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Safe Caribbean Beach Destination: Antigua and Barbuda Dream Vacation

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Looking for a safe beach vacation away from the big crowds? Take advantage of the low-cost airfare and adventure to Jolly Harbour, Antigua. Incredibly enough, Antigua has zero reported active Covid-19 cases, employs social distancing practices, and is one of the safest places to enjoy a beach vacation. Here are some of the best spots to explore on a beach getaway to Antigua:Caribbean sunset

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With 365 beaches in Antigua, all of which are open to the public, there are more places for beachgoers to spread out. While every beach in Antigua has a unique personality, it is difficult to beat Jolly Beach. If you are looking for crystal clear waters and smooth white sand, Jolly Beach is the quintessential Caribbean beach dream. Jolly Beach is a mile long, so there is plenty of space to spread out safely and enjoy the sunset.

Other beaches you have to visit on a trip to Antigua are Half Moon Bay, Dickenson Bay and Galley Bay Beach, where you can often see sea turtles.Caribbean bliss

Jolly Harbor Private Condo Rental

After a day of sunbathing and relaxing, you will want to enjoy a private and peaceful condo to unwind in (as opposed to a crowded resort). You can find private condos along Jolly Harbor. This luxury waterfront condo overlooks the harbor itself so you can watch the stunning sailboats yachts as they pull into port.caribbean

Local Beach Restaurants in Antigua

From Italy to South Africa, Jolly Harbor is home to hundreds of world travelers, each bringing a piece of their culture. One of the best cultural contributions is their food! In Jolly Harbor, you can find restaurants that serve native Antiguan cuisine as well as Italian, Greek, Indian, and American dishes. Some of our favorites are:

  • Al Porto | Italian | Two-for-One Pizza Night Tuesdays
  • Castaways | World Flavors | Beachside bar service 
  • The Crow’s Nest | Hamburgers | Harborside Upscale Burgers
  • Petal’s Café | Breakfast/Brunch | Relaxed Harborside Breakfast Favorites

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Historical Attractions in Antigua

While visiting a new country, it is fascinating to explore the culture and history. There is no better place to do so than Shirley Heights, a restored military lookout and gun battery. Not only does this destination provide a cultural experience, but the ruins of Fort Shirley, perched on the hilltop, also hosts breathtaking scenic views over both English and Falmouth Harbours. Shirley Heights provides a feast for your eyes as well as your stomach at the Barbecue Party that happens every Sunday.

Nelson's Dockyard ~ English Harbour

Nearby is the perfectly restored English Harbour, which is also worth a visit. That’s where you find Nelson’s Dockyard, a naval dockyard that was Lord Nelson’s headquarters from 1784 to 1787 and was used by the British fleet during the Napoleonic Wars.

If you are interested in historic homes, don’t miss Clarence House, which was built for King William IV in the 18th century and is a beautiful example of Colonial architecture. On a tour of the house, you can see well-preserved period furniture including a unique wooden bathtub. Note: Clarence House now serves as the residence of the governor-general of Antigua and Barbuda and can only be toured when the governor-general is not around. 
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Photo Credit: Nelson’s Dockyard by Prayitno via Flickr.com; Shirley Heights by tps58 via Flickr.com

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The Five Best Honeymoon Destinations for Foodies

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Going on a honeymoon is probably the most beautiful and unforgettable trip in newly-married couples’ lives. If you and your spouse also enjoy trying new dishes in your travels, continue reading to learn about the five best honeymoon destinations for foodies.

1 Seville, Spain

Seville is ideal for your romantic getaway because of the Parque de María Luisa and Triana quarter. Parque de María Luisa is a park that looks like a Monet painting come to life. You can have a romantic picnic at Isleta de Los Pájaros located by the river and listen to the sounds of water trickling and musicians practising.

You can go to the Triana quarter and try Los Pajaritos. You should also try codorniz or fried quail on a thick slab of beautiful Sevillian bread. Avenida Santa Cecilia 2 is one of the restaurants that serve this local speciality in Seville. If plan your honeymoon in Seville, make sure that you include how to sign up to a delayed flight compensation app in advance so that it won’t take any of your time once you arrive and you can enjoy your time wandering around the city.honey moon destinations for foodies

2 Krabi, Thailand

Aside from visiting scenic spots in Bangkok and Phuket, Krabi is definitely worth a visit. If you enjoyed Phuket, you will surely have fun in Koh Phi Phi. This famous island in Thailand is known for its beaches, restaurants, wild parties, nature treks, and diving sites. Thus, you and your partner will have a great time together. If it comes down to choosing Phuket vs Krabi for your honeymoon, Thai food lovers should certainly go off the beaten track. 

Krabi is the best place to try the spiciest dishes and curry. Aside from curries like gaeng som, you can also try khao mok gai which is similar to biryani at local markets there.railay beach thailand

3 Rome, Italy

Rome is undeniably a favourite among honeymooners. From the many romantic and iconic spots here, from Palatine Hill to the Spanish Steps is one of the best. It is a perfect place for you and your partner to sit down with an espresso or gelato on hand and watch locals and tourists pass by the grand steps.

If you want to eat a unique non-pasta dish in the city, you can try Roman artichokes. These can either be blanched in lemon water and fried in olive oil or braised in oil, water, and white wine.Honeymoon destinations for foodies

4 Orlando. USA

Orlando is known for its theme parks, so renting a car at Orlando airport and heading to Universal Orlando Resort for your honeymoon is a good choice is you are looking for a fun honeymoon and like to eat big. It will be a unique experience for you as newlyweds since you can relive your time of being children. There are options stay there if you get tired of all the walking and queuing.

If you and your partner love barbecues, you shouldn’t miss out on eating at the 4 Rivers Steakhouse. The place looks like a canteen, so it’s a place for you two to chill. You should try their Angus brisket and pulled-pork sandwiches since a lot of locals line up for these.sandwich

5 Hong Kong, China

One of the most romantic things to do in Hong Kong is riding a traditional Chinese junk boat. You and your spouse can see the city’s skyline view.  You can go to Aqua Luna to take a ride through Victoria Harbor and see the Symphony of Lights from there.

Desserts are a must-try in Hongkong. You can head out to The Dessert Kitchen to experience its creative food concepts. This quaint cafe sells unique Asian desserts any time of the day. Blueberry Kiss is a sweet treat you shouldn’t miss trying there. 
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Top Five Romantic European Destinations

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Isn’t it amazing to be surprised by your partner with a romantic getaway? Having the opportunity to go with that special person is a great opportunity to know them better and to acknowledge that they are really serious about the relationship. After all, it takes a lot of time, effort, and money to travel abroad with another person. Some say it is the ultimate test. However, you may be reading this because you are the one who wants to plan ahead for an unforgettable anniversary with your loved one.

If you are finally ready to start planning, we listed some of the most romantic European destinations that you and your partner will definitely enjoy. They’re as follows:venice love locks italy

1 Prague

Prague is said to be the most romantic city that Europe has to offer. There are various landmarks throughout the city such as the Vltava River where you can feed the swans or rent a rowboat to explore around. There’s also the well-maintained royal gardens to make you feel like a queen or a king even for just a short period of time.prague

2 Venice

Venice is surely a place you will love if you love and appreciate art. It also has historical landmarks like churches and palaces that you can roam around with your partner. To complete your trip, we highly recommend staying in an elegant Venetian apartment to experience what it feels like living like a local.venice canale grande gondoliers

3 Split (Croatia)

Romantic cruises in Croatia are sought after by many couples due to the ambiance and the memorable accommodation they provide. Usually, the sailing experience takes up to 8 days, but you can go on a one-day sailing adventure if you prefer to explore the city by foot more.where is the love

4 Brittany (France)

Brittany is known for its breathtaking coastlines and beach resorts where you can also go camping in a luxurious French setting, also known as glamping. It is a very unique experience that you should try at least once in your life, and what better way to experience it by being with your significant other.France

5 Ionian Islands (Greece)

The Ionian Islands are known for their gorgeous sea and amazing island hopping tours. If you want to make the most out of your trip, it is best to go to Lefkada which has fewer tourists and not as busy as the other islands.

Paxi, on the other hand, has two islands namely Antipaxos and Paxos. These two small islands get busy during the month of August, but if you are not bothered by big crowds and would like to socialize, this is the best place to go. Overall, the Ionian Islands have seven islands, with each of them featuring a unique character and landscapes that you will love.sunset drink

Planning for a romantic European trip takes some time, so researching ahead of time to know the perfect itinerary and weighing the options to make sure that they’re worth paying for is necessary. By doing this, you can make sure that you and your partner will have a worthwhile trip that will turn out to be something that both of you will enjoy cherishing for ages.where is the love

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Six Best Destination Wedding Ideas

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You don’t have to blow up your budget or compromise to have the best destination weddings. Check out these 6 breathtaking places to get married in the world.

Every couple opting for a destination wedding has a vision, what they want the wedding to look and feel like. And this begins by scouting the best places for a destination wedding which inspires them with the right wedding ideas. Whether a grand, intimate, beach, budget or same-sex wedding, there’s the perfect spot to give you the best destination weddings.

From New Zealand to America, Jamaica to England, Mexico to Italy, you’ll find the most romantic places to get married. So before you say those wedding vows, see our 6 best destination wedding ideas!

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New Zealand

Do you have an intimate wedding in mind? Then head off to Helena Bay Lodge one of the remote wedding islands in New Zealand. This spot gives you the most intimate and romantic wedding getaway you can think of.

Helena Bay Lodge is a recent boutique hotel postcards are made of. It has its private coastline and is secluded in a 750-acre woodland. With a distance of one hour to the nearest town, it does a good job of cutting down a guest’s size.

The boutique hotel has only five villas which can take only 10 guests per time. And in great weather, you can hold a party on the beach. The seclusion, serenity, and number of guests allowed, makes it the perfect plug for intimate and small destination weddings.sunset lovers

United States of America

Are you a same-sex couple or LGBT+ couple looking for comfortable, accepting and romantic marriage locations? Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California is one of the best places you can find. The first quality about this place is that it has a huge LGBT+ community, so you’d be among folks.

The setting of the hotel also makes it the most romantic. It boasts of Palm flanked pools, candlelit walkways, and bougainvillea filled garden, where you can have an intimate ceremony. The year-round blessing of sunshine and desert-like landscape allows couples to have stunning outdoor weddings.

At the end of the day, lodge at the rustic-styled villas. And sleep to the views of San Jacinto Mountains.kuala lumpur flowers

Jamaica

Even if you’re working on a budget, you can always have your dream destination wedding, fireworks and all! Hotel Rui Montego Bay, Jamaica has you covered from start to finish. The hotel is calmly situated on the white sand beach, a stone throw to Montego Bay’s main town. Their wedding packages begin at $1700, and this includes all the essentials to make your wedding a hit.

Talk about the wedding cake, the wedding coordinator, and a reception covering 20 guests. For lodging, you can get 3 nights to stay for $200. And this includes all your meals and alcohol. Perfect budget dream, right?boracay beach palm trees

England

For the couple who are country lovers at heart, Leeds castle is one of the most romantic places to get married. Located in Kent, its historic and sports stunning gardens, vineyard, and plush rooms. The place looks like it walked out of a postcard!

Think fairy tale wedding and this place in the countryside of England gives the perfect backdrop. And the countryside doesn’t mean bland, you get the grandest experiences here. From having a grand ceremony in the sophisticated ballroom to enjoying vintage champagne toasts in the drawing-room. And for the luxury evening banquet and partying, King Henry VIII 13th century banquet hall is at your service.

Couples can also begin their honeymoon by touring the vineyards, and going back home with a ton of history.Scottish Castle

Mexico

The couple who dreams of a destination wedding on a picture-perfect Mexican beach, can’t have it better than the resort at Pedregal! Located in Mexico, along the Baja California coast, this resort boasts of a secluded beach. This atmosphere is further overrun by ethereal cliffs, and golden sunsets, infusing romance, drama and glow.

Have the ceremony on the unending ocean terraces of the resort, or the beach itself. And take your reception to the open-air restaurant expertly carved into the cliffs, for some fine dining. The restaurant is named El Farallon, and it overlooks the Pacific Ocean.sayulita sunset sky mexico

Italy

Are you up for the celebrity life? A grand wedding in mind? Nowhere “grander” than the Grand Hotel Tre Mezzo in Italy. Located at Lake Como, this is a surefire luxury stop for celebrity weddings.

Have the grand ceremony at the 17th-century villa Carlotta, or the lake front garden. Swing by La Terrazza for a candlelit dinner, then drink and dance the night away at L’Escale bar.Riomaggiore sunset1

 

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Destination Honolulu – Where to Stay, Eat & Explore on The Cheap Side

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Planning to visit Honolulu? Let me help you plan your trip: in my Honolulu travel guide, you’ll find the best things to do in Honolulu, where to stay in Honolulu, and where to eat when you visit Honolulu.

I am also sharing a few tips and tricks to staying on budget while still having the holiday of your dreams in Honolulu:

Honolulu Travel Guide: What to do, where to stay and where to eat

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What to do in Honolulu

These are the five things you have to do when you visit Honolulu:

    • Spend a day at iconic Waikiki Beach
    • Learn about history at Pearl Harbor National Memorial and the USS Arizona
    • Hike up to Diamond Head, the volcanic tuff cone southeast of Honolulu
    • Visit the beaches near Makapu’u Point in Eastern Honolulu, incl Hanauma Bay, Sandy Beach and Makapu’u Beach
    • Hike the Coco Krater Trail (it’s only two miles, but be warned, there are over 1,000 steps)
 

For more ideas what to do on Oahu and if you want to go beyond Honolulu, check out the 7 best day trips from Honolulu.

Where to Stay in Honolulu

There are plenty of hotels and Airbnb’s in Honolulu, but doing some research pays off: some of the properties near Waikiki Beach are old and outdated. I highly recommend reading some recent reviews before booking a hotel or Airbnb. There are too many great hotels to list in my Honolulu travel guide, but here are some of the most popular hotels in Honolulu:

The best mid-range hotels in Honolulu:

The best luxury hotels in Honolulu:

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Here are a few key factors to look for when looking for accommodation:

  • Hotels: Yes, you can stay at a luxury hotel, or resort, for cheap! Depending upon whether you book with a coupon, the time of year you make your reservations, or even booking a package deal. There are lots of ways to stay in a first class hotel without having to pay a first class bill.
  • Vacation rentals: Using websites and apps like AirBnB, you can find homes, rooms, or apartments to stay in while you’re in Honolulu. You can find amazing places with low price tags. If you don’t have an Airbnb account yet, use my referral code to sign up and get up to $40 off your first booking!
  • Hostels: A great way to save money is to stay in a hostel. If shared rooms don’t bother you, you’ll save a lot of money if you opt to stay in a hostel, which are around $30 a night (in a shared dorm room).

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How Should We Travel To Honolulu

There are options for cheap travel everywhere you look – look for cheap flights on your favorite flight search comparison websites, and make sure to consult more than just one. If you’re flexible with your travel dates, play around with dates, as well. Sometimes leaving a day or two earlier / later can make a difference of a few hundred dollars in ticket prices.  JustFly is an example for a website that offers cheap flights.

The same goes for car rentals – get a quote from your favorite rental company, but also check car rental companies for their best offers. I wrote in detail about how to save money on car rentals with Autoslash, a website that helps you find the best deals on rental cars. If you just want to visit Honolulu, renting a car isn’t necessary, but if you want to see more of Oahu, definitely rent a car.

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Where To Eat In Honolulu

A Honolulu travel guide wouldn’t be complete without some restaurant recommendations. The restaurants listed below include some low-budget options and a couple of splurges, and everything from breakfast to dining.

Some of the best restaurants in Honolulu are:

  • Merriman’s (1108 Auahi St #170) – great for seafood, oysters and cocktails
  • Liliha Bakery (580 N Nimitz Hwy) – for their famous Hawaiian cream puffs and for diner-style breakfast
  • Mitsu-Ken (2300 N King St) – for bento boxes
  • The Pig And The Lady (83 N King St) – amazing Vietnamese food
  • Halekulani Bakery & Restaurant (2233 Helumoa Road) – divine pastries and baked goods
  • Alan Wong’s (1857 S King St, Honolulu) – for upscale seafood
  • Koko Head Cafe (1145 12th Ave C) – popular brunch spot run by celebrity chef Lee Anne Wong, famous for breakfast udon, congee & other Pan-Asian eats
  • Keiki and the Pineapple (909 Kapiolani Blvd, Suite B) – delicious breakfast & brunch
  • Morimoto Asia (2490 Kalakaua Ave) – table-side Asian fusion, sushi & dim sum
  • Helena’s Hawaiian Food (1240 N School St) – home-style Hawaiian cooking

Here are a few tips on saving money at restaurants when you visit Honolulu:

  • Early Bird Specials
  • Breakfast at the hotel or at your Airbnb
  • Lunch from a supermarket (picnic lunch at the beach, for example)
  • Food trucks
  • Local spots, away from heavy tourist traffic
  • Coupons and online deals (check groupon and meal deal apps)

There are lots of ways to eat on the cheap when you visit Honolulu – all you need to know is where and when to look!China Town Honolulu

Photo Credit: Title Image by markof4123 via Pixabay. All other images used via Flickr’s Creative Commons Licensing. (1) Honolulu by Karen; (2) Hawaiian Airlines by Alan Light; (3) Chinatown Honolulu by Prayitno
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Beyond Miami: Exploring Florida

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Nicknamed the Sunshine State, the state of Florida offers so much more than just the vibrant city of Miami. With wild nature, theme parks, excellent shopping and an abundance of seafood to enjoy, there’s plenty to occupy your time while you’re on holiday. Stay in one of the stunning villas in Florida so you can bring the whole family along to enjoy its world-famous attractions. Here are just some of the amazing activities and sights you can enjoy in Florida.

Theme parks

There’s no denying that Florida is famed mostly for its epic theme parks. Orlando is less than a four-hour drive north from Miami. Here you’ll find several famous theme parks with roller coasters, water rides and popular experiences at the world-famous Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios Florida. With lots of excitement, there’s plenty for the whole family to explore and enjoy while you’re here together.

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Scuba diving

South of Miami in the Florida Keys is the spectacular John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Dive under the water to explore a hidden paradise. As well as colorful coral, sea creatures and fish, there are also peculiar stone statues that have sunk to the seabed. Snorkel or explore further with a scuba diving instructor. It’ll be an experience you’ll never forget. 

Wildlife and wild nature

Florida is also known for its wildlife, especially it’s crocodiles and alligators. One of the best places to see these creatures is in the Everglades National Parks. These sprawling wetlands are made up of several ecosystems that have the right conditions for different kinds of wildlife to thrive. Throughout the park, there are 350 species of bird as well as bottlenose dolphins, alligators, snakes and crocodiles. Take in the setting from a 65-foot observation deck or venture to ground level for walking trails and boat trips into the mangroves.   

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Beautiful beaches

With powdery white sands, cool blue waters and water sports on offer, Florida is fringed with beautiful beaches. Anna Maria Island, on the west coast,  is stunning. Walk along the long promenade that stretches into the sea to catch a glimpse of the resident fish, dolphins and manatees. Turtles also nest here at certain times throughout the year so you could witness the magic of hatchlings running to the water for the first time.

Fantastic golf courses

Sarasota is located near Anna Maria Island and is a great place to stay if you’re in Florida to play golf. There are 20 golf courses in the area including championship courses, several driving ranges and putting greens. Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes allows you to play a challenging set under the shade of the lush trees. At Bobby Jones Golf Club, play on 325 acres of green where lakes and bunkers add challenging features to the picturesque course.   

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Photo Credit: All photos used via Flickr’s Creative Commons Licensing. (1) Wizarding World Of Harry Potter by Diana Kelly; (2) Alligator by Dennis Church; (3) Destin Beach by Phanatic
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5 Alternative Luxury Honeymoon Destinations

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Being smitten with love needs to be expressed in an unforgettable honeymoon experience! That said, you can get to enjoy your honeymooning phase with your loved one by checking out these 5 alternative luxury honeymoon destinations that are sure to sweep away your feet with memories:

  1. Colombia

First on our list is the Republic of Colombia which lies in the north of South America. It is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, making it the perfect luxury honeymoon destination, not to mention it’s filled with a number of panoramic beaches and resorts.

If you are looking for the most romantic experience, the sandy Caribbean beaches and the Pacific’s thriving coastline will surely cap off your marital bliss with joy and excitement.

Colombia is home to cozy rest houses in mountainous places, breathtaking countryside, a view of the Amazon jungle, and also adventure-filled modern cities.

You can spend your honeymoon nights in Bogota enjoying alcoholic cocktails. You may also traverse the cobbled streets of the La Candelaria colonial quarter or visit the Gold Museum, Monserrate, Plaza Bolivar, and the 93 Park.

Another place worth visiting is Cartagena which is a port city in Colombia. There, you will have a luxurious stay at the panoramic views of domed rooftops in Iglesia de la Popa. You can spend your evenings riding horse-led carriages towards the festive seafood restaurants which serve sumptuous dishes. Also, don’t forget to visit Plaza Santo Domingo, Bazurto Market, the walled cities, and the Old Boots.

  1. Borneo

They say that Asia is one of the most romantic getaways to experience an unforgettable honeymoon destination. Borneo is undeniably one of those places that you’d want to spend your luxury honeymoon in. As an island of pristine and exotic wonders, Borneo is a rugged peninsula that will surely take your breath away. Among the honeymoon destinations that it has to offer are the following:

  • Towering peaks of Mount Kinabalu
  • Mineral baths at Poring
  • Jungle treks at Danum Valley
  • Beaches and snorkeling in Tanjung Aru
  • Kuching Cat museum for cat enthusiasts

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  1. Egypt

Spend your luxury honeymoon the ancient way by heading to Egypt for a wondrous experience with Millennium-old monuments, tombs, pyramids, and sand dunes.

One of the best places to visit is the Giza pyramid complex which is one of the oldest ancient wonders of the world. At the Giza pyramid complex, you will also get to explore the Great Sphinx, a limestone sculpture of the mythical creature with a lion’s body and a human’s head. Other Egyptian wonders that you can visit for your luxurious honeymoon are as follows:

  • Valley of the Kings in Necropolis
  • Temple ruins of Karnak
  • Submerged islands of Philae
  • Iconic Aswan dam
  • Biblical Mount Sinai
  • Ras Muhammad National Park

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  1. Iceland

Nothing beats a luxurious honeymoon when it is done in European style! Travel to your heart’s content when you spend your honeymoon vacation in Iceland. Get to experience classic boutique resorts where tours for volcanic hot springs, Northern lights, and geysers are included. What will be more romantic than cuddling in cold weather while watching the night skies dance with colorful Northern Lights?

Among the many romantic destinations and activities in Iceland are the following:

  • Geothermal spa in Blue Lagoon
  • Rugged volcano park in Thingvellir
  • Multi-section waterfalls in Gullfoss
  • Glacial geysers and hot springs in the Golden Circle
  • Active geysers that erupt from time to time

  1. Italy

Live out your lover’s fairytale dreams by spending a your romantic holiday in a luxury Tuscan villa, placed in one of the most romantic countries in the world. Located between Florence and Siena. Tuscany is famous for wonderful wine (Chianti) and ridiculously relaxed landscapes. This is a honeymoon for those looking to getaway and relax in the process.

Romantic things to do include:

  • Escaping to the Italy countryside and staying in a beautiful secluded villa.
  • Walking through the vineyards and of course wine tasting along the way.
  • Head out for a romantic candle lit diner at any of the endless resteraunts.
  • Take a stroll around the town and learn the rich medieval history, the birth place of Renaissance.

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What are you waiting for? Include these romantic honeymoon retreats in your wedding plans, and make sure to check out this short guide so you won’t miss out on anything!

Photo Credit: Egypt by Rab Lawrence via Flickr’s Creative Commons Licensing.

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Five Things You Have to Do on a Girls’ Getaway to Pigeon Forge

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Planning a girls’ weekend getaway is a lot of fun, but it turns out, it’s good for you too. Going on vacations with your girlfriends can strengthen bonds, and strong friendships have been linked to a lower instance of heart disease, fewer instances of depression, and even a decreased risk of premature death. Taking regular trips with your girlfriends can actually help you live longer!

It really doesn’t matter if you stay overnight or if you plan a weeklong vacay, you’ll still have a lot of fun and enjoy the benefits of vacationing with your close friends. Especially if Pigeon Forge is your destination and you make sure to do these five things.The Old Mill - Pigeon Forge (version 2)

Catch a Dinner Show

Going out to dinner is a great way to spend time with your girlfriends. Catching a show is a great way to spend time with your girlfriends too. Why not do both by catching a show?

Pigeon Forge has a wide variety of dinner shows that are sure to appeal to you and your crew. Just a few include:

  • Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show features Gary Davis, the only four-time banjo champion in the entire country, horseback riders, and much more.
  • Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show will keep you laughing as you watch dancing, singing, and stunts on stage.
  • Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show takes place in its own arena with a 15-foot indoor lagoon complete with pirate ships where the show takes place.
  • Magic Beyond Belief Starring Darren Romeo features tricks from Siegfried and Roy’s protege, as well as animals like white tigers, Bengal tigers, and more.

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Stop at the Spa

No girls’ trip is complete without a trip to the spa! You’ve got nothing to worry about when you’re staying in Pigeon Forge. There are many different spas to choose from.

You can spend an hour or two getting your nails done, or you can plan an entire spa day. There are spa destinations in the mountains, as well as hotel spas, so you don’t have to go far to get that facial and massage. Consider getting your hair done at the spa before a night out on the town!Incredible Views at Pigeon Forge Cabin Rental

Do a Little Shopping

No girls’ trip is complete without a trip to the spa, but no trip is complete without at least a little shopping too! No matter what kind of shopping you like to do, you can bet Pigeon Forge has it.

Pigeon Forge outlet shopping is popular with residents and visitors alike because it’s a great way to find deals on your favorite brands, but don’t forget to check out some of the local stores that offer items you won’t find anywhere else.

If you’re looking for souvenirs and gifts, there’s no better place to stop than The Old Mill General Store. The Village Shops feature one-of-a-kind stores, like the Candle Cottage, and the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Have a cat-lover in the group? Make sure you stop by the Smoky Mountain Cat House!"Pigeon Forge, Tennesee, United States of America"

Take the Newfound Gap Smoky Mountains Pink Jeep Tour

If you’re looking for a little adventure and want to spend time in nature with your girlfriends, take the Newfound Gap Smoky Mountains Pink Jeep Tour.

Tour the Smoky Mountains in style in a pink jeep, traveling along winding paths, learning about the area at the same time. You will be able to stand in two states at the same time, and as your adventure concludes, you’ll be taken off road for an experience you will never forget.

Spend a Day at Dollywood

You don’t need the kids to enjoy a day at the theme park, especially when that theme park is Dollywood!

There are plenty of thrill rides to get your heart pumping at Dollywood, but there are many other things to do in the park that your girlfriends will love. Learn more about Dolly in the Chasing Rainbows museum, see eagles up-close-and-personal, or catch a show inside the park.

Depending on the time of year you decide to visit, you may be able to catch an annual celebration, like the Summer Celebration that enables you to stay in the park after dark, or Dollywood at Christmas Time.Sunday morning run in Pigeon ForgeIf you’re looking for a fun way to reconnect with your girlfriends, a trip to Pigeon Forge is a great idea, especially if you stay long enough to do all the things on this list!

Photo Credit: All photos used via Flickr’s Creative Commons Licensing. (1) The Old Pigeon Forge Mill by Brent Moore; (2) Dixie Stampede by Richard Franklin; (3) Smoky Mountains Cabin by SmokyMountains.com; (4) Pigeon Forge Decorations by Olin Gilbert; (5) Dollywood by Joel
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Top 7 Things to Consider When Traveling to the UAE

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a popular tourist destination–and when many people think about traveling to the UAE, they’re really planning a trip to Dubai. One of the seven UAE states, Dubai has Western-style values and openness to tourists and expats, making it an ideal location for visitors. That said, if you’re going to visit the UAE, you’ll want to be prepared for the culture and recreation opportunities.

When you’re traveling in the UAE, there are a few important things you’ll want to consider. Here’s a few of our best tips to make your trip a great experience.

1. Theme Parks Galore

Dubai wants to be a destination for theme park visitors. The city has several major theme parks and will soon have the largest water park on Earth.Dubai

2. Yes, You Can Drink

Alcohol isn’t banned in the UAE. Dubai is well-known for a vibrant bar and nightclub scene. You can obtain a liquor license to buy alcohol if you need to, although many visitors focus on trying the happy hour specials at the local drinking establishments.

3. UAE Can Be Expensive

Although it’s definitely possible to budget as you travel through the UAE, you should keep in mind that the UAE is also very expensive and has a high standard of living in many places. Dubai, for instance, is popular with expats and is a major center of industry and global commerce. So traveling there is worth budgeting for.Dubai

4. It’s Not All Oil

If you’re expecting the UAE’s economy and culture to be 100 percent driven by the oil drilling industry, you’d be wrong. The UAE now has a fairly diverse economy and a vibrant culture. There’s so much to see and do when you visit.

5. The UAE Has Diverse Values And Culture

Historically, there are many different cultural influences in the UAE. You can see the best of Emirati culture on your trip to the UAE by taking in the museums, visiting mosques, and taking in the art scene. 

Think you’re visiting a conservative Muslim country? Think again. Although many areas of the UAE follow traditional Muslim values and the nation largely thinks of itself as conservative Muslim, you’ll find a more liberal culture in Dubai and a somewhat more liberal culture in Abu Dhabi. Each of the seven ’emirates,’ or states, have autonomy over their own affairs. So don’t be surprised if the culture around you is completely different as you travel through more than one emirate.Dubai

6. The Internet Is Censored

Like many countries around the world, the UAE censors internet use within the nation. Many websites aren’t available within the UAE and you’ll need a good VPN to access the internet content you want.

7. It’s Worth Slowing Down And Taking It In

With so much to see, the UAE is worth taking your time. You could easily spend several days in Dubai alone. Budget carefully, take in the culture and be open to learning. You’ll see how much the UAE offers for visitors and you’ll wish you could stay longer or visit again.Dubai

Photo Credit: Lead image via Pixabay. All other photos used via Flickr’s Creative Commons Licensing. (1) Dubai by Nacho Pintos; (2) Dubai by Julien Mattei; (3) Dubai by Dominuz; (4) Dubai Desert by Nacho Pintos
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Wonderful Adventures Near Honolulu Hawaii

Paradise

There is no shortage of amazing activities in and around the bustling Honolulu, Hawaii metropolitan area. Located on the diverse island of Oahu, this Hawaiian paradise has something for everyone. Whether you want to catch a sporting event or concert in the city, participate in an exhilarating outdoor adventure, or simply relax on the tranquil beaches, Honolulu has all of your travel dreams covered. Here are some key things to consider before you set sail on your Hawaiian adventure.

Waikiki Beach, 1994

WHERE TO STAY:

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa: Wake up in this resort just steps from the welcoming waters of Waikiki Beach. The world-class spa boasts sweeping views of the azure waters, providing the perfect backdrop as you enjoy a customized massage, facial, and more. Each of the spacious guest rooms features a private lanai, allowing you to soak up the smells and sounds of this paradise. Click here to visit their website and book your stay.

Halekulani: This ultra-premium hotel delivers a luxurious experience every step of the way. The guest rooms are known for their soothing white decor that perfectly complements the sparkling waters just outside your room. Three restaurants and two lounges make it easy to never have to leave this oasis.

Waikiki sunset

‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach: This newly opened resort is conveniently located in the heart of Waikiki. This resort features a rooftop infinity pool, a dedicated pool area for children, and a 230,000-gallon oceanarium located in the lobby. Combine this with a modern fitness facility and two full-service restaurants and bars and you have everything that you need to enjoy a wonderful vacation.

WHAT TO DO:

Pearl Harbor: No trip to Honolulu is complete without a visit to the venerable Pearl Harbor. There are myriad memorials and attractions to explore at this historic site, including the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri. This moving destination is a must-see for any American.

Waikiki Aquarium: This charming seaside aquarium is easy walking distance from many of the hotels of Honolulu. Explore a variety of native Hawaiian sea life such as jellyfish, Hawaiian monk seals, and tropical fish. Children will delight in the hands-on interactive exhibits while adults will appreciate its stunning setting right along the ocean.

Diamond Head: Towering over the beaches of Waikiki and the city of Honolulu, it is hard to miss this iconic volcano. Outdoor recreational enthusiasts relish the opportunity to hike to the top of the crater. Once there, you are rewarded with sweeping views of the city and its coastline. Be sure to pack along lots of water.

Diamond Head Volcanic Cone, Honolulu (503265)

The Pualeilani Atrium Shops: Shop ‘til you drop at this vast collection of more than 60 retail shops. This shopping destination is centrally located at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa. As one of the premier hotels in Waikiki, it is no surprise that this resort offers an impressive collection of boutique shops. The open-air atrium is the perfect place to wander the stores as you soak up the lovely Hawaiian vibe.

Photo Credit: All photos used via Flickr’s Creative Commons Licensing. (1) Waikiki Beach by Alan Light; (2) Waikiki Sunset by Kanaka Rastamon; (3) Diamond Head by Robert Linsdell
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