The Ultimate Roadtrip Tips and Tricks for Route 1, The Pacific Coast Highway
Whether you’re on a weekend break or a year-long trip of a lifetime, making entirely new memories is a unique experience. That’s why I love road trips! Every day brings something different, a new stone unturned, a new path untraveled, a new road un-driven!
Driving The Pacific Coast Highway is a journey that takes you through the heart of California’s spirit. With its heart stopping turns and stunning coastline vistas, it comes as no surprise that this highway is one of America’s unofficial pilgrimage routes. From surfers to food groupies to motoring enthusiasts, this particular road trip attracts thrill-seekers of all sorts.
The Northwestern United States and Canada are known for having some the best biking trails in North America. Mountain biking is a great sport and a wonderful way to take in some stunning scenery and enjoy the hospitality of the locals along the way. With the large number and diversity of the trails through the region, you will always have a new and exciting trail to explore. Here are five of the most scenic bike trails in the Northwest United States and Canada.
Whether or not the old adage “In like a lion, out like a lamb” remains true, one thing can be counted on, March brings the beginning of Maple Sugaring season in New England. In 2013, the Northeastern United States produced 2.7 million gallons of maple syrup – Vermont alone was responsible for nearly half of that amount.
Considering those incredible numbers, and all the sugar houses offering demonstrations, tastings, and activities for children, New England makes a great escape during the spring months. The Maple Syrup region in the Northeast is like the kid-friendly version of Napa Valley.
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.
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…
With eyes around the globe turning to Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games in Russia, interest in discovering more about traveling in Russia is on the rise. Come summertime, skies stay light and bright until the early hours of the morning and the White Nights come alive with festivals and celebrations.
White Night and Summer Day Experiences You Can’t Miss in St. Petersburg:
With the Super Bowl behind us, it’s time for the boys of summer to migrate to their warm weather spring training fields. So find your sun glasses and baseball cap and plan a great getaway to one of these Beds and Breakfast Inns near spring training ball parks.
There’s nothing like spring… a time for blooming flowers, home makeovers, and a tease of warm weather. But spring isn’t a tease for baseball fans.
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.
Southeast Asia is an extremely picturesque region and Vietnam in particular is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The south of the country is home to the Mekong Delta, with its amazing floating markets and unique ways of life. The central regions have amazing beaches and the cultural heritage of Hué and Hoi An. The north has the stunning mountain scenery of Sapa and the jewel in the crown, that is, Halong Bay.
Halong Bay is quite simply astonishing. It is huge, for a start, covering about 600 square miles. The sea is clear and blue and the whole bay is dotted with almost two thousand islands.
America’s National Parks are perhaps the country’s greatest treasure, protecting almost 52 million acres of land, but when was the last time you visited one? With 59 National Parks in 27 states there is surely one close by ready and waiting to be explored. The National Parks Service has designed 6 Free National Parks Days for 2014 when the parks are open for all to visit free of charge. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit one of our parks. Trust me, you will leave wondering why you don’t visit more often. Here are the dates in 2014 when admission to National Parks will be free:
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.
Goa has always been known as the premier place in India for soaking in sun, sand and the surf. While there are quite a few other beach destinations in India, the beaches in Goa remain the top choice for most domestic as well as overseas tourists.
An interplay of factors such as centuries of colonial Portuguese rule, the Hippie influence of the 1960s and 70s, and scores of Western families who call this place home have all made Goa one of the most and perhaps THE most permissive and liberal of places in India. Whether, you are looking for roaring adventure sports, delightful seclusion at some quiet beach, or simply want to indulge in people watching after boozing to your heart’s content and gorging on scrumptious fare at the beach shacks – Goa’s beaches offer all this plus some more.
Craving a grand adventure, one that won’t make you pay $100+ just to get in, only to be surrounded by thousands of other sweaty people, all spending half of the day waiting in long lines (I’m talking about you, Disneyland)? That doesn’t seem like much of an escape, or any adventure I’d want to partake in.
So why not take the road less frequented, head outside of town, and immerse yourself in an unfamiliar wilderness. The western United States is wild and full of rare beauty that should be witnessed. Below are a few of my top destinations for that adventurous spirit of yours.
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:
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.
10 Unusual Movie Locations You Can Visit On Vacation
While you can’t whisk away to Pandora or Alderaan, you can discover these dramatic movie locations, all featured in global block-buster films. Whether you’re a movie buff or simply someone who appreciates a good view, these locations are iconic in more than pop culture.