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Imagine going away into the mountains that will take all of us far away from the places where we are now. Imagine packing your bags. Imagine meeting new people and hugging those old friends from your past trips. Imagine stopping for a tea at a local dhaba and asking about the life of the shopkeeper and maybe share a smoke over with trippers.

The triggers for these flashbacks are sometimes the photos that are displayed as the background on my laptop. Often it is also the thoughts that float freely when hiking, that bring back these memorable moments. Many images and thoughts come to mind. So many that I can almost make a medley of it. There were -

💚 I rented a camper van in New Zealand and toured the islands on our own.

💙 Chartered a boat with a crew in Vietnam for a few days.

🧡 I got a berth on a train with fold down beds to go into the Arctic in Sweden and stayed at an Ice Hotel (everything in the room, including the furniture, was made or sculpted from Ice).

💛 In Costa Rica my accommodation was built up in a tree in a tropical forest with screen walls to watch the wild life. I could hear the monkeys at night so close we thought they would crawl into bed with me.

❤️ I stayed in a tent at a very fancy camp site on the Serengeti in Tanzania with a hot water shower in out tent and with wild elephants and giraffes wondering near the site.

💜 the nice extended family in Ladakh, who spontaneously took stranded trekking tourists along with us to the next town. I'll never forget how I took this ride over the hill in the back of a van on the freshly bottled blood of a slaughtered sheep.

💗 the young impetuous car driver in Puri, whom we have to stop several times as he zoomed past at the speed of light to get to Chilka Lake. At the end of the frenzied ride with marginal overtaking maneuvers, we arrived happy and healthy at the lake. We invited him to a joint fish meal on the beach.

💜 the helpful and open-minded shop assistant in Nagpur, who showed us the hidden winery of the place despite the opening hours of her shop and introduced us to the wine growers - although again the winery had just closed. We got our little private tasting anyway.

💛 the discovery of a concept in Denmark about the hygge, a way of life-based on enjoying the small things.

Traveling has always been more than moving to me. We always think that relations, things and people make us happy but what I discovered is that the feeling of having them make us happy. Being happy is what we always want and I have my happiness in traveling. Seeing places, meeting people everything that counts in for you is traveling.

You don't really have to go seven seas to travel but just step up of your zone and you'll know there's no way you wanna stop. Like everyone else I used to feel that these travel movies can never happen in reality. You can't have that much money or even if you have money these actors makes it look all beautiful but one day I kept them aside and I discovered my kind of beautiful!

May these movies might not be happening with you but you will always find your way to a film in which you are the hero. We keep racing all our lives to reach somewhere and yet stay in the same place. Why not reach places and just stay, stay for while to live and gather the breath that you have been missing all these years. Why do we need a vacation?

Why not live our life like it were a vacation and nurture and love each moment of it immensely and even if we die tomorrow we won't have any regrets of not doing what we always wanted to do! Living is the only thing we ask for so why not just live! In our life time we spend so much on so many futile things but when it comes to travelling everyone is broke and you know me too.

But once you decide things to happen, things eventually fall in place you have money or you make it accordingly to the amount that you have. It's not just one step outside of your room that you take rather one step outside of the limits that you have set for yourselves.

The thread that you tied with the mortals and you know what it's not bad to have limits or being tied but knowing that you would return to the loved ones with more love in you is important.

So, as you are here reading things planing for your next trip give yourself a high five cause you're going to have a great time buddy.

Imagine sitting around a campfire with your new friends and maybe with a drink in hand, far away from phones. Imagine going out on a walk in the midnight and just because its pretty to look up, sit down and look at the stars. And once you are back, Imagine walking towards your favourite adda, smiling at strangers. Imagine catching up with friends living nearby to tell the stories of your past trip.

Just imagine.

A Memorable Trip to Ladakh


And there was this special encounter in the distant Ladakh, to which I often like to think back. It was an adventure that I left without knowing what to expect, a solo trip that ends up being a group trip. I entered Ladakh alone, and as I added towns, kilometers, and anecdotes, I started becoming a world traveler, with around 5 travelers from all over the world.

I walk on the frozen layer through spectacular rocky gorges flanked by mountains of almost 6000 meters and we will see some of the most remote villages of this corner of the Himalayas.

Discovering the pleasure and privilege of sharing, I end up distributing the little that the traveler has. Yours is mine and mine is yours, from the mosquito repellent, sunscreen, cutlery, toilet paper, pillow, and in the absence of individual rooms - a bed for 3; a jeep for 5 and the crumbs of some cookies after long hours on the jeep.

It was April, and the Indian summer was slowly announcing. The days were already pleasantly warm, but at night it was still bitterly cold with temperatures around freezing. Ice still floated on parts of the lake, where we occasionally spot a few birds in the distance. And in those weeks when the landscapes and people were changing, the shallow bonds became deeper, in which the Indus has gone from being a river of common flow and width to being the broadest river that I have crossed.

We know that a river crossing awaits us today. One of the tributaries to the lake must be overcome. There is no other possibility. However, there is no bridge. We know about the upcoming adventure, especially in times of snow melt in the mountains.

Walking deeper is just as little an option. The high mountains are not far. And, there may be leopards there. I'm torn by the thought of them. On the one hand, I would like to meet one in the wild. In the other hand, I also have due respect for a possible unexpected meeting. We enter a monastery and see how the monks live; in addition to knowing other aspects of the society that often go unnoticed.

It's lunchtime. We have been on the road again for a few hours now. The idea of having a lunch break makes us consult together when a small boat approaches us. It is a local native who has come to see us from afar. The river carries a lot of water and is very difficult to cross at the moment. So he offers to take us by boat. We look at each other for a moment, feel unity and jump into the boat, beaming with joy.

We arrive at his village, and a few greet us. Are we hungry? They were just about to have lunch. This time we do not have to look at each other and accept the invitation immediately. What an honest and spontaneous hospitality!
They have cooked some fresh fish from the lake, with potatoes, onions, and other herbs.

We get bread and butter out of our backpacks. We enjoy the delicacies. Of course, a toast with a local beer could not be missed. In conversation, we learn that they are currently building a stable shelter for the hikers, so that more people come and get to know this beautiful area.

When asked about the loneliness out there, they answer that they love nature and they will like to be out here all the time. And what about the wild animals? I want to know. They exist, but they are more afraid of us than we are of them. They would not have seen one for a long time. They offer us to stay and spend the night at the village.

The fact that we speak some Tibetan makes this encounter easier, more harmonious, and more intense.
I love the Tibetan culture, and they are cultures that are very difficult to understand here, but you have to understand them very well when you live with this type of people. This, in the end, opens our mind, and we put ourselves in each one's place to be able to understand them.

The life of people here has been simple as for centuries, that we with globalization have been abandoning, becoming more hermetic, individualistic, materialistic, and undoubtedly more selfish.

I feel nature in capital letters on my skin as I share exciting times during the night around the bonfire. I love the world and traveling because of the feeling of freedom that it gives me. It is a way to open my head, to overcome my prejudices, to understand that there are many different ways of looking and living. It helps me to change the prism and also to know myself more.

It helps me run away from the routine and make each day count. Each day have one or more stories to tell. The next morning I crawl out of the tent. The villagers point a bit in the direction we came from yesterday and asks us if we want to see a leopard. I look at them questioningly and puzzled. They explain that fishermen have found a dead leopard cub on the shore.

It probably was attacked in the area by an older male. When the little animal lies in front of me, I see the bite marks near its head. I am a bit sad, knowing that this has happened in real nature and wilderness.

After the breakfast, we dismantle our tent, shoulder our backpacks and say goodbye to the villagers. Not without promising to once again return to this place. The farewell is difficult. The warmth of the villagers in this beautiful and intense, but also deserted, wilderness will not let us go for a long time.

Silently, we walk side by side, each one pausing in their thoughts and leaving the beautiful place behind, step by step - but remembering that, we take it home.

When I saw a group of children with some wood, bricks and bamboo canes create trucks, and spend time sharing an imaginary world, I could not help but wonder, what happened to our children. Have they lost the ability to imagine? Have they lost the innocence of being children, as adults have lost the ability to smile at strangers, even the neighbors?

I laughed sometimes for others, sometimes alone with me and sometimes with those wonderful strangers. And I find that strangers are friends and that the most beautiful thing about traveling is not just to know new places, nor to get drunk with beautiful landscapes, nor that the palate goes mad with a whole new repertoire of flavors, the real beauty of traveling is in people, and what they bring to the trip.

I can incorporate their different cultures, experiences, and the experiences of life into my own. So my soul vibrated between surprise, the joy of discovering new landscapes, new customs, new people, new feelings and bittersweet moments like the farewells to the new friends.

It is bitter because I fear they may be final, and sweet because they mean they are reflective of common stories, beautiful memories that will remain engraved in the heart for life.

This is not new for me. I have traveled the world a lot, and very intensely although never as much as on this occasion and I know that that is what really makes a trip exciting. It is clearly expressed by that phrase that says the real destiny is in the trip.

More Than Mountains in Nepal


It's early in the morning. Everything outside is still very quiet. On the horizon, the first dim light is visible. I quickly slip into my warm clothes and go outside. I want to welcome the new day above, in the small stupa with colorful prayer flags. It is a wonderfully clear morning and the mountains emerge slowly from the darkness.

I'm on a ridge about one and a half hours east of Kathmandu. The physical conditions constantly change, and the experiences go flying on the bumpy ride on the longest but most comfortable route from Kathmandu to Sindhuli. Now that I'm here, I feel my breath and listen to the birds. The prayer flags flutter in the wind. A reddish glow appears slowly on the horizon that bathes the mountaintop in a golden red light.

I watch this fascinating spectacle of nature. As the first rays come forth, I enjoy the warmth and feel connected with the mountains, humans and the universe. It is another one of those magical moments for which I love to be on the road. The Himalayan mountain range lies in front of me, almost close enough to touch. The mountains seem to float on the horizon with its snow-capped peaks.

I was there in the mountains. I get happy to be away from everyday life as the fresh air fills my thoughts and actions. Memories of the last few days pass through my mind of the ups and downs of the hiking trails, small mountain villages, and my cheerful Nepali companion.

This was my first big self discovery trip. I always wanted to travel far away. My parents were less than thrilled with my travel plans. Therefore, this trip for me was not only a detachment from their protection but also the limitations of staying with parents. It was an important step in my independent life as for the first time I took my "own decision" and dared to realize my desires against objections from the outside.

The time in Nepal was really a journey into me. There were ups and downs, moments of enthusiasm and also silent and lonely moments. As I walked around with open eyes through the world, many things became apparent to me, where I learn more about what actually constitutes myself. Because I gradually learned how relative that may be what is considered "normal".

I had to find my way every new day as nature also took some "tests" on me. One of the most impressive moments I experienced on the trip, was when I caught a cold after washing my hair at 3,500 meters with ice-cold water. Then for the whole day, I sat in a heap at the table and my Nepali friend forced me hot soup after soup.

I had no idea how I would survive the next day's tour. But there was no turning back. At four o'clock in the morning the alarm went off - and after a short feel in my body, I suddenly knew that I can do this. I was still shaky, but after a few hundred meters, my body started to work. My abdomen felt like a slow machine that ran steadily forward. My body showed me exactly what my speed was.

I just listened to myself and went quite into my own rhythm. The climb went on but I was connected to myself that lifted me in the vastness of the mountains around. Up at 5,200 meters, I was overjoyed and extremely grateful for what my body has done for me. I was even one of the first to reach one of the cliffs. I never thought that I can mobilize such forces in me.

I eat very little. Moreover, I undertake hours of endurance until the pain in the limbs become almost unbearable. It was an incredible challenge! In addition, I controlled myself throughout the time of the trail to be consistently silent. I keep walking with a tent on my back through beautiful landscapes, streams, and forests, over mountains and past crystal clear lakes. Hiking through the remote mountains broadened my horizons and the way I looked at myself as I get fascinated by the majestic mountain scenery, Buddhist culture and friendly people.

I see poignant beautiful landscapes. Every second house in Nepal is like a temple and everywhere the belief of the people was palpable. These people were just so incredibly nice, that I cannot but be happy as people walk around with a smile on their face. It was the joy and attitude of the people which give me strength and courage to go on and on in a search for myself.

In the evening as I sit by the fire, I look in the vast starry sky as people talk about their experiences about how they live in a friendly way with wild animals before I lie down in my tent amidst the roar of the fox perhaps from afar. Here l learn not only a lot about nature but also a lot about me after an encounter with a wild yak that was certainly very close.

I made some wonderful friendships with local villagers and realize the grandeur and glitz of modern cities bound by time are all superficial. When I danced with locals full out, I get answers to my questions and best of all I almost answer it myself, because only I know in the end what is really good for me!

Through all the experiences I found more security and joy in myself. The impressive thing I felt was that as if I am in the home even though in a foreign country. I felt my heart was "here" and everything else was far away.

Somehow I "arrived" in this once alien world. I spent a week in an almost lonely cabin in the mountains and pure nature to find complete solitude and understand myself. I had enough time to think without distraction and I became slowly aware of what I really need in life to be happy.

Self-discovery Trip

This place is almost unreal with extreme colors of yellow, to orange to red, depending on the time of day and lighting conditions. This almost paradoxical contrast makes me speechless. I learn if it is not done today, then maybe tomorrow or the day after tomorrow - or next week. Getting upset does not help here. Things are not always so important in life, as I thought earlier. Much more important is to live in the present and enjoy the moment.

Equally impressive was when I got back home. I remember those faces again and again who make me forget my worries and problems at home. In this day and age, we often care too much about others than to ourselves. We forget who we are, what we really want out of life and what makes us really happy. The newfound fitness gives me the drive for my future!

This trip was like a door opening into a colorful, fascinating world to me. On this journey, I found true freedom because I lived for months only with the essentials. I played with my body to excel and grow not just once beyond me. It helped me get out of my comfort zone. I recognized that a lot of things in life are important but not as I thought before.

Life is an adventure, but the question is what you make of it! Up there, the world is still OK!
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author
Are you an avid birder who is tired of going on a birding spree to only your countryside? If your answer is a yes, then I can give you a suggestion. How about packing your bags and going for a birding tour to some other country. There are numerous countries all across the globe that has amazing bird watching spots. But amongst all those countries, there is one that has managed to stand out and is claimed to be a birding paradise.

Qinghai Birding Tour

Wondering, which country am I talking about? Well, it is none other than China, the home of the biggest dam of the world. Yes, you read that right! Being a birder, I have visited each and every one of these provinces. But, if I had to choose one amongst the three, I would choose Qinghai. Why? It is because I found this place magical while traveling China.

The scenic beauty of the plateau region, its climate and of course, its bird species has seriously stolen my heart. That's why I am planning to travel to China once again. But, don't try to go alone for a birding spree in this region. Instead, book a Qinghai birding tour package because there will be someone to guide you throughout the journey.

To find an agency that provides this service, it will be the best if you browse the internet as you will come across numerous of them, that too without putting much effort. And before going for a birding tour in Qinghai Province, here are a few things that you must do. Take a look.

Whether you are going for a Qinghai birding tour, the first and foremost thing that you need to do is research about the Chinese towns. Some of the major things you need to research include the climatic condition of the region during the month you will be visiting. In case you find it difficult to research about this, simply ask the travel agency from whom you will be booking the package.

And if they cannot tell or inform you about the climate, it will be wise that you reject that company and move on to another one. Among the popular birding spots in Qinghai the best bird watching spots in this province are Qinghai Lake Nature Reserve, Longbaotan Reserve, Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve and Huzhubeishan Reserve. If the birding tour package that you are about to purchase doesn't include these hot birding spots, then refrain from booking it.

Not really aware of the endemic birds you will find in this region? You can get Black-necked Cranes, Black Stork, Lammergeier, White-Tailed Eagle and much more. Even though you will be having a guide who would stay with your throughout the trip yet, it will be better if you research a bit about the people living in this province so that you can get a fair idea whether the place is safe or not.

The good news is that this place is sparsely populated and the people living in these areas are absolutely harmless. So, you can undoubtedly visit this place. So, these were a few important things that you must do before you visit Qinghai for a bird watching trip. Why just Qinghai? Even if you are going for Yunnan or Sichuan birding tours, please research about the place thoroughly before you visit the place.

What is the best dish to order in Qinghai

Speaking of food, Chinese food can be described as broad and profound. There are local food and snack streets everywhere, and the food street that ca n’t be seen at a glance bears the local characteristics.

Barbecue is an irreplaceable food in many people's minds, especially in summer, there are people drinking beer and sitting on the road to eat barbecue. The scene looks so lively.

Hairy eggs are usually sold on the street, boiled hairy eggs, baked hairy eggs, fried hairy eggs, a variety of eating methods. Hairy eggs are also known as Wang eggs, chicken eggs, hairy eggs, etc. Hairy eggs are chicks whose eggs are affected by improper temperature, humidity, or certain pathogens during hatching, which causes the development of the chicken embryo to stop and die in the eggshell. Many foreigners cannot accept this kind of eating.

Stinky tofu is a traditional Chinese food, especially Changsha stinky tofu is the most famous. It smells stinky and smells delicious is its main feature. There are considerable differences in the production methods and consumption methods of stinky tofu in different places. There are different types in the north and south.

Stinky tofu is also called stinky dry in the south. Although its name is tacky, but it is rudimentary in the outside, beautiful in the ordinary, and has a long history. It is a traditional Chinese snack with unique characteristics. The production materials include soybean, tempeh, and soda ash.

Fried cicada pupa or grilled cicada pupa Everyone knows that this kind of food has rich protein and tastes delicious, and it often appears in barbecue restaurants. Not to mention that foreigners look disgusted and scared. Many children and women in China are afraid to eat this kind of food that looks scary and disgusting.

Eating rice, is a true traditional art. First of all, you must have a bowl (porcelain or clay is what they commonly use in China) filled with rice and a pair of chopsticks. There are many different types of rice you could have in your bowl: plain white, jasmine white, brown, riceberry (purple rice), and black rice. Don’t forget fried rice! Not to mention, the variety of side dishes that you can have with your rice.

It is also improper to add salt and butter or other such condiments to your rice. Chinese people usually do not do this. That is because the scent of rice is already pleasing and must be enjoyed by itself or with soy sauce (made from fermented soybeans, not the type you get in Maggi).

You may find on the menu stir-fried string beans with minced pork. But it’s not actually stir fried. Most restaurants deep fry the string beans naked, then stir in a minced pork sauce made with pork and chili flakes to give it a little kick. The dish is very common, yet it’s not something you can cook at home because the frying part.

Steamed whole fish with ginger and onion, is another common dish. It’s hard to cook at home due do the requirements of a large steam vessel. Although you can definitely substitute the steamer with your oven. The dish has a very high requirement on fresh fish. It’s the reason why you often see live fish swimming in the tank in many Chinese restaurants.

Perch is often used for this dish, but it works just as well with Rock fish or other white fish. The fatty bluefishes are often avoided for this dish due to high fishy taste. Stir fried luffa, is seasonal. The young luffa is very sweet in taste. You’ll find the dish in a great varieties.

Stir fried pea shoots, is very common, but low end restaurants often cannot source the best ingredients. So what you end up with is very tough shoots that is hard to chew.

There are lots of ways to cook fish in China. And steaming is commonly considered as the most authentic way, because you only put the scallion and ginger slice, light soy sauce in, steam shortly, without heavy cooking, to keep the original flavor of the fish as possible. It also means you can only make this dish with 100% fresh fish.

In inland regions, people usually use freshwater fish to cook it because those are fish they can buy living from the tanks of morning markets or supermarkets. It’s also a gorgeous and expensive cuisine in high-end restaurants. n a typical Chinese restaurant, a small plate is placed in front of each person.

People freely spit out bones, nut shells, fruit seeds etc onto them. Waiters frequently replace them with clean plates. Most steamed freshwater fish have far too many bones to remove by chopsticks. This is a typical Chinese cuisine which is designed to use your mouth and achieve your food.

Shanghai crab, despite the facts they are from freshwater, have countless bones which costs you a great effort to remove by mouth, and, their tiny eyes occasionally make contact with you too.
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author
I am sure you hadn't even considered this possibility. If you think Greece is just a summer destination, let me show you another aspect of this beautiful country. Greece has a lot more to propose than a summer cliche and Christmas time is best time to travel Greece and discover that it is also the perfect winter holiday destination.

Surprise your friends and try something new during the spectacular festivals. Actually, Greece has it all and you can organize any type of winter break you wish. If skiing is a must for you, did you know that more than 25 very good ski-resorts are waiting for you? Their assets? There are much cheaper than the overcrowded ski-resorts you will find in France or Italy, all have breathtaking views, some of them to the Aegean sea.

Did you know that there are more than 6000 islands in Greece? Green olive groves, crystal clear water, small villages and bustling cities, Greece is a wonderful mixture of 6000 fabulous islands and historic cities on the mainland, each with its unique personality. Only 227 of them are inhabited, but even that number may seem a lot when you'll find the holiday island.

Today we highlight the authentic island gems in Greece. Therefore, we have chosen destinations that we think you will love - whether you want to hike through the green hills of Alonissos, have the beach to yourself in the morning hours in Karpathos or eating tzatziki and feel the pulse of the city on a lively tavern in the Big City Thessaloniki. In today's guide tells us what makes the island so special.

Hellas is our favorite. Here you will find a sea of ​​islands to choose from. Samos, Crete and Rhodes islands, you should opt for a high standard of your all-inclusive vacation, this is the best of the Mediterranean. Whether you want a beach to yourself in the morning, stroll among the fragrant olive trees and a pink sunsets in the background to the evening tzatziki - Greece will always have an island that suits you.

It is also in the smaller islands as you often find the small, family-run hotels that offer extraordinary charm and warmth.

Places to Visit in Greece

Here are the reasons to go to Greece and best places to visit in Greece.

1. Crete


Crete is the largest Greek island. Full of legend and mythology is the land of the Minotaur, the land of Zeus and its beauty is incomparable. Halfway between Asia, Africa and Europe is the cradle of European civilization. The people of Crete will tell you that it is cold, but you will always find it to be above 15 degrees in winter, it will be quite pleasant.

And there is so much to see on the island that you would never be able to discover in the summer because of the heat and the tourists! You will be in the cradle of Ancient Greece, so you will get sick of seeing museums, temples and ruins, which you can combine with hiking or cycling routes through the beautiful and green hills of the island.

The blue of its waters contrasts with the white of its mountains. The sun is the best of its claims but the possibilities that the island offers the traveler are endless. Do not forget to visit the Balos beach, considered the most beautiful in the country, or the Samariá Gorge, the largest in Europe.

Balos is known for its turquoise water. The grand view from the shoreline is the thing that tourists desire for. The area of Balos tidal pond is between the little Cape Tigani and the Cape Gramvousa. Balos shoreline is a blend of white and blue turquoise water and gleaming white sand.

The shoreline offers pink sand beaches formed because of shells. The magnificence of the shoreline can be enjoyed with kids as the ocean is shallow with warm waters.

It has a length of 16 kilometers and an altitude of 1200 meters and can be visited from mid-April to the end of October, it will delight lovers of nature and hiking. The island is well known to most people, but nevertheless renewed constantly. Even if the food still tastes authentic Greek, due to booming of several new family hotels.

A couple of years back Elafonisi was a hidden spot. At this point the mystery is certainly not a mystery any longer. This spot pulls in huge amounts of travelers consistently. Today, the flawless sandy beach​ is the target for everyone and young adventurers as the place offers an unmatched view of the sunset. Go in the high season and you'll find this once unfilled shoreline, bounded by a sandbar and an natural island, swarming with tourists.

Our Crete tip: Head to the town of Loutro on the south side of the island, with whitewashed houses, blue doors and crystal clear waters. One can also have great luxury accommodation in the small fishing town of Elounda.

2. Heraklion


You can find around 10 archaeological sites in Crete, the most famous being Knossos in Heraklion, the capital. You can visit the Venetian fortress that is preserved in perfect condition and protects the entrance to the port, the medieval Agia Ekaterini Church, which displays a large collection of icons, the archaeological museum in Eleftheria Square.

You can visit the center of the city that houses pottery, miniatures, jewels and frescoes of the Minoan culture, the Historical Museum, to the west of the port, where you can admire the view of Mount Sinai.

3. Rethimno


The province of Rethymnon, situated between the area of ​​Chania and Heraklion, is bathed, to the north by the Cretan sea and to the south by the Libyan sea. The small town of Rethymno keeps much of its Venetian, Byzantine and Ottoman past on the one hand through its small Venetian port and on the other hand visiting the multitude of small Byzantine churches there.

And of course, do not stop tasting the Greek food. For something it is said that Cretan cuisine is the kitchen of the gods. You can taste the virgin olive oil and the Cretan wine of Manoliopulo and Kissamos, in Xamoudochori, Omalos and Sfakia, enjoy the local liquor Tsikoudia, taste the aromatic honey and traditional Xirotigana breads from Sirili or walk through the picturesque chapels and stop to rest in the cool Dere.

4. Chania


Chania occupies the western end of Crete and is the second largest city of Crete. At the western end, next to one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete are the extraordinary ruins of ancient Phalasarna. It is safe behind the strong Hellenistic walls and has a protected harbor that transformed it into one of the largest naval forces and a city of corsairs of Crete.

You can make the excursion to the beginning of the Samaria gorge. You will reach the picturesque village of Omalos and visit the lake Agia, Alikianos and from there you can explore the beginning of the Samaria gorge. Moreover, the charming city of Chania is an idyllic place for a historical sojourn in the old town with kids.

5. Dodecanese


Karpathos or Carpathos is the second largest island of the Dodecanese. It is located between the island of Crete and Rhodes in the southwestern part of the Aegean Sea. You will find white beaches in uncontaminated landscapes, quiet and silent rocky coves, beaches equipped for lovers of relaxation and comfort dedicated to windsurfing, kite surfing and other water sports.

The island that invites you to the Greek everyday life is known for its beautiful beaches and mountain village of Olympos, where time has stood still since the 900s. The island has many small churches perched on cliffs above a glittering sea.

Olympos is one of the most beautiful villages in Greece, a place where folklore and popular traditions manifest themselves in all its authenticity. Walking through the streets of this small town, among women dressed in traditional clothes, is a trip through time, in a past that is still alive and pulsating. Even today in Olympos one speaks a unique language in Greece that derives from the ancient Doric dialect.

From Olympos, taking a paved road that descends towards the northeast coast, you reach Diafani, another town that has been able to preserve folklore and local traditions. From the dock of Pigadia sail several boats take tourists to the beaches of the east coast and the village of Diafani. Another recommended excursion is to the island of Saria, which is a handful of nautical miles from Karpathos.

Pigadia, also called the city of Karpathos, is the capital and the main port of the island. Today it is the most popular tourist center of Karpathos, full of hotels, apartments, taverns and commercial activities. It is worth a visit to the Archaeological Museum. In its three rooms are exhibited from prehistory to the Middle Ages.

Nearby is the Eparchiou, a palace built by the Italians during the occupation of the island and used as administrative headquarters. In the Bay of Vrontis, of which Pigadia occupies the extreme south, there are three wide beaches. In the Afoti you can admire the remains of the Basilica of Agia Fotini, built on the remains of a Greek temple.

You may be disappointed by what little remains of the Acropolis of the ancient city of Potideon or Poseidon, but from the hill overlooking the harbor you can admire and take beautiful panoramic pictures of the city. From a distance, Menetes looks like a pretty pastel painting. Its colorful houses, typical of the Dodecanese architecture, cling to the northern slope of Mount Profitis Ilias.

Arcesine (Arkaseia) is a small town on the southwest coast of the island. You can visit the Archaeological Museum with findings found in the area, in particular the remains of the church of Agia Anastasia and the Acropolis of Arkesia, one of the ancient cities of the Tetrapolis of Karpathos.

In the area of ​​Lefkos, another small and picturesque town in the interior, is the Old Cisterns, a system of galleries and rooms used for the collection and conservation of water. Archaeologists are convinced that it is only a small part of the treasures still buried in this region of Karpathos.

Aperi is one of the largest and richest villages of Karpathos. Its position hidden among the hills, at an altitude of 320 m, at the foot of the high mountains, made it choose as the capital of the island in 1700. Mesochori is located on the mountainous slopes of Karpathos, immersed in the cultivated countryside with olive groves, vineyards and fruit trees.

Kastelorizo is the eastern most island of Greece, famous for it’s incredible blue grotto. Karpathos is rugged and wild. Some of these villages like Olymbos still have people wearing traditional clothing.

6. Santorini


Also known as Thera, Santorín and Thira, Santorini is the destination of thousands of travelers who seek the spectacular views and the atmosphere of its bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Santorini is a name of Italian origin given by the Venetian merchants to Thera, the Greek name of this island steeped in history.

Santorini is one the most beautiful Greek Island in Europe and is a standout amongst the most romantic spots for honeymoon couples. It is known for white washed houses and blue-white domes all over the city. Many of the bollywood songs have been shot here.

Santorini is the two-sided, mysterious bay, island of calm and blue waters and ancient volcano that boils the night of partying, where everything is possible. Travel through the hidden places of a piece of land that has marked the destiny of Europe and the Mediterranean. You can also visit Anafi, Ios, Amorgos, Naxos or Paros and Mycenae or nearby Turkey.

The island was the immersed cone of a volcano of the same type as the Krakatoa and its explosion destroyed the entire center of the island, making its current orography form a kind Half-moon cut over the flooded caldera. The Cretan civilization and the Minoan, in the Greek peninsula, entered a time of decay because of the tsunami. In any case, you will have no problem choosing the best Santorini hotels.

Names such as Perivolos, Red Beach, Pori with its harbor and colorful houses are names that should not be forgotten. The center square of Fira and the beaches of Kamari, Perivolos and Perissa are the liveliest and most fashionable places. Santorini is a spectacular stopover for dozens of holiday tourist cruises and hundreds of sailboats that lie in their small coves.

Ideal anniversary or wedding gift, many couples visit the island after meeting or getting married for honeymoon. The Santorini Wine Route has its white wines and the famous Vinsanto, one of the most traditional wines in the world. Akrotiri is the main one and has been reopened recently, but there are others such as Vlihada, Arhea Thira, Pyrgos, Profitis Elias and Thermi.

Santorini is known for its printed landscape like incredible views which are canvassed in standard Cycladic homes which flicker white under the hot Greek sun and offset brilliantly with the dull blue seas and heavenly places. One of the best places to visit in Santorini is the Firá which is capital city of Santorini. It is outstanding and one of the scenic locations to visit. This place is famous for there unique architecture as the houses here are in pearl white color and cubic in shape which looks different.

Walking around the island enables you to see all the phenomenal sights here. The place is surrounded by a volcanic crater from where you can see without a doubt the most amazing points of view in all of Greece.

Folegandros is called the Santorini without the crowds. It’s an incredible island with it’s own incredible scenery but pretty unknown.

There is no denying that Santorini really is a beautiful island. It is beautiful mainly because it is a volcanic island in the midst of the azure-colored Aegean Sea, covered in magnificent cliffsides lined with whitewashed buildings that almost seem to gleam in the summer sun.

All of the Cycladic Islands are extraordinarily beautiful and Santorini is really no more beautiful than the others. Nonetheless, because Santorini has such an established reputation as a tourist hotspot, it seems to steal most of the attention.

Part of the reason why Santorini is so famous for its beauty is because there are so many beautiful pictures of Santorini all over the internet that have been taken by visitors and by tourist agencies trying to attract visitors. Indeed, it seems like virtually anytime you see stunning pictures of a Greek island in a travel brochure or advertisement, those pictures were taken on Santorini.

The thing is, there is an obvious case of survivor bias here. Quite simply, people are only likely to share the pictures of the island that look beautiful. Tourist agencies aren’t going to publish pictures of the island that don’t look extraordinary and, while ordinary residents and visitors may share pictures of the island that are less visually appealing, those less visually-appealing photos are not going to get nearly as much attention as the more evocative ones.

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a dreary day on Santorini; you just don’t see very many pictures of the island when the weather is overcast and grim, because people don’t tend to share those pictures as often and, when they do share those pictures, they don’t tend to get as much attention as the ones of the island on bright, sunny days. This feeds into a popular misconception that it is always sunny on Santorini.

Santorini actually does sometimes get snow in the winter. The glorious photos you see in travel brochures and advertisements, then, are not entirely representative of how the island normally looks.

Meanwhile, while Santorini gets millions tourists from all over the world each year, other Cycladic islands, such as Milos, Serifos, Naxos, and Delos, which are actually equally as beautiful as Santorini, generally attract far less tourism. Indeed, there are about 220 Cycladic Islands, but yet only two of them — Santorini and Mykonos attract the vast majority of the tourists.

7. Thera


Thera is, at the same time, the Greek island that has served the fabulists to imagine myths like that of Atlantis. Names such as White Beach are names that should not be forgotten.

8. Oia


One of the most recommended is the route from Imerovigli to Oia. Go on a small cruise on a schooner by the Caldera leaving Thirasia, Palea Kameni or Nea Kameni, or diving in the sea thanks to the rental of diving equipment. Armeni village has a seabed accessible only with diving goggles and is ideal for snorkeling. Names such as Baxedes are names that should not be forgotten.

9. Nafplion


Nafplion, one of the most beautiful cities of the area of ​​Argolis (in the Eastern Peloponnese) and one of the most romantic cities of all Greece. According to mythology, the city was founded by Nafplios, the son of god Poseidon and the daughter of Danaus Anymone. The history of the city goes back to the prehistoric era in which soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War.

The city declined during Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine era. The Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their mark on the city and strongly influenced its culture, architecture and traditions over the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings fascinate visitors with their unique architecture and beauty.

In the heart of the city is two Turkish mosques, the first now works as a cinema/theater, while the second was the seat of the first Greek Parliament, the Archaeological Museum with important artifacts from the prehistoric and Mycenaean era. Akronafplia is the historic rock at the foot of the Palamidi hill.

10. Delphi


Arachova, a picturesque cosmopolitan village clung to the mountain. Arachova is one of the most cosmopolitan destinations and popular with Athenians to spend a weekend during the winter months. At any time of the year is the right time for a trip to Arachova. In winter, you can ski in the ski center, while the forest paths, trails and unique natural landscapes make mountain biking and hiking very exciting in all weather conditions.

Very close to Arachova is its prized archaeological site, Delphi, the mythical archaeological site dedicated to Apollo that can be visited from Arachova to Kalambaka. It is about 180 kilometers northwest of Athens and is another of the traveling destinations par excellence of the Hellenic territory. It is a small town on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, and next to the Gulf of Corinth, with a great history behind it.

For many centuries Delphi represented the spiritual and religious center of ancient Greece, which the Greek mythology identified as the center of the world and the the navel of the earth and which was the famous Oracle of Delphi. According to Greek mythology, Zeus released two eagles from the ends of the universe so that, wherever they crossed their flight, they showed the center of the world.

It was during the 8th and 7th centuries BC when its sanctuary began to take shape with the construction of the first temples dedicated to the cult of Apollo and Athena. The tour of the site begins with Kastalia Krini, the source where Pythia, the high priestess, her subordinates and others washed before consulting the oracle.

After admiring the beautiful surroundings, the archaeological museum, the second most visited museum in the country, has a relief that represents the history of the Sanctuary of Delphi and the famous oracle.

There are places like Mount Parnassos, Kalavrita in the Peloponnese mountains, Karpenisi in the Pindus Mountains, Mount Olympos, Mount Pelion. Enjoy about 200 kilometers of slopes for all levels. In my opinion, Mount Parnassos has another great asset. There is located the Parnassos ski resort, the largest in Greece.

Where can you ski in the morning, have lunch along the shore, visit an archaeological site in the afternoon, party in a trendy bar in the evening and sleep in a boutique hotel in a picturesque village all in the same day? The answer is Mount Parnassos.

Its stunning views to the Gulf of Corinth and to the Gulf of Euboea make it one of the most spectacular mountains in Greece and it is very close to Delphi. Mount Parnassos has many attractive points. It is located near Athens (about 2 hour drive) and therefore, easily reachable. It ranks among the highest mountains in Greece with an altitude of 2260 meters.

Its steep narrow cobblestone streets, its grey stone houses with their red tile roof, its dozens of steps leading to spectacular views, but also its trendy bars, its traditional restaurants, and its boutique hotels make it the place to be for an exciting after-ski or even non-ski life!

The Parnassos Ski Center, located on the peaks of Kelaria (1750 m), Fterolakas (1950 m) and Gerondovrachos, operates from December until the beginning of May. It is probably the biggest and best-organized ski-resort in the country with nineteen runs, named after Greek Gods like Hermes or Aphrodite.

With a total of 36km, there are seven ski routes, ten trails and three mini beginner runs, two cafe-chalets and a restaurant, ski and snowboard schools, stores for ski and snowboard equipment rental and a playground for children. Who could ask for more to fully enjoy a ski holiday in the country of Gods!

Here some other ski resorts are Tymfristos in the Karpenissi area, Helmos in the town of Kalavryta, Mainalos in Vytina, Peloponnese, Vasilitsa in Grevena and Kaimaktsalan in Edessa. Lovers of great landscapes and natural corners will be able to enjoy a place of interest for tourists like Cave Spileo Limnon, and a landscape environment like Lake Tsivlou.

Naupactus or Naupactus as the English say, or Nafpaktia as the Greeks say is a locality in Greece that lies on the periphery of Aetolia-Acarnania. The strategic location of Naupacto at the entrance to the Gulf of Corinth, formerly known as the Gulf of Lepanto, has given the town a special historical significance and made it for a long time an important shipyard that served generations and generations of Greeks, as well as like all the foreign dominators he has had in his history.

Already in the myths of Heracles it is mentioned that this demigod built in Naupacto a fleet to undertake the invasion of the Peloponnese. Later, for example, during the Peloponnesian War it was a very disputed port between Athenians and Spartans and the scene of the Battle of Naupact.

11. Agios Nikolaos


A quiet city in the center of Greece, hidden deep in the Gulf of Corinth, on the coast of Krisaikos Bay, Galaxidi is protected from the wind by the reassuring presence of the mountains that surround it. A short distance from Athens, Galaxidi lends itself to a short, pleasant and quiet holiday, as well as excursions in the surrounding area.

Start with a walk through the first port, the Agora, up the lanes of the traditional city. In the sacred temple of Agios Nikolaos, admire the two bell towers, the imposing dome and the masterpiece of an emblematic wooden frame, while in the temple of Agia Paraskevi.

12. Ionian Islands


Another incredible island with incredible landscapes and coastlines. It’s also famous for it’s sea cave melisani. Corfu is one of the most beautiful islands and the second largest in the archipelago of the Ionian Islands, at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea off Albania. It is the second largest island of the Ionian group after Kefalonia. If you travel to Corfu in winter, it is best to bring a coat or thick jacket, a raincoat or umbrella, lip protection and shoes with non-slip soles.

The Greeks know her as Kerkyra and her name is related to the Greek legend that when the god Poseidon fell in love with Korkyra. He abducted her and took her to the island, baptizing her with her name. The island is mountainous and in the northern center rises Mount Pantocrator, the highest mountain in Corfu.

The island is rich in history as it participated in conflicts between Athens and Sparta and was under the control of Venetians, Ottomans, French and English. It was the latter who left Corfu its architectural heritage which can be seen in its monuments and buildings. The island was the target of battles and conquests which led to the construction of the fortresses that surround Corfu, making it the only fortified city in Greece.

Kythira is one of the most isolated islands in Greece where the tourism industry is still in development; what makes it an ideal destination if you are looking for peace and tranquility. Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Ionian Sea, Cythera is characterized by an idyllic landscape of wild nature and natural waterfalls.

A morning dip in the cold, clear waters of the Fonissas waterfall in Milopotamos will leave you feeling as good as new and will fill you with energy to explore. If cold water is not your thing, on the other side of the island you can find dreamy beaches to relax and relieve stress. The most famous are Lagkadia (awarded the blue flag for its waters), Kalami and Palaiopi.

A summer in Greece is not complete without tasting the local cuisine. You can visit some of the many taverns on the island or buy fresh fish from local fishermen and cook it at home. Do not forget to try the Fatourada, a cinnamon liqueur typical of the island.

Before leaving, make sure you have tried the ladopaksimadia, a kind of toast, and to buy seeds of siempreviva, a yellow flower that only grows on the island and stays fresh for a long time after cutting it. First of all tzatziki is the Greek variation of a dish found all over the Ottoman Empire, Iran, the Caucasus and Northern India.

The Greek dip, like its Balkan, Turkish, Iranian and Iraqi brethren is yogurt, garlic and cucumber based. The Levantine variety called tarator is made from tahini, walnuts, garlic and vinegar. Greek style tzatziki is a dip made from strained yogurt, shredded and strained cucumber, garlic crushed in salt, olive oil, lemon juice and dill. It is typically served as a side dish or meze to accompany alcoholic drinks.

13. Corfu


Corfu is characterized by its exuberant vegetation and beautiful beaches bathed by the Ionian Sea giving it the nickname of Emerald Island. Corfu was the first island to open its doors to tourism offering important sites such as the Basilica of Paleopolis, one of the most important Byzantine monuments, as well as the church of Agios Spyridonas which is one of the best known on the island.

Spianada is a French-style square cataloged as one of the largest in Greece where you can see Liston, a building built during the French occupation which houses the best known restaurants in Greece and cafes. In this square you can also visit the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, known as Palaia Anaktora, dating from the time of the British occupation.

Corfu has narrow streets, squares, shopping streets, Venetian fortresses and museums such as the Archaeological Museum and the Asian Art Museum, among others. For these historical attractions, Corfu was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The cuisine of Corfu is very famous for the numerous and tasty dishes it offers, excellent combination of Greek cuisine and Venetian cuisine. Sample of it are Strapatsada scrambled with tomato, butter and a little brandy. It is served hot. Sofrito is a venetian dish of beef with a sauce of garlic, salt, pepper, white wine and vinegar.

Pastitsada is the most famous dish on the island. It comes from the Venetian Spezzatino. Kumquat is the fruit of a Japanese tree similar to lemon and is very popular in Corfu.

Only 218 km from Athens you can find an exotic paradise known almost exclusively by locals. Lichadonisia is located next to Evia, the second largest Greek island, only three and a half hours drive from Athens. Lichadonisia is composed of a group of uninhabited islands of volcanic origin, making it an even more exotic and exclusive destination.

To get there you must take a boat in the port of Kammena Vourla, which will take you to the beaches full of sun beds and umbrellas. Some call them the Maldives, Seychelles, Bahamas of Greece for its transparent colors and, although it is not so easy to arrive, the effort is worth it. On the way see seals and if the time allows dolphins. After spending the day on the beach, return to Kamena Vourla.

14. Meteora


The monasteries in Meteora with its colossal rocks and monasteries seem to be suspended in the air over the Meteora valley, in the region of Thessaly. Meteora is a set of sandstone boulders formed under the sea 30 million years ago. These fascinating sculptures formed throughout history were discovered when the sea level dropped. The nearest towns where you can stay are Kastraki and Kalabaka.

And then, I could not miss Game of Thrones. Once again, after Northern Ireland and Girona, we saw a location of the famous series. Meteora appears in the landscape that Tyrion Lannister sees from his cell in the prison in the Eagles Nest, in the first season. Actually, it is a digital reproduction of Meteora's landscape, since they were not allowed to record there.

Declared a world heritage site, Meteora is the biggest rock formation. The exceptional site pulls in travelers like a magnet. With more than 2 million guests a year, Meteora remains one of the most visited places in Greece. The clifftop old monasteries are the most eye-catching thing of fascination in this spot.

Crafted by the best craftsmen in the history the Orthodox cloisters of Meteora are intended to blow your mind. Visit to Greece is not complete without seeing Meteora.

15. Thessaloniki


Greece's second largest city was named one of the world's top ten party cities according to Lonely Planet. The city is a cool mixture of bazaars, upscale shopping, the historic White Tower and hip restaurants. By car you can reach the beaches with the label "Blue Flag".

Uranópolis is the nearest city and port to the monasteries of the monastic republic of Mount Athos. The easiest way to get to the Sacred Mountain is to travel to Thessaloniki. At first glance Uranópolis looks like a typical Greek Mediterranean spa with traditional taverns, sandy beaches and many water sports.

In the Dionysiou monastery, on the west coast, the few visitors arrive with little luggage and spend the night in a small room, equipped with the most elementary. From Uranópolis there are several ferries and boats to Dafni, which is the port of the Sacred Mountain. In high season (Easter and summer) it is advisable to book in advance and marvel at the many monasteries before spending some time exploring Chalkidiki.

Edessa is located about 100 km from Thessaloniki, in the Pella prefecture of Macedonia, north of Greece. Maybe you have not heard much about the Greek waterfalls but they exist. One knows more about the Greek islands or the Greek ruins but there are also waterfalls if you know where to look. Among the most impressive are the Edessa Waterfalls. Actually more than a single waterfall is a series of waterfalls, it seems seven.

The fall is 70 meters in total so they are undoubtedly the main attraction in Edessa, beyond the ancient ruins that are located nearby. It is the waters of the Edessaios River that run through here even in the hot Greek summers. There are trails and ladders that allow you to cross the different highs. There are observation platforms and unless there is a lot of flow or it has rained all the trails and bridges are open.

In the lower part are the so-called Twin Falls, in the upper part there is a green garden with mini waterfalls everywhere and paths surrounded by flowers, and you also have the main fall, Karanos.

Lemnos is famous for having the only small desert in Greece, and for it’s archaeological sites and history dated all the way to 13.000 years ago. Also Lemnos has it’s own weird natural formations. Thassos is a very green and lush island in the northern parts of Greece. It’s mostly known to Greeks who vacation there. It’s also known for it’s incredible white marbles that where used in Ancient period for sculptures and architecture till this day and thus there are like almost any place in Greece also historical sites like the Agora.

16. Naxos


Tired of Crete and Rhodes? Naxos is one of the two largest Cycladic islands with a beautiful interior for people to explore. Naxos is the largest of all the Cycladic Islands. It is located closer to the southeastern end of the Cyclades group. It’s famous for it’s potatoes and one of it’s symbols are the Portara (temple) in front of Naxos Town. Naxos has a hilly nature and is the largest and greenest island in the Cyclades archipelago. The many sand flats that have plenty of room for all makes the island a paradise for swimmers for the family.

No matter how long your stay in Naxos lasts, you'll want to stay forever. On the greenest island of the Cyclades you can get the perfect balance between an adventure and relaxation holiday. The capital of the island is a small coastal town with a vibrant atmosphere and interesting places to visit, including archaeological sites.

Naxos is known in Greece for its cheeses, potatoes (yes, they are incredible) and the Kitron, a local lemon liqueur perfect to finish a good banquet. This island is bigger than many of the others and is lucky to have some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. It is best to rent a car and travel the coast looking for the most beautiful and hidden golden sand beaches of Greece.

Naxos is also a perfect place for lovers of water sports such as kite surfing, windsurfing or even for a horse ride. But, if you are one of those who want to enjoy the sea from the depths, then book a diving expedition and watch the planes killed during the Second World War and that were left there submerged.

Serifos, is located a bit further north than Milos. Serifos is where many Athenians choose to go on vacation. Now let’s talk about Delos, which is located northwest of Naxos, right next to Mykonos. Delos has tons and tons of ancient ruins. Indeed, the archaeological excavations that have been conducted on Delos are among the most extensive in all of Greece. If you like ancient history, Delos may be the right island for you to visit.

17. Ithaca


Visit the island to which Ulysses tried to return for almost 20 years. When you see the emerald color of the water and beaches so beautiful that they seem to lie, you will understand why Homer decided to turn Ithaca into a mythical and symbolic place. Its charming capital, Vathí, is full of small shops and restaurants of excellent quality.

If you prefer something more modern, visit the beach of Schinos. Here is the famous Villa Schinos, which has hosted celebrities such as Madonna, The Beach Boys and the cast of Mamma Mia. Ithaca is a paradise for diving lovers. If you are lucky you may find the Mediterranean monk seals resting on the rocks.

18. Samos


Ikaria is an island that fascinates both foreigners and the Greeks themselves. Perhaps it is due to the lifestyle of its inhabitants, who refuse to incorporate the word stress into their vocabulary, or the fact that life here is based on enjoying the small details. Some even say that by following this lifestyle you can find the true meaning to it.

It is not surprising that Ikaria is one of the five blue zones of the world; the places where people live longer. A third of the island's inhabitants will be over 90 years, which is about 10 years older than the rest of the Western world. In addition to fewer physical and mental illnesses and remain physically active up to 90 years of age.

Whatever the reason, Ikaria represents a unique adventure that will surely change your outlook on life. The whole island is a succession of impressive landscapes, but here are the beaches that surpass reality. The best beaches to visit are Seychelles, Nas and Agios Georgios.

On the north coast of the island you can find white sand beaches and perfect waves for surfing. The most famous beach in this area is Mesakti, near the village of Evdilos. There are many accommodation options to choose from in the two largest towns on the island; Agios Kirykos (the capital) and Evdilos.

19. Paros


Everything you could want; whitewashed house, blue roof, crystal clear sea, cordial local people, the tavernas on the waterfront, feta cheese and of course fresh fish. Rent a scooter and explore the island. Perhaps a visit to the Butterfly Valley, where it is teeming with wildlife, red butterflies?

Samothrace is an island that will awaken your most intense feelings and that you must accept if you want to discover it in conditions. If you're looking for an environment and parties on the beach, then change your destination. Samothrace is a place for trekkers, explorers and those wanting to get away from the typical Aegean islands.

One of the hallmarks of Samothrace are the natural pools that form waterfalls between the rocks. These small lakes are pools of crystal clear water. If you dare to swim in these cold and refreshing waters, then visit the most famous: Gria Vathra and Fonia. Of course, we also have recommendations for beaches for those that are more salt water: Paxia Ammos, Kipos and Valtos.

Chora is a traditional village that rises on Mount Fengari at 300 meters altitude. Take a walk through its picturesque paths to travel back in time or have a coffee in the main square with extraordinary views of the Aegean Sea. Sanctuary of the great Gods is one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Greece.

The ruins were excavated in 1863 by the French and it was here that one of the most famous pieces of the Louvre was found, the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

20. Zakynthos


The southernmost of the Ionian islands of Zakynthos, with golden beaches and azure waters. The island is perhaps best known for Navagio Beach, but there is much more to explore - snorkel at Keri Caves, watching for sea turtles at Laganas or look in the small shops in the town of Zakynthos.

21. Skopelos


If you have seen Mamma Mia movies, you remember perhaps that Donna take her daughter Sophie to the church of Agios Ioannis. The island has great beaches, green olive groves, and over 360 churches - one for each day of the year. Charming cobblestone streets, flower-decked houses and few tourists characterizes this lush island, which gives you a little bit of it untouched Greece. The island's National Park is ideal for hiking.

Greece is often associated with the colors white and blue. Especially in the island nation Cyclades (like Santorini, Paros and Mykonos) the white villages can be seen, with blue ceilings, doors and window sills. The reason is that in ancient Greece it was believed that the color blue acted as a shield against evil spirits.

22. Lesbos


Lesvos is known for it’s medieval villages, town and for a big place of birding. Here you can see hundreds of types of birds including flamingo’s.

23. Milos


Milos is famed for being a geological island and it’s incredible natural formations that would make you think you’re on the moon. It’s quite popular among Italians, but otherwise it’s not that mainstream known.

23. Sifnos


Great island and great to do hiking through it’s fields.

23. Amorgos


Amorgos is gorgeous and tranquil and is famed for it’s monastery. It’s also like any Greek island unique and has breathtaking landscapes.

23. Athens


Before Rome became the center of the ancient world, no city was more important than Athens. Monuments from the glory days of the Greek capital remain, most notably 2500 year old landmarks of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. One of the world’s oldest cities understandably has some stunning museums too. But be aware that the recent Greek recession has hit the area hard, so Athens isn’t quite the glittering tourist haunt that it once was.

Go to Athens if you enjoy ancient history, you like a museum, you’re not put off by unclean streets. Athens is the capital city of Greece. It is largest city of Greece and is named after Athena (its patron goddess). Monastiraki, literally, small monastery is an outdoor neighborhood and market in Athens, and one of the main commercial districts of the city.

The city is still dominated with 5th century BC landmarks including acropolis, a hill top topped with ancient buildings like Parthenon temple. If you go up to the Acropolis or another place that overlooks Athens, you'll understand the true scale of the city. Houses go as far as your eyes can see in every direction.

The area owes its name to the Monastiraki square, which in turn bears the name of the Byzantine church of Pantanassa, which is located inside the square. The main roads in this area are Pandrossou and Adrianou. The area is home to the flea market; there are clothes shops, souvenir shops and specialty shops, and it is an important tourist attraction in Athens and Attica for business.

In the square there is also the Tzistarakis mosque. Monastiraki metro station, located in the square, serves both Line 1 and Line 3 of the Athens Metro.

Euboea is Greece’s second largest island and is 170+km long and quite unknown internationally. But it’s filled with lush nature, incredible beaches and many gems around. Certainly a great place. In the town of Chalkis in capital city of the island of Euboea, there is a narrow strait between the island and the mainland, known as the strait of Euripos.

A strong tidal current forms along the strait, whose direction and strength is dependent on the position of the moon. The mobile bridge can only then be opened to let ships pass by, when the waters calm during the change of direction. The phenomenon is due to the difference in level between the North Aegean Sea and the South Aegean Sea, caused by the movement of the Moon.

At New Moon and at Full Moon, when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned, the movement of the waters through Evripos’ Strait is regular with change of direction about every 6 hours.

Mikrolimano or Fanari or Akti Koumoundourou or Tourkolimano is amazing for fish or meat just next to the sea. The area has so many names and every each one refers to different eras. The prices are let’s say normal, not very expensive neither cheap and you can enjoy quality food and local recipes in a graphical place.
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Here, we have put together a few points that will surely help you in planning the photography trip perfectly. Take a look.

1. Getting the Right Camera Gears


You must get the right kind of camera gears for your trip. Since you will be exploring the wilderness, it is necessary for you to get the best camera for travel and the right equipment so that every shot you take becomes glorious. Frankly, photography is not just about capturing a moment. It is telling a story through photo while bringing out a character.

It is possible only when the composition is flawless. And such flawless photography needs the help of a tripod, right lens, and proper flash. Research about the area you are visiting so that you get an idea about which gears will be perfect for you.

2. Don't forget the Camera Accessories


While you are going for the photography trip, you need to take a few accessories with you. Camera charger, batteries, memory card, hard drive and laptop, all of these are essential for your trip. Make sure that the memory card and the hard drive are clear of all files so that you can have enough space to create backup while on the go. Since you will have to click a lot of photos, a backup will be necessary so that you can sort the images later on.

3. Do Your Research


Getting some basic knowledge beforehand is never a bad idea. Technical skill and an eye for composition are of course components of great photography, but there’s a third, elusive ingredient to a heart-stopping image. That’s simply being in the right place at the right time (with the right equipment).

Research properly before you set out for the trip. Get to know about the areas you are visiting so that you can get into the required mindset. It will not only tell you how to plan the trip but also, help you know what to expect in the course of your journey. Once you reach the place, you must communicate with the people around to know more about the place.

4. Finding the right agency


Get in touch with a reputed tour organizer who will perfectly coordinate the trip for you. Getting guidance from an experienced photographer is also necessary, especially if you are going for a photography trip for the first time. Make sure you find out such an agency before you set out for the trip.

5. Prepare for the trip


Know what kind of gear you are going to want to take with you. If you are going on a 3-4 week backpacking trip across Europe, you may not want to hull around a bunch of camera equipment. A convenient little GoPro or Handycam would help save your back, and create more room for other belongings.

But if you are weaving in and out of cities and hotels, then you could think about hauling around something a little bigger. Don’t forget about your phone camera. Almost all new phones come with advanced cameras, and the footage can be indistinguishable from the more expensive DSLRs.

6. Research Your Destination Beforehand


Be sure to research the popular sights and attractions beforehand. If you know you are going to be in a specific city, try to find some less frequented areas, or even talk to some locals and ask them about some very scenic parts of the town/countryside.

Sometimes, the most frequented spots aren’t the most picturesque. Do not be afraid to leave your comfort zone. Traveling is an adventure, and some of the best adventures are unpredictable. This, in turn, could produce some of your most awe-inducing footage.

7. Learn Video Techniques


Touched upon in our Videography Tips, a couple different approaches to holding the camera can make all the difference. Keeping the camera static could get a bit dull, so move it around a bit. Try panning the camera around an urban scene to get the full effect. Walk up a hill that leads to an amazing view, so as to surprise the viewer when you get to the top.

Get on the back of a moped and shoot some fast moving scenery. Or walk with your phone held up above you on a densely populated sidewalk. The possibilities are endless, and there isn't a wrong way to film, as long as you don't have your finger over lens!

8. Join a basic photography and videography course


Join a basic photography and videography courses to give a head start to your career. To attain technical specialization there are basic and advanced photography courses. Along with your regular classes these basic courses can be pursued or even avail a part time course. For higher level of qualifications you can apply to a photography institute of repute.

If your background is in computers then acquiring technical skills is expected to be considerably easy. Personally introducing your video can add a familiar element to it. Try getting yourself in front of the camera and setting the preface to your travel story. Bring in some of your family members or traveling cohorts.

You may feel a little uncomfortable, at first, but after a few takes it will become as natural as talking on the phone. Make it fun! Experiment with backdrops, write a silly script, or bring in the family pets. These skills help you to pose the right set of pictures, what your client looks upon. This would mean a concise view of the technical knowledge about your equipment, lighting or camera skills and even digital imaging skills.

Aperture is how large the opening is in the lens. There are mechanical blades that move to open and close the lens opening, thereby impacting the amount of light permitted to enter. However it also impacts the depth of field which can be used for artistic effect in photos and is often referred to as bokeh.

Shutter speed on the other hand is how long a duration the shutter curtains will allow light to pass and land on the sensor surface. Typical DSLRs today have curtains that move in horizontal manner, with the first moving across to open the pathway for light to travel and at a predetermined period of time the second curtain will begin travelling across to close the opening.

Modern DSLRs will range from times as short as perhaps 1/8000th of a second and as long as the photographer needs. Shutter speed can also be used for photographic impact with slow shutter speeds causing moving objects to blur or fast shutters speeds freezing the motion or movement.

Once you’ve mastered your shutter speed, you can achieve anything from crisp, freeze-frame sports photos to velvety, motion-filled waterfall shots. A fast shutter speed takes a quick shot, while a slow one keeps your shutter open longer, allowing in more light and movement.

Getting your shutter speed right takes practice – it’s the art of stillness or movement against the science of light. But when you’ve got it, you open yourself up to limitless creative possibilities.

9. Get a Mentor


In the starting phase it is better if you work with a seasoned photographer as you can gain valuable inputs from them. This is going to provide you with valuable insights on what a photographer can come up during their job. Business acumen and how to handle clients would be part of the on job training.

10. Attend Photography Workshops


In workshops you gain hands on experience. Even you can showcase your work on such place platforms as regular visitors would provide true feedback about your photos that can enhance your skills in a positive direction. Undertaking freelance work would also help. You get a sense of confidence when you are approaching other organizations or fellow photographers for work. Photography courses will take your career to a different level.

11. Our eyes like to look at muscle tension


Muscle tension make us look attractive and alive. In a photo, it looks like movement is about to happen. Our eyes are primed for movement. We were once hunters in the wild; the primitive part of our brains reacts to any hint of motion. This primitive part of our brains sees light, contrast and movement not even color, but always movement.

If we see action or anticipated action in a photo—contracting or stretching muscles, we feel that we are seeing some fleeting movement, captured by the camera.

When something catches your eye and calls out to you to create a photograph, your subconscious has already identified a story element. That’s why you have an interest in capturing whatever it is that you’re looking at. Step one is accomplished. Some story is there.

You want to communicate a message from your mind out to viewers of your photograph – that decision puts your photographic process into the loosely defined category of storytelling. Now it becomes a three-part process.

Step two, you must figure out what it is you’re trying to say with your photograph. That’s called developing the story. Thirdly, you must make the technical choices to transform the story into the photographic medium. That’s being a photographer and not simply a snap shooter. That’s something to keep in mind when you are photographing and want your photo to tell a story.

12. Energy is always attractive


Sculptures are called masterpieces when the sculptor has made the stone appear to have come alive, and is moving and breathing. Even more than a sculpture, your body can give us the suggestion of muscle tension, making you look fitter and healthier. This is true even if you are just sitting around: We only realize how much this group has been engaging their muscles when we see how they looked a moment before.

If your muscles are not engaged, your body looks static and floppy, and less appealing to the camera. Instead, hold yourself as though you have just moved into position. You’ve just paused, and you are about to start moving again.

13. Work your muscles a little harder for the camera


You may be sitting still right now, but your muscles are working to keep you upright: some of the 640 muscles in your body are working on this every moment of every day. Only in exceptional circumstances (maybe a wild New Year’s Eve?) do we get so relaxed that we just go floppy and fall over.

When a muscle contracts strongly, your body moves, but when it contracts slightly, you have tension without movement. Try for a level of relaxed engagement. You want to radiate energy but still look natural and comfortable.

14. Check where your body holds its tension


Muscle tension is appealing, but you want the tension to be in the right place. We all use our bodies to physically express our emotions. The set of our shoulders can express more than our face does. When you look at a photo of someone, you can see where tension is being held. Even when we don’t consciously notice the person’s clenched hands, hunched shoulders, uncomfortable neck or arched back, we feel them. We feel their discomfort.

Where do you hold your tension? Probably in your neck, shoulders or arms. You want to relax them, and transfer the tension to your core. Young models are taught to relax their shoulders, and tighten their abdominal muscles.

15. Step up your posture


Optimum posture just makes you look better.Your everyday posture probably doesn’t show your body to its full advantage. Reading about posture is probably making you straighten up right now. If the Queen of England walked into the room, your spine would become even straighter and you would grow slightly taller. You would be ‘on,’ and that’s the kind of muscle tone you want when you are being photographed.

Posture that feels slightly exaggerated to you is probably about right. It doesn’t look exaggerated. No one looking at your photo will notice that you are tensing your core or standing/sitting straighter; they will see a body that is aligned as it should be.

Look at any photos of models, and you will see it—in real life people don’t have this uniformly good posture. But we are so used to seeing it in photos, we don’t remark on it.

16. Relax your shoulders


Drop your shoulders and roll them back. Feel your shoulder blades move down and inward towards each other. This is important whether it’s a full-length photo or a portrait. Dropping your shoulders will lengthen your neck significantly. One of the things that we humans universally think of as beautiful is a long neck.

Try it now. Imagine an invisible string from the back of your neck, pulling your head up and back, and melting away any double chins and folds in your neck. That’s because dropped shoulders give more space for your chin, and let you lengthen your neck as much as possible.

17. Tense your Core


Tensing your abdominal automatically improves your posture. But keep breathing. You don’t want to strain the muscles in your neck or contort your expression. Models and celebrities don’t just automatically relax their shoulders and tighten in their core. Mentally, they stand at the prow of the Titanic. Think Prow of the Titanic Posture. Shoulders down and back, neck long, chest open, abdominal tensed, back slightly arched, muscles engaged.

18. Bird photography


To get good shots of birds, there a few things that are important. Birds are skittish and will fly away if they hear or see you moving. They are also usually pretty small targets. This means you need to stay far away in most cases. This is more a function of the lens than the camera, but note that a crop sensor camera will always give you 1.5x the reach of a full frame camera given the same focal length lens.

Crop sensor cameras are also less expensive than full frame. The trade-off is that full frame cameras tend to get higher quality bird photos (sometimes to a high degree) with a better bokeh (background blur). Flying birds can be extremely fast moving targets, but even birds sitting still tend to jump around quickly.

You will need a camera that can grab focus nearly instantly, or you will miss most shots (you’ll miss a lot of shots even with fast autofocus, but your hope is you can get a few keepers from the bunch). Most newer mid-level cameras and up have very fast autofocus, and even entry level cameras are pretty quick these days.

Because birds move fast, you’ll want a camera that can take multiple shots quickly. The higher the frame rate, the more photos the camera will take per second as you simply hold down the shutter button, increasing your chance of getting a good pose from the bird. Pretty much any newer camera should have a sufficient frame rate, but 6–7fps+ is fast enough.

19. Portrait Photography


The keys to good portrait photography are lighting, composition, and direction. A great portrait starts with a good rapport with your subject. Your subject is collaborating with you to create the perfect shot. Take your time and get to know them so you can trust each other to be open and see the process through. Portraiture is more about intuition than technical skill. It’s about capturing emotion and bringing your subject’s story to life.

Post production is also very important. The .CR2 file coming out of the camera is a rough draft, not a finished product. The digital darkroom is an integral part of photography. Getting and learning to use off-camera lighting is an essential skill for portrait photographers.

There are dozens of tutorials for learning to use off-camera lighting for portrait work online, and hundreds of books on the subject. Likewise, photographic composition is a subject that is well-covered and there are a plethora of resources to help you learn it. Learning how to direct your subjects is a soft (people) skill. Again, there are plenty of resources online and in print to help you learn.

20. The magical art of still life


From a collection of inanimate objects to latte art for your Instagram feed, still life is a fantastic training ground for budding photographers. It offers a great opportunity to experiment with light, colours, texture, materials and subjects in a controlled setting. Nailing a still life means building a strong composition that guides the viewer’s eyes through the image. It tells a story but is entirely about form and a pleasing arrangement of items.

21. Mouth-watering Food Photography


Great food photography takes careful planning. Have multiple options of each food item to shoot – not every apple looks good enough to eat, and ice creams melt fast. Make sure the background matches the food. And aim for a natural look with your styling – appetising is better than picture-perfect.

22. Support Your Own Body weight


If you slump against the wall, or plop your weight on the furniture or on railings, it can distort your body shape. You want your muscles to keep holding up your weight. If your support vanished in thin air, you should still be in the same position. If you are propping your head up with your hands, rest your head very lightly. Not ‘oh, my head is tired and heavy,’ more ‘ooh, a fairy has just alighted on my hands.’

Go look in the mirror and try out photogenic posture. Stand with your natural posture. Then see what difference Titanic Posture makes. It may feel like you are making some sort of statement with your body, but, by being photographed, you can’t avoid making a statement with your body. It may as well be one of energy and confident posture.

Try to remember what Titanic Posture feels like. Go back to that feeling the next time you are photographed. You will see the transformation in your photos, though it will look natural to everyone else.

Now, you must be confident enough after reading these tips, isn't it? If you want to learn more tips, check here: Travel Photography Tips.

So, don't wait any more. Board the plane and get ready to experience the best time of your life.
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author
Eternal Mayhem by Aniruddha Bose can be considered a science-based thriller that puts before the eyes an unreal story (or almost). But at the same time, the book makes me shiver and makes me reflect a lot because it deals with a theme of considerable importance. The story is concerning the creation of a new super-race by genetic manipulation. The arc of suspense is consistently built on, until the big resolution at the end.

How far can science go? What is the boundary between a form of research focused on the good of humanity and one that allows itself to be exploited by the desire for racial supremacy? What is the limit beyond which the thirst for knowledge can become a source of danger? What are the ethical implications of genetics, of cloning, of experimentation on human beings?

The focus continues to be the eternal rivalry between the good and the evil. Here the difference is that the book focuses more on the evil ones. Everything seems to be going according to plan in the beginning. But the true danger is not apparent until the end. To these and other questions Aniruddha Bose does not only try to give answers but raises questions. The book focuses on issues of burning actuality, even within a conventional narrative framework.

The plot takes place over a period of many years. The characters are partially predictable, but some are surprisingly different. Also very nice is the scenery. One travels through different places such as Bali, Fiji, Hawaii, Maldives, Bora Bora, Punta Cana, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

What I have read is much more than a suspense-thriller. It is an outrageous vision of a good author. He shows us how small and sensitive our earth is and how little we know about the vast, wide universe.

Aniruddha Bose is a Plastic Surgeon, and you can tell that on every single page. The author has tried to reread the canons of one of the most codified genres - the thriller. He enriches it with nuances of science. He makes a psychological dig as intense as possible of the complex figure of the protagonists but also of the other side characters.

The story sometimes appears a little predictable but is still quite intriguing and pleasant. The plot is varied and evolves on different levels because it is told from the point of view of different characters. This gives a far-reaching overview of all the events that are related to the protagonists.

Overall, there is a multi-faceted and well-structured plot over a long period of time. There are interesting characters and many backgrounds to the motives alternated between exciting moments. The compelling thriller is able to show the reader how often science can go against ethics if its reins are in the hands of men without scruples.

A captivating narrative style and a lively, as well as careful psychological construction of each character that animates the whole story, contribute to make this work by Aniruddha Bose a pleasant reading and a starting point for interesting reflections.

Even the writing, which is thick and sharp at the beginning becomes more and more relaxed and traditional. It intends to reflect the psychological process of the main character. The novel is also dotted, from the titles of the chapters, some of which are more immediately understandable. Others stimulate interaction with the interested or passionate reader.

The current novel like the previous ones is based on an entertaining mix of suspense and action. In this case, it is augmented by historical and scientific aspects and an Indiana Jones-like search for the antidote. One action sequence follows the next. There is hardly any time to catch your breath in this fast-paced thriller between science and mysticism and facts and fiction.

Aniruddha Bose knows how to keep his reader on the hook with an exciting, and nerve-wracking experience that follows. Maybe some elements are a bit obvious. But in the end, everything fits well enough. So, as a whole, I can claim to have enjoyed a good thriller! It is a must-read but not only for suspense-thriller fans!
Kalyan Panja Kalyan Panja Author
Australia offers vibrant beaches, vast open spaces, delicious cuisine, affable locals, and some of the most exotic animals in the world among plenty of other things. You can explore some of the most stunning attractions this incredible country has to offer. It is not just a dream destination for many backpackers who book the cheapest flight to Australia but for other travelers around the world as well.

And without leaving the antipodes, we find Australia. This immense country, which almost serves as a continent, is another clear example that shows that in nations dominated by nature, people usually live well. Australia is a country with very low population density, in which frictions typical of countries where human beings have had to dispute land and limited possessions do not occur.

It has safe, clean air, wild, modern nature, with well-structured cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth where unemployment is virtually non-existent. With the healthy lifestyle of people, Australia brings together many reasons to be on the list of best countries of the world in which to live. Statistics do show the increasing trend of family travelers exploring more offbeat destinations in Australia among other places.

Offbeat Destinations In Australia

If you happen to be one such traveler, here is a list of some of the best offbeat destinations you can explore in Australia.

1. Broome


Broome, located in the Kimberley region is one of the few civilized destinations that this desert region has. The place where red sand joins the sea, the slogan of this city can not be more appropriate. Broome was once the center of the world pearl industry. Nowadays, you can buy pearls there, as well as visit a dedicated museum.

Cable Beach is worth it for watching the sunset from there. There is also the possibility of riding a camel on the beach. There are many things that can be done in the Northern Territory of Australia! Fly over the horizontal waterfalls of Talbot Bay by seaplane. It is about impressive rock formations, but both the views and the contrasts of color are wonderful there.

2. Barossa Valley


Mountain range located to the north of Adelaide, the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park constitutes one of the most beautiful natural spaces of Australia, in the border with the Simpson Desert. The truth is that it is an area not very far from Adelaide, with forests, mountains and the beginning of a desert of red sand that extends to the north of the mountain range.

The Flinders Mountains should be considered a mandatory stage in any trip to Australia. If you are lucky enough to spend a night in the heart of the natural park, do not miss the sunset that inks the skirts of the mountains of an absolutely unforgettable red color.

Continue to the Yourambulla caves to appreciate the aboriginal art and then advance to Wilpena Pound, located in the center of the Flinders Rangers National Park. Afterwards, you can go to Quorn, known for its steam train trips to and from Port Augusta. Travel to the Barossa and Clare Valley Wine Region. This region is located in the beautiful north of Mount Lofty Ranges and is nestled between wooded hills and extensive vineyards.

You can visit the neighboring towns of Burra and Kapunda. Do not miss the oldest winery called Sevenhill, a historic and beautiful winery founded by the Jesuits.

3. Phillip Island


In the state of Victoria is one of the most beautiful and famous coast roads, the Great Ocean Road, where you can visit the concocted limestone pinnacles of the Twelve Apostles. See whales, stroll along its beaches, enjoy its national parks and visit its fishing villages. Melbourne is a city with great cultural, sports and gastronomic diversity.

At Phillip Island observe each night as hundreds of penguins come out to take refuge in their caves, a spectacle of nature worth observing. If you are a lover of good food, we recommend the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley wine region.

4. Canberra


One of the most popular cities and the glorious capital of Australia, Canberra is a fantastic place to explore. Lying only on the border of being an offbeat destination, there are scores of attractions to enjoy here. It is best to give a day or two just to explore Canberra and its many attractions which include some of the best and most spectacular Australian festivals.

The fabulous city witnesses a lot of tourist traffic many of which happen to be repeat visitors who can't seem to get enough if this amazing place.

5. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park


Australia is a huge nation with many different sides and is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. It has large cities with soaring skyscrapers, but it also has vast swaths of undeveloped land in the Outback. And if you are looking for a serene trip then you should definitely explore some of the natural beauty that this fantastic place has to offer.

You could check out Uluru if you are looking to see an iconic natural monument. Known also as Ayers Rock, this sandstone rock formation is absolutely breathtaking. Its size alone is boggling, but it is the beauty of the location that really makes this such a serene experience.

Hermannsburg and especially Palm Valley due to their remoteness are less crowded with tourists than other attractions in the Australian Red Centre. That makes them worth visiting for every Outback enthusiast!

6. Newcastle


Popularly considered as a blue water paradise owing to its vast stretches of clean, white sandy beaches, Port Stephens is a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit. Offering some of the most delicious and fresh seafood in the region, the tourism industry here is fast becoming one of the most lively ones in the country.

A fantastic alternative to those who have been to Sydney too many times, Port Stephens does not disappoint with its spectacular beauty and lively ambiance.

With an increasing number of tourists exploring more offbeat destinations in Australia, Hunter Valley has proved itself to be worthy of a visit as well. A paradise for wine lovers, this is where you will find the vineyards and wine cellars of the famed De Luliis, McGuigan, Tyrell's, and Briar Ridge among others.

The Hunter Valley Wine School is a fantastic place to visit and learn all you possibly can about wine. The restaurants here serve only the best when it comes to wine and it’s coupled with delicious food made from fresh local produce.

7. Darwin


Australia is famed for its wildlife experiences. From cuddly Koalas to bouncing Kangaroos, the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of our native animals shouldn't be overlooked. But a crocodile? We wouldn't recommend spending too much time with one of these sharp-toothed beasties unless you happen to visit Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin City.

Take the plunge with the Cage of Death, and spend 15 minutes of your life lowered down into a crocodile pen. Meet Chopper, Axel, and William and Kate (not the Royal couple), and say hello to these amazing reptiles from the safe confines of your water-bound cage as you travel Australia.

8. Cape Tribulation


Cape Tribulation is a massive rainforest that meets the Great Barrier Reef. There are spectacular waterfalls, gorges and swimming pools in Northern Territory.
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