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.

Going To Spain? Take In The Sights & Avoid The Crowds

Spain is one of the most stunning and vibrant countries on the European continent. Thousands of Americans travel there every single year to soak up the sun. However, some of the most popular beach resorts are jam packed with travelers during the summer months. That means they can become a little too hectic for people who just want to relax. Still, there is no need to stress because the perfect solutions are outlined below. Use the suggestions on this page to ensure you can take in the sights without having to deal with the crowds. You’ll thank me for these ideas when you return home and realize how much of a better time you had. So, let’s get started!

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Checking out the coastline

There are many ways in which you can see the Spanish coast without facing the crowds. For instance, you might like to book a boat trip from a nearby marina. You might also think about sailing the coast on a single boat or paddleboard. If you like the latter suggestion, you just need to visit local stories and get the best inflatable SUP. Some companies might also hire them to holidaymakers. Paddleboarding is always a fun and relaxing experience, and you don’t need any particular skills. You just have to balance on the board and use your paddle to get around. Of course, you need to make sure you are well away from boats and other vessels.

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Seeing the inner-city sights

Spain has many beautiful cities that many travelers never visit. The capital is probably the most popular destination. However, even in Barcelona, it’s still possible to avoid the crowds. You just need to find a local taxi driver who is willing to take you around all day. Ask them to show you the best sights and hang around to take you back to your hotel. You can also ask them to show you the best places to find authentic food. People who have a lot of money to spend could also see the cities from the air. Many specialists in Spain offer helicopter rides. So, you could see the country from an entirely new perspective. Most other visitors will never do that. Just make sure you take your camera!

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Spending time with nature

Most people spend their holiday on the beach when they go to Spain. However, the country is home to lots of mountains and walking routes. Visitors are free to join groups or explore on their own. However, it’s sensible to let someone know where you’re going if you select the latter. That is because it’s easy to get lost, and there are often snakes in untouched areas. So, you stand a higher chance of encountering them when you’re in the wilderness. If you enjoy spending time with nature, Spain is the perfect place. Just make sure you perform some research before leaving home.

Now you know how to get the most out of your Spanish trip, I hope you have a fantastic time. At the end of the day, there are always ways in which you can avoid the hustle and bustle. Sometimes you just have to think outside of the box to ensure you have the best experience possible. Whatever you decide, make sure you always have a camera to hand. You never know when you’re going to see something you’ll want to remember forever.

The Forgotten Horrors Of Camping That Can Really Ruin The Trip

Camping is awesome. If you get a good camping experience, you get close to your friends and a lot closer to nature. Few things clear stress and let you forget the outside world as better. For some distance, it might even be better than the sunniest of beaches. But it’s also a little scary. That sense of being lost and alone is part of the thrill of it to a lot of people. But when it gets seriously scary because you have underestimated some of the essentials, it’s no longer fun. It’s a disaster. Here’s how you avoid that.

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The weather

You’re going out there to experience something different and to get closer to nature. However, that doesn’t mean you have to be completely exposed to it. Finding out what the weather is like in advance is crucial to camping. It’s going to ensure that you bring the fitting clothes, that you equip yourself with the right tent, and that you prepare the campsite accordingly. For instance, one of the most common weather-related mistakes is to choose a camping spot that’s downhill when you’re to expect some rain. Do that and you’ll find yourself waking up in a partially flooded tent. Of course, while weather forecasts can help you prepare specifically, you should anticipate all kinds of weather. They are liable to be wrong from time to time, after all.

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The dark

If you really want to enjoy your camping holiday then you don’t want to have to go to bed as soon as the sun goes down. But if you’re not prepared for just how dark it can get out there at night, that’s exactly what will be happening. The dark out there can get oppressive, especially if you’re in the forest. Besides general environment lighting, find the best tactical led flashlight you can get as well. You need task lighting that can be easily moved, especially if you plan on leaving the camp anywhere near sundown. Reflective clothing, especially blaze orange, is a good idea, too. It makes you a lot more visible to any hunters that might be in the area.

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The wild

You can’t forget that you’re sharing a habitat with a genuinely wild ecosystem as well. It pays to be aware of any wildlife in the area, particularly those that are prone to be aggressive, and to take steps to protect yourself. For instance, don’t leave food or any traces of food hanging out. As soon as you eat, clean all your dishes. It’s a good idea to eat things that aren’t too pungent and likely to attract wildlife. But animals aren’t the only things to be concerned about. Being unable to identify poison oak, poison mushrooms and other dangerous flora can just as easily cause a trip to the hospital. With the best plant and fungi identifying app on hand, you can make sure you’re aware of any potential risks you could be walking across. Always take the time to check before you decide to try that mushroom or walk through those leaves.

Once you get past the potential horror stories, camping becomes a lot more thrilling, a lot more peaceful, and a lot more fun all at once. So, don’t go out unprepared.

 

The Best Asian Travel Destinations for Summer 2017

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Asia is home to some of the most beautiful sights to be seen in the world. However, many people visit the continent during the winter months. Perhaps they are scared off during summer due to the potential for excessive temperatures and an impending rainy season. But that’s not enough reason to completely strike Asian travels from your list of potential summer trips. There are many beautiful parts that are at their peak from July to September, and it would be an awful shame to miss them. So here are a few different destinations you might like to check out in the summer of 2017.

Bali

Bali’s sees most of its visitors pass through from July through to August. Unlike many parts of Asia at this time of year, the region is dry during this time, making summer the ultimate season to visit. Because of its summertime popularity, you might want to avoid busier areas and tourist traps. Try seeking out the alternative side of Bali: trek rice terraces, seek out waterfalls and skirt the edges of temples. Head out early in the morning to secure good spots at beaches and book into restaurants you might like to try out early during your stay.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is urban, making it suitable to visit at any time of the year. The bustling country has so much to offer. From historic sites and temples, such as Tian Tan Buddha and Wong Tai Sin Temple, to Disneyland. There’s something to suit everybody. We’d recommend, as with most urban city breaks, to book into a reputable hotel, such as hotel causeway bay. Hong Kong is a highly popular destination, and you don’t want to leave your accommodation down to chance once you get there, as all hotels in the local area may well be fully booked.

Malaysia

If you’re drawn to the sea and sand, Malaysia might well tick all of your boxes for the holiday of a lifetime. The Tioman and Perhentian islands are highly recommended during the summer months, as the islands’ climes during this period result in calmer seas, which allow for extraordinary snorkeling experiences. If you have your heart set on a more urban retreat, visit Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital. Book day trips and excursions in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.

Ladakh

Ladakh is a Himalayan region located in North India. It is a summer favorite, with azure blue skies and beautiful weather throughout the summer months. Try exploring the stunning landscape and visiting Buddhist temples along the way. Roads in the region are closed from October to May, so make the most of them being open. Hire a vehicle and take a drive through one of the most spectacular mountain ranges known to man.

Koh Samui

If Thailand has captured your heart, you might fancy taking a trip to Koh Samui. Better known destinations, such as Phuket, are located in the Andaman Sea and experience wet seasons during summer. But Koh Samui lies in the Gulf of Thailand, which has sunny and dry weathers at this time of year.

Vancouver: Spiritual Home Of The Adrenaline Junkie

Vancouver was once considered the best city to live in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. The city itself is beautiful and wealthy.

But that’s not all the city has to offer. The furnished apartments in Vancouver central and the outer suburbs provide a great base for the surrounding countryside – an epic adventure land for adrenaline junkies.

Epic Hike Up Blackcomb Mountain

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To the East of Vancouver are thousands of miles of mountainous terrain including, of course, the Blackcomb Mountain. The mountain itself is more than 6000 feet tall, making it one of the highest in the area. Not only that, but it’s also home to one of Canada’s highest restaurants, the Crystal Hut which serves up baked dinners to tired hikers near the summit. The views from the top of the mountain are pretty spectacular, and if you do make the climb, you’ll be treated to a panoramic backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty.

Kitesurfing Paradise At The Spit In Squamish

Another favorite spot in the backcountry beyond Vancouver is the kitesurfing destination at The Spit in Squamish. To get to the Spit, you’ll have to take on some of Canada’s most rugged dirt and gravel roads, but once you get there, it’s totally worth it. Although it’s inland, the lake has a sort of beach vibe: it’s laid back, and it’s all about people letting their hair down and having fun. It’s arguable a better experience than going to the beach, however, thanks to the stunning views and the tranquil waters of the lake. If you go along at the right time, you can catch a glimpse of surfing competitions and watch the pros compete to be the best kite surfers in all of North America.

Hiking Trails In Squamish

Squamish is home to a beautiful lake, but it’s also surrounded by mountains, making it a great place to go hiking too. There are dozens of trails which lead off in all directions from the lake and take you right out into the Canadian wilderness. The area is one of outstanding natural beauty, and there is little evidence of human impact on the land. As a result, you get to experience nature in its raw beauty. For animal lovers, it’s a great opportunity to go animal spotting. Here you’re likely to see deer, otters, beavers, all sorts of different kinds of fish as well as the odd bird of prey.

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The most adventurous hikers will want to heave to the summit of Stawamus Chief. This climb is a lot harder than the climb to the top of Squamish.

Lynn Canyon Park

Another beauty spot outside of the city is Lynn Canyon Park. Thanks to the geological features of the park, it’s home to some stunning lakes and pools. One of them, the 30 Foot Pool, is a great place to take a plunge and cool off on a hot summer’s day. The waters are as clear as they could possibly be, and when the sun reflects off the rock underneath, they take on an azure blue-green tinge that feels oh so tropical.

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