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We know you’ve heard it before, but Texas is big … really BIG. 268,597 square miles in fact; an area which is bigger than Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands combined!!
Texas is known for being so big and diverse that it’s practically its own country; a state which combines cowboys and country culture with glossy urban landscapes and sprawling city life, and one blessed with thousands of kilometers of rugged, gorgeous terrain.
The sheer diversity of the state means there are bound to hidden gems which even locals have probably never heard of. With such a wide swath of human experience on offer, visiting every corner of Texas would take months, if not years to explore!
Though for those who only have a couple of days to a week, the following are some of our favorite nooks and crannies; home to the most incredible hidden gems in the State.
Over the last couple of decades, the internet has completely changed the way we plan and manage our travels, and as the internet continues to evolve, so does our approach to collecting information for an upcoming trip.
Ever since the blogging boom, the blogosphere has become one of the first places people use to search for ideas, tips and suggestions for their upcoming trip. But even blog articles aren’t as straightforward for planning a trip as they could be. It’s difficult to memorize everything you read before you leave, and if you want to have the information handy you’ll need to either print it out, or make sure you include roaming internet in your data plan to access the web page whenever you need to.
Neither solution is ideal. So I was excited to recently learn about GPSmyCity … a new app which turns travel blogs and articles into a GPS tour guide you can download to your phone, and access offline!
For someone who’s never done it before, chartering a private jet can be daunting and confusing. It’s estimated that over 8 million people fly every single day and, with commercial airlines becoming extremely busy due to high demand or simply cancelling and delaying flights, chartering a private jet can be very appealing for those with the means to do so.
But chartering a private jet isn’t a walk in the park, and it’s essential to do your research first, map out your entire journey, and ensure you’re as prepared as possible before spending your money chartering a jet. If this is something you’re interested in, keep reading and you’ll discover exactly how to charter a private jet and answers to commonly asked questions.
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!
Best known for its beautiful beaches and parks and its near-perfect weather, San Diego is a popular destination along the southern Californian coast. With opportunities for wildlife viewing as well as a range of cultural, natural, and historic attractions available, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do.
There are many incredible experiences in San Diego for those with a large budget, from hot air ballooning with an ocean view to incredibly delicious and innovative dining scene. However this is a fantastic destination for the budget traveler too, and there are just as many incredible experiences for those who don’t want to spend their life savings.
The following is a budget guide to San Diego from my local point of view; things to do that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, while still getting the full San Diego experience.
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.
Many people make resolutions heading into the new year, and from a travelers perspective this may be to travel more, seek out immersive experiences, or even learn a new language. Though for me, this new year meant cleaning the house. Tidying up our garage, donating clothes, and cleaning out some old drawers. And it’s quite amazing what you find when you clear out your old draws!
Like $450 in forgotten cash.
You’re probably wondering how it’s possible to just “forget” about $450 in your sock drawer. That money represents a flight, a couple of nights at a hotel, or even a couple of weeks throughout a cheap country in South East Asia. But I’m not able to spend it. My problem is that my $450 is in Turkish Lira. And Euro. And Pounds. And Canadian Dollars. And Czech Koruna. And honestly there are a lot of coins and bank notes that I don’t even recognize!
Over 10 years of travel, all of that leftover currency adds up, and if you’ve been adding to your own jar over the years, you’ve probably got hundreds of dollars sitting there too. Here’s how to exchange those mixed foreign coins and bank notes for actual cash.
The idea to attempt a long walk had been in my head for some time. The book Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, came into my hands, shortly followed by Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time of Gifts; two autobiographies which detailed epic adventures across magical landscapes on foot.
It became clear to me that something very special happens to a traveler in this situation, so I decided I had to be involved. Though having never walked long distance before, I had to figure out where I should start.
The obvious choice for most travelers these days is the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St James. One of the most popular long distance routes made famous by films such as The Way with Martin Sheen, thousands come from all over the world to walk it every year. I imagined I’d probably be one of those thousands until – surprisingly – I started to learn a little bit more about European pilgrimage routes.
Every person’s life has unforgettable moments that define it, and for us, most of these moments revolve around our travels. Like the time we ice skated inside the Eiffel Tower. Or spent seven grueling days climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, where I not only stood proudly on the highest point in Africa, but then bumped into a handsome stranger who would later propose.
Mike and I have 10 years and over 45 countries worth of cherished memories, each moment having defined our lives along the way. But the thousands of photographs we accumulate have a habit of fading away on the “cloud”, and we forget that they’re sitting there saved. So we’ve started to favor print over pixels, because these moments deserve to be printed, and nothing will ever beat holding a physical photo book.
To preserve our travel photography we’ve teamed up with MILK Books, a company who produce custom photo books and albums that are center-stitched and handbound, created with archival-quality materials to last for at least 100 years (they believe that some moments should last longer than a lifetime). And to celebrate the new year, we’re give away a beautiful 120 page archival medium photo book!
Located above the Arctic Circle (from the “capital city” Rovaniemi in the south all the way up to Utsjoki in the north), Finnish Lapland is an exotic region in northern Finland sculpted by round-shaped rugged mountains (tunturi), extensive pine forests (taiga), treeless flat lands (tundra), pristine lakes and rivers with gold nuggets.
Lapland is a unique destination which casts a powerful spell. Offering a wide array of activities for any nature lover, and with a certain sense of magic in the air, travelers visit for the midnight sun, the Sámi peoples, the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) and roaming reindeer.
This is as close as reality gets for those who dream of a winter wonderland, and even with four very distinct seasons, contrasts are a key factor in the allure here; where 24-hour sunlight in the summer replaces the dark winter days, and the hustle and bustle of towns and ski resorts is just minutes away from the peace and quiet of the wild wilderness.