniques in the renowned spa, while the Thai-infused restaurant, Saffron, is overseen by chefs from Thailand. Golfers navigate over a cenote on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón, a PGA championship course; guests can also take a boat tour around the mangrove-lined canals. The Tulum and Coba ruins lie nearby.
Song Saa Private Island
Inspired by a passion for Cambodia and a commitment to sustainable development, Song Saa Private Island lets you detach from the world and tune into the simple luxuries. The island promotes projects that improve the wellbeing of the Cambodian communities and natural environments of the Koh Rong Archipelago. Guests are able to get involved by either volunteering a day or donating directly to the foundation through programs such as “Pack for a Purpose.”
Kaibo Beach at Rum Point Yacht Club
@kaibobeach at Rum Point Yacht Club is where you will find two luxe restaurants – Kaibo Beach Restaurant and Upstairs at Kaibo, a coffeehouse, Kaibo Beach Espresso, and a marina. Since 1999, Kaibo is the place to relax, sink your toes into the sand, taste Caribbean flavours, play beach games, rent a lounger or doze off in a hammock. Located in Rum Point, within the North Side district, there is plenty to do if you feel more active. Within a short walk you’ll reach Starfish Point, and there is snorkelling in nearby coves, with the Bioluminescence Bay just around the point. Kyle Jenkins (forme chef from a Michelin starred restaurant in London, UK) leads the kitchen team. The menu is fresh, simple, local and special. Working with some exceptional local suppliers, the team’s aim is to demonstrate just how good modern Carribean food can be. Kaibo Beach is the place to chill, in palm-fronded shade, with your toes in the sand, and cold coconut in hand. Part thatched beach cabana, part breezy Californian cool, and a generous dose of Caribbean beach chic – you’re in for an aesthetic treat at this Cayman beachfront restaurant with outdoor grill and wood-fired pizza oven. Casual fine dining is the style; locally sourced ingredients, with simple preparation and amazing flavours. The creative menu of affordable plates is a comforting crowd pleaser, and available all day. There are also bar snacks, and a 3-course lunch available. Children are very welcome and get their own menu. Dogs are equally encouraged to visit, and get a homemade dog biscuit. We recommend you try the tropical salad with red snapper and a frojito
Battalion Italian Restaurant
@battalionsa is a stylish spot for classic Italian plates & cocktails served in a historic, restored firehouse. Start off with a Battalion Spritz, which consists of Prosecco, house made soda & the Italian aperitif of your choice. Order the watermelon salad & grilled octopus, you won’t be sorry.
Island Hopping in Thailand
Listening to Adele’s rendition of “Lovesong” this afternoon, had me reminiscing about the day we went island hopping in Thailand not long ago. I have never seen so many different shades of blue and green in such a short period of time and such stark differences in even the sand from island to island. This was a perfect day excursion from Phuket. At the Lyan Residences by Anantara, guests can enjoy a private island excursion custom to their liking, whether it be to the more popular islands such as Phi Phi and the famous James Bond island, or some of the lesser know islands for a more private, off the beaten path experience. Enjoy meals, sunbathing or even an afternoon nap from your luxury watercraft.
Plan Your Greek Isles Getaway at Medusa Resort and Suites in Naxos
Many people venturing to the Greek Islands opt for the overcrowded tourist hotspots of Santorini or Mykonos. While these islands are beautiful, it can be hard to truly get away from it all when you’re surrounded by hordes of tourists. To find your own slice of paradise and get to know the Cycladic island culture, opt for a less crowded destination, and there is nowhere better to go than Medusa Resort and Suites on Naxos Island. Medusa Resort and Suites is located at Plaka Beach, just a 10-minute drive from the airport, and less than 20 minutes from Chora (main town) and port. Established over 20 years ago, Medusa was one of the first resorts in Plaka, and therefore has an unbeatable location. Hidden down a narrow, dusty road, Medusa feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life, while being close enough to easily pop into Chora. But why would you leave? The on-site restaurant offers incredible meals served in their beautiful gardens for breakfast (included), lunch, and dinner. Feast on fresh seafood, grilled meats, locally grown vegetables, tropical fruits, and so much more. There is even a small garden on the property where the restaurant sources tomatoes and greens for their signature salad. The resort is family owned and operated, which is apparent in the friendly and caring attitude of all the staff. With just 21 rooms on site, it’s easy to make a personal connection with staff, making Medusa feel like a home away from home. The family has clearly put their hearts into the property, creating lovely gardens filled with colorful native plants throughout the property. The resort has a lovely pool, a beach bar, and, most important, beach access with incredible sunset views. Join for morning yoga in the garden, or ask the staff for help arranging other activities such as kitesurfing, massages, island tours, sunset cruises, horseback riding, and more. Or simply while your day away on a lounge chair beside the tranquil blue-green waters and fall asleep to the sound of the softly crashing waves. Tip: Splurge for the executive suite for your own private rooftop jacuzzi, perfect for those breezy Mediterranean nights.
Would Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker wait in line?
Star Wars fans will soon be able to enjoy an immersive trip into the world of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Princess Leia with Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s Galaxy’s Edge. The new 14-acre additions to the famous theme parks opened at Disneyland Resort in California on May 31, and set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida on Aug. 29. While admission is included in the Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios ticket price, reservations are required, at least in the first months, as occupancy in the new themed area will be limited. Galaxy’s Edge will include two main attractions: Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run, where guests can travel inside Hans Solo’s famed spaceship, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, an elaborate four-part ride that enlists attendees as Resistance recruits. The second attraction won’t be open, however, until later in 2019. Themed restaurants, Star Wars shops, and costumed park workers will keep fans engaged in the Star Wars world. For example, Savi’s Workshop will let guests design and build their lightsabers, while Oga’s Cantina will serve themed alcoholic beverages to calm the nerves of adult visitors frazzled by the crowds.
The Cape: a Look Inside One of Cabo’s Chicest
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, is situated along a gorgeous stretch of beach in the Cabo San Lucas region of Baja California Sur, Mexico. The first thing you see other than the sleek open-air lobby and driftwood whale sculpture is one of the most stunning and unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez, lined with surfers and the famed El Arco in the distance. Opening in 2015, this is the first Thompson Hotel to open in Mexico. The vibe is undeniably chic and sophisticated, synonymous with the Thompson Hotel brand. Think stained concrete floors, rich wood accents, stunning natural rock formations and sleek 70’s inspired furniture. The lobby bar, which is completely open to the sparkling emerald waters, reminds me of a swanky 70’s lounge with the sexiest lighting at night. It’s somewhere I’d want to hang out all the time. The experience is nothing short of authentic and from the moment you walk in you are warmly welcomed and taken care of. The staff is there to help and guide you with an array of activities including diving, surfing, sea kayaking, and trips into nearby San Jose Del Cabo where you can get some great shopping in from the local vendors. You’ll never get bored though with all of the hotel happenings including yoga, spa services, culinary events and sunset DJ sets on the garden rooftop bar. I would be completely content hanging by the zero-edge pool all day reading, staring off into the ocean and watching the surfers who are there from sunrise to sunset. I also heard that during the winter months you have a front row seat to some incredible whale watching, just one more reason to return! There’s no need to worry about the view from your room either as each room has an incredible view of the ocean and El Arco. Falling asleep and waking to the sound of the waves was divine.
Black Sand Beach in Maui
White sandy beach and crystal blue seas are hallmarks of this gorgeous Hawaiian island. But where are the best spots to don your snorkel mask and fins to view the isle’s many tropical fish (and, if you’re lucky, sea turtles)? In general, South Maui offers the best snorkeling spots, but West Maui has a few as well. On the north side a Pu’u Ola’I in Makena, Black Sand Beach is accessed by a short bumpy dirt road. The waters are calm, and if you swim out and head to the left, there’s lots of coral, fish and, hopefully, you may even spot a turtle.
My favorite things/places to do in Auckland for 2-3 days
For Auckland I would suggest the following things you can do! I would highly recommend getting a car as there’s not much you can get to without one (although public transport is great for getting to the CBD and around the area I would suggest a car for places in the suburbs). Day 1: I would recommend going to the see the beautiful west coast of Auckland, nestled in the Waitakere Ranges are the black sand beaches of the west coast! If you’re not looking for something too touristy I would suggest Muriwai Beach and the Karekare Falls and Beach! If you also have time you can head to Piha Beach to see the famous Lion Rock! Day 2: I would suggest to go to Puhoi, north of Auckland! It’s a beautiful little town, where you can cruise along the Puhoi River and go to New Zealand’s oldest pub, the Puhoi Pub! Day 3: Take a Ferry to either Waiheke Island (goes from Britomart in downtown) or to Rotorua Island to escape the hustle and bustle of the city!
My recommendations for Oakland for 2-3 days
Lake Merritt is great for a walk, you can walk, run, or bike the 3 miles. On a weekend it's usually packed with people who are picnicking or just relaxing. You can also rent a kayak or a paddle boat. Saturdays there's a great farmers market near the lake. The Grand Lake Theater is a historic movie theater, each screen room is elaborately decorated. They do $5 movies on Tuesdays and also all days before 6 pm tickets are $6. Hope this helps.
16 Avenue Tiled Steps
Here are the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps in San Francisco. These steps are one of (at least) three different mosaic staircases in San Francisco. These are my favorite of the three mosaic staircases though because They're the most detailed and quite frankly they're the most sparkly. I spent a good half hour here admiring these steps. They can get pretty crowded though, so be patient and make sure you come at a good time. You will want to see them on a sunny day so the metallic tiles will sparkle!
My Three-day Walking Tour of San Francisco
Here is one of the main tours I do with people when they come to visit San Francisco but only have two days to see it all. This is a walking heavy tour with minimal Ubering. Bring a pair of your best walking shoes and get to know the city on ground level! Day one: Begin in the Embarcadero at the iconic Ferry Building. You may explore the building, grab some food, and check out the gorgeous views. From there, head north up the Embarcadero to Pier 39. You can Uber this, but I recommend walking it as you can check out the piers and sights along the way. Once at Pier 39, you will see there is a lot of touristy things to do. Next, head north to Fisherman’s Wharf. Classic Californian locations like Boudin, In-N-Out, and Ghirardelli are located here. You can visit Ghirardelli Square and get a famous sundae. After that, you should walk east on North Point and turn right on Hyde. This will take you to Lombard Street. (Note: this street is now by reservation only). Head towards Telegraph Hill next. Go North on Leavenworth, then turn right on Bay Street. Continue on Bay Street until you hit Embarcadero again. Turn right. After a few blocks, turn right again onto Sansome. Head to Greenwich and take one more right. Walk up the stairs and you will find you’re in a secret garden of sorts complete with an old abandoned castle looking building. This building is actually an iconic restaurant that many celebrities have dined in, including the entire cast of the original Star Wars trilogy! Keep heading upward on this path past the castle building and you will reach Coit Tower. There is a mini-museum of sorts inside the building and some great views. Walk down the driveway of Coit Tower until you reach stairs. You will end up on Filbert Street. Take it to Stockton. You will be at Washington Square Park. You will now be at North Beach which is the Italian district of San Francisco. Take Stockton all the way till you get to Columbus and then take a left. In North Beach, you will find tons of Italian restaurants, gelato shops, deli’s, and the famous City Lights Bookstore (which is on Broadway and Columbus). Chinatown is next door to North Beach. You can get there by going through Kerouac Alley. After you explore Chinatown, you will see a beautiful gate (perfect for photos) and you will be in Union Square. This is the heart of downtown and there is a ton of shopping in this location. Head to the main square and explore. Day two: Begin at the Palace of Fine Arts. This is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful spots in all of San Francisco. If you move up towards the bay you will see a path called The Wave Organ. From here you can walk it to see a great view of Alcatraz on one side, and the Golden Gate Bridge on the other. From there, you can walk to Crissy Field. There is a straight path getting there but you may want to use GPS just in case. There is a fantastic Golden Gate Bridge lookout point. After you’re done with all of that, you should head to Golden Gate Park and explore. I highly suggest taking an Uber to the park as the walk is a bit long and walking the park itself takes a while. It is huge and should take you a good amount of time. I suggest seeing the De Young Museum, The Academy of Sciences, the courtyard in between both buildings, the Japanese Gardens, and the Conservatory of Flowers. Day three: On Day three you should begin the in Haight and Ashbury. You can simply walk this street for a few blocks to get the most out of the neighborhood. From there, Uber to the Castro District. This is San Francisco’s historic gay district. Walk through the area and explore. From there you should walk east to Dolores park. This park gives you an amazing view of the city. One street over you will find Guerrero Street. And two streets over from there you will find Mission. These three streets contain a lot of cool things to visit. There are a bunch of great places to eat, there is mission mural walks, and great bars.
What I loved about my trip to Iceland
If you plan to visit Iceland, please make sure you do CityWalk Reykjavik free walking tour. It costs you nothing (though you may tip the amazing guide if you wish) and it is extremely insightful. Reserve your spot on citywalk.is/tours. I did this the first morning I was in Rekjavik and it was fantastic. The guide was extremely personable, and it's a great way to get a good first impression of the city. It only takes roughly two hours to walk the whole city.
3 things I liked the most during my trip to Sofia
Sofia has a lot to offer. Cosmos restaurant does an interesting take on traditional Bulgarian foods. Ahora restaurant is run by one of the winners of Master Chef Bulgaria and always serves the freshest ingredients. Bistrello has a great cozy atmosphere with delicious food in the heart of the city.
3 things I liked the most during my trip to San Francisco
Three things I would recommend in SF are: 1. Definitely go to the Mission District for the best Mexican food! My recommendation is Taquieria Cancun! 2. Try Tandem Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge! It is definitely an amazing experience! 3. Visit Chinatown for the culture and authentic food! My recommendation for some good Dim Sim is at the House of Dim Sim!
Chinatown San Francisco
Walking through the streets of Chinatown in SF, the various aromas of Chinese eateries, the hubbub of the locals as they go about their daily tasks, and of course the sounds of oriental music buskers on many corners, transport you from the quintessentially American city of San Francisco, to the bustling streets of China. Strolling through the streets you’ll find beautiful Chinese lanterns draped across, some REALLY good Dim Sim (my favourite is the House of Dim Sim where I had the spinach and noodle Dim Sim for $1.65!) and incredible bakeries serving everything from egg tarts to cream puffs! My favourite is the Eastern Bakery, where one cream puff takes your taste buds to paradise! SF’s Chinatown is one of the biggest in the world, an accolade of culture and history serving as an innate reminder of what it is for some to be Chinese American!
Lounge in Dolores Park
Dolores Park is one of the most authentic SF park to go to. My Airbnb host told me that locals love it and I understand why! But first thing first: Dolores Park offers outstanding views of the city and is easily accessible by any public transportation. Let’s dig into that a little bit. Dolores Park is not a typical park. It’s a little society in San Francisco where each corner belongs to a specific community. There’s a playground in the LGBT corner. There’s another for dog-friendly people, next to an area that caters to out-of-control toddlers. Most people I’ve met there were just relaxing with a glass of wine, a few joints (that reminded me that it was legal in CA actually!) or by broadcasting music.
The Best Irish Coffee in the US
Apparently, it’s a well-known fact: Buena Vista serves the best Irish coffee in the entire country. I can only speak for myself (who can taste all the irish coffees from a 360-million people country?!): the one I got at Fisherman’s Wharf was delicious. I can’t wait to go there on my next trip.
The Best Burrito of SF is in The Mission
I’m a big fan of burritos and I have to say that I had a foodgasm with the gigantic Mission Burrito when I was traveling in SF for work. I can comfortably say that it was the best burrito I had on the West Coast.
Bruny Island is a little paradise on earth
I've spent a week in Tasmania - which, by the way, doesn't get the credit it deserves - and headed to Bruny Island ? Easily accessible thanks to the ferry, your camera will rapidly get flooded. Make sure you prepare a full day of hiking there as there are many trails that will markk your memory for a long time.
Grand Central Terminal is a marvel
The Grand Central Terminal is a architecture marvel. It can easily compete with some of the greatest beaux-arts buildings you can find in Europe. Look at that!
Walking down the High Line when the sun goes down
This old railway viaduct cuts the west side of Midtown Manhattan. It has been abandoned in 1980 until it was turned into an elevated park. It’s pretty short (a little less than 2 miles) but walking on it at sunset is very pleasing.
Yoda lives in SF!
When I visited San Francisco, I noticed this 26-inch replica of Yoda on a fountain in the Presidio. I thought that was pretty cool, although my partner couldn’t stand me talking like Yoda for en entire day…
Handmade Fortune Cookies Are The Best
If you are visiting San Francisco, make sure you make a stop in Chinatown. It takes easily a full day to explore most of it. In the itinerary you’re preparing, make sure you make a stop at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. They have free tours there where people make fortune cookies from scratch (you can eat some fresh fortune cookies, it’s delicious!).
A 3-day program to fall in love with San Francisco
If you’re planning a road trip on the West Coast, you might wonder how many days you should stay in SF. I know it because I’ve asked myself this question when I planned my trip. Should I stay an extra day in Los Angeles, 2 more days in Yosemite or should I extend my trip to Seattle… Take whatever option you want but don’t spend less than 3 days in San Francisco. Because you’ll miss out on amazing activities… Here’s my personal 3 days there: - Day One Start your day at the Golden Gate Bridge. i really hope it won’t be as foggy as it was for me… Anyway, this is still a marvel to watch and to cross. Beware of cyclists - some of them can be reckless. Crissy Field is another area to visit. It’s near the bridge, features a beach with great views and a lot of food options. Try to get lunch there before you go to Alcatraz Island where sits the most famous federal prisons in the US before the 70s. (Make sure you book your tour in advance!). That will take most of your afternoon. After that, walk to Fisherman’s Wharf and get dinner at Pier Market Seafood Restaurant. If you love seafood like me, you’ll be in heaven. - Day Two In the morning, hop on a cable car on Market Street. Pay attention to the different neighborhoods you’ll cross as most of them are picturesque (also enjoy the fact that you won’t have to walk up these hills!). Get off at Lombard Street and prepare your camera! This is the famous shot you’re aiming for :) From there you can head to the Coit Tower before getting lunch. I’d suggest you get lunch in Chinatown. After lunch, make sure you explore it - I think it’s one of the biggest Chinatown in the country. After this afternoon, get dinner somewhere in Fog Harbor. Any restaurant would do, just enjoy the view on the Golden Gate. - Day Three Go to the Golden Gate Park/ There’s so much to explore there from Japanese gardens to moderate hiking trails. That will take your entire day, trust me (my feet were hurting bad at the end.
Cenotes in Playa del Carmen
We had a great time in Play del Carmen, but one of the most fun parts of our trip was the "cenotes" (apparently derived from the Mayan word for "well"). We hired a guide for a day who took us to a few really interesting places, including some Mayan ruins, a Mayan family farm, and an amazing restaurant, but one of our favourites was the cenote we visited. Cenotes are deep caverns (or more precisely sinkholes, from what I gather), filled with water. During a hot Mexican day, what the means is it's a nice cool pool to take a swim in. The one we went to also had a platform from which we could jump in. Whether it's to jump in, take a swim, or float on your back and stare at the occasional bat flying overhead, the cenote is a great way to get out of the heat and have a good time.
Best view of Seattle
The best view of this city is from Pier 66 rooftop park! After enjoying the panorama you can have very good fish cocktails!
The Seattle public library
The Central Library of Seattle city has a capacity for more than 1.45 million books and materials. All of those books move around the building in a high-tech book-handling system.
Did you know? Despite its rainy image, Seattle gets less annual rainfall than New York, Houston, Boston, and Atlanta. It does, however, have quite a few cloudy days and days with light precipitation, particularly in the wintertime.
This town in Texas where time has stopped
When we drove to Kingsland, TX we passed through a small town called Bertram, TX. I thought first that this was a ghost town but realized that there were people living in this place. According to the official website of Bertram, TX, there are a little more than 1,500 people living here. We noticed this amazing wall that used to welcome visitors. This looks like a postcard!
A weekend trip in this Texan Town you probably haven't heard of
When people talk about Texas, they think about Austin, Dallas, Houston and eventually San Antonio. But Texas is way bigger than these 4 cities and the small towns in between can offer a lot of good surprises. I was invited to spend a weekend in a family house in Kingsland, TX (can't make that up!) This weekend was so relaxing and peaceful, it's been a long time I haven't enjoyed such quiet and chilling vibes! The drive to Kingsland, TX from Austin, TX was pretty straight. It took us a little more than 1 hour and a half to reach this man-made lake. Just look at that sky!
This is the reason why Jaipur is pink
In 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited India on a tour. In India, pink is the color of hospitality! That’s why Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink. The city won its title of « Pink City » thanks to Lord Albert.
The History of Jaipur
Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II who ruled from 1699-1744. Jaipur is the first city who was planned in India and you can tell how impressive the city looks. Planning a city in this extent at that time is definitely an exploit! The Maharaja himself was fascinated by architecture. He was greatly involved in the design of the city.
5 theories behind the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is visited by 8 million every year. Even if there is an official history behind the Taj Mahal, there are also several theories that are interesting to hear. The popular history is that the emperor Mumtaz Mahal built it for his wife’s temporary resting place in Burhanpur. So the Taj Mahal would have been built for the love of his wife. But there is one theory where the Taj is not a funeral monument. Shah Jahan might have built something similar, even if his wife hadn't died. A second theory says that the Taj Mahal is a symbolic representation of a Divine Throne on the Day of Judgment. A third one makes this monument a replica of a house of paradise. A fourth one depicts the Taj Mahal as a vanity project, built to gpay tribute to the emperor himself.
3 days in incredible Salar de Uyuni
I spent 3 months in South America and - with Patagonia - Bolivia was the most impressive country to visit. The variety of its landscapes, its incredible mountains, its fantastic viewpoints... Yes, you got it: I fell in love with it! The tour in Salar de Uyuni will leave you literally speechless... It's one of the wildest desert you'll ever experience and i wish I could go there by myself but it's not possible. You have to go with a tour guide since it's a National Park and it has to be preserved from us hoomans. When you see pictures like this one, you clearly understand why: As many travel microblogs will tell you, try to get there in the rainy season as it's the best time of the year to go. The entire desert will turn into a spectacular mirror with reflections that will blow your mind. For the 3 days tour - the one I've taken - you can expect to see and experience the following: On a three-day tour you can expect to see and experience the following: - The Salar de Uyuni! - The train graveyard (it's actually spectacular - I'll reference it in another post!) - A night in a hotel made out of... salt. - Laguna Colorado, Laguna Verde: you can see Flamingos "dancing" and ignoring you :p For a traveler visiting Bolivia, skipping Salar de Uyuni is almost a crime :p It's an unforgettable experience you should live at least once.
What is the Best Pilgrimage Site in France's Dordogne Valley?
Rocamadour is a picturesque village that clings to the side of a cliff overlooking the Alzou River. It has been a renowned Christian pilgrimage site since the Middle-Ages. Both its religious importance and spectacular scenery have qualified Rocamadour as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Grand Site of France (of which there are only 46). The small town of near 600, located near the Lot/Dordogne border in Southwest France, attracts over 1 million visitors a year. Be sure to visit while in the area. For more details, https://etbtravelphotography.com/2019/06/20/a-visitors-guide-to-rocamadour/
What is the best city to use a base to explore France's Dordogne Valley?
While visiting the Dordogne Valley, I recommend staying in Sarlat-la-Canéda and setting aside at least three days for exploring. Sarlat is perfectly situated between amazing natural caves, sacred pilgrimage destinations, and picturesque riverside villages. Not to mention, Sarlat itself is home to the highest concentration of medieval, Renaissance, and 17th-century architecture than any town in France. It also hosts an incredible market. For more details on Sarlat, visit: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2019/06/16/a-guide-to-visiting-sarlat/ For a three day itinerary of the Dordogne Valley, visit: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2019/06/23/three-days-in-the-dordogne-valley/
What is the best World War II Site in France's Limousine?
The ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane is must see for World War II buffs, or frankly just about anyone. The ruins are result of a massive civilian massacre by the Germans. Of over 600 people, there were only 8 survivors who escaped execution by shooting and fire. The ruins, that serve as a memorial, resemble Pompeii, only the town was destroyed by humans not a natural disaster. A very moving place. For more details, visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2019/06/09/oradour-sur-glane/
What is the Best French Village in the Correze?
Gimel-les-Cascades is a small commune in the Corrèze region of France. Not in my France guide book, this tiny town is truly a hidden gem. It is a picture-perfect French village and was one of my favorite places in the Limousin and the surrounding area. There was so much to see in Gimel-les-Cascades including remains of castle La Rouche Haute, Church Saint Pardoux and its treasury, Chapel of the Penitents, the home of Gaston Vuillier, and of course the waterfalls for which Gimel-les-Cascades is named. For more details visit, https://etbtravelphotography.com/2019/06/13/gimel-les-cascades/
Tea time in Barcelona!
After strolling through the hustle and bustle of downtown Barcelona, go to the Čaj Chai and enjoy some calm… This teahouse is a place where locals go and, usually, there are very few tourists. A good place when you want to avoid the craziness of touristic places! I went there once with a friend of mine who don't like a lot tea, and at the end, she loved the place and the tea (Red Fruit Ice Tea ?)! Bonus : If you fall in love with a specific tea, you can also buy it. It’s a little more expensive compared to other places, because they sell gourmet tea. But for a few drinks, it’s affordable. My favorites ? - Chai Latte - Red Fruit Ice Tea Served with Indian pastries or ice cream… Simply delicious! Čaj Chai Adress : Carrer de Sant Domènec del Call 12, 08002 Barcelona Tel : +34 933 019 592 https://cajchai.com/en/who-we-are/
What were 3 things you liked the most during your trip to Sharyn Canyon that you would recommend doing?
Admire beautiful nature Strolling between the rocks Have some rest!
We spent 2 days there, amazing nature ❤️
Vancouver Vegan Delight
Vegan Lovers, if you are visiting Vancouver The Chickpea Restaurant in Main Street Vancouver is a must!! Plant based comfort food with a Mediterranean twist. ✅???. . Excellent Vegan food, large portions, well priced, hipster and fun!! . I had the Tofu scramble with Carrot Lox, labaneh cheese, marinated dill cucumbers & capers & avocado.
New beer bar in Paris 11e
We discovered Les Caves de Fauve yesterday for a team drink and loved the combination of great local beers, hype decor (and good music), friendly atmosphere and even refined food ! A combination quite rare to get that ensures we will be back very soon, with the team or friends.
What I loved about my trip to Kathmandu
I love Kathmandu day tour is 3 to 7 hours guided program to explore this largest city, hill stations, 7 UNESCO world heritage site, museums, Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, Mosque, Gurudwara, Church. There are popular things to do, sightseeing, cycling, hiking, rafting, rock climbing, Everest flight, shopping, cooking class, meditation. Seven heritage sites can visit in 2 days. Everest flight, Asan Bazaar, Narayanhiti Palace Museum, Thamel, Garden of dreams takes one day. Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Namo Buddha, Nagarjun, Champadevi, Shivapuri, Phulchowki hill stations can visit in 6 days. Chobhar Gorge, Dakshinkali temple, Pharping, Kapan Monastery, Kirtipur, White Gumpa, Khokana, Bungamati village can visit in 2 days. Godavari Botanical Garden, Bajra Barahi utilized 1-day bird watching. Chandragiri Hills Cable Car offers majestic views of city and mountain. One day cycling trip may be exciting in this city. Travelers spend a few hours while transiting, trekking preparation, business meeting, additional time.
What I loved about my trip to Nepal
I love Pokhara at 827 m is the most popular city of Gurkha, lakes, and valley (466 Sq. Km) of the Himalayas views lies 204 km west of Kathmandu in Western Development Region of Nepal. The most impressive tourist city fulfilled by Shimmering lakes, river, forested hills, picturesque villages and stretches spectacular views of Dhaulagiri (8167 m.), Annapurna (8091 m.), Lamjung, and Manaslu (8163 m.) summits.
A cheaper way to visit Venice
A cheaper way to visit Venice is to actually stay in Verona, which is a lovely city. It's touristy, but airbnb's and hotels are much cheaper than in Venice. Spend 3 days maximum in Verona. Then, take a local train to Venice. The train is direct, really cheap and takes about an hour. It drops you in the center of Venice. Once you are done for the day, hop back on the train and go back to Verona. Sure it's a little long, but it's a good way to slow travel, rest in the train and enjoy Venice day or night. I remember when exiting the train station, it took my mind at least 5 minutes to understand and process what I saw: water, bridges and cute boats everywhere. It was so different from any city I ever visited, I was continuously surprised to see water everywhere !...
Sunset in Juan les Pins (French Riviera)
It's a little city on the French Riviera, on the waterfront. My apartment is literally 2-min away from the beach... ? Nothing better than the sun setting on the sea after a long day. I love Paris, but I have to admit I miss this view ?
Building Your Bucket List? Here's an Idea for You to Explore - Lighthouses!
Where in the World R we going? I must CONFESS…Are you ready to have fun conquering the NC lighthouse tour on a Harley? I love lighthouses! After visiting two local lighthouses near Wilmington (Old Baldy on Bald Head Island and the Oak Island Lighthouse in the Cape Fear Region), I started to wonder about visiting all 7 that are popular in NC. Most of the lighthouses are located in the Outer Banks and on the Crystal Coast of NC with Oak Island and Old Baldy home to the Cape Fear Region . Read more at https://travellifeconfessions.com/conquering-nc-lighthouses-on-a-harley/
3 days to spend in Sapa, Vietnam
The first time I went to Vietnam, I stopped in Sapa for a few days and i thought I wouldn’t stay more than 3 days… So I booked my bus tickets to spend 3 days in Sapa and I can comfortably say this now: I could have stayed for 2 weeks, easy. If you're wondering where to go in Vietnam, besides Sapa, I suggest you read this microblog I found pretty useful when I planned my trip. Day 1: Rent a bike and get ready to explore Sapa on a motorbike Disclosure: you can explore Sapa using public transportation but if you want to live the full experience, I’d suggest you to rent a bike. On Day 1, you’ll explore two waterfalls and will have enough time to explore the wonderful Valley. Drive 12 kms outside of Sapa town, and you should hit your first stop: the Silver Waterfall. You can see the waterfall from the road but you should hop off your bike and go climb the stairs to reach the top and the view is definitely worth it. Day 2: Trekking to Hmong Village of Ta Van ￼ The trek starts right outside Sapa a few minutes from the hostel we stayed at. We crossed a few rivers - noticing a few spiders tagging along with us - finding our way through endless rice paddies. It was raining the night before, so the roads were pretty muddy, make sure your hiking boots are water-proof and bring an extra pair of dry socks just in case you have an accident. ￼ Day 3: Ta Van - Su Pan - Sapa ￼ There are two trails to get to Su Pan – one over the mountains and another paved one used by motorcycles and villagers. We took the muddy one. We knew it was a mistake since it was pouring the night before but we wanted to experience the whole adventure… My 2 cents: if it’s raining, take the paved road, that’ll be safer and much funnier.
Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge.
A must see. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is 140 metres (460 ft) long and 70 metres (230 ft) above the river. It houses North America's largest private collection of First Nations artifacts and the new added attraction- The Cliffwalk.
Vancouver for 2-3 days
A few of Vancouver’s BC attractions are the following: Stanley Park. Seawall path at Stanley Park. Granville Island. Granville Island. Museum of Anthropology. Kitsilano Beach. Kitsilano Beach Gastown. Gastown. Canada Place. Canada Place. The 2010 Olympic Cauldron, Chinatown Hopefully everyonew find these helpful.? Thank u. Topaz2911
What were 3 things you liked the most during your trip to South Korea that you would recommend doing?
Beautiful places to visit, the foods and the culture.
Louisville for 2-3 days
We love it here in winter, except in Winter when it's grey and cool. Museum Row on Main Street in downtown can fill a day. Its nine blocks contain museums, art galaries, Actor's Theater, Mohammad Ali Center, and the Louisville Slugger Museum. I am not a baseball fan, but thoroughly enjoyed the Slugger factory and museum. Old Louisville is one of the US's largest and best preserved Victorian neighborhoods. Louisville has a wonderful culinary scene and the NuLu neighborhood, near downtown is jam packed with delicious, trendy restaurants and bars. For a day trip, consider Bernheim Forest, about 30 minutes south. Read about these on my blog http://www.familytravelescapades.com/
3 things I liked the most during my trip to Isla Mujeres
The highlight of my stay was cycling the whole Island and checking out the Island restaurants- hole in the wall restaurants are amazing in the Island. Truly authentic. And North Beach Great vibes, & fun
Befriending with a cactus in Salar de Uyuni
I took a 3-day tour to explore Salar de Uyuni and see these amazing Salt Flats. I'd say that the 2nd most impressive landscape to shoot with your camera is la Isla Incahuasi. This island is the remains of a very old volcano and former island that used to sit in the middle of the salar. Incahuasi hosts gigantic cactuses that are houses of viscachas (they look like rabbits). Definitely a must-visit spot!
3 things I liked the most during my trip to Dublin
1. Morning run through town and along the river. 2. Tour of Powerscourt Estate & Gardens 3. Friendly, jolly locals!
My first time in Asturias hiking Picos de Europa
The Picos de Europa are located in the Asturias and Cantabria. It’s a five-our drive from Madrid and approximatively two hours from Santander. They are quite spectacular. Impressive rocky mountain highs, endless gorges and hidden valleys made it the perfect place for a relaxing weekend. Even if getting there can be a bit complicated, it remains convenient enough for occasional travelers like me. I only 2 days in the Picos, but I could have easily spent a few weeks there. There are so many hiking trails there that deserve your attention. There’s literally hundreds of miles worth of mountains and (dangerous!) rocky paths. Walking information – particularly guidebooks – is fairly limited if you don’t speak or read Spanish. If you don’t have a Spanish friend handy like me, get prepared to google a lot… Walking in the Picos de Europa is so rewarding. The marking is abundant so you don’t need to spend hours on Maps.me to find where to go. Just relax and enjoy the scenery… Oh and also, bring a lot of water because they are not many drinkable fountains or streams (especially in summer). In addition to walking, this region is praised for its delicious wine, gorgeous cheese (the area is famous for Cabrales) and fabada (a delicious stew with white beans, chorizo, pork belly and morcilla).
What I loved about my trip to New Zealand
We could talk about New Zealand for a week straight, but words fall short to describe New Zealand properly, you really have to see it for yourself! It has the most diverse scenery you can imagine; from green hills, almost tropical beaches and rainforest to massive glacial lakes, volcanoes, rugged shoreline and everything in between. The wildlife in New Zealand is incredible, we've swum with wild dolphins, went paddle boarding with stingrays, saw super rare penguins, royal albatross and of course the famous kiwi bird. We spent 8 months exploring New Zealand in our self-built campervan and we can honestly say that it was the experience of a lifetime!
3 things I liked the most during my trip to Singapore
Singapore is an architectural marvel. The abundant greenery combined with impressively designed massive buildings are something everyone should see. We recommend going for a walk around the Marina and seeing the Gardens by the Bay, spend a day exploring the vibrant little India with all it's street art and have some food at one of the countless Hawker centers for an authentic Singapore experience.
2-3 days in Mqabba, Malta
You can visit Blue grotto and take a boat to see the Caves if weather permitting. You should not miss the old city Mdina and Valletta for culture, Marsaxlokk - fisherman 's village. If you have time take a trip to the island of Gozo - it s beautiful.
my recommendations for Utah
If you are traveling to Utah, there are definitely a few places I recommend if it's your first time. I would definitely travel to the city of Moab. It hosts two national parks in the area: Canyonlands and Arches! Arches is definitely my favorite, with the Delicate Arch trail being my favorite part about it. Bryce Canyon is also a must with all of it's scenic beauty and the hiking that it has to offer. My favorite part about Utah is Zion National Park one hundred percent. There is no shortage of trails and activities that you can do while you're there. Although it may sound daunting, I whole heartedly recommend the Angel's Landing hike. It took me quite a while to complete, but it was worth every second I was up there. Just some things I would highly recommend. Happy travels if you plan on going there!
First solo trip! - Part 2
It’s finally March and T-1 day until I leave for my big trip! I’m excited and nervous at the same time, and could hardly contain myself while at work. One thing to note during this day, was that I had not even packed yet. Being the procrastinator that I am, I hurry home after work and throw all of my laundry, fresh from the dryer, into my bag and take count of everything to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. Once made sure I had all of my equipment and essentials, I rested up with the little time that I had before heading to the airport. It’s 3:30 AM and barely slept at all, but I did not feel tired what so ever. After packing everything, I started the first leg of my journey right from my house to the Cincinnati airport. The 2 hour drive got me ready for all the long drives that I would complete throughout the course of the trip. Once I arrive, I park in long-term parking, go through airport security, and patiently wait for the gate to announce boarding. Having being to pick out my seats beforehand, I was able to stretch out my legs for the entire flight and relax. I land in Vegas (if you’re traveling Utah or any other outlying states, then it’s the cheapest place to fly to), pick up my bag, and go to the shuttle to pick up my car. Once that was done, I drove to the nearest grocery store to load up on all the supplies that I needed. I then headed out for the long drive to the first stop on my trip, the majestic Grand Canyon National Park. Right as I start leaving the city, the transformation of the landscape starts to occur. The vicinity of Vegas happens to be mostly desert with some mountains. A few miles onto the 515 and the emergence of red rock comes about. I pull off to a scenic rest stop in Clark County to enjoy the scenery. The view consists of several mountainous ranges and a giant pond. I take a few photos and continued with the rest of the journey. Upon entering Arizona, I was greeted with the barren landscape preceding the area of the park itself. It was quite peaceful to be driving alone in the desert, with only the thoughts in my head as well as the select playlist I made prior. Nearing the park, I passed through Kaibab National Forest. Having lived in Ohio my whole life, being able to see miles and miles of lush conifers was a breathtaking sight to see. The road leading into the park had the same views, and stopped along the road to take pictures of some elk that happened to be there. Being able to see these beautiful animals without any fences, glass walls, or barriers at all made it very surreal and genuine. It made me appreciate how lucky we are to be living alongside these beings. Once I got back in my car and drove for another couple miles, is when my jaw hit the floor. Just as the forest line stopped, the landscape completely transformed, and there it was: the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon. I slowed until I could find a good place to park, and walked towards one of the viewpoints. I stepped near the ledge where there wasn’t any railing. Woah. All the pictures I have ever seen never did it any justice what so ever. I almost couldn’t believe that it was real. It legitimately looked like an artist had put up a gigantic mural up in the distance. I popped my AirPods in, sat on a flat rock, and took in all the natural beauty that it had to offer me.
Best trails near Nashville, Indiana
Brown County State Park, the largest state park in Indiana, offers a variety of trails to hike near Nashville, Indiana. One of my favorites is trail #9 which begins in the campground area and has an extension that goes to Ogle Lake. Dogwoods and lovely wildflowers dot the trail. For more info visit: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2019/05/19/top-things-to-do-in-nashville/
Death road, La paz
Death road or Camino de la muerte as the local says. If you going to La paz and want a adrenaline rush this is the activity you are looking for. Just a small, bad road with with a cliff wall on one side and a plunge on the other, make sure to stay on the road. // Travelontheborder