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  • 12 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe this Winter
    by Kristin on December 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Lake Tahoe is famous for its crystal blue water, epic hiking, and gorgeous mountains. Visitors come to the lake and at all times of the year, as there are tons to do in the summer and winter! Even if you’re not an avid skiier, no worries. Lake Tahoe has something fun for every cold weather Related posts:The 21 Best Things to Do in and Around Cancún The Best Places to Visit in California in the Winter 50 Things to Do in Lake Tahoe

  • Camping Along the Loneliest Road in America
    by BMTMTeam on December 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    As a somewhat new resident of Reno, I love exploring all of Nevada’s off-beaten paths and hidden gems across the state. Unfortunately, within Nevada’s wide-open spaces there’s a general false perception that there is nothing to do here other than gamble! Luckily for me, I’ve had an awesome summer without the crowds. From discovering so Related posts:The Best Road Trips in the American West 11 of the Best Road Trips in the USA An Awesome American Southwest Road Trip Itinerary

  • 26 Awesome Things to Do in Aruba
    by Kristin on November 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Aruba is one of my favorite spots in the Caribbean. The water and white sand are perfect, it’s just small enough and just big enough to have plenty to do without too much FOMO or long drives, and it’s not too hard to get away from the crowds and have a real adventure. I love Related posts:The 21 Best Things to Do in and Around Cancún The Ultimate Adventurous 5-Day Aruba Itinerary The Best Places to Visit in California in the Winter

  • How I Fly Around the World for Free, Even in Business Class
    by Kristin on November 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Be My Travel Muse has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Be My Travel Muse and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are my own, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. Click here for BMTM’s T&Cs Over Related posts:The Cheapest Travel Destinations In the World in 2020 The Cost to Travel Everywhere in the World 7 Travel Hacks that Will Change Your Life

  • How to Say “Hello” in 100 of the World’s Most Spoken Languages
    by Kristin on November 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    In the famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie states that “the sweetest and most important sound in any language” is a person’s own name. While that might be true, I’d venture to state that the most important sound is ‘hello’ in the person’s own language. Without ‘hello’ you don’t have Related posts:How to Say I Love You in 100 of the World’s Most Spoken Languages Is Instagram Ruining Travel? How To Take Beautiful Travel Photos of Yourself

  • Saint Lucia Escape – Big Giveaway Just in Time for the Holidays
    by The Planet D on December 3, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Is lock down bringing you down? Usually we are all planning our holiday travels at this time of year, but with the rise of COVID-19 it is time to do our part just a little bit longer. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream! Dave and I recently returned from a trip to Saint Lucia Read the original post Saint Lucia Escape – Big Giveaway Just in Time for the Holidays on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.

  • The Best and Biggest Festivals Around The World
    by The Planet D on November 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    From Thaipusam in Malaysia to the 500yr anniversary of the town of Hampi in India, we seem to have the knack of being in the right place at the right time. Below are just 5 of the crazy festivals we have been lucky enough to experience. Read the original post The Best and Biggest Festivals Around The World on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.

  • Canada Winter Activities You Just Cannot Miss!
    by The Planet D on November 10, 2020 at 12:30 am

    Canadian winter is a manifestation of nature's harshness. In most parts of the country, people trudge through the snow for almost six months of the year, from November to April. Though some may prefer to hibernate, there are others who do not wish to fall prey to the boredom of cabin fever during the long winter season. The sense of fun coupled with the spirit of adventure of winter enthusiasts has given rise to diverse outdoor activities that are truly entertaining. Hence, to experience the excitement of Canadian winter, you need to participate in the following activities... Read the original post Canada Winter Activities You Just Cannot Miss! on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.

  • Discover The Best Beaches in Zanzibar
    by Kyle Browning on October 27, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    This travel guide by Kyle Browning from Survival Footprint outlines all you need to know about the best beaches in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar lies approximately 25–50 kilometers (16–31 miles) off the coast of mainland Tanzania. The Zanzibar archipelago consists of many small islands including two big ones, Pemba Island & Unguja. The latter being referred to Read the original post Discover The Best Beaches in Zanzibar on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.

  • 33 Best Things to Do in New York for First-Timers
    by The Planet D on October 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    We love New York City! We’ve visited the Big Apple many times over the past decade, but haven’t really shared a lot of our experiences from our travels. What we learned over all these visits is that trying to plan a trip to NYC can be overwhelming. There is just so much to see and Read the original post 33 Best Things to Do in New York for First-Timers on The Planet D: Adventure Travel Blog.

  • Syndrome K: The Disease That Saved Lives
    by Gary Arndt on December 4, 2020 at 3:48 am

    Transcript In 1943, the Italian government surrendered to the Allied forces. The Germans, not wanting to cede such a large part of Europe to the Allies, quickly occupied northern and central Italy.  However, as the Germans occupied Rome there occurred an outbreak of what was known as Syndrome K.  Caes of Syndrome K in one ... Read moreSyndrome K: The Disease That Saved Lives The post Syndrome K: The Disease That Saved Lives appeared first on Everything Everywhere Travel Blog.

  • Martha Mitchell Was Right
    by Gary Arndt on December 3, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Transcript Have you ever thought something and everyone else said you were crazy? Have you ever been called crazy and then have the thing you were called crazy for turn out to be absolutely true? This not only happened to one woman, but she was discredited in the media had a psychological condition named after ... Read moreMartha Mitchell Was Right The post Martha Mitchell Was Right appeared first on Everything Everywhere Travel Blog.

  • Radiation 101
    by Gary Arndt on December 1, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    transcript Radiation or radioactivity is one of the scariest words in the English language.  While radiation can indeed be very dangerous, most people don’t really understand how it works and it is often treated as magic death cooties which leads to unwarranted fear.  Learn more about radiation, how it works, and where it’s found in ... Read moreRadiation 101 The post Radiation 101 appeared first on Everything Everywhere Travel Blog.

  • Spanish Foods
    by Gary Arndt on November 30, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Transcript Whenever lists of the world’s great cuisines are published, there is one country which is always at or near the top: Spain.  Yet Spanish cuisine is mostly a collection of regional cuisines from around the country which all fall under the umbrella of “Spanish”. Learn more about Spanish food, its history, and where it ... Read moreSpanish Foods The post Spanish Foods appeared first on Everything Everywhere Travel Blog.

  • The Battle of Cannae
    by Gary Arndt on November 29, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Transcript One of the greatest battles in Roman history was one of its greatest losses. It was a defeat that shook the city to its core and could have very well ended the Roman Republic. …but it didn’t. The reason why it didn’t is a story of determination and the difference between tactics and strategy.  ... Read moreThe Battle of Cannae The post The Battle of Cannae appeared first on Everything Everywhere Travel Blog.

  • 4 Best Places To See In Egypt, Africa
    by Sandy N Vyjay on December 3, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Egypt is a country full of history and amazing sights, a country that fascinates, here are 4 of the best places to see in Egypt. You might have seen Egypt on National Geographic or in the movies, but you have to see it to believe it.…

  • 55+ Best Instagram Captions For Christmas | Quotes, Greetings
    by Sandy N Vyjay on December 1, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Christmas is an occasion to spread cheer. Check out these Instagram captions for Christmas, Christmas greetings, messages quotes and images. Festivals are an integral part of life, wherever you are. They are like fresh dewdrops on leaves or the first rays of the sun, bringing hope, cheer, and optimism with them.…

  • Best Chitwan Resort – Jungle Villa Resort, Chitwan, Nepal
    by Sandy N Vyjay on November 27, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Chitwan National Park is a wonderful biodiversity hotspot in Nepal, among the Chitwan resorts, the Jungle Villa Resort is one of the best resorts. Nepal, the exotic home of Mount Everest, a land which is a tapestry of many experiences spanning heritage, culture, nature, and adventure is a popular tourist destination.…

  • 75 Best Road Trips From Bangalore – Car and Bike Road Trips
    by Sandy N Vyjay on November 23, 2020 at 9:31 am

    The location of Bangalore in India is such that there are numerous amazing road trips from Bangalore which can be done easily. One can plan many amazing road trips from Bangalore, India. Check out this road trip list for best road trips from Bengaluru.…

  • Neminath Temple Ranakpur, Rajasthan, India
    by Sandy N Vyjay on November 18, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    The Neminath Temple Ranakpur is a small, but a beautiful temple in the premises of the Ranakpur Jain Temple in Rajasthan, India. The Neminath Temple Ranakpur ( नेमीनाथ जैन मन्दिर ) stands in the shadow of the opulent magnificence of the massive main Ranakpur Jain Temple or the Chaumukha temple.…

  • South Africa Garden Route: the best stops and adventures for your next road trip!
    by Sebastian Canaves on September 3, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Is there nothing better for you than to explore a country with a car? Then you definitely have to put this tour onto the list of your next road trips: the Garden Route in South Africa! Wonderful scenery, delicious food, good wine, super nice people and lots of adventures await you! And the best part: Der Beitrag South Africa Garden Route: the best stops and adventures for your next road trip! erschien zuerst auf Off The Path > International.

  • How to overcome jetlag: 10 tips that really work!
    by Sebastian Canaves on July 7, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Intro Tips to beat jetlag 1. At Home2. Set your watch3. Sleep-Wake-Rhythm4. Try melatonin5. Drink plenty of water6. Stay overnight7. Adjust to destination8. Daylight or make it dark9. Take it easy10. On your way back home Summary You know that feeling don’t you? You step off the plane, full of excitement and anticipation after a Der Beitrag How to overcome jetlag: 10 tips that really work! erschien zuerst auf Off The Path > International.

  • Road trip Scotland: What you can experience on a tour of Scotland!
    by Sebastian Canaves on March 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Introduction Overview Highlights Cities EdinburghGlasgow Routes 1. Highlands adventure2. Coastline and historyNorthern adventure Summary Road Trip Scotland: An incredible country! I think I have never been to one single place as often as to Scotland. This Northern part of Great Britain simply has so much to offer! Surreal landscapes like the Isle of Skye, cool cities like Edinburgh, Der Beitrag Road trip Scotland: What you can experience on a tour of Scotland! erschien zuerst auf Off The Path > International.

  • Tarifa Spain: the coolest place in southern Europe!
    by Sebastian Canaves on March 15, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Intro Where to stay Things to do Activities & Adventures Cafes & Restaurants Getting There Rental Car Summary I’ve got a new favorite place: Tarifa by Cadiz in Spain! It might be small, but it surprisingly has a lot to offer! The super beautiful beaches will absolutely blow your mind. The sweet old town has many Der Beitrag Tarifa Spain: the coolest place in southern Europe! erschien zuerst auf Off The Path > International.

    by Sebastian Canaves on March 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I’ve decided where I am going next. Next week I will be chilling by the beach, do a lot of surfing and drink many fresh fruit shakes. Conni and I spontaneously booked a cheap flight to backpack in Nicaragua to launch our upcoming Blog Camp Online Course next week. Nowadays, everything goes really fast. I Der Beitrag BACKPACKING FOR BEGINNERS: 12 TIPS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE BETTER! erschien zuerst auf Off The Path > International.

  • Useful Things to Know Before You Travel to China
    by traveldaveuk on November 18, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Travelling to China can be a rather memorable experience. It's a destination that feels like you're travelling to a whole other planet.  Whenever I get asked, have I travelled to China, I'm always reluctant to say yes.   I have a love/hate relationship with visiting China as it's not a comfortable place to travel around.   But please, don't let this put you off your trip entirely, it's a good thing.    I guess I love it more for this very reason, that it is a challenging country to travel around.    And it is for this very reason I've put together this blog post as I wanted to share my top Useful things to know before you travel to China.    If only I had known these few things before I departed on my first trip to China, I feel I would have enjoyed my first trip a lot more. It is a country that grows with you over time.    I do hope that this information helps you to navigate around China A lot better from the get-go.   China offers many incredible destinations to travel too, such as:  - See pandas in Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center,  - Exploring the forbidden city of Beijing. - Taking on the dangerous challenge of the plank walk on Mount Hua. - Unearthing the Terracotta Army outside of the ancient city of Xi'an,  - Walking along the Great Wall of China,  - Exploring the busy hustle of Shanghai city - Relaxing on the tropical island paradise of Hainan.    Simply put, China covers a lot of ground for travellers with much to see and do.    After all, China is one of the world's most populous countries. Did you know that you can find 102 cities in China with a population of over 1 million people? Now that's a lot of people.    Nothing wrong with a challenge, In fact, I would prefer a challenge whilst travelling, It's always a nice change to get lost on your own without an understanding of where you might end up.     Always be prepared before you travel, jump into the deep end and most importantly, have fun.    However, I can give you a few tips I wish I knew before travelling to China.    You will have moments throughout your trip to China when all you can simply say is "oh China"! It is a special place, and you will stumble across the most bizarre of situations.    And a brief word of warning, health and safety is a whole different ball game in China. So do be on guard where ever you go and be sure to take out reliable travel insurance before your trip to ensure you're covered.    You will need to arrange a VPN before your trip to China  The great firewall of china, nothing gets in, nothing gets out.    It doesn't bother locals that much that everything is blocked, as they have their own Chinese versions of popular services and apps.    Blocked websites in China: – Facebook – Google (Gmail, Maps, translate) – Twitter – Flickr – YouTube – Instagram   ALL BLOCKED! You have been warned.    Need not fear; you can quickly get around this blocking problem by downloading a popular virtual private network service called a VPN.    It's essential that you find a VPN that works in China, and you set it up on your laptop and mobile smartphone before you arrive.    Once it's set up, you can access all the above-blocked sites easily in China. Meaning you can stay connected with the outside world and carry on like usual.    Don't damage your electronic devices  Make sure you have the correct voltage and adapters to charge your electronic devices. It's a good idea to get a plug with a surge to be on the safe side. You have been warned.    Stick with tea and bottled water in China Coffee is not a good idea in China; after all, they do so well as a nation to create incredibly tasty tea, why would you drink coffee?    Coldwater isn't a thing; you're more likely to see hot water on offer around China as many locals like to either add tea leaves or drink it on it's own hot.    Avoid drinking tap water at all costs and purchase sealed bottled water when you need.    Instead, Switch your coffee for tea, and you won't be disappointed.    For an emergency brew, China does have Starbucks. Not that Starbucks is a great coffee, it's just available just in case you do need your caffeine fix in the morning.    Otherwise, I would get a flask to fill up with hot water to add your tea leaves to in the morning. Do as the locals do and enjoy the excellent tasting tea on your trip to China.    You don't need a Visa to enter China Did you know that you don't need a visa to enter China? I didn't know this either, but British tourists flying from London to Hainan directly can enjoy a 30-day visa-free entry.    For the majority of trips to China, you are required to apply for a tourist visa to enter.    But there are few exceptions where UK passport holders don't need a visa.    Another example is an international traveller who is transiting through China within 72 hours. You need to reach another country within 72-hours to be eligible for the transit visa.    I used this transit visa whilst on a trip from London to Bangkok via Beijing, and I went hiking along the Great Wall of China within 72-hours and was able to enter China without the need for a visa.    Eat first, ask later, China will remain a mystery when it comes to food  My best advice for eating food in China is to order the set meal or the recommended dish and then eat before asking what it is.    Food in China can be an adventure in itself; the best advice is not to ask what you're eating and just eat it. Eat first, then ask later.    You might be surprised by what you're eating. China is a fun culinary destination, and I've enjoyed some incredible dishes having no idea what it is.    Also, Mock food is popular in China, such as Mock Duck or Mock Chicken as China perfected fake meat way before the impossible burger.  This is mostly down to cost as meat can be expensive for locals and the mock version is much cheaper and has a similar taste and texture.    If you happen to have a dietary requirement, preference or allergy, it might be a little tricky to get across your requests in China.    A good idea would be to translate these words in advance so you can have them on hand to work out with the restaurant what's in the meal before eating.    I must warn you that they may say that the dish doesn't contain an item when it does. This is entirely down to the language barrier and the ingredient being more used for a stock than being a key ingredient.   Jodi from Legal Nomad has put together some useful cards for those looking for Gluten Free options that will help with the translation issue. I'd highly recommend sorting this out before you travel to China.    Make sure you carry cash whilst travelling around China Most payments in China are made through QR payment with digital wallets using apps such as WeChat Pay or Alipay.    It's challenging to get a local sim card and activate these apps; travellers should withdraw local cash from an ATM as card payments such as American Express, Mastercard or Visa are not a common form of payment, especially for smaller transactions with local vendors, cash is your best option.    I'd recommend trying to locate and find an HSBC ATM to withdraw your cash in China and be sure to inform your bank ahead of time that you're travelling to China to avoid your account being cut off.    Gobbing, Spitting and farting are all common practices in China Trump, toot, bottom burp, One-Cheek Squeak or how about a Breezer? Fart to your hearts contents in China as locals don't seem to mind openly in public.    I don't think I will ever forget the moment a local dropped a tune whilst standing next to me. It was like getting permission to finally allow my body to unleash the orchestra performance of a lifetime out in public without any shame.    Please don't get offended as it doesn't fix anything, you're in China now. Join in with the local customs.    However, it was the sound of the gobbing noise on almost every street corner of China that got to me. It's again, relatively common practice and one that can't be avoided.    Welcome to China, Spitting is relatively common; you will simply have to get used to it.   Another custom to get used to is the art of queuing. It doesn't exist really; you might end up waiting a long time if you get in line.   A word of warning, Some toilets don't have doors. Always carry a packet of tissues for when nature calls and practice the art of squatting before your trip to China, you will need to learn.    You will stumble across a language barrier in China Good luck trying to speak English, you will have to learn Chinese; after all, you're in China now.     Even some international hotels will struggle with language barriers so be prepared.   I've also noticed that some Chinese signs with English translations, usually don't make any sense at all. You will be on your own when it comes to understanding the local language.    My best advice would be to download a translation app before your trip to China. Write down essential landmarks and the name of your hotel on your phone to show to taxi drivers just in case you get lost.   Another idea to understand your destination a lot better, would be to hire a local guide to help you navigate around the language barrier and understand China a lot better.   Most importantly, Chinese locals are super friendly  I first heard horror stories about how locals in China were mean and not friendly towards tourists; this was simply not the case from my experience.   I found China to be a friendly place to travel around and found locals filled with curiosity and interested in finding out more about your personal trip around China.    Especially in the remote areas of China that hardly see any tourists at all, locals will want to know what you're up to and stop to take a photo with you.   Embrace your visit to China, take photos on every occasion, learn a few essential words to allow a connection and a smile, randomly hold babies for selfies (This is a thing!) and be prepared for friendly nods and smiles all round.   China is incredible, and you have to take it for what it is. After all, this is China. Categories: CultureTags: chinaCountry: China

  • The Best Adrenaline Adventures in Catalonia
    by ApartmentBarcelona on November 18, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Catalonia is an excellent place to live or travel to thanks to its varied terrain, with the mountainous Pyrenees to the north, and beautiful Mediterranean Sea to the south. For those that love to get their heart racing and adrenaline pumping, Catalonia is the place to be! From abseiling the mountains, flying through the sky, racing down a rollercoaster drop, to jumping off a bridge into the canyon below, this exhilarating Spanish region can provide.   Here are the top adrenaline adventures in Catalonia White water rafting Spain is one of the best countries in Europe for white water rafting thanks to the excellent weather conditions, and the Pyrenees the best location within the country with a better volume of water and a great variety of canyons. Depending on the difficulty of the river, this activity can be suitable for families, or for those wanting a white-knuckle ride! This activity is still extremely safe to do, the worst injury you’re at risk of is sunburn! There are different companies that offer white water rafting, and experienced and professional guides will accompany the group to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. The best time of year to go white water rafting is in the Springtime of April, May and June, but you can still head out until the end of summer.   Ferrari Land Part of the PortAventura Theme Park, Ferrari Land is a unique theme park to Europe that is inspired by the legendary Italian brand and its creator, Enzo Ferrari. The best ride for thrill-seekers here is the Red Force rollercoaster, the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe. The rollercoaster accelerates from 180kmh in just 5 seconds, one that’s not for the faint hearted! Another adrenaline inducing coaster here is the Thrill Towers, a 55-metre-high free fall that’s sure to leave your heart in your mouth. Access to Ferrari Land is included in the general ticket for the PortAventura park, and also gives you a chance to experience the other exciting rides in the park too. This activity is suitable for any age to go to, and costs €56 for adults for the day, and a reduced price of €49 for kids and seniors.   Canyoning in Pallars Sobirà If you’re an adrenaline seeker, then canyoning is the best activity for you! A day of descending canyons, swimming, jumping, sliding and abseiling is sure to get your heart racing. The experience can be customised depending on your skill level and what you would prefer to do, for example if you’d prefer to do more swimming and sliding natural slides instead of the exhilarating pond jumping. The canyoning tours are subject to weather conditions but can be booked for any day of the week. It’s essential to know how to swim for this one, but no prior experience is necessary. Pallars Sobirà is located in the central Pyrenees, so makes for some stunning scenery, but travelling here will require some pre-planning and will most likely require a car to get to.   Hot air Balloon tour What better way to get to know Catalonia than by a hot air balloon flight through the sky? See the Mediterranean coast, Montseny Natural Park, Montserrat mountain, and Barcelona all within the space of an hour! This activity is the perfect combination of thrills and relaxation, perfect if you and your group can’t decide on what to get up to in Catalonia. A pricier option of the list, a Catalonia hot air balloon tour costs €180 per person, but this price also includes transportation to and from Barcelona and a local brunch too. This one is very weather dependent because of the nature of the activity, and safety is always paramount, so it bear in mind that it may have to be refunded or rearranged at last minute.   Mountain Climbing the Pedraforca Pedraforca is one of the most beautiful mountains in Catalonia, meaning ‘pitchfork of stone’ in Catalan as its two main peaks look like a pitchfork when viewed from the East. The normal hiking route here is a popular one in summer as its relatively easy, a good option for those with children. For those looking for a bit more of a challenge, taking the route by Coll de Verdet up to the summit takes around 5 hours with a slope ascent of 900m, it’s not for the inexperienced hiker! The mountain can be climbed in all seasons, but in December to April there’s usually snow so the ascent at this time is a little more difficult. If you’re after a cheap day out, heading to Pedraforca is a great idea as there is no entry fee to the area, it is however a protected area so just remember to be respectful to the animals and plants!   Bungee jumping in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia Defy gravity and get your adrenaline kick by bungee jumping thirty metres off the Sant Sadurní d’Anoia bridge! 30 metres doesn’t sound too high until you’re stood on the edge ready to go, but it’s the perfect activity for those that want to push themselves out of their comfort zones. There’s the option to buy a ticket for a solo jump either once or twice, or to take the tandem jump and go down with another person! The price starts at €35, and anyone can take part in this as long as they’re brave enough to take the plunge.   Caving If you’re an outdoor lover, exploring Catalonia’s caves and caverns is the perfect choice for you. Take a descent tour through the darkness of the cave and discover the natural beauty of the region from a different perspective. There are lots of different caves to explore here, and tours will include a professional team of mountain guides who can safely allow you to carry out the activity. This is another weather dependent activity, and guides will only allow the caving to be undertaken in safe conditions. Categories: General InformationentertainmentLeisure & AdventureTags: cataloniaSpainadventureOutdoor adventureCountry: Barcelona

  • Great Ideas for Visiting Walloon Brabant Safely
    by Guest Author on November 9, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Although Belgium is not so big, it still offers all kinds of different activities. One small region is particularly worth a visit: Walloon Brabant! Whatever the season, there is always a good reason to get some fresh air and go to discover less known places.   Here are some ideas that will delight young and old... and can be done safely! Get away in nature The unmissable Villers-la-Ville Abbey Set in the heart of nature, Villers-la-Ville Abbey is an incredible and extremely peaceful place! Travel back to the time of the monks and explore the ruins to discover the secrets of their daily life with the interactive tablet. Walk around the five gardens and admire their wonderful compositions in very different styles. Guaranteed tranquillity!   The huge Solvay Regional Estate Take a trip to the wonderful Solvay Regional Estate in La Hulpe. It will captivate you with its enchanting appeal and panoramic views to take your breath away. Walk to your heart’s content around the woodland and estate... Admire the château that stands at the top of the hill and take in the beautiful French-style gardens.   Admire the art The magical Folon Foundation In the grounds of the stunning Solvay Regional Estate is a little gem that is well worth a visit. The Folon Foundation opens its doors so you can admire the impressive work of a Belgian artist of multiple and varied talents, all with a touch of magic.   Louvain-la-Neuve: quite an art Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium’s youngest town, takes you on a journey… Enter the doors of the excellent Hergé Museum and meet Tintin and Snowy as well as many other characters created by this Belgian artist. Wander through the streets of the town and admire all the graffiti in many styles, with bright colours and countless stories. Louvain-la-Neuve will show you art in all its forms.   Enjoy local specialities Walloon Brabant has no shortage of producers to get your mouth watering. The chocolate makers offer sweet treats with proven success. The numerous breweries will awaken your taste buds with their craft beers! Including the famous Gheuzerie in Rebecq which is unique in Wallonia. But the specialities of Walloon Brabant also include sweet and savoury tarts, vineyards and many other farming products that must be tried!   Feel the excitement Do you love excitement, climbing and challenges? Then the Adventure Park in Wavre is for you! This park, in the middle of a wood, promises an exciting day of adventures! Fasten your harness and move from tree to tree as you follow different trails at height! Whiz along one of the zip lines, cross the suspended bridges and, if you are feeling brave enough, try the freefall or even a bungee jump for maximum adrenaline!   Practice your swing Ideal for fans of golf, Walloon Brabant is the Belgian province with the most courses. So if you love a round of golf, head to one of the 10 courses for an enjoyable game in the heart of nature! For something slightly different, have a go at disc golf in Louvain-la-Neuve... An unusual activity that promises a fun time!   Walloon Brabant certainly has some surprises in store for you! Country: South BelgiumCategories: General Information

  • iQ Hotel Milano: A Smart Hotel with Spa in the Heart of Milan
    by Marghe on November 5, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    I spent three days in Milan last year on a business trip. My company booked a modern double room at the iQ Hotel Milano, which I did not know but surprised me in a very positive way!   Let's start with the location... The 4-star hotel is located a few minutes’ walk from the Milano Centrale train station, a great thing if you travel by train. After the check in, I discovered the many comforts of my room, in particular the very soft mattresses specially designed for a deep rest, as the staff explained to me. What about the staff? All very kind, with sincere smiles and always ready to help, with precise directions, maps or suggestions from locals about the city. On the top floor of the iQ Hotel, there is a modern and cozy bar, with a lounge area and lots of spaces to relax or work, meet people or be on your own. Here, at the LiQuido Rooftop Bar you can enjoy tasty finger food with excellent cocktails and the view over the city is amazing!   Another service I particularly loved was the spa: It is not easy to find a hotel in the heart of the city with a private spa, a real luxury. After days of exhausting work commitments, I used to return to the hotel and pamper myself to an hour of wellness, with a panoramic view of the city. A truly unique experience! On my next trips to Milan, for business or pleasure, my hotel will always be iQ Hotel Milano. Categories: HotelLuxuryTags: hotel milansmart hotel milanhotel with spa milanCountry: Milan

  • Hiking in Hong Kong: Easy & Beautiful Trails
    by BeckyExploring on November 5, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Despite being a large, bustling city, Hong Kong is an excellent place to get outdoors in nature! Since ~70% of Hong Kong’s land is covered in greenery and country parks, hiking is a popular activity for locals and expats. Often the trails have gorgeous views and lead to some spectacular destinations. On your next Hong Kong trip, I highly recommend trying a hike to experience Hong Kong’s outdoors and see some beautiful nature.   Here are three easy, yet beautiful trails to get you started! 1. Quarry Bay Tree Walk Distance: 3.2 km / 2 miles The Quarry Bay Tree Walk is an easy trail through the forests behind the Quarry Bay neighborhood on eastern Hong Kong Island. Start at the Taikoo MTR station (exit B) then walk west on King’s Road. Turn onto Greig Road and walk up until you reach the Tree Walk. The trail is mostly paved and has a slight elevation gain (124 m/406 ft). Along the way, you’ll encounter remnants of the Wartime Communal Kitchens (listed as Wartime Stoves on Google). These kitchens were used during the second world war in Hong Kong as an influx of refugees after the fall of Canton led to increase of food demands. Continue along the Quarry Bay Tree Walk until you reach Mount Parker Road. At this point, you can turn and head back down towards Quarry Bay or choose another trail for a longer hike.   2. Dragon’s Back Hike Distance: 5.4 km / 3.4 miles The Dragon's Back hike is a meandering ridge trail located in Shek O Country Park in southeastern Hong Kong Island. Because the trail is on a ridge, you’ll have spectacular views of the sea and Hong Kong’s south side as you hike. To get there, ride the MTR to Shau Kei Wan station (exit A3) then take the number 9 bus to the trailhead. The first part of the hike is a gradual climb up to the ridge. Once you reach the ridge, you’ll be able to see Shek O Beach off to the right and Tai Tam Bay on the left. The trail undulates across the “dragon’s back” for ~2 km (1.25 mi) and offers amazing views. Some days you’ll find paragliders setting up for flight on the hillside. Once you’re finished the ridge, you’ll descend into a forest and have a flat and shady walk for the remainder of the trail. At the end of the trail, turn left to head back to the road to catch the bus. If you’d like a longer hike, turn right and continue on to Big Wave Bay (~2 km extra). The descent to Big Wave Bay is rather steep and consists mostly of stairs.   3. Sai Wan Pavilion to Ham Tin Beach in Sai Kung Distance: 5.1 km / 3.2 miles Although it’s a bit difficult to get to this hike, the views and secluded beaches along this hike make it worth the effort! The hike from Sai Wan Pavilion to Ham Tin Beach is located in Sai Kung East Country Park in New Territories. To get there, you’ll need to take a combination of MTR and bus to Sai Kung town. Once you arrive in town, you can take a taxi to the Sai Wan Pavilion. The trail begins along the stunningly turquoise High Island Reservoir. Even on a cloudy day, the color of this water never ceases to amaze me. Most of the first part of the trail is flat or downhill until you reach Sai Wan Beach – the first of four gorgeous beaches in Sai Kung East Country Park. At this point, you could stop your hike. I prefer to continue to Ham Tin Beach – the second beach – which is larger and even more beautiful. Both beaches have restaurants, toilet facilities, beach equipment for rent, and places to purchase boat tickets to return to Sai Kung town.   Any Questions? Do you have any questions about hiking in Hong Kong or these three beautiful hikes? Please let me know in the comments below! If you’re looking for other Hong Kong hikes or tips on traveling to Hong Kong, be sure to check out the Becky Exploring blog. Categories: General InformationLeisure & AdventureTags: hikingoutdooradventurebeachesCountry: Hong Kong

  • Cavite Travel Guide – Top 7 Cities to Visit in Cavite, Philippines
    by Fatima Turla on December 3, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Discover more about the historic capital of the Philippines! Take a look at these 7 places you can explore and visit in Cavite. Known as the Historic Capital of the Philippines, Cavite experienced a lot of historical events. The most notable one was when former President Emilio Aguinaldo (first president of... The post Cavite Travel Guide – Top 7 Cities to Visit in Cavite, Philippines appeared first on Two Monkeys Travel Group.

  • Tate Haus Staycation in Bulacan: Perfect Destination for Teambuilding and Family Reunion
    by Fatima Turla on December 3, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Want to feel the gentle and fresh wind that the countryside brings? It’s now possible and you don’t have to go somewhere far from Manila! At Tate Haus, a resort surrounded by rice fields in Bulacan, you can feel the fresh air, and do amazing farm activities while enjoying the... The post Tate Haus Staycation in Bulacan: Perfect Destination for Teambuilding and Family Reunion appeared first on Two Monkeys Travel Group.

  • Work from Bermuda Certificate: How To Get a Bermuda Digital Nomad Visa
    by Lyza Paloma on December 2, 2020 at 10:39 am

    If you think the Barbados Welcome Stamp is quite expensive, you can apply for another Caribbean nation; Bermuda. This British Overseas Territory near the US also offers not only remote workers to live here but also students! If you have enough funds, you can enjoy the endless seas, sun, and... The post Work from Bermuda Certificate: How To Get a Bermuda Digital Nomad Visa appeared first on Two Monkeys Travel Group.

  • Working as a Nurse in NZ – How To Emigrate to New Zealand as a Nurse Practitioner
    by Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor on December 2, 2020 at 7:54 am

    One of the best ways to truly experience life in another country is to live and work there. By doing this, you learn so much more than if you visit somewhere as a tourist because you get to experience all of the ups and downs of daily life. Plus, you... The post Working as a Nurse in NZ – How To Emigrate to New Zealand as a Nurse Practitioner appeared first on Two Monkeys Travel Group.

  • How to Obtain a Marriage License in the Philippines [With List of Required Documents]
    by Lyza Paloma on December 1, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    One of the essential requirements for getting married in the Philippines is a Marriage License. A marriage authorizes the couple to marry; without it, you can’t proceed, or your wedding will be void. Here’s a quick guide on how to get a marriage license in the Philippines. It’s not easy... The post How to Obtain a Marriage License in the Philippines [With List of Required Documents] appeared first on Two Monkeys Travel Group.

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  • Recipe of the week: Sea urchin carbonara
    by Paul Johnson on December 4, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Who doesn’t love a carbonara – the combination of pasta with egg, cheese, pork and a hefty amount of black pepper is just dreamy. All the textures and flavors meld together to make one of the most delectable dishes to ever come out of Rome. Technically it has to be a perfect balance of ingredients, The post Recipe of the week: Sea urchin carbonara appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.

  • Photograph of the week: Waorani boy, Ecuador
    by Paul Johnson on December 3, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Reaching Waorani (also spelled Huaorani) territory deep in Ecuador’s swath of the Amazon rainforest takes time and commitment. From Quito, take a van ride to the lowlands, board a small twin prop plane with one small and carefully weighed backpack, touch down on a narrow grass airstrip in the middle of the forest, and travel The post Photograph of the week: Waorani boy, Ecuador appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.

  • A 2020 safari with Nomad Tanzania
    by Marc Harris on December 3, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Throughout Tanzania there are many different safari lodge options, whether you are looking for a mobile tented camp in the heart of the Serengeti, or a lavish river-side lodge with a pool, spa and incredible views, almost anything can be granted. Nomad Tanzania are one of the best companies that provide all-round brilliant service and The post A 2020 safari with Nomad Tanzania appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.

  • 9 ways to find unpretentious luxury in Brooklyn, New York
    by Eric Hrubant on November 30, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    For fellow world explorers, travel bans and restrictions haven’t killed the travel bug — in fact, it’s probably “bugging” you more than ever before! But even though all the corners of the world may not be at your fingertips just yet, there’s still plenty of exploring to do. I asked my colleague, Esther Klijn, a The post 9 ways to find unpretentious luxury in Brooklyn, New York appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.

  • Suite of the week: Three-Bedroom Suite Ocean Front Premier, Seven Stars Resort & Spa, Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
    by Paul Johnson on November 30, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Suite name: Three-Bedroom Suite Ocean Front Premier Location: Seven Stars Resort & Spa, Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Size of accommodation: 3,250 square feet Cost per night: From $2,000 Who’s stayed there: A number of sports, movie and television personalities (names not disclosed) What makes it special: Guests who book Seven Stars Resort & Spa’s three-bedroom suite ocean The post Suite of the week: Three-Bedroom Suite Ocean Front Premier, Seven Stars Resort & Spa, Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.