I’m dreaming of beaches; I’m so overdue for a white sand holiday that I’m literally dreaming of beaches. If you’re like me, your idea of a real holiday includes shimmery sand beaches, a nice drink in hand and a warm climate so you can fully enjoy the sea. The truth is, this planet is dotted with numerous gorgeous beaches, so many that it can be hard to figure out where you should go. I decided to make a list of the best beaches around the world to inspire you for your next trip! Let’s get started with the best beaches around the world:
1. The Maldives
There’s a reason why the Maldives are such a popular honeymoon destination, here you’ll find a perfect mix of outrageously gorgeous beaches as well as a hint of isolation. Of course it depends on where you stay as the Maldives are actually made up of atolls and there’s a string of 26 atolls. The water is clear, the weather is sunny and it is literally my idea of paradise. It’s also romantic, can you think of anything more romantic than a relaxing holiday in Maldives? Not sure I can!
2. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
I love Thai food, it’s no secret. It’s definitely my favourite cuisine in the world. So I’m especially grateful that Thailand is home to so many gorgeous beaches and islands. I’ve visited a few, but my favourite so far is Koh Phi Phi island. It’s a lot smaller than neighbouring islands, but it has enough on the island to keep you easily entertained for a week or two. There’s a bunch of great areas for diving and snorkelling, as well as dreamy beaches that were made famous by the movie The Beach. The water is so clear you can see the fishes swimming below. The best part about visiting a beach in Thailand? The $5 per hour massages.
3. Cancun, Mexico
Mexico is becoming a bit of an up and coming destination at the moment, with Mexico City getting a lot of attention for the art, culture and food. The great thing about visiting Mexico for the beaches is that you could easily fly to Mexico City and check it out too. The beaches around Cancun and Tulum are like that out of a postcard: super white sand, super blue skies and a beautiful inviting ocean that’s not going to make you freeze. Margaritas are plentiful and Mexican food is delicious, so you’ll be content while you lounge around by the pool and beach all day. Take a good book and book longer than you think you’ll need because Mexico is an unforgettable destination!
These are my top three beaches, I hope you can make time to visit at least one of them.
Canada is a huge country, which is diverse both in terms of its people as well as in its landscapes. Here you can find almost everything, from beaches to snowcapped mountains, beautiful areas for hiking and a number of great international cities. There’s lots of reasons that Canada is a great destination for your next holiday, and the truth is no matter what time of year you visit, you will be spoiled with great activities to do. Before you head out to Canada, be sure to find a cheap flight to Canada so you can save extra money for activities while you’re there.
Even if you have seen them from the US side, why not try a different perspective? Niagara Falls is one of the most impressive natural attractions in the world and makes for some pretty amazing photos. Consider doing a short cruise to get a really special perspective of the falls!
Walking around old Quebec you could become confused and feel you are walking around the streets of Paris. Here you’ll find all of Europe’s charm blended perfectly with the politeness and friendliness that Canadians are world famous for. There’s a bunch of beautiful murals scattered around, so be sure to bring your camera or smartphone so you can get a bunch of lovely photos. It’s definitely the best old town in all of Canada – at least in my opinion, so worth a visit if you can make it.
This is an absolutely stunning church that you can’t leave off your Canadian itinerary, but you must remember to go inside. There’s a guided tour that runs hourly that is definitely worth taking and make sure you see the light show named Aura, where the beauty of this old church is mixed seamlessly with technology to make something really special for travellers of all ages and all religions.
Take a ferry over to the Toronto Islands perhaps the best view of the city so that you can get a lot of great photos. This is a lovely break from the hustle and bustle of the city life. If you can, stay for sunset so you can watch how beautifully the sun sets on a clear day. You can either walk around or hire a bike to cycle around and cover a bit more ground!
Canada has so much to offer, check out at least a few of these special destinations on your next trip and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with this stunning country.
Most kids around the world dream of going to Disney World or Disney Land. Growing up in Australia, unfortunately that kind of trip was way outside of my family’s budget. Thankfully as an adult I’ve been able to visit a variety of cool theme parks around the world, including Disney World. I visited their park in Florida and while I had a great visit, I did a few things that really made things easier, and made a few mistakes, so wanted to share my top 5 tips for visiting Disney World with you guys here! And of course, before you head to Disney don’t forget to buy your Disney tickets early to ensure you don’t miss out.
1. Take a Fanny Pack
They look stupid, I know, but you can keep lots of things in there securely including sunscreen and your phone. It’s much more comfortable than a bulky backpack or a handbag which is going to drag on one of your shoulders all day long. The good thing about taking a fanny pack is simply the size, it’s not too big so you will only keep your essentials inside.
2. Go Later in the Day
Most people try to head to the parks as early as possible, in order to beat the crowds, but often you’re just a part of the crowds. For example, Magic Kingdom Park in Florida is open until 10pm! Head in around 5pm and you’ll be watching people clear out the doors and the lines for the rides will just keep shortening. Perfect!
3. Take Some Bandaids
Chances are, you may end up with blisters from walking around the park so much. The bandaids there are really expensive, like over $5 a box, so I would suggest picking up some cheaper Bandaids from Walmart or your local pharmacy to save some money. Keep a few in your fanny pack and thank me later when your feet are throbbing and you feel the relief of a Bandaid covering your blister!
4. Keep Hydrated
Chances are you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun, walking around and you might not notice how dehydrated you really are. Sometimes I like to buy rehydration salts from pharmacies to take with me when I visit theme parks or hot destinations. That way all I need is a bottle of water and I can make a really hydrating drink for a low cost. These little packets of hydration salts will fit easily in your fanny park too!
5. Take Lots of Pictures
Visiting Disney World is such a fun experience, don’t forget to take lots of pictures. Characters walk around the park, so when you spot some of your favourites, don’t hesitate to go up and ask for a photo. No matter whether you are young at heart or young, it’s pretty fun to see your favourite Disney Characters come to life and it makes for some really cool family photos!
Have fun at the most magical place on earth.
The UK football stadiums are some of the best in the world. They’re also massive. Even the smallest premier league stadiums and ground can easily hold 30,000 people, but we all know that some stadiums are better than others.
If you’re a hardcore football fan, you may not have time to get to every game. But one thing you can do is get in some football betting, which will make the experience even more exciting- even if you can’t make it to the actual game. Sports betting is legal in the UK so on some stadiums it’s available right there on the premises. And if not you can always go online and take a punt.
Thus, if you can make it to a few of the best football games this year, here are some of the best UK stadiums for football fans:
Wembley is one of the most famous stadiums in the world. The stadium is the home of the England national team, and it also hosts most of the largest games in the UK. Along with England matches, fans can see the FA Cup final and semi finals, along with the League Cup play-off finals and final from most of the divisions. It’s also used for some of the higher profile matches like the Champions League final, and it’s also a popular place for many music concerts.
This has been the home of Manchester United since way back in 1910 when it first opened. The stadium is a historical masterpiece for football fans, and has been developed over the years to keep up with the times.
Old Trafford now has the largest capacity of any club-side stadium in the country, and has been used for the FA Cup semi-finals, United Games, rugby union and rugby league matches, and plenty of music concerts.
Celtic Park is Scotland’s largest stadium, and it opened all the way back in 1892, without any large changes until the 1990s when the terraces got covers and there were floodlights famously installed. Up until 1994, the ground was the same as it had been back in 1892, 112 years earlier.
Once Fergus McCann bought the club, the Celtics could finally afford to develop the ground, and the rebuild was completed in 1998. Along with some famous football games, the ground was also the host for athletics during the 2014 Commonwealth Games, rugby games, Scotland International musics, and lots of music concerts.
This is Arsenal’s stadium, and it was built to replace Highbury- their former home. This is a massive stadium, and now has a bowl style stand, instead of the traditional English four stands. This stadium has also hosted Brazil international games, and many music concerts have been staged here, including Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen.
Back in 2000, Manchester decided it wanted to host the Olympics. The bit process required that they come up with a stadium that could be used for the majority of the events. While the bid was rejected, the stadium wasn’t, and it hosted the Commonwealth Games a couple of years later.
Manchester City have called this stadium home since 2003, and it’s also used for rugby matches, music concerts, and boxing.
When I was 20 I used to work at a car and campervan hire company. I was always envious of the people who were picking up their campervans, throwing their bags in the bag, and hitting the open road.
I loved doing van tours, and enjoyed showing off all the “secret” compartments and storage spaces. I was always impressed by how much could fit into a hi-top, and had a lot of fun with the larger vans as well. I also enjoyed showing them how to convert the seats into a campervan bed.
If you’ve been wanting to travel the world for some time, traveling in a campervan is an excellent option. You can easily spend months researching destinations and itineraries, and a van represents freedom- you’ve got both your transportation and accommodation sorted, so you can go wherever you choose.
This freedom is one of the biggest reasons why so many people choose to buy and lease campervans for their trips. If you turn up to a tourist spot that’s full of people, you can easily take off and find somewhere more secluded. And unlike people who are stuck on bus tours, you can pull over wherever you like to have lunch with a view or take photos of different spots.
And if you think travelling the world in a campervan is lonely, think again. You’ll meet people from all walks of life at different camp sites, and many of them will be travelling the world in their vans as well. You’ll find great camping grounds around the world, allowing you to wash your clothes, charge the van (if you need to), and get talking with some of the other travellers.
My dream is to take a campervan from Cairo, all the way to Capetown. I think that travelling from Egypt to South Africa has to be one of the best trips in the world, and I would love stopping in the different cities and towns along the way.
I’ve also always dreamed of hiring a campervan and taking it around New Zealand. The country is relatively small but has tons to offer, which makes it perfect for a road trip- you won’t be driving for hours and hours without stopping. Movies like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings has made the scenery world famous, and it’s much better to drive between destinations to enjoy the scenery than fly and miss out.
Europe is also an excellent destination for campervan travel. Transportation and accommodation quickly add up when you’re travelling, and a van will allow you to see those smaller villages you often miss out on when just seeing the highlights of Europe. If you have friends or family who want to travel with you, the costs will be even lower.
Going abroad in the summer can be difficult to arrange. Flights can be unpredictable; airports are prone to all sorts of sudden and unexpected flight delays and cancellations that can really ruin time that should be precious, time that should be spent having fulfilling or rewarding experiences. Furthermore, the prices of flights can be equally problematic, and that isn’t even to mention the impotence of the sterling abroad. Though here in Britain, we are predisposed to self-deprecation, and local holiday destinations are more often than not a punch-line rather than a destination, the United Kingdom really has lots of great options for getaways mini-breaks, and even full on holidays. All over the United Kingdom there are so many great sights to see and experiences to have, at both popular destinations and some a little more undiscovered.
A Different Kind of Host
The normality and standardisation of hotels can sometimes diminish that feeling of adventure and embracing the unknown that should be inherent to any kind of holiday, even ones closer to home. There are so many different options for accommodation all over the country, but a different way to find somewhere to stay is by choosing from the incredible range of accommodation listed on websites such as Toprooms, somewhere where holidaymakers can save a lot of money, but also discover a unique holiday experience. Meeting and staying with local people can solidify the connection between the visitor and the locale and can really make a great holiday something special.
Big to small, cities all over the UK have plenty of stuff to do and are always welcoming of visitors. The choices are surprisingly vast, and everywhere has something that will appeal to someone. Rough Guides has a great list of some of the perhaps less mainstream city destinations, highlighting the great variety all across the UK. Vogue also has some great ideas when it comes to picking somewhere less obvious for a visit.
The United Kingdom is famous for its greenery and has some genuinely beautiful forests with picturesque walks and stunning rustic views. Forests are fantastic family friendly days out and excursions, with all variety of activities to be undertaken. Appreciation of nature is a wholesome activity for people of all ages, and there are all sorts of forests and other natural parks that can be holiday
A culture of studied buying, bartering, and selling is something that is inherently British and is historically has been of great importance to the status of the UK even as it is today. Visiting local markets and traders, casual and professional, can be a fantastic way to return to the roots of what truly makes the UK so great, and of course can be a great choice for finding those special deals. The Guardian has provided a great list here, with a great variety of potential destinations.
Are you saving money to go on vacation? Or maybe you’re hoping to travel long-term and you know you’ll need a nest egg to do it? Perhaps you’re hoping to travel full-time, and you need some income streams which will allow you to make money while you’re on the move?
Here are some of my best tips to help you save money for travel:
Make a plan
The first step is to figure out how much you need for your trip. If you’re just planning to take a short vacation, this is easy and you can quickly calculate the cost of flights, accommodation, and more.
If you’re going to be travelling for a long time, you’ll need to make a strict budget. You’ll also need to have at least six months of living costs in your account if you’re planning to get an online business off the ground. In this case, your best bet is to head to the cheaper destinations first so you can have time to get your income streams sorted while you’re on the move. Many people underestimate how much time they’ll actually need to work each day to bring in a steady stream of income. Consider visiting places like Southeast Asia, Central America, and Eastern and Central Europe while you’re working on your income generation.
Find a side hustle
If you still have your 9-5, you’ll need to get some more money coming in so you can really build up your savings account and get out of town as soon as possible. There are a number of ways to do this, and one of the most popular at the moment is day trading and penny stocks.
You’ll need to learn all about VWAP. You’ll also need to do your homework, and you should be able to explain relative volume and limit order in depth before you begin trading. This will allow you to make more informed decisions and manage your risk appropriately.
Another good option is to go freelance. If you have a job you can take on the road, see if you can find some freelance clients and build up a reputation and portfolio of work while you’re still at home.
Slash your expenses
Let’s be honest- you knew this tip was coming right? There’s a reason why so many would-be long-term travellers move in with their parents before they go overseas. Anything you can do to get rid of as many living expenses as possible will help. Consider quitting that expensive gym membership and working out in the park instead. Give up that weekly bar meet-up with friends and spend more time socialising at home (or with Netflix). Ditch the monthly manicure and do your nails yourself. Basically, you need to take a good hard look at what you’re spending money on and ask yourself what you could be spending it on when you’re travelling.
London is renowned for being one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world, celebrating and accommodating a little bit of everything, for everyone. A city that is so spirited and alive, it comes as no surprise that there really is something for everyone where the entertainment world is concerned. Whether you like to get suited and booted and show off your poker face, or simply have the occasional spin on the roulette table after work, London has an array of casinos tailored for all these needs.
To start with a casual option, Aspers Casino located in Stratford provides the perfect place for beginners who have had little exposure to casinos. Rather helpfully, their website has some online videos to help people get to grips with the rules, and at the casino itself beginners can enjoy an area solely dedicated for those wishing to get . comfortable with how to play, before participating in the real thing. Crowned Britain’s biggest casino, Aspers offers other entertainment facilities such as a restaurant and a sky bar.
Another venue that welcomes players of all abilities, just like Aspers the Hippodrome in Leicester Square allows people without official membership to enter. Beginners are again encouraged to get stuck in, but those more acquainted with the world of poker can take part in regularly run competitive tournaments. This place takes poker seriously, and has a room run in partnership with Pokerstars – one of the best poker sites in the world according to top5pokersitescom. The Hippodrome is rated the best casino in London on TripAdvisor, and also boasts a 180-seat theatre that regularly puts on jazz, swing, soul and cabaret performances. This is the place to go for pure entertainment.
Palm Beach Casino
Located in the affluent Mayfair, Palm Beach Casino is more geared towards those who enjoy to look their very best. Although the dress code is smart casual, this casino oozes sophistication so to fit in properly it is advisable to tidy yourself up! Unlike
Aspers and the Hippodrome, to enter the Palm Beach you can’t just simply walk in off the streets. Those staying in the hotel may enter through their privileged private entrance, but otherwise entry is only permitted with membership, which is free.
The Ritz Club
As they put it themselves, “James Bond may not exist. But his world of sipping exquisitely made cocktails while playing a shrewd hand in the casino does.” For those looking for an exorbitant and ‘fine gaming’ experience, look no further. In a similar fashion to the Palm Beach, the Ritz Club puts luxury before anything else, but goes a step further in charging a sizeable £1000 lifetime membership fee. In return, members can enjoy a personalized service in a stylish atmosphere. Needless to say, this is a casino for those who have the cash to splash!
These casinos show both sides of the coin, and whether you go for a simplicity or elegance, London as always fails to disappoint.
Whilst Paris is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world, those willing to venture outside of the capital will get a taste of what a fantastically diverse country France is. These 3 cities certainly celebrate this diversity.
If you are a foodie, then there are few better places to explore this passion than the gastronomical capital of the world, Lyon. But one warning - be prepared to be adventurous. Open-mindedness is necessary on any trip to Lyon, as Lyonnais chefs tend to have an aversion to wastage and a far wider bracket of what constitutes food than other parts of Europe. If you order meat here, expect to find the whole animal on your plate! Veal heads, pig’s brains, cow tongues - it is all edible. It is no understatement that meat features in pretty much everything in Lyon so do not be surprised when you stumble upon foie gras and ham macarons when looking for something sweet. And certainly do not order a salad with the impression that you are getting a vegetarian option; traditional Lyonnais salad is inundated with delicious crispy lardons.
Say goodbye to your usual local convenience store and hello to Les Halles de Lyon – an incredible indoor market stretching 56 stalls. These quality establishments sell the freshest of produce ranging from seafood, snails, cheese and very expensive wine. A visit to this market guarantees quite an elaborate shopping experience, and also offers tasters and lunch opportunities in abundance. Les Halles de Lyon epitomises what Lyon is all about; food, food, and more food.
But the best thing about Lyon is how it appears relatively undiscovered by tourism. This makes it far easier to merge in with the locals, making any visit that bit more authentic. When or if you get bored of eating your way round this city, there is no shortage of places of historical interest. Whether you get the funicular up to the elegant Basilica Notre Dame, step into Roman Catholic traditions at Lyon Cathedral, or simply stroll the streets of Renaissance history in the Vieux Lyon district, you are guaranteed to enjoy yourself in this vastly fascinating city.
Leaving our appetites in Lyon, those with a taste for gambling will find themselves very much at home in Monaco. Widely known as the Las Vegas of Europe, Monaco boasts of being one of the most extravagantly rich destinations in the world. This lavish lifestyle is an experience that is well worth trying once, so save up and try not to forget your wallet or purse!
As Monaco is home to the world famous Monte Carlo Casino, you best get some practice online before you arrive at the lavish in-house tables! It is likely that much of your time with be spent here, so you might as well benefit from some free slots and roulette spins before you get on the plane in order to remove any ring rust. As the above shows, the building is spectacular and is not just a casino - inside there is also an opera and ballet house. It has also featured in several famous films such as James Bond classics, GoldenEye and Casino Royale. Those visiting should be aware that the dress code is formal. Entry is a modest 10 euros, but you can make this money back if you are on form!
Gambling aside, there is far more to Monaco than just spending time at the roulette table. Car lovers will naturally be enamoured by the calibre of supercars in every direction, plus those interested in F1 racing will be aware that Monaco hosts one of the most famous Grand Prix in the world. To quickly revisit the world of food, Monaco also provides ample opportunity to enjoy some of the finest Michelin Star dining in the country. Whether you choose to gamble, dine, or shop, it is fair to say that Monaco is a city of pure luxury and indulgence.
If quant and chilled does it for you, then Strasbourg is the perfect place to spend a leisurely weekend. Although seemingly tranquil, in the past Strasbourg has been the subject of conflict between France and Germany. Having changed ownership an astonishing 4 times between 1870 and 1944, it is no surprise that the city has elements of both French and German culture running through its veins.
La Petite France is one of the most Instagram-worthy parts of France you could imagine, this historic district surrounding the canal giving plenty of opportunities for photos, picnics and people-watching. It certainly carries a certain French elegance and is charming in every respect. But the architecture appears to be inspired by German styles; all the buildings are timber framed in true German fashion. Speaking of impressive buildings, you literally cannot miss the huge Gothic cathedral. This incredible piece of work yet again showcases German and French minds uniting.
In true French style, you can imagine that the surrounding areas are also well equipped to deal with huge appetites. When two of the most delicious cuisines combine, the results are quite something. A visit to Strasbourg would be incomplete without flammekueche, or tarte flambée - a thin dough traditionally decorated with crème freche, onions and lardons. Nor would you want to leave without trying the dish of the region, choucroute, which is essentially sauerkraut accompanied by various meats.
When summing up Strasbourg, many would attempt to charterise it as either typically French or German. But it is far better to leave the division between these nations in the past. The blend of German and French culture is a marriage made in heaven, and this combination is what makes Strasbourg so special. It should, therefore, be celebrated rather than picked apart.
Lyon, Monaco and Strasbourg epitomise how contrasting different regions of France can be. Paris is a wonderful starting point, but for a real taste of history, culture and gastronomy it would be a shame not to delve deeper into this vastly interesting country.
Having recently read this great article on the best cities in Europe, I thought I’d give my own take on it and run through my 5 top cities in Asia. Afterall, if you are planning on visiting Asia, it is important that you know which cities to visit. The more time you take to look into these places, the more likely you will be to visit at least some of them. These cities are extremely popular travel destinations for people all over the world, and each one has something unique to offer.
Often referred to as one of the most exciting cities in the world, Bangkok is definitely one place that you do not want to miss out on when you are in Asia. This city has some of the biggest markets in the entire world, and there are also the breathtakingly beautiful temples to visit. The Grand Palace is truly an incredibly sight to behold, as it is home to the Emerald Buddha. There is also the Golden Buddha, which is the largest golden statue in the world.
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is a very unique and fun place to go in this city, and it will afford you the opportunity to buy some great souvenirs. There are also a lot of great places to eat in Bangkok, such as Apsara Dinner Cruise by Banyan Tree, which offers a fun way to eat gourmet cuisine. It is highly recommend that you at least look into visiting this city before making a final decision either way.
Tokyo is another great Asian city that has so much to offer in the way of culture, food, attractions, and all sorts of beautiful sights that you do not want to miss out on. This busy and bustling city is known for its incredible restaurants as well as extremely efficient transportation. You will never be bored when you are in Tokyo, simply because there is so much to do and see. If you are looking a historic site to visit in the area, Sensoji Temple may be right up your alley.
There is no doubt that Tokyo is a very big and fast paced city, which can be a bit overwhelming for those who are from smaller cities or rural areas. The Meiji Shrine is one of the more popular attractions in this city, as its beautiful garden attracts people from all over. The Tsukihi Fish Market is a great place to go when you are craving fish. Roppongi offers an exciting night life as well as shopping, art museum, and much more.
Beijing is the capital of China and has some stunningly impressive imperial palaces at the Forbidden City. While getting around may not be easy, it is still a city that you should consider visiting. Many locals do not speak English, or any other language for that matter, so you will need to keep that in mind. There is of course the Great Wall of China, which draws in millions of tourists from all over the world each year. The Temple of Heaven is yet another sight that you do not want to miss out when you visit this city.
There are so many different historic places to visit in Beijing, but there are also lots of great areas for shopping and partying when you feel like it. You will also need to make a point of checking out some of the different restaurants in this area, because the food is truly incredible.
Sometimes referred to as the “Paris of the East,” Shanghai is a beautiful waterfront city that evolved quite a bit from the humble fishing village it once was. This area is definitely known for its excellent shopping, so you will be bound to find some great things to take back home with you. While it’s true that there are lots of tall modern buildings, this city still has somewhat of an old feel to it. The incredible skyline of Shanghai will absolutely take your breath away, and there is so much that you will be able to while you are here.
The Oriental Pearl Tower is just one of the more iconic buildings in Shanghai, dominating the skyline. If you really want to appreciate this city as a whole, take one of the famous boat tours.
Mumbai is certainly one city that you’ll need to get to when you are visiting Asia. This city is also known as Bombay, and it’s home to some of the richest and poorest people in all of Asia. The diversity in this city is incredible, and there are quite a few things to do. It is also home to the Bollywood film industry, which is incredible huge and impressive. While this city might not be for everyone, you will definitely still want to at least look into it before deciding whether or not to visit.
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