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Top 10 places to visit in Caribbean Islands

Caribbean, Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - October 22, 2020

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Thinking of visiting the Caribbean Islands and wondering where to go? Here is the list of top 10 destinations of Caribbean Islands to choose from

From pristine beaches to fiery cocktails, Caribbean Islands is the epitome of good vibes, that no one can ever deny. There are many islands here in the Caribbean Islands, which will make your jaw drop. The riot of colors will brighten your mood. The beautiful sunset is a sight that you will never forget.

The Caribbean Islands can be very enticing. There are many small and large island that comprises the island country. Seems like it has come straight out of heaven. The sunset or the sunrise will give you the perfect picture of your Instagram feed.

You will not be able to complete all the islands and the best spots of the island country. But it is hard to choose the best one from the so many exquisite islands. But we have done a bit of researched and noted down the top 10 destinations of the Caribbean Islands.

British Virgin Islands

Posh will be an understatement for this beautiful island. The picturesque seashores, the beautiful coastline, and luxurious resorts make British Virginia Islands so amazing. If you are looking for a trip with a luxurious stay and relaxed days, the island will let you do so quite seamlessly. Board a yacht to visit the US Virgin Islands. The beauty is beyond description. The island was devasted by the 2017 hurricane. Some of the luxurious hotels are still recovering the loss. Do not miss the breathtaking view of Cane Garden Bay. This can very well be one of your best Caribbean destinations.

St Lucia

Beaches white as chalk dust, surrounded by high volcanic peaks, that is St Lucia for you. If you have an adventurous bone poking you all the time, St Lucia will surely meet your need. Hike up to the Piton mountain or quietly experience a sunset by the beach, the choice is yours. However, you will be amazed by whatever you choose. Sulphur Spring is a must-visit spot. You get to experience the world’s one and only drive-in volcano. If you are with your partner, this place will remain in your heart forever. Incredible sights and luxurious hotels make the whole visit worth every penny.

Turks and Caicos

Heard of Grace Bay before planning your Caribbean Islands trip, haven’t you? Well, all of us have. Grace Bay is one of the best beaches in the Caribbean Islands. Yes, it is in Turks and Caicos. If you wish to try snorkeling and scuba diving, you can do that over here. During the winter season, accommodation here is unreasonably high. If you can splurge a few bucks, Turks and Caicos is one of the islands you must not miss.

Barbados

Make your vacation worth with Barbados. This small island has a lot to offer. The unique feature of this island is the sandy beaches with clear blue water. The sunset here is to die for. Barbados has a pretty decent party scene. You cannot leave the island without exploring the limestone caverns. Also, an exotic tropical garden is another unmissable thing on this island. Barbados is one of the most popular Caribbean Islands.

Curacao

Visit Curacao for the colorful coral reefs. Curacao is not within the hurricane belt. So, it offers pleasant weather all year round. Dive into the coastal culture with pastel-colorful houses, sand floored synagogue. It has a significant influence of Dutch culture. Not just that, if you are adventurous enough, this island will entice you with water sports. Scuba diving and snorkeling are two of the most common water sports on the island. Curacao is not just beautiful; it is also quite budget-friendly. It has accommodation which doesn’t force you to spend a lot.

St Barts

St Barts was once a colony of the French. Though the French have left long back, the influence of their culture has not. From annual festivals to cuisine, French Caribbean Culture is a unique thing to experience. The island is filled with high-end luxurious stays. If you wish, you can get into a big yacht that harbor there. St Barts is posh and beautiful. It is one of the best Caribbean islands to have a romantic getaway.

Anguilla

 

Turquoise and white are always a great color combination. Here, in Anguilla, nature gives you that. Powdery white sand by the turquoise blue sea is a sight to cherish forever. Moreover, can you think about how your Instagram feed is going to look like? It is one of the best Caribbean islands and is just 16 miles long. It has quite a variety of accommodation. The island enjoys warm weather throughout the year. Shoal Bay East is the most crowded beach. In case you want to avoid the crowd, visit Meads Bay and Rendezvous Bay.

Antigua

There are 365 beaches in Antigua. We are not kidding. The island is a chest of amazing beaches. NO points for guessing, many water sports have developed in this region. Galley Bay beach is famous for all king of water sports. Surfers find this beach to be perfect for a vacation. If you want to spend romantic holidays, try Half Moon beach. This beach is perfect for creating romantic memories. The island has some remains of its colonial past. If you wish to see those historical attractions like Betty’s Hope and Nelson’s Dockyard.

Grenada

Most of the Caribbean Islands have clear blue sea, white sand. Most of them are surrounded by lush green mountains. Grenada is no different. It has a 2-mile long Grand Anse Beach. But in case you are tired of beaches and sea lines, head to Belmont Estate. You can also try exploring the Grand Etang National Park and Forest Reserve’s hiking trails. Grenada has about 45 beaches to choose from and a few hiking trails within the national forest. This Caribbean island has a lot to offer.

Aruba

Aruba is for everyone. No one has ever been disappointed with this Caribbean Island. Hit the casino if you want, there are quite a lot to choose from. If you want to explore nature and hike a bit, there are several options for you over there. Arikok National Park is one popular site for hiking. Another famous hiking spot is Ayo and Casibari rock formations. Aruba is also out of the hurricane zone. This means you can visit this island all around the year. Visit during summer, you might get the cheapest deals on accommodation.

Here are the top 10 destinations of the Caribbean Islands. Americans are in love with this little island country. The pristine beaches, the colonial architecture, and the varied wildlife is the unique feature of this country. Now that you know about Caribbeans, do not waste time. Plan the itinerary and hit the road before the islands become crowded again.

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Tips for Traveling With Your Glasses and Keep Them in one Piece!

Travel Tips - Ross French - August 5, 2020

Traveling with your Glasses

Making travel plans for when air travel is fully available again? It makes sense to start planning now, rather than rushing everything at the last minute and forgetting the essentials. While many backpackers struggle with what they should take with them abroad and what they should leave behind, if you’re a glasses wearer, then you already know that one of the essential items you’ll need is right on your face! If you’re looking for a new frame before you leave, check out this selection of retro glasses here, to ensure you look great on your trip.

It’s easy to feel a little apprehensive about traveling with your glasses. What if they get broken? Or lost? Being stuck on the other side of the world and unable to see properly doesn’t exactly bode well for the rest of your trip…

Thankfully, if you’re a glasses wearer, you don’t need to worry. Here I’ve compiled some simple tips for traveling with your glasses and keeping them in one piece!

Tips for Traveling With your Glasses

Check your prescription

Maybe you’re heading overseas for a few months, or just a week or two. Either way, if you want to avoid headaches and discomfort throughout your overseas trip, visit your optician before you travel to ensure you have the right prescription in your glasses.

Pack them in a hard case

A hard case is the best solution for your glasses. Whether you’re relaxing by the sea, taking them off to go swimming, or you’re just swapping them for your prescription sunglasses, always place your glasses in a hard case. It’s the safest way to prevent them from getting bent, crushed, or broken.

Always bring an extra pair

Sometimes accidents happen, or you could have your bag stolen. This is when having a spare set of glasses comes in handy. That way, if anything happens to one pair, at least you’ll have a backup. If you wear contact lenses, always bring your glasses with you!

Learn how to repair your glasses

Knocks, bumps, scratches, or general wear and tear can leave your eyewear wonky, or unwearable. Knowing how to repair your glasses ensures you won’t be stuck overseas with compromised vision. Pack a glasses repair kit in your rucksack!

Keep your glasses in your carry on

Always keep your glasses and your spare pair in your carry-on. That way they’re readily available when you need them. Also, if your luggage is lost by the airline or stolen, you won’t be left stranded without your glasses.

Make a note of your eye prescription

Ask your optician to write down your prescription and keep it handy with your other medical/first aid supplies. That way if there is an optical emergency when you’re overseas, you can try to get replacements ordered.

And finally, look after your eyes and glasses

UV rays, long haul flights, extended time staring at screens, and tiredness. Your eyes go through a lot when you’re traveling. So, make sure you look after them. Invest in some high-quality sunglasses with UV protection, rest your eyes as much as possible and if you wear contact lenses, switch between your contacts and glasses to give your eyes a break.

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Travel Smart – Tips to Enjoy your Travels

Europe, Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - July 13, 2020

Wasted travel is unforgivable. Far too many people take a trip to somewhere that would easily be in the top ten of many people’s bucket lists, and they return home with almost nothing to say about the place. As someone who loves to travel, I find this to be among the most outstanding failures of grownups everywhere. The conversation typically goes a little something like this:

“Oh, welcome back, nice trip?”
“ – Yes thanks, lovely weather”
“Did you get out into the old town at all? Or see the famous bridge or the…”
“ – Mmmm no, not really, we don’t really like that kind of thing”
“So, you didn’t see the Cathedral or…”
“ – Oh, yeah, you mean that church thing? We had an ice cream near there. Looked nice.”

And you feel like screaming “WHY DID YOU BOTHER”, but, sadly, if you did scream at people for doing travelling wrong, you’d be screaming most of the time. Part of the problem is that travel, I suppose, isn’t straightforward. There’s a lot of planning. There can be overseas money transfers to navigate (read up all about wire transfers), and you might feel like no matter what you do with your travel time, it could have been spent better by someone else, so, why panic, and just enjoy what comes your way. Let’s look at how to do it right.

Read read read

In the days before the internet (I’m showing my age – but I was very young), people going on vacation had to rely on travel brochures and word of mouth. Information was scarce. And what you got when you arrived was never as advertised. Fast forward to modern day access to all the information in the world at your fingertips, and you really have no excuse not to read up on your travel destination – or else you could miss out on something extraordinary.

For example, everyone has heard of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, right? But what you may not have heard about is the catacombs, deep underground, where the walls are made of human bones. There are daily tours and everything. And visitors to Disneyland theme parks will know all about the rides, but may not know about the secretive “Club 33”, where for tens of thousands of dollars, members may walk through the handful of Club 33 doors (visible inside the park but plain and unassuming looking) and experience 5-star luxury dining etc. The more you know, the more you’ll enjoy yourself.

Mix it up

Being a tourist is day one stuff – as the saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. So, yeah, I get it, take the guided tour, sit on the open top bus, sail down the river while a guide points out the various historical buildings. But on day two… this is where you need to explore a little. Find restaurants off the beaten track, etc. Don’t leave having not seen the “real” people of wherever you’ve visited.

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The Easiest Ways you can Save Money on Travelling (and still have a great time)

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - July 2, 2020

Everyone should have the opportunity to travel the world. Sadly, for many people, it’s the potential cost of heading across the world that stops them from achieving their travel dreams. Flights, accommodation, food, activities as well as money for emergencies…the costs quickly add up.

However, despite common misconceptions about travel it is entirely possible to travel the world on a limited budget and even save yourself some money in the process. Want to know more? Here we’ve gathered some of the easiest ways you can save money on travelling (and still have a great time)!

First of all…

Creating a travel budget is something all travellers must do. Otherwise, you’ll have no idea where you can afford to go, how much you’ll have to spend and how long you can stay for before you run out of money. Creating a simple budget will ensure you make the most out of your money, avoid overspending and make better travel choices to make your money go further. Try a budget calculator to get you started.

Avoid peak times

Thinking of making travel plans for summer? Or around public holidays? It’ll cost you a fortune and you’ll probably spend most of your budget before you’ve even stepped foot on a plane. Avoiding peak times means that you’ll get to visit your intended destination but without the crowds, tourists and the hefty price tag. Do some research into the quiet months of the year and consider your options.

Be clever with your accommodation location

Sure, the cheapest hostel or hotel is on the outskirts of town, but the cost of travelling to places of interest or a nice restaurant probably negates your potential saving. It’s also inconvenient and time-consuming. When searching for accommodation, look for a location that’s within walking distance of areas you’d like to explore. Don’t forget to compare prices on hotel comparison sites.

Eat like the locals

Chain restaurants and tourist hotspots will charge a fortune. Whereas street food and smaller, local cafes and bars provide a much more authentic and budget-friendly option. Trying new cuisine plays a huge part in the travelling experience, but you shouldn’t have to break the bank to do it. Eating like a local means you get the best of both worlds. Speak with hostel/hotel staff about food recommendations.

Cook your own food

Choosing to stay somewhere that has kitchen facilities means that you can save money on eating out every single day and enjoy a home-cooked meal. If you shop at local markets – even just a few days a week – then you’ll be able to save money and eat something with some nutritional value!

And finally, consider getting a job

If you want to extend your stay overseas, then why not find some work to fund your stay? Bar and restaurant work is ideal. Alternatively, there’s fruit and flower picking, working in resorts or even working your job remotely on the other side of the world could be an option. If you’re planning on working overseas, it’s much better to secure a role before you travel.

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Kickstart your Travel Funds with These Simple Saving Ideas

Travel Tips - Ross French - April 25, 2020

Dreaming of travelling the world? What’s stopping you? For most, it’s the cost. From flight tickets to other transport, hotels and hostels, activities, insurance, souvenirs, drinks, food, even your travel supplies, it all adds up to a pretty hefty amount. Sadly, it’s this large sum that puts many people off the idea of travelling.

I’ll never save as much money as that! That’s a crazy amount – it’s just not worth it!

Sound familiar? The truth is that regardless of how much money you might need, travelling is money well spent. So, how can you save money for your travel adventures? Here we’ll look at how you can kickstart your travel funds with these simple saving ideas.

Invest in an ISA

An ISA is a special kind of saving account where you can deposit as much as 20k a year, without having to pay a penny on tax. Meaning that your money works hard to earn you interest! Click here to find out more about ISAs and how to find the right one for you. The money you save each month can be placed in your ISA and saved over time until you’re ready to hit the road. It’s a simple yet effective way to save and travel.

Sell those unwanted belongings

If you’re going to be on the road for a while, then it might make sense to get rid of a lot of your old belongings and utilise the money for your travels instead. From old clothes to accessories, even home décor items, shoes, books and tech. Check out eBay, Craigslist and Facebook marketplace for a captive buying audience. Remember – one mans trash is another man’s treasure!

Work even more

If overtime or more shifts are available, then you should consider taking them on and putting your earnings straight into your travel fund. If extra shifts aren’t possible right now, then don’t worry you can make money by participating in online surveys, earning cash back on certain goods, or even utilising your skills and talents and selling your own products and services online. E.g. arts and crafts, voiceover work, logo design etc.

Cut out the miscellaneous spends

Unless you’re buying it for your trip, you don’t need it. Including vices such as cigarettes and even alcohol. Video games, new clothes, books, nights and meals out, handbags etc. It might seem a little difficult at first, but if you keep your travel goal in mind you’ll know that it’s all going to be worth it in the end.

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