Destinations

The Laurel Forest of La Gomera

 

 

The laurel forest of La Gomera is a must-see tourist attraction. The forest is one of the oldest and best one within Europe. The laurel forest is almost completely natural, so it has an impression of absolute originality.

There, one meets the Azores and the Stinklorbeeren laurels especially. These are joined by a variety of ferns that grow very high. The laurel forest also grows moss veils, moss beards and braids. Also, there are lichens, which give the local trees a mystical look. Incidentally, the lichen is no indication that the forest is sick, which is thought by many. This is quite the opposite, because this in fact indicates the purity of the local air.

Because of the diverse rainfall and humidity, the forests in such thrive. Moreover, to prevail in a laurel forest, it is usually always the same climatic conditions. Thus, mild and constant temperatures always prevail there. Even the normally resistant to moisture stays there. In addition, longer dry seasons in this area absolutely unusual. These climatic conditions can be found all year over.

The focus of the laurel forest are huge trees, which can rise up to 30 meters. The laurel forest tree shines with a density that can be up to 3,000 trees per hectare. These forests have their origin in the far past in the Tertiary.

 

 

Destinations

Honeymoon hotspots: top places to start your life together

Picking your honeymoon destination is a very personal decision – it’s something that’ll depend on the personalities of you and your partner, what your interests are and what your idea of a romantic break is. Of course, the fact that there are just so many options out there can make choosing just one or two that little bit more difficult; so, we’ve put together a list of some of the top places to start your married life together, giving you a quick look at what gives each its honeymoon appeal.

If you need more guidance making your decision, tour operators can be a massive help in narrowing down your choices. Hayes & Jarvis weddings abroad are a good place to start your search, since they also offer honeymoons and specialists like this are your best bet if you want something more than generic holiday advice.

The Maldives

A gorgeous archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives barely needs an introduction. This is one of the ultimate places to go if you’re looking for seclusion, privacy and luxury resorts. One of the main advantages to coming here is that, since there is just one resort per island by law, you won’t ever feel like you’re battling the tourist crowds. Throw the destination’s impressive selection of luxury spas into the mix, and it’s easy to see why this is such a good place for honeymooning couples.

It’s for you if:

  • You’re looking for relaxation
  • You want the most intimate, classic romantic setting
  • You are keen to try water sports, such as diving

Sri Lanka

Another Indian Ocean destination, Sri Lanka is a beautiful island that’s perfect for relaxation and spotting wildlife. Some of its top highlights include Yala National Park, where you can see leopards, elephants and sloth bears, and the stunning lagoons of Bentota. This destination’s also good for culture vultures, since you can explore places like Kandy, which is home to one of the most important sites in the Buddhist faith, the Temple of Tooth.

It’s for you if:

  • You want to see exciting animals
  • You hope to spend a lot of time relaxing on the beach
  • You fancy soaking up some culture while you travel

Africa

Now, obviously Africa is a vast continent, and not all of it is honeymoon material. Some areas, however, are absolutely mind-blowing – especially if you’re looking for a honeymoon with a difference. Here are some of the top places to pick/things to do:

  • Go on safari: There are a host of national parks where you can see some of the world’s most incredible animals. Masai Mara National Park and Kruger National Park are among the best.
  • Take a hot air balloon safari: What could be more romantic?
  • Explore Cape Town: A must for city slickers, Cape Town is a great place to start if you fancy exploring South Africa. While you’re here, make sure you take the trip up Table Mountain – the city’s famous backdrop – for an unforgettable honeymoon experience.
  • Discover a paradise island: Not keen on going on safari or exploring a big city? That doesn’t mean Africa isn’t for you; head to the gorgeous island of Zanzibar and you can relax on some of the most stunning, peaceful beaches you’re ever likely to encounter, as well as discover the fascinating cultural heritage of Stone Town.

It’s for you if:

  • You’ve always dreamed of going on safari
  • You want to experience somewhere truly unique
  • You’ve got your heart set on spending your honeymoon on a beautiful island
Destinations

Undiscovered Musandam

 

 

Musandam is located in the northernmost part of Oman. Till a few years ago, it was hardly accessible to tourists. The Omanis on Musandam are still very traditional, in contrast to the other residents of Oman. Musandam is located on the Strait of Hormuz. The peninsula, with nearly 2000km² of area, divides the Gulf of Oman and the Persian-Arabian Gulf. The many bays, similar to the Norwegian fjords, earned Musandam the sobriquet “Norway of Arabia”.

The peninsula is dominated by the high mountains that slope steeply, partly directly into the sea. The highest peak is the Jebel Harim, with 2087 meters. There in the mountains, there are plateaus, from which you can enjoy brilliant views. On a clear day, you can look up to approximately 60 km away to the Iranian coast. Once a year, one of these plateaus is locked and guarded for several weeks.

Khasab is the capital of Musandam. The Khasab Castle Museum is a treat for lovers. Here lies the history of Oman, Musandam and Khasabs, which are illustrated wonderfully. The museum is richly equipped and is very well maintained. A highlight is the traditional dolls in national costume.

The harbor is well worth a visit. Much is produced there by smugglers of boats who are operating out of Iran. The Iranians exchange sheep and goats for cigarettes and electronic equipment. The Omani side of this trade is legal.

For sports enthusiasts, there are many dive trips. The intact underwater world around the Musandam Peninsula fascinates more and more divers. There are huge schools of fish, which sometimes take several minutes to pass the divers. Completely intact coral reefs, turtles, barracudas and seahorses can be observed in the various dive sites. For night dives, you can get lobsters, lionfishes, nudibranchs and many more. The water temperature is always about 23 ° C. The currents are well known and the dive guides are usually avoided.

 

 

Miscellaneous

Prepare Your Skin for the Summer Vacation

There are lots of people, blogs and sites that will tell you that tanning under the sun is a lot better than spending time under the sunbed lamps. And anything natural is most often indeed better than most things manmade. But that does not mean that it is always true and tanning at saloon and using tanning beds or spray tan can be at times better for some of us than the natural way.

Here are 5 reasons why you rather tan at a saloon than on the beach.

Tanning indoors makes you more responsible when it comes to skin protection and overall health. This might be a result of the fact that you are overly conscious that you are using tanning beds and hence take extra precaution or the use of tanning lotion the right way. But studies suggest that indoor tanners are far better at taking care of their skin than those on the beach.

Tanning indoors at a saloon or even having a tanning bed at home (If you can afford that), allows you to have softer and younger looking skin. Pre-tan lotions and moisturizers after tan, which are often used by indoor tanners along with healthy UVB radiation helps in this cause.

Indoor tanners can measure the exact amount of tanning that they get and there is absolutely no chance of over-exposure. Since those on the beach will most likely all day under the sun, they will not have either any control on the amount of tan or its intensity. Using a tanning bed that sports timers, you can accurately get both.

Faster results in a more controlled and definite fashion is what indoor tanning promises. You can get the exact look you want for that ‘special night’ and plan for it perfectly using indoor tanning. That is something that time under the sun cannot deliver.

Indoor tanners can get time under the ‘light’ all year long and at all times. Hitting the beach in your exact window of free time is not always possible. Also the use of bronzers and tanning lotions along with consistent time on sunbeds helps maintain that bronze look all throughout the year.

Destinations

Antequera: perfect for a roadtrip from Malaga

The Spanish city of Malaga is perfect for a holiday – think lots of beaches, cocktails bars and cultural attractions – but make sure you venture a little further afield during your time here.

As tempting as it is to spend all of your time in Malaga, the Andalusia region is a fascinating one that boasts many other destinations that are worth visiting. Antequera is one of those, with the town no more than an hour’s drive from the city. If you get a good deal for car hire at Malaga Airport, you’ll have the freedom to jump in the vehicle and go wherever you fancy.

So, why exactly is Antequera worth the effort? Below are my top reasons why you should squeeze it into your itinerary.

read more »

Destinations

Sights to See in Montenegro

 

 

Podgorica is the official capital and the cultural center of Montenegro. Majority of the city was ruined during the World War II. For this reason you can find only modern structures and green areas around Podgorica. There are many culture events that happens every year in the city. You can also find theaters like the Crnogorsko and Dodest. In and around Podgorica are some historical and cultural edifices that you shouldn’t miss. The ruins of Nemanjica Grad and the old city of Doclea shouldn’t be missed. This city can be accessed by train or bus.

While in Podgorica, take the time to visit Medun which is an old settlement in the area. Travelers are charmed by its beauty and the richness of the culture. If you really want to see the old remains of the town then this is the place to go. This should be part of your itinerary if you want a sense of history. For those who love the antique age, Duklja is a great place to visit if you want to return to the past. There are areas where you can find the remains of the Roman civilization. There are numerous holy structures in Montenegro and one of them is the Dajbabe monastery.

This structure is a work of nature. It is found in the Hill Dajbabska Gora which is a very interesting site. You would also want to see Nemanja´s town or known as Nemanjin Grad. Aside from the beauty of the monument, the place has a romantic atmosphere to it. You can relax and have a picnic in the area as well. Vranjina is a small fisherman town found on the Skadar Lake. Once a lodgment it is now a place where you can have the view of different islands and fortresses found in the lake. The place resembles Venice and is something that you don’t want to miss.

 

 

 

 

Destinations

Moses’ Miracle in the Island of Jindo

 

 

The island of Jindo in South Korea is the scene of one of the most curious natural phenomena of the planet. Called the “Miracle of Moses”, it is a natural phenomenon celebrated four times a year, in the beginning of March to mid-June when the tide reaches its highest peak. The Miracle of Moses at the Jindo Island is the low tide that creates a strip of land nearly 3 km long and 40 meters wide linking the island of Jindo to Modo Island for an hour.

The event is celebrated every year with a festival which is attended by an impressive amount of people (over one million) coming from all over the world to witness the phenomenon of Jindo. The Jindo Sea Parting Festival is celebrated three times a year in March, May and June. Recently, due to the large turnout of fans for the event, it was also celebrated during April. This passage between two islands was largely unknown until 1975, when the French Ambassador Pierre Randi had the opportunity to visit South Korea and told a French newspaper about the “Miracle of Moses.” During the trip, you can meet curious tourists, Korean people singing traditional songs and dancers. They perform a traditional dance called Ganggangsullae, which is staged for the tourists’ delight. It’s easy to see Korean old ladies dig for shells, crabs, starfish and other aquatic animals.

Obviously, such a phenomenon has given rise to a legend: the village of Jindo, centuries ago, was attacked by some tigers, which forced the islanders to move to the Modo Island to save themselves. All the villagers were able to reach the island, except one old woman, Pong, who was left behind. The old lady prayed to Yeongdeung, God of the Sea to divide the water and save her from the tigers.

 

 

Destinations Travel Deals

The Disney Resort in Hawaii

 

 

A newest addition to the Disney Vacation Club was opened in August 2011 in Hawaii. The Disney Resort Aulan is located in a privileged position in the area of Ko Olina on the leeward west coast of Oahu, about 20 minutes from the airport, 45 minutes from Waikiiki. The new Disney Resort is located near the JW Marriott Resort and overlooks a beautiful lagoon beach with shallow and calm waters, perfect for children.

We all know that Disney has a great and extraordinary ability to inspire awe and excitement due to the famous theme parks, cruise lines, hotels and media. But, the new resort Aulan brings the magic of Disney to a whole new level through education and cultural awareness.

The word Aulan means: “One who delivers a message from a higher authority.” What is this message and who delivers it? Disney is the messenger and the message is authentic, very Hawaiian. Incredible attention to detail has been paid, to gardens, artwork, curtains, blankets, mats, and authentic Hawaiian architectures. When you walk in the entrance hall known as Makala (=open your eyes and look), Hawaiian art, storytelling, and wildlife will make you believe you walked into a traditional but modern trip paradise.

They commissioned local and talented artisans such as Rocky Jensen, McD Philpots, Solomon Enos, and Dalan Tanahy to adorn the rooms of the Disney resort with artistic elegance. The valley Waikolohe (naughty waters) will make you curious and joyful with its waterfalls, rocks, water and jets. Children will get to discover hidden treasures. Zia’s Beach House is a warm and friendly club, where children can have fun and learn at the same time. Families can snorkel with Hawaiian fish, and adults can relax and enjoy the sunset next to the waterfalls and whirlpools.

 

 

 

Destinations

Traveling to Mozambique

 

 

“White sand beaches, dunes, crystal clear sea where colorful fish swim in the reef”.

No, we’re not talking about an island in the Caribbean, but about one of the most beautiful regions of Africa, Mozambique. Particularly in recent years there has been a lot of development in the field of eco-tourism and beautiful luxury resorts camouflaged in the forest.

The country, located in the southeastern part of Africa, consists of more than three thousand kilometers of coastline, plus many islands that are reflected in the turquoise waters of the Mozambique Channel. The best islands, from the point of view of a tourist in particular are: Benguerra, Bazaruto and Quirimbas where the best hotels and resorts are surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

The Ila de Mocambique in the north, has been for more than four centuries, the state capital and what’s more, its’ wonderful archaeological sites have been declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO. The modern capital, Maputo, is full of colonial buildings and wide avenues, while other major cities of the country are Beira, the seat of commerce and Pemba which are lively and cheerful.

 

 

Miscellaneous

The World’s Deepest Hole

 

 

 

Did you know that there  a few things known about Earth’s interior? Some say we know more for the boundaries of the universe than the center of our planet. What we know less comes largely from the transmitted seismic waves through the layers of the planet. The deepest drilling has ever been executed in Earth is what Russia did for 22 years (1970-1992) in Kola Peninsula and barely came to 12.3 km (1/3 of the cortex and less than 0.2% of the terrestrial radio).

Destinations

The Eco-Friendly Land of Costa Rica

 

 

Virgin rainforests, active volcanoes and velvet beaches on two oceans. Between the Caribbean and the Pacific, Costa Rica, a real paradise, proves to be one of the leading eco-friendly destinations in the world!

“Pura vida” is an expression that you will surely hear many times from the lips of residents in Costa Rica. It means “pure life” and is used mainly as a greeting and a manifestation of joy or excitement. At the same time, however, it describes the best everyday life in this tiny and unknown-to-many country in Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. What if the land did not have the gold which the Spanish explorers expected to find, when they called it the “Rich Coast”? It is rich, in a different way: though a small area, it has tropical forests, more than 15 national parks and protected areas, raging rivers and waterfalls, biodiversity incalculable ecological value and 11 spectacular volcanoes.

In the early ’70s, the country began to enter the global tourism map in a slow pace. As it doesn’t have any ancient monuments, as its northern neighbors do, the vast majority of visitors was-and continues to be- nature lovers from around the world who come here to study the rich fauna and flora. Dozens of species of plants and animals find shelter and the ideal environment for development in the paradise-like national parks of Costa Rica. On a tour to the tropical jungles you will surely see closely enough a lot of them, like the capuchin, the monkey with white face and many more.

The Costa Ricans have realized that the welfare state is based precisely on this blessing and therefore are very sensitive with regard to preserving the environment. Thus, the luxurious lodges that you may find in the protected areas are made with fully environmentally consciousness and care so as not to disturb the balance of the ecosystem.