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12 Best Romantic Destinations For Valentine’s Day In 2021

In less than two months most people will be celebrating valentine’s day. Valentine’s day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.

The celebration usually takes place on February 14th, people usually spend this day with loved ones, going out for a romantic date in a fancy restaurant, sending flowers, cards, or presents, some people proposed to their boyfriends or girlfriends, etc.

Some people prefer a romantic getaway for valentine’s where they can go somewhere like out of town or country and enjoy a new environment, relax and create some memories.

There are many places you can go for a romantic valentine’s day getaway in the U.S. Here are some places that you can make valentine’s memories with your loved ones.

 

1. Amelia Island, Florida

Ocean Under Cloudy Sky

Amelia Island located 30 miles from Jackson, Florida,  it’s well known for its pristine nature and uncrowded beaches, it offers world-class golf, spas, and restaurants, If you are looking for a quiet romantic valentine’s getaway  Amelia Island is a place to be.

On Amelia Island, you do something different and very memorable like enjoying a romantic beachfront horseback ride or hop in a  private sunset cruise yacht.

Another activity you can do is to explore the scenic Amelia Island Trail by riding a bike or hiking, this is a good activity for those who like outdoor activities. 

There is also an opportunity to pamper yourselves with a couples massage at one of the luxury resorts on the island. 

 

2. Aspen, Colorado

forest near body of water under blue sky

Aspen is located in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and the Elk Mountains. It’s a  popular tourist destination due to its outdoor recreation and amazing ski resorts.

There are a lot of things to do on Valentine’s Day in Aspen, from romantic dinners to fun events and activities.  

 

3. Big Sur, California

green-leafed tree beside beach during daytime

Take an epic road trip and travel to Big Sur and enjoy its spectacular scenery and romantic atmosphere. Big Sur is a peaceful destination on the  California coast that has a lot to offer.

It’s a beautiful valentine’s day getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. You can go hiking on the famous trails and admire the scenery.

If you like to chill at the beach you can stop by Pfeiffer beach, or Sand Dollar Beach and have some atmospheric picnic.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

people on beach during daytime

Cape Cod is a peninsula located in  Massachusetts, is a very popular summertime destination.  Surrounded by seafood shacks, lighthouses, ponds, and ocean beaches. 

Its unique natural beauty and amazing white-sand beaches make it perfect for a romantic valentine’s day destination. Also, the slow pace of Cape Cod makes it a better place to spend quality time with your loved one.

Enjoy different things such as taking a helicopter ride, strolling at the beach, enjoy the Cap symphony, and eating a variety of fresh seafood.

 

Charleston, South Carolina

white concrete building near green trees during daytime

This largest city in South Carolina is a low-key romantic getaway. Charleston, South Carolina, is a beautiful city filled with historic homes, art galleries, beaches, and tasty Southern cuisine.

While in Charleston you can head to Sullivan’s Island to escape the crowd enjoying this historical island.

To spice up your romance on valentine’s day you can book a cruise just for two with Spirit line cruises where they have different packages to choose from.  

You can also hop on sightseeing cruises that can be memorable too and a wonderful way to explore the city of Charleston.

Kauai, Hawaii

person floating on pool at daytime

Kauai, also known as  Garden Island, offers many different ways for couples to enjoy a  romantic valentine’s getaway.

In  Kauai the couple has an option to relax on secluded beaches, relax in a private luxury villa or go on a hiking adventure along the Napali Coast above the Pacific ocean.  

You can also book a private helicopter tour and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the island or enjoy stargazing. Kauai is known to be the best place for stargazing.

When it comes to dining Kauhai does deliver the best, to make it more romantic you can choose a dinner cruise with Leila Na Pali Sunset Dinner sail or Na Pali Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise.

Whatever you choose to do in Kauai, you will never be disappointed.

 

Lanai, Hawaii

body of water during daytime

Lanai, the smallest island in Hawaii, is truly a romantic place for Valentine’s day gateway. The exclusivity of Lanai does make it feel like you are on a different planet.

You can enjoy a luxury resort while indulging in high-end cuisine. A valentine’s day in Lanai is guaranteed to be a memorable experience with your loved one.

Besides dining in fine restaurants, there are a lot of activities like golfing, epic back road adventures such as hiking, horseback rides.

The Lanai experience won’t be satisfied without water activities, and this place has tons of those like diving, snorkeling in tide pools, etc. 

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

white and brown concrete building near body of water during daytime

Martha’s Vineyard is an island located in Massachusetts. It’s a place where you can relax on quiet beaches, explore the historic Edgartown Lighthouse, and enjoy fine dining.

All this contributes to making this island one of the valentine’s day destinations. For a memorable romantic valentine’s day, book a stay at one of the island’s top hotels, you will get the experience of a lifetime because they have a lot to offer to their guests.

Napa Valley, California

clear wine glasses on table

Napa Valley is the wine-growing region in the U.S and one of the most famous in the world. Known for its cozy wine caverns, vineyards, chic restaurants, luxury hotels, and spa-treatment, it’s not only a wine lover’s paradise it’s also a  valentine’s day romantic getaway.

One can assume that the only thing you can do in Napa Valley is wining and dining that is not true. There are a lot of things you can enjoy with your loved ones such as; visiting the Hess collection Wine & Art museum, there is a lot to learn in this place. 

Hop in a  Napa  Valley wine train tour, is the best way to explore the Napa Valley. You will get to enjoy fine dining and wine tastings, there are different train tours to choose from depending on your needs.

Another thing you can do is to take a break from everything and treat yourself to an amazing spa, or go kayaking and explore the Russian River. 

Savannah, Georgia

green leaf trees

Savannah is a  coastal city located in the state of  Georgia. Savannah is well known for its beautiful coastal landscapes,  well-preserved architecture, and its rich, vibrant history.  

The city of Savannah is one of the best places to visit for a romantic valentine’s day gateway.  There are a lot of things that you can do with your loved ones,  like take a walk in the River Street area where you can enjoy dining and nightlife.

If you want to make your day special, you get Valentine’s day dinner on Savannah Riverboat Cruise and get some dessert at Better Than Sex – A Dessert Restaurant. 

Well, if you want to have more fun than a quiet evening you can head to some dinner and live shows around town where you can have fine dining and entertainment.

 

Sedona, Arizona

green trees near brown mountain under white clouds during daytime

This   Arizona desert town with its majestic red rock scenery and evergreen vegetation makes it easier to express your love.  Whether you are an indoor or outdoor person, Sedona is the best place for a valentine’s romantic gateway.

There are a lot of things to do like hiking in Sedona’s scenic red rocks such as  Slim Shady trail or the courthouse. Hop into a hot air balloon and see dramatic red rock formations, take an astronomy tour and enjoy night skies.

If you are not feeling the outdoor activities, you can enjoy a romantic dinner in some of the fine restaurants around the town. Go for the wine tasting at the Verde Valley Wine trail or better yet go for a spa and enjoy yourself.

 

Willamette Valley, Oregon

plants and trees

Willamette Valley is a 150-mile long valley in the Pacific Northwest region located in  Oregon.  Willamette Valley is best known as a wine lover’s retreat.  It’s home to more than 500 wineries. 

Willamette Valley is truly a valentine’s day destination because it has a lot to offer. Enjoy outdoor adventurers such as fishing, hiking, and biking.

Also, don’t forget to visit  Silver Falls State Park where you can enjoy the waterfall trail and take amazing memorable pictures.

You can stay at one of the region’s luxurious wine country resorts, many of which feature on-site vineyards, spas, and gourmet restaurants, this will be something different and memorable. 

A visit to Willamette Valley will be complete without visiting one of the many wineries in the region where you can taste a variety of local wines while pairing them with delicious foods.

 

 

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27 Best Vacation Destinations For 2021

Many people are looking forward to this pandemic to be over, so they can resume their daily life. One of the things people are looking for is to travel. 

Things are looking good for 2021, the vaccine came out, and more countries are beginning to open or lifting their lockdown while still practicing safety protocols to keep everybody safe.

Airlines and hotels are also following safety protocols, and top of that providing discounts, no fee cancellation or rescheduling for some bookings. You can check airlines or hotels cancellations policies before you do your reservations.

So when it comes to travel, every year we are looking at where we want to travel, what we want to or experience, or where are the best places to travel for the coming vacation or just to scratch our bucket list.

As of now, we are looking at where are the best places to travel in 2021. Here are some places we think you should consider for your 2021 vacation.

Bali, Indonesia

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Indonesia

Bali is a paradise, it’s a bucket list for many of us. Here you’ll find beaches, volcanoes, and jungles sheltering elephants, and many more. Bali is where you can have your dream luxury vacation for less.

It’s a popular destination if you haven’t seen it on social media you probably heard about it somewhere. 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

cars on road near city buildings during daytime

Buenos Aires, the capital of  Argentina, is also known as the Paris of South America. The city of Buenos Aires it’s also considered one of the most romantic destinations because there’s a lot of romantic things to do.

It’s impossible to be bored in Buenos Aires. There are a lot of amazing restaurants, dance clubs,  nightclubs,  and bars.

If you like tango dancing, ooh well Buenos Aires will be your paradise, you will see some, tango dancing in the streets that you can somehow learn.

Budapest, Hungary.

Budapest, the capital and the most populous city of Hungary, is one of the novelish, fairytale cities in  Europe. Sitting in the River Danube, the city is well known for its famous thermal baths.

There are a lot of things to do in Budapest such as take a tour of the spectacular Neo-Gothic Parliament building, visit The Budapest Pinball Museum, ruin bars, the underground cave system.

Cairo, Egypt 

person standing in front of The Great Spinx, Egypt

Cairo is one of the most ancient cities in the world located on the continent of Africa. This capital of Egypt is sitting on the Nile river,  it has the 3rd largest population in Africa and  1st in the Middle East.

The city has a vibrant culture, wonderful museums, and friendly people, it’s also the home of the Pyramids of Giza, the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World.

Cape Town, South Africa

white and brown concrete building near body of water during daytime

Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa.  The city is known for its stunning views, adventure, and history. Cape Town is also known for its wineries, you can take wine tram tours, private wine tours with experts.

If you like adventures you can take Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to get the best views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain. You can take a hike up to Lion’s head.

Don’t forget to enjoy the amazing restaurants and many things that Cape Town has to offer.

Cusco, Peru

mountains covered with green leafed trees under blue sky

This ancient  Inca capital is one of the top travel destinations not only in Peru but also in South America. The city of Cusco is 46 to 50 miles away from Machu Picchu. The city has archaeological sites, museums, marketplaces, and many more.  Cusco is those kinds of places you will like to add to your bucket list if you haven’t done it yet.

Dubai, U.A.E

gray high-rise building during nighttime

For years  UAE has proved to be one of the best vacation destinations. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the most famous cities in the UAE where people like to go to visit. 

Dubai is well known for its modern architecture and its beauty in general, surely it is a must-go vacation destination to cool off from 2020 stress. There is a lot to do in Dubai that will create a lifetime memory such as sightseeing, activities, dining experience, etc. 

You can take a sightseeing tour where you can get a chance to see the tallest building in the world Burj Khalifa in Dubai, visit  Gold and Spice souks, Dubai  Aquarium, underwater zoo, Green planet, Arabian Dune Safari,  stroll at the Dubai  Mall,   and many more.

If you have time you can take 2hrs to see Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

aerial view of town near body of water

Dubrovnik is a city in Croatia, one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea.

The city is popular for its spectacular seafront location on the Dalmatian Coast and offers numerous cultural activities and festivals.

You can enjoy  Dubrovnik by walking around its picturesque winding streets,  visiting the   Cathedral of Assumptions, cliffside beach bars, without forgetting the  Dubrovnik Old Town.

Hanoi, Vietnam.

woman carrying woven tray and white pail while walking on wet market

Hanoi is the capital and second-largest city of Vietnam.  Hanoi is known for silks and handicrafts,  delectable cuisine, and vibrant nightlife. Hanoi is a multicultural city that’s made up of Chinese, French and Russian influences.

The city has a busy street life, there are a lot of things to do like visiting historical sites like Hoa Lo Prison, Museum of Ethnology, enjoying the best view of Hanoi at Lotte Tower Observation Deck and visiting some temples.

Don’t forget to take a stroll and enjoy all the street foods the city of Hanoi has to offer.

Ibiza, Spain

white yacht

Ibiza is one of the beautiful Spanish islands, is not only known for its scenic beaches, but it’s also known for its nightlife. If you like electronic /techno dance music, and club scenes, in general, this is the must-go place. There are plenty of things to do in Ibiza and you will never get bored of this place.

Kruger National Park, South Africa. 

herd of elephant standing near body of water

Another place to go if you like a safari vacation is  Kruger National Park in  South Africa.

The park is one of the largest game reserves with a high density of wild animals including the Big 5,  which are lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos.

Kruger National Park has safari experiences of all kinds, it’s a great escape from busy city life and gets back to nature.

Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. It is best known for its tradition of Fado music, ornate architecture, and full of colonial history.

It is the Mediterranean’s hidden gem, there is a lot of sightseeing and activities, and the restaurants offer delicious menus for all tastes and diets. The city is close to beautiful sand beaches that give you relaxation. 

Marrakesh, Morocco

brown and white house with green trees and green grass

Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in Morocco. Marrakech has famous palaces and is also known as the city of luxury, with  5-star restaurants, luxury spas. You will always be amazed at the city’s vibrant colors, aromatic dishes, surely the city of Marrakesh to offer.

While you are there make sure you visit the botanic garden Jardin Majorelle, Maison de la Photographie, Musée Yves Saint Laurent a museum dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent’s couture legacy and has a permanent display of hundreds of garments spanning his 40-year career.

Designer Yves Saint Laurent spent some of his lifetimes in Marrakech and he even bought the Jardin Majorelle in the 80s if you are into fashion somehow you knew about this.

Don’t forget to visit the Soukous and collect some souvenirs.

Napa Valley, Calfornia 

people sitting on picnic tables during daytime

Napa Valley in California Wine Country is one of the world’s famous wine regions located in the United States. Napa Valley has more than 375 wineries that are open for tastings and more than 80  urban tasting rooms. 

This wine country region is known for its world-class wine, as well as beautiful scenery without forgetting the perfect weather year-round. 

Napa Valley is also the home of several  Michelin-star restaurants, and luxurious accommodations and spas. Napa Valley is good for a weekend getaway or whatever you prefer.

New Orleans, U.S.A

brown and gray 3-story building

New Orleans is also known as  NOLA, or Big Easy is a city located in the state of Louisiana on the Mississippi River.  

New Orleans is one of the lively cities because of its round-the-clock nightlife, street music, festivals, and many more. 

This is a city full of festivals and adventures, if you are looking to explore historical sites, eating and drinking while enjoying famous festivals like Essence festival, or Jazz festival, NoLa will be your place to go.

New York City, U.S.A

New York City is one of the world’s most exciting cities. Its true definition of a melting pot, with beautiful architecture, different cultures and cuisines, festivals, and many more things to explore and do.

There are a lot of places you can visit besides restaurants, you can visit one of the largest art museums in the word The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy a show at Broadway, take a stroll at Central Park who knows you might bump into the filming of your favorite show or favorite actor/actress filming a movie.

New Zealand

aerial view of beach with mountains

This small island nation located in the Pacific Ocean is famous for its picturesque landscape,  and its indigenous Maori culture. New Zealand is a dream place for nature lovers.

There are a lot of outdoor adventures, wellness retreats, and natural wonders. The country is known for its best farm-to-table dining.

There are a lot of places to visit and enjoy while vacationing in New Zealand such as exploring Middle Earth, visit Auckland also known as City of Sails, visit the country’s capital Wellington.

While you visit  Wellington don’t leave without going to, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa also known as Te Papa.

Paris, France

aerial view photography of city

Paris, the capital of France, is one of the most iconic cities in the world. Paris is also known as the City of Light or the City of Love, is home to famous landmarks such as Arc de Triomphe,  the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre Museum, and many more. The streets of Paris overflow with culture, art, beauty, and history.  

Phuket, Thailand

boats on sea near mountain during daytime

Phuket located in Thailand is the country’s largest island as we know Thailand has more than a thousand islands. Phuket, Thailand has something for everyone,  it is known for its tranquility and amazing beaches.

If you are a beach lover, Phuket is the place to be but there some other things you can enjoy and make your vacation memorable such a taking a trip to Wat Chalong,  a tour to The Chalong Bay Rum Distillery, visit  Tiger kingdom, Phuket Town Weekend Night Market and many many more.

Rome, Italy

brown concrete house

Rome is the capital of Italy. The city of Rome is known for its stunning architecture. There are a lot of attractions in this amazing city such as the Trevi Fountain,   the Colosseum, and the Pantheon.

While in Rome you will also have an opportunity to visit the smallest country in the world  Vatican City. Tons of things to do in this beautiful city don’t forget the amazing restaurants, designer stores and many more. 

Salzburg, Austria

white concrete building near green trees during daytime

Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria. Salzburg is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The city is known for its  Baroque architecture, the city also hosts a series of opera, concerts, theatre performances, and the Salzburg Festival. 

Salzburg is where the movie “The Sound of Music” was shot. . There is a lot to explore when it comes to history, art, music, and culinary.

You will never be bored when you are in Salzburg, no matter what time of the year. The city’s also known for its famous Christmas festivals and Christmas markets.

Don’t forget to visit  Mirabell Palace  for the best Christmas markets

Santiago, Chile

aerial photography of city during night

Santiago is the capital and largest city of  Chile. The city of Santiago is known as one of the cosmopolitan cities in the world.

The city is surrounded by handicraft markets, art galleries, design shops and is also famous for its lively Latino nightlife.

There are a lot of places to visit while in Santiago such as the La Chascona museum, Bellavista neighborhood, Cerro Santa Lucia, Cerro Stan Cristobal, and many more.

Santorini, Greece

white buildings near body of wter

Santorini is a volcanic island in Greece, It is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets in Oia, nice beaches with clear blue waters.

It is one of the most popular destinations, you can enjoy your vacation by visiting the Santo winery where you can enjoy Greek Wines, delicious Greek cuisines, hiking on the top of the Santorini volcano, and many more. Surely a trip to Santorini will be a memorable vacation.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

zebra on brown grass field during daytime

The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem.  

Serengeti is well known for its annual migration of millions of wildebeests plus hundreds of thousands of gazelles and zebras, followed by their predators, providing one of the most impressive nature spectacles in the world.

The best primary reason to visit Serengeti National Park is to witness The Great Migration, which usually is around  July. There are other activities such as camping, safari balloon, safari tour groups.

The Maldives

green palm trees near body of water

This nation of islands in the Indian Ocean has been a tourist attraction and one of the amazing vacation destinations. Five percent of the planet’s reef can be found in the Maldives.

The reefs are home to a thousand species of fish and come with an explosion of color and corals.  If you like the beach vacation the Maldives will be the perfect fit for you. 

A lot of activities to do such as scuba diving, snorkeling, visit the Male fish market or get some spa treatment, etc.

Tokyo, Japan

photo of people crossing road

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the largest metropolitan in the world and one of the world’s most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design.

There’s a lot to explore in the city such as temples, the Aqua Zoo, Tsukiji Fish Market, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo National Museum, and many more. 

Vancouver, Canada. 

body of water near building during daytime

Vancouver is one of the major cities in Canada. surrounded by water and close to the mountains. Vancouver is where you can enjoy fresh, local seafood, especially salmon.

You can enjoy this beautiful city by taking a boat tour or sightseeing cruise, which are available throughout the city. Vancouver it’s also known for its outdoor recreation and adventures.

If you love outdoor life then Vancouver is your place. The city is offering a lot of outdoor sports and adventure, from kayaking, hiking, camping, skiing, and mountain ziplining.

The adventures depend on the season; there are winter and summer adventures.  Don’t forget to dine in their amazing restaurants, visit the parks around the city such as the famous Stanley Park. 

 

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How To Take a Road trip with your Pet [Checklist]

Sometimes when we want to take a  road trip, we want to include everybody in our family. But it’s not easy when comes to our pets. 

It has been difficult to travel with pets whether it flying, riding on a bus/train, or even a road trip.  This is due to several restrictions such as accommodation restrictions or transportation restrictions etc.

But there are some tips that can help you plan your road trip when you want to take your pet with you.

1. Checklist

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When you are planning your trip, make sure you are creating a checklist. List all the things you need to do before, and during your trip.

You can also list things you need to carry with you on your trip etc. This will help you not to forget important things and make you well organized.

2. Packing

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Well, you are planning to take a trip with your pet so your packing will be a little different as you used to.

You will need to carry your pet’s necessities such as pet food, water, treats, medicine, toys, portable feeding bowls, and other things that you know your pet will need them.

You don’t want to run out of food, water,  or any supplies in the middle of nowhere that can be stressful. Don’t forget to pack equipment or a bag that you will use to pick up your pet’s waste on the road.

Another thing you need to take with you is a car trashcan this is a must on any road trip.

3. Accommodation

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If you are one of those people who always do last minute reservation or book as you go, doing that will not be a good idea when traveling with pets.

Making a reservation ahead of time will be beneficial because you will need to look for those places that can accommodate pets or are allowing pets.

There are many places that have restrictions when comes to pets, so you want to make sure you settle everything before you start your trip.

The good thing there are different types of accommodation to choose from, like hotels, motels, Airbnb, etc.

4. Safety

adult brown and white long-coated dog sitting on vehicles back

You want to make sure your pet is comfortable during the trip and also safe.  You can put something like a hammock in the back seat to create a safe and comfortable space.

The hammock will not only keep your pet safe and comfortable in the car it also save your car’s seats from dirt, pet fur, and claw marks. Make sure you get the waterproof hammock

Another thing you need to consider during the trip for safety is, never drive with your pet in the front seat. It very dangerous to do so for several reasons, first a distraction of a pet in the front seat can cause an accident.

Second, its airbags, yes airbags can be dangerous even though they were created for safety. Airbags can kill a pet when they deploy, and in some vehicles, even a little fender bender can deploy an airbag with a lot of force that can result in serious injury to your pet.

 

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11 Best Yoga Retreats Around the World [Updated for 2021]

The year 2020 has been a very very long year full of events from pandemic to elections somehow we feel like we need a break from all of these events. The best way to do that is by taking care of yourself, relaxing, recharging, and get ready for new beginnings whatever that maybe.  

The best way to stop for a moment and get away from everyday life stresses and get some peace is through yoga retreats.  Yoga retreats are worth it especially when they are well organized.

Yoga retreats can provide a memorable vacation experience, an opportunity to meet new people and learn different things and gain new perspectives in life. There are yoga retreats all over the world but today I want to show you some of the best yoga retreats around the world. Here  we go;

 

1. Kamalaya Koh Samui , Thailand

photo of brown bench near swimming pool

Kamalaya is the perfect island retreat located in Thailand.   A tropical island vibe with deep blue water, long palm trees are some of the things that will surround you on this yoga retreat in the beautiful  Kamalaya resort on Koh Samui. 

The Kamalaya resort is well known as a multi-award-winning wellness sanctuary.   They have a  personalized Yoga Synergy Programme, you can choose 3, 5, or 7 days classes and Ayurveda therapy.

In between sessions you can unwind in the lovely spa on top of a hill and sample delicious Thai cuisine and enjoy all that Kamalaya has to offer.

 

2. Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center,  Costa Rica

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The Anamaya resort in  Costa Rica gives you a life-changing experience yoga retreat.  The incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and the lush green jungle of Costa Rica are enough to make anyone want to stay because it gives you a Zen with a touch of adventure.

There is more to do in this yoga retreat like relaxing in a hammock or soak in the magnificent infinity pool. You have an option to take a daily yoga lesson or combine yoga with adventures such as learning how to surf.

If you are into more than yoga, The  Anayama offers permaculture, retreat. A permaculture retreat is a special retreat that focuses on a sustainable lifestyle where you will stay at the Rancho Delicioso eco-village in the middle of the rainforest.

 

3. Nøsen Yoga Mountain Hotel, Norway

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

If you enjoy being somewhere remote and quiet, the Nøsen Yoga Mountain Hotel, in Norway will be the spot for you.  This wintery Norwegian landscape is one of the best yoga retreats in Europe.

Located 906 meters above sea level at the beautiful Panoramavegen was built-in 1888 so it’s very different from the resort you used to.

The yoga retreats at  Nøsen Yoga Mountain Hotel come in a comprehensive package of yoga and meditation classes,  which are both indoors and outdoors.

In addition to your daily classes, there are different activities you can do like cross-country skiing, dog sledding. The retreat is available during both the winter and summer seasons.

 4. Vana Wellness Retreat,  India

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Vana wellness retreat is one of the most famous retreat spots in the world. Located in India, the resort is set among mango and lychee plantations, north of New Delhi.

The  Vana Yoga retreat has a large selection of yoga classes,  not only that you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Ayurveda,  experience Tibetan healing, and also Chinese herbal therapy. 

5. EcoYoga, Scotland

Time-Lapse Photography of Waterfalls

Eco Yoga is a retreat center located in Scotland. Situated on a hilltop, surrounded by dense forests, and a sweeping view of Loch Awe.

Eco yoga run courses and retreats throughout the year, it’s the best place to enjoy  Scottish nature.  Also in the resort, you will find a plunge pool filled with spring water, a solar-heated hot tub, and two incredible pools right next to a roaring waterfall.

Have you taken a bath by the waterfall? Oh well, add that to your list because there are different bathing options and one I think is the best is  Lower Gorge Bath.   

Lower Gorge Bath is where the river plunges into a natural gorge and joins the mighty Liever River, and that’s how  Lower Gorge Bath was created, it is a deep bathtub.

The Eco Yoga offers lectures, two classes a day, and delicious vegetarian dishes. If you want to recharge, relax, and have some peace and enjoy nature, this is a place to be.

6. Como Shambhala Estate, Bali

A Cozy Cabana Close To A Swimming Pool

Como Shambhala Estate is located in the rainforest valley near Ubud, Bali. It’s a  definition of a true Retreat for Change. It has a team of experts such as yoga teachers, an Ayurvedic doctor, and a resident dietician.

While there, you will get a chance to enjoy nature, outdoors, and rise to the sound of birds singing outside your room and spend days exploring the thick jungles and stone temples of this magnificent place and joining Ayurvedic yoga classes next to the babbling river.

7. Fusion  Maia Da Nang, Vietnam

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Fusion Maia Da Nang located in  Vietnam has a perfect yoga retreat with an all-spa inclusive package.  The Fusion Maia offers a refreshingly modern take on wellness like an introduction to a vegan diet and other modern wellness programs.

You can take part in daily schedules of beachfront yoga and meditation, or simply allow yourself to kick back and let your twice-daily complimentary spa treatments soothe stress and reduce anxiety.

This place is truly a gateway for those who are looking for a wellness retreat, unforgettable cultural encounters. It blends healthy living with understated luxury. 

Fusion Maia will give you breathtaking beachfront views, a range of elegant pool villas, and its special Breakfast Anywhere Anytime. This is a place where you can relax and enhance your overall well being. 

8. Yogarosa Ibiza, Spain

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Yogarosa has a beautiful yoga retreat in the heart of Ibiza.YogaRosa Retreats offers relief from everyday stress.   The Yogarosa’s yoga retreat has shady pines, a cooling pool,  and aromatic lavender.

While you are here, you can generate healing energy, explore meditation, and deepen your yoga practice regardless of your current level. 

Enjoy authentic practices, held in a Bedouin tent with fluttering prayer flags, followed by meditation accompanied by a singing bowl.

9. Villa Lena, Italy

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Located on the sweeping olive groves and rolling hills of  Tuscany, The Villa Lena is a perfect place for a yoga retreat.  It’s a beautiful place to recharge and find new inspiration.

There a variety of yoga classes and activities from sunrise yoga sessions on the poolside deck, to go for long walks through neighboring vineyards and dine on food sourced from local farms.

On this yoga retreat, you will be able to enjoy fresh and delicious menus to supplement a healthy lifestyle. There is also a bar where you can enjoy fresh juices and cocktails only made by request since they are freshly made.

Not only that there are organized tours that get you to discover the hidden charms of the property. If you happen to go there during the fall season,  you will have an opportunity to participate in grape picking and truffle hunting led by one of the agricultural experts. 

10. Trilanka Resort,  Sri Lanka

Silhouette of Man at Daytime

Located in an old cinnamon plantation in Sri Lanka, it is an ultra-sustainable yoga retreat near  Lake Koggala, providing the perfect Zen backdrop to practice.  

Tri Lanka resort is an elegant, elevated retreat space for physical and spiritual practices.  This amazing resort offers individualized and dynamic self-healing through yoga, breath, and meditation.

Sessions are held in a treetop sala above the bamboo grove, and you can spend your free time kayaking, salt fishing, or tucked away in the library.

Tri Lanka resort is well known for its Quantum Yoga which has more to offer when it comes to yoga.

Quantum yoga it’s a yoga path that resonates with your personal requirements at all times and balances your inner nature, with the aim of bringing you into a state of greater harmony with the environment. 

 

11. Hotel Sanara Tulum, Mexico

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Hotel Sanara Tulum is a barefoot luxury hotel on Tulum Beach in Mexico, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. 

The place you can feel the warmth of the pristine white sand between your toes as you weave between our beach garden sanctuaries,  enjoying the world-class Wellness Center, ocean-front Yoga studio, and highly acclaimed conscious kitchen.

There are three yoga sessions a day, and a good spa if you want to book in for treatments. Between or after the session you can choose to spend your day on the beach, and eat. 

The retreat provides meals such as grain, dairy, and refined sugar-free to improve digestive health.

 

 

 

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Qatar vs Etihad vs Turkish Airlines

Traveling is not everyone’s cup of tea. But sometimes one does not have a choice. When it comes to long routes and long flights, traveling with an airline that provides comfort and safety is a must.

Especially when we talk about the business class of different airlines.

In this article, we will have a comparison amongst Etihad vs Qatar vs Turkish airlines. And we will discuss which one has the best business class.

 

GOING BUSINESS CLASS; THINGS TO CONSIDER

A ticket for the business class can get a lot of perks and benefits. From entering the airport to leaving it, the whole procedure of traveling becomes very smooth and easy.

But, not every airline offers the same comfort nor the same benefits as others.

So, if you are traveling from a different airline for the first time, you must do your complete homework.

And know how the business class is of that particular airline.

 When choosing a business class, here are a few things that you should consider before buying the ticket:

 

THE SEATS

interior photography of airline seats

 

Having a long flight is torture itself, and not having proper and comfortable seating will only make the route longer and more torturous.

Especially when you paid a hefty amount for it. Different airlines have different seating for their business class.

Some have seats that can be in a lie-down position while others have seats like the economy class but with much more leg space. You should choose the airline that provides the first one, lie down seats.

If we compare all three airlines, Qatar, Turkish, and Etihad. Qatar Airways checks this point as it provides lie down seats to its travelers in the business class.

 

THE ONBOARDING SERVICE

woman in black button up long sleeve shirt

While this point is not a complete deal-breaker, when you are paying twice the economic price, you should enjoy all the perks too.

When it comes to the onboarding service, customer service, food, the entertainment, it covers everything. When choosing an airline, make sure you research well on their onboarding service.

CONVENIENCE

This completely depends on you and what you want. Do you want a connecting flight or do you want a direct flight?

What matters here is no matter which option you go for; you want a hustle free flight. So, go for the one which does not have a complicated route.

 

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF traveling IN QATAR, ETIHAD OR TURKISH AIRLINES?

 Now, let us discuss some advantages of traveling with these airlines:

QATAR AIRWAY

White and Red Air Plane in Mid Air

Comfort and luxury! If these are the two things you are looking for when it comes to traveling in business class, then Qatar Airways is your airline to go with.

Unlike other airlines, the perks of traveling in Qatar Airways start way before entering the plane. The airport experience is a lot better and the hospitality is something to always remember.

From check-ins to stepping on the plane, the whole process before the flight is hassle-free and very smooth. The food and drinks offered during this time are complimentary too.

 

Qatar Airways

ONBOARDING

 Those who hold a business class ticket have priority, hence they are the first ones to settle into the plane too. In Qatar Airways, a business class traveler gets a steward/stewardess designated only for him or her alone for the entire flight.

 CABIN SPACE

The business class cabin provided by Qatar Airways is very spacious. The ceilings are high, and the cabins have a design that gives them direct access to the aisle. This makes it very convenient for passengers.

ETIHAD AIRWAYS

The business class of Etihad, or should we say the business studio, is an artistic experience of its own. A blend of simplicity and art is the core part of its design.

It looks gorgeous and it works fine for all. Etihad Airways, like all other airlines, also had business class, but very recently they have changed it to the business studio.

Which is much more stylish and offers more privacy than the previous design.

 THE SEATING

The seats present in the business studio of Etihad airlines have leather seats, which are Italian designed. These seats come with a massage option, warm and cozy blankets along soft pillows.

Each studio has direct access to the aisle. Moreover, the seats can be in a lie-down position as well to provide comfort and good rest for the passengers.

ENTERTAINMENT

Each cabin has a screen of its own where passengers can enjoy unlimited entertainment. Along with that, this airline also provides Wi-Fi but for selected flights only. Other than that, newspapers and magazines and headphones are also present in each cabin.

TURKISH AIRLINES

white airliner

 

When it comes to long flights, you need an airline that makes the route less torturous. This is what Turkish airline is all about and their business class is commendable.

From onboarding to food, and even the seats, everything makes the entire traveling experience a whole lot better.

ENTERTAINMENT

Turkish Airways also offers passengers an amenity kit. Basic things like a cream, toothbrush, and toothpaste are what you get with this kit. Other than that, Turkish Airways provides free Wi-Fi, which might work slow at times. Each cabin has a screen in front of the seat.

UNPRECEDENTED MEAL SERVICE

Meal service is a very important part of a flight, especially when you are traveling in a business class. The meal service provided by the Turkish airlines for the business class passengers is amazing. The chefs put a lot of time and effort into preparing the meals, and it shows.

EMIRATE AIRLINES

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When it comes to Emirates, the whole traveling experience while it is good, s not world-class. Here is a list of the pros and cons of traveling with Emirates:

PROS:

  • The seating provided by Emirates to its business class passengers is very comfortable.

  • Customer service, as well as the service provided on the flight, is incredible.

CONS:

  • The boarding process of Emirate airlines is very complicated.

  • The food offered during the flight is not good.

TURKISH AIRLINES

Turkish airline also provides an experience worth remembering. Let us discuss some pros as well as some cons when it comes to traveling in business class with Turkish airlines:

PROS:

  • The seating and cabin provided to the business class owners are very comfortable and also keeps the privacy intact.

  • The crew is very kind and courteous on every flight.

CONS:

  • Wi-fi connection is free but very slow.

  • The entertainment options are very limited.

KLM AIRLINES

white and blue air liner

 

KLM airlines have a smooth plane, and their operations are running pretty too. But the business class experience of traveling in this airline is not up to the mark. Here are a few cons and pros:

PROS:

  • Very friendly staff, and very attentive to passenger needs.

 CONS:

  • The food served is very disappointing.
  • The business class seats are very old.

SWISS AIRLINES

white and red Swiss airplane during daytime

 

A pleasant experience makes customers really happy when they aboard Swiss Airlines. This is because the whole process of traveling, which includes everything and anything, is very smoothly done.

Let us now see some cons and pros of Swiss Airlines: 

PROS:

  • The food served on the flight is very tasty. Not only tasty, but it is also in a lot of quantity.

  • The sky crew is very friendly. 

CONS:

  • The plane does not have enough leg space for the passengers to relax and rest. 

LUFTHANSA AIRLINE

White and Blue Lufthansa Airplane

 

Lufthansa airline is a German airline and is one of the largest airlines in Europe. It is immensely popular with a high customer satisfaction rate. Let us now discuss some pros as well as some cons of the airline to get a clearer picture of how the airline is:

PROS

  • Excellent customer services. From onboarding till the end, the whole experience is very amazing.

  • The staff especially is very sweet. They go the extra mile to make their customers happy. 

CONS:

  • The prices are very costly for this airline. It is not convenient for everyone to travel on this flight. 

BRITISH AIRWAYS

white and red air plane on airport during daytime

 

British Airways are one of the largest airlines in the United Kingdom. This is true when it comes to the size of the fleet, and the number of passengers it carries every day.

All in all, the flight experience of traveling with this airline is pretty average. Let us discuss the cons and pros of the airlines so we can get a better idea of the airline and its function:

 PROS: 

  • The routes of this airline are very good.

  • The customer service is also remarkable.

CONS:

  • There have been many cases of lost luggage when it comes to British Airways.

  • Their mileage program is torture in itself. It is very complicated.

ETIHAD AIRWAYS

etihad airways

Credit: Etihad Airways

 

Etihad Airways is one of the best airlines and one of the biggest too after emirates. After emirates, it is a UAE flag carrier airline.

It is in Abu Dhabi and offers business, economy as well as first-class options to its passengers. Let us discuss some pros and cons of traveling with Etihad Airlines:

PROS:

  • They offer a lot of entertainment options, and the extra WI-FI is a cherry on the top.

  • They offer a variety of food items on the flight.

CONS:

  • Their loyalty programs offer little to no perks or benefits. 

CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS

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Cathay Airways is more also known as Cathay pacific; it is a flag carrier of Hong Kong and one of the most popular flights of Hong Kong.

Let us now discuss some pros and cons to get a better look at what to expect when traveling in Cathay Pacific Airways:

PROS:

  • Very suitable when traveling with children as the staff takes extra care of the children.

 CONS:

  • Slow service, and not too attentive with the elderly.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

white and blue airplane under white clouds during daytime

 

Singapore airlines, as the name suggests is the flag carrier airline of Singapore. The traveling experience of many has been very great with this airline, let us see some cons and pros to know how the airline actually is:

PROS:

  • The flight attendants are very sweet and very attentive.

  • The customer service is very amazing.

CONS:

  • The food served on the flight is very average.

  • The bag of amenities is very boring too.

 QANTAS AIRWAYS

White and Red Qantas Airplane Fly High Under Blue and White Clouds

 

Qantas Airways is the flag carrier of Australia and is one of the oldest airlines in the world. Let us now discuss the pros and cons of Qantas airways:

PROS:

  • The food was excellent and the serving was hot and fresh.

  • The crew was very attentive as well as helping to passenger needs.

 CONS:

  • The business class of the airline has very little privacy.

  • There is not enough leg space between the seats, which makes long flights very hectic and restless.

ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS

white and blue Ana airplane during daytime

 

All Nippon Airways is also known as Zenniku. Few airlines have a 5-star rating but this airline is one of them. It has a five-star rating and as well as a five-star level of services.

Let us now discuss the cons and pros of All Nippon Airways so that we can get a clearer picture of the airline and the experience it provides:

 PROS:

  • It has many destinations as it flies to many places.

  • The food and the customer service of this airline is excellent.

 CONS:

  • The economy class of the airline is very average.

JAPAN AIRLINES

white passenger plane on airport during daytime

 

Japan airline is an international airline and the flag carrier of Japan.

It gives you the option of choosing from four classes, economy class, business class, premium economy class, and last but not the least, first class.

Let us now discuss some pros and cons of Japan airlines:

PROS:

  • The crew and the services provided by them are excellent.

  • The food served is also up to the mark.

 CONS:

  • The entertainment provided on the flight is boring.

EVA AIRLINE

flying gray airplane

 

The EVA from the EVA airline stands from evergreen airlines, and it is a Taiwanese international airline.

Let us now discuss the pros and cons of traveling in EVA airlines and shed some light on how the traveling experience is with this airline:

PROS:

  • The food served in this airline is very amazing.

  • The crew does a great job of making everyone feel safe as well as comfortable.

CONS:

  • They keep on increasing prices, which has now made it very costly.

AIR FRANCE

white Airfrance airplane

 Having a hub in Paris, this airline is the flag carrier of France. It flies to more than 65 countries across the world. This airline offers its passengers to choose from two options.

First is flying in economy class and the second is business class. Let’s discuss some pros and cons of the airline to get a clearer picture of the traveling experience it offers:

PROS:

  • Very friendly crew and friendly service as well.

  • The food offered is amazing on the flight.

CONS:

  • The seats of the business class are not that comfortable.

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

Ethiopian-Airlines best Airline in Africa

Credit: Ethiopian Airlines

 

As the name suggests, this airline is in Ethiopia. It has flights that go to more than a hundred destinations. It travels to Europe and Asia. It allows its passengers to choose from the two options.

To either travel in economy or CloudNine. CloudNine is their version of a business class. Let us now discuss some pros and cons of the airline:

PROS:

  • The business class seats are very relaxing.

  • A lot of privacy is offered to passengers traveling in business class.

CONS: 

  • The food is not up to the mark.

All in all, Qatar Airlines is one of the best airlines and has one of the business class to travel in.

Here are a few reasons why Qatar Airlines is one of the best airlines:

IT OFFERS COMPLETE PRIVACY

One of the greatest advantages of traveling in this airline’s business class is that it offers you complete and total privacy.

COMFORTABLE SEATS

 The business class seats are very comfortable and allow us to lie down. The mattress and the pillows provided are also very comfortable and cozy.

ONBOARDING

The entire onboarding experience of traveling with Qatar airlines is amazing. From the point we enter the airport to the time we leave, their services for the business class passengers are up to mark.

The customer service and the comfort provided to the passengers enhances the experience of the travel.

 EXCELLENT ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS

The entertainment options provided by Qatar Airlines to its passengers are a lot. From screens to many movie options, to magazines, everything adds value to the traveling experience.

In short, Qatar airlines provides a complete package to its passengers. From customer service to food to comfort, everything is well taken care of. The passengers traveling feel prioritized by the crew members. 

Qatar Airways
As their comfort and safety are taken well care of. The crew is not only friendly but also very attentive to the passenger’s needs.

From small to big, everything is well taken care of when traveling from Qatar Airways especially in the business class.

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The Best Places For the Holidays in The U.S | White Christmas Vacation Spots

The holidays are around the corner, usually, it’s a wonderful time people celebrate together with loved ones, it’s a magical time of the year.

Well, it might be different this year, but we’ll try to make it special as usual. People celebrate the holidays in different ways, some in their favorite restaurants, some in their family or vacation home and some are going for a family gateway searching for a white Christmas vacation.

For those who prefer to travel or have some little getaway during holidays, here are some cities in the U.S that have holiday spirit that you can enjoy with your family and loved ones.

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

white concrete building

This one of the largest cities in North Carolina is also one of the best towns for Christmas celebrations because of its annual tradition such as exploring the Biltmore estate where they usually host lavish Christmas festivities.

Families can also spend a day at  Omni Grove Park Inn; they also offer Christmas magical festivities that include their well known Fesivannual national gingerbread house competition.

Festive drinks and cookies are served and don’t forget their Christmas traditional dinner. There is a lot to do in Asheville that makes it the best place to visit during the holidays.

BRANSON, MISSOURI

green Christmas tree

Branson, Missouri is the perfect spot for the holidays with the family. The family gets to enjoy the view of the Ozark Mountains and get the holiday spirit at the same time enjoying dancing performances, numerous live singing and, parades, a few light shows, and tours.

Lights displays are all over town a family can take a ride and see all the displays.  Don’t forget to check out Christmas Tree Trail where giant trees are decorated and on display throughout the town where you can take memorable pictures.  

Want to have more magical holidays? Don’t miss Silver Dollar City Christmas Festival, is one of the best Christmas Festivals in the U.S.  

The Silver  Dollar City Christmas Festival is a four-time winner of the nation’s  Best Theme Park Holiday Event according to USA Today’s  10 Best Readers choice poll. The amazing festival comes with 6.5 million dazzling lights, a nightly light parade with Rudolph, and other activities.

ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN

green Christmas tree

You might not get a white Christmas but this place will make you feel like you are in Christmas movies or Christmas storybooks. This is due to the warmth of this place, its charming decor and sometimes it’s snowy streets.

A lot of things to do with the family, you can visit the village square for hot cocoa, traditional treats, and annual tree lighting. Enjoy some holiday horse wagon rides, ice skating, snowshoeing, children’s holiday workshop, breakfast with Santa, and many more without forgetting to visit the old world Christmas market.

If you like resorts, you can check out The Osthoff Resort. They offer a lot of opportunities to enjoy the village, such as ice skating on its reflection pond, breakfast with Santa on Saturdays.

JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING

brown barn surrounded by orange-leafed trees

Jackson Hole is a place for nature lovers and those who like to do outdoor activities. There is a lot of lodging, restaurant options to choose from, activities like skiing, fishing, mountain climbing are well known around here. 

What a better way to enjoy this place than to hop on to the iconic Big Red tram. You can ride a tram to the  Rendezvous peak and take part in the tradition and enjoy delicious waffles from Corbet’s Cabin.

Not only that, but you can also take a horse-drawn ride to the National Elk Refuge while kids are skiing with Santa.

LEAVENWORTH, WASHINGTON

house with string lights

Leavenworth, Washington, is a Bavarian-themed town about two hours from Seattle. This small town will make you feel like you are in Germany while transforming into a winter wonderland.

There are a lot of winter wonderland themed activities such as sledding, hot spiced wine and cider tastings, holiday concerts. All this happens at the traditional Christmas Lighting Festival which must go when you are in town during the holidays.

Don’t forget to visit the Christmas annual market known as Christkindlmarkt which features unique goods such as German foods, lantern parade, handmade arts, and crafts all this goes with Christmas themed entertainment.

Some other things you can do or experience with family while celebrating Christmas in Leavenworth are a visit to the Gingerbread factory, skiing, dog sledding, sledding and tubing,  sleigh rides, and a visit to Nutcracker Museum.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

person standing beside two Christmas trees with baubles

New York is one of the best and most famous cities in the world, the city that never sleeps is always known for its holiday celebrations.

There are a lot of things to do in the city, you might not be able to do them all. You can start the holiday celebrations with the iconic annual traditional   Macy’s  Thanksgiving Parade.

If you can’t make it to the parade you can check out the Christmas Spectacular at  Radio City MusicHall. You can also stroll around the city where there’s the holiday spirit everywhere such as seeing a huge Christmas tree at  Rockefeller center and while you are there you can ice skate just under the Christmas tree and take memorable pictures.

Don’t forget to visit  Central Park where you can see a lot of landmarks and structures, some of them you saw on your favorite TV shows or movies. Also, you can hop on a carriage ride tour and get some different history about the city.

WOODSTOCK, VERMONT

snow-covered trees and mountains

This is one of the best towns to celebrate the holidays. The place has old fashioned holiday charm like those you see in the movies. One of these town famous traditions is the Wassail Weekend, during this weekend the entire place turns into Christmas magic.

There is a lot to do this weekend such as hearing sleigh bells, eating Christmas traditional food and appetizers, and seeing different traditional pageants.

 

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List Of At Home Staycation Ideas During Pandemic

Are you feeling disappointed that you cancel all your summer vacation plans and you can’t travel anymore? You are not alone because many people around the world are in the same situation and they have been creative on how to enjoy their summer even though they canceled their travel plans. Some are 

Here are some tips you can do to have an enjoyable staycation idea during quarantine. Enjoy these ideas for staycation

Virtual Travel

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Due to the rise of technology, you can enjoy virtual travel experiences while you are still laying on your living room sofa. This means you can take virtual tours of cities you love or places you wish to visit some times. For instance, you can take an online tour of Paris or Barcelona Museums, Rome tour and many other places you dreamed to visit. Another option of online tours is to check out youtube for some travel destinations to get inspiration for your future traveling.

Plan A day Trip During Lockdown

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Planning a trip during a pandemic can be very challenging. Many people don’t feel safe when it comes to choosing where to stay and keeping up with restrictions. Instead of planning a trip, another option you can do is to take a day trip. You check out some places around your city that you can go to and return on the same day. You will be amazed at how many places you can visit and you have never been to before. There are different places you can for a day trip such as hiking, canoeing amusement park, local beach, etc.

Campout ideas in quarantine

brown dome tent near trees at night

This can be a great activity for family and friends. You can choose where you want to camp out, whether you want to camp in a tent in the middle of nature or you just want to camp in your backyard. Camping is a good and easy adventure to do while keeping the distance.

Make a dish from  your favorite  vacation destination

brown and white pastry on blue round plate

Start your day by making a meal from your favorite vacation destination, for instance, if you like Nice, France, start your morning with making crêpe salée for breakfast. If you like Barcelona Spain make Paella for lunch or dinner. You can also add make some drinks from your favorite place like Thai ice tea, the name says it all, or you can make Sangria if you like Spain and Portugal destinations. 

Pamper yourself during staycation

Four Lit Tealights

 

This is something you should try often, who knows it might be a new normal. Instead of waiting for spa places to be open, you can treat yourself in the comfort of your home. You can buy feet and face masks, some beauty products, scented candles, and oil and turn your bathroom into a spa place. It’s not that hard all you need its time.

Check out some Spa kit on Amazon

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13 Essential Road Trip Packing List Items For Solo and Families [2020]

Road tripping has become a thing due to pandemic many people do not want to fly, ride a bus because they want to maintain social distancing.  It’s kind of safe because you don’t interact with many people, you can take a road trip with the family, close friends, etc.

Taking a road trip is a fun and adventurous way of traveling and seeing places you haven’t seen before or known they exist, places you’ll never get to see if you fly or take a bus since the bus goes on schedule and sometimes has specific routes.

Packing for a road trip can be a little bit challenging because you have to consider car space, you don’t want to carry a lot of things that you can not sit comfortably or stretch your legs.  First thing first, you should consider packing essential things, things that are must-have and you will need during the trip.

Here are some road trip packing list for families and individuals we think you should include on your road trip packing list;

 

Roadside /Car Emergency Kit

Everybody wants to have a smooth ride, but sometimes some emergency happens and we want to be ready when it does. The Roadside/ Car emergency kit must be on your roadside packing list. This will help a lot when you experience some kind of emergency such as flat tire, jumpstarting, overheating, and many more. You can choose the one that has everything that you need for any car emergency.

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First Aid Kit

Make sure you bring first aid kit supply items that you might need while on the road. This will be a perfect idea if you experience any kind of aches and pains such as headaches, stomachache, etc. The first aid kit should have all the necessary supplies needed.

 View  First Aid Kit on Amazon

 

FlashLight

It’s a great idea to have a flashlight on your road trip, you can be stranded in the dark with no lights. Having a flashlight, in general, is a lifesaver. Choose a flashlight that you will always keep in your car not only for road trips.

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Reusable Water bottle

Make sure to keep yourself hydrated all the time because it is very important. Packing a reusable water bottle can be very beneficial because you will be able to get refills at rest areas, restaurants, and gas stations, for free and save some money.  On top of that, you will not have to pack cartons of water that will limit space in your car. Try to find a bottle that is easy to clean, easy to fill, and easy to drink without spilling. 

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Travel cooler

While on road trips sometimes food options can be limited, depending on where you are going. Packing a travel cooler on your road trip will be a great idea to keep your food fresh, drinks cold, and also some snacks can go into the cooler. You want to take the cooler that is perfect for keeping your food fresh and drinks cool all the time not only for just a few hours.

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Portable Phone Charger

This is very important, you don’t want your phone to run out of charge in the middle of nowhere. Portable phone chargers are very helpful everywhere whether you’re on the road or somewhere you don’t have access to electricity. There are several portable phone chargers but you want to pick one that is small and convenient.

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Car Phone Charger

This can be a backup for a portable charger, you can use it while you are in the car and save the portable charger for when you are not in the car. Make sure you choose the best car charger that can let you charge more than just your phone but also other electronic gadgets like tablets, iPad, cameras, etc.

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Car Phone Mount

The car phone mount is very useful for those cars that don’t have GPS systems and you will rely on your phone for directions. Also for cars that don’t have  Bluetooth systems will help you when you really need to use your phone while driving. Make sure you choose the one that is durable and functional.

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Small Car Bluetooth Speaker

Small car Bluetooth is a very helpful item for your road trip packing list for distraction-free driving because it helps with receive and sends a text message, makes and receives calls or driving directions, chooses those you can connect with Google Assistant or Siri.

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Trunk Organizer

Many people like to be organized whether it’s at home or in their car. The trunk organizer will help you stay organized on your road trip. The Trunk organizer will help you save space in your trunk and be able to carry all the things that are important for your trip and more. Choose the trunk organizer that has heavy-duty compartments.

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Travel Neck Pillow

You’ll be glad you packed a travel neck pillow especially when you are taking turns to drive,  and when it is your turn not to be behind the wheel you can relax with your neck pillow. As we know spending many hours in the car can be uncomfortable and a neck pillow can be something you need to help you relax and give you good neck support when you’re napping and enjoy the ride.

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Fanny Pack Must Be In Your Road Trip Packing List

When you travel anywhere, not only on a road trip, you’ll want to keep things like cash, ID, and other essentials on you all the time. You never know when you’re going to run into an emergency where you need to use cash,  pay for street parking, or tolls. Sometimes you are in situations where you require your ID. It’s a good idea to keep your cash and other valuables, like credit cards, passport, and ID in a fanny pack. Fanny packs are easy to carry everywhere, you can’t leave them anywhere because they’re always on your waist. Fanny packs are well organized and secure.

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GPS/Maps for Directions

Make sure to take the GPS as a backup in case your phone is having some network issues.  Make sure it is reliable, well advanced, and can function anywhere.

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Bonus:

Travel Blender

For those who like to eat healthily and still want to keep doing that on the road, they can pack portable blenders that are rechargeable. You don’t need an electrical outlet, you can charge it in your car, or with your portable charger.

Checkout Portable Blender on Amazon

 

 

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The 7 Most Scenic National Parks To Go Camping in the U.S

It has been a rough time for travel lovers due to COVID-19. Most places have been closed, a lot of travel restrictions which make traveling a little bit complicated. 

Yes, travel might be complicated, but you know what? You can still find a way to move around and create different experiences like taking coast to coast road trip exploring beautiful sights in the U.S and camping in some amazing National Parks in the country.

Even though you have been the U.S, or live in the U.S  there is a big chance you have not been in every place. You will be amazed by how many places you didn’t know they exist, so this will be a good time to buckle up and grab your camping gear and explore some of the beautiful places that we think are must-see and camping in the U.S, keep in mind some of this places might be closed or have restrictions due to COVID-19.

Big Bend National Park, Texas

green and brown mountains under white clouds during daytime

Big Bend  National Park has four camping grounds that provide drinking water access, restroom facilities, and full RV hookup.

In addition to that, there are a lot of activities you can do in the park such as canoeing, kayaking, and rafting.  If you are a nature lover this is the place for you there are trails, mountains, and river landscapes. 

Acadia National Park, Maine

green trees near body of water during daytime

The Acadia Park has three campgrounds, two are located on Mount Desert Island, and another one is located on the Schoodic Peninsula.

The campgrounds are very busy, so the reservations are highly recommended. The park has 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, 6,000 lakes and ponds, and 17 million acres of forest.

While you are there you can enjoy a beautiful view of natural beauty.

Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

forest with tall and green trees during daytime

Ozark National Forest has many campgrounds choices, you can choose to camp along the lake or river or even on the mountain.

Some of the campgrounds provide hot shower and there are tons of developed campgrounds. At Ozark National, Forests you will find beaches, acres of lakes, streams, and hiking trails. 

There is also a fee for camping, the fees vary from $4- $10 per night. But if you are camping at the developed campground there is no fee for day use.

 

Glacier National Park, Montana

white and blue boat on water near green trees and mountain during daytime

 

There are 13 campgrounds in this beautiful park, but there is the only one called Fish Creek is open due to  COVID-19. There are camping fees that vary between $10-$23 dollars per night during the summer season.

Camping is not the only thing you can do at Glacier National Park, there is a lot to experience such as alpine meadows, spectacular lakes, Glacier’s pristine forests, and rugged mountains.

Don’t forget the amazing scenic mountain road  Going to the sun road in the Rocky Mountains. This park is hiker’s paradise with over 700 miles of trails for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Carlsbad Caverns  National Park,  New Mexico

green grass on brown stone formation

Carlsbad Cavern National Park is one of the kind, there are a lot of things to do, such as guided and unguided cave tours where you can have different experiences like bat flight viewing. Also, there are some surface ranger programs, wildlife observations, and Educational Seminars.

Camping is allowed but there are more restrictions compare to other parks. First is permitted only in some parts of the backcountry area. All backcountry users are required to obtain a free backcountry use permit at the Visitor Center. Vehicle or RV camping is prohibited and no open fire is allowed 

 

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

green pine trees near snow covered mountain during daytime

A hike and camping at Crater Lake National Park will be an experience of a lifetime. You’ll see the water so blue that reveals new wonders of the deepest lake in America. 

The park is surrounded by cliffs that are almost 2,000 feet high and boasting a picturesque island a violent volcanic past.

Crater lake National Park has two developed campgrounds, Mazama Campground, which has 214 sites for tents and RVs. The second one is  Lost Creek Campground which has  16 sites for tents no RVs. Both are open only in the summer.

Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

waterfalls surrounded with tall and green trees during daytime

At the  Haleakala National Park, there are a lot of experiences to explore. You can choose to see a glimpse of a rare native bird, enjoy breezes through the bamboo forest, hiking on a volcanic landscape, or have a hands-on experience with Hawaiian culture.

Haleakala National Park offers two car-accessible campgrounds  Kīpahulu and Hosmer Grove and no permits or reservations are required. The park is home to a large Wilderness Area with a variety of backpacking experiences available.

 

 

 

 

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Best Places for Nature Lovers

According to research, it reveals that environments can play a huge role in increasing or reducing our stress. What we are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment it impacts our moods.

That’s why being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and keep us calm. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but it also contributes to your physical wellbeing.  All in all, nature heals,   restores, and soothes.

If you are ready to experience the beauty of nature or to relieve some stress especially during this time, we found some of the best places for the nature lover you might want to visit sometime. 

1. Vatnajökull, Iceland

waterfalls surrounded with rocky mountains

Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Iceland and it’s also the largest glacier mass in Europe. It covers an area of roughly 3127 sq. miles and 32014.7 sq. miles.

Vatnajökull is home to the largest national park in Europe which covers 13% of Iceland.  It has magnificent surroundings with a stunning variety of landscape features, shaped by nature’s mightiest forces.

2. Kenai Fjords, Alaska

snow covered mountain under white clouds

The best place to enjoy nature in Alaska is  Kenai Fjords, National Park. This is a national park located in the state of  Alaska in the United States.

The park covers an area of 1,046.9 sq miles on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, near the town of Seward. This glacial wonderland features stunning scenery, incredible wildlife, and aquatic adventures.

3. Serengeti, Tanzania

brown and black giraffe standing on brown sand during daytime

The Serengeti National Park is located in the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania.  The park is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra. Serengeti National Park is one of those rare destinations that allow you to enter and enjoy truly wild landscapes. 

4. Iguazú, Brazil/Argentina

waterfalls under blue sky during daytime

Located on the border of  Argentina and Brazil, Iguazú falls is considered to be the most beautiful waterfall in the world. The falls are also shared by the Iguazú National Park on Argentina side and Iguaçu National Park in Brazil side.

These two parks were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the 1980s. The Iguazu National Park is also the home to many species of animals and flora that create an important natural ecosystem in Latin America.

5.  Fuji Hakone Izu, Japan

orange and gray pagoda

The home to the iconic Mount Fuji,  Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is an isolated and majestic volcanic peak. While visiting here you can explore timeless forests,  lava caves, and bathe in hot springs.

Another amazing thing you can do is swimming with dolphins. Fuji-Hakone -Izu is a nature lovers paradise that has a lot to offer such as a stunning view of Mount Fuji,   Owakudani, also known as the great boiling valley of sulfurous vents.

The rugged cliffs of the Jogasaki Coast, the striking waters of Shiraito Falls, and numerous natural charms of the Izu Islands.

6. Triglav, Slovenia

woman in red shirt walking in forest

Triglav  National Park is the best place to explore unspoiled nature in Slovenia, this place is well known for its natural attractions.

The park is named after   Slovenia’s tallest mountain. Triglav National Park has magnificent views from green Alpine valleys, babbling brooks, the tall peaks and lakes that reflect the blue sky, don’t forget a huge diversity of flora and fauna.

This is Slovenia’s largest protected area and only national park.  

7. Sarek, Sweden

scenry of mountain

The best place to enjoy the beauty of nature in this part of Sweden is Sarek National Park. Home of the six of Sweden’s thirteen highest mountains and also has 100 glaciers.

Here you can enjoy the views of torturous delta landscape, and high alpine area while walking in deep, long narrow valleys passing wild turbulent waters. 

8. Khao Sok, Thailand

green trees near brown huts

When you are in South Thailand the best place to experience the beauty of nature is Khao Sok National Park. Khao Sok, it’s well known for its rainforest with a great diversity of plants and wildlife.

It is one of the few national parks in  Thailand that be easily accessible by public transportation. You can see the amazing  Cheow Lan Lake and beautiful raft houses spread over it. Also, don’t forget the iconic limestone hills, waterfalls, trails, caves, and rivers.

9. Gran Paradiso, Italy

green trees near river under blue sky during daytime

Do you want to see the beauty of nature in Italy? the Gran Paradiso National Park is the place to be. Located in the south-west of the Valle d’Aosta region of north-west Italy.

The Gran Paradiso National Park has magnificent landscapes and woodlands, stunning mountain, valley scenery that are interrupted by glaciers.

10. Oulanka, Finland

 

The best place to experience nature in Finland is Oulanka National Park. The Oulanka National Park is located in the Northern Ostrobothnia and Lapland regions of Finland, It borders the Paanajärvi National Park in Russia.

Oualnka is known for its rich natural diversity and high cliffs that give way to mires and soft sandy beaches to lush forests.