Month: June 2018

The Best Sailing Destinations of the World

1. The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands boast that they have more yachts there than anyone else in the world, reminding everyone that this destination is the perfect place to charter a yacht. With luxury waterfront resorts, pristine white sands, chic boutique shopping and outstanding restaurants, the British Virgin Islands have it all as a true sailing fantasy land with more than 40 islands and hundreds of anchorages, all within sight of each other. The ideal blend of easy deep water island hops is perfect for the whole family. Combine all of this with crystal clear turquoise waters with an average temperature of 26°C all year round, picture perfect beaches, breathtaking rock formations, abundance of on-shore activities and a great selection of dining options, and you can see why so many people love to sail here.

2. The Seychelles

The breathtaking Seychelles archipelago of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, boasts some of the most brilliant flora and fauna on earth, just 4 degrees south of the equator. The outer islands are low-laying, mostly coral atolls and sailing is done mainly within the inner islands, all close together which make for easy island hopping. The Seychelles Islands can best be described as paradise on earth with towering granite rocks, swaying palm trees and turquoise inlets that are framed with sparkling white sand beaches. Mahe is the largest island and since it is surrounded by other islands, its beaches are relatively calm and safe. Mahe is a mountainous island with peaks approaching 1000 meters and tropical forests that are laced with hiking trails. The gorgeous tropical scenery, white beaches and shimmering aquamarine waters make Seychelles a perfect sailing holiday destination.

3. The Greek Islands

Sailing is really the best way to experience these breathtaking islands, setting your own island-hopping itinerary, finding secluded spots or dining on Greek cuisine. Greece has 6,000 islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 are inhabited. The Greek Islands are home to some of the greatest sunsets on earth and with more than 300 days of sunshine a year making this one of the best places on earth to charter a yacht. Each of these islands has their own unique character making every port visit unique. The continuous sunshine, traditional whitewashed villages, ancient archeology, stunning natural landscapes and rich culture draws sailors from all over the world.

4. Croatia

Called the ‘new Greece’, the ‘new Riviera’ and the ‘new Tuscany’, Croatia has become an increasingly must-go destination for all types of travelers, but there is really no better way to experience it than sailing the Adriatic, where the sun is almost always shining. Croatia has reshaped its infrastructure during the past decade to make it a popular destination for anyone seeking terrific cruising, historic settings and remote beaches. Croatia is one of the Mediterranean’s hidden gems, with 1,185 islands and 1778km of coastline, it is truly a sailor’s paradise. The Dalmatian Islands are wild, rugged and mostly uninhabited and offer some of the best sailing in the area. The rolling coastline is speckled with pristine beaches, lush green slopes and ancient villages steeped in history.

5. French Polynesia

Roughly halfway between Australia and California, French Polynesia’s 118 islands are scattered over an expanse of the Pacific Ocean stretching more than 2000 sq km. French Polynesia is made up of five main groups of islands, including Tahiti, a landscape of jagged volcanic peaks dotted with lush vegetation and spectacular waterfalls. The islands offer an alluring mix of beautiful lagoons, traditional culture and exotic marine life, with lots to explore on land as well as at sea. The wide lagoons around Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora offer plenty of protected flat-water sailing, and outside the reefs, the long Pacific swells will give you a taste of ocean sailing at its best.

6. The French Riviera, France

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more romantic spot to sail than the French Riviera. The Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France offers more contrasts than probably anywhere else in the world and there’s no disputing the sheer glitz and glamour of the French Riviera. Monaco is the world’s second-smallest country (after the Vatican) squeezed into 1.95 sq km. The French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, is the world’s most fabled places to charter a yacht full of breathtaking beaches and stunning scenery. Some of the largest, newest and most impressive superyachts from around the world gather here, with cruising itineraries that can include St. Tropez, Cannes, Nice and Antibes. This is the heart of the world’s superyacht culture, with vibrant nightlife and exceptional cuisine and special events including the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix. The French Riviera manages to combine both the historical architecture, unspoilt islands, small marinas, rugged landscapes and white sandy beaches with the large cosmopolitan resorts of Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo.

7. The Amalfi Coast, Italy

From Naples to Positano and the storied island of Capri, the Amalfi Coast of Italy is a storied region filled with picturesque harbors and historic sites. This is a more remote section of Italy, far from the tourists of Rome and the packed marinas along the Riviera, a place where charter guests can cruise in comfort and with a good deal of privacy. This region also offers some fantastic Southern Italian cuisine, with Michelin-rated restaurants within short distance of some beautiful anchorages. Dine aboard or ashore, for lunch and dinner alike, and you will not be disappointed. While the french may have their Riviera, it’s nothing compared to the endless beauty of Italy’s coastline. Often overlooked because of it’s proximity to the likes of Monaco, Italy’s coastline is no less beautiful and is arguably less spoilt by the progress of building developments. But for the ultimate sailing trip in Italy I recommend starting at the Amalfi coast and working your way around to Naples and over to the islands of Procida and Capri. The sparkling seas here and beautiful italian coastline are the perfect vista to compliment a highly cultural region. You’ll see ancient ruins, clean sandy beaches, picturesque villages, and some of the best seafood you’re ever likely to eat.

8. Minorca, Spain

Though it may be the smaller and lesser known of the Balearic Islands, Minorca is scattered with more spectacular beaches than Mallorca and Ibiza combined. The rolling landscape of Minorca offers charming villages with traditional, colourful houses and cobblestone streets, beaches with secluded coves along with a climate ideal for sailing, making it a true sailing paradise. Recent changes in Spain’s tax laws mean the charter scene has changed as owners of brand-new superyachts can now offer their yachts for charter without having to pay taxes that used to make the practice prohibitive.

9. Turkey’s Southern Coast

The southwest coast of Turkey has long been a popular destination for yacht charters, with itineraries running from Bodrum up to Fethiye. Sailing in Turkey is amongst the best in the world due to the steady winds, crystal clear blue waters and the abundance of beautiful beaches, secluded anchorages, coves, inlets and marinas. Throughout its history, Turkey has been a crossroads of religions, where East meets West with a mixture of cultures and cuisines. Turkey has over 8,300 kilometers of mountainous coastline with small fishing villages and historic sites. The charter yacht of choice here is the Gulet, a local style of motorsailer. The quality of Gulets has improved tremendously and many are as luxurious as motor yachts. They use sail and wind power and offer the best of both worlds and is one of the most enjoyable charter vacations you can enjoy with family and friends.

10. Montenegro

Montenegro has become the new super-yacht hotspot of the Mediterranean over the last few years due to the major investments from posh waterfront restaurants to luxury accommodations to lure yachting enthusiasts. The outside EU tax benefits (0% VAT) and rapidly growing infrastructure has made Porto Montenegro an advantageous yacht charter base to explore the thousands of islands from Greece to Croatia. The serene, deep blue waters of Kotor and Tivat Bay provide the perfect place for a great holiday. The mountains include some of the most rugged terrain in Europe with a picturesque coast 295km long, with 72km of beaches and many ancient towns. Swimming in clean, sheltered waters with magnificent backdrops or just enjoy the amazing feeling of gliding through the water under sail.

11. St Martin

St. Martin has to be one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world and it’s no wonder why as this island is overflowing with beauty. The island is ruled by both French and the Netherlands and you truly get to experience two cultures in one place when you visit. When you charter a yacht here there are plenty of other islands to explore including St Barths, Anguilla and Saba. Expect beautiful deserted beaches full of silky white sand, exceptional waterfront restaurants and exceptional shopping. Explore the waters and learn why Saba is a diver and snorkelers paradise. The enchanting tropical scenery combined with enough nightlife, world-famous beaches and other islands to explore make this the number one Caribbean escape.

12. The Grenadines

White sand beaches and tropical waters make this area a haven for sailing enthusiasts. The “Spice Islands,” as the Grenadines are sometimes referred to, are a chain of 32 picturesque islands sprinkled across 60 miles of the southern Caribbean in the West Indies, offering a perfect blend of dramatic landscapes, culture, abundant marine life, friendly people and unspoiled white sand beaches. Known as some of the world’s greatest sailing waters, you’ll find the ideal sailing conditions and lack of crowds make it one of the best spots for a vacation on the water.

Air Courier Travel – Ten Things You May Not Know About Traveling the World at Massive Discounts

Some years ago virtually all air couriers travelled free, until demand for free travel grew and air courier companies realised they could begin charging air couriers to accompany their packages abroad. Today couriers can expect to pay up to 75% of the normal ticket price. That said, however, air courier travel is still one of the very best ways to travel the world at very low cost. Here are ten tips to help you grab your share of high discount air travel to the world’s most exciting locations:

* Air couriers are normally allowed just one bag for personal possessions. The remainder of their luggage allowance is taken up with packages for the company they represent.

* Family holidays can be funded by air courier travel where one member gets their ticket discounted by the courier company with other family members paying normal rates and flying in the same plane or flying soon after. This is because, usually, once the courier delivers his package he is not obliged to return immediately after delivery. Some companies allow couriers to remain overseas for two weeks, sometimes more, after reaching their destination. Return tickets are also usually discounted.

* Companies use air couriers to accompany their goods abroad to save goods being delivered unaccompanied and classed as cargo which takes much longer to process at departure and destination airports than packages accompanied by humans.

* Courier companies typically use couriers to accompany time-sensitive items, such as medicines and business contracts, or because they are irreplaceable and need to be accompanied at all times.

* Air couriers can gain regular assignments if they are reliable and willing to travel at short notice. So try never to cancel a booking and always be friendly and protective of whatever you carry abroad. This way you’ll remain high up in the pecking order for future discount flights.

* Be flexible and willing to fly at any time to any destination which again brings you to the forefront whenever suitable opportunities arise.

* You can make money from your courier flights by taking photographs and writing articles about your destination for newspapers and other businesses. Travel companies need photographs and articles, restaurants are keen on trying new recipes which you can source for them, online photographic libraries will pay every time one of your photographs is downloaded from their site.

* You are never too old to become an air courier and many companies actually find retirees more reliable and more professional than their younger counterparts.

* Couriers must hold a valid passport and be of smart appearance.

* One way air courier travel is popular with people returning home from an indeterminate stay abroad or visiting family in distant countries where savings can be significant on tickets normally costing several hundred dollars each.

5 Intimate Romantic New Year Travel Resolutions – Get Hot Back Into Your Life

As the new year is rolling around again, it’s time for a fresh start, new traveling resolutions that will also keep you on budget. One good way to do that is for you and your partner to come up with some interesting new travel resolutions that you will promise to keep the next time you travel together, and throughout the year. Try to keep these in mind no matter how much, or how little time or money you have, but do keep your budget in mind. Try to put your old travel habits away and make way for something completely new and unique. Make this year the best year ever for travel. Do what you can to focus your travel on a new festive location, a wild new fantasy that you may share together, or just plain fun.

1.) Vow to do something completely out of the ordinary that neither of you has done before. Go crazy, just pick a wild and interesting new travel destination or activity that will be unique, fun and keep you both on your toes, here are some examples: Go for a ride in a hot air balloon (even though this can be expensive, it’s one way to really experience the countryside). Rent an RV for a week and travel to a new destination (sure to be fun, and take your pets along too). Take a weekend off and spend the night at a Bed & Breakfast that you’ve always wanted to visit (it could be local, or far away, pick a place that looks fun). Choose to learn to snorkel, or scuba dive (take lessons together and go on a dive or trip to an interesting looking destination.

2.) Promise that you will get your partner involved in the planning for once. Though you may one favorite partner that always does the planning, this time change it up, and let the other help you and plan everything together. Try to get the other person into the spirit of how much fun it can be anticipating your next journey. Go to a travel agent and gather your destination info, guidebooks, videos, or whatever you need and take it from there.

3.) Make and plan a real vacation that takes you away and let’s you forget the rest of the world. It may not be the most expensive globe hopping expedition, but choose to take some time and pick a place that you will both enjoy. Mark it on your calendar, and get ready to have some fun together. Plan this one for months ahead of time and you will see how excited both of you can get.

4.) Promise to go to a minimum of 3 festivals this year. Contact your local chamber of commerce and/or the tourist offices where you are planning to go and find out which festival events are the most fun for two. Choose at least 3 that will get both of you excited, choose fun activities or events such as: sand castle building contests, ice carving festivals, historical re enactments (anachronisms), country line-dancing celebration, etc. Try to pick events that are fairly close to home (stick within a one day drive if you can), or choose at least one that may be a weekend event for the two of you. There are tons of treat, fun events happening and you will both be sure to enjoy this.

5.) Vow to take 2 or 3 mini vacations every 3 months (shoot for at least one every month if you can). Even if you are only going away for a single night, try to plan for it ahead of time and you will add to the anticipation level for both of you. There is one little thing you must do. Promise each other that you will both ‘act’ like you are on vacation, in other words, no extra work gets taken along, or worked on, etc. These could be short little stays in a local motel or a budget bed and breakfast location of your choosing. Try to find the best, lowest rates by choosing non-peak days for this. Many hotels will have special rates on Monday through Thursday nights. Plan these out as romantic getaways for the two of you.

What Are the Best Honeymoon Destinations in the World?

Deciding where to go on your honeymoon can seem like a monumental task when you start thinking about all the possibilities. There are literally thousands of destinations to choose from, some close to home, some halfway around the world. Your final decision will ultimately depend on a few considerations including your budget, what your interests are, and that list places you and your future spouse have always wanted to visit.

To help in making that decision a little easier and to maybe get those travel ideas flowing the following is a list of what are considered the best honeymoon destinations in the world.

1. Hawaii – Long considered one of the original honeymooners’s paradises it is hard to beat Hawaii for that post wedding vacation. There are plenty of things to do here, from hanging out on the beach to exploring its many tropical wonders, including breathtaking waterfalls and active volcanoes. There is also an active night life in the clubs and bars of the larger cities for the couple who like to have fun dancing the night away.

2. Polynesian Islands in the South Pacific – Tahiti, Fiji, and Bora Bora just to name a few. All these islands offer the tropical beauty of Hawaii in a more relaxed atmosphere. The locals are some of the friendliest people you will ever encounter and their culture will leave a lasting impression. Throw in miles of pristine beaches, tropical lagoons, and world class snorkeling and diving and this could well be the perfect honeymoon destination.

3. The Mediterranean Coast of Southern Europe – Stretching from ancient Greece to the Rock of Gibraltar there is a wealth of sights, culture, and beauty to behold along the shores of the Mediterranean. You can visit Italy, enjoying the renaissance beauty of Rome and the Vatican, or a romantic Gondola ride on the canals of Venice. Or visit the French Riviera and the vibrant nightlife and upscale shopping that it offers.

4. British Virgin Islands – The island of Anguilla to be specific. This little gem in the Caribbean is the perfect getaway for the newly wed couple who wants nothing more then to relax in peace and quiet. The majority of tourists visit other islands in the Caribbean leaving Anguilla to the lucky few who get to enjoy its breathtaking beaches.

5. Costa Rican Adventure – For the couple who is looking for more of an adventurous Costa Rica is considered one of the best destinations in the world. This small Central American nation offers not only world class beaches and scuba diving but also rain forest adventures that include kayaking, white water rafting, and mountain biking.

6. Niagara Falls – Not quite as exotic as the choices above Niagara Falls has a certain charm that caters to honeymooners that cannot be found anywhere else. Take a ride on the “Maid of the Mist” boat that will get you up close and personal with the falls. Check out the Guinness Book of World Records Museum or visit the House of Frankenstein. And don’t forget to visit New York City and enjoy all the sights and sounds that it has to offer.

7. Australia – It’s a continent, it’s a country, it’s known for kangaroos, wallabies, and rugged men with big knives. It is also full of exotic locations, big cities, and little bit of everything in between. For a honeymoon in a land that’s like a whole other world then Australia might well be the best choice out there.

Hopefully this list will give you some ideas as you start planning your honeymoon. Ultimately the best honeymoon destinations in the world are wherever you and your betrothed decide to go, because all that really matters is spending time alone with the one you’ve chosen to spend your life with.

 

Top Surf Destinations in the World

Surfing is a water sport where the surfer rides on the waves. It has also given birth to extreme sport like skateboarding. Surfing must be always practiced where there is access to ocean or sea. There are many theme parks that offer artificial surfing, but they fail to provide the same amount of thrill and excitement to the sport.

The surfer must be very cautious as this sport involves a lot of risk like drowning, animal attacks and other injuries/bruises, which could be fatal. This sport needs guidance and it is certainly not safe to venture into it without prior experience. Surfing is the most popular sport in the coastline areas and finding a trainer is very easy. Let’s take a look at the world’s most popular surf spots:

Gold Coast, Australia: Australia undoubtedly has the best beaches and the Gold Coast has the most consistent waves. The Gold Coast is located in the southeast corner of Queensland. With 70km of beaches and four classic points – The Spit, Main Beach, Narrowneck, Palm Beach and Mermaid beach, it is certainly the surfer’s paradise.

Mentawai Islands, Indonesia: Mentawai Islands are one of the most consistent surf destinations in the world. This island comprises of about seventy islands. Mentawai Islands have great waves all round the year but the best time to surf is from June to September, when the waves are high. However, March to October is also the ideal time to visit.

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa: Jeffreys Bay is located in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa and about an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth. Jeffreys Bay is one of the top 5 surfing destinations in the world and it also hosts the annual Billabong Pro surfing event at Supertubes during the month of July. Jeffreys Bay has been luring the surf enthusiast for over 4 decades. Jeffreys Bay has one of the best waves and it has not changed ever since it was discovered. The best time to visit Jeffreys Bay is from June to August.

Fuerteventura, Spain: Fuerteventura is located 90km from the African Coast and it is the second largest of the Canary Islands. Fuerteventura which is also known as the Mecca of surfers has the best surf in the island. This island has a warm climate which is cooled by the Atlantic Ocean breeze and the surfers often express their joy of the wonderful weather. The best season to surf at the Fuerteventura is from October to March. The beginners must be very careful as the waves show no mercy as they are rough. Then most popular waves are the Heirro, Rocky Point, The Bubble and El Muelle, Harbour Wall, the quiter , Shooting Gallery, Generosa, Suicides, Mejillonas, Majanicho, German Rights, Cotillo and Esquinzo.

El Salvador: El Salvador is located in the Central America bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and Honduras is the new surf destination. El Salvador has a tropical climate that is distinguished by warm temperatures during the day and chilly nights, except for the coastal plain. El Salvador has consistent waves throughout the year and all the swells are generated from the southern hemisphere. The surf season at El Salvador is almost year round, from March to October being the most favorable time.

Apart from the above mentioned surf destinations, Uluwatu, Indonesia, Sunset Beach, USA, Costa Rica, Bali, Indonesia, California, North America, Samoa and Santa Catarina, Brazil are also the most popular and favored surf destinations.

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World Cruise Destinations: Exploring the World By Ship

Imagine sailing through the beautiful depths of the ocean, towards a sunset. Land is already out of sight behind you. When most people think of a cruise, they think of a visit to the Caribbean. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although you can certainly visit the Caribbean, there are plenty of other world cruise destinations, including Alaska, South America, the Mediterranean, Antarctica, the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.

In fact, world cruise destinations are not limited to locations you can reach on the ocean. Some cruises are river cruises, enabling you to explore more territory, experience the culture form a truly unique perspective and see what life was like for early travelers.

Why Cruise?

Cruising provides the opportunity for travelers to see more of a country or place, or at least more countries and places than they would otherwise. Many of the expenses (meals and board) are paid for with the ticket, so you only need to worry about the cost of alcoholic beverages and the activities you decide to participate in land. Not all of those will have a price tag, either. You can take pictures and sight see for free.

When you cruise, you have the opportunity to travel in comfort for a low (comparatively speaking) price, while seeing many sides of a country or many different countries. You can also customize your travelers, by selecting a cruise that goes where you want to go for the number of days you want to be out.

World Cruise Destinations

On cruises, each place you visit is unique. You’ll see different sights, experience different temperatures and can explore new locations. You can shop and explore. Some highlights of cruises you could take include:

  • Western Caribbean Cruises: Mayan ruins and beautiful aqua seas, see dolphins and sea turtles
  • Eastern Caribbean Cruises: Small islands with water-based activities and beautiful sandy shores
  • Alaskan Cruises: Beautiful floating white glaciers and misty fjords, see eagles
  • Antarctic Cruises: Icebergs and islands heated by volcanoes, so they’re warm enough to swim in, see penguins and sea lions
  • Amazon River cruises: See villager’s huts and canoe down the river, possibly catch and eat piranhas
  • Australian cruises: You can see unique animals including Kangaroos and Koalas, and by visiting New Zealand as well, can see sub-Antarctic islands, also visit the capital of Australia; Sydney
  • Seine River Cruises: These cruises go through a good part of France, including Paris, so you can explore cities, ruins, castles, art galleries and the French food and wine
  • Mediterranean Cruises: See a number of cities, including Venice, Cannes, Capri, Malta, Greece and explore foods, traditions and beautiful architecture

Whichever world cruise destinations you visit, remember to take plenty of pictures!

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Continental Drifting: Exceptional Destinations Around the World, By: David Millett and Julia Buss

From the prolific keyboard of David Millett along with the photo-journalistic eye of Julia Buss, this traveling couple has compiled a delightful “Coffee Table” photo album of far-away and exotic places in their new book, Continental Drifting: Exceptional Destinations Around the World.

No moss gathers under these authors’ feet; as we have first been introduced to David and Julia with their debut book, Flying the Edge of America, in which David piloted his private plane circumnavigating the USA with Julia as his intrepid companion. Now they have expanded their range to that of the entire world, traveling to each of the 7 continents and descending upon some of the most interesting and culturally diverse places on earth. One could associate each letter of the alphabet to a location described and pictured in the book, many of which I challenge anyone (besides David & Julia) to recognize without referencing: such as Aoraki, Bruges, Cradle Mtn., Fox (Glacier), Gard, Hanging Rock, Iguanzu (Falls), and so on to Kaikoura, Picton, and many more. In fact, there’s literally a world of destinations, climates, animals and cultures for the arm-chair explorer to visit by simply paging this book. It opens the reader’s eyes to the vast differences of our planet, with a focus on the natural beauty and ecosystem.

Each destination is written poetically in the first person, whereas the location is “speaking” about itself as if it were being its own tour guide. The use of “I” becomes subliminally anticipated, and the friendliness of this style of writing brings this book down to the comprehension of many children and young adults; enabling perhaps for their life goals to “want to go there” being formed and dreams designed. Many locations are further embellished with a thought provoking poem or essay describing itself within the colloquial vernacular or prose of the region. The pictures, along with captions, are a collection of personal photographs as well as sourced from the public media. A brief narrative and history lesson is written as a prologue which serves to set the tone of the book well, relaxing the reader to simply enjoy what is about to become revealed. As a picture is worth 1,000 words, this is a voluminous work of thought provoking travel information that will educate while entertaining all lucky readers.

If you think about the adventure of traveling; which ultimately results in mere memories and photographs, Continental Drifting is a way to traverse the world vicariously through the exploits of David Millett and Julia Buss, by reading about their mémoires and seeing their photographs. Graphically laid out in an artful fashion, this book is a wonderful gift or reference for any family library; even ideal for a waiting room whereas it can be started or stopped at any point, or flipped through quickly pausing as your attention gets focused on a “wow” photo. The feeling I had from Continental Drifting: Exceptional Destinations Around the World was how much there truly is to see, as this book can be a “bucket list” for those with the means and time to travel, like globetrotters David Millett & Julia Buss. With their adventurous, spirited and exotic thirst for travel, the authors are courageous in their quest for seeking out the essence of the diversity of the world we all call, somewhere, home.