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....
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...
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...
8 Must-Visit Attractions In Paris, France

8 Must-Visit Attractions In Paris, France

It’s no secret that we love Paris. Each time we visit, we discover something completely new that leaves us swooning over the city even more than we thought possible. Whether it’s a quiet corner cafe, a chic boutique or an exhilarating show, there’s truly no limit to the once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences on avail in Paris. We’ve written about our top 50 tips on what to see and do in the city, but if you’re looking for a summed up version, here’s a quick look at a few of the most recommended must-visit attractions. To see all the attractions below (and more) in an authentic and affordable way, a Local Paris Tours is a great option. 1. The Eiffel Tower Of course, no list of top Paris attractions is complete without The Eiffel Tower! Love it or hate it, no trip to Paris is complete without a visit to this iconic Parisian landmark. It will cost you €15.00 and countless hours of your day to take the elevator to the top. Instead, consider purchasing a ‘skip the line’ ticket, or just enjoy the Eiffel Tower from its base. 2. Notre Dame This mesmerizing cathedral dates back to 1163. It’s more than just the home of Quasimodo—it’s also considered to be one of the best examples of French gothic architecture. Marvel at the gargoyles and then climb the towers for a great view over the city. 3. The Louvre Even if you’re not big on museums or art, The Louvre is one museum that’s worth the time. Boasting over 1 million pieces of art, you’ll want to leave plenty of time...
Tips for Planning a Luxury Vacation

Tips for Planning a Luxury Vacation

This post was last updated on September 4th, 2017Given a choice, we would all travel in the lap of luxury, catching a private jet to a tropical island resort. Sadly, unless your name is Taylor Swift or Kim Kardashian, private jets are well out of reach and a luxury vacation is the stuff of daydreams; or at least that is the assumption. The good news is that anyone can plan a luxury vacation and you don’t need deep pockets – you just need to be a smart traveler. Pick a Destination The destination is very important, as some spots are more expensive than others are. Luxury invokes resort hotels and 5* villas in Cancun, but there are plenty of more affordable vacation destinations where you can wake up to sun-kissed beaches, swaying palms, and the sound of birdsong. Take Thailand, for instance. There are some amazing resorts in Thailand where you can enjoy a luxury vacation for a fraction of the price you would pay to stay in a similar hotel on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Alternatively, what about the British Virgin Islands?  There are plenty of luxury activities to enjoy there.  Sample a BVI sailing itinerary or go on a private diving excursion.  Luxury holidays don’t have to mean expensive costs. Cheap Luxury Airfares Frequent flyer schemes are the easiest way to enjoy premium class travel. It’s perfect if you are a frequent business flyer, as you have plenty of opportunities to accrue air miles. You can use your air miles to upgrade your flights from Economy to Business Class or even First-Class, so start saving,...