Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Best Scenic Drives in U.S.

US Highway
Previously we had a list of most unique roads of the world, but now to add to that we can elaborate more about the most beautiful drives as well. A road trip is nothing without roads. There is a saying BEAUTY IS IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER. Some of them are coastline roads with a view of the ocean others are mountain passes with countless curves. These roads aren’t just a road to something beautiful they are jaw dropping on their own. Most of all they offer a wonderful experience.

While driving around the HAWAII BELT, you come in contact with lush jungles, farmlands, active lava flow, snow-white beaches, mountains and valleys. This HAWAII BELT is also called as HAWAIIAN ISLANDS. The complete route around this island is about 300 miles long; people thinking to enjoy this drive should split the journey across several days in order to enjoy the local scenery attraction.

US highway
THE FINGER LAKES are a chain of lakes linked together it is shaped like fingers. It consists of 11 lakes CANADAIGUA,KEUKA,SENECA,CAYUGA,SKANEATELES,OWASCO,OTISCO,HONEOYE,CAMADICE,HEMLOCK AD CONESUS.

It is formed by glaciers; the lake shores are dotted with bucolic farmland, quaint towns and hundreds of wineries. The drive is lovely any time of the year. Autumn trip is the best time to drive.

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY: This California route is one of the most scenic in the world. Hugging cliffs and coastlines, the pacific coast highway follows much than California coast. The road often takes hairpin turns with narrow shoulders and steep drop offs. The PCH also winds through wine country including Sonoma County.

If you’re looking for something really different try SEWARD HIGHWAY in Alaska. Seward Highway has three different routes. They are USDA forest service scenic byway, Alaska Scenic Byway and All American Road. In addition to gorgeous waterfalls and glaciers, tourist might see sheep’s eagles, moose and even beluga whales, the rest of the drive winds up down and around the wilds of Alaska. You can even stop off a place called Crow Creek Mine to pan for gold.

SAN JUAN SKYWAY COLORADO: The road to the sky provides views of the San Juan Mountains; quaint town’s adjacent to Native American Pueblo Ruins. The drive features steep cliffs, alpine forests, camp ground and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Mountain biking, hiking and skiing are popular pastimes in the surrounding area. In spring, waterfalls crash down the mountains as the snow melts from higher up.

HISTORIC COLUMBIA RIVER HIGHWAY OREGON: Along this incredible stretch of road that begins just east of Portland there is waterfall after waterfall like the La Tourell Falls, the Multnomah Falls. The road is particularly narrow and features beautiful foliage tunnels and trees dripping with moss. This drive is incredibly a green drive.

THEY DON’T CALL ITS AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL FOR NOTHING. ROLL DOWN THE WINDOW AND FEAST YOUR EYES.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Five Wonderful Days in Barcelona!

 Barcelona

If you’re looking for a destination that has it all, Barcelona is the place for you. Not only does it have a great seaside right at the edge of the city (with metro stops right in front of it too), but with the delicious food, culture, history, and city in itself, Barcelona is a holiday that will leave you feeling relaxed and enriched. If you’re set on going but are still unsure on where to go, when, or how, here is an exemplary 5-day travelling plan that I would personally use, and take advantage of. Have fun andadios!

Day 1

With lots of sightseeing to be done in Barcelona, a smart way of coordinating your trip is to organize the first day by dedicating it to visiting and exploring the city’s historic background. Barcelona can vouch for many different landmarks, and also shows you how important architecture can be! Using a site like Musement.com to snap up some skip the line tickets for possibly the most famous landmark in Barcelona- the Sagrada Familia,will allow you toavoid spending a large chunk of your holiday time in line. Also, keep in mind that the weather is unpredictable, so a small backpack with all the necessities is the way to go. Perhaps on day one you should focus more on visiting the sites and less finding places to eat- so why not visit a local supermarket to buy some food you can eat as you go and keep in your knapsack. After the Sagrada Familia there are many sites you can squeeze into your first day- Casa Batllò (another of Gaudi’s masterpieces) is just one of them!

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Day 2 

An important reminder for your second day plan- which in reality will be present throughout your whole trip- is food, food, and food. As Barcelona is in Spain, there are a few unspoken rules that relate to the meals you should know; rules that mainly involve the times one usually eats at. In fact, to make things easier just add about 2 hours to the normal time you would have lunch or dinner at back home, and you’ll be dining with the locals during your Barcelona residency. Also, don’t forget that Thursday is paella day, so you should definitely take advantage of the dish’s notoriety and taste the delicious rice on that day! Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia, meaning you will find specific Catalan dishes here that you might not find in other areas of Spain. Be sure to try some of the traditional tapas, and of course Crema Catalan for dessert! After a long day on your feet visiting historical sites on your first day, day two might be the right time to sit on a café and people watch with some delicious local dishes to fill you up.

Day 3

With the seaside right there, and only a few public transport stops away, it would be a shame if you didn’t at least take a stroll near the water. With the promenade being so beautiful, and adorned by little cafès, restaurants, and clubs, you will definitely find that place you’ll talk about non-stop when you’re back home. As a day three plan, letting yourself relax at the beach is a smart way of catching your breath after all the different adventures you’ve been having so far. Also, keep in mind that the beach is one of the main party centrals in Barcelona, and that there are clubs right on the beach for you to dance at! If you go during peak times the beach will be very busy- isolated paradise it is not… however, getting some sea air, and dipping your toes in the waves will give you a really nice experience away from the hustle and bustle of the small city streets. There are a number of beaches to choose from depending on how far you want to travel from the city centre.

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Day 4

One of the most fun and entertaining activities for you on the fourth day, is taking a stroll down the Ramblas! LaRambla is one of the most central streets in the Spanish city, where you will find many shops, cafés, and lots of living statues! Lined by trees and benches, the Rambla is a stroll that will lead you from Plaça de Catalunya all the way to the Christopher Columbus Monument found in Barcelona’s port. You may find the crowds a little overwhelming, so I would advice walking through the street and stopping to take a look at the different items on offer there, but finding a slightly more secluded spot to eat or do your main souvenir shopping.

Day 5

If you’re into football- or have a travelling companion that is- visiting FC Barcelona’s stadium is a definite must. Camp Nou, meaning “New Camp” was finished in 1957, and can hold up to more than 90,000 people. With a bus that will take you there from the city centre, or even by train, the stadium is not far from the city and is definitely worth a visit if you want to see something a little more modern, which holds great importance to the locals of Barcelona.

In Barcelona you can find things to do for a much longer trip, but you can also enjoy a long weekend, it just takes a bit of preplanning, there is so much to see do and eat you can never be bored there and may find yourself checking the prices of flights for a return trip sooner than you expected!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Travel Insurance and Its Myths

Traveling includes a lot of essentials, including an insurance. Wherever one travels to, along with their passport, tickets and other essentials, a travel insurance should be a must carry. Today people get insured for everything, from health to their vehicles. So why not for their travelogue too?
 
What it really is!

Travel insurance ensures that due to the inconvenience of cancelling a travel plan or returning early, ending a vacation midway won't be heavy on the pocket. It is like an emergency care which helps a person if an out of the blue scenario comes up while traveling. Whether that is a business or a personal trip. Supposedly losing baggage, missing flight due to an emergency at work or on the personal front, falling unwell to various other conditions, travel insurance looks after it all. An insurance is cheap to get and reimburses an individual based on the trip or loss.
   
Misconceptions involved:
 
Imagine a sudden demise in your family, which makes it mandatory for you to pause your vacation midway and fly back home. Flight tickets, pre-bookings -everything becomes a headache. Everything gets insured under the same plan. Saves you from the expensive flight ticket as well as financial loss due to pre-bookings. People often confuse health or car insurance the same as travel insurance, and that is absolutely a myth. Health insurance does ensure a part of the health repercussion but not the entire travel emergency. Any health issue involving immediate assistance is usually paid by the individual and later reimbursed from the travel company. Immediate budget air tickets, missing a flight, breaking your hand before traveling with a valid reason, it is all covered by insurance companies. Of course, a foolish mistake like drunk driving won't be covered by companies, people are supposed to drive sober and travel sober. So logical and relevant emergencies are all covered by insurance companies.
 
Some people often pose doubts if their credit card would cover the loss, accredited card definitely covers but that too is a very small coverage of loss. Large scale loss is not covered by credit card companies unless one holds weightage. It is a little difficult to obtain an insurance for an elderly person since they are a little high risk, otherwise, it is an easy job to get an insurance for any other age group without any hassle.
 
Travel insurance thus should be must in one's travel plans and one will be able to experience the downscale in the loss they would experience due to an unexpected situation.
 
A very good suggestion for every individual who travels with a large family or even frequently, should get covered under a good insurance company and benefit from their various offers. It comes with a very minimal affordable price which saves one from a big hole in their pockets. A truly good idea to invest on and be responsible!

Useful Tips to Travel Switzerland on a Budget

It is known fact that a vacation or a visit for simple tourism purpose; is a good avenue of rejuvenation, both physically and mentally, which helps in getting back to regular routine life with full of energy. These days people are more and more go for an international vacation and most of the potential traveler prefers to visit Switzerland, as their favorite destination, for its ethnic and natural attractions. The very first thing that is come to any person, who intends to visit Switzerland; is the cost of travel including all relevant expenditures, such as; airfare, local transportation, boarding, food, taxes etc., which are the most important part of any vacation. Although travel in Europe is a bit expensive, there are various ways and means, which can be of great help for traveling in Switzerland, within a low-cost and specific budget. Some of the important tips, which may be helpful in maintaining a budget travel, are as follows:
  1. There are some of the most important measures, which can be taken for budget travel and avoiding the participation in many adventure sports or activities can help the person to get into the budget and saving money for other expenses.  
  2. In lieu of having costly and affluent boarding facility, one can go for the dormitory stay, which will lower the cost of accommodation to a great extent. The Couchsurfing is also regarded as one of the major ways to get the expenses at a lower level, which is nothing but the free staying for the traveler with local residents. To get this kind of a service, one has to do some hectic exercise to find the correct and willing host for the purpose. 
  3. Like any other place; the transportation in Switzerland is a major issue and the person concerned has to make a plan for the same to save money in this segment of travel. Sometimes it is found that the cost of the travel is more than the expenses incurred in the accommodation purposes. The intercity trains are a bit costly, therefore, the ride-share is a very good option for the budget travelers. There are some useful websites, which are providing information to get a ride share partner for a specific route or distance. This kind of ride-share is always a good option in cutting down the cost of train expenses, at the same time, there are some difficulties too; one should be prepared for ride cancels, which is a general phenomenon in this kind of traveling scopes. 
  4. It can be noted that the reward points, offered by some of the hotel chains or travel companies, are of great support for a traveler to get some sorts of financial relief, which is all helpful at a destination, where the cost of accommodation is too high. Therefore, racking up some useful hotel points before the trip could be good for the person to experience the beauty of these points at the right time and at the right place.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Paradise Of The Pacific: Hawaii Island

The sugary beaches, Technicolor coral reefs and volcanoes beckoning adventures spirits have made Hawaii become synonymous with paradise. Floating all by its self in the middle of the pacific, HAWAII proudly maintains its own distinct identity apart from the US mainland.

Hawaii is proud of its multicultural heritage. Our former US President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu on Oahu. Hawaiian island comprises of ancient Polynesians, European Explorers, American Missionaries and Asian plantation immigrants mix and mingle. Hawaii is comprised of a chain of 132 islands, but we usually think of only eight main islands.

Hawaii is home of the world’s most active volcano, the crater of Kilauea on Mauna Loa. Sunrises and sunsets are so spectacular that they’re cause for celebration all by themselves. If you are dreaming of swimming in crystal waterfall pools or lazing on golden sand beaches you can find here.

The Hawaii Islands truly are one of the world’s most unique destinations with an unsurpassed variety of experiences. Six islands offer six different experiences. From crystal blue waters to beautiful sandy beaches, from spectacular sunsets to erupting volcanoes, visitors visiting this place enjoy non-stop opportunities for fun and adventure. There are several heritages and historic sites you can tour, including Kealakekua Bay state Historical Park, where you can scuba, snorkel or Kayak.

HAWAII remains one of America most popular honeymoon destinations for its diversity and paradise setting. Some are the favorite spots:

THE BIG ISLAND HAWAII: This is the largest island. It has two international airports KONA and HILO. There are stunning sandy beaches, dramatic volcanic landscape, but two of the world’s different climatic zone which makes this island a constant surprise.

OAHU is the third largest island and is home to Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii and marvelous Waikiki beach where the sport of surfing originated. It is one of the longest sandy beaches. There is a list of watersport to keep visitors energetic and happy. There is also so much to do for the families and adults right from Hula shows, visit to the pineapple plantation, horse riding, water sports, shopping and night life. Its north shore hosts some of the world’s most prestigious surfing competition in winter and is a great place to take surfing lessons.

KAUAI’S THE ISLE OF DISCOVERY: It is one of the oldest islands in the Hawaiian chain. The filming of Jurassic Park was taken here. It has lush green landscape, dramatic canyons and awe inspiring waterfalls. It is easy to imagine dinosaurs feeling at home here. Other adventure like tubing along the historic water channels of Lihue , Zip lining high above the Kauai rainforest ,hiking in Kokee state Park or Waimea canyon or take a aerial tour of the island with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK: One can literally see the earth taking shape before your eyes as Kilauea Volcano the world’s most active volcano constantly produces lave that flows. After visiting the Kilauea Visitors center you can take the Crater Rim Drive Tour and see what the park has to offer.

MAUI is an island of romance and luxurious resort, rainfall and dramatic waterfalls. It offers both charm and adventure. Ka’anapali and Kapalua the beautiful white sand beaches were once the recreation grounds for Hawaiian royalty and are perfect for swimming, snorkels and sun bathing. Don’t miss out LAHAINA a historic whaling town with quaint shops, galleries and great nightlife. The fun never stops on MAUI you will be finding yourself longing for more hours in the day to explore the myriad of attraction here. This island is blessed with 30 wonderful beaches. Family adventure includes a ride on the 1890’s sugar cane train and a visit to the Maui Ocean Center. Keep watching the daily sunset cliff diving ceremony at the Ka’anapali Beach.

No holiday is complete without visiting the WAIMEA CANYON, one of the most outstanding natural gems on the archipelago .The canyon is referred as Grand Canyon of the pacific and stretches over 14 miles in length and reaches depths of up to 3600 feet. Energetic visitors can explore several scenic hiking trails.

LANIKAI BEACH has to be one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world. Imagine a sandy palm fringed beach lapped by the azure tropical waters of the pacific.

You’ll find live music venue throughout Hawaii Island in restaurants, lounges and in the islands find hotels and resorts. This beach is almost wave less protected area perfect for family fun. The calm waters are also great for kayaking and you can paddle across to the offshore islands to explore secret coves and inlets.

Travel to the Hawaiian Island to enjoy white sand beaches, view volcanic lava flow, appreciate culture and tradition and relax in warm tropical settings.

Hawaii’s iconic destinations will give you a holiday to remember.