How to stay healthy on vacation

There is plenty of evidence that taking naps, enjoying nature walks and meditating have the capacity to increase productivity, deepen memories, sharpen attention and encourage personal creativity, according to an article in Scientific American in 2013. In light of this, taking a vacation must represent the ultimate opportunity for making the most of mental and physical downtime – for deep relaxation, enjoyment of new cultural experiences and the chance to recharge one’s batteries. Unless, of course, a health problem occurs, in which case stress can kick in, big time. Here are a few things to think about before setting off.

Before departing

Travelers should research local healthcare provision before going abroad and really think about what to pack when it comes to the first aid kit. A three-day course of probiotics before a trip is a good preparation to ward off tummy troubles as they keep the gastrointestinal tract in good shape. More than one in five people who travel by plane catch a cold within one week so it’s also a good idea to bolster the immune system by getting between seven and eight hours sleep at night for several nights before leaving.

While away

It may be very pleasant to lounge in a hammock for some of the time but it’s important to try to stay active so that excessive weight gain doesn’t become a problem. Just 30 minutes of activity will make all the difference and ensure calories are burned successfully. Sightseeing, hiking, cycling, and swimming are all great ways to exercise on vacation. The same goes for paying attention to diet as it’s great to eat well on vacation and this is possible without consuming high-calorie foods at every meal. Picking one meal a day as a treat, and focusing on lower-calorie foods such as fruits, lean meats, fish, and vegetables, is a good compromise.

Stomach upsets

Someone who is otherwise in general good health might nevertheless find they suffer from one or more of the common illnesses that afflict travelers; stomach upsets (gastrointestinal illnesses) can affect up to one in five vacationers in many parts of the world. There are some simple precautions to take – for example, washing hands thoroughly before eating and after using the toilet. Water is best consumed from sealed bottles, while hot drinks such as tea and coffee should present no problems. The same is true of processed drinks such as soda, beer and wine. Cooked vegetables are safer than salads and all fruit should be peeled. It’s best to avoid local dairy products, especially cheese and ice cream, both of which can cause diarrhea. People living locally can probably give useful advice on what’s safe to eat and it’s best to remember that shellfish and other fish, even if well cooked, may be hazardous.

Sun and sangria

If traveling to a hot country it is important to guard against sunburn as this can lead to skin cancer. Being out in the sun between about 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. is best avoided. Travelers should use a high factor sunscreen, cover up when necessary, and remember to wear a sunhat and shades. They should also beware of excessive alcohol consumption, especially if sunbathing is a significant part of the vacation plan. Alcohol and sunbathing are not a good combination as alcohol dehydrates the body; partying and excess alcohol intake should be matched with lots of (safe, bottled) water.

Insect bites

People who are not allergic will have an unpleasant but transient experience from a wasp sting whereas some mosquitoes carry malaria and can make travelers very ill indeed if they are bitten. This problem is most common in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Travelers to one of these destinations must purchase medication to combat malaria beforehand. It’s possible to take anti-malarial tablets before traveling and the potential side effects are negligible compared with the disease itself. Using a mosquito net around the bed at night, packing strong insect repellent, and keeping bare skin covered up from dusk until dawn are all important preventive measures.


It’s important to practice safe sex when abroad; bringing home souvenirs and great memories from a vacation is fine, whereas returning with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is highly undesirable. Condoms should be included on the vacation packing list; these must be stored in a cool, dry place away from oil-based products, such as baby oil, suntan lotion and lipstick that can damage them. They should always be easily available when needed, especially if planning on going out.

First aid essentials

A durable plastic container is perfect for assembling a travel first aid kit – preferably the sort that is compartmentalized so that individual items can be located and retrieved quickly. The kit should include strip bandages, antiseptic ointment and wipes, gauze pads and medical adhesive tape – especially if a lot of outdoor activities are planned. Tweezers and scissors are useful for dealing with splinters and minor wounds, while painkillers will give comfort if needed. Tablets can help with water purification and hydrocortisone (anti-itch) cream will soothe irritated skin.

Additional personal items can be added depending on individual requirements. For instance, the risk of catching a stomach bug is increased in developing countries and anti-diarrhea medication and oral rehydration salts should be used to prevent dehydration and limit diarrhea. Travelers with a history of motion sickness might want to pack tablets to prevent this and including cold remedies is also a good idea.

One or two extra items may come in handy. For example, spare syringes may be useful, particularly if a hospital trip is necessary. This is because in many poorer countries the cleanliness of hospital syringes cannot be guaranteed. Butterfly closures are useful in the event of a deep cut – in this case a QuikClot sponge to stem blood flow will also prove useful. An antihistamine, to guard against allergic reactions, and sanitizing wipes for general use are also recommended. Finally, travelers using prescription medications should always take more than needed in case of delays.

With a little bit of forethought and some simple preparation, the vacation can be trouble-free and any health problems that are encountered can be dealt with promptly and effectively.

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a collection of 19 islands that are situated almost six hundred miles from mainland South America. They are part of Ecuador, which is situated to the west of the Islands. The Galapagos Islands are particularly renowned for its rich variety of wildlife and plants, and the Islands have been a World Heritage Site since 1978. The area is also a whale sanctuary, marine reserve, and biosphere reserve. To make the whole Galapagos Islands experience a relaxing one it’s wise to cover every eventuality, and to ensure that you have taken out single trip insurance before you go on your trip. 

Galapagos National Park

Some 97% of the land area of the Galapagos have national park status, and the area was established as a national park in the late 1950s. Visitors are invited to take photos of the local flora and fauna, but are also expected to respect the environment. Some of the most iconic of the species found on the Galapagos Islands include giant tortoises and different types of iguana. Camping is allowed on the site, as long as you have acquired the necessary permit from the Galapagos National Park Director.

Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island

South-west of Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz, Tortuga Bay offers visitors a free opportunity to observe some of the most celebrated wildlife on the Galapagos Islands. Though a fairly long walk to the beach, it’ll be worthwhile for anyone who wants to see the variety of wildlife that the Galapagos has to offer. There is an option to hire a kayak, too, to see turtles, sharks and rays in the water, while, on the beach, you can see marine iguanas, pelicans, flamingos, and red crabs. 

Charles Darwin Research Centre

British naturalist Charles Darwin discovered the Galapagos Islands in 1835. On Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Darwin’s significant impact in bringing the Galapagos Islands to the world’s attention is recognised by his name being given to this research centre. The tortoise breeding centre is probably the most notable aspect of the research centre, and there are a variety of tortoises to see here. Visitors can also walk among these endearing creatures and take photographs. Available at the Centre too is information on the Galapagos Islands environment generally. 

Isabela Island

Isabela Island is the largest of the Galapagos Islands and it has one of the most curious landscapes of any tropical island. Consisting of six volcanoes, the wildlife here is particularly stunning, and includes Darwin’s finches, cormorants, penguins, and marine iguanas. Isabela Island also boasts a tortoise breeding centre, a white beach and lagoons.

Tips on How to Travel Safely in Johannesburg

Johannesburg can be a pretty mean and dangerous city for travellers or visitors who have not had a few basic lessons in street-smart behaviour before visiting this giant African melting pot. Johannesburg is a very large city with two general business zones, a more affluent north and a more working class centre. The north is pretty chic with upmarket shops and fine restaurants exuding more of a European feel, while the centre is busy and bustling with street vendors exuding a distinctly Africa feel. Generally, it is safer in the north than in the city centre, and naturally safer during daylight hours than after dark. The Gumtree South Africa team presents us with some high-quality tips on how to stay safe during your adventure in ZA.

The most important safety tip might well be to first understand the city layout and know where you are, especially after dark. Like most big cities in the world, being lost in the wrong part of town in the dark is usually a recipe for some calamity or the other, though not always. Be sure to be in the northern suburbs after dark if you are unfamiliar with Johannesburg and visiting this great city for the first time, which means getting your downtown Johannesburg city acclimatisation done during the light of day. Of course, the theatre district of downtown Johannesburg, for example, is pretty safe at night, but then you need to know how to get there directly.

A second big safety tip when in any city with a reasonably bad reputation is to not stand out as a visitor – undecided, unfamiliar, vulnerable, naïve, or unguarded. Have a look at the dress sense and behaviour of the local inhabitants, and try to emulate this. Behave casually, and try to be anonymous in your dress and behaviour. Be a tourist but be cool about it. Have a camera, but carry it discreetly. Sit in a coffee bar, check your maps, and plan your walking route, then explore that area with confidence and try not to make too many obvious referrals to guidebooks and maps. These are probably two of your best guards against petty crime and theft in big, dangerous, and foreign cities, namely know where you are and then try not to stand out.

Other safety tips are mostly practical and relate to passports, money, and credit or bankcards. If you are in a decent hotel, then leave all your valuables, including passport and cards, in the safe. Out on the street, carry only your cash, and be clever about how you handle it in public. Keep the small notes on the outside and then just a few hundred bucks at a time in one pocket for small purchases, keeping the big loot in a secure pocket if you have plans to spend big. In other words, be discreet with your money in public, and don’t make it obvious that you are carrying large amounts with you.

Also, get local advice before you head off into the city – advice about where you are planning to go and what you are planning to do. Ask at the hotel, or at the backpackers, whether your day’s tour plans seem reasonable and what the risks might be. Don’t be shy.

Finally, be very careful about your transport plans at night, including how you plan to get back to your accommodation. Take only certified taxies, or only get a lift with somebody you are familiar with and then preferably be in a group. Of course, most importantly, stay in control and don’t get intoxicated. Afraid of traveling alone in South Africa? Find yourself a travel buddy to explore the area with.

How consumer money is used in aviation investment

Individual investors may ask: “What is portfolio management?” Essentially it’s a way for investors to spread their investments over a range of options, some of which may be considered to be risky and others to be relatively safe. Riskier investments offer better returns but, as with any risk, nothing is guaranteed.

Investing in the aviation industry as part of a portfolio can be a good way to maximize profits as part of a careful investment strategy.

Since the dawn of time humans have wanted to soar with the birds in the sky, and it was the advent of the first powered flight by the American Wright brother that made the dream a reality. Since then aviation has really taken off, generating a multi-billion dollar industry and technological innovations that have fed into a huge range of consumer products.

Early days

Before the advent of commercial passenger airlines, the industry developed quickly due to the usefulness of airplanes during the First World War in Europe. Massive advances were made, and though between the First and Second World Wars commercial aviation started to increase, it was the advent of jet engines, originally invented by Englishman Sir Frank Whittle, that allowed the development of mass transit airplanes that now span the globe.

Airline companies

Airlines, for the most part, started out as flag carriers for their countries, but the privatization of many of these coupled with the rise of new private organizations means that there is potential for investment for consumers as well as for the major investors such as financial institutions and pension funds.

Top operators include the American Delta Airlines, owned by a wide range of investors, United Airlines, also American and is a subsidiary of United Continental Holdings and wholly owned by it, and China Southern Airlines, owned by China Southern Airlines Limited.

National carriers include British Airways, owned by its shareholders as a public limited company, the German carrier Lufthansa, and Holland’s KLM.

Other major players include Emirates, based in Dubai and owned by the Dubai government and Air Canada, originally created by the government, it is now a private organization owned by shareholders.

A glamorous business

It’s easy to think that the world of air travel is full of glamour and excitement, and it certainly can be for regular travelers. Richard Branson has helped break the monopoly of the national carriers with his Virgin brand, expanding his investment portfolio to aviation having started off in humble beginnings with his Virgin music label in the early 1970s.

One of the difficulties for individuals interested in investing in the aviation business is that it is so huge, turning over many billions of dollars a year. It is geared to corporate investors, yet there are certainly opportunities for consumers to get involved in the action.

The first thing to do is to look at balance sheets. Who is making money? What are the growth prospects for a particular airline? What are the threats and risks to the bottom line? It’s essential to understand how these organizations are performing and to understand that just because they performed well one year doesn’t mean it will happen the next year.

Investment potential

Analysts consider that there will be significant profitability in the aviation industry in 2014. Much of this is down to the cost of jet fuel, which has been dropping, and is an airline’s single largest expense.

Looking at some figures from the first quarter of 2014, a slow time for business, the parent company of American Airlines posted a loss of $341 million compared to a loss in 2012 of $1.6 billion in the same quarter. Revenue, however, was up by one percent, hitting $6.1 billion. Seven of the nation’s biggest carriers, including American, Delta, Southwest and JetBlue have posted a profit for the quarter, excluding special costs.

Where does the money go?

It’s easy to think that the money paid to an airline is just for getting a traveler from A to B. It isn’t. That’s what the traveler wants and expects but there are costs an airline has to meet apart from employing pilots, cabin crews, paying for their airplanes and fuel and maintenance.

When setting their fares and considering profitability, airlines have to factor in other cost centers. These include insurances, landing fees, “free” food and drink for those who offer it, and taxes by government, not to mention baggage fees and the cost of security screening.

5 Things You Need Before an International Trip

Traveling internationally is hands-down one of  the most educational, exciting, and rewarding experiences you can have in your lifetime. For years, nomads and explorers have trekked over foreign continents and sailed across uncharted oceans to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of foreign cultures.

Fortunately, successful modern travel is not reliant on trade winds and fruits to stave off scurvy. With these five must-have traveling essentials, today’s nomad is well-equipped to roam freely, and intelligently, through the vast lands of international exploration. Orange slices are purely optional.

A Reliable Guidebook

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You wouldn’t go skydiving for the first time without a little advice, so why would you leap headfirst into a foreign country without any information? A reliable guidebook will always be your most trusted travel companion. Need to find the bus station in Prague? Guide book. Want to know the cheapest train route from Berlin to Milan? Guide book. Only have four dollars and need a hostel in Bangkok? You guessed it, guidebook.

Although there are hundreds of guide books for most countries, cities, and regions, it’s important to always have a trusted and frequently updated resource. Fodor’s Travel Guides and Lonely Planet Destination Books are some of the most trusted names in travel.  

International Credit Cards

When traveling internationally, your adventurous spirit and wanderlust can’t pay for food and shelter. Traveling does have its expenses, and many of these expenses are unforeseen and cannot be budgeted. Fortunately, international credit cards guarantee your travel is not cut short by empty pockets.  
If you use your day-to-day credit card for foreign expenses, you’ll most likely be hit with roughly a three percent international fee on every transaction. This adds up quickly. The best international credit cards waive these fees and offer various travel bonus rewards, such as perks for lodging and flights.

Cell Phone with International Plan 

Staying connected is essential while traveling. Whether you need to call home in case of an emergency or secure lodging for the night, a cell phone will make sure your trip is as smooth as possible. Remember, phone booths are a scarce commodity. Along with a reliable phone, it’s important to acquire an international plan for the trip’s duration. Through T-Mobile’s international plans, you’ll have unlimited data wherever you go. With T-Mobile’s international plans, you’ll find coverage in over 125 countries.  

Small Camera and Accessories

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Documenting your experiences will allow you to re-live your time as a world traveler for the rest of your life. When choosing a camera, it’s important to find one that is durable, compact, takes decent quality pictures, and holds a good charge. You don’t want blah pictures of an amazing trip.

You also don’t want a dead camera battery when the sun sets over the Great Wall of China. Along with your camera, it’s suggested to also carry extra batteries and extra memory cards. Physically, batteries need little space, and an extra memory card will provide ample room for, well, extra memories. 

Space-Saver Back Pack

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It’s vital to pack lightly when traveling internationally, especially if you are backpacking. You think you need your complete works of Yeats when traveling over the Irish countryside, but a few spine-crushing miles into it, you realize you don’t. When choosing the right backpack, you also need the right size. Too small, and you won’t fit your essentials, but an oversized backpack is burdensome.

In addition, it’s important to find a backpack that is very efficient. Not only can you fit more stuff; compartments help you easily access your belongings. Lastly, water-resistant material is a must. You don’t want soggy clothes and wet electronics.

Traveling internationally is a rite of passage for any true adventurer. A passage defined by its promise of experience and the discovery of the unknown. By carrying the right travel essentials, you’ll be ready for whatever these new lands and experiences have to offer.

Planning the sports trip of a lifetime

Many of us would love to take off on an extended trip around the US, checking out all those places that we have heard about but never actually seen. Unfortunately, vague notions of spending a summer drifting across the states almost never actually come to fruition, often because we simply can’t decide what it is we want to do and see. What many of us need is some focus; in other words, before we decide on the where, we need to decide on the why.

Focus on sports
One idea is to focus the trip on following a favorite sport, or sports teams; travelling around the country to catch the best games in the most famous locations.

With many iconic stadiums and other venues spread across the United States, the opportunities for enjoying great sports at some fine locations are almost endless. Famous names such as Madison Square Garden in New York City, Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Fenway Park in Boston, and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in LA are all out there waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. Those wishing to see where the history of American sports has been played out have a wide choice of teams and cities to choose from.

Some people stick with following just one team around the country, while others like to watch a variety of different teams – and sometimes different sports – to mix things up. In order to get the most out of a sports trip of a lifetime it is usually essential to be a super-fan, and open to pretty much anything when it comes to sports. Having a broad appreciation of different sports helps to ensure never missing out on a great game or sporting event.

Major League Baseball

Let’s first touch base with baseball, the “Great American Pastime.” While the West Coast has some fabulous baseball stadiums, for those who only have a week or two to devote to their sports trip of a lifetime, a road trip starting in the Midwest and heading east will bring the baseball fan to a number of great parks located within relatively easy reach of one another. Traveling between cities such as Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and New York is a great way of combining a sports vacation with exploration.

If you start out in the “Windy City,” catching a game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field is a must. Famous for Babe Ruth’s legendary ‘called shot,’ among other things, Wrigley Field is home to the Chicago Cubs. This quintessentially American ballpark was built in 1914, and sitting in the crowd here watching a game certainly feels like stepping back in time. For a more modern experience, make your way to Chicago’s South Side and take in a White Sox game at US Cellular Field, which opened in 1991.

Heading due east, the next stop on the road trip should be Cleveland, Ohio to watch the Cleveland Indians play at Progressive Field Park. Located near the center of the city, Progressive Field Park is referred to as “The Jake,” by the locals, and was ranked as the best Major League Ballpark in a 2008 poll.

Next up is Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies – the oldest name in American sports history. Dating back to 1883, the Phillies are the oldest franchise to have continued with one name in one city in all of professional American sports. With a new stadium built in 2009 and some of the best field-side snacks on the East Coast (make sure to try the hoagies, cheesesteaks, and soft pretzels). Philadelphia Phillies tickets are sure to admit one to a great time.

Heading north for a couple of hours will bring you to New York City and the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to catch a Yankees game in this rebuilt beauty. Next, head across town to Flushing Meadows and catch a New York Mets game in the recently opened $900 million Citi Field. Heading a little further north will bring you to the oldest baseball park in the US, where you can to see the Boston Red Sox play at Fenway Park. With its unique atmosphere and passionate spectators, this grand old dame of baseball demands respect.

Other East Coast ballparks worthy of a visit include Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles, and Nationals Park in Washington DC, home of the Washington Nationals.

NFL Football

Some individuals get more of a kick out of NFL football, and the US has a wealth of excellent teams based in great stadiums in beautiful cities – so many that it is hard to know where to start. For those interested in sports history, Candlestick Park – home to the San Francisco 49ers – is definitely worth a visit; you will have to hurry, however, as the 49ers are scheduled to move to their new home at Levi’s Stadium in nearby Santa Clara, California soon.

While you are on the West Coast, stop by Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington, home to the current Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. If you are heading east, be sure to stop off at Soldier Field in Chicago, home to the Chicago Bears; Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, home to the Green Bay Packers; and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, home to the New England Patriots .

NBA Basketball

For those who prefer hoops, any basketball-themed trip should start at Madison Square Garden, located in the heart of Manhattan, New York City. The noise of the crowd, the skill of the New York Knicks, and the amazing location in the heart of the Big Apple makes this an experience not to be missed. If you are closer to the middle of the country, check out the Chicago Bulls at the United Center, then catch a plane south to marvel at the skills of currently red hot San Antonio Spurs, or west to watch the Los Angeles Lakers compete in the iconic Staples Center.

How to travel

Sports is found everywhere in the USA; it is a part of the fabric of modern American culture, and so separating it from everyday life is virtually impossible. Making a journey of discovery and taking in different sports in cities far and wide is the dream of almost every fan, and a sports odyssey taken with family or friends is a great bonding opportunity.

In most cases, the mode of transport chosen will depend on the time and funds available. The centrally located travel hub of Chicago is a good place to start any sports-themed trip; starting off in Chicago offers travelers the choice of the Bulls, Bears, Cubs, or White Sox depending on the time of year. Renting a car will allow you to take a leisurely trip east towards Cleveland, Pittsburg, Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston – all of which are great sports towns. Flying west from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport – where LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, and Phoenix await – is also a convenient option.

Any sports trip taking in multiple games requires great planning and organization. Tickets for big games get snapped up quickly, so you should buy them well in advance to ensure you get the best seats. Often, the availability of tickets for events such as a World Series game or the Super Bowl dictates the route of the trip, offering solid destinations in an otherwise fluid itinerary. You will also want to book hotel accommodations early, as big games create a big demand for rooms.

When the plans are complete, the route is decided upon, and the tickets are bought, you can sit back and anticipate your sports trip of a lifetime – which is a big part of the fun.

3 up and coming countries to see before the tourists take over

A trip to Myanmar is one of the most rewarding experiences in the South East of Asia because the country is strikingly beautiful and different from most destinations in Asia. With the lift on the tourism boycott ban to this country, it means that doors are finally open for exploration.

Myanmar has been through a tough political regime that has deprived the world access to this beautiful country and much of the country remains the same as it did years ago. Though the economy remains in tatters, the Burmese people still express shy smiles to the visitors and their warm hospitality welcome you to explore this country in friendly environment.

There are numerous attractions to luxury travel in Myanmar which include numerous temples, the Ayeyarwaddy River, Lakes, Mountains, Rivers, pretty over water villages, caves, pagodas and forests. The best destination to explore ancient temples is Bagan; the city of Yangon offers beautiful contrasts of colonial architecture and ancient pagodas while the Inle Lake rewards you with unforgettable sights.

It is an incredible country to explore with its dizzying diversities that range from dramatic lime mountain ranges towering over canyons to impressive gorges to waterfalls and rivers. Since the Homeland Wars that ripped the former Yugoslavia apart, Croatia has spent time healing its scars and quietly turning itself into one of the most sought after destinations in Europe and with its entry into the European Union in 2013 means that this beautiful country is ripe for exploration.

The choice of simple beach experience is overwhelming in Croatia making it difficult to decide whether to go to the Italianate resorts on the Istrian Coast, the glitzy Opatija Riviera or the islands that dot the coast from Kvarner Southwards, Central Dalmatia, elegant Hvar and Dubrovnik with its spectacular islands.

If it is adventure you are after you will enjoy the outdoors in Europe’s most scenic parks from the Karst Peaks of Velebit to the rushing waters of Krka.

Morocco is an ancient North African country that offers fascinating contrasts, mystery and breathtaking beauty. It is where Berber, European, African and Arabic cultures blend, the ancient and the modern strive to strike a balance and where idyllic villages up the Atlas ranges seem to be caught up in a time rap while in cities such as Fez, Marrakech and Essaouira the medieval streets go hand in hand with fashionable roof top bars and restaurants.

This is definitely the place to visit before the rich Berber culture which has endured invasions, regimes and harsh climate gets eroded by western culture. Morocco is rich in every dimension, from the landscapes ranging from deserts to rugged mountains and pristine coastline; it is a paradise under the sun for outdoor lovers and those who want an adventure holiday.

There are some experiences only worth trying in Morocco such as scrubbing clean in a traditional Hammam, haggling prices in the bustling souks, enjoying an afternoon in the lively Djemma El Fna and tasting the spicy tagine in a local restaurant.

5 ways to sample the best of the UK

Sometimes as you travel to UK you would like to see more than the cities, explore the countryside and get to visit some of the palaces, castles and villages that dot the dramatic landscapes of the UK. A self drive campervan tour gives you the freedom and flexibility of touring your places of choice as well as pulling over to explore a destination that appeals to you. The road network in UK is impressive (and hiring a campervan with Spaceships is easy) and makes it easy to drive from one location to the next taking you through stunning landscapes.

Most of Cornwall is surrounded by the turquoise; it is where the land meets water in such a spectacular way leaving behind the longest stretch of coastline in the UK. The coastline features attractive sheltered coves, picturesque Cornish fishing villages, rugged cliffs and beautiful bays. It also has fine stretches of clean sandy beaches with most of them being awarded the Blue Flag statuses which means they are great for families. Aside from the beaches, Cornwall offers beautiful cottages that offer comfort away from home and within the vicinity of the beaches. There are numerous activities to engage in while on beach holiday in Cornwall such as surfing, walking, swimming, fishing and exploring the beautiful gardens in Cornwall.

London is United Kingdom’s dynamic capital that offers remarkable experiences with its world famous icons such as Big Ben, London Eye, the Buckingham Palace and numerous museums full of incredible treasures and artifacts. You can take on an English course in London in some of the best English Schools as you immerse into the English culture. It attracts an eclectic mix of people and cultures that make it a cosmopolitan city and a great destination to learn English.

The Yorkshire Dales is one of the finest landscapes in UK that have made the area recognized as a National Park and an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The landscape is dotted with marvelous limestone formations contrasting sharply with the heather clad moorlands and valley floors covered in meadows, dry stone walls and littered with field barns. It is no wonder that this is the chosen destination for Tour De France 2014 and many top riders are already practicing in the region. You can enjoy cycling in the region going through impressive scenery or be a spectator as this great race takes over the region as you sample the locally brewed beer.

The Cotswolds is another incredible region in UK with beautiful landscape of rolling hills, quaint villages, and medieval towns and to say the least, an area or Outstanding Natural Beauty. A log cabin stay in the Cotswolds gives you an opportunity to enjoy scenic locations, immerse in local culture and engage in wonderful activities such as walking, cycling, fishing and relaxing in cozy authentic log cabins fitted with modern facilities.

5 places for the most luxurious of weddings

Kenya has beautiful and romantic destinations that melt even the hardest of hearts; even British royalty could hardly resist to propose in this wondrous country. You can exchange your vows in a classic safari wedding with Masai warriors, surrounded by the savannah grasslands and spectacular wildlife roaming at a distance. The pristine white powdery beaches lapped by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and shaded by lush green coconut palms also make fantastic luxury wedding venues. The Kenyan coastline is also dotted with fabulous resorts where you can find luxurious boutique hotels and villas where you can also exchange your wedding vows.

Italy is a country with incredible landscapes of towering mountains, mirror lakes, impressive ancient cities, pretty villages, gorgeous coastline and the most beautiful rural landscapes. With stunning panoramas at every turn, it offers fairytale wedding locations. Whether you want to tie the knot in the luxurious rustic villas in Tuscany, in a pretty church along the incredible Amalfi coast or in the beautiful island of Sicily, the options are endless. Italy not only gives you endless options for luxurious wedding destinations but also rewards you with cultural experiences, red wine and enchanting artistic pieces.

Greece is a beautiful country with numerous island each unique and attractive in its own way and attracts millions of visitors annually. It boasts of fantastic sun kissed beaches, ancient cities, dramatic coastlines and luxurious resorts. It is the perfect destination for weddings especially in the island of love Cyprus where the goddess of love Aphrodite is said to have been born. Mykonos is also a glamorous destination for weddings as it is fashionable and offers glitzy resorts and stunning locations. People also choose an all inclusive resort in Crete where guests can top up on as much as food and drink as they like in stunning surroundings.

India is a vast country that intrigues its visitors with its contrasting chaotic cities, iconic monuments, majestic palaces, misty hill stations, unforgiving deserts and beautiful sandy beaches along its lengthy coastline. It is a dream wedding destination for many as it has a lot on its plate in terms of remarkable romantic scenic locations. You can wed like royalty in India in opulent mansions, royal palaces or along the beaches of Goa. Weddings in India are celebrated with vigor in song and dance and extravagance depending on the wealth of the bride and groom families. The ceremonies could also last for days going through all the rituals and tradition. You can wed in style in a cultural wedding in a royal palace hotel of your choice in India and enjoy the most memorable day of the rest of your life.

Maldives is beautiful with breathtaking islands, colorful coral reefs, stunning beaches sheltered by lush tropical vegetation and dotted with beautiful thatch roofed over water villas that give it a different look and makes it a romantic atmosphere. It is a place where you can have the luxury wedding of your dreams in scenic locations; in an over the water villa, under the water in a house reef or at a secluded island.

Exploring Australia and New Zealand by campervan

Australia and New Zealand are definitely the best destinations to explore in a campervan, they are both sparsely populated which means enough parking space wherever you stop over, they have amazing and diverse sceneries and unlimited adventures to be discovered along the way.

Prepare to get the most memorable moments in your life as you take on the long open roads leading to breathtaking attractions in the company of friends or family armed with good music and curiosity to fulfill the dream tour of a life time.

The beauty of exploring in a campervan in beautiful countries such as Australia and New Zealand is the freedom of travelling at your own pace and stopping over in a stunning location to relax and taking in the beauty and then proceeding after you have had enough to the next location. It is the best way to explore a country if you only have a short period of time that cannot easily fit in a bus or train schedule.

Australia In A Campervan
It is the smallest continent, largest island and the world’s sixth largest nation and for those who do not really know what to call it refers to it as “The Land Down Under”. It is a vast country that is sparsely populated and is rich in natural landscapes, spectacular beaches, aboriginal history and unique flora and fauna exclusively found only in this side of the planet. The climate is superbly pleasant and its environment is full of things to see and do that it attracts a lot of visitors each year to explore the region and enjoy fun filled holidays.

Hiring a campervan in Australia is the best way to ensure you get to see most of the country and since this is a common form of tourism, the country is well geared with numerous facilities to cater for campervan holidays such as campsites, parking areas and availability of free camping as long as you follow the right protocol.

Some of the best places to explore in a campervan in Australia include the East Coast of Australia, Adelaide, the lovely coastal cities in the north and of course the animal parks along your route.

New Zealand In A Campervan
New Zealand has truly diverse and magnificent landscapes dotted with sparkling lakes, towering snow capped mountains, native forests, abundant bird life, primeval rock formations, small towns and vibrant cities and sundrenched beaches. You need not to forget the interesting people who call this place home, the kiwis with their down to earth hospitality.

This is not simply a destination to stay in one location as so much will pass you by; it is no wonder that most travelers opt to hire a campervan to explore New Zealand so as to get to see much of this spectacular country.

The Southern Island is the perfect destination for an epic road trip with numerous routes that could take you from coast to coast to the highest peaks in New Zealand past dramatic coastal views and beautiful towns.