Travelling Kentucky: Must-See Destinations in the Bluegrass State

Kentucky is one of those classic American states that most people have heard of. Dubbed the “Bluegrass State” because of the bluegrass found all across the state, it’s one of the most interesting places to visit in America thanks to its iconic destinations and myriad of locations to visit. To help you plan a visit to Kentucky, we’ve listed some of the must-see destinations that you absolutely do not want to miss.

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Louisville

Louisville is home to the legendary Kentucky Derby, an annual horse racing event. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, and you’ll be surprised at the fantastic American cuisine that you can find all over Louisville. Another popular location in Louisville is the Louisville Mega Cavern, an underground adventure tour with zip lines and challenge bridges, making it perfect for adrenaline seekers.

Bowling Green

Bowling Green is where you’ll find the National Corvette Museum. For anyone that loves their vehicles, this is a fantastic specialty museum to visit. Even if you’re not a vehicle enthusiast, there’s still plenty of information to learn and the overall experiences is close to perfect. There’s also the Lost River Cave, Kentucky’s only underwater boat tour that offers nature trails and butterfly habitat viewing.

Florence

One of the top attractions in Florence is the Sherlock Escape Room game. It’s a fun and exciting challenge that is suitable for all ages. You’ll get to crack codes and solve puzzles in a number of different scenarios. If you’re looking for something related to the history of Florence, then consider the bustling Antique Mall. It’s a great place to snag some bargains if you’re interested in antiques, but even if you’re not, it’s a great way to browse to experience some history first-hand.

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Somerset

One of the most interesting attractions in Somerset is the Cedar Creek Vineyards. You’ll be able to sample a fantastic selection of wines and indulge in tasting sessions. In addition, there’s also the SomerSplash water park that will prove to be a fantastic hit with the kids. Make sure you book in at a Comfort Inn of Somerset Kentucky for great savings and convenient access to every other attraction. Somerset isn’t as popular as other locations but has fantastic sources of entertainment.

Lexington

Lexington has some of Kentucky’s best American cuisine. You won’t be going hungry with these generous portions at low prices, and there’s plenty of choice on offer if you consider yourself a picky eater. There is also Keeneland, a famous horse track that is frequented by the locals. Lexington is also home to Kentucky State Park, a fantastic location that can educate you on working on a horse farm.

The Bluegrass State is filled with things to do assuming you’re willing to do a little exploring. These are just some of the must-see destinations in Kentucky, but rest assured, there’s a whole world of adventure to explore once you come to Kentucky. There’s something for everyone here, so down to the Bluegrass State explore this unique state.

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World Cities Where East Meets West

There is no doubt that travelling to Asia an unforgettable experience for everyone. The culture, languages, food and architecture are just a few of the things that make the continent such a fascinating and intoxicating place to visit. But there are also cities where western culture has had a very clear impact, and these are the places we are going to be talking about in this article.

This fusion of East and West is incredible to behold, and these cities also provide the perfect introduction to Asia if you have never visited before. You will be able to see the familiar and the not-so-familiar sitting side-by-side. We will also look at a couple of European cities where the Eastern influence has been obvious. So, let’s start looking at each place in more detail.

Hong Kong

Though it is part of China once again, Hong Kong has a very different feel to the rest of the country. After decades of British rule, the remnants are still there despite being handed back 20 years ago. A centre of business and commerce, people still flock here from all over the world to live and work. While the stonework of many of the buildings makes the city feel distinctly Eastern, just look at the road signs and street markings to see the British influence. Depending on which district you visit, you will experience something different every time.

One of the highlights of a visit is a trip between the two main islands on the Star Ferry, where you can truly appreciate the grandeur of the place. Another way to do this is to hop on the Peak Tram for panoramic views over the city. And while you can wander down one of the main shopping streets and feel like you are in London, you can just as easily wander over to the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery and feel like you are in a different world.

Bangkok

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The capital of Thailand has been a melting pot of different cultures, races and religions for hundreds of years. Today, that legacy still lives on, and many people use the city as a gateway to Asia, helped by the fact that one of the region’s busiest airports is located here. While there are big parts of the city where the traffic, noise and sheer number of people can feel overwhelming, there are plenty of hidden corners where you can get some much-needed peace and quiet.

The main party district of Khao San Road is where you will find party-lovers from all over the world. But for more traditionally Eastern sights, you will find numerous temples around, as well as the mighty Grand Palace. An unmissable traditional sight is the floating river markets where you will get a better idea of why Bangkok is sometimes known as the Venice of the East. As for the cuisine, there is no better place to try the many dishes which have become so popular all over the world.

Istanbul

If you are looking from a purely geographical perspective, Istanbul is a city where East and West literally meet. But there has also been plenty of cultural influence from both of the European and Asian continents that the city straddles. There are three main areas of Istanbul where you can see this clearly – Asian, Modern European and the old city of Constantinople. While you will see incredible Islamic buildings like the Suleymaniye Mosque, you will also find dazzling Christian monuments like the Church of St Saviour in Chora.

For fans of shopping and food, Istanbul’s markets are a dream come true. And one of the main pleasures of visiting this city is simply wandering the street to witness the pace of life and diversity of sights, sounds and smells. The city is a unique one that you will want to take your time to appreciate in its entirety.     

Sarajevo

Still one of the most overlooked cities in the whole of Europe, Sarajevo is small but it packs a lot into what it has. Surrounded by hills on all sides, you can hike up here for a spectacular sunset over the city. At the same time, you will hear the call-to-prayer echoing from the minarets which will make your feel like you have travelled a lot further east than you actually have. But there are still plenty of Christians living here as well, and there aren’t many other cities where you can find a church, a mosque and a brewery on the same street!

Sarajevo still bares the remnants of its four-year siege during the 1990s, but there is a peaceful feel to wandering the city now. You can enjoy a coffee (served thick and black in the Turkish style) and wander around the various markets. At times, it is easy to forget that you are still in Europe! Best of all, the city is small enough to explore entirely on foot.

Singapore

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With its towering skyscrapers mixed with an undeniable sense of Asian culture, there is no doubt that Singapore is a place where East meets West. Okay, so technically Singapore is a country, but it is small enough to feel like a city. Next door to the obvious symbols of Western modernity, you will find plenty of Chinese shop houses, Hindu temples and Malay mosques.

There are also plenty of job opportunities for people all over the world, so take a look here if you are looking for room for rent. But it is also great for travellers as well, and the perfect ‘decompression chamber’ for first-time visitors to Asia. Though Malay is the official language, you will find that English is spoken pretty much everywhere you go. One of the most cosmopolitan places in the world, people largely value openness and an acceptance of other cultures. And when it comes to the climate, the temperature stays warms and appealing all year round.

Ho Chi Minh City

Another place where colonial rule has had its influence is Ho Chi Minh City. When you first arrive here, you will probably think that Eastern culture has taken over, but take a closer look at the elegant buildings and leafy boulevards and you will clearly see the French influence on Vietnam’s capital. But at the same time, in the Old Town, you will see plenty of Buddhist pagodas and Chinese temples

The city has become such a backpackers hub that people from across the globe flock here to get an introduction to this beautiful country. And it is probably the most developed place as a starting point, before you snake your way up the country towards the capital of Hanoi. Of course, there are still the sad reminders of Western influence on the country which you can see when you go to the landmarks and museums dedicated to the Vietnam War.

Shanghai

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Not so long ago, the whole of China was off limits to foreigners. But the city that has embraced Western culture more than any other is Shanghai. Just take a stroll along the Bund and stare at the modern skyscrapers or wander the charming streets of the French Concession and you will see how the city has been influenced. But, at the same time, it has still not lost its roots as you will see from attractions like the 16th century Yu Garden.

Alongside many local Chinese eateries, you will also find plenty of big brand foot outlets and European themes restaurants so you really can take your pick. If you are looking for a spectacular view over the city, take the elevator to the top of the World Financial Centre to stare across at just how far this city has come in a few short decades. You will also get a glimpse at China’s potential for the future

Take Your Pick

If you are very much used to Western culture and the idea of travelling to Asia scares you, choosing one of these cities as a starting point is a good idea. As well as some sights that will surprise you, there will also be many that seem a lot more familiar. Once you have gotten your first taste of the continent, it is likely that you will want to experience more and visit some places that are a little more off the beaten track. But the beauty of starting in one of these cities is that you will have easy access to many of your home comforts so you don’t feel too disoriented!   

With the exception of Sarajevo, all of these cities have busy international airports so they are easy to fly into from most places in the world. Best of all, the cost of flights is steadily decreasing so there are more opportunities than ever to explore each of these incredible destinations. The East is much closer than it ever was before, so now is the time to get exploring!    

 

 

 

  

How traveling helps us for higher studies with quality luggage

Traveling is an amazing learning opportunity I feel that everyone should have a chance to experience. Traveling can serve as a great learning tool and give us something that textbooks cannot but travel does require a few necessities such luggage. Travel provides real life and raw exposure to culture, language, traditions, religion and many other quality aspects of history and life. When we travel, we receive the opportunity to endure the world of knowledge for ourselves.

We are enabled to see the customs of others livelihoods as well as the chance to understand them. People are given a completely new level of inspiration and given the knowledge that no words could fully capture and express when gone. Through travel, the human mind is given a chance to develop, learn, and comprehend on it’s own and come up with true thoughts of what the world has to offer alongside all of the things to be taught in it. There are things that individuals must experience on their own in this world that could only be understood in person rather than read off of a piece of paper. We are given the advantage of using our senses, such as touch, smell, and hearing. Traveling is better than reading straight from a book because unlike a book, traveling allows us to see more than just one point of view whereas a book only has one; the authors. We can broaden our minds by receiving information from primary sources rather than having to rely and place our trust on secondary sources.

In addition, we are also given the possibility/chance to meet new people and make connections with them. However, traveling, especially by plane, could not be successful without the proper luggage. Luggage is needed for higher education, because without it, not all the things I mentioned previously that could be beneficial due to travel could happen. Travelers use Rolling Hardside Luggageto carry their clothes, hygiene products, as well as possible, journals and planners used for learning experiences as well as other utensils, and space left in luggage for souvenirs. Luggage is like our ticket to success and salvation for education. We as a nation could not be where we are today if it was not for making discoveries, which corresponded from travel. Everywhere humankind went, we gathered information and carried items and facts from one place to another to spread newly acquired knowledge. Knowledge is power, which is created from travel, and from travel, is the key; luggage. It seems that luggage can be quite underrated when it comes to the thought of education because we see it as containing or values and assets rather than where they can get us. Clothes, jewelry, shoes, along with things like spare money, books, and cameras are usually what most people have in their luggage;most of these items are wants rather than needs but are still an important part of the traveling experience. I know this because I myself am an adventurer who has traveled near and far places with many kinds of accessories and luggage suited for each of my trips.

Moreover, luggage gives us the advantage to go on remarkable adventures and meet new people along the way, there is even a possibility that they could one day help with a future job, write recommendation letters, be a study buddy, a friend with advice and many more things and so on once you get to know them. For example, a time that traveling has helped me for school is when I went to Hawaii. Pearl Harbor is one of the most historical event that occurred in Oahu, Hawaii and is one of my most memorable memories. Important facts about certain things could easily be remembered just by simply connecting to a place and being able to connect a picture to such events. Like when people see famous monuments such as the statue of liberty, we think of our rights, freedom, “we the people,” New York and many other connections that can be tied to a simple symbolic monument. So by traveling places while we learn, it can help us maintain or contain our memories, remembering what we’ve learned as well as excel in our education.

Don’t Visit Florida Without Doing These

If you are thinking of going traveling to Florida, you will probably already have some keen ideas in mind as to what to do. But the truth is that there are probably one or two things which you have not even considered, and yet which you could find yourself enjoy hugely if you do visit this state. Florida has so much to offer that it is hard to know where to begin, but there many sides to traveling there which are little-known wonders, and it is these which are worth looking into. Let’s have a look at some of these now, to get you inspired for your own trip.

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Rent A Boat

One great way to get around Florida, as with many similar destinations, is to rent a boat. There are many reasons you might want to do this, not least that it is a quick and easy way to add some instant style, luxury and comfort to your trip. Boat rental is one of those simple things that can add so much glamor to a holiday that you can hardly believe it. You probably won’t appreciate it until you try it yourself, so just give it a go when you are due to be traveling to Florida. You will be amazed at how much this simple act can add to your overall journey, and you won’t have to spend a great deal of money to do it either.

Cast A Spell

This next one is great for family traveling with kids, or even for any adults who enjoy a little sprinkle of magic in their holidays. Florida is home to the great Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a sprawling amusement park in the design of the famous Hogwarts castle. As you can imagine, this is something like a more modern Disney World, and yet much more enjoyable for people of all ages. If you are in Florida as a family and stuck for ideas as to what to do, you could do much worse than to go to the set of Hogwarts. The attraction routinely receives five-star reviews, and it is not too pricey to enter, so it’s well worth a look if you’re in the area.

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Hit & Swing

Are you a big golf fan? As it happens, Florida is one of the very top destinations not just in the US, but in the world, for ardent golfers. With some two hundred plus golf courses to choose between, there is hardly any surprise in that, so if you are a keen golfer you might not want to leave Florida before having a swing at one of those courses. If you have always wanted to play golf in one of the most beautiful settings on earth, then you need look no further than Florida itself – and it could be the ideal way to wrap up your holiday too.

These suggestions are a great way to get started in Florida, but bear in mind that there is much more besides. Take a look around and see what hidden gems you can discover too.

Finding the Right Balance on Family Vacations

You spend all year planning the perfect family vacation, and all you can think of is how much you are looking forward to a well-earned break. It’s going to be great, right? Going to a glamorous part of the world, spending all that time together in perfect relaxation – nothing can go wrong!

The trouble is, by the end of day one of your vacation, there’s every chance you are ready to call it quits. Holidays at home or abroad can be an exhausting nightmare for parents with small kids, and the stress you go through can often result in you needing another break by the time you get home!

There’s a delicate balance to strike between entertaining all the children of different ages and still finding some time to relax. Here are a few tips to help you achieve precisely that – let’s take a close look!

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It’s all in the planning

First of all, you need to plan well in advance. We’re not just talking itineraries here, either – it’s also important to give your kids plenty of warning about the unknown territory they are going to experience. Ultimately, children thrive on routine and familiar places, and a holiday away can often cause them a fright. If you can go through the sort of things you will be doing – including showing them photos or videos – they will be better prepared for what awaits.

Schedule is critical

It can be tempting to loosen the reins a little when you go on vacation. You won’t mind the kids staying up a little later than usual, and the chances are you will be more tolerant of everything from eating candy to general horseplay. But you should also be careful – it’s still a good idea to stick to some kind of strict schedule. As we discussed before, your little ones thrive on a regular routine, and breaking too many walls down in one hit is going to end in tears – for you, as well as them!

The right mix of activities

Wherever you are in the world, there will always be plenty of fun things for kids to do. But don’t forget, your 2-year old will enjoy things that your 12-year old will not. It’s one of the trickiest things to manage, but you have to make sure that everyone gets what they need out of the vacation. The older children will (hopefully) be able to understand you need to meet the toddler’s needs, but the reverse isn’t quite as accurate. So, when it comes to an older child’s day out, it might be worth splitting up into teams, to ensure they get what they want while the younger ones don’t cause a tantrum.

Bring extended family

When you have young children, almost every vacation you take will be stressful in some way. And you and your partner will struggle to find any time to relax at all. So, our final tip is this – bring some of your extended family. Whether it’s grandparents, aunts and uncles, or cousins, your kids will be delighted to spend time with other people. And you have an instant babysitting service for the occasional night out, too.

Do you have any tips for achieving zen on family vacations with young kids? Let us know about them in the comments!

 

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