Top 4 travel destinations in Central America

Central America stands out from the rest of America. It has a rich history and breathtaking beauty that makes it a favorite place to visit all year round, even for successful business owner, Aaron from Pedleys Solar, that travels the 36 hour trip from Australia every second year to visit.

Aaron says the area is full of activities for all ages. In ancient times, natural and tectonic activity rocked the place. The rich history of this place reminds people of many such settlements that took place in the region and today the political scenario in these countries is dynamic. Therefore the overall look of the venue is versatile and inviting. Check out these top 4 travel destinations in Central America

Belize

Belize Barrier Reef is one of the best attractions to choose from with many excursions and tours, and divers can also wish to dive into Belize’s Blue Hole. The blue hole is 1,000 feet long and 400 feet deep, and the Barton Creek Caves are located in a cave branch system in the Cao District. Offering some of the most exciting cave structures, you can reach this mysterious world only by boat. Your guide will point to ancient Mayan relics, stalactites, and giant stalagmites. The Mayan ruins in El Caracol are something that will not be missed in your visit to Belize.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one f the best travel destination in central America You can do whatever you want in Costa Rica. The beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste province of northern Costa Rica are world-famous for surfing and landscaping and are a great place for sunbathing. Due to its rain forests, whale watching, turtle nesting beaches, and a host of other natural wonders, nature lovers and ecologists will love Costa Rica. Those with deeper tastes will be able to fill their days shopping or going to museums, and their nights visiting arts or clubs.

Panama

Panama is perhaps the most famous of the Panama Canal. You cannot visit Panama without appearing in the Miraflores Visitor Center to see a museum with interactive exhibits about the historic canal. Explore the ruins of Casco Vigo and the ancient Spanish colonial city.

Amador Causeway is a major attraction in Panama and a great way to see the city’s skyline. Full of restaurants, biking, and jogging trails, and plenty for travelers to see, Amador Causeway is an easy way to offer culture and sites.

Guatemala

If you are planning to go to Central America for a great holiday experience then you can think about visiting various cities in Guatemala. Pyramids, ancient peaks and dense forests. The serene and beautiful environment of this place makes it such a wonderful place from which one can have panoramic views of the city. It is an important part of the history of Guatemala and the journey would be incomplete without exploring this attraction.

These top 4 travel destinations in Central America are a taste of the beauty and cultural heritage that settled in Central America. Take advantage of technological advances and research today and book your next trip to Central America online. From sites that compare flight costs with online travel insurance, you’ll be ready in a jiffy…

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We’re going to the US! But where should we go?

You’ve made the decision. You’re going to spend the money, and take the time to cross the Atlantic to visit the United States.

But you need to realize, the US covers a vast amount of land. East/West: it’s 4612km (2866mi) from New York to California. North/South: it’s 3582km (2226mi) from Maine to Florida. It will be hard to see it all. Time to focus:

THE FOUR REGIONS

The US can be divided into four major regions: the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, and the West. Each of these areas offers a different feel, and sometimes dramatically different landscapes. Take a look at the places that you’re already interested in. Maybe you’ve always wanted to see New York City.

That’s in the Northeast. But you’re also dying to spend some time at Disney World. That’s in Florida: that’s the South. It’s also a day & a half car ride, or a 2 1/2 hour flight (not including transportation to/from airports).

It’s time to set some goals, and determine what you want to see. Take a look at at a map that shows the four regions, and see if you can start to see clusters. Think about the things you really want to do, the things that you might want to do, and the things you don’t care about. For example, if you live in a large city like London or Paris, you may want to escape the traffic and noise. You can honestly find that anywhere, but the Northeast has a lot of it.

THE NORTHEAST

Here you’ll find cities like Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. Much of the coast is jammed with people. Even Cape Cod (in Massachusetts), which was once a quiet beach retreat now has swarms of people during the summer. But once you get away from the coast, you’ll find quaint New England towns throughout the region. Every October, the leaves change color, and during October, you can see extraordinary colors.

THE SOUTH

One of the big draws in the South is Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida. A first-time visitor can spend two weeks there. But Florida (and the rest of the Gulf Coast) has beautiful beaches. Much of the South is flat, but you can find mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee.

THE MIDWEST

Chicago (in Illinois) and the Great Lakes are the a big draw for this region. You’ll also see farmland. This is the the American Heartland, and the fields stretch for miles.

THE WEST

If you’re looking for cowboys, look no further than Wyoming and Montana. They are rugged states with a small population. But you can find fantastic guest ranches all over the west. The multiple mountain ranges are a sight to see.

BONUS

Hawaii and Alaska are so far west that they’re not even west. The four main Hawaiian islands offer a completely different US experience, with year-round beautiful water. Alaska is as rugged as it gets, and this vast, unspoiled territory should ultimately be on everyone’s list.…

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The Fairy-tale Czech Republic

To understand the Czech Republic you need to know a bit of history. I promise! This will be brief. In 1989, the country of Czechoslovakia left communist rule through the “Velvet Revolution”.

This was a peaceful government transition, done without violence. In 1993, the country split (again peacefully) into two: the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. For the traveler, these changes are meaningful for one important reason: facing change, the Czech Republic embraced hospitality and tourism.

Because of this, the country is a traveler’s dream. It’s easy to navigate, and the friendly people are often fluent in multiple languages. English speakers especially have no problems communicating.

Prague is the capital city, and where most travelers will start. It’s both bohemian and fairy-tale-like. Bohemian because it literally was known as Bohemia until the early part of the 20th century.

But you’ll also see your share of “non-conformists,” at least in the sense of people who have come to find something. The city is fairy-tale-like because it’s cobblestone streets zig-zag through Gothic churches, gates, and bridges. The city was only bombed once (accidentally) in World War II, so there is a definite feel of history. It’s literally under your feet: walking on cobblestones can take some practice!

I jokingly call Prague “Europe for Beginners.” Everything in the city is easy. The residents are friendly, and multi-lingual. The subway system is simple to use. And it’s inexpensive. So inexpensive that when I last visited we were looking online for transportation from the airport. We found “Prague Airport Transfers,” but we wondered about the price. It didn’t seem to cost enough, which led me to believe it was sketchy. A quick search found that their prices were in line with every other agency. They provided excellent service for a fair price.

The same went for tours in the city. You can get a private tour of Prague Castle at a more than reasonable price. Prague is well-suited for walking tours. It’s fun to have the intimacy of a private tour where your guide talks about growing up in the shadow of Prague Castle. There are even a few ghost tours, where you can learn about the “goat chariot from Hell” (really, I’m not kidding).

Old Town Square is the center of activity for travelers. The Prague Astronomical Clock is a fantastically detailed device that draws crowds throughout the day and night. It was installed in 1410, and is the oldest clock in the world that is still working. You’ll want to check it out several times while in the city.

Fortunately, it’s so centrally located, that you’ll pass it repeatedly. There are an impressive number of shops surrounding the Old Town Square. You’ll find everything from inexpensive (and sometimes poorly made) t-shirts, to expensive glassware. If you’re a shopper, you’ll love the city.

If you want to get out of Prague, you can easily take day trips. Again, you can usually hire a private driver for a very reasonable rate. Our driver gave us a running commentary about the fields, farming, and how the small towns we passed through had evolved. Karlovy Vary (often called Carlsbad in English) is a beautiful mountain town known for it’s springs. When I think of the Czech Republic, my thoughts always turn here.

The water is considered healing, and it flows from taps through the town. The water is free, but you’ll want to buy one of their special spa mugs. It’s useful throughout the trip, but it’s also a souvenir that will have memories attached to it. The town itself sits in a valley and cradles two rivers: the Tepla and the Ohre.

The buildings in Karlovy Vary are brightly colored, and ornately decorated. They almost looks like a massive sculpture made of sugar. Most of the architecture is Renaissance, but you’ll see everything from Art Nouveau to Secessionist work here.

There are several spa houses and hotels in Karlovy Vary. Perhaps the most famous is the Grand Hotel Pupp (and yes, it’s pronounced “poop”). You’ll recognize this Grand Lady from films such as “Last Holiday” (2006, with Queen Latifa), and “Casino Royale” (2006, with Daniel Craig as James Bond).

These are both good films to watch before your visit. “Last Holiday” gives you a wonderful Czech feel. You can even stay for a spa vacation. Most packages include an physical from a doctor who will prescribe when and how much of the healing waters to drink. Beware though, the water will go through some people very quickly!

Dining here is all about the experience. Many restaurants are formal, “old Europe” style. The atmosphere is the thing, and these restaurants boast beautiful wooden bars, and rich carpeting. You can also dine at a cafe, watch the river go by, and do some people watching.

Karlovy Vary also hosts a yearly International Film Festival that draws crowds. Check the schedule before traveling. If you attend the festival though, you’ll likely be bumping elbows with celebrities. The town is small, and you could be sitting at a table next to Brad Pitt. Bear in mind, prices will likely be higher during the festival.

Near the town, you’ll find Moser Glass. They’ve been producing high-quality glassware since 1857. They give tours of their facility, and you can watch their entire process of heating, molding, and pressing. You can get as close as you dare, but the furnaces produce heat of up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit (1093 degrees Celsius).

You’ll watch the talented craftsmen working on the glass, and your guide will explain the process. They have a retail store, and you’ll want to spend some time looking at their incredible creations. If you’re looking for special glassware, this is the place to come. But it’s also a peak into the glass-making culture.

I once heard someone jokingly say that they wanted to spend a year in Prague “really getting to know myself.” Funny, but the Czech Republic is actually a wonderful place for reflection.

There is an interesting contrast between the ancient buildings, and the modern hospitality centered people. It’s a place that embraces change while keeping a firm hold on the past.…

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India: an extraordinary experience

India is a mythical destination of excellence. This country has a fascinating culture, which is reflected in its contrasts, architecture and historical landscapes. Amazing as it may seem, the best activities to do in India are free or cost very little.

Visit the gastronomic markets

To begin with we must say that the markets of India are colorful, aromatic and original. There you can find silk garments with unique designs, the most beautiful flowers and the most delicious fruits. Markets are always crowded and you’ll never get tired of touring them. You have to visit Chandni Chowk in New Delhi, Chor Bazaar in Mumbai and Johari Bazaar in Jaipur.

Enjoying the architecture

Indian architecture reflects a glorious history mixed with a modern present. When you visit this country you can appreciate the impressive Victoria Terminus railway station (Mumbai) or the Prince’s Museum of Wales (Mumbai), gothic style.

You should also visit two abandoned cities, Mandu and Hampi, whose tour is free.

Attend a popular festival

India is the spiritual country par excellence, so the Indians express their faith and joy through fabulous cultural festivals. Thanks to them you will be able to know the beautiful essence of the Hindu people. You can appreciate the ritual of worshipping the deity Ganesh in Ganesh Chaturti, where it is danced and sung. It is also recommended that you enjoy the Onam Carnival in Kerala, where you can admire an impressive display of flowers. All festivals are free.

Visiting religious temples

Indian religious temples reflect greatness and majesty. Some of them are freely accessible such as Jama Mashid Mosque in New Delhi, Mahabodhi Buddhist Temple in Bodhgaya and Galta Monkey Temple in Jaipur. Each of them has dazzling destalles in terms of their architecture and religious symbolism.

Sunbathing on the beaches

Although few know it, India has fabulous beaches where you can sunbathe and relax. The best beaches are the west coast of the country: Gokarna Beach in Karnataka, Marina Beach in Tamil Nadu or Agonda Beach in Goa. The waters are warm, the beaches are clean and you can enjoy a wonderful peace, watching the sunset.

Enjoy the nightlife

The nightlife in India is very beneficial for women. Many bars and discos offer free entry and drinks for women. In New Delhi you can enjoy a variety of styles for all tastes, animos states and personal budgets. Locals point out that Kylin Sky Bar is the most stylish place to have fun, located in Vasant Kunj.

Enjoy a dazzling nature

In New Delhi you can visit the Garden of The Five Senses, which is designed to be enjoyed through smell, vision, ears, touch and taste. If you like extensive hikes or trekking you should visit any hill or mountain in India which you can explore to relax and disconnect from the world.

India is a unique country in the world. If you have the good fortune to visit it you must be prepared to be surprised by the wonders of its culture. You can take advantage of your visit to deepen your yoga practice, as well as develop your spirituality.…

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Top 5 Destinations you should visit in Paris, France

With over 30 million tourists each year, Paris is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world.  Besides being one of the best cities in the world, Paris has a fascinating history, lifestyle, and culture that will undoubtedly blow your mind off.

If you are planning to take a trip to Paris, I’m sure you’re curious which sites to visit first. In this article, ill share with you the top five destinations you shouldn’t miss in Paris. 

  1. The Eiffel Tower

With over 7 million annual visitors, the Eiffel Tower should be your number one place to visit once you get to Paris. This 324m high tower was named after Gustave Eiffel, the engineer who designed it. 

Founded in 1889, the Eiffel Tower features 18,000 sturdy iron sections, held together by over 2.5 million rivets. It has all the facilities including washrooms and eateries, among other facilities. For the strong in heart, you should try walking on the 187-foot-high see-me-through floor. Also, the 3rd floor, at 275m, offers the most magnificent view of the city. 

  1. The Louvre Museum

In 2018, the Louvre was the most-visited museum in the world, with a record of 10.2 million visitors. It was originally built in the 12th century under the order of Philip II. It occupies an area of about 210,000 sq. meters. 

If you are a big admirer of art, then you can’t find any other better place than this. The Louvre houses more than one million pieces of masterpieces. Even if you spend all day or month in the Louvre, you still wouldn’t have enough time to see everything. 

  1. Montmartre 

Montmartre is a 130m hill found in the northern district of Paris. It’s bests known for its artistic history where several famous artists such as Renoir, Monet, and Picasso had stationed during the Belle Époque. 

Besides art, there numerous bars and restaurants for entertainment purposes. Also, don’t forget to visit the Wall of Love- the words “I Love You” are written 311 times in 250 different languages. 

  1. The palace of Versailles

Built in the 17th century, the Palace of Versailles, also known as Château de Versailles, is the most famous castle in France. The palace features a complex of massive buildings, terraces, and gardens – it was initially build to display the wealth and power of the French military. Besides, there numerous As for the accommodation. 

  1. Notre Dame Cathedral 

Towering a height of 69m, the Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral is one of the most important historical landmarks and most visited monuments in France. Besides its massive size and architectural design, Notre Dame is the most famous Roman Catholic cathedral of the middle ages. It also houses ancient priceless treasures, including the Holy Crown of Jesus Christ, a nail, and a piece of the cross. 

Conclusion 

Those are just of a few places in Paris that are 100% worth visiting. If you have more time, you can explore more attractions, including the Avenue des Champs, Palais Garnier, Arc de Triomphe, Cruise on the Seine, and much more.

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