Summer Vacation Ideas
Yellowstone National Park
Divided between three states in America, this park (and a World Heritage Site) is one of the most famed vacation spots globally. The highlights of this park are its mountain ranges (and hence the trails), waterfalls & cascades (more than 45) and plateaus (some of them, lava-formed). Must-see sites include Eagle Peak, Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone Falls, Silver Cord Cascade, etc.
The wealthiest region in Europe, this season is your chance of visiting this global city and capital of Portugal for a little less money. 3 years back, it was the 7th most-visited city in South of Europe. Must-see sites include the two World Heritage Sites of Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, Alcantara docks, Praca do Comercio, Rua Augusta Arch, Chiado Square, Pavilhao Atlantico, Castle of Sao Jorge and the Lisbon Zoo that hosts more than 2000 animals.
Known as the most popular destinations in South East Asia and together cater to millions of tourists. Singapore alone has said to attract tourists double the size of its population. Sentosa
Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.
Although this quote is from an anonymous philosopher, one would be hard-pressed to find someone who cannot relate to it. The blue, playful water, the eternal sounds of the seashore – the guttural baritone of the waves complemented by the high tremolo of the whistling wind – and the soft sand combine to create a much-desired “getting away from it all” sensation that calms and pleases us at once. The abstract stuff aside, the tangible side of our primordial admiration of oceans and beaches lies in the number of tourists who flock to beaches all over the world as soon as they get the chance. Beaches are always a popular travel destination, waiting to greet and soothe us with open arms. They are excellent spots to get rid of that pent-up weekday boredom.
The east coast of the United States is replete with stunning beaches that can make for a perfect weekend getaway or a fantastic family vacation. North Carolina houses many of those.
The most awaited December vacation is soon to arrive and I know people reading this article are eagerly waiting for it to come. So, where have you decided to go this December? Different people will prefer to take up different vacation spots, depending on their preferences. Most snow lovers would prefer heading towards the northern hemisphere for a power-packed adventurous vacation, while some might visit the scenic spots in the southern region to enjoy the warmth there. Whatever be your vacation plans, it is imperative that you turn that vacation into something that will be really, really memorable; something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. While there might be many who have already finalized their vacation plans and zeroed in on the places to visit, as well as the ways in which to spend the holiday season, there might be many who have not yet fixed an itinerary. It is for all of them that this article comes through. It’ll give you several ideas on the kind of vacations that you can plan and the spots that you
We all need a vacation at least once in a year. Somewhere to go without having to worry about our day-to-day troubles and work. But the impact of the last recession still exists on our pockets. So how to take that much-needed vacation on a shoestring budget? With these ideas of course! These ideas are perfect for a few days of fun, and then again, won’t burn a hole in your shallow pockets!
Right, so it’s that time of the year where the parents are bored of their daily work and the kids are absolutely refusing to study or attend any more of those ‘diagnostic’ classes. Sounds like everyone needs a little break here! So where can you go on a family vacation?
Rent a Vacation Home
I’m sure you must be knowing some rich friend or a rich relative who’d put you and your family up for a couple of nights. Or you could have your boss or some other person rent it to you too. If not these, then you can go to any of those vacation spots. The chances are that the owner won’t be there in the off-season and will be happy to make a
High school is over, and there’s a bittersweet feeling that has taken over. You are excited about graduation, going to college, and being independent, but at the same time, you’ll be leaving behind some great friends that you made throughout this time. It seems abrupt to you, like a sudden break from the life you’ve lived and people you knew for so long. What now? Don’t you want to extend the last few days? Why not plan a senior class trip? It would be the perfect way to say goodbye to all your friends, while making new and happy memories.
Places to Visit
New York city literally has everything! If you grew up in a small town or countryside, there is nothing that can parallel the big city experience like New York. What is more ideal than Manhattan to initiate you into it? New York can be an ideal place for an educational as well as a fun trip. One can visit one of the several famed museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) or the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, or study the different architectures of the Brooklyn bridge or the Chrysler building. For business aficionados, there’s
So you have bought an expensive travel trailer and are now worried about its safety, right? Happens! Humans usually indulge first and then think later – that’s human mentality. However, there are a lot of options for getting insurance and most of them would be quite suitable to you. You need to be vigilant, and make sure that you are getting what you bargained for. It is quite a cliché to say that you have to minutely read the fine print, but there it goes – YOU HAVE TO MINUTELY READ THE FINE PRINT! There is no way you can ensure you are getting what you want without that.
Now, here are some of the things you need to keep your eyes peeled for:-
Tip # 1- Check What Coverage You Are Getting
Make doubly sure what your insurance will cover you for. These are the least types of coverage that you must get:-
- Losses due to accidents and collisions
- Destruction or damage due to fire and related perils
- Losses due to natural calamities such as hurricanes, floods, landslides, hails, storms, lightning, etc.
- Damage done due to animals
- Damage done due to vandalism
- Damage done due to unavoidable roadside perils such as low hanging
Even if you’re not a calorie conscious person, it is wise to keep away from the chocolate bars and ice cream sodas, as the intake of sugar in these products can make you drowsy. The next few lines will throw light on healthy snacks that are favorable on a road trip.
Fruits and Vegetables
On any road trip, a fair share of fruits such as bananas, apples, grapes, and oranges are a great way to fight hunger. You can have these fruits either whole or opt for a fruit salad. In case you decide to carry fruit salad on your road trip, see to it that it’s kept in a little ice box. You can also dice fruits and vegetables and make your favorite dips. Carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes too make a great snack. Carrying a small pocket knife always comes in handy during a road trip.
Snacks at Restaurants
If you haven’t packed healthy snacks for your road trip and want to stop for a quick bite, you can order an omelet stuffed with vegetables and accompanied with brown bread. If you have a sweet tooth, you could choose a muffin which has a good nutritional value. A
Kids are the fun element at every event, be it a road trip or an outing. With those little ones around the trip, it is all the more pepped up and full of energy. But, parents have to be careful and completely equipped, when it comes to taking kids out on a road trip. This is because when on a road trip, you spend maximum time in the car, at first it would be fascinating for kids to look out of the window, but after sometime the novelty wears off and then what? Your kid might get bored! Plus there are various factors like, children usually suffer from motion sickness or will want to pee every now and then during the road trip. Therefore, you have to be well prepared for all the outcomes and demands for your young ones.
Road trips are all about jumping into a car and heading to create plenty of cherished memories and explore new adventurous avenues. All it takes to ensure a fun and safe trip is a little organization and a lot of humor, which parents usually forget to carry along with them. Just leave your strictness back at home and enjoy
Trips are a great bonding experience. They bring families and friends closer, and most importantly, create wonderful memories for lifetime. Umpteen number of things have to be considered, as it is more difficult than what it seems. Your planning alone will make the trip either disastrous or a great one. To avoid all these pitfalls, we have made a list of various factors to be considered while planning your road trip.
Planning a Road Trip Well
Selecting a destination is very important. And more so if you are planning it across America, as the country gives a wide variety right from deserts, mountains, ocean shores, shopping destinations or small towns that haven’t changed for years now. All of them are super exciting to explore and the trip is sure to amaze you with how diverse and huge the US is. Once you zero down on to your destination, decide the route you are going to take. Keep a map handy, you never know.
Fuel and Other Fluids Check in the Car
Make sure you check whether there is enough gas, get the oil changed, fill the windshield fluid, and get your car ready for the long
Physical benefits of hiking are plenty, provided one carries it out on a regular basis. However, before starting a hike, it is important to check on a few things like the climate, location, and the path to follow. Also, it is important to have company with you. Start slow, follow familiar paths, and wear good hiking shoes to avoid any accidents. This physical activity has numerous health benefits, some of which are given below:
Weight loss is the major benefit. With the trail climbing up and down the hill, one burns a lot of calories. When combined with a balanced and healthy diet, it provides a healthy way to lose weight, and get a lean body.
The lower body gets toned, when one goes on a hike on a regular basis. Trails where there are some elevations are the best, as they act as muscle toning workouts. Also, one could carry some weights on his/her back which can increase the strength. For a beginner, it is always recommended to start off with flat land first, followed by small hills and later on progressing to difficult hills.
It is not tough, and can be taken up
A very popular outdoor activity, hiking involves walking in natural surroundings while reveling the mesmerizing nature. With its growing popularity, numerous hiking organizations have cropped up everywhere over the last decade or so. Along with the tremendous rise in the number of people taking to it, the number of accidents has also increased. Most of these accidents can be attributed to carelessness on the part of hikers, or improper planning, and therefore, one has to take his safety into consideration when opting to go hiking.
Hiking Safety Tips to Remember
Planning is the most important part of your hiking escapade. It’s always better to have basic knowledge about the terrain of the region and weather conditions prevailing there. You can look for this information on the Internet or consult hiking enthusiasts who have been there before. It’s important to choose the right time for the hike. You surely wouldn’t want to end up in bad weather. While it’s nearly impossible to predict what the weather has in store for us, we can always take necessary precautions and be safe on our part.
Basic study about the environment of the chosen place will tell you what all things you should and you
The winter is almost over, and spring break is upon us. If you’re thinking about taking your family for a fun vacation this spring or summer, consider a road trip. Road trips are great for children because they’ll see more of our great country than they would in a plane. It’s also fun to stop at different landmarks on the way, not only to see the great stuff our country has to offer, but also to stretch your legs and stop and smell the roses. Family time is irreplaceable, so take your time getting to where you’re going. However, with any long trip, there is a chance that kids might get restless. If you travel prepared, though, you’ll have a happy trip.
There is a huge variety of games, kids can play while on the road. From trying to find license plates from each state, to singing road trip songs, these classic games can be played with little to no money. If you visit your local bookstore, you can find a section of books that have all of these games in them already. However, if you don’t want to spend the money on these books,
Who doesn’t enjoy a road trip? Fantastic scenes flashing by your window as you race along buttery smooth roads with your best pals, camping out in the wild and sharing laughs over a bonfire, cherishing experiences that will make you smile when you are old―being on the road is the best thing you can do with your summer months.
Fortunately, the U.S. is blessed with countless routes that are just made for someone who enjoys driving, and destinations that take your breath away. Here’s a list of the best road trip destinations you can visit this summer.
Couchsurfing is a surefire way of cutting the cost of your accommodation on all these trips, as most of the cities in question have Couchsurfing hosts. Campsites are also found aplenty in America, and are a worthwhile option to ponder.
Road Trip Ideas for Students
Rock Fest and Surrounding Wisconsin
Rock Fest is one of the biggest rock music festivals in the world. Artists and ensembles such as Iron Maiden (’nuff said, to be honest, but there’s even more), KISS, and Korn have performed at this festival in the past. That it is held in the picturesque state of Wisconsin is a
Hiking in the desert may seem unconventional to some, but this activity does have quite a few avid followers. Desert hiking gives you ample opportunity to indulge in rock climbing, walk along the gorgeous terrain, and of course, click pictures as you move ahead.
Hiking, as all other adventure sports, should never be taken lightly, especially when you consider the harshness of the desert. There are certain safety measures and precautions that you need to keep in mind, every step of the way.
Top 5 Desert Hiking Essentials and Safety Tips
1. Carry All Essentials
A desert hike is definitely not a stroll in the park, so it is imperative to make preparations for it. To begin with, you must make a list of essential items which you need to carry along with you. These include basic supplies and safety equipment. Usually, the items that you carry along for your trip depend on the location, weather, and the amount of time you plan to spend there. But a desert hiking trip in particular, calls for the following essentials –
- Extra water
- Extra food
- Map and compass
- First aid kit
- Flashlight with spare batteries
- Spray water bottle to mist water on your body
- Protective clothing
- Whistle/mirror for use during
Desert hiking may not be everybody’s ‘thing’, so to say. But I’d like to blame this partly on the image that the word ‘desert’ conjures, and the rest on Hollywood.
Think ‘desert’ and what comes to mind is the endless expanse of arid sand. This is usually followed by abundant instances of movie scenes where people are left to die in, yes of course, the desert. How else do you think Death Valley got its name?
In reality though, you’d be surprised to find that deserts are beautiful, mystical, and sublimely spiritual. Check out these hot destinations, if you don’t believe me.
10 Amazing Destinations for Desert Hiking
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Deserts aren’t always full of sand, with Antarctica being a notable example. The Salar de Uyuni is another instance where the desert is made up entirely of salt. It is, in fact, the largest salt flat in the world, thanks to which it is almost devoid of vegetation and wildlife. A flat, salty expanse below your feet, and the deep blue sky overhead make for quite a memorable hike indeed.
As the world’s biggest salt plain, the Salar de Uyuni traverses Bolivia’s vast Altiplano, the remote and high desert of the Andean
Waves of the azure sea kissing your feet, warm silky sand trickling through your fingers and toes, cool breeze blowing across your body as you languidly soak up the warm, yellow sun – a holiday by the beach is definitely, an ultimate therapeutic vacation to improve one’s mental and physical health. Now the thing about beaches, as with any vacation spot, is that each of us has his/her own preferences and opinions which are bound to differ from person to person.
Hence, given below are, what I consider to be, the top 10 beaches in the world.
1. Lopes Mendes Beach, Ilha Grande
Best Time to Visit:
December – March
If it is paradise you are looking for, then head to Lopes Mendes in Brazil. It has all the elements you need for your dream beach holiday. From breathtaking scenery, golden sands to shallow azure-blue waters accompanied by all sorts of modern amenities.
2. Horseshoe Bay Beach, Southampton Parish
Best Time to Visit:
Featuring opalescent, aquamarine seas, powdery pink soft sands, crystal clear turquoise colored waters, and amazing limestone rock formations, Horseshoe Bay beach stands apart from the rest of the beaches. Another of its highlights is the underwater trails which makes
Mexico is blessed with a coastline of 10,000 km along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. As a result, it houses countless beach destinations that offer a variety of activities for tourists.
Mexico has gained a bit of a reputation as a vacation for the affluent, due to the rise of glitzy resorts such as Cancún and Acapulco. However, though that may well have been the case in the past, it is now accessible to tourists on every budget.
Here are Mexico’s best coastal resorts, the best of the gems that this wonderful country has to offer.
Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, is the ideal gateway into Mexico for most international travelers. Cities such as Mexico City, Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, and Playa del Carmen have hundreds of Couchsurfing and Airbnb hosts for budget travelers. For those on a more ‘vacation budget’, there is a wealth of countless seaside resorts in each of these coastal destinations.
Mexico’s Best Beach Destinations
Getting There: Various American cities, including major hubs such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, are connected to Cancún by air. It is a major city in Mexico, and is connected to all other major Mexican cities.
Parasailing is an adventurous, fun-filled pursuit, primarily performed in a recreational manner. Though competitions do exist, it is essentially a joyride, taken solely to enjoy the vistas on offer from high up. Obviously, the best destinations to explore parasailing as an adventure sport are seaside towns, which will offer you a bird’s-eye view of the coastal settlements as you are whisked along on a wave of excitement. The more attractive the vista, the more pleasurable the experience.
Keeping that in mind, here are some stunning places where parasailing is a much-desired activity.
Best Parasailing Destinations in the World
The state of Florida is home to countless fantastic parasailing destinations, but Miami takes the cake thanks to its beautiful skyline. Enjoy the view of the famous skyline used in several movies and TV shows, as you float at a height of 400 feet. There are several parasailing facilities in Miami, including one near the Miami Seaquarium, one on Dodge Island, and several in Miami Beach
Another of Florida’s parasailing hotspots, Key West, just like Miami, offers stunning views of the sea and the cityscape. Smathers Beach and the Key West Bight, situated on the southern and northern coasts of Key
The sea has always been a subject of great fascination and awe for mankind. No matter how deep we explore the saline waters, the ocean never seems to come to an end. Through the ages, humans have figured out ways and means to reach the bottom of the sea, and to explore and exploit its hidden treasures. However, the excitement and curiosity to know about and be a part of the underwater realm does not just end there. With the passage of time, diving became one of the most favorite recreational activities of adventure seekers, and sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving gained impetus. Today, scuba diving has become one of the greatest underwater adventures sought by adrenaline junkies, so much so that scuba diving tourism has occupied a veritable place in the world tourism industry.
World’s Best Scuba Diving Destinations
If you are planning to go on a scuba diving vacation in the near future, here is a list of some of the best destinations in the world that you can consider.
The Red Sea, Egypt
One dive underneath the surface of the Egyptian Red Sea, and all you can see is a huge variety
It does, indeed. After spending all our living span being bogged down by gravity, it sure is a welcome change to be floating in the depths of the sea, exploring a completely different world. And speaking of the marine world, what better place than the Caribbean? None, without a doubt.
Which is why, we bring you a list of places that are perfect for snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea. And believe me, we’re not just talking about viewing some gorgeous corals here; we’ve got stingrays, dolphins, whale sharks, and the likes.
Remember, the best time to be in the Caribbean is the dry season from December to April. The weather during these months is calm and breezy, making it perfect for snorkeling, diving, or simply lazing around.
Best Snorkeling Destinations in the Caribbean
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
How about an up, close, and personal encounter with the biggest fish in the sea? Yep, come to Isla Mujeres between June to August every year, to witness a massive whale shark congregation that is sure to have your wits floored. In fact, even before you take a dip, you’ll be able to witness hundreds of dorsal fins skimming the surface―a truly