Arizona: Exploring The Copper State

When you’re looking for summer jaunts all-year round, you can’t get any better than Arizona. Even in winter, the hot and dry climate gives you that taste of summer when Santa should be on his way! As part of the United States, Arizona has some of the most incredible terrain, with high mountains, rocky and deep canyons, and man-made wonders like the Hoover Dam, which has to be seen in person to appreciate how immense a structure it is. And while there are plenty of world famous places the state can boast of, such as the Grand Canyon, here are a few of the other star attractions and things to do in the Copper State.

Hiking Around The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

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This conservation area, home of Lake Powell, as well the Glen Canyon Dam, covers 1,254,429 acres of mainly desert. Lake Powell is one of the man-made structures that have made this state famous, and is the largest artificial lake in the United States and was formed in 1964 as part of the Glen Canyon Dam. A primary hiking spot for tourists, people come from all over the world to visit the Antelope slot canyons, where the combination of the light and the rocks creates some beautiful imagery. No doubt you will come back with some really great photos while also enjoying some brisk exercise.

Balloon Rides Around Phoenix

To see Arizona bathed in a wonderful orangey glow while taking part in a sunrise balloon ride is a mixture of fear and wonderment. The view is fantastic, but if you’ve got a fear of heights, one may cancel the other out! But once you see the saguaro and the buttes you’ll soon forget yourself. There are plenty of companies that offer this package, and Float Balloon Tours offer breakfast or dinner with wine from a local vineyard. If you wanted to see the state from a different angle, you would certainly achieve this!

See The Monument Valley Tribal Park

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The views from Monument Valley look like something from another planet, and with these sights, it’s very easy to transport yourself away from the hubbub of daily life. The sharp rock formations and sand dunes, massive in size, make for a daring but rewarding terrain. There are photography tours for people who would like to capture some images, but many people tend to drive by on the highway nearby and soak in the view that way. Either way, you must see it in person.

Walk Around Bisbee

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As a former mining town near to the border of Mexico, its proximity to the mountains makes for perfect imagery from the comfort of this sleepy town. You can see over the border into Mexico and enjoy a casual walk around the shops and meet some interesting locals who have tales to tell of the old mining days, or you can head to the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum to get a look at the history close up. It also won Best Historic Small Town in Sunset magazine and USA Today online reader poll in 2016!

Are You Ready To Camp Abroad?

Of all the ways to stay abroad, one of the most convenient and cheapest has to be camping. This is a means of staying abroad which is becoming more and more popular, and there are many reasons why that might be the case. For some, camping offers an opportunity to save money while still having a good time on holiday. For others, it means a chance to be within the beauty of nature in a safe and engaging way. Whatever appeal camping abroad has for you, there are certain considerations you might want to bear in mind as you plan your trip and while you camp.

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Safety First

As with any kind of holiday, you will benefit from thinking about safety before you go and while you are there. There are many ways in which safety can become an ongoing issue, and the last thing you want is for anything to happen to you or a family member. Be sure to pack a first aid kit – this can include basics such as plasters, bandages and so on as well as useful items such as multi-purpose flashlights, such as the ones found at www.tbotech.com/flashlight-taser.htm. If you are sure that you are fully packed with safety in mind, you should then remember to keep safety at the forefront of your concerns as you camp. As long as you bear it in mind, you should be able to remain safe and have a much better time as a result.

Know Your Pitch

Wherever you end up pitching, it is really important that you know it as well as possible. The best way to ensure this is to plan your trip in advance, going so far as to choose your campsites. You will want to know what kind of amenities the campsite has, as well as what is permitted and what is not. It also helps to have a good sense of the kind of clientele who frequent it, so that you can be sure to find somewhere you will fit in. But it’s about more than just researching the campsite; it also helps hugely if you spend time finding a pitch you can be happy with. Finding a good spot on site ensures you will have a much better time of it. See https://www.pitchup.com/guide-camping-abroad/ for more on this topic.

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Talk To Neighbors

Wherever you end up, unless you are wild camping in the middle of nowhere, you will have some camping neighbors. Just as with most other situations, it is a good idea to talk to these people, even if only the basic politeness of saying hello. This is partly a safety issue, but it also helps to feel at home on the campsite. It is likely that they will appreciate it as well, and on the whole you will be contributing to a much nicer little community, so it is well worth it. Talk to them and find out more about the local area in the process – this in particular will help you to make the most of your time abroad.

5 Tips For Getting the Most From A Family Trip to London

Young or old, London is always an exciting destination to visit. There, you can do anything and everything, from seeing world classic theater shows to exploring the sights that have helped shape the modern world. As probably the greatest city in Europe, London delivers again and again. The size and chaos of the place, however, does mean that you’ll have to put some thought into your trip – especially if you’re travelling with the family. Below, we offer five tips for getting the most out of your trip.

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Give Yourself Time

People who aren’t from the UK have an idea that it’s small – and it is, relatively, but London most definitely not. It’s huge, and if you want to see a lot, then you’ll have to give yourself plenty of time to do so – especially as you’ll have to factor in what each person in your family wants to do too. If you very rarely get a chance to visit the capital city, then go big: it’s better to stay a week or more and do everything you want to do rather than visit just for a weekend and go home thinking you could have done more.

Finding the Right Accommodation

London has many different neighborhoods, each with their own characteristics, and you’ll want to find one that fits in with what you want to do during your time there. Transports links are exceptional in London, so don’t think too much about how you’ll get from your accommodation to the sights – think more about what you want from your accommodation, and where you want to stay. As you’re travelling with family on tow, it’s best to look at short term lets by londonservicedapartments.co.uk, as this will give you a space that’s both ‘homey’ and well located. You’ll also be able to prepare meals yourself, which can free up some cash to do other fun things in London!

Picking The Sights

You could stay in London for a month and still not see everything you wanted to see. There’s just that much to do. There are a few essential places to visit – like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the like – but beyond that, it’s all about what you want your family to do. Check out some of the best family attractions at www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/family-activities and see what would suit your family.

Individual Interests

You don’t want to make everything you do fun for everybody! Everyone in your family will have things only they want to do, and they shouldn’t miss out. Make sure people have opportunities to visit some of the sights that interest them; Sherlock fans, for instance, will get a thrill from Baker Street; non-fans might not.

Free Time

There’s much to do, but you don’t always have to be doing them! One of the best things about London is doing…nothing at all. Go for a stroll, with no destination in sight, and enjoy all the nooks, crannies, and oddities of this vibrant city along the way.

Step Away From The Sand! Alternative Summer Vacations For Beach Bums

Does your idea of a vacation involve switching between a sun lounger by the pool and a towel laid out on the glistening golden sands? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the traditional summer beach holiday, but with so much to see and do, why not opt for something a little different for 2017? If you’re a self-confessed beach bum, and you’re hoping to try something new, here are some options to get you thinking.

The adventure break

If your summer vacation is usually a sedate affair, why not consider going out of your comfort zone and booking an adventure break instead? You can challenge yourself, enjoy a diverse range of activities and discover life in the great outdoors. You don’t have to spend every single minute up a mountain or trying to negotiate river rapids. There are plenty of places where you can combine action-packed activities with relaxation. If you visit Iceland, for example, you can wind down in a natural thermal pool after a day of hiking or kayaking. If you’ve been biking through the mountainous valleys of the Swiss Alps, you can treat yourself to a massage at a spa afterwards. If you tend to spend your days off basking in the sunshine, this kind of trip offers something completely different, and you may be surprised at how much you love it.

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Sailing the seas

If you’re not willing up to give up relaxing in the sunshine, but you’re up for leaving the beach for a while, sailing holidays are a great option. You can explore fascinating places, swim and snorkel to your heart’s content, see the sights, and spend plenty of time catching rays out on the deck. Whether you’re traveling with your partner, a friend or a large group, you can choose from a variety of options including yacht holidays and cruises. Check out some itineraries online, find out about excursions, and start planning your trip. If you’re looking for ideas for locations, the Greek Islands and the Caribbean are excellent places to start.

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The cultural experience

Many of us go away to chill out and recharge our batteries, but traveling is also a great opportunity to learn new things and immerse ourselves in a different culture. If you’re used to spending your holiday in a hotel, or you rarely venture further than the nearest beach, why not broaden your horizons and discover a new culture this summer? If you’re keen on history and architecture, places like Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam may be appealing options. If you visit Thailand, you can learn all about the history and culture, visit monuments, monasteries, and temples, and enjoy a few days on the picture postcard beaches.

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Does your summer holiday consist of kicking back and soaking up the sun? Most people love a beach vacation, but sometimes, change is a good thing. There’s a whole world out there ripe for exploration, so why not give the beach a break this year, and do something different? Celebrate your adventurous side, learn new things, sail the seas and enjoy once in a lifetime experiences. You won’t regret it!

North or South? Best Vacations in France

If you have not traveled to France before, then you are missing out. It is such a stunning country with so much to see and do. The country itself is quite large, as far as European countries go anyway. So it can be a good idea to divide the country in half and choose some vacation ideas based on what is each half. Have you done any of these before?

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The North of France

You can’t mention going to France without mentioning Paris, which is right in the heart of the north of the country. The city of lights is a must! The history that the city has is just amazing, and there are so many fascinating things to see and do. The Louvre Museum has to be one of the highlights, home to the world famous Mona Lisa painting. A trip up to the top of the Eiffel Tower is one of the top things to do too. You can even book a table at the restaurant at the top of the tower for a quintessentially Parisian experience. Notre Dame is magical to visit too, as well as munching on a macaron or two down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

If you are looking for something to do with the family, then Disneyland Paris is only a short train ride out of the city. Paris isn’t the most child-friendly city ever, so many families visit Disneyland instead. It isn’t as large as its American counterparts, but it still makes for an amazing day out for any Disney mad family members.

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The South of France

If you’re planning on a trip to the south of France, then the chances are that you’re looking for something quite romantic and relaxed. The scenery and views in the south are breathtaking, with large mountains and valleys to boot. The great thing is that you can enjoy the south of France all year round. You could enjoy St. Tropez and Cannes in the summer, and areas like Chamonix in the winter. So don’t just dismiss the south as only being a place that will work if you like the beach. The French Riviera is, of course, stunning. But the mountains are just as beautiful. So you could look for luxury ski chalets to luxury beach accommodation. There really is something for everyone.

The south of France is also a great area to explore and take in some of the French culture. You could enjoy the range of bakeries and patisseries that are scattered in the small towns, as well as discovering the many vineyards of France. So hiring a car is a really good idea. In the south, the towns and cities are a bit more sparse than they are in the north. So hiring a car means you’ll be able to see everything without missing anything.

Have you ever been to any of these areas in France? Would love to hear any of your top tips for traveling to France. Knowing some basic French phrases is pretty important, in my opinion.

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