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...
Some Good Reasons to Visit Bosnia And Herzegovina

Some Good Reasons to Visit Bosnia And Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina are placed somewhere in the Southeastern Europe. There is a unique and complex blend of an interesting culture and the effortless natural beauty around. Wherever you look, your eyes feast on the lush greenery, picturesque views, and colorful rooftops. Perhaps it is time for you to explore Bosnia and Herzegovina that offer a unique opportunity to enter into a small country that has a lot more than meets the eye. The region is already popular with tourists who simply adore the country, and, they want to come back again and many times more. Here are some good reasons why you should visit Bosnia and Herzegovina and what makes the country one of Europe’s most exciting destinations.   1. For exploring nearby Balkans Bosnia and Herzegovina is a central base, and you can position yourself at just the right spot from where you can easily access Mostar, Budva, and Dubrovnik. Holiday travelers prefer to self-drive, and one can get great deals from a site like Holiday Autos for car rental. Just rent out your dream car from and travel to any part of the country for very little money. You get to enjoy more comfort and freedom as well as low-cost traveling. 2. For stepping back in history The cobbled streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s vibrant capital, make you feel Sarajevo’s Ottoman past. The visitors feel like they are in East and West both. One minute you feel like you are in Istanbul and the very next, you feel as if you are in Vienna. 3. For the unspoiled nature Bosnia and Herzegovina are world famous for...
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia: What To Know Before You Go

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia: What To Know Before You Go

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2017 If you’re planning a road trip through Croatia, then chances are Plitvice Lakes National Park is high on your bucket list. This fairytale setting of aquamarine water, dazzling waterfalls, colorful dragonflies and scenic woodlands is one of Croatia’s most renowned tourist attractions—clearly for a good reason.     You’ll have to share the picture-perfect scenery with heaps of other visitors, (Plitvice Lakes National Park sees some 1.2 million tourists each year) but don’t let this deter you. Nearly every turn along the wooden trail is more beautiful than the last, revealing waterfalls of all shapes and sizes that plummet into sparkling, crystal-clear pools below.                                 If you’re ready for the ultimate trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park, here’s what to know before you go: Navigating Plitvice Lakes National Park   Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of a series of 16 terraced lakes; the cascading lakes are grouped into the 12 upper lakes and four lower lakes, with some 90 waterfalls along the way. Convenient wooden walking trails make exploring the park simple and accessible. Avid hikers can opt to adventure further into the park along well-marked dirt paths.   You’ll want at least three hours to do Plitvice Lakes justice, though you’ll likely find that’s not quite enough to walk around both the lower and upper falls. We parked at Entrance 1, walked around the lower falls, then took the ferry to the upper falls where we walked a...
5 Must Visit Places In The Philippines

5 Must Visit Places In The Philippines

The Philippines is one of those places we will always look back on with the sweetest memories. This place is the real deal: from the picture-perfect beaches to the phenomenal locals and the dishes that will make you drool, the Philippines has it all.   We hopped over to this chain of Islands to celebrate one of our anniversaries while we were living in Taiwan and loved every minute we got to spend in this country. There is so much to do! We ended up concentrating our time on a handful of spectacular places that should be at the top of everyone’s Asia Bucket-List.   Here our 5 favorite choices you should consider when planning your Philippines travel packages: 5 Must Visit Places In The Philippines     1. Boracay Boracay is hardly 4,000 sq. miles in area, but jams as much beauty and charm as is possible into every square inch. Along the West Coast, you’ll find White Beach. True to its name, this coastline has the crystal white sand and turquoise waters that fill our dreams. To the East Side, you’ll find the perfect conditions for water sports of all kinds. Finally, if you want a break from all of the commotion, the Northern Diniwid Beach is much more relaxed.   If you’re of the adventurous type, you can take part in one of Boracay’s most popular activities: cliff diving at Ariel’s Point! There’s heights to jump off of to suit every level of daredevil among you. You can also partake in kayaking, stand up paddleboarding or snorkeling here.   In 2013, Travel & Leisure readers voted...
3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Mt. Haleakala During The Day

3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Mt. Haleakala During The Day

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2017Mt. Haleakala, located in the Haleakala National Park, Maui, is one of the most stunning areas of Hawaii. If you’re planning on traveling to Maui, this is one place you just simply can’t miss. This National Park is mostly known for its terrific sunrise at Mt. Haleakala, but if early mornings and crowds aren’t your jam, then you should venture through this volcanic region during the day. Valley Isle Excursions offers Central Maui and Haleakala daytime tours that include the best of the national park and stunning Upcountry Maui. From historic Maui towns to fragrant gardens to a historic pond that’s been used by Hawaiians for centuries, this experience with Valley Isle is an authentic look at one of our favorite places in all of Hawaii. Here are a few more reasons why this is one experience you don’t want to miss in Maui:     3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Mt. Haleakala During The Day 1. Some Of The Most Incredible Views On Maui While seeing the sunrise at Mt. Haleakala is a stellar experience, it does only last a few minutes, and you’ll have to drive through the dark to get there. Unless you stay for a while to experience Mt. Haleakala in its morning glory, you’re going to miss some of the most spectacular sights in all of Maui. You can opt to drive up the winding mountain or hike. While you will have to use a level of caution in driving, as with any mountain roads, Mt. Haleakala is perfectly safe to drive up, although you...
Exploring Portugal’s Mesmerizing Minho Region

Exploring Portugal’s Mesmerizing Minho Region

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2017   Many travelers to Portugal only make it as far north as the lovely—but increasingly touristy—city of Porto. However, continue a bit farther, and you’ll arrive at Portugal’s mesmerizing Minho region. This often overlooked destination is characterized by lush mountains, rolling vineyards, charming towns and sweeping beaches.     Though our stay in the Minho was short, the spots we did visit were some of our favorite on our entire road trip. In fact, we added one city to our ongoing “I could live here list.” Whether you’re planning a similar road trip through Portugal or you’re just looking for a semi off-the-beaten-track spot for your next European adventure, here are a few things to love about the often overlooked Minho region:   Highlights of The Minho, Portugal From the birthplace of Portugal to the home of Vinho Verde to some of the country’s most verdant landscapes, the Minho region offers a little something for everyone. Here’s a look at our top picks: Guimarães     Considered the birthplace of Portugal, it was here that revered King D Alfonso Henriques was born and later declared Portugal’s independence. Visit the medieval Castle of Guimarães to see Alfonso’s birthplace, also the site of many key battles in Portugal’s early history.     While you’re there, you won’t want to miss the Historic Center of Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage Site revered for its beauty and preservation. We recommend grabbing lunch amongst the gothic buildings in the lovely Largo da Oliveira, then taking the time to amble through the many winding alleyways.  ...