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Abandoned places are actually forbidden places either by nature or by law. These are the prohibited areas where you are not advised to go. This is done for the safety of human beings so that they may not get hurt or put themselves in trouble. These places usually have a story or a legend attached to them which makes them logically abandoned.

If you are a travel or vacation lover and want to invade each and every unique and strange places on earth, you might have wished to explore every corner of the world before you die, however, you cannot get access to some of the places that may look extremely attractive and beautiful to you.

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Some of them are listed below.

1. Poveglia

It is a small island few miles away from Venice in Italy. A small canal divides the island into two parts. Though it is very beautiful and appealing, no one goes there and it is counted as one of the scariest places on earth. It is believed to be haunted as few evidences were recorded that clearly supported the belief of its being haunted.

In roman times, this island was used to separate the plague victims of the entire Europe from the healthy ones. All the population this island had were the victims who died here. This was known as the Black Death and the island became haunted and is strictly prohibited. The island is famous all over the world for its terror and haunted stories.

2. Niihau Islands

Niihau islands are located in the USA and are part of the great Hawaiian Islands. In 1915, the island was bought by a super-rich Robinson family who made it their own private property and limited the outside access. They did this to preserve the rich culture of that small part of land as well as its wildlife, flora and fauna.

They only offer limited access to the tourists in the form of half day helicopter trips to the beach to see its beauty. There is no accommodation available and tourists are not at all allowed to meet the people who are residing there. The population there is about 200 people who live happily in their rich culture and are isolated from the rest of the world.

They don't have electricity, shopping malls, hospitals but they have their own small world. They have made that island their home by true means.

3. Area 51, Nevada USA

It is an extremely secret army testing base that is kept out of reach of outsiders as very confidential matters are dealt here. Troops and army personals always surround that place and security is ensured in a very efficient way. They have full rights to shoot anything that tries to come near that place.

In the past, UFOs were seen crashed there. It is a highly prohibited area and only the authorised persons can get access to that. This is to ensure the security of that place as it is a confidential and sensitive matter of the entire country.
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  • Sunday, October 13, 2019
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Well, the millennial generation (this generation born in the 80s and who were young in 2000) are the ones who have taken advantage of this trend and they are also those who have created a word that is also called digital nomad. This generation seeks new experiences, experiences that have a purpose in their lives.

Many do remote jobs such as graphic designers, copywriters, community managers and work where they don't have to be tied to an office and minimize costs. They make decisions from their social networks and Internet users (they are not inexperienced travelers but demanding where data is something important) and can be seen on the internet that the expression #wanderlust in both social networks and blogs has 65 million results.

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1. The wanderlust spirit: why is this tendency to travel developing?

More than once you asked yourself if you have this wanderlust spirit and what it means. Today we will explain what it is, who can be considered wanderlust and if it only circumscribes at a specific age (the millennial generation specifically).

According to Wikipedia, wanderlust means the unstoppable desire to roam, travel or explore the world. It comes from the German word wander (wander in German) and lust (lust in English). It is the combination of a part of a German word and a word in English.

2. Wanderlust: a gen for travel?

And this desire to flee and see different places seems to be an epidemic. Beyond a fad, the wanderlust spirit is found in our genes: more specifically in the DRD47r gene, where dopamine is found and is called the traveler's gene.

Several research centers among them the salk institute of biological science of California has demonstrated the relationship between dopamine and making impulsive decisions and the excess of dopamine and the DRD4 gene that make the individual have incredible experiences, such as sex, food or travel.

However, not all individuals have the wanderlust gene. The American sociologist Chauseng Chen determined in the 90s that only 20% have the wanderlust gene and that the places where the tendency to travel has predominated (such as Europe, Latin America, the United States, Canada, Australia, etc.) are the ones with the most tendency to travel and want to see the world.

3. What wanderlust dreams?

If you are a person in love and dreamy who wants to see the world, step on every corner. Wanderlust is he who loves the local, loves to enjoy with his traveling partner and also loves what he does (which is traveling). It is possible that he is a wanderlust, no matter how old he is.

This person with the wanderlust gene just wants to see the world, wants to visit each country, feel the cold and heat of the regions, dedicates in his dreams to see what is the next place to visit, saves all his money to follow his passion (what is traveling).

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4. Do wanderlust influence your environment?

Yes. A wanderlust influences those around him, his desire spreads to the people he lives with. People who are with them learn every second, curious facts from other countries, even how to travel through volunteering.

5. Are the wanderlust inspiring?

Of course, because they do not want to stay there, but it is a desire to see the world. That's why they inspire. That's why your friends are able to leave the comfort zone (including your partner).

A wanderlust inspires others with their stories, drawings, narrations, photos (it is even a natural desire of humanity with the first documentaries that showed cultures other than their own) shows from the internet, or from their networks and inspire others.

The borders of a wanderlust are imaginary lines on a map. For him there is no American or European. These are incredible people who are going to tell you your incredible stories of cities or gastronomic experiences from where you are.

6. Beyond the scientific trend of wanderlust

Scientific aside, wanderlust has become a social trend. The other necessary question is whether it is possible to realize that this wanderlust trend has been a constant not only in the millennial generation but also in a trend in all generations? When it is a goal, it increasingly attracts attention and gains more followers in networks and life.

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  • Saturday, October 12, 2019
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Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a year-round tourist destination. If there is one place in India that can withstand stiff competitors to the Maldives as well as Seychelles, it needs to be the Andaman Islands. Clear turquoise waters, unspoilt beaches, rainforests, stunning corals reefs, aboriginal tribes - where in India can you discover all this as well as a lot more?

Why, on the Andaman and also the Nicobar Islands, of course! Yet it is not just the beauty of the archipelago of 572 islands that makes Andaman and Nicobar Islands an excellent as well as romantic vacation. Not only perfect for a honeymoon trip, these islands are additionally crowded by families and groups of friends, wanting to having fun.

There are sporting activities, water activities, activities for nature fans, sightseeing, and tour areas, therefore, a lot more to do that you will certainly fall in love with.

Things to Do in Andaman

Right here are some of the popular things to do in Andaman and Nicobar for a romantic getaway.

1. Snorkeling at Elephant Beach

If you have constantly imagined exploring the lively sea life that stays in clear blue-green waters, you've chosen among the best areas to live that dream. Elephant Beach, a prominent snorkeling area is about 20 minutes by boat from Havelock Island dock.

Unlike in Goa or at other beach locations, this beach will certainly welcome you with tranquility as opposed to litter and filth when you stroll on the beach. You will certainly be impressed to witness the reefs to be in pristine problem with reefs formed in blossoms.

Snorkeling Price: The approximate rate for the snorkeling in Andaman is Rs. 350 per session for thirty minutes.

Best Time to Visit: November to February

Ferries Timing: 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM

2. Scuba Diving at Neil Island

Diving in Andaman will certainly take your breath away. Neil Island is one of the best places for Scuba diving in the world. Neil Island is a tiny but stunning island located 37 km to the south of the Andaman Islands. The islands are blessed with among the best coral reefs and also huge shoals of Barracuda and Giant Trevally can be seen during your dive.

Individuals flock to this area to check out the undersea while diving. On your diving, there will certainly be a certified trainer with you for your safety. Dive deep into the ocean as well as explore the one of a kind sea life in Andaman. Your diving trainers will lead you to the most gorgeous areas in the sea where you can experience the sea.

Diving Price: Rs. 3000 for 1 brief dive, Rs, 4500 for 1 dive & Rs. 6000 for 2 dives

Best Time to Visit: December to May

3. Banana Boat Ride at Havelock Island

Out of all adventure activities in Andaman, banana watercraft trips are enjoyable as well as exciting. Each time 6 people can ride these watercraft that are formed like a banana as well as are linked behind a watercraft to acquire rush. Banana boat rides are safe as well as kept track of by experienced and expert staff.

Throughout the ride, the driver of the powered boat efforts to flip the banana watercraft upside-down by doing doglegs. Two significant areas to enjoy banana boat ride are Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports complex as well as Havelock Island.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to attempt Banana Boat ride is throughout the month of January to May and October to December.

Cost: INR 250 each.

4. Parasailing at Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

An ideal blend of atmoshphere as well as water adventure, parasailing in Andaman draws countless enthusiasts. This task is generally done above the tranquil waters. So, don't miss an opportunity to try parasailing and also experience the fun. You can do this task for 5-10 minutes.

Absolutely nothing can be much better than taking pleasure in the view of the entire place from high above the skies. Don't miss your opportunity to attempt this task on your trip. Individuals can do parasailing at any time of the year as there is no specific season to take part in the task. So, now whenever you're planning a trip to Andaman, do not fail to remember to experience the thrill of this water sports.

Cost: INR 3000-- INR 4000 each.

Best season: The best season for parasailing is all year round.

5. Glass Bottom Boating At Port Blair

Explore the mysteries of underwater without obtaining your toes wet. The watercraft is dolphin-shaped as well as glass-bottomed. Glass bottom watercraft riding is one of the most effective things to do in Andaman if you are frightened of tasks like scuba diving as well as snorkeling.

This is an additional most enjoyed activity in the Andaman Islands which lets you discover the undersea marine life. Best suited for non-swimmers, this activity provides you an opportunity to discover the undersea globe without you having to get in the water at all.

Price: INR 2250 per person.

Best Season: The best period for Glass Bottom Boating in Andaman is during the month of January to May.

6. Light and Sound Show at Cellular Jail

Oh yes, the Andamans are much more than just pristine shores and icy blue waters. The next time you visit these gorgeous islands, travel down history and also go see the colonial prison, also known as Kalapani, in Port Blair. The most popular freedom fighter imprisoned here was V.D. Savarkar.

There are different points, which highlights the history of Cellular Jail too. But it is the Light & Sound Show that is its emphasis, which tells the complete background and events of India's freedom.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday; 8:45 am to 12:30 pm and 1:45 pm to 5 pm.

Entry Fee: INR 10 for access; additional costs of INR 25 & INR 100 respectively for cameras & video-cameras.

Things to Do in Andaman

So what are you waiting for? Pack those beach clothes, as well as enjoy your Andaman vacation! Book honeymoon packages for Andaman and try these amazing things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands with your companion. Likewise, do not miss out on the opportunity to explore the separated islands of Andaman as well as loosen up on the unique beaches.

Author Bio: Twinkle Garg is a travel enthusiast who loves to visit the most popular as well as offbeat places in the world. She loves to read and write about Travel, Food, Fashion, Social Media and Internet Marketing. She loves to share her travel experiences with fellow travelers. For planning a memorable tour to India or any world destination, you follow her write-ups.
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  • Friday, October 11, 2019
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Traveling to Antarctica is the dream of many, the destiny that seems most unattainable. Most people do not even consider a trip to Antarctica and, if they do, they think it will be very expensive, that it can be done only if you work in National Geographic. However, I also notice that the information on the Internet is not abundant.

To answer these questions and others, I share this Antarctica travel guide where I will try to cover everything. If there is something else that you want to know, you can leave it in the comments. Travel to Antarctica on an Antarctic cruise to visit a place in the world that has remained virtually unchanged since the time that Aristotle first exhibited the idea of ​​Terra Australis.

What can be done in Antarctica? In an Antarctica expedition get the opportunity to explore one of the places in the world with the densest concentrations of animal life, seals, whales, and hundreds of penguins. On board semi-rigid boats called zodiacs, that allow to approach the Antarctic landscape of a more direct way, to see icebergs face to face, travelers are transported to the mainland.

Penguin colonies, scientific bases or sites of historical relevance, such as ruins of whaling stations, are usually visited. In case you are looking for a more private experience, it is possible to travel to Antarctica on a sailboat. It is a much more exclusive experience, but also more hardcore.

Antarctica has one of the frozen landscapes unlike anywhere else in the world where at least once in a lifetime one should visit to enjoy ice covered South Shetland Islands to the most penguin crowded area.

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So here we will see some interesting places to visit and things to do when you are on a tour to Antarctica.

1. Visit Drake Passage

Drake Passage is the historical route to Antarctica proper which is named after the 16th century English privateer Sir Francis Drake. It connects the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean between the southernmost point of Argentina and the tip of the Antarctic peninsula and thus offers the shortest path. It offers intense winds and rains and brutal weather conditions. On the positive side you will be surrounded by incredible scenes of rolling waves.

2. Hangout in South Georgia

This long and narrow island also referred as the Alps in mid-ocean as there are steeply rising mountains that cover maximum of the land mass, mighty glaciers, low-lying grasslands and has the most picturesque parts of Antarctica. Wide beaches having penguin colonies and ease of landing on the island makes it most popular.

Can I see emperor penguins in Antarctica? Regarding the fauna, in any cruise it is possible to see Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins. The king penguin can be seen if the itinerary includes the South Georgia Islands. To see emperor penguins you will have to hire a specialized cruise that arrives more to the south than regular cruises and offers this kind of visits.

It is also possible to see humpback whales, the Minke whales and the Antarctic killer whales, leopard seals, albatrosses and cormorants among other birds.

Are there polar bears in Antarctica? Although it is a very common question, bears belong to the fauna of the northern hemisphere in the same way as penguins to the southern hemisphere, so it will not be possible.

3. Go to Antarctica Peninsula

Antarctica's mainland is wilderness of snow and ice and is home to various polar wildlife. The narrow passages are often frequented by expedition cruises landing on the outlying islands. The whole area is jagged with mountain peaks, expansive skies, towering glaciers and with these interesting view you will also find an abundance of penguins.

4. Enjoy Kayaking

Kayaking is a wonderful thing to do and for something different though head to the Polar regions. It is kitted out in a dry suit and with this the cold water kayaks. This remote area offers closest encounter possible with marine life. The most amazing thing is watching a humpback whale breach right next to Kayak (one of the best place to be experienced in Antarctica).

5. Visit Antarctica's Tallest Mountain

Mount Vinson at 4897 m is a high Massif and strictly saying climbing it is not for normal traveler as it requires proper training from a proper trainer for about minimum a month. It takes minimum 15 days for full climbing on the mountain and that is when your body cooperates. If you are on a mission to climb the world's seven summits it is one of the most difficult to approach but it will be one of the experiences which you will remember forever.

6. Trek To The South Pole

An expedition to the South Pole is one of the planet's most adventurous, remarkable, dangerous missions for an intrepid explorer with giddy excitement. Just like climbing a mountain it also should not be taken lightly. It at least needs one year training from a good trainer as it can be dangerous if you are not properly trained.

There is no guarantee that the journey will be successful but if you are determined to take up the challenge then it can be interesting and you can have a mind-blowing memory.

7. Send a postcard from Antarctica

The national park in Tierra del Fuego in Ushuaia claims that they have the southern most post office in the world but that is actually wrong since there are many post offices in Antarctica. One of it is in Port Lockroy which sits among a massive penguin colony as well as a picturesque iceberg. And please don't be surprised if it takes two to three months for the postcard to arrive!

8. Camping in Antarctica

Who is not crazy in the midnight to enjoy the night without a roof in the shining stars. No food and drink are allowed to be taken with you together and you will be picked up at exact 5:30. So you must be aware of all the advantages as well as disadvantages.

9. Polar Plunge

Once when you are going through the polar plunge practice you will just think to avoid it and to not waste time in this activity but when you are at home in warm quilts and remember the time you have spent in Antarctica then for sure you will think this event as the most adventurous.

10. Southern Lights

Can I see aurora australis in Antarctica? Although the logic would say yes (being in a pole the auroras exist), the certain thing is that for it it would be necessary to travel to the Antarctic in winter from March to September and to go more to the south, and that is outside the tourist possibilities. Trips are made in the spring-summer season, when there is more light, and that prevents the show. It is easier to see Aurora Australis from Tasmania, in Australia, or New Zealand.

Just one thousand kilometers away, Ushuaia is the closest port to visit Antarctica. Others do it from other ports in South America, such as Montevideo (Uruguay), Puerto Madryn or Punta Arenas. In high season, some itineraries add more visits to the route, including Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

A limited number of cruises are operated to the Ross Sea side of the continent departing from Hobart, Australia or Lyttelton or Bluff, New Zealand. Occasionally a trip to the Peninsula will be offered that begins in Cape Town or Port Elizabeth (South Africa), either at the start or end of the season as the ships are being repositioned for the Antarctic season.

While there are companies operating from South Africa, New Zealand or Australia, the frequencies are lower and the distance increases the travel days and the budget. Therefore, it is best to travel to Antarctica from South America.

Is it expensive to travel to Antarctica? Antarctica is accessible during the months of October to March that is, in summer of the southern hemisphere. On the other hand, the dates of Christmas and New Year in Antarctica are always reserved well in advance, so the rates go to the clouds. There is no formula to travel for free to Antarctica, nor are there magic potions to get tickets at a free price to Antarctica. Antarctica is an exclusive destination.

Although it is possible to travel to Antarctica with family, it is not recommended to take children under 12 years old on board. It is a long journey, in which there will be hard sections to navigate and the conditions will be a bit extreme for children under that age. They call them expedition boats but most trips to Antarctica are actually luxury cruises so they are never cheap, but the cheapest fares are the last minute ones.

Do I need a visa to travel to Antarctica? No, although if you want you can seal your passports as a souvenir in some scientific bases. Antarctica does not belong to any government and, therefore, all nationalities are welcome. Do I need to take money? While cruises include all meals and basic expenses, it is always good to carry something extra either to buy a souvenir, to drink a whiskey with Antarctic ice or send a postcard. Keep in mind that everything is traded in dollars.

What clothes do I have to carry to Antarctica? Although most companies provide snow boots (some even offer a gift coat), it is important to travel with the right clothes. Think that Antarctica is very cold, even in summer, and it is better to be well prepared. The essential is to dress in layers.

This is equivalent to saying stockings, shirts and thermal pants to start dressing. Then snow pants, hats, scarves, waterproof jacket (the higher the waterproof range, the better), hooded parka (better if it covers the waist, for the moments when you have to be sitting on the zodiacs), gloves. Take a bathing suit too. Although it is usually amazing, it is possible to bathe in some islands and that is an experience that must be had, even once in a lifetime.

If you do not have all those clothes, you do not need to put on one more expense. In Ushuaia you can rent snow clothes prepared for these trips.

Where do I sleep in Antarctica? There are no hotels in Antarctica, although some operators offer inland expeditions sleeping in tents (not just one night as on cruise ships). There are many bases of scientific research in Antarctica but it is not possible to sleep in them as a tourist.

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Other tips for traveling to Antarctica:

Take a lot of Dramamine. The movements of the Drake Passage are very violent and can test even the strongest stomach. Many times doctors on board deliver medicine for seasickness, but it is better to go prepared from home.
Take sunscreen and glasses. On sunny days the reflection in the snow can be blinding. Do not forget protection for your photographic equipment. Remember that they are extreme conditions.

If you are interested in an adventure option, ask if it is included or find out its price. The most common are kayaking and camping, although there is also mountaineering and skiing. Kayaking in the Antarctic waters and among wild animals or camping where almost nobody has done it can be unique experiences, but not all expeditions foresee them, they are almost never included in the price.

If you have time, read before traveling. Although on board lectures are always offered by scientists and historians, these talks are usually in downtimes, such as crossing. There is a lot of bibliography available. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make the most of it.

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Antarctica trip itinerary

Day 1. Ushuaia

During the afternoon embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego (Argentina), the southernmost city in the world, located on the banks of the Beagle Channel and start navigating along this scenic canal for the rest of the night.

Days 2 and 3. Sailing to Antarctica

During these two days sail through the Drake Passage. Once you cross the Antarctic convergence you will be in the circumpolar Antarctic surge zone. In this area it is possible to see different types of albatrosses. Next to the South Shetland Islands see the first icebergs.

Days 4-9: On the Antarctic Peninsula

Sail directly to Antarctica, passing by the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel, between the Brabant and Antwerp islands. Navigate through the Neumayer Canal next to the Base Camp. The protected waters of Winke Island will be the playground for all activities. In the middle of this alpine environment there are great opportunities to explore the region on foot, in zodiac and kayak.

Trekkers will be able to use the snowshoes to cross the coasts and the mountaineers will find attractive challenges ascending mountains and reaching impressive panoramic points. Visit the old British scientific station, now a museum and post office, in Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Very close to there, it is possible to offer a landing in Jougla Point where gentoo penguins, blue-eyed cormorants, leopard seals and crabeater as well as whales nest.

Sail the spectacular Lemaire channel to the Booth , Pléneau and Petermann islands where you can find Adélie penguin and blue-eyed cormorant. In this area there are good opportunities to find humpback and minke whales. The opportunities for kayaking, walking on glaciers and mountaineering are excellent in this area.

In Puerto Neko disembark in the Antarctic continent, in a magnificent landscape with a huge glacier and enjoy the surroundings during the zodiac cruises, walks and kayak excursions. Walk on the ice to reach greater heights on the glacier. We will spend the night in Paradise Bay, camping on the coast.

Days 10-11. At sea, back to Argentina

Northbound, get accompanied by a large selection of seabirds as you cross the Drake Passage.

Day 12. Ushuaia

Arrival in Ushuaia in the morning and disembarkation.

When you will be telling the tale of your visit of Antarctica to anyone you will feel proud that you jumped in sub-zero waters in the South Pole and survived there.

So these are some of the best things to do while on a visit to Antarctica rather than these there are many other things you should do and many other places you must prefer visiting.
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  • Thursday, October 10, 2019
Kalyan Kalyan Author
What can you expect on a French holiday? Joie de vivre! Enjoy to the fullest is the French philosophy of life. And how can you practice it in France? Living a fabulous life does not imply one has to sing, dance, drink, and party endlessly. France always appears in the highest positions of the most visited places in the world. In France, you get to value pleasure in every minuscule activity of daily life.

Even in the simple strolls around the local parks, you get the fresh air, surround yourself with nature, and can socialize with the community. One can take the scented bubble bath, shop in the farmer's market, and sit down to savor the excellent food.

Chilly winters, mild summers with lots of sunshine and clear skies let you revel in the lap of nature. France has flat planes, plateaus, small hills, lush green valleys, a network of rivers, snow-capped mountains, and breathtaking beaches. Equally magnificent is the French architecture, the landscape gardens, and acres of vineyards.

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Iconic monuments, royal palaces, and mystic museums are resplendent with remarkable history and heritage. No wonder that this region is the wanderer's paradise. To explore this enthralling country thoroughly, one would need a well-crafted and illustrated carte a gratter.

Now let us quickly know the popular destinations of France and the best places to visit in France:

places to visit in France

1. Paris

The capital city, along the Seine River, is among the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Lovestruck couples, fashionistas, master chefs, history buffs, and artists from all over the world throng this metropolis in all seasons. It has the Eiffel Tower, Disneyland, Pantheon, and landscaped gardens, museums, and churches.

The weather is pleasant throughout the year. All one needs to do is to dress well like the French, and walk in the artistic boulevards. Bakeries and cafes are spread throughout the city. One can relish on a slice of chocolate cake and have red wine or a hot cup of espresso. Almost all street pillars have statues of horses, nymphs, and cherubs.

The city has many attractions, which include the Palace of Versailles, Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre museum. In the art galleries here, one gets to see famous works of legends like Leonarda Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Monet, Pissarro, etc.

Interesting Reads: Best Hotels in Paris

2. Marseille

If enjoying the slow pace of colorful country-side life is your primary motto, then one can head straight to this region. It has picture-perfect towns, vast vineyards, lavender fields, and olive groves. On one side, we have sunny beaches whereas the other part has snow capped alpine mountains. It is the land of lavender: the blue gold, and was an erstwhile Roman colony.

So, multiculturalism is the norm here. Marseille is the principal city here, and some consider it as the second capital. Marseille is the oldest city in France located in the heart of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, in the department of Bouches-du-Rhone, around the Old port, protected by its two forts, Saint-Nicolas and Saint-Jean. The Old Port is the nerve center of the city, and is an unavoidable stage to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the fish market and its lively springs, especially on the football match nights of the city team, Olympique de Marseille.

Here, you can also taste the famous local specialty, the bouillabaisse. The famous La Canebière is also a very popular place in the city. The picturesque neighborhood of Panier, houses typical high houses with colorful facades and hanging clothes. The Museum of Fine Arts of the city is located in the sumptuous Longchamp Palace. The garden of the Vestigios exhibits Greek and Roman vestiges.

The Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde dominates the city from its 162 meters high. From the square, you can see a magnificent view of Marseille and its surroundings. Marseille also offers a Christmas market in December.

Know more about Provence here.

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3. Corsica

If adventure gives you the high, then this is the best place for you. Corsica Island is situated on the Mediterranean Sea and is at a distance of 105 miles from southern France. Here one can go hiking, canoeing, snorkeling, and sunbathing. The island is amazingly mountainous, and the beaches are paradise.

White sand, turquoise water, limestone cliffs, and pine forests are an absolute treat for your eyes. Nature is so inspiring that you will forget heading to the sofa and stay indoors.

Corsica is a much more rugged island than Sardinia. The main holiday areas are located on the east coast especially in Porto Vecchio where you will find very beautiful beaches with fine sand such as those of Palombaggia, Folacca and d'Asciaghju. Ajaccio oozes history, Napoleon's birthplace, the historic center of Calvi to the northwest or the always photogenic Bonifacio to the south of the island also offer pleasant walks through the historic center as well as stunning sunsets.

In Corsica the mountainous profile is much more abrupt and you will find more surprising landscapes. Of alpine type, the Spelunca canyon and the surrounding mountains will make you forget that you are on a Mediterranean island. Also, you will also find trails on the coast as the recommended way that takes us to the Sanguinaires Islands or a beautiful walk on the L'Île-Rousse.

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4. Chamonix

France is not all about the cool breeze and magnificent beaches. Mont Blanc is one of the highest mountains of the Alps, and it has its summit in the French territory. Snow covers around 100 square km of the mountain top. It is also known as the White Mountain. The summit has perma-frost, but as we go down the mountain, the ice retreats and advances based on the weather.

An exciting fact about this mountain is the variations in its height each year. Many paragliders throng this place throughout the year. The French come up with different ideas for entertainment. They even have Jacuzzi parties on the summit. There is a tunnel below the Mont Blanc that connects France and Italy.

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5. French Riviera

It is located in the Provence region. It is located near the French Riviera and hence is a top-rated tourist destination. The canyon has a depth of 700 meters and a length of 25 Kilometers. The river canyon can satiate the adrenaline rush of every adventure-seeker. One can go for rafting, jet-skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, rock climbing, surfing, etc.

This place attracts many birds, including eagles and vultures. One can also take a road trip along the gorge.

6. Toulouse

Have you never heard of the palm tree? If so, I tell you that you should not look for it in any park. Because this palm tree is made of stone and brick. It is located inside one of the most unique and beautiful churches in the city inside the Couvent des Jacobins.

This church built by the Dominicans has a sober exterior that does not prepare the visitor for what awaits him inside. After crossing the door one finds oneself in an unconventional temple in which the altar is not where one expects. The stained glass windows color the two naves of the temple. And the tall columns stylize the temple even more.

And there, in the background, is the famous palm tree. It is undoubtedly one of the must see places in Toulouse. In the center of the city, on Place Wilson, there is a merry-go-round. The merry-go-round runs all day on weekends. If you think you are too old to climb it, at least get closer to see it and enjoy the square. It is one of the most attractive in the city. Its oval shape is the same as that of the rugby fields.

It's worth going to La Maison de la Violette. A beautiful shop located inside a barge on the Canal du Midi where you can taste crystallized violets. Hanami is the Japanese tradition of flowers. Something that can also be done in Toulouse in the purest Japanese style. And it is that to the west of the city, very close to the Canal du Midi, there is a park. And inside, a real Japanese garden.

There the visitor waits for a pond with tents crossed by a bright red bridge, a pavilion that could well be in any garden in Kyoto and a lot of trees that fill the garden with color in spring. If the time to travel to Toulouse is spring, do not miss this beautiful place.

When you go to Toulouse, remember that your river is feminine. Always refer to her as the Garonna. And it is that the pink city could not be bathed by a river that was not as feminine as her. A walk through its quais gives the traveler some of the best images of the city.

The bridges, some of its churches and the most beautiful sunset in Toulouse can be seen from the riverbank. It is just at sunset when the Park La Daurade and the stairs of the Place Saint-Pierre become a meeting point. Tourists and groups of friends go to these places. Just sit down on the river bank, take out the snack and fresh beers and wait for the sun to disappear, dying golden brown to the city and the river.

The hotels in Toulouse is extensive. There are establishments for all budgets and distributed throughout the city.

7. Lyon

If you are going to spend a few days in the third city of France, these are the essential places to visit in Lyon.

It was on Fourvière hill where the old Lugdunum, capital of Gaul, was founded. Here we can see the Roman legacy of the city, with its Roman theaters and the Gallo-Roman Museum. The wonderful La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, in the Byzantine style is visible from practically all Lyon, and its mosaics, columns and roofs of the interior are worthy of admiration.

This Basilica actually houses two churches, one on top of the other, as well as a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, crowned by a statue of her in gold. Old Lyon is the perfect place to stroll and enjoy the medieval legacy of Lyon (of the best preserved in the world). Here you will find many traboules, passageways between the old buildings of medieval times. Many of them have nice surprises, like the Torre Rosa.

The Lyon Cathedral is located at the foot of the Fourvière hill. It is located in the heart of the Vieux Lyon district, surrounded by bouchons, the typical Lyon restaurants. In Juiverie Street we find numerous buildings from the medieval period with the respective shields of their owners hanging from their facades.

Place des Terreaux is one of the most beautiful squares that we can see in this neighborhood, called Presqu'île by the peninsula formed by the rivers Saona and Ródano before its confluence. Here is the Hôtel de Ville, Lyon, which is one of the most beautiful town halls we can find in Europe, and the Bartholdi fountain, named after its author, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who designed this fountain on behalf of France (the woman) and its four most important rivers (horses).

Place Bellecour, the largest pedestrian square in Europe is one of the most popular places in Lyon. The statue of Louis XIV on horseback dominates the square, from which the most important shopping streets of the city depart. The cinema was born in Lyon thanks to the Lumière brothers. The Lumiere museum is located in what was the house of the Lumière's parents, in front of what was once the Lumière factory, and where the first film in history was filmed:

In the museum you can see the cinematograph, as well as other objects invented by this family.

Tour Tignes and Val d'Isere, going around the station enjoying skiing in France. From there go to the area of L'Aiguille Percée. From this point, at 2,748 m, is one of the longest descents, to Tignes Les Brevieres, at 1,550 m. The advanced skiers can descend through the Vallon de La Sache, a large off-piste area.

From Les Brevieres, go up to Tignes Le Lac, alternating ascents and descents, to continue until La Tovière at 2,700 m, and from there go down to Val Claret. In sum, a great excursion to do skiing in Francewhere you can enjoy countless tracks of all kinds. Another day you can ski the La Grande Motte Glacier, and then a Cable Car will take you to the highest point of the Tignes Glacier at 3,450 m.

You have left, maybe for another day, to go skiing to the La Fornet area and to the Pisaillas Glacier, with incredible snow quality. In the afternoon the ski pass offers the option of going to the pool of the Lagon center, in Tignes Le Lac, where you can also find a Bowling alley always very fashionable, a guaranteed atmosphere to end the night!

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8. Annecy

Are you looking for a weekend trip to France? You should go visit Annecy, in Haute-Savoie. In my guide, I will show you all the things to do in Annecy. Of course, Lake Annecy will be the first thing you'll want to see when you arrive.

You can start your walk from Paquier, the immense lawn that goes up to the lake, and continue on the right until the Jardins de l'Europe or Gardens of Europe. With this itinerary, you will pass through one of the highest places in Annecy, the pont des amours, a bridge of lovers like that of Paris.

On the other side of Paquier you can go to the gardens of the Imperial Palace, the most luxurious hotel in Annecy. It is located on the border of the adjacent village of Annecy, Annecy le Vieux, which, despite its name, should not be confused with the old town of Annecy. A good way to get to see the place is through a Segway ride on the shore of Lake Annecy or a bike ride around Lake Annecy.

For those with an adventurous spirit, reserve a paragliding session on Lake Annecy. The view is crazy. No wonder why Annecy is the best paragliding site in Europe, and one of the paragliding sites in the world! The paragliding session usually starts from Col de la Forclaz or the small town of Talloires and must be booked in advance.

From paddleboats, through waterskiing and wakeboarding, everyone will find a nautical activity that suits you in Lake Annecy. Besides the lake, the city of Annecy is also famous for its beautiful old town and the main channel that runs through it. That's why the city is also known as the Venice of the Alps. Annecy borrowed more from the famous Italian city with her famous carnival!

Every year, usually at the beginning of March, hundreds of people dressed in magnificent costumes parade in the street. Several activities related to make-up or mask creation can be done in Annecy during the Venetian Carnival. You will also find some typical French shops with delicious cold cuts of Haute Savoie and cheese.

Yes, there is an excellent ice cream parlor in Annecy. Desserts, like tiramisu, are pretty good too! Annecy is also the perfect place to eat a good tartiflette, croziflette, cheese fondue, savoie diots (sausages) or, of course, lake fish like perch, trout or arctic trout.

Another must-see for locals and tourists is the Annecy Lake Festival. This incredible pyrotechnic show takes place every year on the first Saturday in August and is the largest Festival in Europe. In Annecy, hotel nights can quickly be quite expensive. So a good solution can be to use Airbnb to rent a room or a full apartment!

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9. Strasbourg

Now we are going to give you several options to make different escapades in north France from Alsace to Normandy. Alsace is a piece of Germany inside France, like a delicious fruit that fell on the other side of the fence from the tree of the neighbor who saw it being born. Alsace is a region of France located in the east of the country, on the border with Germany and Switzerland. Its capital is Strasbourg, home to important international institutions and organizations in Europe.

Strasbourg, with Brussels, is the political capital of Europe, since it is the seat of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. The medieval atmosphere becomes more intense as you enter La Petite-France, the old neighborhood of fishermen, millers and leather tanners. Surrounded by four channels that look like the fingers of a giant, it is a perfect place to try Alsatian beer while watching the old towers of the Pont Couvert.

Although Alsace has well-known brands (Kronenbourg and Kanterbräu), you have to dare to ask for a brand of homemade beer. Let yourself be advised and taste without hurry. The best way to discover them is to follow the Alsace Wine Route, a 170-kilometer itinerary that has one of its most beautiful stretches between the cities of Obernai and Colmar.

They say that the Alsatian storks are oriented in this plain taking as reference the mountains that, like sentinels, watch over the vineyards. The Mount Saint Odile is one of the most famous for its religious significance.

Here there are many cafes and restaurants that prepare typical Alsatian specialties such as cocido or baeckeoffe, sauerkraut (fermented cabbage and accompanied by sausages or bacon), flammeküche, a kind of pizza with cheese, onion and mushrooms, and fleishnacka, a roll of pasta stuffed with minced meat and stewed, which is served cut into slices and served with green salad.

If you like good cuisine, in Alsace you can enjoy a wide variety of pastries, such as Pain d'épice (Alsatian Gingerbread with spices) and brédalas, small biscuits typical of the Saint Nicholas Day (December 6) during the winter in France.

The traditional cuisine is based on the Germanic culinary tradition, as it often uses pork, but also has foie gras, snails, honey and fresh cream without forgetting the many wines of denomination or the beers. Go into any Winstub and discover the Alsatian gastronomy and the french onion soup.

Two other important cities are Mulhouse, one of the first cities in France to industrialize, and Colmar, whose old town is a well-preserved example of German Gothic style and early Renaissance. In the center, the St Martin's Church seems to call to order its squares and monuments. This Gothic work of beautiful design and cathedral dimensions opens onto the homonymous square.

Taking a boat ride through the Little Venice of Colmar is like traveling back in time to the 15th and 16th centuries, when Alsace was one of the richest regions in Europe. From the walls of this 12th century Haut Koenigsbourg castle an incredible view of the Vosges mountains, the Rhine valley and the Black Forest is seen.

Together with Ribeauvillé and Kaisersberg, Riquewihr is one of the most beautiful hiking villages in Alsace in the French country side.

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10. Reims

The Ardennes Natural Regional Park practically borders Belgium. The ideal is to take a good hiking map of the area and walk along its paths to discover the different types of landscapes in which forests or rocky cliffs follow one another. Actually, hiking is not the only outdoor sport that can be done around here.

It is also common to tour the area on mountain bikes or riding, and even paddling in the different rivers of the protected area.

11. Lille

Lille is one of the great cities of northern France. All this without forgetting that it has a very attractive historical center on the banks of the Deûle River and a very special gastronomic offer, which unites the French and the flamenco tradition.

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12. Biarritz

Biarritz is located in the southwest of France with the Bay of Biscay to the west, and to the northwest with Anglet. It is also close to Bayonne and only 30 km from the Spanish border. So the city has an ideal location to enjoy both beach and mountain. Bordeaux is just two long hours from Biarritz.

Biarritz is now a luxury destination, that has not lost, but also bohemian, in which surfers walk with their flip flops and their boards between beautiful buildings of classic French style. The most delicate restaurants share a street with fashion shops, where one can order a Kelly from Hermès (and wait for their months until they receive it, after paying several tens of thousands of euros) or purchase a necklace of beads made by hand by a street hippie.

The mixture of French and Basque tradition make this small coastal town a small paradise where you can taste a good foie accompanied by a Bordeaux (the region is neighboring), try a delicious cannelé in any of its bakeries or have a hake to the Basque in its port restaurants. In the Rue de Mazagran and the Rue Gambetta the most modern venues are concentrated, where the young people who go out on a march through the area meet.

The Cantabrian Sea is wild in these parts and the tides make theirs with the most confused tourists. In the Grand Plage, the waves can be as tall as towers, and that is a family beach located in the center of town, just in front of the Casino. Do not be fooled. On the Miramar beach, surfing is not allowed, although the waves are also strong.

Where you can relax a little is in the Plage du Port Vieux, where children usually go because the risk is lower. But if what you are looking for are big and strong waves, which is what usually happens when one goes to Biarritz, the best thing is to go directly to Los Ascos Beach (of course), where surfers rule by overwhelming majority.

With the arrival of the high tide it stops having sand and from the rock you pass to the water. In the morning there is sand and in the evening it disappears with the total and you bathe or surf from the asphalt or the rocks.

13. Tours

Loire Valley is a lesson in the history of living France in a mixture of Celtic awe and Gaelic charm. The ancient village of Amboise, at the foot of its fortified castle, extends over the south bank of the Loire river. Separated from the river by a mattress of colorful flowers, Amboise is home to the Chanteloup Pagoda, a typical Chinese structure.

Located 5 minutes from Amboise, and only 5 kilometers from the Chenonceau castle, it is the perfect place to enjoy a break and visit beautiful landscapes next to the Loire. In the vicinity of the pagoda is a museum that revives the splendor of the old Chanteloup Castle.

The city of Chartres is well known for having one of the most beautiful and largest cathedrals in Europe, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Chartres Cathedral is the jewel of the city, built in Gothic style. It is believed that in the place where the cathedral is located, there was already a place of worship, in the times of the druids when the area was a religious center for the Celtic tribe of Carnutes.

In the inside of the church, it stands the crypt, the largest in France. The Museum of Fine Arts of Chartres is located in the former palace of the bishops, in the apse of the cathedral.

Insider Tip: End at the seashore, almost in the English Channel, in one of the most touristic places of Normandy of Deauville. It is a historically visited town and an emblem of the beautiful Costa Fleurie, both for its casino and its racecourse or spas. Deauville is a good place to settle and travel Normandy, visiting historical sites of World War II, the Interesting city of Caen or the spectacular and nearby cliffs of Honfleur and Etretat.

Whether you are a food lover or a music lover, a trip to France can be the most satisfying in life. Grand opera houses, amazing museums, chateaus, churches, cathedrals, and pilgrimage sites take you to a surreal world. Art and culture are ingrained in every small place of this country. It is the place where fashion reigns supreme, and the famed Cannes film festival is held.

The rolling hill slopes, bewitching beaches, and bustling markets create long-lasting memories.

So, plan your trip soon.
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  • Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Kalyan Kalyan Author
New York City has come to be known as the city that never sleeps. There is always something happening and everything works around the clock in NYC. With an estimated population of 8 million people, there are many events to choose from. It's just a matter of finding out where to get your share of the big Apple. As it does every year, the Fall season brings with it a refreshing calendar of exciting events to look forward to.

Some are one-off occasions, while others are seasonal and happen once a year every year - like Super Bowl Sunday or Saint Patrick's Day. Because Fall is such a happening and busy time of the year, finding accommodation nearby the most happening spots is a complete riot.

If you are someone who wishes to immerse themselves in the chaos-but-wonder that is New York City, we recommend staying in midtown to get a better feel for your surroundings – like at the Radisson Hotel New York Midtown-Fifth Avenue.

But if you prefer a calmer environment, a little further from the ‘chaos’, there is always the downtown option - like at the Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street.

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Let's start this list of some of the most noteworthy upcoming events in NYC this Fall with the much-anticipated holiday festivities of the season.

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1. Halloween

Every year on October 31st, New York City holds its infamous Village Halloween Parade. This year is its 47th anniversary celebrating one of the nation’s most creative, inspired and down-right spooky events. It is the perfect event to find out why this chilly town is also known by some as Gotham City.

2. Thanksgiving Day

Since 1924, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held on Thanksgiving Day. This event, which this year falls on November 28th, is now a much-cherished holiday tradition in the United States after which the Christmas preparations start. It has become a staple in the NYC event calendar as the three-hour parade broadcasted on national television in honor of Thanksgiving Day.

3. National Pickle Day

National Pickle Day is the ever-so unusual holiday in honor of a vegetable that goes by many names and can be eaten in a thousand different ways. Pickle Day is an annual event held on November 26th that takes place in the city’s Lower East Side. This event is dedicated to all things pickle, specially catered for all the pickle-lovers venturing the busy New York City streets. Be prepared to be pickled pink at this event.

As we continue to run-down the list of events happening this season, there are also a few interesting festivals held this year in the tri-state area. Not to mention, new exhibitions and special openings also worth visiting this Fall.

4. New York Film Festival

This year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will host its 57th New York Film Festival from September 27th until October 13th. This festival has a line up of approximately 20-30 feature films and is one of the most distinguished film festivals in the United States.

5. Brooklyn Book Festival

This book festival, held from September 16th to September 23rd, celebrates local, national and international authors, publishers and booksellers. Through a series of programs, readers and book lovers can read, discuss works and deepen their understanding of literature and its genres. This free festival might be the day you find out the hidden meanings of Gatsby's green light at the end of the dock.

6. Comedy Festival

This whimsical event held from November 4th to November 10th will include an entertaining line-up of up-and-coming stand-up performers as well as some big-time seasoned comics.

7. Open Cube

New York City is especially known for its one-of-a-kind events, much like Open Cube. Having opened its doors this past June, this futuristic under-sea world experience is one of the latest immersive pop-up exhibits in Soho, one of the most eclectic areas in Lower Manhattan. Towels not included.

8. World Artisan Market

In case the types of events mentioned above didn't quite strike your fancy and you prefer to eat-like-a-local, there are hundreds of new eateries opening every day throughout the city. One of the most anticipated is said to open at the end of Fall in Astoria, one of the most multicultural and diverse neighborhoods in Queens.

The World Artisan Market is rumored to be an international market/hall featuring an exclusive selection of ethnic eateries and trendy spots. Bon appetit!

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Fall is the perfect season to visit a city like New York and these events are just a small mix of handpicked noteworthy activities in an endless list of events held this season. So, as our last piece of advice to you, we suggest you get ahead of the masses of tourists by deciding early on what events you will be attending and what sights you will be visiting so you can book your stay ahead of time.
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  • Monday, October 07, 2019
Kalyan Kalyan Author
So, you are planning a honeymoon trip in India? Well, let us give the start off by saying congratulations because you are just married and for sure, you are also going for a blissful vacation. Have you had the destination in your head? If not, then we have one destination to suggest to you, and it is Himachal Pradesh with some of the most popular honeymoon destinations like Kullu, Manali and Shimla.

Himachal Pradesh is one and only hill station in India that conjures up in our heads when someone asks from Delhiites and Punjabis where they would love to go on blissful holidays!

With literally everything to make couples go crazy, from snow-capped peaks to pristine waterfalls, from thrilling trekking trails to adventure sports like paragliding, river rafting and much more, this hill station is located in the northern part of India and settles at the foothills of the grandeur of the Himalayas.

Get started with what are the places, experiences you must indulge your Himachal honeymoon package. Let us tell us what you must do in this Himalayan town with your sweetheart. Let's get started! End your search for romantic experiences in Himachal Pradesh: Here is why!

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  • Budget months are March to June and November to February for snowfall
  • Package to Himachal trip start @ INR 5,000 per head with meals, stays, transfers, sightseeing
  • Easy connectivity from the NCR Region via bus, private vehicle
  • See, Click, Eat, Shop and get mesmerized with the beauty at each turn

Don't Miss To Experience:

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1. Adventure Sports In Manali

Mainly known for its magnetic image of pulling couples, Manali is the most romantic town in Himachal Pradesh which is included in most Manali honeymoon tour package as a must-visit sightseeing place, and there are reasons to justify it! From intriguing adventure activities like paragliding, trekking, camping, rafting to zorbing and skiing, Manali is wrapped in a snow-blanketed in winters and remains green in summers with a little snow.

How To Reach? From Delhi, Manali is approx 532 km, and one could go via private vehicle, public bus or from flight and land at the Kullu-Manali Airport in Bhuntar.

Interesting Reads: Hampta Pass Trek

2. Rafting In Kullu

Tick the ultimate definition of adventure experience in the Kullu Valley and pick rafting solivagant with your sweetheart. Feel the blood rushing through your veins at each rapid you conquer in the Beas River. Watch the green forests on rafting in the crystal-clear river water of Kullu.

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3. River Bank Camping In Kasol

Escape into the Himalayas on your Himachal holidays and head to Kasol for the riverbank camping experience. Notorious for its non-matriculated green beauty, a camping package to Kasol is all about an amalgamation of trekking, camping, and exploring the offbeat trails with your sweetheart. Plus, ignite the flames of romance by flaring up a bonfire to raise your camping experience.

Interesting Reads: Travel Tips for Kasol

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4. Photoshoot In Shimla

All the Delhizens will know that Shimla is not just a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, but it's an emotion that they always wanted to explore with someone special. With plenty of activities like camping, trekking, shopping, you must visit Shimla if you are residing near the NCR Region. Located roughly around 340 km from Delhi, couples can drive on a private vehicle to reach Shimla for a relaxing romantic weekend!

  • Let the Himalayan Mountain Ranges at Kufri be your only photo backdrops
  • Enjoy playing a snowball fight at the Ride of Shimla in the evening
  • Take a short hike amidst the dense forest to reach Jakhu Temple and seek blessing from Lord Hanuman

Hire a professional wedding photographer to click your fanciful romantic pictures in Shimla. This activity sounds usual in city life, but in the hilly town where snow bunny mountains smashing greenery is laden as far as your eyes can stretch, a romantic photoshoot with your spouse on Himachal honeymoon will do half of the work!

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5. The Toy Train Ride

To reopen the old school romance with your sweetheart, take a joy ride to Toy Train that commences from Kalka to Shimla. Watch out the breathtaking snow vistas outside your window as the train takes you to the 102 tunnels and countless bygone era railway stations!

Interesting Reads: Kalka Shimla Toy Train Experience

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6. Meditation in Mcleodganj

Distanced around 480 km from Delhi and notorious for trekking, sightseeing, and photography, the town of Mcleodganj is home to the Tibetian spiritual leader Dalai Lama and is surrounded by majestic princely hills, and emerald green vistas. From monasteries to lakes to Tibetan carpets, rugs, and exotic sculptures, head to Mcleodganj for rejuvenating holidays!

Interesting Reads: Best Places to Visit in McLeod Ganj

So, if the wanderlust for romance in you has now woken up about this Himachal Pradesh honeymoon article, then waste no time and get your bookings done with reputable honeymoon operator! Share this article to give some major travel goals to all your travelholic friends!
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  • Monday, October 07, 2019
Kalyan Kalyan Author
When thinking about Miami as a destination you probably think about the beaches, the party life and perhaps the culinary exploits of the city. On the other hand, when you think about planning a vacation with your dog, you may think about other types of destinations where you can let your best friend explore all sorts of parks and maybe run around on the beach and bark at the waves in a sunny afternoon.

What if I told you that Miami has some perfect destinations for you to enjoy along with your four-legged friends. Well, that is precisely what we are going to talk about as we review some of the best places in Miami for walking with your dog. So go get your leashes and start wagging those tails. Before, however, let's start with some general tips to make the trip a little easier:

1. It's possible that some of the places are far off from each other so plan ahead in matters of transportation. After all, there will be a lot of walking and running in the places we'll visit, so having an option to transport a tired pup and his or her tired owner will be crucial. Renting a car a fine option especially if you are from out of town. Several car rental options are fine with letting you carry pets as long as they go on their travel carriers.

2. Carry some walkie essentials such as your dog's leash and some baggies. These are pretty much necessary for any time walk with your dog so you probably already knew to pack them, but I'd like to remind you of it anyway.

3. When traveling with pets always bring extra water and food. Long trips often mean more exercise and Miami’s weather tends to be warm so having extra water and food will be crucial for a nice trip.

4. If your pet tends to get carsick there are medicines that will help them with nausea, but be sure to talk to you vet first to see which one is the best for your dog.

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Now let's gets moving! Our first stop:

1. Haulover Park

The park is situated at Collins avenue, north of Bal Harbor. It opens at 8:00 am and closes at sunset. The entrance to the bark park is located though parking lot number 3 on the west side of Collins Avenue. There is a US $2 user fee per vehicle and remember your dog must be on the vehicle.

This place offers a plenty of amenities for dog owners and some of the greatest ways of enjoying an afternoon at the beach with your best friend. The park counts with a bark park that features an enclosure for small dogs and one for larger ones and amenities such as shade trees, picnic tables, water fountains (for both humans and dogs) baggie dispensers, waste containers, and, of course, plenty grassy areas to run around and play fetch.

Nearby there is beach access for dogs which is open from 8:00 to 3:00. Dogs are welcome on the beach but must be on a leash except in their designated area.

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Visitors have described the next stop in our Miami Walkie itinerary as an oasis in the middle of the city I'm talking about:

2. Amelia Earhart Park

The park is in the middle of the city right in front of Palm Springs elementary school and has all sorts of amenities, such as a watersports complex and a farm village, so Fido is not the only one that will have fun at the park. As bark parks go, this one is quite great as it counts with five acres of completely fenced land for dogs to play in and has a separate section for smaller dogs, and best of all: admission to the bark park is free!

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And last but not least in our quest for the best dog parks in Miami we got:

3. Perrine Wayside Park

The park is located at the South Dixie Highway (U.S.1) south of 164th street in the area of Palmetto Bay and opens from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

This place is a little farther away from the others so do have that in mind when organizing your visit, remember, a good way to solve transportation problems on your trip is renting a car, there are many options for renting cars and there are many types for cars for transporting dogs of all sizes.

Perrine Wayside park is a little bit smaller than the previous destinations with only three acres of space for dogs, but it makes up for it with many amenities for our walkie loving friends. There is water complex for dogs to swim in, many shaded spaces and benches for you to sit while your dog runs around, plenty waste bins and bag dispensers, and even a wash area to clean up after a day of running and swimming.

So, if you are traveling to Miami with your dog, make yourself and your best friend a favor and don’t miss out on these walkie hotspots.
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  • Sunday, October 06, 2019
Kalyan Kalyan Author
Shenzhen is one of the top cities to visit in China as it is not only a tourist destination but also a growing economic powerhouse which is gradually becoming the New Silicon Valley. The vibrant city of Shenzhen has many tourist places and scenic spots to visit. We handpicked 7 best and most amazing Shenzhen tourist attractions for first time visitors to visit on their first vacation.

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1. Window of the World

Window of the World is an amusement park with a collection of various miniature replicas of world famous tourist attractions. The park is 48 hectares in area and contains 130 replicas like the Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, and Taj Mahal. Nothing can exemplify China than an amusement park filled with imitations of world's best stuff. Why travel all over the world when you can visit this park instead?

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2. Hong Kong Wetland Park

It's a conservation facility for the wetlands of Tin Shui Wai. The park has a Visitor Centre, Wetland Interactive World and the Wetland Reserve. This wetland park has the highest recorded temperature in the history of Hong Kong. Among the best Shenzhen Tourist attractions, Hong Kong Wetland Park offers many themed galleries with exhibitions to showcase the wetlands and its contribution to biodiversity.

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3. Dameisha beach

It’s the biggest beach in Shenzhen stretching across 1.8 kms on the shores of Mirs Bays. Since it was opened to the public in '99, the beach has garnered popularity with tourists flocking to swim and sunbathe on the beautiful beach with turquoise colored water.

Travel tip: If you want to enjoy the beautiful beaches and all the other incredible attractions this city has to offer, book cheap flight tickets at iEagle and travel to Shenzhen during autumn especially from October to December when it is mostly sunny with a cool temperature that is just perfect for sunbathing.

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4. Lianhuashan Park

Also known as the Lotus Hill Park, Lianhuashan is an urban park located on a hill in the northern part of the Futian Central Business District. Spread across 150 hectares, the park also features Deng Xiaoping’s bronze statue on it top. Among most accessible tourist attraction in China, Lianhuashan Park can be reached within a short walk from the Shenzhen Metro Station of Children’s Palace.

5. Splendid China Folk Village

The Splendid China Miniature Park and China Folk Culture Village together constitute a theme park that is made to showcase the history, culture and art of various people and ethnicities all over the over. Splendid China Folk Village is among the largest scenery parks in the world with numerous historical and cultural depictions.

Covering an area of 30 hectares, the park features many replicas of China’s famous tourist attractions including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Army, and the Potala Palace.

6. Dapeng Fortress

In order to defend Dapeng from pirates, a fortress was built in 1394 during the Ming dynasty. The people in this ancient village have their own dialect which is a beautiful blend of Cantonese and Hakka culture. The walled village of Dapengsuocheng is located 55 km away from Shenzhen which can be reached and explored by a short trip.

best things to do in Shenzhen China

7. Tung Ping Chau

The serene island of Tung Ping Chau is famous for its Tin Hau Temple built in 1765 for the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. There are multiple temples and historic structures to be found on this island. The island is known for its wealthy biodiversity with steep cliffs and wave-cut shore platform and rock pools with sea urchins, crabs and a coastline covered in coral reefs and multiple algae species as well.

It is one of the 7 most amazing tourist attractions in Shenzhen to visit on your first trip to the city.
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  • Saturday, October 05, 2019
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Morocco is a magical destination on earth having the heavenly beaches, colorful and rich culture to represent, smiles and embraces to welcome its guests. And when a question comes, what to do in Morocco in pretty cold days, my answer is always based on the recent experience I had in Morocco. I would say, perfect!

If one thinks to spend the luxury holidays in Morocco, he is thinking right. Because Morocco is an ultimate holiday destination which can make your time worth full by adding a lot of fun and charm in your trip. It is not so difficult to answer, why Morocco in winters? Why spend the winter holidays in Marrakech?

It is absolutely a perfect idea of having the holidays in the magical city Marrakech which would have many convincing reasons I would mention in my blog. This also may include your choice of place to visit these winters. My friends asked me where I was heading, they were thinking about Europe or some Asian country but when I told them of Morocco, they didn't believe it to be an ideal destination from every aspect.

For them, and of course for you, here are some reasons to travel to Marrakech this winters.

things to do in Marrakesh in winter

1. Off-Season Trips Are Always Cheap

Wherever you on the holidays, if you are going to the place off-the-season, you will have cheap opportunities. In the days of winter, Morocco is rarely visited by the vacationers. It is because of the reason that in London and most of the European countries, there are busy days in winter, yes people look for the Christmas holidays in Morocco but in normal days, winters are silent in Morocco.

When we reach Marrakech in the first week of December last year, we found a perfect scene of holidays there. We were charged with the low travel fares, and the residence there in Marrakesh also cost us on the 50% discount. For the newcomers, remember that Marrakech will give you the cheapest opportunities but you need to know how to bargain well.

2. Moroccan Sun Kisses You in the Winters

Marrakech is a wonder of Morocco offers you a lot of unique experiences. One of the reasons why travelers move to Morocco in winter is actually a heat. In Summers or even in normal temperatures, you might get sweaty strolling around in the souks of Medina. In winters, you will experience the normal temperature days and the cold nights.

But in the day time, the sun comes up to warm you. That heat is required to the Europeans who can't see the sun in their regions for so long. If I compare the weather of Morocco with the weather in London or Toronto in the same month, I can't expect that ideal conditions there.

So the travelers like me who want to take a great amount of pleasing heat in winters, Marrakech, or even every destination of Morocco welcomes you and ready to give you a perfect experience.

3. Are you Looking for the Peaceful Cold Arabian Nights?

Yes, I'm sure you are also fond of the cold peaceful nights in local cafes grabbing a cup of warm coffee on the rooftop and taking sips of it. This is the ultimate imagination I usually idealize in my mind. Marrakech provided me the opportunity to give a practical experience to my thoughts. You also have the option to give your thoughts an experience.

Don't forget to take the jackets and the clothes to keep you warm in Morocco, warm socks, gloves, and caps will save you from the cold air. Another idealized thought of sitting on the cushions around the fire organized by your Riad or any restaurant can be fulfilled being in Morocco. You will have a perfect slice of enjoyment to be on the ultimate holiday destination like Morocco.

4. Peace, Less Hassle and Moroccan Sunsets

What is important to tell you that, you will not find unnecessary hassle, Morocco is peaceful mostly in the off-season months. But that peace will give you more opportunity to take the deep experience of the culture, and what the impact Djemaa el Fna gives you. I recommend you to visit the places in Marrakech which can give you the true impact of the place.

5. Museums in Marrakech

Museums can tell you about the history, and the current living style of Arab-African Moroccans. Zoos can give your children a better get-away, you will see the animals and the species of the animals Morocco preserves. Buying things in Morocco will give you an experience of what Morocco makes its own and sell in their markets. To visit the more historical and architectural places you will have a great impression of the red pearl of Morocco.

In all these experiences, you will have less exposure of the foreign visitors, mostly will find the locals roaming around. It is the perfect time for me to feel the place in more silence. Most of us have some emotional link with the magical hours of the day. Like me, you must also link yourself with the feelings come along sun going down.

Morocco gives you the perfect opportunity to overview the perfect sunset scenes. Grab the opportunity to take great fares and peaceful opportunities in Marrakech. The place is calling you.
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  • Friday, October 04, 2019
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Are you dreaming about visiting Cuba?
Are you absolutely in love with travel, culture, and community?
Every time you travel, do you feel like you set your soul on fire?
How about transforming and traveling at the same time?

There are several ways to transform and travel. With travel, you have ways to transform, travel and teach yourself and others about life. It's amazing how much one travel experience may transform us.

Maybe you love solo travel? Perhaps you love to make travel a family affair? Do you love retreats? Maybe, you are like me. I love to do all types of travel experiences.

Choose what's best for you now. Each and every time you travel, challenge yourself to experience not only a new city or country, but a new type of travel experience too!

Did your eyes light up with the title of this post and the mention of Cuba? I don't blame you. I spent almost a month in Cuba with both solo travel and creating and hosting retreats.

It's one of the easiest and cheapest flights from the USA. I flew from Atlanta via Florida. It was easy to get my visa at the airport too.

Travel in Cuba

Cuba offers something for everyone. You may experience culture and adventure to start.

It's time to transform and travel to Cuba. Get your journal out to make a plan. It's great to have a vision for your life. Something magical happens when you put pen to paper.

You want to transform and travel to Cuba, but you don't want to break the bank doing it?

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Photo Credit: Preston Olsen with Wedding Voyagers

Check out 5 Ways to Transform and Travel in Cuba. It's time to live your dream.

Insight into Cuba

Cuba is everything you see on photos and more. There is so much to explore. It's easy to see why so many people visit, or want to visit Cuba. The country combines culture and experiences in a magical way.

It's worth it to visit Cuba whether you go for a day, a week, or a month. It's an incredible country to visit on your own, and in a group.

After you read my experiences in Cuba, you will have more ideas than you know what to do with to transform and travel in Cuba.

Highlights from Havana, Cuba Travels

I loved visiting Cuba. I definitely plan on going back. It's one of the easiest and most direct flights from the US. I love the chance to practice my Spanish all the time. What’s not to love from the culture, language, food and so much more?

Did you know Cuba has over 250 beaches to explore, over 90% of Cubans have homes under their ownership, and voting is mandatory?

I got to visit Cuba for almost a month in 2017. I started my first few days with our first retreat with bloggers and entrepreneurs including adventure, community service and workshops. In between, I stayed in different areas of Cuba on my own.

The culture, adventure, and food are incredible. As soon as it became easier to travel to Cuba, I wanted to go. I hope to go again next year.

I got to stay at four different Airbnbs in Cuba. The first few days we had workshops, welcome dinner with authentic Cuban food, and community service.

Everywhere I travel I love to give back. Cuba is an incredible country to give back. We hosted workshops and donated scholarship to a private photography school. I recommend adopting the spirit of giving and social entrepreneurship when you travel. It will open your heart, mind and eyes in many ways.

One of my dreams (and one of yours is probably too!) included experiencing a convertible tour. I got to experience the tours twice during each of our retreats.

I went to two different beaches with our groups in Cuba. Santa Maria Beach is incredible. We went to Bay of Pigs snorkeling and scuba diving too. You can see why I can’t wait to go back.

Before we get into the 5 Ways to Transform and Travel in Cuba, I want to share some of my story. I am sure there are some travelers, adventures, and bloggers here (or those that want to be). I believe it's important to relate so you know that I understand a variety of perspectives and experiences.

Travel in Cuba
With @light.travels @thesocialgirltraveler right in front of the Photography school that was in an old building. Photo Credit: Preston Olsen with Wedding Voyagers

My Experiences With Transforming + Traveling

I was born traveling. My parents conceived me in Bulgaria, born in Poland, and in a refugee camp in Italy by the time I was six months old. I immigrated with my parents to the United States when I was a year and a half. At that point, I had traveled to over four countries.

Since then, I have traveled to over 27 countries. This includes a solo trip across the Atlantic with my brother at the age of 11, solo trips taking tons of pictures before "travel blogger" existed, and creating over 4 retreats.

My experiences include snorkeling and scuba diving adventures in Cuba, and hot air ballooning in Spain. I love to give back everywhere I go. We did this recently on our retreat in Cuba with a photography school. I love to transform + travel and help you create it too!

Since I am very passionate about transforming and traveling, I thought I would share 5 ways to transform and travel in Cuba.

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5 Ways to Transform and Travel in Cuba

I am sharing 5 ways to transform and travel in Cuba so you see how easy it is for you. You will get insight to transform and travel with:

  • A Day to a Week (or more) in Cuba
  • Content Creation around the City
  • Solo, Family, and Lifestyle Transformation Retreats
  • Ideas on hosting events with influencers and entrepreneurs
  • Whatever you choose to create next, think of all the ways to transform and travel in Cuba

Each and every time you are feeling you may need to have a new experience in Cuba, come back and visit this post!

1. Plan Like a Boss and Play Like a Tourist

Set up an itinerary for highlights you want to see in Havana, Cuba or in general. This will get you excited before you go. A great idea would be to start off with 5 Must Sees in Cuba.

Even if you are traveling to another country, you may want to fly though Cuba on your way. It's fun to have adventure along the way. Who wants to sit in an airport anyway? For adventurers, snorkeling, photography and Vinales are incredible in Cuba. For the moms, you could play tourist with your kids around Cuba too!

I am a big believer that there is more than enough time to make the best of the time you have. Whether, you get to visit Cuba for a day, a week or a month, you will enjoy yourself.

PS: for a lot of my photos I use iPhoneX. I upgraded to a Canon EOSM100 in 2019. I highly recommend it with the flip screen especially for photos and video when you are traveling alone.

A day in Cuba could include a tour in Old Havana, a visit to the fruit market, and a convertible ride on the Malecon.

2. Stay at an Airbnb

Some of you may be avid hotel lovers and some of you may have stayed already at an Airbnb. I have now stayed in over 40 Airbnbs across the globe. For years, I was the typical hotel stayer including reaching Platinum with Hilton Hotels years ago when I used to travel over 70% as a Corporate Exec.

So, I completely relate why you may want to stay in hotels. I stay in them sometimes now and collaborate with them as well. However, the reason I started choosing Airbnbs is I wanted to have unique experiences. I wanted to create community as well.

The stays have included entire homes, guest houses, and private rooms too. I've stayed in Airbnbs in the United States, across the globe including hosting our masterminds and retreats like our retreats in Cuba.

Staying at villas for our retreats helps us keep the food healthy. It is easier with having a chef in Cuba onsite (its cheaper than you think). In between our retreats, I stayed at smaller Airbnbs by myself.

When you choose to stay at a hotel or Airbnb, my advice is the same. Look at the pictures, and the reviews. If you have any questions at all, message your hosts.

For Cuba specifically, my list of requirements for the Airbnb included:

  • Amazing host
  • Unique views
  • Great reviews
  • Outdoor garden and/or pool
  • In Cuba center or nearby

Each and every Airbnb had its own charm and purpose.

The first Airbnb in Cuba we stayed in was a Casa Particular. Angel the owner, host and cook is incredible. The entire family has a heart of gold.The food and juices he provided all drool worthy.

The second Airbnb I stayed in was a small one for me in between group retreats. I picked one near the Malecon, or street by the sea. The owners were incredible. Gustavo and his wife are awesome. Their daughter, Yesel (I may be misspelling her name) even took our group on a tour in Old Havana.

The third AirbnbI stayed in during my trip, and for our second retreat, is a beautiful villa with gorgeous outdoor space. I don’t know about you, but I love lots of outdoor space. The pictures don’t do it justice. I wish I could combine the first owner, Angel with this home because of the pool and garden.

I picked the last Airbnb based on the owner reviews and the water views. Maria, the owner is incredible. Her mom would make me Cuban breakfast daily. The entire family is awesome. I loved having the jacuzzi tub as well.

I almost cried after seeing it out of gratitude after two retreats. It is within walking distance of Fusterlandia, designed by Jose Fuster. Fusterlandia is worth the visit.

3. Content Creation

Are you a traveler, photographer, or blogger or want to be? Do you love photography and/or videography? How about social media and influencer marketing? Do you create content when traveling?

All of these skills will transform you from the inside out. Cuba is an incredible country to start content creation if you aren’t doing it yet. Start brainstorming what content you would love to create.

Top sights? Top tours? A unique experience in Cuba? For Cuba, I will give you highlights of content creation.

My Content Plan for Cuba

Post the Trip:

  • Travel Posts
  • Campaigns
  • Guides
  • Mastermind Posts and more!

So, what content plan could you create for Havana, Cuba or even in your own city? You may love some of our lifestyle transformation freebies that may help you.

4. Explore a New Experience

Do you regularly travel on your own? Maybe you want to go with a group next time? Perhaps you always go with retreats? How about a trip with family?

The point is to explore a new experience traveling. It's important for our personal growth to try new experiences.

Think about what experience you want to have in Havana, Cuba or in Cuba. Perhaps, you want what some solo time and some group time just like my experience. This is what I love to do best.

I don’t know about you but I’m what they call an ambivert. This means we are naturally introverted, and love to be around people with great energy. I love being around people and I love reflecting on my own. Think about what’s best for you.

Last time, I didn’t get to visit Trinidad, Vinales, and Cien Fuego. These are all on my list the next time I visit Cuba.

5. Events and Retreats in Cuba

Are you thinking about attending events and retreats in Cuba? Or, maybe you want to create your own retreats too?

Maybe you love the idea I created retreats in Cuba. You can too! Create a life and business you love too!

Yes, I took leaps of faith before. Yes, I faced the unknown. Yes, I trusted the process, You can too. Imagine the transformation with this one leap of faith.

This included hands-on workshops on:

  • How Passion + Purpose = Profits
  • Smoothie Bowls and Tasty Treats
  • Meal and Workout Plans
  • 6 Pack of Wealth and Activities
  • Building Your Brand + Digital Tools
  • Social Media & Influencer Marketing
  • Creating Online Courses

I got to team up with boss babes like Ashley Renne, Jen Morilla, Carly Nogawski, and Marissa. They are incredible women, entrepreneurs and bloggers. We also connected with Tre and Preston with Wedding Voyagers. They are amazing too!

Maybe you decide to attend an event in Cuba first or anywhere in the world. I love to create a life and business I love, and help you create it.

What events would you love to attend? How could you create events? Who would love for you to start hosting events locally, nationally, or internationally? This is an incredible way to transform and travel.

Don’t think for a second I didn’t have fears come up. I choose to fight for freedom all the time.

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Transform and Travel

There are many ways to transform and travel in Cuba.

Decide how long you want to visit Cuba. Think about what type of experience you want to have. Choose to embrace transforming and traveling no matter what. Outline your travels and stay flexible #life.

Make a plan to transform and travel to Cuba.

Share this article with a friend you would love to go to Cuba with.

When you take action on any of these ideas, whether it is in Cuba or not, please share this article and tag us and Katrina Julia. We would love to see how you transform and travel.

Visit our blog for more on transformation and travel all around the world.
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