Monarchy must-visits: London’s essential Royal sites

Of all the UK’s cities, London’s definitely the one most associated with the British Royal family. Why? Because of the plethora of historical sites it contains with Royal ties – but which of them must you visit…? Buckingham Palace (SW1A 1AA/ Open: 9.30am-7.30pm daily, 22nd July-31st August; 9.30am-6.30pm daily, 1st September-1st October) You may not know it, but this glorious, grey-brick masterpiece wasn’t built as a royal residence. It was actually built for the Duke of Buckingham in the early 18th Century, before being acquired by King George III in 1761. Despite its origins, though, it’s the building most identified with the current Royal family, especially the UK’s reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. That said, it’s highly unlikely visitors will actually see Her Majesty on the grounds (unless it’s a special occasion), but there is a big upside. For there’s a roster of reasons to step inside this iconic palace and take a look around when its open to the public each summer (especially if you’ve made your stay’s base the likes of the nearby Park Grand London Hyde Park hotel). Particularly unmissable are the State Rooms, where are held state dinners for The Queen and visiting foreign dignitaries; each of them comprising magnificent English and French furniture, exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain and fine art masterpieces by Van Dyck, Canaletto and more. The Tower of London (Tower Hill EC3N 4AB/ Open: 9am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday; 10am-6pm Sunday-Monday) Older than any other building in the capital, the Tower dates back all the way to the year William the Conqueror invaded and took control of England – the iconic 1066. Originally built...
Luxury loving: The best spas in the world for Valentine’s Day

Luxury loving: The best spas in the world for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, it’s time to forget about the tacky roses and treat you and your partner to a relaxing spa holiday. Here is a collection of five of the best hotels for Valentine’s Day that you can indulge in, explore around and enjoy each other’s company.   Majestic Hotel & Spa, Paris, France Ok, so we know that putting Paris on a list for Valentine’s Day is slightly cliché, but once you’re swooning at your significant other through the picturesque streets, you’ll be completely swept up in the fantasy. This hotel is a tranquil haven secretly hidden away for a relaxing break, yet tourist attractions like the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower are only a few minutes away. https://www.expedia.co.uk/Paris-Hotels-Majestic-Hotel-Spa.h3399972.Hotel-Information   Four Seasons Resort, Marrakech, Morocco This stunning resort is the perfect place for a 14 February break. Just a few of the services offered here include immersive spa experiences, zen-like yoga facilities and a tranquil adult only pool. If you do manage to leave the romantic hotel, the vibrant hustle and bustle of Marrakech is only a 15-minute stroll away. https://www.expedia.co.uk/Marrakech-Hotels-Four-Seasons-Resort-Marrakech.h4270690.Hotel-Information   One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, United Arab Emirates If you’re feeling extra indulgent this year, then Dubai is the perfect option for opulent extravagance. The lower floor of the spa features a traditional Oriental hammam with heated marble massage table, two steam rooms, two Jacuzzis, two private massage rooms, plunge showers, a whirlpool and a resting area. To experience the sandy shores of the Middle East all you have to do is step outside onto the luxurious private beach, or you can cool down in one of...
A Calm Amongst The Chaos: A Photo Essay Of Udaipur, India

A Calm Amongst The Chaos: A Photo Essay Of Udaipur, India

This post was last updated on February 2nd, 2018For me, India is a country that is on the surface, quite chaotic. It’s fast, loud, crowded and all around overwhelming, that is until we reached Udaipur. Sometimes called the “Venice of the East” I felt flashbacks to our time at Santorini and the Greek Islands. With colorful hillside buildings surrounding a tranquil Lake Pichola, a meal at one of the many rooftop restaurants offers a welcoming escape from the busy streets below. Here’s just a visual taste of the pristine beauty and serenity of the City Of Lakes. Udaipor, India     Udaipur Royal Palace   Lake Pichola Hotel   Streets of Udaipur   Udaipur From Lake Pichola   Jagmandir Island Palace Udaipur India   Nimbu Pani: Indian Limonade   Sunset Over Udaipur India   Bagore Ki Haveli: Traditional Indian Dance   Nighttime in Udaipur, India   Have you ever visited Udaipur, India? Will you be adding it to your India itinerary? Let us know in the comments below!...
Romantic Places and Things to Do in New York City!

Romantic Places and Things to Do in New York City!

New York City has no shortage of fun and romantic places where couples can retreat and strengthen their bonds. In fact, you could say that there are so many places that are ideal for couples that choosing the best one for this holiday season could be a bit of a challenge. With the right planning and the suggestions that we have laid down for you below, finding the perfect couple retreat when you travel to New York City should be simple.   Try Omakase Sushi One of the things that NYC is known for is its Japanese heritage and in particular, Japanese restaurants. When you travel to New York City, take time to dine at these unforgettable joints and order omakase sushi. This is sushi made from the finest fish on the market which is sourced globally. The head chef picks the best of what is available on the market and makes a simple two ingredient dish that is simply amazing. The experience will certainly be unforgettable.   Enjoy the Highline As far as Manhattan goes, greenery is not its strongest point. There is simply too much brick, glass and stone and too few plants. However, there is a place where you can enjoy greenery among all the city skyscrapers and it’s called the Highline. It’s a mile and a half long stretch of park situated at the Central railroad platform. You can make this a great spot to plan something special for your partner whenever you travel to New York City. You can even find coffee, food and a bar offering drinks along the Highline.   Don’t forget...
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...