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Broaden Your Horizons: 3 Countries You’ll Want to Explore

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - December 18, 2017

Choosing where to go traveling is a difficult question to answer. In a world, so vast, diverse and beautiful, trying to pinpoint one exact location to explore is near impossible. What is needed is a little inspiration to lift us out of our routines and get us thinking about what we want to get from going to a new land, and what experiences we want to take back with us into our lives at home. Do we want picturesque views to longingly look at while sipping a cool glass of wine, a wild adventure, trekking across mountain ranges, or to be plunged into a culture and history far removed from our own? Whatever it is you are looking for, this guide will give you the inspiration.

The best way to choose where you want to go is to decide what you want to experience. By having a travel goal, you can easily narrow down where you want to be.

Seeking Romance – Italy

Throughout history, Italy has become synonymous with romance through an endless waterfall of poetry, music, and literature that has permeated our cultures as well as influencing our ideas about what love really is. The sunny climate, quaint little streets, and stunning architecture make Italy a country rich in culture and beauty. It is the perfect getaway for couples or newly-weds to indulge in the finer things in life and live out their romantic fantasies.

Finding Thrills – Nepal

For some of us, a holiday is about that out of the ordinary, once in a lifetime experience that will be talked about for years. The more adventurous of us may consider the truly unique wonder of trekking in the Himalayas. The country of Nepal is home to eight of the world’s highest mountains, including, of course, Everest, and so is the perfect place for climbers and adventurers.

Discovering History – Germany & Greece

If the past interests you, Germany might be the place to go. Berlin is brimming with historical sites such as the 1945 Olympic Stadium or the underground shelters that can still be seen running just under the train stations of the city. There are many walking tours and bus excursions to see, for example, the ruins of the Berlin Wall and Check Point Charlie, many of which are in English.

If it’s ancient history you’re after, then why not visit where civilization actually began in Greece. Witness the majesty of the Acropolis, the Valley of Temples or the archaeological site of Olympia, where our modern Olympics came from.

Make it Yours

Every country and culture is individual, much like our travels should be. Once you know what you want, read material from a reputable travel guide site such as www.mrhudsonexplores.com to get a deeper understanding of what amazing experiences are out there to enjoy and tell stories about for years to come.

The world is a vast and stunningly diverse place that is just waiting to be discovered, and there is no reason good enough not to see it!

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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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