Boating is becoming one of the most popular ways to experience Europe – and we can totally understand the appeal! I mean, why fight for elbow space to watch the sunset in Santorini, when you can enjoy your own exclusive sunset from the water?!
Europe has a stunning coastline which stretches for more than 68,000 km – that’s three times longer than the USA for context! And from boat rental in Corfu, to Croatia’s seaside fortresses from Game of Thrones, this is a unique continent to experience from the water.
European countries offer a huge range of boating options, from hiring motorboats, sailboats, catamarans, or yachts. Anyone can hire a boat, for any occasion, and nowadays it’s very accessible even for beginners to do so. Perhaps you’ve already got your heart set on island hopping in the Greek Islands, or sailing down the Seine past the Eiffel Tower, before some time in the French Riviera.
But even if you’ve already planned your next boating holiday, here’s a list for the one after that!
Getting out in nature is something everyone can enjoy in the right conditions, but not all camping trips are going to provide a satisfying experience. Unless you’ve prepared for a trip that’s suited for you, you’re not going to get a whole lot of enjoyment out of it. You need to make sure that when you’re camping, all of your needs are being taken care of.
Sure, some might argue that camping is all about roughing it – but it doesn’t have to be. You can spend your time in the woods living in luxury if you want to, so long as you can pack it and bring it with you. Ultimately, the experience you have comes down to how you prepare for it.
They say the best things in life are free, and that definitely holds true for a city like Edinburgh. While many attractions within Scotland’s capital are paid such as visiting Edinburgh Castle, The Real Mary King’s Close, or Camera Obscura & World of Illusions, there are countless ways to enjoy the city for free. So grab your kilt or tartan dress and experience one of Europe’s most visited destinations. With so many free attractions on offer, you’ll have enough money left over to be able to treat yourself to a dram of fine whisky. I now give you some of the top free things to enjoy in Edinburgh.
We’ve written a lot of different articles on ways to stay entertained while traveling; from staying entertained on road trips, long bus journey’s, and when you’re stuck at the airport because of a killer flight cancellations and delays.
But one of the best places to spend time in an airport is the lounge; beyond the great food, free champagne, and comfy seating, there are often showers, magazines, and free WiFi.
Some lounges come with great inbuilt entertainment – cool games rooms, libraries, a la carte dining, and even spa centers. But some can be downright boring! A restful, quiet space to kick back in a comfy chair with some great food.
If that’s not enough to keep you entertained, here are some ideas for things to do, while still maintaining a respectful, quiet atmosphere for the other travelers who do just want their chair and their food.
It’s one of the smallest countries in the world (second only to the Vatican City), hugely popular for day trips from the surrounding French Riveria. So what are the main sites in Monaco if you’ve only planned on one day?
Size doesn’t matter in Monaco, and the sites, attractions, and excitement is all densely packed in! While there’s plenty to do deserving of a vacation in its own right, here is a quick list of the top 5 places to add to your itinerary if you’re day tripping.
Whether you’re looking to throw a luxurious birthday party, want a relaxing vacation with friends and family, or you want to throw a chic corporate party, you can do it all on a yacht rental in Miami! From fishing to watersports, you’re spoilt for choice courtesy of Anchor Rides.
A lot of people might associate beach getaways with sunbathing and relaxing on loungers and hammocks. While this can certainly be an idyllic break for most, others might find this idea tedious.
However, your beach vacation can be full of excitement if you want it to be, and if you’re someone who likes to stay active when they are on vacation, here are some suggestions on the best ways to do it at the beach.
Digitalization has made it possible for us to store a significant amount of personal and financial information online. As a result, we no longer need to worry about having the right paperwork and documents for travel, making travel even more convenient.
But with every good comes the bad. The more your personal information is accessible online, the more likely you are to become a victim of identity theft.
Identity theft occurs whenever someone else uses your personally identifiable information (PII) without your permission and with malicious intent. You may think that only naive people fall victim to identity thieves, but the unfortunate truth is that even the most cautious individuals are not immune to this risk. So how do you protect yourself?
If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you’re probably looking for the perfect one to meet your needs. Needs to be road worthy, road-trip worthy, and able to handle the different terrains and strains of some epic journeys! At the same time, your needs could change over time.
For example, you might be thinking about a roadtrip in something that allows you to extend the bed of your pickup truck. Or, you might be looking for lights you can place near your floor mats. And in the future your travel style, and roadtrip style may change.
There are a lot of options today in terms of truck upgrades, which make it possible to improve your existing vehicle for the next trip you’ll take. Here are some considerations.
Cruising has become one of the most popular ways to travel, and nowadays you have hundreds of cruise lines, itineraries, and types of voyage that suit almost any type of traveler. Likewise, there are many destinations worldwide, waiting to be explored from the water.
Most travelers are familiar with the common cruises like the Caribbean, Pacific, and European rivers, however, these only scratch the surface. If you’re after a cruise destination which is a bit different to the rest, the following are some of the more exciting cruises you can take – the hidden gems of the cruise industry.
Whether it’s a mom and daughter(s) trip or a fun trip with best friends and colleagues, some well-planned time out with the girls is always a good idea for a break. But this time comes around so infrequently, that you want to make sure it’s planned perfectly!
A well-planned girl’s trip could be the perfect escape you need; renewing your energy, relationships, and creating long lasting memories. Struggling to come up with ideas? Here are five fun ways to take an all-girls trip.
We recently published a post on ‘should you wear activewear when traveling’, and this sparked some debate about what’s appropriate or not to wear on a plane. So in a follow-up post, you can find our best tips on what to wear when flying; what to wear to stay comfortable, while also remaining respectful of other passengers, and not getting kicked off the plane!
There are no universal laws dictating what you can and can’t wear on a plane, and while airline lounges may have dress codes, most airlines are pretty accepting when it comes to the plane.
“As long as you’re not sporting anything that may prevent the aircraft from flying safely, such as a suit of armor or a hoop skirt. – it’s up to the airline to decide what’s OK”. While all airlines will differ in their approach, here are some basic rules to follow.
If you’re planning on traveling to Hawaii, there are a few things you need to prepare. You’ll need to choose the islands you want to visit, how many of those colorful Hawaiian shirts to wear, and how far in advance to book your tickets.
On my first trip to Japan at 14, I got permission to take the family digital camera, and went truly overboard with photos. No-one could believe I returned home with … wait for it … 200 photos. Fastforward 20 years and we now take that many on our smartphones in less than an hour!
I got home from that trip, printed my favorites, and pulled out my scrapbook kit (glue, glitter, scissors – the whole thing!), to put together an amazing book of memories. And I’ve not completed a single scrapbook since.
Scrapbooking to preserve our travel memories is one of those things we’d all love to have time for, but unlike our 14 year old selves, as adults it’s a project we don’t have time to even begin. So our photos sit on harddrives, get buried in Facebook feeds, and we never have time to look at them again.
But what if you could finish a digital travel memory book BEFORE you even return from your trip? Something which was already designed for you, with very little time input, but produces an awesome product at the end? My friend Laura has you covered with her “On-the-Go Digital Travel Memory Book TOOLKIT”.
It may surprise you that the city with the most skyscrapers in the world is one of the most family friendly, with a huge range of exciting things to do for kids; but Hong Kong defintely is!
Between an exciting food to try, a long coastline with spectacular beaches, and perfect sub tropical weather, Hong Kong is a great way to introduce kids to other cultures, with a great blend of Western and Chinese traditions. And let’s not forget Disney!
While summer is best avoided because of the heat, and it’s not exactly stroller friendly if your kids aren’t walking (the city is very hilly and step heavy), Hong Kong is very family friendly, and should be more than a stopover on your itinerary.
When people think of camping they instantly think of throwing up a tent on a (hopefully) flat piece of ground, surrounded by nature, engulfed by starry skies, and (hopefully!) without too much wildlife in your food supplies.
But another form of camping is starting to trend, by the edge of the water; on the water!
Whether you keep your boat by the shore and do camp on the coastline, or throw down your anchor with a cabin inside, here are some simple tips for covering the basics of boat camping if it’s your first time.
Taking to the seas is one of the best ways to explore new destinations.
Whether you choose to go on a cruise, charter a yacht or book a catamaran excursion, you can enjoy a different type of holiday, experiencing a side of a country or city that few rarely see. If you’re ready to sail away, here are some of the best destinations to hit the water.
It’s something people have strong opinions on – should you wear activewear casually, in public. Should you wear lycra onto a plane? Personally, I’m a fan.
Activewear is the best travel wardrobe ever created, and I’m not ashamed to say it; leggings and a sports bra are the perfect clothes to travel in. It’s called athleisure, and while Paris your gym clothes might spark reactions from certain cliques, I probably think the same of women wearing stilettos to explore as they do of me (though kudos to their pain threshold – seriously!!).
Active wear is built to be comfy, easy to wash, odor resistant, and means you can pack less. Fabrics can take a beating while still looking fresh, and wearing it is practical, versatile and effortless. So when I’m asked ‘should you wear active wear while traveling?’ my response is a resouding ‘Hell Yes!’.
You might not think that ‘beauty products’ are essential when you travel, but really, most personal care, skin care, make-up and cosmetic products are all described under the same category.
It can be a definite struggle figuring out which products you want to take with you; which to buy in your destination, which to pack in your carryon, and which have the least chance of spilling and making a mess in your bag!
Though there are some which are so practical, multipurpose, and serve your ongoing hygiene, that they become essential to feeling fresh, clean, and stress free.
Whether you’re moving for a new job, family, or to address your wanderlusting spirit to live a nomadic life, transitioning from tourist to an expat means you’re in for an exciting time.
However, being a tourist is entirely different from living an expat life. Even if your stint in the country is only a year or two, the big move is not without hardship. There are endless things to do and certain challenges along the way. But fear not because the world is now a global village with many individuals constantly moving from one country to the next.
If you speak with any expat, they won’t bombard you with their complaints or lament how hard it is to move. Instead, you’ll hear amazing stories about their journey and how they treasure this opportunity. To make sure your relocation is smooth, check out these helpful tips.
As we head into summer, more of us than ever are looking to book holidays. If you’re yet to book a break, it could be because you’re stuck with where to go, what to do, or just what you’re looking for from a trip away.
Trying to decide what holiday to go on can feel like a bit of minefield, which is why we’ve put together some quick refresher tips on the important things to consider when planning.
Despite its popularity, Prague is surprisingly not as touristy as would be expected, sporting a fresh young vibe with many recent renovations such as with the National Museum and State Opera, as well as a bunch of new projects being unveiled since we were all forced into lockdown. Always popular with international travelers, Prague ranks as one of the top ten most visited European cities. Here is just a sampling of some of the best things to see and do in Prague.
Saudi Arabia provides a variety of unusual experiences as a nation that is still relatively unknown to visitors from other countries.
Having been closed to tourism until 2019, a lot is beginning to change across the Kingdom, and as it begins to embrace modernization, movie theatres have been built, and international festivals have started being held.
As with any nation with a controversial cultural history, travel to Saudi now presents an opportunity to widen perspectives about the world, and interact with a society who are broadening their own perspectives through interactions with foreigners.
So to help you fully immerse yourself in the culture of the Kingdom, we look at some of the best events in Saudi Arabia, from poetry readings to flower shows, and traditional souks to camel racing.
Thought to be founded as far back as 1,200 BCE; Lisbon is one of the most sought-after metropolitan destinations on the planet. It attracts millions of tourists on an annual basis and thanks to an amenable climate, it’s just as popular over the winter months as it is during the dog days of summer.
While there are countless sights to experience, the fact of the matter is that it is often better to avoid the throngs of visitors in order to appreciate this city in an entirely unique light. One novel method comes in the form of a sunset cruise.
What are some of the attractions associated with such an excursion? Why might this very well represent the best way to fully appreciate the eclectic nature of Lisbon and the surrounding areas? Let’s quickly examine the perks of such a cruise to better appreciate your options.
As an active traveler I’m constantly pulling muscles, carrying far too heavy packs on my back, and dealing with stiffness from failed attempts to sleep on a plane. And if I haven’t got sore feet from exploring, it hasn’t been a successful day!
So I’m now a big fan of massage guns, which saves a ton of money on spa treatments while traveling, especially since physical therapists like Bob & Brad have an excellent compact, portable range.
While the smallest massage gun I’ve found to date is the Bob & Brad Q2 Mini Massage Gun, which ranks as a personal favorite, their next massage gun up is the C2. With more power than the Q2, and a bigger body, though still incredibly compact and lightweight, the C2 massage gun is also a fabulous choice. Here is our review.