Five Rad Vacation Ideas for ‘Car People’

Car fanatics, rejoice: it’s easier than ever to experience the thrill of the open road in a whole new way.

Summer screams “road trip,” with the energy of a teenager, conjuring images of bare feet sticking out of an open passenger window and a live stream of black asphalt unfolding in the rearview mirror. Americans in particular have a long and historic love affair with auto travel (check out Route 66 getting some fresh love lately in New Mexico), and even when planes can get us there faster, there’s something about a drive that plucks our heart strings.

Luckily for us, a few of the world’s best automotive companies are helping travelers slide behind the wheel of their top vehicles for incredible driving experiences around the globe. Adrenaline junkies might want to investigate Land Rover’s off-road Atlas Mountain trip in Morocco or visit Patagonia with Jeep Rubicon. Those looking for romance and the historic sites of Europe can now drive one of the most famous cars in the world thanks to Ferrari’s mind-blowing Tuscany package.

Discover Patagonia in an Open-Air Jeep Rubicon

Quasar Expeditions is a great choice for the intrepid traveler—especially one who

Island hopping in the Philippines

The sun had melted like mango ice cream on hot coconut pie as I strolled to a beachside restaurant, reflecting on a morning snorkelling with green turtles in the warm, aquamarine ocean – it had been a perfect day in paradise.

Palm-fringed Siquijor Island delivered the sort of exotic cocktail that makes South-East Asia so popular with travellers. Bleached-white sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs, abundant fresh fruits and gentle people with a heritage fused from long-held island beliefs and the distant aspirations of 16th-century Spanish mariners. Yet something was missing…

Siquijor island (Shutterstock)
Siquijor island (Shutterstock)

Throughout several weeks travelling around the Philippines I’d only met a handful of non-Asian tourists. From Thailand to Singapore, visitors follow well-trodden trails across South-East Asia, yet comparatively few cross the South China Sea to the Philippines.

The Philippines has never been easy to grasp. It isn’t compact like Thailand, but made up of 7,107 diverse islands sprawled across a huge tract of the Pacific Ocean. Dozens of ferries and hundreds of buses depart Manila every day for all corners of the islands. I felt thoroughly daunted by the prospect of trying to capture

Strange skiing Off-piste in… Kyrgyzstan

“I think I may have just bought these two,” my friend Dan says, gesturing towards the two animals in front of him.

In all my years of snowboarding in the Alps I’ve bought beef in many forms – as entrecôte, in bolognese and on pizza. I’ve even tried steak tartare. But I’ve never been sold a live-and-kicking cow before. However Karakol, with its bustling animal market, is a long way from the Alps.

Kyrgyzstan might seem an unlikely place for a snowboarding holiday, but the small town of Karakol is something of a mountain sports mecca in the former Soviet Union.

Having made the pilgrimage to the 3,040m-high (9,970ft) Karakol Base Camp – completing a large slog of the journey in a fifth-hand Audi driven by a man with gold teeth – me and Dan were itching to strap up and hit the slopes.

Karakol may be Central Asia’s highest resort but it’s certainly not its biggest, with just four lifts connecting a handful of fairly unchallenging pistes. But the powder is light and fluffy, the norm here thanks to the country’s continental climate, and we glide giddily towards the lift base.


Blackheath Rhododendron Festival In The Blue Mountains

What would make travelling in Australia a valuable the trip? For many locals and tourists alike, the excitment of the trip would be a place that would result in bringing peaceful and tranquil states of mind. And no doubt the effect of beautiful colours would have such an effect. That is why the Blackheath Rhododendron Festical must not be missed.The Blue Bountains is one such a place in Australia that has the potential to create such mind states.

The Blue Mountains in New South Wales,  Australia is only a one and half drive from the metropolitan region of the city of Sydney. Located about fifty kilometers from the city center. With an altitude of 1,190 meters above the sea level, it is situated within a global Heritage National Park which provides a relaxed environment for any stressed business person and leisure travellers alike.

Popular lookout points are especially the Govetts Leap and Evans Lookout offering a view of the jagged cliff face and escarpments. Bushwalks via the fever tree Forest, Popes Glen and the Grand Canyon  will give the feeling of being lost in the wilderness. The Blue Mountains is among Australia’s most popular holiday spots.  It

Fantastic Travel Circuit To Explore Diverse India

Hard to decide venues for the vacation…right!!! No worries here are some tips that will make your visit an incredible experience anywhere you visit. Here suggested to visit golden cities of India for your holiday in India. India’s golden triangle circuit is world famous travel route to experience and witness the history and cultural heritage of nation. The three cities are:


Delhi is the location in north India where you can enjoy the richness of ancient times and lavish modern lifestyle. Metropolitan city offers perfect surrounding to enjoy your vacation in a most entertaining and happening way. Travel every part of the capital city and make your trip unforgettable.

Places of tourist interest are India Gate, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Raj Ghat, Purana Qila, Qutub Minar, Lodi garden, Safdarjung’s Tomb, Delhi Haat, Lotus Temple and Humayun’s Tomb. Don’t forget for shopping in the metropolitan city.


Agra is the most popular historical city in Uttar Pradesh as well as in entire nation. The destination is visited by thousands of travellers from every nook and corner of the world. Be the one and

Evangelia Shipwreck After 44 Years

The Evangelia from Costinesti is the most well-known shipwreck from the Romanian Black Sea coast. It had been a business vessel, constructed by the shipyard that designed the renowned Titanic, Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland, and launched as early as May 28th, 1942 under the name of “Empire Strength”.

Later it was known as “Saxon Star”, “Redbrook” and lately “Evangelia”, its’ last operator being the “Hanton Embinas Andros” company from Greece.

On the night of October 15, 1968, early in the morning, on a dense haze, Evangelia sailed very close to the shore and beached between two rocks at thereabouts 200 m from coast, near the Costinesti village, in the place where it lies today. The place in which the vessel got stuck is a highly rocky one which could have made the rescue operations costly and maybe also risky. Evangelia, which was an extremely aged ship at that time, had been left by the staff and thus became the property of the Romanian state.

The shipwreck’s story is quite dubious and many tales appeared with time. The most famous one was that the ship belonged to the famous Greek Aristotle Onassis who would

Goa Tour Package Enjoy Holiday In Tourist Paradise

Goa – The land of sun, sand, beaches, coconut palms, fun & beauty. This small beaches land situated west cost of India known as “Tourist Paradise”. Every year flock of tourists visit this land for celebrating their vacation in Goa sandy beaches & get back to home with memories of a lifetime.

If you are planning to visit a romantic place where you can enjoy sandy beaches, water parks, temples, historical places, night club, water snorkeling, scuba diving that Goa is only one option. Every year large number of tourists visits Goa, especially hot destination for European travelers. Most of travelers visit Goa during winter (peak season November to March) which is mild and pleasant to enjoy family trip, honeymoon in Goa. There are lots of things to do in Goa such as thrilling adventure beaches, jungle trekking, water sports, visit world heritage sites, banana ride, dolphin trip, elephant ride & splash, parasailing, windsurfing & Goa night party. Goa tour gives you an opportunity to enjoy the true local experience like Goa cuisine, tradition and folk music, fair festivals and religious sites.

Goa has a rich tradition of folklore and folk music. It is also the

Super sleeper trains

You can fly to Australia’s Red Centre. But a plane hop doesn’t do justice to the endless unfolding of crimson and umber that reminds you where – and how small – you are. Reaching this big nation’s belly by train allows a proper appreciation of its scale, and of the hardships endured by those who went before. The Ghan, which links northern Darwin to southern Adelaide, is named for the Afghan cameleers who hoiked goods to in-the-middle Alice Springs before the railway existed. For four days, watch the red rock and roos roll by, and be glad you’re not covering the 2979km on foot.

New Delhi–Agra, India

If the thought of jostling with the hoi-polloi on a regular train makes you shudder, the Palace on Wheels ( is for you. Seven days of travelling like an Indian raja – luxurious quarters, 24-hr butler service – should spoil you for life. The experience takes you on a tour of ancient Rajasthan, a fabled realm of maharajas, majestic forts and lavish palaces. Starting in New Delhi and ending at the Taj Mahal in Agra, the journey includes such highlights as the jewellery capital of Jaipur, India’s tiger country and the Lake Palace at

Climbing Gunung Merapi, Southeast Asia’s most active volcano

Every now and then life pulls the rug from under your feet and leaves you lying on your back – this sibling-esque prank is often referred to as a ‘reality check’. Dangling off the side of Merapi with one hand on a fern root and the other on the arm of Khalid was my mine. I had taken too lightly to climbing the most active volcano in Southeast Asia, and when the path I was walking on suddenly gave way, it turned out to be a mentally draining, yet emotionally rewarding challenge.

Known to locals as Fire Mountain, Gunung Merapi sits on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta in Indonesia. There have been regular eruptions since 1548, with the most recent in 2010 where 30 people died.

Our walk was to start at 4:30am, under night at Desa Deles, the ranger’s hut at 1,300 metres. By 10am that day I’d be up 2,930 metres high on the summit of Merapi.
The first stretch

The smell of sulfur was in the air, and our torches pierced through a feint haze that slid up the cliffside, our visibility was low and we had to mind shrub, after fern when making our way up the

Mischief in Bali

Exciting news for amateur sailors looking for a “live-aboard” holiday in one of the most beautiful places on earth; 7 to 12 days of almost total privacy, with an ever-attentive crew waiting on all your needs.

There are still a few berths on a number of exclusive yachts available for private voyages around the magnificent islands of East Indonesia – the best spot to catch sight of this year’s much anticipated full solar eclipse on the 9th March.

Out at sea away from light pollution and right in the path of the solar eclipse, guests on board a private yacht will experience this incredible phenomenon as part of the trip of a lifetime.

The “secret spot” for catching the best view of the eclipse is Raja Ampat, a chain of pristine islands located off the coast of West Papua which will be darkened by the solar eclipse.

The extraordinary environment of Raja Ampat is made up of four main islands, surrounded by approximately 1,500 islets cloaked in jungle and edged with white sand beaches, a remarkable place to sail, with a unique underwater landscape to rival any other.

New lady sails from Bali

Guide to Silves, Algarve

Silves, the ancient Moorish capital of the Algarve is a charismatic town steeped in history. A great place to visit at any time of the year, there are plenty of things to do and see here. The town nestles against the hills on the banks of the Arade river,  surrounded by orange and lemon groves, and backed by it’s emblematic castle. Bring your camera – photo ops abound among the winding, cobbled alleys. If you can, visit during the fabulous Silves Medieval Festival – a fun celebration of Silves history.

What to see

Silves Castle: Silves was the capital of the Algarve during Moorish rule, so it’s not surprising that one of the town’s main attractions is the remains of its Medieval castle. The imposing red sandstone walls rise up above the town – a sight to behold as you approach Silves, particularly at sunset, as the castle fairly glows in the soft light.. If you’re interested in the history of Silves and you appreciate breath-taking views, a visit to the castle is a must.

Opening times: Daily, 9am to 6pm (later during the summer). There’s a small charge for entry.

Silves Cathedral :

Finding paradise in Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

It’s not unusual to find entire seaside towns or destinations with natural beauty that have either evolved into or have been created by design as adult playgrounds.

To say this is true of Hamilton Island would perhaps be an unfairly bland statement for three unique reasons: its status as part of the Whitsunday archipelago, its tropical climate and its position right off Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef – perhaps the world’s greatest natural wonder.

Hamilton Island is one of 74 Whitsunday Islands whose evolution into an inhabited island started some 8000 years when the Ngaro Aborginal tribe called it home. It was then discovered by Captain Cook in 1770 while he was charting Australia’s coastline – he reputedly named the island after Lady Hamilton. The island was bought in 2003 by world renowned winemaker Robert Oatley who developed one third of it with hotels, restaurants and bars leaving the rest of the landscape in its pristine natural state.

The entrepreneur is also an acclaimed yachtsman and so he created the Hamilton Island Yacht Club which he founded in 2009 and it became a challenger for the America’s cup in 2014.

Hamilton Island is the

Travel Guide 24 Hours in Moscow

The beating heart of Russia is a global commercial hub, a cosmopolitan metropolis with 1,000 years of history and more than 10 million inhabitants.

Unlike its sister city St Petersburg, the Venice of the North, few foreign visitors think of coming to Moscow. The Cold War memories of a cold, grey city still linger, but in 2015 they couldn’t be further from reality.

It boasts some of the finest hotels in the world, iconic buildings, rich cultural sites, and fine restaurants, so whether you are just passing through or staying a while our guide helps you make the most of the city.


In Moscow, location is everything, and you can’t do better than to stay at the historic Ritz Carlton Hotel, a stone’s throw away from Red Square. The decor is inspired by the decadence of Imperial Russia, so you’ll live like a Tsar in this palace. Superior guest rooms start from 16000 RUB at the weekends, and whether you’re treating yourself to fine dining in Novikov Restaurant, relaxing in the spa, or people watching in the lobby, you’re not going to want to leave.


The Kremlin is

Travel Guide 24 hours in Edinburgh

It might be the capital of Scotland, the home of vibrant festivals and the seat of Scottish power, but there’s something about the cold cobbles, the wind-battered stones and the towering castle that make Edinburgh still feel like a haunted fortress atop an enchanted mountain.

Tourists duck and dive under towering bridges, they tumble down treacherously steep steps and feel the wind whip their noses and cheeks as if they were standing on the battlements.

Locals are fiercely protective of their city, as if they were guarding hidden treasure. But look hard enough, and you can find the city’s secrets, its boutique shops, it’s achingly hip restaurants, its enchanting walks and cosiest whiskey joints.

Must Stay

To experience the authentic Edinburgh welcome, stay with a local family. Homestay has over 40 hosts in Edinburgh offering Scottish hospitality and local knowledge. Prices range depending on the accommodation, but a night in an ensuite room in a large listed Georgian building 5 minute walk from Napier University costs £40, or you can get a room with shared bathroom for £29/night (click on the image below for more information).

Alternatively, for

Discovering the New, More Grounded Dubai

In the eyes of the world, Dubai is defiantly a city of skyscrapers. It’s perceived as an ultramodern, man-made metropolis, in which everyone glides between underground parking garages, air-conditioned malls, and glittering high-rise towers. Projects like the 163-floor Burj Khalifa, the world’s reigning tallest skyscraper, and the 1,166-foot JW Marriott Marquis, currently the world’s tallest freestanding hotel, are seen to have successfully isolated city residents and visitors from the environment—a blistering desert beyond the sealed, plate-glass membrane.

Any rumor survives on a grain of truth, but the Dubai that exists outside the skyscrapers has always been vastly more vibrant than most people assume. And now, with global design trends shifting in favor of pedestrianized public spaces where residents and visitors can experience an authentic sense of place, architects are changing tack. For the first time in decades, the city’s headline-grabbing developments are not record-breaking, nosebleed-inducing feats of scale, but efforts to reconnect Dubai dwellers to life on the ground. As one Emirati architect, Ahmed Al Ali, told me, “Developers are no longer just selling good design; now urban atmosphere is seen as part of the product.”
view from the rooftop bar at the Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach

11 Experiences Every Traveler Should Have in Dubai

Planning a trip to the city of gold? You’ll want to do more than just shop at the mall. With a vast array of adventure activities, some top-notch beaches, and a seriously beautiful historic quarter, Dubai ranks as one of the most culturally interesting destinations on the planet. Here, our list of where to eat, drink, relax, and yes, shop.

Chill out at 1,821 feet in the air.

Of all Dubai’s novelties (skiing in a mall, man-made islands, an aquarium restaurant), the one attraction you shouldn’t miss is Burj Khalifa. Not only is it the world’s tallest building (941 feet taller than the World Trade Center), the spiraling steel-and-concrete tower, whose silhouette was loosely designed after the hymenocallis flower, is a marvel of engineering. Do yourself a favor and ride the elevator up to the world’s highest observation deck, which broke (yet another) record when it opened in 2014. At 1,821 feet above ground, the views won’t disappoint. Tickets from AED 350.

Fly a kite, at the beach.

There are plenty of decent spots for a leisurely dip in the Arabian Gulf, but Kite Beach, located in Umm Suqeim (between Jumeirah and the Palm),

The 10 Most Visited States in the United States by Foreign Travelers (2013)

10. New Jersey with 929,000 visitors

[Also see our travel article “The Ten Best Nude Beaches in the United States“]

New Jersey managed to crack the top 10 of most visited states and enjoy an 8% surge in international visitors since 2012 despite not having a single city among the top 20 most visited American cities. So what’s bringing international visitors to New Jersey? Well, to put it simply, New York is. The Newark airport is one of New York City’s three airports and the state’s close proximity to New York City, with its huge amount of visitors, has meant that there’s enough spillover for New Jersey to enjoy a healthy tourism industry.

9. Pennsylvania with 993,000 visitors

Pennsylvania is a diverse destination that has a number of fascinating cities, like Philadelphia, a central location on the Eastern Seaboard and some cool rural attractions, like the Pennsylvania Dutch Country or the Pocono Mountains. And though the state’s international visitors have only grown by 4% since 2012, Philadelphia, its leading city, has seen its visitor arrivals jump by 13% as more and more visitors discover the city.

8. Massachusetts with 1,378,000 visitors


Backpackers’ experiences: readers’ travel tips

The sleeper train journey from Beijing to Siping in Jilin province takes about 11 hours. I was sort of swept to the right compartment by a combination of conductors and passengers. My bunk was the topmost of three and I was halfway up there when a yank on my foot brought me back down again: a fellow passenger wanted to make it clear that I really should take off my shoes. I was then shooed back up the ladder once more. During the night, marching music was piped over the speakers at regular intervals; and at stations, food vendors dangled dried chicken feet and baskets of dumplings through the windows on long sticks.

Eating featured a lot on the sleeper train; on the other hand, sleeping didn’t. Of my three nights in northern China, this was the worst night’s sleep but the best night’s sleeplessness.

Camping on the motorway, Chile

10 tips for writing travel articles

1. Have a clear storyline

A trip is not a story in itself, it’s just a series of events. Some of these events will be interesting (you made it up Kilimanjaro!) and some will not (you arrived back at the airport on time*). As a writer, your first job is to decide on the particular story you want to tell, and the events which make up that story.

To see the kinds of stories that get published, look at the bold line of introductory copy (known as ‘standfirsts’ in the trade) of articles in papers, magazines and websites. Try writing the standfirst for your own story, and then use it as your brief.

2. Have a goal

Some trips have a physical objective (reaching the top of Kilimanjaro, crossing Costa Rica, seeing a tiger) that gives your article direction and purpose. The reader (hopefully) sticks with you because they want to know if you’ll achieve your goal.

But many trips don’t have an obvious goal; they are more about discovering a place, unpicking its history or meeting its people. In this case, create a personal goal to give your reader a sense of where you’re taking

The Philippines a cruise around the stunning islands of Palawan

The endless ocean, broken occasionally by sand-fringed islands, stretched before me. A salty breeze caressed my face and two magnificent sails billowed bright in the sunlight as we headed into the unknown. I was on an oceanic adventure, sailing across the Palawan archipelago in a replica of a boat that first crossed these Philippine seas more than 1,000 years ago.

My trip was a taster of a new tour by local company Tao Philippines, which offers off-the-beaten-track sailing holidays between El Nido, in the north of long, thin Palawan island, and Coron, further north, off Busuanga island. Taking in areas few tourists visit, it directs some of its profits to funding community projects across the islands.

The newly built boat, christened Balitik (which means “constellation of Orion” in Hiligaynon, a language of the Western Visayas region of the Philippines), was their latest and most ambitious project. We were to spend three days at sea, setting off from Coron and stopping at different islands each night, with only a vague route planned. Most of the journey would depend on the wind, the weather and the whims of the crew and guests. It was a chance to go

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

So many resorts, so little time—and such a wide margin for error. That’s the dilemma on the Great Barrier Reef, a 1,240-mile sweep of spectacular biodiversity off the northeastern coast of Queensland, Australia (and, before we forget to mention it, one of the seven natural wonders of the world). Literally dozens of private-island resorts hold out the sun-soaked promise of a once-in-a-lifetime tropical holiday of diving and reef walking, birding and boating, snorkeling and chilling, stargazing and giant-green-turtle midwifing (less scary than you think: you are only called on to watch). But which ones really deliver?Certainly the antipodes are a long way to go to make a mistake.

Bewildered?Relax. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you, short-listing four top places that offer rich, vastly different reef experiences. Choose from among a very Survivor-ish true coral cay the size of a bottle cap, with just a handful of luxury tents; a sexy camera-ready hideaway where paparazzi may be lurking in the rain forest; a national park where homeliness and quietude are their own reward; and a full-bore megaresort with the spit, polish, and service of a great city hotel.

When weighing where to go, ask yourself how

Walking in Australia’s Northern Territory

The Larapinta Trail, a 223km hike through the West MacDonnell Ranges outside of Alice Springs, is famed among walkers the world over, but the Larapinta isn’t the only reason to bring your hiking boots to the Northern Territory.

Covered with desert mountain ranges, seemingly endless floodplains, ancient Aboriginal rock art and a host of thundering waterfalls, the Northern Territory offers a classic Australian experience on foot. Throughout the Territory’s national parks there are walking trails – short and long – that bring this stark land into the kind of finely detailed perspective you just can’t get hopping between sites in a vehicle.

Walking here is very seasonal and largely confined to winter and the dry season (around May to September). Walking tours run by groups such as World Expeditions, Australian Wilderness Adventures and Australian Walking Holidays are a good way to approach the trails here with the right equipment and support.

Jatbula Trail

At the mouth of Katherine Gorge, in Nitmiluk National Park, there’s invariably a flurry of activity as tourist boats and canoes splash towards the gorge, but it’s also here that the Jatbula Trail sets off on a very different journey.