Eastern Europe. There is no place like it in the world. The centuries of history aside, its natural scenery is just breathtaking; the landscapes intriguing.
To some, Sweden is that beautiful land of Volvos, blondes, Absolut Vodka, and IKEA, never mind a certain legendary ‘70s pop quartet. You know, those worn-out prejudices we’ve grown all too accustomed to.
Mention Azores to some and the picture that comes to mind is this exotic place speckled with white sands and some beach huts a short distance from the palm tree-lined Caribbean-style bathtub seas. To others, they just have no idea where on the global map such a place exists. And understandably so. For so long, the Azores (an autonomous region of Portugal) have remained one of the most mysterious destinations in Europe. And probably their location has a lot to do with it.
Ask anyone you know if they love to travel and the responses you get will lean more towards an overwhelming ‘Yes!’. The thing is though, we are all different types of travellers who approach the same destination in totally different ways.
The 2016 Olympic games in Rio will be one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar. The city is blessed with great weather, long meandering beaches, and an infectious party atmosphere. If you are lucky enough to be attending, here are 20 things to do in Rio while at the Olympics.
If you are interested in having a true adventure by going hot air ballooning, it is important that you take the time to look into some of the different places around the world that offer the best sights and weather for this. There is no experience that is quite like going up into the air in one of these balloons, and it is crucial that you take enough time to research the various locations that you can travel to.
Loire Valley, France
Loire Valley is located approximately 200 miles southwest of Paris, and it stretches out almost 170 miles with over 800 different castles as well as manor houses. The scenery in this area is the primary reason why most people choose it for hot air ballooning. You will find that Loire Valley is filled with vineyards, sunflower fields, stone villages, rivers, streams, and many other sights that will make your hot air balloon adventure extra special. Considering all of the beautiful sights there are to see in this area, it is highly recommended that you strongly consider traveling there for your hot ballooning adventure.
Look up any list of top travel destinations in the world and chances are the miniscule south-eastern European country will be right up there with the very best of them. Some will perhaps remember the name Serbia and Montenegro. Our Montenegro was one of the better halves but divorced from Serbia in 2006, and the pair decided it was in their best interests if they saw out the rest of their lives single.
This post is part of our Adventure travel series by Jane Freeman
Whether you have just taken up rock climbing or you have years of experience, it is important that you have as much information as possible about each of the locations you are thinking about climbing at. There are many different places around the world that offer amazing scenery and challenges for climbers, so you will definitely want to take at this list before deciding where to go. Depending on the amount of climbing experience you have, you will want to pick the location you visit very carefully. Here are some of the best climbing destinations in the world along with options for guided climbing holidays.
Imagine being on holiday in a remote location, only to find yourself separated from your group and stranded in the wilderness. What would you do? In the event of some man-made or natural disaster, would you be able to survive for any length of time on your own? These kinds of scenarios are the basis for wilderness training courses held all over the world. Course providers are teaching students how to survive under some of the most extreme conditions.
Egypt has been a destination of choice for European travellers since the 1920’s when the Cairo was a sophisticated city, attracting luminaries such as Agatha Christie. Since the 20’s, Egypt has caught the imagination of travellers as it offers a unique holiday at very reasonable cost.
Hit the Beach
As Sharm El Sheikh is situated at the edge of a desert, the choice and quality of the beaches are five star. Most resorts such offer private beaches that are developed for the discerning tourist. There are umbrellas to provide enough shade for anyone that wants it. Sun loungers are also plentiful, no squabbling about bagging a lounger in Sharm’s five star resorts, it’s all taken care of and there’s no need to place a towel on the sunbed either!
The Red Sea is a draw for professional divers from around the world. Water temperature rarely changes from a balmy 25 degrees and that is good news for fish lovers. The sheer scale of fish is incredible. Napoleon Fish, Parrot fish and even Crocodile fish are found in these waters in huge numbers. If diving seems too adventurous, take a paddle at the shore. If the beach has a reef close to the shore, then it is quite easy to spot these tropical fish as they have no problem with coming to the shore. Water clarity ensures that even a glass bottom boat trip becomes an extraordinary experience. Children love this excursion, in particular, as it gives them a chance to see some truly magnificent coral reefs with all of their inhabitants.
Lawrence of Arabia
If you can picture yourself trotting through the desert like a modern day Lawrence of Arabia, then a trip to Egypt can certainly provide the opportunity. There are many different trips available but the desert camel ride is usually a popular choice. There is a certain romanticism about crossing a small part of the desert by camel and often the trip includes interactions with native Bedouin tribes. Kids are happy to participate and are usually encouraged to make bread around a camp fire.
If astronomy is simply not your cup of tea, then it is time to think again. Light pollution is not a problem in the desert. and a star gazing trip is a very entertaining way to spend an evening. Obvious advantages include no heat from the desert sun, making it a great trip for children. The stars are brilliant, using powerful telescopes it is possible to see the moon in close up, Sirius is a mere arms length away and the whole experience is something memorable to take home with you.