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Top Honeymoon Destinations for Couples on a Budget

Travel Blog - Ross French - April 26, 2017

Wedding is one big affair which also tends to be very expensive. Right from invitation cards to the honeymoon, there is not one single thing that doesn’t require spending good money on it. And if you are being honest, most people usually take huge loans and are indebted for most of their early married lives just because they wanted a grand wedding. Statistics show that on an average, a UK wedding including honeymoon costs somewhere around £24000 which is really high and may not be affordable for everyone. But just because everything is so costly, it does not mean that you cannot have a great honeymoon in your budget. All that is needed is a little research to make this miracle happen. Of course, you may not be able to book a private yacht or a private jet but in comparison to these amazing places, such luxurious things will definitely seem miniscule.

Here are some of the places you can visit which will be very cheap:

1. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic, has a history of survival and was for too long overshadowed by the flashy cities of the west. But today, it stands for its glory and is one of the most affordable tourist destinations in Europe.There is no admission fee for top attractions like Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. The hotel pricing is very nominal when compared to other hotel in Europe providing similar services. The places to visit include Old Town Square, St. Vitus Cathedral, National Theatre, Jewish Quarter and the St. Nicholas Church.

2. Bali, Indonesia

The island of Bali in Indonesia is famous for its clean waters and forested volcanic mountains. Coral reefs here harbour 500 different species of corals that are involved in reef building. Diving and snorkelling experiences at Bali are one of a kind. Places to visit in Bali include Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple, Bali Bird Park and Bali Safari and Marine Park. Puru Bratan is a very scenic water temple here and has geographic importance as the water temples here serve the irrigation requirements of the region in which they are located.

3. Cotswolds, UK

If you are on a very tight budget and cannot afford flying abroad, don’t you worry. There are plenty of places within the UK that you can visit for a great honeymoon. Cotswolds is one such place. It is quiet and serene, a typical English countryside painted in hues of green, gold and amber. The climate is mild making it a good place for exploration trips. You can also visit local markets and enjoy homemade cakes as these are the specialty of this region. You can book tickets via nationalexpress.com and save more on travelling through discount vouchers.

4. Mauritius

Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius has a mountainous interior surrounded by beaches, lagoons and reefs making it a dream haven. There won’t be a single boring day thanks to the amazing rainforests, hiking paths, various waterfalls and the flora and fauna of this region. Grand Baie, a northern village, is famous for snorkelling and game fishing. Surfing and coral diving are also popular attractions amongst the tourists. Or you can just get lost in the serenity of the beaches with your special someone.

5. Cape town, South Africa

The city of Cape Town boasts a spectacular view as it has the backing of the famous Table Mountains. While reaching Cape Town can be a little costly, honeymooning there is relatively cheaper. There are multiple places to visit in Africa and it will be better to decide your own itinerary rather than taking a pre-decided package as it will give to time to explore better and will be infinitely cheaper. Things to do include visiting beaches and fishing villages as well as trekking across the mountainous regions and exploring the hidden places. Points of interest include Table Mountains, Cape Point, Table Mountain National Park, Helderberg, Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope amongst others.

6. Florence, Italy

For any art lover, this city is heaven. Florence is home to renaissance art and architecture that saw it flourishing in the days of Leonardo da Vinci and Michel Angelo. You can spend days admiring the amazing architecture of Florence, roam around the streets or spend time in its famous galleries. Galleria Degli Uffizi is one of the most prominent galleries housing Greek sculptures and Venetian paintings and many other collections. The rich history and culture of this city make it a perfect destination to visit with your spouse. Bell tower, Giardino Delle Rose, Piazzale Michelangelo are some places you must definitely visit. This city is also home to Gelato, the famous ice-cream and you must enjoy it right there.

Money does not make a great trip. It is the people we travel with that make great memories. These places let you enjoy the nature at the cheapest rates possible. Honeymoon is one of the most important phases of a married life as it gives two people time to know each other and a great honeymoon will go a long way in ensuring that. After all, as they say, well begun is half done. Go out and get the best for you and your partner without fussing over money. Wishing you a happy honeymoon.?

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Casino Resorts: A Brief History

North America - Ross French - March 4, 2017

Casinos today are more than just games of chance. They’re the biggest hotels, concert venues, theaters and offer a multitude of experiences. A symbol of entertainment and indulgence, modern casino resorts, complete with over-the-top architecture and flamboyance, are on the bucket list of most travel junkies.

While no one is sure where it all started, there are references to games of chance all through history. It was in the early 17th century in Italy that a venue was created that could be remotely associated with the casino of today. Soon such venues appeared in several places in Europe, but it was America that gave the world its first casinos as we know them today, in the form of gambling saloons.

The first few casinos were found in Chicago, San Francisco and New Orleans during the early 20th century. However, it was only in 1931, when gambling was legalized, that everything changed forever. Casinos have evolved a lot since then and we now have casino holidays that are widely popular and there are entire cities that are totally devoted to it.

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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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European Family Holidays: 5 Great Resorts

Europe - Ross French - October 4, 2015

Europe boasts many world class resorts that will appeal to any type of traveler, but when it comes to find one for family holiday, you are always very careful choosing the right resort based on a number of factors. Here are 5 great destinations in Europe you should consider for your next family holiday:

Almyra, Cyprus

Fashionable, classy and peaceful, Almyra is an excellent family friendly seafront resort on the Mediterranean shoreline of Paphos, Cyprus. It boasts of all the family friendly features you can think of. Its modern design, specious rooms, excellent sea view, yummy foods, kid corners, swimming pools along with excellent service make modern-day luxury accessible to its guests. The most you will like about Almyra is its stunning sea view. Holidays to Cyprus are perfect for families and you can be sure to spend some wonderful and unforgettable days (or weeks) in Almyra.

Martinhal, PortugalMartinhal, Portugal

Just 3km away from the historic fishing port of Sagres, Martinhal is an excellent family friendly seaside resort in Algarve. Its boutique-style villas and rooms with private terraces and balconies make it the most popular resort in the Algarve region. With the main pool set in an elegant wooden terrace, it has 5 beautiful and specious swimming pools in total. Artificial glass tennis courts, children’s corner, wide range of outdoor activities around the resort including surfing lessons, football challenges and paddle tennis will ensure you and your family spend some quality days in Portugal.

Domes of Elounda, Crete

Crete is a stunning Greek island and the Domes of Elounda are simply the perfect place to stay to have the best of this heavenly Greek island. This 5 star resort is located strategically to allow all its guests easily visit the most popular spots in the island. The wonderful villages of Elounda, Agios Nikolaos and Plaka are just a few minutes’ drive from the resort. So, you can visit these villages with your family with utmost comfort. The family friendly features such as a good number of activities for children such as water sports, swimming, drawing lessons, tennis lessons, baby equipments of all kinds and special rooms and suites make it a perfect resort to stay for a family holiday.

Potters Resort, England

Located on 65 acres of land on the coastal border of Suffolk and Norfolk, England, Potters Resort is an excellent resort to have a wonderful family holiday. Its facilities are nicely matched for families with toddlers and grandparents. With children’s club, wide range of entertainment arrangements for guests of all age, you can expect to have some wonderful days in this luxury resort.

Club Med Kamarina, ItalyClub Med Kamarina

If you are looking for a perfect family friendly resort in Italy, Club Med can be the perfect choice for you. Located in colorful squares and charming alleyways beside UNESCO world heritage site of Syracusa, this wonderful resort is has all the facilities and arrangements you need to have an unforgettable holiday in Italy.


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Daisy Travel to Europe

Europe, Travel Blog - Ross French - May 7, 2015

Europe remains the world leader in art, architecture, food, fashion, design, etc. and it is enriched with historical and cultural values. It is rounded up with fascinating cities known for their museums, shops, restaurants, night life, recreation and aesthetics.Eiffel tower in Paris

The Eiffel tower in Paris, France is the tallest building in the world. There are many interesting facts about the Eiffel tower. It is owned by local government and it is maintained by a private company. A visitor can see about 40 miles in all directions from the top of the Eiffel tower. Eiffel tower is the symbol of Paris, with rich beauty and colorful history. The tourism to Europe is not completed unless visit to Eiffel tower is completed.Rome
Rome, Italy surrounded with temples and legal buildings and filled with statues and bridges. It is a region to offer sea, nature, good food and villages rich in history and art. It is the fifth most visited country in the world. Vatican City is the spiritual home to the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics, boasts more than 30,000 churches and sanctuaries. Seven of the world’s 10 most visited Christian sanctuaries are in Vatican City. Pisa tower also known as Leaning tower of Pisa, considered as one of the world wonder present in Italy.

London is the capital of Europe

London is the capital of Europe, largest and richest country too. It has large cultural diversity and there will be always something new to learn and experience. Westminster is a popular unique building and it is commonly called as house of parliament in London. It is one of the most popular place people like to visit. It is located at bank of the river Thames. There are many towers of different height present in this building. One of the most popular tower is Victoria tower. It is the tallest tower in Westminster building with 98 meters height.

Venice, from the Ponte di Rialto in north-eastern direction

Venice, from the Ponte di Rialto in north-eastern direction

Venice, Italy one of the magical place on earth, has stone buildings of greater beauty sit on water. It contains about 150 canals, spanned by about 400 bridges. The main circulator routes of the city are canals and it is maintained periodically.

Barcelona

Barcelona, city of modern art is also known as second capital of Spain after Madrid. It is home to many famous architects. It is almost lively at night as it is during day time. It is an ideal place to enjoy almost any time because of its perfect climate. In addition to the above, art exhibitions, concerts and different type of shows happens all the time.

With a well preserved cultural heritage, wide cultural diversity and efficient infrastructure, Europe stands in most top place in world’s tourism places.


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