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Beautiful Destinations for a Walking Holiday

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - September 28, 2017

Walking Holiday

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise that there is and it is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Spending your holiday walking is a great way to get in shape and clear your head of the challenges of day to day life. It is also a great way to really pay attention to your surroundings and appreciate everything that is going on around you. Here are five beautiful destinations for a walking holiday.

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is home to more than three hundred glaciers. It is a great place for walking and you don’t need a guide. Make sure that you take the time to visit the famous Perito Moreno Glacier that is the only glacier in the world that still continues to grow. Make sure you take a break from walking long enough to take a boat cruise that will allow you to see the glaciers from the water.

Tibet

Tibet is in the Himalayas and it is a great place for a walking holiday. There are several paths to walk along where you can see stunning sights like Buddhist Monasteries, rare flora and fauna, and stunning views of some of the tallest peaks in the world. Tibet is known for the friendliness of its people so it is a great place to make new friends.

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

The mountains of Morocco are a great place for a walking holiday. The Jebel Toubkal Ascent is the highest peak in Northern Africa. The climb is challenging but it can be managed if you are in good shape. The walk is filled with stunning landscape and the pat will take you past Berber Villages where the villagers’ lifestyles have changed very little during the last several centuries. The view at the top is a panoramic view of the surroundings that will leave you awestruck.

Crete, Greece

Crete is the largest island in Greece and there are several walks that you can go on. Walk the circular route that takes you around the village of Palea Roumata and is about 5km. The walk takes about 2 hours and criss-crosses several times through the stream bed that is usually dry enough to navigate without getting wet. The Samaria Gorge is a 16km hike that takes you through the gorge where you can see different birds of prey, and view the ruins of several tiny villages and Byzantine chapels.

Blossom Trail in the Cotswolds, England

The Cotswolds are only an hour from London but you will feel like you have entered a different universe. You can rent a holiday cottage in the countryside and use it as a base to explore the network of paths that run through the surrounding areas. The Blossom Trail is a great route to walk and this 80 km trail winds its way through charming villages and has a series of bridges that will take you over the Avon River. The trail is lined with cherry, pear, and apple, trees that have stunning pink and white blossoms.

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Santorini Island Travel Guide

Greece - Ross French - August 20, 2017

holidays to Santorini Island

Santorini Island is most probably the most recognized island of entire Greece. With its unique landscapes, multicolored reefs, romantic sunsets, and beautiful volcanic features – Santorini invites more than 1.5 million tourists from all over the world every year. Many consider the white, cliff side homes with their blue roofs as an iconic sight of Greece. Holidays to Santorini Island are particularly popular among romantic couples who are traveling to Greece . The beautiful sun set view from Oia, the historic sites, the vineyards make Santorini one of the must visit destinations in Greece. Continue Reading

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Travel Trends in 2017 – Places to Explore

Africa, Central America, Travel Blog - Ross French - February 7, 2017

Travel Trends in 2017

The tourism industry has seen a massive boom in the recent years, and travel has indeed become a lifestyle statement. As an increasing number of people hit the road this year either solo or with their family and friends, here are some travel trends in 2017. Continue Reading

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Turkey’s Aegean Sea

Travel Blog - Ross French - October 24, 2016

The Aegean Sea is a stretch of water that lies between Greece and Turkey. It is a beautiful part of the Mediterranean area which is very popular for tourists from all over the world. The Greek islands probably get the most publicity, but you can have an equally good vacation on the Turkish side, and often pay a bit less for it as well.

The largest Turkish city in the area is Izmir, which now has a population of about 4 million – a big increase from its ancient beginnings as the city of Smyrna. With history going back thousands of years, there is plenty of interest to see around Izmir – the local transport system is pretty good, or you can simply take a walking tour of the city.

Walking along the promenade, the Kordon, you can admire the apartments and palm trees on one side, and the beautiful Aegean Sea on the other. If you want to do a bit of shopping, head for the Kemeralti bazaar, where you’ll find lots of great shops, coffee houses, and craftsmen. A perfect place to find some local souvenirs, and then take a breather and soak up the atmosphere.

Kusadasi is a little bit south of Izmir, which has become the second-busiest port for cruise liners in Turkey after Istanbul. One big reason for this is the amazing historical site of Ephesus, which is not far from Kusadasi. The ancient remains make the site a really interesting destination for a day trip, or several days if you’re very keen on your history. It is probably the best site for Roman remains in the whole of Turkey. Also near Kusadasi is the Greek island of Samos, and there are regular daily ferry services.

Carry on further south: Bodrum is a popular resort which is also the site of an ancient city – Halikarnassus, famous for the tomb of Mausolus. Bodrum has attractions for different types of visitors; the castle and the other monuments will interest those who like history; the marina will please the sailing enthusiasts; and the beach with its bars will satisfy people who want to just enjoy themselves in the sunshine. Bodrum also has many accommodation options from cheap B&Bs to Luxury hotels.

Obviously these coastal resorts are very busy during the summer, but you don’t have to go very far to find a bit of peace and quiet. Dilek Peninsula National Park is only 30km (19 miles) from Kusadasi, from where you can catch a bus. The peninsula has lush forests, rare animals, and some quiet beaches. There is no accomodation or legal camping in the Park, but it makes a wonderful day trip, and a nice break from the built-up resorts and busy beaches.

The local airports of the Turkish Aegean have flights from some European cities, but travelers from further away will usually arrive in Istanbul or Antalya. Istanbul is a 10 hour drive from Izmir, but if you have the time, it’s a great way to see a bit more of this fascinating country on the edge of Asia.

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Places to Visit in Greece

Destinations, Travel Tips - Ross French - January 9, 2016

Check out the following places and include it in your bucket list.

Holidays in Heraklion

Located between the prefectures of Rethymno and Lassithi, on the eastern side of Crete, Heraklion is that the most well-liked region of the island. It hosts several busy places with intense nightlife, as well as Malia, Hersonissos, Ammoudara and Agia Pelagia, but additionally several peaceful family places, notably on the southern side. As Heraklion Greece was the most field where the Minoan civilization flourished, you must not miss a visit to the Minoan Palaces of Knossos and Phaestos. A drive around Heraklion in island also will bring you to ancient villages, Medieval castles, Byzantine monasteries and nice beach places to relax. This region combines busy resorts and secluded coves. Continue Reading

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