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One of the world’s most dazzling natural phenomenons, few travel experiences can top witnessing the Northern Lights. Also known as Aurora Borealis, this is mother nature’s most impressive light show, and something which tops almost every traveler’s bucketlist.
Located in the far-northern latitudes, northern Norway is a popular destination for witnessing the spectacle. “Created by solar winds interacting with charged particles in the earth’s magnetic field, the lights appear as otherworldly streaks of green, red, yellow and purple dancing across the arctic skies.”
The following are the cities and towns in Norway where you have the most chance of seeing the Northern lights. It’s important to note that there is no exact science to catching the Aurora, and that there’s never any guarantee. But occurring predominantly between late September and late March, often close to midnight, here some of your best bets.
The age of the socially conscious traveler is officially here – a recent movement towards responsible travel has seen travelers become more conscious of their environmental and social footprint when heading abroad. People are now realizing the importance of traveling with awareness and thought.
With the idea of being conscious of our impact on both nature and culture, here are 10 easy steps for being a socially conscious traveler in Iceland.
Stumbling across hidden treasure might sound like a fantasy saved for video games, old movies and storybooks, however there are millions of dollars worth of lost treasure just waiting to be discovered all over the world. That’s right – lost treasure does exist, and for those willing to adventure to find it, the world is full of ‘treasure chests, tombs full of bling, and random pockets of riches here and there just waiting to be picked up!
Think about it – pirates hid them all the time, ship wrecks and sea caves hold endless amounts of wealth under the sea, and riches were frequently buried in tombs with their owners. Between the recent discovery of Viking Gold in Denmark, and the discovery of a 300 year old sunken treasure ship worth billions, real life can be just as exciting as any of the Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones films.
In a recent collaboration with ACS, we contributed to a post which examined seven famous treasures that were either lost or stolen, and listed their supposed locations. They’re all still out there somewhere – all you have to do is search for them!
It’s can seem like a daunting task – planning a Round the World journey. Though when Star Alliance and Marriott International recently asked us to put together our dream itinerary, we were amazed at how easy it was to customize a trip!
We are extremely excited to announce that we have been invited to embark on a Round The World journey this summer with Star Alliance member airlines and Marriott International.
We are one of 7 International Travel Bloggers Star Alliance has invited to embark on a set of Round The World journeys (they have recently added themed itineraries to their site meaning instead of having to create a journey from scratch, you can now choose from various themes and a proposed routing will be offered).
When it comes to planning a holiday, most people aim to tick off the essentials – tickets, accommodation and itinerary. However, in order to truly enjoy a smooth and carefree holiday, there’s a lot more prep work that needs to be done prior to the big departure.
Failing to plan is planning to fail. Nothing dampens the excitement of a vacation more than unwanted surprises you could’ve planned for.
To help you out, here are some tips for things you need to do while you’re packing and before you leave.
When planning family trips, it’s best to keep kids busy with activities from crafting and music lessons to hiking and swimming. No one wants to hear, “Mom, I’m bored” while lounging beach side with a cocktail in hand.
Travel is one of the most fun ways for a parent to share the cultures and natural wonders of the world. These destinations are safe for kiddos, catering to the picky eaters, adrenaline junkies, nature lovers, and beach bums too. Not only will kids be welcome, they’ll find programs and excursions designed just for them on each of these global adventures.
Whether you’re driving across the country or jumping on a long haul flight, it’s always a great idea to be traveling with a soundtrack for your trip. Carefully-selected tunes which will set the mood. But now that summer is here, which songs can make up that perfect playlist?
“Summer travel songs should get you thinking about wide open blue skies, a beating sun and cocktails on the beach. They should be a toe tapping accompaniment to lapping waves or be redolent with the sounds of exotic destinations.”
With that in mind, here are a few suggestions of must-haves for your travel playlist – 18 infectious tunes that invoke a sense of summer. Some of them are currently topping the charts, some are classic tunes, but they all have one thing in common … I can’t get them out of my head!
Let me know if you have any songs to add in the comments. And at the end of the post, enter to win an iTunes voucher worth £50 courtesy of the new “Sounds like Summer” track creator by First Choice!
One of the most stunning natural wonders in the United States, Antelope Canyon is a favorite among photographers, tourists, and visitors from all over the world. A popular slot canyon on the Navajo Reservation, it is unearthly in its beauty, created over many thousands of years by wind and water which carved the sandstone into the temple we see today.
Tourists make the trek for the natural light show, which is something of a photographers dream. “The views in Lower Antelope Canyon change constantly as the sun moves across the sky, filtering lights softly across the stone walls. These ever-moving sun angles bounce light back and forth across the narrow canyon’s walls, creating a dazzling display of color, light, and shadow.”
Antelope Canyon is a place where you can experience nature in its raw form, though those interested in visiting should note that the area is only open by joining a tour.
If money was no object, where in the world would you go on vacation? Only a select few get to plan their vacation with abandon, not spending one second worrying about their budget.
Here are 5 places we would love to stay if we could afford to, or if someone else was picking up the tab! These are definitely worth the splurge if you’re not worried about your budget abroad.
When planning a beach vacation, most travelers probably don’t have the UK at the top of their list. And I get it – the water’s cold, and it rains a lot, though during summer the sun does shine, and for those few months out of the year Britain is blessed with perfect weather for the beach.
The UK boasts an incredible coastline with hundreds of stunning beaches to explore, especially when you get to the rugged southwestern tip. Here on this peninsula, Cornwall is home to picturesque harbour villages, soaring white cliffs, and ‘swathes of golden sands that look like something straight from the Med’.
Whether golden or pebbly, bustling or blissfully empty, there are over 300 beaches to discover in Cornwall. The following are some of our favorite picks.