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5 Destinations all Wildlife Lovers Should Visit

South Africa, Travel Blog - Ross French - September 11, 2018

If you’re a wildlife lover, it makes sense to want to travel somewhere full of opportunity to spot some of the biggest, most majestic and exciting animals out there. With that being said, here are five destinations all wildlife lovers should visit.

South Africa

A safari is indisputably one of the best travel experiences to see an abundance of animals in their natural habitats, and South Africa is one of the best places for it.

Kruger National Park has an abundance of opportunities to spot beautiful animals in the wild – perfect for first timers, as well as those travelling on a budget, it’s here that you’ll get to see the Big Five for yourself. Lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo can all be found in Kruger’s five million acres.

Whether you want to live in luxury during your stay or instead try something more exhilarating, gorgeous lodges and camping safaris are both available in South Africa alongside many more options.

Borneo

Although it’s under constant threat of deforestation, effectively putting the lives of hundreds of species at risk, Borneo’s rainforest is a luscious, thriving wonderland full of thousands of beautiful animals from the Bornean orangutan all the way through to the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros.

Visiting this severely underrated and highly threatened part of the world will certainly allow you to tick an abundance of animals off your bucket list. There’s some lodges and other accommodation choices here to allow you to be in the heart of it all – come quick before the effects of nearby plantations and farming devastate the rainforest further.

Galapagos Islands

People who visit the Galapagos Islands often say it’s the experience of a lifetime. One of the most famous destinations in the world for wildlife, this archipelago boasts over ten islands, all of which offering very unique natural features as well as an incredible amount of beautiful, curious, intriguing animals.

From the iconic Galapagos tortoises to flocking penguins, from soaring albatross to majestic sea lions basking on one of the islands’ shores, the Galapagos are a fulfilling and almost overwhelmingly exciting destination for any animal lover. Add to that some of the most gorgeous natural scenery in the world, and it’s a true place of wonder.

Mauritius

Want to try a spot of diving? Head to Mauritius – not only is this island known for its paradisiacal beaches, crystal clear waters and luxurious accommodation, but there’s a thriving world beneath the surface that deserves your attention.

Winning the World Travel Awards’ best Indian Ocean diving destination a record five times, Mauritius certainly has a reputation to live up to. Visit for yourself and it’ll do just that.

Not only are there nearly 500 marine species and 200 coral species underneath the surface to discover, but the volcanic activity upon the island has led to a number of incredible natural underwater features such as caves, tunnels and even a “cathedral” – a majestic cavernous section on the western side of Mauritius.

Sri Lanka

Many people flock to Thailand in pursuit of up-close experiences with elephants, but Sri Lanka is arguably actually the best place to see the beautiful creatures. With thousands of them thriving in the wild, opportunities to see elephants in Sri Lanka aren’t exactly scarce – visit some of the country’s sprawling national parks to see them roaming the plains.

It’s an alternative to an African safari, and Sri Lanka is a great choice if you’re looking for something a bit more lowkey from your wildlife getaway.

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The Ultimate UK Stag do Destination Ideas

Europe, Travel Blog - Ross French - September 3, 2018

With regards to sorting out a stag do, one of the hardest parts can be choosing where to go. Most stag parties agree to some place that has brew, alcohol, music and a heap of incredible exercises. Be that as it may, in the event that you don’t think about where to begin the chase, it makes the entire procedure somewhat harder to compose. This is the reason we have assembled a guide of the best stag do areas in the UK, which ought to ideally abandon you to sort the fun stuff. .These urban communities have a lot of spots to party, with dance club, bars, and parlors in abundance, and heaps of activities for dynamic stag ends of the week.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is an incredible place for a stag end of the week. There are heaps of exercises to browse that are not the same as simply the standard stag end of the week charge.

Consider Xtreme Karting, a place where you and the young men can race superior EVO 5 Karts. Found only outside of Edinburgh, motorsport hustling is exciting and beyond any doubt to get the adrenaline pumping.

In Edinburgh, you can likewise visit a refinery, the home of Scottish Whisky, and visit various distilleries. Edinburgh likewise offers an assortment of fun open air exercises, for example, sphereing, which comprises of moving down a slope in an encased mammoth ball, paddling, falconry, thus substantially more. When you’re prepared to party, get VIP access at a portion of Edinburgh’s most sweltering clubs.

Manchester

Manchester, every so often alluded to as “Madchester” because of its notoriety for being the gathering city of the northwest, is an incredible place to go for your stag end of the week.

Manchester has loads of various activities to suit each financial plan and intrigue. Gathering at Manchester’s most blazing clubs, drink and eat at awesome eateries, hit up the clubhouse for a touch of betting and greyhound hustling, thus significantly more.

Get dynamic and take in 18 holes of golf at Manchester Golf Club , or simply rehearse your swing at places like Playgolf Manchester or Golftorium. Or on the other hand, go earth pigeon shooting at Manchester Clay Shooting Club in case you’re in the disposition to shoot things.

To accomplish something somewhat more unwinding, consider an angling trip for part of the day at Pennine Trout Farm and Fishery. For greater fervor, take a 4×4 rough terrain driving outing with Motor Safari, or go mountain boarding, which is something amongst snowboarding and skateboarding, at Hales Superbole.

It has such a great amount to browse, both inside and outside, that the hardest part will choose exactly what to do amid your stag end of the week there.

London

London is one of the world’s most prominent urban areas, so on the off chance that you have your stag end of the week here, it’s certain to be one to recollect. London has everything – hip, present day lounges, insane, throughout the night move clubs, laid-back bars, comic drama clubs, music settings highlighting a portion of the most smoking names in music, thus considerably more.

Go hovercrafting only outside of London at Wildcat Hovercraft, run quad bicycle hustling with the young men at Quad Safari, or go indoor go-karting at Teamsport London Tower Bridge. Following a wild night out, or a taxing day of exercises, loosen up at a portion of the world’s best spas in London, or have some food at one of the city’s best eateries. London likewise has an assortment of club for you to bet away your days and evenings.

In the event that you have the time and need to see a touch of London outside of the dance club and gambling clubs, consider an excursion up into the London Eye. With phenomenal perspectives of London, it’s an extraordinary method to see a touch of the city past your inn room. With respect to lodging rooms, London has inns to suit each financial plan. You’ll have a lot of alternatives for your London stag end of the week.

Newcastle

Newcastle is tops in case you’re on a financial plan and hoping to have an incredible time for not a great deal of cash.

Go on a spooky phantom walk and bar creep or hit up a portion of Newcastle’s most mainstream clubs and gathering until sunrise. Run paintballing with the young men at Topgun Paintball and have a fabulous time shooting each other throughout the day.

In case you’re searching for something new to destroy on your enormous night, make a beeline for Metro Center at Gateshead, Europe’s biggest indoor shopping complex.

Newcastle is additionally known for its music scene, so consider looking at a neighborhood band before heading off to the clubs. Whatever you choose to do, Newcastle stag ends of the week guarantee to be among the best time you can discover on these shores.

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5 Las Vegas Bars that are Truly Unique

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - August 21, 2018

When you come to Las Vegas, you come for the excitement, adventure, and of course, we can’t forget the food and fun. There are so many attractions and fantastic things to see that it can get overwhelming to the senses. Sometimes there is so much to do that you don’t know what to do. Seeing a unique and interesting bar and spending some time there is always a good way to enjoy yourself and to regroup and put a plan together for the rest of your Las Vegas stay.

1. Camden Cocktail Lounge Palms Casino and Resort

The Camden Cocktail Lounge is a Las Vegas bar that focuses on mind-blowing cocktails which are presented in over-the-top manners. If you want to be wowed by your cocktail, this is the perfect place to go. The bartenders here are masters of mixology and put their own spin on your favorite classics, or they will create a new favorite for you right before your eyes.

When you step into the opulent atmosphere, you’ll feel like a different person. The setting is much like a modern library. The bookcase that lines one wall gives you a great feel, and the flat-screen TVs give you the modern-age technology we’ve all come to know and love.

The cove ceiling hangs a collection of black and gold glass pebbles in different heights, and sheen finishes and bronze accents and charcoal velvets are along the lounge. When you think of Camden – think luxury with approachability.

2. Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill

Talk about a unique bar, Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill will give you the unique experience you’ve been searching for. There is live music, great food, drinks and a cool setting. This bar was founded by Danny “Count” Koker of the History Channel’s popular show “Counting Cars” and represents the Rock & Roll and Classic Era of Sunset Strip. If you love music, you’ll be impressed with the high-quality, professional sound system and stage. You’ll truly feel the music in this setting which gives you the hard rock/motorcycle/macabre atmosphere.

3. Double Down Saloon

At Double Down Saloon, it is all shut up and drink. If you love your brew, then this is a great spot for you to come and visit. This dark, mural-covered saloon features live punk bands, an electric jukebox, and bacon martinis. Enjoy bar games, fast service, and great cocktails when you come to this joint.

4. Mountain Springs Saloon

If you want something different than what you are going to find on the main strip, Mountain Springs Saloon is the perfect place for you. Bring your motorcycle and get ready for a delicious pig roast. All you need is ten dollars, and you’re going to be high on the hog. Check the calendar to see when there is going to be live entertainment or another event to your liking.

5. Hofbrauhaus

You’ll feel as if you’ve just stepped into a German bar when you come to Hofbrauhaus. The community seating, plenty of brews and live entertainment will have ready to kick up your heels and have some fun. Don’t miss out on the garden with its full-sized chestnut trees, and fountains. You may want to focus on going to the bar. Whatever you want, there is a lot to see when you visit Hofbrauhaus.

What You Need to Know When Visiting Las Vegas

If you’ve never visited Las Vegas before, you are in for a treat. This city has many unique attractions, shows, and people. While there is plenty to do, there are some things to keep in mind before you come to Las Vegas.

1. Las Vegas caters to the twenty-one and over crowd. While Las Vegas has worked to become more family friendly, that is not always the case. Las Vegas can be a little on the wild side for bringing children. You might want to keep your crew to those that have their valid of-age IDs.

2. In Las Vegas, you can drink on the street as long as the container is not glass. In most places across the US, you aren’t allowed to drink legally on the streets, but here you can bar hop as much as you like and take your alcohol with you.

3. Las Vegas wants people to visit their city, and there is a place to sleep for any budget. Whether you want a swanky loft of you’re ready to Airbnb it with a shared apartment, you can have at it in Las Vegas.

4. The food scene is on point in Las Vegas. There are plenty of all-you-can-eat buffets and cafeteria style joints where you can grab a bite to eat or fill yourself to your heart’s content. Your choice. Extreme fine dining is alive and well in the desert with various chefs such as Wolfgang Puck, and Guy Fieri have their own restaurants in Las Vegas.

Conclusion

When you’re on your way to Las Vegas, know there is a place for you. No matter what you are looking for, Sin City has you covered. Keep the above information in mind, visit one of these great bars and you are sure to have a great time. What happens here stays here so have some fun, let your hair down and enjoy the entertainment, food, brews, and people of this fun and inviting tourist-favorite location.

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Top Wildlife Reserves in Africa for a Picture-Perfect Holiday

Africa, Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - August 12, 2018

Africa spoils its tourists when it comes to choosing which wildlife reserve to visit. Africa undoubtedly is one of the most spectacular tourist destinations in the world today and offers many exciting attractions ranging from adventures in Uganda to bungee jumping to having close encounters with wildlife in their natural habitat! We feel that nothing is as exciting as the view of the king of the jungle chasing its prey, mountain gorillas or the popular wildebeest migrations. It is not easy to decide which place to visit and thus we have compiled a list of the top wildlife reserves in Africa for a picture-perfect holiday:

1. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

This reserve is as magical as you would expect it to be and much more! It is a pristine landscape dotted with Savannah, stunning acacias and roving herds. Serengeti is the recommended destination if you want to look at the Great Migration, which is the greatest spectacle of the animal species on earth with over 2 million zebras, gazelle and wildebeest changing their habitats! It is known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers some of the most spectacular views in this region!

2. Kruger National Park

Think of wildlife in Africa, and Kruger will come to your mind! In fact, the number of animal species that one can sight here makes it one of the best national parks in the world! It is situated in South Africa and some of the most commonly sighted animals here include the hippo, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, lion, elephant, cheetah, leopard and rhino.

3. Volcanoes National Park

Another exciting and intriguing national park is the Volcanoes National Park located in Rwanda. It houses some of the most exotic and attractive animals, especially mountain gorillas that lure tourists from all around the world to Africa. Coming face to face with these vibrant apes and clicking a selfie with them is in the bucket list of many!

4. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This is listed as a world heritage site and is located in Uganda. The abundance of mountain gorillas in this national park makes it one of the most popular national parks here. This reserve is set over a steep mountain rainforest and the latest count reflects approximately 35 gorillas in this park to today. It remains one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Africa and you should definitely visit it during your time in Uganda.

5. Kidepo Valley National Park

While it might not be as well known as a few others in this list, it is the most beautiful park in Africa. It is set against the stunning mountains of Mount Morungole and the plains of Kidepo and Narus Valley. The most popular animals one can sight here are the voracious Kidepo lions.

We hope that the above list will help you decide which wildlife reserve to visit during your time in Africa! Pack your trekking shoes and sunglasses and embark on an adventure of a lifetime!

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Most Exotic Beach Destinations for Globetrotters

Travel Blog - Ross French - July 4, 2018

There is nothing like a beach vacation to break the rut of your monotonous life and spend time relaxing amidst a stunning seascape. After all, who does not want to have sand in their toes and a cocktail in their hand while looking at turquoise waters in the front? Pack all the right swimming aids for your next beach vacation such as beach towels, sunscreen, first-aid kit and most importantly, the recent fad of tan-through swimwear for that perfect tan! Then get ready to embark on the most exotic beach vacation of your life at one of these destinations:

1. Bali

This list would not feel right if we ignored this Indonesian beauty, Bali has recently emerged as a favourite beach destination, especially amongst honeymooners. If you are looking forward to spending your special days at an exotic beach location surrounded by mouthwatering cuisine, tropical jungles and a warm weather, Bali is the place for you. Apart from chilling on the beaches, there are many adventurous activities to do here as well, such as whitewater rafting, jet skiing, quad biking, etc.

2. Maldives

Maldives is synonymous with true luxury. This archipelago of thousands of islands is nothing but a glamorous exotic destination to visit and is particularly made for lovebirds! With stunning sunsets, spectacular beaches and regal properties, Maldives is truly paradisiacal. There is something here for the thrill seekers as well, such as kayaking, sea plane ride, marine dive, kitesurfing, etc.

3. Mauritius

Mauritius is a favourite beach spot amongst many across the world. It boasts of eternal pearl beaches, green countryside and the ravishing cuisine. This island-nation is dreamy in this appearance, and has an exciting culture of French, Indian and Creole. An exciting activity that you can partake in here is hire a catamaran for snorkeling and relish a barbeque meal with your loved one. Recommended places to visit include Les 7 Cascades, Ile aux Cerfs, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Ile des Deux Cocos, Trou d’Argent Beach, and Le Morne Brabant.

4. Andaman

Popular as an erstwhile prison, Andaman in India is an island that will leave you awestruck with its mesmerizing beauty. Havelock Islands at Andaman is considered as one of the most beautiful and romantic beaches in the world by many. The most popular tourist attractions in Andaman include Radhanagar Beach, Blue Corals Dive, Kala Pathar beach, etc.

5. Bora Bora

No list of exotic beach destinations is complete without the mention Bora Bora. If you feel we are exaggerating, just type in Bora Bora on Google images and you will know what the hype is about. The sheer beauty of the lagoons and clear blue water is sure to leave you mesmerized. The best places to visit here are Mount Otemanu, Matira Beach, Bora Bora Lagoonarium, and Leopard Rays Trench.

So, if you’ve been thinking of planning a vacation, head to either of these exotic beach locations and have the time of your life! It’s not just the amazing memories that you will come back home with, but an envy-worthy tan too!

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