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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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

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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. 

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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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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

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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

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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

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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.

For a roadside emergency kit view on Amazon

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.

Checkout some flashlights on Amazon

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. 

Checkout reusable water bottle on  Amazon

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.

Checkout travel cooler on amazon

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.

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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.

 

 

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Packing Tips For Overseas Hiking Trip

So you’ve arranged your overseas hiking trip, you got your itinerary, booked your accommodation you are excited and ready to go right?

Well, before you leave, there are still a lot of things to check, and one of those is the valuables you packed. Most professional adventure hikers often pay great attention to the things they brought on the trip.

This consideration perhaps stems from the fact that the things you have in hand can affect the outcome of your adventure trip.

For instance, the absence of a very important document will determine not only the degree of your excitement but more on the way you prepare.

It will even determine how ready you are for the trip and in turn, will show how successful your trip is. Since you are considering the overseas adventure the more that you need to pay attention to your personal possessions.

So what’s the solution for this? Simple! Learn how to pack your things properly  and  here are some packing tips:

 

Limit Your Luggage

gray and black backpack on top of cliff

It’s very necessary to limit your luggage as much as possible. Note that you will be traveling overseas and attending to your valuables all the time will not be an easy task.

So before you leave from home for your overseas adventure, try to limit your luggage to one-two medium-sized pieces. Use a medium-sized suitcase or a backpack for convenience.

Also, combine containers if possible, but make sure that things you packed will be useful for your overseas adventure trip.

Finally, make sure that you pack light. It is important to keep in mind that on your trip, you will need to keep an eye and carry your luggage at different times.

So to make everything easy for you, make sure that you can carry your valuables if certain situations call for it.

 

What to Bring

flat lay photography of person holding pen in front of world map

One very important thing that every overseas adventure traveler should not miss is the passport. Passport is required, so check it and make sure that you have it.

Also, bring shoes that are sturdy enough to carry possible foot challenges you might encounter. Experts often suggest heavy-duty walking shoes or light-weight hiking shoes for walkers.

For those who love to cycle, you should bring good trail running shoes and cycling shoes, but make sure that you are comfortable with it.

Pack the clothes you need. Note that you will be spending days and nights on your overseas trip so don’t forget to bring a wind jacket, sweatshirt, or a cotton sweater as you might be spending nights outdoors.

Also bring lightweight and fast-drying clothes as although you hope you for great weather, certain periods of the month don’t always cooperate.

There are some places out there that run the chance of cooler weather and even occasional shower, so be ready for that.

You can also pack other miscellaneous items such as safety gear, like helmets for cyclists, first aid kit, a camera, a small pocket knife, flashlight, sunglasses, reading, and writing materials, portable chargers for your electronic gadgets and other valuable items. 

Don’t forget, one more important thing to fully enjoy your overseas adventure trip is to leave your worries at home.

 

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The Best Train Rides Around the World

Have you been thinking about the best train vacations lately?

See, when making a traveling arrangement, we often use flights or cars. We usually jump on the internet and look for flight deals or check if we can rent a car and drive to our destination and sometimes we check if we can catch a bus. But there is one type of transportation that we don’t pay attention to, which is trains! 

There are many people who have not to catch a train due to different reasons. Some people think the train takes too long to get to its destination. 

Some people live where there are no railway stations. One thing I know for sure is,  taking a trip by train is a great way to get an intimate view of a place.

Railways usually pass where roads cannot pass. Trains can take you over bridges, along the base of the mountains, or next to the ocean without being distracted with traffic jams, etc.

Are you wondering what are the best train rides in the world? There are a lot of them, but depending on your liking you might find one is better than the other one.

All in all, many of the train trips will provide you with breathtaking views, scenery, and cultural landmarks. After doing some little research, we were able to find the best train rides in the world. 

Some of these rides can take a day and some can take more than two days.  But one thing is certain, you will enjoy the ride.

1. The Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian railway is the world’s longest train ride at 6,850 miles. Its route starts from Moscow, the capital of Russia to the city of  Vladivostok, a Russian city that borders China and North Korea.

In other words, we can say the route starts from the western end of Russia to its eastern coast. This is a fascinating trip that will make you cross 2 continents and 8 timezones. 

Trans-Siberian route crosses over the Ural Mountains and through the Siberian forest.  This eight days trip takes you to different landmarks including the magnificent 3227-foot-long bridge that crosses the River Ob at Novosibirsk, the Kremlin Fortress in Kazan, and the breathtaking blue waters of Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume.

2. TranzAlpine Train – New Zealand

TranzAlpine is one of the world’s great train journeys for scenery. The train operates on the South Island of New Zealand and gives you the most dramatic landscape.  

This train trip is 139 miles one-way and takes almost five hours. There are 16 tunnels and four viaducts, with the Staircase Viaduct being 75  246 ft high.  The trip starts in Christchurch and ends in Greymouth.

The TranzAlpine travels northwest through the fertile fields of the Canterbury Plains alongside the Waimakariri River. Then it goes up into the mountains, where it crosses the mighty Staircase Viaduct.

While on the trip you will be able to see the snow-capped mountains of Arthur’s Pass National Park and pass through the west coast’s subtropical rainforests.

When you reach  Greymouth which is the destination,  you will be able to explore this historic former gold mining town.

3. Glacier Express Train – Switzerland

red train on focus photography

The Glacier Express train connects railway stations of the two major mountain resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz via Andermatt in the central Swiss Alps. 

The term “express” does not mean it’s a high-speed train, actually, the Glacier Express is known as the slowest express train in the world.  A trip with the  Glacier is the most relaxing way to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps.

Starting from Zermatt, this day-long trip covers a staggering 91 tunnels and 291 bridges as it rolls past southern Switzerland’s alpine meadows, pristine mountain lakes, and picture-perfect hamlets.

While on this trip you will reach  Oberalp Pass, the highest point on the ride at 6706 feet. Also, you can see the famous Landwasser Viaduct, a magnificent six-arch structure standing 200 feet and plunging into a tunnel cut straight into the mountainside.

4.Rovos Rail’s Namibia Safari Train – South Africa

The Rovos rail’s Namibia safari is a train ride to die for. This luxury train safari starts at the Capital Park Station in Pretoria and travels via the historically interesting town of Kimberley, the home to the Big Hole and the site of one of the World’s greatest diamond rushes.

The trip takes 9 days and it is 2112 miles long. In this trip, you will be able to see the open lands of South Africa’s Highveld, to the cool Atlantic Ocean in Namibia. You will come across the arid yet starkly beautiful Northern Cape and on to the border post of Ariamsvlei, which takes you into Namibia.

Enjoy an excursion to the famed Fish River Canyon the second only in size to the Grand Canyon. The train then continues to the north, through the edge of the Kalahari, to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. Here you get the chance to go on a short tour of this small, yet charming city, with its German colonial history. 

5.The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express -Italy

brown and black train on rail

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a privately-run train. The train has a 24 hours long trip from  Venice, Italy to  London, UK. The trip passes through other European cities such as Paris, France, and  Verona, Italy, and runs roughly once a week from March to November.

While on this trip you will enjoy the wonderful and amazing scenery of Italy, This journey on Venice Simplon-Orient Express travels north from Verona, up through Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and then to England.

During the day the scenery is spectacular, passing through valleys dotted with chalets leading to the soaring mountains of the breath-taking Italian Dolomites, going through the Brenner Pass, and then the Austrian valleys again dotted with chalets against the amazing mountain back-drop.

6. The Flåm Railway – Norway

green train on rail tracks during daytime

The Flåm Railway is one of the most beautiful train rides in the world, one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway and one of Europe’s steepest rail routes.

The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, up to the high mountains at Myrdal station. The trip shows the finest aspects of the stunning scenery of Western Norway.

This is an hour-long trip, the railway rises 2831 feet from its starting point in the tiny village of Flåm in the Sognefjord.

While you are on this trip you will pass by deep ravines, cascading waterfalls, and towering peaks to the mountaintop station of Myrdal.

The Flåm Railway is gorgeous in the summertime but it’s magical during wintertime when a blanket of snow turns the trip into a winter wonderland.

7. Golden Eagle Danube Express – Central Europe and Transylvania

The Golden Eagle Danube starts from  Istanbul, Turkey to  Prague, Czech Republic. It’s an epic 2000 mile which takes a 14-day long.

With this trip you will cross an incredible eight countries, the Golden Eagle Danube Express is the best way to see Europe in style and includes stops in some of the continent’s most beautiful cities.

The train starts in Istanbul and travels north via the Carpathian Mountains and into Transylvania, past Bran Castle also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’. Continues travels through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Poland before arriving in beautiful Prague.

8.The Ghan – Australia

The Ghan trip starts from   Adelaide to Darwin a total distance of almost 1851 miles. The trip takes 54 hours and has a four-hour stopover in Alice Springs.

The Ghan offers travelers the opportunity to experience the vast landscape in pure luxury, it passes directly through Australia’s fiery red center.

In this trip, you will see the tropical coast of the Northern Territory via the red-hued rocks of the MacDonnell Ranges and onto the fertile plains of South Australia.

A trip on The Ghan also features off-train excursions, including a leisurely boat tour of Nitmiluk Gorge and a trip to the quirky desert town of Alice Springs.

9. Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West – Canada

If you want adventure in the Canadian Rockies this train will give you just that.  This trip takes you to stunning mountain towns with stays in Banff and Lake Louise.

The train trips start in Vancouver and end in  Banff, covering the beautiful scenery of southern British Columbia. The  Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West is one of the most scenic train rides in the world.

While on the trip you will be able to see breathtaking sights such as the wild waters of Fraser Canyon’s Hell’s Gate and steep tracks running alongside the Thompson River on top of that enjoying the comfort of luxurious carriages.

You will stay overnight in the lakeside city of Kamloops before they rise over the stunning, snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies and arrive at beautiful Banff.

10. West Highland Line, Glasgow to Mallaig – Scotland

The West Highland Line starts from Glasgow to Fort William, the largest town in the West Highlands of Scotland, and onwards to Mallaig, a tiny fishing port and terminal for the ferry to Armadale on the Isle of Skye.

This train is an excellent way to experience the country’s wild, western coast. The West Highland line takes you through  Scotland’s most diverse scenery. 

The urban landscape quickly succumbs to verdant glens and tranquil lochs once the train leaves  Glasgow.  The train will pass through the remote wilderness of Rannoch Moor before skirting the towering Ben Nevis and touching down in Fort William. 

If you are a Harry Potter fan you will like this trip more because while you are on, it switches direction and moves westward, and passes along the Glenfinnan Viaduct that featured in the Harry Potter film series. Then after that, it will arrive in  Mallaig. 

11. Belmond Hiram Bingham – Peru

Belmond Hiram Bingham is a luxury train operating day return trip from  Cuzco to  Machu Picchu, Peru. The train travels through some of Peru’s most romantic scenery and ends at the amazing  Machu Picchu and is a once-in-a-lifetime luxury train trip.

The Belmond Hiram Bingham crosses over the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a stunning valley formed by the winding Urubamba River. It also passes through the tiny village of Ollantaytambo.

The best part of this trip it’s where it ends, Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is a famous landmark, an ancient Inca citadel and UNESCO World Heritage Site set high in the Andes Mountains.

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15 Secluded Beaches In The U.S

Have you been searching for secluded beaches near me lately?

For more than two months people have been on stay home orders. During this time most businesses were close except essential businesses and some people are working from home. Recently many states and countries have lifted the stay hame order and some businesses starting to operate as usual.

 As we all know summer is almost here and one of the things people like to do is to go to the beach. Most beaches are open too, we saw a crowded beach in Daytona during the memorial weekend, for some people it was scary because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So what can you do if you want to take a little beach vacation but you still want to practice social distancing? Luckily, there are many secret beaches to be found in the  U.S, places that you might never hear about it or you don’t even know exists. These beaches are affordable and do not require staying at an exclusive private resort etc.

Some of these destinations may not be easy to reach, but gives you a peaceful and pristine beach experience, far from the crowds. Here are some best-secluded and quiet  beaches in the U.S

Carova Beach, North Carolina

Close-up Photo of Shore

Carova Beach is the northernmost Outer Banks community and is only accessible by the unpaved beach. You will not find paved roads, you will drive mostly in sand dunes which will give you a wonderful experience. 

A four-wheel-drive vehicle is highly recommended when visiting Carova beach. Carova beach requires a  parking permit from the Friday before Memorial Day until  Labor Day. 

Covert Park Beach, Michigan

foot prints on the beach during daytime

 

Covert Park Beach located farther north of lake Michigan shorelines. The beach has placid waters and an undisturbed sandy strip. There is a campground at the park which adds value to the area.  A parking permit is required for visitors.

Cumberland Island Beach, Georgia

photography of seashore during sunset

 

You will need to catch a ferry to get to this  Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island.  You can enjoy your day rest on the sand dunes watching wild horses roaming or explore old Spanish mission ruins and 19th-century homes. Or, just relax by the surf. It’s a paradise for a beachgoer who just wants to connect with nature.

Duck Beach, North Carolina

brown rock formation beside body of water during daytime

This North Carolina gem can be found in the Outer Banks between Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. An unspoiled beach destination, Duck offers adventure and relaxation. Visitors will find clean waters and beaches, maritime forests, wetlands, and dunescapes.

Dry Tortugas, Florida

gray lighthouse near trees and sea

Dry Tortugas National Park is actually one of the country’s least-visited national parks. One can argue maybe because its difficult to get there.

The Dry Tortugas beach is only accessible by boat or plane. Its magnificent pristine, blue waters, and white sands it’s all worth the hustle of getting there.

There is a lot to enjoy when you get there such as its picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs, and marine life, the vast assortment of birdlife that frequents the area. It’s also the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson.

Dyer Prince Beach, Massachusetts

photo of sea waves

This beach with hidden pathways in Eastham shores small with calm waters,  but tidal flats stretch out quite far during low tide.

Dyer Prince is perfect for quality time with family and friends or when you need a break from a busy life and you just want to strategize yourself.

When you are looking for secluded, uncrowded beaches   Dyer Prince Beach is your best-hidden beach. Parking is limited but I’m sure there are some alternatives.

Fort Morgan Beach, Alabama

guard house near body of water

 

Fort Morgan is a relaxing getaway to a beautiful beach on the Gulf Coast. It’s a very secluded and charming best beach vacations surrounded by the Fort Morgan stone fortress on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

It has a peaceful environment, which is void of commercial property and beach rentals, serves up a view of the Sand Island Lighthouse and ships cruising over to Mobile.

Lovers Key State Park, Florida

Couple Kissing on Beach during Golden Hour

If you are in search of secluded beaches in Florida this secluded barrier islands were once reachable only by boat. According to local stories this beach was so isolated that only lovers made the effort to seek out the hideaway.

Today the island strip is more easily accessible, but it still retains a secret feel and has become a  popular romantic destination for spectacular, beachside weddings and frequently hosts picturesque gulf-side weddings.

There are a lot of things to do in Lovers Key State Park, such as kayaking, explore the canals and lagoons.

You may also see the calm, turquoise waters broken by a dolphin’s dorsal fin or by the strike of an osprey’s talons.

Montaña de Oro State Park, California

yellow petaled flowers near body of water at daytime

The park features secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Good for nature lovers, they will enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park’s trails.

There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. The best-known beach is Spooner’s Cove, across from the campground. 

There’s wildlife in the park that includes black-tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The park also includes primitive and equestrian campsites.

It’s a nice place when you want to leave crowds and noise behind, and enjoy the quiet coastal trails that lead down to the water.

Point Sal State Beach, California

palm tree leaf near at body of water

Located in the northwestern part of Santa Barbara County, near the city of Guadalupe it’s one of the state’s most beautiful beaches, and one of the most scenic and least-visited. 

The  Point Sal includes about 80 acres and just over 1½ miles of ocean frontage. The Point Sal views will take your breath away. Lion Rock, located offshore, is an important bird-roosting site and is also used by sea lions and other marine mammals.

There are some activities that can be done while you are there such as fishing, beachcombing, hiking, nature study, photography, picnicking, and sunbathing. 

Swimming is not recommended due to extremely dangerous rip currents, occasional shark sightings, and the absence of Lifeguard service.

Roque Bluffs Beach, Maine

dock with railing near boats during day

This is one of the most secluded beaches in the U.S. It Is not well known by many people that’s why it offers you a private utopia to watch the sunrise. It’s a perfect gateway from a busy life. 

You can enjoy chilly water laps on the shores of Roque Bluffs, a half-mile stretch that shoulders Englishman Bay. There is a lot to do while you are there such as bird watching, enjoy interesting sightings at all seasons.

Bald eagles frequent the area year-round and many migrant species stopovers during spring and fall.  Also, you can be kayaking to explore both Englishman Bay and Simpson Pond.

The  Simpson pond is stocked so anglers you can fish for brook trout in the spring and brown trout through much of the summer. 

Rockport Beach, Texas

brown wooden bridge near beach

This small-town of  Rockport, Texas might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of beaches but you might change your mind when you get tome to explore Rockport beach

Rockport beach is the first Blue Wave Beach in Texas, it offers a healthy, safe, and clean environment and a lot to do activities. 

It offers clean play areas for the kids and a saltwater lagoon for swimming. There are several neighboring piers that offer fishing opportunities. 

Salt Creek Beach, California

five birds flying on the sea

The popular beach park located in Dana Point, California, it features amenities such as a half-court basketball court, beach volleyball,  and offers opportunities for surfing, swimming, and fishing.

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the beach serves up brag-worthy views, and the sandy strip is large enough space not to worry about sharing elbow space.

Sandbridge Beach, Virginia

brown wooden dock on body of water during daytime

Sandbridge Beach is a short drive south of the Oceanfront District, It is a secluded beach hideaway of pristine sand dunes and dancing sea oats.

It is a relaxing and peaceful community where you can truly slow down and unwind on your vacation. You can enjoy the view of the Atlantic which never fails to entertain. 

Also, it is a good place for outdoor lovers, they can enjoy kayaking, hiking, fishing and many more. 

Sunset Beach,  North Carolina

birds in flight from pier over cean

Located in the southern-most Brunswick Islands beach, its the best place when you want to gateway from the crowd. Sunset Beach was recently included on National Geographic’s list of 21 Best Beaches In The World, It has beautiful nature and offers amazing breathtaking views.

While there you can also enjoy the stunning  Bird Island Reserve, which features pristine sandy white beaches, high natural dunes, and tidal creeks. 

You can take uninterrupted evening walks by boardwalks or biking and surfing in the waters. If you are not into those kinds of activities you can collect shells while reconnecting with the natural world and enjoying nature.