What are best travel experiences?

One of the very few travel websites I follow, RoundTheWorldExperts put up together a long list of 50 best travel experiences you definitely should try in your life.

You will find there countries like Thailand, Mexico, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA … But do you know what exactly should you try there no matter what?

 

The World's 50 Greatest Travel Experiences

 

On my personal blog I wrote about all the expriences I’ve personally done from the list mentioned above. Are you wondering now which ones are they exactly? Then check my post too.

 

Which experiences are still on your bucket list and how many amazed you already? What other expriences would you add to the list? Share in the comments below:

5 things to do in Dominican republic

Dominican republic beach

The other day when browsing online to decide about my next destinations I ran into an interesting article about the best beaches in the Dominican republic. You all know I am a beach babe but I also love doing other things.

Thinking about the Caribbean made me put up the following list.

 

Dominican republic beach

 

 

5 things to do in Dominican republic:

 

1. Relax

What else could be on top of my list if not relaxing? Isn’t it the main reason why people visit new destinations? To forget about the stress of their daily life? I think so. And where better to chill out than on one of the Dominican republic paradise beaches? I am sure that the Caribbean beaches will take your breath away.

 

2. Adventure sports

The island is filled with adventure sports, and you should not miss them while there. Beach bumming is great but you don’t want to come back home with 5 kilograms more, do you? Then it’s up to you to pick the right adventure for you. You can choose from snorkeling, wind surfing, horse-back riding, surfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, paragliding, parasailing, SUP, zipline in Punta Cana or even a more lazy golf. Any activity counts and you will not only burn calories, but also have loads of fun doing so.

 

3. Nature

Many tourists would not think of the Dominican republic as of a destination where you can explore the jungle and learn something about the local flora and fauna. There’s many hiking trails to choose from, such as hiking to the Damajagua waterfalls (get a car/a guide from Puerto Plata and then hike to the 27 pools set among limestone cliffs). If you have more time, also take a tour to the wild Los Haitises National Park. It’s a protected forest sanctuary with small islands located along the coast of in San Lorenzo Bay where you can observe frigate birds, brown pelicans, many reptiles and even petroglyphs in prehistoric caves Taino.

 

4. History

Visiting Santo Domingo, the capital founded in the very late 15th century is a must. Go spend some time strolling around the Ciudad Colonial – the UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the West bank of the Ozama river. You can find more than 300 historical histes here, such as many interesting museums, beautiful churches, palaces and important houses which will give you an insight into the local island history. Las Damas, Las Mercedes and El Conde are three of the most-known streets in Santo Domingo. Pay a visit to the landmarks, e.g. Basilica of Santa Maria del Menor, Fortaleza Ozama, Casa del Cordon, Museo de las Casas Reales and Alcazar de Colon etc.

 

5. Boat tours

What’s a better way to get familiar with the island if not by boat? There’s plenty of boat tours to go on and if you get a chance, take a boat to one of the little islands close by, such as Saona, Beata or Isla Catalina. You can pick a relaxing sailing trip, adventurous snuba diving trip, a fast speedboat, or even a sunset party boat. It all depends just on your mood or on your friends/family who are on the trip with you. Just make sure to have a memorable time :)

Holidays in Anyer Indonesia

Aston Anyer Beach Hotel

Just a bit more than 120 km West of Jakarta we can find Anyer, sometimes also spelled as Anjer. This port is located in Baner which is former West Java in Indonesia. Before it was completely destroyed by tsunami after the eruption of Mount Krakatoa (have seen also Krakatau spelling) in 1883, it used to be a major port in the Dutch colonial era. The Dutch Government then built there the Cikoneng Lighthouse to commemorate the locals killed during the volcano eruption. The lighthouse was the beginning of the Great Post Road going 1,000 km up to the Eastern tip of Java and now the monument is still the main landmark.

Nowadays, Anyer becomes one of the top destinations to visit in Indonesia for holidays. There’s beautiful tropical fish around the island which makes it a perfect place for snorkeling or even scuba diving. And as a bonus, the deep blue sea around is very warm which adds to the pleasant underwater experience.

Tripadvisor states that the best hotel in town is Aston Anyer Beach Hotel (it’s been on the number 1 hotel position in Anyer for longer). So before you start planning your Anyer holidays, check out the best room to stay. It’s always lovely to enjoy excellent location with great private beach view where you can watch stunning sunsets to finish your busy days, right? The hotel guests can also take a swim in the clean pool or just play with kids there.

 

Aston Anyer Beach Hotel

 

And what else to do on holidays in Anyer Indonesia except snorkeling? You can always rent a water scooter or an ATV vehicle, have fun on a banana boat or relax on a slower parasailing trip. Want to chill out more avoiding aquatic sports? Then get a beach massage, play volleyball or football on the white sand or simply sunbathe taking a break.

If you are a nature lover, you can go on a trip to the Ujung Kulon National Park not that far from town. It is a protected tropical rainforest where Javan Rhinoceros and other wildlife live. Fingers crossed so you can see some!

I also suggest to check out the local souvenirs, such as ceramics, batiks, silverware, bone carvings, shell ornaments, different baskets or even beach wear.

Beach resorts in Anyer are springing up like mushrooms after the rain – from Karang Bolong in the Nort to Merak in the South. And that’s a good sign. It means that the beach town has a lot to offer to tourists and they recognize its value. Anyer is a popular beach destination also for the Jakartan families and divers.

While there, I recommend also other islands worth visiting around Anyer, such as Krakatua to observe unique volcanic landscape, or Pulau Sangeang ( Sanghyang) with untouched lush jungle and beautiful coral reefs.

Three of New Zealand’s Greatest Treasures

Tongariro National Park

Natives to New Zealand like to refer to it as ‘Godzone’ or ‘God’s own country’, and those who have the chance to visit will quickly come to understand why. An aesthetic wonderland of soaring mountains capped by snow, rugged coastlines, and primeval forests, penguins, whales, and seals fill the waters around it, whilst exotic birds and animals live amongst its wild places. It is a land unlike any other, defined by an ethereal, enchanting majesty.

Beloved of filmmakers and photographers alike, it offers some truly stunning sites to explore for those who choose to visit. If you’d like to number amongst them, start planning your trip with a company like Round the World Experts today, and add these three breath-taking locations to your itinerary…

1. The Waikato River

The Waikato River is famed around the world for its captivating beauty. Its aqua waters appear unreal to the naked eye, like a stunning landscape heavily edited for appeal, yet its vivid hue is genuine, and its still depths offer a colourful study in the power and majesty of Mother Nature. Choose to hike along its sides until you reach the ethereal Huka Falls, or else don your brave pants and take a leap of faith on the end of a bungee line.

2. Tongariro National Park

The Lord of the Rings trilogy was famed for its breath-taking aesthetic, and that’s why Tongariro has become a beacon for fans of the movies. The real-life location of Mordor, its rugged red landscape looks closer to a film set constructed to resemble Mars than any place on Earth. To appreciate it in all of its glory, lace up your walking boots and take a gruelling 19 kilometre hike through its centre.

Tongariro National Park

3. The Coromandel

The Coromandel is lauded across the world for its wild beauty, and this strangely shaped peninsula will make you feel as though you’ve been transported back to the age of the dinosaurs. Legend holds that this is the site where the first humans landed in New Zealand over 1,000 years ago, and that they were so enamoured of its loveliness that they chose to stay forever. With long swathes of uninhabited land along its ridged back, it is best appreciated from a rental car, so be sure to hire one for yourself and your family, and spend a little time cruising its breath-taking coastal roads.

What will you choose to see when you visit New Zealand?

How to Book a Cruise on a Budget

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Most of us have dreamed of sailing away into the horizon. When the rain is dripping down the window of your office, and the sky outside is grey and gloomy, the thought of sunbathing on deck, a cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other, is undeniably enticing. And these are just some of many different cruise activities. So too is the idea of exploring far flung lands and exotic destinations, sun cream and sunglasses at the ready.

Yet cruising tends to be expensive, and this can throw a real spanner in the works. Many eager travellers struggle to afford it, but it’s not time to give up on your maritime dreams yet.

cruise

Luckily for you, there are plenty of ways to book on a budget, and here are just a few to help you…

1: Shop Around

Holidaying is expensive, but travelling is still a commodity. Businesses have to be competitive if they want to thrive, especially if they’re just getting their foot in the door, and this means that there are some great deals to be found if you’re willing to shop around. Try to approach as many companies as you can, getting quotes from each before you commit to anything. You’ll soon discover that enterprises like Planet Cruise are eminently reasonable, making your seafaring fantasies more affordable than you might think.

2: Book at the Last Minute

Last minute bargains are beloved of many, yet a lot of people find it hard to resist the urge to plan ahead. If you can manage it, however, it really will pay off. It’s a good idea to only start looking a month to a month and a half before you want to sail, as the last call for most cruise lines and itineraries is 60 to 90 days before their departure. If they still have spaces left at this point, most will reduce their fares heavily in order to ensure that they maximise their earnings and sail with a full boatload of passengers.

3: Look at Repositioning Cruises

It might be that you have your dream route already planned out in your head, but if you’re willing to be flexible, then a repositioning cruise can be a clever way to save money. Their itineraries tend to be rather eclectic, as they only occur when vessels change regions for the season and have to travel to their new home port. Although they may mean stopping at an odd collection of places, however, they’re usually reasonably priced, and can actually be a great way to visit a wide variety of locales on your travels.

If you’re booking a cruise on a budget, then follow these top tips today and check out my first cruise ever to get excited.