I discovered New Caledonia when searching for a perfect honeymoon destination. It was the closest to the image of a perfect tropical paradise I had in my head. It is also heavily influenced by French culture, including cuisine and architecture, so discovering New Caledonia was like Paris, the city of love, only with heavenly beaches and turquoise seas. I could not have imagined a better combination, so that’s where we spent our honeymoon.
Naturally, I wanted to make sure we made the best of our experience there, and I’m sharing my tips and insights to help you do the same.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
The United Arab Emirates values hospitality and welcomes visitors with luxurious beaches, awe-inspiring architecture, flavorsome dishes, and rewarding historical sites. Dubai, the most sophisticated and progressive state of the UAE, is a wonderful place to experience the magic of a mysterious culture, but travelers must be aware of local customs and traditions. While all may appear to be glitz and glitter, travelers must be aware of local conservative customs of the area.
With this guide of practical advise about the lifestyles in Dubai, you will have a wonderful journey without offending any local moralities.
From Taboo to What’s New – Cannabis Themed Tours Are Sprouting Up in America
As the old song says: Times they are a changing… What was considered a taboo some years ago is now becoming a tourist trend. Long gone are the times when Cannabis was an issue that had to be hidden. Now the winds of change have brought legal reforms and are remaking the once evil branded plant into an advantageous factor for economic growth. Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska have already legalized the “drug” for recreational use among adults and more States are changing their legal frameworks making Cannabis use acceptable for medical purposes.
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!
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:
Brooklyn is an amazing and diverse borough in New York. One of the most populous areas of
the nation with over 2.5 million residents, almost 40% of whom are immigrants, you can find
just about anything here. Whether you’re looking for arts and culture, fun and entertainment, the
best in cultural cuisine or just about anything else, Brooklyn has it to offer. Here are 5 reasons
you should visit Brooklyn the next time you’re in New York.
Since spring has officially arrived (according the calendar, anyway), that means the season for golf is getting underway as well. In addition to the best in beds and breakfasts, many B&B’s across the country also offer great golfing packages that are on par with some of the bigger resort experiences. Here are a few to consider scheduling some tee time with.
The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA Welcome’s Grammy Award Winning Artist- Michal Camilo
The newly renovated Charles Hotel, , located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, kicks off their Summer Jazz Series on April 1st. Michael Camilo is returning to the stage after taking time off to work on his new compositions, including an Off-Broadway play.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Top 5 Most Fascinating Cities in Croatia
Drawing influences from both the Mediterranean and Central Europe, Croatia is a country with many beautiful cities and towns. It’s coastline stretches over 1,000 miles along the Adriatic Sea, encompassing more than a thousand islands, and is crossed by the Dinaric Alps and dotted with castles. With a rich history dating back to the 7th century, Croatia retains much of the influence of early rulers from the Greeks and Romans. If you’re planning to visit, be sure to research your many choices; I offer you a description of the country’s top must-see cities.
Your guide to reaching the unforgettable Crown-of-the-Continent in Glacier National Park
I remember standing on a boardwalk atop a glacier. Besides the brown and gray weather-beaten boardwalk, the entire landscape was white. The sky was incredibly blue. A crowd of people lined the boardwalk, snapping pictures.