What you witness in Tanzania certainly checks a ton of markers on a travel bucket list. Be it the gushing waterfalls and barren deserts, or exotic species and predators of the most lethal order; some get that feeling of danger lurking around the corner, while others bask in the serenity of white sand beaches with crystal clear water. This mind-blowing rollercoaster of experiences is what defines Tanzania as it takes you on a thrilling journey through the cradle of mankind.
AFRICA’S UNMATCHED WILDLIFE
Tanzania is a country known for its vast plains of wilderness, a mecca of big game with the big five (elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo) sharing a lot of wilderness within the country. It is one of the most sought after destinations for viewing wildlife at its natural best, with the Serengeti plains, the Ngorongoro crater as well as a host of other national parks and conservation areas that engulf the wetlands and plains of Tanzania. It is one of the richest zones of big game like lions, elephants, hippopotamus, waterbuck, wildebeest, crocodiles, waterbirds like flamingoes and ducks and thousands of other animals.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area stretches for over 8,200 square kilometres, and is home to more than three hundred mammal species, a thousand bird species and over sixty thousand insect species. The Serengeti is also home to one of the most spectacular natural events on earth – the great migrations. Over a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Zebra make the annual trip through the expansive plains chasing the rains, a race that goes on forever. January sees thousands of newborn wildebeest that begin chasing the rains in May (beginning of the dry season) while taking refuge from the sun in the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya. The same is repeated seamlessly with every breeding season, leading to an endless cycle of migration and reproduction – something very raw, natural and humbling. The sheer vastness of the wild, with all its noises and eerie patches will make for an adventure like one you have never experienced before!
The world’s highest free-standing mountain, Africa’s highest peak and one of the seven summits of the world, climbing Kilimanjaro is challenging, thrilling and stunning all-in-one, add to that the feeling of accomplishing one of the most historic treks around the globe.
Walking through topography and climate that goes from rainforests to deserts, to subalpine tundra and glacial ice, this power-packed climb will truly make you feel like you’re standing on the roof of the world. As tufts of mushroom clouds soar beneath your feet, the sights from the Uhuru Peak as the sun roasts the vast Serengeti plains will lie with you forever. The entire climb approximately takes a week to complete, and does not require any professional level training in climbing. The confluence of natural beauty and the feeling of achievement when you scale one of the seven summits on Earth has an element of inexplicability to it. Make sure this makes it onto your list of things to do when in Tanzania!
Of course Tanzania’s spectacular wildlife and sweeping grasslands can sweep you off your feet and of course we’ve heard all about Mount Kilimanjaro being one of the world’s most intriguing destinations.The Tanzanian cuisine might be shy of such wide endorsement, but if you believe that the little delights count the most, hop on-board as we count out all the lip-smacking local delicacies that you shouldn’t miss, while traversing the Tanzanian magnetism.
Food that you shouldn’t miss while you are in Tanzania
Ugali is the staple food widely consumed in Tanzania. It is popularly served with nyama choma, but teams up well with any main course. It is usually offered with a sauce consisting of either fish, meat, cooked vegetables or beans. One tends to grow a strange liking towards Ugali on an East African trip.
Nyama Choma or grilled chicken is a dish to wish for. Meat in Tanzania is freshly slaughtered portions of carcass grilled to convenience. Slowly barbecued over a bed of hot charcoal, the chewy and smoky meat induces a delightful, rich outburst of flavor. Served with barbecued bananas or Ugali, it is sure to entice your taste buds.
Cities like Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar city are hotspots to satisfy your food cravings. You musn’t forget the cheerful stalls dotting the Tanzanian streets. They’re not only easy on your purse strings, but also offer the authentic flavors of the country. The country brimming with surprises is not all about grasslands and adventure. It is also a host tending to your plate and keeping the food enthusiast in you alive and craving.
Everyone loves traveling – who wouldn’t love a luxury vacation somewhere exotic? But, I’m pretty sure nobody loves the stress that can come with it. We spend months planning and getting excited so it can be devastating when you inevitably encounter a hiccup or two on the big day. You know what I’m talking about – traffic on the roads; delayed flights; missing documents. They are every traveler’s worst nightmare.
So, with an eye to helping you make your travel as streamline as possible, I’ve compiled a list of handy tips. Bear these in mind on your next journey and you might just make it onto the plane without any stress at all.
Make a Checklist
Not just in your head, actually write it out. There is nothing better like a visual aid to help you prepare for your travels. Write out everything you need to pack in your suitcase and your carry on. Include things you need to do, documents you need to print and any last minute arrangements you need to make.
Not only will a checklist help you make sure everything is done, but there is something deeply satisfying about seeing all those little ticks!
Give Yourself Loads of Time
It’s not ideal getting to the airport super early and then having to bum around for ages waiting for your flight. However, this is far, far better than missing your flight because you got caught in traffic or left things too late. If you live an hour from the airport, give yourself two hours. The extra time will make everything easier and infinitely reduce your stress-level.
Sort Your Luggage Out Beforehand
There’s nothing worse than that sinking feeling when you realise your bag isn’t on the conveyor belt. If you’ve never experienced this then you’re lucky; everyone else, you know the feeling. Luggage Free is a shipping service that sends your luggage directly to your destination. This means no waiting around after the flight and no anxiety about whether your bags have actually made it or not.
Organise Your Transfers
Work out how you are going to get to the airport and then how you are going to get from the destination airport to your hotel. The latter of these is more important. The last thing you want is to touch down after however many hours on a plane and then have the hassle of trying to find a taxi that won’t rip you off.
Compartmentalize Your Packing
This might sound a bit over the top, but it really does make a difference – particularly for your hand luggage. Put your passport and tickets in one section, money in another section, cosmetics in another, etc. If you don’t have different pockets in your carry on then use ziploc bags or plastic files.
Doing this makes it easier to find things at a moment’s notice and eliminates those embarrassing hold ups at security. Don’t be that person frantically rummaging through their bag while a queue of people tuts and rolls their eyes behind them.
I’ve always absolutely adored Europe. When I was twenty, I hit the road with my first travel backpack in my first ever solo backpacking adventure. I dreamed of sipping wine in posh French cafes, meeting an Italian hunk and soaking in the hustle and bustle of a Croatian market.
It was that very first trip that made me fall in love with travel and convinced me to take my first steps into blogging. Since then, I’ve traveled across Europe four times, most recently with my boyfriend by car. Every time I return to Europe I am startled and amazed at the incredible landscapes, cultures, food, and buildings.
Europe is well known for its gorgeous architecture, with medieval castles and churches aplenty dotted around the various countries. There are also plenty of stunning natural attractions too, from splendid beaches and rolling countryside to soaring mountains and marvelous lakes.
World-class museums and art galleries, diverse cuisines, excellent shopping areas and varied cultures all add to Europe’s magnetic appeal.
On my most recent travels around Europe, I was able to peek behind the curtain and explore some more off the beaten track countries, such as Bulgaria and Albania. Exploring Eastern Europe was simply awesome! In order to get you stoked to travel around Europe yourself, I’ve put together the ultimate list of twenty incredible places to visit on your next European adventure.
1. Blue Lagoon, Grindavik, Iceland
One of Europe’s most ethereal attractions, Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa surrounded by lunar-like terrain. The milky blue waters of the Blue Lagoon are hot all year round; you can bathe even when the wind is whipping around your ears. Naturally boiling water is piped from inside the earth, first passing through a geothermal power plant to supply the city with electricity. It is then used in a communal hot water and heating system, before emptying into the stunning Blue Lagoon. I absolutely love Iceland and have been lucky enough to visit the Blue Lagoon twice! The entire country is absolutely stunning and best when road tripped!
2. Venice, Italy
Venice is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world and exploring the winding canals by Gondola is definitely a bucket list experience! Venice isn’t cheap, so it’s well worth looking at staying in a hostel or an Airbnb rather than a hotel, or better yet, keep your eyes open for a housesitting opportunity. I really love all of Italy, it’s full of gorgeous people, tasty food, excellent wine and incredible architecture but Venice might just be my favourite city in all of Europe… For even more Venitian inspiration, check out this post from Hello Cuppies showing the best of Venice in Spring.
3. Preikestolen, Stavanger, Norway
Norway is wild! And it doesn’t get much wilder than Preikestolen – Also known as Pulpit Rock, Preikestolen is a magnificent sheer cliff with a flat area on top. Soaring high above the waters of Lysefjorden, it offers spectacular views of Mother Nature’s handiwork. Wear suitable shoes and take wet weather gear for hiking the 2.4-mile track. If you’re camping, be sure to tell somebody where you are going and when you plan to return.
4. Rural Romania!
Most people instantly think of Dracula, based on the real historical figure Vlad the Impaler (not a particularly chill sounding dude) when you bring up Romania but this is a country that offers so much more than vampires. Romania offers some truly incredible hiking, amazing Romanian food, stunning castles, cheap beer and friendly people in droves. Romania was the first country in Eastern Europe that I properly sank my teeth into and I absolutely loved it. To see what I’m talking about, and get some itchy feet yourself, check out this article with plenty of gorgeous photos summing up some of Romania’s best holiday sights.
5. Buckingham Palace, London, UK
The elegant Buckingham Palace is the official home of the UK’s Queen (the lady, not the band). Located at the end of the sweeping Mall, the palace presents an impressive site. Try and time your visit for the changing of the guard and watch as long traditions are played out before your eyes. Although it’s only possible to go inside the palace at certain times of the year, admiring from the outside is still high for many travelers to London. Book a cheap hotel in London and take time to discover the city’s multitude of other fine buildings too.
6. Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
Sitting at the end of The Burren, the picturesque Cliffs of Moher soar above the wild waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs are more than 700 feet tall at their highest point. Rugged and dramatic, like much of the county’s stunning scenery, the Cliffs of Moher are popular with hiking enthusiasts and this is a great place to get out and amongst nature for a spot of camping. Pack you walking boots and socks and outdoor gear. Boat trips are also a great way to enjoy the natural splendors. I’m truly in love with Ireland at the moment and even thinking about moving there for a bit for some chill time so I can focus on building up my new blog. For more Ireland inspiration, check out Drifter Planet’s Guide to the hidden gem of County Mayo – I’ll definitely be paying this hidden corner of Ireland a visit next time I’m in the Emerald Isle!
7. Palace of Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal
The UNESCO-listed Palace of Sintra is often among highlights of a trip to Lisbon. Blending elements of Gothic and Manueline architecture, it is the country’s best-preserved royal home from the middle ages. There are many beautiful decorative touches inside the palace. Lisbon itself is an awesome party city and a great place to kick back with a few beers for a long weekend! Check out this post for an action packed, 5 day, Portugal itinerary.
8. Split, Croatia
Croatia is one of the best countries in the world to go on a road trip. This summer, my boyfriend and I hit the road in a rental car and drove all the way from Dubrovnik, famed for its incredible architecture and use as a Game of Thrones set, to Split – one of the best towns in Europe for partying, shopping and chilling on the beach! Check out this travel guide to Split for more inspiration.
9. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
I couldn’t exactly miss out The Eiffel Tower! Recognized almost all over the world, the Eiffel Tower is one of Europe’s most-visited structures. Towering high in the city’s skyline, it is impressive when viewed from afar and when gazed up at from underneath. Go to the top too for far-reaching city views! It’s especially beautiful at night.
And if you’ve got up to a week in Paris, be sure to check out this 7-day itinerary. For some insider tips on how to skip the lines for the Paris Catacombs and the Lourve, check out this post from World in Paris.
10. Neuschwanstein Castle, Fussen, Germany
Nestled in the glorious Bavarian countryside, Neuschwanstein Castle is like something straight from the pages of a fairytale book. Towers and turrets rise from the exteriors, with many small windows breaking the walls. The insides are as beautiful as you would imagine. Visit the German capital of Berlin afterward for a more industrial vibe with more historic sites.
11. Houses of Parliament, Budapest, Hungary
Sitting alongside the River Danube, the Gothic Houses of Parliament are one of the Hungarian capital’s most photogenic sites. The red roofs accentuate the cream walls and the jagged spike-like features create an edgy appearance.
12. Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
Finished in the 15th century, Charles Bridge was, for a long time, the only way to cross the Vltava River to reach Prague Castle. An important part of Prague’s history, the long stone bridge is also very attractive. When viewed from a certain angle it also beautifully frames the elegant Prague Castle behind. Prague might just be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. If you’re traveling with your other half and looking for some truly special spots to spend time together, check out this post on the most romantic cities in Europe.
13. Auschwitz, Krakow, Poland
A visit to the notorious former Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz will never be a pleasant experience. It is, however, somewhere that you should visit when in Europe. Learning about the horrors of the past helps to ensure that similar atrocities play no part in humanity’s future. You can also pay your respects to the thousands of people who died during the Holocaust.
14. Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium
The medieval buildings that surround Brussels’ Grand Place are attractive and photogenic. Many of the historic buildings were guildhalls in times gone by. The city’s main square is especially atmospheric in the late evening when the buildings are illuminated in the darkness.
Visting Bruges isn’t a bad idea to tack on to your stay while you’re in Belguim anyway!
15. Matterhorn, The Alps, Switzerland
One of the most impressive mountains in Europe, The Matterhorn rises up from The Alps like a jaded pyramid. While you probably won’t want to actually attempt to climb the mountain (if you do, make sure you have the appropriate gear and a travel first aid kit!), it is a must-see sight from afar.
16. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Vatican City State
One of the most spectacular sites throughout the Roman Catholic world, the Sistine Chapel is within the Pope’s official residence. Known for its stunning paintings on the ceilings and walls, many people visit to see the famous works by Michelangelo, in particular, the Last Judgment.
17. Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Venice is famous for its network of waterways, with the Grand Canal being the area’s main thoroughfare. Lined with elegant buildings, gondolas and water taxis regularly traverse the waters of the Grand Canal, further adding to the charming scenes.
18. Oia, Santorini, Greece
While there are numerous scenic sights on the Greek island of Santorini, the pretty cliff-side village of Oia is a particularly favorite spot. The famous postcard views of whitewashed buildings and churches with striking blue domes cling to the rugged cliffs, the deep blue waters of the sea in front of them. It’s a great place to soak up a renowned Santorini sunset too.
19. Lake Bled, Julian Alps, Slovenia
Lake Bled is a picturesque lake in Slovenia’s Julian Alps and one of the most amazing places I have ever been! Surrounded by forests and mountains, a small island with a medieval castle sits majestically in the middle of the clear blue waters. Little Osojnica Hill offers terrific views of the lake, island, and surroundings. I only spent one night at Lake Bled but I yearn to return soon! Check out this post for more info on things to do and where to stay if you are visiting Lake Bled.
20. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
The UNESCO-protected Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is a natural marvel. Lakes and waterfalls sparkle seductively among the surrounding greenery-clad karsts. The different colored lakes are all connected, with natural stone dams separating bodies of water.
And so there you have it my traveling friends, twenty of my favorite places to visit in Europe! Choose any country on this amazing continent and you’ll find plenty to see and do. Where are your favorite places in Europe? What have you seen that absolutely blew you away? Tell me in the comments! 😀
As work environments across industries become ever more stressful, there is a greater need to have an enticing employee rewards program.
Indeed, travel is a fantastic way of letting your staff know that you appreciate their great efforts. Whether you choose to give them a plane ticket voucher after meeting a tough deadline, or even a package vacation after years of fantastic service, rewards like these will encourage employees to work harder for your company’s goals,
You can learn more about employee engagement programs, as well as travel and experiential rewards for great employees on the Online Rewards website. For now, here are some top tips for creating an employee rewards program your staff won’t forget!
1. Reward Your Employees With A Trip To Orange County
To reward your employees, a package vacation to California’s Orange County is a great choice.
A trip to Orange County has something for everyone, with a coast dotted with beaches and numerous family theme parks. Disneyland and Universal Studios are just some of the great options! The city of Los Angeles is also an urban powerhouse of culture and creativity.
If your employee isn’t a fan of theme parks, there is still plenty for them to see and do along the Pacific Coast Highway. Wine buffs will love the Paso Robles wine route for a taste of fine vintages and culture.
2. Help Your Staff Discover Mindfulness With Employee Rewards
When it comes to employment engagement programs, mindfulness is key. Taking time to breathe in and live in the moment helps workers to deal with difficult situations, negotiate better and care more passionately about their tasks and duties.
Rewarding an employee with a mindful vacation after a stressful assignment is a great way of recognizing their work. From the Himalayas to the Scottish Highlands, you will find a fantastic, meaningful and deep getaway for the perfect employee.
3. Treat A Star Employee To A Sport Package Reward
Want to show a sports-mad employee that you appreciate their work? Check out the possibility of sending them to their favorite team’s game. Simply choose an employee rewards package that gives your staff coveted seats at an important match.
Supporting a team through highs and lows is proven to have a beneficial effect on general wellbeing and happiness with one’s social life. It also reduces feelings of alienation and loneliness, according to a study by Murray State University.
Giving your employees the rare chance to see a match live in a stadium will bring a significant boost to your employee engagement program.
4. Give Your Employee The Ultimate Reward With Luxury Accommodation
When it comes to giving a great employee the gift they deserve, there’s nothing like an all-out luxury holiday. A five-star vacation anywhere in the world will make your staff feel valued and ready to give their all once they return to work!
Maybe you’ll reward your employee with a sumptuous cruise around the Caribbean. Perhaps you’ll treat them to a stay in one of the world’s finest hotels. Either way, your generosity won’t be forgotten!
Oozing history, culture and night-time excitement, Berlin is one city that has it all. A European landmark with a penchant for reinvention, a city break here will have something for everyone.
With so much to see and do in the German capital, make sure you give yourself ample time to see everything. Book a Berlin airport transfer to make sure you waste no time when you step off the plane.
Here are my top tips for an amazing break in this ever-changing city.
1. Experience Berlin’s Amazing Historical Monuments
One of the many reasons people choose to visit Berlin is for its numerous cultural and historical sites. The beautiful Reichstag building attracts many tourists, as well as the remains of the Berlin Wall as well as the stunning Brandenburg Gate.
The solemn Holocaust Memorial on Cora-Berliner-Strasse also commemorates the city’s dark history during the Second World War.
2. Visit Vibrant Cabarets In Berlin
In the 20s and 30s, Berlin was a thriving hub of hedonism and debauchery- just think of the hit Broadway musical, Cabaret! That decadence lives on today in several vaudeville-style venues across the city.
Check out Bar Jeder Vernunft, Absinth Depot Berlin or Prinzipal for a taste of this burlesque spirit.
3. Sip A Sophisticated Cocktail in Berlin’s Best Bars
For a classy beginning to a night out in Berlin, begin at one of the city’s many great cocktail bars. Whether you’re looking for an old-fashioned or an inventive, modern beverage, the city’s mixologists are some of the best you’ll find anywhere.
For a more mysterious experience, ring the doorbell at Beckett’s Kopf on Pappalallee to gain access to an elegant bar. The bohemian Green Door bar in Schöneberg is also a wonderful choice, and was one of David Bowie’s favourite spots while recording here.
4. Go To A Live Music Venue
When it comes to cutting-edge music, the German capital is THE reference for all genres!
For the best in rock and electronic music, check out Junction Bar on Gneisenautstrasse for daily live shows. Meanwhile, Piano Bar Van Gogh offers regular jazz concerts in an intimate setting.
Classical music fans will be spoiled for choice, with the excellent Berlin Philharmonic and Staatsoper giving regular recitals.
5. Experience The Notorious Nightlife
If Berlin has to be famous for one thing, it should be its exciting and exclusive nightlife. This is where you will experience the most modern music, style and drinks – if you manage to get past the bouncer, that is!
This city is also home to some of the most high-end nightclubs in the world. Berghain, is the most infamous – known throughout Europe as the hardest club to get into. If you’re turned away there, try other options like Tresor or Watergate.
6. Find Some Quirky Berlin Accommodation
Berlin is full of creativity and quirks – this is especially true when it comes to finding a place to stay!
For a retro vibe, choose Ostel Das DDR, which replicates life in the former East Germany. The Eastern Comfort Hotel is also a popular choice among tourists looking for something beyond a typical city break hotel, as it’s built in a converted boat on the river!
We all need a little indulgence in our lives, especially when it comes to a luxury vacation!
Maybe you’ve won a jackpot with NetBet Online Casino. Perhaps you’ve just got a promotion. Or maybe you’ve simply saved up for that dream holiday.
Whatever your reason for taking a luxury vacation, take the chance to let your imagination run wild! Discover these tantalizing options below.
1. Rent A Private Island
Imagine a long sandy beach, a spacious villa and a pristine swimming pool right at your fingertips. Now, imagine not having to share that with anyone!
Private islands are all the rage in luxury travel, and are often associated with glamorous celebrities. However, it’s possible to rent your own if you know where to look.
Some of the most famous private islands can be found in the Maldives, Fiji and Tasmania, among other regions. Bring a group of your closest friends, or perhaps that special someone, to share this once in a lifetime experience.
2. Splash Out On A Luxury Spa Break
Seeking a luxury vacation that leaves you completely relaxed and at peace? Treat yourself to an intensive pampering session at one of the world’s finest spa centers.
You’ll find some of the best high-end spas in Europe. Visit Acquaforte Thalasso Spa in Italy for soothing thalassotherapy. This treatment that involves soaking yourself in saltwater pools in a tropical garden. In the same spa, you’ll also get to try zero-gravity yoga.
If you want to combine skiing with your spa treatment, book a spot in Germany’s Schloss Elmau. Perched high in the Bavarian mountains, this spa offers relaxing facial, physiotherapy and tai chi classes, among other treatments.
3. Take The Road Trip Of A Lifetime
Going on a road trip can be one of the most rewarding things you can ever do. However, splashing out on luxury vehicles and destinations can make it truly amazing!
Check out some routes in North America or Europe for inspiration. In both continents, you’ll find lots of luxury locations, especially along California’s Pacific Coast Highway.
For a truly luxury vacation, you’ll want to rent a high-quality motorhome. Many modern RVs come equipped with real leather furnishings, king-size beds and even “master bathrooms”!
4. Live Like A Queen In An English Mansion
This experience is a must for any fan of Jane Austen or Downtown Abbey! There are hundreds of luxury homes and mansions available to rent dotted across the British Isles.
The Cotswolds area is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in Victorian architecture. Meanwhile, visitors craving some coastline should check out historical mansions in Devon.
Many of these homes are listed buildings with a rich history. Visitors will feel like they’re travelling back in time to another world, with all the comfort of a luxury vacation.
5. Spend Your Luxury Vacation At A Bali Resort
Bali is a great location for young travellers on a budget. However, its numerous resorts make it ideal for luxury vacations!
Wherever you go, prepare to be pampered. Many Balinese resorts assign butlers to their guests on arrival, ready to give you treats like scented face towels and fruit skewers on the hour. Others provide daily wellness classes or complimentary beach activities.
Between Bali’s natural beauty and these amazing resorts, your luxury vacation in Bali will be one to remember.
Going on a motorcycle journey is one of the best road trips imaginable. It’s a free-spirited, adventurous and fun way to see awe-inspiring landscapes in a short space of time.
To make sure it’s the perfect trip, make sure you have the best budget motorcycle boots and get some Kawasaki accessories. Once you have your preparation done, you can start planning this trip of a lifetime.
Here are four inspiring tips to planning the perfect motorcycle journey!
1. Ride Through Bow Valley and Icefields Parkway, Canada
Known as one of the most scenic motorcycle journeys in the world, Alberta’s Bow Valley Parkway is a wonder of nature. This amazing route encompasses mind-blowing mountains, cascading waterfalls, varied wildlife and ancient glaciers.
The famous route also includes the Columbia Icefield, an Arctic wonder in the Canadian Rockies. Bring suitable clothes and shoes so you can explore when you arrive.
To truly enjoy this 400km bike trip, pace yourself and go midweek to avoid the crowds.
2. Bike From Big Sur to Orange County in California
The home of dozens of beautiful beaches, exciting theme parks and some of the best roads in the U.S., California is an ideal location for motorcycle journey with friends.
Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and take in the beauty of Big Sur, with its towering forests and stunning strands for surfing. For a bit of Gatsby-esque decadence, stop off at Hearst Castle, a luxurious 1920s mansion that must be seen to be believed.
3. Go To Antrim For Ireland’s Best Motorcycle Journey
The Antrim Coast Road is a top pick for those planning a motorcycle journey – especially since it was picked as one of the key filming locations for Game Of Thrones.
This trail has been steeped in myth and legend since ancient times. The Giant’s Causeway is the result of incredible volcanic activity thousands of years ago. However, ancient storytellers claimed it was built by a giant named Finn McCool.
As the road twists and turns, appreciate tiny fishing villages and delicious yet unassuming restaurants. Stay a night and take a time to visit Bushmills, one of the best traditional whiskey distilleries on the island of Ireland. There are plenty more road trips around Ireland, and considering how beautiful it is, there isn’t a wrong choice.
4. Explore Australia’s Great Ocean Road
One of the greatest scenic drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is another adventurous motorcycle journey option. There’s something for everyone in this exciting mix of rugged coastline, lush rainforest and mountains.
Head straight to the Bay of Islands for some enviable Instagram opportunities. Here, you’ll see amazing limestone formations and wonderful sunsets. For more surfing opportunities, go to Bells Beach.
Surfing fans should also visit the Australian National Surfing Museum. This beautifully designed space celebrating the history and culture of surfing in Victoria. Australia is a truly amazing place to hit the road and there’s many incredible road trip opportunities here – check out this post for an awesome East Coast road trip itinerary.
Pro Tip For The Perfect Motorcycle Journey
Make sure you have your equipment and spare parts ready before you go. It’s also a good idea to brush up on traffic rules
It’s official: going on an RV road trip is the new must-have holiday! Maybe you’ve been drooling over your friend’s photos of her coastline RV tour. Perhaps you’re just craving a personal – and geographical – journey.
The good news is, planning a road trip in an RV or motorhome is easy! Follow these simple suggestions to make it the journey of a lifetime.
1. Book An RV ASAP
For any big trip like this, you’ll need to be prepared early. Rent an RV or motorhome with RVShare to see the best selection. Whether you’re looking for a retro camper or something a little more luxurious, you’ll find plenty of inspiration. You’ll also avoid last-minute stress too!
2. Pick Some Great RV Road Trip Buddies
Before you invite everyone to join you on your RV road trip, remember this: travel can make or break friendships. Only hit the road with friends that you’re happy to be in constant contact with.
A road trip in an RV can be one of the best adventures you’ll ever have, and is one of the best ways of seeing the world. On the other hand, it can be a nightmare with the wrong people around you – especially when you’re driving long distances. Pick adventurous, dependable buddies who you share numerous interests with to avoid any mid-journey bust-ups.
3. Brush Up On Driving Rules
No matter where you go on your RV road trip, you need to be aware of traffic rules in your chosen country. Remember that you may have to drive on the other side of the road once you reach your destination, or that driving laws may be stricter.
Check out the norms and best practices wherever you go, and always err on the side of caution.
4. Bring A Real Map
Even though Google Maps has revolutionized travel as we know it, you’ll need an old-school paper map for your RV road trip. It’s possible that you may lose reliable Internet connection on your travels, or may struggle to find WiFi in some areas.
Real maps also help you plan your trajectory, and make for a great souvenir at the end of your adventure!
5. Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep
If you’re the designated driver, you’ll have the added responsibility of keeping everybody safe. If you’re feeling tired, don’t be afraid to tell your fellow travelers. Pull over and grab a coffee, park the RV for a quick nap or even pass the baton to one of your friends.
6. Don’t Rush It
Give yourself plenty of time and breathing space to enjoy your road trip. If you feel like your under pressure to get everything done in a few days, you won’t get the most
Pick a few key sites you’d like to see, but don’t feel like you have to commit to everything. Sometimes, the experiences that surprise us end up being the highlight of any road trip.
7. Create The Perfect Playlist
Nothing brushes road trip boredom away like some carpool karaoke! Get creative and curate your own special selection of tunes to keep your spirits up on long stretches of road.
If Spotify playlisting isn’t your thing, download some thought-provoking podcasts for the road, or simply enjoy old classics like “I Spy”!
8. Reserve Your Campsites
9. Let Yourself Go!
Wherever you decide to venture, from Orange County to the ancient Silk Roads of Asia, embrace your freedom. Liberated from baggage limits, long queues and strict itineraries, take in all you can during this trip of a lifetime.
Los Angeles boasts the best in theme parks and celebrity credentials, but that isn’t all. The so-called ‘City of Angels’ also offers beachside activities, exciting nightlife and a whole lot of film history.
The hit movie La La Land portrayed LA as a youthful hotspot of ambition, with moments of stunning natural beauty – if you know where to look.
Not sure where to begin? Start brainstorming your dream LA trip with this helpful list.
1. You’re Going to Need a Car
Los Angeles is a fun and free-spirited city, but it’s BIG. You can’t get around LA without a vehicle, so check out sites like Miles Car Rental. From economy class to luxury cars, this website will help you find the best deal.
2. Discover Old Hollywood At Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures is the only major studio in Hollywood that has been open since cinema’s Golden Age. As a result, visiting the site is a must for any movie aficionados. Hear stories about Hollywood’s first generation of stars, or witness new TV shows or movies being filmed.
3. Walk Along LA’s Boardwalks
Escape the bustle of urban LA and relax by the Pacific Ocean on Santa Monica Pier. Known for its iconic Ferris wheel and retro cotton candy, this boardwalk is a family favorite for good reason. Venice Beach has a more bohemian vibe – stroll along the nearby Abbot Kinney Blvd to find cute vintage stores and bookshops.
4. Hire A Car and Drive The Pacific Coast Highway
The scenic Pacific Coast Highway links LA with other great hotspots like San Francisco, San Jose, Orange County and Malibu. It also offers some of the best ocean views you’ll get in a lifetime! Hire a car from LA and hit the road for some unforgettable sights.
5. Taste The Best At LA’s Food Trucks
Feeling hungry? Head straight to one of L.A.’s famed food trucks. Traditional taco trucks like El Chato have been joined by contemporary contenders, which serve everything from grilled cheese to lobster. Check out the website or social media of your truck of choice to find their location, but brace yourself for long lines.
6. Get Back To Nature At Runyon Canyon
Check out nearby natural wonders by hiking Runyon Canyon. Offering spectacular scenery and dog-friendly routes, this natural park also holds free yoga classes up to four times a day! Visit the Runyon Canyon Yoga Facebook page for more info.
7. Stargaze At The Top Of Griffith Park
Climb to the top of Griffith Park for jaw-dropping and romantic views of the city. Griffith Observatory, perched at the top, even featured in a particularly dreamy scene in La La Land! The observatory also features great exhibitions on all aspects of the cosmos and is open six days a week from 12pm to 10pm.
8. Check Out LA’s Famous Art Scene
LA is mostly associated with stars of the silver screen, but it’s also a world-renowned epicenter of art. Los Angeles County Museum of Art is home to numerous exhibitions and is the biggest gallery in the western United States. The Getty Centre is also a feast for the senses, with striking galleries, gardens, and architecture on view.
9. Sample Los Angeles Nightlife On Sunset Strip
Once the sun goes down in West Hollywood, it’s party time on Sunset Strip! This once-seedy area has become a hub of after-dark activities and music. Try Pearl’s Liquor Bar for delicious cocktails on a rooftop patio.
10. Let Loose At A Theme Park
End your perfect Los Angeles adventure with a visit to a high-octane theme park. Both the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and Universal Studios Hollywood are perfect days out for young families and adrenaline junkies. Drive to the park of choice early in the morning to make sure you have enough time to explore!
Europe has always been a big travel hotspot. Destinations like Paris, Venice, London, Rome, and Barcelona have enchanted visitors for ages. But as travel becomes more and more accessible, travelers are beginning to venture outward—and explore new places.
Of course, these less popular spots have always had their fair share of visitors. But as more people set out to find adventure, these unique travel spots have their own appeal.
Whether you’re setting off on a plane or securing your gear to the top of the car with Vault Cargo lashing straps, these five European destinations should be on the top of the list if you’re looking for a unique experience.
Bypass a trip to the French Riviera in favor of a trip to Portugal—a country that is definitely underrated. Algarve is one of Portugal’s most popular spots, offering a temperate Mediterranean climate and stunning white sand beaches. Cliffs and coves decorate the coastline, creating gorgeous vistas and hidden spots to explore as you go. Break away from the Algarve beaches and you’ll find plenty of beach bars, restaurants, and shops to keep you busy throughout the trip. Head inland to encounter some more unique spots like historic villages with stone castles and hiking trails that wind past wildflowers, meadows, sprawling hillsides and groves of trees.
Another coastal region, Eastbourne is not somewhere most people frequent when they head to the U.K. But that doesn’t mean that the small town doesn’t have anything to offer travelers. A local pier hosts a variety of annual events while Victorian hotels line the beachfront. These interesting buildings are a great place in which to create a base for the trip. Eastbourne is known for its culture, home to a variety of art galleries, theaters, music venues and cinemas throughout. Around town, you’ll find activities like miniature golf and laser tag as well. Not far from here, travelers can visit Beachy Head, where they can view unspoiled beauty in the form of seaside cliffs, a lighthouse, and surrounding farmland.
Greece has an endless supply of stunning islands to visit, and Rhodes is no exception. Like everywhere in Greece, you’ll find a lot of history and anthropological landmarks here. The Old Town portion of the city, dating back to Medieval times, has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With narrow alleys, gates and busy town squares within, a trip to Rhodes is like stepping back in time. Visit the cobblestoned Street of the Knights or pay a visit to nearby Museum Square, where you’ll find a blend of museums, churches, and cafes. Outside of Old Town, you’ll find an aquarium, a paradisiacal garden, a national theater, working harbors and more.
Costa Brava, Spain
Situated on the Spanish coastline, this region stretches up to the French border. Like all regions of this colorful country, culture reigns supreme. Part of Catalonia, Costa Brava is home to an endless array of museums and art collections. It also served as a popular spot for artists to paint on location; Picasso and Dali both painted in Costa Brava. Aside from culture, guests will experience the beautiful beaches, which often have some rough terrain but also small bays. Several rivers also wind through the area, emptying into the ocean along the coastline. Visit charming villages, hills in the sprawling backcountry or even local little-explored caves.
Although a good deal of Turkey lies in Asia, part of it is located in Europe so it has a home on this list. The must-visit area of Dalaman recently saw the addition of an international airport, but it has kept its small-town charm without a tourism boom. As such, it’s a nice place to disappear for a while—without crowds or tourist traps. Get an authentic Turkish experience exploring Dalaman. The nearby Dalaman River is a popular spot for white river rafting adventures while paragliding is common in this area. The blue water of Sarsala Koyu beach—and the shade provided by the mass of trees on shore—also makes for a relaxing afternoon.
There are plenty more, like destinations in the north of Spain, and many spots in Eastern and Central Europe, like Cesky Krumlov, in the Czech Republic, or Bucharest, Romania. Any more to add to the list?