The Croatian Coastline – A paradise of 1.000 islands

The Croatian Coastline is awesome. There is no doubt about that. Anyone, who has ever been there will totally agree on that for sure. Why? Because it has an imcomparable beauty to it, which you won’t find at any other place. At least not exactly like that. The coastline of Croatia is full of wonderful bays, beaches and islands you need to visit. I have been at the Croatian coastline for about 2 weeks once and it left me speachless sometimes.

You can not imagine the water colour, if you have not seen it yourself. Usually you would only expect a water colour like that in paradisaic places on other continents like Asia, Australia or South America. But Croatia definitely is an exception in this case. I could not imagine any other place within Europe, that has such a beautiful coastline like Croatia has.

The water colour is light blue and crystal clear. Really beautiful to look at. Besides that you have such a nice view onto the islands. Croatia has more than 1.000 of it. For such a small country in comparison, this is quite a lot. And they look really beautiful. In the back of every beach and along the whole coastline you find georgous mountain ranges from where you have a fantastic view onto the coastline as well. We had an apartment up the hills in Omis (a small town in Dalmatia), which had such an awesome view. If you are ever in that area, I recommend you to get an accommodation up the mountains/ hills. You will love it.

 

 

What’s also really nice about the coastline of Croatia are the numerous beautiful bays you can visit on a road trip. I recommend you to get a leased car anyway. It’s the best way to get around. All the bays you will see are just perfect. Most of them are quite hidden, very small and pretty quiet. Sometimes it is even hard to reach them, because you have to drive down some very weird roads. But it’s always definitely worth the journey. Trust me.

You will also be amazed how clean every beach in Croatia is. I don’t know why, but it’s very good. You won’t see any rubbish. At least we didn’t. At some beaches and bays you also find some kind of blown up air castles/ air playgrounds in the water where kids can play on. Really cool. Even I went on one, one time. It’s good fun, even though it’s not meant to be for adults. But as you might know, all men are just little kids jailed in big bodies 😉

 

 

 

The last thing that really fascinated me as well was, how many beaches Croatia has. It’s unreal. It seems like every 100m you find a beach. Of course that’s not the truth, but it definitely seems like it. And I loved that. So whenever you are doing a road trip or you just explore the coastline, you always have the opportunity to go for a quick swim. So nice!

In general I can only highly recommend to visit this coastline, because it is just fascinating and really, really pretty. Maybe you will really not find anything better within Europe…

 

 

*This article was written by Christian “Volle” Vollmert, a german dude, who loves travelling and exciting adventures from bottom of his heart. He wants to inspire other people to get out of their comfort zone and travel the world. Plus he really wants to show how much personal development as a human being comes along with it!

Iceland’s Three Greatest Natural Highlights

In terms of natural beauty, it is very hard to top Iceland. This spectacular Nordic island nation is unlike anywhere else on the planet and boasts a dramatic landscape of lava fields, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and much more. It is also one of the best places in the world to spot the elusive Northern Lights.

Iceland is somewhere that everybody should visit at some point in their lives and especially nature lovers. The best way to see the highlights will be to book with advent holiday organisers, like Exodus. Here are the three must-visit natural highlights on the island:

 

Blue Lagoon

Listed as one of the 25 wonders of the world, Blue Lagoon is a geo-thermal spa encircled by ice and snow. It is one of Iceland’s most visited attractions and it is easy to see why. It is a natural attraction that has man-made features built in, such as a swim-up bar and walkways around the site. Swimming in the gorgeous warm waters whilst being surrounded by ice and snow is a surreal yet luxurious experience and the rich mineral content is great for your skin.

 

 

Great Geysir

Located to the south-west of the island, The Great Geysir is a magnificent geyser that has been active for over 10,000 years. It is the most famous geyser in the world – this is also part of Iceland’s famed “Golden Circle Tour”, which is highly recommended. Eruptions here can shoot boiling water some 70 metres high into the air and this is a truly breathtaking sight to behold. These eruptions can be infrequent, but the nearby Strokkur geyser erupts every few minutes and can reach around 30 metres high, so be sure to check this one out as well.

 

Gollfoss Waterfall

This epic waterfall is located in south Iceland on the impressive Hvítá river (it is also part of the “Golden Circle” tour). It is fed by Langjökull – the second biggest glacier in Iceland and the water drops a full 32 metres across 2 stages down into a dramatic canyon with walls 70 metres high. In addition to the constant wall of mist that this creates, visitors are often treated to a rainbow on sunny days. The views that this creates are out of this world and the type of vistas you only see on postcards.

Iceland boasts some of the world’s rarest and most dramatic natural scenery. This can be found throughout the island, plus it also has a handful of inviting towns and welcoming locals to add to its charm. What have I visited in Iceland?

What Can Cruising Holidays Offer Adventure Seekers?

When you envisage a cruising holiday a lot of people picture tons of pensioners enjoying a leisurely sail around the Mediterranean. Whilst, there are plenty of cruises which do provide this type of holiday (and a jolly good time they’ll have too), there are also an abundance of new cruises designed for adventure seekers who want as many thrills and spills as they do buffets and ballroom dances.

Here just some of the key things cruising holidays can offer adventure seekers and a few reasons why you shouldn’t write off a cruising holiday for your next adventure just yet:

 

Endless Options

One of the main benefits of going on a cruise instead of a standard holiday are the numerous options that are available to you. Instead of having to settle on one destination, you have the opportunity to wake up in a new country each day, with a new place to explore, new foods to try and new experiences to enjoy – what’s better for adventure lovers than endless variety? Cruises now travel to some of the most exotic corners of the world, with ships designed especially for certain interests from cruises to the arctic for keen explorers, yoga enthusiasts and animal lovers all out there.

 

On Board Activities

Another key advantage that a cruise holiday offers is the number of on board activities there is to choose from. Depending on which liner you choose to travel with, check out the Bolsover Cruise Club for amazing deals across a wide range, cruises these days are kitted out with a huge variety of different activities from climbing walls to surf simulators and abseiling, all without having to leave the ship. Who said sunbathing your days away was on the itinerary?

 

 

Varied Cuisine

Not only will you be treated to a huge variety of different countries when you get off the ship, the amount of variety when it comes to cuisine on board is not to be sniffed at. Adventurous foodies will be delighted with the broad range of restaurants on board with everything from themed buffet nights to private speciality dining options available.

With cruise holidays now offering such a wide variety of different opportunities and types of holiday, it’s time to shake off their steady reputation and see all the different types of amazing adventures you can have. Why not take the first leap of faith and book your amazing cruising holiday today?

 

 

Turtle Conservation Montserrat

Migrating turtles will shortly be arriving in Montserrat to lay their eggs which they do every year from April to September. This includes leatherback, green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles. They main nesting season is from the beginning of July to the end of September, and the hatchlings start emerging from the beginning of September and continue until the end of December.

Turtles are an endangered species and conservation is essential to the species arrival. The adults are often killed for meat and the eggs eaten, although this is illegal in nesting season on Montserrat. Great efforts have been made with conservation on the island, the turtles’ arrival is monitored, the turtles are tagged and many of the eggs are removed and taken to a hatchery. Since the hatchery was started, a few years ago, the hatchling survival rate has increased to 75%. In the wild, it is normally only 10% as many of the hatchlings are picked off by birds and other creatures while making their way from the nest to the sea.

 

 

Research has been done on island and local people working in turtle conservation such as John Jeffers have contributed to overseas university research, assisting the researchers with their knowledge and experience.

The turtles generally lay their eggs at night, digging a chamber which can take an hour or more, before returning to the sea. Migrating turtles return year after year to the same beach to lay their eggs and many of the beaches in Montserrat are nesting sites.

Turtle Conservation Montserrat was set up in 2014 to work with other professionals in protecting the turtles. John Jeffers, who is Montserratian and has over 36 years experience of turtle conservation, trains volunteers to work with the turtles while they become involved in turtle conservation. John received an MBE for his work with turtles and is probably one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the Caribbean. The business and marketing side of the business is run by Carolyne Coleby, who has a background in tourism and conservation, and accommodation and meals are provided as part of the volunteer package.

 

The fact that the turtles lay at night, although the eggs are collected in the morning, means that volunteers have most of the day free to explore Montserrat. Montserrat has an active volcano which can be viewed from the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, which also shows films about the eruptions of the volcano, as well as from Plymouth. Plymouth is accessible on tours or by boat. It is the former capital of Montserrat, was abandoned when the volcano erupted in 1997, and is now often referred to as a ‘modern day Pompeii’. It is possible to explore the environs of Plymouth such as Richmond Hill, with its abandoned hotel, by yourself and Cork Hill, another local town, is at present being rejuvenated with hopes to reoccupy at some time in the future. There are often street jams on a Friday night in Cork Hill which only started after former residents returning in March for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations started renovating the village.

The Centre Hills provide excellent rainforest and mountain hiking, with many trails that have recently been cleared. There is also plenty of opportunity for scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, quad biking, boat and fishing trips. Montserrat really is a nature lover’s paradise and is a pristine environment where you can be very close to nature. It is excellent for photography.

From April through to June, migrating whales pass the island. Scuba Montserrat, a local diving outfit, were lucky enough to see a humpback whale and her calf while taking tourists out on a recent boat trip. The whale spent some time with them and they got great videos and photos.

Liming’ is also a popular pastime. Liming is shooting the breeze at one of the many rum shops on island where you can sample everything from coconut rum to locally made bush rum as well as the usual beers, other forms of alcohol and soft drinks. There is a fair choice of restaurants and snack bars on island, including the award winning Olveston House, home of the Beatle’s manager, George Martin who had Air Studios on Montserrat, to John Ponteen’s Beach View at Little Bay which does excellent barbeques on Sundays with local fish or chicken and ribs and has a bar. The architecture is unique – John built the restaurant himself with rocks he carried there and it sometimes has hummingbirds inside, as well as lots of tropical plants. There is also a veranda out over the sea.

Beaches are generally very quiet and you may find you are the only person on the beach. There are a variety of black sand beaches which are popular, including Lime Kiln and Woodlands, as well as a white sand beach at Rendezvous Bay accessible only by hiking or kayaking and it is definitely worth a visit.

For more information about Turtle Conservation Montserrat, visit their website.

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: