It’s been a particularly long and challenging winter with snow storms and cold weather blanketing the country time and time again. Nearly everyone is looking forward to the beginning of Spring his week and wishing they could jet off on an exciting travel adventure. Luckily there are plenty of travel companies who are just waiting to give away a trip of a lifetime to lucky winners of their travel sweepstakes. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting and exciting travel contests for Spring:
Celebrity Cruise Line is known for treating their passengers like, well… celebrities. This summer they’re upping their game by pampering New Yorkers with free “Black Car” door-to-door transfers to the cruise pier in Bayonne, New Jersey for passengers booking a suite on a 7-night Bermuda cruise. These lucky passengers will be pampered from door-to-door!
If you would like to experience a traditional St. Patrick’s Festival, head to Dublin between the 14th and 17th of March 2014 for 3 days of entertainment. (http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events). One typical event is a Céilí, a celebration of traditional Irish music and folk dancing. This highly sociable gathering is a great opportunity for you to learn some steps and soak up the Irish culture. Another must-see is the St. Patrick’s Day parade. A colourful spectacular that makes the streets literally come alive. Leading pageant companies and marching bands will parade the streets of Dublin from 12:00 pm on March 17th.
Step Into the Fascinating World of Elves in Reykjavík’s Icelandic Elf School
The word brings to mind silly images of lawn gnomes, red-hat Keebler® men trotting beneath a tree toting cookies, and Santa’s helpers, right? You’d no sooner believe in their existence than you would a two-winged horse. Huldufólk, or “hidden people,” is the term for elves in Iceland, but these beings are no laughing matter. In fact, you can learn about their history and existence at The Icelandic Elf School (Álfaskólinn) in Reykjavík, the country’s capital.
Tour Abruzzo Like a Pro to discover magnificent lakes, picturesque mountain ranges, rolling hills and some of the very best beaches in Europe. Just a short distance from Rome, Abruzzo is where to find your taste of La Dolce Vita.
The phrase “this place has it all” is used far too loosely to describe many locations. Not too many of those places mean it quite the way that Abruzzo does. This central Italian region is an area where the past and present, the sky and sea, business and pleasure all collide to create a spectacular experience that visitors rarely find anywhere else.
The Best Traditional Dishes in Dublin
Sometimes, when you’re exploring an unfamiliar location on a getaway or vacation, one of the most intriguing parts comes with sampling the culinary delights of the area. Most people think of Dublin and anticipate the pub food, but Dublin is also a place of fantastic culinary delights and enjoyment. Let’s take a look at some of the places you can go to for amazing dishes that are traditional to Dublin.
Discover Budapest through your 5 senses
It was something like a beat, lower than a voice, more like a feeling. I couldn’t ignore it anymore, so I just listened and followed its lead, and before I realized, I was wandering around Budapest, a goldmine of sensory of experiences. And so I did. Here comes my top 5 experiences in the city of lights:
French Holiday Ideas For Wine Lovers
If you’re fond of the odd tipple or two, you might want to indulge your passion for spirits by taking a French Wine Holiday. What could be better than the chance to sample local foods and wines in a breathtakingly beautiful part of the French countryside? You don’t have to worry about hours of sightseeing or cycling up the side of a mountain, because wine holidays are all about indulgence.
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.
Best Places For Romance in Paris
Arguably the original ‘city of love’, Paris is synonymous with romantic breaks, and there is no more romantic trip (in theory!) than one’s honeymoon. If you’re planning on celebrating being newlyweds in the French capital, consider checking out these seven top romantic spots for honeymooner or any couple looking for romance.
Are you thinking that you are one of those lucky parents whose kids will not change the way they travel, well think again! Sooner or later, you’ll certainly realize that your young toddlers have changed everything about the way you travel.
Umbria in Italy’s mid-section is a terrific destination for a trip with with your children and family. You’ll find that this beautiful Italian region offers a large number of excursions that suit your entire family and helps you move at your own pace making your trip a pleasure and simply unforgettable.
Here’s a great infographic with lots of interesting tips about tourist sites in London. Most of us have visited London and gazed up at the iconic Big Ben clock tower. Did you know that the time is adjusted by placing pennies on the pendulum? Or that a flock of birds once stopped the clock by perching on the hands? Learning lots of fascinating facts about this regal city by having a look at this entertaining infographic.
A honeymoon in Italy has it all: culturally rich cities, ancient treasures, contemporary art, cozy wine bars and panoramic vistas that create romantic backdrops. It’s one of the world’s premiere honeymoon destinations for good reason: Italy has everything you’ll ever want for the perfect getaway with the person you love most.
The country’s beauty and popularity attracts millions of visitors each year. Its allure comes mainly from its historical significance, its aura of high taste and its natural beauty. However, this same popularity has its drawbacks: Italy’s classy reputation and relative distance can intimidate couples who are working with a tight budget.
For most travelers, holidaying in France is usually about going to Paris, the Eiffel tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the many museums available in the capital. But if you’re looking for an excellent destination that is off the beaten track, you may want to check out these travel tips for the often underrated Lyon in France.
Designated as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Lyon’s cobblestone streets are at least 2000 years old. Walking along these streets gives an eerie feeling of being transported back in time. But it’s not the history that really makes Lyon such a delight.
You’ve probably heard way too much about the Jersey Shore from the recent US television series, but did you know that there are two Jersey Shores? Let us introduce you to the original Jersey Shore – the largest of the Channel Islands located just offshore from Normandy, France and the southern coast of England. When you plan a holiday to Jersey you’ll find plenty of water sports activities like surfing, wind surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, sailing, diving and fishing, but what about those who are looking for some adventure on dry land? No worries, there are just as many great activities onshore.
If you’ve visited Rome for the first time, chances are you’ve seen Rome’s architectural marvels, the Coliseum, St. Peter’s, Trevi Fountain and its other famed and fabled tourist attractions. But if you’re willing to get away from the crowds and discover some unusual tourist attractions, you’ll be rewarded with a some very special glimpses life in the eternal city. Consider adding some of these intriguing Roman sites to your itinerary:
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.
There are two wonderful ways to experience the gastronomical side of Andalucía. You could head out for a night on the town and pop into a tapas bar to get a feel for the local food and the local people. You’ll find all kinds of things on the menu, ranging from grilled vegetables drizzled with olive oil to beautiful cuts of meat prepared with a variety of sauces such as mojo picón, salsa al whisky or even a la marinera. Here you can find a list of the top ten must-try tapas in Southern Spain.
Or the other most exquisite way to really get a taste of Andalucía is to take a cooking course while you’re there. Learn from a professional local chef just how to make those distinct Spanish flavors pop, how to let the flavors meld and how to make one of the most memorable and delicious meals of your life. There’s nothing more gratifying than learning to cook something delicious for yourself in another country and being able to take that memory home with you to have and share with others.
I lived the majority of my life in the fast lane. I was born with the type A gene and have tried to harness the energy. In 2006, I took my first “non-business” trip to Europe and rode 2,000 miles on my bike over six weeks. This liberating trip took me through nine countries. In 2008, I heard about the Camino de Santiago, but had a hard time with the slow nature of walking. It seemed like a trip more suited for a type B. After seeing the film “The Way” in 2010, I felt a strong need to try the path someday. In August of 2012, a wild hair twanged and I bought a plane ticket. Three weeks later, I found myself on the French side of the Pyrenees.
The 7 Most Amazing Natural Swimming Pool Destinations
Who needs a commercial pool when stunning natural swimming holes are located around the world? Imagine floating on your back in beautiful Grecian lagoon that resembles a swimming pool carved into rocks or swimming past breathtaking waterfalls in an other-worldly cenote just outside of Chicen Itza Mexico. Amazingly, the world is filled with spectacular natural swimming holes, just ready to be discovered. Below are five of our favorites.