Wisconsin’s Best Boutique Stays

Nov 24

Wisconsin’s Best Boutique Stays

There’s nothing like a vacation to the great state of Wisconsin. With bustling cities alongside scenic natural landscapes, these five Wisconsin cities appeal to travelers of all kinds. Here are some helpful hints on where to stay as you plan your trip to this magical destination. St. Brendan’s Inn, Green Bay If you are in the mood to see the sights and sounds of Green Bay, book a room at St. Brendan’s Inn. Located in the heart of the city, you’ll be able to depart from your room each morning on foot and never run out of fun things to do. CityDeck – a plaza with numerous restaurants, bars, and shops – is just ten minutes away from St. Brendan’s. Also nearby are the historic Brown County Courthouse and the Neville Public Museum. After all this sightseeing, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a traditional Irish meal and hearty beer at the hotel’s restaurant and bar. AmericInn Lodge & Suites, Madison The city of Madison offers ideal sightseeing opportunities for families, professionals, and individuals traveling in Wisconsin. At AmericInn Lodge & Suites, you’ll be in the western portion of the city, which includes the University of Wisconsin, West Towne Mall, many high-end boutiques, and Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Even though you’ll be surrounded by fun and exciting things to do, you may never want to leave the comforts of your room! Graduate Madison Hotel, Madison Often referred to as a cozy and charming hotel experience, the Graduate Hotel in Madison will give you a spirited collegiate experience. Each room is decked out in collegiate-style décor, and the University of Wisconsin is just one block away. If you’re visiting during football season, be sure to buy tickets to a Badgers game. This will allow you to have the true collegiate experience before heading back to your comfortable hotel room. AmericInn Lodge & Suites, Manitowoc The AmericInn Lodge & Suites is such a top-of-the-line hotel chain that we just needed to include it twice. Unlike the one mentioned before, this AmericInn is located in Manitowoc, a great city for sightseeing in Wisconsin. You’ll have the chance to see the County Fairgrounds, Lincoln Park Zoo, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, and Pinecrest Historical Village. These attractions and more are a short...

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What Makes Peru Worth Visiting

Apr 11

What Makes Peru Worth Visiting

Peru is one of the most interesting countries in South America and home to one of the world’s ancient civilizations. It has a rich and diverse history and plenty of attractions to keep the travel busy. We’ve put together a collection of things you absolutely must do when visiting the home of the Incas. Chan Chan This location is often ignored in favor of other ancient sites such as Machu Pichu. However, Chan Chan is an impressive location in its own right and home to what was once the largest city in the Americas. Scholars estimate that over thirty thousand people lived in Chan Chan, which for an ancient city is an absolutely staggering number. The walls and artifacts are incredibly well preserved, making it a fantastic draw for the traveler that’s interested in a little bit of ancient history. Plaza de Armas, Cuzco The Plaza de Armas is in the Old Town of Cuzco and once had the role of the being the center of Incan life. Cuzco was the capital of the entire civilization and the history is tangible throughout the entire area. In the present day you will find evidence of Spanish colonization, with the building following the traditional style of this period. The two churches that are located on the square are architecturally impressive and worth checking out. Machu Picchu You didn’t think we were going to leave this one out, did you? Machu Picchu is without a doubt one of the most famous images in the world and it stands as arguably the most beautiful structure of the ancient world. It is known as the ‘Lost City’ of the Incas and was only rediscovered in 1911. Amazon Rainforest Most people think of Brazil when it comes to the Amazon, but Peru actually has the second largest area of rainforest and therefore has plenty to offer as well. The Peruvian Amazon covers a whopping sixty percent of the country, giving Peru an incredibly diverse ecosystem when you consider it also houses the Andean Mountains and the beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Nazca Lines These peculiar creations baffle experts to this day. There simply isn’t enough evidence to present a concrete and final theory about the...

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How to Spend the Perfect Day in Calais

Mar 02

How to Spend the Perfect Day in Calais

Calais need not simply be the place where your ferry crosses to as there are so many great spots to visit in the Northern France ferry port town. This is a town that isn’t famed for its beautiful landscape but that doesn’t mean that your camera won’t need packing as there’s more to do there than wait for a ferry. Landmarks One of the town’s most impressive landmarks is its Flemish-style town hall with its magnificent belfry. In front of the town hall is one of Auguste Rodin’s most famous sculptures, Les Bourgeois de Calais, which has been a landmark of the town since 1889. Beyond the town hall is the Parc St-Pierre which is home to a memorial for French soldiers lost at war and a war museum that has to be visited. Beaches Calais has some of the sandiest beaches in France. Calais beach is very clean and offers plenty of amenities so families will have plenty of choice when lunch time comes, and couples and friends will find lots of great bars and restaurants with views of the sunkissed locals on the beach. If you’re willing to drive a few miles on the D490 you’ll find the villages of Audresselles and Wissant where the headlands of Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Blanc Gris offer spectacular views no matter what the weather. Getting there There are lot of different firms who run ferries to France so there is no shortage of good deals if you spend the time to look for them. Your other option is to take the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, which often works out as the cheapest way to get a car across to France. Indoor Entertainment If the weather’s against you and you’ve got a family to entertain then Royal Kids Parc De Jeux is the perfect place to take them. Fun for kids comes in the form of electric cars, disco and indoor climbing frames, so kids of all ages will find something to entertain themselves here. Calais Lighthouse As you’d expect from a seaside town, Calais has an old lighthouse that’s beautifully presented. You can go inside for a €5 fee but as there are 217 steps to climb, you might want...

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Fun things to do in Vancouver

Feb 14

Fun things to do in Vancouver

A city famous for having the potential to experience four seasons in a day, there are a huge number of things to keep a visitor entertained in Vancouver. The vibrancy of a great local arts scene keeps the city throbbing, whilst the mountains to the north looming over the city keep the scenery spectacular. The city also has the advantage of being right on the coast, so there are also beautiful beaches to hit up on a hot day, and as it faces west, also catch the beautiful sunrises. Time Out magazine has compiled a list of 20 fun things to do in the city; here are just a few of them. Climb the Grind The Grouse Grind is an infamous 850m ascent of Grouse Mountain, situated just to the north of the city. With the path being made mostly out of wooden steps, it’s an extremely popular activity amongst locals and tourists alike, and  with over one hundred thousand people hiking it a year, it’s the most hiked mountain in the world. Reward your exertions with a meal or a beer at the top, and savour the exceptional view of the city. Don’t worry about having to hike back down either, the cable car will glide you back down in minutes! Hit the beach The Kitsilano area of town has a number of popular beaches, where bathing, sunbathing and even paddle boarding, but the most famous beach is right at the western point of the city, on the University of British Colombia campus and is known as Wreck Beach. The beach has some of it’s fame for its beautiful location, backed by coniferous forest and offering spectacular views of the San Juan islands, but mostly it’s notorious as the only nude beach in town. If you like to get an all over tan, this is the place for you, but don’t expect privacy, up to half a million visitors descend the steps to the beach every year. Enjoy the rain Vancouver get a lot of rain. A lot. But as the locals say, if it’s raining in the city, it’s snowing in the mountains, and as the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly once said ‘there’s no such thing as...

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Amsterdam Top 5

Feb 03

Amsterdam Top 5

Amsterdam is one of the famous capital of Europe and its diverse cultural heritage, abundance of historic sites and fantastic events make it one of the most fun locations on the continent. So what is it that makes the Dutch capital so special? We’re pleased to present the top 5 attractions below. Anne Frank House and Museum Your visit to Amsterdam is not complete unless you visit this place. It’s a heart-breaking experience and the recently refurbished museum gives a harrowing look into the experiences of the Frank family, as well as all the Jews of the Second World War. It’s unbelievable to find yourself in the places described by Anne in her famous diary and it’s difficult not to shed a few tears while going from room to room. The displays have been magnificently put together and are a great homage to the great suffering of the period. Rijksmuseum Deservedly seen as one of the top museum of the world, the Rijksmuseum is finally open to the public once more. Having been closed for refurbishment for over a decade, the results are absolutely mesmerizing. The most famous work on display is Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. It’s an incredible piece that showcases all of the talents of the Dutch artist. Van Gogh Museum Home to the largest collection of works by the Dutch master, the van Gogh Museum is right around the corner from the Rijksmuseum and well worth a visit. It houses all of the big paintings that you’ve undoubtedly seen on posters, cards, and other similar displays. Seeing these works in real life is a unique experience and something you should do if you get the chance. Heineken Brewery This is where it all began for this major Dutch beer. It’s no longer an actual working brewery, but it still has plenty on offer. You will be shown the entire process of brewing the beer from beginning to end, as well as the unique story of how Heineken grew to become one of the biggest brands in the world. At the end of your tour you’ll even be able to enjoy a drink as well! Canal Tours Amsterdam is known for its many canals and a nice...

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Woman’s Guide to Traveling in India

Jan 26

Woman’s Guide to Traveling in India

India is a wonderful place to visit, but as a woman you’re going to have to exercise additional caution. The fact is that it’s not quite as safe if you’re a lady, unfortunately. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t stop you from having a great time in this amazing country. The following guidelines will help you remain safe without restricting your ability to have fun! Tip 1: Research, Research and More Research The best thing to be is prepared. Read the travel books at the library and make sure you step on that airplane with your trusty Lonely Planet guidebook (or equivalent). Always be aware of the pitfalls of an area you’re about to visit, including the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. Avoid those that sound a little too dangerous, particularly if you’re traveling on your own. Tip 2: Don’t Dress Like You Do At Home India is a conservative country and just because you’re a foreigner doesn’t mean people will accept that you’re walking around with a short skirt and low-cut top. Behavior like this simply won’t fly. Wear something that’s loose and covers your arms and legs. You can usually find these aplenty in local markets, though of course you’ll have to bring an equivalent from home as well. Tip 3: Be Careful at Night You don’t want to be wandering the streets of India at nighttime. It’s simply not a safe thing to do. The main thing to avoid is arriving at a new destination after hours. If you do need to travel while it’s dark outside, please do not do so by foot or by using public transportation. Instead, go for the slightly more expensive option of the private taxi. Stick to the well-known companies. It’s also a good idea to carry around a can of pepper spray, especially considering the recent gang rapes that have taken place in the country. Better safe than sorry, right? Tip 4: Travel with Others No matter how you spin it, traveling alone simply isn’t as safe as going with a partner or with a group. If you’re going to be arriving on your own, it’s worth considering joining a tour group or something similar. Not only will you have the...

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