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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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10 Things to Know About When Visiting Nevada, Las Vegas

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - July 2, 2018

Known as the entertainment capital of the country, Nevada is home to some of the best tourist attractions in the U.S. It is unacceptable to visit North America and not go to Las Vegas. Here are a few things you should know before you visit the Sin City.

1.     Safety Rankings

Las Vegas is safer than it seems. Much like the rest of the U.S, this city is overall low on all the risk factors combined. The standard rules apply when traveling alone or even with others. In case of an unfortunate event, I advise you to consult a personal injury lawyer in Nevada straightaway.

2.     If you’ve been here already…

If you have been to the Sin City before, don’t count on it being the same as before. The city is constantly changing in regards to infrastructure and attractions. Many new add up and many old disappear.

3.     Carry Cash

Since this is the vacation destination of choice, charges on your regular ATM card will be very high. Other than that, when paying cab drivers and giving your waiter a tip, using your credit card won’t be feasible. Just pay them with cash.

4.     Proper Attire

Whatever you choose to wear is no one’s business but most restaurants and casinos have specific dress codes for entry. Some places require men to wear dinner jackets. Pools in Vegas are open all year round, so do not forget to pack a bathing suit.

5.     Free Drinks

A majority of places offer free drinks to players using slot machines or a poker table. Don’t be surprised or worried when waiters keep bringing you refills for your drinks. They’re on the house as long as you are gambling with a minimum amount.

6.     Budget Yourself!

It is easy to get carried away by the seemingly endless fun you’ll be having in the city, but don’t be. Make a budget and do not lose your way unless you want to be bankrupt by the time you get home.

7.     Avoid Visiting During Peak Times

This is understandable! Don’t plan a trip in the height of the season if you want to avoid large crowds and long lines. This city is just as glamorous during Christmas as it is during the summers. Except you will have more of the city to yourself in the fall rather than in the summers.

8.     Transportation

Unless you have your own car, the best way to get around is using a cab. Remember though, you can’t hail a cab just anywhere, it’s illegal to do so in some places. And again, have cash ready to pay the driver. There are numerous taxi services available all over the city, so you don’t have to worry about getting around.

9.     Get Your Bargain Game On

To get the right bargain, you need to know where to look. In most places, you will either find the next best and cheaper alternative or be able to bargain down to a price more suitable for you.

10.  Not Everything is About the Strip

One of the most visited places in Vegas is the Las Vegas Strip. Most tourists primarily visit the strip and end their trip there as well. Well, we’re here to tell you, there is SO much more to Vegas than just that one strip. You can eat, see and be entertained by similar places away from it and at cheaper rates as well.

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5 Fantastic Days out for the Whole Family to Enjoy in Devon

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - June 27, 2018

Ever since the rise of seaside resorts and the arrival of the railways in the late 1900s, Devon has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Famed for its fantastic beaches, Landscape World Heritage Sites and quaint villages and towns, Devon is a great holiday destination for the whole family.

Holiday cottage specialists www.bluechipholidays.co.uk have compiled a list of their top days out for the whole family to enjoy in Devon.

The English Riviera – Torquay, Paignton and Brixham

This string of family friendly seaside resorts host an array of attractions to explore and places to stay on the east coast of Devon. Steeped in maritime history and surrounded by stunning coastlines and countryside, the English Riviera’s main hubs of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham are the perfect starting points to explore the area.

The English Riviera has an array of top quality attractions including underground caverns, world-class zoos, waterparks and unique marine aviaries. Whether you want to discover the history and heritage of the area, relax on the beach or try your hand at water sports, the English Riviera has it all.

Dartmoor National Park

Situated in the heart of Devon, Dartmoor National Park is home to ancient landscapes, stunning views, wooded valleys and rugged open spaces ideal for those who like the great outdoors.

Spanning 368 square miles, Dartmoor is an ideal location for walkers and cyclists looking for wide open spaces to explore, while those who want something a bit different can learn about the art of sculpting at the Sculpture School in North Tawton, explore vintage fairground rides at the Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre or walk around the medieval monastery Buckfast Abbey.

Lundy Island

Situated 12 miles off the west coast of Devon, Lundy Island is a totally unique experience and is perfect for those who like wildlife. Due to its unique combination of environmental conditions with rugged cliffs on the west and a sheltered and calm east coast, Lundy Island provides shelter and sanctuary to migrating birds including Puffins, Skylarks and Pied wagtails.

With some 140 different bird species recorded each year, Lundy Island is a great destination for birdwatchers, while the sea is home to an array of marine wildlife such as Grey seals, Dolphins, whales and jellyfish.

Tourists can visit the island via ferry which runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from March through to October.

Watermouth Castle

Built in 1825, Watermouth Castle is now one of the top attractions in Devon and houses an array of underground tunnels and fortifications to explore, relics from Victorian times to discover and a variety of amusements to enjoy.

See what life was like in Victorian times as you walk through various exhibits with artefacts from the past, or explore the castle dungeon featuring craft shops from a bygone age, the Hall of Mirror and vintage arcade machines.

Watermouth Castle also features a 9-hole crazy golf course, adventure playground and a fantastic water show featuring music, water and lights in perfect synchronisation.

With an array of things to explore, rides to enjoy and with great views of the Devon countryside, Watermouth Castle is a great day out for the whole family.

The North Devon Surf School

A holiday in Devon would not be complete without experiencing some of the great water sports available on the coastline. Sailing, wind surfing and swimming are some of the more popular beach activities, but surfing what Devon is known for.

Awarded a Centre of Excellence by Surfing England, the North Devon Surf School has a purpose built facility located on Westward Ho! Beach on the west coast of Devon and specialises in surfing and paddleboard lessons. Whatever your skill level, the dedicated staff provide training for those who are looking to learn to surfers who want to improve their technique.

The facilities include heated changing rooms, hot showers, a surf shop and café, as well as a large collection of boards and wetsuits for hire. Whether you want to learn, practise or improve your surfing technique, the North Devon Surf School is well worth checking out.

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