Thinking of a beautiful Mediterranean island for your next holiday? Perhaps one that sits off the toe of Italy? Seductively beautiful and perfectly placed in the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily should be at the top of your list.
Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands, and has long seduced travelers with its natural wonders and cultural treasures. It boasts wonderful weather, and a diverse range of culinary influences. Natural wonders abound here, and the juxtaposition of sea, volcano and mountain scenery makes a stunning backdrop for outdoor activities. The island is full of history, bursting at the seams with ancient artistic and architectural gems. When it comes to ancient Greek architecture, Sicily actually rivals Greece.
There are many incredible reasons to visit Sicily. The following are to name just a few.
Recent surveys have shown that 70% of Americans are planning to take a road trip this holiday season instead of flying, and the story is similar in other countries around the world. Despite fuel prices being quite high, people are ditching wings in favor of four rubber tires as air travel becomes more of a hassle thanks to the pandemic.
They say life is about the journey and not the destination, and that definitely rings true with road tripping. But a poorly planned road trip filled with boredom and preventable hiccups can easily ruin your road trip holiday.
With many of us planning longer road trips this holiday season and well into 2022, I thought I’d offer some tips on how you can survive the journey whether traveling solo or with family and friends.
The Igorots of Sagada, Philippines have been participating in an extremely unique burial ritual for thousands of years.
The elderly members of the community will carve their own coffins out of hollowed out logs prior to their death. They are then placed into a coffin which is then hung at the side of a cliff as high up as possible.
One of the most common beliefs behind this practice is the belief that the bodies of the dead will reach their ancestral spirits. They choose to place their family members in the foetal position as they believe it is important to depart the world the same way you entered.
This tradition is slowly dying out as the new generation in Sagada is influenced by modern culture. There is also fear around breaking the bones of their loved ones after death. This may be a tradition that disappears soon.
We’re all excited to get back to travel now that borders have begun to open and restrictions are easing up. But travel is obviously very different now than it was a couple of years ago.
While we’re looking forward to leaving the pandemic behind us, one change here to stay are face masks; they have become standard now across many destinations, transport, and public gathering places.
While many places like airlines might give you a mask, it’s worthwhile traveling with your own which you know is yours, and you’re comfortable wearing.
The CDC recently updated its mask guidelines, so the next logical question before you jump on that plane, bus, or train: What is the BEST face mask for travel to keep you safe?
It’s likely been awhile since many of us have been on a flight somewhere, therefore we could all probably use a refresher course on some of the items that can make flying more bearable or possible even quite enjoyable.
And because health, both mental and physical, seems to be a priority in the current climate, let us focus on flying tips to keep you both safe and sane on your flight.
Europe offers up well over 40 countries to travellers, and with so many nations to explore, one of the most frequently asked questions from our readers is what is the best way to get around. Of course, “best” can mean different things to different people though!
Your ideal transport will depend on a number of factors like whether you’re looking for the cheapest routes, the fastest routes, or those with the most flexibility. So it’s important to weigh up all your options.
Eating healthy both before and during your travels will do wonders for keeping both your mind and body sharp, and one way to make sure you’re getting proper nutrition is to incorporate various superfoods into your diet.
You’ve likely heard about a number of popular superfoods including acai berries, avocados, kale, turmeric, and ginger among the line up of foods that are super-charged with health benefits. Foods such as these which have garnered the title of being a superfood are often packed with healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which can help to boost things like energy, focus, and stamina while also aiding your immune system to function as it should be.
Travel really can affect both your mental and physical health in substantial ways thanks to jetlag and adjusting to new time zones, falling into new sleep and eating patterns, exhaustion, and being exposed to new allergens and pathogens.
In order to give your body and mind the best chance of staying healthy, stick to a well balanced diet and try incorporating some of these lesser-known superfoods you may not be familiar with the next time you travel.
If you find yourself stuck in a bit of a rut, contemplate booking a plane ticket to somewhere new to allow yourself the opportunity to see that life can be whatever you make it. Here are 7 incredible ways that travel can affect your life in a positive way.
With the recent increase in remote work and freelance jobs, becoming a digital nomad is easier than ever!
However, the process of going from a desk job to digital nomadism can feel overwhelming, so this article will provide five tips to successfully launch your career as a digital nomad and begin traveling the world.
Of course, making a career switch of any kind always requires a polished resume. Consider using a professional resume template to jumpstart your nomadic adventure and set yourself up for success as a freelancer or remote worker.
Devonport has been called the Gateway to Tasmania, but much like the island’s first European explorers did, it is often bypassed by travellers who make a quick dash for Hobart, Cradle Mountain, or the beaches of the East Coast.
But The Cove oceanside retreat is ready to put Devonport on the tourism map and make it more than just a gateway, finally offering up a level of luxury accommodation that the city has always lacked.
With a prime central position along Tassie’s northern coast this is the perfect base for exploring all the famous Northwest has to offer. And whether you plan on sailing in via Spirit of Tasmania, or flying into Devonport Airport, you’re just minutes away from Northern Tasmania’s best luxury accommodation.
Set in a sheltered bay in-between Don Heads and Lillico Beach, The Cove is blessed with what are arguably the best ocean views in Tasmania’s north.
For generations, this large full working farm known as Cheviot Dale was enjoyed by its founders and descendant’s of the Lillico family. But now Bruce and Kim Robinson have decided to share their slice of heaven, and welcome all adults to check-in at The Cove!
Traveling can be stressful for anyone, but for those suffering from a physical disability or mental illness it can be exponentially more difficult. Many with disabilities or mental disorders rely on the support of an accompanying family member or friend when traveling to ensure they can enjoy their travels and stay safe.
Travel is something that should be enjoyed by everyone and no longer is having a disability or mental illness stopping people from seeing the world. Having a physical or mental disability may mean you have to do a bit more planning and take extra precautions, but it can be done, especially with the assistance of a family member or friend who travels with you.
If you’re that family member or friend that will be traveling with someone that suffers from a physical or mental disability, there are a number of things to be aware of when booking your travel and to ensure their safety and wellbeing during your trip.
Here is some helpful advice that will allow you both to travel with less stress and anxiety and hopefully enjoy a successful holiday.
More important than what you pack for travel is what you pack your travel gear in. Of course, what travel pack you choose largely depends on what type of traveller you are…or does it?
What if there was a travel backpack for everyone, from the wilderness trekker to the urban backpacker and everyone in-between?
From the company that revolutionized the travel shoe with their all terrain sneaker line, comes the new Shell travel backpack that caters to all types of travellers. It’s a backpack and wardrobe system with unmatched versatility, easy access, and organization to pack up to 20% more; a multipurpose travel backpack every traveler will love to use.
If you’re looking to observe African wildlife in the wild, it’s hard to beat Tanzania in terms of its sheer numbers and variety of animals.
Home to more than three dozen national parks and game reserves, Tanzania is said to boast a fifth of Africa’s large mammal population. The country is of course home to big name destinations like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro as well as national parks like Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Tarangire, and the Mahale Mountains.
You have the chance of seeing every iconic African animal in Tanzania including the Big Five, the big cats, hippos, crocodiles, and all kinds of antelope species. You can even seek out reserves that are home to African wild dogs and chimpanzees.
The country’s control of poaching has enabled its wildlife to flourish and with so many animals on offer it’s hard to put a spotlight on just a few. That being said, here are seven animals that are often on every safari-lover’s bucket list.
For the best chance of spotting wildlife, I recommend traveling during the dry season which runs from roughly June to October or attempt to time your visit during the Great Wildebeest Migration.
The pandemic has forced many of us to swap real life travel for binge watching shows like Outlander to feed our wanderlust.
Now, it finally looks like international travel is set to return, with Scotland confirming that fully vaccinated travellers visiting from non-red list countries will not even have to provide evidence of a negative test result before travelling to Scotland.
Millions of people around the world have fallen in love with the WWII nurse who gets transported back to 18th century Scotland and finds herself falling in love with a handsome Highlander and in the middle of the Jacobite uprising.
Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s famous novels, the TV series’ 5 seasons to date have been filmed at many locations in and around Edinburgh. And, now that travel is back, fans can finally transport themselves to Scotland and the many famous places seen in the series.
Canada’s indigenous peoples are made up of three distinct groups which include its First Nations people, Inuit, and the Métis.
Well over one and a half million Canadians identify as indigenous and many are eager to share their history and culture with visitors.
Canada’s indigenous groups all have their own unique histories, languages, and spiritual beliefs. From First Nations Reserves to important historical sites and celebrations that recognize the aboriginal people of the country, there are many ways that travelers to Canada can learn about and appreciate these unique cultures.
You’re nearly ready to hit the open road, feel the wind in your hair and see what adventures lie waiting for you. Road tripping is one of the best ways to explore and see parts of a country you might have not seen before.
You’ve got your road trip playlist all sorted and most importantly you have checked your vehicle and you’re nearly ready to drive off into the sunset.
Don’t forget about the food though! Here are some delicious food ideas to take with you on your next road trip.
They say “Virginia is for Lovers” but it seems like more than just affectionate couples are relocating to this beautiful Atlantic Coast state. Virginia offers something for everyone whether you’re a retiree, student, or family looking for a safe place to raise your kids.
If you’ve been contemplating a move to Virginia, you’ve likely done a fair amount of online research, looking up things like Arlington real estate or other notable regions within the state to get an idea of available housing.
And you wouldn’t be alone, as Virginia seems to be attracting people from all across the US, most coming from states like Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, California, and New York according to some of the latest data.
Of course when considering a big move to another state, you often want to weigh up the pros and cons. Thankfully, Virginia seems to provide a great deal more pros than cons no matter if you’re looking at moving to Arlington for a job in nearby Washington DC or live seaside in Virginia Beach.
Here’s a look at the many things Virginia has to offer, along with a few of the drawbacks you may experience when relocating to the state.
2021 was definitely not the most productive year for exciting new openings, with construction on projects like new resorts, museums, and land based casinos very much on hold.
Though while many development plans have been forced to fold, others have held on tight, and refused to accept defeat! So we’re fortunate that now with travel recommencing, we have some incredibly ambitious projects due to open.
Destinations like Macau and Las Vegas have always been a mecca for casino resorts, and now to tempt tourists back, there are a number of new openings that are now (or soon to be) accepting reservations.
When people plan for travel in America, they tend to lean towards places like New York and D.C. on the East Coast, California on the West Coast, the theme parks and beaches of Florida, or Vegas’ endless entertainment.
But if you’re after a quiet, relaxing, and natural escape, the Pacific Northwest offers the perfect place for a detoxifying road trip through nature.
America’s Pacific Northwest centers on the states of Washington and Oregon. There is so much natural beauty in these two states including national parks and rugged undeveloped coastline. Best explored via a road trip, there are plenty of charming towns to pass through and accommodation options to suit any type of traveler.
The US is by far one of the most successful nations when it comes to a range of sports. Sports have become an integral part of America, and often define many cities throughout the nation both in terms of college and professional sports.
Sports tourism is big business in the US, with the Super Bowl alone bringing hundreds of millions of dollars to the selected city that hosts it each year.
Attending a major sporting event is of course a great way to embrace your love for sports, but there are also countless other attractions across America that are geared to sports lovers.
Read on for some of the unique sports attractions in the US fueling this roughly $70 billion industry. These are some top attractions for each of America’s top 4 sports which includes American football, baseball, basketball, and hockey.
There’s a lot to consider when traveling including finding the best rates on flights and hotels, what to pack, and what tours or activities to book.
For people with pets, there are even more issues to think about such as whether you’ll be taking your dog or cat to a kennel/cattery or will they tag along with you during your travels.
Traveling with your pet can be a great experience albeit sometimes a bit of a challenge. If you’re considering taking your beloved dog or cat with you on your next holiday or are looking for tips to make traveling with your pet an easier and more pleasant experience, here are some important things to consider.
Read on for information on the differences between an ESA and a regular pet, advice on taking your pet on road trips, flying with your pet, booking pet-friendly accommodation, and what to pack for them.
“I can’t believe I exist on a planet with the aurora borealis and coral reefs, and snow capped alps, and sparkling waterfalls, and I have to be tied down to a job”.
So many millions of people feel like they were made for more. Made to create; made to inspire others; made to live instead of just simply exist and go through the motions.
But so many millions have also realized that you don’t have to settle for the average anymore; that you can live life on your own terms, making an income through a business model that let’s you live however, where-ever, and be who-ever you want!
And you’re probably thinking, good on those people for cracking the code. But the secret is that it’s not a very difficult code. And those people are normal, every day folks, who simply had the courage to take society’s blueprint for life, and throw it out the window.
Want to be among those people? Read on!
If you’re tired of simply staying at home during Halloween, dishing out loads of candy to an onslaught of children for hours on end, how about getting out to enjoy the festivities yourself. It should come as no surprise that America is the place to be during Halloween, with cities from coast coast hosting a variety of events.
Your years of trick or treating may be over but being and adult with money means you can now book a trip and that’s a real treat. Countless cities across America go all out every October, offering up everything from hay rides and costume parties to haunted houses and full-on Halloween festivals.
As an added bonus, traveling during the Halloween season is great for your bank account since you avoid both the September Labor Day and the Thanksgiving travel spikes. So don’t be a country bumpkin and get out and embrace your inner pumpkin this Halloween with a trip to one of these great US Halloween destinations.
Tourism and gambling have always been intertwined, right back to when Ancient China used tiles in a rudimentary game of chance. Fastforward thousands of years, and brick-and-mortar casinos have become some of the main attractions in many countries – even whole destinations dedicated to the experience, like Vegas and Macau.
Though for the casino tourist stuck at home during the pandemic, it’s been impossible to ‘hit the Strip’, or bluff while overlooking Niagara Falls. So like much of the travel world, they’ve turned to virtual experiences!
Virtual slot machines have recently adapted to allow casino tourists to travel the globe, so that during lockdown you can still enjoy your favorite cities, which you otherwise may have been visiting. Here are some travel themed slots to keep you inspired. As always, we urge you to gamble responsibly.
You’ve been dreaming about reuniting and spending time with friends after being disconnected for so long, and holiday-making with loved ones is finally on the horizon. We’re starting to look beyond lockdowns and restrictions again, so if you haven’t yet considered cruise travel as an option, now is an excellent time to start.
Why? Because it’s a no-fuss, stress-free holiday that allows you to focus on the things that truly matter: quality time spent with your loved ones.
Planning a group cruise doesn’t have to be difficult, even for large groups. There’s a lot less to organise than for your typical road trip, and there are enough onboard activities to keep everyone entertained, while still allowing downtime to relax.
If spending days and nights with friends you’ve dearly missed sounds like something you can really get around now that travel is back on the table, then keep reading about why cruising with friends is the perfect solution for your reunion.
You’ll soon be completely equipped with knowledge on how to organise a group cruise, and your friends will be so grateful. Say ‘so long’ to pandemic-related relationship strain and ‘hello’ to the good times and holiday fun you’ve missed.