Category Archives: Travel

Tips To Help You Enjoy The World’s Best Trip To Cape Town

Guest post by Peter Smith.

Cape Town, or the so-called ‘Tavern of the Seas’ is located on the beautiful coast of Table Bay, at the southernmost tip of South Africa, and it is the legislative capital and second most populous city in the country. The city’s multicultural harmony is often overlooked by the exquisite Table Mountain; thankfully, it is surrounded by the most appealing wonders of nature. Cape Town is unique, mysterious, busy, and ultimately, packed with the most spectacular hidden attractions. Often called ‘The Mother City’, traveling to this beautiful South African metropolis will leave you speechless.
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Top Budget Travel Destinations in 2015

Guest Post by Chetan Jadhav.

The New Year has begun and the hustle-bustle of your daily life has taken over, leading to monotony! It’s time to work on your resolution to explore some novel & interesting places this year. Worried about the big hole it will create in your savings? No worries, we have crafted here a list of top 12 budget travel destinations to visit in 2015. Here’s to a long and a happy holiday without glancing at your credit limit again and again!

  1. South Africa: The recent currency fluctuations & Ebola scare, despite of the proximity of affected areas being more with Europe and Brazil than Africa have ensured that this incredible country with its diverse landscapes is now in your budget. From its fantastically rich wildlife to the wide variety of options for adventure sports and some of the most surreal museums ever, South Africa promises a holiday of a lifetime. Add to it, the extremely cheap and tourist friendly public transport and reasonable cafes for repast, and this place becomes one of the most value adding travel destinations of all times.
  1. Hungary: Arguably the most affordable destination in Europe, because of its own currency other than euro, this tiny country has a lot to offer for an avid traveler. Its rich culture, scenic natural beauty, healing waters and yummy food ensure that this will be one vacation worth remembering. Budapest, the capital is a diverse location offering numerous experiences like a cruise along the blue waters of Danube to historical museums, galleries, magnificent castles. Outside summer, the hotel savings are also substantial, making this place top budget destination of Europe.


  1. Bali: Bali has always stayed the backpacker’s value beach paradise with its reasonable beach side bungalows, food & transport at throw away prices. The famed beautiful beaches, spa treatments and the intriguing Balinese culture make sure it is irresistible go to destination this year.

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Secret Cottage – Press Release

December 2014

TOTALLY NEW – This hasn’t been done before

A day tour of Cotswold villages that includes an invitation into this private home


….for morning coffee, a buffet lunch and a traditional cream tea served inside Secret Cottage.

Every day throughout the Year.  A six hour guided day tour of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire north Cotswold villages, combined with intervals at a private thatched cottage. Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Travel To India Without Travel Insurance.

Guest Post by Rohit Agarwal.

‘Insurance’ the word means Promise of reimbursement in case of loss. So when we have the risk management tool available for us; before and during our travel, why should one risk one’s life? While at home and within our own habitat, we secure our domestic stay with medical insurances, life insurances, property insurances and what not? Then how can we take a chance when we are out of our native surroundings, in foreign places, amongst the unknowns? Life is unpredictable and so is travel. There are many justifications for travelling with an insurance, but there is only one excuse for not availing it: ‘I love to put my loved ones and self at risk’. For every sound individual, risking life would be folly and so the following justifications give you substantial grounds for travelling to India with a valid Travel Insurance:
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Make the Whole Family Happy On These Great Family Travel Destinations

Guest post by April with The Cabins at Grand Mountain.

Table Rock Lake

Sunset Table Rock Lake via John Starnes

Each member of the family has things to do that would benefit the entire household. Parents go to work to bring income to the family while kids go to school in order to learn. During weekends, each member normally performs different household chores to keep the home intact. Although a healthy routine, these tasks can definitely stress out everyone. As such, it is important that you schedule a moment of bonding just to break the monotony in the family. And what better way to break monotony than to reward the entire family with an awesome family vacation. Continue reading

Top 5 Places To Visit In Turkey

Guest post by Pam at flipptravel.

The Modern Republic of Turkey is located at the region which is one of the oldest inhabited areas in the world and is known for its ancient history and historical and cultural heritage. Being Hellenized under the ancient Greek Kingdom of Alexander the great and the Byzantine Empire which was succeeded by the magnificent Ottoman Empire, Turkey became a major world power. It was under the reign of the Ottoman Empire did the history and the distinctive culture of Turkey saw its rise in the 16th and the 17th centuries. The tourist attractions largely consist of ancient and historical monuments and architecture and the coastal regions and ranks as the 6th best tourist destinations in the world. Here’s a list of the 5 must-visit places in Turkey

1. Cappadocia Underground Cities

Cappadocia Cappadocia – Image Credit @ Moyan Brenn Photography
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Casino’s Around The Globe

This post was written by Josh Saunderson.

Anyone who is a fan of casino gambling loves to try out new casinos and for many, the perfect opportunity for this comes with going on holiday. This gives them an opportunity to try out some of the biggest casinos in the world, as well as the array of games that are subsequently on offer. For some the obvious choice is Vegas, but there are some hidden gems out there waiting to be explored.

One of the world’s best casinos is located in the United States but not in Las Vegas like most would think. The Foxwoods Casino is a large resort found in the northeast state of Connecticut. The casino is actually the second largest in the U.S. and is owned by a Native American tribe within the area. The whole casino revolves around an authentic Native American theme. The immense casino is actually comprised of six smaller casinos which provide guests approximately 350,000 square feet of gaming space. Within this space are over 6,000 slot machine games and 380 gaming tables. A bingo hall is also located at the Foxwoods which can accommodate as many as 5,000 guests at once.

A second casino considered to be one of the world’s best can be found in Germany. The Baden Baden Casino is located in a castle designed with aspects of French architecture in mind. The casino is in the Black Forest which provides not only a great place to gamble but a breath-taking part of the world to visit. The Baden Baden Casino has dedicated poker rooms and will cater to high rollers who visit their casino. Other popular games here include many of the popular online casino games you would find online such as blackjack and roulette. The world’s largest casino is a third casino that one should consider visiting; located in Macau, the Venetian Macau is a sister casino to the Venetian in Vegas. However, the Macau casino is much larger with a massive gaming floor.

Dubai: Stay With Pride and Luxury

Guest post by Shezaa Nehal.

Cruising Activities
Image Source: Shezaa Nehal

A bundle of joys and happiness are quite sure things that Dubai has for you. One can get an excellent living as well as a trip in the city. A unique combination of the historical and the modern, the traditional history and the new-age, Dubai is one of the most stimulating locations for both enjoyment and business, offering the visitors a variety of world-class options for housing, enjoyment, cuisine, and purchasing. Metal and rock, sun and fine sand, Dubai is a unique city and an excellent location for vacations. It has something for everyone, and provides a several trip encounters. One can choose from many types of packages available to Dubai trips, from all out purchasing to a magnificent honeymoon vacation encounter. Tour or vacations in Dubai are priced in a wonderful manner and easily obtainable. Continue reading

Paris, the city of wine: 10 Districts, 10 bars à vins

Guest post by Marta Lopez Garcia.

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.



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Which Celebrities Would You Like to Share a Cruise Ship With?

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Virgin Holidays Cruises

Courtesy of: Virgin Holidays Cruises.

My list would be a little longer and would have to include: Jack Black, John Hannah, Chris Hemsworth, Morgan Freeman, Hugh Jackman, Tom Hanks, Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, Jason Statham, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kate Beckinsale, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, oh and Gordon Ramsey.

Who would be on your list?

Snapshot Saturday 2014 #6 – Arches National Park

North Window Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

North Window Arch

View of the moon at dusk through North Window Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. The park has over 2,000 arches and was originally established as a national monument in 1929 but was redesignated as a national park in 1971. The views of the arches are amazing as you are hiking along the trails. Continue reading

Cairo’s Treasures

The Sphinx

The Sphinx

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

Snapshot Saturday 2014 #5 – Mid-Minnesota 150

Dog slet team at the Mid-Minnesota 150

Dog sled team at the Mid-Minnesota 150

Today was the 26th annual Mid-Minnesota 150 dog sled race from Remer to Outing and back. The teams left Remer and headed to Outing where they all took about an hour long break before continuing on. During the mandatory rest stop, the dogs were checked over to make sure they were OK to continue racing. The dogs were extremely excited to race and had to be held back before being released. More pictures to follow shortly.