Paris is one of the world’s most iconic destinations, inspiring travel fantasies and capturing hearts and imaginations all over the world. But with so many highlights it can be a challenge to experience the city like a local would. And with 20 million odd travelers who visit the city every year, I wanted a more authentic experience than your average tourist would.
Short of moving to France (tempting), Cobblestone Paris offers that authentic experience even if you’re just visiting for a weekend; they rent impeccably furnished and conveniently located apartments which allow travelers to experience Paris the way a Parisian would.
Entering into a restaurant in Paris can be a formidable experience for uninitiated travelers. Not only do they have to contend with trying to make their wishes understood by a waiter who may or may not speak their language, but they must learn quickly how to adapt to local dining customs.
The Paris dining scene can be bewildering for those first time travelers who have no idea where to start, though if you’re confused about the difference between a bistrot and a brasserie, or if you feel intimidated by the prospect of going into any French restaurant and ordering a meal, then you’ve come to the right place!
Paris is a European shopping mecca, and the buzz and hype that surrounds the shopping experience here is like no other. Beautiful neighborhoods are bursting at the seams with designer fashion stores, and stylish people strutting the streets. It’s safe to say that Paris is a shopper’s dream.
Set up with over five major department stores and 17,500 + shops, the shops in Paris don’t sell clothes. They sell lifestyles. Though for those who can’t afford to shop at flagship stores, the city is still packed with an amazing range of discount and outlet stores.
In the lead up to Paris fashion week, the following is a guide for Paris fashion you can afford. For those fond of fashion who don’t want to spend a fortune, these are the best discount stores and factory outlets. You’ll find top international designer brands at prices discounted from 30 to 80%!
Many couples choose to visit Jamaica, the ideal place to relax your mind, body, and soul – the perfect place to enjoy a wonderfully simple romantic holiday.
Jamaica is a beautiful place to explore with your partner, where you can enjoy average temperatures of 80-degrees, but if relaxing at your hotel or resort, soaking up the sun is more your style, that’s perfect too.
To help you choose the perfect spot for your romantic getaway, here are some of the top romantic resorts.
When it comes to planning a trip, it’s very rarely easy. What is there to see in the area? What are the cheapest flights? And, if you’re hitting up a number of places in one trip, how do you manage the booking process through so many destinations?
Having a passion for travel is one thing, but a passion for travel planning is an entirely different ball game! You have to be passionate about excel spreadsheets, comparisons, and breaking the record on how many tabs you can have open before your internet decides to crash!
And it’s even more difficult if you’re trying to collaborate and plan a trip with family or friends. Sometimes the planning process is all so overwhelming that you wonder if travel is worth it in the first place.
Though what if planning and booking a trip was genuinely easy to do? We’ll let you in on a secret – it is! For independent travelers who don’t like to use a travel agent, and prefer to set their own itinerary, there’s now an easy way to plan your perfect trip. All of a sudden planning becomes fun, with Relovate.
One of my biggest tips for hearing about cheap flights is to sign up for airline newsletters, as they send deal alerts and information on sales. An issue however with this approach is that the deals are rarely relevant to my location, and between the 50 odd airlines who send me emails, my inbox overflows.
Though after signing up for emails from a newcomer called Next Vacay, I’ve been able to go through my massive list of airline subscriptions and hit unsubscribe.
The subscription economy is booming at the moment, and companies like Netflix, Spotify and Amazon Prime are leaving competitors behind. So the emergence of the subscription model in the travel industry was only a matter of time.
Leading with this idea, NextVacay is an new, online and personalized travel agency that aims to make air travel more affordable. It works off a subscription model of $25 per year and supplies real time sales, deals and error fares (those absurdly cheap flights posted as a mistake by the airline) directly to your inbox, according to your home base airport.
About a year ago a message popped up on my Twitter feed. It said that all national parks in Canada will be free in 2017 to mark its 150th anniversary. Home to some of the most incredible scenery in the world, I immediately started planning my trip.
I rented a mid-size car from Edmonton for less than $80 a week. It was about a 4-hour drive to the entrance of Jasper National Park. Now, I’ve done a few amazing scenic drives in my lifetime, like the Pacific Coast Highway along the California coast, Hue to Hoi An in Vietnam, and Lisbon to Algarve in Portugal. But with exhilarating vistas of forest, craig, glacier, ice Fields and wildlife, the drive from Jasper to Banff takes out the top spot on my list. It’s easily one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
The following is a rough 5-day itinerary. If you’re thinking of a self drive adventure through the Canadian rockies, I encourage you to follow this route.
Having a wedding in your hometown is a very convenient option; you know many vendors and venues, can select among a great variety of offers, and plan the wedding on any budget.
All your friends and relatives are (mostly) close to you, while those who live far away still can come to the event to join the celebration. Why have a destination wedding then?
You might be surprised how many advantages this option holds! After marrying in Hawaii ourselves, we have put together a shortlist of advantages and unexpected perks which make a destination wedding a dream event.
With the excitement of the Grand Prix, the beauty of Larvotto Beach, and the opulent pleasures of the Casino de Monte Carlo, it’s no surprise that Monaco is regularly tipped as being one of world’s epicentres for luxury!
So whilst there are many quaint places like Le Rocher that offer the perfect amount of rustic charm, for a touch of glamorous living, why not head to one of these glittering destinations!
Why should you always choose a traditional scenario for your vacation? A romantic getaway is a perfect excuse to explore a new corner of the world, though Paris, London and the Maldives have all been done before.
If you’re looking for romance, but want something different this summer, consider these 5 destinations – perhaps an unexpected choice, but we guarantee you’ll cherish the memories for a lifetime.
Travel is an incredible experience, though when you engage your creative genius it’s possible that it becomes even better!
You already know where you’re going next, you’ve researched your destinations, you’ve seen all the attractions online and you know everything about them. It’s so hard to be surprised nowadays! But if you pose a few creative challenges to yourself, then the fun element will stay intact.
Here are five ideas for a start, you can continue your own travel challenges list.
Australia, as a travel destination, has everything that a tourist can ask for in a holiday spot. Every year, millions of visitors, from America, Europe and other parts of the world make a beeline to experience this vast country’s unique landscapes, pristine ocean beaches, food and wine.
It may look small on the map, but Australia is pretty massive and equally diverse. However, with a low crime rate, combined with a political system which is very stable, makes the country rather safe and easy to travel about in.
In case you happen to be one of the chosen few, intending to head to this fascinating continent, here are some tips pertaining to travel safety which will ensure that your holiday is not only enjoyable but safe as well.
Cuba tourism is booming now that their relationship has warmed with the United States, and a lot more people are starting to plan travel to the island.
Though many people are surprised that Cuba is not a cheap country to travel through. And it’s not, if you stay in fancy hotels and eat at the typical tourist taunts. Group tour packages run between $3,000 – $5,000 right now and many times this price doesn’t even include your flight!
Though as US travel restrictions are loosened and tourism floodgates open, there are many ways for you to travel through Cuba on the cheap. And, if you follow through to the giveaway at the bottom of the post, ViaHero is giving residents of Canada and the United States a chance to travel to Cuba for free!
In an ideal world, everyone would have enough money to travel. But in reality that’s not the case. And for many people, their best option for travel is taking out a personal loan.
And in many situations there’s nothing wrong with that. Personal loans are a great way to reach a short term goal, and with better interest rates than credit cards, are a much safer way to fund your holiday. However you do need to approach this sensibly. Banks see the yawning gap between reality and aspirations as a tremendous opportunity, and you need to be smart enough to borrow responsibly.
So if you’re considering taking out a personal loan for travel, make sure you’ve understood the following.
If you’ve got your eyes set on Russia for your next vacation, then there’s certainly no looking back! Its grandeur and opulence in combination with the harshness of its climate will cast a spell on you.
As one of the most beautiful winter destinations in the world, Russia owes its popularity to the incredibly scenery and the majestic places it has to offer. Here is a list of only a few of them.
Europe is one of those destinations where you could easily spend $400 a night on a standard hotel room, or throw down $20 for a burger, and there’s no doubt that the expensive reputation of some European cities can be intimidating for first time visitors. It’s not always the cheapest getaway.
Yet Europe is one of the most iconic backpacking destinations in the world and continues to welcome millions of budget travelers touring the continent with very little cash to spend.
These travelers know that even the most expensive cities have room to economize, and that if you’re willing to sacrifice a little comfort and convenience, Europe doesn’t have to break the bank.
The Eiffel Tower truly is one of the most iconic, most visited and most photographed landmarks in France, and if you love travel photography, getting the perfect shot will most likely be at the top of your list.
Situated in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, whether you’re cruising past it on the Seine, climbing to the roof of a nearby Cathedral, or standing directly below it, there are a million ways to get a shot of the Eiffel Tower, and it’s quite easy to take a great photo here. Though this is one of the most photographed landmarks in the world, so what’s not always easy is taking an interesting one. As a tourist, it’s difficult to capture a unique angle which the world hasn’t already seen.
The following are great photography locations for shooting the Eiffel Tower. Head here if you’re looking to travel like a photographer and not a tourist.
There are many, many reasons you should purchase health insurance when traveling abroad, the most obvious being to protect yourself in the case of an emergency, though some countries are beginning to require health coverage as a mandatory condition of entry, meaning travelers no longer have the choice to travel without a plan.
Expat hubs around the world are beginning to require mandatory health insurance before issuing a visa, and more and more countries are deciding to refuse entry without it. Many travelers don’t realize that without the correct insurance, they could be turned away from the destination they are visiting before they make it past airport arrivals.
The following countries are among those jumping on the trend of making health insurance mandatory for those wishing to travel or live overseas.
A romantic getaway is a perfect excuse to explore a new corner of the world. And it when it comes to dreamy European cities, there’s nowhere quite so magical as Prague.
Winding cobbled streets, cosy pubs on every corner, bohemian outdoor markets and breath-taking views no matter where you look, the so-called ‘golden city’ was made for couples. With careful planning, in just a short weekend break you can see all its varied sights and enjoy plenty of quality time with your other half.
To help you organise a faultless trip, we’ve put together five date ideas guaranteed to have you leaving the Czech Republic feeling blissfully loved up.
Museums are a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the history and culture of each place you visit, and Dublin is full of fantastic options; from gardens, parks, and galleries, to those that include a local pint of Guinness or Whiskey at the end of your tour!
A small capitol with a huge reputation, Dublin offers all of the crowd favorites you would expect from a museum scene; there’s a national gallery, museum of natural history and plenty of historical museums as well. There are, however also plenty of spots that celebrate Ireland’s rich cultural history, architecture, and the outdoors.
Whether you’re a tourist or a local, you can always count on the following museums for a fun and fascinating day out.
A Central Park Tour is such a great way to explore the beauty of the Big Apple’s signature park! If you’re interested in taking one of these tours, you’ll need to select your tour provider with care. All companies which operate in Central Park are not created equal. This is why we recommend shopping around a bit before you make a final decision about which firm to hire.
Here are some things to think about as you move forward and prepare to book a Central Park Tour:
The United States is an exciting destination, and almost everyone on the planet can name something they would love to see and do. This is a country which is so diverse that there is enough to fill the itinerary for many trips. Though whether you’re heading to the States for the achingly beautiful landscapes or a mesmerizing metropolis, one thing will always ring true: it’s essential to consider obtaining travel insurance for your trip.
For those who travel without it, you’ll hear things like “I don’t worry about things which haven’t happened yet”, or “it doesn’t matter if you lose your bags, just travel with things you can afford to replace”, or my favourite, “it’s totally fine – I never get sick”.
And thankfully in most cases, yes, travel goes off without a hitch. Hopefully you’ll never have to understand the value of taking out travel insurance. But, if you have to, you don’t want to regret having brushed off its importance. For that alone, travel insurance is worth considering.
So you decided to become a digital nomad, and as you travel, you attempt to grow your blog audience and expand your freelance services. In order to do this, you will need to get social. That’s right, you need to be on social media, and I don’t just mean Facebook and Twitter.
Since travel is all about experiencing the beauty of our breath-taking world and sharing it with others, as a travel blogger, engaging your audience on the two most popular photo sharing platforms is a must! However, in order to have these platforms benefit you – and avoid irritating other fellow travel bloggers – how you use these platforms is just as important as actually using them.
Below are some of the “Do’s and Don’ts” for utilising one of the biggest and best photo sharing platforms for travel: Instagram.