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Travel Profiles on Dubai and Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates, or UAE for short, is a nation comprised of seven emirates (kingdoms) that are loosely aligned in a type of federalist system of governance. As each of the emirates has a fair bit of autonomy, they each also retain their own unique character. The two emirates that are most known to travelers are Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Let’s briefly take a look at the two emirates to see how they contrast from a traveler’s perspective.



Dubai is the more glamorous of the two emirates. In fact, it’s famed the world over for its ostentatious displays of wealth, and for being an oasis for the incredibly wealthy. Luxury holidays to Dubai know no limits, and when it comes to luxury hotels, travelers have a ton of choices. The Burj Al Arab is situated on a private island a few meters off the coast and is easily one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. Another option is the Armani Hotel, which is housed in the Burj Kahlifa – the world’s tallest building – and is

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Ten Amazing Travel Desinations in India

When travelers think of India they could conjure up any number of images, but they most likely still think of it as a uniform destination – as if traveling to one part of India were the same as traveling to another. In reality, though, India is a vast country and its many different regions have entirely different feels when it comes to culture, cuisine and landscape.


Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Agra is the most significant city in India from a tourism perspective for a single reason: the Taj Mahal. Built in the 17th century to serve as a mausoleum for the wife of a Mughal emperor, the Taj Mahal is an exemplary piece of Islamic architecture and one of the world’s most iconic sights. It’s rare that a sight like the Taj Mahal lives up to the expectations that tourists have for it, but the Taj Mahal not only matches those expectations but blows them away. Visit just before sunrise when the crowds are at their smallest and watch the sun rise over the building for the full effect.

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Fly and Drive Adventures in the Golden State

There’s no better way to explore California at leisure than with a fly and drive holiday. No more being confined to a radius around one city or destination, just fly to a city, hire a car and hit the open road!


As the third largest, and most populous, state in the USA, the sheer area travelers have the opportunity to explore is overwhelming and, during the fly-drive break, there’s no way they’ll be able to discover every square mile. That being said, with the freedom of being behind the wheel, travelers will be able to plan a trip to the Golden State that includes everything that they want to do, without having to worry too much about set dates and logistics.

California is home to eight of the most populated cities in the US as well as a copious amount of national parks and natural attractions. It’s also the quintessential road trip destination. Travelers booking their fly-drive breaks with Trailfinders will be able to take advantage of quality advice and recommendations from a reputable agent, and also enjoy the adventure on their own terms.

The two

What Is The Tourist Season In Florence

The tourist season in Florence never ends. This famous Italian city of arts is visited in all periods of the year, as people are attracted by the beauty and monuments of the Tuscan capital.

The number of tourists in Florence is not always the same. Winter is less attractive to visitors to spend their holidays in Italy. But then, the presence of students, people who come to study, work and deepen their knowledge of art increases.

Nevertheless, when less tourists are in town, Florence can show its best side. The streets and squares of the old towns are accessible for exploring further afield. During winter, it is much easier to visit famous museums without waiting long queues.

What is more, Florence is much more livable during the winter season. Everyone feels immersed in the real Florence. Then this city flourishes people with unique sensations, that provide the feeling of living in another epoch.

But the situation changes radically in the summer. Daily tourist arrivals increase the number of visitors exponentially, museums and places of great artistic interest become crowded with tourists from all around the world. Some tourists come to Florence to spend a whole week, while others spend only a few days,

Traveling To Egypt Was A Memorable Trip

Traveling is not an easy task but some people love to travel. These days everybody is busy in their life and even people have no time for their family. We have to take some time for entertainment and fun because fun is essential for life and it makes us happy and healthier .One should tour Egypt with his family. This world is so beautiful and there are many countries in the world which are very beautiful and entertaining. Egypt is one of them. This place is one of the most well-liked and famous travel destinations. If your life is so hectic and you want to take some relaxation then you have to make a plan for this location with family or friends.

Egypt being an Islamic State was agitated up into Taliban fear among individuals. In any case, the Egyptian government has made remarkable well being measures for the voyagers. Egyptians as individuals are for the most part known not cordial, warm and wanting to kids too. Egypt holidays Package is organized for such people who desire adventure, excursion, romance and everything a traveler would want.

It is good to see that these all inclusive this

Cheap Luxury Holidays South America Brazil

Luxury Lifestyle – Cheap Luxury Holidays South America, Brazil

Brief Introduction

South America Climate is predominantly wet and hot. However the large size of the continent makes the climate of South America varied with each region having its own characteristic weather conditions.

Brazil is located on the eastern coast of South America, by the Atlantic Ocean. It is the 5th largest country in the world in terms of territorial extension. It has the biggest forest on Earth, vast natural water reservoirs and water resources of inestimable value for the planet.

The Enchanted Well (Poco Encantado) Brazil

One of the most amazing place you won’t believe is real.

The Enchanted Well or Poco Encantado, is located in the Chapada Diamantina** National Park in Bahia State, approximately 400 Km inland from Salvador, Enchanted Well the capital city of Bahia. The water is said to be about 120 feet deep and the water is so transparent that is clear enough to see the ancient tree trunk and rocks situated at the bottom.

When the sun is glaring down right through the narrow opening reflected by minerals of the water, especially magnesium, creates

Winter In Antigua

It is just not fair that the weather in Antigua is always so flippin’ nice! In the US records are being broken of daily ‘highs’ below zero and in some places temperatures have not been this low in 4 years! In Antigua, on the other hand temperatures are hovering well above 25 degrees Celsius (70+ Fahrenheit), for most of the day and night, making it such an ideal place for a winter break..

Think of 365 clean beaches, a variety of activities including all the water sports activities you could handle, a warm sun for tanning and relaxation with friendly staff all over.

The time to book a winter break is as soon as possible, as the summer months are really, really very hot and summer time is unfortunately also the hurricane period, even though Antigua (and sister island Barbuda) has been spared a direct hit for many years. Antigua offers a wide variety of resorts to cater for everything, whether it’s a honeymoon-to-never-forget or to bring the whole family. We have often been surprised to see fairly regularly reasonably sized groups helping elderly parents celebrate a 30, 40 or even 50th wedding anniversary. You might

Visiting Camogli, Portofino and the Italian Riviera

Like its French counterpart, the Italian Riviera likely evokes images of a luxurious lifestyle of mega-yachts and luxury villas. However, that’s only partially true, as while the Italian Riviera does have its fair share of posh travel destinations, it also has a few decidedly low-key destinations that are perfect for those looking to give their pocketbook a holiday too. So let’s take a look at the two extremes of the Italian Riviera with profiles on two destinations that are only a few miles away from each other, but manage to be worlds apart.

The Glamorous Portofino

East of Monte Carlo, Portofino is the place to see and be seen. Just don’t expect anyone to notice you unless you happen to pull into town on a yacht. But for those who can afford to enjoy it, Portofino is a pretty special place.

A small village hidden away on a mountainous peninsula, Portofino’s colorful buildings line its sheltered port and present one of the most picturesque scenes in all of Italy. Visitors can stroll along the waterfront to take in the views of the yachts and fishing boats in the port, or try their hand at some

Five American Small Towns that are Great for Hiking

Hopper.com is adding a little pep into online travel planning by helping travelers find amazing destinations that would otherwise fly under the radar. So it’s obvious that we spend a lot of time learning all we can about a ton of cool destinations. Over on our blog, HopperBlog.com, we’re currently running a series of spotlights on American small towns. And while each one has its own charm, the following five stand out as much for their hiking as for their small town ambience.

Arcata, California

Arcata, in Northern California’s Humboldt County, is an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts visiting California. Firstly, it has the Arcata Marsh, which is an eco-marvel turned bird sanctuary that has a number of walking trails for birdwatchers to peruse. One of the other top attractions in Arcata is the Arcata Community Forest, a huge redwood grove just east of town. Visitors to the Arcata Community Forest, can wander amongst the tall, leafy redwoods on one of the forest’s 18 hiking trails or even cycle through the park. Alternatively, those hoping for more excitement from their visit can hit up the North Coast Adventure Center to join in on one of their

Ten Travelling Essentials

There is a saying that the traveller who travels lightest also travels furthest. Maybe…..but one thing is for certain – the traveller who struggles around with a huge backpack crammed with non-essentials and just-in-case items quickly becomes a fed up, weary traveller.

Many travellers set out armed to the teeth, ready for all eventualities and with some strange notion that where they are headed people don’t use/sell this, that and other items…..an idea which hardly ever has any foundation.

Of course, a traveller might struggle to find modern comfort items and conveniences in out-of-the-way rural areas, but cities and towns all over the world stock exactly the same items or something very similar.

Shaving your backpack contents down to essential items only means you will be travelling as lightly as is possible. So, what exactly constitutes essential? Well, of course that will depend on the individual and to some degree also on the destination – no one size fits all. However, this list is intended to get you started.

Travel Adapters and Chargers

If you intend to take any sort of electronic device with you then don’t forget their individual chargers and country-specific

The Peninsula Spa by ESPA

The Peninsula is undoubtedly Hong Kong’s most luxurious and extravagant hotel. It exudes colonial-era elegance in every way, from its world-famous afternoon tea presentation in the lobby to its numerous esteemed restaurants. So it should come as no surprise that the hotel’s spa, The Peninsula Spa by Espa, is one of the best in Hong Kong.

The spa’s relaxing mood is set as soon as guests reach the spa’s reception on the seventh floor of the hotel, where a warm towel and a cup of ginger tea await. This, coupled with the light trickle of the water feature and the dim lighting, soothe the senses in a very real way.

[Also see our travel articles on Hong Kong]

Customers are invited to arrive at the spa up to an hour before their treatment to fully enjoy its facilities like the “experience showers” that feature thermal baths, rainforest showers, ice rubs and are equipped with lights and sound effects. Another amazing facility is the beautifully crafted sauna, which has a breathtaking view of the harbor and Hong Kong skyline.

After the spa treatments are complete, guests can continue to use the spa’s facilities for as

Visiting the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a range of hills in southwestern England, not far from Oxford, and the area is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. Visitors come for its landscape of rolling green hills and lakes and to stay in the picturesque villages that can be found throughout the region.

Villages like Cirencester, Northleach, Cheltenham, and Chipping Campden receive the most tourists, and their buildings made from local limestone host a variety of tea shops and bed and breakfasts.

Don’t miss the Broadway Tower when visiting the area. This 18th century castle is built on a hilltop more than 1,000 feet above sea level and is the second highest point in the Cotswolds. The views are fantastic, as travelers can see as many as 16 different counties from the tower!

Cirencester is the so-called “Capital of the Cotswolds,” and is one of the largest towns in the area. Though it has a long history dating back to the Roman era, and was an active trading center during the Middle Ages, most of the city’s buildings date back to the 18th century. Nevertheless, the town is fun to visit. One highlight is its Market Place,

Why Every American Should Visit Europe

Europe is among the most popular destinations for visitors from the US on vacation. An incredibly diverse continent, Europe provides for even the most discerning traveler. Every American should make the trip to Europe, at least once. Particularly for those with European heritage, as retracing genealogical roots can be a part of the charm.

European civilization dates back for thousands of years, and this rich history can be felt across the continent. In England, Stonehenge’s iconic stones have overlooked the surrounding countryside for millennia. In France, the chateaux and vineyards that dot the countryside are in stark contrast to the urban splendor of Paris. Every individual country has its own story to tell, and there is so much to explore that Europe has to merit multiple visits.

For those who enjoy visiting historical sites and learning more about world history, there are endless options in Europe. Italy is a good choice for its Roma-era monuments and ruins, Eastern Europe has a ton of Orthodox churches and monasteries, and Northern Europe has its fair share of Viking artifacts.

Today, Europe is at the heart of global culture. The artistic centers of Paris, London, Berlin and Amsterdam

Take the Hassle Out of Vacation Travel

We all enjoy going on vacation, but, despite the old saying, getting there isn’t always half the fun. There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting in long airport queues, suffering through lost luggage, or trying to figure out how to get to the hotel. It’s an awful way to start a holiday. However, there are things travelers can do to make the journey more enjoyable, and this starts before they ever head for the airport.

The first thing they’ll want to do is to find a flight that best meets their needs. For instance, if travelers are flexible on departure dates, they may be able to find a cheap flight from a charter airline such as Thomas Cook. However, if they need to arrive at a specific time, they will probably need to go with an airline that offers regular scheduled flights, such as American, British Airways or Air France.

However, the problem is that searching through huge numbers of airlines for the best deal is both confusing and time-consuming. Rather than doing this, it’s better to use a website that searches all the airlines to find what you want. For example, you can find Thomas Cook

A Weekend Getaway to Hunter Valley and its Vineyards

Known as “Wine Country,” Hunter Valley in New South Wales is the oldest wine region in Australia. Home to more than 150 wineries, travelers won’t be short of places to visit, and there’s plenty on offer too: private tastings, wine tours, gourmet food shops and more fine dining restaurants than you can shake a fork at.

Ideal for a couple’s weekend away, Hunter Valley has got romance down to a fine art. From wining and dining to scenery and history, couples won’t be disappointed. This excerpt from the Hunter Valley 2013 Visitor’s Guide captures the experience pretty well: “Evocative, engaging and frankly quite delicious, the Hunter Valley is truly a feast for the senses. The region is the ultimate escape, a sophisticated adult playground that invites you to laugh a little louder, drink a little better, breathe a little deeper and love a little more.”

Sleep: Hermitage Lodge

Stay right in the midst of sprawling vineyards in award-winning, boutique accommodation at Hermitage Lodge. Within an impressive, 25-acre site you’ll find Lodge Rooms, Studios and Suites, many of which come complete with large, oval spa tubs. The best parts of the rooms are the balconies, which

The Four Must-See Major Cities in Italy

Italy is one of the most dazzling and spectacular countries on the planet and it attracts millions of tourists each year because of this. There are so many great things to see in Italy that it’s hard to know where to begin, however when it comes to cities, there are a few places that must not be missed. So here are the four must-see cities of Italy. Travelers hoping to escape the cities to see more of Italy should consider renting a car, as renting a car in Europe is not as difficult or intimidating as one might imagine.


Florence is one of the many homes of the Renaissance, with countless architectural treasures and museums to visit. The most iconic attraction is Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, but other attractions include the imposing Duomo and the Galleria degli Uffizi. All in all, the city of Florence is a masterpiece of design, and offers a spectacular atmosphere for families and couples alike.


If travelers are looking for the fashion and economic powerhouse of Italy, then Milan is the place to go. Similar to London, Paris or New York – but with much

Summer Sun in the Canaries Gran Canaria or Tenerife

Nestled in the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of North Africa, is an archipelago of Spanish islands that continue to be of enormous popularity to British holidaymakers. The Canary Islands are as diverse as they are varied, with each island home to numerous resorts that appeal to visitors for many different reasons. Cheap flights from Fly Thomas Cook are available from many of the major UK airports, meaning that travelers can be basking in the heat of their chosen Canary Island within four hours, at affordable prices.

So which island does a traveler choose, Tenerife or Gran Canaria? The answer to this question isn’t easy and largely depends on what sort of holiday a travel wishes to have – is it the sandy beaches that appeal? Do they need to keep the children busy? Or are they ready to explore as much as possible?

Gran Canaria

The second most populated island of the Canaries, Gran Canaria is an incredibly diverse island that provides breathtaking beauty in the mountains of the north, while offering glistening golden sands and azure waters in the south. The popular resorts of Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles and Puerto

Central Asia Five Travel Profiles

The nations of Central Asia, because of their remote locations and antiquated visa policies, are some of the least visited places in the world. But it’s not from lack of appeal, as the region has a breathtaking landscape and some incredibly interesting cultural attractions.

Five countries make up the Central Asian region – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – and we’ll briefly talk about the attractions and logistics of each one. But, of course, it would be somewhat of a waste to come all the way to Central Asia to visit only the one!


Kazakhstan is by far the largest of the Central Asian nations. Its vast, seemingly unending steppes yield only for the Caspian and Aral seas in the west and the Altay Mountains in the east. The main tourist draws to the country are just that: steppes and mountains. Almaty is the country’s largest city and Astana, 1,200 kilometers to the north, is the capital city.

Most travelers to Kazakhstan will arrive via rail to the city of Almaty, which has connections to Urumqi in China and to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. Otherwise there are regular flights from both Astana and

4 Ways in which a Camping Holiday is a More Authentic Family Trip

One thing most holidaymakers would like from their trips is an authentic experience. All too often a trip to a foreign land can leave us feeling as though we would have been better off staying at home. If you want a truly authentic holiday experience the next time around then you should consider the following reasons for going on a camping trip.

1. Meet Local Tourists

An interesting statistic about camping holidays in Europe tells us that around two thirds of people who go camping do so in their own country. Of course, you might choose to stay at home as well. However, if you decide to go to a foreign campsite you can expect to bump into at least a few tourists from that same country. This is a brilliant way to make new friends and to find out things about the place you are staying in. If you go with children then they can also enjoy meeting other kids of their own age from the country they are in.

2. Explore a Wider Area

Before we go on holiday each year most of us have a lot of good intentions about seeing

High Art in the Walled Village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Visitors to the Cote d’Azur – the French Riviera – are spoiled for choice, as there are a countless number of destinations on the coastline that are picture-perfect for a luxury holiday. But while most know of destinations like Nice, St Tropez, Monte Carlo and Cannes, there are still some off-the-beaten-path spots that are not entirely overrun with jet-setters. One such place is the small village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a hilltop village that’s situated in a valley just off the coast and only a few miles outside of Nice. Inside its historic walls, a small labyrinth of cobbled lanes closed to traffic connect the town’s many wine bars, art galleries, boutiques and cafes. At the edge of the town, near the walls, visitors are treated to excellent views of the surrounding valley that stretch all the way to the sea.Not far outside the village walls, the Maeght Foundation is the town’s main attraction. This private art museum has a world-caliber collection from some of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists like Vasiliy Kandinsky, Joan Miró and Marc Chagall. The foundation’s collection is housed in a pleasant site that is surrounded by wooded hills, and it is one of

Five Iconic Destinations in Morocco

Morocco has some truly iconic scenes, which should surprise no one as Morocco is, after all, the country where the Sahara Desert comes to a halt on the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean and once-nomadic Berber tribes have made their homes in walled-cities high in the Atlas Mountains. Knowing where to find these iconic scenes, however, is another matter. So check out these five destinations to get a glimpse into what makes Morocco special.

Aït Benhaddou

While the medina in nearby Ouarzazate gets most of the attention, the walled city of Aït Benhaddou is perhaps even more impressive. Situated in the Atlas Mountains, the sand-colored buildings of its kasbah blend almost seamlessly into the desert mountains. The town is a popular filming site and in recent years hit films such as The Mummy, Gladiator, Babel and Prince of Persia have all used the town as a set.


Essaouira is situated a few-hours drive west of Marrakech on the Atlantic Ocean. Its white walls and buildings with blue trimming stand in stark contrast to the more desert-colored themes of other Moroccan cities. The town’s sandy beach is a good place for short camel