Browse Month

May 2016

Your Guide to Rio De Janeiro

Rio De JaneiroDue to its size, the climate can change considerably between regions so you should take this into account when planning a multi-centred holiday. Winter in southern Brazil can be cold, so it’s best to avoid this area between June and September unless you want to pack your jumpers! The north-east is simply too hot to have a winter, and the Amazon has a mixture of dry and wet seasons. It’s worth remembering that the seasons in the southern hemisphere are the opposite of those in the US and Canada so, it is a perfect destination to escape the wild winters of the Northern Hemisphere.

When to go…

Rio de Janeiro has a relatively tropical climate with warm temperatures all year round. The city’s high season is from December to March, with the world famous Carnival taking place in February.

What to do…

Rio is one of those cities that you simply have to see to believe. Photographs of the Sugarloaf, Carnival and Christ the Redeemer simply don’t do this great city justice. By day, Rio is a rather laid back city. Take a stroll along the beach and wake yourself up with a glass of just-squeezed fruit juice before taking a cable car up the Sugarloaf to see one of the most iconic views in the world, a vista which takes in mountains, the sea, forests and of course, the 123-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer which stands on the top of Corcovado Hill overlooking the city below.

Relax on the beach or in the Botanical gardens. Jardim Botanico is home to 7000 different plant species, covers 140 hectares and is the perfect place to relax. Or you can take a trip to the Tijuca Rainforest, the world’s largest urban rainforest.

Accommodation

When it comes to finding a place to stay, there are rooms to suit all budgets. If you’re looking for a spot of luxury, Fasano on Ipanema Beach is the place for you. This designer hotel provides a sophisticated place to relax. If a quiet guesthouse is more your kind of thing, Casa Beleza has just two rooms, two suites, a small pool and shady gardens, with monkeys and a turtle.

Getting Around

In Rio, taxis are cheap and plentiful, and an online fee finder is available online. City buses offer travellers another cheap alternative to get around the city although it is advisable only to use buses during the day.

If you’d rather drive your way around the city, there are rental options. Cars are available from Tom Jobim International Airport and Santos Dumont National Airport through companies including Avis, Hertz and Brazilian companies Unidas and Localiza. Car rental in Brazil can be quite expensive, and parking in Rio can be difficult, but the choice is yours.

Ultimate Travel Destinations for First Time Back-Packers

mexico adventureHuman beings all around the world are encircled with believing in plenty of travel myths. No wonder it keeps them away from stepping out of their comfort zone. Among these myths, one of the most popular one is that you can’t travel on your own. The myth is based on the belief that it is not worth it or because the world is just not safe.

However, little do these people know that there is a world of adventures ready to welcome visitors. The best way to explore them is to pack only the essentials, and set out as a backpacker. So whether you’re traveling solo or with a companion, here are some of the best travel destinations for your first backpacking adventure!

1. Mexico

The ultimate spot for backpacking is most certainly Mexico. It’s unique, adventurous, challenging and much more. Although a lot of people believe Mexico to be a dangerous destination, we’ll give you every reason to make it your first backpacking destination. To begin with, the country wins the heart for being a budget friendly tourist’s gateway. The delicious yet economical food is a plus for backpackers. The hotels in Mexico are also plenty and you’d find something that suites your budget. Although traveling in the country can be costly, there are smart ways backpackers can escape the costs. Hitchhiking is an amazing way of getting around and you’ll have the chance to experience so much along the way. When it comes to adventures, the spectacular beaches of the country are every backpacker’s dream. One of the most popular one is the idyllic Isla Holbox. Scuba diving, surfing, boogie boarding and many other adventures can best be enjoyed in the magical Mexico. Backpackers will also love exploring the history and culture of this unique country.

2. Australia

Youthful travelers often worry about the challenges they can face because of the being a first time backpacker. Making wise choices is a must and Australia would certainly be one of them! There would be plenty of routes to take for backpacking and you might end up being overwhelmed. However, there are some cities you’d be too sorry to miss out. Enjoy the magical beaches of Sydney and the wonderful climate. If you want something different, head to Melbourne. You’ll never be alone in this vibrant city with the vibrant city life and a fine variety of beaches. The vineyards of Adelaide would give you another amazing chance of backpacking. The wine capital of the country would delight you a great deal!

Fremantle, Darwin and the Airlie Beach are some of the other amazing backpacking destinations in Australia.

3. Vietnam

Where not to go backpacking in Vietnam? This will be the question circling your mind as a first time backpacker. When it comes to destinations in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is the finest choice you could make. From endless summer days and endless adventures, you’ll always end up missing something in the country. Whether you decide to explore it alone or with a group of backpackers, you’ll fall in love with Vietnam. It’s always a wise choice to begin exploring the capital. Why not head to Hanoi to enjoy the monuments, museums, cafes and markets of the city?

Top Travel Destinations for an Ideal Vacation

Hangzhou, ChinaA new year calls for a lot of new entries and grand plans in your life, whether it comes to work or leisure. Each one of us should ideally aim at making it great for ourselves and the best way to make it possible is to devise extra special travel plans.

Discover unknown lands and enjoy a wonderful break away from the usual routine into these finest travel destinations.

1. Iran

Despite the unique culture and timeless beauty, Iran is a marvelous travel destination that is still under rated. Interacting with the wonderful natives is only one of the attractions of tourism in Iran. There’s a lot more to take your breath away. Although the political changes in the country are unreliable, it would be a delight to visit the star attractions of Iran. The Naqsh-e-Jahan Square in Esfahan is the ideal place for families to get together and spend quality time. The Old City in Yazd is a must to explore. The incredible towers that are naturally air conditioned are a must to explore. Persepolis City Complex is the majestic ruins that are bound to leave tourist in awe. Take a trip to one of the world’s largest bazaars, The Bazaar of Tabriz. For mountain lovers, Alamut Valley is the perfect place to be. Tourists are also delighted with the magnificent historical houses in Kashan.

2. Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt is a land of marvelous sites, each more special than the other. To get the best views, take a trip to the top of The Main Tower. One of the many reasons Germany is famous for is being the birthplace of Goethe. While you’re there, it would be only just to pay tribute to his birthplace, The Goethe House. To explore the historical heart of Frankfurt, it would be amazing to land in The Römerberg. For the special events and exhibitions happening in and around the city, visit Paulskirche. Frankfurt is also home to some fine museums such as Museum Embankment and The Senckenberg Museum of National History. For pedestrians, it is a delight to explore the shopping hub of Frankfurt, Zeil. Tourists would also be delighted to find some spectacular Botanical Gardens in Germany and one of these is the Palmengarten.

From endless things to do and see in Frankfurt, it is a perfect break for tourists!

3. Hangzhou, China

China has started becoming increasingly popular for being a wonderful tourist destination. Hangzhou is one of its amazing cities. Whether you want to explore the culture or its rich history, the city plays an important role. Hangzhou is home to heavenly sites that tourist fall in love with. One of its most attractive sites is the wonderful West Lake. Regardless of what the weather is like, the lake stays scenic all year round. It is also rated as one of the best places to witness the sunset.

Hangzhou is also famous for its incredible live shows such as Impression West Lake and the Romance of the Song Dynasty. Since Chinese have been the intelligent inventors for a lot of things we use today, it would be a pleasure to explore its wonderful museums. The Hangzhou National Silk, Tea and Medicine Museums are incredible in every manner.

Whilst you’re there, do not miss the opportunity to try their delightful local cuisine.

 

Travel the World’s Best Destinations

South AfricaThe top places for travel around the world used to be fairly standard. In fact, most people couldn’t afford to travel much, if at all. If traveling was possible, it was usually done in a car or by train or bus. Now that air travel is so much less expensive, several destinations that one may not even think of are becoming more and more popular for travelers and vacationers all over the world. The following countries are some of the top places for travel in the past year, and some might surprise you!

South Africa

The beauty of South Africa is it’s authenticity. Not only do you have several modern cities to tour and fine cuisine to taste, but you also have the beauty of the natural wildlife, including animals you won’t see any other place in the world. There is a tremendous warmth from the local people and the culture is fascinating.

Argentina

Travelers love Argentina for all sorts of reasons. The sub-tropical climate makes it a wonderful, beautiful place to get away, and the waterfalls are copious and breath taking. On the other hand, Argentina has beautiful snow packed mountains if you like to ski. Buenos Aires is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with amazing night life and a strong beating heart.

Philippines

Visiting the Philippines is a favorite experience by many due to the friendliness of the local people and the beauty of the ocean. The local people are known to invite tourists into their homes and voluntarily give information about the culture. The beach is a very popular destination for surfers and those who love water sports.

Czech Republic

Known for it’s stunning architecture and delicious foods, the Czech Republic is located in the heart of Europe. Several people visit the country by itself, but it’s a favorite for those who want to visit several other European destinations. The country has over 2000 Chateaus, more than any other country in the world per square kilometre!

Tahiti

This may sound like a more common favorite destination, but many say that Tahiti is the most beautiful country in the world. The colors, the beaches, the serenity give it top rating and it’s one of the top ‘wished for’ places to visit in a lifetime.

Zambia

If you’re visiting South Africa, you should definitely take the time to visit Zambia, a beautiful neighbor which is home to one of the seven wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. Filled with peaceful, friendly people, Zambia is a cultural experience many enjoy.

India

Vibrant and culturally overwhelming, India is one of the best places to go to experience fine culture, wonderful cuisine, and absolute beauty. The people of India are extremely friendly and inviting, and their architecture is amazing. Of course, one of the most amazing things to see is a beautiful live tiger in the wild. A proud, vivacious country, India is a traveler’s gem.

Indonesia

Indonesia is a popular place for tourist who visit New Zealand and Australia. It’s comprised of over 60,000 beautiful islands to surf, swim and relax.

Malta

Not many places are more beautiful than a country in the middle of the Mediterranean. With architecture older than the Egyptian pyramids, Malta is a beautiful destination which traveler’s never forget.

Croatia

People don’t think of Croatia as a tourist destination but it’s becoming more and more popular. A small country with huge diversity, Croatia is like Europe and the Mediterranean combined. Great food, great wine, great people- it’s truly a beautiful place to visit.

Although some of the travel destinations above might not seem like typical places to visit for a vacation, each of them are precious places that travelers from all over the world cherish and love. Each should be enjoyed and experienced by anyone who wants to see the world.