Unique Vacation Ideas

Which Region of Africa Is Right For Your Journey?

Which Region of Africa Is Right For Your Journey?

Unique natural beauty and traditional cultures define the Regions of Africa

Africa is a massive continent, made up of over fifty countries. There is a huge variety of things to do, from the more obvious choices such as a wildlife safari to visiting Cape Town and experiencing the sights and sounds of the city from the plateau at the top of Table Mountain. However, many visitors return to Africa as they become enthralled by the culture, traditions and the beautiful landscape. Visiting Africa is truly an amazing experience and one that you will remember for the rest if your life. The following suggestions will help you to get the most out of any trip you plan:

April 11, 2016 | By More
Exploring The Wild West Coast of Iceland

Exploring The Wild West Coast of Iceland

Want to explore wild west? Western Iceland remains off the beaten track and well worth exploring.

Iceland has become a popular tourist destination in the recent years. It has some of the most stunning landscapes in the world and fantastic views of the Northern Lights; the capital city Reykjavik is also well known for its vibrant, bustling atmosphere and welcoming locals. However, just an hour from the city is the relatively unexplored ‘Wild West’. There are an abundance of ice caves, lava tubes and small villages which offer an amazing glimpse if traditional Icelandic life. Places to visit in this part of Iceland include:

March 25, 2016 | By More

Good To Know

Can You Guess The Top 10 National Parks in America?

Can You Guess The Top 10 National Parks in America?

America’s National Park Service is celebrating 100 Years of protecting the country’s most precious and awe-inspiring scenery while welcoming visitors to experience their grandeur. In 2015, more than 300 million visitors enjoyed the beauty and history of our National Parks and this year promises to be even more popular. On August 25, 2016 the National Park Service will commemorate its official anniversary as they celebrate across the country with free admission and special events from 8/25-28.

How many of our National Parks have you visited, and can you guess what the top 10 most visited parks are? Here they are in order of popularity:

April 26, 2016 | By More
DIY Walking Tour of Sherlock Holmes’ London Neighborhoods

DIY Walking Tour of Sherlock Holmes’ London Neighborhoods

The first Sherlock Holmes story (A Study in Scarlet) was published in 1887 and it took London by storm. It combined cold logic, meticulous observation, forensic science and the now-familiar format of the detective story. Did you know that although Holmes uses fingerprint analysis in his first case, Scotland Yard didn’t introduce the technique until 1901?

Join the team from the London Pass on a Sherlock Holmes self guided walking tour across central London.

April 20, 2016 | By More

Just Back Trip Reports

The Changing Faces of The Ramblas, Barcelona’s Most Famous Street

The Changing Faces of The Ramblas, Barcelona’s Most Famous Street

The Ramblas: the changing face of Barcelona’s most famous street.

I remember the first time I walked down the Ramblas well. It was February 1998 and Barcelona’s most famous street was full of tourists and locals alike. There were silver-painted human statues, stock still until a coin clattered into their collection boxes, buskers of varying degrees of talent, and card tricksters keeping a keen eye out for the first sign of the law. Whether taking a stroll, people watching, or on their way elsewhere, the street was bustling with activity as people went about their business.

April 21, 2016 | By More
Venice Trip Report – What You Can Learn From My Mishaps

Venice Trip Report – What You Can Learn From My Mishaps

What do we all do when planning a vacation? (Let us skip the tickets, hotel and packing part). Imagine these all are set and a day or two are left until the flight. Of course, we need a plan on what to see and where to go.
In the mood for magic and romance, I watched a million of videos of carnival and loving couples sailing in gondolas. I had made a nice plan (as I thought), packed all my fancy dresses and a few pairs of peeps. I thought I would fit the place perfectly. If I only knew how wrong I was!

April 13, 2016 | By More

Latest Travel Trends

Europe’s Most Celebrated Festivals, Month by Month

Europe’s Most Celebrated Festivals, Month by Month

Surely nowhere else on earth are there as many celebratory festivals as there are in Europe each year. For centuries local cultures have gathered to honor and celebrate everything from gaming competitions to religious holidays, to cultural traditions and even an abundance of beloved food items. The result is a kaleidoscope of festivals worthy of your participation.

Here’s a look at some of Europe’s most popular festival gatherings month by month:

April 29, 2016 | By More
Luxurious BnB Getaways to Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day

Luxurious BnB Getaways to Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day

Spoil Mom this Season! Celebrate Mother’s Day the BnB Way!

Mom’s big day is on its way, so there’s no time like the present to start thinking of a gift that you know she would want to get. At inns across the country, mothers can indulge in weekend escapes and enticing events with family and friends that really show her just how much she’s loved.

April 25, 2016 | By More

Wellness Beyond Borders

A Wealth of Pampering Options Await Downunder in Australia

A Wealth of Pampering Options Await Downunder in Australia

Wealth of pampering options for healthy holiday in Australia

Holidays are no longer just some time spent by having fun and simply resting. Due to the hasty life pace, people are turning to vacations that are favorable for their health, both physical and mental. And as a country that covers an entire continent, Australia is rich with beautiful nature, urban cities and rural landscapes, where you can find wealth of pampering options. Eastern shore of the continent is especially filled with spa resorts and it is becoming a popular choice not only for Australian citizens. Everything from pure pampering, beauty treatments to personal empowerment can be found in Aussie’s spa wonderland. Let’s dive in deeper in the possibilities of such vacation.

March 23, 2016 | By More
Best Year-Round Trails For Mountain Bike Junkies

Best Year-Round Trails For Mountain Bike Junkies

For Mountain Bike Junkies: Best Places for Year-Round Trails

If you’re a mountain biker, chances are you’re insatiable. You love the feeling of conquering a challenging trail, no matter how high up. But even you aren’t masochistic enough to try mountain biking in the freezing cold and risk running over an icy spot. Luckily, there are a number of different areas you can bike in year-round.

December 28, 2015 | By More

Family Travel

Play Fair New York – The Willy Wonka of Toys and Play

Play Fair New York – The Willy Wonka of Toys and Play

Play Fair in New York Is The Ultimate Play and Toy Experience, Consider It The Willy Wonka of Toys and Play

In early February, WickedGoodTravelTips was invited to attend the first annual Play Fair and Toy Fair (http://playfairny.com and http://toyfairny.com) at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. With my husband and son in tow, I headed to Manhattan on the coldest day of the year so far. This experience was like being a kid in a candy store, but instead of candy, there were toys, play activities, and everyone’s favorite characters from favorite shows, plus so much more. If you have children, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

March 21, 2016 | By More
6 Places To Make Magical Family Memories in Toronto

6 Places To Make Magical Family Memories in Toronto

Top 6 Amazing Places for a Families to Visit in Toronto

Toronto is the right place for your family vacation with lots of exciting places for families to visit. Toronto is a green city with lots and lots of parks, gardens and children’s playgrounds. All of them are in apple-pie order. You can also visit the wilder part of nature. Many parks are naturally wild, looking like forests. You can meet deer, foxes, beavers there on a condition you are attentive. On the tamer side, there are cultural city parks, with a nice lawn, picnic tables, and never-ending pathways. You can meet lots of local people there, walking, playing and admiring nature at its best. Which of them will suit you the most? Here’s a look at the best family friendly open spaces in Toronto:

March 14, 2016 | By More

Taste Of Our Travels

Mugs and Coffee Traditions From Across The Globe

Mugs and Coffee Traditions From Across The Globe

Mugs and Coffee Traditions vary all cross the world and make a fascinating study of our coffee drinking customs.

Everything gets better with coffee. It doesn’t ask questions, it understands, especially during mornings when we’re not even sure how to face the world. Coffee is that one thing that we have in common with the rest of the world. For coffee lovers out there, cups and mugs are the best travel souvenirs. These tokens represent a culture more uniquely and deeply than refrigerator magnets and key chains can ever do.

March 30, 2016 | By More
Brews With Spectacular Views – Epic Northwest Brew Trail

Brews With Spectacular Views – Epic Northwest Brew Trail

A brew and a view: Best Northwest Breweries to visit.

America’s Northwest is a gorgeous area for travel, with rugged mountains, clear running rivers, high desert, and ocean access. This area also has also become known for some great breweries. These breweries boast regional ingredients and deliciously crafted beers of all varieties. So while you’re taking in the wonders of the Northwest, why not check out its nature sites and breweries at the same time?

Here’s a guide to an epic tour of breweries and nature sites you won’t soon forget.

January 6, 2016 | By More

Cruise News

Who’s Cruising To Cuba in 2016?  Nine Companies Say, We’re Ready!

Who’s Cruising To Cuba in 2016? Nine Companies Say, We’re Ready!

The anticipation and excitement from American travelers wanting to be among the first to tour Cuba (after nearly 50 years) is almost palpable. With the recent thawing of relations between Cuba and the United States, travel companies are expecting increasing demand for tours to Cuba from the United States. And while a limited number of People-to-People land tours have been operating in the past two years, 2016 will be the first year that cruise lines enter the mix. Soon U.S. travelers will be able to board a ship in southern Florida and cruise to Cuba. We’ll take a look at which cruise ships are ready to introduce cruises to Cuba in 2016.

August 24, 2015 | By More
Oceania Marina, Ship Review – Lavish Is Just The Beginning

Oceania Marina, Ship Review – Lavish Is Just The Beginning

Last week I had the privilege of visiting the cruise ship, Oceania Marina, while it was docked in Boston Harbor for a one day port call. My invitation came from Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel), a Boston-based tour company specializing in learning vacations. Road Scholar sets themselves apart in the travel arena by offering in-depth learning experiences, all meals, touring and tipping included pricing, and inspirational travel opportunities worldwide. As part of their Adventures Afloat program, they have contracted with Oceania Cruises to bring the Road Scholar experience aboard a selection of Oceania’s upscale cruises.

May 26, 2015 | By More