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The Key to Travel

Trip planning can be a daunting task. Where do you begin? What’s step one? What’s step two? What’s step three? It’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially when you haven’t done something like this before — and especially considering just how much information there is out there these days. Blogs, social media, and guidebooks have never been more plentiful. There’s a lot of information out there which can sometimes make the task of planning a trip even more challenging and overwhelming.I’ve planned countless trips and vacations for myself, friends, family, and even group tours. In the beginning, it was trial by fire and I learned a lot of lessons the hard way. Theres apps that are seriously helpful when deciding where your journey will take you, the cost of your travel and also potential hostels or cheap accommodation alternatives for you to stay in. If I could recommend 1 major first step it would be to research before rushing into things. People have a perception of travelling that is is expensive. that is not always the case. Ive travelled 3 countries on less than £500. Just like anything planning is the key to success. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. So Plan your journey! Now get your back packs ready. We’re off on an adventure.

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 Living in Spain

After spending two months living in Spain and years of trips traveling through the country, I’ve finally put together the best itinerary for two weeks in Spain. Most travelers go to Spain to lie on the beach for a week, maybe go on an excursion to a ruin or a cenote, and head straight home. And yes. That can be fun. But you can do SO MUCH better than that! Spain is one of my favourite countries. It’s absolutely brimming with culture and music and fantastic food and the nicest, kindest people. It’s diverse in experiences and it’s so much more than what most people think it is. 

 

Is it worth it? Yes. It’s worth it. Because the hidden gems in Spain are SO much more than just beaches and ruins. Plus, when you do it on your own — on a road trip or even by public transportation — it’s so much more satisfying than staying in a resort and traveling on tours.

 

Even if you’ve already been to a resort, I encourage you to give road-tripping around Spain a chance. One of my favourite countries for its culture.

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Islands of Balearics

Superclubs, package holidays, cocktails. These are some of the words that we think of when you mention Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca or Formentera. These 4 islands of the Balearics have all of those things but they have so much more.  They are not the first things that come to mind when you think of the Balearic Islands. However, these 4 islands are at the forefront of sustainable tourism in Europe, they are known for being party islands. however, the hidden gems within these islands are incredible and only little people know about them. 

Why The Balearic Islands Are At The Forefront Of Sustainable Tourism

 

Travel respects a destination’s heritage, environment and inhabitants. When we visit places we need to ensure we fully appreciate the beauty infant of us. People wait a like time to see the things we may take for granted so breathe in its beauty and spend some time to appreciate what the human eye sees infant of you. 

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Antarctica

There is no doubt that in our minds, Antarctica makes travel dreams come true. Antarctica is the coldest continent. Antarctica is the driest continent. Antarctica is the windiest continent and we were constantly reminded of that on our trip. Antarctica has a rich history full of brave explorers navigating these waters in days past. Voyages were made by men that seemingly no one in their right mind would attempt. It is the only continent not permanently inhabited. It is all this and so much more….The Antarctic Treaty System was created in 1959 to establish Antarctica as a zone of peace and science. Today, the area is protected, and a great deal of valuable scientific research occurs. People will always question and debate whether visitors should be allowed to visit these areas. Our experience with Quark is that safety and protection of this continent is taken seriously. We appreciate all that they do. We truly felt that the only thing we left behind were our footprints. 

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Würzburg in Germany

August 1, 2018. Würzburg, Germany. We travelled by bus from Bamberg to Würzburg where we got off along the Main River near the medieval Old Main Bridge, made of stone and lined with statues of historic figures. Across the river the Fortress Marienberg sits atop a hill. We were given a brief walking tour of the old city center and into the St. Killian Cathedral, a large Romanesque church with Schönborn Chapel, a Baroque side addition. The ship’s tour ended at the Würzburg Residence, a palace built between 1720 and 1744. Palace interiors considered masterworks of Baroque/Rococo or Neoclassical architecture and art include the grand staircase, the chapel, the Imperial Hall and Tiepolo frescoes. I took the required tour to enter, were forbidden to take photos but managed to sneak a few. After lunch I visited a couple of other churches and admired the city’s architecture. My friend was fatigued and so I went with a member of the cruise staff along the river to board the River Rhapsody, the riverboat that had come up from Amsterdam and like our first boat could not complete its journey due to low water levels. It’s passengers continued on our former boat while we sailed back downstream on theirs. I crossed the river and climbed the hill on foot to visit the Fortress Marienberg, an ancient fort that later served as a home for the local prince-bishops for nearly five centuries. It offers great views of the city, river and surrounding hills.

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Moshi Tanzania

Hi! Wow, where to start?! It was incredible! We had 7 really delightful days of hiking with one night of – hell might be too strong, but it was tough!! (we have only been back down @ 5 hours, so lest my story soften too much by the time we get home, here’s the honest impression.) this is so weird, I am sitting in an internet cafe in Moshi Tanzania, the day after Christmas, listening to Dolly Parton! 

But, we made it to the top – Uruhu peak at 5950 meters of 19,300 feet!! I honestly can’t take credit for getting to the top. At about 3am, had i had a choice I probably would have turned around. It was incredibly windy and we couldn’t see – there is a flashlight story. We finally reached a rocky outcrop where we could get out from the wind, and I wanted to stay. In fact, I would have been perfectly happy to wait the 3 hours for sunrise right there. but, of course, the guide would not let me! He said it was either up or down. There was no way I was going back down that rocky path in the dark, so up I went. 

The last 1 1/2 hours I am still not sure how I made it. It was so incredibly slow! But i thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as I definitely felt them. I did not climb that mountain alone! The good news, both of our legs and lungs held up great! And it appears with the right amount of acclimation, neither of us suffers from altitude sickness. Which was great! Course, it may have been I was too busy worrying about getting to the top, to even sense anything else! Overall, Moshi Tanzania really lived up to its expectations and beauty.

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