When I yearn to get away from the stress and break-neck pace of everyday life, I prefer to head somewhere snug and comfortable. Sure, you can find those adjectives in a 25-story luxury resort, if you’re looking – but I think small. A lot smaller, in fact. ‘Tiny houses’ appear to be all the rage. Modest and minimalistic, a diminutive domicile can provide an excellent opportunity for clearing your mind and providing focus.
If you want to take the cozy experience for a test drive, there are a myriad of ‘tiny’ vacation rentals out there. From spaceship-inspired houses in the shadow of the towering Alps to Northwestern Oregon treehouses, the options wide and varied. Let’s take a look at a few unique selections…
The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!
Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.
One Of The Top Activities When Visiting Australia is to Experience Aboriginal Life
When a guy from Perth decides to go on a vacation, I think the natural thing to do is look for something completely different to experience. My friend and I decided that Australia’s North Queensland or more specifically Cairns, would be the right place to look for that welcomed change of scenery. My friend suggested that Cairns has a “blend of modern and ancient with nice beaches, hospitable sea and lots of Sun”. It was fantastic.
Of course, considering how long it had been since I had taken a proper vacation, I was bound to be thrilled unless I got shot, stabbed or bitten by one of the poisonous Aussie animals, of which there are plenty. Never the less, I believe Northern Queensland would be equally enjoyable even if I went there every year.
Having the opportunity to swim with dolphins in the wild is one of the best experiences a person can possibly have in a lifetime. At least this is exactly how it felt to me. It’s a rare treat to find a destination where you can swim with Dolphin in the wild, which is what makes a visit to Nelson Bay Australia so exciting.
Dolphins are incredible creatures. They are not only beautiful and friendly, but also super intelligent. Take the opportunity to be part of the natural environment of dolphins, to be there and see the way they play and live, to closely look at them and see them looking back – all these are moments that can undoubtedly warm the heart of everyone, even people who are not huge dolphin-lovers. Swimming with dolphins in Nelson Bay, Australia, I had a time which will remain in my mind and heart for the rest of my life.
There’s a new focus on Foodie based shore excursions and chef prepared regional dishes aboard major cruise lines in 2014. While cruising has always had a reputation for offering an abundance of food, cruise lines haven’t often tapped into local ingredients or presented regional dishes of the ports they visit. For many of us, half the pleasure of traveling to new destinations is to experience the local fare and to bring home a recipe for a wonderful regional dish. Thankfully, this is all changing with cruise lines featuring celebrity chef experiences, cooking classes and on-shore culinary excursions.
5 Out-of-the-ordinary experiences in New Zealand
Celebrated for its amazing scenery and array of adventure experiences, New Zealand’s diverse landscapes make a perfect holiday destination. With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to ensure you don’t miss out on the best activities, so we’ve put together a list of five of the most adventurous and out-of-the-ordinary experiences within this spectacular country.
Highlights of a Road Trip along Australia’s Great Ocean Road
What makes the Great Ocean Road so great? Although there are countless scenic coastal drives you can take in Australia, it’s the rugged beauty and show-stopping scenery that really sets this one apart. You’ll spot the remnants of Victorian shipwrecks and migrating whales from the top of these sheer, thrilling cliffs, along with the following highlights.
For many people, a chance to swim with sea turtles is a dream come true. There are seven species existing today that can be found swimming and diving to the depths below seas. Sea turtles have been around for over 110 million years – since the time of the dinosaurs. You can swim with turtles on any continent (except Antarctica). So get your swimming costume on, swap sandals for a pair of flippers and get ready to paddle around with one of Earth’s most ancient creatures.
Cook Island Marine Reserve is a small protected island located on the Gold Coast in the south east of Queensland. With plenty of soft and hard coral gardens it’s the perfect sanctuary for a rich marine life. Visitors can see a variety of tropical sea life the including clown fish, damsel fish, angel fish, the occasional manta rays and of course the resident green sea turtles. The turtles can be spotted all year round in these oceans so you’re guaranteed a chance to swim with some when you visit.
Many visitors to Adelaide are lured by its unique architecture, clean city beaches, and lush gardens. Yet Adelaide is also located in the centre of one of Australia’s most notable wine producing regions, thanks to the cool climate and abundant greenery. If you’re a Shiraz lover like me, this is reason enough to book a flight and start exploring the popular wine regions just a short distance from Adelaide.
One of Australia’s most famous wine-producing regions, Barossa Valley is particularly well-known for its bold, robust Shiraz. There are over 150 wineries to visit, so you may want to extend your day trip and stay overnight in one of the quaint regional bed and breakfasts.
It’s 6:30am and sunlight is streaming in through the windows. I’m not usually a morning person but the jungle comes alive at sunrise and the sounds rouse me from my hazy slumber. You might think that I am perhaps on holiday in a glamorous resort or on an eco-vacation, maybe even a yoga retreat. Well although all of the above do sound very appealing I am actually house sitting on a cashew farm in southern Costa Rica. In my opinion, this is a far more enjoyable alternative.
I’ve been charged with caring for a hillside property overlooking the Pacific Ocean, along with the owner’s boisterous golden Labrador Jack, who has a penchant for tennis balls and an insatiable desire to play fetch.
I’m in heaven.