3 Awesome Trip Of A Lifetime Hotspots

Every year, you may partake in an annual vacation. A couple of weeks sipping sangria, catching some rays and relaxing by the pool is just what the doctor ordered when you have an overbearing boss, a stressful job and no time to think. However, sometimes we want something a little more meaningful when we take a jaunt overseas. If you are keen to take in more vistas, enjoy immersing yourself in new cultures and you want to see the heart of a destination, then you need to consider hot footing it on a trip of a lifetime. Take a look at these amazing places worthy of your exploration.

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Say G’Day To Oz

Australia is a nation of magnificent contrasts. You could head to the wonderful city of Sydney to get your cosmopolitan kicks, or you could head to Melbourne – a foodie’s paradise. Alternatively, you might want to explore the outback and take a jaunt to one of the many national parks to meet the wildlife and get up close and personal with nature. Head to Aussie Holiday Ideas and you can check out what some real life bloggers have to say about their experiences down under. If you want to immerse yourself in the Aboriginal culture and learn about the history of a nation, then you can do far worse than heading to the land of Oz.

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The Land Of The Rising Sun

There aren’t many destinations that offer so much for the discerning traveller. From Shinkansen bullet trains to Taoist temples, this is a country that embraces the modernity of life while combining it with its passion to cling onto its heritage. If you fancy partaking in a spot of sushi and you are eager to see the authentic side of Japan, head to Shiwakawago. Only a few visitors are allowed every day into this rural traditional village made up of a selection of gassho houses that are still lived in to this day. Here you will get a real look at how Japanese people lived hundreds of years ago.

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Iceland

For the outdoorsy traveller who loves nothing more than immersing themselves in mountains, volcanos, cityscapes and sea trips, then Iceland has it all. You could head out onto the open seas for a spot of whale watching, or perhaps you’d rather a trip snow shoeing across a glacier. You could hire a car and take a tour across the mountain passes, taking in the snow laden vistas. Head to Iceland between October and March, and you might be lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights. There’s nothing more magical than observing the phenomenal light show of green solar flares lighting up the night sky. On many people’s bucket list, this incredible vista is best seen from one of the many dark spots away from the coast.

If you fancy a trip with a bit more oomph, consider one of these three hotspots. From here, you can tour neighbouring nations or immerse yourself within your chosen destination for a longer period of time to live like a local.

5 Unusual Things To See In Dunedin, New Zealand

Part of the South Island of New Zealand, Dunedin is situated right on the coast, almost comprising a little peninsula of its own. It’s about 225 miles south of Christchurch, and is best known as being home to the University of Otago and its large student population. However, Dunedin is also a frequent stop for tourists, and in addition to offering a beautiful setting and college-town vibe, has plenty of unique – and wonderfully strange – attractions to enjoy.

Here are five we’d recommend keeping in mind.

1. Baldwin Street

This is one of the steepest streets in the world (out-steeped, if you will, only by one road in Wales), with houses built on a crazy incline that makes them look like they’re slipping down the hill. From local fun runs hosted on the street every year to charity events, there’s often something going on at Baldwin Street as well, turning it into a kind of quirky center of activity. Pictures don’t do justice to this dramatic slope or the fun it inspires, so be sure to stop by and see it in person.


2. Yellow-Eyed Penguins

These rare birds are found only one place in the world, and that’s New Zealand. Dunedin has some great penguin-watching spots, especially on the Otago Peninsula. Try Sandfly Bay or Allans Beach for a glimpse of the unusual animals. Just make sure to keep your distance if you do spot some; it’s considered common courtesy to let them be.


3. Larnach Castle

While Victorian architecture is one of the popular visual highlights of Dunedin, Larnach Castle stands out with a different style altogether. It’s not medieval, as you might expect of anything labeled a “castle,” but rather showcases a Gothic revival style augmented by a unique, glassed-in porch. It’s a sight to behold, and a place with a vaguely haunting, semi-Shakespearean history. Rumor has it original owner William Larnach occupied the house while descending into a great depression as a result of his third wife’s suspected infidelity. It’s not the happiest of thoughts, but Larnach Castle’s gorgeous design and well-kept gardens nevertheless make it a popular site for weddings and other events.


4. Dunedin Thunder

There’s a fairly active sports scene and culture in New Zealand. Several football clubs at various levels (and for men and women) are based in town, and there’s cricket (Albion Cricket Club) and rugby (Alhambra Union Rugby Football Club) as well. These sports have massive followings, and with sports betting sites available throughout the country, plenty of people place bets to get closer to the action. You can enjoy this scene however you like, whether that means live attendance, betting, or just watching from a local pub. But if you want to keep up your tour of the more unusual attractions in Dunedin, head to Dunedin Ice Stadium, where you can somewhat bafflingly find professional ice hockey. The Dunedin Thunder were founded in 2008 and have become a fixture in the New Zealand Ice Hockey League – which most are probably unaware of in the first place!



5. The Alexander Piano

This grand piano is one of the largest pianos in the world, spanning almost 19 feet in length. With scientific experiments about sound in mind, creator Adrian Mann built the instrument as a teenager, and named it after his grandfather. Today you can see the resulting, beautiful monstrosity at Mann’s workshop in Dunedin. It’s not a very involved tourism stop, but it’s a quick one and something actually well worth seeing.

Traveling to new places is especially fun when you find uncommon sites to visit. To that point, singular attractions like these can help make Dunedin one of your favorite destinations.

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4 Awesome Things to Do in Northern Territory, Australia During Winter

Traveling in Northern Territory of Australia during winter? No problem! In fact, this season draws more visitors to come and spend their vacation at this region. With plenty of lively events, thrilling activities, interesting attractions, and outstanding food, you will always be kept entertained while here.

Northern Territory offers tons of amazing things to visitors of all ages, especially during the winter. It is no surprise that its Top End is one of the most popular destinations and is such a lovely spot whenever you choose to come. With this, here are some exciting things you can do in Northern Territory in winter:

Discover all corners of Kakadu

Head to Kakadu National Park and explore this natural beauty. It is said that its striking swimming spots are best visited during winter. You can check out Kakadu’s breathtaking pools, such as Gunlom Falls, Jim Jim Falls, and Maguk, which are usually closed or difficult to access during the wet season. Your trip here gives you an unforgettable experience as well as jaw-dropping photo opportunities, so be sure to seize the moment.

Go food tripping at Mindil Beach Market

Never miss the chance to go to Mindil Beach Market when in the Northern Territory. Known for its good reputation for mouthwatering food, this region is truly a must-visit, especially in winter. It is where you can score meals of multicultural goodness as well as find a great spot to witness the glorious sunset. You can also shop until you drop and enjoy the local talents as they perform live music.

Explore Fannie Bay

Another worthwhile activity to do during winter in the Northern Territory is to check out Fannie Bay. It is a historical and educational attraction that is considered as one of the most significant heritage sites of the region. You can spend a nice day at Defense of Darwin Museum, Darwin Military Museum, and Qantas Hangar while here with your family or friends. Exploring this site will give you more knowledge about the region and its great history.

Cruise down Katherine Gorge

Of course, the incredible Katherine Gorge is included in this list. Apparently, there are a lot of exhilarating things, like canoeing, walking, swimming, and cruising, you can do here. An approximate of three-hour drive south of Darwin, this magnificent attraction is also home to Nitmiluk National Park. This is the main reason why it should always be in your itinerary when in the Northern Territory no matter what season you visit. More so, you will be delighted to see the 13 fantastic gorges as well as discover the Aboriginal rock art, history, and culture during your journey.

There is truly something great about Northern Territory, particularly in winter. You can try out these fun activities mentioned above when you are here and make your escapade one for the books. Certainly, you will have a great time spending your much-awaited vacation at this region.

You can read more winter break tips here to help you plan your next getaway properly.

Egypt Travel Diary – Karnak Temple

Gigantic Obelisks, rows of statues and impressive Egyptian pillars.

On another bright sunny day, I walked into the breathtaking Karnak temple complex. This is believed to be the second most visited Egyptian sites right after Giza Pyramids.

The complex comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings near Luxor, in Egypt. Construction at the complex began nearly 4000 years ago in the Middle Kingdom and continued for almost 2000 years, although most of the extant buildings date from the New Kingdom

Here are more pictures of Karnak Temple:

Egypt Nile Cruise – Colossi of Memnon – Temple of Hatshepsut

It’s been a year since my trip to Egypt and I still have lots of photos to upload.

That 5 star nile cruise was definitely the most enjoyable part of the whole trip in Egypt because Cairo is somewhat a let down. 🙂

As much as I’m adventurous at heart, civilisation is still a must for me. It was such a treat to be able to relax in my gorgeous, comfortable cable and enjoy the views and air conditioning after touring in the scorching heat and being chased by locals everywhere.

I was hoping to get some really nice sunrise and sunset photos on the cruise but unfortunately failed. There wasn’t even one morning or night that the sky turned into a lovely red, purple or orange colour due to sunrise or sunset. It was always kind of misty grey. Never the less, I think it’s still pretty dreamy. What do you think?

Sunset on Nile River – Egypt
Egypt Nile cruise

During the Nile cruise, we went to see Colossi of Memnon: and here are some photos:

The tour guide explained something but I forgot the most of it. So I’ve copied and paste some information from wikipedia as a reference guide:

“The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of the PharaohAmenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII. For the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC), they have stood in the Theban Necropolis, located west of the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor.

The twin statues depict Amenhotep III (fl. 14th century BC) in a seated position, his hands resting on his knees and his gaze facing eastwards (actually ESE in modern bearings) towards the river. Two shorter figures are carved into the front throne alongside his legs: these are his wife Tiye and mother Mutemwiya. The side panels depict the Nile god Hapy.

The statues are made from blocks of quartzite sandstone which was quarried at el-Gabal el-Ahmar (near modern-day Cairo) and transported 675 km (420 mi) overland to Thebes (Luxor).

Including the stone platforms on which they stand – themselves about 4 m (13 ft) – the colossi reach a towering 18 m (60 ft) in height and weigh an estimated 720 tons each. The two figures are about 15 m (50 ft) apart. “

Including the stone platforms on which they stand – themselves about 4 m (13 ft) – the colossi reach a towering 18 m (60 ft) in height and weigh an estimated 720 tons each. The two figures are about 15 m (50 ft) apart. “

-Wikipedia

After the Colossi of Memnon, we visited Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut:


Sphinx guarding the temple
Copying the Angry Bird:)

This temple is noticeably different from any other ancient temples in Egypt and the owner of it was also legendary. Hatshepsut was a confirmed female pharaoh whose reign was long and prosperous.

Hatshepsut’s temple is considered the closest Egypt came to classical architecture. And there’s more information about it:

“Hatshepsut’s temple employs a lengthy, colonnaded terrace that deviates from the centralised structure of Mentuhotep’s model . There are three layered terraces reaching 29.5 metres (97 ft) tall. Each story is articulated by a double colonnade of square piers, with the exception of the northwest corner of the central terrace, which employs proto-Doric columns to house the chapel. These terraces are connected by long ramps which were once surrounded by gardens with foreign plants including frankincense and myrrh trees. The temple incorporates pylons, courts, hypostyle, sun court, chapel and sanctuary.”

-Wikipedia

You might have seen the Horus statues in this post about the Tempe of Edfu. But look, Horus also made an appearance here in Hatshepsut’s temple:)

Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut
Copying the Angry Bird again


6 Must Do Activities While in the Kimberley

Are you a tourist exploring the rich sights of Australia and found yourself at a loss as to what to visit first in the Kimberley? Or perhaps you’re a native looking to indulge in some domestic tourism, and you’re itching to see what the best Kimberley tours can offer you in terms of exciting stuff to do.

Whichever the case, you are definitely spoiled for choice, as this part of Western Australia is host to a huge number of must-do activities that you and your family are sure to enjoy, no matter your tastes or budget. What’s more, it’s also got its own fair share of historic and awe-inspiring sights to explore!

With that said, if you’re on a tight schedule or there’s just too much on your itinerary, you may find it difficult to choose just which must-do activities in the Kimberley you’re going to actually enjoy. This could cause you a lot of stress and wasted time.

In order to help you prioritise and manage your time in the Kimberley better, we’ve assembled all the top activities in the Kimberley into the list below.

Ride a camel on one of the most picturesque beaches ever

The Kimberley is home to Cable Beach, one of the most picturesque beaches that you’ll ever find anywhere else. Not only is it a great location to snap your photos and enjoy the sun, but you can also treat yourself to a camel ride along the coast. Ride one of these magnificent beasts of burden and enjoy the beach as evening slowly unfolds, allowing you to enjoy the sunset and stars like never before.

Fly over the Martian-like landscape of the Bungle Bungle Range

If you’re looking for a surreal, out-of-this-world experience, then hop on a scenic flight and enjoy the eerie alien landscape of the Bungle Bungle Range. This gigantic mountain range is known for its unique beehive-shaped peaks of karst sandstone. What’s great about the Bungle Bungle Range is that it’s been formed completely by Mother Nature’s own hand and not by some avant-garde modern art sculptor looking to make a statement. Definitely consider this if you’re itching for something new and exciting.

Marvel at the Horizontal Falls

If you’ve seen one waterfall, then it’s reasonable to assume that you’ve seen them all. After all, it’s just a lot of water falling down someplace high, right? Well, what about a waterfall that goes horizontal? This is exactly what the Horizontal Falls are in the Kimberley, specifically the Talbot Bay area. Thanks to a unique island formation and erratic, crazy tidal currents, the water flowing through this specific series of parallel coastal gorges make for some furious, fast-flowing water that truly lives up to its name—a waterfall that’s lying on its back. To experience it in the best way possible, book a sea plane or jet boat to it.

See how pearls are farmed in the Willie Creek Pearl Farm

Pearls are one of the most gorgeous and naturally-occurring gems in the world, and if you’ve ever been curious about them, then you can learn all about it firsthand at the Willie Creek Pearl Farm. Located just a few kilometres from Broome, the Willie Creek Pearl Farm will give you a personal guided tour about all the ins and outs of the modern pearl industry. Their staff can walk you through the entire farming process—from seeding, harvesting, and finally to grading the pearl itself. Make your Kimberley trip an educational one with this particular activity.

Dive in the Rowley Shoals Marine Park

Are you into diving and want to see the underwater wonders of the Kimberley? If so, then you should definitely find the time to fit visiting the Rowley Shoals Marine Park in your itinerary. Travel just some 260 kilometres from Broome and you’ll be treated to one of the best diving experiences ever. With three coral atolls to its name—specifically the Mermaid Reef, the Imperieuse Reef and the Clerke Reef—you’ll be treated to marine life that you can only see in Australia and nowhere else. You’ll also come face to face with some of the more well-known aquatic fauna, such as manta rays, whales, sea turtles, and dolphins. Giant shellfish and clams will also be greeting your underwater jaunt. If you just want to relax and chill, though, then you’re welcome to simply beach-comb, or watch the whales and dolphins frolic from the safety of a chartered boat.

Shop for souvenirs in Ganada

No trip to Australia or to the Kimberley is ever complete without nabbing your own share of souvenirs, and Ganada is home to the best that you can ever buy. Travel directly to Chinatown, Broome and you’ll be spoiled for choice with only the most authentic and high-quality souvenirs that feature aboriginal Australian culture in prominence. They have everything from locally-made art and crafts, such as books, paintings, scarves, and T-shirts, to something a bit more exciting like boomerangs and didgeridoos.

The Kimberley is the spot to be in West Australia

There are so many interesting activities in the Kimberley that trying to include them all in your itinerary would be nigh impossible. However, if you’re really pressed for time and you want to experience only the absolute best that this chunk of Australia can offer, then the above-listed activities should serve you well. Just remember to hydrate frequently, as Australian weather can get quite hot. Enjoy!

Egypt Photo Dairy – The Temple of Edfu

After visiting Kom Ombo temple, we sailed to Edfu and toured the temple of Edfu, also know as the temple of Horus. It is the largest temple dedicated to Horus. If you’ve heard the tales related the age old conflict between Horus and Seth, you’ll be delighted to see the original scenes and inscriptions kept almost perfectly inside the temple.

The statues of Horus feature a large bird with a very serious, nearly angry facial expression. It’s said that the popular game “Angry Birds” is inspired by the look of Horus. Everyone was trying to pose a photo with the largest Horus Statue in the centre court, looking angry. But I guess only Horus wears the look the best.

Here are some photos of the temple of Edfu:

Egypt Photo Diary – Kom Ombo Temple

I’m slacking off and not updating my Egypt travel photos on the blog as quickly as I wished for, but it’s better late than never right?

After visiting the amazing Abu Simbel, my driver took me back to the cruise. Oh how I enjoyed my spacious, comfortable cabin and all the luxury the cruise had to offer after a long day running around in the heat!

Next stop was Kom Ombo Temple. also know as temple of Sobek and Haroeris temple,where we visited early in the morning with a small tour of 3 people including me.

What can I say, there are so many multi thousands of years old, grand temples in Egypt and each one of them is magnificently beautiful in their own ways.

Here are some photos of Kom Ombo Temple:

And of course, I had to ask my guide to take a picture of me standing like a Chinese Soldier🙂

The World’s Best Road Trips

There’s no better way to experience the freedom of travel than to go on a road trip, at home or away.

Whether you’re at home or abroad, motorhome hire is becoming a more and more popular way to travel on the basis it allows for a sense of freedom and home comfort, wherever you are in the world.  

The challenge, if you own your own motorhome is that you need to drive to your destination from home – which means you are relatively restricted in terms of geographical area.  Whereas, if you hire a motorhome, you can fly out to some really cool and faraway places but still have the benefit of motorhome hire – without having to undertake a long, boring journey, to your destination.

The great thing about a road trip is that it gives you total freedom and flexibility in terms of where and when you go – if you spot something along the way that captures your attention, then you are free to explore and adjust your itinerary accordingly.

Similarly, you never know who you’re going to meet on a road trip and having the flexibility to go with the flow is one of the key principles of experiential travel… as this way you get to experience places off the beaten track, make unexpected connections with other travellers, and have a much more adventurous and independent experience than travelling in a more organised group tour format.

In terms of the world’s best road trips here are five offerings to consider:

  1. ROUTE 66 (USA)

Perhaps the most well known “road trip” in the world, Route 66 is now celebrating its 100th birthday, as one of the first numbered roads in the US.  

This route from Chicago to Santa Monica covers 2,450 miles and takes you through scenery that could very easily make you feel like you are on the set of an old western movie; where any minute you expect cowboys and Indians to come running over the plains toward you.

Whilst there are more interesting road trips to be had in America, a trip on route 66 is on most people’s bucket list, and it does offer plenty of interesting pit stops along the way.

  1. PORTO TO LISBON (PORTUGAL)

In Portugal, the coastal route from Porto to Lisbon is breathtakingly beautiful; as is the route from Lisbon to Albufeira.  You could combine the two, if you have time, as Portugal is the perfect place for slow travel and the entire coastal route is beautiful.

The laidback lifestyle is akin to that you might find in Spain, yet there’s a sense of more efficiency and aspiration – it’s not laid back to the point that people are sleepy, it’s laidback to the point that people get on and enjoy life.

The scene on this coastal route here is pretty chilled out, though cities like Lisbon are comparable with Barcelona in terms of their vibrancy and attractions.

  1.  CANARY ISLANDS (SPAIN)

The Canary Islands are found just off the coast of Morocco, yet they belong to Spain and have a distinctively Spanish feel to them.  The people here are very easy going and friendly, to the point you don’t tend to find speed cameras or traffic wardens – in fact, there aren’t even any yellow lines in most part of the islands… which reflects the laidback lifestyle on offer.

The great thing about the canary islands, is that they have a brilliant climate throughout the year – even in winter you can expect sunny days with temperatures around twenty degrees and the summer’s never get too hot as the islands benefit from strong coastal breezes.

When it comes to the most epic drives, consider driving up Mt Teide, on the island of Tenerife as this ear-popping journey has you wind your way up Spain’s tallest mountain; to the point you drive through clouds to get to the top, and once at the top, it’s as if you are driving on the moon.  It’s perhaps the most enjoyable and beautiful drive in Europe.

That said, on the neighbouring island of Lanzarote, you can drive through the impressive lava fields and find yourself at a remote volcanic beach.  Similarly, if you’re more into the surf lifestyle you’ll want to head to Fuerteventura and bask in the chilled out vibe this island has to offer.

The other thing to consider, is that these islands are all pretty close to each other, meaning you could easily travel for a month to the Canary Islands, and work your way through the islands by car ferry.

  1. US ROUTE 20 (USA)

If you want to travel coast to coast then this is the route for you.  Route 20 is the longest road in America covering a distance of 3,365 miles from Newport (Oregon) to Boston (Massachusetts).  

If you have time to explore Yellowstone National Park this makes a lovely pit stop, as covering 3,365 miles is not something you want to rush.  That said, the route is fast and easy to drive… albeit, not very colorful, as your mostly on fast roads – meaning you should be able to cover it in two to three weeks if you’re in a hurry.  

However, the best way to approach this coast to coast route is to take your time, and stop off along the way in the small towns that are what make this route so culturally interesting.

  1. CANADA’S COWBOY TRAIL (CANADA)

If you’re looking to get away from it all then you can follow this Canadian route through Southern Alberta to the lunar landscape of the badlands and where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains.  

It’s a breathtakingly beautiful route with a lot of variety in terms of scenery and different landscapes that is complimented by the friendly nature of the Canadian communities you will be travelling through.  Of course, depending on when you visit depends on what the weather will be like, as for some a winter adventure of campfires and snow are right up their street whilst for most people they would prefer to visit in the summer months.

New York Street Shots

New York Street Shots

New York street Shots

Find Inspiration On This Epic Cascadian Adventure

America and Canada provide everything a road tripper needs for an amazing travel experience. From wide-open plains, towering forests, and breath-taking mountain ranges, both countries offer incredible itineraries, but to fully appreciate their similarities and contrasts, why not combine both? The best way to experience this is by taking a trip through Western Canada, and up to the northernmost US territory of Alaska. This inspirational trip offers a taste of amazing city experience in the beginning and sends you deeper into nature as you progress.

Begin at the Border

What better place to begin than America’s famed Emerald City, Seattle? Spend a day in the capital of the Pacific-Northwest before crossing the border. Go to Pikes Place Market for fresh seafood and craft goods, check out Olympic Sculpture Garden for a taste of Seattle’s thriving art culture, and ride to the top of the Space Needle to take in views of the entire city. Hop on the road for a quick two and half hour jaunt up to Vancouver (avoid hitting border traffic by leaving early in the morning or later in the evening). The largest city in British Columbia, Vancouver will be your last chance for urban excitement on this trip, so get it while you can! Visit the English Bay for some incredible skyline views and culture of this Canadian metropolis.

Into The Wild

Now it’s time to leave the city in the rear-view. With 1,800 miles ahead of you to Alaska, often with long periods between services preparation is crucial, so make sure your vehicle is well-maintained. Prepare an emergency kit with water and food. Cell phone service will be limited or nonexistent for many durations, so have a map handy or offline GPS app such as Maps.Me downloaded. The drive north through British Columbia is a feast for the eyes as you pass through sky-scraping mountain ranges and evergreen forests. A plethora of scenic points and trailheads adorn the roadside, photo-ops and wonderful hikes through nature are abundant. You’ll pass through historic landmarks such as the Fur Trading Center at St. James and the Xatśūll Heritage Village.

The Alcan Highway

As you venture further north, the road runs parallel to Alaska. However, you’ll have to continue into the Yukon Territory to merge with the Alcan Highway and cross the Alaskan Border. Stop for a night in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon and experience life in this historic oil town. The final Alcan stretch into Alaska is quite barren, although plenty of opportunities for spotting wildlife exist. Bison, black bear, elk, and moose inhabit the surrounding area, and will often travel along the road.

300 miles from the Yukon you’ll reach the Alaskan border. Once across, you now have the northernmost part of America at your disposal. Go off-road on the Denali Parks Highway for a straight shot to Denali National Park. Continue south to visit the city of Anchorage, the magical Kenai Peninsula (rated the most scenic drive in Alaska), or press on to the capital of Juneau. If you’d rather see the top of the world, drive north to Barrow and step foot in the Arctic circle.

The trek north to America’s largest state offers many possibilities. With so much to choose from, there’s plenty to inspire future road trips and excursions. With so much beauty to explore, the drive through British Columbia to Alaska is an adventurers dream.

Is Road Tripping The New Best Way To Travel?

If you are hoping to spend some time getting away from it all this year, you’ll likely have a lot of planning to do. Perhaps you are someone who likes to go on a big, exotic, extravagant all-inclusive package holiday, or maybe you much prefer a simple quiet sit by the beach. For many, there is nothing better than simply getting in the car and driving in any direction, not caring too much where they will end up or even how long they will be gone. If you quite like the idea of road tripping, but you have never actually done it in the past, you might want to think about it as a possible way to travel next time around.

As it happens, it is one of the more exciting ways to see a country, and you might find that there is a joy in it which you simply don’t get with many other kinds of travel. In this post, we will look at road tripping in some detail, to help you get excited and plan for yours. First, we will discuss some of the practical ideas concerning how to get the most out of a road trip, then we will talk about some important safety and security elements. Finally, we will look into some of the best parts of the world to go road tripping.

The Practicalities

First up, let’s talk about some of the more practical aspects of taking a road trip. As exciting as it might be, you till need to make sure that you are adequately prepared, just as you would be for any other kind of trip. Fortunately, many people have trodden this particular path before, and you should find that it is fairly easy to get yourself ready for your own road trip in good time. So what are some of the most critical practical concerns which you might need to focus on here?

For one thing, you need to make sure that you have a rough idea, at least, of where you are going. You don’t necessarily need to plan it all out perfectly, although if you do that could be a fine way to travel and see a lot of any particular country. But you should at least know a few stopping-points which you would like to take, so that you can appreciate if nothing else the length of the drive you are about to undertake. You should also make sure that you know where many restrooms, restaurants, and hotels are along the way, so that you don’t get lost out in the middle of nowhere with nothing around to help you out. Carrying a tent could be a good idea here, just in case you do get stuck somewhere.

Beyond that, another hugely important practicality you will need to think about is the cost. Your primary cost, of course, is going to be the fuel, and you need to make sure that you are going to be able to afford a journey of the distance that you want to make. You will also need to budget for food, any accommodation you might need at any point, and for any excursions or sights you might want to see along the way too. As long as you plan for your finances, you will find it considerably easier to be able to make your road trip work out successfully.

Once you have the route and the money sorted, you are pretty much there – unless, of course, you don’t yet have a suitable vehicle to travel in. You need a car you can trust, and which you feel is going to safely take you the whole way without complaining along the way. These can be hard to come by, and you, in particular, will want to make a point of servicing the vehicle before you go, to make sure that you are driving something you can trust for that kind of distance. This is important even for a shorter road trip.

PAs you can see, there are plenty of practical issues you need to be aware of. But you also need to make sure that you are staying safe, which is a whole issue in itself.

Your Safety

If you don’t make a point of focusing on your own safety and the safety of those around you, it is much less likely that you will be able to enjoy your journey, mainly if something untoward does actually occur and you end up in trouble somewhere. Fortunately, it is relatively straightforward to make sure that you are remaining safe and secure while on the road, and in this section, we will look at some of the essential things you should consider doing in order to keep yourself and your fellow travellers as safe as possible. If nothing else, this will also help you to enjoy your road trip as fully as you would hope to.

We have already looked briefly at the issue of finding a car that you feel you can fully trust. This is one of the most vital things you need to think about, as if you can’t trust it you can’t be sure that you are a going to remain perfectly safe – and that will ruin your experience and enjoyment of the whole road trip, in turn. So what are some of the road trip car safety checks you should be making before you set out on such a journey? As it happens, some of the most important are the really obvious and commonplace ones. You should, for instance, make sure that you check your oil and water levels just before you go, topping up whatever is necessary to be topped up. You should check the tyre pressures too, and inflate them to the desired psi for your tyre type and size. That will make accidents considerably less likely, and breakdowns less likely too. You should also make sure, as we have said briefly already, that your vehicle has recently been serviced, so that you can entrust it as fully as possible.

POnce you are on the road, it is vital to drive as safely as you can. It can be all too easy, when you are driving for long periods of time, to accidentally slip into some bad habits, or even to find yourself almost dozing at the wheel. You must make sure that you pull over or swap to another driver as soon as you start to feel drowsy. If you don’t, the consequences could be absolutely fatal, and it’s not a situation that you will want to find yourself in if you can help it. Drive slow, pay attention to the local laws and road signs, and make sure that you are retaining your common sense at all times. These simple things will ensure that you can remain safe, and that those you are travelling with can remain safe along the way as well. That will mean you come back from your road trip in one piece, but also that you enjoy it considerably more along the way.

Remaining safe is hugely important. But it’s also important that you enjoy yourself actively, and one of the most essential ingredients in that is enjoying the places that you are visiting and the surrounding country. So where are some of the best road trips in the world?

Top Road Trip Locations

If you want to enjoy your road trip fully, you need to make sure above all else that you are happy with the route you are taking. You may already have somewhere in mind, but if not – or if you are still open to new possibilities anyway – here are some of the world’s best road trips you might want to think about taking.

PCabot Trail, Canada. This 298 km road is one of the longest road trips you might care to take, and as such it is not for the faint of heart. But it is worthwhile, with some of the most stunning scenery anywhere in the world, and a beautiful variation of landscape to take in along the way. This beautiful Nova Scotia surrounding is going to honestly take your breath away – and why not consider staying at some of Canada’s amazing lodges while you’re at it?

Snowdonia, Wales. If you would instead prefer something a little shorter, then how about this 70-mile journey around this beautiful part of Northern Wales? If you are in that part of the world already, this is one of your best choices, and you will even get to see some stunning views of one of the three highest peaks in the British Isles.

PThe Garden Route, South Africa. Finally, if you are keen to get out there and be exotic, you must consider this top road trip in South Africa. Known for its fascinating sights and explorative sense, it’s not for the faint of heart – but it is indeed incredible to experience.

As you can see, road tripping can be a truly fantastic way to see the world, so long as you know what you are doing, where you are going, and how to make the most of it.

How to Travel Lighter

When we go on vacation we tend to take a lot more luggage with us than we really need to. This is something that could become a bit of an issue at the airport when they weigh your luggage. However, you can travel lighter and still have everything you need while you’re on vacation. So how is this possible? Read on for more great ideas:

Take Smaller Luggage

One of the first things you need to do is use a much smaller suitcase. If you plan to take a big suitcase on vacation you’re more likely to fill it. Using a smaller suitcase or even a backpack will mean you have to pack less.

Plan your Outfits

We all know how tempting it is to pack as many outfits as possible but this could result in you taking too many clothes with you. Think about what you’re going to wear and where you’re going to wear it. The next step is to check the temperature in your chosen destination as this will ensure you’ll pack what you need.

Pack Lightweight Clothes

If you can, and if the weather permits pack lightweight clothes. Jeans, for example, weigh much more than linen trousers. If you want more clothes-related ideas you’ll find that many vacation companies have a few tips so check their website for more information.

Don’t Pack your Suitcase Yet

Another great way for you to help you travel lighter is to pack your clothes etc. outside of your suitcase. This will help you to see how much you’re taking with you and allow you to re-think some of those items of clothing.

Take Fewer Toiletries

When we go on vacation we want to make sure we have all the toiletries we need. However, here is where we can end up packing more than we really need to. Try to use take smaller bottles with you while making sure you use the soap and shampoo that the hotel provides. Using the hotel’s toiletries is not only part of the price you’d paid to stay there it also means you can pack less.

One trick that will ensure you take fewer toiletries with you is to purchase those reusable travel bottles that come with a screw top or flip lid. When you fill one of these bottles up with shampoo, for example, you’re unlikely to need very much more. The same can be said for shower gel and hand lotion. These bottles can usually hold enough shampoo etc. for at least one week.

Wash your Clothes

If you have the chance to you should wash your clothes so you can wear them another day. This will prevent you from having to take a different outfit for each day. If your hotel does not have a laundry you can usually find laundry powder for sale in one of the local shops. As you can see, it’s perfectly possible for you to travel lighter. Use the above tips the next time you’re about to go on vacation and your suitcase

Egypt Photo Diary: Abu Simbel

Nile Cruise – High Dam -Philae temple & First Bitter Taste Of Traveling In Egypt

After visiting Saint Catherine Monastery, we continued our journey to Cairo. The road trip to Cairo was long but I looked out the car window with great interest. The Egyptian land! Africa! The part of world I always wanted to travel to! Can you imagine how excited I felt? There was endless desert. And the Red Sea. The Red Sea in Egypt looked differently compared to the Red Sea I saw in Israel. It was dreamy pink dotted with may private luxury beach resorts that were not accessible to local Egyptians.

At 11:30pm, we finally checked in my hotel in Cairo. Instead of staying in Cairo for sightseeing as per our itinerary, I was told to catch an early flight the next morning and start Nile Cruise. Can’t remember the reason why but it was a private tour, the decision was easily made for me. So I got up 4am the next day and caught the early flight to Aswan.

A local tour guide picked me up at the airport and that was the start of Nile Cruise. The ship was marvellous and my cabin was luxurious but there was no time to enjoy it yet. After quickly checking and dropped my luggage at the reception, we headed to High Dam and Philae Temple.

High Dam was a bore, haha. Sorry to say that, I understand the importance of it but it’s a very plain sightseeing place with not much to see.

We then caught a little boat to cross the water to reach Philae Temple on the island. Before setting our foot on the boat, the tour guide gave us a lecture about tipping. Note, it is compulsory to tip in Egypt so the boat driver must be tipped separately. That was kind of expected but little did I know that what I experienced in Egypt really showed me a different level of harassment.

Philae temple is an amazing site. Originally locted in Upper Egypt, the temple complex was dismantled and moved to nearby Agilkia Island as part of the UNESCO Nubia Campaign project, protecting this and other complexes before the 1970 completion of the Aswan High Dam.

As I was in awe at the sight of this ancient construction, two Egyptian men dressed in typical southern Egyptian garments waved at me. And indicated that me should take a photo of them with the temple. So I did. Silly me. The bigger one of these two men then started to follow me and the other one followed on. At first a didn’t understand what was the problem. Then the bigger Egyptian used his body language to demand money.

Ahhh… Of course, you must tip every step you go in Egypt. I paid them. For taking photos of them. And that was the first lesson learnt.

The most important lesson I learnt from my trip is Egypt is to remember not to make eye contact or smile at anyone! NO ONE apart from fellow tourists. I thought in Petra nobody will help you unless you tip them, but in Egypt, you must stay away from local Egyptian as far as possible. They will follow you, ask money from you and try to trick you regardless but just keep walking on and maintain a serious facial expression. Smiling makes you to be perceived a weak person and an easy target.

Back to the Cruise, I couldn’t wait to enjoy my spacious, comfortable cabin and to gaze out at the Nile River, day dreaming. Within a minute, some one knocked on my door. A waiter was outside my cabin. He started to introduce himself and stared at me eagerly. I gave him some money, put “Do Not Disturb” sign out and shut my door again.

There it was, a moment of peace in my own cabin.