Can’t Miss Activities in Ocho Rios

Aug 12

Can’t Miss Activities in Ocho Rios

Why would someone book a trip to tropical Ocho Rios? Why wouldn’t someone, that’s our stance. This oasis in the Caribbean is the perfect place to spend a few days or even weeks unwinding from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. While you are more than welcome to spend your whole time on one of the many beautiful beaches, there are many more activities to keep you entertained, should you wish to be. Here is our list of the top activities in tropical Ocho Rios. Beach Time With fun names such as Reggae Beach and James Bond Beach, you can’t go wrong with whatever place you’ve chosen to set your towel. The beaches near Ocho Rios are some of the best on the island and worth a day, or a few, exploring. The pristine white sand is the perfect place to dig your toes in and make a sand castle or two. If you fancy a bit more activity, you can rent some equipment to explore the water, from kayaks to seadoos to snorkeling masks and more. Just remember you eventually have to go home. Don’t you?   Many of the best hotels in Ocho Rios can point you towards the good beaches, if they don’t have a private beach themselves. Falls Time One of the premiere tourists spots in the Caribbean, you can bet that Dunn’s River Falls is a spectacular sight to behold. It takes about an hour to get to the top but make sure you plan a bit of extra time for pictures and videos. Believe us, the terraced waterfall is something you’ll want to photo document so you never forget its beauty. If you don’t want to get wet, you can walk up the stairs beside the falls. The water eventually empties out into a beautiful beach, if you wish to follow the river to its end. Food Time The food of the Caribbean is flavorful and unique, and you can’t miss a chance to taste all Ocho Rios has to offer. The seafood-rich diet includes a variety of fish, Jamaican patties, curried goat, and even the famous Jerk, which is spicy pepper that goes on most types of meat or seafood. The food is quite delicious...

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The Top Five Museums in Vancouver

May 08

The Top Five Museums in Vancouver

The vibrant city of Vancouver is filled with a surprising amount of history and museums, especially considering that North America’s west coast is much younger than its east coast. The number of museums is staggering and it can be hard to decide which ones are worth your time. We have done the work for you and researched the five best museums you shouldn’t miss during your visit to Vancouver. The Museum of Vancouver The Museum of Vancouver is the largest civic museum in the country as well as being the oldest in Vancouver. Founded over 100 years ago, you’ll never run out of exhibits and artifacts to explore as you walk around. The permanent exhibitions will entertain you with their stories from the past 100 years of happenings in the region. There is also contemporary feature exhibits for those looking for a bit more modern history. The Museum of Vancouver is just across the bridge from many of the best hotels in Vancouver. You’ll be able to walk to the museum from the hotel district, if you fancy a bit of exercise. The Vancouver Maritime Museum This maritime museum displays the maritime history of Vancouver, British Columbia and the Canadian Arctic. You’ll be able to explore the historic arctic exploration vessel used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, called the St. Roch. This main exhibit is complemented by the extensive gallery of model ships. Travelers with children will especially appreciate the Children Maritime Discovery Centre. You can even visit the resident model ship builder who welcomes visitors into his shop. You can’t go wrong with a visit to this museum. Vancouver Art Gallery This is one of the largest art galleries in Canada and is a treat to explore. You’ll be surrounded by over 10,000 pieces of artwork in the permanent collection which features well-known artists such as Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, Jeff Walls, and Marc Chagall. The gallery grows by several hundred pieces of artwork each year which means that you can visit the gallery again and again and never be bored. With so many museums all over Vancouver, you should consider getting a ticket with the hop-on hop-off tourist bus in Vancouver to help you get between the museums...

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Beginner’s Guide to India

Apr 23

Beginner’s Guide to India

India can be a little overwhelming if you’ve never been before. It’s a massive country with a distinct culture, with over 20 different languages and so many things to see. This beginner’s guide will give you everything you need to know before you land in the country that has over a sixth of the world’s overall population. Don’t Forget Your Antimalarial Tablets If you’re planning on going to the rural areas of India, it’s particularly important that you protect yourself against malaria. Go to your GP several months before your planned journey to ensure that you’re given everything you need. Remember to take your pills daily and don’t forget to have some food alongside. Should you forget, you’re liable to suffer from a bout of vomiting. Don’t Burn Yourself Out India is a ginormous country and it’s going to be impossible to get a complete feel for the place, even if you have a couple of weeks there. Because of the country’s size, travelers often make the mistake of simply packing too much into their schedule. This will only lead to fatigue and frustration and won’t give you enough time in any one place to get a chance to have a proper look around. Instead, why not pick a couple of smaller areas and focus on those? The country has plenty to offer, so you can always come back another time! Don’t Stick to Cities It’s often tempting to remain as close to Western civilization as possible. Because of this tourists will often stick around the big cities. While they still give you a unique perspective into Indian life, you’re seriously missing out if you avoid the smaller villages in the more rural areas. Watch Your Food and Drink It happens time and time again. People who have never been to India will spend half of their stay on or next to the toilet. A little bit of precaution can often go a long way. Try and avoid salads and ice, as the water used will often lead to an upset stomach. Stick to bottled water that you’ve bought from larger stores. In addition, make sure that the food you eat has been thoroughly cooked. Dress the Part Leave...

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Top 7 Attractions: India Edition

Mar 24

Top 7 Attractions: India Edition

Planning a trip to India? It’s a fantastic country with plenty on offer. It’s absolutely huge and compiling a list of top 7 attractions wasn’t exactly easy. Without further ado, here are the top must-visit sites. Taj Mahal If you haven’t heard of this magnificent structure, shame on you. It’s time rectify the situation by paying the mausoleum in Agra a visit. Shah Jahan, the famous Mughal Meperor, built the structure between 1632 and 1653. The story is quite a romantic one, as it was built in honor of his favorite wife. The result of that love story is one of the most impressive buildings in modern India. The marble domes are known the world over, while the reflective pools and ornamental gardens never fail to impress visitors. Palolem This is one of the best beaches in India and also one of the most idyllic. On either side you’ll see beautiful sloping mountains that really enhance the views. It also has a good selection of cheap accommodation, as well as fantastic local restaurants and clubs. If you’re looking for a little bit of relaxation during the day and partying at night, Palolem has what you’re looking for without being too cliché. Virupaksha Temple It started off as just a small shrine, but it’s anything but nowadays. It’s an incredibly complex structure in Hampi and it is said that it’s been in constant use since its first building was raised in the 7th century AD. If this is true, it would make it one of the oldest buildings of its kind. Varanasi This place is located on the River Ganges and is a sacred area for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Varanasi is also one of the oldest cities in the world, having been continuously occupied since its inception. Seeing the pilgrims in the River Ganges is a sight to behold and certainly one of the most unique experiences that India has to offer. Ajanta Caves These caves date as far back as the 2nd century BC and are absolutely beautiful. Most people focus on the achievements of Rome and Greece from a similar period, but we wager that they never created anything as impressive as what you can find in...

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Bungalows Vs. Hotel Rooms

Mar 23

We’re going to cut straight to the chase with this one. In our opinion, bungalows trump hotel rooms every single time. Don’t worry, though – we actually have pretty decent arguments in favor of this stance. If you’ve never considered opting for a bungalow when going on vacation, we’re pretty sure that this is going to rock the boat a little bit. We’ve assembled a list of the top reasons why it just makes sense to ditch the hotel and opt for something a little less conventional. Price Let’s start with the financial picture. Bungalows will end up being much cheaper overall. Not only is the daily rate usually lower, but bungalows will usually also have a fully equipped kitchen for you to use. Making your own meals will save you a bundle, especially if you’re in the middle of tourist-central. Privacy Bungalows in Mexico are either completely solitary or part of a small cluster of holiday homes being rented out by a single owner. You get a sense of privacy that’s just impossible with large hotels. Even though chains like Hilton provide a very high standard of accommodation, you still feel like you’re one of hundreds. Bungalows give you a nice sense of privacy. You (usually) won’t have screaming kids or loads of other people milling around, disrupting the tranquil atmosphere. There’s just something a little quaint about having your own private space that beats what hotels can offer. Space Don’t you hate living out of a suitcase and having no space to chill out in your hotel room? Unless you’ve taken the suite, it’s likely that you’ll feel claustrophobic after spending just a few minutes in a hotel. Bungalows, on the other hand, will usually be significantly bigger. You can get places with multiple rooms and a separate dining/living area. It’s much nicer, as you won’t feel like you’re on top of one another the entire time. Not Touristy Bungalows are often in nice secluded areas, while still being close enough to all the amenities. You get everything you’d want, without having to pay the price of big crowds and tacky décor. When you go on holiday, you don’t just want to experience a colony of the United States....

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Top Attractions of Holland

Mar 04

Top Attractions of Holland

Despite being one of the smaller countries in Europe, Holland is still a tourist Valhalla. If you only have a short time in the Netherlands, it’s essential you put an action plan together to hit the major sites. We’ve put together a list of absolute essentials that cannot be missed. Keukenhof Holland is known for its flowers and Keukenhof is the best reflection of this reputation. It’s essentially a huge flower garden. In fact, Keukenhof is the largest of its kind. There are over seven million bulbs that are planted every year and you’ll find more than just your standard tulip. Expect to find a majestic array of beautiful colors, fantastic shapes and unique flowers you’ve never seen before. Unfortunately, you only have a small window to enjoy Keukenhof’s wonders. It’s open from March to May and even despite this, it’s still one of the most popular attractions in Holland. Delft Delft is one of the cities of Holland that truly captures the essence of your quintessential Dutch je ne sais quoi. It has beautiful buildings, the canals, cute little shops, and a huge city hall that dominates the market square. You will also find the home of Delfts Blauw, the handmade pottery that’s known the world over. In addition, you can find some fantastic Dutch cheeses for you to try. Leiden Leiden is your classic University location and is home to the oldest education establishment in the entire country. It has some of Holland’s most beautiful canals, lined with architectural marvels. The bridges in particular are a sight to behold. Its Old Town is second only to Amsterdam in terms of size. Madurodam Don’t have time to trek through the entire country? Then it’s worth checking out Madurodam in The Hague. It’s basically a miniature copy of the Netherlands and has copies of some of the most famous sights the country has to offer. Well worth a visit, particularly with children. Kinderdijk Dutch windmills are synonymous with the Dutch image and Kinderdijk is the best place to see classic examples of working windmills. You’ll also find the highest concentration of windmills in this area, making certain views absolutely stunning. Alkmaar This charming and cute town gives you a...

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