The 5 Coolest Cave Destinations In The World

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Caves are some of the world’s most beautiful and impressive natural wonders. These underground worlds can develop via a variety of ways, but are quite often the result of millions of years of erosion and rock formation through rain. Here are some of the most intriguing caves from across the world that ought to be on every travelling troglodyte’s bucket list.

Skocjan cave, Slovenia

The largest cave in Europe, this hidden treasure has no shortage of stalagmites and stalactites offering several huge chambers. It’s also thought to have one of the biggest underground canyons in the world, which you can take a bridge across on a guided tour. This cave was inhabited during prehistoric times, and so you can walk in the footsteps of cavemen. Skocjan can be easily reached via car – the nearest train station is Divaca railway station and there are villages and campsites in the area for accommodation.

Waitomo Glowworms Cave, New Zealand

This cave is special for the creatures that inhabit it. Thousands of tiny glowworms live on the rocks illuminating the cave like a night sky full of stars. Visitors can take a boat trip through the cave and take in the spectacular sight. Waitomo is about three hours from Auckland.

La Jolla Caves, USA

California’s La Jolla Caves are only accessible by water and attract many visitors each year. You can visit them via kayak as part of a tour dependent on the tides. The water around the caves is inhabited by sea lions – you may even spot a leopard shark too. La Jolla is just north of San Diego past Mission Bay and Pacific Beach.  Those visiting from afar should check San Diego visitor information for oversea visitors. You can travel there via road.

Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave, Austria

Eisriesenwelt means ‘land of the giants’. The cave measures a whopping 42 kilometres and contains all manner of dramatic ice formations such as the Ice Organ and Hymir’s Castle. It was formed by erosion from the Salzach river. Over time thawing snow and has continuously frozen in the cave creating the ice formations within. The Ice caves can be located 40 kilometres south of Salzburg. They are only open between May and October.

Krubera Cave, Georgia

Krubera Cave is also known as the ‘cave of crows’ due to the amount of crows nestling at its entrance, giving it a menacing presence. It’s the deepest cave in the world, stretching down more than 2 kilometres. Climbers have described it as an ‘inverted Mount Everest’. Unlike many of the caves on this list, Krubera is still in the stages of being explored and limited largely to professionals, although there are other caves in Abkhazia that are open to tourists.

Greece is the Word: 5 Great Reasons To Go To Greece

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Greece attracts millions of tourists each year – and for good reason. There’s something for everyone in this ancient Mediterranean paradise. If you’ve been stuck for a place to visit this summer, here are several reasons to consider Greece as a top option.

Explore the history

For those looking for a cultural getaway, nothing beats Greece’s cast history. Arguably the centre of European ancient civilisation, Greece has many ancient monuments and landmarks worth visiting. There’s the likes of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, as well sites steeped in mythology such as the ruins of Europe’s oldest city Knossos. Fast-forwarding a few centuries, there are also many medieval sites to choose from including the mountaintop monasteries of Meteora and the scenic city of Rhodes.

Soak up the sun

One of the major reasons people head to Greece is simply for its stunning weather. If all you want to do is put your feet up and work on that tan, Greece has the perfect climate. You can stay at a hotel or hire a villa from a site such as www.villasingreece.co.uk to make your trip all the more tranquil. Hotels and villas are often guaranteed to come with a pool, and the azure sea is never far away.

Taste the cuisine

If you’re a food lover, there are many great dining experiences in Greece. It’s traditional cuisine includes seafood, lamb dishes, goat’s cheese and baklava. The country also has some great wines and a vast selection of vineyards with many allowing tours and tastings. The country is also known for its fresh fruit including figs, pomegranates and watermelons – a perfect healthy refreshment on a summer’s day.

Go for a hike

Greece’s scenic coastlines and mountainous inland terrain make ideal for hikers wanting an active holiday. Famous walks include the Menalon trail and the mighty Viros Gorge. There are also a number of mountain climbs that receive regular annual pilgrimages such as Mount Athos and the mythical Mount Olympus. Sites such as www.tourradar.com offer some great opportunities on guided hikes across the country for those that want to learn about the country’s history and culture along the way, as well as meet new people. Greece’s picturesque mountain roads are also great for cycling enthusiasts.

Experience the nightlife

If you’re a keen partygoer, Greece has countless nightlife hotspots. Ios, Zante, Ayia Napa and Santorini are some of the biggest party destinations, sporting an array of bars and clubs. Some of these venues can attract big names. It’s also worth looking out for colour festivals, beach parties, boat parties and other events that often take place on these party islands. On top of these young nightlife destinations, the likes of Kos and Rhodes cater to all ages, offering a wide array of restaurants and bars with live music for those wanting something a little less rowdy than the clubs.

Exploring The World by Air, Land and Water

With some many stunning destinations across the world, investing your time and money in travel is something you will never regret doing. But there’s so much more you can do than simply jetting off to a country and lying on the beach topping up your tan. Here are some of the ways you can truly explore and appreciate each place you visit.

By Land

Whether you travel by foot, vehicle or animal- there are plenty of incredible ways you can get around destinations by land. You could go on a camel trek in the Australian Outback or horseback riding in Oregon. You could ride Vespas in Italy, or travel Amsterdam by bicycle. For something a little faster, how about a road trip along Route 66 in an RV, or whizz down the famous Trans-Siberian railway by train. To really immerse yourself in a culture and destination, backpacking is an amazing, humble way to see the world. As well as moving around on foot you will be mixing with the locals and using public transport too. If you’re looking to really do things in style, you could hire a high-end sports or muscle car and get around your destination in this! Either way, there are a ton of great ways to travel each offering very different experiences.

 

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By Air

Travel by air is incredibly exciting, perfect for thrill seekers! You could take a helicopter ride over London, or ride a hot air balloon in New York. You could go paragliding, parachute jumping or even ride a zeppelin which is a lot like a blimp. Since blimp tours are no longer available to the public due to safety concerns, this is a way you can get a similar experience. One of the best things about traveling by air is the epic views you see of your destination. Having a bird’s eye view is a unique way to see a place and something that will be ingrained in your memory forever!

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By Water

If being out on the water with the wind in your hair is more your kind of thing, how about exploring the oceans, rivers and incredible lakes of the world? Salt Lake City, for example, offers a range of watersports surrounded by breathtaking scenery. You could look into yacht rental in Dubai if you want to see the fascinating city from a different viewpoint. You could go snorkeling or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, go fishing, swimming, kayaking and so much more. There are immensely beautiful beaches, harbors and bays all across the world where you can jump on a boat and feel the freedom that comes with being out on the water.

Have a holiday booked this year? Why not look into some of these epic ways to explore your destination and get the most out of your trip!

Villa or Hotel- Which One Will You Choose For Your Holiday?

Holidays are constantly on our mind as we decide where to visit. Once you have booked your flights, it’s now time to find suitable accommodation. It can be a hard decision when deciding whether to stay in a hotel or to look into hiring a villa. We discuss both here to help you choose which one’s the best for you and your family.

Hotel

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Staying in a hotel will provide you with the ultimate relaxing break for you from your normal life. You won’t have to worry about bedding and towels as they will be changed for you. The hotel will have facilities for you which will keep everyone busy, including a pool. They often have an activity plan with many classes for you and your family. Depending on where you stay, they will also have playgrounds and games for your children.

As Saga Magazine explains, hotels are ideal for giving your holiday structure. The hotel has it all planned out for you, and they have entertainment to keep you busy every evening. And depending on your board, they will provide you with food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eating at a hotel gives you plenty of choice of food, and means that you will not have to lift a finger.

Staying at a hotel will also make you feel safer, as you will be able to ask questions to a rep. There will also be reception staff on 24/7 that will be able to help you organise trips and taxis. Also, if any of you got poorly, they would be able to arrange a doctor or if more severe, help you find a local hospital. We talk more about arranging family vacations here.

Villa

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Staying at a villa can mean that you and your family can have a private holiday. It is more intimate as there will be no strangers about, and you won’t be rushing for a sunbed in the morning. Villas typically come with a pool which is perfect for all the family, and there are no rules about when you can use it. A nighttime swim might sound bliss for some holidaymakers.

A villa also gives you flexibility when it comes to food. You can buy food and make what you want when you want. Making your food means you don’t have to worry about what ingredients have been included.

A villa is also fab for the whole family as it will feel more homely. They often have more space, and with villas such as a Mykonos luxury villa, being as lovely as a hotel, you will feel like you are getting more for your money. Unlike hotels, you will be the only ones around your stuff which will make you feel safer, and the villa can also be cleaner than hotel rooms, due to fewer people using it regularly.

So a villa has more space, more flexibility and privacy, while a hotel can make you feel totally relaxed, and has facilities for the whole family. Which one will you choose?

Italy: The Best Destinations To Visit

Italy is fast becoming a European holiday hotspot. With many destinations to marvel. A legendary cuisine and a beautiful lengthy coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. There is a lot than can be said for this wonderful country. You are spoilt for choice with destinations to visit in Italy. So here are the top picks of places to visit.

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Rome.

This is the capital city of Italy and is possibly the most well-known destinations in Italy. Boasting some of the most stunning architecture. Rome is a vast and complex city that is both historic and modern at the same time. I would say Rome is best known for religious monuments, Roman structures and the Vatican City. Rome has been an important center of culture, power and religion for 1000’s of years. There is so much to do in Rome that it would be safe to say that you won’t be able to see it all on your first visit.

The Italian lakes.

The Italian lakes stretch across the north of Italy. The lakes tend to be relatively flat in the southern region. Whereas the more north you go, the more mountainous the terrain gets as the lakes reach deep into The Alps. The lakes are popular with tourists. Mostly because of the stunning scenery and attractive weather. Lake Garda and Lake Como are the most well-known of the Italian lakes. You will find plenty to see and do around the Italian Lakes. It’s a destination that won’t disappoint.

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The Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast is situated in Italy’s southwestern region of Campania. This particular coast is known for its unique beauty which makes it a popular destination for tourists. The coast stretches 30 miles along the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula. It’s prized for it’s picturesque coastline of beautiful bays, cliffs and stunning lemon tree gardens. You won’t be surprised to read that their are many glitzy and luxurious places to stay in this fabulous destination.

Venice.

Venice is by far one of the most unique destinations in Italy and is a very popular place to go. Venice is built on a lagoon surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. Located in the northeastern part of Italy. Venice is in effect 118 islands all connected by hundreds of bridges and canals. There is the main Grand Canal that divides the city into two sections. If the waterways aren’t enough for you, then you won’t be disappointed with the amount of museums and things to see and do in this wonderful city.

Milan.

Finally, no list would be complete without including one of Europe’s wealthiest cities. Milan, having nearly been destroyed in World War 2 is now an iconic fashion city. If it’s not the designer shops that make you want to visit it will be the surviving Leonardo Da Vinci paintings that do. A place worth visiting for sure.

I hope this post has provided you with some inspiration to visit Italy soon.

Find The Best Skiing Of Your Life – Here’s How!

If your idea of a vacation is snuggling up under the blankets, drinking a cup of hot cocoa, and staring at snow out the window, then you might as well book a log cabin at stereotypical resort. But if you have a sense of adventure and want to experience the racing through the snow like never before, then a heli-skiing holiday is for you. Heli-skiing allows you to have the most visceral skiing experience imaginable. If you want to get the most out your heli-skiing experience, a small boutique heli-skiing operation is sure to offer the most thrilling skiing of your life!

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You want to select a boutique heli-skiing company that accommodates your needs and works around your schedule. By keeping their operations small, they can offer packages that are flexible, ranging from 2 to 6 night stays. You can also start your trip on any day of the week. Plenty of other companies subscribe to the one sizes fits all approach, where the length of your trip must begin on a designated day and end at a certain time. This approach best serves the needs of the company but not you – the thrill seeker. You spend the rest of the year adhering to a schedule predetermined by deadlines, why would you want to vacation in the same manner? When you’re on vacation you should be able to determine the day you arrive and the day you leave.

The entire package is built to satisfy your thirst for adventure. This experience is personalized and you can book packages that are small, accommodating only 4 people. Heli-skiing in small groups makes for an intimate and unforgettable trip. Imagine the beauty of the powdered snow of Revelstoke, British Columbia untouched and unadulterated. Now imagine cutting through it as you ski down the slope of powdery white with close family or friends.

To make sure you heli-skiing holiday goes off without a hitch, be sure to contact Great Canadian Heli-Skiing. Their dedicated team of customer service representatives, pilots, and skiing guides provide world famous heli skiing trips. With access to one of the most beautiful, remote areas on Earth, they’ll have you skiing faster than you ever have before. Surrounded by beautiful evergreens and unending vistas of mountains, you’ll return to further visual nourishments, as your lodgings are comfortable oases with all of the modern amenities.

So when you’re ready to actually do something this vacation, get out from under the blanket and hop off the couch. Book you and your friends’ a heli-skiing holiday and get ready to have the best skiing experience of your life.

My Guide to Seeing London Like a Londoner

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I love living in London, and I like that so many people want to come and explore the city for themselves. However, often when you go to a new place, you only see it through the eyes of a tourist. Anyone who comes to see Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London won’t see the London that I know. If you want to see the city like a local, you have to be prepared to go off the beaten track. Don’t spend too long visiting the usual sights when there are so many places to explore. Here’s my guide to enjoying London like a Londoner.

Stay in an Apartment

The first thing you must do is avoid hotels. You can’t see anywhere like a local if you base your stay from a hotel room. You will only be able to eat in restaurants, and you’ll be surrounded by other holidaymakers. You can feel comfortable in a hotel, but you won’t ever feel at home. A better option is to visit HouseTrip or a similar site to book an apartment. Not only will a flat save you money, but you’ll be more relaxed too. You can cook your own food and come and go as you please, without having to let anyone in to clean your room.

Give the Sightseeing a Miss

Whenever you visit any new city, the first thing you want to do is go to all the iconic landmarks. It’s understandable, as they’re some of the things that make the city so great. But there are lots of reasons not to bother. For one thing, they can be very expensive, and for another, they get extremely busy. The truth is, if you walk around the centre of London, you’re going to see a lot of the famous landmarks anyway. If you want to see the sights, take an open-top bus around the city for a couple of hours and then be done with it.

Go Wandering

A lot of people say that the best way to explore a city is to get lost. Of course, you don’t have to get so lost that you have no idea how to get back to your accommodation. But sometimes you have to take a chance and just start walking. Don’t plan your day and follow a map to where you’re going. Just leave your holiday apartment and go wherever looks interesting. You never know what you might stumble across. You could find an incredible restaurant, a beautiful park or something unexpected.

Eat Your Way Through London

London is a multicultural city, which means the food is multicultural too. From curries on Brick Lane to pop-up restaurants around the city, you could spend your whole holiday eating. Don’t just stick to restaurants and cafes, though. Explore the many markets on offer and keep an eye out for food trucks too.

You won’t become a Londoner on your first visit, but you can begin to see the city through their eyes. Put down your map and camera and see London organically to have the best experience.