With freezing temperatures and inches of snow, the UK has recently experienced the so called “beast from the east”, leaving most areas of the country with blizzard like conditions. When we experience weather like this, we just want the summer months to roll around but somehow it feels like a glimpse of the sun isn’t going to appear anytime soon. Continue reading “European road trips to take this summer”
Driving or riding in a car is an extremely common circumstance. From the time when your child all the way through the end of your life, do probably spend lots of time in a moving vehicle. Sometimes you’re a passenger. Other times you’ll be a driver. But the one thing that’s a constant about being in a car is the fact that accidents are always possible. That’s why you should protect yourself as much as possible by understanding prevention and consequences. Continue reading “Car Accidents: Knowledge About Prevention and Consequences”
Beautiful, exotic Sri Lanka certainly is as much of a spiritual holiday destination as it is a cultural one. The island exudes a real special ambience and it is home to endless sacred grounds, mountain peaks, holy temples, ancient forgotten cities and enchanting nature. Here’s how to have a spiritual holiday in Sri Lanka: Continue reading “How to have a spiritual holiday in Sri Lanka”
Nobody in their right mind says no to vacation, although there are those people that say that they don’t have the time or money to make vacation part of their regular vocabulary. Not only is this a shame on so many levels, many people who claim that they have neither time nor money could probably make it happen by simply shifting their finances around a bit and standing up for themselves and what they deserve at work. Continue reading “3 Reasons Vacation Needs to Become a Regular Pastime in Your Life”
As important as their own identity, sovereignty and autonomy is to their own citizens, independent principality nations such as Andorra and Monaco often present a very unique case when dealing with matters of immigration, global classification and even for travelling arrangements. As if just any sort of travelling isn’t enough of a nightmare of its own, travellers from these principalities such as Monegasques, Andorrans and the like often find themselves falling in between what is far from clearly defined guidelines for making travel arrangements. Depending on who you ask, Monaco could very well be classified as a region in France, while Andorra may very well be classified as either a region in Spain or in France. The significance of this comes into play quite importantly when one considers that with issues of international travel and immigration, the final decision as to whether someone should be granted the appropriate travel-clearance or not lies in the hands of one pivotal person, employed as an immigration officer, customs official, or even an ambassador. Continue reading “How Long Andorran Citizens can Stay in the USA”
Everyone loves a good, all-American summer road trip. For some, there is nothing that marks the warmer months more significantly than hitting the road with a few friends. Unfortunately, your road trip experience can quickly fall into a downward spiral if your vehicle is not prepared for the long drive. One way to ensure your summer experience is as free as can be is to find a new car that is road-trip ready. Continue reading “4 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Vehicle for Summer Road Trips”
You get one life, so live it well. Easier said than done, right? No, wrong!
What if I told you there were ways you could travel this world like you owned it, without having to make more than minimum wage? They say the more you experience, the more you value and appreciate the little things. But, while that sounds nice to the ear, what if all you could afford were the little things? Should you miss out on experiencing life? Continue reading “Travel Like a Pro, with an Amateur Paycheck”
Many people choose to attend racecourses throughout the year as many of the greatest horse racing festivals take place in Great Britain. Tens of thousands of people bear down on events such as the Aintree Grand National, Cheltenham Festival and other major meetings as they bid to beat the bookmakers and witness some of the best racehorses on the planet in action. The Royal Ascot meeting remains one of the top rated events on the sporting calendar and the greatest trainers, jockeys and owners descend on the famous racecourse to battle it out for some of racing’s greatest trophies. We take a look at just why you should visit Ascot racecourse and discuss a few of the other activities that you can enjoy in the surrounding area.
Ascot hosts many meetings throughout the year and plenty of punters choose to travel to the course on a regular race day rather than the major events. The course is beautiful and is located near to major transport lines – meaning that Ascot is accessible for those travelling via car or public transport. There are a number of excellent restaurants in the surrounding area that cater for all dietary requirements and, with specialist cuisines, it’s a perfect place to attend and check out the local nightlife after a prosperous day at the races. Furthermore, if you miss any of the races, you can keep up to date with all news and results here.
For those who are travelling long distances, there are plenty of impressive hotels that are located within walking distance of the track – meaning that race goers can enjoy a few drinks and are in no real rush to vacate the premises. Many of these establishments are spoilt with phenomenal views of the local scenery and grounds, allowing punters to relax after a day at the races. Some of the venues are even lucky enough to have a spaon their grounds and people can take advantage of these fantastic features throughout the weekend.
The venue is renowned for its beautiful location and breathtaking scenes, but it’s also very well known for its phenomenal racing – particularly at Royal Ascot. Of the 32 Group One races in Great Britain, eight of them take place at the famous meeting and it isn’t a surprise to see the greatest trainers in the sport attend the meeting on a yearly basis as they pit their wits against one another.
The Gates of the Arctic National Park is located in Alaska and is one of America’s finest national parks. The park is within the Arctic Circle and covers 39,460 sq km. That is almost the same size as the Netherlands. This is not a place for casual tourists: there are no trails, roads or visitor facilities in the park. The only visitor centre is off the Dalton Highway close to the town of Coldfoot. There are wild rivers, hungry grizzlies and huge Mountains, so you will need to know how to survive in the wild. The park is extremely remote and most people arrive by floatplane.
Most of the terrain here was farmland before the creation of Shenandoah National Park in the mid-1930s. Tranquillity is still what you will find along Skyline Drive, which is the main 169km route running through the park. Blue Ridge Mountains may sound imposing, but Hawksbill Mountain is the highest at 1235m. Shenandoah is the perfect place to relax, hike through country trails and camp in the grassy meadows. This park is the best place to take your family for a wonderfully relaxing day out in nature.
Big Bend, Texas
This park is situated in the Deep South, making up almost 400km of the Texan border with Mexico. Big Bend National Park is known for the outstanding geology and palaeontology. The park has extreme climatic conditions, due to the varying altitudes. From the hot deserts and plunging canyons by the Rio Grande, to the cooler Chisos Mountains, you are sure to see something that inspires you here. There are a number of archaeological finds from thousands of years ago along the border. Big Bend’s isolation keeps the number of visitors low, because the nearest airports are Midland/Odesa (330km) and El Paso (580km).
Crater Lake, Oregon
The Great Lakes of America are famous all around the world, but many people do not know that the world’s ninth-deepest lake is also here. It is 594m deep, and the blue Crater Lake is home to an extinct caldera, which is in the heart of Crater Lake National Park. The lunar landscapes of ash and pumice are another sight that you absolutely have to see. Try hiking the 4260km Pacific Crest Trail and get that much needed exercise. It runs all the way from Mexico to the Canadian border – A “walk in the park”. Take a boat tour from Cleetwood Cove from July to September if the weather is good.
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Bryce Canyon is located 330km northeast side of Las Vegas. There are no neon signs in Bryce Canyon National Park, but you will seethe brilliant red and orange hoodoos (pillars and arches that are eroded from the soft sedimentary rock). Bryce’s focal point is its eponymous amphitheatre and is19km long, 5km wide and up to 240m deep. There is a mass of fragile needles 60m from the valley floor, something that not even Vegas can match. The super clean air means that you can see all 7500 stars on a clear night.
Ciutadella – The old town of Ciutadella is full of passages, archways and sudden unexpected views. Situated on the western end of the island, the hills of Mallorca are clearly visible. The city was founded by the Carthaginians over two thousand years ago. It was the capital until the 18th century, when Richard Kane transferred the island’s power to Maó. Ciutadella now has a population of 28,000 and it is regarded as the most beautiful town in Menorca. Plaça des Bornis the main square and it is lined with aristocratic palaces of the 18th century. Somewhere in the 14th century, the cathedral was built on the site of the former mosque. There is a small port lined with fishing boats where the ferry leaves everyday for Mallorca.
Port of Maó – The Port of Maó extends about five kilometers into the heart of Menorca’s capital. It is one of the world’s largest natural harbors. Back in the day, the docks were some of the busiest in the Mediterranean, with ships from all over the world unloading cargoes there. Maó still has many traces of the British rule in years gone by, from the Georgian town houses to the neo-classical Town. The old dock area is now filled with restaurants and cafes, which make a killing when visiting cruise ships dock beneath the walls of the city. Maó has a relaxed easy going atmosphere where everybody seems to know one another.
Bay of Fornells – This is a beautiful inlet on the northern coast. The Bay of Fornells is over five kilometers long and two kilometers wide, it has shallow sheltered waters that provide the perfect location for all water sports from windsurfing to kayaking and dinghy sailing. An 18th century British built watchtower looks across the narrow entrance because of the fact that the area used to get raided by pirates in the past. Today it is very safe and is a popular place for visiting yachtsmen cruising around the island to visit. The old fishing village has some excellent restaurants, with caldereta de llagosta being one that serves up a delicious succulent lobster stew. Menorca’s largest marine reserve is located just off shore the Bay of Fornells and is a Mecca for scuba enthusiasts.
Megalithic monuments – Menorca is like an open air museum, with one of the largest collection of megalithic monuments in Mediterranean. These amazing standing stones and ancient settlements of the Talaiotic culture are evidence that a sophisticated and well organized society did exist here about 2,000 years BC. The two main ones are the Taula and the Naveta. The Taula is two massive pieces of stone in the form of a high freestanding table or altar. The Naveta are large burial chambers made of blocks of stone.
The above four place are only a drop in the ocean when it comes to things to do and see here. Some of the other attractions include Favàritx lighthouse, the Fortresses of Marlborough and La Mola, the amazing views from Monte Toro, the festivals, quarries and of course, the beaches. Make sure that you get all the relevant information regarding these other things to see and do before you embark on your journey around Menorca.