Travel Destinations in Indonesia: Gili Gede

If you mention the Gilis, many people may come back with, “What are the Gilis”? The more enlightened may respond, “Oh the islands to the Northwest of Lombok”. Of course they would not be entirely wrong. Gili translates as “Island”, and the 3 Gilis to the Northwest of Lombok, Trawangan, Meno and Air, are the best known.

There are in fact 26 Gilis in the warm coastal waters of Lombok. To the Southwest there is one of Lombok’s better secrets, Gili Gede. This is probably one of the most natural and still un-spoilt island destination for the explorative traveler. Gili Gede translates as “Big Island” and the pronunciation of Gede is very close to the typical Australian greeting, “G’day”.

Tourism has not spoilt this blue water paradise, in fact Gili Gede is still very much a working island. With its small population still sustaining life through pearl farming and fishing, as it has done for centuries, tourism is very much down played. But the small numbers of explorers that visit the island are made very welcome, the locals are friendly, accommodating and somewhat, attractively, inquisitive towards their visitors.

Why Gili Gede?

Apart from never feeling like and intruder, Gili Gede is about being away from the hustle and bustle, the neon clubs and bars, the thumping music, glitzy shopping malls and high end fashion. Gili Gede is all about enjoying its peaceful natural beauty, both on land and in its warm waters, on and below the surface. At just 4km x 1.6km, the island may be small, but it is a little piece of true paradise, one of the few that remain on our over exploited planet.

For the traveler that is not so worried about their budget, there is a luxury resort on the East coast, Kokomo Resort. The resort sports sea view villas, 1 and 2 bedroomed, with private pools. Its magnificent restaurant is, of course, heavily influenced by local, traditional cuisine, but also embraces that of the wider Asian region, and there are even some Italian nuances which add to its wonderful culinary experience.

There is also the resort’s luxurious spa. To a backdrop of the waves gently lapping at the soft white sand, guests can enjoy manicures, pedicures, or a very self-indulgent traditional Sasak massage. For those that are a little more energetic, the resort has its own fully air conditioned gym. Lifting weights or cardio vascular workouts will help you to keep in trim during your, otherwise, relaxing holiday.

However, most of the visitors to Gili Gede are budget travelers, for which the island is ideal. Many budget travelers opt to rent a traditional Pondok, basic dwellings which are cheap and can be found across the island. A little more comfortable, and still affordable, small rental bungalows are popular, be they sited by the mangroves or the beach front, they are an idyllic and rather enchanting way to reside on the island.

Gili Gede is not for the hedonistic traveler. Apart from within the resort confines, there are no bars or clubs, no high street fashion retail and no ATMS, be ready for that! For the most part, entertainment comes from convivial company and being as close to real, natural living in as beautiful surroundings as it is possible to get.

What to do on Gili Gede?

Apart from feeling at peace with yourself and the environment, the island does have other appeal. Simply walking and exploring the island and the watching the locals go about their daily business, is in itself an enlightening experience. Awakening early is worth the effort to watch the sunrise, and with no light pollution the sunsets, followed by the night sky, is truly transmogrifying.

But what for the more active visitor? Gili Gede is not only a land paradise, beneath its silky blue waters lies an amazing marine world waiting to be explored by diving and snorkeling. There are un-spoilt coral reefs to explore and the plethora of colourful marine life that they support. There are dive sights for the beginner through to advanced divers, and there are numerous instructors operating on the island.

In addition to diving, surfers will not be disappointed. Perhaps not known outside the hardcore surfing world, Gili Gede has the longest left handed wave breaks in the world. Coming in off the East coast of the island, these barrel waves can reach up to 300 meters in length. If you are unable to bring your own board, there’s no need to worry. There are plenty of boards for hire, along with expert local knowledge to advise the experienced surfer and instruction for the novice.

Getting to Gili Gede

Bali Ferry services operate fast and regular services to Gili Gede with modern fleets departing from convenient locations in Lombok and Bali. Be it for a day trip or a long stay, for the laid back, or the adventurous explorer, getting to Gili Gede is fast, simple and affordable.

What to expect when you venture outside London

For some tourists, it’s non-negotiable. Their trip must be devoted to London and there are absolutely no arguments.

For others, it’s about getting outside the Big Smoke. It’s about traveling like a local (yes, that cliché we have become so used to hearing over the years) and finding out what makes the UK tick. While you might see glimpses of this in the capital, when you are trying to juggle Madame Tussauds one day and Big Ben the next, the whole trip tends to be a Trip Advisor bucket list activity.

As such, escaping London can be quite exciting. There are also some things that you should prepare yourself for, which we will now mull over through the course of this post.

Transport isn’t as reliable (or cheap)

One of the great advantages of London is its immense transport system. Few would disagree that it is one of the best of its kind in the world.

Unfortunately, there is no other location in the country which competes with this. This starts to become blatantly obvious as you attempt to leave the capital, with trains not as frequent – and sometimes costly. To combat these issues, check the timetables frequently, but also book in advance. This latter point is crucial and if you can book your trains weeks ahead of your trip, you can save huge sums of money in a heartbeat.

Everything else is considerably cheaper

On the plus side, you’ll find that your costs dwindle significantly as soon as you venture beyond the famous M25.

Whether you find attractions in Basingstoke, or at the opposite end of the country, hotel prices compared to London are an absolute snip.

Then, there are the general day-to-day costs. While you may still find some attractions which are premium priced, on the whole your days will be far less expensive. Taxis will be cheaper, and restaurants will be as well – you’ll notice that your pocket is much fuller than it ever has been after a UK getaway.

Not everywhere is “tourist friendly”

A degree of caution must be exercised with the term “tourist friendly”. After all, we’re by no means suggesting that some areas are unfriendly, but they just might not be able to provide the support that alternatives are able to.

For example, for foreign tourists at least, they might not be able to speak the language. Or, they might not have people who understand the culture that some visitors bring. It’s at this point visitors must accept these changes and appreciate that whilst rewarding, turning outside of London can sometimes bring its difficulties.

Other areas operate on different schedules

It’s not quite the city that never sleeps, but it certainly has later opening hours than most destinations in the UK. In some areas, it’s not uncommon for the stores to close at 5pm, and some restaurants to follow on shortly after. Naturally, this is completely different to London and other parts of Europe, where dining and shopping times typically venture deep into the night.

5 Oldest European Universities Worth Visiting as a Tourist

There is no better time for traveling and discovering something new as student years. Yet, choosing the next point of destination, you’ll most likely be thinking about something with waves. Or you’ll opt for some place with beautiful mountain views, or deserts, or forests.

In this article, you won’t find just another common tourist suggestion. Let’s decide on something less obvious. What about the oldest European universities?

No, there is no encouraging to apply for a program or move somewhere else for a semester. The thing in question is an exceptional kind of tourism – visiting the oldest universities in Europe as a tourist, not a learner. You will be surprised to know that these places of wisdom are no less interesting than Eiffel Tower or Coliseum!

Considering the current situation in the world – with all the travel bans and restrictions – it might take some time before you will be able to embark on the next journey. But once it’s possible, don’t let anything stop you!

Today, you can delegate any task to the professionals and free up some time. If what’s stopping you will appear to be an academic assignment, know that it can be easily dealt with by https://essaypro.com experts. And less important tasks can be – wait for it! – simply postponed.

Now, it’s high time to discuss five oldest European universities and choose where you should go for such unusual tourism first!

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UNIBO (University of Bologna)

Each list of the oldest universities in Europe should begin with this Italian one. Founded in the 11th century, UNIBO has almost a thousand years of history.

This institution is actually the first one in the West to be called a “university” in today’s meaning of this word. Once you get there, you will most likely want to visit some place of the large network of University Museums.

There will also be a possibility to feel like a real scholar in the town that is mainly known for its’ true education!

University of Paris

Going to Paris on its own is a dream come true for many. Cozy streets, croissants, endless exhibitions, and the taste of French cuisine are pretty tempting for any traveler.

The University of Paris encompasses the whole range of institutions. In 2019, many Parisian educational entities were merged. So it is no surprise that the following phrase is used on the official website to describe the UP – “a huge potential of development at the heart of Paris.”

Most likely you won’t be able to visit all the facilities, as there are nearly twenty sites all over the French capital and the suburbs. Allocate some time to visit the central ones – and you won’t regret it!

Here’s a little tip for you – always eat in university cafes as it is up to four times cheaper than going to the local restaurants!

University of Salamanca

Two years ago, the University of Salamanca celebrated its 800th anniversary. As you can imagine, the institution has a lot to boast. Among its alumni, there were many celebrities of their time – from theologians to poets, writers, and presidents of different countries.

Plan the trip to the wonderful university town of Salamanca, where you can get almost anywhere on foot. Better pick not the hottest season to fully enjoy the beauty of this Spanish treasure.

University of Coimbra

If you visit Spanish sites and still have some time, energy, and resources, care to go to neighboring Portugal.

There are also quite a few universities with a rich history. These sites will definitely offer something to the liking of even a seasoned traveler.

Start with the University of Coimbra. There are not so many institutions around the globe that can proudly call themselves World Heritage university, and UC is one of them.

The buildings and campuses simply strike with their beauty. Portuguese went a long mile while rearranging the university, so today, even one of the royal courtyards serves as the uni site!

Immerse in the culture of a small southern town, and know that the seaside is just an hour-long car ride away!

Jagiellonian University (the University of Krakow)

To move a bit away from the South, this list will end on an eastern note. Krakow, the cultural center of Poland, is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe.

Not easy to pronounce correctly – if, of course, you are not Polish – Jagiellonian university name takes root in one of the dynasties of local rulers.

The reasons to visit this place are numerous – from one of the oldest libraries that has 6 billion items stored to the Polish culture of the tastiest ice-cream you might ever try!

Also, walking the streets of not so busy Krakow city will bring about the true essence of Poland. And here is another reason – don’t you want to be in the place where many people who’ve changed the world studied?

Among the alumni, there are such names as:

  • Karol Wojtyła (better known as one of the beloved Popes, John Paul II);
  • Krzysztof Zanussi, the director, known all over the world;
  • Nicolaus Copernicus – the polymath, who’s changed places between Earth and Sun as the center of the universe!

 

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Wrapping Up

Student years tend to be the best time in many people’s lives. In part, it is due to a lack of responsibilities and the possibility to travel a lot.

So, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit all the wonderful places mentioned in the list above. This way, you will see the sites where knowledge, wisdom, and history have been – literally – in the air for centuries!

UK tourism: How to plan your escape out of London

It grabs the plaudits for all sorts of reasons and few would dispute that London is one of the best destinations in the world when it comes to tourism.

However, if you are planning a UK trip, it’s perhaps time to broaden your horizons somewhat. Sure, London has some amazing attractions, but the UK as a whole has a truly wonderful tourism industry that is largely untapped by visitors from abroad.

Bearing this in mind, today’s post will take a look at some of the best ways you can plan your escape out of London – and really take advantage of all of the other tourism benefits that the UK offers.

Choose your alternative city wisely

In some ways, a trip to a small, local city in the UK is what dreams are made of. After all, this presents an opportunity that some people just could never find; you can experience what true, local life in the country means, rather than always relying on the hustle and bustle of tourism in London.

However, there are some caveats. If you go too small, you could be met with some local difficulties. Some of these destinations won’t be used to tourists, so you may have issues with language and even finding enough things to do.

For this reason we would urge you to consider something in-between. It might be Newcastle, Brighton, Edinburgh or another major city – but making sure it is “big enough” will do wonders for the quality of your trip.

Get your transport in order in plenty of time

When you have decided on your destination of choice, it’s time to think about how to get there.

Now, in truth, you could rock up on the day and comfortably navigate there. Unfortunately, turning up on the day tends to be one of the more expensive ways to do things in the UK. The country almost prides itself on its “booking in advance” philosophy – meaning that those who plan early are rewarded with significantly cheaper rates.

The train well and truly falls into this category, and for the best rates you should be looking to book weeks and weeks in advance. After all, this is a method of transport which is constantly hitting the headlines for its increasing costs, so booking in advance really can make the difference when it comes to getting out of London.

Be aware of the cultural differences

We’ve briefly spoken about culture previously in this article, but now we are referring to the cultural differences in relation to schedules.

Again, if a city isn’t really used to tourists, they won’t change to accommodate them. Their stores will close at 6pm (or earlier) and you can forget about dining out after 10pm! This is something that a lot of tourists getting out of London fall foul of. They don’t acclimatize to “normal UK hours” and this ultimately means that they don’t get the best impression from the rest of the country.

Fun Things to Engage with During the Trip to Dubai

Dubai in the beginning was just a tiny fishing age built on the desert’s edge. In the last 5 decades, this city has changed significantly to boast of having some of the world’s best modern marvels and architectural wonders. Be it shopping malls, buildings, artificial lakes, fast expensive cars, etc. You are sure to find them in Dubai. Besides the beaches, desert and sand dunes here, everything else is considered to be man-made, thus making it quite appealing to tourists coming from all over the world. Booking the top best Hotels In Dubai will ensure a comfortable stay.

  • Wild Wadi Waterpark: Located in Jumeirah area before the popular BurjAl Arab is this well-known water park. It is themed on a character taken from Arabian folklore. It boasts of having 2 artificial surfing machines, multiple water slides, cooled/heated wave pool including a waterfall of 59 ft. height that goes of every 10 minutes. There are in all thirty rides along with other exciting attractions. Apart from this, there are 4 retail outlets, 2 snack bars and 3 restaurants. Located along Lazy River are VIP cabanas, where you can book to get relaxation. With it you get complimentary towels, tent and our sun loungers, fruits, soft drinks, complimentary water bottle and other perks.
  • Ski Dubai: Skiing in a desert country like Dubai? This sound highly unbelievable! You can visit Ski Dubai, built in the Emirates Mall and considered to be the first indoor ski to be established in the entire Middle East. It covers an area of about 22,500 sq.m. There are several options available for every skill and age. There is present a snow mountain theme that features indoor mountain of 85m height having five different slopes with varying difficulties. 400m long run and 60m drop is the longest one, tube slides, jumps and slopes, zip wire including an interactive Snow with toboggan and sled runs of 3,000m, climbing towers, icy body slide, ice cave and giant snowballs. Tow lift and quad lift are also present to carry snowboarders and skiers up the mountain. Resident King Penguins are another star attraction here including the Gentoo colony. Both adults and children can enrol themselves to attend the ski school to learn skiing lessons. There are 2 restaurants here that are mountain themed like Avalanche Cafe and St. Moritz Cafe.
  • Palm Jumeirah: It is regarded to be the largest of all man-made archipelagos in the world and has a long trunk of 2,000m, with surrounding crescent and crown of 17 fronds. Out of the 3 Palm Islands here, it is the original and the smallest. There are several resorts, hotels, private residences and villas. You can take the Palm Monorail located at Palm tip to visit Atlantis resort or a speedboat or yacht.
  • Dubai Fountains: It is among the biggest orchestrated fountains in the world about 902 ft. long and is also a first in the world. The fountains have been illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 collared projectors. The fountain’s light beam is visible even from a distance of 33km. Water from the fountains is projected at a height of about 500ft. and in different combinations and patterns, accompanied by classical and contemporary music. It is located on Burj Khalifa Lake, in Downtown Dubai development centre.
  • Dubai Creek: Cutting through Dubai’s centre, from the Gulf trading port, it winds its way to the city’s desert edge at the bird sanctuary named Ras al Khor. You can enjoy cruising experience at Dubai Creek. You can choose the romantic dhow sunset cruise or water taxi dhow. The former offers Tanura Dance show and music with BBQ buffet dinner. Dubai Yacht & Golf Club is another attraction here in Dubai Creek, overlooking both Marina and Creek. Located on the Creek’s Deira side, this majestic clubhouse is designed to mirror traditional Arab dhow sails. It is also among the city’s most photographed landmarks and home to Middle East’s very first golf academy having par-71 championship course with 18 holes. The yacht club has QDs, Boardwalk, outdoor venues and restaurants. This club had hosted several events and tournaments.
  • Jumeirah Mosque: It is among the most beautiful and oldest mosques of the city and can be visited by non-Muslims. It has simple, beautiful designs and set in medieval Fatimid tradition with stone carvings and stone walls that are natural collared. This iconic structure is quite similar to that of the Egyptian mosques during the Umayyad era in Al-Azhar, around Cairo. It is also called Dubai’s bridal mosque due to its innate beauty. There is offered a guided tour for 75 minutes by Sheikh Mohammad Cultural Understanding Centre to promote first-hand experience and cultural understanding of Islam. You can even take photography inside the mosque.
  • Desert Safari: Visiting this desert city will mean engaging on desert safari activity without fail to have a grand desert experience. There are different types of desert safaris offered by tour operators here, which depends upon your choice of activities, convenience and timing. Morning ones are probably the shortest due to high unbearable temperatures during noon. Evening and overnight safari offered are around 4 to 5 hours duration. But with overnight, you can sleep in a desert camp. Also is offered dinner only option desert safari. You will ride on 4WD vehicle and enjoy dune bashing for about 20 to 30 minutes, stop to take photographs, falconry, camel rides, quad biking, sand skiing, sheesha, apply henna on hands, belly dancing show and Arabic music with barbeque dinner.
  • Dubai Auto Drome: This circuit is 5,390m in length and is located in greater Dubailand area. It is both modern & challenging with interesting combinations of high-speed straights and technical corners. Several popular Grand Prix drivers have taken part here like Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Shcumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, etc. It is the very first FIA sanctioned circuit that has incorporated wide asphalt in its runoff areas.

The above are few of the top must visit places during the trip to Dubai. There are also others that should be part of the itinerary.

Top 4 Underrated Tourist Destinations in Europe

When most people think about going on a vacation in Europe, the first thing that springs to mind is a trip to England or France. However, Europe has far more to offer than its most popular traveling destinations.

The countries of the “Old Continent” are all rich with history and art and provide a diverse mixture of different cultures. While some of the biggest metropolises have long established themselves as prime tourist destinations, such as Paris or Rome, many other cities are offering a different, but equally enticing experience.

If you are planning to take a trip through Europe and are willing to walk the path less trodden, below are some of the most beautiful underrated European cities waiting to be discovered.

Bucharest

Although the capital city of Romania has acquired the reputation of somewhat of a bachelor’s party mecca in the past several years, thanks to the nightlife and stag activities it offers, it still remains under the radar of most conventional tourists.

Bucharest is teeming with history and an interesting mix of Moorish, French and Soviet architecture. There are organized tours of the Old Town, as well as the largest Parliament building in Europe, but you can also explore the city on your own, either by public transportation or Uber.

Thanks to its location, the city is also a great starting point if you want to explore the rest of the country. There are several tourist attractions in its immediate vicinity, most notably the castle of Vlad the Impaler, the historical figure who was the inspiration for Brem Stoker’s Count Dracula.

Belgrade

The capital of Serbia was built on the confluence of two rivers: Danube and Sava, and the cities’ riverboat clubs offer some of the best nightlife in the region. Although many people visit Belgrade with only this aspect of the city in mind, there are also many other reasons to mark it as one of your destinations.

The most famous tourist attraction in the city is the Belgrade Fortress overlooking the two rivers. Most of it is open to the public and is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon walking among the fortress walls and through the connected park. There are also organized tours of the fortress if you are looking to find out more about its turbulent history spanning over sixteen centuries.

To truly experience Belgrade, however, you would need to take a walk through the streets of its old town, and enjoy the architecture from some of the many cafés or restaurants.

Bruges

This small city in Belgium with a population of less than 200,000 is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Nicknamed the Venice of Belgium, because of its many canals, and scattered with churches and museums, Bruge truly has the feel of a place right out of a fairy tale.

 If you are a medieval history enthusiast, it is definitely the next European town you should visit. Instead of busy nightlife, this Belgian gem offers a more peaceful experience with less crowded streets and comfortable inns and pubs.

Apart from medieval architecture and museums, Bruge also boasts a considerable number of chocolate shops. If you have a sweet tooth, you will be happy to indulge in some of the finest chocolate you have ever tasted.

Naples

In contrast to busy Italian cities, such as Rome or Milan, this often overlooked town has a much more authentic Italian feel to it. With winding cobblestone streets, traditional Italian food and scattered piazzas, Naples is a perfect representative of the traditional Italian spirit.

However, this doesn’t mean you should visit Naples solely for an authentic experience, as it has its own share of attractions. Numerous churches and cathedrals, as well as three castles and a royal palace, make spending a few afternoons sight-seeing well worth.

In addition, it is a great lodging place if you want to visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii, which are only a short drive away, or the island of Capri, which can be reached by boat. Like with many other Italian cities, you should, by all means, give their pizzerias a try.

Conclusion

The list of underrated European cities could go on virtually forever. With so many different countries and cultures, there is limitless potential for exploring the continent. Whether you are looking for a weekend out in a foreign country, or a lesson in history, there are many cities and places across Europe you probably haven’t even heard of, that can provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Hopefully, next time you find yourself wondering where to spend your vacation, you will do some research and opt for a less famous destination. Not only will such a decision to save you some money, but it would also lead to a unique adventure you can talk about when you return home.

Your Guide to Jerusalem Events in Spring 2020

Jerusalem is an ancient city, and as you would expect, it balances its fascinating past with its inspiring present. The city is not short of cultural and historical attractions with everything together within a compact area. You can comfortably explore everything on foot. However, the spring is almost here as the blossom trees and their sweet scent become more evident. You can tell the sunnier days are just around the corner. As we draw closer to the spring season, it’s only natural to get ourselves adequately prepared to enjoy the Jerusalem outdoors.

However, before all the fun starts, finding a place to stay is just as important. In as much as you want to enjoy yourself, you need somewhere you can relax after a long day or when you don’t have somewhere to go. It would be best if you book one of Dan hotels in Jerusalem, where you can relax comfortably. The Dan Jerusalem, for example, include an outdoor pool, a spa, and spacious rooms. The hotel is set on the slopes of Mount Scopus close to the light rail. It is an excellent place to stay while in Jerusalem, especially during the winter.

So, once you’ve secured a place to stay, the following are some events you should be looking forward to this spring.

Jerusalem Marathon

This spring, everyone is looking forward to the ninth Jerusalem Marathon. Its unique setting provides a running track which is varied in its terrains and narrates the story of the entire city. Within the marathon, you get to enjoy some fantastic views and diffuse some of the unique cultures of Jerusalem. The best thing about this marathon is that it is divided into three categories; full marathon, half marathon and a 10km run. There’s something for almost everyone in one of the best ways to see and enjoy a unique city.

Harucon Convention

The convention is set to be held at the international convention centre in Jerusalem. It attracts people from all over the world and has come to be recognized as one of the best events of spring. Being a well-known convention, it features lectures, workshops, independent and commercial stands, panels, movie screenings and cosplay competition, among others. It’s an excellent convention that has a lot to offer for almost everyone.

Ramparts walk

Ramparts walk, atop the grand Old City walls that were built by Sultan Suleiman the magnificent, is exciting when the days are bright and mild due to the warm weather of spring. The best thing about this walk is that you get a chance to peek into the day-to-day life and the hustle and bustle of the old city. From here, you get the opportunity to enjoy amazing views of the charming neighbourhood of west Jerusalem, Judean Desert, and Yemin Moshe. This place is worth your time and gives you some memories that won’t fade away anytime soon.  Be sure to bring a camera along to capture an interesting perspective that this walk always has to offer.

Spring presents several activities and events to engage in while in Jerusalem. Just make sure you choose something that you will enjoy and make great memories with. If possible, bring a camera with you to capture every moment you spend in this unique city. Also, take your time in choosing the best place to stay to ensure you don’t face some challenges along the way. Your comfort should come above everything else.

Savour the natural beauty of the UK with Regatta

The natural beauty in the UK ranges from stunning dramatic castles to breath-taking sceneries. A vacation in the UK is undeniably  the best way to reward yourself.

Regatta is dedicated to helping you make your trips in the UK a memorable experience worth cherishing, and one that is a cheaper alternative to a European break. Check out some of the spots they’ve highlighted on their interactive map as an alternate destination or take a look at the places listed here.

The following is a list of five marvelous tourist attraction spots in the UK

Windsor – This historic town is a short train ride west of London. Its lovely Thames-side setting and the many medieval half-timbered buildings along its quaint old cobblestone laneways attract tourists from all over the world. It houses the spectacular Windsor Castle, the world’s largest inhabited castle; Windsor also houses Legoland Windsor, a fun family resort set on 150 acres of parkland close to the town centre and Royal Ascot, the UK’s most famous horse-racing venue.

Medieval York- One of northern England’s most popular tourist destinations, the medieval city of York, harbours one of the country’s most magnificent cathedrals. The country’s largest medieval church, York Minster, also the ancient City Walls, which stretch almost five kilometres around the old medieval city centre and offer excellent views over The Shambles, a narrow 14th-century roadway, famous for being the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley thanks to its fine old timber-framed buildings, many of which hang over the street below.

Liverpool and Manchester- When visiting Manchester, one must visit Castlefield, popular for its well-preserved Victorian houses, canals, and Roman ruins. Manchester Cathedral and the historic Town Hall, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Art Gallery and Chinatown are other attractions.

Liverpool, an hour’s journey by train, offers cultural excitement because of its association with the Beatles. Music fans are drawn here for the numerous walking tours and bus tours of Beatles sites, such as The Beatles Story in the renovated Albert Docks area; the famous Cavern Club, where the band made its debut in 1961; as well as the former homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Besides this, there are many historic buildings, lovely gardens, parks and museums and world-class art galleries.

Canterbury – Only an hour’s train ride from central London, Canterbury has attracted pilgrims for more than 1,500 years, ever since St. Augustine first started converting pagan Anglo Saxons to Christianity here in AD 597. Its famous attraction is Canterbury Cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Canterbury Roman Museum, built around the remains of an original Roman townhouse and its unique mosaic are the signatures of the city.

Cardiff – Cardiff offers a full spread of all the fun experience imaginable. The Cardiff Castle located in the middle of the city and built on the ruins of an ancient Roman fort; the old Victorian shopping arcades; the Cardiff Bay now home to numerous fine restaurants, theatres, galleries and shopping arcades on the lovely Mermaid Quay make up some of the brilliant activities you can enjoy in this friendly capital.

How to get around in Cancun: airport transfers tips

Once you have enjoyed yourself to the fullest in Cancun, you can’t miss the opportunity to travel from Cancun to Tulum to complete an experience in one of the most popular tourist areas in the Yucatan region. Below we provide you with the best transportation options to make this trip as comfortable as possible.

On board ADO buses

The most economical option of all is to choose this bus route. You can take them at the terminal located in the Cancun Hotel Zone, where you can take the bus that best suits your schedule, and travel (for an hour and a half or two hours) in a comfortable and spacious bus with air conditioning service until you reach your destination.

The ADO company offers you exclusive amenities unique to a company with so many years and so much recognition; among the most outstanding is the fact that they have a service to choose your travel companion, this being another woman in case you are traveling alone. As well as the overweight luggage service without extra charges, which is excellent for travelers who want to save as much as possible. There is also a cell phone recharge service in all available phones, so you can always stay in touch with your loved ones throughout your trip.

Finally, it is recommended in this section to make sure that the destination is the town of Tulum, and not the Archaeological Zone, because this would mean having to make an additional transfer that represents more time and money than you had planned to spend.

However, it contrasts with private transportation, as this is much more comfortable when moving between destinations, you can easily move to any destination in the city in a matter of minutes, the comfort is not compared with any other transfer service, especially the Cancun to Tulum Shuttle service, undoubtedly an experience to be lived sometime in life.

Iconic Sculpture of Playa del Carmen

You can make a trip through the mentioned ADO buses until you reach the terminal in Playa del Carmen, where you can board buses to get to Tulum in an economic way, the advantage is the saving of the ticket and being able to know more about the locations; however, the disadvantage of making this stop, is that you could have to walk some blocks, not to mention that the whole trip between waiting, transfer and transfers can take approximately 3 hours.

Because it represents so much mobilization, it is not recommended to take this stopover if you are traveling in large groups, as it could present difficulties, however, for lonely travelers or small groups of backpackers it would represent an option full of adventure and quite economical that allows the journey through Playa del Carmen additionally.

Transportation through private transportation

One of the most requested services by tourists who come to Cancun looking to try new experiences, because it is very comfortable, especially if you are going to spend a lot of time in a destination and do not want to carry the responsibility of a car, simply take you to your destination without problems and then pick you up when you leave again at the airport, to go to Tulum take a transfer from Cancun to Tulum is the easiest thing you can do.

The option that is never discarded is to rent a taxi for the one and a half hour transfer to Tulum. We recommend taking them at the main terminals, at the Cancun airport or from a reliable taxi line to travel with maximum security. Remember to agree on the fare with the driver before boarding, and do not forget that it is possible to lower the cost of the service by sharing the taxi of at least 4 seats with another person who also has the beautiful city of Tulum as his destination.

This is a good option since you avoid stopovers, travel privately with close proximity to your luggage and with great comfort (although this also represents a higher fare than all the options above).

With all these options you can’t miss a trip from Cancun to Tulum and get to know the beauties of a place full of history rich in the Mayan past. Dare to take the tour from Cancun to Tulum, and cross out a new place in your list of paradisiacal destinations along the Riviera Maya!

Exploring Africa with Kids – What You Need to Know

Exploring Africa with your kids is one of the most exciting adventures you can embark on as a family. Africa is a vast continent rich in culture, languages, food, history, landscapes, and of course, fantastic safari experiences.  Each African country is unique in its way, and regardless of where you go, there will be so much to see and do. As such, it is understandable that you might feel a little overwhelmed as you start planning your safari trip. This is why we have come up with our best tips on what you need to know as you plan your first African safari with kids.

Think of where to go

Africa has over 50 countries, and one of the first things to decide about is where to go. This should be directed mainly by what you are interested in. For the quintessential safari, East Africa’s Kenya and Tanzania, as well as South Africa and Botswana, are sure bets. If you are interested in out of the box adventures such as gorilla trekking, then Rwanda and Uganda are good options. An excellent way to make a decision is to list down all the things you would like to see and do and narrow down the places where they can be done with ease.

Photo of elephants taken during an African Safari trip.

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Think of your children’s ages 

While there are no hard rules about the ages of children, those above six years are more likely to enjoy, understand, and appreciate an African Safari. Some lodges will restrict group safaris to children over five years; this should not be an issue if you are doing a private safari.

If you are traveling with young kids, we encourage you to book a private van for your family so that you can have some freedom for yourselves. Using a private vehicle also means that you do not have to adhere to strict game drive schedules which make things a lot easier for kids.

Discuss expectations

After checking all the tips above, the last thing to do is discuss your family’s expectations during the safari. Kids will be better prepared if they know that they will encounter different cultures, food, and environment.  Let them know that they might have to forgo some luxuries, such as Wi-Fi in the jungle. Advise them that wild animals are, well, wild, and they should not provoke them in any way.  During a game drive, it might be a while before anything exciting happens, and to counter boredom carry binoculars, cameras, or animal coloring books.  Finally, remind everybody to keep an open mind and have fun!

Tourist on an African safari filming a Giraffe

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Book family-friendly accommodation

Most African countries will have different types of accommodation, from lodges to tented camps of all budgets. You want to book a camp that caters to families, such as one with family rooms. This can be two or three interconnected rooms so that your kids don’t have to sleep in a different place. A family-friendly lodge is also likely to have childminders, a children’s pool, a playroom with toys and games, and kid-friendly meals. If you are traveling during the Easter holiday or Christmas, such lodges will have many more activities for kids planned. All these will go a long way in making your safari more comfortable.

As the saying goes, “The best way to explore a new place is with the people who were born and raised there.” So, instead of purchasing a predetermined family safari itinerary, work with a tailor-made tour operator such as MasaiMarasafari.in or AjKenyasafaris.com. Their guides were born and raised in Africa, and they will customize your trip to accommodate your family travel plans and budget.

Tourist on a Kenya Safari with MasaiMarasafari.in.

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Combine several activities

The excitement of being in Africa and coming face to face with the big five, or witnessing the great migration at the Masai Mara National Park can be exhilarating. Unfortunately, the excitement can wear off pretty quickly for kids, and you want to plan for other kinds of things to do. For instance, you can prepare for cultural visits, short hikes, horse riding, swimming and some time at Africa’s beautiful beaches. This will not only break the monotony but also increase your chances of seeing and doing more during your safari.

Plan to carry personal items

When traveling with kids, it is safer to bring some personal items with you rather than planning to buy at your destination. While Africa has big cities with almost anything you could want, most safari destinations are far removed from the cities. You might not get a chance to shop during your transfers from the airport to the parks. We advise that you bring your prescription medicine and items of personal nature. Depending on the weather, carry the appropriate clothing and footwear, and be up to date with the necessary vaccinations. Your travel consultant should be able to advise you appropriately on this.