Getting To Know Venice Like A Local Means Getting To Know It All

Getting To Know Venice Like A Local Means Getting To Know It All

  Venice is the perfect place for couples, groups and solo travelers alike, but to really appreciate it, you have to get out of your comfort zone. Sure, once you’ve ridden in a gondola you’ve ticked off that golden bucket list item, but then what? We all know this is a city on the water. But it is so, so much more than that. It’s all about doing more, seeing more – and of course, since it’s Italy, eating more!   It Starts With Understanding The City The difference between a tourist and a traveler is often said to be the fact that the traveler goes out of their way to truly understand and immerse themselves in a culture. So many of us go somewhere and act exactly the same way as we do at home, learning absolutely nothing. If that’s you feeling guilty as charged, why not change your ways? If you’re planning an upcoming visit to Venice, learn about the history of the city to be able to truly understand it. The city of “Venezia” as we know it today dates all the way back to around 400AD. Men were fleeing the mainland of Italy after the fall of the Roman Empire. Soon, an entire population had settled in this lagoon town. They were largely self-sustainable, as they could trade fish and salt. Fortunately, they were largely unaffected by invaders or the general politics of the day.   The History Behind the Architecture Away from drama, they could focus on building something beautiful. They became a mercantile town, but also one of stunning architecture, unlike anywhere else....
How to Spend a Week in Sydney

How to Spend a Week in Sydney

  Few cities can be described as beautiful, but with its iconic landmarks and rugged coastline, Sydney is the exception to the rule. That beauty has seen the popular tourist destination become one of the most in-demand places to live in the world. As a result, prices have continued to rise at record rates, making a vacation Down Under rather costly. So, is it worth saving up your hard-earned dollars for a trip to Australia’s largest city? You bet it is. Whether you’re after relaxation or adventure, this cosmopolitan paradise has it all. And to make sure you see the best of what it has to offer, we’ve drawn up a list of seven must-do activities, below.   Relax on the Best Beaches While Sydney has plenty of beautiful beaches on its doorstep, two of its finest are arguably located an hour’s drive outside of the city. Palm Beach, which can be seen in the Australia soap Home and Away, is a mile-long horseshoe of pristine sand. Just a five-minute drive down the road will take you to the equally impressive Whale Beach. Enclosed by vertical cliff faces and nearly always deserted, this is the perfect spot to unwind.   Climb to the Top of the Harbour Bridge One sure-fire way of adding some excitement to your holiday is a walk across the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The two-to-three-hour trek will see you climb vertical ladders and walk across narrow catwalks to reach the bridge’s summit. Although the $200-300 price tag will be too steep for some, the postcard-worthy views of the city make this an activity not...
New York vs Las Vegas: Which To Choose For Your Next Vacation

New York vs Las Vegas: Which To Choose For Your Next Vacation

If you’re looking for a popular city destination for your vacation within the United States, then chances are New York and Las Vegas are on your list. Though both are wildly fun and overflowing with great food, entertainment and attractions, New York and Las Vegas are also very different from one another. If you’re not sure which one is the right spot for you, this quick summary is bound to do the trick. We’ve been to Las Vegas and New York multiple times, and love them both for different reasons. Here’s where to start: First, this great infographic from Netflights will give you an introduction to the cities:   Now, our thoughts on New York City vs Las Vegas: New York City: New York stars as the backdrop for countless rom-coms for a reason. A trip to New York is as magical and romantic as it gets, especially when it includes Broadway, fine dining and walking through the boroughs. New York is great because while there are certainly tourist attractions, it’s easy to get off the beaten path and live like a New Yorker. Plus, with Central Park, you don’t have to go out of your way to escape the city noise and soak in some natural beauty. Expect to walk a ton, as well as spend time on the metro (or waiting in traffic in taxis.) There’s a ton to do throughout the city, so you’re likely going to be exhausted if you try to see it all! For more on how to plan the perfect trip to New York City, don’t miss our guide: 50 Cool Things...
Keep everyone happy on holiday

Keep everyone happy on holiday

If you’ve ever travelled with friends or family, you’ll know it’s always full of laughs, adventures, and inevitably, the odd argument. It’s hard to please everyone at all times so at some point, you will have to choose between doing what you want, or going along with the crowd. Unless… you consider simply splitting off from the group. Any location you choose should offer plenty of options of things to do, see and eat. So the key to keeping everyone happy is to list alternative activities. Consider this: one day you all drive to the beach but two people don’t like the sun, and one is desperate to get some exercise in. The two that aren’t interested in sunbathing may enjoy visiting a spa with a beach view or a bar with hammocks in the shade, while the sportaholic can switch their flip flops for flippers and go snorkeling; swimming is an excellent all-body workout. Another scenario might involve several people visiting a waterpark on the outskirts of a city: maybe not everyone wants to get their hair wet so if you plan a stop at a nearby shopping outlet, with a bowling alley or cinema, you can offer two alternative plans for people to choose from. Planning in this way gives every traveler in your group the possibility of choosing what they prefer to do, so the complaints will be minimal if nill. It’s also hard to displease people with luxury and comfort, so choosing a quality hotel or resort will at least ensure every has a great night’s sleep and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Those that know...
Stay Connected On The Road With These Must-Have Travel Accessories

Stay Connected On The Road With These Must-Have Travel Accessories

This post was last updated on October 17th, 2017Love it or hate it, the vast majority of us rely on technology when we travel. Whether it’s Waze to get from place to place, Skype to chat with loved ones or PayPal to send money to any corner of the globe, constant connectivity has forever changed the way we travel. Staying connected is especially critical for the many of us who work online and need to be able to combine our passions for our businesses and travel at any given time. But as we all know, things don’t always go according to plan. We’ve all been there. The 10-hour bus ride where your phone dies. The travel adapter that fails after just a few uses. Internet issues aside, it’s impossible to get anything done if your uncharged devices are nothing more than bricks. Whether you’re a digital nomad who needs to stay connected for work or you’re simply headed out on a weekend backpacking trip and want to stay charged for emergencies, here are the latest travel gadgets we’re loving: Travel Accessories We’re Loving   Portable Chargers     We never go anywhere without portable chargers. However, not all portable chargers are created equally, and we’ve had quite a few in the past that aren’t durable or long-lasting enough for our adventures. When Zendure offered to send us a few of their portable chargers to try out, we were immediately intrigued. And so far, we are very impressed with their high-quality features.   For Multiple Devices + Long-Haul Trips:     If you’re hitting the road with multiple devices that...
Exploring Croatia’s Wine Country: Four Must-Visit Wineries In Istria

Exploring Croatia’s Wine Country: Four Must-Visit Wineries In Istria

If decadent cuisine (think truffle mashed potatoes), local wine varietals (like orange wine) and spectacular scenery sound like your ideal components for a perfect vacation, then you’re going to love Istria, Croatia.  Often referred to as “The New Tuscany,” I prefer to think of Istria as a similar but also unique region that’s distinctly Croatian—and an absolute must-visit while in the country.      While Croatia might not be the first destination to come to mind for wine tasting, it definitely deserves more credit than it receives. Wine has long been an integral part of the culture in the Croatian countryside, in large part due to the demanding labor that was required to survive. It’s said that life without a good wine after a hard day’s work was inconceivable. Now, Croatian wines are exported throughout Europe, and the quality only continues to improve. The crown-jewel of Istria is Rovinj. Located on the coast, the city is a picture-perfect spot to base your explorations of the countryside. With boutiques, art shops and wine bars dotting the winding alleys and coastline, it’s easy to spend all your time in the quaint city. But there are more rewards to be had in the hilltop villages in the surrounding countryside—especially when it comes to food and wine.     Here’s an introduction to wine tasting in Istria. Be sure to read to the end, where we’ve included our top tips for getting around the region and tasting our favorite wine accompaniment—truffles.   Indigenous Grapes of Croatia     One of the best parts about wine tasting in Croatia is getting to try indigenous...
Sanctifly: An Easy Solution To Staying Fit While You Travel

Sanctifly: An Easy Solution To Staying Fit While You Travel

This post was last updated on September 22nd, 2017What do you do during long layovers or delays at the airport? While we try to get in some airport yoga or a short walk through the terminal, the reality is we end up at a mediocre bar where we spend too much money on fatty food and overpriced beer. Actually doing yoga at the airport instead of drinking beer! ;)   Not a huge deal if you only travel here and there, but when you frequently fly for business or pleasure, it’s not the healthiest habit for your body or wallet. So we were immediately intrigued when introduced to Sanctifly.     What if instead of being stuck at the airport, you could easily access an airport hotel’s pool or gym to swim, workout or just recharge? And then get to freshen up with a shower, so you arrive at your destination looking and feeling your best? Unfortunately, if you’ve tried this on your own, you were most likely turned away. Airport hotels don’t let just anyone in due to insurance and security considerations. Enter: Sanctifly What is the Sanctifly travel app?     Sanctifly is an app that gives travelers access to airport hotels’ gyms, pools and spas—without having to book a room. You can use it at airports all around the world, either during long layovers or before or after you arrive at the airport. The Sanctifly app takes care of those pesky security and insurance issues we noted above, finally making it easier to stay fit while you travel. Sanctifly has membership options that make sense for...
10 Incredible Abandoned Places You Can Hike To

10 Incredible Abandoned Places You Can Hike To

This post was last updated on September 6th, 2017   For most of us, hiking means trekking up mountains to enjoy spectacular views or walking briskly through the wilderness to take in the breathtaking beauty of our surroundings. But what about the places that have been forgotten? The ancient ruins that were once rich in architecture, the ghost towns that were once home to families or even a dark and gloomy graveyard? These unusual hikes are generally overlooked but are often the most memorable. Walking through these derelict and dilapidated scenes might even bring out the Indiana Jones in you! We have put together a list of the top 10 abandoned hiking trails, so dust off those hiking boots and get ready to explore!   Awesome Abandoned Places to Hike   1. Kayakoy, Turkey     This hike is truly incredible. Kayakoy is 13km from the gorgeous town of Fethiye in Turkey. In 1932 a population exchange took place and left this gorgeous town abandoned. Standing at the bottom and looking up at the small stone houses climbing up the hills is truly awe inspiring. It’s so easy to imagine the hustle and bustle of the community and the families going to one of the many stone churches and courtyards in the town. A round trip through Kayakoy’s tiny streets is roughly 10 kms. Only 20 minutes from the ghost town, is the gem of the Turquoise coast, Oludeniz beach. If time allows, be sure to visit one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.   2. Serapong Trail, Singapore     Situated in one of the long...
6 Beautiful Places to Celebrate your Anniversary

6 Beautiful Places to Celebrate your Anniversary

This post was last updated on September 26th, 2017   Anniversaries only happen once a year and getting away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life is a great way to solidify your relationship with your partner. Here are 6 beautiful places to honour your commitment to your loved one.   Beautiful Iceland Iceland is a stunning monument to the diversity of nature. You can visit glacier fed lakes, active volcanoes, glaciers, fjords, vibrant meadows, towering waterfalls, and geysers. It is a great place to rent a car and drive around to explore the spectacular nature and you can even explore Viking settlements. Find out how to plan the ultimate trip to Iceland here.   Stunning Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is a fascinating place, and a holiday here will provide you with a a wonderful mix of ecotourism and stunning historical monuments. The ecotourism is varied and you can go whale watching, go on safari through the jungle, volunteer with elephants, stay on a tea plantation, or just relax on one of the pristine beaches. To learn more about the culture a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple, exploration of the fortifications of Galle and a visit to Columbo are a must.   Historic Prague Prague is the capital city of Czech Republic and there are many reasons to visit, but one of the best things about Prague is its fascinating history. Wenceslas Square and the medieval Astronomical Clock are located in Old Town and they are a great place to start your trip back in time. Then you can explore the cobble stone streets and alleyways...
The Vintage House Review: A Luxury Escape In The Heart of the Douro Valley, Portugal

The Vintage House Review: A Luxury Escape In The Heart of the Douro Valley, Portugal

This post was last updated on September 26th, 2017The Douro Valley immediately shot to the top of our travel bucket list the moment we decided to celebrate our six-year anniversary in Portugal. Luckily, this spectacular wine region did not disappoint.     From the rolling green hills to the rushing Douro River to the lush vineyards and olive groves, the Douro Valley is easily one of the most romantic places we’ve visited. Top it all off with spectacular wines from family-run wineries and mouthwatering local cuisine, and it’s hardly any wonder why we’re already dreaming of a return visit. For such a magical destination, it only makes sense to splurge on a memorable and luxurious hotel to match. And in the Douro Valley, there is simply no comparison to The Vintage House.   The Vintage House: A Luxury Hotel In The Douro Valley, Portugal     The Vintage House is a five-star boutique hotel just steps from the famed Pinhao Train Station. Located in what was once an 18th-century wine estate, The Vintage House is all elegance and style. From luxury bedding to sophisticated furnishings, you’ll find all the amenities you would expect from a five-star hotel. The true highlights of the rooms are the private terraces, each with unparalleled views of the Douro River. There’s nothing quite like sipping a cup of coffee in between wine tastings on your personal terrace while soaking in the outstanding views of the Douro Valley all around.     The Vintage House also boasts a lovely pool with panoramic river views, which looks particularly scenic when lit up at night. We didn’t...