What do you think of when you hear “solo travel?” A few years ago, my answer may have been fear, but today, it is freedom! When I tell someone my plans to go to Destination XYZ by myself, they first ask who I am going with and then this follows: “You’re going ALONE?” Like that’s a shocking or horrible thing. Then they think they can do me a favor by pairing me up with someone. Why would I want to travel with someone I don’t know? What if I don’t get along with this person and I’m locked into a week long trip? I don’t think so. Thankfully, with only three solo trips behind me, the pair up conversations are done. Yes, I’m going alone. I want to keep it that way, besides, with how slow I walk, no one would want me slowing them down. Less than a decade ago in 2009, I was traveling to Amsterdam with two other friends. On our same flight was a flight attendant co-worker who decided to take advantage of her flight benefits and head overseas. I was amazed that she was traveling alone. Yes, I knew people did it, but I didn’t think I could be one of them. That was 2009, and my first international solo trip was in 2015 to Paris. Last year I went to Germany, Prague, Vienna and Budapest, and this year, I went to Australia. Loving it!!! Below is a picture of me with my pre-departure champagne on my recent flight home from Sydney, in United’s new Polaris Business Class. That was a nice treat, I ate, drank, napped, watched movies, napped again, you get the idea. Much better than coach and made the long flight so much better!
Enjoying my champagne on my flight home from Sydney!
When traveling, I have a tendency to splurge from time to time. I can save on some things so I am able to indulge when I want to, and depending on my mood, I can just keep on splurging! I’m definitely not a budget traveler. Traveling is exhausting and if I want a nice hotel room so I can relax after a long day, I’m going to get it!
Last June, my sister, two aunts and I went to Castello di Amorosa winery and enjoyed the Royal Food and Wine Pairing hosted by their Sommelier Mary Davidek. Mary has been their Sommelier since 2008 and she is extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. The Royal Food and Wine Pairing includes an informative tour of the winery which stops at the Royal Apartment for your wine and food sampling. Mary pairs freshly prepared foods that go well with each wine.
Are you searching for the perfect day trip away from London? Look no further. The Secret Cottage Tour in the Cotswolds is a wonderful getaway. I recently took this day trip, which was easily accessible by train from London from the Paddington Station to the Moreton-in-Marsh station. While relaxing on the train, I saw the landscape slowly change from the hustle and bustle of the city, to the picturesque landscape of the country. Our guides for the day, Becky and Ian, picked up our group from the Moreton-in-Marsh station. We toured a few spots in the country and then went to Becky and Robin’s beautiful thatched cottage for pastries with tea or coffee. What a wonderful home they live in which they have opened up to host guests!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a student on a gap year or retiree, volunteer in Costa Rica for a life-changing experience. Beauty and welcoming locals make Costa Rica one of the most popular volunteer vacations. Costa Rica is nestled between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean and is a land dotted with people who truly appreciate help from those who volunteer abroad.
Are you planning to go to India on a vacation? Is the Tadoba National Park among your target destinations? In that case you have to find the most appropriate accommodation. You have to search for a suitable, safe and affordable place to put up at.
Several resorts and hotels have been set up in the area around the national park. It is thus, important that you reserve rooms at one of the affordable as well as plush resorts of the area. Tadoba is located in Maharashtra and is among the biggest National Parks in the state. It is situated in the district of Chandrapur.
Spending time in and around the Forest
A range of amenities welcome the tourists when they enter the resorts. A host of fun filled activities at the resort premises creates a wonderful atmosphere at the resort. These cheap resorts at Tadoba National Park have come up, so that tourists do not have to travel all the way to the park gates and spend time in the endeavor. Tourists can also stay in the safety of the resorts and enjoy a sight of the animals roaming in the forest.
Facilities at the resorts
Most of the Tadoba resorts provide a cozy atmosphere. The resorts are situated at close proximity to the forest and the rooms are comfortable. The staffs at the resorts are friendly and efficient. Tourists receive excellent service at the hands of the resort employees. Even the food served at the resorts is delectable. Continue reading →
Norway is such a beautiful territory for a travel adventure. Located in Northern Europe and bordered by Sweden and the Norwegian Sea, the country has some of the most spectacular sights in the whole world. Home to several breathtaking natural phenomena, Norway is also famous for its fjords and abundant wildlife. Whether this is your first charter holiday or you’ve been here before, one thing’s for sure – you can’t get bored on Norwegian territory. The wealth of activities, the urban cities, the people, and ultimately, their customs and traditions, will leave you speechless.
Spiti Valley is home to Himalaya’s most beautiful open-air museums. It is bordered by Lahaul and Kulu, and it is separated by the Kunzum Pass. This mountainous path is actually the main route to Kaza, Spiti’s sub-divisional headquarters. If you’re hiking, make sure to include a trip to Moon Lake, too, which is positioned 9 km away from Spiti. The superb valley is remote and secluded from the rest of Himalaya, but it’s still a place of interest you cannot miss out on your unforgettable journey to Himachal Pradesh, India. Heavily worn by wind and snow, the mountains that surround Spiti Valley are completely nude. The scenery is breathtaking, considering this isolated valley is untouched by urbanism.
Located at a perennially sunny location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Florida is the 3rd most populous state in the US. With famous cities like Miami and Jacksonville, Florida is known for its warm and sunny climate and a fully beach influenced lifestyle. The state was one of the first in the history of continental America to be visited by the European settlers, when Spanish conquistadors came during the early 15th century. This is also one of the main reasons for the large Hispanic population in Florida as compared to other states in the US. It is also popular as a tourist destination owing to its history, flashy beaches, warm climate and a variety of iconic American wildlife species. Florida also sports the longest coastline in the United States which stretches to around 1,350 miles. The state was named ‘La Florida’ (The Flowery) by the Spanish when the landed here around Easter season when flowers are in full bloom in Florida. If you are looking for reasons to visit Florida, here are some interesting places that will make up your mind.
In need of plain sun, sand beaches and warm water? Tahiti is a dream destination, and you’ll need to pinch yourself every now and then to make sure you’re not dreaming. It’s easy to prepare your vacation in Tahiti, and a lot of information can be found on the internet, for instance on the official website of the touristic organization. It’s not the point of this article to summarize the best things to do in French Polynesia (besides, I haven’t visited all of it), but to share a few advises and give you a few ideas of some must-be-seen spots and activities.
Fondly named as the harbour city, Sydney is one iconic place to be with your family. Be it a much-needed break from the mundane routine, a well-planned getaway with kids or a romantic kick-start to the year, Sydney never fails to please its visitors. And while the list of attractions in Sydney is quiet exhaustive, here’s a pick of some enjoyable activities for making the trip memorable.
Have you ever thought about what’s behind what they call “La vie en rose”? The City of Light is made of glorious stories behind a glass of wine. Romantic and sophisticated, the French capital offers hundreds of wine bars across its 20 districts. From the friendly Amelie Montmartre to the chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the city knows how to engage travellers thanks to its charming and local wine bars (sometimes half bar, half restaurant) where it will be easy to lose track of time. Because I love this city and happiness, this is my personal guide to the first 10 Parisian arrondissements — I left the selection for the other 10 districts in case anyone wants to discover them by themselves.
Wine culture or Viticulture in India dates back to the 4th millennium BC where the Persian traders introduced the grape wine to the region. The various religious texts also mention a type of rice wine known as Sura which was fermented with honey. The political Advisor of the Maurya Empire in India, Chanakya also mentions grape wine in his writings dating back to the 4th century BC. Wine was a privileged drink only the nobility could afford and the lower classes drank alcoholic beverages derived from wheat, maize and barley. The Portuguese colonization of Goa in India saw the introduction of Port-Style wine and the production soon spread to the other areas. The British rule further strengthened the wine culture and encouraged the cultivation of vineyards. The 1980’s saw the introduction of French Style wine. Today India is a home to many of the premium wine destinations and estate vineyards. Let’s discuss in brief about the top 5 wine destinations that you must visit in India. Image Credits @ Darius Continue reading →
Spending The Day On A Boat? Here Are Some Vital Tips To Make Sure You Enjoy The Experience
Being out on a boat can be a fantastic experience. You’ll be drifting freely, enjoying the view, and generally getting to experience the surroundings in a completely new way that’s at once relaxing and adventurous. You might get to enjoy some food and drink on the boat, and you may get to have a swim too. Continue reading →
Ahhhh Cairo. Is there any other city that can make you feel so lucky to be in? What a unique mixture of past and present. If you’ve read my posts, you know I love the feeling of stepping back in time. And how amazing is it to step so far back in time with the hustle and bustle of the city whizzing by you? I certainly felt like this trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I would never forget. Continue reading →
Neuschwanstein Castle is nestled in the mountains of Bavaria, Germany near the town of Füssen. Construction was started in September of 1869 commissioned by King Ludwig II. He used his own money to finance the project, but then began borrowing money from Bavaria. He would change the plans, which would delay the process. Construction was still not completed at the time of his mysterious death in 1886. Within a few weeks, the scaffolding was removed and the castle cleaned up enough to start receiving tourists, so the country could recoup some of their finances. Continue reading →